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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 4 July
  2. Weather: Cloudy start with sunny spells later
  3. Tri-service hub opens in Hungerford
  4. Student 'on hunger strike' in UAE jail

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today.

We will be back tomorrow with all of the region's latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Reading boss signs new two-year deal

Pupils send letter to education secretary

Children send letter to education secretary

Oxfordshire pupils are writing to the government about funding after their school warned its budget could be cut.

Wolvercote Primary said £120,000 could be cut over the next five years and would result in it reducing the number of teachers it employs.

Troubled academy rated 'inadequate'

A troubled secondary school on the Isle of Wight is set to be placed in special measures.

Sandown Bay Academy has been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted because of "ineffective leadership at all levels".

Sandown Bay Academy
BBC

Inspectors said the school's sponsor, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), also failed to deal effectively with a "debilitating cyber-attack".

Isle of Wight councillors voted in May to ask the government to oust AET "off the island altogether".

Bournemouth sign winger Mahoney

BBC Sport

Bournemouth have signed winger Connor Mahoney on a four-year deal after his contract expired at Blackburn Rovers.

Mahoney, 20, had been expected to join Nottingham Forest but will initially join the Cherries' under-23 squad.

Connor Mahoney
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Connor Mahoney made 21 appearances for Blackburn Rovers

Bournemouth and Blackburn are discussing compensation arrangements for the former England under-17 and under-18 international.

He made his debut for Accrington aged 16 in August 2013 before making 21 appearances for Blackburn.

Prehistoric rhinoceros tooth found on Isle of Wight

Gravenberch makes Belgium loan switch

BBC Sport

Reading midfielder Danzell Gravenberch has agreed a season-long loan move to Belgium club KSV Roeselare.

Gravenberch trained with the Belgium First Division B club last week.

Danzell Gravenberch
Rex Features

The 23-year-old joined the Royals from Dutch side FC Dordrecht in June 2016, but made just the one start in all competitions last season.

He also made four substitute appearances during the campaign which saw Reading defeated in the Championship play-off final.

Street brawl death arrests rise to 13

A 13th person has been arrested over the death of a man injured in a fight in Oxford.

Christopher Lemonius, 27, died in hospital after the brawl in Jourdain Road, Blackbird Leys, on 1 June.

Jourdain Road
EPA

Murder charges were brought against five people last month, and five other people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Last week a further three people were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Homeless branded 'unwelcome detritus'

A UKIP councillor has labelled homeless people "unwelcome detritus" and called for them to be removed from the streets of Portsmouth.

Group leader Colin Galloway said the city was no longer welcoming to businesses or tourists "because it seems we prefer to have vagrants".

Colin Galloway
Portsmouth City Council

He said he has seen "no action" while on a homelessness committee and wants police to forcibly put people in care.

Hampshire's Police commissioner called the comments "disgusting".

Tolkien family settle merchandise dispute

JRR Tolkien's family have settled an $80m case against Warner Bros over the merchandise rights of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Priscilla Tolkien, the daughter of the Oxford author, and his estate, joined up with publisher HarperCollins to sue Warner.

The estate sold the rights to the films in 1969 along with some merchandising.

But they said the studio had overstepped the mark with video games, apps and gambling games. Warner said the matter was "amicably resolved"

Dominic Monaghan
UIP film publicity
Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films won 17 Oscars

Single site for emergency services

Police, ambulance and fire services have moved onto a single site in West Berkshire.

The authorities hope the scheme in Hungerford will make it easier for emergency services in the area to work together.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A31 and J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M3 northbound between J10, A31 (Winchester) and J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Man charged with army barracks stabbing

A man has been charged with wounding with intent in relation to a soldier who was seriously injured in a stabbing at an army barracks.

The male victim suffered neck wounds in the attack at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, at about 06:15 GMT on 12 November.

Mons Barracks, Aldershot
BBC

Detectives said Aidan Warner, 20, of Egret Gardens, Aldershot, Hampshire was due to appear before Basingstoke magistrates on 1 August.

Police previously said the incident was not thought to be terrorist-related.

Temperatures of 30C forecast for Thursday

BBC South in Ypres

Later this month BBC South will be focusing on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Here's a sneak peak behind the scenes from producer Julia Wootton and BBC Radio Oxford newsreader Sophie Law, who are in Belgium recording today.

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View more on twitter

Passengers return to Heathrow terminal after fire alarm

Passengers are being allowed back into Heathrow's Terminal 3 after being evacuated because of a fire alarm.

The airport said there was no evidence of a fire and that people would be allowed to return to the building.

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Ambulance 'trapped for 30 minutes' in narrow road

Villagers campaigning for improvements on a narrow Dorset road say an ambulance was trapped there for 30 minutes yesterday.

The Save Dinah's Hollow group posted a video showing a lorry edging past the ambulance, which had blue lights flashing.

