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  1. Jail 'too severe' for promising Oxford student
  2. Chinese pair complete Reading takeover after Royals reach play-off final
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  4. Brittany Ferries sign 10-year deal with Portsmouth port
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London Irish face final test

It's a play-off heavy week for Berkshire teams.

First, Reading booked their place in the play-off final with victory last night against Fulham.

London Irish, meanwhile, are one step ahead of them, playing the first leg of their Championship play-off final tonight against Yorkshire Carnegie in Leeds.

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The Exiles romped to the Championship title this year, losing just one league game over the course of the season.

They will be favourites against Carnegie, against whom they did the double during this campaign.

Nick Kennedy has made just one change to the side that won their semi-final second leg, with Irish top try-scorer Topsy Ojo replacing Joe Cokanasiga on the wing.

There will be live coverage on BBC Radio Berkshire from 19:00 BST.

Southampton v Manchester Utd: MOTD commentator's notes

Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Bettering last season's top-six place was always going to be difficult for Southampton but this will be the first time in seven years that the club won't have improved their final league position.

"Manchester United, meanwhile, must win both remaining league fixtures or Jose Mourinho will end his debut campaign with fewer league victories than in any of the previous three seasons under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

"Having put all his eggs in the Europa League basket - making eight changes ahead of defeats to both Arsenal and Spurs - Mourinho must decide whether further rest or battle-hardiness is the best preparation for facing Ajax in Stockholm."

Hampshire v Sussex: Match abandoned

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Hampshire v Sussex in the Royal London One Day Cup has been abandoned because of the rain without a ball being bowled.

Because Surrey have picked up a point in their abandoned game with Gloucestershire, Hampshire cannot now qualify for the knockout stage.

Grandparents, parents and children in one Am Dram group

Adam Whitty

BBC South

You've heard of the von Trapp family, a talented bunch of singers and actors in one family.

Well that was just one generation, which is nothing compared to this household in Purley-on-Thames.

They now have three generations of actors within the same 'Am Dram' group in Reading, and two of them are performing in the Wizard of Oz at the Hexagon from today.

So, much like Dorothy, "we're off to see the actors, the wonderful actors of Purley".

I'll get my coat...

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Dorset travel warning: Road closure warning ahead of Dorchester Marathon

Man denies selling fake airbags on eBay

A man has pleaded not guilty to trading in fake car airbags on eBay.

Robert Czernik, 36, of Blackbird Close, Poole, denied two counts of selling goods likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark.

Mr Czernik was bailed by a judge at Inner London Crown Court to appear for trial in the week of 11 September at the earliest.


Hampshire travel update: Disruption expected in Southampton as Saints host Man U

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Southampton v Manchester Utd: Team News

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Southampton striker Charlie Austin may make a first start since December in tonight's Premier League clash at St Mary's, following his return from injury.

Manager Claude Puel could again decide to freshen up his team after making seven changes against Middlesbrough.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says that Daley Blind will definitely be rested after playing six out of their last seven matches.

Paul Pogba is on compassionate leave after the death of his father, but Marouane Fellaini is back after a ban.

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Southampton v Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
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Preview followed by live coverage of tonight's Premier League game between Southampton and Manchester United.

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Southampton 0-0 Manchester United

Southampton and Manchester United play out a goalless draw with visiting goalkeeper Sergio Romero saving a Manolo Gabbiadini penalty.

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HBOS fraud victims 'to be compensated'

Those who fell victim to thefraud carried out by former HBOS staff will receive offers of compensation in the next couple of months, according to the chief executive of Lloyds, which bought the bank.

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Six people, including two former employees of HBOS in Reading, were jailed earlier this year for siphoning off money from customers of the bank.

Lloyds' chief executive Antonio Horta Osorio has said an independent reviewer is looking at the case.

Man released after cyclist injured in Bournemouth 'hit-and-run'

A man arrested in connection with a reported 'hit-and-run' in Bournemouth has been released.

A 63-year-old cyclist - a Bournemouth man - sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries in the crash between a blue Citroen Berlingo van and an electric-assisted bicycle - which looks similar to a moped.

