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Summary

  1. Businessman bids to takeover Oxford United
  2. Portsmouth drugs team make 100th arrest
  3. Older motorists offered driving appraisal
  4. Alabama rot conference in Reading today
  5. Weather: A chilly start but dry and bright

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Rilee Rossouw

Hampshire batsman Rilee Rossouw makes a brilliant 156 to help his side to a four-wicket One-Day Cup victory at Somerset.

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Procession in memory of cyclist

Bike ride in Botley
Sam Chapel

Cyclists rode through Oxford, wheeling a white empty bicycle at the front.

About 100 cyclists have taken part in a ride in Oxford to pay respects to a fellow cyclist who died in crash involving a bus.

Named locally as Claudia Comberti, the 31-year-old was killed near the McDonald's on the Botley Road at about 14:30 BST on Tuesday.

Earlier cyclists rode from Carfax Tower to Seacourt park and ride, wheeling an empty white bicycle in front.

Friend Sam Chapel, who painted the bike, called it "a very solemn ride".

Bike ride in Botley

Procession in memory of cyclist

Cyclists rode through Oxford, wheeling a white empty bicycle at the front.

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Plans to cut council meetings 'undemocratic'

Road to nowhere?

Cliff top and beach shut after landslip

Barton-on-Sea
NFDC
The rock fall took place on Tuesday evening

The cliff on the edge of the New Forest is "highly likely" to see another landslip, scientists warn.

Barton-on-Sea

Cliff top and beach shut after landslip

The cliff on the edge of the New Forest is "highly likely" to see another landslip, scientists warn.

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BreakingJudge Dredd TV series announced

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

British comic book icon Judge Dredd is to star in his own TV show. 

Rebellion, which prints the character's stories in 2000 AD, is teaming up with studio IM Global to produce the "big-budget" series. 

Judge Dredd poster
2000 AD/REBELLION

It is the first time the futuristic lawman's onscreen escapades are being overseen by the Oxford-based publisher. 

Rebellion said development of the project, titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, has begun, with the cast to be announced at a later date.

Judge Dredd
2000 AD/REBELLION

Judge Dredd patrols an over-populated metropolis in the 22nd Century, where he has the powers of a judge, jury and executioner. 

Created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra in 1977, his satirical stories took inspiration from hard-edged cop movies and the punk movement.

Redundancies at island academy

Reading FC: Stam says everybody should be happy already

Royals boss Jaap Stam wants to finish season with a flourish and make a good season great.
Royals boss Jaap Stam wants to finish season with a flourish and make a good season great.

Despite his pre-season prediction that 10th would be an achievement for Reading FC, Jaap Stam is hoping that the Royals continue to defy the critics.

"I think everybody needs to be very happy already with where we ended up," Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire's Jack Winstanley. "Nobody expected us to end up in the top six.

"If you have the opportunity and the chance to make it to the final or go to the Premier League, you want to take that and you want to go for it."

And Stam says there is nothing in particular to change ahead of the play-off campaign.

"We are not going to be changing a lot of things.

"I can only say that within two games...certain things are at stake in a short period.

"Everybody knows what to do in these two games to get results."
Balloon sculpture 'biggest in world'
Sculptor Ben Field says his creation using more than 10,000 balloons is taller than the current world record.

'Wee in street' claim over shut toilet

Sandbanks ferry terminal public toilets
Google

Borough of Poole council has closed half of its public toilets as it looks to save £75,000.

Sandbanks ferry terminal public toilets

'Wee in street' claim over shut toilet

Borough of Poole council has closed half of its public toilets as it looks to save £75,000.

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Plan for hotel near Norman tower passed

St George's Tower
David P Howard
St George's Tower is one of Oxford's oldest buildings, dating from the 11th century

Conservationists opposed the plans to build the hotel, next to the 11th Century tower in Oxford.

St George's Tower

Plan for hotel near Norman tower passed

Conservationists opposed the plans to build the hotel, next to the 11th Century tower in Oxford.

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Academies Enterprise Trust 'appalling behaviour' claim over Sandown Bay

A trust that runs a troubled school on the Isle of Wight has been accused of "appalling behaviour" following a proposed merger. 

Sandown Bay Academy
BBC

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) intends to merge its Sandown Bay and Ryde academies. 

