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Summary

  1. Southampton FC sack Claude Puel
  2. Consultation shows opposition to NHS plans in Dorset
  3. Oxford will not hit air pollution targets, says city council
  4. Blue plaques revealed for BBC Music Day
  5. Updates from Thursday 15 June

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Howard Hillsdon Room unveiled

The refurbished breakfast and music room at Yarnton's William Fletcher School in Oxfordshire is now the Howard Hillsdon Room.

The idea was suggested by his mother Julie Hillsdon, and his father Graham Hillsdon made the sign for the building. They unveiled it earlier.

Julie Hillsdon and Graham Hillsdon
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Howard Hillsdon was 21 when he died. His car was hit by a vehicle coming the other way on the A4142.

WATCH: 'WW1 relic' left for BBC reporter

A bell, apparently from the wreck of the WW1 ship SS Mendi off the Isle of Wight, is found in a plastic bag

Lennon and McCartney 'spotted in Caversham'

OK, they're from tribute act The Upbeat Beatles, who both offered to Help (see what we did there?) at the blue plaque unveiling for BBC Music Day.

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In other Lennon news, the legendary Beatle, who used to live in Tittenhurst Park near Ascot, will now share a songwriting credit with Yoko Ono on his hit Imagine.

Reading high rises 'meet high safety standards'

Councils across the UK are continuing to reassure tower block residents that they are safe following the fire at a west London block of flats.

Reading Borough Council says it is confident its three 14-storey blocks in Coley and four eight-storey blocks in Granville Road, Southcote, "meet high levels of fire safety standards".

On the subject of cladding at Coley, it says the flats have "very few cavities between any external cladding panels and the main concrete construction but on the limited elevations where they do occur fire breaks are in place to stop the spread of fire".

It adds: "The council takes fire safety extremely seriously and is continually reviewing measures as new information arises or updated guidance is issued."

WW1 shipwreck's bell 'recovered' after tip-off

A relic of one of Britain's worst shipping disasters has apparently been recovered after a ship's bell was anonymously given to a BBC reporter.

It bears the name of the SS Mendi which sank off the Isle of Wight during the First World War, killing more than 600 black South African labourers.

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The bell was left for the BBC at Swanage Pier in the early hours of this morning

The bell is thought to have been stripped from the wreck by divers.

Maritime archaeologist John Gribble, who has surveyed the ship, said the bell was probably genuine.

Cogges Manor Farm receives grant for upgrade

Cogges Manor Farm in Witney has received a £50,000 grant from West Oxfordshire District Council.

It's to go towards a £1.3m development programme over the next two years to improve facilities at the tourist attraction, which in recent years played a starring role in Downton Abbey.

Cogges Manor Farm
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Jeanette Baker, cabinet member for leisure and health at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: "We are fortunate to have a heritage centre such as Cogges Manor Farm in our district. It is unique and plays an important part in our local history and in our lives today."

Strikes 'disrupt' UK weapons programme

A union claims strikes have resulted in "serious disruption" to the UK's nuclear weapons programme as it announced further industrial action.

Unite union said workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment's two Berkshire sites would strike for 12 days during the summer over a pensions dispute.

Trident submarine
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AWE builds the UK's Trident submarine warheads

AWE, which builds the UK's Trident submarine warheads, said it had put "resilient measures in place".

It added that its pension scheme was "very competitive".

The man who saw Lennon and McCartney in Caversham

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Ricky snuck into a pub in Caversham in 1960 to see an unknown duo perform in the back room.

But he didn't know that pair would go on to become some of the biggest stars the world has ever known.

He was in the Fox and Hounds on the evening where 'The Nerk Twins', made up of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed their only known gig.

He returned to the pub on the day that performance was celebrated with a BBC Music Day Blue Plaque.

Outside the unveiling of Lennon and McCartney's Blue Plaque

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Paul McCartney's second cousin, a Lennon and McCartney tribute act, and a blue plaque makes...?

A magic combination, it turns out.

We caught up with Kate Robbins and the Upbeat Beatles, as they unveiled a BBC Music Day Blue Plaque.

They were celebrating John Lennon and Paul McCartney's only known gig as 'The Nerk Twins' at the Fox and Hounds pub in Caversham.

Blue plaque tribute to Harbour Lights songwriter Jimmy Kennedy

The man behind the hit song Harbour Lights has been remembered with a blue plaque at a Hampshire pub.

The plaque was awarded by BBC Local Radio with the British Plaque Trust, to mark people or places, that have influenced the musical landscape across the country.

Jimmy Kennedy's son, Jimmy Kennedy Jr, came over from the South of France to unveil the plaque at the Harbour Lights pub in Portsmouth which inspired his father to write the song when he saw it in the 1930s.

The Northern Ireland-born songwriter also penned songs including Teddy Bears' Picnic and Istanbul (not Constantinople) during a 50-year-career.

