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The US vessel's 21 crew are "safe and well" and still onboard the vessel, the UK Coastguard says.

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

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Have a great weekend!

Weather outlook: Cloudy and drizzly

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Cloud will generally become thicker overnight, with a few light outbreaks of drizzle in places.

BBC Weather chart for the South of England for 25 February

Saturday will start mostly dry, but there will be outbreaks of rain throughout the afternoon.

BBC Weather chart for the South of England for 25 February

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

Sport headlines: Bournemouth defender Francis 'to miss game at West Brom'

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  • The Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres could go straight into the Southampton squad for Sunday's League Cup Final - the former Juventus star was signed on a short-term deal by Saints earlier this month, but hasn't played a competitive match for a year due to an achilles injury
  • Bournemouth  have accepted a Football Association charge  relating to a  breach of anti-doping rules
  • Meanwhile, Bournemouth defender Simon Francis will miss tomorrow's game at West Brom with a hamstring injury
  • Eastleigh will not name Martin Allen's successor as manager until the end of the season,  director of football Richard Hill says

Latest news headlines: Briton Susan Howarth 'killed and tortured' in South Africa

Council states case against council reorganisation

Purbeck District Council has written to the government setting out its position on why it does not support the reorganisation of councils in Dorset.

The authority voted against the proposals to cut the number of councils in the county from nine to two.

Purbeck District Council

If the secretary of state is minded to accept the submission by the six councils which agreed the proposals for two unitary councils, Purbeck District Council will be asked again to give consideration to supporting this proposal. It will be for councillors to decide what steps to take next. In the meantime, we will write to the secretary of state setting out our position.

Councillor Gary Suttle Purbeck District Council leader

Bournemouth accept FA charge for breach of anti-doping rules

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Bournemouth  have accepted a Football Association charge  relating to a  breach of anti-doping rules.

AFC Bournemouth sign
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Clubs are required to provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times.

The Cherries were deemed to have failed to ensure its information was accurate on three occasions.

Manchester City  were fined £35,000  and given a warning, after admitting a similar breach earlier this month.

Man bailed after city stabbing

A man arrested over a stabbing in central Southampton has been bailed.

The 28-year-old from the city was held after a man in his 20s was stabbed in the back near the Brew House in the London Road area of the city on Wednesday.

Hampshire police said the man's injuries were not life-threatening.

Eastleigh 'will not appoint Martin Allen's successor until end of season'

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Eastleigh director of football Richard Hill says  the club will not name Martin Allen's successor as manager until the end of the season .

Richard Hill

Ex-Spitfires manager Hill was appointed  on Wednesday,  after talks with chairman Stewart Donald and will look after the first team for the time being.

Allen  was sacked after just 84 days  in charge of the National League club.

"There will not be a decision made on a new manager until this season is finished," Hill  told BBC Radio Solent.

Beach protection works to begin

Work to protect homes on Hayling Island from flood and erosion will begin next month.

The scheme at Eastoke is due to start on 15 March and aims to protect 1,700 homes.

Shingle will be used to build up the depleted groyne bays to restore the beach to the recommended height.

Eastoke Beach
Nigel Cox

The material will be brought from high spots along the open beach towards Beachlands.

Island skaters demonstrate outside investment firm

Blandford threats: Arrested man released

A man arrested over alleged sexually-motivated threats towards a mother and child has been released without charged.

The 61-year-old was held after the reported incident at a bus stop in West Street on Monday 13 February, Dorset Police said.

'Serious collision' in Poole

Dorset travel latest: A349 closure in Poole

Fire-hit car carrier heading back to south coast

A car carrier that was en route from Southampton to Baltimore when fire broke out is heading back to the south coast.

The UK Coastguard said all 21 crew were still on board the US registered Honor where a blaze broke out in the early hours.

The vessels fixed firefighting systems were used and the cargo space, where the fire started, has been sealed.

No-one has been hurt.

Southampton docks
Simon Barnes

It is planned to moor the vessel off the Isle of Wight while inspections are carried out before it is allowed to return to Southampton.  

Dorchester Town FC signs new defender

NEW SIGNING: Welcome to defender @toby_down, who has joined the Magpies on an initial one month loan from @OfficialECFC #WeAreDorch

Pride flag flying in Havant

Fire breaks out on cargo ship

Borough announces council tax freeze

Eastleigh Borough Council has frozen its council tax for 2017/18.

Band D households pay £130.07 for the borough's element of the charge.

Eastleigh Borough Council

That represents a real terms cut in council tax for 14 years in a row. We believe this to be an unequalled record and commitment anywhere in the country and we can do this without significant reductions in our frontline services.

Councillor Keith House Eastleigh Borough Council leader

Weymouth Sea Cadets honoured

Weymouth Sea Cadets have been given the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Weymouth and Portland.

