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  1. Body find at Southampton hotel sparks chemical alert
  2. Bestival apologises over wristband delay
  3. Tribute to girl, 3, and unborn brother killed in crash
  4. RMT strike on Southern rail network enters its second day
  5. Doctors say new plans will make it harder for patients to get appointments
  6. Blandford Cemetery wall and chapels win listed status
  7. Updates on Thursday 8 September

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By Indy Almroth-Wright and Michael Stoddard

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  BBC Local Live for Hampshire and Dorset returns tomorrow at 08:00.  

A look back at Southampton's 1966 BBC week

We've delved into the BBC South archive to look back on the 1966 BBC week in Southampton.

Colour TV was demonstrated - there was also an appearance from a Dalek, fresh from the set of Doctor Who.

Puel looks forward to Wenger reunion

Claude Puel
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Puel replaced Ronald Koeman as Southampton manager in June after ending his four-year spell with Nice.  

Claude Puel

Puel looks forward to Wenger reunion

Southampton manager Claude Puel says he spoke with former mentor Arsene Wenger before joining the Premier League club.

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Swimmers set for Bestival crossing

A group of festival goers are taking an alternative route to the Isle of Wight by swimming across the Solent.

The 24 swimmers have been offered complimentary tickets to Bestival this weekend for making the fundraising 1.3-mile swim across to the island

Now in its 10th year Swim2Bestival has raised more than £79,000 for charity.


Woking sign Eastleigh's Essam on loan

Connor Essam
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Centre-back Essam began his career at Gillingham and had spells at Crawley Town and Dover Athletic, before moving to Orient in the summer of 2015.  

Connor Essam

Woking sign Eastleigh's Essam on loan

Woking sign defender Connor Essam from fellow National League side Eastleigh on a 93-day loan deal.

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NHS boss was 'already doing' new job

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy
Katrina Percy's new post did not previously exist, was not advertised and she was the sole candidate

It was revealed on Wednesday a new £240,000 a year post was "created for her" and she was the "only applicant".    

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy

NHS boss was 'already doing' new job

The former head of a troubled NHS trust was already doing the new job created for her on top of her previous post, the trust confirms.

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Your pictures: Horton Tower at sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Martin who sent in this picture of the sunset at Horton Tower near Chalbury Common yesterday evening.

Horton Tower
Martin Dolan

You can send us your photos of the region via email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and@BBCDorset.    

BreakingMan pleads guilty to Portsmouth hammer attack

A man has admitted attacking a 17-year-old girl with a hammer at an address in Portsmouth.

James Hemming, 28, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause GBH, when he appeared before Portsmouth Crown Court.

Police said the incident at a property in Shearer Road on 11 April left the teenager with "life-changing" injuries.

Hemming, of Cross Street, will be sentenced on 2 December.

Tractor hits high-voltage power line

A tractor has hit an overhead power line on the Isle of Wight, cutting the electricity supply to 370 customers.

Scottish and Southern Electric Networks were called at 12:53 BST to a field at Winford near Shanklin.

James Reed

The firm says its engineers isolated the power feed and are working to restore supplies.

It estimates that the work will be completed by 18:00 BST.

There is no information so far on the welfare of the tractor driver.

Bestival queues 'lasting several hours'

Bestival-goers continue to vent their anger about the queues to get on to the festival site, which are apparently lasting several hours.

Here's one message on Twitter:

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We've had a reponse from the organisers:

A large volume of festival-goers arrived on site at once, which has caused some queues to develop. The Bestival production team have been in attendance and new entry lanes have been opened and we are doing all we can to get everyone on to site as quickly and safely as possible.


Holly Green with the latest forecast

Feeling fresher than in recent days
Paula Poolton

BBC Two is to follow the search for new evidence in a murder case, six years after the conviction of a man who has maintained his innocence.

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Travelodge death updates

It seems the incident at Travelodge in Southampton is winding down but we'll bring you more updates this afternoon when we get them.

Travelodge death 'not suspicious'

Hampshire police has just released a statment about the incident at Travelodge in Southanmpton.

It says: "We are currently on scene... following a report of a man's body having been found.

"Initially... it was reported there may be a hazardous material in the room where the body was found.

"As a precaution, we worked closely with our colleagues at Hampshire Fire Rescue Service to make the area safe and ascertain the exact circumstances.

"We can now confirm the area is safe, there is no wider risk to the community and the death is not being treated as suspicious."

Emergency services leave Travelodge scene after death

Our reporter at the scene says an area behind the Travelodge in Southampton was cordoned off as police dealt with the incident.

We've been told a body was found in one of the rooms and there was a suggestion hazardous materials were involved.

Most of the ambulance crews and police officers have now left the scene after it was declared safe by fire crews.

Southampton Travelodge

BreakingBody found at Southampton hotel

Hampshire fire service has just confirmed it was called at 13:01 to the Travelodge in Lodge Road, Southampton, after a body was found in one of the rooms.

There was a suspicion hazardous materials may have been involved but crews did not find anything and declared the area safe.

Hotel refuses to comment about incident

The Travelodge hotel at the centre of an emergency service operation in Southampton has refused to give more details.

A spokesperson said: "As this is a live police investigation, we cannot make any further comment at this stage.

