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Summary

  1. Farnborough homes evacuated over gas main fire
  2. NHS 111 helpline in Dorset no longer "inadequate", but still needs to improve
  3. Hundreds of candles used to save grapes from frost at Hampshire vineyard
  4. Updates from Thursday 27 April
  5. Main image: Bat's Head, Jurassic Coast

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Roz Tappenden

BBC South

The BBC Local Live service for Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight will resume on Friday 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.

Purbeck filming for Breaking Bad star

A Purbeck beauty spot is closed while filming takes place for a new sci-fi series featuring Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.  

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Teddy Rocks festival is back

Teddy Rocks festival kicks off at Charisworth Farm in Blandford tomorrow.

Traffic management is in place for the event so plan your journey if you are in the area.

The three-day festival is raising money for children's cancer charity Teddy20.

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Stunning TV locations tempt tourists to the UK

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TV dramas shot locally are proving popular with visitors.

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Man found with stab wounds in alleyway

A man has been found with stab wounds in an alleyway in Bournemouth. 

The man, in his 40s, was discovered on a path linking Manor Road and East Overcliff Drive at about 11:40 BST. 

Dorset Police said his injuries are described as "potentially life-threatening".

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Anyone with information is urged to contact police.  

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Specials to be sent to medical emergencies

Special Constables can be deployed by ambulance controllers to medical emergencies in Hampshire, as part of a six-month trial starting today.

The partnership between Hampshire Special Constabulary and South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is thought to be the "first in the country", the service said.

SCAS said six specials had been trained to deal with emergencies like cardiac arrests.

They could beat paramedics to the scene "by a good few minutes", greatly increasing a patient's chance of survival, the service said.

Fire warning over unattended tumble-drier

Isle of Wight Council rapped in Undercliff Drive report

A family suffered "avoidable distress" after they had to leave their home following a landslide, a local government watchdog has found.

Eight houses on the A3055 Undercliff Drive on the Isle of Wight were evacuated in 2014.

The unnamed family - some of whom had long-term medical conditions - complained to the Local Government Ombudsman over the council's response to the evacuation and later work on the road. 

The council agreed to pay £5,000 compensation to the family as well as their costs in returning their house to a habitable condition.

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Isle of Wight Council

There was some avoidable delay by the council in dealing with a road failure; and the council did not keep the family adequately updated. This added unnecessarily to the family’s inevitable distress and worry following evacuation from their home.

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Council criticised over road scheme 'delay'

The Isle of Wight Council "fell below acceptable standards" in finding a solution to the collapse of the A3055 Undercliff Drive, the Local Government Ombudsman has ruled.

The road was closed for nearly three years after two sections suffered landslips in February 2014, isolating homes and creating a three-mile detour between Niton and St Lawrence. 

Undercliff Drive
Isle of Wight Council

The authority has approved a new route, slightly inland, as a temporary replacement.

The Ombudsman said there was "avoidable delay" over the scheme and also a lack of support for residents.

Overall and on balance, the council fell below acceptable standards both in delivering a timely and suitable solution to the road failure; and in supporting householders.

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'Multiple successes' for electronic tags scheme

Dorset Police has reported "multiple successes" for a scheme where offenders voluntarily wear tags while on probation or following their release from prison.

Since the scheme started three years ago, only seven out of 60 volunteers reoffended while wearing tags, police said.

Tag evidence prompted a guilty plea in six of those cases and secured a conviction in the only one that went to trial, the force added.

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Toddler murder accused 'kicked and punched boy'

A man on trial for the murder of his partner's two-year-old son kicked and punched the toddler while his mother was at the shops, a court has heard. 

Joseph Eke is accused of fatally wounding Harry House at the family home in Broadmayne, Dorset, on 26 May 2016. 

He is also accused of causing another wound, scarring the little boy's face, two months earlier and fracturing his ribs two weeks before his death. 

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Mr Eke, who is on trial at Winchester Crown Court, denies murder, wounding, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.

MP calls for action over academy sponsor

An MP has called for the sponsor of Sandown Bay Academy to be held "accountable" after its headteacher resigned and the governors were sacked.

The group which runs the school, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), has installed a management board in its place.

Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner told the Commons he was concerned about the trust.

Andrew Turner
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There are long-standing problems with academy sponsor AET. Yesterday they unceremoniously sacked the board of governors of Sandown Academy on the Isle of Wight. There is a great deal of concern at local accountability being dispensed with immediately before this house is dissolved. What steps can be taken before the 8th of June to make AET accountable for their actions?

Andrew TurnerIsle of Wight MP

Cherries' transgender photographer makes election candidate bid

Firefighter's video captures Farnborough gas main fire
Homes are evacuated as crews spend five hours tackling a 1,000C fire in a gas main in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Candles take the chill off Hampshire vineyard

Hundreds of special candles have been lit at a Test Valley vineyard to protect grapes from the current cold snap.

Waitrose's Leckford estate near Andover has used the technique in previous years, when spring frosts have threatened the vines.

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Fire at Southampton chip shop

Crews managed to quickly extinguish the flames at the chip shop in Lodge Road.

Thanks to Sammy Sharif for this footage.

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Homes without gas and electric after fire in Farnborough

Some residents in Farnborough are without gas an electrcity after a gas main caught fire earlier this morning.

About 48 residents were taken to a local village hall for their safety after the fire broke out in Reading Road shortly after 03:30 BST.

SGN and SSE say their engineers are working to restore services as quickly as possible.

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Reading Road fire
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The fire which reached temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius with flames reaching 6m (20ft) caused severe damage to the road which remains closed to traffic.  

The cause of the blaze which erupted from the road and is believed to have started within roadworks is being investigated.

Evacuation over after gas main fire

Dozens of residents in Farnborough have been allowed to return home after the evacuation caused by this morning's gas main fire.

At its height the flames were around 25ft (8m) high, shooting up from an area of road which had been dug up for repairs by gas firm SGN. 

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The alarm was raised just after 03:00 BST by an elderly resident living in a block of flats opposite the engineering works who had got up to go to the toilet. 

A nearby church hall was opened up for residents and refreshments were organised by the vicar of St Marks Church. 

New Forest pub set for reopening after revamp

Major housing plan for Bridport

Developers have submitted revised plans for "up to 760" homes at Vearse Farm on the western edge of Bridport.

The outline proposal also includes a care home, a primary school and business land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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A protest group, Advearse, has previously said the scale of the development was "not in keeping with the character of this small market town".

Developers Hallam Land Management said the plan provided "much needed housing and employment".

Gas main fire 'tops 1,000 degrees celsius'

A fire service thermal imaging camera recorded an unreadable temperature at this morning's gas main fire in Farnborough.

The gauge goes up to 1,000C (1,832F).

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Dorset NHS helpline no longer 'inadequate'

The NHS 111 helpline for patients in Dorset is no longer "inadequate" but still "requires improvement", according to a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

In June, CQC inspectors found the service, run by the South Western Ambulance Service, was "consistently failing" and understaffed.

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In February 2016, a whistleblower told the Daily Mail that staff were sometimes asleep on duty.

The latest inspection said the number of staff had increased but call answering targets were still being missed.

Football stars pay tribute to Dorset teenager

A charity football match is being held this evening in memory of Dorset schoolboy Louis Ross, 17, who died in a skiing accident in France in 2015.

Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness will manage a team of Louis' friends while AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will field a Wimborne & Holt Xl.  

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Graeme Souness said: "My son James and Louis were pals. Louis would come and stay at our house occasionally. He was a fine young man."

Louis' parents are using the match to raise money for Dorset charities through a foundation in his name.

Gas main fire out in Farnborough

A gas main fire in the middle of a road in Farnborough has been stopped.

Dozens of residents in Farnborough were forced to leave their homes earlier this morning after the fire broke out in Reading Road shortly after 03:30 BST. 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said at its height the fire reached temperatures of over 1,000 degrees and flames reached six metres (20ft).  

Reading Road fire
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Firefighters used cooling sprays to protect properties from the blaze which erupted from the road and is believed to have started within roadworks. 

SGN engineers have now disconnected the gas supply to the pipe to stop the fire. 

About 48 residents from homes in the road, who were taken to a local village hall, were expected to be allowed back in their homes shortly.

Weather: Cold start, turning grey and damp

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

After an overnight frost, it will turn cloudy with some showers today and temperatures will rise no higher than 12C (54F).

Tonight will be warmer than last night with temperatures down to about 6C (43F).

Gas main fire out in Farnborough

Skip to 2m 40s to see the fire go out live during a BBC broadcast.

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Bournemouth council leader 'under investigation'

Bournemouth council has begun an investigation into allegations made by 10 Conservative members against their leader John Beesley, it is reported.

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Watch: Firefighters at the scene of Farnborough gas main blaze

Farnborough homes evacuated due to gas main fire

Dozens of residents in Farnborough have been forced to leave their homes after a gas main caught fire. 

The fire broke out in Reading Road shortly after 03:30 BST. 

Firefighters are controlling the blaze which is believed to have started within roadworks. 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said there have been no reports of injuries and urged people to "avoid the area if travelling to work and school soon".

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Headlines: Homes evacuated after gas main fire

  • Dozens of residents in Farnborough have been forced to leave their homes after a gas main caught fire
  • Inspectors say the NHS 111 helpline for patients in Dorset is no longer "inadequate", although it still needs to be improved
  • Hundreds of candles have been lit to save grapes at a Hampshire vineyard from frost

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