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  1. Updates from Friday 4 August

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The BBC South Live service will resume at 08:00 on Monday when we will be bringing you regional news, travel, sport and weather updates until 18:00.

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Joiners exceeds fundraising target

Southampton music venue The Joiners has exceeded its fundraising target, just days after launching an appeal for essential repair work.

The 100-year-old building in St Mary's street needs "critical repairs" which the venue said threatened its future survival.

Its online appeal has reached more than £8,000 after an initial appeal for £5,000 was launched earlier this week.

Artists including Coldplay, Oasis and Ed Sheeran have all played at the Joiners early in their careers.

The Joiners
BBC

Golf carts stolen and set alight

Caversham Health Golf Club
Google
The golf carts were stolen from Caversham Health Golf Club

About £7,000 worth of damage has been caused after golf carts were stolen and set alight in a suspected arson in Sonning Common.

Police were called to the skate park off Woodlands road early on Wednesday morning.

The carts, worth roughly £5,000 each, are thought to have been stolen from Caversham Heath Golf Club and were found on the site burnt out.

Pay for Oxford Uni management 'grossly excessive'

Louise Richardson
BBC
Oxford University says Louise Richardson's salary is £350,000 per year

The salary paid to Oxford University's vice-chancellor Louise Richardson has been critcised by the bursar of one of its oldest colleges.

In a letter to the Financial Times, bursar of New College, David Palfreyman says the university managed with the cheapest vice-chancellor in the land until about 2000 when costs began rising.

"Few in Oxford would be able to detect any improvement in our governance and management resulting from these "reforms" - or indeed any value-for-money return", he says.

A spokesperson for Oxford University says it is the "world's highest-ranked University...adding £5.8 billion to the UK economy every year" and the vice-chancellor's salary reflects this.

Louise Richardson earns £350,000 according to Oxford, not £442,000 - the figure quoted in the Financial Times by David Palfreyman.

Maidenhead crash victim named

A woman who died in hospital following a crash near Maidenhead on 26 July has been named as Clare Smith.

The 38-year-old from Marlow was driving when her vehicle collided with another car on the A308 Marlow Road.

Clare Smith
Thames Valley Police

Ms Smith's nine-year-old daughter was also taken to hospital but will make a full recovery, police said.

In a statement her relatives said: "She was very much loved by her devastated family and friends and will be forever sadly missed.”

'So excited I'll take a sleeping tablet'

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United start their season away at Oldham tomorrow and midfielder Ryan Ledson's certainly looking forward to it.

In fact, the 19-year-old says he's so excited he's ready to "take a sleeping tablet" to make sure he get's enough rest ahead of the game at Boundary Park.

Ledson suffered a knee injury at the end of last season and opted to miss the Under-20 World Cup, which was won by England, so he could focus on his recovery.

Rob Hall and Ryan Ledson (right) celebrate
Rex Features
Ryan Ledson (right) and Rob Hall celebrating last season

There's a few of us that have to take them, because I just love playing, love getting out there, the start of the season you can't beat it.

Ryan LedsonOxford United

Ambulance Service report shows 'bullying culture'

Ambulance
Getty Images

A damning report into an ambulance trust has revealed a culture of bullying and harassment with concerns over "toxic" atmospheres, sexual grooming and a fear of speaking out.

When bullying claims at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) emerged in February the trust commissioned an independent review.

About half the workforce surveyed experienced bullying in the past year.

The trust, which serves North East Hampshire, as well as Kent, Surrey and Sussex, said the report revealed "unacceptable" behaviour.

Adopt Lewis Carroll's pocket watch

Impression of redeveloped Oxford Museum
Oxford City Council
The city council says the new museum would be three times the size of the current space in Oxford Town Hall.

Fancy adopting a pocket watch which belonged to Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll?

Oxford City Council wants people to adopt 60 objects in the Museum of Oxford's collection to help pay for £2.8m redevelopment.

The project will see the old museum, which closed in 2011, reopened and enlarged.

The council hopes to raise about £875,000 from private donations and says adopters will receive a certificate, a digital image of the object, and an invite to the new museum's opening.

Jury retires in Poole murder trial

A jury has begun to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his friend by stabbing him 32 times in the head, groin and chest.

Ryan Merna, 29, the son of the owners of Compton Acres botanical gardens in Poole, was attacked at his flat in Wessex Road in August 2016.

Wessex Road
Google

Paul Taylor, 50, falsely accused Mr Merna of being a rapist and "whooped and shouted" in celebration when he learned of the death, Winchester Crown Court was told.

Mr Taylor, who denies murder, told police he acted in self-defence.

New £1m space test chamber installed at Harwell

The chamber
STFC

The largest space test chamber in the UK is being installed at a satellite testing facility in Harwell in Oxfordshire.

The £1m chamber, paid for by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, will be used to test world-class satellites, including Sentinel 5.

Dr Brian Bowsher, chief executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, said: “This new test chamber puts the UK ahead of the game internationally when it comes to being able to test spacecraft and satellites."

Red Arrows over Swanage

The Red Arrows have been thrilling crowds at Swanage carnival and regatta.

If you missed them, you might be able to catch a display for Cowes Week at about 19:30 BST.

Red Arrows over Swanage
Dorset Police Marine

A35 crash victims 'extremely lucky'

Two people have been taken to hospital following a crash which closed the A35 near Holmsley in the New Forest.

Police were called at 11:13 BST to a crash involving four cars at the junction with the B3058 Holmsley Road.

crashed car
South Central Ambulance Service
crashed car
South Central Ambulance Service

South Central Ambulance Service said six people were injured, but all involved were "extremely lucky" not to have sustained more serious or life-threatening injuries.

