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  1. Soldier guilty of Natasha Wake murder
  2. New wind turbine blade plant to create 100 jobs
  3. Concern over Dorset councils merger decision time
  4. Theft and vandalism 'costs Bournemouth shop £7k in a year'
  5. Updates from Wednesday 5 April

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We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight at 08:00 on Thursday.

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Trislander to stay at Lee-on-Solent while museum space prepared

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Trislander G-RLON has arrived at Lee-on-Solent airfield from Guernsey on its way to becoming a museum piece.

It will stay at the airfield while its display space is prepared at Solent Sky Museum.

Southern rail strike by RMT members to go ahead, despite talks

A strike by the RMT on Southern rail will go ahead on Saturday after "no specific proposals" were put forward by the company in talks, the union said.

The 24-hour industrial action is part of an ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors on driver-only operated trains.


A strike planned for 4 April on Southern routes was moved to 8 April after the company offered fresh talks.

Saturday's strike will be the 31st day of action in the year-long dispute.

Rod Stewart promising 'big, energetic show' on Isle of Wight

Rod Stewart has posted a video saying he is "unbelievably excited" about playing at this year's Isle of Wight Festival in June.

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Lloyds reveals branch closure locations

Lloyds Bank has  named 100 branches  that it plans to close between July and October, as part of a programme of 400 closures already announced in principle.

Some 54 Lloyds banks are affected, including Blackfield, Bordon and Grayshott in Hampshire, and Portland and Sturminster Newton in Dorset.

Lloyds Bank, Sturminster Newton

The programme also includes the closure of a Halifax branch in Alton.

Lloyds said the closures were the result of fewer branch transactions.

Elderly woman locked in toilet by bogus caller

An elderly woman was locked in her toilet by a bogus caller who stole jewellery from her home in Bournemouth.

The man, claiming to be from the council, knocked on the door of the house in Brackndale Road at noon yesterday.

Police were called after the woman, in her 80s, was heard shouting from the window.

Bracknedale Road in Bournemouth

The man was described as wearing a baggy suit, a wide-brimmed hat and had a beard, which may have been fake. He was also carrying a briefcase.

Travel: A31 now clear

Terras part company with manager

Weymouth Football Club and manager Jason Matthews have "parted company by mutual consent", the club has announced .

In a statement, the club said it was a "sad day for directors and staff who consider Jason more of a friend than a manager".

They said he would be "warmly welcomed" at the club in the future.

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Severe accident: A31 Dorset both ways

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A31 Dorset both ways severe accident, between A341 and B3073 Wimborne Road West.

A31 Dorset - A31 in Oakley closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Merley Roundabout and Canford Bottom Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

BreakingSoldier guilty of Natasha Wake murder

A former soldier has been found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend at her home in Bournemouth.

Jay Nava, 27, from Plymouth, stabbed 26-year-old Natasha Wake 11 times in the chest and neck in October and hid her body in a cupboard.

He was arrested after being found attempting to take his own life at Hengistbury Head.

Nava will be sentenced tomorrow at Winchester Crown Court.

Jay Nava

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

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M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road to one and slow traffic eastbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Former teacher charged with sex attacks

A man has been charged with sexually attacking girls while he taught at a secondary school in Hampshire in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Richard Hilary, 66, is accused of committing 15 offences while he worked at the Wavell School in Farnborough.

Wavell School

The alleged victims were under the age of 16 at the time.

Mr Hilary, of Northend Lane, Droxford, has been bailed to appear before Basingstoke magistrates on 2 May.  

Jury retires in soldier murder case

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a soldier who is accused of murdering his former girlfriend at her home in Bournemouth.

Jay Nava, 27, from Plymouth has told Winchester Crown Court he did not remember stabbing 26-year-old Natasha Wake 11 times in the chest and neck in October.

Natasha Wake
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But he has admitted wrapping her body in a duvet and hiding it in a cupboard so that her children would not see.

A defence psychiatrist has told the jury Mr Nava, who denies murder, was suffering from an "abnormality in mental function".

Vandalism costing small shops 'millions'

A store owner in Bournemouth says theft and vandalism has cost him almost £7,000 in just one year.

Sujeevan Muralimohan says installing CCTV has not deterred criminals. 

CCTV camera

Police chiefs say the crime is taken seriously, but the Hampshire-based association which represents UK convenience stores says its members believe there isn't always a consistent approach. 

The Association of Convenience Stores says crime costs smaller stores more than £232m last year. 

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Staff member threatened with 'gun' during armed robbery in Gosport

A member of staff at a village shop was threatened by a man with what is believed to have been a handgun during an armed robbery near Gosport, police have said.

It happened at One Stop store in Village Road, Alverstoke, at about 06:00 BST.

The offender, described as white, of medium build, about 5ft 11in and wearing dark clothing and a high-vis jacket, stole money from the till before leaving the shop.

No-one was injured.

One Stop, Alverstoke

I would like to reassure the community that this type of crime is not common and fortunately no one was hurt. We haven’t received any similar reports in the area and so we are currently treating this as an isolated incident. We take all incidents involving weapons extremely seriously and so we’ve got a team of officers working on this case, to find the man responsible.

Det Sgt Andy LucasHampshire Constabulary

Downton Abbey writer criticises mumbled TV dialogue

A debate during House of Lords questions about "mumbled" dialogue in TV dramas drew in the creator of Downton Abbey and a former home secretary.

Dorset peer and Downton Abbey writer Lord Fellowes said the "unfortunate fashion" was nothing new.

But Labour's Lord Blunkett, who is blind, said it could make understanding programmes "an impossibility".

