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  1. X Factor star added to Portsmouth festival bill
  2. Police out in force as new tougher mobile phone penalties start
  3. Elderly man seriously injured in A31 crash in the New Forest
  4. East Cowes, Eastleigh and Broadstone among best 'places to live'
  5. Updates from Wednesday 1 March

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Latest news headlines: Texting lorry driver among 42 motorists stopped in Dorset

Sport headlines: Bournemouth goalkeeper Boruc announces international football retirement

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  • AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Arter Boruc  has announced his retirement from international football
  • Southampton defender Maya Yoshida says he expects his manager to continue to employ the 4-2-3-1 formation used in last Sunday's League Cup final defeat to Manchester United
  • Eastleigh striker Craig Mcallister says the smiles are returning to the club after the Spitfires earned their first point of 2017 in their draw with Aldershot last night

Mobile phone app launched in bid to keep Aldershot and Farnborough clean

Opening times of Hardy and TE Lawrence homes extended

The opening times of the homes of Thomas Hardy and TE Lawrence in Dorset are being extended, the National Trust has said.

Hardy's Cottage
Chris Downer

Hardy’s Cottage in Higher Bockhampton (pictured) and Max Gate in Dorchester, as well as the Clouds Hill retreat of Lawrence of Arabia, near Wareham, will now open seven-days-a-week between 1 March and the end of October.

Hardy’s Cottage and Max Gate will also open Thursday to Sunday from November to the end of February, except for Christmas Day.    

The properties were previously closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and between November and February. 

Mobile phone lorry driver on roundabout among those caught in Dorset during crackdown

A lorry driver on a mobile phone on a roundabout is just one example of the people who have been caught by police since tougher penalties for phone usage came into force at midnight. 

Police officers doing checks
Dorset Police

Dozens of drivers have been handed 6 points and a £200 fine across the UK after tougher penalties were introduced. 

By noon today, Dorset Police said it had stopped 31 drivers on their mobiles, including a 7.5 tonne lorry driver using his phone while travelling around a roundabout in the Bournemouth area. 

Mobile phone driver loses licence in Dorset

Weather outlook:

BBC Weather

Any rain will clear to leave mostly dry conditions overnight. 

It will start off very windy though but they should slowly ease. 

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 1 March 2017

Tomorrow will be largely fine and dry, though some may see an isolated shower at first. 

It will gradually turn cloudy through the afternoon with strengthening winds for a time.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 2 March 2017

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

Hampshire travel latest: A27/A32 delays in Fareham

Mobile phone driver patrols 'stepped up' in Dorset

Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M271 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for Brownhill Way and M27 J3.

M271 Hampshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M271 northbound between J1 Brownhill Way and M27 J3, Romsey, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Dorset travel latest: Common Road at Sixpenny Handley remains closed

Police launch driver mobile phone awareness video

Police have launched a video warning drivers about the dangers of driving with a mobile phone. 

Today punishments for drivers caught using their mobile phones increased to six driving licence points and a £200 fine. 

In a joint appeal, Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police said that 145 accidents in the last two years were caused by people using their mobile phone. 

They added that 11 people had died as a result of the accidents in the region. 

Travel warning: Major engineering works affecting South West Trains this weekend

South West Trains services to London Waterloo will be amended on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be no trains between Basingstoke and Woking on Saturday.

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Weather outlook: Patchy rain

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Grayling: Lack of council support behind cancelling A27 scheme

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

As we've been reporting, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has cancelled a Highways England scheme to improve the A27 at Chichester. 

Here's the letter he wrote to Highways England yesterday, setting out why he was pulling the plug. 

In it, he suggests that local councillors' calls for a new consultation and lack of support for Highways England's suggested options were behind his decision.

Letter from Chris Grayling

Dorset travel latest: B3081 at Sixpenny Handley closed due to fallen power cables

The Saints Pub backs Delay's Greg Gilbert cancer campaign

Hampshire travel latest: Gosport to Fareham A32 '35 minute delays easing'

Southampton council awarded £892K annual funding to tackle air pollution

Your pictures: Moody Mudeford, golden daffodils and wonderful Wickham

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Thanks to  BBC Weather Watchers  "Heath observer", "Thundersnow" and "Pat pics" for their pictures of the beach at Mudeford in Dorset, St David's Day daffodils in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight and a tree-lined river in Wickham, Hampshire.

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River in Wickham
Pat pics

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

A27 cancellation a 'massive own goal'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

The Tory MP for Arundel says local campaigners are to blame for the Chichester bypass scheme being cancelled. 

Those who campaigned against the improvements to the A27 southern Chichester bypass have inflicted a massive own-goal on West Sussex. By lobbying for an unfeasible northern bypass, and undermining the process, they have effectively lost £200 million of infrastructure investment in the area, while road users will continue to face appalling congestion around Chichester.

