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Summary

  1. Toppled crane in Reading removed
  2. Man held after girl, 4, left with broken leg in Southampton 'hit-and-run'
  3. 'Dad dancing' Dorset constable is festival hit
  4. Petition calls on Oxford City Council to scrap fines for homeless people
  5. Updates from Monday 31 July

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All times stated are UK

Football is an art form - literally

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A football season is a long, arduous journey across 46 games.

Hard enough, if you are a professional footballer, with your focus entirely on the game.

Maidenhead United: National League new boys to combine work with play

But what if you had to work playing in front of 10,000 people with doing a 9-5 job?

It is what the players of newly-promoted Maidenhead United will have to face this season in the National League, as they prepare to face some of the big boys of English football.

Longest word spoken during parliamentary meeting by Michael Bryan
Michael Bryan used the 45-letter word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis at a meeting.

Rain didn't spoil 'joyful' festival

Camp Bestival founder and organiser Rob Da Bank said wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of festivalgoers at Lulworth Castle at the weekend.

The family-friendly festival marked it's 10th birthday with performances from Brian Wilson (pictured), Mark Ronson and Leftfield, among others.

Brian Wilson
Bestival

Wow, what a crazy weekend… it was such an inspiring sight, seeing everyone having so much fun despite the odd shower or three. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for coming to Camp.

Rob Da BankFestival founder
Fireworks at Camp Bestival
Bestival

Crane fire at Portsmouth Royal Navy dockyard

Appeal over Hartley Wintney animal deaths

Two badgers, a deer and several hares have been found killed at a Hampshire beauty spot prompting police to appeal for information.

The bodies of the animals were found within a patch of bracken on Warren Heath, Hartley Wintney, on Wednesday.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "It is clear that the animals were killed, rather than dying of natural causes or an environmental hazard.

“This area is popular with dog walkers, horse riders and cyclists, so I would like to hear from anyone who has been there recently and saw anything suspicious.”

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Man murdered in Slough skate park stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed while sitting on a skate ramp.

The 24-year-old victim was one of two people attacked as they sat in Salt Hill Park, Slough, after being approached by three men.

Salt Hill Park
Google

He sustained life-threatening injuries during the assault on 10 July and died in hospital on Monday.

Two people have been arrested and released while inquiries continue. Another was released without charge.

Remembering the brothers killed in war
The brothers' names are inscribed on the Menin Gate.

CCTV released in Southampton stabbing

Police investigating a stabbing in which a man suffered a severed neck artery in Southampton have released an image of someone they want to trace.

The 29-year-old victim was attacked near the Mayflower Theatre shortly after midnight on Saturday, 22 July.

Police said his life may have been saved by an officer who gave first aid.

The man police want to trace is thought to be one of a group of five individuals seen walking in Bedford Place towards Watts Park.

victim of stabbing and man police want to trace
Hampshire Constabulary
Police want to trace a man pictured on CCTV (right) after a man suffered a life-threatening puncture wound to his neck (left)
Heroic World War I medic Harold Ackroyd remembered at Ypres
The BBC revisits the story of Victoria Cross winner Harold Ackroyd who died in World War One.

Video: 'Longest word' spoken in Parliament

A 16-year-old boy who used a 45-letter word has missed out on entering the House of Commons record books.

Michael Bryan, from Bournemouth, said the word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis - a lung disease - at a Youth Select Committee meeting on 14 July.

However, as it was not a parliamentary proceeding it will not be officially recorded in the Hansard, a House of Commons spokeswoman said.

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg's use of floccinaucinihilipilification in 2012 remains the longest recorded.

The annual Jalsa Salana festival has been held in Alton.
The annual Jalsa Salana festival is held at Alton in Hampshire.
Denis was 19 when he was killed in WW1
Denis Hewitt continued to fight on despite being badly burned.
Man Limbu

Sun Maya Tamang is accused of murder, attempted murder, aggravated burglary and false imprisonment.

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Workman seriously injured in fall from Weymouth school roof

A workman has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling through a skylight at a school in Weymouth.

Police said the man, aged in his 50s, fell from All Saints school on Sunnyside Road shortly before 11:00 BST.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust said he suffered a head and shoulder injury in the fall.

Dorset Police said his next of kin have been made aware.

The force said a cordon has been put in place and the Health and Safety Executive has also been informed.

All Saints School
All Saints School

How to start your own music festival

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes at 2000 Trees
Dan Hess
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes at 2000 Trees

Newsbeat speaks to the people behind three festivals which have sprung up from nothing in the past decade.

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes at 2000 Trees

How to start your own music festival

Newsbeat speaks to the people behind three festivals which have sprung up from nothing in the past decade.

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Petition against homeless bag fines attracts 4,000 supporters

A petition calling on Oxford City Council to stop threatening homeless people with a fine for leaving their belongings in doorways has attracted more than 4,000 signatures.

The authority put notices on the belongings left in doorways - telling people if their bags weren't removed they could face a fine of up to £2,500.