Blue plaque unveiled as tribute to Harbour Lights songwriter

Here's a closer look at that Chipping Norton blue plaque...

It reels off an impressive roll call of talent that recorded at the old Chipping Norton Studios in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Blue plaque
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Blue plaques have been unveiled across the country as part of BBC Music Day. Also commemorated were David Bowie (twice!), John Peel and Delia Derbyshire, the composer of the Doctor Who theme tune.

Woman arrested as part of Blackbird Leys murder probe

A woman has been arrested as part of an investigation into the death of a man who died after a fight in Oxford.

A brawl broke out on 1 June in Jourdain Road, Blackbird Leys.

Christopher Lemonius, 27, was found injured at the scene and died in hospital.

Four men and a boy have so far been charged with his murder.

On Wednesday, a 31-year-old woman from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is in police custody.

Blackbird Leys murder scene
BBC

She joins a 63-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, from Oxford, who were arrested on Tuesday, also on suspicion of assisting an offender, but who have since been released under investigation.

'The single greatest object on planet Earth'

Historian Dan Snow is in Portsmouth doing a podcast, and he starts off by talking about HMS Victory.

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Man tried to 'usher' 16-year-old girl in Weymouth

Police are carrying out extra patrols in Weymouth after a girl was approached by a man as she walked on the Rodwell Trail.

The 16-year-old was asked by a man if she would go for a walk last Sunday evening. She said no, but he then tried to usher her in the direction of Sandsfoot Castle.

She refused and walked off. Police say they are keen to trace the man said to be in his 30s.

Man admits to Christmas Eve killing

police in front of crime scene tape
PA

Joseph Storr was staying in 48-year-old Warren Duke's house when he stabbed him in the neck.

police in front of crime scene tape

Man admits to Christmas Eve killing

Joseph Storr was staying in 48-year-old Warren Duke's house when he stabbed him in the neck.

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Catch whooping cough and get £3,500

Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online

Researchers at Southampton University are offering people up to £3,526 to be deliberately infected with whooping cough for the sake of medical science

They want to make a better vaccine to protect babies, toddlers and vulnerable adults against the disease.

To help, you must be aged 18-45, in good health, willing to live in an isolation unit for 17 days - and sing.

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Engine fault delays Liberation sailing to Poole

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A fault with Condor Liberation's port main engine means it will have to sail on reduced service for the rest of today, the firm has said.

The issue was discovered en route to Guernsey this afternoon.

While it is only due to leave Guernsey five minutes later than scheduled at 15:45 is due to arrive in Poole an hour and five minutes later than planned at 19:45.

Condor Liberation
Jonathan Le Ray

Chipping Norton Studios blue plaque unveiled

BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Piercey is broadcasting from outside the former Chipping Norton Studios today, unveiling a blue plaque as part of BBC Music Day.

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He's also been joined by a host of Oxfordshire music talent, who have been performing their versions of songs that were recorded there.

They are Nikki Petherick (covering The Proclaimers' 500 Miles), Band of Hope (Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street) and Anne-Marie Sanderson (Radiohead's Creep).

With songs as famous as those, no wonder it's getting one of the blue and shineys.

police in front of crime scene tape

Joseph Storr was staying in 48-year-old Warren Duke's house when he stabbed him in the neck.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J5 for A40 affecting J7 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of a vehicle fire. Travel time is 35 minutes. Congestion to J7, A40 (Thame).

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

Fire in Woodley treated as arson

BBC Radio Berkshire

A garden fire at a property in Woodley, Reading, is being treated as arson with intent to endanger life.

Police believe the blaze in Drovers Way, which was close to the gas mains pipe at the property, may be linked to a string of other fires in the area 10 minutes apart on Tuesday afternoon.

No-one was injured.

New mural on Oxford's Stockmore Street

Locals will be able to spot all sorts of little references to Oxford's Cowley Road in this stunning mural on Stockmore Steet.

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Lennon and McCartney gig pub honoured

A pub which played host to Lennon and McCartney's only gig as The Nerk Twins is receiving a commemorative BBC plaque.

Our reporter Adam Whitty has sent us some photos from the Fox and Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, ahead of the unveiling.

Plaque
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The plaque is ready to be unveiled
Pub
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It's bunting ahoy outside the Fox and Hounds
Inside
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Many Beatles fans and pub regulars are down here to see it
Inside
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This is where The Nerk Twins' performance took place

Man with life-threatening injuries after fall in Bournemouth

A man in his 40s has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after falling from a height in Bournemouth.

He was found outside an address in Carnarvon Road, at about 00:32 BST on Wednesday. His next of kin have been informed.

Carnarvon Road
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Dorset Police has opened an investigation into the incident.

Det Con Sarah Close said: "...we are trying to find out if he fell or whether someone else was involved.

"I would urge anyone who was in the Carnarvon Road area in the early hours of yesterday morning and witnessed what happened to please contact Dorset Police."