Dinah's Hollow
William Kenealy

South Western Ambulance Service said the ambulance, on its way to a patient in Gillingham, was "involved in an incident in Melbury Abbas".

It said a second ambulance attended the patient, who was taken to Salisbury District Hospital.

Dorset Police said it was called at 12:14 BST to a "minor collision", and the C13 road was reopened at about 12:30 BST.

Knife-wielding man in late-night churchyard robbery

A robber wielding a knife stole a man's phone as he walked through a Southampton churchyard.

The attacker threatened his 30-year-old victim in the ground of St Mary's Church at some point between 03:00 and 04:00 on Monday.

Police said the offender was described as an Asian or black man, taller than 5ft 7ins and wearing black clothing with a black coat.

St Mary's churchyard
Google

Plan to cut councillor numbers

The number of councillors in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is to be reduced by a quarter, under plans submitted to an independent review board.

There are currently 57 councillors serving the Royal Borough but if the proposal is approved, that number would be cut in time for the local elections in May 2019.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Google

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a cloudy but mild start to the day, more of the same is forecast this afternoon.

Temperatures will peak at 22C and drop to around 15C overnight.

BBC weather
BBC

Drivers warned over blue badge 'scam'

Drivers in Bracknell are being warned about a website which overcharges disabled drivers for their "blue badge" parking permit.

Scammers are charging up to £49 to apply for the permits, when it should be free if applying via the government's website.

Drivers in Bracknell have been overcharged for blue badge by a fake website.

Pupils send letter to education secretary

Oxfordshire pupils are writing to the government about funding after their school warned its budget could be cut.

Wolvercote Primary said £120,000 could be cut over the next five years and would result in it reducing the number of teachers it employs.

Children send letter to education secretary

NHS pay £9m for jaundice baby settlement

A 'happy' young boy who became jaundiced and suffered "catastrophic brain injury" in hospital will receive a £9 million damages payout.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital arranged to check a family history of jaundice when the six-year-old was born in 2010.

Medics felt he could be discharged, but the child returned to hospital four days later, suffering brain damage.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust accepted being 'at fault' at a hearing at the High Court on Monday.

Hospital
BBC
The boy was sent home from the Royal Berkshire Hospital, before becoming jaundiced

The Dorchester man who brought home a silver medal from the World Transplant Games

28-year-old Jon Fox competed in the badminton singles, doubles and mixed events.
28-year-old Jon Fox competed in the badminton singles, doubles and mixed events. His life was saved by a liver transplant two decades ago, after being born with a genetic condition.

Call for regional police units

New regional police units are needed to stop the country drowning under a tidal wave of fraud, according to the police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley.

Anthony Stansfield says fraud and cyber based crime is costing the economy an estimated £193 billion a year.

He's now pressuring the government to fund specialist regional units similar to those used to fight terrorism and organised crime.

Anthony Stansfeld
BBC

Bereaved parents warn teenagers over meningitis risk

Parents who lost a teenager to meningitis are warning other parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against the disease.

The Men ACWY vaccine is offered free to all 17- and 18-year-olds and first-time university entrants under 25 because students are particularly at risk.

But only a third of young people get the life-saving vaccine, and cases of Men W are on the rise.

Meningitis Now said it was "deeply concerned" about low vaccine uptake.

Julia Styles lost her daughter Emily at 19 as she was preparing to go to Winchester University.

She had been working as a teaching assistant and had plans to become a special needs teacher.

Emily Styles, with her mum Julia
JULIA STYLES
Emily Styles, with her mum Julia, had plans to become a special needs teacher

Emergency services new home in Hungerford

Fire, police and ambulance services have come together under one roof for the first time in the south.

A joint station for all three emergency services has been formally opened in Hungerford in West Berkshire.

Centre
BBC
The new centre formally opened yesterday

Nic Croft, who's from South Central Ambulance service said: "I would like to see it rolled out across the country from a personal point of view.

"There is great potential for these sort of initiatives."

Man dies in crash 13 years after son

A grandfather died in a car crash 13 years after his son was killed in a collision, his family has said.

Mervyn Thomas, 72, was a passenger in a Peugeot 2008 when it was in collision with a BMW on Portland Beach Road, Dorset, on Wednesday.

He died the next day in hospital. Two other men sustained serious injures.

Mr Thomas's family said his son Gareth died in 2004 when his motorcycle was involved in a crash on the nearby B3157 coast road from Weymouth to Bridport.

Mervyn Thomas
FAMILY PHOTO

The 'Babypod' carrier that comes with an F1 pedigree

Theo Leggett

BBC Business News Reporter

Formula 1 technology has had an impact in many other sectors, from aeronautics to cycling, public transport to data analytics, but now Williams has come up with a hi-tech carrier for critically ill new-born babies.

The materials and techniques used to build Williams' F1 cars are now being used to make the Babypod 20, as it is known, is a sleek, lightweight box with a sliding transparent lid and a heavily padded interior.

