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Summary

  1. Protest in Poole over use of 'cheap labour' by Condor Ferries
  2. Atomic Weapons Establishment workers on strike over pensions
  3. Oxford University's new biomedical campus opens
  4. Updates from Thursday 18 May

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By David Gilyeat and Joe Nimmo

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Student taking on 108-mile trek for children’s charity

A Drama and Theatre Studies student at the University of Birmingham is to walk 108 miles from Birmingham to Aldershot in five days in aid of charity.

The route of 18-year-old Rachel Baker will go through Warwick, Banbury, Oxford and Reading. The aim is to cover 27 miles a day from 20 to 24 May in aid of The Children’s Society.

Rachel Baker
The Children’s Society

She said: "I originally decided to the trek because it combined things I enjoy like helping people, raising awareness and exploring the beautiful countryside.

"I blooming love a challenge and I’m really looking forward to walking across the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire and raising money for such as worthy cause along the way."

E-fit image released after Southampton burglary

Police in Southampton are releasing an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to after a burglary in Carlton Crescent.

The e-fit
Hampshire Constabulary

At some point between 19:00 on 19 April and 18:30 on 21 April, electronics were taken from a flat after someone broke in.

Items taken included a Playstation 4, two Citizen watches, a Sony Xperia mobile phone, and two digital cameras with separate lenses.

The man police want to speak to is black, slim, with a pointed face, 5ft 10ins tall, and was wearing a plain beige or pale green flat cap, jeans and a dark anorak type jacket covering his neck.

He was also carrying a green rucksack in his right arm.

Harry House toddler murder: Two-year-old suffered "appalling cruelty"

The NSPCC has released a statement following the guilty verdict in the murder trail of Joseph Eke who killed Harry House, the two-year-old son of his partner at their home near Dorchester last year.

Joseph Eke
Dorset Police
Joseph Eke will be sentenced on 5 June

"Harry suffered appalling cruelty at the hands of someone who should have protected him from harm. He has been robbed of the chance to live a long and happy life. Eke was fully responsible for Harry’s brutal and shocking death and it is right that he is now facing the consequences of his actions. Babies and young children are entirely dependent on those who care for them and we all have a duty to look out for their welfare."

NSPCC Spokeswoman

Dorset man waves to traffic at Puncknowle for eight years

Meet Michael Ebdon, the 79-year-old cheering up motorists on the Dorset coast road between Chickerell and Bridport.
Matt Oakley

Exeter City's former Southampton midfielder Matt Oakley announces he will retire at the end of the season.

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Thames Valley Police seizure leads to jail for lawnmower drug smugglers

Two men who used shipments of lawnmowers to smuggle more than a tonne of ecstasy, cannabis and ketamine into the UK have been jailed for 14 years.

Derek Maguire, 55, and Neil Snazel, 42, both of Manchester, worked together to bring the Class A and Class B drugs in 15 crates from the Netherlands.

The drugs
NCA

The pair were caught after Thames Valley Police seized a crate addressed to a courier in October 2015 and found a lawnmower containing 175lbs (80kg) of MDMA - the active ingredient in ecstasy pills.

Maguire, 55, of Harbury Crescent, Manchester, was found guilty of eight charges concerning the production, possession and supply of drugs.

Snazel, 42, of Kenworthy Lane, Manchester, was jailed for 14 years after admitting three similar offences.

Police appeal to find Havant rape suspect

Hampshire Police has issued an appeal across South Yorkshire for information about Kieran Longhurst.

Kieran Longhurst
Hampshire Constabulary

Mr Longhurst, aged 19, of no fixed address, was arrested in connection with a rape investigation in Havant, but subsequently he failed to return on bail and the south coast force now believe he may be in the Sheffield area.

Detectives say he is 6ft 6in tall, thin and with brown hair swept to the side.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A331.

M3 Surrey - M3 lane closed on exit slip road, one lane closed and very slow traffic London-bound at J4, A331 (Camberley), because of a broken down bus.

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

Harry House toddler death: Family's relief at guilty verdict

Emily Ford

BBC South

Speaking outside Winchester Crown Court after Joseph Eke, 22, was found guilty of the murder of the two-old-son of his partner, the senior investigating officer said the family of Harry House was "relieved and thankful".

