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Summary

  1. Southampton murder victim 'went to rob drug dealers'
  2. Portsmouth in bid for UK City of Culture 2021 title
  3. Anger at plans to limit the number of dogs a person can walk from six to four
  4. You've been sending us your World Book Day pictures
  5. Updates from Thursday 2 March

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

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Mixed response to four-pooch limit

Plans to bring in a cap on the number of dogs people can walk in Gosport have been getting a mixed response on social media.

Gosport Borough Council is planning to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to limit people to four dogs, instead of the current six.

Commenting on Facebook Dennis Brown said: "Who is to tell anyone that they can only have four dogs?

"This has no legs as it goes too far to interfere with people's rights to choices." 

Dog walker
BBC

While Jenny Brown posted: "I'm pleased this has come into focus. I've had so many problems when encountering larger groups of dogs."

It would be imposed on both individual and professional dog walkers giving the authority the power to issue a £100 fine.

If it is approved the change would come into force on 1 May. A decision is expected next week.

Have you spotted these trains?

Police have released images of model cars and trains stolen in a burglary in Bournemouth.

Up to £1,000-worth of models were stolen from a shed on 16 February in Green Lane in the north of the town.

Model train
Dorset Police
Model train
Dorset Police

This has been a very upsetting incident for the victim as he has owned some of the stolen items since he was five years old, therefore making them of great sentimental value.

PC Jennie Sykes-MartinDorset Police

BreakingEditor to leave Daily Echo

Ian Murray has announced on Twitter he is to leave the Daily Echo newspaper in Southampton, where he has been editor for 20 years.

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Pupil injured by 'pen knife'

A pupil injured during a knife incident at a school in Southampton suffered an arm injury caused by a pen knife, a school spokesman has said.

Earlier police confirmed they had been called to Oasis Academy Mayfield School shortly after 14:00.

Oasis Academy Mayfield
Google

We are aware of an incident that took place at the academy today that was swiftly made safe by staff, and it is now being investigated by police.

SpokesmanOasis Academy Mayfield

Car boot sale to shut for homes

The car boot sale in Bursledon is set to close to make way for up to 182 new homes.

Eastleigh Borough Council said the privately-owned site off Hamble Lane had been sold with outline planning granted in November 2015.

The authority said it understands the weekly Sunday car boot sale would close by late spring or early summer.

Bursledon car boot
Google

Paramedic employed at Bournemouth hospital to ease pressure

Work to widen A35 progressing

If you're one of the people who uses the Upton Bypass then you'll be pleased to hear how work is progressing.

A temporary speed limit is in place on the A35 while the carriageways are widened so work can be carried out on the bridges.

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Child injured in 'knife' incident at school

A child has been injured in a suspected knife incident at a Southampton school.

Police were called to Oasis Academy Mayfield School shortly after 14:00.

Hampshire Constabulary said one child was reported to have suffered a "minor injury" and that a "bladed article" had been seized.

Officers remain at the school and are talking to two pupils to ascertain what happened.

Oasis Academy Mayfield
Google

Boyfriend guilty of sledgehammer murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend at their shared home. 

James D'Arcy will be sentenced tomorrow for killing Hayley Dean at their bedsit flat in Bournemouth. 

The 50-year-old of Derby Road was convicted having previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter. 

James D'Arcy
Hampshire Constabulary

Hayley, 38, died after D'Arcy hit her over the head with a sledgehammer. He admitted to police "I smashed her head in". 

Winchester Crown Court heard D'Arcy initially pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and denied murder. 

He said he could not remember the attack as he was heavily under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident in September last year. 

Breaking'Knifeman' seen in Southampton high street

Police have been called to Shirley high street in Southampton after reports of a man carrying a weapon, thought to be a knife.

A spokesperson said they were alerted at 12:59 and officers are on the scene.

We'll bring you more as we get it.

Murder victim 'went to rob drug dealers'

A man was stabbed to death after he stormed into a flat with a sawn-off shotgun to rob three drug dealers, an inquest has heard.

Michael Freshwater, 49, was found dead in the flat in Portswood, Southampton, in April last year.

Michael Freshwater
Family photo

The three dealers were held over his death but never charged with murder.

The trio, along with three others, have recently been sentenced for their parts in a £676,000 drugs conspiracy uncovered by inquiries into the death.

The coroner gave a narrative ruling, stating Mr Freshwater died from a stab wound to the chest.

Views sought on coastal projects in Christchurch

Gunwharf's toilets recognised amongst the country’s best

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, between J7 for A334 and J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound between J7, A334 (Hedge End) and J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Driver missing after car hits house in Southampton

Police are searching for the driver of a car that crashed into a house in Southampton.

The Ford Focus ploughed into the property in Coxford Road shortly after 10:20 GMT and then caught fire.

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses to come forward "to locate the vehicle's occupants".

