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Summary

  1. Results from Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight
  2. Labour gains in Portsmouth and Reading
  3. Oxford West and Abingdon taken by Lib Dems
  4. Southampton Itchen held by Tories after recount
  5. Woman rescued by Coastguard helicopter
  6. Armed police raid in brawl murder probe
  7. Aston Martin fetches £754k at auction

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning, David Gilyeat, Indy Almroth-Wright, Adam Whitty, Marcus White and Emily Ford

All times stated are UK

Goodnight!

Thanks for being with us on this dramatic day in British politics.

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 BST with all the headlines from across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

No action against woman in baby murder inquiry

Linda Serck

BBC South

Police are taking no action against a woman who was arrested in connection with the death of a baby boy.

The 28-year-old from Newbury had been detained on Tuesday on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of five-month-old Jack McLaren.

Jack's father Daniel McLaren, 29, of Fleetwood Close in Newbury, is charged with his murder and appeared earlier at Reading Crown Court via video link.

He has been remanded in custody until the next hearing date on 4 August.

Mr McLaren has also been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to another child aged under one.

Floating bridge runs aground again

The Cowes floating bridge has run aground for the second time this week.

It comes after the Maritime and Coastguard Agency suspended the service on 16 May over "training issues".

floating bridge
BBC

A statement on the Isle of Wight Council website said the chain ferry would be re-floated by 19:30 BST.

Earlier the council had said silt which caused the grounding earlier this week had been removed.

Investment in west Oxford's leisure facilities

More than £9m is to be invested in leisure centres in west Oxfordshire over the next 10 years, the district council has announced.

This includes:

  • An extension at Carterton Leisure Centre, including an indoor trampoline park
  • A new mezzanine floor to increase gym space at Windrush Leisure Centre, with a new sensory room
  • An extension to Chipping Norton Leisure Centre
  • New soft play equipment and a cafe refurbishment at Woodstock Outdoor Pool

The authority claims it will mean an extra 30 full-time jobs and 20 apprentice positions a year. Operator GLL has had its contract renewed for a further 10 years.

Jeanette Baker, cabinet member for leisure and health, said: "It is really exciting to be able to offer such fantastic facilities to residents in the near future."

'The DUP are an extreme party'

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Martin Salter, Labour's Reading West MP between 1997-2010, has been highly critical of Theresa May's decision to govern alongside the DUP.

The prime minister said she will put together a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists that can provide "certainty" for the future.

Mr Salter said: "The DUP are a party that none of us get to vote for. They’re a very extreme protestant party, they don’t believe in reproductive rights for women and they have a stone-age approach to social policies.

"Theresa May has done a shoddy backroom deal with a bunch of right-wing extremists. who now hold the balance of power in this country."

Ryde Academy 'not consulted on merger'

The headteacher and governors of Ryde Academy were not consulted on plans to merge with a neighbouring school, an Isle of Wight councillor has claimed.

The two schools' private sponsor AET announced plans in May to combine Ryde with the troubled Sandown Academy.

Joy Ballard
Channel 4
Ryde Academy headteacher Joy Ballard

In a letter released by Isle of Wight councillor Chris Whitehouse, the chair of Ryde governors Lesley Holmes says: "Governors believe that this proposed merger is not in the best interests of... either school."

Ms Holmes added: "Neither Ryde Academy governors nor [headteacher Joy] Ballard were consulted about the AET proposal prior to the public announcement."

Police warning after rise in number of missing cats on Isle of Wight

Five arrests after serious assault in Portsmouth

Police investigating two separate serious assaults in Portsmouth last night have made five arrests.

The first incident left a man with a serious injury to his chest after police were called to reports of men fighting in Edmund Road, Southsea at 19:06 BST.

The 23-year-old was taken to Southampton General Hospital and police arrested a 22-year-old man from Kent, a 22-year-old man from London and a 20-year-old man from Southsea.

The second incident happened at about 21:13 and involved an "altercation" between two men in Queens Road, Fratton. Both men were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A 40-year-old man from Portsmouth and a 35-year-old man from Southsea have been arrested in connection with this incident.

All five men arrested remain in police custody and Hampshire Constabulary said there is "no evidence" to connect the two incidents.

Progressive Alliance's 'enormous impact' in Oxford West and Abingdon

The Progressive Alliance is celebrating today's result in Oxford West and Abingdon, as back in May the Green Party candidate for the constituency stood aside in a tactical move to stop the Conservatives.

At the time a Conservative spokeswoman called it "yet more proof of grubby deals being struck to build a coalition of chaos".

