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Summary

  1. Former children's home manager jailed for abusing boys
  2. Human trafficking arrest on M27
  3. Portland Lloyds Bank closure sparks anger
  4. Updates from Friday 7 April

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Chelsea celebrate

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

Chelsea maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an entertaining victory over spirited Bournemouth.

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Jordy Clasie

Matt Davis

BBC Sport

Jordy Clasie's first-half strike proves the difference as Southampton beat West Brom to strengthen their grip on a top-10 finish.

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Saints are away at West Brom tomorrow - you can join Adam Blackmore and Dave Merrington from 14:00 BST on Radio Solent.

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Child rapist jailed for 22 years for Essex attacks

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man has been jailed for 22 years after admitting rape, indecency and other sexual offences against children in Essex aged between five and 15.

Christopher Francis
Essex Police

Christopher Francis, 70, of Palmerston Mews, Bournemouth, was living in the Maldon area in the 1970s and 80s when the offences, which relate to four victims, took place.

On 24 February at Chelmsford Crown Court, Francis admitted two rapes, 11 counts of indecency with a child, eight indecent assaults and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.

He was sentenced today.The offences came to light when Francis, was arrested during a separate investigation by Dorset Police in 2015. In December 2016, Essex Police charged Francis with 23 sexual offences against children.Essex's Det Con Carol Astbury said: "Christopher Francis is a dangerous abuser who subjected his victims to evil crimes over several years."They were young and vulnerable and he took advantage of them."

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J12 for A4 and J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Listen live: Yorkshire v Hampshire at Headingley

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Yorkshire are taking on Hampshire in the opening game of the County Championship.

The Tykes begin life under new first-team coach Andrew Gale looking for their third title in four years.  

There was no toss at Headingley, due to new rules announced by the ECB last year, so Hampshire have elected to field first.

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