Det Ch Insp Sarah Derbyshire
BBC

We've worked tireless piecing together the evidence, working with specialists with the medical profession until ultimately we've achieved justice today. It's been incredibly difficult for the family - with the loss of a beautiful two-year-old toddler who had the rest of his life to lead. The loss and the grieving and police investigation and court case, but today's verdict has I hope made them feel more content."

Det Ch Insp Sarah DerbyshireDorset Police

Man robbed by gang of teenagers in Southampton

A man in his 30s was robbed on Chiltern Green, Southampton, at about 20:30 on Tuesday.

Chiltern Green
Google

The man was approached by a group of teenage boys who assaulted him and then stole two mobile phones and an iPod.

He was punched and kicked and fell to the floor. He suffered minor injuries.

One 13-year-old boy and two 14-year-old boys from Southampton were arrested and released on bail.

Tories propose merging Civil Nuclear Constabulary with other forces

The Conservative manifesto, published today, includes plans to create a "national infrastructure police force".

Hinkley Point power station
BBC
The Civil Nuclear Constabulary guards Hinkley Point power station

It would brings together the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which is based in Culham in Oxfordshire, with the Ministry of Defence Police and British Transport Police.

BBC Home Affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said people should not be surprised if the plan "proves to be rather trickier than it sounds".

Man killed partner's young son after 'loss of temper'

Emily Ford

BBC South

Cries of "Yes" and sobbing could be heard from the public gallery as the verdicts were announced following the trial of Joseph Eke.

The 22-year-old showed no emotion as the jury found him guilty of the murder of the two-year-old son of his partner at their home in Broadmayne, Dorset, last May.

The court heard Eke killed Harry House by "punching or kicking" him in the stomach in a "loss of temper" while the toddler's mother had popped to the shops.

Jurors heard Harry died as a result of a blunt-force impact to the abdomen that split his pancreas in two. A post-mortem examination also showed he had a "potentially fatal" fractured skull.

Third arrest after series of Southsea burglaries

Police investigating a series of non-dwelling burglaries made a third arrest yesterday.

A 23-year-old man from Southsea was arrested on suspicion of three counts of burglary and released on bail.

A 16-year-old from Southsea has also been arrested on suspicion of 17 counts of burglary with intent to steal.

And a 19-year-old man from Southsea has been arrested on suspicion of 16 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

BreakingMan guilty of partner's toddler murder

Emily Ford

BBC South

A man has been found guilty of murdering his partner's two-year-old son who was kicked and punched to death.

Joseph Eke, 22, attacked Harry House at the family home in Broadmayne, Dorset, last May while the toddler's mother was out.

He was also convicted of grievous bodily harm but cleared of a charge of unlawful wounding following a trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Woman seriously injured in coach and car collision

Luke De Costa

BBC Radio Solent reporter

A woman's been airlifted to hospital after a crash on a rural road in Dorset.

A coach and car collided just before 09:00 on the A3066 near Beaminster.

The woman is said to have life-threatening injuries, and the road may be closed for some time.

Puel waits to hear decision on his future

Southampton manager Claude Puel says his side missed "many opportunities" to win as they can only draw 0-0 at home against Manchester United at St Mary's.

Southampton 0-0 Man United: Claude Puel rues 'many opportunities' wasted

'Improvement plan' for Lambourn primary school

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

Lambourn C of E Primary School has been judged "inadequate" following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The report, published this month, criticised the quality of teaching at the school.

West Berkshire Council said it was working with the school on an "improvement plan".

Ian Pearson, head of education at West Berkshire Council, called it a "disappointing result" but said the appointment of a new headteacher had "brought not only the stable leadership that the school has been sadly lacking but a clear plan and direction for improvement".

Deprived community 'disenfranchised'

Melcombe Regis in Weymouth
Google

A board set up to improve life in Melcombe Regis is yet to have any tangible effect, say residents.

Melcombe Regis in Weymouth

Deprived community 'disenfranchised'

A board set up to improve life in Melcombe Regis is yet to have any tangible effect, say residents.

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£86k stolen from ATM in rooftop raid

More than £86,000 has been stolen after thieves accessed a cash machine through a supermarket roof.

The money was taken from the ATM next to Tesco Express in St Mary's Street, Southampton, on Sunday afternoon.

Tesco in Southampton
Google

Two men were seen running over the rooftops at about 14:40 BST carrying large blue bags before getting into a red van in Golden Grove and driving away.

It is thought the offenders would have had to enter the building through the roof on several occasions.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Oxfordshire homes still without power

Howard Shannon

BBC Radio Oxford News

A power cut hit over 550 homes in Abingdon, Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Chadlington last night.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks say power went off at 05:30 and 10 properties remain without power, although most customers were reconnected within the hour.

The company has apologised to those affected and said engineers expect to have the power back on by this afternoon. The cause of the fault is being investigated.

Board for deprived community 'yet to yield results'

A board set up to tackle inequality and social problems in a seaside community in Dorset is yet to have any tangible effect, according to residents.

The partnership of council, police, health bosses and other agencies, was launched in November to improve life in Weymouth's Melcombe Regis district.

But at a public meeting on Wednesday, representatives outnumbered residents who said they felt "disenfranchised".

Melcombe Regis in Weymouth
Google

The Melcombe Regis Board said there had already been "activity on the ground" including the appointment of a part-time community development worker.

Soldier caught out in grooming sting

A soldier has admitted grooming a child after sending explicit messages over the internet from his Army barracks.

Winchester Crown Court heard 25-year-old Craftsman Sam Dallow from Birmingham thought he was contacting a 14-year-old girl.

In fact it was self-styled paedophile hunter Shane Brannigan, who handed Wiltshire-based Dallow to the police.

A senior police officer warned against vigilante action - saying it risks jeopardising ongoing investigations.

Craftsman Sam Dallow (left) and Shane Brannigan (right)
SHANE BRANNIGAN

Rail delays after train fire

We've been informed of an engineering train on fire in Hampshire which is having a knock-on effect on South West Trains services.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "We were alerted to a small fire on an engineering train at around 11:00 as it reached Winchfield (Hampshire).

"We switched off the electric current to allow the fire brigade to extinguish the fire, and have now restored power so that trains can resume running."

There were no injuries.

Jo Meeke and Matt Gurney's baby son Puck died in hospital in Southampton in March,
Jo Meeke and Matt Gurney's baby son Puck died in hospital in Southampton in March.

Rolf Harris to be freed from Stafford Prison on Friday

Rolf Harris will be released from prison on Friday and is due to appear in person at his indecent assault trial next week, a jury has been told.

Mr Harris, who has lived in Bray, Berkshire, is being tried at Southwark Crown Court on four counts of indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983.

Rolf Harris
PA

The judge said Mr Harris, who denies all charges, will be granted bail.

Jurors have already been told Mr Harris, 87, was convicted and sentenced following a trial in 2014.

Poole man denies selling fake airbags on eBay

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC South

A man has denied two counts of selling goods likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark.

City of London Police began an investigation into Robert Czernik, 36, of Blackbird Close, Poole, after being contacted by Honda UK.

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.

Airbag
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'Appalling and reckless' motorist jailed

Luke De Costa

BBC Radio Solent reporter

A motorist who seriously injured four people in two separate collisions in Bournemouth has been jailed.

Christopher Wicks, 21, of Luther Road, Bournemouth, was handed a five-year prison term at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Christopher William Wicks
BBC

Last June, he injured two passengers who were travelling in his car when he deliberately drove into a tree at speed, after he found out they planned to have him arrested.

Four months later he sped away from police who tried to pull him over for driving without insurance twice in less than 24 hours.

In his attempt to get away he crashed his vehicle near Bournemouth University, injuring a female passenger. Another woman in a different car suffered broken bones.

Dorset Police Sergeant Nikki Burt, of the traffic unit, said: "The manner of his driving as he tried to escape my colleague was appalling and reckless."

Teenager hit by car in Tilehurst

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A teenage boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Tilehurst.

Police were called to the crash on Park Lane just after 08:00 this morning. An investigation is ongoing.

Another arrest in Guy Hedger murder investigation

Another arrest has taken place as part of the investigation into the death of a businessman who was shot at his home.

Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the early hours of 30 April at his home in Castlewood in Ashley near Ringwood, Dorset.

A 39-year-old Bournemouth man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary earlier.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police

Kevin Downton, 40, of Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford, Jason Baccus, 41, and Scott Keeping, 44, both of Verney Close, Bournemouth, are accused of murder.

Previously a 45-year-old man from Poole was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and released under investigation.

Woman charged with attempted murder after stabbing

A woman has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a bladed article after a 20-year-old woman was stabbed in the back on Blechynden Terrace in Southampton on Tuesday afternoon.

The 33-year-old Southampton woman appears before Southampton Magistrates' Court later.

The victim suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries but has since been discharged from hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses.