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  1. Isle of Wight NHS boss quits ahead of CQC report
  2. M27 at Fareham reopens after crash leaves lorry driver seriously hurt
  3. Unexploded shells go missing from Hampshire beach
  4. Bournemouth council set to agree £390,000 pay-off for chief executive
  5. Updates from Friday 31 March

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Southampton v Bournemouth: MOTD Commentator's notes

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

"Bournemouth's recent upturn in form has eased fears of being drawn into the relegation scrap and means they go into this game level on points with Southampton.

"Eddie Howe's team could win three in a row for the first time in just over a year and, if they did, it would be a first ever win away to Saints.

"Interestingly, Bournemouth's three-match unbeaten run has coincided with Jack Wilshere dropping out of the starting line-up, costing him  his England squad place.

"Meanwhile, two more Southampton players, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, made their debuts for the Three Lions in the recent international break.

"Add in the under-21s, an impressive total of  seven players  were called up from St Mary's for England duty."

Bournemouth v Southampton

93-year-old hairdresser retires today

Portsmouth put contract talks on hold

BBC Sport

Portsmouth will not negotiate any new contracts until the end of the season.

A number of first team players including Kyle Bennett, Enda Stevens and Michael Doyle all have deals expiring at the end of the campaign. 

Pompey will hope to take another step towards League One with a win at Hartlepool tomorrow and manager Paul Cook says promotion will give players a great chance of a new deal.

Paul Cook

We made a decision we wouldn't go into negotiations because it can affect lads good and bad. If a lad's having talks and we're not giving him what he wants, he feels like we don't want him. Whereas at the minute, our lads know that come the end of the season if everything goes to plan, I'm sure everyone will be in a good position to negotiate a new deal. The club's success is the most important thing."

Paul Cook

Peregrine falcon found shot on farmland

Police are appealing for information after a peregrine falcon was found shot on farmland near Stockbridge.

The bird was taken to the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Amport after being found by a member of the public on 11 March. It underwent treatment for a fractured wing.

The peregrine falcon, originally ringed at Salisbury Cathedral in June 2014 when it was three weeks old, is expected to make a full recovery.

A peregrine falcon is a Schedule 1 protected bird and killing or injuring it is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Falcon at conservancy centre
Hampshire Constabulary

This is a rare incident to take place in Hampshire. The bird may have either been shot at on purpose, or recklessly, due to its predatory nature on rural estates. The falcon was in fairly good condition when it was located. It was not malnourished and there were no signs of other injuries, which would suggest it had been shot in the local area fairly recently.

PC Stephen Rogerson Wildlife Crime Officer at Hampshire Constabulary

Lorry driver dies following M27 crash

A lorry driver has died in hospital following this morning's crash on the M27 near Fareham.

The 58-year-old man was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth by air ambulance, but died a short time later.

crashed lorry

Police said no other vehicles were involved in the collision which happened at about 07:45 BST between junctions 9 and 10.

The westbound carriageway was closed for nearly six hours.

Southampton v Bournemouth: Team news

BBC Sport

Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is out with a groin injury, although the Italian could be fit to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Fellow forward Charlie Austin remains sidelined, while Virgil van Dijk is  unlikely to play again this season.

Bournemouth will assess Ryan Fraser's hamstring problem, while Harry Arter and Junior Stanislas could return from respective calf and groin injuries.

Lys Mousset is also a doubt and Tyrone Mings is still suspended.

Adam Federici, Callum Wilson and Rhoys Wiggins remain out with knee injuries.


BreakingEddie Howe wins Manager of the Month award

Bournemouth Eddie Howe has just been named Manager of the Month.

The Cherries were unbeaten in March, holding Manchester United and beating West Ham and Swansea.

 They are now 11th in the Premier League going into tomorrow's south coast derby against Southampton.

Eddie Howe
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Bake Off's Andrew Smyth creates Titanic cake

Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth has engineered a cake inspired by the Titanic.

The layered cake based on the ship's funnel was inspired by contemporary accounts from first-class passenger Lady Duff Gordon who traveled on the ill-fated White Star liner's maiden voyage from Southampton in 1912.

He created a luxurious genoise sponge layered with fresh strawberry and red grape jam along with a lightly rose-flavoured buttercream to reflect the first-class experience onboard.

