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Summary

  1. The Bournemouth Intermediate care service makes two thirds of community rehab assistants redundant
  2. Funeral today for athletics coach and former Radio Solent journalist Mike Smith
  3. An 18-year-old girl was found on a grass verge with a fractured skull in Damerham
  4. Weather: Breezy with sunshine later
  5. Updates from Friday 24 March

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Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

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M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A31.

M3 Hampshire - M3 exit slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at J10, A31 (Winchester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

West Bay and Lyme Regis dredging works delayed

Dredging works at West Bay and Lyme Regis harbours have been delayed "due to unforeseen circumstances", the district council has said.

The annual works at West Bay began on 11 March and had been expected to last for eight days, while dredging at Lyme Regis had been due to start last Sunday for 10 days - both  with no night works.

Dreging at West Bay, which will close West Beach, will start again on Monday and run until 4 April with some night shift work possible. 

Lyme Regis works will be carried out over two stages, before and after Easter. The first will run from 6 April for five days, while the second will begin on 25 April for up to four days.

Lyme Regis Harbour
Carroll Pierce

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the previous dredge. These works are essential for maintaining the day-to-day running of both harbours and ensures our beaches are fully replenished for residents and visitors to enjoy in the warmer months.

Councillor John Russell West Dorset District Council’s executive portfolio holder for environmental protection and assets

To all you mums out there

#GetInspired

With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

Eastleigh v Gateshead

Ian Wilding

Commentator, BBC Radio Solent

Eastleigh entertain Gateshead in the National League on Saturday.

If other results go their way, a win could move the Spitfires back into the National League's top 10 for the first time since the start of January.

Richard Hill's side are currently 12th in the table, having turned their form around over the last two weeks with three consecutive wins. 

Listen to live online commentary from BBC Radio Solent from 15:00.

Funeral for athletics coach Mike Smith

Athletes and broadcasters were among the mourners at the funeral of one of Britain's top athletics coaches earlier.

Southampton-based Mike Smith died earlier this month, aged 88,  after a short illness. 

He was renowned for his work training up-and-coming athletics stars and nurtured the talents of Olympic, Commonwealth and European medal winners in a career spanning five decades.

Mike Smith
BBC

Former Olympians Roger Black and Iwan Thomas were among those attending a memorial event at the city's Central Hall along with former colleagues from education and broadcasting. 

Mr Smith was a sports broadcaster on BBC Radio Solent for three decades.

James Vince and George Bailey

James Vince and Australian overseas batsman George Bailey are to share the Hampshire captaincy in the coming season.

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Police appeal as murder investigation begins

Police have appealed for information from anyone who was in contact with Carl Scott after the 37-year-old's body was found at a property in Winchester.

His body was found by a member of the public at a house in the Stanmore area of the city on Wednesday afternoon.

We are in the early stages of this investigation and we are following various lines of enquiry to establish the exact circumstances of what happened. In particular, we are trying to build up a picture of Mr Scott's lifestyle and movements.

Det Ch Insp Dave Morgan Hampshire Constabulary
Birch Court
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Appeal following Weymouth crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fail-to-stop collision near Weymouth.

A silver Mercedes coach collided with a black BMW on the B3157 near the Bagwell Farm Touring Park west of Chickerell on Tueseday afternoon.

The BMW failed to stop at the scene and continued toward Chickerell. Nobody was injured as a result of the collision.

The coach was damaged in the collision and the driver believes the BMW would have sustained noticeable damage to the front of the vehicle and the driver’s side."

PC Anneka HardingDorset Police

Swash Channel Wreck mystery solved

Bournemouth University marine archaeologist Dave Parham on the raising of the Swash Channel Wreck rudder and solving a 400-year-old mystery over the ship's name.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

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M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J11 for A27 Fareham and J12 for M275.

M27 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M27 eastbound between J11, A27 (Fareham) and J12, M275 (Portsmouth), because of an accident. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

BreakingMurder probe launched after body found in Winchester

A murder investigation has begun after a man's body was found in Winchester. 

The body of Carl Scott was found by a member of the public in the Stanmore area on Wednesday afternoon. 

Police confirmed his death was being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination is being carried out. 

Detectives have appealed for information from anyone who had been in contact with Mr Scott. A cordon remains in place at the property in Birch Court

Red Nose Day fundraising

Loads of people have been doing something funny for money today, all in aid of Comic Relief ...

Selwood
BBC
Staff at Selwood's headquarters in Chandlers Ford getting in the Red Nose Day mood
Brockenhurst College
BBC
Students at Brockenhurst College staged an improvised comedy session
Huey-Jay and Dakota-Skye
Sue Paz
Pupils at Sherborne Abbey Primary School wore their uniforms upside down, inside out and back-to-front for a donation
Wildern School
BBC
... and there was a rowathon for pupils and staff at Wildern School in Hedge End

Former Dover midfielder charged with robbery

A former Kent footballer has been charged with robbery. 