But Tina Leonard from the Progressive Alliance said the move had had an "enormous impact" and was about "building a better society and changing a broken political system".

Layla Moran with victorious Lib Dem activists
Lib Dems

She described the defeated Nicola Blackwood as an "absolutely charming Tory MP" who "said all the right things but unfortunately always... voted against all the things that are important for us and for all the things we don’t like, so this time it’s going to be different".

Anneliese Dodds: 'Young people decided to get involved'

Labour's Anneliese Dodds, who increased her party's majority in Oxford East, said young voters made a difference.

She replaced Andrew Smith, who decided to step down after 30 years.

He said he was "absolutely thrilled" at the result.

PC sacked after bullying claim proven

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A police constable has been sacked for bullying, being rude and lacking respect for a woman when he stopped her car on private land.

PC Neil Bevan, based at Amersham, was dismissed following a misconduct hearing at Thames Valley Police HQ in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police HQ
Google

On 11 August 2016, the officer stopped a member of the public in her vehicle which he threatened to seize.

He took the woman's keys and issued the woman with a traffic offence ticket.

He gave her the impression he would report her to the DVLA and/or take further action against her, the hearing was told.

His behaviour was proven to be was abrupt, rude, bullying and/or lacking in respect and courtesy.

Deputy chief constable John Campbell said: "We expect all of our officers to uphold high standards of behaviour and to treat the public with respect at all times, and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards are rigorously investigated.

"In this instance, PC Bevan's actions fell far below the standards of what we, and most importantly the public, expect of police officers."

In Pictures: Car destroyed by blaze on M3

car fire
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

This is the moment firefighters tackled a car fire on the M3 this afternoon.

Crews from Basingstoke and Andover were called to a three-car crash which included a Ford Focus on fire.

The incident happened on the M3 northbound between junction 8 for Popham and junction 7 for Dummer.

The vehicle was completely destroyed by the blaze at 12:28 BST. Nobody was trapped.

car fire
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Southampton Itchen: How close did it come?

A handful of voters could have swayed the Tory majority

Steel construction MD calls for MPs to 'pull together' ahead of Brexit negotiations

simon boyd
REIDsteel

MPs are being urged to "present a united front" to the EU for Brexit negotiations.

Simon Boyd, who is managing director of Dorset-based steel construction company REID steel, is set to write to all MPs asking them to "pull together".

He said: "WhileIrespect the election result, a hung parliament weakens our country and this does not bode well for strengthening our position in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

"This election result does not take away the British people’s decision to leave the EU and our members of parliament, Labour and Conservatives, alike must now throw their combined support behind our government and Brexit negotiating team.

"To not do this would show contempt for the British people who mostly support the need to get on with the leaving process, and do much damage to the future prospects for the UK."

BreakingMars recalls chocolates over salmonella fear

Slough-based chocolate maker Mars is recalling some bars of Galaxy, Maltesers Teasers and bags of Minstrels due to the "potential presence of salmonella".

Products including Galaxy Milk 200g bars, Minstrel 118g pouches and Maltesers Teasers 35g bars with best-before dates of 6 May 2018 and 13 May 2018 are affected.

Other products included in the recall include Galaxy Milk 4x42g multipacks and Galaxy Counters 78g and 112g pouches with the 6 May 2018 and 13 May 2018 best-before dates.

Dodgy choc
Mars Inc.
Seven items are included in the recall list

A Mars spokesperson said if consumers have any of the products they should not eat them.

"We are working closely with the relevant food safety authorities and our customers to ensure that the affected products are no longer available for purchase," Mars said.

The firm's UK base is in Slough, where it has its head office and a factory.

Steaks are high after hung parliament

The general election has ended in a hung Parliament, where no party has the 326 seats needed to get an overall working majority in the House of Commons.

And according to a butchers in Oxford, a hung parliament means hung steak...

Butchers sign
BBC

Here be Dragon's votes...

The pupils of The Dragon School in Oxford had their own election yesterday, and they match up well with those in the constituency.

"Voter turnout was a pretty strong 420, that’s out of 600 children, and 70 staff," Sue Riley, head of the middle school, confirmed.

Yesteday's vote (the real one) saw the Liberal Democrats overturned a Conservative majority of almost 10,000 votes to win Oxford West and Abingdon.

Layla Moran won the Oxfordshire seat from Nicola Blackwood by 816 votes - 26,252 to 25,440 - with an almost 15% swing away from the Tories.

Dragon School votes
Dragon School

Victoria Prentis: 'Long and trying night'

Here's Victoria Prentis' speech, as tweeted by Cherwell Council, after she held onto her seat in Banbury for the Conservatives.

