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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 2 August
  2. Call for cash after 'unsafe' cladding closes hospital unit
  3. Injured yachtsman rescued
  4. Cowes Week under way
  5. Witness appeal after serious crash
  6. Mail Online apology to murder victims' mother
  7. Appeal after man found unconscious and seriously injured
  8. Divers continue Hedger murder river search

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Travel: Wickham Festival causing heavy traffic

Traffic around Wickham is snarled up as preparations for this year's festival continue, ahead of the official opening tomorrow.

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Armed robber captured on CCTV

A man reported to be armed with a small black handgun has been filmed robbing a Co-op store in Hampshire.

Police have released CCTV images of yesterday's raid in St Vigor Way, Colden Common, at about 13:30 BST.

The man, described as white and wearing black and white trainers, threatened a cashier before escaping with money from the till.

Colden Common robbery
Hampshire Constabulary

Manchester attack: Mail Online sorry over Jayden Parkinson photo

Mail Online has apologised for publishing a photo of a girl murdered in 2013 as among those missing after the Manchester Arena explosion.

Jayden
SAMANTHA SHREWSBURY

Twenty-two people were killed and 250 injured in a suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the venue on 22 May.

The following day Mail Online used a "viral" social media post of missing people that included Jayden Parkinson.

Her mother has received an apology and a £150 donation from the website.

But Samantha Shrewsbury said on Twitter she was "disgusted" by the response from Mail Online.

New cinema 'closed until further notice'

A "state of the art" cinema, which opened in February, has announced it will close until further notice, after cancelling screenings earlier today.

The 10-screen Odeon cinema at the BH2 leisure development said earlier it had suffered a power cut.

Cinema-goer Vivienne Palmer reported that water had affected electrical systems at the multiplex.

Odeon could not be reached for comment.

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Coast path reopens after cliff fall

A section of Dorset coast, made famous by ITV's Broadchurch, has reopened to walkers following a major rock fall.

The clifftop path, between West Bay and Freshwater Beach at Burton Bradstock, was severed by the fall on the night of 28 June, Dorset County Council said.

The route has now been diverted on to land owned by a golf course.

Cliff fall at West Bay
Dorset Police
Between 1,500 and 2,000 tonnes of rock fell at West Bay
new coast path
Dorset County Council
The diversion is through Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club

Tank Museum secures £2m grant

The Tank Museum at Bovington, Dorset, has had a £2m grant confirmed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will help to build a new workshop and apprenticeship scheme to allow more restoration work on vehicles.

Construction work is due to begin in September, with completion by May 2018.

Tank museum 2016
Tank museum
Cav Miley

National League side Eastleigh sign Jersey captain Cavaghn Miley and former Cambridge striker Ben Williamson.

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Road closures in Banbury during water pipe replacements

A "complicated" 14-week scheme to upgrade large old cast iron water pipes underneath Banbury has begun.

The £640,000 upgrade deep underneath Milton Road means tougher and stronger plastic pipes are being installed that should reduce leakages in the area.

The road is closed from the junction with Barford Road to Collins Drive.

Thames Water project manager Jon Wickens said: “We’ve closed Milton Road to start work on the next phase of our mains replacement programme.

"Although we appreciate our work will cause some delays, feedback from our customers is they want to see us investing money and upgrading our ageing network of pipes to reduce leaks and bursts.

"They want reliable water supplies that are fit for the future so it’s vital we replace the old pipes."

Liam Moore

Reading defender Liam Moore signs a new four-year contract to stay with the Championship side until 2021.

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New cinema 'closed by power cut'

Cinema-goers have been unable to see films in Bournemouth's newest cinema today.

Odeon's BH2 complex, which opened in February, has blamed a "power cut" for the temporary closure.

Cinema-goer Vivienne Palmer said: "Water got into the electrics, smoke was billowing out so they had to shut the cinema down."

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said it had not been called to any incident.

