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Summary

  1. Woman says Rolf Harris grope claim 'not for cash'
  2. Nursery school kitchen closed after 'dead mouse found'
  3. Oxford stabbing student could lose place
  4. Last remaining member of Churchill's secret army given defence medal
  5. Cowes 'floating bridge': Makers insist ferry 'will succeed'
  6. Updates from Monday 22 May

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By Sue Paz

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Up to 20 tonnes of tarmac fly-tipped in Nursling

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Former Scout leader handed suspended sentence for sex assaults

A former Scout leader has been given a two year suspended sentence after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

David Oliver, 51 of Coombe Gardens in Bournemouth, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault. He was working as a leader at Butchers Coppice Scout Camp in the town at the time of the offences which took place in the late 1990s.

Police said Oliver would take advantage of his victim, who was under the age of 16, by kissing her and sexually assaulting her on a number of occasions.

Butchers Coppice Scout Camp
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"Oliver used and abused his position of trust in the Scouting movement to sexually assault his young victim. I wish to praise the bravery of his victim to come forward and report the offences."

Det Con Jo ShewbridgeDorset Police

Listen: Last remaining member of Churchill's secret army in Dorset given defence medal

BBC Radio Solent

The last remaining member of a special branch of the Home Guard in Dorset, has unexpectedly been presented with a World War Two defence medal.

Mr Northover said this was the first medal to mark their contribution.

Jack Northover was one of eight men who made up the Wrackleford Auxiliary Unit - part of a network of highly trained volunteers expected to form a last line of defence if Nazis occupied Britain.

The 90-year-old and relatives of three other members - have received the medal just before the unveiling in Stratton Village of a memorial to remember the unit.

Crash leads to attempted murder and kidnap inquiry

Marcus White

BBC South

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a third man, after all three were in a car which crashed on Wide Lane between Southampton and Eastleigh.

Police said a 23-year-old man was in hospital with "critical, life-changing head injuries", following the incident at about 22:00 BST on Thursday night.

Wide Lane
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A 22-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnap and a driving offence.

A London man, aged 21, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted kidnap, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, theft and four driving offences.

Man in court over Guys Marsh Prison fire

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

A man has appeared in court in connection with a fire on the roof of a building within HMP Guys Marsh near Shaftesbury.

Nigel John Saunders, 29, was charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

Emergency services were called to an incident at the prison on 10 March. All prisoners and staff were accounted for and a total of 64 prisoners were evacuated from the affected area of the prison by prison staff.

Mr Saunders appeared before Weymouth Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 22 June.

Guys Marsh
BBC

Nursery school kitchen closed after 'dead mouse found'

The kitchen at a children’s nursery school in Oxfordshire was closed by food hygiene inspectors last week after they found a dead mouse on the floor, it has emerged.

Dead mouse found at Positive Steps Nursery
Vale of White Horse Council

Vale of White Horse District Council made the discovery during a routine, unannounced food hygiene inspection at the Positive Steps Nursery in Shellingford, near Faringdon, on 16 May.

The inspectors also discovered rodent faeces on work surfaces, the kitchen floor and in cupboards.

They also noted a lack of routine cleaning and disinfection to minimise the risk of food contamination.

The council said the business "co-operated fully" with the council to address the issues raised during the inspection and during a follow-up inspection on Friday the council was satisfied it no longer posed "an imminent risk to health" and lifted the prohibition notice.

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Cowes 'floating bridge': Makers insist ferry 'will succeed'

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

The maker of Isle of Wight's troubled new floating bridge has insisted it will be a "success", despite its continued suspension.

Cars scraped their bumpers while disembarking and stranded passengers waded through water when it broke down on its first weekend in operation.

It remains suspended on the orders of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Mainstay Marine said its staff were working on an "enhanced" training programme for the crew.

Cowes Chain Ferry
BBC

"I'm comfortable the slipway is at the right angle and the ramps are suitable for safe off-loading. It's all due to positioning - being placed on the slipway and lowering to the right angle. I feel comfortable the vessel is fit for purpose and will be a success with the enhanced crew training. From our point of view it was built to the design and delivered well ahead of expectations."

Stewart GravesManaging director, Mainstay Marine

Stag party raises £5,000 to bring home injured friend from Croatia

A group of Oxfordshire friends has had to raise £5,000 to bring their seriously injured friend home from Croatia after his insurance refused to pay when he was hurt during a stag party.

Split, Croatia
PA

Scott Simpson says he was not drunk but slipped when trying to dive from a boat and impaled himself on a post.

He snapped seven ribs, broke several bones and pierced a lung but after treatment at a hospital in Split (pictured) he found he had to pay for his own repatriation.

His insurer NatWest said its policy states it is invalid if someone has drunk so much alcohol that their judgement is seriously affected.

It was wet, I slipped, I had an accident. Now I thought travel insurance was there for anyone who had an accident, but clearly if there is any alcohol in your system then it's not going to be the case.

Scott Simpson

Woman says Rolf Harris grope claim 'not for cash'

A woman accusing Rolf Harris of groping her when she was a teenager denies she made the claim up for compensation.

Court sketch of Rolf Harris in the dock while a witness gives evidence
Julia Quenzler

The Australia-born entertainer, who lives in Bray, Berkshire, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court on four charges of indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983.