25-year-old Liam Bellamy, formerly of Dover Athletic and now of Aldershot Town has been bailed to appear at court on 11 April alongside Ian Vincent Foster, 55, and Michael Steel, 53, both from Chigwell, Essex.

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The incident is alleged to have taken place on 9 November 2015 in Greenhithe while he was still under contract with the Kent team. 

An Aldershot Town FC spokesman said the club has been made aware of the charge against Liam Bellamy but cannot comment further at this stage.

Refurbished ICU opens at Southampton children's hospital

Sophia Seth

BBC South Today

More than £500,000 has been raised to extend the children's intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital.

New facilities at Southampton General's children's ICU

Drivers parking in box junctions are not making firefighters happy!

Red Nose Day: New look for trainee cops

Police trainees do their bit for Comic Relief

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Portsmouth MP who was at Westminster during terror attack thanks public

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, has released a statement thanking members of the public for their support following the Westminster terror attack. 

The MP posted on her Facebook page in appreciation of the messages she, her staff and colleagues had received.

Penny Mordaunt MP
BBC/Flying Colours

She said: "It is of tremendous comfort to receive such notes at times like these. I know many have been very upset and moved by what has happened.

"What I will remember of the last week is the courage, fortitude and kindness of so many people during the event and afterwards [...] how the public and those inside the palace looked out for each other."

Volleyball organisers desperate plea for funding ahead of event in the summer

Organisers of the Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic have said they need urgent financial help to run the event this summer. 

The 2017 event is at risk if the Weymouth Volleyball Club can't raise over £5,000 to host the championships before summer. 

The event costs over £20,000 to run and this year the club has fallen short.

weymouth volleyball 2005
BBC

Graeme Sawyer, event director, said: "As the even relies totally on volunteers and sponsorship funding we are very keen to talk to local businesses." 

If they can raise enough funds the event, which has been running for over 30 years, will take place between 27 July and 30 July. 

Who wouldn't want to see a cute puppy on a Friday?

New floating bridge needs a name - but not Floaty McFloatface!

Isle of Wight Council is looking for residents to help name the new floating bridge. 

The authority has currently registered the bridge's name as 'Floating Bridge number 6' but is looking for something with a nicer ring to it.

floating bridge
Isle of Wight Council

The council is calling for people to enter their suggestions using its Facebook page by commenting on the pinned post. 

Name suggestions will be accepted until 12:00 GMT on 7 April and once collated the best six will be put to the public in a vote. 

The winner of the vote will be announced on 21 April. 

Weymouth Ironman organisers hope to 'iron out' last year's problems

After a  report found the marshalling of a major triathlon event to be "unprofessional"  and said it contributed to traffic disruption, organisers have said they hope to "iron out" the problems for this year's event.

Weymouth Ironman 2016
BBC

The Dorset County Council report into September's Ironman event in Weymouth, which attracted 2,700 competitors, examined issues including motorists being delayed.

Race director Alan Rose said organisers were engaging with local businesses to "make sure everyone understands what's happening and how they will be affected".

"Where we need to we are looking to put things in place to allow access and work around the issues people might have," he added.

"With less than six months to go we hope to iron out last year's problems."

Portsmouth university breakthrough could reveal if suspect is lying

Researchers may soon be able to tell whether a suspect is lying about recognising someone they know. 

A study from the University of Portsmouth has used eye tracking technology and discovered that people's eyes move differently when looking at faces they recognised. 

Academics from the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology made the realisation after watching 59 partcipants eye movements when they looked at 200 digital colour photographs of familiar and unfamiliar faces. 

Lead author of the study, Ailsa Millen, said: "Criminal accomplices often deny that they know other members in their networks. However, if a co-conspirator denies recognition in this way, their eye movements when viewing photos of the suspects may reveal this type of lie." 

The FA People's Cup is back!

#PeoplesCup

It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros
MOTD: How Bournemouth are getting more girls and women playing football
Match of the Day's Jess Creighton visits AFC Bournemouth where their Community Sports Trust has been developing a plan to get more young girls and women playing competitive football.

Police officer shakes 'hero' MP's hand

Foreign Office minister and Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood was greeted by an armed police officer outside Parliament this morning.

Mr Ellwood, a former soldier, gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to PC Keith Palmer and attempted to stem the flow of blood after the attack in New Palace Yard. 

Mr Ellwood was pictured with blood on his face and clothes. 

His actions attracted admiration from his Westminster colleagues and police officers.

