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  1. Updates from Friday 16 June
  2. Portsmouth cyclists protest after death
  3. Fire at Dorset reserve
  4. Renewed appeal for missing Oxford girl
  5. Oxford United boss linked to Leicester

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That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us today.

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

Tree felling work to begin

Work to cut down 33 trees in Reading will begin next week, the borough council announced today.

The council said the trees identified for felling would be replaced.

Deputy council leader Tony Page said: "While it is always with regret the council has to carry out this work, public safety is paramount and we have little option.

“Trees do deteriorate over time and it is particularly sad where the trees to be felled provide significant amenity value to an area.

"In the case of the 16 poplars at Christchurch Meadows and the large black poplar at Kings Meadow, that is certainly the case."

Helped with cancer by receiving letters

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A cancer victim has started a new campaign to encourage people to write letters to friends and family who are suffering from cancer.

Brian Gleenley, from Bracknell in Berkshire, received hundreds of letters from Alison at a time he felt most disconnected during his treatment.

He said it helped him hugely as he comes close to becoming cancer free.

Now, he and friend Alison have set up a website hoping to inspire others to do the same.

Sunny and warm weekend forecast

Severe accident: A32 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A32 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Minnitt Road and Minnitt Road.

A32 Hampshire - A32 Mumby Road in Portsmouth closed in both directions between the Minnitt Road junction and the Minnitt Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Woman sexually assaulted in Southampton

A 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by two men as she walked down a main road in Southampton.

The victim was walking on London Road towards The Avenue at about 23:30 BST on Wednesday when the men "put their hands under her dress", police said.

The force said she ran away in the direction of Portswood Road, where the attackers were later seen getting out of a black car by winebar Champagne Charlies.

The attackers were both described as Asian. One was about 5ft 6ins and had a short dark beard, dark hair and a foreign accent.

The other was described as slightly taller and wearing a green top with a white collar.

Severe accident: M275 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M275 Hampshire northbound severe accident, at M27 J12.

M275 Hampshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M275 northbound at M27 J12, Portsmouth, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident.

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

Saints pledge match profits to tower fire victims

Southampton FC and Brentford have pledged to donate any profits from their upcoming pre-season friendly to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The fixture will be played at Griffin Park on 22 July.

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'Rogue trader' targets elderly woman

A "rogue trader" demanded £900 from an elderly woman for building work that was not undertaken, police have said.

He knocked on the 82-year-old's door in Greenlands Road, Kingsclere, twice on Wednesday, telling her she owed money for roofing repairs.

However, when she told him she would have to call a relative, the man left.

Hampshire police said the suspect was described as a clean-shaven white man in his late 30s or early 40s and wore a baseball cap.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A30 and J14 for A3113 Airport Way affecting J12 for M3.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J12 M3.

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

Are these your coins?

Police have published photographs of a large quantity of commemorative and foreign currency coins officers have recovered in Hampshire.

The force said it believes they may have been taken in a burglary and is trying to trace the owner.

Hampshire Constabulary

Severe accident: A40 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A40 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Cuckoo Lane and Barnard Gate Turn Off affecting A44 Woodstock Road.

A40 Oxfordshire - A40 in Eynsham blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Cuckoo Lane junction and the Barnard Gate Turn Off junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Wolvercote Roundabout.

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

Balaclava-clad men in overnight house raid

Four balaclava-clad men wielding “bladed objects” raided a Berkshire house in the early hours of this morning.

The group left the Hanwood Close property in Woodley at about 00:50 BST carrying cash and electrical equipment they had taken after threatening the two occupants.

Police described the robbery as “frightening” and said officers are carrying out extra patrols in the area to reassure the community.

No injuries were sustained during the incident.

Severe accident: A3056 Isle Of Wight westbound

BBC News Travel

A3056 Isle Of Wight westbound severe accident, between Whitecross Lane and Scotchells Brook Lane.

