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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 6 June

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Goodbye for now

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Just one more day of campaigning to go...

We'll bring you all the latest updates from the general election, plus other news, sport, travel and weather from the South from 08:00 BST tomorrow morning.

You can still get in touch by email, on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

For now though, thank you for your company, and see you tomorrow.

Garden village plans attract high number of bidders

Fareham Borough Council says 51 companies have submitted a bid to build the new garden village of Welborne.

The authority says four will now go on to the next formal stage of the procurement process.

Welborne sign
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The village will include new homes and community spaces for leisure and recreation.

It will be based to the north of Fareham, and was one of 14 garden villages announced by the government in January.

Leather trunk damaged in SeaCity Museum fire

A large leather trunk has been damaged in the fire at SeaCity Museum today.

A spokesperson for Southampton City Council said the fire broke out at lunchtime in the “Southampton’s Titanic Story” exhibition.

They said: "The building was evacuated safely and fire crews swiftly attended, ensuring the fire was extinguished rapidly.

"Our exhibitions team have assessed the damage, and have concluded that none of the artefacts were affected. The only item that appears to have been damaged was a large leather trunk, which was not part of our maritime collection."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but the museum will be open again on Thursday 8 June.

Bournemouth care home burglar sentenced

A man who broke into a care home in the middle of the night has been jailed for three years.

Ross Milburn was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court today after admitting burglary charges.

Milburn broke into the home, just off Boscombe Spa Road, in the early hours of 4 February this year.

Ross Millburn
Dorset Police
Police found a passport and cards in the name of Ross Milburn near to the property

He set off an alarm, fitted in each residents room. They found a resident asleep in the room where the alarm was coming from, but the wardrobe doors were open and the light was on.

When caught exiting another resident's room, he was wearing medical gloves and claimed he was there planting cameras in the rooms.

He was then removed from the property by staff, and arrested on 9 February.

Police Constable Chris Raspini, of Bournemouth CID, said: “It was not possible to establish whether anything was actually stolen but it is clear Milburn entered the premises with the intent to steal from these vulnerable people".

Five in appear in court over brawl murder

Four men and a teenage boy have appeared in court charged with the murder of a man who died following a fight in Oxford.

The brawl broke out at about 23:00 BST on Thursday in the Jourdain Road area of Blackbird Leys.

Crime scene
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The brawl broke out on Thursday in the Jourdain Road area of Blackbird Leys

Christopher Lemonius, 27, was found at the scene with serious injuries and later died in hospital, police said.

All five have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday.

A sixth man was earlier released without charge.

Election 2017: Around the south of England

There is a wide range of opinions, beliefs and thoughts among the four million people in the south of England.

BBC South's Ben Moore travelled around the region in a day to speak to voters and discover what - if anything - was motivating them to go out and vote.

Starting at 05:00 in Portsmouth, his journey took him across the patch in 20 hours, with a host of people having their say.

In day spent travelling around the south of England meeting and listening to voters

Police car art

Here's what happened when Basingstoke artist Kev Munday was given free rein over a Hampshire Constabulary police car...

Artist adorns police car with Hampshire landmarks

All artefacts 'okay'' after museum fire

Southampton's SeaCity Museum have announced that their exhibitions are all fine following the fire earlier this afternoon.

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Fraudsters hunted after £57k card scam

CCTV images have been released by police after a couple had almost £57,000 stolen in a bank card scam.

The couple were called twice by a person claiming to be from their bank asking if they had received replacement bank cards, Thames Valley Police said.

CCTV composite
Thames Valley Police

On the second call in April, one of the victims, from Maidenhead, revealed their pin code.

The next day one of the fraudsters delivered two new bank cards and took the couple's original debit cards away.

Video shows smoke coming from city museum

We have been following firefighters dealing with a fire at the SeaCity Museum on Southampton all afternoon.

Here, a video shows smoke escaping from the building.

The museum is closed, but it is hoped that it will reopen as usual tomorrow.

