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That all from the BBC Local Live for today. The service will resume at 08:00 on Thursday.

You can still get in touch via email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCDorset.    

Woman raped in house after night out

Great George Street sign

A young woman is raped at a house in Weymouth after a night out.

Great George Street sign

Woman raped in house after night out

A young woman is raped at a house in Weymouth after a night out.

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Latest headlines: Saints takeover speculation

Thoughts on Saints' takeover speculation

Adam Blackmore

BBC Radio Solent sports editor

News of this nature is always unsettling for supporters, and the timing for fans and players is not good, given they have a massive match against Inter Milan looming.

But the Chinese interest has been around for a long time, and this news is not surprising given the Chinese government’s enthusiasm to get involved in football.

The big question for fans will be about stability and investment. Ultimately if this is going to happen, they will want to know the club is in good hands. And everything we know about the way Saints has been run tells us they are a responsible club, a family club, and they have good business values. 

I cannot believe Katerina Liebherr and chairman Ralph Krueger would jeopardise the club’s progress in any sale.

If this sale does happen, I don’t believe it will be soon, I think there is a long way to go.  

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Virgil van Dijk
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Dorset travel warning: Sandbanks ferry to be suspended during maintenance work

Saints the 22nd richest club in the world

Southampton players training

With news that Southampton FC could be subject to a £200m takeover by a firm from China, the BBC contacted Deloitte, who look at the world of football finance every 12 months.

Earlier this year, the Deloitte Football Money League pitched Saints as the 22nd wealthiest club in the world, with revenue of $149.5 in 2014/15, which would be the equivalent of £122m in 2016.

New beach huts plan set for approval

Beach huts at Canford Cliffs
Mike Faherty

Plans to spend £1.79m demolishing and rebuilding dozens of beach huts in order to stabilise the cliffs at Poole are recommended for approval.

Beach huts at Canford Cliffs

New beach huts plan set for approval

Plans to spend £1.79m demolishing and rebuilding dozens of beach huts in order to stabilise the cliffs at Poole are recommended for approval.

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When an astronaut meets a Paralympic champion...

Astronaut Tim Peake has met British Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman - who won a silver medal at Rio - during a visit to Portsmouth where he will be awarded an honorary degree later by the university.

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Weather outlook: Cold with a risk of frost

It'll be another dry, cold night with a widespread frost and a risk of patchy fog in rural areas.   

Lows of about 3C (37F).

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 2 November 2016

Tomorrow will start cold and bright start. 

However, cloud will thicken through the morning with patchy rain slowly spreading in from the west towards the end of the afternoon.  

Highs of about 11C (51F).

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 3 November 2016

For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC Weather site.

Your pictures: Tangerine sky over Southbourne

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher "Heath Observer" for this picture of the breathtaking sunrise at Southbourne, Bournemouth, this morning.

Sunrise at Southbourne
Heath Observer

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

New Forest Centre

Plans to close the New Forest visitor information centre (VIC) are given the go-ahead by the district council's cabinet.

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Bank robber who shot customer jailed

A man who shot a customer with an airgun during an attempted bank robbery has been jailed for 16-and-a-half years. 

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Hampshire police

A court heard Jonathan Pay, 46, of Lindford, opened fire on a customer who had wrestled him to the floor during the raid in Liphook, Hampshire, on 16 May.

A second unidentified robber stabbed the customer before both men fled.

Police said the 50-year-old victim was left with a pellet in the base of his skull which cannot be safely removed.  

Pay admitted two counts of attempted robbery, wounding with intent and having an imitation firearm with intent.

Havant 'loan sharks' jailed

Two Havant men have each been jailed for two years and nine months for running an illegal money lending business in Havant and Portsmouth.

A court heard Kevin White, 56, of Bramdean Drive, and Adrian Dowse, 46, of Botley Drive, charged up to 50% interest on loans to minicab drivers and other people, for cars and cash.

