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Summary

  1. About 20 hectares of heathland destroyed by fire in the New Forest
  2. A 44-year-old man in critical condition following an alleged assault in Southampton
  3. Blind rower raises £40,000 for charity rowing along The Thames
  4. Calls for all Dorchester Prison's human remains to be exhumed
  5. April was one of the driest in Oxford for 200 years

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Marcus White

BBC South

Thanks for joining us on BBC Local Live in the south today.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest updates from Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire.

Great-grandmother's 'biggest regret' over toddler death

A toddler accused his mother's partner of injuring him before his death but was not believed, a court has heard.

Joseph Eke, 22, is on trial for the murder of two-year-old Harry House at the family home in Broadmayne, Dorset, in May 2016.

Harry House
Dorset Police

Harry's great-grandmother said she thought the child was "fibbing" when he accused Mr Eke of pushing him, causing a large cut to his face.

She said her decision not to act on that was "the biggest regret of my life".

The trial at Winchester Crown Court continues.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A3090.

M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M3 northbound at J11, A3090 (Winchester South), because of a broken down van.

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

Man jailed for rail ticket fraud

Former railway worker James Jennings, who made and sold fake railway tickets to fund a "lavish lifestyle", has been jailed for three years.

The 51-year-old led an "organised criminal enterprise" between 2009 and 2016, British Transport Police said.

James Jennings
British Transport Police

Jennings, of Owls Road, Boscombe, had a "large proportion of his client base in Bournemouth", admitted an offence of fraud at an earlier hearing.

Three of his regular customers were also sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday.

Speed limit reduced for old rail bridge on A35

A 40mph speed limit is being introduced on a stretch of the A35 in the New Forest to help protect a 100-year-old railway bridge.

Routine monitoring showed the condition of Holmsley Bridge had deteriorated further over the winter. 

Responsibility for the bridge switched from Network Rail to Hampshire County Council in 2013 and its long-term future has been under discussion ever since.

A35
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Fire rips through thatched house

The Common, Damerham thatch fire
HFRS

The blaze spread through both floors, destroying the entire New Forest property.

The Common, Damerham thatch fire

Fire rips through thatched house

Blaze spread throughout both floors to destroy an entire New Forest property.

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Royal visit for Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve near Bridport

The Prince of Wales was in Dorset earlier, visiting the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve. 

The nature reserve near Bridport, run my Dorset Wildlife Trust  is managed as a traditional working farm, grazed by cows and sheep, without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers.

The prince toured the reserve's Coronation Meadow - one of many set up in 2013 to promote wildlife and wildflowers.

Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve.
BBC
Prince Charles at Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve.
BBC
Prince Charles at Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve.
BBC

'What will happen to those who will just lay under a car park?'

Nick Gilbey is one of those calling for the bodies under Dorchester Prison to be exhumed.

New CEO for Oxford City Council

Oxford City Council has appointed a new interim chief executive ahead of the departure of Peter Sloman who has been leading the authority for 10 years.

Gordon Mitchell, previously chief executive at Nottingham City Council and Bracknell Forest Borough Council, will take up the role in May.  

Gordon Mitchell
Oxford City Council

The council says Mr Mitchell will be able to put forward its vision for the future which rejects proposals for a unitary council for Oxfordshire.  

When the fourth most expensive patch of land in the world was nothing but sand and beach huts

Andrew Philpott has written a new book about the history of Sandbanks.

Conservatives walk out after new mayor elected

Henley Town Hall
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Councillor Hinton said 90% of the room was cheering after she was elected

A number of Conservative councillors walked out of meeting in protest after a surprise choice for Henley mayor was elected.

Kellie Hinton of the Henley Residents Group was voted into the post ahead of Conservative Will Hamilton.

Mr Hamilton had already been nominated as mayor elect, and his election should have been a formality according to former mayor Julian Brookes.

But after taking two town council seats in by-elections last week the Henley Residents Group was able to out-vote Conservatives on the council prompting supporters of Mr Hamilton to walk out.

Obviously me being mayor is not what some people in Henley expected... I'm honored, I understand the circumstances aren't usual.

Kellie HintonMayor-elect, Henley Town Council

Garage bought for canalside revamp

Cherwell District Council has bought plot of land as part of its plans to redevelop Banbury's canalside.

The former Antelope car dealership site in Swan Close Road was purchased for £2.15m.