A3056 Isle Of Wight - A3056 Newport Road in Merrie Gardens closed westbound between the Whitecross Lane junction and the Scotchells Brook Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Met Office predicts highs of 32C for Monday

'Dangerous' teenager detained for 12 years

Marcus White

BBC South

A judge has described a 17-year-old as a "career drug dealer" as she passed sentence for the stabbing of a man in a Bournemouth street.

The teenager, who cannot be named, was found guilty of wounding with intent and possessing a knife following a trial at Winchester Crown Court which concluded last month.

Winchester Crown Court
Chris Talbot

CCTV shown in court showed the victim walking into a shop with the knife still embedded to a depth of 3.5cm, before he collapsed.

Judge Jane Miller QC said the blade had "missed critical structures in the head by millimetres". She told the teenager: "You are very lucky you did not face a murder charge.

"You are dangerous and lack ability to control yourself." He was given a 12-year custodial sentence.

Sex gas mask death a 'tragic accident'

Exmouth Street, Swindon

Dohoon Kim, from Slough, was found dead on a bedroom floor after "meeting for sex", a court hears.

Exmouth Street, Swindon

Sex gas mask death a 'tragic accident'

Dohoon Kim was found dead on a bedroom floor in Swindon after "meeting for sex", a court hears.

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Beach buggy scarf death was 'freak accident'

A court has heard how a woman who was a passenger in an open top car was killed when her scarf became tangled in the wheel.

Gillian Sandle, 62, was being driven by her husband in the VW beach buggy when the accident happened in Havant, Hampshire, on 18 December last year.

An inquest heard the couple, from Hayling Island, had gone to buy some mince pies after visiting a car show.

North Street in Havant

The coroner described the death as an "unfortunate freak accident".

Councils submit alternative vision

There's a new update in the long running (and very exciting) debate over the structure of local government in Oxfordshire.

Oxford City, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell councils have submitted their plan to the government.

They want to keep the county's district authorities and create a combined authority where all the council leaders can meet and take decisions.

But Oxfordshire County, Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire councils want to abolish the county's councils and replace them with one authority for the whole of Oxfordshire.

County Hall, Oxford
Robin Sones
Oxfordshire County Council wants to see a single authority created for the whole of Oxfordshire

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a bright start to the day, it will get cloudier as the afternoon progresses.

Temperatures will peak at about 21C before falling to 15C overnight.

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Last village bank branch closes

An Oxfordshire village's last bank is set to close.

The TSB branch in Goring-on-Thames' High Street will shut for the last time later today.

It is one of about 450 bank branches expected to permanently close across the country this year.

TSB in Goring

Bus to become homeless shelter

Linda Serck

BBC South

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched by two Portsmouth women who are converting a double-decker bus into a fully functioning homeless shelter.

Joanne Vines and Sammy Barcroft masterminded the ambitious project after spending three years working with the homeless as part of their Rucksack Project, which invites people to bring in rucksacks full of food, clothing, bedding and other useful items.

The friends approached Stagecoach, which has offered a disused bus free of charge.

Plans include installing 12 beds with toilet facilities and a kitchen.


Work has already begun and will continue in the coming weeks. It is hoped the shelter will be operational by November, in time for winter.

Once all the work is complete on the conversion, it will be given to a local charity to run.

Ms Barcroft said: "I’m so impressed at how the community have come together to support this project. We’ve got a lot of work to do but the donations and pledges coming in have been amazing."

Local sides given League Cup draw

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Just when you thought you could take your mind off the football for just a short period...

The League Cup first round draw has taken place in Thailand, of all places, thanks to the generosity of a sponsor.

The draw doesn't include Premier League teams, so for our neck of the woods here are the ties for Oxford United, Portsmouth and (not to rub salt into the play-off wounds) Reading.

The matches will take place on the week beginning 7 August.

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James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin

James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin died when the Cheeki Rafiki capsized in May 2014.

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School building named after crash victim

A school has named a building after a former pupil who was one of four people killed in a car crash in Oxford in 2005.

Howard Hillsdon was 21 when his car was hit by a vehicle coming the other way on the A4142.