They were awarded the honour last night by the borough council. 

It means they are entitled to march through the borough’s streets - beating their drums and flying their colours - on ceremonial occasions.

          Weymouth Sea Cadets receiving the honour from Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Richard Kosior
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

I am delighted to award this honour to our wonderful sea cadets. It is an expression of admiration for their achievements and recognises their long association with our borough.

Councillor Richard Kosior Mayor of Weymouth and Portland

Paramedic who helped boy receives award

A South Western Ambulance Service paramedic has become the first British citizen to receive a humanitarian award from the Serbian president .

Wayne Ingram, from Weymouth, has been raising money to help a young boy with a rare facial cleft who he met while on Army patrol in Bosnia 14 years ago.

Stefan Savic, now 18, has undergone a series of operations and has since made a full recovery.

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Plans for new secondary school

Plans have been submitted for a new 900-place secondary school in Hampshire.

Under the proposals, Mill Chase Academy in Whitehill & Bordon would relocate to Budds Lane on land currently owned by the MoD.

Mill Chase Academy

The new buildings will provide an opportunity for the academy to continue to strengthen the quality and range of educational opportunities for the local area.

Councillor Peter Edgar Member for Education, Hampshire County Council
Susan Howarth

Susan Howarth and her husband were attacked at their South African farm in an early-morning raid.

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Purbeck raises council tax

Purbeck District Council has become the latest authority to agree an increase in council tax.

Purbeck District Council

Band D households will pay £182.41 - an extra £5 a year - for district council's slice of the charge, which accounts for 10% of the overall bill in Purbeck.

The remaining 90% is made up of charges for the county council, police and fire.

March charged over hotel 'gun' incident

A man arrested at a hotel on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday has been charged with firearms offences.

The 50-year-old was arrested at the Burlington Hotel in Ventnor shortly after 18:15.

Burlington Hotel

Hampshire Constabulary said he had been charged with affray, possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing a shotgun without a certificate.  

Travel: Road closed after crash

Mainland help for island ambulance service

New leisure facilities planned

East Hampshire District Council, which has just approved plans to cut its council tax, says it is to build two new leisure centres and refurbish a third.

New centres will be built in Alton and in Whitehill & Bordon. The authority is also redevloping existing facilities at the Taro Leisure Centre in Petersfield.

Taro Centre

The two new centres will be built in 2019 while work in Petersfield will begin later this year.  

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Arrest over city daytime stabbing

A man has been arrested over a stabbing in central Southampton on Wednesday afternoon.

A man in his 20s was stabbed in the back near the Brew House in the London Road area shortly after 13:00.

Hampshire police said a 28-year-old man was being questioned.

East Hampshire reduces council tax

East Hampshire District Council has approved a 2.6% cut in council tax for the next financial year.

It is the second consecutive year the authority has reduced its share of the charge - last year it was cut by 2%.

It says it eventually aims to cut council tax to zero and make itself free from reliance on government grants by becoming financially independent.

East Hampshire District Council
Basher Eyre

We have shown it is possible for councils to make their own money, without increasing the tax burden on their residents and without cutting services.

Councillor Ferris Cowper East Hampshire District Council leader

Business hub plans approved

SWT apologises for Doris disruption

South West Trains has apologised for the disruption caused by trees blocking the railway as Storm Doris swept across the country.

The company said more than 20 trees fell across and blocked the railway and speed restrictions were also in place across a large part of the network, causing delays.

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E-fit issued after attack on dog walker

An e-fit has been issued after 76-year-old woman was punched in the stomach as she walked her dog in Portsmouth.

The attack happened in Canal Walk, Landport, on Wednesday 15 February.

Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for help finding the man, described as white, in his early 20s, about 6ft-tall and with short, mousey-brown hair.  

Woman dies after being tortured

A woman from Southsea has died after being tortured with a blowtorch alongside her husband in their home in South Africa.

Susan Howarth, 64, and Robert Lynn, 66, were shot and tied up by masked raiders on their farm in Dullstroom in the early hours of Sunday.

After being tortured, the couple were put in the back of a pick-up truck and left for dead in a ditch.


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was supporting Ms Howarth's family.  

Headlines: Council tax reduction and waterfront woes

  • East Hampshire District Council claims it is the only authority in the country to cut council tax for residents
  • Plans for a waterfront development in Southampton have been branded "sterile" and "corporate" by critics  
  • Saints fans gear up for Sunday's trip to Wembley for the EFL Cup Final against Manchester United

Weather: Chilly start with sunny spells

It will be a cold start, with sunny spells and any very isolated wintry showers soon fading away. A fine day follows, however cloud is likely to thicken from the west later in the day.

Weather forecast for South of England on Friday 24 February 2017

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