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Summary

  1. Major yacht search mayday 'may have been hoax'
  2. HGV lorries are destroying homes say residents in Swallowfield, Berkshire
  3. Keys handed to owners of 119 new beach huts at Milford-on-Sea
  4. Reading FC take on Fulham in the second leg of the Championship play-offs later
  5. Weather: Wet and humid day ahead

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Adam Whitty

BBC South

That's all from us today, thank you for your company.

We will be back tomorrow with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport for the South from 08:00 BST.

I will leave you with a picture of a fox tangled in netting at a sports ground in Reading. 

The tiny cub was rescued by the RSPCA on Monday, so all was well in the end...

Fox cub netting
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Before you ask, despite his clear affection for sport, he's not playing centre forward for The Royals this evening...

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J14 for M27.

M3 Hampshire - Lane blocked on M3 southbound at J14 M27, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Reading's longest-running supporter cheers them on

Reading v Fulham (19:45 BST)

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Olga is believed to be the longest-running supporter of Reading Football Club.

She's been cheering on the Royals for 70 years.

Ahead of their huge game against Fulham tonight, which could take them to the play-off final, she has issued a rallying call for everyone at the club.

She won't be at the game tonight, but will be cheering them on at a party at her house, and it sounds like she's got a lovely spread set up for them.

Tories form alliance to run Oxfordshire

The alliance was officially confirmed at a meeting of the full council
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The alliance was officially confirmed at a meeting of the full council

The Conservatives fell short of a majority but have won the support of two independent councillors.

The alliance was officially confirmed at a meeting of the full council

Tories form alliance to run Oxfordshire

The Conservatives fell short of a majority but have won the support of two independent councillors.

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Crumbling cottages from heavy lorries

Vibration from heavy lorries are causing cracks in cottages, residents say.

Severe congestion: M271 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M271 Hampshire both ways severe congestion, at J1 for Brownhill Way.

M271 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M271 in both directions at J1 Brownhill Way.

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

School closure decision delayed

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A decision on the future of an Oxfordshire school has been extended in order to allow more time to consider consultation responses.

Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common was placed in special measures last month and will be closed or merged with another school following an "inadequate" Ofsted rating which criticised teaching, leadership and the behaviour of pupils.

Chiltern Edge school
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All schools judged inadequate by Ofsted must either close or be reorganised

Oxfordshire County Council's consultation process was due to be completed this month, but that deadline has now been extended to the end of June.

The school's head is on sick leave - and yesterday parents were told an interim replacement has been appointed. 

Moira Green will take over on 5 June.

Woman charged over Southampton stabbing

A woman has been charged with attempted murder after reports of a stabbing in Southampton.

Police were called just after 13:00 today after a report of a 20-year-old woman being stabbed in the back on Blechynden Terrace.

Blechynden Terrace
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Blechynden Terrace is situated near Southampton Central train station

A 33-year-old was arrested 10 minutes later, while Hampshire Constabulary say the 20-year-old woman has received serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Officers remain at the scene carrying out inquiries.

Man who racially abused taxi driver fined

A man who racially abused a taxi driver in Maidenhead has been fined £4,000.

Nigel Rees, of High Road, Cookham, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence.

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Reece abused the taxi driver at a garage on Cookham Road in Maidenhead

At 02:00 on 21 October 2016, Rees used racial slurs during an argument with a taxi driver at a petrol station in Cookham Road.

The 49-year-old was ordered to pay a fine of £4,000, a victim surcharge of £170, costs of £1,500 and compensation to the victim of £1,500.

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M27 Hampshire - M27 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic eastbound at J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Rapper Stormzy helps Oxford University student go to Harvard

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A British rapper has reacted to an Oxford University student's fundraising appeal by donating £9,000. 

21-year-old Fiona Asiedu tweeted she needed help to finance her place at Harvard and the Grime musician Stormzy came to her rescue.

It means she can now start her place in Human Development and Psychology in August. 

Oxford University team make 'cancer breakthrough'

Chemotherapy treatment could be personalised for each cancer patient, according to researchers from Oxford University.

A team from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, along with fellow academics at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet - has found a way to identify rogue cancer cells which survive treatment after the rest of the tumour is destroyed.

Previously they have been extremely difficult to find as they hide within normal tissue.

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"What we have developed here allows us to pick out the cells and understand what makes them to resistant to treatment", said Prof Adam Mead, who led the study.

"We can use that information to think about better ways to target those rogue cells, so we can limit them for good".

Breaking#Southernstrike: New strike date announced

The RMT union has announced that its members working on the Southern network will go on strike for 24 hours on Tuesday 30 May.

The fresh action is part of an ongoing dispute between the union and Southern over the driver-only operation of its trains.

RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access to rail services for over a year now. We have met with the company but there is a massive gap of over 8000 trains a year that GTR have confirmed will run without an OBS on board. That represents a serious safety and accessibility risk and short of the guarantee of a second safety qualified member of staff on Southern services we have no option but to confirm a further day of strike action.

Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT

Severe accident: A31 Dorset eastbound

BBC News Travel

A31 Dorset eastbound severe accident, between A350 Poole Road and Brickyard Lane affecting Sandy Lane.

A31 Dorset - A31 in Sturminster Marshall closed and slow traffic eastbound between Roundhouse Roundabout and Coventry Arms junction, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion on A350 Poole Road to the Sandy Lane junction.

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

Football: Midfielder 'set to reject Crewe for non-league side'

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra midfielder Danny Hollands is set to turn his contract offer down and sign for National League side Eastleigh.

Danny Hollands
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The 31-year-old missed the last two months of the season through injury but manager David Artell had spoken last week of his desire to keep him at the Alex.

Hollands' contract at the club expires this summer and BBC Radio Stoke understands that a move back to the south east has swayed his decision to turn his back on league football.

Reading v Fulham: Analysis

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

If tonight's atmosphere can match Saturday's at Craven Cottage for intensity then we are in for something special. 

The tie could not be more finely balanced, at 1-1. 

Reading's home record will fill them with confidence, but only Newcastle have been better than Fulham on the road this season. 

Fans will also be nervous because of the absence of captain Paul McShane, following his sending off in the first game. Jordan Obita also looks likely to miss tonight with an ankle injury.

The game could go to extra time and penalties. The Royals have missed six of their 12 penalties this season, but Fulham's record is even worse. They've missed nine of their 13.

If Reading win they'll be going to the new Wembley for the third time. They were there for the play-off final in 2011, and then again in the FA Cup semi-final in 2015.

The winners of tonight's game will face Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday for a place in the Premier League.

Firm fined for sending millions of spam texts

A telecoms firm has been fined £100,000 for sending millions of spam texts about mobile phone upgrades. 

Onecom, based in Whiteley, Hampshire, was the subject of 1,050 complaints, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said. 

ICO said Onecom confirmed it had sent 3.3 million text messages between 1 October 2015 and 31 March 2016.

Mobile phone
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Berkshire villagers say HGVs are 'destroying' their homes

Emma Midgley

BBC South

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People living in a village in Berkshire claim their Victorian cottages are being destroyed by HGVs driving past them daily on their way to a herb farm. 

They say large cracks are appearing in the walls of their historic cottages. 

One pensioner says his house is so badly affected he will have to move out and sleep in his pick-up truck.

Wokingham Borough Council says it cannot stop access to businesses such as Valley Produce and asked concerned residents to talk to them directly.

Cracked wall
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'I'll have to sleep in my pick-up truck', says pensioner

Man flags down HGV
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Ray Tormey, a home owner in Trowe's Lane, Swallowfield, says his house is so badly affected by HGVs thundering close to homes, he may have to move out. 

Lorries started using Trowe's Lane in Swallowfield after a turning ban was placed in Charlton Lane in 2014, to access local businesses. 

Managing director of Happy Valley, Colin Hill, said Wokingham council had told them to use this route. 

It is only a matter of weeks before the walls are penetrated and I'll have to move out. I've got nowhere else to move to, I'm a 75-year-old pensioner, I live on my own, I've got no family.

Ray TormeySwallowfield pensioner

Severe accident: A3(M) Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A3(M) Hampshire northbound severe accident, at J3 for B2150.

A3(M) Hampshire - A3(M) exit slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at J3, B2150 (Waterlooville), because of an accident.

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

Royal visit reaches Maggie's Oxford

Today's royal visit is also taking in Maggie's Oxford at the Churchill Hospital, which provides support to people with cancer and their families.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, observed a yoga class and was taught how to tie a headscarf by patient Tracy Jameson.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Maggie's Oxford
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Maggie's Oxford
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Irish name squad for final test

Yorkshire Carnegie v London Irish (Wednesday, 19:45 BST)

We've all been discussing it over recent days and months, the huge game for a Berkshire side who play at the Madejski Stadium this week.

That's right, London Irish's Championship play-off final first leg against Yorkshire Carnegie takes place tomorrow.

There's something going on at the Madejski Stadium tonight as well, apparently...

Irish team v Yorkshire
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Irish secured their place in the final with a 75-24 aggregate victory over Doncaster Knights

The Exiles have made one change from the side that beat Doncaster to reach the final, with club record try-scorer Topsy Ojo replacing Joe Cokanasiga, who is ruled out through injury.

