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  1. Father jailed for baby son's murder
  2. Firefighters rescue eight-year-old boy from fire in Basingstoke
  3. Voting under way in local elections across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
  4. Updates from Thursday 4 May

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Portsmouth takeover: 'Only one offer'

Pompey Takeover: Michael Eisner talks to shareholders

Pompey Takeover: Eisner outlines plans

Pompey Takeover: Michael Eisner on stage

Pompey Takeover: Ex-Disney exec meets shareholders - Listen LIVE

It's a big night for Portsmouth FC. 

Former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner will address shareholders at a meeting in Portsmouth Guildhall on his plans to take over the club. 

Listen live to the meeting on BBC Radio Solent from 19:00 BST.  

Portsmouth will be playing in League One next season after winning automatic promotion from the fourth tier and there is a possibility they could finish as champions if they win their final game at home to Cheltenham on Saturday. 

Portsmouth Guildhall
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Pompey Takeover: Portsmouth Guildhall packed

Tony Husband

BBC South Today sports editor

"The shareholders have packed into the Portsmouth Guildhall - they want to hear what Michael Eisner has to say. 

"They are the people who saved Portsmouth four years ago. 

"Now they are being asked do they want to sell to an overseas investor. They have had those here at Portsmouth before - from those heady days of the Premier League when it all went wrong - it was boom and bust. 

"Mr Eisner wants to buy the club lock stock and barrel - without any of these shareholders having a say in the future. Now we wait to hear what Mr Eisner has to say. 

Tony Husband
BBC

Charity flights for last remaining Trislander

Rob England

BBC News Online

The airline Aurigny has launched special flights to Southampton Airport ahead of the retirement of its final Trislander aircraft.

Trislander G-BEVT
Aurigny Airlines

Aurigny donated one of its Trislanders to Solent Sky Museum last month.

The aircraft G-BEVT was built in 1977 and was registered to Aurigny in 1983 and has flown more than 86,000 flights in its lifetime.

The Trislanders are being replaced by Dornier 228s.

Tickets are priced at £50 each, with all the profits going to the charity, Channel Islands Air Search.

"Both Southampton and Guernsey Airports have agreed to waive all the airport fees, so extra funds can go to the charity", a spokesman for Aurigny said.

Pompey Takeover: Sharholders' meeting preview

BBC Radio Solent's Andy Moon at Portsmouth Guildhall.

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Pompey takeover: Michael Eisner meets shareholders

Prospective Portsmouth Football Club owner Michael Eisner will meet Pompey shareholders at a meeting at the Guildhall from 19:00. Listen to the meeting LIVE on BBC Radio Solent.

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Witness appeal after assault on boys in Bournemouth

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an attack on two 17-year-old boys in Bournemouth.

The boys were cycling on Ringwood Road on 27 April when they heard a man shouting at them. It is reported that one of the victims was dragged to the ground and assaulted while the second victim was grabbed by another man. 

It is alleged the boys were placed into a room at a premises along the same road for an unknown period of time before they were released.  

A 26-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of assault and false imprisonment and has been released under investigation.  

Troubled Sandown Academy school set for merger

A troubled Isle of Wight academy school is set to merge with another school, its sponsor has announced. 

The headteacher of Sandown Bay Academy resigned and the board of governors was replaced earlier this year.  

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) said it intended to merge it with Ryde Academy to make "one great school". 

It said falling numbers and the consequent impact on Sandown's finances had prompted the decision.

"It has been becoming increasingly difficult for the school to fund the teachers and the educational resources needed in order to provide the education we would all want for the students. We believe that merger offers the best option all round, and that out of these two schools we can create one really great one."

AET Spokesman
Sandown Academy
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Salaries 'down 12% in Portsmouth'

Advertised salaries in Portsmouth have fallen by 11.9% in the past year, new research suggests.

Southampton also saw a drop of 9.3%, according to data from jobs website CV-Library.

The firm says other areas, including Bristol and Guildford, have seen substantial salary rises, amid "strong competition for candidates".

When can shops refuse to accept old £5 notes?

Paper £5 notes cease to be legal tender from Saturday, so when can shops refuse to accept them?

The Bank of England says their legal tender status expires just after midnight on Friday.

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But the bank says businesses are within their rights to refuse to accept the notes before Saturday if they choose.

