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Summary

  1. BBC South debate on safety of A34
  2. Father-of-three killed in Spain mob attack eight years ago to finally be cremated
  3. Dorset Police highlights help available to people affected by Broadchurch storyline
  4. Updates from Tuesday 28 February

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Craig McAllister scored a late goal to earn Eastleigh a draw with Aldershot and end a run of four straight defeats.

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Cars snapped blocking fire station yellow box junction

Motorists are not supposed to enter the yellow box junction outside fire stations, unless their exit is clear, to allow access for fire engines in case of an emergency.

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Sport headlines: Morecambe 'extremely dangerous' for Portsmouth

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  • Portsmouth manager Paul Cook has described tonight's opponents Morecambe as "extremely dangerous" - the Lancashire side arrive having lost just once in their past 10 matches
  • Eastleigh will aim for a first home win since October tonight, when they host Aldershot in a Hampshire derby
  • In the Southern League Division One South and West this evening Winchester City host Bideford, while in Division One Central Petersfield Town host Hanwell Town 
  • The two Dorset Senior Cup semi-finals take place this evening with Wimborne taking on Weymouth and Gillingham against Swanage and Herston

Hampshire travel latest: A31 closure

Severe accident: A31 Hampshire eastbound

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A31 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between A338 Salisbury Road and M27 J1 affecting Boundary Lane.

A31 Hampshire - A31 blocked, delays and queuing traffic eastbound between Ringwood and Cadnam, because of an accident. Congestion to Boundary Lane Roundabout.

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

Latest news headlines: E-fit released in 1981 missing girl search

  • New "higher risk" prevention zones have come into force across the UK to stop the spread of bird flu - they include half of the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth to Fordingbridge and to Blandford, and Weymouth to Dorchester
  • Staff on Southern rail  have voted to strike in a dispute over the role of guards

WATCH: Karate kicking firefighters on board with quit smoking campaign

Check out these aerial pictures of the south taken by British Airways captain Dave Wallsworth

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Hampshire travel latest: Crash blocks A31 in the New Forest

Portsmouth barbers raise £1,000 for 88-year-old man locked in kitchen and robbed

When 88-year-old Ken had £600 stolen by burglars his local barber shop stepped in to help

Weather outlook: Rain and gusts

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BBC Weather for the South of England on 28 February 2017

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Council tackling domestic violence given £60,000 boost

Portsmouth City Council has won two bids for community funding to tackle domestic abuse. 

The authority applied to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund, which is aimed at preventing offending and support victims.

Now the council has received £40,000 to support domestic abuse victims and £20,000 for Up2U, a service working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Michael Lane, the Police and Crime Commissioner, awarded 70 grants totalling £1,751,784 to support community organisations working to help keep Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton safe.

It's certainly different to breadcrumbs!

Bishops work together in bid to improve island schools

Church of England and Catholic schools on the Isle of Wight could be brought together to create one island-wide academies trust. 

In a bid to maintain academic studies on the island, the Rt Rev Philip Egan, Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, and the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, Church of England Bishop of Portsmouth, have both agreed to a feasibility study. 

Education staff in both dioceses will consider between now and May the potential benefits and challenges of the proposal. 

If the multi-academy trust is created, island community schools could then also apply to join in the future, when the success of the trust is secured. 

Wightlink's port revamps takes shape

Wightlink’s £45m investment in a new ship for the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route and port improvements has reached another milestone.

Work on a new customer experience building at Wightlink’s Gunwharf terminal in Portsmouth has started. 

Contractors, Trant, are building the three-storey structure to house a Costa Coffee, 24/7 "grab and go" food area and offices.

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Historical interpretation boards will then be installed on site so customers can learn more about Wightlink’s heritage in the city.

Work on the installation of the two-tier boarding ramp in Portsmouth is expected to start soon. 

After many months of preparation, we can now see our £45 million development start to take shape. However, while it is all very exciting, the works will inevitably cause some disruption for our customers and we apologise for any inconvenience we may cause to their journeys.

John BurrowsProject Director

New £4m art gallery 'would be major Sherborne tourist attraction'

A new £4m art gallery would be a "major tourist attraction" for Sherborne, the chair of the town's arts centre trust has said.

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Sir Robert Fry also said the local community would be central to plans for the "Paddock Project" gallery, which would include three gallery spaces, a restaurant and a coffee shop.

The main entrance to the venue would be created through Paddock Gardens (pictured), which is currently owned by the town council, and would involve removing one of its stone walls. 

A public consultation over the plans will be held on Monday at Digby Hall, Hound Street, at 18:00.

The Paddock Project has national and international artistic ambitions, but, at the same time, is entirely rooted in the community and its needs. It would provide a major tourist attraction with all the economic and cultural benefits that come with that, and our initial plans have received strong support from many local organisations and key stakeholders.

Sir Robert Fry Chairman of Sherborne Community Arts Centre Trust

Public consultation over £4m Sherborne art gallery plan

A public consultation is to be held over plans for a new £4m art gallery that would incorporate a tourist information centre and include a restaurant in Dorset.