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Airport discovers 3,000th species

Heathrow biodiversity land management
Heathrow Airport

Heathrow's biodiversity engineers have discovered the 3,000th species known to be living in the 170 hectares of biodiversity lands managed by the airport.

The Box Tree Moth, first recorded in Britain in 2007, is one of 540 moth species discovered living on the land around Heathrow.

So far this year, 210 new species have been found - mostly moths, flies, bugs and higher plants.

Did you see this crash?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in Fareham on Monday afternoon.

Two drivers were taken to hospital with injuries after the crash on Gudge Heath Lane shortly before 15:00.

Anyone who saw the collision, involving a red Ford Feista and a Blue BMW 1-series, is urged to contact Hampshire Constabulary.

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 westbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J6, A355 (Slough), because of a broken down car.

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

Condor 'optimistic' Liberation will sail tomorrow

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Ferry company Condor has said it has reviewed forecasts for tomorrow and is "optimistic" that Thursday's Liberation sailing will run.

However it warned the forecast "remains inclement".

"We will continue to monitor the weather forecasts as they are received," the company said.

Condor cancelled today's sailings after an engine fault left the vessel with reduced power, and unable to operate in rough conditions.

In light of the forecast the company has advised passengers booked on day trips between Poole and Guernsey to travel "only if it is necessary".

It will be offering an "alternative date of travel without amendment fees or a full refund."

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BAE in £72m radar contract

BAE Cowes
Google

During a visit to Portsmouth Naval Base yesterday, defence procurement minister Harriet Baldwin announced that BAE Systems had been awarded £72m-worth of contracts to support military radar systems.

The contracts are to support the Sampson radar on board the Type 45 destroyers and will support 255 high-skilled jobs.

The Sampson surveillance and tracking sensor, designed and built in Cowes, has been in service since 2006.

Report found NHS unit had high fire risk

Trauma centre
Oxford University Hospitals Trust
The trust which runs the John Radcliffe Hospital said the trauma unit may be closed for up to a year

A fire safety review of a hospital building which prompted the decision to close it to patients found "serious and embedded" issues.

The report, commissioned after the Grenfell Tower fire, said the unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford was "high risk" because of the alarms and escape plan alone.

Without action, it suggested there were grounds for the fire service to restrict access.

Patients are to be moved by 4 August and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said it would "implement any changes necessary".

Campaigners to press pedestrian crossings and disrupt Countryfile Live traffic

Oxford Mail

Green Belt campaigners plan to repeatedly press the pedestrian crossings on the A44 in protest as thousands of motorists head to Countryfile Live tomorrow.

Man found unconscious in Portsmouth 'critical' in hospital

Police are trying to discover how a man who was found unconscious in Portsmouth was injured.

Police were called after the 45-year-old man was found collapsed near the Civic Offices on a walkway leading to Isambard Brunel Road on Monday shortly after 18:00 BST.

He had suffered a bleed to the brain and fractures to his skull, facial bones and ribs and is critically ill in hospital.

Anyone who was in the area of the Guildhall from about 17:30 on Monday who witnessed anything is asked to contact police.

Mail Online 'sorry' over terror attack photo error

A national newspaper website has apologised for publishing a photo of a girl murdered in 2013 among pictures of people reported missing following the Manchester Arena.

Jayden Parkinson
Samantha Shrewsbury

The Mail Online published a "viral" social media post of Jayden Parkinson the day after 22 people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated the bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

Jayden, 17, was strangled by her ex-boyfriend and her body found buried in a graveyard in Didcot, Oxfordshire, in December 2013.

In a letter to her mother Samantha Shrewsbury, Ashlee Gagui, editorial manager at Mail Online, apologised for causing her family "further grief".

Cowes Week: Record claimed in round-island race

Volvo Ocean Race boat MAPFRE has set a world record time for a mono-hull completing the around the island course.

They completed the 50-nautical-mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight in 3hr 13min 11sec in the around the island race part of the Triple Crown series at Cowes Week.