I warned that this would happen if the opposition continued and I am very sorry that it has. I will do my best to support my colleague Andrew Tyrie in lobbying for the Government to restore the scheme in future, but I’m afraid that we have learned the hard way that negative political manoeuvring has a serious cost.

Nick Herbert MPArundel and South Downs

A27: Highways England 'disappointed' at Chichester scheme cancellation

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

This just in from Highways England, who were told yesterday by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling that he was cancelling their planned £250m Chichester bypass scheme. 

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to engage with our consultation last summer on improving the A27 through Chichester. We are obviously disappointed at this decision as the improvement would have brought significant strategic benefits to the region. But any improvement had to be right for Chichester and there was no overall consensus. We will continue to work with partners to monitor the route’s performance and to carry out any short term measures we can to help road users, the local community and the region.”

Jim O'Sullivan Chief Executive, Highways England

Public consultation on dog-related Public Space Protection Orders

Plans for new waste facilities near Wareham

Text drivers 'twice as likely to crash than drink drivers'

Have you seen Victor?

Police are  appealing for the public's help to find a missing 12-year-old boy from Bromley , who has links to the Farnborough area.

Victor Obdude
Metropolitan Police

Victor Obdude has been missing from his home since Monday and officers said they were "growing increasingly concerned" for his wellbeing. 

He is described as black, about 4ft (1.2m), with short black curly hair.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, light grey trousers, dark grey trainers and a black backpack.

Sandbanks Ferry prices 'to increase from April'

Plans for £27m revamp of Lansdowne area of Bournemouth revealed

Visa battle sister's transplant success

A woman from Nigeria has successfully donated her stem cells to help save the life of her sister.

Martha Williams, 26, travelled to the UK to donate stem cells to May Brown, 23, from Weymouth, after the Home Office reversed a decision not to issue her with a visa.

The decision to allow her to travel came after more than 60,000 people signed an online petition in October.

May Brown
May Brown lives in Weymouth with her husband and daughter

Mrs Brown said: "I will forever be grateful to the great British public for the support." 

The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) said the transplant took place at King's College Hospital in London.

A31 crash update: Two 'pedestrians' seriously injured

Two people were seriously injured in a crash on the A31 in the New Forest on Tuesday.

A31 at Stoney Cross
Stacey Harris

It happened at about 15:50 near Stoney Cross and involved a Volkswagen Golf and a Mercedes.

The occupants of the Golf - a 73-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman from West Sussex - were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

South Central Ambulance Service said they were out of their vehicle and on the slip road at the time of the crash. Hampshire Constabulary said it was investigating "to ascertain exactly what happened".

The 68-year-old driver of the Mercedes, from Winchester, was uninjured. No arrests have been made. 

Artur Boruc

Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc calls time on his Poland career after winning 64 caps for his country.

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Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for A335 Wide Lane.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane blocked on exit slip road and very slow traffic eastbound at J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Eastleigh end run of defeats with home draw

BBC Sport

Craig McAllister's late goal saw Eastleigh end a run of four straight defeats  as they held the 10 men of high-flying Aldershot in a 1-1 draw .

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Bernard Mensah struck a post for Aldershot after 11 minutes, but the visitors were a man down midway through the first half when Jim Kellerman saw red for a foul on Ross Stearn.

The Shots regrouped and took a deserved lead in the 42nd minute when Idris Kanu latched on to a through pass and poked the ball under Ryan Clarke.

But in the second half Eastleigh's extra man began to tell as they pushed forward and, with 10 minutes left, McAllister fired home from close range after getting on to the end of a flick-on.

IPACA statement regarding principal Joss Hayes resignation

The principal of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) has stepped down.

Kate Shaw, the school's chair of governors, said it would confirm "interim leadership team arrangements" in the "next few days".

Dorset County Council, one of the academy's sponsors, added it would continue to work with the academy and the regional schools commissioner "to secure the best possible education for the children of Portland".

Joss Hayes had been with us as principal at IPACA since November 2015. Joss has decided to leave the academy with immediate effect. She leaves us with our thanks for the work she has done and our best wishes for the future. We will confirm the interim leadership team arrangements in the next few days.

Kate ShawIPACA chair of governors

Principal of 'inadequate' Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy resigns

The principal of an academy school that was recently rated inadequate by Ofsted has resigned.


A text sent to parents of pupils at Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) on Tuesday said Joss Hayes had stepped down "with immediate effect" but did not give a reason. 

The school was placed in special measures by Ofted in January, following an inspection in November. 

Concerns included the "significantly below average" achievement of pupils.

First mobile phone driver caught under new penalties in Hampshire