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Summary

  1. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh has visited Pangbourne College in Berkshire
  2. New Conservative group leader announced for Dorset County Council
  3. Haitham Taylor becomes new Wokingham Council head
  4. Two 500 year old pages from a book, thought to be one of the first ever published, have been found at the University of Reading.
  5. Stevens named Pompey's best by his team-mates

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Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today. 

We will be back tomorrow at 08:00 with all of the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

Southern Health faces Connor Sparrowhawk drowning charges

An NHS trust is to be prosecuted over the drowning of an 18-year-old patient at one of its facilities, the BBC has learned. 

Connor Sparrowhawk suffered an epileptic fit while in a bath at Slade House in Oxford in July 2013.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust eventually admitted responsibility and offered his family compensation. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the BBC it will now prosecute the trust.

Connor Sparrowhawk
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Southern Health provides mental health services to patients across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

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

M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M3 southbound between J4a, A327 (Farnborough) and J5, A287 (Hook), because of an accident.

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

Man jailed for attempted rape of girl in 1986

Marcus Liddell

BBC Oxford

A serial child abuser has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of the attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl 31 years ago following the discovery of new DNA evidence.

Philip Spriggs, 52, formerly of Oxford, attacked his victim on 30 January 1986 as she was walking near Pullens Lane in Oxford.

He pulled his victim to the ground and threatened her before she escaped.

In 2015 Spriggs was jailed for 17 years for a string of sex offences against two children.

His sentence will not commence until his current custodial sentence finishes. 

Philip Spriggs
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Families protest over school merger

Pupils and parents at Sandown Bay Academy, Isle of Wight, have held a protest at plans to merge the troubled school with Ryde Academy.

They chanted slogans demanding the removal of the school's private sponsor Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).

In a statement, AET said: "The consultation process, which we will launch shortly, will allow everyone to have their say."

Sandown Bay Academy protest
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Missing Headington girl found

Police say Isabelle Isom, the 15-year-old Headington girl who went missing last night, was found safe and well this afternoon.

Pam Ayres: Election is 'rhetoric, hot air, and gas'

Poet Pam Ayres has been sharing her thoughts on the joy of elections with BBC Oxford.

Mysterious death probed by police

Emma Midgley

BBC South

A man has died in hospital after being found unconscious inside a property in Reading in the early hours of Sunday. 

The 55-year-old's death is being treated as unexplained by police. 

Prince of Wales Avenue
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Officers say they want to trace a woman who may have more information about how the victim came to sustain his head injuries. 

They also asked for people in the Prince of Wales Avenue and Oxford Road area between 02:00 and 02:30 BST on Sunday to come forward. 

Your pictures: Spectacled warbler sightings on Portland

A rare spectacled warbler has been spotted in Dorset for the first time.

It was recorded at Portland Bill at about 16:00 BST on Monday.

It's only the ninth time it has been recorded in the UK.

Lee Fuller travelled from Hedge End in Hampshire to catch a glimpse...

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Oxford Bus Company driver treated for shock following fatal collision

Phil Southall, managing director of the Oxford Bus Company, has released a statement following the death of a female cyclist after a collision involving a bus on the Botley Road.

He said: "The bus was operating the 4B service towards the city and Wood Farm, and the incident took place in the vicinity of the McDonald’s.

"Unfortunately we have been advised that the incident is being treated as a fatality. It is far too early to speculate as to the cause of the incident and we are doing everything we can to assist the emergency services at this time.

"Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the cyclist and our driver who is currently receiving treatment for shock."

Gridlock in Botley
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New council leader set to be chosen

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A successor to West Berkshire Council's late leader who died in a car crash earlier in the year will be chosen tonight. 

Councillor Roger Croft and his wife Grizelda both lost their lives following the collision in France in February.

Councillor Graham Jones, the authority's deputy leader, has been in the role since the crash.