Tobias Ellwood MP and police officer
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Train and 'tired' track worker in near miss

A "tired" rail worker, who had been sleeping in his car to avoid a commute, was narrowly missed by a train while working on a track, a report has found.


          The track worker on the line as pictured by the CCTV camera on the train
RAIB

It happened near Shawford station, Hampshire, last June, when the train was travelling at 85mph (137 km/h). 

The  Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report  said the worker became distracted while on the line. 

It said his alertness and decision making were likely to have been affected by fatigue after sleeping in his car for a week to avoid a long daily commute.

D-Day embroidery put into storage as part of museum revamp

The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth is taking its first steps towards a complete transformation today. 

The museum has been awarded £4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to change how the story of D-Day is told and has now closed until spring next year. 

Exhibits are in the process of being removed and stored elsewhere, including an 83m-long Overlord Embroidery. 

Museum
PA

Today the embroidery, which has been on display since the museum opened in 1984, will be put into specialist storage - but it's the first time the whole piece has been out of its cases in over 30 years.  

The embroidery was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford, who served in the British Army in World War Two, to commemorate D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. 

The museum's transformation will culminate with the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.  

WATCH: Poole lifeboat recover capsized vessel yesterday

Man charged with assault and kidnap to appear in court

Rodney Traves has been charged with assault and kidnap by Hampshire Constabulary.

The 47-year-old, of Croydon Close, Southampton, will appear before city magistrates today.

It comes after a person was kidnapped in Eastleigh on 19 January.

New festival announced for Isle of Wight

Robin Hill Country Park has revealed it will be hosting a new "boutique" music festival called Eklectica in September. 

Described as a "festival with a twist" the event, running from Saturday 9 September to Sunday 10 September will offer a host of "quirky and creative" musicians as well as internationally renowned tribute bands.

eklectica
Vectis Ventures Ltd

The festival will be held in the woodlands surrounding the amphitheatre with a mixture of performing arts including circus, poetry, comedy, theatre and burlesque as well as electronic and dance music. 

Tribute acts will feature The Killerz, Madness tribute Band, Mumma Mia Tribute, Daft Club, One Direction and Little Chix.

We are very excited about putting on Eklectica. Our aim is for it to be the party that ends the summer and we hope that this year's event will be the first of many.

Rob Holgate Managing Director of Vectis Ventures Ltd

Alleged Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower base jumpers sought

Police are trying to identify two men who allegedly forced entry into Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower before base jumping off and putting themselves in "significant danger". 

It happened at about 21:15 on 9 March and there was criminal damage when the building was accessed,  police said .


          CCTV images of two men police want to speak to after Spinnaker Tower break in
Hampshire Constabulary
Critically ill boy becomes jockey
A seven-year-old boy who battled a critical illness will realise his dream of becoming a jockey.

MP who tried to save police officer says 'everyone is still in shock'

Community rehab service cuts threat

A community rehabilitation service in Bournemouth is under threat after plans to cut its funding were announced.

Elderly person's hand being held
AFP

The borough council said it needed to cut £426,000 of Bournemouth Intermediate Care Service (BICS) funding due to a grant cut from Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

The move would see the roles of 13 of 21 community rehab assistants cut. 

Patient watchdog Dorset Healthwatch has described the proposal as "short-sighted" and "nonsensical".

Lifeboast rescues capsized yacht with two people on board

Poole Inshore Lifeboat was called to rescue a crew on a small racing yacht after it capsized. 

The organisation's D class lifeboat was sent to help after 14:00 GMT yesterday off Parkstone Yacht Club. 

The vessel had two people on board and the mast was stuck in the mud. 

Crews worked with two other ribs to get the mast out of the mud and escorted the yacht back to the Parkstone club. 

Lifeboat
Poole Inshore Lifeboat

Although nobody was in immediate danger the conditions were testing, with a sharp wind, it was a good job well done, the people on board the vessel were cold but okay."

Jonathan ClarkVolunteer helmsman

Mystery of woman found on grass verge with fractured skull

Mystery surrounds an incident where an 18-year-old woman was discovered with serious head injuries. 

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for information after finding the woman on a grass verge on Damerham High Street. 

She was found at about 05:00 GMT on Friday 17 March and all she remembers is leaving the Compasses Inn at about 22:30 the night before. 

The woman does not know how she was injured and is currently being treated for a fractured skull and hearing loss, her mobile phone is also missing. 

Damerham High Street
Google

We have been carrying out house to house enquiries in the area but at the current time it is still not clear as to what happened to this woman. I'd urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact us."

DC Jenna OsmanHampshire Constabulary

Hampshire schoolchildren left scene of terror attack just minutes before it happened