An artist's impression of the Art Gallery
Paddock Project

Sherborne Community Arts Centre Trust hopes to create the "Paddock Project" venue on a site behind the town's Paddock Gardens on Newland. 

The plans also include three gallery spaces, a coffee shop and a sensory or memory garden. 

An anonymous benefactor has agreed to fund the project which is expected to cost more than £4m, the trust said.

Sherborne Town Council is holding a public consultation over the proposals at Digby Hall on Hound Street at 18:00 on Monday.

Petition handed over to health chiefs

'We're looking for Beryl'

Hampshire police has launched a search to find a woman called Beryl. 

According to officers, the woman recently donated items to the Rowan's Hospice shop in Portchester. 

The items included a pair of ladies boots, believed to belong to Beryl's late sister. 

Now officers are urging Beryl to contact them after an envelope with a note from her sister was found inside the boots. 

Beryl is asked to contact the property office at Fratton Police Station so she can collect the note. 

Flippin' crepe-zy!

G Poseidon vessel 'sheltering from the weather' off Isle of Wight coast

The Coastguard is reassuring residents off the Isle of Wight concerned with the position of a vessel called G Poseidon. 

The vehicle carrier was spotted this morning believed to be heading towards shallow waters. 

A spokesman for the Coastguard said the ship, which is on its way to Egypt, was just sheltering off the island due to bad weather and was not in danger. 

They added that they have spoken with the captain in control of the ship, which is "holding steady". 

Southern rail staff to strike again

Southern rail staff  have voted to strike in a dispute over the role of guards .

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The RMT union announced the walkouts in a dispute with the firms over plans to remove guards from trains, which would become driver-only-operated (DOO).

Union officials, who confirmed the 24-hour strike on 13 March, say the move will make trains potentially dangerous.

The  Office of Road and Rail insists they are safe  provided the right equipment and training is given.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

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M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A287 and J4A for A327.

M3 Hampshire - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M3 northbound between J5, A287 (Hook) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

Hampshire travel latest: A31 lane reopens after vehicle breakdown

Weather latest: Damp afternoon ahead

After a bright and dry start, some showers are forecast for this afternoon. 

It will remain chilly with temperatures expected to drop to 4C overnight, and there is a chance of frost developing by dawn. 

Weather forecast for Berkshire
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New developments in case of missing Gosport toddler

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The Royal Military Police has released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the disappearance of Katrice Lee. 

The toddler went missing from a German supermarket in 1981 on her second birthday. 

Now her mother Sharon from Gosport is backing a BBC Crimewatch appeal after a witness reported seeing this man carrying a small child to a green car near the Naafi shop at the same time as Katrice's disappearance. 

It comes after the Royal Military Police re-launched the investigation five years ago under the name Operation Bute. 

Hampshire travel latest: A31 lane closure

More Isle of Wight Festival acts announced

There's a pancake challenge in Portsmouth to celebrate Shrove Tuesday!

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BreakingAnother Southern strike date announced

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The RMT Union has announced a new strike date in its ongoing dispute with Southern Rail.

The union's members will walk out for 24 hours on 13 March, in its long-running dispute with Southern over driver-only operation on trains.

The dispute has been ongoing since April 2016.

Van Dijk will stay a Saint - chairman

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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has been persistently linked with a move in recent transfer windows but Saints chairman Ralph Krueger is convinced the 25-year-old Netherlands international - currently sidelined with a serious ankle injury - will not be leaving.

"Virgil is very committed us for a long time and we don't see anything but that in our future," Krueger said. "He is our team captain and we don't see him anywhere else than in red and white stripes."

Virgil van Dijk
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Tunisian hotel attack 'sounded horrific like a bomb'

David Thompson had been on holiday in Tunisia with his long-term partner Anne Kear.

They were sitting by the hotel pool when Ms Kear heard a "horrific sound like a bomb", she said in a statement .

She started making her way to the hotel, along with a group of other holidaymakers, but realised Mr Thompson, a retired Atomic Weapons Establishment scientist, was not with her.

She said she was later taken to the hospital mortuary in Tunis to identify his body.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Thompson, from Tadley in Hampshire, died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police leading Tunisia terror attack 'shambolic'

The coroner leading the inquests of 30 Britons - including a Hampshire man - killed in a terror attack at a Tunisian resort has said police responding to the incident were "cowardly". 

Coroner Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith described Tunisian police's response to the attack as "shambolic" at best.

Among those killed was David Thompson, 80, from Tadley, Hampshire, who was the oldest victim of the attack.

David Thompson
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The inquest examined whether the UK government and travel firms failed to protect British tourists.

Families wanted the coroner to consider whether neglect was a factor in their deaths, but he has ruled this out.

Southampton has a body shaming ambassador

And the BBC bus is off

And the BBC bus is off on the A34 northbound. Let's hope it doesn't get delayed for its next appointment in Lancashire - there are delays near junction 9 on the M40.

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