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How the South's political landscape has changed...

South East map
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Chicken-keeping boy launches free-range egg crusade
Benjamin, 9, has written to biscuit company McVitie's asking them to stop using caged hens in its produce.

Severe accident: A329 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A329 Berkshire both ways severe accident, at B3030 Robinhood Lane affecting Loddon Bridge Road.

A329 Berkshire - A329 Reading Road in Winnersh closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the B3030 Robinhood Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the Loddon Bridge Road junction and to Wokingham.

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

Woman rescued by helicopter off Ryde Pier

A woman has been rescued by the Coastguard helicopter off Ryde pier on the Isle of Wight this afternoon.

The Maritime Coastguard Agency said they received a call at 12:15 BST from a member of the public reporting a person in the water in front of the funfair on Ryde Harbour.

The woman was approximately 200 yards away from the shore, a spokeswoman said.

Crews from Ryde Lifeboat and Bembridge Lifeboat attended the incident alongside the UK Coastguard helicopter, which was launched from Lee-On-Solent.

The woman was then airlifted to hospital. It is not currently known if she suffered any injuries.

Watch: Layla Moran cheered at Lib Dem HQ

New Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran was met with cheers at Lib Dem HQ earlier.

Before introducing leader Tim Farron, she admitted winning by a "sliver" of a majority, but said it meant the constituency would be represented once again by "liberal values".

New MP introduces Lib Dem leader

"Top job," Mr Farron was heard saying to her as he stepped onto the stage.

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Hovercraft services disrupted

MP Tobias Ellwood says it's an 'honour' to represent Bournemouth East

General election 2017: The result in maps and charts

See how the parties performed, where they won and lost votes and where the highest turnout was, with the BBC's interactive maps and charts.

map
BBC

Six years for man who fractured woman's eye socket

Fintan Burke
Thames Valley Police
Burke was arrested and charged on the evening of the offence

A man who fractured a woman's eye socket by kicking her in the face has today been jailed for six years.

Fintan Burke pleaded not guilty to GBH, but following a three-day trial he was found guilty by a jury on 2 June.

At around 18:00 BST on 22 July last year, Burke assaulted a 25-year-old woman, who was known to him, inside a house on Waylen Street in Reading.

Investigating officer, Det. Con. Sukhpreet Singh said: "The defendant showed no remorse in trial and never gave an account to the police when interviewed.

"In court, he stated the injury to the victim was caused by someone else."

Corbyn gains 'a lesson for Blairite generation'

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Fiona McTaggart, ex-Slough MP, says Jeremy Corbyn has moved the party on from Tony Blair.

Fiona McTaggart, the former Labour MP for Slough, has said that Jeremy Corbyn has moved the party on from the leadership of Tony Blair.

Ms McTaggart was elected in the Labour landslide in 1997, and was one the 101 so-called 'Blair's babes' elected that year. She left office at this election.

“The world changes, and I think the Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon is a lesson to our generation", McTaggart told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“I am a Blairite, and I thought he was a brilliant leader. But Jeremy is engaging with a group of people who were put off by Tony Blair, and they feel Jeremy does get them".

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, after M275.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M27 eastbound after M275, because of a broken down car and caravan.

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

Men arrested after assaults in Portsmouth

Police cordon
BBC

Police are investigating two assaults in Portsmouth last night.

The first, in Edmund Road, Southsea, happened shortly after 19:00 BST.

A 23-year-old man from Southsea was taken to Southampton General Hospital with a serious injury to his chest.

A 22-year-old man from Kent, a 22-year-old man from London and later a 20-year-old man from Southsea were arrested.

All three are currently in police custody.

The second happened in Queens Road, Fratton, shortly before 21:15 BST and saw two men taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Two men, one aged 40 from Portsmouth, and a 35-year-old from Southsea have been arrested and are also in police custody.

Police said at this stage there was no evidence to connect the two incidents.

New Reading East MP Rodda 'expected to lose'

Matt Rodda
BBC
Matt Rodda engineered a 16% swing in Reading East to win the seat with a 3,749 majority

The big shock of the night in Berkshire was Matt Rodda's victory for Labour in Reading East.

The incumbent Rob Wilson had held the seat for the Conservatives for 12 years, and had a majority of over 6,500, which was overturned last night in dramatic fashion.

I was expecting to narrowly lose", said Mr Rodda, a local councillor, "I’m frankly very surprised that we managed to have such a great result here".

He was so shocked, that he hadn't written his victory speech until 01:30 last night.

The new MP added: "People are sick and tired of cuts, and pressure on public services". In Reading East you just have a more enhanced version of that".