Former car dealership
Google

The canal is a unique feature within the town and we want to capitalise upon that by making it a focal point where people congregate for business, leisure and pleasure.

Adrian ColwellCherwell head of strategic planning

McShane excited for Royals play-off bid

Reading captain Paul McShane
Rex Features

Reading captain Paul McShane knows the challenge of the Championship play-offs will be a special moment.

Reading captain Paul McShane

McShane excited for Royals play-off bid

Reading captain Paul McShane knows the challenge of the Championship play-offs will be a special moment.

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Will cricket balls stop new homes?

A sports club wants plans for new homes next to its ground blocked as people could be hit by flying cricket balls. 

Chipping Norton Cricket Club fears balls hit out the ground could hit people and property on the proposed 100 home development. 

It said retrieving balls would also take longer and wants the developer to build a boundary fence. 

A planning officers' report said it would be 'onerous and unreasonable' to make the developer pay for fencing and has recommended the application for 100 homes on Banbury Road is approved.

Chipping Norton Cricket Club
Google
Gallagher Estates has submitted an application for 100 homes next to Chipping Norton Cricket Club

BreakingFatal Ferrari crash driver to face charge

The driver of a Ferrari F50 that crashed and killed his 13-year-old passenger is to face a charge of causing death by careless driving

Alexander Worth, from Kings Worthy, died in the crash on Hook Road at North Warnborough, near Hook, on 26 August 2016. 

Hampshire Constabulary said the 38-year-old man from Surrey had previously voluntarily attended an interview. 

He is due to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on 6 June. 

Crash scene
BBC

Raymond Blanc: 'I'm an Oxford Boy'

30 years after opening his first restaurant in Oxford, Raymond Blanc has been speaking to Radio Oxford's Kat Orman about his career and life in the county.

And although he says he's still "so French in his heart", he told Kat that he's really an "Oxford boy through and through".

French chef Raymond Blanc tells BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman why he's an 'Oxford boy'

Talks after no party wins majority in Oxfordshire

BBC Radio Oxford

Ian Hudspeth
BBC
The Conservatives have ruled with the support independent councillors before after they failed to win a majority in 2013

Talks are continuing after Friday's Oxfordshire County Council elections left no party with a majority.

The Conservatives have 31 of the 63 seats leaving them one short of an overall majority

An administration needs to be formed before the Full Council meeting on 16 May 2017.

Conservative group leader, Ian Hudspeth, told BBC Radio Oxford he was not ruling out the option of governing without a majority, but said we "need to have a stable administration"

Last time we did work with originally three independents and I think it worked very well...I have been talking to lots of people over the weekend and as soon as there's anything to announce I'll make sure everyone is aware

Ian HudspethConservative group leader, Cllr Ian Hudspeth

Cook thrilled at League Two title grab

Portsmouth players lift the League Two trophy at a civic reception in Southsea
PA

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook says the "league table did not lie" as his side dramatically won the League Two title on the last day.

Portsmouth players lift the League Two trophy at a civic reception in Southsea

Cook thrilled at League Two title grab

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook says the "league table did not lie" as his side dramatically won the League Two title on the last day.

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First cygnets hatch at swannery

The first cygnets have begun to hatch at Abbotsbury in Dorset.

There are about 100 nests at the swannery, which saw an outbreak of bird flu in January, and each pair of birds has an average of six eggs.

Swan and cygnet
Abbotsbury

It was largely the younger birds which were affected by avian flu, so the number of breeding pairs have been relatively unaffected.

Steve GrovesSwanherd

Southampton hold Liverpool to goalless draw

James Milner missed a second-half penalty as Liverpool ended in a goalless draw against Southampton at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds have now played Southampton four times this season and failed to score against them.  

Fraser Forster and James Milner
Rex Features

Perhaps we could have done better with the counter-attack, but we showed good energy, spirit and organisation. It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point.

Claud PuelSaints manager

Crossroads crash closes road

This was the scene near Hook Norton in Oxfordshire yesterday evening after two cars crashed at a crossroads.

Remakably, the occupants of both vehicles were able to free themselves before emergency services arrived.

The road was closed following the crash at 19:38 while investigations took place.

Car crash
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

Hampshire win 'relieves a bit of pressure'

Hampshire beat Gloucestershire by seven wickets to pick up a second One-Day Cup win of the season at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire captain James Vince
Rex

It relieves a bit of the pressure but we still have to try and win every single game now. We treated today like a quarter-final and it was great to get the win.

Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane