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Summary

  1. Cowes chain ferry breaks down a day after new service begins
  2. Woman dies in four-car crash in Dorset
  3. Man dies two months after Dorchester crash
  4. Call for cars to be banned from centre of Oxford after cyclist death
  5. Royal Berkshire Hospital affected by global cyber-attack
  6. Updates from Monday 15 May

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Weather outlook: Warm but cloudy

BBC Weather

It will be a very mild evening and night. 

Largely overcast skies will give some slight rain or drizzle at times. 

Brisk southwest winds will persist, occasionally strong near the coast. 

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 15 May 2017
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Tomorrow will be mainly cloudy but some breaks will allow some warm sunny intervals in the east. 

Periods of rain in the west will spread eastwards later and the brisk winds will ease.

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 16 May 2017
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For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC Weather site.

Cowes Floating Bridge: Chain ferry suspended on MCA orders

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a statement on the troubled Cowes Floating Bridge which remains suspended following an inspection earlier today.

It highlighted "training issues" which needed addressed before the service between Cowes and East Cowes could resume.

Cars struggled to embark and disembark without scraping their bumpers during its first day of operations on Saturday and the vessel broke down on Sunday morning.

Floating Bridge
BBC

We have inspected the ferry this morning and have subsequently suspended the passenger service until the company have addressed some training issues we’ve identified. We will be re-inspecting the vessel in due course, subject to these issues being rectified. We are confident that the company is working hard to bring the vessel into full service shortly."

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Man rescued after getting stuck in New Forest bog

Cowes Floating Bridge: Continued suspension 'hitting businesses'

East Cowes independent councilor Karl Love said the suspension of the chain ferry service is having an impact on local businesses.

East Cowes councillor Karl Love on floating bridge problems

BreakingMan dies of injuries after Dorchester crash

An elderly man who was injured in a serious crash near Dorchester has died in hospital.

Officers were called at to the two-vehicle crash, involving a silver Nissan X-Trail and a white Iveco panel van on an unclassified road between West Stafford bypass and Crossways, at about 11:35 BST on 14 March.

The driver of the Nissan - a 77-year-old man from the local area - suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was airlifted hospital where he has since died.

Goshawks eggs hatch in New Forest

Two Goshawk chicks jave been born in a nest monitored by the New Forest's Date With Nature webcam.

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Highcliffe's zig zag path set for full rebuild

A coastal path at a Dorset beauty spot is to remain closed until next year for a full rebuild.

The zig-zag path at Highcliffe Castle was closed for public safety in March as surveys showed a failure of the retaining timber support was likely. Surveys showed a temporary solution would not be safe.

The council has set aside funds of £350,000 and was also recently awarded approximately £280,000 towards the rebuild as part of the Dorset Coastal Community Bid.

It is hoped the rebuilt path would be open in time for easter 2018.

Zig Zag path
Christchurch Borough Council

We understand the closure has impacted on local residents and visitors but the safety of the public has to be our priority. The recent period of dry weather has further exacerbated issues in the area, and recent cliff falls locally demonstrate why it is essential we do not reopen the zig-zag path until we are confident that it is safe

Matti RaudseppStrategic director, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils,
The Prime Minister took questions on mental health and housing from members of the public
Prime Minister Theresa May was challenged by voters while out campaigning in Abingdon.

Ashmolean Museum acquires Civil War portrait to mark founder's 400th birthday

Oxford's Ashmolean Museum is celebrating the 400th birthday of its founder Elias Ashmole.

It was marked with the arrival of a group portrait of three Royalist commanders painted in the city during the Civil War.

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Pedestrian injured after being hit by a car in Poole

South West Trains disruption due to 'blocked line'

A year of #SouthernStrikes

Can you believe that we've had more than a year of Southern rail strikes? 

Talks between Southern and the RMT have resumed today. 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

Southern rail strike talks adjourned

Talks between Southern rail and the RMT union have ended after an hour, BBC South transport correspondent Paul Clifton has reported.

The year-long dispute over parent firm Govia Thameslink's plans to introduce driver-only-operated trains has led to 31 days of strike action so far.

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Hospitals still affected by cyber attack

At least two hospitals in the south of England are still dealing with damage caused by Friday's global cyber attack.

The walk-in X-ray service at Basingstoke hospital is closed for the rest of the day although the NHS trust says its radiology services affected by the ransomware attack have been restored.

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
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The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust says some of its telephone systems remain affected.

People are asked to refrain from phoning the hospital and clinics unless urgent, although the hospital is trying to run services as normal.

Two Isle of Wight GP surgeries - Esplanade Surgery in Ryde and Medina Healthcare in Newport and Wootton - have also reported IT issues which are restricting access to appointments.

Woman accosts May over carer support

A woman with learning difficulties has accosted Theresa May while the prime minister was on a walkabout in an Oxfordshire market.

 "I'm angry because I've no carer," she told Mrs May.

Cowes Floating Bridge: Manufacturers confident of improvement

We've spoken to the manufacturer of the Cowes Floating Bridge which broke down on Sunday. Cars were also filmed scraping their bumpers while disembarking the new vessel.

Managing director of Pembroke-based Mainstay Marine Stewart Graves said the new vessel was still in a "shakedown" period with engineering work and staff training continuing before the official handover next month.

Sunday's breakdown was blamed on a a "minor electrical fault" which has been fixed.

Floating Bridge
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'Chemical fumes poison mortuary staff'

Three mortuary workers, on sick leave since February, are likely to have been poisoned by fumes from chemicals in poorly-designed drains, a Bournemouth council report says.

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LIVE: Prime Minister Theresa May campaigning in Oxfordshire

Watch LIVE: The latest on the general election campaign.

Prime Minister Theresa May has been out and about in Oxfordshire, where she got a mixed reception from some locals.

