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  1. Andover man appears in court over A34 crash in which four people were killed
  2. Chinese porcelain collection to be divided
  3. Bible reading marathon at Winchester Cathedral continues
  4. Capsized sailor saved by off-duty lifeguard off Dorset coast
  5. Music fans continue to arrive at Bestival after delays getting on to the site yesterday
  6. Updates on Friday 9 September

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Tracy Houghton

A lorry driver appears in court charged with causing the deaths of a mother and three children killed in an eight-vehicle crash.

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That's all for this week

The BBC Local Live service for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight will resume on Monday at 08:00.

Thanks for joining us and we will see you next week.

Number one for Hampshire duo

The Hampshire band Ward Thomas have made chart history by becoming the first UK country act to score a number one album.  

Ward Thomas

22-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas from Petersfield have gone straight in at the top with their second studio album Cartwheels.

We literally don't know how to find the words. This is completely crazy. We were just hoping for Top 40 and then here we are now!

Ward Thomas

Broken Trust

Broken Trust, BBC South's investigation into the troubled South Health NHS Trust, is available on the BBC iPlayer.

As the chief executive leaves her post, David Fenton looks at whether the trust that failed to investigate hundreds of deaths has done enough to silence its critics.  

Southern Health meeting

Heritage Open Days in Hampshire and Dorset

Heritage Open Days runs over this weekend giving a chance to go behind the scenes at historical places - some of which the public don't generally get a chance to see. 

Here's this year's listings for Hampshire and Dorset.

Bursledon brickworks museum chimney
Colin Babb

UK-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'jailed on secret charges'

A British-Iranian mother has been jailed for five years in Iran on "secret charges", her husband says. 

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Richard Ratcliffe, originally from Fleet, Hampshire, said charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April, had called him from prison and said: "I can't bear to be in this place any longer." 

She also said she missed her two-year-old daughter Gabriella "all the time". 

Gabriella's passport was taken after her mother's arrest. The child is staying with her grandparents in Iran. 

Kumar Sangakkara

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport

Surrey's slim chances of winning the Division One title end as they draw with relegation-threatened Hampshire.

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Eid-Ul-Adha celebrated in Southampton

An open air event is planned in Southampton on Monday 12 September in celebration of Eid-Ul-Adha.

Nazrul Tarafdar and Shere Sattar have been telling BBC Radio Solent's Tim Daykin about the festival.

indecent exposure suspect sought

Dorset Police have issued an e-fit image of a man suspected of indecent exposure against a 13-year-old girl in Christchurch.

The girl was walking her dog in the Priory View Road area of Burton when a man approached her in his van and asked for directions before indecently exposing himself.

Cons Jo Davis said it was a "distressing incident for the young victim".

Police e-fit
Dorset Police

Bestival-goers get in the party mood

Roz Tappenden

BBC South


Two charged in Michael Freshwater case

Detectives investigating the murder of Michael Freshwater have charged two men with drug offences.

He was found dead at his flat in Westridge Road, Southampton, on 29 April. 

Michael Freshwater
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Michael Freshwater was found dead at his flat in Westridge Road

Two Southampton men, aged 34 and 29, were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs. They are due to appear at Southampton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Three men arrested for murder remain on bail pending further inquiries.

Surrey v Hampshire: Harinath completes half-century

Latest from Surrey v Hampshire in the County Championship.

Arun Harinath follows partner Kumar Sangakkara by reaching a half-century - his arriving off 100 balls with a single from the bowling of Gareth Andrew.

Surrey still need another 62 to avoid an innings defeat but this is looking increasingly like the game will end in a draw.

If so, Surrey hopes of winning the title will officially be over as they will be 27 points behind leaders Middlesex with only one match to play - away at Durham next week.

Five Syrian families set for Isle of Wight

Leisure centre plan gets green light

Man arrested over knifepoint robbery

Detectives have arrested a man in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Bournemouth.

A man entered Costcutter in Ripon Road brandishing a kitchen knife and demanding money on Wednesday evening.

A female member of staff at the counter pressed a warning buzzer and the man left the store without any money being handed over.

A 35-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and is currently helping officers with inquiries.  

Bestival under way at Robin Hill Country Park

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

Thousands of festival-goers are braving the drizzle to make the journey to Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight for this year's Bestival.

The festival, curated by former Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank has  "the future" as its theme, so look out for space-age costumes for tomorrow's fancy dress parade. 

Major Lazer and Skepta are tonight's headliners on the main stage with Ride, The Cure and Sean Paul also on the line-up over the weekend.


Poole bridge closure warning

Advance warning that there coulld be travel disruption in Poole from Monday as work starts on a major £4.7m overhaul of the 85-year-old Poole Bridge.

Poole Bridge will be closed to all road traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians, for nine months.

A diversion route will be in place for motorists via the Twin Sails Bridge.

Poole Bridge
Steve Daniels
Yemi Odubade

Eastleigh striker Yemi Odubade has left the Spitfires by mutual consent after three years with the National League club.