Video shows smoke coming from city museum

Rail icon flies into Oxfordshire

Severe accident: B3075 Dorset southbound

BBC News Travel

B3075 Dorset southbound severe accident, between Morden Road and A35.

B3075 Dorset - B3075 Morden Road in Sandford closed and slow traffic southbound between the Morden Road junction and the A35 junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation.

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

Sea City Museum remains closed after fire

Tony Deacon, group manager of Hampshire Fire and Rescue has described a "smoke-logged building" when crews arrived at a fire in Southampton's Sea City Museum earlier.

"Three applicances attended and the incident commander commited a team very early to fight the fire following confirmation from staff that the building was fully evacuated. There was fire found in a display area which was extinguished very quickly.

The museum remains closed for the rest of the day, but is hoped to open as usual on Wednesday.

Tony Deacon
BBC

Political Primaries: West Bournemouth - Heathlands Primary Academy

We've been to primary schools to see what they make of the big issues ahead of June 8th.
We've been to primary schools across Dorset to see what they make of the big issues ahead of June 8th.

We want to know how much our school audiences know about party leaders, policies and Brexit.

Kelly Lucas has been to Heathlands Primary Academy, in the West Bournemouth constituency, for our Political Primaries series.

Cowes Floating Bridge: Video shows vehicles successfully embarking

Isle of Wight council has released video footage to reassure people that vehicles can successfully embark and disembark from the troubled Floating Bridge in Cowes

The chain ferry service was suspended in May after cars scraped their bumpers while disembarking and stranded passengers waded through water when it broke down on its first weekend in operation.

It is due to resume operating on Wednesday after several weeks of crew training ordered by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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Sandbanks hotels plan will have 'devastating impact'

Campaigners say plans to redevelop three hotels on Dorset's Sandbanks peninsula will have a "devastating impact" on the area.

FJB Hotels wants to replace two of the hotels with new ones, and replace the third at the entrance to Poole Harbour with four blocks of flats.

Haven Hotel
Chris Downer

The Protect Sandbanks Group, set up to oppose the plans, called the flats a "10-storey, faceless" development.

FJB says the flats are needed to fund the cost of the hotels.

BBC South Digital Debate - live tonight

We're hosting a special General Election debate tonight at Solent University in Southampton.

Young and first time voters will be putting their questions to representatives of the five main parties.

You can get involved too - we'll be live on the South Today Facebook page from 19:00, ready to take your comments, likes and more.

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We'll be joined by Thomas Gravatt (Lib Dem), Malcolm Jones (UKIP), Alan Mak (Conservative), Darren Paffey (Labour) and Rosie Pearce (Green).

Yellow weather warning for wind

Still here - not like the dodo

Dodo
Science Photo Library

On this day in 1683, the first public museum, the Ashmolean, was opened by Elias Ashmole in Oxford.

Exhibits included stuffed animals and a dodo, back when people hadn't seen a live dodo in decades.

Still haven't seen one have we?

The Ashmolean has been marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of its founder this year with several new displays.

WATCH: Slough 10-second manifestos

Video: Southampton Sea City Museum evacuated after fire

Fire fighters deal with a blaze at the Sea City Museum in central Southampton.

Southampton's SeaCity Museum is evacuated following a fire

Weather latest: Brighter afternoon ahead

After a wet and windy morning, the sun is forecast to make an appearance this afternoon.

It will remain blustery with gusts of up to 45mph and temperatures peaking at 15C.

BBC weather
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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Fire out at Southampton museum

The fire at Southampton's SeaCity Museum is now out.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the blaze which is thought to have started when a wooden model caught fire shortly before 12:30 BST.

Staff and visitors were evacuated from the attraction which is dedicated to the city's maritime heritage including the story of the Titanic.

Sea City Fire
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Video shows smoke coming from museum

Fire crews are trying to clear smoke from the SeaCity Museum in Southampton after a wooden model caught alight earlier.

A number of people have been evacuated from the attraction.

We're expecting an update from the museum shortly.

Wooden model on fire at city museum

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service says a wooden model has caught fire at the SeaCity Museum in Southampton.

