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Summary

  1. Hired skipper acquitted of power boat offence
  2. Man charged with child sex offences against seven alleged victims
  3. Gravel thieves 'destroy New Forest heathland'
  4. Updates from Tuesday 21 March

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Latest news headline: Hired skipper acquitted of power boat offence

CCTV appeal over Southampton flat fall

Detectives investigating an incident in February in which a woman fell from a third floor flat in Southampton have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

The woman, in her 20s, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition after falling from the property in Salisbury Street  on 11 February.

Police said the man in the images has links to links to Southampton, London, and Poland and "may be a valuable witness".

CCTV Image
Hampshire Constabulary
CCTV Image
Hampshire Constabulary

Non-League Football: Torquay Utd v Eastleigh

BBC Sport

Eastleigh will look to make it three wins in a row in the National League tonight. 

The Spitfires are away at strugglers Torquay United. Eastleigh's win at Chester at the weekend has moved them up into the top half of the table.

You can listen to match commentary from BBC Radio Solent  from 19:45.

Referendum meeting over council merger

Tristan Pascoe

BBC Dorset political reporter

Christchurch councillors are staging a last minute attempt to delay or derail a decision on the proposed merger of all nine Dorset Councils. 

A special meeting tonight is being held to argue for a referendum to let local people decide whether or not they wish Christchurch to be involved in a new Unitary Authority along with Bournemouth and Poole. 

If it is approved tonight it's likely to be held on 18 May and will cost between £50,000 and £75,000.

Non-League Football: Aldershot Town v Dagenham and Redbridge

BBC Sport

In the National League tonight, Aldershot Town could close the gap on fifth placed Gateshead with a home win over Dagenham and Redbridge, currently in the fourth spot.

You can listen to match commentary from BBC Radio Surrey from 19:45.

Cycling to school campaign under way

Pupils across the South are taking part in a two week campaign to encourage cycling to school. 

Over 100 schools in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight have signed up to the 'Big Pedal', which encourages pupils to get on their bikes in return for rewards and prizes each day. 

The charity Sustrans, which is behind the scheme, says 91% of children aren't getting enough physical activity to maintain a basic level of health. 

Cycles
BBC

Gruffalo spotted in deep dark wood

An interactive trail has been launched by the Forestry Commission, and the deep dark wood of Moors Valley Country Park is one of just a handful of locations.

The Gruffalo Spotter app is a self-led trail, and is based on the children's story.

The Gruffalo Spotter app is a self-led trail based on the children's story.

BreakingSkipper cleared over power boat offence

A hired skipper has been acquitted of driving too fast in a power boat on the same day that it was involved in an accident which killed a father-of-one. 

Paul Carey, 52, of Chatsworth Road, Southampton, was found not guilty at Winchester Crown Court of a charge of driving a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) in contravention of Merchant Shipping regulations. 

Winchester Crown Court
Chris Talbot

Ryan McKinlay, a father-of-one from Gosport, Hampshire, died following the accident in Osborne Bay off the Isle of Wight on 19 June 2015.

Mr Carey was a defendant alongside businessman Aaron Brown who was driving the Rib at the time of the crash and who is charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of the 36-year-old, which he denies. 

The jury was sent home by Judge Keith Cutler to continue its deliberations in relation to Mr Brown on Wednesday. 

BreakingRail strike date announced

Workers on Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are to strike on 8 April , the day of the Grand National.

First glimpse of Tolpuddle Martyrs' courthouse

Visitors will get their first chance to get a glimpse inside Dorchester's Shire Hall , which is being redeveloped into a tourist attraction.

'Hard hat tours' of the former courthouse, which was the scene of the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, are being held weekly for visitors interested in seeing how work is developing.

Shire Hall
Shire Hall

For more information or to book a place, contact the  Shire Hall project team .  

Computer games student competes in LA contest

A Totton College student has just returned from an expenses-paid weekend in LA after he and five teammates qualified for a video games tournament.

BTEC Level 3 Video Games Development student Jack Parker, 18, and his co-players ranked the second highest score in the world on H1Z1, which is based on the Hunger Games novels and films.

Jack Parker
Totton College

Their ranking earned them their place at the Fight for the Crown contest, which has a prize pot of $300,000, but the result is being kept secret because the tournament is being aired on TV in the US on 20 April.  

Gravel thieves damage protected New Forest heath

Rare birds, butterflies and snakes are under threat after an area of protected New Forest heathland was destroyed by illegal gravel extraction, the National Trust has said.

Nightjars and Dartford warbler
National Trust

About 15 tonnes (1,500 kg) of gravel was taken from Rockford Common which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. 

The area is home to species including smooth snakes, silver-studded blue butterflies and birds such as Dartford warblers and nightjars (pictured). 

Police are investigating.

The damage at the gravel pit on Rockford Common
National Trust

Man in court on child sex offences charges

A man charged with serious child sex offences against seven alleged victims has appeared in court.

Winchester law courts
Chris Talbot

Michael Gibbons, of Dickens Way, Yateley, Hampshire, faces 16 counts of serious sexual offences against children under 13. 

Police said the alleged offences happened at locations in north Hampshire and Berkshire from 2009 onwards. 

The 26-year-old appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court earlier. He was bailed to appear at Winchester Crown Court (pictured) on 19 April. 

Smoke signals: Gorse fire near Hedge End

Man charged with serious child sex offences

A man has been charged with serious child sex offences against seven alleged victims.

