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Summary

  1. Winchester and Basingstoke hospitals cancel 100 operations
  2. Line-up announced for Southampton's Common People
  3. Appeal after cat shootings in Bournemouth
  4. Swan causes chaos on M27 motorway

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Latest news headlines: Two further arrests over Waterlooville shooting

Sport headlines: Gosport Borough travel to Truro City

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  • Eastleigh are offering free entry to fans for tonight's National League fixture against Macclesfield Town - the Spitfires haven't won a home game since the 25th October
  • In the National League South this evening Gosport Borough travel to relegation rivals Truro City
  • Sutton United reserve goalkeeper, and former Saints traineee, Wayne Shaw has resigned from the club following a stunt involving a pie last night
  • Dorset-trained racehorse Thistlecrack has been ruled out of next month's Cheltenham Gold Cup

Dorset-trained Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack out for season with tendon tear

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Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a slight tendon tear.

Thistlecrack
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The Dorset-trained nine-year old won his first four starts over fences, including a three-length victory over Cue Card in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

"The vet scanned him this morning and it's a slight tendon tear," said trainer Colin Tizzard.

"We've seen it at every yard and it happens every year."

Two further arrests after man injured in Waterlooville shooting

Two more people have been arrested after a man was shot and critically injured in Waterlooville.

Athena Avenue
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The 34-year-old suffered a serious head injury in the shooting on Athena Avenue, Crookhorn, on 13 February. 

Two Surrey men, aged 30 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, but have since been released without charge. 

Police said they would face no further action "at this stage".  

Good luck Saints - from Saints!

From the Superdome to St Mary's - the New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl winner, Drew Brees, has a message for Southampton's very own Saints ahead of the EFL Cup Final this coming Sunday.

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Weather outlook: Storm Doris warning

Holly Green

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Who were the Tolpuddle Martyrs?

As work continues to revamp Dorchester's old court building where the Tolpuddle Martyrs faced trial in 1834, here's some more information about the six farm labourers who formed the first trade union:

  • Farmhand George Loveless and five fellow workers; his brother James Loveless, James Brine, James Hammett, John Standfield and Thomas Standfield, met under a tree in 1834 to form a "friendly society" to protest against their meagre pay of six shillings a week
  • They were arrested for the crime of swearing an oath of secrecy and sentenced to seven years' transportation to an Australian penal colony
  • After the sentence was pronounced, popular opinion swung in support of the men. There was a demonstration in London and an 800,000-strong petition was delivered to Parliament 
  • The government eventually relented and the men returned home with free pardons 
  • The village hosts the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival each July in their honour

Source: Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - M3 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic southbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Dorchester's Tolpuddle Martyrs court revamp 'on track'

Work to transform the court building where the Tolpuddle Martyrs faced trial in 1834 into a tourist attraction is "on track", a council has said.

Shire Hall before revamp work began
BBC

The basement of Dorchester's Grade-I listed Shire Hall has been excavated and the results of an archaeologist's report are awaited, West Dorset District Council said.

A spokesman said some old bottles and keys (pictured below) had been uncovered "but nothing of any museum grade interest".

"We are on track to finish all the work to the building by the end of January 2018 and to open to the public in March 2018," he added. 

The trial of the six farm labourers is perhaps the best-known case in the early history of trade unions.

An old bottle and key excavated from the basement of Shire Hall
Shire Hall/WDDC

Two men 'in suits' sought after Southampton sex assault

Police want to trace two men who may be able to assist them after a woman was sexually assaulted in Southampton.

The victim, in her 20s, was attacked in East Park on Above Bar Street between 04:30 and 05:00 on 5 February.

After the assault the woman was approached by two men dressed in suits who asked her if she was ok while she was standing outside Sprinkles Gelato ice cream parlour. 

A 20-year-old Southampton man who was arrested in connection with attack has been bailed until 7 April.