The pair pleaded guilty to failing to register with the Financial Conduct Authority, failing to hold a credit licence and two counts under the Proceeds of Crime Act.


Man arrested in Portsmouth over Scotland Yard bribery inquiry

Southern denies 'profit hoarding' claim

Union bosses have accused trouble-hit Southern rail of "hoarding profits" as passengers face disruption and further strike action.

Speaking after "chaotic" disruption this week, the RMT accused the firm of failing to invest in its services.

Southern said the union had "got it wrong" and the firm "made a loss last year and is not expected to make any profit this year either".

Southern Railway worker
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Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A3090 and J12 for A335 affecting J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M3 southbound between J11, A3090 (Winchester South) and J12, A335 (Eastleigh), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Congestion to J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout).

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Saints boss Puel on takeover rumours

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Claude Puel

Southampton manager Claude Puel has been speaking ahead of Saints' high-profile Europa League match against Italian giants Inter Milan on Thursday.

Asked about the speculation surrounding the club with a possible takeover by a Chinese business group, the Frenchman admitted it was "not a decision for him to concern himself with".

"The future of the club is a decision for the chairman," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"All my confidence is with the chairman and the people in the club, because they have built this club with fantastic support and very good organisation."

Motorist admits causing cyclist death

A motorist has told an inquest how he hit a cyclist and drove off leaving him fatally injured in the road. 

Brian Tozer, 46, was struck by the vehicle in Andover in the early hours of 6 March and died later in hospital.

Brian Tozer
Brian Tozer

In September, Michael O'Shea, 28, of Roman Way, was given a suspended jail sentence for failing to stop, after a court was told Mr Tozer died "owing the presence" of O'Shea's car.

In his ruling, coroner Grahame Short said: "I am not calling this an accident. It was a collision."  

BreakingSpeculation on Saints future

BBC Radio Solent's Adam Blackmore on the speculation surrounding a possible Saints takeover. 

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Wimborne TIC 'saved for a further three years'

Tristan Pascoe

BBC Dorset political reporter

A Tourist Information Centre (TIC) that was threatened with closure three years ago, but was granted a temporary stay of execution by the council, will remain for a further three years.

Priest's House Museum
Mike Searle

After the original threat to close Wimborne's TIC a petition with 5,000 signatures against the plans was gathered within two weeks.

East Dorset District Council said the existing funding arrangement for the centre at the Priest’s House Museum would continue for at least three more years.

There’ll be more on the realignment of TIC provision in Dorset on Sunday Politics South this weekend.

New Forest visitor centre closure confirmed by cabinet

Plans to close the New Forest visitor information centre (VIC) has been confirmed by the district council's cabinet.

The walk-in centre in Lyndhurst provides tourist information and accommodation booking services. 

New Forest District Council's review said visitors increasingly used online services to plan stays. 

The national park authority said it was in talks over the provision of tourist information services.

New Forest Centre
The VIC is housed in the New Forest centre, along with an independent museum and gift shop

Pedestrian, 89, hit by car dies

New Milton crash scene
Kai Leedham
The car crashed and rolled onto its roof in Whitefield Road

A woman aged 89 dies in hospital after being hit by a car which crashed and rolled onto its roof in New Milton.

New Milton crash scene

Pedestrian, 89, hit by car dies

A woman aged 89 dies in hospital after being hit by a car which crashed and rolled onto its roof in New Milton.

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BBC Children in Need: Choices Advocacy, Southampton

Choices Advocacy is just one of the many charities than benefit from money given to BBC Children in Need.

The project provides advocacy support to learning disabled young people.

Dealing with alopecia

How do you cope with going bald when you're a teenage girl?

My memories of Damien

It's 20 years since Damien Nettles vanished. Earlier this year, the BBC produced a documentary looking at the case. 

Here, Damien's mother, Valerie, recalls her memories of her son growing up.

Damien's mum, Valerie retells her memories of her son growing up.

