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Summary

  1. Soldiers placed at nuclear sites in Berkshire
  2. Three arrested in teen sex offence probe
  3. Hunt for dashcam footage of Baby M mum
  4. 'Huge monster' wasp nests found in Basingstoke loft

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One-minute silence in Oxford

Paul Jenner

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford joined the rest of the country by holding a one-minute silence today.

Football: Crewe hunting Hollands' replacement after Eastleigh swoop

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The Crewe Alexandra manager says he's now searching for a new midfielder after Eastleigh signed Danny Hollands from the Alex.

Danny Hollands
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The ex-Bournemouth, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth man, 31, joined Crewe on a free transfer in August.

But he's turned down a new contract with the League Two club as he still lives down in Hampshire and Eastleigh's offer was too good to turn down.

He's moving back close to his Portsmouth home. But that's football. It means I've got to look for another midfielder now

David ArtellCrewe Alexandra manager

Drinking coffee 'could stave off liver cancer'

A University of Southampton study suggests coffee could lower the risk of liver cancer

Increasing coffee consumption may help to stave off liver cancer, a new study from Southampton University researchers suggests.

They found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer.

Cup of coffee
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Even decaffeinated coffee can have a protective effect, they found. Experts examined data from 26 studies involving more than 2.25 million participants.

Compared with people who drank no coffee, those who drank one cup had a 20% lower risk of developing HCC, according to the study, published in the journal BMJ Open. Those who consumed two cups had a 35% reduced risk and for those who drank five cups, the risk was halved.

Oxfordshire golfer Eddie Pepperell looks to future

Leigh Park teen sex probe suspects released

Three men arrested on suspicion of sex offences against three teenage girls in Hampshire have been released from custody but remain under investigation, Hampshire Constabulary has said.

The alleged offences took place in Leigh Park in Havant between Monday and the early hours of Tuesday.

Hampshire Constabulary is carrying out searches at a property on the housing estate in Park Parade.

The suspects are aged 20, 36, and 43, and are from Havant.

Man killed in motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Penwood, near Basingstoke, at about 19:30 yesterday.

Hampshire Constabulary said the 21-year-old man from Thatcham was pronounced dead at the scene on Foxs Lane.

His next-of-kin have been informed.

He was riding a Yamaha motorcycle, and Sgt Jon Bates, from the joint roads policing unit, said investigators were looking for anyone "who may have seen the collision or saw the motorcycle prior to the incident".

Two men charged with Southampton murder

Marcus White

BBC South

Two men have been charged with the murder of Albanian man Shkelzen Dauti, who was found in a Southampton street with a stab wound to the chest.

The 21-year-old, known as Genny, died in hospital after he was found in Gilpin Close in the early hours of Saturday 11 March.

Shkelzen Dauti
Hampshire Constabulary

Christopher Jones, 27, of Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales and Lee Marc Williams, 27, of Lixwm Village, Flintshire, North Wales have both been charged with murder.

They are due before Southampton magistrates tomorrow.

Renewed appeal after hit-and-run on cyclist

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses after a man suffered serious head injuries when "deliberately" knocked down in an apparent hit-and-run.

The 30-year-old was struck by a silver Vauxhall Astra on Colewell Close in Southampton, on Monday.

The man, along with another cyclist, was followed through the Shirley Towers estate by the car, with several people inside, at about 22:00 BST.

The car is believed to have been driven on to a grassed area where it struck the cyclist then drove off.

Colewell Close
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"We believe this was a deliberate act and as such are investigating the incident as a serious assault," Hampshire Constabulary said.

The drivers of a red VW Polo and a grey Vauxhall Astra may have valuable information about what happened, it added.

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for M40 and J17 for A412.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J16 M40 and J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

British Transport Police to patrol trains

Specialist firearms officers will patrol trains nationwide after the UK's terror threat level was raised to , British Transport Police has announced.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: "By having firearms officers on board trains we’re ensuring that trains remain as safe as possible for passengers.

"Our patrols will be highly visible and passengers should feel comforted by their presence."

Guilty plea in Oxford murder

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

A man has admitted stabbing a father to death on Valentine's Day.

Domingos Ramalho, 35, from Oxford, was attacked on 14 February in Windmill Road in the Headington area of the city.

Egidio Da Silva Alves, 28, of The Slade, Oxford, has now admitted his murder.

Da Silva appeared at Oxford Crown Court earlier and was remanded in custody.

He will be sentenced on 23 June.

Family 'heartbroken' after woman's death in car crash

Linda Serck

BBC South

The family of a Berkshire woman killed in a car crash have paid tribute to a 24-year-old who "had so many dreams".

Elisha Clarke, a student from Derwent Road, Thatcham, died on 22 May following the crash on the A303 near Andover, Hampshire on 12 May.

In a statement her family said they were "heartbroken at the loss" of "lovely Elisha".