Victory over both ties with take Nick Kennedy's men back to the Premiership at the first attempt.

Mary Rose ship crew 'to be identified using DNA'

Scientists examining human remains from Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose are hoping to reconstruct skeletons of some of its crew using DNA.

Archer model and skeleton
Mary Rose Trust

Previous attempts to reform the bodies were based on "physical matching", including bone size, and not DNA. 

It is hoped more faces of some crew members can then be recreated. 

The University of Portsmouth research will also enable scientists to learn more about their heights, ages and provenance.  

Work starts on flood protection scheme

Work to protect Thatcham from future flooding has begun after more than 1,100 homes sustained water damage in 2007. 

Construction of the scheme at Tull Way is part of West Berkshire Council's wider Surface Water Management Plan.

Stuart Clarke, the authority's principal engineer, said he hopes residents will feel more confident once it is complete. 

"The scheme has been designed to provide a level of protection up to a one in 100-year storm event, and we've added a further allowance to take into account future climate change," he said. 

Reading v Fulham: Match facts

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  • Reading are unbeaten in their past four home matches against Fulham (W2 D2) in all competitions
  • The Royals have lost just two of their past 10 games (including play-offs), winning seven (D1 L2)
  • Reading have won just once in five home play-off matches, failing to score on four occasions (D2 L2)
  • Fulham have lost both previous away games in the play-offs without netting a single goal - 0-1 v Bristol Rovers (1989) and 0-1 v Grimsby Town (1998)
  • After his first leg goal at Craven Cottage, no Championship midfielder has been involved in more goals this season (including play-offs) than Tom Cairney (23 - 13 goals, 10 assists)
  • The team that finished sixth in the Championship has won promotion via the play-offs just once in the last 11 seasons - Blackpool in 2009-10
  • The Royals will be hoping to make it to their first play-off final since 2010-11, but they have failed to win promotion from all five of their previous play-off campaigns

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Latest team news: Reading v Fulham

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Reading will be without captain Paul McShane through suspension after his red card during the 1-1 draw in the first leg against Fulham.

Jordan Obita, their goalscorer on Saturday, is doubtful having been taken off with an ankle problem at full-time.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has no fresh injury concerns and could name the same starting line-up.

Defenders Ragnar Sigurdsson (calf) and Michael Madl (ankle) remain out but could return if Fulham make the final.

Weather latest: Humid and cloudy afternoon ahead

A warm and cloudy afternoon with highs of 20C has been forecast for southern England. 

Rain is expected overnight, but temperatures will remain a mild 15C. 

BBC weather
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Lib Dem leader visits Portsmouth

Cliff path in 'imminent' danger of collapse

A cliff path linking Dorset's Highcliffe Castle with the beach below is in imminent danger of collapse, engineers have warned.

The zig-zag at Highcliffe, near Christchurch, was initially closed in March amid fears about its stability. 

But a survey revealed that "failure of the retaining timber support is potentially imminent" and it must remain closed. 

Highcliffe zig-zag
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So far, £530,000 has been earmarked for rebuilding the structure but it is not yet known how much it will cost. 

Christchurch Borough Council said it hoped to rebuild the path in time for Easter 2018.

Missing Mark Baldwin: Man's body found

Officers searching for a missing man from Fleet have discovered a body.

Police said the family of 45-year-old Mark Baldwin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Hampshire Constabulary said: "At this time the death is not being treated as suspicious."

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Royals move on to Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The Royal visit in Oxford has moved on to the University of Oxford's Centre for Islamic Studies.

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Prince Charles and Camilla meet market traders

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been sampling the delights of the Covered Market this morning.

The market has operated in Oxford for more than 200 years in a building dating back to the 1770s.

Prince Charles in Covered Market
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Prince Charles in Covered Market
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Covered Market
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Covered Market
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Cowes chain ferry remains out of action

Isle of Wight Council says there's "no indication" when the new floating bridge at Cowes will return to service.

It was suspended on the orders of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on Monday.

The chain ferry also broke down on Sunday, with stranded passengers forced to wade through water to the slipway.

The authority said "teething issues" were currently being dealt with.

Cowes chain ferry
Karl Love

Calls to return biscuit boss statue

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

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

Campaigners call for city centre car ban

Campaigners are calling for cars to be banned from Oxford city centre after a cyclist was killed there last week. 

Claudia Comberti, 31, died after a crash involving a bus in Botley Road on Tuesday 9 May. 

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A petition asking for the council to install wider cycle lanes and to ban private cars and motorbikes has attracted more than 2,100 signatures. 

Sebastian Comberti, Claudia's father, said: "If my beloved daughter's death could achieve any good, it would make my heart very slightly less broken."