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  1. Inmate pleads guilty over prison fire
  2. Student 'left to rot in UAE prison'
  3. Hampshire man dies while hiking up UAE mountain
  4. Oxford band Radiohead to headline Glastonbury tonight
  5. Updates from Friday 23 June

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Jon Platt

Jon Platt's defence lawyers had argued that pursuing legal action against him was an "abuse of process".

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Oxford band surprise audience at Glastonbury

Glass Animals played a surprise set on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury earlier this afternoon.

The Oxford band was first played by BBC Introducing in Oxford in 2010 and have gone from strength to strength. They've broken America and have two critically acclaimed albums to their name.

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The band are also playing The Other Stage at this year's festival.

Premier Inn urgently reviews cladding

BBC Newsnight

Premier Inn has told BBC Newsnight that it was “extremely concerned” about the cladding on three of its hotels.

It said an urgent review found hotels in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham did not appear to comply with government guidance for tall buildings - although it did appear to be a less flammable type than that used at Grenfell Tower.

The hotel chain said an independent expert has assured them that the hotels were safe to stay open given their "robust" safety measures including fire detectors and smoke alarms in every room.

Premier Inn urgently reviews cladding

Tribute to Isle of Wight motorcyclist Peter Kilshaw

The family of a motorcyclist who died following a collision on the Isle of Wight have paid tribute to him.

Peter Kilshaw, 30, from Cowes, died following the collision with a VW Beetle on Corf Road, Shalfleet, on Wednesday.

Peter Kilshaw
Hampshire Constabulary

“Peter was a lovely lad who would do anything for anyone. “He was gentle, loving and had a heart of gold. He was a serial prankster who always had us smiling, laughing and joking. He always strived to be his best and was a perfectionist. He will be sorely missed by his family, girlfriend and friends.”

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convicted pictures

Six dealers are jailed for their part in organised crime and drug networks supplying class A drugs in Southampton.

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Debbie McGee in Celebrity Masterchef


The contestants for this year's Celebrity Masterchef have been announced.

BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Debbie McGee is among those taking part along with comedian Vic Reeves and singer Rachel Stevens.

The new series starts in August.

Celebrity Masterchef

Rose presented as 'peppercorn rent' to landowners

A rose has been has been presented as a symbolic "peppercorn rent" to allow access to Oxfordshire's countryside.

The historic gesture is in return for allowing public to use Wittenham Clumps and Little Wittenham Nature Reserve.

Council chairwoman Zoe Patrick presented the rose bush to the Earth Trust's Graham Shaw
Earth Trust

Every year the county council gives a rose to the Earth Trust, which owns the land, in a tradition dating to 1970.

When the agreement was drawn up the area was in Berkshire, but since 1974 Oxfordshire County Council has presented the rose.

Chairwoman of the county council Zoe Patrick said the local authority was "delighted" to honour the long-standing agreement.

BreakingNew Southampton boss announced

BBC Sport

Southampton appoint former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino as manager.

BreakingIsle of Wight term-time holiday dad found guilty

A father who fought a long-running legal battle over taking his daughter on a term-time holiday has been found guilty over the unauthorised trip.

Jon Platt

Jon Platt lost his legal challenge at the Supreme Court in April, despite winning earlier legal battles against a £120 fine in a case brought by the Isle of Wight council.

Earlier at the island's magistrates' court, his defence lawyers argued that pursuing legal action against him was an "abuse of process".

However, he has been found guilty.

Mauricio Pellegrino: Southampton appoint former Alaves boss as manager

The 45-year-old Argentine replaces Claude Puel, who was fired after one season in charge earlier in June.

Pellegrino stood down as Alaves manager in late May, after losing the Spanish Cup final to Barcelona and finishing ninth in La Liga with a club that had been promoted the season before.

"My philosophy and the culture of the club will work well," said Pellegrino, who has signed a three-year deal.

Mauricio Pellegrino
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Mauricio Pellegrino

Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager, with the 45-year-old former Alaves boss replacing Claude Puel.

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Egidio Da Silva Alves jailed for life over Oxford street murder

Brennan Nicholls

BBC News

A man has been jailed for life for stabbing a father to death in the street in front of "terrified" onlookers.

