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Summary

  1. Armed police on patrol across the South
  2. Windsor Changing of the Guard cancelled
  3. Cyclist 'deliberately' hit by car in Southampton
  4. Security stepped up at Reading shopping centre
  5. Extra armed officers confirmed for Reading's playoff final
  6. Swanage to Wareham rail line reconnection date announced

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'No plans' to deploy armed forces in Dorset

Dorset Police has confirmed it currently has no plans to deploy military personnel on to the streets.

It comes after the UK terrorism threat was increased to critical, launching Operation Temperer.

The operation means that members of the military could be deployed under police command and control.

Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said: "Locations for deployment are agreed at a national level and, at this stage, there are no plans for deployment in Dorset.

"Although we have no information to suggest any specific additional risk to Dorset, we would urge the public to keep alert and not alarmed."

New mayor for Windsor and Maidenhead announced

John Lenton has been announced as the new mayor for Windsor and Maidenhead.

The councillor, who was last year's deputy mayor, was elected at the annual mayor-making ceremony on Tuesday.

John Lenton
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Policeman 'faces jail' after misconduct verdict

A police officer has been warned he faces a prison sentence after being found guilty of two counts of misconduct in public office.

PC Keith Burgess, 42, was convicted at Guildford Crown Court in relation to "inappropriate" behaviour towards two teenage girls while he was working in Southampton in 2014 and 2015.

The judge had previously ordered the jury to find him not guilty of sending sexually explicit messages, sexual assaults, child grooming and child pornography offences.

Keith Burgess
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Radiohead urged to cancel Israel gig

Signs have appeared around Oxford protesting against Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Tel Aviv.

Last month the Oxford band was urged to cancel the gig by Artists for Palestine UK.

Radiohead protest sign
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Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire northbound

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M271 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for Brownhill Way and M27 J3.

M271 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M271 northbound between J1 Brownhill Way and M27 J3, Romsey, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Dash cam plea in hunt for Baby M's mother

Police investigating the discovery of a baby's body in a park in Aldershot are appealing to motorists to check their dash cam footage.

Officers are trying to track down Baby M's mother, who they fear may need urgent medical attention.

Manor Park in Aldershot
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Police nest protection deters egg thefts

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC South

A scheme to protect rare gull eggs off the Dorset coast has been hailed a success after an increase in the number of breeding pairs.

Egg collecting had become such a problem on remote islands off Poole Harbour that police patrols were put in to protect the seabirds this year.

Charity, Birds of Poole Harbour, said a survey carried out on Tuesday revealed "zero evidence of egg collecting".

Gull chick
Birds of Poole Harbour

Just over 2,500 out of 9,000 nests were left following egg thefts last year.

Paul Morton, who runs the charity, said the colony was back up to nearly 6,000 nests.

CCTV released in stolen bank card probe

CCTV images have been released by police investigating the use of a stolen bank card in Reading.

A man suffered serious head injuries when he was punched while chasing a thief who stole his wallet earlier this month.

His bank card was used in McDonald's and the Shell Garage, both in Oxford Road, the same day - Sunday 5 March.

Thames Valley Police wants to speak to the men in the photos, who they say may hold vital information about the investigation.

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'Anti-social' travellers leave Bitterne Park after setting up camp

A group of travellers that set up an unauthorised encampment and was reportedly causing anti-social behaviour in an area of Southampton has now moved, the council has said.

The travellers originally set up camp in Bitterne Park Primary School over the weekend before moving to the adjacent Riverside Park in Bitterne Park on Tuesday.

Police said they had received three reports of anti-social behaviour in the area, including "vehicle nuisance".

However, the council said the group had moved from the area on Wednesday morning.

Extremists 'use violence against Muslims' to target young people

Imam Monawar Hussain founded the Oxford Foundation, which promotes interfaith dialogue and education, and told BBC Oxford he is regularly asked to talk to young people accessing extremist websites.

He said: “I often get called into schools because young people are accessing material on the internet; they’re getting really wound up.

Monawar
BBC

“What the extremists do is they use violence against Muslims to generate hate towards everyone else.

“We actually sit down and go through why they want to go to Syria or anywhere else, what’s the basis for this, and open up other avenues for them to do good.

“That idealism that young people have can be channeled into a positive outcome, rather than something destructive.”

Changing the Guard ceremony 'may continue to be cancelled'

Today's Changing the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle was cancelled to allow armed officers to be deployed elsewhere, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

A spokesperson for the MoD told the BBC that this fits with an existing arrangement for times of heightened national security.

They added that the decision will be "reviewed" ahead of each scheduled ceremony.

The next ceremony is due to take place on Friday.

Changing of the Guard
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Common People Oxford organisers are reviewing their security

Security stepped up at Reading shopping centre

The group which runs the Oracle in Reading have stepped up security at all of its centres.

Staff have been instructed to remove all waste bins and close or remove all mobile phone charging points.

Oracle Reading
Andrew Smith

'Protecting the communities of the Thames Valley'

Sgt Harry Tangye, an operational firearms commander at Devon and Cornwall Police, is at Reading train station and has tweeted a photograph of himself with the officers on duty.

Thames Valley Police has said that officers "will continue to provide a visible presence" but that there is no specific threat to the Thames Valley.

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Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

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M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J10 for A31.

M3 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on M3 southbound between J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout) and J10, A31 (Winchester), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

Armed police at Reading station

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Armed police are patrolling at Reading train station this lunchtime.

