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Summary

  1. Troubled Sandown Bay Academy 'to be closed'
  2. Rowan Atkinson's home joins South award winners
  3. Ben Ainslie seeks first British America's Cup win
  4. Reading and Huddersfield players will wear black armbands during Championship play-off match

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BreakingLife sentence for man who attacked police officers

A man has been jailed for life after admitting he injured two police officers while they were attending a "domestic incident".

The pair needed hospital treatment after being hurt during the attack in Aldershot, Hampshire, on 7 February.

Simon Priest, 41, of Pegasus Avenue in Aldershot, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, attempted GBH with intent and possession of a Taser.

Priest also admitted escaping lawful custody and theft of handcuffs.

He received a life sentence and was ordered to serve a minimum of seven and a half years.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J7 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M4 westbound between J6, A355 (Slough) and J7, A4 (Slough West), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

House prices fall in Oxford

House prices in Oxford have fallen over the past 12 months according to a new report.

Hometrack says they dropped by 0.6% in the year to April.

It follows an 8.4% rise in the year before.

Oxford skyline
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Hometrack, which provides property data, believes the change is partly down to weaker demand.

In October we reported that Oxford had become the least affordable place to live in the UK, with property prices 16 times the average earnings of people living in the city.

There's always the BBC's 'Where Can I Afford to Live' calculator, but be prepared for a long commute!

'Mini Police' scheme launched

Linda Serck

BBC South

Thames Valley Police has launched a new scheme to get primary school children from Reading involved in local policing and community issues.

The force is unveiling its new 'Mini Police' - an interactive volunteering project for children aged 9 to eleven in years five and six at primary school.

Seventy pupils from Katesgrove, Park Lane and New Town schools will work with neighbourhood police teams.

A police spokesman said: "They will help with events such as community speed watch, representing the force at community events and have the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the police, with rewards such as visiting the police dog kennels."

The project originated in Durham Constabulary and has been established with the support and advice of the team there.

Changing of the Guard resumes

Linda Serck

BBC South

Hundreds of tourists have watched the Changing of the Guard ceremonies at Windsor Castle.

Changing of the Guard
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The popular event was cancelled on Wednesday in the wake of the Manchester attack to allow police officers, who would have been controlling road closures, to be re-deployed.

But earlier a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said the colourful spectacles, that attract large crowds both to Windsor and Buckingham Palace, would go ahead as scheduled.

More pictures of a house on a hill

We've got more images of the striking house Rowan Atkinson had built near Wallingford that has won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The building's construction was not without controversy, with some feeling its design was not in keeping with the rest of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), though some residents wrote letters of support.

It was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP with Berman Guedes Stretton.

RIBA award winning house in Wallingford
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RIBA award winning house in Wallingford
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RIBA award winning house in Wallingford
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RIBA award winning house in Wallingford
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Admittedly, your reactions have been mixed.

Cara Chapman says: "It's hideous - looks like some sort of secret government building with an ugly gate and security hut to go with it."

Renee Watson says: "Yuck! Looks like a dentist's and certainly doesn't suit the rolling green hills of Oxfordshire. Maybe I'm just old!"

Lucinda Ash adds: "It's probably amazing inside with the view down the hill. Not so much from the outside."

Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors

Lucy Worsley explores the different houses in which Jane Austen lived and stayed, in a new series on BBC Two.

She discovers just how much they shaped the novelist's life and novels. Jane Austen lived in Steventon, Chawton and Southampton at various points in her life, and is buried in Winchester.

Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors begins at 21:00 on Saturday on BBC Two.

Lucy Worsley
BBC

Paleontologist William Fox and his dinosaur discoveries celebrated on Isle of Wight

Fossils discovered by a Victorian clergyman, who had four dinosaurs named after him, are going on display on the Isle of Wight.

William Fox
Natural History Museum

Among Rev William Fox's finds was one of the first, almost complete dinosaurs - a partial skeleton of the small plant-eating Hypsilophodon.

Two free events are to be held in Brighstone by the Dinosaur Isle Museum and Royal Society to commemorate Fox - who had more dinosaurs named after him than any other Englishman.

Prof Paul Barrett, from London's Natural History Museum, will give a lecture later at the Wilberforce Hall on recent advances in the study of dinosaurs.

Tomorrow a new walking trail around Brighstone will be launched following routes that Fox may have used between the village and the cliffs where he made his discoveries.