Dorset bus firm Damory Coaches is among those insisting on new polymer fivers from Friday.

Troubled Sandown academy 'to merge with neighbour'

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

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M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound at J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Polish warship in Cowes for WW2 commemoration

Special events are under way to mark the 75th anniversary of the defence of Cowes by a Polish warship during the Second World War.

On the night of 4 May 1942, the destroyer ORP Blyskawica, which was built in Cowes, opened fire on German aircraft attempting to bomb the town.

A modern Polish navy ship, ORP Gniezno, has arrived off the Isle of Wight to take part in four days of official commemorations.

ORP Gniezno
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Wimborne leisure centre 'closed by power cut'

Rise in knife crime in Portsmouth

A recent rise in recorded knife crime in Portsmouth may be related to more searches of suspects, police have said.

Officers say they have stepped up activity in relation to drug-dealing by "searching more of the right people who may be carrying weapons".

In the past week, two people have been arrested in the city for possessing blades in a public space.

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Bournemouth bank jobs 'safe' despite Brexit vote

Staff at American bank JP Morgan in Bournemouth will not be affected by the firm's restructuring plans, it is reported.

Yesterday it emerged the bank could move up to 1,000 jobs out of London ahead of Britain's exit from the European Union.

Last year, chief executive Jamie Dimon told workers in Bournemouth that the bank might cut up to 4,000 UK jobs in the event of a Brexit vote.

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In a galaxy not far away...

Commuters on Red Funnel felt disturbances in the force this morning, as the firm celebrated Star Wars Day.

The ferry Red Falcon was renamed the Millennium Falcon while cars boarding the ship were greeted by Darth Vader and stormtroopers.

Red Funnel marketing director Jonathan Green said: "It was a great opportunity to entertain our passengers."

Red Funnel queue
Gus McKechnie
Millennium Falcon
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'More help needed' for PTSD veterans' families

The wife of a Falklands War veteran says more help is needed for families of people who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Anita Roberts' husband, David, was on HMS Sheffield when it was hit by a missile 35 years ago. 

The couple separated four years ago after deciding the only way to save their marriage was to live apart. 

HMS Sheffield on fire on 4 May 1982
PA

Speaking on the anniversary of the missile strike, Mrs Roberts, who lives in Poundbury, says the families of veterans are often forgotten.  

Family 'wants justice' over death of 96-year-old

Ethel Baldwin was assaulted at a nursing home but no-one has been charged, it is reported.

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In pictures: Prince Philip in the south

The Duke of Edinburgh, who has announced his retirement from public duties, paid several visits to the south last year.

In July, the Duke visited Portsmouth to view preparations for the America's Cup at Ben Ainslie Racing.

Prince Philip in Portsmouth
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In August he was at Cowes Week, which he has often attended both as a competitor and as Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

In October, he accompanied the Queen and Prince Charles on a visit to Poundbury to unveil a statue of the Queen Mother.

Royal family in Poundbury
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BreakingFather jailed for life for killing three-month-old son in Bournemouth

A father has been jailed for life for murdering his three-month-old son after throwing him "vigorously" against a hard surface in a "moment of anger". 

Robert Hinz, 34, from Bournemouth, has been sentenced to a minimum of 21 years for killing his son Julian.

Hinz
Dorset Police

Julian suffered severe skull fractures last April and died in hospital the following day when doctors turned off his life support system. 

Hinz was found guilty of murder after a trial at Winchester Crown Court. 

Severe accident: A35 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A35 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, near B3076 High Street.

A35 Hampshire - A35 Totton By-Pass in Totton closed and queuing traffic eastbound near the B3076 High Street junction, because of an accident involving Two lorries and recovery work.

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

Eisner meets Pompey supporters

The man who wants to buy Portsmouth Football Club addresses Pompey shareholders at the city's guildhall tonight.

The former Walt Disney Chairman Michael Eisner will present his vision for the club and answer supporters' questions 

The meeting is private but the BBC has live coverage from 19:00 BST.

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Man jailed for taxi robberies

Polls open in local elections

Voting is under way in polling stations across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the local council elections.

Elections are being held at Dorset County Council, Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council.

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Dorset and Hampshire are currently held by the Conservative party while the Tories run the Isle of Wight as a minority administration.

Polling stations are open from 07:00 until 22:00 BST. Results are expected in the early hours of Friday.