Jane Austen sculpture trail launched

Linda Serck

BBC South

Fans of Jane Austen can head to places in Basingstoke and Winchester to enjoy a sculpture trail inspired by the novelist, who lived in the county and is buried at Winchester Cathedral.Sitting With Jane features decorated benches to mark the 200th anniversary of the novelist's death.

Each is shaped like an open book, every design is hand-painted by a professional artist in a style inspired by Jane Austen’s life and times in Basingstoke, Steventon and the surrounding area.

Sitting With Jane sculpture

The trail and the associated app will give the opportunity to explore (and sit in) places and landscapes that were important influences on Austen's life and work – often undiscovered by visitors.

There will be 24 BookBenches to explore until 31 July.

All BookBenches have free access, and the app is free to download from the website

Next of kin appeal for Weymouth man

Linda Serck

BBC South

The coroner for Dorset is seeking the assistance of the public to find the next of kin of a man who has died in Weymouth. Mark Davis, sometimes known as Marcus and who was 49 years old, died at his home address in Rodwell Road on 24 May. The coroner’s office has been making inquiries into his death, which is not being treated as suspicious, but has been unable to trace any next of kin for him. Any relative, or friend who has knowledge of his family members, is asked to contact the coroner's office on 01202 454910.

Hampshire Catalyst Trust charity boss banned over £60K payments

The main trustee of a loans charity has been banned from managing charities after unexplained transactions of more than £60,000 were made.

£20 notes

A Charity Commission inquiry into Hampshire-based Catalyst Trust found all its trustees were responsible for misconduct and mismanagement.

It also discovered loans were given to companies the main trustee had a personal interest in or connection to.

This person cannot act as a trustee in the management of any charity, it said.

Cameras to assess parking problems

Cameras have been installed to assess the extent of parking problems at two hospitals in Oxfordshire.

They were placed in car parks at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and Horton General Hospital in Banbury on Tuesday, and will remain in place until Monday.

It follows a report, published this week, which said there was "widespread frustration" at parking at both hospitals.

Earlier this year, the trust which runs both sites said it was planning five new multi-story car parks to address parking problems at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

John Radcliffe Hospital
Bill Nicholls
The chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust said parking was "inefficiently" organised

Man charged with sexual assault on child

A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy on the Isle of Wight.

The alleged incident took place in Newport on Wednesday at about 15:40 BST.

The 36-year-old, of Shide Road in Newport has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and has been remanded in custody to appear at Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court today.

Severe congestion: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe congestion, at J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - Very slow traffic on M3 southbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout).

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

Driver hurt as car overturns

BBC Radio Solent

A 4x4 car left the M271 northbound near Southampton and overturned at the bottom of a bank early this morning.

Police said the "lucky" driver suffered a head injury which was not life-threatening.

The crash also involved a BMW car and caused delays getting into Southampton.

No-one else was injured.

Poole Harbour Salterns Marina revised hotel plans approved

Revised £100m plans for a multi-storey hotel and block of flats overlooking Poole Harbour have been approved.

Poole Harbour islands

Previous proposals for a 65-bed hotel and 75 homes at Salterns Marina, overlooking Brownsea Island (pictured), were approved in April last year.

However, revised plans for a six-storey, 75-bed hotel and spa, and seven-storey building with 54 homes have now been given the green light.

The development on the existing 200m (650ft) quay includes demolishing the existing two-storey Salterns Hotel.

Men holding pigs

In his series Country Folk, photographer Ed Gold documents both the ordinary and unusual lives of people in rural or isolated communities.

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Condor Liberation will now sail today on revised schedule

Condor Ferries has contacted the BBC to say its Condor Liberation will sail today after engineers spent the night completing "essential maintenance".

The company had originally said all sailings today would be cancelled after a fault was found in one of the starboard engines but that has since been repaired.

The Liberation will operate on a revised schedule - operating via Jersey rather than direct from Poole to Guernsey as originally planned.

  • 10:00 - Poole to Jersey
  • 14:45 - Jersey to Guernsey
  • 15:45 - Guernsey to Poole