Copies of a map will be available as free downloads from the Dinosaur Isle website.

Portsmouth's America's Cup business boost

Alastair Fee

Business Correspondent, BBC South

Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team, based in Portsmouth, is challenging for the right to face the America's Cup defending champions team USA's Oracle in the 35th America's Cup match.

If they do qualify and beat the Americans, the next race could be held in the Solent, meaning a £100m bonanza for Portsmouth.

Portsmouth could be in for an economic boost if Britain win's the America's Cup

BreakingMan admits attacking police officers in Aldershot

A man has admitted injuring two police officers while they were attending a domestic incident.

The pair needed hospital treatment after being hurt during the attack in Aldershot, Hampshire, on 7 February.

Simon Priest, 41, of Pegasus Avenue in Aldershot has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, attempted GBH with intent and possession of a taser.

Priest also admitted charges of escaping lawful custody and theft of handcuffs.

Severe disruption: A31 Hampshire westbound

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A31 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, before A31 Poulner Hill.

A31 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A31 westbound in Picket Post before Picket Post Services, because of a broken down lorry.

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

New movie releases reviewed on BBC Radio Oxford

Charles Nove is joined by James Luxford who reviews the new Pirates of the Caribbean.

British hopes for America's Cup

Isle of Wight election debate

Baby M's mother 'gave birth on pavement'

Officers investigating the discovery of a newborn baby's body in a park in Aldershot last week say the mother may have given birth on a pavement opposite a nearby garage.

Baby M's remains were found in Manor Park, Church Hill, last Friday.

Police said witnesses had reported seeing what appeared to be pools of blood on the pavement next to the park, opposite Kwik Fit.

Flowers laid outside park
BBC

Officers believe the body was left there between the evening of Sunday 14 May and Tuesday 16 May.

Audi apprentice killed himself after workplace 'banter'

An Audi apprentice mechanic killed himself after being locked in a cage and burned in garage "banter", an inquest heard.

George Cheese, 18, had been employed at the German company's Reading garage for six months when he was found hanged on 9 April 2015.

The "horseplay", which also included being hosed down and put in a car boot, contributed to his depression, said Coroner Peter Bedford.

He recorded a narrative verdict.

George Cheese
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BreakingMan found dead after Farnborough house fire

A man has been found dead following a house fire in Farnborough.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a house fire in Cumbria Court shortly after 22:00 on Thusday evening.

The body of a 52-year-old man was found in the building and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Hampshire Constabulary is not treating the death as suspicious. An investigation to establish the cause is under way.

Severe accident: A34 Berkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Berkshire northbound severe accident, between High Street and Bury Lane affecting M4 J13 Chieveley.

A34 Berkshire - A34 closed and queuing traffic northbound between East Ilsley and West Ilsley Turn Off, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Police directing traffic. Congestion to Chieveley.

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

Bank holiday events go on despite attack

In the aftermath of the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday, large-scale events planned for the bank holiday weekend have come under scrutiny.

The Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth will go ahead as planned. Organisers said: "Our security plan is a constantly evolving plan and not a static document.

"This plan is signed off by the police and they are happy with our plans and will be on site with us."

Common People
BBC

About 30,000 people are expected each day on Saturday and Sunday at the Common People Festival, held at two sites - Southampton Common and Oxford's South Park.

On Tuesday, festival organiser Rob da Bank said: "We can't let these people get us down. The message is 'the show will go on'."

Portsmouth crash victim named as Sheridan Harris

A pedestrian who died when she was knocked down by a car in Portsmouth earlier this month has been named as Sheridan Harris.

The 20-year-old who lived in Fareham died at the scene following the crash on Lake Road in the early hours of 13 May.

Convicted fraudster sought after conviction

A builder who absconded during his trial in which he was convicted for defrauded an elderly man of £34,500, is being sought by police.

John Hart, 62 from Pokesdown, Bournemouth was found guilty in his absence of one count of fraud relating to building work he carried out on the man's home in Swindon between October 2013 and August 2014.

Dorset Police appealed for information from anyone who knows his whereabouts.

John Hart
Dorset Police

Warning over stolen drain covers

Iron drain covers in Reading are being targeted by thieves, the borough council has warned.

Fifteen road gulley gratings have been stolen from the Tilehurst and Southcote areas in the last week.

Reading Borough Council said it was working to replace the missing covers as quickly as possible with a new anti-theft model and warned scrap merchants to be on the alert for stolen metal.