Roger Croft
West Berkshire Council
Roger Croft and his wife were involved in a car crash while travelling in France

Man to face charge over motorcylist death crash with tractor

A man is to face a charge of causing death by careless driving after a motorcyclist was killed when his bike was involved in a crash with a tractor

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The crash happened on the A357 in Stalbridge on 7 October.

The rider, a 37-year-old man from Blandford, died at the scene from his injuries. The driver of the tractor, registered to a Stalbridge firm, was unhurt.

A 30-year-old man from Sturminster Newton has been issued with a postal requisition to appear before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 15 May for an offence of causing death by careless driving, police said.

Cricket ball fears fail to stump new homes plan

The risk of flying cricket balls isn't usually a problem for most developments.

And yet it was one of the reasons why Chipping Norton Cricket Club argued an application for 100 homes by its ground should be rejected

It feared people and property could be struck by balls hit out of its ground.

But it wasn't enough to stop the plans being approved yesterday; a planning report said it was the club's job to ensure balls hit out of its ground didn't cause a nuisance. 

Chipping Norton Cricket Club
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The plans for 100 homes by the Chipping Norton Cricket Club were submitted by Gallagher Estates

Paice sees final as 'biggest test'

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

David Paice believes London Irish's Championship play-off final against Yorkshire Carnegie will be "the two biggest games" of his career.

The former England hooker, 33, scored three tries to lead the Exiles to a semi-final victory against Doncaster.

David Paice
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Paice and his London Irish colleagues side lost just once on their way to the top of the Championship

Irish now need to beat Yorkshire over two legs to seal promotion and an immediate return to the Premiership.

The two-legged final, which starts at Headingley on 17 May, sees the top two in the regular season face each other for promotion.

Ben Franks and Brendan McKibbin celebrate a London Irish try

Paice sees final as 'biggest test'

David Paice believes the Championship play-off final will be "the two biggest games" of his career.

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Controversial hotel plans recommended for approval

Conservationists fear a new hotel would harm views of St George's Tower in Oxford. 

The plans for the six-storey 140 room hotel near Oxford Castle are recommended for approval this evening. 

A planning officers' report says the development would meet demand for short-stay accommodation in the city. 

But the Oxford Preservation Trust thinks the hotel on Paradise Street would harm the character of the area. 

St George's Tower in Oxford
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Woman dies in Oxford collision between bike and bus

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

A female cyclist has died in Oxford following a collision with a bus.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called at 14:37 to a report of a collision involving a bus and a cyclist on the A420 Botley Road, Oxford.

"Sadly the female cyclist was confirmed deceased at the scene.

"Emergency services are currently in attendance.

"Road closures are in place on Botley Road and on the A34 Botley sliproad."

PICTURE: A34 lorry crash

Police have released a picture of this morning's lorry crash on the A34 near Weston-on-the-Green.

It was one of three incidents affecting drivers heading north this morning which caused delays of around an hour and twenty minutes at one point.

Traffic has thankfully returned to normal with no incidents reported on the route this lunchtime.

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Inmate to face charge over Guys Marsh prison fire

An inmate is to face a charge of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire on the roof of a prison.

The blaze at HMP Guys Marsh, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10 March forced the evacuation of 64 prisoners. 

Dorset Police said the 29-year-old is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates' Court on 22 May. 

One prisoner was brought down from the roof during the incident. 

Guys Marsh
BBC

Gosport hospital death investigation costs to rise to £13m

The inquiry into the deaths of dozens of elderly patients at a Hampshire hospital will cost more than £13m, the Department of Health has revealed.

Additional funding of £5m has been allocated to the budget of the Gosport Independent Panel for 2017/18 after the timescale of the inquiry was extended.

Relatives had called for a public inquiry which they believe would have been quicker and cheaper.

Launched in 2014, the investigation was originally due to end in December 2017.

Gosport victims
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A review of the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1988 and 2000 found an "almost routine use of opiates had almost certainly" shortened the lives of some patients.

Police investigated the deaths of 92 people but brought no prosecutions.