Basingstoke Law Courts sign
Alex McGregor

Michael Gibbons, of Dickens Way, Yateley, Hampshire, faces 16 counts of serious sexual offences against children under 13. 

Police said the alleged offences happened at locations in north Hampshire and Berkshire from 2009 onwards. 

The 26-year-old is due at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court later.

School reopens after burglary

A school forced to close on Monday after a burglary has reopened.

Thieves stole a safe and caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to Wellow School in Romsey on Sunday night.

Wellow School
Google

Derailed train disruption 'to last 48 hours'

Derailed train
Network Rail

A derailed freight train in Somerset is likely to cause  disruption to services in the region for at least 48 hours , Network Rail has warned.

The train is blocking the line between Castle Cary and Westbury but is affecting services to and from Weymouth.

Jury retires in boat death trial

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man who killed his friend by accidentally crashing a jet-powered boat into a cabin cruiser off the Isle of Wight.

Aaron Brown, the 34-year-old chief operating officer of telecoms firm OneCom, is charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.  

He was performing a manoeuvre on the craft in Osborne Bay when his friend Ryan McKinlay, 36, was killed.

Ryan McKinlay
police handout
Ryan McKinlay was a passenger on the high-speed craft which crashed in 2015.

Sir Elton's surprise call to disabled teen

A disabled teenager who made a video which has gone viral received a phone call from Sir Elton John - who said he was moved to tears by it.

Lewis Hine created it to celebrate his 16th birthday and it has been viewed nearly seven million times on Facebook.

He said: "Sir Elton John phoned and said he'd  watched the video  and I was so inspirational it made him cry."

Lewis has undergone more than a dozen brain surgeries since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged 17 months.

Lewis Hine
Lewis Hine

Crimewatch: How police caught Georgina Edmonds' killer

Police have revealed the challenges they faced in tracing and prosecuting the killer of Georgina Edmonds .

The 77-year-old had been beaten, stabbed and hit over the head in her cottage on the banks of the River Itchen near Colden Common.

The effort to bring her killer to justice lasted eight years and became only the seventh double jeopardy case in British history.

Weather Watchers: Oh, what a beautiful morning!

What a beautiful sunny morning we have had and the Weather Watchers have been out in force, capturing the mood of spring.

Jim Mac sent us this photo of the Basingstoke Canal in Fleet.

River in Fleet
Jim Mac / BBC Weather Watchers

And Yarrells sent us this photo taken at Upton in Poole earlier.

Upton
Yarrells / BBC Weather Watchers

Have you been out and about in the sunshine? Share your photos on the BBC Weather Watchers page.

Teen held over off licence stabbing

A teenager has been arrested after a stabbing outside a shop in Bournemouth in October last year.

The victim, in his late teens, was stabbed in the back at ANJ Off Licence in St Michael's Road late on Sunday 30 October.

A 24-year-old man from London has already been jailed for six years for the attack.

Dorset Police said a 17-year-old boy from Hertford was arrested yesterday on suspicion of affray.

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Weather Watchers: Spring has sprung!

Yesterday was the equinox, meaning spring is officially here, and our Weather Watchers have been sharing their photos of the new season's blooms.

Thundersnow sent in this photo of daffodils in Shanklin.

Daffodils
Thundersnow / BBC Weather Watchers

And Dog Lady in Wootton Bridge sent in this photo of this beautiful Magnolia tree against the clear blue sky.

Magnolia
Dog Lady / BBC Weather Watchers

You can upload your spring weather photos too, on the BBC Weather Watchers page .

Man charged over spate of Christchurch raids

A man has been charged in connection with a series of robberies in Christchurch.

A Co-Op a service station and a store were targeted in Fairmile Road from about 17:30 GMT on Saturday.

It's thought the man involved crashed his car, a white Ford Fiesta, into another vehicle as he left the Fairmile Convenience Store.

Police said a 23-year-old man from London has been charged with a number of offences including robbery, assault and theft.

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Freight train derailment disrupts services

The train derailed between Westbury and Castle Cary and is causing delays to services.

A shuttle train service is running between Weymouth and Castle Cary.

Buses have also been organised to serve all stations without a train service.

Management consultants reap millions from NHS cuts plan

Management consultants have made millions of pounds from drawing up plans that could lead to the downgrade or closure of NHS hospitals.

Health bosses have spent at least £17.6m on the sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) in 44 regions in an effort to cut a £900m NHS deficit this year.

The Press Association said a Freedom of Information request revealed health bosses in Hampshire had paid Deloitte £472,601 for their STP.

The survey revealed that Dorset used existing staff to create the county's STP and did not rely on management consultants.

Wildlife haven destroyed by gravel thieves

Headlines: Referendum debate and bus driver tribute

  • Christchurch councillors are to meet later to decide whether a referendum should be held over the merger of Dorset's nine councils
  • Colleagues of a bus driver who died in a crash in Portland a week ago are to pause services just before 17:00
  • A 23-year-old man has been charged over a series of robberies in Christchurch

Weather: A nippy start with some showers later

Weather for the South of England on Tuesday 21 March 2017

Delays expected after train derailment

Services between Weymouth and Westbury and Taunton to Westbury will be severely disrupted today after a freight train derailment .

The freight train was pulling 38 wagons, when seven of them partially derailed at 17:50 GMT last night.  

Train derailment
Network Rail

The train is blocking the line between Castle Cary, Somerset, and Westbury, Wiltshire, Network Rail said.

No-one was injured but there was significant damage to track and equipment.

GWR  said trains will be amended or cancelled, with replacement road transport provided where required.

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