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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 6 July
  2. Arrest after attack in Reading
  3. Clotet aims to build on Appleton work
  4. Thames Valley Police to aid Army veterans

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Jermain Defoe with Bradley Lowery

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe said Bradley Lowery will "always be in my heart" as he tearfully spoke about the terminally ill six-year-old.

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Woman at Henley Regatta raped

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman who went to the Henley Regatta was raped in the town.

The woman, in her 20s, left the Chinawhite enclosure between 00:00 and 02:30 on Sunday with a group of people she had met there.

She walked with them to a car in the Harpsden Road and Reading Road area and was raped outside the vehicle. Three men then left in the car.

A member of the public found her near the Three Horseshoes public house in Reading Road shortly after and called police.

Det Ch Insp Lis Knight said: "Detectives are investigating the circumstances which occurred in the early hours of Sunday in a residential street, and work is ongoing with the victim. Incidents of this nature are rare in the area and we are working to establish what happened.

"The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers at this time."

Grit laid on road honey spill

Workers are still trying to clean a 1.2km stretch off road which has been covered in honey.

Poole Borough Council said a leaking lorry container is thought to have caused the spill on Ringwood Road at about 11:40 BST.

honey on Ringwood Road
Poole Borough Council

The council said crews were fetching more sand and grit to cover the road.

It warned drivers that the slippery honey could cause problems with traction.

An MP who 'delivers'

Earlier this we told you about some school pupils from Oxfordshire who've written a letter to the government about school funding.

The children were all from Wolvercote Primary - which told the BBC it could be facing a £120,000 cut over the next five years.

The letter was passed to Oxford West and Abingdon MP, Layla Moran, who today posted a picture of it being dropped off at to the Department for Education.

An MP delivering in the literal sense of the word....

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More on those Templars Square plans...

Here are some more pictures of the redevelopment plans for Templars Square in Cowley which have been given permission.

Templars Square redevelopment
NewRiver
Templars Square redevelopment
NewRiver
Templars Square redevelopment
NewRiver

They include a 71-bed Travelodge in a 15-storey tower, which would also have 69 flats.

There are 226 flats in all in the development.

Southampton teacher banned over pupil relationship

A teacher has been banned from teaching for life over an "inappropriate relationship" with a teenage pupil.

Alexander Barker, 24 was accused of giving gifts to a student and asking her to stay at his house while he was a teacher at Redbridge Community School, Southampton.

His actions were uncovered through Facebook messages between them. A National College for Teaching and Leadership panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Redbridge Community School
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Rape investigation on Weymouth beach

Police are investigating a rape that took place on a Weymouth beach.

Officers were called to The Esplanade at about 04:15 on Tuesday. A local woman in her 40s had been sexually assaulted.

A 32-year-old Weymouth man was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released while inquiries continue.

Det Con Sarah Desmond said Dorset Police was trying to trace a man who called police to report that he heard a woman in distress.

She said: "This man contacted police, but did not disclose his full personal details, so we are trying to trace him as he may hold valuable information that can assist with this investigation.

"I would ask him to please contact Dorset Police urgently."

Officers are carrying out forensic work at the scene.

Pompey fans asked about giving up lifetime tickets

Portsmouth FC have said they’ve requested holders of life season tickets purchased over 15 years ago voluntarily give them up.

Around 100 supporters have been contacted about the lifetime tickets they purchased for £2,000 at the turn of the century.

It is understood the scheme is now costing the club of large sums of money each year.

However, they add that at no point will anyone be forced to relinquish a ticket.

Some fans have already contacted Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin to say they are willing to give their tickets up, while others have said they intend to keep theirs.

Longer A&E waiting times in Oxford

Oxford University Hospitals Trust, which runs the John Radcliffe and Horton Hospitals, continues to miss the A&E waiting times target.

In May, 86.4% of people were seen within four hours down from 88.8% in April.

The target is for 95% of patients to be seen within four hours.

Documents released by the trust show an average 441 people attended its emergency departments every day in May.

The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford seen from the air
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The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford seen from the air

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 - One lane blocked and slow 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

Overhaul of healthcare in Dorset criticised

Proposals which could see a community hospital in Dorset closing have been criticised in Parliament.

St Leonard's Community Hospital, near Ferndown, is one of a number that could be closed or scaled back, under plans by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dorset CCG said it was "less accessible" than other hopsitals and would require substantial funding to upgrade.

But speaking in the House of Commons, Conservative MP for Christchurch, Chris Chope, said the move would contradict the government's plans to reduce pressure on adult social care.

Chris Chope
Conservative Party
Christchurch MP Chris Cope criticised the proposals in parliament

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34 affecting A272.

M3 Hampshire - M3 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion on A31 to Spitfire Roundabout.

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

Honey spill causes traffic jam

A "large honey spill" has caused traffic problems in Poole.

The council says it believes a lorry container split, spilling honey on a 1.2km stretch of Ringwood Road.

A spokeswoman said the slippery honey was sticking to car tyres and could cause problems with traction.