Councillors have called an extraordinary meeting on 17 May following protests against the plan. 

AET had said falling numbers and the consequent impact on finances had prompted the merger decision.

CCTV released in arson investigation

CCTV images have been released by police investigating an attempted Arson in Langley, Slough.

Thames Valley Police said attempts were made to set fire to a house in Parlaunt Road on 28 April between 01:00 and 10:00.

Detectives are hoping to trace the people in the photographs who may have information about the incident.

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Have you seen this man?

Police are appealing for help in tracing Damon Aaron Phillips, 28, from Bournemouth, who has been recalled to prison after breaching the conditions of his licence.

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Council appoints new leader

West Berkshire Council has appointed a new chairman, leader and executive.

Graham Jones has been elected leader of the Conservative-run authority until May 2019 with Hilary Cole as deputy leader.

Quentin Webb was re-elected chairman for a second year, while Carol Jackson-Doerge was also re-elected vice chairman.

Burnley fans set off on 285-mile cycling challenge

More than 20 Burnley fans have begun a 285-mile cycling trip for charity.

The group hope to arrive in Bournemouth ahead of Saturday's Premier League game between the two sides.

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Balloon sculpture record attempt

Here are some more photos of the balloon sculpture world record attempt in Winchester.

We were a bit worried about the balloon man at the bottom before we realised he was holding a fishing rod.

Balloon sculpture
BBC
Balloon sculpture
BBC

Sandbanks public toilet closure 'forcing people to wee in street'

Residents at a Dorset beauty spot say the closure of a council-run toilet has led to members of the public urinating in the street and people's gardens.

Sandbanks ferry terminal public toilets
Google

Sandbanks Association said it was "angered and frustrated" by the closure of the lavatories near the chain ferry.

The nearby Haven Cafe has been forced to install a gate to its yard to prevent people relieving themselves.

Borough of Poole council said visitors had "plenty of opportunity" go use a toilet before arriving at the ferry

Reading University granted permission for 15 more buildings

Your questions on the general election

On 8 June voters across the South will go to the polls to choose MPs to represent their constituencies.

We want to hear what questions you have about the general election in your area.

These could range from local issues and boundary changes to why we vote on Thursdays.

To send your questions click here.

Ballot box
BBC

'Race to Scotland' sailor enters fourth day of challenge

A sailor from Dorset who embarked on a solo voyage from Lands End to John O'Groats in a small sailing dinghy is on the fourth day of his challenge.

Ken Fowler, a 51-year-old air traffic controller from Mudeford, is hoping to cross the Bristol Channel as he raises money for Cancer Research and Oakhaven Hospice.

You can follow his progress on his Where's Ken? page.

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#getsmyvote: 'Rewards for renewables'

In the run-up to the general election, we're asking people what issue is important to them.

Ben Parslow said he would like to see more incentives for installing renewable energy generation in homes.

The 26-year-old from Southampton said: "We're not taking much care of the planet - I've seen the effects of deforestation, landslides and avalanches in Asia and flooding has had at home. There is a lot of stuff we are doing now, without looking ahead.

"I'm not sure any of the major parties are thinking about it well enough. Things exist like solar panels and domestic windmills - there needs to be incentives to make the public more aware."

Ben Parslow
BBC

'Significant landslide' closes cliff and beach

A "significant landslide" has forced the closure of a clifftop near Christchurch.

New Forest District Council said the slip happened yesterday evening at Barton on Sea.

Aerial view of landslip area
New Forest District Council

The warning now from our coastal scientists, who have assessed the cliff there last night and this morning, is that the area is highly likely to see more significant movement and another landslip. We strongly advise that the area of the cliff top and the beach below should not be accessed by the public.

New Forest District Council spokeswoman

Plan for hotel near Norman tower approved

Alex Regan

BBC South

St George's Twoer
BBC

Plans to build a six-storey hotel next to an 11th Century castle tower in Oxford have been approved by the city council. 

The 145-bedroom hotel will replace the Cooper Callas office building, which will be demolished. 

The Oxford Preservation Trust said it was "disappointed, but not surprised" by the decision to approve the hotel. 

It added that the approved designs were more sympathetic to the surrounding area than previous proposals. 

World record balloon bid complete

An attempt to break the world record for the largest balloon sculpture has been completed.