Sprinkles Gelato
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We would like to remind those on a night out in the city to be alert but not alarmed and consider our personal safety advice. We would advise you to always stick with friends, look out for each other and walk in busy well-lit areas. Consider how you will be getting home before you’ve gone out for the evening, arrange a taxi or a lift home with a friend.

Det Con Laura HardyHampshire Constabulary

Narrow margin in no confidence vote

Councillor Ray Nottage has said he lost a vote of no confidence by a single vote.

The former leader of Christchurch Borough Council was ousted by his Conservative colleagues at party meeting last night.

Mr Nottage said the vote followed a "difference of opinion" over the reorganisation of local government in Dorset.

Ray Nottage
Christchurch Borough Council

I'm extraordinarily disappointed that they've been unable to understand the consequences of the vote against the reorganisation because it's so patently obvious that the service levels are going to collapse with the tsunami of costs which are coming on and the current financial situation of the county.

Councillor Ray NottageChristchurch Borough Council

Your pictures: Seaview, Southampton frogs and Southbourne

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Edward and Sue from Seaview on the Isle of Wight, "Froglet" from Southampton and "Charlie57" from Bournemouth for their snaps of The Solent, water-basking frogs and Southbourne.

Seaview, Isle of Wight
Edward and Sue
Frogs
Froglet
Southbourne
Charlie57

Send us your pictures of the three counties by email, by posting on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCDorset

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Mild and breezy in the South today

Free entry to Eastleigh v Macclesfield match

It's free entry to watch Eastleigh's home national league game against Macclesfield tonight.

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Otherwise you can listen to Ian Wilding commentating on the game on 999am BBC Radio Solent Sport and online. 

The programme starts at 17:30 and the game kicks off at 19:45.

A34 questions sought

Known for long tailbacks, there have also been a number of high profile fatal crashes on the A34 between Winchester to Bicester recently.  

BBC South would like to know what questions you have about the 62-mile route.

Click here to find out more. 

A34 at Winchester
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Christchurch councillors ousted after vote of no confidence

Christchurch Borough Council's leader and deputy have been ousted by their colleagues after a vote of no confidence. 

Ray Nottage and Claire Bath had supported the idea of merging Dorset's nine councils into two unitary authorities. 

But two weeks ago the majority of council members voted against the idea. 

Last night a vote of no confidence was won at a private meeting of the Tory party.

Winchester and Basingstoke hospitals cancel 100 operations

Two Hampshire hospitals are cancelling 100 operations to help relieve pressure on their A&E departments. 

Almost all orthopaedic surgery at Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, has been stopped for two weeks due to "unprecedented pressures" on their emergency departments, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said. 

All of the cancellations, which began on 13 February, are for orthopaedic operations, including hip and knee replacements. 

Emergency and cancer operations are unaffected. 

Royal Hampshire County Hospital (left) and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
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We are sorry that that this will cause inconvenience and concern for those patients who have had their planned surgery postponed. This was a difficult decision to make, but we have taken these measures in order to increase our capacity to treat emergency patients who need to be admitted to a hospital bed. At the end of this two-week period, we expect to be in better position to meet the demands faced by our emergency departments, and be able to continue the schedule of planned surgery. All postponed surgery will be rebooked as soon as possible.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Free seaside seat cut plan put to public

People are being asked for their views on scrapping free seaside seats for the over 60s in Weymouth.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council says cutting the free chairs that line The Esplanade could save £5,000 a year.   

Weymouth deckchairs
Chris Talbot

Last night, councillors voted in favour of a public consultation on the matter.

A deckchair costs £2 to hire for a full or part day.  

M27 swan 'captured'

A swan which was blocking two lanes of the M27 at Fareham has been captured, police have said.

Officers were called to the motorway just after 08:00 following reports the bird had blocked lanes one and two of the eastbound carriageway at junction 11, near Fareham.

The swan was captured and put into a highways vehicle at about 08:40. 

Officers have contacted Swan Lifeline and the RSPCA.