The road was reopened at about 16:00 BST.

How is your Cowes Week sailing knowledge?

Tens of thousands of people have been on the Isle of Wight for the annual sailing regatta.

But what the do the crowds actually know about sailing?

What do people attending the Cowes Week sailing regatta actually know about sailing?

BreakingTrauma inpatient wards at John Radcliffe Hospital moved

The John Radcliffe Hospital has moved all its inpatients from its trauma unit to new wards.

It follows a report that recommended removing cladding on the building, and which also found it was "high risk" because of its alarms and escape plan.

What's happening at Waterloo in 90 seconds

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

Confused about how the works at London Waterloo might affect your travel arrangements?

Passengers face three weeks of disruption as a major engineering project at the UK's busiest train station begins on Saturday.

BBC transport correspondent, Paul Clifton, explains how the closure of ten platforms might impact journey's.

Half of Waterloo Station will close so platforms can be extended.

New fire station for Theale

A new fire station is to be built on the outskirts of Reading.

It will be built on Wigmore Lane off the A4 at Theale

Plans have been submitted for the station which will be home to three or four fire engines.

The new location should make it quicker for firefighters to reach incidents outside of Reading as they won't through the town first.

Berkshire CCGs vote for merger

NHS North and West Reading CCG offices
Google

Four NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire have voted to merge.

The cost of duplication across the four bodies is estimated to cost between £150,000 and £200,000 a year.

The 50 member GP practices of North & West Reading, Newbury & District, Wokingham and South Reading CCGs voted in favour of the merger.

If agreed by NHS England, the change would come into effect from 1 April 2018.

Biker prom for bullied student

Sixteen-year-old Shannon Purcifer from Gosport has a prom to remember thanks to members of the local scooter club.

Special prom involving 120 bikers is held for a Gosport teenager who was bullied at school

Nine-year-old injured in Portsmouth car crash

A nine-year-old on a school exchange visit has been seriously injured in a car crash in Portsmouth.

South Central Ambulance Service said the boy was hit by a car on Locksway Road shortly before 19:30 yesterday and was flown to hospital in Southampton with serious head, leg and abdominal injuries.

Person trapped after crash on A35

Firefighters are working to rescue a person trapped following a crash on the A35 between Lyndhurst and Christchurch.

The air ambulance was called to the collision at the junction with B3058 Holmsley Road and Lyndhurst Lane which involved four vehicles.

The road is closed as emergency services deal with the incident.

Special prom involving 120 bikers is held for a Gosport teenager who was bullied at school
The local scooter club rode to the rescue after Shannon Purcifer after she decided not to go to her school prom.

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Severe accident: A35 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Station Road and Lyndhurst Lane.

A35 Hampshire - A35 closed in both directions between the Station Road junction near Hinton and the Lyndhurst Lane junction in Bank, because of an accident involving several vehicles earlier on and recovery work. Diversion in operation - Drivers should use either the A337 through Brockenhurst or the A31 towards Ringwood. Traffic is coping well.

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

Terror fears 'hit Legoland visitor numbers'

Legoland is blaming terror attacks in London and Manchester for falling visitor numbers.

Merlin Entertainment says visitor numbers were down "significantly" in the first half of this year.

The firm is also cautious on international visitor numbers over the key summer trading period.

Legoland Windsor entrance
Steven Haslington

Residents protest against level crossing closure

Level crossing protest in Wareham
BBC

Residents opposed to plans to replace a level crossing with a footbridge have staged a protest at the railway site.

Wareham crossing in Dorset - once branded one of the most dangerous in the country - is the subject of plans for a bridge, including step-free ramps.

The level crossing is due to be shut over safety concerns, and as part of a national programme of closures.

But yesterday, protesters claimed the crossing was safe and their views were being ignored.

Modou Barrow

Championship side Reading sign Swansea winger Modou Barrow for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £1.5m.

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Tree falls on to house in Oxford

Fallen tree
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters were called at about 10.00 on Thursday morning.

A tree has fallen on to a house in Oxford, damaging part of the building.

It happened yesterday morning and firefighters had to evacuate residents and cordon off the area in case the tree rolled off the roof, or any part of the building collapsed.

Station manager Andy Ford said no one was in the damaged part of the building at the time.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes once the fire service had checked the structure.

Man threatens Tesco staff with hammer and steals cash

The CCTV
TVP

A man armed with a hammer robbed a Tesco Express in Bicester and threatened staff before escaping with cash.

The robbery happened at 23:05 on Wednesday at the shop in Holm Square, Southwold. No one was injured during the incident.

Thames Valley Police has released CCTV of a man its officers believe may have information.

Det Con Anneliese Palfrey said: “We believe that shortly before the incident, at around 11pm, the offender hid behind a bin before going into the shop."

Royals boss Jaap Stam previews the new season ahead of the first game against QPR.
Reading manager Jaap Stam is looking forward to starting a new Championship season against QPR.

Severe accident: B3022 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

B3022 Berkshire both ways severe accident, at St Leonard's Hill.

B3022 Berkshire - B3022 Winkfield Road in Windsor closed and slow traffic in both directions at the St Leonard's Hill junction, because of an accident involving a motorbike.

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

Waterloo partially closes for more than three weeks

If you're planning to use London Waterloo in August you may have to amend your plans as half of the station closes tonight for three-and-a-half weeks.

Many trains will be cancelled and most others are going to be reduced or altered.

Network Rail also warns journeys are likely to take longer and there may be "queuing systems" outside some stations.

The work, which ends on 28 August, will provide space for 30% more passengers at the busiest times of day as well as improving facilities.

Waterloo station
David Parry/PA Wire
South West Trains says it is doing everything it can to reduce inconvenience