Drain cover
BBC

“As well as being expensive to replace these covers quickly, these thefts also present a real danger to road users. I would urge people to keep their eyes peeled and to call the police if they see anyone attempting to take a cover or acting suspiciously.”

Tony PageReading Borough Council

Beach play park set for Bank Holiday opening

Bournemouth's popular Alum Chine park is set to open this Bank Holiday weekend after undergoing major improvements during the spring.

The ‘treasure island’ themed playground, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous book, features a pirate ship set within a rugged, natural seaside landscape.

Timbers for the ship come from National Trust property Cotelle in Devon and were hauled out by heavy horse. Groyne timbers from the beach at Southbourne were also recycled into some of the planters and banking areas of the new playground.

Alum Chine
Bournemouth Borough Council

Man charged over hoax bomb calls

A man has been accused of making a series of hoax bomb threats.

Peter Osbourne, of no fixed address, was charged with four counts of making hoax calls, Gloucestershire Police said.

It relates to calls made on Wednesday about Wiltshire Police Headquarters, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Weymouth seafront in Dorset and Bath bus station.

Mr Osbourne, 56, is due to appear before magistrates in Bath later. Avon and Somerset Police were also involved in the cross-border operation.

'No GPs on duty' at NHS walk-in service

A troubled health trust has been ordered to improve its walk-in service, after inspectors found it sometimes had no GPs available to see patients.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust, which was placed in special measures in April, put walk-in patients at risk, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight
Google

The service, at St Mary's Hospital in Newport, has already been earmarked for closure during working hours from July.

Island NHS commissioners said it was "poor value for money".

BreakingCliff Richard settles case with police

Breaking News image
BBC

Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police settle legal fight over reports naming him as suspected sex offender.

The singer sought damages from the force, and the BBC, over media coverage of a police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in 2014.

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard settles case with police

Sir Cliff had sought "substantial" compensation after coverage of a sexual assault investigation.

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Rob da Bank on Common People

BBC Introducing Solent presenter Steph Niewenhuys was live earlier from the Common people Festival in Southampton with festival organiser, Rob Da Bank.

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Bank Holiday rail disruption in Hampshire

BBC News Travel

Network Rail is urging passengers to check before they travel over the Bank Holiday weekend, when engineers will be carrying out work in Hampshire.

The work involves track renewals at Portcreek Viaduct in Hampshire.

As a result, the following changes will be in place:

  • All lines in the Portsmouth area will be closed throughout the weekend
  • The lines between Havant and Cosham will be closed on Saturday

Vandals hit Bournemouth school

Vandals have caused several thousand pounds of damage at a Bournemouth school.

Containers on the field at Stourfield Junior School were broken into some time on Tuesday.

PE equipment was then used to damage a wooden play trail and outdoor learning area.

Vandalism damage
Stourfield Junior School

'Enhanced security' at England v South Africa cricket match

With England taking on South Africa in a One Day International tomorrow at Southampton's Ageas Bowl, Hampshire police have urged spectators to arrive early for "enhanced security checks" put in place following the bomb attack in Manchester.

Ageas Bowl
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"It is normal procedure for us to work with event organisers in the run up to all large scale events to ensure they can run these safely and securely. We have been working closely with the organisers of the One Day International and are continuing to assess the situation to make sure the correct level of security is in place. People should not be surprised to see additional resources being deployed at any event at the moment due to the current heightened security level.

BreakingNew chair for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

The troubled Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new chairwoman.

Lynne Hunt was previously vice chair of Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust came under fire after Connor Sparrowhawk drowned at its Slade House facility in Oxford.

In August 2016 Katrina Percy stepped down as head of Southern Health over "media attention" after it failed to properly investigate hundreds of deaths. Interim chairman Tim Smart was criticised after it emerged a £240,000 a year post was "created for her". He resigned in September for "personal reasons".

Lynne Hunt
Southern Health

“Southern Health has been on a journey in recent years, and I see my appointment as being an important next step as the Trust continues on this journey of improvement. With this new leadership and a board of newly appointed Non-Executive Directors we can influence and develop a culture of change and improvement that will benefit staff and patients, aspiring for excellence at every opportunity.

Lynne HuntSouthern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Police appeal over M4 hit-and-run

Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for witnesses following a hit-and-run incident earlier this month on the M4 near Reading which left a man seriously injured.

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