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Summary

  1. Arson arrest over tower block fire in Southampton
  2. Titanic 'iceberg experience' in China condemned
  3. University professor constructs robots to perform hip replacements
  4. Updates from Monday 10 April

Live Reporting

By Emily Ford

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday, with live news, sport, travel and weather from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. 

Source of River Anton pollution traced

The source of a pollution incident on the River Anton in Hampshire last week has been traced following a public appeal.

Following reports of pollution in the chalk stream on 4 April, booms and absorbent pads were deployed to limit its spread.

A spokeswoman said it was unable to reveal the source or nature of the pollution while investigations continue.

River Anton pollution
Environment Agency
The Environment Agency published an appeal for information on 4 April.

Now that the source has been identified our Environment Officers are working hard to collect evidence and ensure the leak is stopped. The containment we set up is holding the pollution back, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely."

Adam Fulton,Environment Agency

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J8 for A3024 Bursledon and J9 for A27 Whiteley.

M27 Hampshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M27 eastbound between J8, A3024 (Bursledon) and J9, A27 (Whiteley), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

CCTV images released in Poole distraction burglary probe

CCTV images of two men suspect of involvement in a distraction burglary in Poole have been released by police.

Two men called at the Southill Road home of a woman in her 60s on the morning of 30 March.

When she answered the door they pushed their way in. While one of the men distracted the victim, another stole her safe.

The victim was not physically injured in the incident.

CCTV
Dorset Police
CCTV
Dorset Police

This was a despicable crime targeting a vulnerable woman in her own home. I am now in a position to release CCTV images of two people I would like to speak to in connection with this incident and I would appeal to anyone who recognises them or has any more information to please contact me.

Det Con Lynda SoutineBournemouth CID

Man jailed for drugs offences

A man, who was cleared last week of attacking a six-year-old girl after he was found asleep in her bunk bed in Weymouth, has been jailed for 4 years and 9 months for separate drugs offences and assaulting a police officer.

Jervaise Jones, 26, of no fixed abode, was sentenced today at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting the assault and possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

On Thursday, Jones was found not guilty by a jury of sexually assaulting the child after he entered a house in the early hours of 18 October.

He had told the court he had no recollection of how he got there and must have entered the wrong address by mistake after a night out drinking.

Spanish job for Tony Adams

BBC Sport

Former Portsmouth manager, Tony Adams, has been appointed head coach of Granada until the end of the season. 

Adams replaces Lucas Alcaraz, who was sacked on Monday after a 3-1 home defeat by Valencia that leaves them 19th in La Liga. 

 Adams left Azerbaijan side Gabala in 2011. The former England and Arsenal captain was named as Redknapp's number two at Pompey in 2006 and was appointed manager when Redknapp left for Spurs in October 2008. He was sacked the following February.

Tony Adams
PA

On the scene: Redbridge Towers flat fire investigation

Briony Leyland

BBC South

Fire investigators are continuing their work at Redbridge Towers where a fire broke out on the 12th floor on Sunday evening . They are expected to remain on the scene for some time.

With the smoke visible for miles around, the blaze took hold quickly. Firefighters managed to contain the fire with the severely damaged flat.

No one was reported as seriously injured although some residents were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.    

A 28-year-old woman from Southampton remains in custody on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.  

It's just days since the seventh anniversary of a fire at another fire Southampton tower block - Shirley Towers - which claimed the lives of firefighters Alan Bannon and James Shears. Seven years on, the impact of those losse are still felt keenly by their colleagues  

Emergency vehicles at Redbridge Towers
BBC

New role announced for former Southern Daily Echo editor

Emily Ford

BBC South

The former Editor in Chief of the Southern Daily Echo has taken on a new role at the Society of Editors as deputy executive director.

Ian Murray, who has a career of almost 40-years in journalism and is a past president of the society, is taking on the position while the executive director Bob Satchwell is recovering from illness.

It comes a month after Mr Murray left the Southampton-based Daily Echo after 19 years. 

He said: “I’m deeply honoured to be taking up this post at this time, although it is under sad circumstances.

“Our free press remains under constant threat and there has never been a time when the role of the Society of Editors has been more important.”

Ian Murray
Society of Editors

Titanic picture up for auction

A photograph of the Titanic believed to have been taken the day before it left Southampton in 1912 is expected to fetch up to £8,000 at auction. 

The oversize image in sepia of the ocean liner was purchased in a Parisian flea market more than 40 years ago, along with other marine related pictures. 

It is undated but was probably taken on April 9 in 1912, the day before the Belfast-built Titanic left on its ill-fated maiden voyage to New York. 

 It will be sold at auction by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, on April 22.

Titanic
Henry Aldridge and Son/PA

The clarity and detail are astonishing with the image capturing abseiling cleaning windows and even a workman on a gantry touching up the paint work on the hull, preparing the final finishing touches before she left Southampton for the first and last time. What makes it so remarkable is the level of detail, it is truly incredible and certainly the most detailed I have seen."

Andrew AldridgeAuctioneer

Howards End filming in Swanage

Avengers and Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell has been spotted with Matthew MacFadyen on Swanage Pier. 

They're thought to be filming a scene for the BBC's new production of Howards End, based on the classic EM Forster novel.  