Domingos Ramalho, 35, was attacked with a kitchen knife in Headlington, Oxford on 13 February.

Domingos Ramalho

Egidio Da Silva Alves, 28, of The Slade, Oxford, admitted murder and will serve a minimum sentence of 20 years.

Police said he knew his victim and killed him after the pair bumped into each other in a betting shop.

Work begins to remove cladding from Portsmouth Tower blocks

Workmen have begun the task of removing aluminium composite material cladding from two residential tower blocks in Portsmouth after tests found it to be a fire risk.

Portsmouth City Council said it was detaching the panels on Horatia House and Leamington House as a "precautionary measure". The authority has insisted the blocks were still safe for residents to stay in.


Fire review of University of Southampton buildings

Southampton University has issued a statement following a check of cladding on its residential and academic buildings.

"Following the appalling fire and tragic consequences at Greenfell Tower fire on the 14th June, the University of Southampton has further reviewed its fire safety standards for all of its buildings and particularly its residential buildings.

"Prior to the fire and, over the past 14 months, we have also completed fire risk assessments in all of our student accommodation blocks and houses and there are no serious actions outstanding from those assessments.

"More specifically, with regard to Mayflower Halls, these buildings have incombustible cladding, a full sprinkler installation and a high specification fire alarm system."

Mayflower Halls
University of Southampton

Woman raped during 'violent assault' at Southampton's St Denys Station

A woman has been raped during a "violent assault" in the car park of a train station in Hampshire, police have said.

St Denys Station

The victim was seriously assaulted by a man at St Denys Station car park in Southampton just after midnight.

The offender then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Hampshire Constabulary later stopped a vehicle and arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of rape and attempted murder. He remains in custody.

Councillor 'made late council tax payments'

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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

M4 Berkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

CCTV released in missing hospital patient search

Police have released a CCTV image of a patient who went missing from Southampton General Hospital, where he was being treated for a "serious medical condition".

Arkadijis Petrovs, 37, walked out of the high dependency ward at 16:30 BST on Monday.

Arkadijis Petrovs
Hampshire Constabulary

He was pictured on CCTV in Cash Converters, Shirley Road, at 09:45 BST on Tuesday, and was spotted later that day in the St Mary's area.

Police said Mr Petrovs may appear "disorientated or unsteady on his feet" and his need for medical treatment is becoming "more urgent".

HMS Alliance starts in new Transformers movie

Transformers V: The Last Knight goes on general release today and eagle-eyed cinema goers will be able to spot an appearance by the Gosport-based Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance.

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg visited the Royal Navy Submarine Museum last year to film director Michael Bay's latest part of the highly successful film franchise.

Supercars Bumblebee and Hotrod , "Autobots" which transform into earth-saving robots, made a special appearance as they sped up to the submarine in a race against time. Further scenes were filmed on board the boat over three days.

HMS Alliance filming
National Museum of the Royal Navy

Staff and volunteers were incredibly excited to be part of the filming but were sworn to secrecy. Film tourism is a brilliant way to broaden our appeal to the family market. The film crew have been incredibly creative and respectful in their treatment of Alliance.

Prof Dominic TweddleDirector General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy

Brexit: Isle of Wight views one year on from referendum

A year after the Isle of Wight registered a strong vote to leave the EU, BBC South's business correspondent Alistair Fee has been gauging opinion on the island.

Cladding removed from Portsmouth tower blocks

Portsmouth City Council is removing cladding from two Somerstown tower blocks, after checks showed it was a fire risk.

The cladding at Horatia House and Leamington House was tested in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Leamington House

The council said the buildings were "safe to stay in" while the work takes place.

It said as an extra precaution, council staff would be present in the tower blocks 24 hours a day, for as long as necessary.

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

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

Punter poised to win £1m with 'incredible' Ascot bet

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

It's going to be an anxious few hours for someone in Bedfordshire, who could become a millionaire this afternoon.

At the start of the week they placed a £40 accumulator bet on seven horses winning their races at Ascot.

The first six selections all came in and now the £1m payout rests on 8/1-shot Bound For Nowhere in today's 15:40 race.