"We are fully supporting Hampshire Constabulary with their investigation."

Southampton incident 'may involve chemicals'

We believe the incident in Southampton may be linked to hazardous materials.

Eyewitness Sam Lane earlier sent this image although the fire crews have now left the scene.

Sam Lane

'No evidence of fire' at Southampton incident

We're still waiting to get something official about the incident near the Travelodge in Southampton, but eyewitness Jo Evans says there does not appear to be a fire.

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Emergency services 'packing up'

Eyewitness Jo Evans, who has been sending us images, says it appears the emergency services are "packing up" at the scene outside the Travelodge in Southampton.

The hotel has told us it is aware of an incident and are sending us a statement.

Incident around Southampton hotel

We're getting more pictures of what appears to be a pretty big operation near the Travelodge in Southampton.

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BreakingEmergency services outside Southampton hotel

We're getting reports of police cars, fire engines and ambulances near the Travelodge in Lodge Road, Southampton.

We'll let you know what is going on down there when we find out more.

BreakingFestival wristband delay apology

Organisers have apologised to music fans over delays getting into Bestival. 

It comes after counterfeit versions of the festival's usual cloth wristbands were found in circulation. 

A statement on the festival's website said: "We've had to replace this year's wristbands with plastic ones which have an additional built-in security level."

Apologies for the waiting time at the entrance - due to the security issue with wristbands, checks are taking longer than usual

Drew Talbot

Portsmouth defender Drew Talbot will miss between six and eight weeks of action with a hamstring injury.

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Image of Bournemouth kitchen knife robber released

A CCTV image of an attempted knifepoint robbery in Bournemouth has been released by police.

The robber, who had a black and white scarf wrapped around his face, entered Costcutter in Ripon Road, at about 21:20 BST Wednesday night. 

Bournemouth attempted robbery
Dorset Police

He demanded money but fled empty-handed after the woman shop assistant alerted a colleague.

The man is described as aged about 20, white, and wearing a navy blue and grey hooded top.

Ticketless travel 'costing millions every year'

Up to one in 20 rail passengers could be travelling without a valid ticket on some South West Trains routes, according to new research. 

The study of more than 23,000 passengers, carried out for the Department for Transport in Autumn 2015, found forged tickets, child impersonation and passengers using tickets at the wrong time. 

Ticketless travel is estimated to cost the franchise £25m in lost revenue each year.

South West Trains

Defibrillator stolen from Wareham Hospital

A lifesaving defibrillator device has been stolen from a hospital in Dorset.

Dorset Police

The Zoll defibrillator - worth more than £1,000 - is believed to have been taken from Wareham Hospital sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Dorset Police said it was investigating the theft and no arrests had been made.

Vitamin B12 deficiency guidelines 'need overhaul'

An Isle of Wight woman with a vitamin deficiency is calling for prescription guidelines to be reviewed because they are not lasting long enough. 

Marcelle Boudewijn, who lives in Newport, suffers from pernicious anaemia/vitamin B12 deficiency. 

Patients with the condition are unable to absorb B12 in the stomach which impairs the production of red blood cells. 

B12 drugs

She wants injections, which are currently given every 12 weeks to be given every six weeks or less.   

The British National Formulary, which decides guidelines for GPs, says they are based on the available medical evidence. 

Biker killed in island crash

A motorcyclist has died after being involved in a crash with two cars on the Isle of Wight. 

The vehicles collided on Coach Lane in Brading at about 20:20 last night, Hampshire Constabulary said. 

The biker was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

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Dorset Architectural Heritage Week: Your chance to see parts of the 19th Century building not usually open to the public

Rail passengers avoid paying correct fares

Up to one in 20 rail passengers could be travelling without a valid ticket on some routes, according to new research.

A sample of more than 23,000 South West Trains passengers found that as many as 5.5% avoid paying the correct fare.

South West Train
South West Trains

The study, carried out for the Department for Transport (DfT), discovered cases such as forged tickets, child impersonation and using tickets at the wrong time.  

Your pics: A nice day in the New Forest

Bestival exodus under way

The last major music festival of the summer is set to kick off as thousands head to Bestival.

Performing on the Big Top stage, Truth AMW will become the first disabled rapper to perform at the event.

Red Funnel terminal

Now in its 13th year, campsites at the festival at Robin Hill Country Park are set to open at 12:00.

Check your journey to the island with BBC Travel.

Jack Wilshere

Bournemouth loan signing Jack Wilshere is trying to stay fit by not taking part in full training, manager Eddie Howe says.

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Tribute to girl, 3, and unborn brother killed in A34 crash

The family of a three-year-old girl and her unborn baby brother who died after a crash have paid tribute to them.

Isla Wiggin, from Fleet in Hampshire, died in a collision on the A34 in Hinksey Hill, Oxfordshire, on 25 August.

Isla Wiggin
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Her unborn brother Harry also died as a result of the collision.

A lorry and seven cars were involved in the accident, which closed the northbound carriageway for almost 10 hours.

Power back on in Hamble

Power has been restored to homes and businesses in the Hamble area.

Scottish and Southern ElectricityNetworks said the power went off in the SO31 postcode area at about 04:30 BST. 

The company said power was restored just before 09:00.

About 550 homes were initially affected by the cut caused by a cable fault.