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Summary

  1. Suspected arson attack destroys heathland near Bournemouth Airport
  2. Southampton face Swansea and Cherries play West Brom on first day of 2017/18 season
  3. Anti-gun campaigners criticise Thames Valley's PCC over armed civilians comments
  4. Troubled chain ferry at Cowes to be free until 2 July
  5. More arrests over street brawl murder
  6. Updates from Wednesday 14 June

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'No evidence' of Thai pool death murder

Luke Miller
Miller family

There is "no evidence" a British backpacker who was found dead in a swimming pool in Thailand was murdered, a coroner has concluded.

Bricklayer Luke Miller, 26, from Newport, Isle of Wight, died on Koh Tao island on 8 January 2016 - the same island where two British backpackers, Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were murdered.

Mr Miller's body was found at the bottom of the pool at the Sunset Bar at Sairee Beach.

Recording an open verdict, Isle of Wight coroner Caroline Sumeray said there was no evidence of murder, adding: "It has been suggested this was a cover-up by the Thai authorities but there has been a very thorough police report."

Man dies of 'multiple injuries' following Blackbird Leys brawl

At today's inquest of Christopher Lemonius at Oxford Coroner's Court, coroner Darren Salter said the 27-year-old, of Sherwood Place, Barton, had died from multiple injuries following a fight in Blackbird Leys earlier this month.

A series of 999 calls were made after 23:00 BST on the night he died about a group of men fighting, the court heard.

A police investigation is still ongoing.

Four men and a boy have so far been charged with his murder, while a 63-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, both from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They have been released while inquiries continue, Thames Valley Police said.

Severe accident: A412 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A412 Berkshire both ways severe accident, between B376 Datchet Road and Church Street.

A412 Berkshire - A412 Yew Tree Road in Slough closed and heavy traffic in both directions between Red Cow Roundabout and the Church Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Radiohead Manchester Arena concert rearranged

Thom Yorke
PA

Radiohead's concert at Manchester Arena has been moved after last month's attack.

The Oxford band was due to play two dates at the venue on 4 and 5 July - but will now play a single night at Old Trafford cricket ground on 4 July instead.

Fans with tickets can either swap them for the new stadium gig or get a full refund.

Extra tickets for the Old Trafford show will go on sale on Saturday. A statement from the promoter said: "The group apologise to fans for any inconvenience."

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Portraits have been popping up by Oxford landmarks to celebrate the city's hidden stories

Pictures have been popping up in front of Oxford landmarks to celebrate the city's hidden stories and trailblazers.

Sixteen have been dotted around the city centre by Oxford University.

The images are part of an art installation called 'The Gaps Between' and will remain in place for a month.

Blue plaque for Chipping Norton studios

Tomorrow is the BBC's Music Day and to mark the occasion landmarks with links to music history are being given blue plaques.

In Oxfordshire, the site of the former Chipping Norton studios has been given the honour.

Here's a brief glimpse...

Blue plaque in Chipping Norton
BBC

Weather outlook: More sunshine

'High risk' missing person found after Romsey helicoper search

Watch: Park unveils baby porcupettes

Baby porcupines 'first' for wildlife park

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of the first Porcupine twins in the Park’s 47-year history.

The as-yet-unnamed and unsexed twin porcupettes were born recently to first-time mother Stempu and father Prickle.

Dorset surgeon qualifies for cycling world championships

Orthopaedic surgeon from Poole to represent the UK at the UCI World Cycling Championships

Waterloo-bound South West Trains services disrupted

BBC News Travel

Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M271 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at M27 J3.

M271 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M271 northbound at M27 J3, Romsey, because of a broken down van.

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

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane blocked on exit slip road eastbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

City council writes to high-rise tenants

Oxford City Council has sought to allay fears of residents living in its five high-rise blocks following the deadly fire in London.

Letters have been sent to reassure residents of Evenlode and Windrush in Blackbird Leys, Hockmore in Cowley, Plowman in Northway, and Foresters in Wood Farm, which are all undergoing a £20m refurbishment.

Evenlode Tower
Google

Fire safety is a top priority for us, and I wanted to reassure our own tower block residents about their safety here in Oxford. We have gone above and beyond legal requirements to ensure an enhanced level of fire safety for the families living in these blocks.

Bob PriceLeader of Oxford City Council

Severe disruption: Isle Of Wight both ways

BBC News Travel

Isle Of Wight both ways severe disruption, between Cowes and East Cowes.

Isle Of Wight - Vehicle ferry not operating on Cowes Chain Ferry between the Cowes junction and the East Cowes junction, because of low tide. Diversion in operation - via Newport (over 9 miles).

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

More arrests in Oxford murder probe

Two more people have been arrested over the death of a man in Oxford two weeks ago.

Five people have so far been charged with the murder of Christopher Lemonius who was found fatally injured in Blackbird Leys on 1 June.

Thames Valley Police said a 63-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, both from Oxford, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Crime scene in Blackbird Leys
EPA

Both have been released under investigation.

First day at Parliament 'humbling', says new MP

Reading East's new MP, Matt Rodda, has been speaking to the BBC after his first day in Parliament yesterday.

