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  1. Updates from Wednesday 26 April
  2. Weather: Cold with a mix of sunshine and showers
  3. Work starts on £1m repairs at Hurst Castle
  4. Main image: Balmer Lawn, New Forest

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

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

Building starts on new homes

Academy sacks governors

Floating bridge service start delayed

A replacement for the Cowes Floating Bridge won't enter service until mid-May.

The new floating bridge had been expected to start running from next week.

Isle of Wight Council has asked Islanders to suggest a name for the new chain ferry, with a petition to call it Floaty Mcfloatface gathering more that 2,800 signatures.

The council said it will be named after the general election.

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Public meetings to discuss Welborne development get underway

A series of Community Action Team (CAT) Meetings to discuss the proposed major housing development in Welborne start tonight.

Up to 6,000 new homes are planned on 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of land between Southampton and Portsmouth close to the M27.

Fareham Borough Council is holding the first meeting at Ferneham Hall starting at 19:00 BST.  

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Dorset man, 81, charged in Lincoln Cathedral school abuse case

An 81-year-old man has been charged with historical child sex abuse offences against boys at a former cathedral school in Lincoln.

The charges follow an ongoing inquiry into allegations dating back to 1958.

The man, from Dorset, faces six counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14 and two counts of inciting a boy under the age of 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.

He is due to appear before Lincoln District Magistrates' Court on 8 June.

Poole women among those injured in acid attack at London nightclub

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

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M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J4A for A327 and J5 for A287.

M3 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M3 southbound between J4a, A327 (Farnborough) and J5, A287 (Hook), because of an accident involving two cars. On the hard shoulder.

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

Cherries announce 'club record' kit deal

AFC Bournemouth has named Umbro as its new technical kit supplier in a "club record deal".

Cherries chief executive Neill Blake said the five-year contract would support the club's growth after two seasons in the Premier League.

The new designs will be unveiled in the summer.

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Poole Town play-offs appeal rejected

Poole Town FC have been told they will not be allowed to take part in this season's play-offs.

The team were told before Easter that they would not be allowed to compete because Black Gold Stadium did not have 500 seats under cover. 

The club appealed but have just learned they were unsuccessful.

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Police 'unaware' of 'Blue Whale' suicides

Hampshire police have said they are not aware of any deaths or incidents related to a "suicide game", after a college reported it was linked to two deaths and two "near misses" in the county.

Peter Symonds College in Winchester issued an alert to parents on Tuesday about the sinister Blue Whale game, later saying the information came from a "reliable source".

Peter Symonds college

Today the college said the reports were "unsubstantiated", following advice from Hampshire Safeguarding Children's Board.

The suicide prevention charity Papyrus offers advice to young people and parents on 0800 068 4141.

Faster Navy vessels put through their paces

The Royal Navy's 1st Patrol Boat Squadron have been in the Solent this week testing their faster vessels which have just undergone a five-year revamp.

14 P200 RN ships plus 3 coastal forces heritage trust vessels
Royal Navy

All 14 Archer-class vessels sailed in close formation at speeds of more than 20 knots after the refit added 10 knots to their top speed.  

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

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M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - M3 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic southbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Do you recognise this boat?

Hampshire travel latest: Broken down lorry blocking M27 slip road

Your weather pictures: Bluebells in bloom

It looks like you've been out in force enjoying and capturing some stunning snaps of bluebells in Hampshire and Dorset.

You can send your in by email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCDorset.  

Bluebell woods nr Iwerne Minster
Natalie Shearing
Bluebell wood in Pamphill, nr Wimborne
Rachel Baker
Bluebell woods, Bere Regis
Sarah Dawson

Gritters out tonight after ice warning

Delays easing on A34 after accident

Southampton school's cuts plight raised by Alan Whitehead at PMQs

The plight of Southampton schools has been raised by The Labour MP for Southampton Test, at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). 

Alan Whitehead, said the the city's schools were "in despair" because of cuts to funding.

He then took the opportunity to invite Theresa May to the city. 

Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "perfectly possible" she'd soon be in Southampton and that work's ongoing on a new national funding formula.


Protected Dorset chalk downland 'damaged by herbicide'

Habitats of threatened species have been destroyed by herbicide sprayed on protected chalk downland in Dorset, conservationists say.

The People Need Nature group said the land at Weatherby Castle, near Milborne St Andrew, had also been cut and burnt.

Dorset Wildlife Trust said the area is home to plants including cowclips and devil's-bit scabious, as well as Adonis blue and orange tip butterflies.

Natural England said it was investigating.

Adonis blue butterfly and devil's-bit scabious
Dorset Wildlife Trust

Delays as crash blocks lane of A34

Isle of Wight NHS Trust: Maggie Oldham named as chief executive

A new chief executive has been appointed to the Isle of Wight's under-fire NHS trust. 