It is designed for transporting infants who are critically ill, whether by car, ambulance or helicopter.

Baby pod
Williams

The pod is being built by Williams Advanced Engineering, a sister business to the Formula 1 team, based at the same UK site in Grove, Oxfordshire.

Student 'on hunger strike' in UAE jail

A student jailed in Dubai has gone on hunger strike in protest over the UK government's "lack of action" in calling for him to be pardoned, says his father.

Ahmad Zeidan was jailed for nine years in 2014 for drug possession, but says he was tortured to admit the charge.

Manal Zeidan says he is being treated like a "third-class citizen" because he does not have "an Anglo-Saxon name".

The Foreign Office said it continued "to assist Mr Zeidan", of Reading.

In 2013 Zeidan, a student at the Emirates Aviation College in Dubai, was part of a group who had accepted a ride in a friend's car when police stopped them and found 0.04 grams of cocaine, worth about £3, in the vehicle.

The other men were given pardons or were acquitted but Zeidan, the only British citizen, was jailed.

Ahmad Zeidan
REPRIEVE
Police found 0.04 grams of cocaine inside the vehicle in which Ahmad Zeidan was travelling

Parole killer driver 'not risk assessed'

A report has condemned the 'total failure' to monitor a prisoner on parole who killed Winchester woman while drink-driving.

Donovan Kitching committed 33 offences in custody before he knocked down 62-year-old Gwen Valentine on the Isle of Man in 2014.

Donovan Kitching
Facebook

The Karran Inquiry found Kitching had "no new formal risk assessment" before being released.

Ms Valentine's son Stuart said it was a "profoundly shocking report" which showed there had been "a systemic failure, not an individual one".

School chlorine gas leak contained

Fire crews have contained a leak of chlorine gas at a Dorset school.

They were called at 06:25 BST to William Barnes primary in Sturminster Newton, where they said chlorine tablets for the school's outdoor swimming pool had been "affected by water".

A 100m cordon around the school has been lifted and the police have reopened Bridge Street to traffic.

Bridge Street, Sturminster Newton
Dorset Police

South weather: Cloudy start with sunny spells later

Dan Downs has the weather for the south of England

Troubled academy rated 'inadequate'

A troubled secondary school on the Isle of Wight is to be put into special measures.

OFSTED has rated Sandown Bay Academy as `inadequate', saying too many pupils are absent and leadership is ineffective.

Sandown Bay Academy
BBC

The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which runs the school, wants to merge it with Ryde Academy.

In May, Isle of Wight Council voted to ask the government to oust AET "off the island altogether".

Search and rescue helicopter 'must be reinstated'

A Dorset County Hospital doctor - who campaigned against the closure of Portland's search and rescue helicopter - says the service must be reinstated, before its absence costs someone their life.

The day after operations at the base finished on Friday, a diver waited at least 40 minutes for a coastguard helicopter to arrive - when both the back-up aircraft were being used on training exercises.

Search
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The search and rescue helicopter service at Portland was discontinued on Friday

Ian Mew, a consultant at Dorset County Hospital, and a doctor on Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, says the region needs the service.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "Let's not wait for people to die before we say 'oh no, we have made a mistake.'

"Let's do it now, while we still have time".

RMT rail strike union in bid to end Southern dispute

Union leaders are going into talks with MPs over a plan they claim could end the long-running row on Southern.

The rail company has been in dispute for more than a year with the RMT over changes to guards' roles on trains.

The RMT conductors' union saw the changes as a ploy to phase out a second person on trains. It has now proposed a six-month trial with two staff guaranteed on all affected services.

Southern said it would comment after it had seen the proposal.

The RMT has walked out repeatedly in the long-running dispute
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The RMT has walked out repeatedly in the long-running dispute

Chlorine gas leak at primary school

Police have cordoned off a Dorset primary school because of a leak of chlorine gas.

Fire officers said 18 litres of chlorine tablets, apparently intended for use in a swimming pool, had been "affected by water" creating a gas cloud.

They were called to William Barnes primary school in Sturminster Newton at about 06:25 BST.

The Environment Agency is on the scene, which is close to the River Stour.

William Barnes primary school
Google

Berkshire's Tuesday headlines

  • Reading student, Ahmad Zeidan - who is in jail in Dubai on drugs charges, claiming he was tortured into a confession - is going on hunger strike, his father has told BBC Radio Berkshire
  • The number of councillors in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is to be reduced by a quarter, under plans submitted to an independent review board
  • New regional police units are needed to stop the country drowning under a tidal wave of fraud, according to the police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley

Dorset's Tuesday Headlines

  • A doctor at Dorset County hospital who campaigned against the closure of Portland's Search and Rescue helicopter says it must be reinstated before it costs someone their life
  • A total of 48 people have been charged with drink or drug driving as part of a summer crackdown by Dorset Police
  • A man from Dorchester who had a liver transplant 20 years ago has won silver the World Transplant Games in Spain