Ms Clarke had been a passenger in one of the cars. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Elisha Clarke
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RNLI demonstrate floating survival technique

The RNLI has released its annual casualty figures for coastal areas and issued advice on what to do should you fall in water.

Sudden immersion in cold water puts people at severe risk of suffering cold water shock, which triggers the instinctive but life-threatening reaction to gasp uncontrollably and swim hard, which can quickly lead to drowning.

Instead, the charity recommends laying back in the water and floating for more than a minute.

The RNLI demonstrates how to help sea survival chances by floating

More armed police to guard Reading v Huddersfield at Wembley

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Extra armed police officers will be deployed for Reading's playoff final at Wembley on Monday, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Wembley
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The UK terror threat level was yesterday raised to 'critical' following the bomb attack in Manchester.

Shed heaven

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC South

A vicar in Portsmouth has created a cathedral-like space in his garden shed.

The Very Reverend Julian Kent started converting his shed into a place of worship five years ago.

It's been kitted out with statues, pews and even an organ and it's been nominated for Shed of the Year.

A Portsmouth vicar has created a cathedral-like space in his garden shed.
Crewe Alexandra midfielder Danny Hollands

Eastleigh sign Crewe Alexandra midfielder Danny Hollands after he turned down a contract offer at Gresty Road.

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South pays respects to Manchester victims

Hampshire Constabulary minute silence
Hampshire Constabulary

A minute's silence was observed nation-wide this morning.

Thames Valley Police minute silence
Thames Valley Police
Police came out to pay their respects

Flags outside council buildings are flying at half mast.

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Reading and Wokingham councils have opened a book of condolences for the victims of the Manchester attack.

It is is open for the public to add their thoughts.

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Kennedy tribute to Irish squad effort

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

London Irish boss Nick Kennedy admitted their promotion back to the Premiership was a true squad effort.

Irish secured an immediate return to the top flight after beating Yorkshire Carnegie 84-66 on aggregate in an eventful Championship play-off final.

Alex Lewington and Brendan McKibbin
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Irish only lost won league game in their season as they dominated the Championship

"It is the players' hard work that's testament to this," director of rugby Kennedy told BBC Sport.

"We've asked them to do an awful lot this season and they've been incredible and I've so much respect for them."

Alex Lewington and Brendan McKibbin

Kennedy tribute to Irish squad effort

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy hails a true squad effort after their promotion back to the Premiership.

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Snow on the canal in May

According to Bethan Phillips, there was "so much willow fluff falling on the Oxford canal yesterday it looked like snow".

Oxford canal
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It may look like Winter, but it sure doesn't feel like it out there.

Oxfordshire County Council is asking residents to "get prepared and be aware of the dangers that a hot spell can bring", including the risks of cooling off in open waters.

Man arrested after woman 'seriously injured' in Reading assault

A 29 year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of assault with injury after a woman sustained "serious injuries" during an altercation in Lorne Street.

The indecent happened at about 04:30 on 14 May when police said a man and woman had a verbal and physical altercation.

The woman, who is in her 30s, fell into the road and was taken to hospital by ambulance, where she remains. The man was released on bail.

Heathrow runway should not cross M25, say BA owners

Heathrow Airport's new third runway should be built so it doesn't cross the M25, according to the company that owns British Airways.

The plans suggest the motorway would pass under the runway through a tunnel, and its submission to the government's consultation on its national policy statement, which closes tomorrow, IAG warns of the scheme's cost and complexity.

Heathrow airport
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They say it will add two or three billion pounds to the cost of the project.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has previously said a ramp over the motorway would be "cheaper and quicker" than building a tunnel for the M25 under the new runway and would cause less disruption for drivers during construction.

Abingdon garage gutted by fire

A garage in Abingdon was gutted by fire on Tuesday but firefighters stopped the blaze spreading to the next-door house.

They were called at 18:04 to Eason Drive where a large double garage was reported to be on fire.

The house
OFRS

Four firefighters entered the building and used high-pressure hoses to extinguish and contain the fire, then used high powered positive pressure vans to remove smoke from the building.

Incident commander Neil Priestley said: “Fortunately the house had working smoke alarms that helped to alert the occupier to the fire.

"Without the early detection the fire could have been even more intense and potentially spread further into the main house.”

Reading Council staff join minute's silence

Reading staff
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Reading silence
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Hunt for dash cam footage of Baby M mum in 'distressed state'

Motorists with dash cams are being asked to check their footage after the body of a newborn baby was found in a park.

The girl's remains were found in Manor Park, Church Hill, in Aldershot on Friday afternoon.

Detectives believe "Baby M" may have been delivered under a nearby oak tree sometime between 16:00 BST on Sunday 14 May and anytime on Tuesday 16 May.

Police are asking if anyone has footage of someone "in a distressed state, walking uncomfortably or squatting or leaning against the trees opposite Kwik Fit" between these times.

Manor Park
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'No terror links' in Windsor barracks arrests

Police say there are no links with terrorism to the arrest of two men after a car was left unattended outside a barracks in Windsor.