The end date of the review was pushed back in November 2016 with the work likely to end in spring 2018, the government previously said.

Twitcher with 'half a haircut' rushes to Dorset to spot rare bird

A twitcher headed to Dorset's Jurassic Coast with only "half a haircut" as he went in search of a rare bird.

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Cliff Smith, from Frome, Somerset, said he was having his locks trimmed when the "mega alert" for the spectacled warbler went off.

Spectacled warbler
Lee Fuller

It was recorded on Portland Bill on Monday afternoon - a first for Dorset and only the ninth time the species has been recorded in the UK.

Having confused the barber as he "legged it out of the door" with only the back and sides of his hair cut, he said he would return today to have the top done.

Eales to bolster Oxford playing budget

BBC Sport

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales will significantly increase the club's playing budget next season in a bid to push for the top six in League One.

The U's came within four points of the play-offs in their first season back in the third tier this term.

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales
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Darryl Eales has been chairman of Oxford United since summer 2014

Head coach Michael Appleton has held talks with Eales about how much money he will have to spend this summer.

"For me, it's about giving Michael the best budget that I can to make us competitive," Eales said.

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales

Eales to bolster Oxford playing budget

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales hopes to deliver a playing budget among the top six in League One next season.

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Two men in hospital after fire

Two men have been taken to hospital after a house fire in Romsey.

Around 50 firefighters are tackling the blaze on all floors of the terraced property in Winchester Road, after being called at about 10:48 BST.

The ambulance service says the men, aged 30 and 23, are being treated for smoke inhalation at Southampton General Hospital.

Romsey fire
Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Helicopter involved in search for missing girl

A police search is under way for a 15-year-old Headington girl.

Isabelle Isom was last seen in the Headley Way area at about 22:00 yesterday.

Thames Valley Police has confirmed a helicopter seen above Headington today is linked to the search.

Isabelle Isom
TVP

Sgt Alan Robinson, from Cowley police station, said: "We are growing increasingly concerned for Isabelle’s welfare and would urge her to get in touch with us so we can ensure she is safe and well."

Hospices 'as much about living as dying'

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A hospice invited the BBC to see how it helps people at the end of their life.

The Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice, near Henley, relies on donations from the public for up to 75% of its funding.

Moira Leadbetter, who is suffering with an incurable brain tumour, said: "I know the NHS is stretched beyond belief, but I think end of life care is just so important."

Severe accident: B4044 Oxfordshire both ways

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B4044 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between A420 and Westminster Way.

B4044 Oxfordshire - Slow traffic on B4044 West Way in both directions in Botley between Seacourt Park And Ride and the Westminster Way junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

BreakingNew Conservative group leader announced for Dorset County Council

Rebecca Knox, the county councillor for Beaminster, has been elected the new Conservative group leader on Dorset County Council. 

It comes after party members were left in shock when the council's Tory leader Robert Gould lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats in the local election on Thursday, despite an overall win.

Councillor Peter Wharf, who represents North West Purbeck, was elected deputy group leader.  

Councillor Janet Dover continues as the Liberal Democrat group leader.

The new leader of the council will be elected at a full council meeting on 18 May and will subsequently confirm their cabinet. 

Haitham Taylor becomes new Wokingham Council head

Charlotte Hiatham-Taylor is to take over the running of Wokingham Borough Council from Keith Baker.

The Conservative councillor, currently the executive member for children's services, was voted in by party colleagues at a private meeting last night, the BBC understands.

Mr Baker, the leader of the council for almost three years, did not stand down and has been voted out by his colleagues.

charlotte haitham-taylor
Wokingham Borough Council
The BBC understands that Charlotte Haitham-Taylor was voted in by a narrow margin

A statement from Haitham-Taylor said: “I want to thank Keith Baker for his considerable contribution to the Borough’s success over the past three years.

"I’m delighted and humbled that my Conservative colleagues in Wokingham have chosen me as their new leader.”

The appointment will be ratified at an official meeting on 18 May.