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On-call firefighters stuck waiting to leave station after van blocks entrance

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J9 for A27 Whiteley.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound at J9, A27 (Whiteley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Police appeal after car fire

World Book Day: More pictures coming in

Ayden Howes
Family photo
Here's Ayden Howes, aged six from Fleet, dressed as "Hero Boy" from The Polar Express
Hayden Macskimming
Family photo
Hayden Macskimming, three from Havant, went for Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
Lillie-May Macskimming
Family photo
And sister Lillie-May Macskimming, four, is Princess Anna from Frozen

World Book Day: 'Demon Dentist and Willy Wonka'

Your pictures are pouring in....

Keep them coming to south.newsonline@bbc.co.uk

Mabel Stocker
Family photo
So this is Mabel Stocker, seven from Bournemouth, being the "Demon Dentist"
Harry Burge
Family photo
Harry Burge, nine, from Christchurch, uses his name to his advantage with this outfit...
Amber Penny and Finn Penny
Family photo
In Bournemouth, Finn Penny, eight, was being Willy Wonka while sister Amber, nine, took a trip to Wonderland

Taxis to Portsmouth hospital set to become more common

Portsmouth in bid for UK City of Culture 2021 title

Portsmouth is among the 11 towns and cities to formally register a bid to become the next UK City of Culture in 2021.

The chosen place  will succeed Hull , which is the City of Culture for 2017.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged to give £3m to the winning city.

Portsmouth
Gulsara Munbayeva

To be successful, the 2021 winner will have to prove its bid is centred around heritage, and that it will build on existing investment it gets from the lottery fund.

All final bids must be submitted by the end of April with a shortlist announced in July and the winning city named in December.

Portsmouth united with Southampton in a failed bid for the 2017 contest.

Your pictures: World Book Day costumes

And they keep coming...

Dakota-Skye and Huey-Jay Paz
Sue Paz
Here's Dakota-Skye and Huey-Jay Paz, six and five, from Sherborne, Dorset, dressed as Mummy Bear from Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the giant from Jack and the "Baked Bean" Stalk
Phoebe Luce
Theo Vrettos
Phoebe Luce, three, from Portsmouth, went for the "Spider-Girl" look

Mum whose head sinks into her neck makes desperate plea

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A335 Wide Lane and J4 for M3.

M27 Hampshire - Lane blocked and heavy traffic on M27 westbound between J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) and J4 M3, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

World Book Day: Send us pictures of your best outfits

If you're a parent to children of a certain age you've probably been scrambling around for a World Book Day costume over the past few days.

Well today's the day and you've already been sending us pictures of your creations, keep them coming to south.newsonline@bbc.co.uk

Betsy Reynolds
Claire Reynolds
Betsy Reynolds, seven, from Totton near Southampton, went with a 101 Dalmatians theme
Miles Earnshaw
Katie Earnshaw
Miles Earnshaw, six, from Shakespeare Infant School in Eastleigh, shows off his Horrid Henry outfit
Evelyn Stoddard
Hazel Wills
Evelyn Stoddard, one, from West End near Southampton, dressed in honour of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Russian royal family's cutlery auctioned in Christchurch

A jewelled cutlery set given by the last Tsarina of Russia to a Yorkshire hotelier is expected to fetch £10,000 at a Christchurch auctioneers later. 

Princess Alix of Hesse, as she was then known, had stayed at Cathcart House, Harrogate, during a visit to take the spa waters in 1894.

Russian cutlery
Bulstrodes

During her visit, the hotelier, Mrs Allen, gave birth to twins. 

The princess took this as a good omen for her forthcoming marriage and sent the gift to mark the twins' birthday.

The set goes under the hammer at Bulstrodes.

Walkers could be limited to four dogs at a time

Dog walkers could face a cap on the number of pooches they can walk in Gosport.

Gosport Borough Council is planning to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to limit people to four dogs, instead of the current six.

Dogs
BBC

It would be imposed on both individual and professional dog walkers giving the authority the power to issue a £100 fine.

If it is approved the change would come into force on 1 May. A decision is expected next week.

A303 Andover crash causing long delays this morning

Latest headlines: Hampshire police among forces in 'potentially perilous' state

  • The organisation overseeing policing standards has warned that a third of forces require improvement, including Hampshire which has been told it needs to improve how effective it is at keeping people safe and reducing crime
  • There's anger at plans by Gosport Borough Council to further restrict the number of dogs a person is allowed to walk in public from six to four
  • A robber wearing a scarf over his face has made off with £4,000 from a Gosport bookmakers

Today's weather: Sunny spells and showers

Today will be dry with some sunny spells but with brisk winds through the morning. 

Cloud will break through at times to give some bright or sunny skies but it will be windy during the morning and feel cold at first, but winds should gradually ease during the day and feeling quite mild by the afternoon. Highs of 11C (52F).  

Bee Tucker with the weather for the south on Thursday 2 March

Severe accident: A303 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A303 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, at B3048 Longparish Road affecting A343 Salisbury Road.

A303 Hampshire - A303 in Longparish blocked eastbound at the B3048 Longparish Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A343 Salisbury Road junction.

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

Good morning!

Welcome to the BBC Local Live service for Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on Thursday.

We'll be bringing you the latest news and sport from across the three counties.

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