It happened on Christchurch Road at the junction of Derby Road yesterday morning.

A 44-year-old Bournemouth man who was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop after a road traffic collision has been released under investigation.

One-week old lambs killed 'by large dog' in Baughurst

More than 20 one-week-old lambs have been killed in a Hampshire field.

The 26 lambs were killed in a field off a bridleway from Violet Lane (pictured), Baughurst, some time between 09:00 BST and 13:00 on Sunday, and "had wounds consistent with being attacked by a large breed of dog", Hampshire Constabulary said.

The force is appealing for witnesses.

Violet Lane, Baughurst

This attack led to the deaths of a number of lambs, and caused significant shock to other sheep and lambs present. The owner of these sheep, many of which were pedigree breeds, is understandably very upset.

PC Will ButcherHampshire Constabulary

Oxford road flooded after heavy rain

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J6, A355 (Slough) in Slough and J5, A4 (Langley) in Berkshire, because of an accident.

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

Former Tudor mansion in major revamp
People can watch restoration work from a rooftop walkway.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, at J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - Very slow traffic on M4 westbound at J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of an accident earlier on.

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

Govia left 'dismayed' by overtime action

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Further to reports of an Aslef overtime ban, Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, has issued a response.

After over five months of intense negotiations and two peace deals agreed and recommended by the Aslef executive, we are dismayed the union leadership is taking this action, which is designed to impact as many of our passengers as possible."

We have worked our hardest to resolve this dispute with ASLEF. If this action does go ahead we will run as full a timetable as possible."

Nick BrownGovia Thameslink Railway

Rail talks hit a brick wall

Southern Train

Passengers on Southern rail face more travel chaos after the drivers' union Aslef decided to launch a fresh ban on overtime.

Unfortunately, the company [Southern] has refused to move its position so we have reluctantly informed them that our members will refuse to work overtime from the end of this month."

Mick WhelanAslef General secretary

This is a hugely significant development. The RMT now calls on the company to agree to tripartite talks involving both unions in an effort to negotiate a settlement to this long-running dispute that puts safety and access to services at the top of the agenda."

Mick CashRMT General secretary

Man found with stab wounds in alleyway 'expected to fully recover'

A man who was left in a life-threatening condition after being found stabbed in an alleyway in Bournemouth is expected to make a full recovery, police have said.

Path linking Manor Road and East Overcliff Drive

The man, in his 40s and from Bournemouth, was discovered with stab wounds on a path linking Manor Road and East Overcliff Drive on 27 April.

Following a full investigation Dorset Police said it had established no one else was involved and it was no longer investigating.

The injured man remains in hospital.

Driver dies in collision near Weymouth

A driver has died in a crash on the Coast Road near Weymouth.

Dorset Police said a grey BMW 530d and a black Hyundai I30 collided on the B3157 at about 08:30.

The driver of the Hyundai - a 37-year-old Portishead man - was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the BMW - a 23-year-old man from the Weymouth area - was taken to Dorset County Hospital with serious injuries and was later transferred to Southampton General Hospital for treatment. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

The road remains closed between Fleet roundabout and Portesham as police investigation work continues.

Warning ahead of Disney cruise ship arrival

Police on Portland have warned members of the public not to enter the port next Tuesday as it prepares to welcome the Disney cruise ship Magic.

Disney Magic cruise ship

"Some people are under the impression that they will be able to come into the port and visit the ship itself. This is not the case, the ship itself does not allow ad-hoc visits and the Port Security Regulations 2009 specifically prohibit it," the force said.

It has urged people to stay away from the Castletown area and advised them to instead view the liner from other locations including Sandsfoot Castle, Nothe Gardens, New Ground and Jailhouse cafe.

Mixed response to Reading takeover

There has been very little response from Reading fans today to the club's takeover last night.

The announcement was made during their play-off semi-final, which Reading won to reach Wembley, so fans, understandably, are more focused on that.

One could almost say that was the point...

What reaction there has been though, has been mixed.

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Fan Jeremy Hopkins was concerned by the reaction by Sir John Madejski, and the club's previous experience with Anton Zingarevich
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Some, though, revelled in the possibilities that this takeover, and the possible transfer money that may come from it, can bring

'Unwise to bash judge' in Lavinia Woodward case

Lavinia Woodward
Lavinia Woodward has ambitions to enter the medical profession

Francis FitzGibbon, the chair of the Criminal Bar Association, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the Lavinia Woodward case is "unusual".

He said: "This is a young woman… of good character. In other words no previous convictions and exemplary conduct, and perhaps even more significantly the judge said this was somebody overcoming drug addiction.

"The judge must take into account determination or demonstration of steps to address addiction so it sounds as though he’s giving her a chance and I think the judge would do that for anyone wherever they came from in the right circumstances.

"I don’t know if her future prospects are the critical factor in this. Maybe if she does really badly [on drug rehab] he’ll think again."

He added: "I definitely think it’s unwise to bash judges on the basis of particular remarks they’ve make when dealing with individual cases."

Weather outlook: 'Intense rainfall'

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Travel warning: New South West Trains timetable

Firearms officers issued with body-worn cameras

Firearms police officers in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall are to be issued with body-worn video cameras following a successful trial, the forces have said.

Police officer wearing body-worn video camera

The equipment is being given to 270 officers and is part of plans to boost accountability.

"The technology offers greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as behind it," police said.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, at J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M27 westbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

Driver died after 'misguided' crash scene help

A driver was killed after making a "misguided" decision to pull over and direct traffic at a crash scene, a coroner has said.

Graham Manning, 71, from Poole, was hit by a car on the A35 at Holmsley in the New Forest in December.

Graham Manning
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Coroner Grahame Short said Mr Manning had stepped into an unlit road in the dark, while wearing mostly dark clothing.

He told the inquest in Winchester Mr Manning "did not appreciate the risk" and there had been "room for traffic to pass" the previous accident.

Parkour teen's ashes to be scattered around the world

The ashes of a free runner killed on the Paris Metro will be scattered around the world, his family says.

Nye Frankie Newman, 17, from Aldershot, was involved in a train accident on the Metro on New Year's Day.

His mother, Deborah Malone-Newman, said Nye's ashes were being given to family and members of his parkour group to take on their travels.

The family hopes to have Nye's ashes scattered in 100 countries.

Nye Newman
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Concerns raised over revised West Oxfordshire local plan homes proposal

Henley headteacher calls on parents for funding help

An Oxfordshire headteacher is calling for parents help prevent what she calls a "funding crisis".

Gillotts Academy School in Henley

Catherine Darnton from Gillotts Academy School in Henley is writing to parents asking for voluntary contributions as an alternative to staff cuts.

We've got to a point where it's no longer sustainable to run education on this amount of money. And in that situation you are looking for anything that you can do to help. Parents have said to me: 'We would like to help you, can we give you money?'

Catherine DarntonHeadteacher at Gillotts Academy School

Second sinkhole opens up on Ferndown street

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, between J2 for A355 and J1A for M25.

M40 Buckinghamshire - Two lanes blocked and slow traffic on M40 London-bound between J2, A355 (Beaconsfield) and J1a M25, because of an accident.

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

"If you don't get them, they'll get you" - an eyewitness account of being in Churchill's Secret Army

Jack Northover from Dorchester was a member of one of the 500 WWII Auxilliary Units.
In the Second World War, there were 500 top secret Auxiliary Units, trained to sabotage an invading German Army. Jack Northover was a member of a unit near Dorchester. He says they were warned it was a suicide mission.

Island council to discuss troubled Sandown Bay school

Isle of Wight councillors will tonight discuss the future of the troubled Sandown Bay Academy.

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) intends to merge its Sandown Bay and Ryde academies.

Councillors called the extraordinary meeting following protests against the plan.

Sandown Bay Academy

The authority wants AET to be banned from managing any school on the island.

It also wants to find an "accountable new local body" to take on the running of the school.

A final decision on the proposed merger will be made by the government after the general election.