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Summary

  1. WW2 bomb blown up after being found in Portsmouth Harbour
  2. Eric Cantona fans demand refunds from Bournemouth event
  3. Rail delays as lorry crashes into bridge in Brockenhurst
  4. Eastleigh sack manager Martin Allen after 14 games
  5. Updates from Wednesday 22 February

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Emily Ford

BBC South

The BBC Local Live service for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight will resume at 08:00 on Thursday.

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

Buses 'shot at with pellet gun' in Southampton

BreakingNew director of football appointed for Eastleigh Football Club

Wildlife trust raises over £200,000 to buy farmland in Hampshire

Emily Ford

BBC South

An appeal to help transform a Hampshire field into a wildlife-friendly home has reached a major fundraising target. 

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has raised more than £230,000 days before the deadline to buy Hockley Meadows Farm in Twyford. 

It comes after the trust appealed for donations earlier this month and they are now on track to complete the purchase next week. 

Once on site, there are plans to use the land to recreate the traditional wildlife-friendly farming methods that have shaped the Itchen Valley’s water meadows. 

There will also be a working wildlife-friendly farm and floodplain management.  

Debbie Tann thank you
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The incredible outpouring of support for protecting our beautiful landscapes and wildlife habitats is so inspiring and we can’t wait to get on site and get to work.”

Debbie TannChief Executive at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Saints 1970s fan banner gets an airing

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Man arrested after mother and child receive 'sexually-motivated' threats

A man has been arrested after a mother and child were threatened in Blandford. 

It comes after a man left Ladbrokes and approached a woman and her nine-year-old daughter at a nearby bus stop.

He reportedly made a number of sexually-motivated threats toward both of them. The victims were not physically harmed in the incident.

A 50-year-old Blandford man has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

Alleyway rats close Bournemouth Greggs

Mayor cheers on Saints

Wembley fever in Southampton is beginning to build ahead of the EFL Cup Final on Sunday, with even the mayor getting into the swing of things.

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We'll have dedicated live coverage on BBC Hampshire from 12pm on Sunday as well as a special show on BBC Radio Solent.

If you're on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, we'll be using the hashtags #bbcsaintsfc and #SaintsFC.

'Without guards, travel is unsafe'

Steve Dale

BBC Sussex reporter

The RMT says about 500 of its members on Southern rail are on strike today in their 29th day of action in nearly a year. 

Meanwhile, a Sussex woman has joined the picket line at Brighton station.

Miriam Binder speaks on behalf of Disabled People Against Cuts.

Southern said it expects to run 75% of its normal service today despite the industrial action.

Eric Cantona fans demand Bournemouth event refunds

Angry Eric Cantona fans have demanded ticket refunds after what they described as a "money-making" event.

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Billed as "An Evening with Eric Cantona", many ticket holders said he only appeared an hour into the show at the Bournemouth International Centre, for 45 minutes. 

Although many praised the former footballer, they said they first had to sit through an auction, and complained the warm-up act was offensive. 

Organisers A1 Sporting Speakers said only a "small minority" had complained.  

Work to start on new Twynham Primary School

Work is to start next month building a new primary school for Christchurch. 

Twynham primary, which is currently based in temporary buildings on the site of Twynham secondary school, is needed because of huge demand for places.

Councillor Deborah Croney said: "I am delighted that we are now able to move forwards to create this much-needed new school building in Christchurch." 

The new site is on Marsh Lane - and was owned by South West Water.

Twynham Primary School
Twynham Primary School
WW2 bomb destroyed
A World War Two bomb containing 290lb (131kg) of "high explosives" has been blown up after being found in Portsmouth Harbour.

Weymouth named as UK's best beach by travellers

Dorset's Weymouth beach has been named by travellers as the UK's best beach. 

The three-mile long stretch of sand was also ranked number nine across the whole of Europe, travel site TripAdvisor said.

Weymouth Punch and Judy
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It was praised for offering traditional seaside attractions such as Punch and Judy and donkey rides, as well as live music and free summer firework displays. 

Jason Osborne, of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said the award was "a huge accolade" for the beach and the town. 

BreakingWATCH: WW2 bomb destroyed

Royal Navy vdeo footage shows the detonation of the WW2 bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour today. 

The bomb containing 290lb (131kg) of "high explosives" was discovered by a dredger in the water in the early hours.

It was towed out to sea off the Isle of Wight - divers lowered it to the seabed, and planted explosive charges for a controlled detonation of the device. 

It was destroyed shortly after 11:00 GMT.

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Shanklin beach cliff lift bridge to be replaced

Martin Allen

Eastleigh sack manager Martin Allen after 84 days in charge following a run of two wins in 14 games.