Put your questions and comments to Political Correspondent Vicki Young.

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Calls to return Reading philanthropist's statue to Broad Street

Emma Midgley

BBC South

The statue of George Palmer
Henry Taunt

A petition calling for a statue of biscuit magnate George Palmer to be returned to Reading town centre has gathered hundreds of signatures. 

George Palmer was co-founder of Reading company Huntley & Palmers, one of the largest biscuit manufacturers in the world in the late 1800s. 

Reading was known as 'Biscuit Town' until production ceased in 1970.

The unveiling of the statue in Broad Street
Reading Borough Libraries

A devout Quaker and philanthropist, Mr Palmer gifted Palmer Park to Reading and served as the town's mayor and MP. 

The Grade II listed memorial was moved from Broad Street to Palmer Park in the 1930s as it was impeding traffic. 

The road is now pedestrianised and Reading blogger Peter Robinson has launched a campaign to re-instate it.

The council said it could not comment as it was yet to receive the petition.  

George Palmer loved Reading. He donated land for recreation and started a school. It's not in an unsuitable location now, as he donated the land for Palmer Park, but he deserves to have pride of place in the most prominent part of town.

Peter RobinsonReading blogger

Severe congestion: B3082 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

B3082 Dorset both ways severe congestion, between Damory Court Street and West Street affecting Bournemouth Road.

B3082 Dorset - Very slow traffic on B3082 Damory Street in both directions in Blandford Forum between the Damory Court Street junction and the West Street junction. Congestion on Chettell Way to the Bournemouth Road junction.

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

Cowes Floating Bridge: Council statement on weekend problems

The Isle of Wight Council has released a statement on the new floating bridge which has been suspended after it broke down on Sunday, a day after its first crossing carrying vehicles and passengers between Cowes and East Cowes:

"The electrical fault that caused issues on Sunday has since been identified and fixed. 

"It was anticipated that during the first couple of weeks, that there would be a few minor issues to be ironed out, some of which could not be identified until the vessel was back in service and in full use.

"During the preceding week, the new vessel underwent testing, including trips across the river Medina, embarkation and disembarkation with vehicles.

"We would encourage all vehicle users to drive slowly on to and off of the floating bridge." 

Chain Ferry
BBC

'The pilot was clearly in control'

BBC reporter Charlotte Westgate, who witnessed yesterday's crash landing at the Abingdon Air and Country Show, has said the pilot "should be applauded".

Organisers said the man was conscious after a "safe crash landing" and was taken to hospital shortly after 14:30 BST.   

crashed plane
Anthony Morris

Ms Westgate said the aircraft "got very close to the ground and then hit the ground with quite a thud. The wheels hadn't been down. The pilot was clearly in control, he knew what he was doing." 

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has confirmed it has launched an inquiry into what caused the crash.

Fire breaks out at fire station

Alresford Fire Station
BBC

A fault with a drying cupboard heater is blamed for the fire in the unoccupied building.

Alresford Fire Station

Fire breaks out at fire station

A fault with a drying cupboard heater is blamed for the fire in the unoccupied building.

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Marathon man finishes 44 runs in 44 days

Peter Thompson at the end of his challenge in Dublin
MarathonsfortheMind

Peter Thompson, from Bournemouth, completed each run in a different country.

Peter Thompson at the end of his challenge in Dublin

Marathon man finishes 44 runs in 44 days

Peter Thompson, from Bournemouth, completed each run in a different country.

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May makes workers' rights pledge

Theresa May has promised a "new deal for workers" if the Conservatives win the general election.

On a visit to Oxford, the Prime Minister promised to keep all workers' rights currently guaranteed by EU law, put worker representation on company boards and protect pensions.

Theresa May
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Labour said Mrs May was "taking working people for fools" while Liberal Democrat Vince Cable said it was "clear they aren't the party of workers' rights".

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley described the Conservatives' pitch to workers as "almost laughable".

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J13 for A335 affecting J11 for A3090.

M3 Hampshire - M3 exit slip road closed southbound at J13, A335 (Chandlers Ford), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well. Congestion to J11, A3090 (Winchester South).

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

Cowes Floating Bridge suspended ... again

Briony Leyland

BBC South Today

After resuming crossings earlier this morning, the new Cowes chain ferry has been suspended.

It suffered a technical fault on Sunday - a day after its first crossings carrying passengers and cars.

Chain ferry
BBC

Jane Austen artefacts go on show in Winchester

An exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death has gone on display in Winchester.

Jane Austen portrait
National Portrait Gallery London/PA Wire

It features writings from the novelist's teenage years and the original ending she wrote for her book Persuasion. 

About 80 items are on display, including artwork, letters, clothing and portraits - including one not seen in public for more than 40 years, 

The exhibition takes place at The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre - a few miles from Austen's birthplace of Steventon - until 24 July.

Jane Austen portrait
National Portrait Gallery London/PA Wire
Kumar Sangakkara reaches his century against Hampshire

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at The Oval

Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten 124 helps Surrey to beat Hampshire and keep alive their One-Day Cup qualification hopes.

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Severe disruption: A354 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A354 Dorset both ways severe disruption, at B3082 Wimborne Road affecting A350.

A354 Dorset - A354 in Blandford blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the B3082 Wimborne Road junction, because of a broken down lorry. On the roundabout. Diversion in operation - Through Blandford Town Centre. Congestion to the A350 junction.

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

Jason Kingsley

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BBC reporter and BBC video journalist

Jason Kingsley, the boss of games firm Rebellion, lives his life according to the rules of a medieval knight's chivalric code of honour.

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Prime Minister visits Oxford

Theresa May is on a general election campaign visit to Oxford.

The Prime Minister has been talking to staff at TechPixies, a group which runs skills courses for mothers who want to return to work.

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