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  1. Pippa Middleton to marry in Berkshire at weekend
  2. Amnesty 'reduces Southampton knife crime'
  3. New county council leader elected in Dorset
  4. Updates from Friday 19 May

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Linda Serck

BBC South

Thank you for joining us today and sharing your stories with us. We'll be back bright and early from 08:00 BST on Monday. Good evening!

Rubber duck road in 'poor state'

Oxfordshire County Council has released a statement in response to the rubber duck protest in Steeple Aston.

In colourful scenes, the banana-coloured bunch was put on display in nuisance potholes outside the Old White Lion pub, on South Side.

A spokesman said: "While the issues raised don’t represent a safety problem we do recognise that the road there is in a particularly poor state.

"When we have determined the most appropriate method of repair we will be in touch with the parish council to let them know what we will do and when."

Rare photos of Debbie Harry and Blondie performing first European gig

Rare photos of Debbie Harry and Blondie performing their first European gig have been shared by a Bournemouth music fan to mark 40 years since the concert.

Tony Pearson was in the small crowd at the Bournemouth Village Bowl watching the then little-known New York group on the night of 20 May 1977.

The photos show Debbie Harry performing with her band on their Television tour, before their UK chart success, playing early tracks including X Offender and In the Flesh.

Man waves at traffic in Dorset village of Swyre

Here's a happy man to brighten up your Friday - Michael Ebdon has been waving at traffic in the west Dorset village of Swyre every morning for the last eight years ...

Meet the 79-year-old who has been waving at traffic for eight years

Guy Hedger 'murder': Sixth suspect released

A sixth person arrested following the alleged murder of executive Guy Hedger at his home in Dorset has been released pending further inquiries.

The 39-year-old Bournemouth man was detained yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police

Mr Hedger was shot dead at his luxury property in Ashley near Ringwood on 30 April.

Three men have been charged with his murder and two other people are still under investigation by Dorset Police.

Woman sought by police after Help for Heroes tin theft

Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to after a Help for Heroes charity tin was stolen in Oxford.

The woman

On 9 December last year, between 17:00 and 18:00, a woman entered Senli Cash and Go on Broad Street and requested the use of sellotape.

While wrapping a pen in sellotape, the woman picked up a Help for Heroes charity collection tin containing cash, put it in her handbag, and left the premises.

Preview: Southampton v Stoke

Tony Husband

BBC South Today sports editor

The most boring team ever! shouted one Southampton fan on Thursday when I asked his views on the season.

It seems a harsh assessment for a side which has reached a cup final, narrowly missed out on the Europa League knockout stages, and currently lies eighth in the Premier League.

But while the stats should give Claude Puel plenty of comfort at the end of his first season, he's still fighting for his job, with Southampton seemingly doing little to dampen the speculation.

If Saints fans feel underwhelmed, then the same probably applies to Stoke, who are at the bottom end of a mass of mediocrity in 14th.

But Mark Hughes does appear to have the backing to reshape the squad this summer. It's a job security of which Puel must be envious.

Read a full preview of Sunday's match here.

Horse tries to eat BBC sports presenter

BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Tim Dellor is harassed by a horse during a recent interview

Hydropower is heading to Reading

A community group has received planning permission to install two water turbines to produce hydropower on the River Thames in Reading.

Electricity generated at Caversham weir will be enough to power 100 homes and has the potential to prevent around 150 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

Reading Hydro said it was a "huge step forward" for the town and for the environment.

Caversham weir on the River Thames
Rose and Trev Clough - Geograph

The group expects construction to begin in 2018.

During construction the weir will be adapted to make it a better home for wildlife by installing a new natural fish pass - also suited to eel and lamprey.

Second 'legal highs' shop owner sentenced

The products
Oxfordshire County Council
The products were described as research chemicals and herbal incenses

Products with names like Blow and Charly Sheen were sold as research chemicals and herbal incenses.

The products

Second 'legal highs' shop owner sentenced

Products with names like Blow and Charly Sheen were sold as research chemicals and herbal incenses.

