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Summary

  1. Three people arrested over Guy Hedger shooting
  2. Body found in Weymouth harbour search
  3. Crash blocks two lanes of M27 near Hedge End
  4. Bournemouth 'worst in the UK for 4G'
  5. Updates from Wednesday 3 May

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

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

Balloon sculpture record attempt under way in Winchester

A bid to break the Guinness World Record for the largest modelling balloon sculpture by an individual is under way in Winchester.

Part of the balloon sculpture
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Artist Ben Field is attempting to construct a 2.96m (85ft) by 12.2m (40ft) balloon waterfall in The Brooks Shopping Centre, using more than 10,000 balloons.

He said he hoped the piece, which will take about a week to build, will "take people’s breath away.” 

David Baker of Cincinnati, in the US, is the current record holder.

His sculpture of a giant bat hanging upside down, created in 2015, used 3,961 balloons and measured 21.91m (72ft) by 11.22m (37ft).

Portsmouth's promotion to League One to be celebrated at Southsea Common

BBC Sport

Portsmouth will celebrate promotion to League One with an event at Southsea Common on Sunday, the club has said.

Portsmouth celebrate promotion
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Hosted by Portsmouth City Council, it will see fans, players and club officials come together to recognise the promotion after four years in League Two, following the team's victory over Notts County at Meadow Lane last month.

The event, which will run from 13:00 BST to 14:10, will include live entertainment and an official city commendation from the mayor, but no open-top bus parade.

Southsea Common
N Chadwick

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin said: “This is a fantastic chance for everyone at the club to say thank you to our fans for their fantastic support throughout the season."  

Do you recognise this jewellery?

These items were recovered by police at the beginning of April.

If you recognise them, call Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

Recovered jewellery
Hampshire Constabulary
Recovered jewellery
Hampshire Constabulary

South covered in blanket of cloud

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Some parts of the UK have been enjoying sunshine and highs of 19C but, as you can see from this striking satellite image, the south has not.

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New chain ferry in position

The new Cowes floating bridge has been fitted to its chains.

It replaces the previous vessel which was retired in January after 40 years of service, leaving drivers with a 10-mile diversion via Newport.

The Isle of Wight Council said the new ferry, built in Wales by Mainstay Marine, would come into service in mid-May, two months behind schedule.

new chain ferry
Allan Marsh
new chain ferry
Allan Marsh

Video shows leisure centre progress

Eastleigh Borough Council has released a video showing progress at its new leisure centre, under construction at Fleming Park.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, after J12 for M275.

M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic on M27 westbound after J12, M275 (Portsmouth), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Breaking'Balcony fall' death 'no longer suspicious'

The death of a woman who was found dead after reportedly falling from a balcony in Southampton is no longer being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Police car at the scene on Canute Road
BBC

The 37-year-old's body was discovered close to Ocean Village, Southampton, at about 16:30 BST on Monday. 

A 61-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released and will face no further action, Hampshire Constabulary said. 

The force added it was preparing a file for the coroner.

A31 death crash driver named

A man who died in a crash on the A31 at the weekend has been named as 22-year-old Connor Heath Johnson, from Ringwood.

Mr Johnson was driving one of two cars involved in the collision in Poulner Hill in the early hours of Sunday.

Connor Heath Johnson
Family handout / Hampshire Constabulary

He is at peace now having suffered anxieties for the past couple of years. He was our loving son and will always remain in our hearts.

Family statement

Why do we vote on Thursdays?

Tomorrow is polling day in the local elections for Hampshire County Council, Dorset County Council and the Isle of Wight Council.

But why do we always vote on a Thursday?

Why are elections in the UK held on Thursdays?

Travel: Winchester Road reopens after crash

E-fit image issued over Bournemouth sex assault

Police have released an image of a man wanted in connection with a sex assault on a woman in Westover Road, Bournemouth.

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Woman rescued after falling on rocks

An elderly woman had to be rescued after falling on rocks in Poole Harbour.

Poole lifeboat was called along with paramedics after a passer-by spotted the woman on the water's edge near Dorset Sailing Club at about 09:00.

Poole inshore lifeboat
Poole Inshore Lifeboat

The woman was moved on to a spinal board and taken to hospital by ambulance.  

BreakingBody recovered in harbour search

A body has been recovered from Weymouth Harbour after emergency services were called yesterday to help a man seen in the water.

A search operation was launched on Tuesday afternoon amid concern for the man's welfare.

Dorset Police said the body, found today, was believed to be of a man in his 20s.

Weymouth Harbour
Malc McDonald

The death is not being treated as suspicious and his next of kin has been informed.  

Sunderland and Bournemouth players

Sunderland and Bournemouth are charged with failing to control their players in Saturday's Premier League match.

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PC 'groped teenage girl in family home'

Southampton Central police station
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PC Keith Burgess was based at Southampton Central police station

The 16-year-old girl says she was 'disgusted' and 'heartbroken' after the alleged assault.

Southampton Central police station

PC 'groped teenage girl in family home'

The 16-year-old girl says she was 'disgusted' and 'heartbroken' after the alleged assault.