The cake was created to mark the fifth anniversary of the Titanic Belfast attraction.

Andrew Smyth
Titanic Belfast
Titanic cake
Titanic Belfast

Supreme Court to rule on Isle of Wight school holiday legal battle

The Supreme Court is to give a ruling next week in a landmark legal battle between Isle of Wight education chiefs and a father who took his daughter on holiday in term-time without her headteacher's permission. 

A panel of justices at the UK's highest court will announce their decision in London on Thursday. 

The judges are ruling on an appeal by Isle of Wight Council in a case involving dad Jon Platt, who took his daughter on a seven-day family trip to Disney World in Florida in April 2015. 

 The council prosecuted Mr Platt after he refused to pay a £120 penalty.

Jon Platt

Resignation follows 'challenging period' for IoW NHS trust

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust's board has appointed executive medical director Dr Mark Pugh as acting chief executive following the resignation of Karen Baker.   

Ms Baker stepped down ahead of a Care Quality Commission report into the trust.

Chair of the board, Eve Richardson, said: “I would like to thank Karen for her hard work and commitment over the past five years.

"It has been a challenging period for the NHS nationally and there have been additional challenges that are unique to the Isle of Wight.

"It is a tribute to Karen that she was the first to recognise the need for a fresh start."

St Marys Hospital

Driver jailed for killing young mother in Cornwall

A driver who caused the death of a young mother after a Christmas pantomime has been jailed for four years.

Daniel Smith, 31, from St Issey, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving at Truro Crown Court.

Sabrina Bellman, 28, from Hampshire, died on Boxing Day 2015 after the car she was in collided head-on with Smith's car at Washaway, Cornwall.

Her husband, mother-in-law and two-year-old daughter were injured.

Sabrina Bellman
Devon and Cornwall Police

Wildlife conservation scheme launched

One of the biggest wildlife conservation projects ever seen in Britain is launched today.

Little-known insects such as the Purbeck Mason Wasp are among the 20 species being targeted for action.

The £4.6m Back from the Brink scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund aims to boost conservation efforts in England and give more than 5,500 volunteers the skills to study, identify and look after threatened species.

Projects will include restoring heathland in Dorset.

Chequered skipper on flower

M27 reopens after earlier lorry crash

Sister's concern for missing Bournemouth woman Jean Lea

The sister of a woman missing from her home in Bournemouth for five days has said she's still hopeful but is being realistic about what might have happened to her.

Jean Lea, 67, left her home in the early hours of Sunday and hasn't been seen since. Her sister Hannah Heal has said the family were "worried and anxious".

The police helicopter and marine section have been assisting local officers with the search for Ms Lea.

Jean Lea
Family Handout

Jean was a little confused and agitated when I saw her last week - she had forgotten a significant event in our family, which is so unlike Jean. We're very worried and anxious because Jean feels the cold at the best of times and it has been cold recently.

Hannah Heal

Van Dijk on the comeback trail


This looks like one of those little machines used to mark out the touchlines, but it is in fact a clip of Southampton's injured defender Virgil van Dijk, linked again with a move in today's gossip column, working hard to regain fitness. "Hard work never stops," the Netherlands international writes on Instagram.

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BreakingM27 at Fareham reopens after lorry crash

Man stabbed in the neck in park

It has emerged that a man who was taken to hospital from a Southampton park yesterday had been stabbed in the neck.

Police say the 42-year-old victim suffered stab wounds in Watts Park at about 15:00 BST.

Watts Park

Yesterday, detectives said the man's injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Police are searching for two black men, one wearing a black coat and the other a grey hooded top, who were seen running away from the park towards Grosvenor Square.

Southampton's Claude Puel talks about compatriot Arsene Wenger
Claude Puel says Arsene Wenger encouraged him to join Southampton in the summer, and adds that he hopes the Arsenal manager is still with the Gunners next season.

M27 set to be reopened

The ROMANSE traffic service is reporting the M27 at Fareham is due to reopen soon after the earlier lorry crash.

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A weighty dilemma for the Isle of Wight

Councillors in the Isle of Wight are putting a weighty decision about the naming of the new Cowes floating bridge to a public vote.