The record has yet to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.

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Appeal over man found unconscious and seriously injured

Isambard Brunel Road
Google

Police are trying to find out how a man suffered a fractured skull, facial bones and ribs.

The 45-year-old was found unconscious near Portsmouth's civic offices in a walkway leading to Isambard Brunel Road (pictured) on Monday evening.

He also suffered a bleed to the brain and was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where his condition was described as "critical".

Guy Hedger murder: Police divers continue river search

Police divers are continuing to search for the weapon used to kill a businessman who was shot at his home in Dorset.

Officers began the search of the River Stour in West Parley last Thursday as part of the investigation into the death of Guy Hedger.

The 61-year-old 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.

The charity Crimestoppers has also offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the firearm used and jewellery stolen during the raid.

Police divers continue river search
Dorset Police
Police divers continue river search
Dorset Police

Severe disruption: A321 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A321 Berkshire both ways severe disruption, between B477 School Lane and Kenton's Lane.

A321 Berkshire - A321 High Street in Wargrave closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B477 School Lane junction and the Kenton's Lane junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Man charged over Asda delivery van 'theft'

A man has been charged after reports an Asda van was stolen while the driver was making deliveries in Bournemouth earlier this year.

A tracker device found the van, which was taken from Wellington Road on 26 April, had stopped in Bransgore in the New Forest before it was recovered in Totton, near Southampton.

A 47-year-old man of no fixed address is charged with driving a vehicle taken without the owners consent, driving while disqualified, drunk driving, driving without insurance and attempted theft.

He is due before Poole magistrates on 11 August.

Music venue in repairs appeal

The Joiners
Google

The Joiners music venue in Southampton has launched an appeal to help it repair the century-old building which has been its home for nearly 50 years.

The concert hall and pub, which has hosted bands such as Muse, Kasabian and Oasis, says "critical repairs" are needed to keep the venue going.

Armed robber threatens store staff

Co-Op in Colden Common
Google

A man thought to be carrying a gun threatened staff at a Co-Op store in Colden Common, near Winchester.

Police were called to the shop in St Vigor Way yesterday lunchtime after the robber left with cash from the till.

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J13 for A30.

M25 Berkshire - Three lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of a car fire. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

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

Weather causes travel chaos

'Bigfoot' spotted outside Oxford University Museum of Natural History

'Bigfoot' statue
BBC

A life-size metal sculpture of a human figure squashing the life out of the Earth has been put on display outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH) today.

The humanoid represents Homo magno pedites, or "Big Foot", described as the "evolution of our species as the dominant and most destructive species on Earth" by Population Matters.

It's not being exhibited inside the museum though.

Robin Maynard, Population Matters director, said: "Museums like the OUMNH do a fantastic job of inspiring people to love the natural world.

"But, if all visitors see is the past glory of nature, then only half the story is being told."

Traffic light misery in Oxford

Train crash survivor fights for therapy

Harriet Myles
Harriet Myles

A woman who survived a fatal train crash 12 years ago criticises the NHS for ending the trauma therapy which had been "keeping her alive".

Harriet Myles

Train crash survivor fights for therapy

A woman who survived a fatal train crash 12 years ago criticises the NHS for ending the trauma therapy which had been "keeping her alive".

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Man in kangaroo onesie tackles burglar

Dorchester's 'Roman fort' market site to be revamped into shopping complex

A 150-year-old market reputed to be the site of an old Roman fort could be developed into a shopping complex.

Dorchester Market and Fairfield car park
BBC

West Dorset District Council's strategy committee agreed "in principal" for Dorchester market and Fairfield car park to be revamped at a special meeting on Tuesday.

It also supported plans for Charles Street car park to be turned into a supermarket.

Market traders and residents have said the proposals would "kill" the town.

A century-old album of postcards sent by a Southampton couple has been found
It was handed in to a butchers in the St. Mary's area of Southampton 50 years ago after being found on the street.