Crews were called to the attraction at 12:25 BST. The service said the fire is on the first floor of the building.

A cordon remains in place at the entrance.

SeaCity Museum
BBC

The £15m museum opened in April 2012 and is dedicated to Southampton's maritime heritage and the Titanic which made its ill-fated voyage from the city in 1912.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £4.9m grant towards the cost of the museum - the rest of the £15m came from the city council.

BreakingFire at maritime museum in Southampton

Firefighters are dealing with a fire at the SeaCity Museum on Southampton.

A number of people have been evacuated from the building and crews have set up a small cordon.

We're awaiting more details from the fire service on what has happened.

SeaCity Museum
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Nine arrested as 100 officers undertake drugs raids

Class A drugs and a machete were seized by police after 100 officers raided 12 addresses in Reading.

Nine men aged between 18 and 53 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs on Tuesday, police said.

Police raids in Reading
Thames Valley Police

The operation was "the result of a short, pro-active investigation", Thames Valley Police said.

Det Ch Insp Jim Upton said it was part of its ongoing "Stronghold" campaign aimed at tackling organised crime.

Large tree blocks road

A large tree, brought down in high winds overnight, is blocking both carriageways of the A339 near Newbury.

It has closed the road at Greenham Common, causing long delays for thousands of motorists during this morning's rush hour.

West Berkshire council said it was working with the Highways Agency to remove the tree.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

Virgil van Dijk: Southampton to report Liverpool over approach

BBC Sport

Southampton will report Liverpool to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach for centre-back Virgil van Dijk, reports BBC Radio Solent.

The 25-year-old wants to move to Anfield if he leaves St Mary's.

The £50m-rated Netherlands defender signed a new six-year contract last year, having joined Southampton from Celtic for £13m in September 2015.

Liverpool are yet to formally approach Saints to ask for permission to speak to Van Dijk.

The Reds refused to comment on renewed speculation on Monday, while Southampton are adamant they do not need to sell the defender.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J2 for A36 and J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - Stop-start traffic on M27 eastbound between J2, A36 (Salisbury) and J3, M271 (Romsey), because of an accident involving five vehicles.

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

Food distribution charity allocated £35,000

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

A regional food redistribution centre in Didcot has been allocated £35,000 to buy essential equipment to help people throughout the Thames Valley.

The funding has come from UK charity FareShare and will go towards a forklift truck, a new chiller and depot racking to double the storage capacity of the warehouse.

It means it will supply additional food to more than 85 local charities.

Paul Smith, general manager for the south central area, said: "We hope that this new equipment will really make a difference to FareShare’s operations in Didcot, and we look forward to helping them even more throughout the next six years."

Saints in 'no mood' to sell Van Dijk

Adam Blackmore

BBC Radio Solent sports editor

Saints are in no mood to sell Van Dijk this summer, especially to Liverpool, who repeatedly lure Saints players to Anfield with aggressive tactics.

Virgil Van Dijk
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The Dutch international has five years left on a new contract he signed last summer.

Whilst that may ultimately count for nothing when silly money is banded about, it does put Saints in a position to either say no to a move this summer - like they did with Schneiderlin and Wanyama - or to make any suitor pay through the nose and more!

Read more as Saints prepare to report Liverpool over Van Dijk speculation.

Virgil van Dijk

Southampton will report Liverpool to the Premier League over an illegal approach for centre-back Virgil van Dijk, reports BBC Radio Solent.

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Families mark minute's silence in Southampton

Among the families marking the one-minute silence in Southampton were Emma Sibley, 27, and Karl Hucker, 32, alongside their young daughter.

Ms Sibley said: "We're here just to remember and pay respect to the families and loved ones.

"It's horrible we have to do it, it's not right, but it's just out of respect. When you have little ones of your own it makes you think."

Emma Sibley, 27, and Karl Hucker, 32, alongside their young daughter.
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Pictures: Minute's silence at Reading Civic Offices

Reading Civic Offices silence
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Reading Civic Offices silence
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