Officers were called to the home of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards at Victoria Barracks at 21:00. yesterday after receiving reports of two men "acting suspiciously".

The two suspects were arrested and later released without charge.

Reading could make £300m from promotion

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Reading could make more than £290 million if they achieve promotion, according to an accountancy firm.

The Royals face Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday, in what is commonly referred to as "the richest game in football".

Reading celebrate
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Jaap Stam and Reading Football Club could have plenty to celebrate on Monday...

Figures from Deloitte say that promotion to the Premier League for either side will see an uplift in revenue of at least £170m, rising to more than £290m if they survive their first season in the Premier League.

A lot of that money will come from broadcast rights, central distributions and parachute payments from the League.

There is some good news for money-hungry Reading fans (or potentially, some new owners).

The past 10 seasons to 2016/17, 60% of promoted clubs have avoided relegation in their first season in the division.

Soldiers deployed to nuclear sites

Soldiers have been stationed at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites in Berkshire.

Troops have been deployed in Burghfield and Aldermaston as part of Operation Temperer, which allows the government to deploy soldiers to support police officers in key locations following a major terrorist attack.

Aldermaston is responsible for making Britain's Trident nuclear warheads and stores nuclear waste from Royal Navy submarines.

Aldermaston AWE
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An AWE statement said: "This is a precautionary measure so that if the on-site police are requested to deploy officers away from AWE, in support of national security, the Army will step into those roles.

"Army personnel will only be used in roles for which they are already suitably trained, and neither safety nor security at AWE will be compromised at any time."

Police officer guilty of 'appalling' betrayal of trust

A police officer has been told he committed an "appalling" betrayal of trust after he was found guilty of "inappropriate" behaviour towards two teenage girls.

Pc Keith Burgess, a neighbourhood officer, was convicted of two counts of misconduct in public office over "sexualised" messages and actions towards the girls in 2014 and 2015.

Keith Burgess
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Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen, of Hampshire Police, said: "They welcomed him into their homes and trusted him to help, but he betrayed that trust in the most appalling way.

“We demand the highest standards from all our police officers and staff and the public can rightly expect us to robustly investigate any abuse of their position of power.

"There is no place in policing for those who ignore their professional duty and moral responsibility.”

Floating is better than swimming for increasing sea survival, says RNLI

Floating after falling into the sea rather than trying to swim, is more likely to ensure your survival, a new RNLI campaign says.

Floating man
RNLI

The instinct to swim, panic and thrash about increases the chances of water getting in the lungs and puts a strain on the heart.

The Dorset-based charity's Ross Macleod said practising floating was a "survival skill".

Latest figures from the charity show 162 people lost their lives on the UK coast in 2016.

Long delays on A44 after two-car crash

'Huge monster' wasp's nest found in Basingstoke loft

Shane Jones from Ridtek Pest Control says he pulled this "huge monster of a nest" out of a loft in a house just outside Basingstoke yesterday.

The nest and Shane Jones
Shane Jones

He said: "Imagine how many wasps where in this, thousands I reckon!

"In fact there were 10 wasps nests in this property. It was a circa 1600 building that is being renovated. Lots of old nests.

The nests
Shane Jones

"The painters stuck their heads in the loft yesterday and made a quick retreat. Two of the nests were active and the rest old, like the one in the picture.

"The most amazing thing is we are already treating wasps nests and its very early in the year for that, maybe due to the mild weather."

Three arrested in Leigh Park teen sex offence probe

Police investigating allegations of sexual offences against teenage girls in Leigh Park, Havant have arrested three men.

The reported assaults took place between Monday and the early hours of Tuesday.

Officers are carrying out investigations at a property in Park Parade on the housing estate.

Police said the men, aged 20, 36, and 43, from Havant have been arrested on suspicion of a number of sexual offences.

The force said all three remain in custody.

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Latest headlines: Parties to resume local campaigning after minute's silence

  • A minute's silence is to be held at 11:00BST across the UK in memory of the 22 people who were killed in the Manchester attack. After the silence most political parties will resume their local campaigning
  • A family from Wantage in Oxfordshire say they're desperate to send their baby to the US for pioneering surgery to remove a life threatening tumour from inside his heart
  • The number of fines for litter and dog fouling has halved in East Hampshire after the District Council replaced private enforcement officers with its own staff
  • Increasing coffee consumption may help to stave off liver cancer, a new study from researchers at the University of Southampton suggests

Oxford's Queen Street: 18-month 'experiment' to pedestrianise route

People in Oxford are being asked for their say on a proposed "experimental" 18-month ban on buses and taxis from using a major city centre route.

Queen Street
Lewis Clarke

Queen Street was made pedestrians only from June to November last year during the redevelopment of the Westgate Shopping Centre.

Oxfordshire County Council's consultation outlines a plan to close it again to all vehicles to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. A decision is expected in July.