The 80ft balloon waterfall has been installed at The Brooks shopping centre in Winchester.

The sculpture is to remain on site until the end of the month.

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Can Reading FC make it three?

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

So Brighton and Hove Albion and Portsmouth have already had success in their respective leagues this year, can Reading FC make it a third successful football team from the South?

The team have reached the Championship play-offs despite many pundits writing them off. Even now, despite finishing third, they are seen as the rank outsiders to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Jaap Stam
Getty Images
Jaap Stam has led Reading FC to the Championship play-offs in his first season in Berkshire.

That won't concern manager Jaap Stam though, and he will be talking to the press at lunchtime ahead of the crunch match against Fulham on Saturday.

You can follow live updates on BBC Berkshire's Twitter feed.

Boy seriously injured in Fratton collision

Road reopens after serious crash

New Road in Fratton has reopened following a serious collision earlier.

A boy was seriously injured when he was hit by a car at about 08:20.

He has been taken to Southampton hospital.

Nuclear weapons staff at AWE walk out

Emma Midgley

BBC South

AWE Aldermaston
Google

Hundreds of workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Burghfield and Aldermaston are on strike in a row over pensions.

The Unite union says the walkout will clash with a planned exercise to test procedures for dealing with a nuclear accident on site.

AWE says contingency planning enables it to be flexible.

Workers are also set to strike on 18 May, bringing the total number of strike days since November to 18.

AWE Aldermaston

Nuclear weapons staff walk out

A "site exercise day" planning for a nuclear incident scenario had been due to take place.

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Body street find 'unexplained' but 'not suspicious'

The death of a woman who was found dead in the street in Basingstoke is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious, Hampshire Constabulary said.

The woman in her 30s was pronounced dead after being found in Winchester Street shortly before 08:00.

Winchester Street in Basingstoke
Google

A cordon remains in place.  

'Oxford weighting' pay for NHS staff to be considered

John Radcliffe Hospital
BBC

Oxfordshire's biggest hospital trust is considering paying staff 'Oxford weighting' to reduce high turnover. 

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust - which operates the John Radcliffe, Horton General, Churchill Hospitals and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre - will consider adding £7m to its wage bill to supplement staff for the high cost of living in the county. 

Unison representative Ian McKendrick said: "We're training them and then they're leaving, they can get £6,000 [more] in London just down the road. So this is very much needed."

The trust will discuss the initiative in a hospital board meeting today.

Woman's body found in Basingstoke street

Windsor Horse Show: Wood turning and boxing hares

Former owner of park railway may remove track

Travel: Serious accident in Fratton

We are getting reports of a serious accident in Portsmouth.

New Road in Fratton, at the junction of Burleigh Road, is closed and police are directing traffic.

We will bring you more as we get it.

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Say hello to Teddy the Shetland

This is Teddy, a very little pony who is taking part at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which opens today.

The four-day event is the UK's largest outdoor horse show with international competitions in three disciplines.

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Businessman makes takeover bid for Oxford United

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford United
Getty Images

A Uruguayan businessman has made a bid to buy League One side Oxford United, the BBC understands. 

The possibility of a bid from Monaco-based businessman Juan Sartori first came to light when he watched The U's play against Bolton in March. 

Mr Sartori also met with members of the supporter's trust, and is believed to have spoken to club chairman Darryl Eales. 

Mr Sartori is to meet with former chairman and current stadium owner Firoz Kassam. 

Mr Eales has not been available for comment. 

Man charged over 'knifepoint robbery'

A 45-year-old man has been charged in connection with an alleged knifepoint robbery at a shop in Bournemouth.

A member of staff suffered minor hand injuries in the incident at Londis in Christchurch Road last Monday.

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Drugs team make 100th arrest

Police in Portsmouth's drugs-related harm team have made their 100th arrest since it was founded four months ago.

The team has referred 14 children to social services helped more than 200 adults being exploited by drugs gangs.

£280,000-worth of drugs and £37,000 in cash has been seized along with weapons, including imitation guns and knives. 

Portsmouth police station
Google

The reality is that there is no shortage of gangs from London and other cities who will quickly fill any gaps in the drug market, so we remain determined to make the city safer through search, seizure and arrests, targeting the most risky drug networks.

Ch Insp Jim PeglerHampshire Constabulary