Giving evidence, one of his alleged victims said she had not come forward for money but for "justice".

Mr Harris, 87, who appeared in person for the first time after being released from prison, denies the charges.

Van left hanging over underpass

A crashed van was left wedged over a pedestrian underpass in Havant on Sunday morning.

Police were called to the junction of Petersfield Road and Stockheath Road at 05:00 BST.

Dean Mckevitt, 37, of Silvester Road, Waterlooville, has been charged with driving over the alcohol limit and bailed to appear before Portsmouth magistrates on 6 June.

crashed van
Hampshire Constabulary

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Male pedestrian killed in Uplyme crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A pedestrian has died in a road crash in east Devon, police say.

Officers said the 29-year-old man from Lyme Regis suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a green BMW 323 car on the A3052, near Ware Cross in Uplyme, at about 02:23 on Sunday. The man died at the scene.

The driver, a 42-year-old man from Axminster, was not injured. The road was closed for nine hours for an investigation.

Police said they are "particularly keen" to trace the driver of a small van believed to have been in the area at the time.

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Weather outlook: Rising temperatures

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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Memorial service for newborn baby girl held in Aldershot park

Dozens of people attended a memorial service for a newborn baby girl last night.

The baby was found in bushes in Manor Park, Church Hill, in Aldershot on Friday.

David Shepherd, of Hope Pentecostal Church, Farnborough, led the service in the park and said there had been an "outpouring" of grief from the community.

He said: "We want to reach out to the mother, who probably is feeling very vulnerable, there is hope somehow that we can reach out to her."

Flowers for baby left at park
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Memorial service held for baby girl
BBC

Residents have left flowers, candles and toys at the entrance to the park for the baby named Baby M by Hampshire Constabulary.

The force said there was concern over the mother's health and urged her to go to hospital or contact them.

Firefighters called to lightning strikes after storms

Six fire crews dealt with blazes caused by lightning strikes during storms in Oxfordshire over the weekend.

Fire at house in Bicester after lightning strike
Bicester Fire Station

In Bicester, a family in Restharrow Mead had a lucky escape after a bolt caused a fire to spread throughout the roof and walls.

Fire crews from Eynsham, Banbury, Buckingham and Brill spent two hours at the house, sheeting the roof to prevent further damage.

No-one was hurt.

Hampshire travel latest: Closed M3 lanes reopen after crash

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Rolf Harris appears in court for indecent assault trial

Rolf Harris is appearing at court in person for the first time since leaving prison last week.

Rolf Harris
AFP/Getty Images

The Australia-born former entertainer had been appearing at Southwark Crown Court via video-link from prison.

But the 87-year-old was released from HMP Stafford on Friday morning and is now able to appear at his trial in person.

Mr Harris, who lives in Bray, denies four charges of indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983.

Southampton end season without a win in five home matches

BBC Sport

Southampton's miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

Peter Crouch rose to head home his 10th goal in all competitions this season
Reuters

The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond's lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

The striker's 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel's side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary's.

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Cowes floating bridge suspension: MCA 'awaiting remedial action'

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said it is awaiting "remedial action" to be carried out on the suspended floating bridge at Cowes by the operator Isle of Wight Council before the service can resume.

Suspended chain ferry sign
BBC

Once this is completed the MCA said its surveyors would attend the vessel "to ensure its effectiveness".

"We have no further information at this stage," a spokesman added.

The chain ferry broke down on 14 May and was suspended by the MCA the following day. It remains out of action.

Cowes floating bridge suspension: Island council 'anticipated issues'

Isle of Wight Council "anticipated issues would need to be ironed out" with the troubled floating bridge at Cowes, it has said.

Broken down chain ferry
Karl Love

A week after it was suspended on the orders of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the new chain ferry remains out of action.

A council spokesman said: "It was anticipated that during the first couple of weeks there would be some issues to be ironed out that could not be identified until the vessel was back in service and in full use."

He added the "soft launch" followed an initial sign-off by MCA as well as "a period of relevant tests, commissioning and staff training".

The council is working with the manufacturer and it is hoped the floating bridge will be fully operational "very shortly", he said.

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The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, married financier James Matthews at the weekend.

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at their wedding
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Tribute paid to motorcyclist who died following A27 crash

The family of a motorcyclist who died following a collision on the A27 last month has said he was "a loving husband and a great dad".

Mark Copley
Copley family

Mark Copley, 51, from Basingstoke, died in hospital earlier this morning following the crash on the eastbound carriageway on 30 April.

Paying tribute to him his family said: “He was a loving husband and a great dad, who will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.”

A 32-year-old man, from Havant, was arrested in connection with this incident and was released but remains under investigation, police said.

Jamie Porter stars as Essex hammer Hampshire

BBC Sport

Essex wrapped up a thumping innings-and-97-run victory over Hampshire inside three days at Chelmsford.

Jamie Porter
Rex Features

Resuming on 92-7, still 268 in arrears, Jamie Porter (5-24) polished off the tail to leave the visitors 115 all out.

Following on, Hampshire again lost regular wickets, with Porter (2-21), Simon Harmer (3-23) and Neil Wagner (2-39) bowling them out for only 148.

Centuries from Alistair Cook and Tom Westley set the platform for Essex, who temporarily go top of Division One.

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