Stevens named Pompey's best by his team-mates

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Portsmouth left-back Enda Steves
PA

Celebrations continued for Portsmouth last night as the League Two champions held their end of season awards ceremony at Fratton Park.

Left-back Enda Stevens was named players' player of the year while striker Conor Chaplin took the goal of the season gong for his header against Wycombe Wanderers in September.

A special presentation was also made to departing chairman Iain McInnes.

Portsmouth snatched the League Two title on the final day of the season on goal difference from Plymouth Argyle.

BreakingThree in court on murder charges over Guy Hedger shooting

Three men have appeared at crown court for the first time charged with the murder of a businessman who was fatally shot, allegedly during a botched burglary. 

Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the early hours of April 30 after at least two intruders entered his home in a cul-de-sac in Ashley, near Ringwood.

Jason Baccus, 41, and Scott Keeping, 44, both of Verney Close, Bournemouth, along with Kevin Downton, 40, of Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford, appeared at Winchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing of their case. 

They were remanded in custody.  

A plea hearing date was set for 26 July while a provisional trial date was arranged for 14 November. 

Police previously said that a 40-year-old Bournemouth woman who was arrested in relation to the case has been released under investigation.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police

Shhh... You are standing by the Queen

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A little while ago, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Berkshire to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pangbourne College.

Hear BBC radio Berkshire's reporter Nick Johnson put on his best 'Royals voice' as they arrived by helicopter to a fanfare.

Then again, who didn't arrive at work today to a fanfare?

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive to a fanfare at Pangbourne College.

Is that a Nissan Micra?

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Pangbourne

Prince Philip was looking well in his first public engagement since announcing his retirement.

The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen were in Pangbourne, Berkshire to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the college, which was founded as a training centre for the Merchant Navy.

The visit to Berkshire today is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the college.

Queen arrives at Pangbourne College for Centenary celebrations

The Queen steps out of her car
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Duke of Edinburgh
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A child with a 100 years balloon
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The Queen has history at Pangbourne College

Adam Whitty

BBC South

The Queen has been coming to Pangbourne College for a rather remarkable 74 years.

This is her fifth visit to the school, the first was made when she was 18 years old in 1943.

"Her mother was supposed to accompany King George VI, but she wasn't well that day, so Princess Elizabeth stepped in." said Robin Knight, a Pangbourne alumni and school historian.

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The Queen laid a stone in the Falklands War memorial cairn at Pangbourne College in 2007

She also came twice to commemorate the Falkland Islands Memoiral Chapel, both in 2000 to the opening of the Chapel, and in 2007 on the 25th anniversary of the conflict.

The Duke of Edinburgh first came to the college in 1953, and this is his first public appearance since he announced his retirement from public duties last week.

Watch: Pangbourne college ready for the Queen's arrival

BreakingPortsmouth baby murder: Mother appeals against life sentence

A mother who was jailed for murdering her 19-day-old baby, who died after suffering a brain injury and a fractured skull, is appealing her sentence.

Nicola Brown
Hampshire Constabulary

Nicola Brown, 43, from Portsmouth, was found guilty of the murder of her son, Jake, following a trial in December. 

She was given life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 14-and-a-half years in February. 

The Court of Appeal said Brown's appeal was in the "very early stages". 

A Serious Case Review into the death of the child has been carried out - as the family was known to social services and the NHS before the baby's death - but has yet to be published.

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Pangbourne College prepares for the Queen

Pangbourne College in Berkshire set for some very special visitors this afternoon.

In his first public appearance since he announced his retirement, the Duke of Edinburgh will be appearing alongside the Queen at the college, which is marking its 100th birthday.

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It will be Her Majesty's fifth visit to the school, the first of which was in 1943 when she was 18 years old.

"They will be greeted by a fanfare with our brass ensemble, then a centinery service of thanksgiving with our choir, and then she is staying for lunch", said headmaster Thomas Garnier.

I presume she won't be getting turkey twizzlers then...