The trust was rated "inadequate" and placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) earlier this month.

Maggie Oldham replaces Karen Baker, who resigned ahead of the CQC report. 

Ms Oldham was brought in to help improve Staffordshire Hospital in 2010 after care failures there came to light.

Maggie Oldham
Isle of Wight NHS Trust

I know the Trust has many dedicated and caring members of staff and that it delivers some good services. However, it is also clear from the recent CQC report that much needs to be done to improve the quality of care, improve performance against key targets, recruit staff to vacant posts and address outdated and bureaucratic practices."

Maggie OldhamNew chief executive, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Warning to dog owners over spate of adder bites

A Weymouth vets has warned pet owners to be vigilant after treating five dogs that had been bitten by adders.

Dave Cumber Vets said its surgery "generally sees two or three cases a year, so seeing five cases in April is unusual."

The vets said four of the dogs had been bitten whilst being walked along the Fleet, Chickerell and the fifth at the Hardy Monument.

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Work starts on £1m repairs at Hurst Castle

Major work is starting to conserve Hurst Castle, originally built by Henry Vlll to guard the Solent.

The £1m project will focus on the wartime look-out tower, gun emplacements and the searchlight position, English Heritage said.,

There will also be extensive repairs to the wing batteries, which were built in the 1860s to house huge new guns coming into service. 

Hurst Castle
C D Uglow

Monkey World "disappointed" no primate as pets law change planned

The director of Monkey World says she's disappointed at the government's refusal to change the law on owning primates as pets.

A Commons debate was held on Monday to raise the issues highlighted in a petition of more than 110,000 signatures calling for new welfare standards for primates gathered by visitors to the attraction.

The petition called for a change the law so that those who want to keep primates have to meet exacting standards of welfare that equal those found in zoos and wildlife parks.  

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Environment Minister, George Eustice said more could be done to deal with inadequate conditions for keeping primates as pets but a new law was not needed.

Dr Alison Cronin said: "I don't know why Monkey World should be picking up the pieces of a government who seemingly don't care."

The monkey sanctuary and rescue centre is seeing a huge increase in the amount of pets being brought to them.

Cruise ship MSC Fantasia makes first visit to Southampton

The cruise ship MSC Fantasia has made its first visit to Southampton.

The 4,300-passenger ship, which dropped anchor in the city earlier, features an exclusive yacht club, aqua park and a real stone piazza.

The ship sails for Zeebrugge at 19:00 BST.

MSC Fantasia
John Kennedy‏

'This is not a parking space'

Hampshire police tweeted this picture of a car parked outside Townhill Infant School, Southampton.

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Southern rail: Seven facts about the dispute

From the financial hit on drivers to the effect on house prices - here are seven facts you may not have known about the Southern rail strikes, which began a year ago.

Southern Rail

Maggie Oldham appointed as interim chief executive of IOW NHS Trust

A31 breakdown cleared

Arrest over death of woman in Portchester

A man has been arrested over the death of a 47-year-old woman who was found at a flat in Newtown, Portchester.

Emergency services were called to the flat shortly before 20:50 BST on Saturday.

Police are treating the death as "unexplained".

A 50-year-old man has been arrested and released in connection with the death - the force said he remains under investigation.

Police tape

Weather: Cold with a mix of sunshine and showers

It'll be a cold, bright and perhaps frosty start for some this morning. 

However, we'll see spells of sunshine continue through much of the day. 

Some will see occasional showers during the afternoon too, especially in the south and east. It'll feel rather cold too. 

Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F) 

Wednesday's weather forecast

Delays continue on A31 after breakdown

Latest sport headlines

  • Southampton lost to the Premier League leaders Chelsea last night 4-2 at Stamford Bridge
  • AFC Bournemouth have released their first set of accounts since becoming a Premier League club. They posted a £5m profit
  • It's a big day for Poole Town as they prepare to appeal against the decision to deny them a place in the National League South play-offs due to ground grading issues
  • James Shanes is hoping Poole Pirates team manager Neil Middleditch will give him the edge as he bids to become British Under-21 champion tonight

Delays on A31 eastbound after breakdown

Latest headlines: Man on trial for toddler murder

  • A man goes on trial later accused of murdering two-year-old Harry House in Broadmayne last May
  • Sniffer dogs are out on the streets of Southampton today as part of a crack down on illegal tobacco
  • Major work is starting to conserve Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII it to guard the Solent
  • The Director of Monkey World, Dr Alison Cronin, says she's disappointed at the government's refusal to change the law on owning primates as pets

Dry spell prompts blaze warning

New Forest fire crews issue a warning as the dry weather has increased the risk of grassland and woodland fires.

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