Horses at Ascot

The punter, at Ladbrokes in Dunstable, has already beaten these odds:

  • Lady Aurelia 7/2
  • Barney Roy 5/2
  • Qemah 5/2
  • Highland Reel 11/4
  • Coronet 7/1
  • Big Orange 8/1

Nicola McGeady, from Ladbrokes, said: "This punter has made incredible predictions already and today his hopes of becoming a millionaire all comes down to one horse, Bound To Nowhere.

"After making such amazing predictions so far, we can only wish him the best of luck."

New Purbeck crematorium 'will ease pressure on Poole'

A new £4m crematorium is being built in Dorset to ease pressure amid high demand, developers have said.

An artist's impression of Harbour View Crematorium
Tapper Funeral Service

There are currently three crematoriums in the county at Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth.

Harbour View Crematorium, which is being developed by Tapper Funeral Service, is expected to open in the Purbecks in the autumn to relieve demand at Poole Crematorium.

Poole, which was built in the mid-1980s to alleviate pressure in Bournemouth, was 22nd out of 281 in the UK last year in terms of demand, according to the Cremation Society.

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The wow factor of seeing '60 tonnes of metal whizzing around' doesn't go away

Bovington Tank Museum curator David Willey on the enduring appeal of Tankfest.

Oxford air quality 'improving too slowly'

Air pollution appears to have "plateaued above legal limits" in parts of Oxford, a city council report says.

The annual status report said levels of nitrogen dioxide had fallen in the last decade, but improvements were slowing down.

David Hallam-Jones

Between 2014 and 2016, average levels fell by just 3.9%, the council said.

Last week, the council challenged government predictions that the city would hit targets by 2020.

'Tree Rex' spotted at nature reserve

WATCH: Premier Inn urgently reviews cladding

Premier Inn has told BBC Newsnight that it was “extremely concerned” about the cladding on three of its hotels.

It said an urgent review found hotels in Maidenhead, Brentford and Tottenham did not appear to comply with government guidance for tall buildings - although it did appear to be a less flammable type than that used at Grenfell Tower.

The hotel chain said an independent expert has assured them that the hotels were safe to stay open given their "robust" safety measures including fire detectors and smoke alarms in every room.

BBC Newsnight's report on Premier Inn's urgent review of cladding

Travel: Long M3 delays

Alex Underhill

Alex Underhill and his walking companion had started to feel faint in temperatures which peaked at 45C.

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Ninth arrest after fatal street brawl

A ninth person has been arrested after a man died following a fight in Oxford.

The brawl broke out on 1 June in Jourdain Road, Blackbird Leys. Christopher Lemonius, 27, was found injured and died in hospital.

Five people have been charged with murder, and yesterday a 32-year-old from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

He has been released on bail to appear at Abingdon police station on 6 July.

Crime scene in Blackbird Leys
The brawl broke out in the Jourdain Road area of Blackbird Leys

Who ate all the pies?

Southampton FC star Manolo Gabbiadini and his new wife Martina Rubini laid on a generous amount of food at their recent wedding in Bologna, Italy.

Just to put it in context, the striker is 1.86m (6ft 1in) tall...

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Inmate pleads guilty over prison fire

An inmate has admitted starting a "large fire" which led to the evacuation of part of Guys Marsh prison near Shaftesbury in March.

Nigel Saunders, 29, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to arson with intent to endanger life.

Prison fire

Saunders, who set fire to clothing after climbing on to the roof, was reported to be drunk and protesting at changes to the prison regime.

He will be sentenced on 4 August.

In April, prison inspectors said the jail remained unsafe, with high levels of drug use and assaults on staff.

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

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M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J14 for A3113 Airport Way and J15 for M4.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4) and J15 M4, because of a rolling road-block.

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

Radiohead headline Glastonbury Festival

Oxfordshire band Radiohead are tonight's headliners at the Glastonbury Festival.

Lead singer Thom Yorke recently revealed he nearly walked off stage in frustration during their first headline appearance in 1997, after the band's monitors blew up, leaving them unable to hear each other.

He said: "I just went over to Ed [O'Brien, guitarist] and said, 'I'm off mate, see you later,' He turned around and went, 'If you do, you'll probably live the rest of your life regretting it.' I went, 'Good point.'"