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Summary

  1. Student guilty of one-punch killing on the Isle of Wight
  2. Isle of Wight NHS Trust in special measures after damning report
  3. Straitjacket magician in successful Spinnaker Tower escape
  4. Fundraising campaign to keep £3.5m surgical robot at Poole hospital
  5. Updates from Wednesday 12 April

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By Indy Almroth-Wright

All times stated are UK

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The BBC Local Live service for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight will resume at 08:00 on Thursday.

You can still get in touch by email, on our Hampshire  and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCDorset.

Man dies in hospital after police contact

An investigation is under way after the death of a man police had been called to help.

Officers were called yesterday after a man was reported to be acting erratically and walking in and out of traffic in Poole.

Dorset Police said the man was restrained but then suffered a medical emergency.

Officers performed CPR while waiting for paramedics and the man was taken to Poole Hospital but he died this morning.

'Excessive alcohol' role in Newport killing

A judge has highlighted the role of "excessive alcohol consumption" in a Southampton law student killing an Isle of Wight man with a single punch following a night out in Newport in February 2016.

Passing sentence after Ryan Cooper was found guilty of the manslaughter of Gary Stacey, 49, Mr Justice Warby said Cooper had not acted "in lawful self-defence" when he delivered a "powerful punch". 

He said Cooper had run away from the scene knowing he had "done something wrong and indefensible". 

He told Cooper: "This is a very sad case. You will miss your finals. There will inevitably be an impact on your future career choices. "I am sure you would take back those two seconds if only you could. But of course you can't. The case is sadder for Gary Stacey and his family."

Ryan Cooper
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Man dies in Corfe Mullen crash

A man has died in a crash involving two cars on one of Dorset's busiest routes. 

The 68-year-old man from Bournemouth died at the scene of the crash on the A31 near Corfe Mullen. 

The road has been closed since the crash, involving a Vauxhall Astra and a Nissan Juke, at about 13:20 BST.

The driver of the Nissan - a 49-year-old woman from Waterlooville - suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital but Dorset Police said her condition was not thought to be life threatening.

Man admits Bournemouth sex assaults

Tribute to 'dedicated family man' after manslaughter conviction

The family of Isle of Wight man Gary Stacey have paid tribute to him after law student Ryan Cooper was convicted of his manslaughter.

Mr Stacey suffered a fractured eye socket and, after hitting his head on the ground, bleeding on the brain when he was punched by Cooper on a night out in Newport in February 2016.  He died later after being airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.

Gary Stacey
Family handout

Gary was a loving father and dedicated family man. We were denied the opportunity to celebrate his fiftieth birthday by the actions of Ryan Cooper and are pleased that this sentence has found justice for Gary."

Gary Stacey's Family Statement

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Landslip coast path reopens

Part of the Isle of Wight's coastal path that was closed in February after a landslip has reopened.

The path between Thorness and Gurnard was closed because it was too narrow to safely pass.

The path has now been moved back and reopened.

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Spinnaker Tower straitjacket escape: "The view was good"

Here's the moment Dan Churchley made it back down to earth after his escape from a straitjacket while dangling from the Spinnaker Tower viewing platform.

Magician Dan Churchley after his Spinnaker Tower stunt

Student handed six year sentence for manslaughter

A law student has been handed a six year sentence for the manslaughter of an isle of Wight father-of-10.

Southampton University student Ryan Cooper had said he had acted in self-defence when he struck Gary Stacey after a night out in Newport in February 2016.

Following his trial at Winchester Crown Court, he was ordered to spend minimum of three years in custody.

St James Street, Newport
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The attack happened in St James Street, Newport

Three hectares of grass alight near Bordon

Hampshire fire service say four crews and a number of support vehicles remain at the grass fire near Bordon.

They were called to Broxhead Farm Road, Lindford, shortly after 13:40 where they found three hectares of grass alight.

Crews at grass fire
Hampshire Fire & Rescue

Firefighters are using beaters to tackle the flames.  

BreakingCrews tackle large grassland fire near Bordon

Multiple fire crews have been called to a fire in the open near Bordon where a large amount of grassland is on fire.

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AA property deal 'will safeguard 750 jobs'

A property deal has been agreed to keep the AA in Basingstoke and safeguard 750 jobs in the town.

The motoring association is to leave its current headquarters at Fanum House and move to new offices at Basing View.

The borough council has approved a deal to release the AA from its existing lease in return for a compensation payment and on the condition that it took over the new premises. 

The AA called it "positive and great news".

Florence Building
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
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Appeal after Yorkshire Terrier killed in dog attack

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a dog attack on the beach at Hengistbury Head.

A man was walking on the beach with his Yorkshire Terrier at 12:45 BST on Monday when it was attacked by a tanned-coloured Mastiff-type dog, which was with a man and a woman.  

The Yorkshire Terrier died as a result of the injuries it sustained.  

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Elderly woman dies a month after crash

An elderly woman airlifted to hospital after a crash in Dorset last month has died. 

Six people were taken to hospital following the two-car crash on the A3082 near Wimborne Minster on 12 March.

Dorset Police said the woman, aged 84 and from Trowbridge, had been a rear passenger in a Toyota Corolla which collided with a Ford Focus near Badbury Rings.

The drivers - two men aged 85 and 75 - and the other three passengers sustained slight injuries, police said.

B3082 near the Badbury Rings
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Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

BreakingStudent guilty of one-punch killing

A law student has been found guilty of manslaughter after killing a man with just one punch after a night out drinking on the Isle of Wight.

Father-of-10 Gary Stacey, 49, died from brain injuries following an altercation with Ryan Cooper in Newport last year.

