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Summary

  1. Driver who hit and killed pony in the New Forest calls for fencing
  2. England's oldest man, who lives in Alton, celebrates 109th birthday
  3. Bournemouth residents 'appalled' over lost poisoned trees
  4. Updates from Wednesday 29 March

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By Indy Almroth-Wright

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Emily Ford

BBC South

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back with live coverage from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight from 08:00 BST on Thursday.

Can't imagine the owners were very 'grape-ful'

Sunbeam 1,000hp breaks the 200mph land speed barrier
An engine which broke the 200mph land speed barrier is restored to mark the event's 90th anniversary.

RSPCA reports rise in animal cruelty claims

Hampshire has been named as one of the UK's worst places for complaints of animal cruelty by the RSPCA.

The charity looked into 149,604 complaints in total compared to 143,004 in 2015, but the number of successful prosecutions fell more than 6% to 744. 

The county was one of 10 hotspots for complaints in 2016 with 4,131. 

The RSPCA said the surge in complaints may be due to increased use of social media. 

The charity said it also investigated more than 400 allegations of animal cruelty per day last year - a rise of nearly 5% compared to the previous 12 months.

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BreakingThree-week-old baby dies after attempted murder arrests

A three-year-old baby has died after two people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. 

Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a man and woman in their twenties were arrested after the baby from Gosport was admitted to hospital last week. 

The baby has now died after suffering a serious injury and specialist officers have been investigating at an address in Forton Road to determine how the infant was hurt. 

The man and woman have been bailed until September. 

Bournemouth Air Festival confirms Red Arrows will make an appearance

Search continues for teenage boy missing for five days

Emily Ford

BBC South

Police are continuing to search for missing teenager Logan Austin. 

The 15-year-old has been missing from the Fareham area since the early hours of Saturday 25 March. 

It is believed he does not have any money or a phone with him and may be in Essex.

Hampshire Constabulary are appealing for anyone who might have seen him to get in touch. 

Austin
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Man arrested after 'bottle thrown at baby'

'Long queues and phone delays' over swimming lessons

Men jailed for supplying drugs in Portsmouth

Afternoon forecast: Mostly dry, but turning breezy

It will be dry, cloudy and fairly warm this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

It will become rather windy this evening, especially near the coast. 

A few heavy showers will arrive too. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F). 

Weather forecast

Suspect sought over Andover stabbing

A man has been found stabbed in the chest and legs on a pathway in Andover prompting a police appeal.

The 30-year-old was found in the St Anne’s Close and Suffolk Road area at about 20:00 BST last night.

Police said he was taken to hospital where his condition was described as " serious, but not life threatening".

Police heave appealed to anyone who saw someone running away or a vehicle leaving the area to contact them.

St Anne’s Close and Suffolk Road area
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Gosport Marine Festival returns with 800 places for water sports

Nuclear bomber sailing to Portsmouth

A French Cold War nuclear bomber is reaching the end of its journey to its new home at an English air museum.

The 31-tonne Dassault Mirage IVA has been donated to the Yorkshire Air Museum , at Elvington near York, by the French government.

The 77ft-long (23m) plane is travelling 527 miles (848km) and is due to sail from Le Havre arriving in Portsmouth this evening before finishing its journey by road on Thursday.

It is the only Mirage IV aircraft to be given to an independent museum and the only one outside France.

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School to be run by Aspirations Academy Trust

Isle of Portland academy IPACA is to be run by the Aspirations Academy Trust from September.

Catherine Shaw, chair of governors at IPACA, said: “IPACA needs a partner that can bring the skills and resources the school can't provide itself in order to rapidly improve and prevent more children receiving an education that is below expectations."

The academy school has recently been rated inadequate by Ofsted and seen its principal resign and announced cost cutting could see jobs axed.

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

Joss Hayes, the school's principal, walked out at the end of last month.

Isle of Portland academy IPACA
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Poole Town's Tatnam Recreation Ground

National League South club Poole Town avoid demotion after passing a Football Association ground grading assessment.

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'The nervousness comes from the unknown', the Poole man preparing to tackle the Oner

Gary Fisher will run 82 miles along Dorset's coast in less than 24 hours

More than 2,000 people needed the RNLI’s help on south coast last year

Sunbeam anniversary: Museum marks record 200mph run

90 years ago today the Sunbeam 1000hp broke the 200mph Land Speed Record at Daytona Beach in Florida.

The car, an exhibit at the  National Motor Museum  in Beaulieu, is currently having one of its engines restored to make it run for the first time in over half a century.  

The museum said it hopes to run the engine later this year.

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Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

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M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J8 for A30.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M3 northbound between J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout) and J8, A30 (Andover), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Views sought on Upton Country Park plans

The public is being asked for its views on plans to improve Upton Country Park in Poole.

It comes following the park's £15m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

They've now set up an online visitor survey to find out what people would like to see change at the park. 

If the bid is successful the park said it planned to focus on three main themes; people, heritage, and landscapes.

Upton Country Park
Upton Country Park

What do people in the South think about Brexit

With Article 50 set to be triggered, we asked a panel of Leave and Remain voters for their thoughts

Caravan built from Lego arrives at Beaulieu

A caravan made from Lego has gone on display at Beaulieu.

Commissioned by the National Caravan Council, the creation was constructed over 12 weeks using more than 200,000 bricks and weighs about 1,200kg!

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Oldest man 'bit irked' over Brexit on his birthday

One of Britain's oldest men, Bob Weighton is celebrating his 109th birthday today. 

Mr Weighton, who lives in Alton, said he was a "bit irked" that Teresa May had chosen his birthday to start Brexit. 

He said: "She didn't ring me up to see what my reaction would be." 

He said he was celebrating by having lunch with his family.

Originally from Hull he shares the title with Alf Smith, of Perth, Scotland, who also turns 109 today.

Speaking in December, Bob Weighton, shared his secret to a long life

Appeal after girl, 10, struck by car on Portland

A 10-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after being knocked down by a car on Portland.

The child was hit by a Nissan car on Grove Road shortly before 16:00 GMT yesterday.

Police said the girl, who was taken to hospital after the crash, suffered serious but not life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

Witnesses are being asked to contact police.

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Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

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M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, between J4A for A327 and J4 for A331.

M3 Hampshire - Lane blocked and very slow traffic on M3 London-bound between J4a, A327 (Farnborough) and J4, A331 (Camberley), because of an accident.

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

Mother 'infatuated' by ex-soldier accused of her murder

A woman had a "volatile relationship" with her ex-boyfriend who is accused of stabbing her 11 times, her mother has told a court.

After getting together with Jay Nava, Natasha Wake became "quickly infatuated", Shelley Powell told Winchester Crown Court.

The prosecution alleges Mr Nava fatally stabbed her while her children slept upstairs at her Bournemouth home.

Ex-soldier Mr Nava, of Royal Citadel, Plymouth, denies Miss Wake's murder.

Natasha Wake
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Gary Stacey death: Law student 'killed man with one punch'

A law student killed a father-of-10 with one punch while on a night out on the Isle of Wight, a court has heard.

Gary Stacey (pictured), 49, died from brain injuries after being hit in the street in Newport in February 2016.

Gary Stacey
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Ryan Cooper, 21, has gone on trial at Winchester Crown Court charged with manslaughter. He denies the charge.

Prosecutors said there was "no dispute" that Mr Cooper had thrown the punch, which he insisted was in self defence.

Residents 'appalled' over lost poisoned trees

Residents in Bournemouth say they are "appalled" that two of three pine trees on West Cliff Green have died after they were deliberately poisoned last summer.

The drill holes in the trunk of one of the trees
Chris Colledge

The trunks of two pines in the area close to the former St George's Hotel site were drilled up to 15 times last June. 

A third pine was damaged the following month and a "crystal-like" substance was discovered on its bark. 

Tests showed  the substance was the herbicide glyphosate, the borough council said.

Latest headlines: Residents' shock over loss of poisoned pine trees

  • A pair of pine trees that were deliberately poisoned in a popular area of Bournemouth will not survive
  • A driver who hit a pony in the New Forest in what he described as a "freak accident" is calling for the B3054 to be fenced
  • Upton County Park has put in a £1.5m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund - the money could be used  to reinstate landscapes that have been lost over time and increase the number of volunteers
  • Bob Weighton who lives in Alton is celebrating a very special birthday - today he tuns 109 years old, making him England's oldest man

Weather: Mostly dry, but turning breezy

Today will be mostly dry but rather cloudy with some bright intervals.

Some outbreaks of light rain may move in from the west at times, although many areas will remain dry. Feeling warm with a south-westerly breeze. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Dan Downs has Wednesday's forecast

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