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Summary

  1. Firefighters tackle Bournemouth Airport fire
  2. PCC 'supports civilians using guns on terrorists'
  3. Heritage railway reopens between Swanage and Wareham
  4. Queen recreates Slough to Paddington train journey taken by Queen Victoria in 1842
  5. Elderly brother and sister arrested after man shot dead in Slough
  6. City College in Southampton criticised by Ofsted over poor teaching
  7. Updates from Tuesday 13 June

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All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us today.

We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all of the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather.

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Bournemouth's Spur Road partially closed due to 'considerable' heath fire

Crews tackle heath blaze

More than 70 firefighters are tackling a heath fire alongside a busy dual carriageway near Bournemouth Airport.

The blaze has forced the partial closure of the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road, near the Blackwater junction for Hurn and Christchurch.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said the fire was largely under control but crews would need to remain there for some time checking for hotspots.

A338 fire
Dorset Police

Drivers are being warned of travel delays of more than an hour.

Stansfield: Gun owners 'can act as armed civilians'

Adam Whitty

BBC South

TVP's PCC Anthony Stansfeld says gun owners can be armed civilians in a terrorist attack.

Gun owners can act as armed civilians and kill terrorists if they see them attacking people, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

Anthony Stansfeld was speaking after the attacks in London and Manchester in which 30 people were killed.

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime commissioner previously said she is interested in the idea of armed civilians acting on their own initiative.

Mr Stansfeld was asked by BBC Radio Berkshire whether he thought that was appropriate.

"You wouldn't sit back and watch someone killing people if you could put a stop to it. I think that is reasonable".

"But we have to be very careful that we are not trying to set up vigilante armed groups, because that would be disastrous".

Over 26,000 firearm certificates were registered in the Thames Valley in 2015/16. Thames Valley Police has declined to comment.

Thames Valley Police has declined to comment.

London Irish duo make World Championships final

FT England U20s 24-22 South Africa U20s

Adam Whitty

BBC South

London Irish pair Tom Parton and Theo Brophy-Clews were part of an England team that have just qualified for the U20s Rugby World Championship final.

A last-gasp try from captain Zach Mercer sealed a 24-22 win for England, who are defending their World title in Georgia.

Joe Parton
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Tom Parton joined the London Irish academy from Wellington College for the 2016/17 season.

Brophy-Clews, who has captained the side in the past, started at inside centre, unfortunately though, the 20-year-old was taken off injured in the first half and will be a doubt for the final.

Full-back Parton has been a regular feature for the side.

Dorset/Hampshire travel latest: Heath fire causing disruption

BBC News Travel

Heathland fire in Christchurch

Heightened security planned for Ascot

Racing fans are being warned to expect heightened security at Royal Ascot next week.

Organisers of the annual event, which starts on Tuesday, have told visitors that access to the Berkshire racecourse will take longer than in previous years.

In a statement, they added there will be increased numbers of armed police at the site as well as more extensive dog, bag and physical search procedures.

Police at Ascot
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Severe accident: A37 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A37 Dorset both ways severe accident, between A356 Dorchester Road and Dorchester Road.

A37 Dorset - A37 Long Ash Lane in Grimstone closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A356 Dorchester Road junction and the Dorchester Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Barnsley sign Saints defender McCarthy

BBC Sport

Jason McCarthy
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Barnsley have signed Southampton defender Jason McCarthy for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Walsall, scoring five times in 52 appearances in all competitions.

Tykes boss Paul Heckingbottom told his club's website: "I am really, really pleased to get Jason to join us.

"We have been monitoring him for a while and as soon as we became aware that there was a chance, we jumped at it."

Festival route bridge declared 'unsafe'

A bridge near the Isle of Wight Festival site has been closed after it was declared unsafe for large vehicles.

Newport Quay bridge would normally be used by traffic leaving the Seaclose Park festival ground and by coaches bringing visitors to the town's market.

Large traffic and coach operators have been advised of a diversion via Seaclose where there is a 10mph limit.

Isle of Wight Council said the festival site was still being cleared after the four-day event which ended on Sunday.

Newport Quay bridge
Google

It is not yet known how long the bridge will remain closed.

Police ask public to name tractor

Dorset Police with their new tractor
Dorset Police

A tractor has been loaned to Dorset Police and the force is asking for the public to help name it.

Police said the tractor would feature at a series of rural events throughout the summer to help them "engage with rural communities".

PC Claire Dinsdale said: “It is vital we explore every opportunity in encouraging members of the public to report rural crime.

"It is only with this intelligence we can target and disrupt those who operate in the countryside."

Queen recreates historic train journey

The Queen is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the first British monarch to travel by train by recreating the journey from Slough to Paddington.

Queen Victoria made the journey on 13 June 1842 on the Great Western Railway.

Alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen was greeted by school children at Slough station.

Queen meets school children at Slough station
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More strikes 'almost certain' if talks fail

BMW workers at the Cowley plant
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Workers at the Cowley plant in Oxford, where BMW makes Minis, took part in the strike

The Unite union has warned BMW more strikes are "almost certain" if talks over its pension scheme fail.

Discussions resumed today after workers voted to reject an offer aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over the closure of a final-salary pension scheme.

BMW said the offer was "fair" and it was disappointed at that result.

We would urge BMW bosses to engage constructively and work with Unite to hammer out a deal which is acceptable to our members and averts the disruption of further strike action.

Fred HannaUnite national officer for BMW

'Dogs need to give blood too'

An animal charity is encouraging dog owners to let their pets donate blood.

The Pet Blood Bank has been promoting its work ahead of World Blood Donor Day tomorrow.