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Drug dealer ordered to pay back £5

A drug dealer who took part in a £676,000 conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine in Southampton has been ordered to pay back £5.

Tristan Pope, 22, of no fixed abode, who was jailed for eight years in January, was told by a judge at Southampton Crown Court he would face a further week in prison if he did not pay the sum within three months.

Tristan Pope
Hampshire Constabulary

The Crown Prosecution Service said the police had not been able to find any "realizable assets".

Hampshire Constabulary said the £676,000 sum would "hang over Pope's head" and police would monitor his finances after his release from prison.

The village that doesn't want to talk

Adam Whitty

BBC South

The main sense you get, walking around Bucklebury and the surrounding villages, is that they all want things to go back to normal.

The area has been thrust into the limelight, not because it wants to be, but because, simply, one of its residents married the future king.

Bucklebury sign

I wanted to speak to the residents of the village, and get a flavour of what it was like to live in a place that has such a huge amount of media scrutiny, and is bracing itself media intrusion once again. (The irony of that statement is not lost on me).

But none of them wanted to talk. I walked into various establishments and asked a dozen people on the street, and asked for their thoughts.

I was given very polite, but slightly exasperated rejections.

Parking cones
Don't try and park in Englefield tomorrow...

One woman, who didn't be want to be interviewed, said that the village was "sick" of the whole affair, and that I "wasn't going to get anywhere". She was right.

An eatery in the village put up a sign outside telling the press that they "do not allow filming or interviews", and added that the media should respect the privacy of residents.

You get the sense they are waiting for this all to blow over.

Maybe though, after the youngest Middleton is married tomorrow, the press hordes may go away for good, and Bucklebury can return to normal.

Englfield press
The press were camped out on the Englefield estate, where the ceremony will take place
Ralph Krueger: Southampton chairman believes club have progressed again this season
Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger believes the club have pushed forward again in the Premier League this season.

Rolf Harris released from prison

The TV entertainer, who has lived in Bray, Berkshire, is currently on trial on four counts of alleged indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983.

Rolf Harris

Mr Harris, who denies all charges, will attend the trial at Southwark Crown Court in person from Monday after appearing at previous hearings via video link.

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

The current trial, which began on 15 May, is not sitting on Friday.

The Berkshire village at the centre of a media storm

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Once in a while, this sleepy, green and quintessentially British village becomes the centre of the universe.


The village is Bucklebury, in West Berkshire, and it is the home of the Middletons.

Thrown into the limelight because of the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it turns out the media's attention extends to members of the duchess's family too.

Car Park
The village hall car park looks rather busy for a Friday afternoon...

Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate, is marrying financier James Matthews on Saturday.

There are hints though that the tranquility of this remote village is about to be disturbed.

There are a lot of journalists snooping around country lanes, and the presence of police hidden behind the tall bushes which, you would imagine, would be the scene of the reception.

A sizeable police operation is in place for the event

Southampton Crown Court custody officer 'loses fingers in attack'

A custody officer has suffered the partial loss of two fingers after an alleged attack by a defendant in court.

Southampton Courts of Justice
Colin Smith

The man suffered severe injuries to his hand at Southampton Crown Court on Monday, Hampshire Constabulary said.

It added it was investigating but no arrests had been made.

GEOAmey, which provides prison escort and custody services in England, said the safety and security of its officers was of "paramount importance" and added it was also investigating.

Cancer drug trial in Southampton

A drug to treat a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos will be trialled at the University of Southampton.

Researches are working on a drug called Nivolumab to see if it can boost the body's immune system to fight off Mesothelioma, which can be caused by breathing in the asbestos.

University of Southampton
University of Southampton

Rates of the disease have been rising since the 1970s, with around 2,700 new cases reported in the UK in 2013.

P-p-p-pick up a penguin?

Linda Serck

BBC South

An endangered species of penguin has appeared on online dating site Plenty Of Fish to search for a mate.

Spruce, a one-year-old male Humboldt penguin, is looking for that special lady to take part in a breeding programme - after attempts to secure him a partner at other Sea Life centres failed.

His carers at Weymouth Sea Life Park are now appealing to the public to like and share Spruce's profile on social media to help them reach out to other parks and aquariums.

Sarah Everett with Spruce
Weymouth Sea Life Park

Sarah Everett from the park said: "Penguins are very affectionate birds by nature and often mate for life.

"I really want to see Spruce settle down with the right girl and after searches for potential mates at other Sea Life centres proved fruitless – they have the same problem as us, too many boys – I thought it was time to look further afield."

LISTEN: Mother from Dorset encourages fostering

The foster mother from Dorset who's urging others to follow in her footsteps.

Fines for fly-tippers to double in Basingstoke

Linda Serck

BBC South

Fly-tipping in Basingstoke will now incur double the previous fine, with councillors agreeing to up the penalty from £200 to £400.

The default fine level set by national regulations in 2016 is £200, but councils have the discretion to set their own fines between a minimum of £150 and a maximum of £400.

Cathy Cox - Geograph

A Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council spokesman said: "The impact of fly-tipping on our communities and countryside is significant, and we won’t tolerate it."

Weather latest: Unsettled afternoon ahead

After a cloudy and largely dry morning, there will be a mixture of rain and sunny spells as the afternoon progresses.

Temperatures will peak at 14C before dropping to 8C overnight.

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Radio Oxford presenter faces up to himself

Horribly Famous and Private Eye illustrator Clive Goddard has had a bash at capturing presenter David Prever's unique essence on paper on BBC Radio Oxford this morning...

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If it looks like a duck...

Villagers in Oxfordshire have placed rubber ducks in rain-filled potholes in the hope it might lead to them getting repaired.

Steeple Aston Parish Council is concerned that cars are being damaged and villagers injured by the potholes on South Side.

Ducks in potholes
Helen Wright

Helen Wright said: "We've been asking the county council to do something but they are ducking the issue."

The BBC has asked Oxfordshire County Council for comment.

Film reviews with James Luxford

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham was joined by James Luxford of the Radio Times yesterday evening, who spoke to Woody Harrelson about his film Lost in London.

There were also reviews of Guy Ritchie's new release King Arthur: Legend of The Sword, Snatched (starring Amy Schumer) and Colossal, a sci-fi comedy with Anne Hathaway.

They also looked at the week's DVD releases, and James' list of movie events in Oxfordshire.

Poole to get new affordable homes

Linda Serck

BBC South

Plans for 15 new affordable homes have been approved by planners at the Borough of Poole.

The properties - a mix of 14 two and three-bed homes, and a single flat - will be built on council-owned land at Chichester Walk in Merley.

A council spokeswoman said the site, previously the site of Merley Youth Club, will provide much-needed homes as there are almost 1,000 people on the housing register.

Could Reading introduce a congestion charge?

It's being considered, according to Reading Borough Council.

It comes after a report by DEFRA listed Reading as one of 38 places in the country in which pollution levels are too high.

It claims there are unacceptable levels of nitrogen oxide in the air.

Reading traffic

"We will encourage people to use different types of transport, because that's clearly one of the biggest contributors", said James Crosby, environmental health manager at Reading Borough Council.

He added: "Reading is well ahead of the game in terms of what this consultation is setting out, but there's still a long way to go."

Saints season 'another year of progress'

Ralph Krueger: Southampton chairman believes club have progressed again this season
Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says no decision will be made on the future of manager Claude Puel until the end of the season.
Saints can finish as high as eighth in the Premier League with a win against Stoke on Sunday and secure a fourth-successive top half performance.
Despite criticism of the style of play under Frenchman Puel, Krueger feels the club have "taken another step forward this season".
"I like the hunger of fans, we're here to build a competitive club that reaches into Europe," he told BBC South Today.

Southampton venue change for Craig David

Linda Serck

BBC South

Singer Craig David has announced he is moving his September show in Southampton from the Ageas Bowl to the Mayflower Theatre.

A spokesperson said the reason was "due to circumstances unavoidable by either party", but that "Craig is really looking forward to performing in his hometown and is pleased to offer these shows in the iconic Mayflower Theatre as an alternative".

Craig David
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The ticketing site states that all customers who have already purchased tickets will be contacted by their ticket agent with new ticket information for one of the shows at the Mayflower Theatre within the next 48 hours.

Unseen photos emerge from Blondie's first European gig

Blondie performed a show at a converted bowling alley in Bournemouth

'We understand you have recently been involved in plans to build a call centre?'

Up to 600 jobs could be created on the Isle of Wight.

The council has agreed to spend £2.1m developing a call centre which would be used by a number of well known brands.

Call centre
Getty Images

Negotiations are still under way and the money would come from capital funds not day-to-day council services money.

Although the location of the call centre has not been released, the council said it was working with the Isle of Wight College and the Department for Work and Pensions to get it opened by September.

Knife amnesty images released

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Hampshire Constabulary has released images of some of the knives handed in to their stations during a recent knife amnesty.

Bins were placed at the stations between 21 April and 12 May in a bid to reduce drug-related knife crime.

Knife Amnesty 1
Hampshire Police
Knife Amnesty 2
Hampshire Police
Knife Amnesty 3
Hampshire Police

Pippa Middleton to marry in Berkshire

Adam Whitty

BBC South

It is, of course, the media event of the weekend.

Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is to marry financier James Matthews at a ceremony in west Berkshire.

The world's media has descended on the village of Bucklebury, the location of the Middleton family home, in the vague hope of getting a picture of the couple.

Pippa and James
Getty Images

The village itself is keeping quiet, with a printed notice on the front door of The Blackbird Café in Chapel Row reportedly requesting members of the media not to question patrons about the nuptials.

The ceremony is, understandably, blocked off from public gaze, taking place nearby in the village of Englefield.

St Marks Church
Getty Images
The ceremony will take place at St Marks Church in the Berkshire village of Englefield

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be attending, with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte playing the roles of page boy and bridesmaid respectively.

I have not been invited, but would be up for going if somebody needs a plus one...

Amnesty 'reduces Southampton knife crime'

Hampshire police say knife crime in Southampton has been reduced by a third following an amnesty.

A total of 142 weapons were collected at Southampton stations over a four-week period between 21 April and 12 May.

Crime Knife
Getty Images

However, 25% of all knife crime in Hampshire happens in the city, which equates to 528 incidents in the last year.

"If we can take one knife out of the hands of someone who wants to do something sinister, then it has been a success", said Sgt Charlie Ilderton from Southampton's Central Neighbourhood team.

"We had some hunting knives, a sword and some samurai swords, so we're always surprised by what is handed in."

Digital air traffic control tower set for take off

Air traffic controllers in Hampshire are set to take over the functions of the control tower at London City Airport.

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Church in Cumnor registers to hold same-sex weddings

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

A small Oxfordshire church has become the first of its kind to welcome same-sex weddings.

The United Reform Church in Cumnor

The congregation at the Cumnor United Reformed Church has voted to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry there, making it the first in the region to do so.

Last year the Christian denomination decided to allow same-sex weddings, something which is still illegal for Catholics and Anglicans in England.

"We have always tried to promote a very inclusive welcome to whomever comes through the door," Reverend Nigel Appleton said.

Rush hour in the South

It's a busy Friday morning across the region, here are the hotspots:

  • There is congestion on the A27 between Bognor and Chichester, with only one lane open northbound on the approach to Chichester bypass. From Havant to Fareham there is also a 40-45 minute delay on the A27 westbound before junction 11
  • In Berkshire, failing traffic lights are causing huge delays on the approach to junction 6 for Slough, with the biggest queues going westbound
  • In Oxford, there is heavy traffic heading into the city centre on Woodstock Road and Marsh Lane, and on the A420 London Road towards Headington Roundabout to Headley Way .