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Summary

  1. Hands-free call lorry driver jailed for killing motorcyclist
  2. Self-driving cars could be tested in New Forest in bid to cut animal deaths
  3. Police continue investigations into death of three-week-old baby in Gosport
  4. Photographer snaps seal in Holes Bay
  5. Updates from Thursday 30 March

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Discount cards for Lyme Regis residents

People living in Lyme Regis are to be issued with special loyalty cards to enable them to get discounts in the town.

The free Gateway Card will entitle holders to special offers in shops and discounts on beach hut hire and mini golf. 

Lyme Regis Town Council said the card will be sent by post to every person on the electoral register by tomorrow. The card can be used from 3 April.

Lyme Regis Gateway Card
Lyme Regis Town Council
new train

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

First MTR rejects carriages costing £200m before a German factory finishes building them.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

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M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J9 for A27 Whiteley and J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M27 westbound in Burridge between J9, A27 (Whiteley) and J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of an accident.

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

Motorway partly closed by murder detectives

Police have closed part of the M27 motorway around Southampton as part of the investigation into the murder of Shkelzen Dauti.

The 21-year-old, known as Genny, was found with stab wounds in the road in Gilpin Close on 11 May.

Shkelzen Dauti
Hampshire Constabulary

Two men have been bailed until June on suspicion of murder

Police have closed part of the westbound M27 between junction 7 (Hedge End) and junction 5 (Eastleigh) today and will continue their investigation on the motorway tomorrow.

Teacher fell asleep driving while over limit - inquest

A 28-year-old dance and drama teacher died after falling asleep at the wheel of his car intoxicated, an inquest has heard.

Winchester University graduate Stephen Piper was nearly three times over the limit when he got into his white Suzuki Swift at a park and ride site in Oxford on 22 October 2016.

Stephen Piper
Piper family

The City of Oxford College faculty member had been celebrating a promotion at a colleagues' leaving do on a Friday night.

Onboard computer data showed he gradually accelerated to between 52.5-60mph before hitting a bus shelter.

Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter recorded the death as a result of a road traffic collision.

Man in hospital after Southampton park assault

A man has been taken to hospital after an assault at a Southampton park this afternoon. 

Hampshire Constabulary was called to Watts Park in Cumberland Place just after 15:00 BST. 

The man has been taken to Southampton General hospital but police say at this time his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance said the patient had "serious injuries" and sent an ambulance, specialist paramedic and officer to the scene. 

A cordon is currently in place as police investigate the incident. 

watts park
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WW2 mortars found on Hordle Cliff beach

Four World War Two mortars have been found during work to remove buried anti-tank defences from Hordle Cliff beach at Milford-on-Sea.

The shells were discovered by contractors at about 16:30 BST yesterday.

Explosives experts attended at 06:30 this morning and detonated one device while removing the others.

WW2 mortar
New Forest District Council

New Forest District Council is currently clearing a metal obstacle known as 'Admiralty Scaffolding', which was laid in the sand just below the waterline during the war.

Severe congestion: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe congestion, at J7 for A334 affecting J5 for A335 Wide Lane.

M27 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on M27 eastbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End). Congestion to J5, A335 (Southampton Airport).

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

'Tadic should give answers on pitch'

Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Dusan Tadic
Reuters

It sounds like Southampton's Serbian striker Dusan Tadic has had a bit of a telling off, having reportedly complained about being repeatedly substituted.

Puel said: "We sorted it internally and he knows it was not a good response.

"It's always better to give the good answer on the pitch."

New trains 'rejected by franchise winner'

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

A rail operator is to abandon trains costing £200m which are currently being built in Germany.

First MTR, which was awarded the South Western franchise on Monday,  is committed to a fleet of 90 new trains, increasing capacity on the Reading, Windsor and London routes.

It will reject 150 carriages from Siemens which were ordered in 2014.

Siemens factory
bbc

Instead, the operator is commissioning further new trains to replace them, on a cheaper annual lease.

The rejected carriages, which can only be used on southern England's third rail system, are destined to sit on sidings indefinitely.

Gust of wind thwarts ice cream space launch

Attempts to launch a tub of Purbeck ice cream into the mid stratosphere didn't go quite to plan yesterday.

The firm near Wareham was preparing to launch a helium balloon to take a pot of its ice cream to the edge of space when a gust of wind popped it on a nearby roof.

@PurbeckIceCream  posted on Twitter: "That moment when all your hopes and dreams burst like a delicate helium balloon on the edge of a corrugated roof!"

The team said it hoped to make a second attempt in the near future.  

Helium balloon launch
Purbeck Ice Cream
Helium balloon pops
Purbeck Ice Cream

Van Dijk may be back before the end of the season

Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Virgil van Dijk
Reuters

Southampton boss Claude Puel spoke at length about club captain Virgil van Dijk, who has been out injured since hurting his ankle against Leicester on 22 January.

Of a possible return for the man he describes as "the best defender in the Premier League", Puel says: "It's a long injury and we will see if he will come back before the end of the season."

Asked if that makes it more likely that Van Dijk will stay after being linked with a move, Puel says "it doesn't change anything - he's an important player for us, he's our captain".

Gabbiadini to miss Bournemouth game

Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Some team news for Southampton before Saturday's south coast derby with Bournemouth and it's not good news for the Saints - Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini is ruled out.

#saintsfc #afcb Manolo Gabbiadini ruled out of Bournemouth game on Saturday, may be available midweek. Charlie Austin a month away says Puel

Leckford death crash lorry driver jailed

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC South

A lorry driver who killed a Southampton motorcyclist has been jailed for five years.

The crash on Stockbridge Road at the entrance to the golf club in Leckford on 13 April last year involved a lorry and two motorbikes. 

Biker 63-year-old Alan Couper from Southampton died at the scene.

Roy Woods, 57, from Tidworth, who had earlier admitted causing death by dangerous driving, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.   

Roy Woods
Hampshire Constabulary

Gas leak to close Southampton's Above Bar Street

Southampton motorists are being warned to find alternative routes through the city centre due to a gas leak which is set to close Above Bar Street from Monday.

To repair the leak engineers need to dig between Commercial Road and Cumberland Place. 

The road will be shut from 09:30 BST.

Works are set to be complete by 20 April in time for the Southampton Marathon on Sunday 23 April.

Southampton map
Balfour Beatty

Railway Children train donated to Swanage Railway

A Victorian steam locomotive that featured in the theatre adaptation of The Railway Children in London and Toronto has been donated to Swanage Railway by the National Railway Museum.

Built in February 1893, locomotive No. 563 was used to haul express trains on the London and South Western Railway.

It was withdrawn by Southern Railway at the end of WW2 in August 1945 by which time it had run a total of 1.5 million miles.

Locomotive No. 563
National Railway Museum

The veteran locomotive was transported by sea to Canada in 2011 where it spent six months at Toronto's Roundhouse Park for a theatrical production of The Railway Children.

It returned to the UK where it was used in the show at a pop-up theatre in King's Cross, London.

Man who died in pony and trap crash named

A man driving a pony and trap who died following a collision with a car near Southampton has been named by police.

William Gaskin, 33, from Worplesdon, Guildford, was taken to Southampton General Hospital following the crash at 23:30 BST on Sunday - he died a short time later.  

A 28-year-old man from Southampton arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been bailed until July.

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Motorists warned of A31 delays at Stag Gate

A broken down lorry on the A31 near Stag Gate is causing long delays both ways. Police are directing traffic at East Almer.

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Cruise ships back on schedule at port

Live: British army send armoured vehicles to Estonia

Watch: Hampshire Cricket fans' forum

Kris Temple

BBC Radio Solent

Travel problems in Lytchett Matravers

Ex-nuclear bomber leaves Portsmouth

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Let's get the latest now on the progress of the  Mirage IV former nuclear bomber .  

The 77-foot long warplane is due to arrive in North Yorkshire later today as it completes a journey that started earlier this week in Paris. 

It's been gifted to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington near York by the French government.

Well we've just heard that everything is going according to plan and it started the final part of the journey from Portsmouth to York this morning.

Bomber
Yorkshire Air Museum

Southampton man jailed after defrauding two vulnerable elderly women

A Southampton man's been jailed after conning two elderly women out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Stephen Floyd, 60, of Oakfield Gardens, was sentenced to six years at Southampton Crown Court yesterday for the deception which lasted over 10 years.

Police said Floyd met his victims when he was self employed and delivered food to a woman in Aldershot and another in Park Gate.

Stephen Patrick Floyd
Hampshire

In both cases he became heavily involved in their care after their husbands became ill and died. 

Floyd managed to obtain power of attorney, and persuaded them to change their wills so he was sole beneficiary. 

He then used their money for other purposes than their own care, including gambling. 

Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw in action for South Africa

Hampshire's new Kolpak signings Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw explain their decisions to quit playing for South Africa.

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Spotted seal named by locals...

We told you earlier about a seal seen in Poole, apparently the locals have already named him... ;)

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Gosport baby post-mortem tests due

Post-mortem tests are due to be carried out to find out how a newborn baby from Gosport died .

The three-week-old was taken to hospital from an address on Forton Road last Tuesday but died yesterday. 

A man and a woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder have been bailed.

Forton Road, Gosport
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Seal spotted in Holes Bay

An amateur photographer from Poole has captured these stunning shots of a seal in Holes Bay.

Kelly Townsend spotted the mammal splashing around in the water yesterday morning.

Seal, Holes Bay
Kelly Townsend
Seal, Holes Bay
Kelly Townsend

Weather: Mostly dry, with bright or sunny spells

It's a fairly cloudy start with perhaps a little light rain first thing.

It will turn increasingly sunny through the day, and will become very warm by the afternoon in land, but a little breezier along the coast. 

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

Latest headlines: Calls to test driverless cars on New Forest roads

  • Police say their investigations into the death of a three-week-old baby in Gosport are continuing
  • A lorry driver who killed a Southampton motorcyclist in Leckford in April last year is due to be sentenced today
  • The National Park Authority has invited driverless car companies to run tests in the forest to see if self-driving cars could help reduce the number of animal accidents
  • A Southampton man's been jailed after conning two elderly women out of hundreds of thousands of pounds

Closure of Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal continues

Wightlink's Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal remains closed today.

The ferry firm said sailings are going to and from the Portsmouth International Port (Cruise and Cross Channel Ferry Terminal).

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