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Summary

  1. Scout leader who abused boys jailed
  2. Port unveils bigger cruise ship berth
  3. Hampshire's new supercar unveiled
  4. Updates from Tuesday 11 April

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By Emily Ford

All times stated are UK

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

Cowes Floating Bridge - from factory to the island

Mainstay Marine Solutions in Pembrokeshire has released this footage of the building of the new Cowes chain ferry - from the factory through to its delivery to the Isle of Wight.

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New cruise berth extension opened at Portland Port

A new £3m extended cruise berth that will allow Portland Port to accommodate larger ships has been officially opened.

Dorset South MP Richard Drax cut the ribbon on the development which makes Portland Port one of only a few on the English Channel that can handle vessels with overall lengths of 340 metres.

The first cruise vessel expected to use the new extension is the 300m-long Disney Magic on 23 May.  

Opening of Portland port extension
Geoff Moore

Happy ending to Bridport stolen Nigerian Dwarf goat case - no kidding

Three Nigerian Dwarf goats, who were stolen from a barn near Beaminster in November have been found.

The owners of a nanny and her two three-week-old kids were "devastated" when they were taken from their secure barn.

Dorset Police said the goats were found in the Tarrant Keyneston area near Blandford yesterday.

No arrests have been made and police have appealed for information.

Stolen goats
Dorset Police

Newport IW Football Club future 'secured'

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

The future of Newport IW Football Club has been secured after the owners of St George’s Park have agreed to allow the club to remain at its home. 

A statement on the club's website said it would enable The Port to maintain its status in the Sydenhams Wessex Football League Premier Division for the 2017/18 season. 

The club had been given notice to quit the ground by land owners South Coast Leisure who are looking to build a new development that will create around 250 local jobs. 

South Coast Leisure has also been exploring plans to create a new purpose-built football ground away from the site as part of the deal.  

St george's Park
Nick MacNeill

"I want to thank South Coast Leisure for allowing us to remain at St Georges Park until the middle of May 2018. Their commitment to our club and the wider Isle of Wight Community has been exemplary allowing one of the oldest football clubs in the country of 129 years to continue its football at a high level whilst ensuring a community facility for the Island is maintained for which so many people are part of or connected to in some way.”

Stuart RossNewport IW FC

Blaze at Yateley Common heathland

Firefighters are tackling a heathland and gorse fire covering three hectares of Yateley Common in Hampshire. 

The initial call came at 15.30. Hampshire Fire and Rescue said three engines and a landrover from Rushmoor and Yateley have been sent to tackle to the fire.

It is the second time the area has been ablaze in less than a week.

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Full closure planned for A31 tonight for repair works

Guys Marsh 'warning lights' following critical report

A prison campaign group has said "every warning light on the dashboard is flashing" at Guys Marsh prison, following a critical report by the prisons watchdog.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) warned that managers and staff had "all but lost control" at the jail after a previous inspection in November 2014.

Following its latest visit to the Dorset facility in December, the official watchdog concluded that far too little had been done to address the concerns raised two years earlier.

Guys Marsh
BBC

Guys Marsh prison was given six months' notice that inspectors were coming, and yet it was still found to be failing in almost every respect. Every warning light on the dashboard is flashing, as is the case across the prison system. How bad does it have to get before the government takes action? The public are being put at risk, people are dying in the prison and staff are in danger. People are being released back into the community actually being made more dangerous.

Frances CrookHoward League for Penal Reform

Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M271 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J1 for Brownhill Way.

M271 Hampshire - M271 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at J1 Brownhill Way, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Masterchef winner with advice on getting back to work

An event aimed at helping unemployed people over-50 build contacts to get back into the workplace is taking place in Alton.

Among the speakers at the New Directions event at Alton College is 2016 Mastechef winner Jane Devonshire.

Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire at New Directions job event

Bus replacements on Easter rail services

Advance warning if you're planning to travel by train over the Easter break .

The lines between Poole and Wareham will be closed throughout the holiday weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday for maintenance work.  

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High performance car built on farm
A new ultra high-performance car goes into production at a small workshop on a Hampshire farm.

Police appeal over Totton pub assault

Police are appealing for information from any witnesses to an assault at the Testwood pub in Totton.

The incident took place in the car park of the pub on Salisbury Road shortly before midnight on Friday

A 22-year-old man received a serious head injury that required treatment at Southampton General Hospital.

'Be warned:' Police out on speed checks protecting wildlife in New Forest

New gym planned for Weymouth

Extra prison officers promised for Guys Marsh prison

The prison service has promised extra resources for HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset following a critical report by the prison watchdog.

A HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) report found the category C training and resettlement prison near Shaftesbury "remains unsafe" after an inspection in December.

Guys Marsh prison
BBC

Progress at Guys Marsh has been much slower than required reflecting the deep-seated challenges facing the prison. Additional staffing and resources to tackle the problems are being provided, including an extra 18 prison officer posts. A new, experienced governor has taken charge at the prison.

Michael Spurr Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service

'Disappointing' progress at Dorset prison

Little progress has been made tackling violence and drug taking at HMP Guys Marsh, the prison watchdog has found. 

A HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) report in 2015 called the jail near Shaftesbury a "prison in crisis". 

A follow-up inspection in December found the lack of improvement was "very disappointing", with assaults on staff having tripled and levels of drug-taking remaining high.

Inspectors found prisoners "self-isolating" for weeks or months for their own protection. Illegal drugs were seen as easily available with widespread use of Spice.

Guys Marsh Prison
BBC

Three antique French 19th century bayonets stolen

Three antique bayonets have been stolen from a house in Basingstoke. 

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for information after the three French 19th century items, worth about £325, were taken. 

The theft took place between 16:00 BST on Saturday and 17:00 yesterday and nothing else was taken. 

Each bayonet has a French pattern and vary in length between 24.75 and 28 inches. The were stolen from the garage of the victim's house in Brookvale. 

Youth MP revealed for Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has a announced a new youth MP. 

Joe Davis, 17, from Newport, polled over 88% of the vote after going up against four other candidates. 

He put part of his success down to a YouTube video that he filmed outlining the key issues he was standing on, which was shared with schools on the island. 

Mr Davis said the main issues he will focus on will be ensuring young people have a voice on Europe, tackling discrimination and xenophobia and political representation for young people. 

He said: "I think now, more than ever, young people on the island need representation. I really care about speaking up for young people." 

Severe accident: A2030 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A2030 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Eastern Avenue and Moorings Way affecting Tangier Road.

A2030 Hampshire - A2030 Eastern Road in Fratton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Eastern Avenue junction and the Moorings Way junction, because of a serious multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to the Tangier Road junction.

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

Police investigate 'suspicious' fire in Weymouth

The blaze broke out yesterday at about 12:30 BST on a roof at the rear of the Holland and Barrett store in Maiden Street. 

It is believed the fire was started deliberately. 

Extensive damage was caused to the roof, a nearby flat and a wall belonging to an adjacent business. No one was injured. 

Dorset Police has asked anyone who took video footage or pictures of the incident to get in touch. 

maiden street
Google

Southampton Redbridge Towers fire arson suspect released

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC South

A woman arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire in a high-rise block of flats in Southampton has been released.

The fire at Redbridge Towers, Cuckmere Lane started in a flat on the 12th floor at 17:25 BST on Sunday.

Hampshire Constabulary said the 28-year-old arrested still remained "under investigation". 

The force added the investigation into the cause of the blaze in the 19-storey building was ongoing.

Redbridge Towers
BBC

Row over taxpayer-funded coastal defence scheme

BreakingEx-scout leader jailed and put on sex offender register

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Paul Cherrett sexually assaulted a child during his 41-years of offending. 

The former scout leader was jailed for nine years, put on the sex offender list for life and given a sexual harm prevention order. 

The 18 offences Cherrett was convicted for also included three counts of indecency with a child, 10 counts of indecent assault with a male and four counts of possessing indecent photos - with one of those counts relating to photos of a child. 

cherrett
Dorset Police

Detainee dies at immigration removal centre

A man detained at The Verne immigration removal centre in Portland has died, the Home Office has said.

The 43-year-old, who has not been identified, died on Sunday at The Verne in Portland.

An investigation has been launched.

The Verne
Google

The man's death comes a month after campaigners raised concerns about the effects of detention on the 500 men who are held at The Verne.

Pop-up exhibition tackles sexual assault and consent

Students from Bournemouth university are putting on the "Signals" event

Bournemouth scout leader who abused boys to be sentenced

A former Dorset scout leader is due to be sentenced today for abusing boys over a 41-year period. 

Paul Cherret, 62, of King Richard Drive, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty last week to 17 offences including indecent assaults and possessing indecent photos.

paul cherrett
Dorset Police

The offences, against nine boys between 1975 and 2016,  took place at scout camps and other locations

The Scout Association is holding a review to see if any volunteers knew about the abuse "in light of information in victim statements".

M27 reopens at Rownhams after crash

WATCH: New ultra high-performance car goes into production

A new ultra high-performance car is going into production at a small workshop on a Hampshire farm.

The team of former McLaren F1 engineers behind the £100,000 Elemental aim to transfer racing technology to a car that is able to drive on public roads.

It accelerates from 0-60mph in under three seconds.

A test drive in the new Elemental ultra high performance car

Elemental is being built in an industrial unit on a farm near Horndean, with 75% of the vehicle coming from within 15 miles of the factory .

The company said it aims to build 40-60 cars each year.

BBC transport correspondent gets in the hot seat of £100k Elemental track car today

Delays up to an hour after crash on M27

M27
Highways England
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Highways England
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Highways England

Rare gull eggs under police protection

Police patrols are being carried out on islands off Poole Harbour after the theft of eggs from protected species of birds.

It comes after Black-headed and Mediterranean Gull eggs from most of the 9,000 nests on the harbour's remote islands were stolen in May 2016.

Bird charity Birds of Poole Harbour said the eggs - eaten as a delicacy - were taken for the restaurant trade.

Dorset Police marine unit
BBC

The nesting gulls are being monitored by the force's marine unit.

The force said the birds would be checked day and night by officers through the breeding season.

Joel Brooks, of Dorset Police, said: "The collection of birds' eggs is illegal unless licensed and no one is licensed to collect in Dorset."

Kayaker finds Second World War unexploded bomb