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Floating bridge ready for testing

Wareham Surgery bans advanced GP appointments

A GP surgery in Dorset has stopped patients from booking advanced appointments due to a lack of doctors

Wareham Surgery
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Wareham Surgery said its "revised system" comes after one GP went off on long-term sickness with a broken hip and another resigned in March. 

It said a lack of response to a GP vacancy meant it could only offer on-the-day appointments, which can only be booked during certain hours. 

Speaking in the Bournemouth Echo, one patient described it as a "crisis".   

M3 closure warning tonight

Properties searched after three arrested over businessman killing

A house in Winterborne Stickland near Blandford and another in Verney Close in West Howe in Bournemouth are being searched for evidence following the killing of an executive at his luxury Dorset house.

Guy Hedger, 61, was shot at his home in Ashley, near Ringwood in the early hours of Sunday - he later died in hospital.

Winterborne Stickland
BBC

A 41-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary.

A man and woman, both in their 40s, have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

It is believed jewellery, including designer watches, was stolen from the address.

Search for man in water at Weymouth harbour continues

Police officers and divers are continuing to search for a man who was last seen in the water in Weymouth harbour yesterday afternoon.

Police and coastguards carried out an extensive search lasting almost five hours for the man shortly after 14:00 BST on Tuesday.

Teams resumed the search this morning.

Police divers
BBC
Police search weymouth
BBC

CCTV appeal over Ringwood stolen bank cards

Crash closes road in Waltham Chase

Man arrested after crash with motorcyclist

The driver of a car involved in a crash with a motorcyclist on the A27 on Sunday has been arrested and questioned. 

The 51-year-old biker suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash on the eastbound carriageway near Portsbridge.

Police said a 32-year-old man from Havant arrested in connection with the crash has since been released under investigation.

Anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash at about 12:10 BST is asked to contact police.

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Corfe Castle resurfacing work delayed for voting

Resurfacing work on the the A351 through Corfe Castle will be put back an hour tomorrow night so voters can access the polling station.

Dorset County Council said the works will start at the revised time of 22:05 BST.

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Tribute to motorcyclist killed in tractor crash

The family of a motorcyclist who died after being involved in a crash with a tractor and trailer near Basingstoke has paid tribute to him.

Roy Papen, 62, of Little Hoddington, died after the collision on Ridge Lane, Newnham, last Wednesday.

Ridge Lane
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His family described him as an "amazing man" who "passed away doing what he loved best, riding his bike along country lanes". 

In a statement his his partner Jaci said: "He was my rock. My soul mate. Roy was a very private man and lived a simple life, but brought joy and happiness to those who knew him."

Anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash is asked to contact police.

Seagull suffers spinal injury after being shot with crossbow

Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M271 Hampshire - M271 lane blocked on entry slip road southbound at J1 Brownhill Way, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Burglar 'targeted vulnerable people'

A man who "gained the trust of elderly or vulnerable people" before stealing from their homes has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Police said Lee Hillier, 28, sometimes targeted residents at warden-assisted properties, once using a stolen debit card to withdraw £1,470 in cash.

Lee Hillier
Hampshire Constabulary

Hillier, of Heath Road, North Baddesley, was arrested following four burglaries late last year in Southampton and Chandlers Ford.

He pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to 10 fraud offences, four burglaries and three counts of theft.

Appeal after cyclist injured in Bournemouth hit-and-run

Police in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses after a hit-and-run crash in which a cyclist suffered a broken ankle. 

The car knocked the 57-year-old man off his bike on Gladdis Road in the West Howe area of the town on Friday night.

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Replica of first ship to sail around the world prepares for visitors

The Nao Victoria - a perfect replica of the original ship which became the first to successfully circumnavigate the world - is gearing up for visitors in Weymouth Harbour.

The NAO Victoria completed the greatest adventure in maritime history, between 1519 and 1522.

NAO Victoria
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Victoria was part of a fleet of five ships commanded by Ferdinand Magellan.

The goal was to discover a new westbound route to reach the Spice Islands. The NAO Victoria was the only ship to survive the treacherous voyage. 

The ship will be open to the public from tomorrow until 14 May.

BreakingGuy Hedger murder: Three arrested

Three people have been arrested over the murder of executive Guy Hedger, who was shot by intruders at his home in Ashley near Ringwood on Sunday.

A 41-year-old Bournemouth man has been held on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary.

A 44-year-old Bournemouth man and a 40-year-old Bournemouth woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police

Earlier detectives said it was not thought the two offenders, who stole jewellery from the house, were known to the victim. 

Police have revealed that properties in Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford, and in Verney Close in West Howe in Bournemouth are being searched for evidence.

Pompey promotion to be celebrated in city

Emergency works close Ventnor High Street

GP surgery bans patients from booking advanced appointments

M27 delays continue after crash between Hedge End and Hamble

Weymouth harbour search resumes over man in water

A search and rescue operation for a man in Weymouth harbour is under way again this morning.

The alarm was raised after the man was reported in the water shortly after 14:00 BST yesterday.

Inspector Derek McKerl, of Dorset Police, said: “We are currently carrying out a major search operation in a bid to locate the man and understand what has happened. “We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding regarding any disruption caused while emergency services carry out their work.”

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