Emma Vardy reports.

A petition is calling for an Isle of Wight ferry to be named "Floaty McFloatface".

Image of missing shells released

Police have issued a picture of the two unexploded shells which have gone missing from a beach in Hampshire.

One of them has been described as potentially dangerous.

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Man attacked in Bournemouth street

Eddie Howe seeks maiden derby win

BBC Sport

Bournemouth make the short trip along the south coast to Southampton for tomorrow's teatime kick-off, looking to leapfrog 10th-placed Saints, who are also on 33 points but have two games in hand.

Eddie Howe
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We know the importance of this game. We've never won at Southampton so we want to create history this weekend. From our perspective, this weekend is a bit of a different game for us. We want to give our supporters something to shout about.

Eddie HoweBournemouth manager

Investigation launched into Southsea sex assault

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted while walking her dogs in Southsea.

A 48-year-old woman was approached from behind by a man in the Manners Lane area of Southsea shortly before 06:00 today.

The man was disturbed when two male cyclists road past, causing him to flee the scene.

The victim suffered a minor injury to her face and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital as a precaution. The scene has been cordoned off as police investigations continue

Manners Lane - Generic

Outgoing IoW NHS chief 'very sorry'

Here is the full resignation statement from Karen Baker who has stood down as chief executive of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, ahead of a Care Quality Commission report into the trust.

“It is true, however, that the NHS on the Isle of Wight - like the NHS elsewhere – faces many big challenges and it is clear to me that we have not always provided the quality of care the public expects.

"I am very sorry about that and as chief executive I take my full share of the responsibility. I now feel that after almost five years the trust needs a fresh pair of eyes to take it on the next stage of its development journey.

Karen Baker

"It is a matter of public record that within weeks the Care Quality Commission will be publishing a report on the health services delivered by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

"It would be wrong to say more about this report before publication but I know it will contain some important messages about how we can improve healthcare on the island. I do not want questions about my own position to detract from these important messages around the time of publication. I have therefore decided to stand down as chief executive with immediate effect.

“I love the Isle of Wight and its people and I have nothing but admiration for the care and commitment of those who work and volunteer for the NHS on the Island. I believe the NHS is on a journey of continuous improvement and that you can and will develop a top class health and care service on the Isle of Wight.”

M27 police investigation complete

Two unexploded shells nicked from beach

Police have issued an appeal after two unexploded shells found on a beach went missing.

They were found by a member of the public yesterday and part of the beach at Hurst Spit in Milford-on-Sea was cordoned off, awaiting the arrival of a bomb disposal team.

However, police said the potentially dangerous shells had now disappeared.

One of the shells has been assessed as unstable and potentially dangerous, so we need to find it as soon as possible.

Hampshire Constabulary
Hurst Spit - Generic
David Martin

Motorway search in Shkelzen Dauti murder probe

Police are continuing to search an area close to the M27 motorway near 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.

Two men have been bailed until June on suspicion of murder.

Police closed part of the westbound M27 between junction 7 (Hedge End) and junction 5 (Eastleigh) on Thursday.

Shkelzen Dauti
Hampshire Constabulary

M27 crash scene being cleared

Police are recovering the lorry that crashed on the M27 at Fareham earlier.

We understand the driver has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

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BreakingIsle of Wight health chief quits

Karen Baker, chief executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, is to stand down.

In a resignation statement, Ms Baker said: "We have not always provided the quality of care the public expects...  I am very sorry about that and as chief executive I take my full share of the responsibility."    

The Care Quality Commission is due to publish a report into the trust while a new "Improvement Director" was recently appointed.

The trust confirmed Ms Baker would not be receiving any kind of severance payment.   

Isle of Wight ferry delays persist

M27 set to reopen after HGV crash

Coast path improvement plans put forward

BBC Radio Devon

Plans to improve the South West Coast Path between Kingswear in South Devon and Lyme Regis are being put forward.

Getty Images

Natural England wants to carry out work on the 68-mile stretch allowing people to access it in the event of erosion or a landslip. 

The group says if the work goes ahead the route will become part of the England Coast Path - a 2,700-mile long trail which is being developed around the entire English coast. 

M27 diversion routes busy

Two-hour delays after M27 crash