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Bible reading marathon at Winchester Cathedral continues

Volunteers are about two thirds of the way through the Old Testament in their effort to read the Bible cover-to-cover to raise money for the restoration of Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral Bible reading
Winchester Cathedral
Brig Alastair Bruce, the mayor of Winchester Jane Rutter and BBC presenters Sally Taylor and Bruce Parker began the marathon bible reading on Wednesday

One-hundred-and-fifty people began reading aloud from the 66 books in the Bible on Wednesday, expecting to take about 75 hours. Students from The Pilgrims’ School are currently reading from the book Ezekiel.

Funds raised are going towards restoring the cathedral's presbytery roof and 16th century vault as well as developing a new education centre. It will also create new exhibition space for the illuminated 12th Century Winchester Bible.

crime scene

A man admits attacking a 17-year-old girl with a hammer, leaving her with "life-changing injuries".

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The collection of 17th Century Chinese ceramics - housed in Dorset - which is about to be broken up

After Sir Michael Butler's death, his children are about to sell this unique collection.

Ironman Weymouth race 'will be spectacular'

Ironman Weymouth race director Alan Rose told BBC Radio Solent's Steve Harris that Sunday's event will be "pretty spectacular".

Man in court over fatal A34 West Ilsley crash

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with a crash in which a mother and three children died.

Tracy Houghton, 45, from Dunstable, her two sons, Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith died in the eight-vehicle crash on the A34 northbound between Chieveley and West Ilsley in Berkshire on 10 August.

Tomasz Kroker, 30, from Trajan Walk, Andover, appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Reading Crown Court on 10 October.

Video: A trip to Watership Down

If you're stuck in the office this morning, let's take you on a trip to some of Hampshire's most beautiful countryside.

BBC South Today's Roger Finn has been to the beauty spot which inspired Richard Adams's famous book Watership Down in the company of an Italian artist for whom the story has changed his life.

Finn's Country

Mobility scooter rescue on Purbeck coast

The Swanage coastguard team has given more details about the operation to help an elderly man whose mobility scooter toppled over on the Downs near Swanage last night.

The man was described as being "in good spirits but also in considerable pain".

He was taken to a nearby lifeboat training room where he was treated by paramedics before a decision was made to fly him to hospital in Southampton. 

Zoll defibrillato

Police are "scratching their heads" over the theft of a life-saving defibrillator from a hospital in Dorset.

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Green Flag award for Avon Heath

Avon Heath County Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for being one of the most beautiful open spaces in the UK.

Avon Heath
Mike Faherty

The county council-owned site is Dorset's largest country park and home to important heathland and rare wildlife. 

The Green Heritage accreditation is given for high standards in the management and interpretation of sites.

Royal visit to Portsmouth cancelled over health fears

The Princess Royal has cancelled her public engagements next week - including one in Portsmouth - because she is "feeling unwell", Buckingham Palace has said.

Princess Anne, 66, is understood to have had some tests at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Wednesday.

Braemar Gathering on Saturday
Princess Anne was at the Braemar Gathering on Saturday

Buckingham Palace said the Queen's daughter had been suffering from a bad chest infection and had cancelled her engagements on the advice of doctors.

She had been due to visit the Boathouse 4 exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Thursday,

Road closures for Ironman Weymouth triathlon

More than 2,700 competitors are set to descend on West Dorset for the Ironman Weymouth triathlon event on Sunday.

It starts with a swim in Weymouth Bay followed by a run though the resort and the small matter of a 112-mile cycle ride through the west Dorset countryside.

There are a series of road closures planned throughout the day.

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Your pics: A bright start in Portsmouth

Thanks to Ange Potter for this spectacular sunrise over Portsmouth.

Ange Potter
Newport fire station

Emergency calls to Isle of Wight's fire service, currently dealt with in Surrey, are to be handed over to a control room in Hampshire from next year.

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Dolphins snapped off the Dorset coast

Winchester to handle island's fire calls

Calls to Isle of Wight's fire service, currently dealt with in Surrey, are to be handed over to a control room in Hampshire.

Isle of Wight councillors have agreed to switch control rooms when the island's contract with Surrey Fire and Rescue ends in 2017.

Under the latest plans, 999 calls would be answered in Winchester from 1 April.

Isle of Wight fire service truck
Isle of Wight fire service

Defibrillator theft at Wareham Community Hospital baffles police

Police have been left "scratching their heads" over the theft of a life-saving defibrillator from a hospital.

Zoll defibrillator
Dorset Police

The device, which cost more than £1,000, was taken from Wareham Community Hospital in Dorset.

A defibrillator is used to treat life-threatening conditions that affect the rhythm of the heart.

Dorset police said the device could not be used "at will" and would be "useless on a night out or for effectively dealing with a snoring partner".

Live cricket: Surrey v Hampshire

BBC Sport

Surrey trail Hampshire by 230 runs with 10 wickets remaining ahead of day three of their County Championship Division One match. 

Follow today's play and listen to live commentary from BBC Radio Solent.

Play starts at 10:30.

Sean Ervine
Jack Wilshere

Arsene Wenger says he hopes midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is on loan at Bournemouth, will spend the rest of his career at Arsenal.

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