Thanks to Gill Richards for the picture.

Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen
Gill Richards

Matt Le Tissier tweets his tea break

BBC Sport

Former Southampton forward Matt Le Tissier   posted a message of him having a brew out of a mug featuring one-time Southampton player Ali Dia.

For those not familiar with the story, in 1996 then Saints boss Graeme Souness got a call from an agent asking whether he would be interested in signing 'George Weah's cousin'.

Dia, who is actually no relation to Weah, was even brought on as a substitute for a Premier League game against Leeds but was so bad he was subbed back off again after less than an hour on the pitch, never to be seen in football again.

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Fujitsu staff to strike over cuts

Staff at Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu are to take further strike action in the UK as part of a dispute over cuts to jobs and pensions.

The union Unite said the company, which announced 1,800 job cuts in October, was "keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future".

Members will strike for 24 hours on 13 and 24 April and two days on 20 April. It follows four other days of action.

The firm has a range of businesses in the UK, employing 14,000 people.

Fujitsu in Basingstoke
Google

Workers in Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield, Warrington, Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham and Bracknell will be involved.  

£121k to replace new road surface

Twelve weeks of work has begun to replace a block-paved road surface in Bournemouth just three years after it was completed.

Horseshoe Common shared space is deteriorating "quicker than expected" and needs £121,000-worth of work, according to the borough council.

Horseshoe Common
Google

The authority said it was not clear whether the problem was a result of the materials but it would be reusing the blocks in an area of lighter traffic.  

Hampshire officers line PC Keith Palmer funeral route

Police officers from Hampshire joined colleagues from around the country as they lined the route of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer.

The 48-year-old was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood while he was on duty outside the Houses of Parliament on 22 March.

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Crews tackle fire above Weymouth flat

Firefighters have extinguished a fire above a top-floor flat in Weymouth .

Four fire engines were called to the blaze in the roof of the building in Maiden Street shortly after 12:31.

Crews using breathing apparatus and hose reels had put the fire out by 14:00.

Hampshire and Dorset police attending PC Keith Palmer's funeral today

Police from Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight are heading to London today for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer. 

The 48-year-old was guarding the Houses of Parliament when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood on March 22. 

PC Palmer's funeral will take place this afternoon with police officers lining the procession route

Officers still based in the counties will be taking a minute's silence at 14:00 BST. 

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Sleeping driver caught in crackdown

A lorry driver asleep at the wheel and a car thought to be carrying £100,000 of cocaine were among the discoveries made during a police crackdown on motoring offences in Hampshire and the Thames Valley.

Eighteen people were arrested during the four-day operation and 63 vehicles were seized. Forty-two of the vehicles had no insurance and/or licence.

Seized car
Hampshire Constabulary

The lorry driver asleep in his cab was in a vehicle "piggy-backing" another vehicle in Portsmouth.

Both drivers were given fines totalling £1,000.

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police said the joint operation earlier this month aimed to make the roads safer for people living and working in the region.  

Home win at Norwich half marathon

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

The City of Norwich Half Marathon was won by a runner representing the home club on Sunday. 

Piers Arnold of City of Norwich Athletics Club was first to the finish line at the Norfolk Showground. 

Fellow CONAC runner Ash Harrell was second.  Emma Risbey from the Winchester & District Club won the women's race.

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Almost three thousand runners signed up to take part in the event, which didn't happen in 2016 to allow organisers to move it to April after they had problems with the weather in its traditional November slot.

Redbridge Towers arson suspect in custody

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a fire in a high-rise block of flats in Southampton.

More than 50 firefighters were called after the fire broke out in a flat on the 12th floor at Redbridge Towers, Cuckmere Lane at 17:25 BST last night.

A woman in the flat where the fire broke out was treated for smoke inhalation, along with several other residents Numerous residents in homes nearby also had to be led to safety. 

Police said the woman, arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, remains in custody.

Redbridge Towers fire
BBC

Two injured in A35 crash

Two people have been seriously injured in a crash on the A35 near Poole.

Two cars travelling in opposite directions collided near the Farmer Palmers turning at Lytchett Matravers shortly after 07:30.

Two people had to be released by the fire service using hydraulic equipment.

The pair were taken to Poole Hospital but police said their injuries were not life threatening.

A35 near Lytchett Matravers
Google

The road reopened just before 10:00.  

Have you seen missing teenager?

A 15-year-old girl has been missing for three days. 

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for information after Jade Healy was last seen on Friday evening. 

She is described as white, with a slim build, brown hair and blue eyes. 

She was last seen wearing black leggings and a grey hooded top and has links to the New Forest and Poole areas. 

Jade
Hampshire Constabulary

Sports round-up: Hampshire's Justin Rose misses out at the Masters

  • Sergio Garcia won his first major golf title, beating Hampshire-born Justin Rose  in a play-off
  • Saints won 1-0 against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday. Goalscorer Jordy Classie says a top eight finish is now possible 
  • Bournemouth lost 3-1 to Chelsea in the evening Premier League game
  • Portsmouth beat Yeovil 3-1 at Fratton Park on Saturday to cement their place in the League Two automatic promotion places
  • Hampshire claimed a stunning win to start the County Championship season yesterday, beating Yorkshire by four wickets at Headingly