The BBC visited one of the charity's centres in Woodley, Berkshire, to find out what is involved.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East). Traffic is coping well.

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

Antique lampposts give Reading 'spirit'

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Replacing antique street lights with modern ones is destroying a town's heritage, campaigners say.

Cast-iron lampposts have been a feature in Reading since Victorian times and were made locally.

Reading council said it was upgrading lighting by installing modern lampposts, and replacing old ones it sees as being unsafe.

Campaigner Richard Bennett said the traditional lampposts give Reading its "spirit".

Police warning against street drinking during Henley Royal Regatta

Police presence in Henley will be stepped up to prevent drunken behaviour during this year's Royal Regatta.

Up to 150 officers will be on the streets of the Oxfordshire town during the event.

Police will confiscate alcohol from people found drinking in the street and will use section 35 powers to remove people from an area for 48 hours if they are causing a nuisance.

The regatta will begin on Wednesday 28 June, and is expected to attract 200,000 people over five days.

Henley Royal Regatta
BBC

Last year 32 arrests were made in the town during the regatta, compared with 35 in 2015 and 15 in 2014.

The majority of incidents were public order and minor offences.

Our role is to keep disruption to a minimum and to make sure that anti-social behaviour and drunkenness do not prevent visitors from having a great experience at the world famous regatta.

Ch Supt ListThames Valley Police

Car blaze may have been caused by e-cigarette, firefighters say

The interior of the car
Hampshire Constabulary

Firefighters believe a car blaze in Tadley on Monday was caused by an e-cigarette left on charge.

The front of the car was scorched and melted in the fire and the vehicle was also severely damaged by smoke. It was parked in Bishopswood Road.

A Tadley fire station crew attended and used a dry powder extinguisher to put out the flames and a thermal imaging camera to ensure the scene was safe by 19:00 BST.

Burned bit of car
Hampshire Constabulary

Weather outlook: Dry and warm afternoon ahead

Most areas across the south have enjoyed unbroken sunshine so far today with highs of 21C.

However, it is expected to get cloudier as the afternoon progresses and temperatures will peak at 14C overnight.

BBC weather
BBC

'Mysterious' vaults discovered under Blenheim Palace steps

A series of underground vaults have been discovered during a major £350,000 restoration project on the north steps of Blenheim Palace.

Under the steps, three "vaulted voids" were found, acting as supports for the steps above.

The vaults
Blenheim Palace

A recent survey showed the flight of stone steps were slowly spreading apart and moving away from the main structure of the palace, so a team of specialist stonemasons were brought in to restore them.

During the restoration the vaults, which are believed to have been created for structural support for the steps, were discovered.

Richard Bowden, historic buildings and conservation surveyor at the palace, said they also found "stalactites created by the trickle of water through the closed environment over the centuries".

He added: “No objects or artefacts were discovered and other than for structural reasons the actual purpose is not immediately apparent; although further investigations are scheduled."

Train named by Queen in repeat of history

Artist sought to create new troll for bridge

Troll
Test Borough Council

An artist experienced in working with carved oak is being sought to create a new troll for the Andover Troll Bridge.

The existing troll was created in 1998 and is attached to the pedestrian troll bridge crossing the River Anton along Riverside Walk in Andover.

The inside edge of the bridge has been carved with quotes from the children’s tale, and the three billy goats gruff can be found close by.

The deadline for the commission, which is being overseen by Test Valley Borough Council, is 30 June.

Bridge
Test Borough Council

Children 'most attentive' in the afternoon, sleep study finds

Children sleeping
BBC

Contrary to beliefs children are more attentive in the afternoon, according to a study by Oxford University.

Students between the ages of 9 and 11 kept sleep diaries and measured their reaction times as part of a joint project between BBC Learning and the University of Oxford.

The research also revealed that turning the clocks forward led to children having more sleep.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A287 and J4A for A327.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J5, A287 (Hook) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Matrix sign set to 50 mph. Traffic is coping well.

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

Very high pollen levels across the south

In Pictures: Historic rail journey from Swanage to Wareham

It's been a big day for rail enthusiasts in Dorset today, here are some more pictures...

Swanage railway
BBC
Swanage railway
BBC
Swanage railway
BBC
Swanage railway
BBC

Teenager left with fractured skull after assault on Isle of Wight

Police are looking for two blond teenagers who attacked a 17-year-old boy and left him with a fractured skull on the Isle of Wight.

The boy was riding his mountain bike in Lake at 22:15 BST on Sunday night when he was stopped by two teenagers at the junction of Green Lane and Cemetery Road.

The tracksuit-clad pair asked the victim for a cigarette, and claimed he owed them money, before assaulting him.

The victim has been treated for head injuries.

Slough's new MP says he's proud to be first turban-wearing Sikh in Parliament

Tan Dhesi, who polled almost 63% of the vote, says he welcomes the chance to be an MP and wants to help all communities.

Tan Dhesi
BBC

The new Parliament is the most diverse ever elected, with a rise in the number of women, disabled, LGBT and ethnic minority MPs.

There's also been an increase in politicians who went to state school.

Working in the true Sikh ethos of sadh sangat, which is working for the betterment of all, that's how I will seek to serve.

Tan DhesiNewly-elected Slough MP

Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe accident, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J14 for A338.

M4 Wiltshire - Two lanes blocked and slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) in Badbury and J14, A338 (Hungerford) in Berkshire, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

First passenger train to Wareham in 45 years leaves Swanage

In pictures: Swanage to Wareham heritage line set to reopen

Sue Paz

BBC South

Swanage Railway Station
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Swanage Station
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Timetable
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