Southern dispute: Both sides remain entrenched

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Hundreds of members of the RMT Union descended on Parliament to protest against changes to the role of conductors   

Tim Peake 'back on home turf' in Portsmouth

Man attacked with golf club sustains fractured skull

A man has been seriously injured after being attacked by a man with a golf club outside a pub in Dorset.

Red Lion Hotel

The victim, aged in his 60s, was hit over the head with the club outside the Red Lion pub in North Street, Wareham.

He sustained a fractured skull and is receiving treatment in hospital. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.  

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm. Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

Schoolgirl among astronaut Tim Peak's biggest fans

A Swindon schoolgirl who tweeted a picture of her homework to British astronaut Tim Peake while he was on the International Space Station, is getting his attention again today.

Maj Peake was so impressed with Amelia Patterson's work he tweeted her back.

Now the eight-year-old, from Swindon, Wiltshire, is speaking at the UK Space Agency’s Schools Conference in Portsmouth, where the main speaker at the event is Maj Peake.

Southampton's Long ruled out of Republic of Ireland match in Austria

Southampton striker Shane Long has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria on 12 November.

Shane Long
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Long, 29, injured a hamstring during last week's Europa League defeat away to Inter Milan.

His absence is a big blow to Martin O'Neill as the Republic aim to build on their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Two of Dundalk's Europa League heroes - Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle - are in the provisional 35-man squad.

Dealing with male infertility

Trying for a baby is hard at the best of times, but for men sometimes the real problem can be a lack of support.

Dealing with male infertility

Driver who died in Harley Mauditt head-on crash named

A motorist who died in a head-on crash on a Hampshire road has been named. 

Rafal Zielinski, 40, from Reading, Berkshire, was driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa when it collided with a Peugeot van in Harley Mauditt, near Alton, on 24 October. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The van driver and his passenger sustained minor injuries. 

Police have appealed for witnesses. 

Damien Nettles disappearance: Mum Valerie on 20th anniversary

The mother of missing Isle of Wight teenager Damien Nettles has spoken of the "immense sadness" she feels on the 20th anniversary of his disappearance.

Valerie Nettles

The 16-year-old went missing after a night out with friends in Cowes on 2 November 1996. He is believed to have been murdered.

No-one has ever been charged over his disappearance. Eight people were arrested in 2011 but later released with no further action.

There's just an immense sadness that we're still treading this path. We'd dearly want to know where he is so we can give him a decent burial. We just want some justice for Damien and some answers.There needs to be more energy [from Hampshire police], less cynical tired and jaded press releases and more enthusiasm to solve the case."

Valerie NettlesMother of missing Damien Nettles

Man arrested over Southampton sex attack

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Tim Peake awarded honorary degree

Astronaut Tim Peake is being awarded an honorary degree by the University of Portsmouth this evening.

It's the highest honour that can be given to a former student. 

Tim Peake

During the event at Portsmouth Guildhall he is expected to give a first-hand account of his time on the International Space Station to an audience of 1,000.

He returned to Earth in June after a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS).   

BreakingPedestrian, 89, dies after New Milton crash

An 89-year-old woman has died in hospital after she was struck by a car which rolled over onto its roof in a Hampshire high street. 

The crash, involving a Rover, happened in Whitefield Road, New Milton yesterday afternoon.

New Milton crash scene
Kai Leedham

Police said the pedestrian from New Milton was taken to Southampton General Hospital but later died of her injuries.

The driver of the car, a 79-year-old woman from Lymington, remains in hospital with serious injuries.

'Slow start' for homes on public land plan

The government has made a "slow start" towards its promise to release enough of its surplus land to build 160,000 new homes by 2020, MPs say.

Amport House
Ministry of Defence

The Public Accounts Committee said progress had been made but warned that many sites earmarked were still in use.

After a year of the programme, the government had disposed of 5% of the required land, it said.

The government said it had "acted quickly to free up public land", enabling 100,000 homes since 2010.

Amport House in Andover, Hampshire (pictured), is one of 13 sites the Ministry of Defence is planning to sell.