The council said workers were attempting to clean the road.

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Oxford United sign new striker

Oxford company nets $100m deal

A biopharmaceutical company from Oxford has agreed a deal with a Swiss drugmaker which could generate more than $100m.

Oxford Biomedica, which is based in Cowley, will supply material for a type of cell therapy which can be used to treat Leukemia.

The company will receive $10m upfront from Swiss firm Novartis and receive royalties that analysts estimate to be worth between £65m and £75m a year.

Oxford Biomedica's offices in Cowley
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Oxford Biomedica's offices in Cowley

Bollards go woolly for Romsey festival

Nearly 100 bollards in Romsey have been "yarn-bombed" with knitted covers to mark the town's festival.

The woolly decorations which include a Minion, lighthouse and a tree have been created by local groups and businesses.

Dorothy Baverstock, one of the festival's organisers, said the knitted bollards were "bringing a smile" to a lot of faces.

Visitors will be able to admire the covers during the festival which runs until 16 July.

Romsey yarn-bombed bollard
Romsey Festival
Romsey yarn-bombed bollard
Romsey Festival

New home for Marwell lemurs

Marwell Zoo's troop of lemurs have been getting used to their new enclosure.

The Lemur Loop is part of a £17m investment programme planned for the Hampshire attraction over the next 10 years.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J10 for A329 and J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 London-bound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J8, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Plan for £60m Templars Square revamp approved

Oxford City Council has approved developer New River’s plans for the £60m redevelopment of Templars Square in Cowley.

Artists' impression
New River

The proposals include a new hotel, restaurants, housing, an improved streetscape and pedestrian routes, as well as upgraded and modernised car parking.

Jamie Whitfield, New River director of commercial development, said: "We look forward to continuing our partnership with the local communities as we move toward the delivery phase of this exciting step-change for Cowley’s future."

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J11 for A27 Fareham.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J11, A27 (Fareham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

BBC Berkshire reporter meets Rufus the Harris hawk

Reading manager Jaap Stam

Reading manager Jaap Stam says his new contract is a sign he is determined to clinch promotion to the Premier League

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Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A287 and J6 for A30.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M3 southbound between J5, A287 (Hook) and J6, A30 (Basingstoke), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Fears over hospital parking in Oxford

Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

Councillor quits committee over Uber licence

Romsey bollards go woolly for festival

If you are driving through Romsey you'll see a new look to the town's roadside bollards - they've been "yarn-bombed" with knitted covers to mark the town's festival.

The woolly decorations have been created by local groups and businesses as part of the festival which runs until 16 July.

Romsey gets a splash of colour during its annual festival

Everything he does, he does it for you...

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams heads to the south coast tomorrow night as part of his Get Up world tour.

The singer-songwriter is performing at Southampton's Ageas Bowl - his biggest ever gig in the city and first since 2009.

He is sure to bring out the classics, including Summer of 69, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You and Run To You. Tickets for the show are still available.

Bryan Adams
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The rock veteran has been touring the globe after the release of his 13th studio album Get Up.

He is the latest big name to be playing at the home of Hampshire cricket as part of chairman's Rod Bransgrove's ambition to become "the South’s most prestigious concert venue".

X Factor winners Little Mix are also performing at the venue this weekend, with a sold-out show on Sunday.

Reading FC: Stam wants to complete the job

After coming so close last season, manager Jaap Stam wants to complete his Royals project.
The Royals boss has been explaining why he signed a new contract to keep him at Reading FC until the summer of 2019.
Knitting can be good for your health
Knitting lowers blood pressure, counters depressions plus other health benefits, researchers say.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound at J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Thames Valley Police to offer veterans help

A support service for ex-servicemen who have committed crimes has been launched by Thames Valley Police (TVP).

The Armed Forces Referral Service will try and reduce crime rates among veterans by providing better access to support.

A soldier's boots
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Ex-servicemen form the largest occupational group in British jails, according to Prison Watch UK.

Service leader PC Antony Colton said: "No matter how complex their needs, working together we can do more."

Dorset man kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint

Police said a 21-year-old Bournemouth man was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint in the Wareham Forest area.

He met up with one man he knew and three other men at his home address at around 23:30 last Thursday and got into a car with them.

They collected another unknown man before heading to a forest, where the victim was threatened with a firearm and asked to hand over his bank card, PIN and mobile phone.

It is alleged he was then taken to a petrol station where his card was used to withdraw cash and pay for fuel before being returned to the forest and left there.

The victim - who has a strong Polish accent, is about 5ft 5in tall and has long, wavy, dark brown hair - walked to Poole and stopped a number of people on the way to ask for directions.Two Bournemouth men, aged 21 and 23, have been charged with robbery, kidnap and possessing a firearm while committing an offence and are next due to appear before Bournemouth Crown Court on 3 August.Three other Bournemouth men, aged 26, 30 and 34, have been arrested on suspicion of the same offences and have been released under investigation.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, at J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Greater London - M25 entry slip road partially blocked clockwise at J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an accident involving two cars. Traffic is coping well.

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