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Storm-hit Avon Beach to have promenade rebuilt

Work to rebuild a promenade on a section of Dorset coast that was badly hit by a storm two years ago has been given the green light.

Avon Beach, near Christchurch, was among the areas hit in the 2014 St Valentine's Day storm when 70 beach huts there were destroyed.

Avon Beach plan
Christchurch Borough Council

Christchurch Borough Council plans to widen the promenade which will improve access for beach users and better protect the beachfront from future storms.

The scheme on the promenade is expected to start in the Autumn.

Man hospitalised after street assault

A man is being treated in hospital following an alleged assault in Southampton.

Hampshire Constabulary said the man was attacked shortly after midday in London Road.

The extent of his injuries are not yet known.

London Road, Southampton
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Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A287 and J6 for A30.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 southbound between J5, A287 (Hook) and J6, A30 (Basingstoke), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

RFA Gold Rover enters Portsmouth for final time

RFA Gold Rover has entered Portsmouth for final time after 43 years in service.  

The 11,000-tonne tanker – the oldest vessel in the naval service - used to provide fuel front-line operations and is due to be decommissioned next month.

It is the last of five Rover-class ships built for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

RFA Gold Rover
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Warning over vehicle height after lorry hits rail bridge

Network Rail has confirmed a lorry hit a rail bridge just outside of Brockenhurst earlier leading to the line being closed.

Engineers arrived at the site and deemed the structure safe for trains to resume but delays are expected for another hour.

Network Rail urged drivers to "check the height of their vehicles when passing under bridges".

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Rail line reopens after crash

South West Trains has said engineers have inspected the bridge and confirmed it is safe for trains to start running again.

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Rail delays as vehicle crashes into bridge

Train passengers are facing delays after a vehicle struck a bridge between Brockenhurst and Bournemouth.

All lines have been closed and services have been delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised.

Disruption is expected until about 13:00.

First picture of WW2 bomb blown up off Isle of Wight

Royal Navy divers have detonated the WW2 bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour.

The German SC250 bomb was found in the early hours of this morning in the excavator head of a barge dredging the harbour.

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BreakingWW2 bomb blown up

A WW2 bomb, dredged up in Portsmouth Harbour, has been towed out to sea and detonated.

The device, believed to be a German SC250, containing 290lb (131kg) of "high explosives" was found in the early hours.

Train and ferry services, including cross-channel ferries, were suspended until about 07:30 GMT.

Royal Navy divers detonated the device a few minutes ago off the north east corner of Ryde.

WW2 bomb
Royal Navy

Delays to New Forest - Bournemouth rail services

WW2 bomb to be destroyed at sea

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts are still dealing with an unexploded WW2 bomb found in the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.

The German SC250 bomb was found in the early hours of this morning in the excavator head of a barge dredging the harbour.

WW2 bomb
Royal Navy

Specialist divers have towed the bomb out to sea where they are preparing to detonate it.  

Portsmouth Harbour was temporarily closed to vessels until about 07:30 GMT when it was deemed safe to reopen the harbour.

Royal navy team preparing for controlled explosion

Tribute to cyclist killed in Bournemouth crash

The family of a cyclist who died in a crash in Bournemouth on Saturday have thanked passers-by who came to his aid.

Gordon Randall, 79, was riding his bike at about 15:45 GMT in the Cranmer Road car park in Winton when he was struck by a car.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance but later died from his injuries.

In a statement his family said: “We would like to thank everyone who came to Gordon’s aid at the scene of the collision."

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Bomb to be blown up

We're still waiting for news from the Royal Navy whether the bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour this morning has been safely destroyed.

Experts have towed it out off the coast of Ryde.

We'll bring you the latest when we have it, along with all the headlines from across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

UK braced as storm Doris approaches

Storm Doris will sweep in from the west on Thursday, bringing widespread gales and outbreaks of rain through the day.

Winds as fast as 60mph are expected to affect southern England, the Met Office.

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Today's weather: Grey and murky

A grey and murky day with a stiff breeze

Knock-on delays continue to ferries after bomb find

Ferry firms say it will take some hours before services are back to normal after a WW2 bomb was found in Portsmouth Harbour.

Wightlink said: "St Clare ferry has just left port and we're about to load the St Faith, which will be the next ship to leave Portsmouth.

"Wightlink apologies for the delay to passengers."

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Latest headlines: Bomb find and Southern strike

  • Trains and ferries were stopped this morning after a bomb weighing 500lb was discovered in Portsmouth Harbour during dredging work for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers 
  • Passengers on Southern Railway face more disruption this morning, the 29th day of strike action by the RMT union
  • The number of NHS 111 callers in Dorset being sent an ambulance or referred to A&E has increased by more than 10%, according to figures released by the Nuffield Trust
  • Weymouth beach has been named by travellers as the UK's best beach