The 50-year-old reversed a 6,500 Conserative majority in his constituency to beat the incumbent, Rob Wilson.

It was the only Berkshire seat in which there was a change of control in the general election.

Matt Rodda won a 3,749 majority for Labour in the general election

"It's actually quite humbling to be here, representing local people," said Mr Rodda.

"You can't but help thinking about the history and the fact that people had to fight for their vote and for representative democracy."

Severe disruption: A3020 Isle Of Wight both ways

BBC News Travel

A3020 Isle Of Wight both ways severe disruption, near B3320 Bridge Road.

A3020 Isle Of Wight - A3020 Medina Road in Cowes (Cowes floating bridge) closed in both directions near the B3320 Bridge Road junction. Traffic is coping well.

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

Pilot unhurt after plane overruns on take-off

A pilot has escaped uninjured after the light aircraft he was flying overran the runway on take-off.

Emergency services were called to Brimpton Airfield in Berkshire at 11:26 BST following reports of the crash.

Plane crash at Brimpton
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

The male pilot was able to free himself from the single-engine aircraft prior to firefighters arriving at the scene, police said.

He refused an offer to be checked by paramedics, the force added.

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the scene had now been made safe.

Thames Water fined £8.6m for failing to stop leaks

Dearbail Jordan

Business reporter

Thames Water has been hit with its second big fine this year for failing to reduce leakage.

Industry regulator Ofwat has fined the company the maximum £8.6m it can levy and said it may take further action.

Thames Water worker
Thames Water

In March, the water firm was ordered to pay a record £20m for polluting the river Thames with 1.9bn litres of raw sewage in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Ofwat chief executive Cathryn Ross said Thames Water's failure to meet its leakage commitments was "unacceptable".

BreakingFormer vicar 'killed himself' on day of court appearance

A former vicar accused of raping a boy in the 1980s killed himself on the day he was due to appear in court, a coroner has said.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Trevor Devamanikkam, 70, from Witney, Oxfordshire, when he did not appear at Bradford Magistrates' Court on 6 June.

Police forced entry into his home just after 16:00 BST, at Otters Court, Priory Mill Lane, and found him dead with apparent self-inflicted stab wounds.

He was accused of six sexual offences. They were allegedly committed while he was a vicar in Bradford.

Princess Anne gives new Berkshire event royal approval

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Princess Anne has been in Berkshire this morning, opening a new event for children with disabilities and special needs.

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta at Bisham Abbey on the banks of the River Thames encourages young people to enjoy water sports.

The Princess Royal has opened the first accessible regatta in the Thames Valley.

The 350 children, from 20 local schools, took part in competitive bell boating, sailing and power-boating, and accessible canoeing in the first event of its kind in the Thames Valley.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque by the clubhouse, before handing out medals to those involved today.

Roy Hodgson opens new sports stadium

Former England manager Roy Hodgson is officially opening Arbour Park in Slough today.

The new 2,000-capacity community sports stadium is also the new home of Slough Town Football Club.

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Coach wrecked in blaze

Here's the burning coach that forced the closure of the A32 in Corhampton, Hampshire, earlier today.

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Plane comes down at Brimpton

Stowaways found 'dazed' under school trip coach

Pupils returning from a French school trip found two "dazed" stowaways, who had made an 11-hour journey, in the engine compartment of their coach.

The two boys emerged when the coach, hired by The Cowplain School, returned to Waterlooville from Paris on 28 May.

Headteacher Ian Gates said the Year 9 and 10 pupils rallied around the boys, who were "dazed and dehydrated", by giving them food and drinks.

Hampshire Constabulary has referred the boys from Sudan to social services.

Police would not reveal the ages of the boys but said both were under the age of 18.

Reaction to historic day when Swanage-Wareham train service returned

It was a big day for Swanage yesterday.

Peter Sills is a trustee of Swanage Railway, and Julian Hathaway was a founder member

Principal issues statement on school subject changes

Following reports that pupils at Portland's troubled IPACA school were being forced to drop subjects mid-way through their GCSEs, acting principal Gary Spracklen issued the following statement:

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Princess Royal opens Accessible Regatta

HRH The Princess Royal has officially launched the Rivertime Accessible Regatta on the Thames at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

The event gives hundreds of children with special needs the chance to join in sports they may not have tried before, including sailing, powerboating, bellboating and canoeing.

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New air ambulance for Dorset and Somerset

Council reassures high-rise tenants

Portsmouth City Council has reassured its tenants living in high-rise buildings that their homes comply with the "highest fire standards".

The statement comes after the deadly tower block fire in West London.

Council leader Donna Jones said: "The council owns 13 tower blocks, over 10 stories. All of them have a fire risk assessment every 12 to 18 months and comply with the highest fire standards.

"Our housing service also has a dedicated fire safety officer, and we have regular meetings with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service."

Last year Handsworth House in Portsmouth was partially evacuated after fire broke out on the 13th floor.

Britain - share your personal bests!

London 2017

Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
So Let's Go Running Bexley
Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.