Armed officers patrol at Reading railway station

Thames Valley Police has said: "We have put in place additional armed and unarmed officers at key locations.

"This is very much focused on crowded places, including transport hubs and shopping centres."

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell added: "At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed."

Police have said there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to the Thames Valley.

Hampshire police step up patrols

Hampshire Constabulary has put armed and unarmed patrols at "key locations" following the raising of the national terrorist threat to critical.

In a statement, the force did not mention specific locations but said it was focused on "crowded places, including transport hubs and shopping centres."

The "critical level" means that an attack remains highly likely but the authorities believe a further attack may be imminent.

Armed police at Reading station
BBC

At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed. We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us. I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously. Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”

Ch Supt Lucy HutsonHampshire Constabulary
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Vigil for Manchester bombing victims organised in Portsmouth

A candlelit vigil for the dead and bereaved of the bombing outrage in Manchester is being organised for Thursday evening in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.

A spokesperson said: "We come together, to show unity and to show solidarity at this difficult time. It is vital we do not allow the advocates of hate and division to use this atrocity to divide us. This would hand them their greatest victory."

People are invited to bring candles, prayers and poems to the event which will start at 18:30 BST and is expected to last about an hour.

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BBC Radio Solent's Facebook Live at the weekly market in the Hampshire town of Ringwood.

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Infant school in Reading 'forced to close' after travellers set up camp

Academy sponsor sought for special measures school

Council bosses say they are looking for an academy sponsor for Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common, which was rated inadequate by Ofsted after an inspection in March.

Chiltern Edge School
Google

Senior officers and the leaders of Oxfordshire County Council and Reading Borough Council have held talks over the future of the school.

An ongoing consultation is looking at all possible options for improving the school, and the councils said closure still cannot be ruled out.

Both councils are in discussion with the Regional Schools Commissioner, who is looking for a potential academy sponsor to secure the school’s future.

BreakingChanging of the Guard cancelled

The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled today to redeploy police officers in the wake of the Manchester attack, the Ministry of Defence said.

BBC Radio Berkshire understands that the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle at 11:00 has also been cancelled.

Thames Valley Police urge residents to 'trust instincts' as they increase number of officers on streets

Thames Valley Police have said they will have a "visible presence" in communities across their patch today following the Manchester bombing.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell is urging anyone who sees someone acting suspiciously to contact the police straight away.

He said: "Trust your instincts and let us decide whether the information is important or not. No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.

“I would like to reassure you that Thames Valley Police is reviewing our security measures and there is no specific intelligence to suggest a threat to our communities within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. However we all need to remain vigilant.

“We have specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”

Cyclist 'deliberately' hit by car

A man suffered serious head injuries when he was "deliberately hit" by a car whose driver fled the scene.

The 30-year-old is being treated in hospital after he was struck by a silver Vauxhall Astra on Colewell Close, Southampton on Monday.

The man, along with another cyclist, was followed through the Shirley Towers estate by the car at about 22:00 BST.

The car is believed to have been driven onto a grassed area when it struck the cyclist, police said.

Hampshire Constabulary said: "We believe this was a deliberate act and as such are investigating the incident as a serious assault."

Police said they were keen to speak to a anyone who may have seen the car described as "old-style and having a loud exhaust" being driven in the area beforehand.

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BreakingSwanage to Wareham rail line reconnection date announced

Regular passenger trains will reconnect a Dorset seaside resort with the mainline for the first time in four decades in June, a heritage railway has announced.

Diesel train at Corfe Castle
Andrew PM Wright

Trials between Swanage and Wareham were originally expected to begin in 2015 but faced delays.

Swanage Railway said it now plans to run its first diesel-hauled passenger train to Wareham on 13 June.

The special first train will mark the start of a two-year trial public service using diesel trains on 60 selected days this summer - with four trains a day in each direction between Wareham, Corfe Castle and Swanage.

The original rail line was closed by British Rail and ripped up in 1972.

Several pets have been killed after a fire ripped through a Southampton home

Armed officers will be at train stations and shopping centres

Hampshire Constabulary has released a statement revealing plans to have armed officers in busy locations across the county.

It comes after a national police decision to move the UK terror threat level up to its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent.

As part of national plans in relation to the move to critical, the public should not be surprised to see additional police officers - including armed officers - in busy locations in Hampshire such as train stations and shopping centres."

Assistant Chief Constable Amanda Pearson

Travellers 'causing anti-social behaviour' in Bitterne

A group of travellers is reportedly causing anti-social behaviour in an area of Southampton.

The travellers originally set up an encampment in Bitterne Park Primary School over the weekend.

After being served with a Section 61 notice by police on behalf of the landowner, they moved on and set up camp in the Riverside Park area of Bitterne.

The council is now dealing with them at this location, officers said.

Hampshire Constabulary said it had since received three reports of anti-social behaviour in that area, including incidents of vehicle nuisance, and added it was "making enquiries".

Severe accident: M3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey northbound severe accident, between J4 for A331 and J3 for A322 Lightwater affecting J4A for A327.

M3 Surrey - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M3 London-bound between J4, A331 (Camberley) in Surrey Heath and J3, A322 (Lightwater) in Lightwater, because of an accident involving Van and a lorry. Congestion to J4a, A327 (Farnborough).

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

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Buckinghamshire - Slow traffic on M40 London-bound between J2, A355 (Beaconsfield) and J1a M25, because of an accident involving a van earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Today's weather: Dry with sunny spells

Holly Green with the weather on Wednesday 24 May