Gary Stacey
Family photo
Gary Stacey died from "overwhelming" head injuries in hospital

Cooper's trial at Winchester Crown Court heard it was not in dispute that he threw a punch, but the 21-year-old maintained it was in self-defence.

He had been drinking heavily and had taken drugs earlier in the evening.

A31 crash shuts road near Corfe Mullen

Motorists are being advised to seek alternative routes after a crash on the A31 near Corfe Mullen involving three vehicles.

Police said the crash happened close to the Coventry Arms pub.

The road is closed between the Merley roundabout and Lake Gates roundabout.

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Severe accident: A31 Dorset both ways

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A31 Dorset both ways severe accident, between A350 Poole Road and B3078.

A31 Dorset - A31 in East Dorset closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Roundhouse Roundabout and Lake Gates roundabout, because of a serious accident involving three vehicles. Police directing traffic.

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

Cocker spaniel joins New Forest ranger team

A new four-legged recruit has joined the New Forest's ranger team to show how dogs should behave in the national park.

Cooper the cocker spaniel has his own Twitter account where people can see him going through his puppy training in the forest.

With wildlife ranger Dawn Rayment, he'll be learning how to behave around the forest ponies and cattle and not disturb rare birds.

The New Forest National Park said it's hoped Cooper's experiences will help other dog owners learn how to deal with the varied experiences the forest provides.

Dawn Rayment and Cooper
National Park Authority

Fundraising campaign to secure future of robot gifted to Poole Hospital

A fundraising campaign is under way to try to secure the future of a robot that treats cancer patients in Poole Hospital.

Multimillionaire Robert Braithwaite, founder of Sunseeker yachts, gifted the £3.5m surgical robot to the hospital in 2015. 

Mr Braithwaite, who was treated for bowel cancer at the hospital earlier in the year, gave the da Vinci robot to the hospital and funded its running and maintenance costs for three years. 

Professor Tas Qureshi, the hospital's lead for lead for laparoscopic keyhole surgery has now started a fundraising project named Project Q, to secure and support the gift for the hospital.

da Vinci robot
Poole Hospital

Traffic cops response up despite cuts

Our traffic cops are dealing with more incidents on the county's roads but they have fewer staff to do it. 

The joint Hampshire Constabularyand Thames Valley Roads policing units attended an extra 4,500 incidents in 2015/16 than it did in 2013/14. 

It's despite having approximately 20% fewer officers than they did when the units merged five years ago. 

Altered shift patterns have ensured more resources are available, police said.

Hampshire Constabulary
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Magician back on terra firma after Spinnaker Tower straitjacket escape

Magician Dan Churchley has completed a daring stunt for charity.

He escaped from a straitjacket while suspended upside down from Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower, 100m above sea level.

He carried out the feat to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, after losing his best friend at the age of 21 to cancer.

He said: "I'm exhilarated and surprisingly calm - I'm really happy I've done it."

Dan Churchley
BBC
Dan Churchley
BBC

Magician's Spinnaker Tower straitjacket escape a success

A magician from Portsmouth has completed a stunt to escape from a straitjacket while dangling 100m above sea level from the Spinnaker Tower.

Dan Churchley performed the stunt to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

Spinnaker Tower
Spinnaker Tower

Live: Magician attempts straitjacket escape from Spinnaker Tower

Magician to escape straitjacket 'deliberately eaten a light breakfast'

A magician who is attempting to escape from a straitjacket while suspended from the Spinnaker Tower says he has "deliberately eaten a light breakfast - banana, toast and a cup of tea".

Dan Churchley who is preparing to carry out the stunt at 12:30 BST said: "The biggest challenge will be being upside down for up to five minutes."

He is attempting the feat which will see him free himself from the jacket at 100m above sea level to raise funds for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

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Magician prepares for straitjacket escape from Spinnaker Tower

Magician Dan Churchley is preparing to attempt a daring stunt for charity.

He plans to escape from a straitjacket while suspended upside down 100m above sea level from Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower.

He is attempting the feat to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

He said: “The charity is very close to my heart after losing my best friend at the age of 21 to a short fight with cancer and I’ll be doing the escape in his memory."

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Last chance to see White Helmets display

It's your final chance to see the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team as they tour in 2017.

After 90 years performing around the world, the Blandford-based team are being disbanded.

Also known as The White Helmets, the squad from the British Army have started their tour which sees them perform at events around the UK through the summer including the Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton.

Their final performance will be at a closing ceremony at Blandford Camp on 30 September.  

White Helmets
Royal Signals Motorcycle Display team

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Flare amnesty in Poole as part of Sea Safety Day

Poole to get a big wheel as part of maritime festival

Portsmouth-Fishbourne ferry delayed by 30mins

Wightlink says harbour movements this morning mean the Portsmouth-Fishbourne (car ferry service) is delayed by 30 minutes.

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'It's so bad on so many levels' - charity slams Guys Marsh prison

Frances Crook is the CEO of the Howard League for Penal Reform

Road police response up 10% despite cuts

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The number of road crashes dealt with by police in Hampshire and the Thames Valley has risen by nearly 10% over three years, despite recent job cuts. 

Figures obtained by the BBC show policing units attended an extra 4,500 incidents in 2015-16 than in 2013-14. 

Thames Valley and Hampshire road policing units merged in 2012 - seeing up to 100 officer posts axed. Altering shift patterns ensured more resources were available, the force said. 

Police
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Supt Simon Dodds, head of the joint roads policing unit for Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Police, said by changing shifts they were able to make sure more officers were available at "peak times of demand".

Figures also show that emergency incidents attended by the unit rose by nearly 5,000 over the three-year period. 

The two forces, which cover Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, share recourses including dogs and training. 

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