Southampton General Hospital praised after making improvements

Critical care services at Southampton General Hospital have been rated as outstanding following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

In its last inspection in 2015 it was told it required improvement in providing safe and responsive care.

The results of the latest inspections from January and February have been released, and inspectors said they found significant improvements in the quality of all services that were inspected, with the trust’s overall rating raised to good.

Southampton General Hospital
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Professor Sir Mike Richards, the chief inspector of hospitals, said: "Throughout we found a trust which demonstrated a healthy impatience to improve - from the top down.

"We came across many examples where the staff interactions with patients or relatives had exceeded expectations... not only clinical staff, but domestic, portering, catering and clerical staff too."

Poole Housing Partnership putting on extra staff in tower blocks

Poole Housing Partnership has released a statement following the fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London.

It says: "We have always worked closely with Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service to ensure the safety of our blocks of flats.

"We commission expert fire safety assessors to regularly carry out inspections of all our blocks of flats and any recommendations they make are taken forwards.

"We are currently awaiting details on the cause of the fire and will respond accordingly."

Extra staff will be on hand at all its tower blocks to deal with residents' concerns, it added.

The Queen

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

The Queen is expected to attend day two of Royal Ascot after the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen's Speech earlier in the day.

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BBC Crimewatch: Exmoor body - what police already know

Clay head reconstruction
Avon and Somerset Police
A clay head reconstruction of the victim

The BBC's Crimewatch is asking for the public's help to identify a body discovered in Somerset 15 years ago.

This is what police already believe:

  • He died between late 1999 and 2000
  • There was a violent assault before he died
  • The body was probably kept elsewhere before being buried in 2001
  • He is aged between mid-20s and mid-30s
  • DNA shows he may have spent time between Plymouth, Bude, Poole and Bristol
  • Most likely to be North African, Asian, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean

Southampton's tower blocks 'safe', council writes

Southampton City Council has sent a letter to tenants in its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

It says the results of its own improvement works are "robust" and full fire risk assessments were carried out.

"There is nothing at all to suggest that the system is unsafe in any way," Steve Smith, in charge of housing and neighbourhoods, writes.

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Council's 'surprise' at government air quality estimates

A council has voiced concerns about the government's "excessively optimistic" air pollution estimates.

Oxford's air breaks European limits for nitrogen dioxide but a government action plan suggests the city will hit targets by 2020.

Oxford City Council said it was "surprised" by the estimate and "concerned" about the modelling used.

The government said it was committed to improving air quality and cutting harmful emissions

Broad Street in Oxford
David Hallam-Jones

These draft proposals find that, without taking any further action, the city will have no problem by 2020. We think this is incorrect.

John TannerBoard member for a Clean and Green Oxford on Oxford City Council

Community centre tribute to late postman

A postman from Caversham, who died earlier this year, is to have a community centre named in his honour

Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre will be renamed The Weller Centre following a vote by local residents.

Martin Weller, who joined Royal Mail when he was 18, was a familiar face in the area and volunteered with Caversham Children's Fund.

The Weller Centre, Caversham
Reading Borough Council
The community centre closed in March for a £540,000 extension and is due to reopen in the autumn

We are touched and so pleased that the community thought so much of Martin that they would want to use his name for the centre. It’s truly an honour for Martin, our family and friends.

Carol WellerMartin Weller's widow

Honorary degree for former BBC presenter

Sian Williams on BBC Breakfast
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Sian Williams, who now works on 5 News, previously presented BBC Breakfast

Former BBC breakfast presenter Sian Williams will be given an honorary degree by Oxford Brookes University.

The broadcaster studied English and History at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes) before launching her career in journalism.

Daniel Battsek, director of Fim4, and John Assael, the co-founder of Assael Achitecture, are among others receiving honorary degrees at the June graduation ceremonies.

I am honoured that such inspirational figures are joining us for some of the university’s most important and memorable celebrations.

Professor Alistair FittVice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes University

Tower block residents across England given safety advice

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Following the fatal tower block blaze in London, people living in high-rise buildings across England are being given safety advice.

Most housing associations and councils have issued statements to say their accommodation complies with regulations and is safe.

Some fire brigades have described their high-rise training facilities.

The authorities have also expressed sorrow over the deaths at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.

Ambulance at Grenfell Tower
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They included Oxford City Council, which said it was carrying out renovations that "have delivered substantial improvements" to fire safety.

Survey rejects children's hospital service proposals

Plans to cut children's hospital services in Dorchester and create a premature baby unit in east Dorset have been met with strong opposition.

The proposal formed part of a public consultation by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) into a shake-up of health services in the county.

Dorset County Hospital
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The consultation took into account 18,500 questionnaires, 2,000 people at drop-in sessions, 1,000 people interviewed over the phone and some paid focus groups.

The most contentious element - to create a single special care baby unit for premature babies covering the whole county - was rejected by two-thirds of people.

The CCG said it would consider all the responses.