Stuart Fowkes, from Oxford, who launched the petition says people want to make a stand against the move.

Oxford City Council says the bags posed a hazard by blocking fire exits and lockers were available to those who sought help.

Homeless people could be fined for leaving their belongings in doorways in Oxford
PA

London-bound trains via Woking resume

Trains are starting to run again following a track circuit failure at Woking which has caused delays and cancellations to London-bound services.

Some London-bound lines have reopened.

  • Trains from Portsmouth Harbour (via Basingstoke) and Weymouth towards London Waterloo will start to run
  • Replacement buses will remain in place to call at intermediate stationsSouth West Trains said: "Some of the lines are now reopened, but we do still expect delays of up to 90 minutes and alterations as the services recovered."

Disruption is expected until 16:00 BST.

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Night-time closures for Berkshire bridge

Chequers Bridge is to close tonight for three weeks for overnight maintenance work by Network Rail.

The bridge in Langley is where Market Lane meets Mansion Lane and Hollow Hill Lane.

Network Rail is repairing structural damage to the bridge. It will be shut each night from 22:00 to 06:00 BST.

Diversions will be in place during these times.

Chequers Bridge
Google

Charity day at Cowes Week regatta

It's day three of Cowes Week and today is charity day.

This year the charity chosen is the Weymouth-based Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

The charity was set up in memory of Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was killed in May 2013 training for the America's Cup.

Racing started earlier from the Squadron line. The annual event sees boats from all over the world race off the Isle of Wight.

About 100,000 people are expected to visit the island for the event, which runs until 5 August.

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Lendy Cowes Week
Lendy Cowes Week
Lendy Cowes Week

River search for shotgun used in murder continues

Police are continuing their search for the shotgun believed to have been used to kill businessman, Guy Hedger.

Members of Dorset Police's marine unit are searching a river in West Parley in the hope of recovering the weapon.

Mr Hedger, 61, died in the early hours of 30 April after intruders reportedly broke into his home in Ashley, near Ringwood, and opened fire with a shotgun.

Three men appeared in court in May accused of Mr Hedger's murder.

Police river search
BBC

Man charged with Dorset stabbing

A Poole man has been charged with stabbing and seriously injuring a man in the Lagland Road area of the town on Saturday.

The victim sustained two deep wounds to his armpit and arm, police said.

The 20-year-old suspect is accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal damage, assaulting a police officer and a racially-aggravated public order offence.

A Special Constable from Dorset Police wows the crowd 'dad dancing' at Camp Bestival
Special Constable Jason Cox was challenged to a dance-off by revellers at Camp Bestival in Dorset over the weekend.

Train problems continue through Woking

Trains are still unable to run from Basingstoke towards Woking.

South West Trains said it's due to a track circuit failure on the London-bound line just south of Woking station.

Lengthy delays and cancellations are now expected until 14:00 BST.

A track circuit is the method that our signallers use in order to detect the presence of trains on the track. Until this is rectified, trains will have to be revised or altered, and will experience delays.

South West Trains

OX13 power cut affected 2,000 homes

Some homes in the OX13 postcode are still without power this morning after a fault.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said power was initially lost to 2,000 homes at about 07:15 BST.

About 600 homes currently remain without power.

The firm said its engineers are repairing the fault and hope to get all homes back on by 15:00.

Delays and cancellations on London-bound trains via Woking

All London-bound lines remain blocked after a track circuit failure at Woking.

South West Trains says services running through this station may be delayed by up to 40 minutes or revised.

  • Services from Portsmouth to London Waterloo via Eastleigh will terminate at Winchester
  • Services from Portsmouth to London Waterloo direct will run via Cobham
  • Services from Weymouth to Waterloo will be diverted via Havant
  • Services between Exeter St. Davids and London Waterloo will terminate at, and start from Basingstoke
  • Some services from Poole to London Waterloo will terminate at Winchester
  • Services from Basingstoke to London Waterloo will be cancelled
  • Services from Alton will run to Guildford and terminate there

South West Trains said disruption will continue until midday.

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Man arrested after girl, four, breaks leg in 'hit and run'

A man's been arrested after a four-year-old girl was left with a broken leg after being struck by a car in Southampton.

The girl was struck by a silver Ford Focus on Denzil Avenue just before 20:00 on Thursday.

The car was later recovered by police in Fanshaw Street, close to Onslow Road.

The 45-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop and failing to report a collision.

London-bound trains via Woking delayed

A track circuit failure at Woking means all London-bound lines are currently blocked.

South West Trains says services running through this station may be delayed by up to 40 minutes or revised.

Disruption is expected until midday.

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Toppled Reading Primark removed

A crane that toppled and landed on a former Primark store in Reading was removed overnight, the council has confirmed.

Specialist engineers from the Netherlands assisted with the operation, Reading Borough Council said.

It had previously been thought it could take several days to remove the crane.

Crane collapse
NPAS Benson

Reading Borough Council rehomed 52 people after they were evacuated, while others stayed with friends and family.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.