Downton Abbey writer criticises the 'fashion' for mumbled TV dialogue

Witness appeal after alleged hit-and-run in Weymouth

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an alleged hit-and-run in Weymouth.

Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth

A dark-coloured vehicle mounted the pavement in Abbotsbury Road and struck a pedestrian,  police said

The 23-year-old man, from Dorchester, sustained minor injuries to his leg. It is alleged the driver failed to stop at the scene.

A 23-year-old man, from Weymouth, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and has been released on bail pending further inquiries until early May.

Appeal after Dorchester pub burglary

Learn Jane Austen, 'thug' style

Here's a different take on the work of Hampshire author Jane Austen.

Comedy video series Thug Notes analyses classic literature using 'gangster' street slang.

English literature 'Thug Style'

Man arrested over Southampton stabbing released

A man arrested in connection with a stabbing in Southampton has been released.

Watts Park

A 42-year-old man was treated in hospital for serious injuries after being found with stab wounds to his neck in Watts Park at about 15:00 BST on 30 March.  

Detectives arrested an 18-year-old man, from London, on suspicion of attempted murder and being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs on Monday.

He has now been released from police custody, but "remains under investigation" according to police.

Chances of avoiding parking fine charges 'depends on geography'

The likelihood of getting off a parking fine varies widely, depending on which area of the country drivers get a ticket, research has shown. 

Parking ticket

Some councils approve as few as one in 10 challenges while others accept nearly every appeal made.

Runnymede Council in Surrey, accepted just 9% of appeals while Basingstoke - just 30 miles away - approved 95%. 

On average, just over a third of initial driver challenges to on-street parking fines made to local authorities in England between January and October 2016 were successful.

EBB Stadium

Aldershot chairman Shahid Azeem says the decision to hand players full-year deals is a "calculated risk" for the club.

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Dorset County Council agrees to resettle up to 12 Syrian families

BreakingMurder arrests over three-week-old baby death

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a three-week-old baby.

Forton Road

The boy was admitted to hospital on 21 March after being discovered at a property in Forton Road, Gosport, but died a week later. 

A post-mortem examination has been carried out but the results are not yet known, police said.

A 23-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

They have been released on bail.

Do you recognise these men?

Officers investigating the use of counterfeit notes in Shaftesbury have  released CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to .

CCTV images of three men
Dorset Police

It follows reports that counterfeit £50 notes were used in the petrol station at the town’s Tesco supermarket and in the Subway store at Ivy Cross on 20 February.  

'Frustrating' delay over council merger plan decision

With just a few weeks until local elections the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said no decision has yet been made about the re-organisation of local councils in Dorset.

Dorset coast

A plan has been lodged with the government to merge all nine authorities in the county and create two single unitary authorities. 

Not all the councils support the plan and Christchurch is holding a referendum to ask what local people think. 

Robert Gould, leader of Dorset County Council, which has backed the plan, said he had been "pressing" for a decision before the election period started and described the delay as "frustrating".

I'm really keen to have the decision and I hope the [Secretary of State] will be doing just that very, very quickly... Delay is always frustrating but I am prepared to wait a little bit longer for something I think is going to be great for Dorset.

Robert GouldDorset County Council leader

Hampshire travel latest: M27 lane closure

Canford Cliffs landslip cordon

Vosper Thornycroft shipyard site at Woolston

Wind turbine blades would be made within the building on the site then loaded on to ships.

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Dorset travel latest: Bournemouth road closure

Arrests after A35 'high speed pursuit'

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J2 for A36.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J2, A36 (Salisbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

'No decision' over planned Dorset councils merger

The leader of Dorset County Council, Robert Gould, says he wishes a decision could be made sooner about the future re-organisation of councils in the county. 

Sajid Javid
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A plan has been lodged with the government to merge local councils in Dorset and create two single unitary authorities - a move that would see Dorset County Council disappear. 

But the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid (pictured), who was visiting the county yesterday, confirmed no decision had yet been made.

The local people have come together and said we want to have two unitaries - if you include Bournemouth and Poole. And I think it is for local leaders to come together and do what's necessary to put together a well thought through proposal and now it's up to government to consider it, and we're making that consideration now. No decision [has been made] just yet but we are taking it seriously.

Sajid Javid Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Motorcyclist injured after Liphook crash

A 19-year-old motorcyclist from West Sussex was air-lifted to hospital last night after a crash in Hampshire. 

Portsmouth Road

His bike was hit in collision with a car in Portsmouth Road, Liphook, just after 20:00 BST.

A 46-year-old man has been charged with driving a motor vehicle while over the alcohol limit. 

He is due to appear before magistrates in Basingstoke on 18 April.    

Watch: Lego caravan goes on display in Beaulieu

A record-breaking caravan made entirely of Lego has gone on display in Hampshire.

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Concern over teen pregnancies in Dorset

Sport headlines: Bournemouth head to Liverpool

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  • Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is aiming for a similar end to the season as last year - Saints picked up 16 points from their last six games during the last campaign to book a place in Europe
  • Bournemouth head north to face Liverpool tonight, looking to maintain their recent improved run of form
  • Portsmouth's Kal Naismith says he's been happy to adapt to different positions this season
  • In speedway, Lewis Kerr will make his Poole Pirates debut tonight in their knockout cup meeting at home to Belle Vue - the return leg in Belle Vue is on Friday

Budget of up to £1.2m approved for Poole school 'improvements'

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Winchelsea School

The work is expected to include new boilers and heating system, and a new entrance area to "improve security".

Read the full report  here .

Dorset travel latest: A30 crash between Sherborne and Yeovil