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  1. Grenfell Tower drawings encouraged by Berkshire nursery
  2. Portsmouth councillor 'pleased' over homeless comments backlash
  3. Final Cornbury Festival gets under way
  4. Dorset hosts beach polo competition
  5. Updates from Friday 7 July

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A charity in Bournemouth has created a mobile laundrette for homeless people to use
The "Clean Machine" helps homeless people clean their clothes and bedding.

Poole Pottery site set to be closed

The owners of Poole Pottery have decided to close their site on Poole Quay in October.

Denby Holdings, which took over the brand in 2011, said it had been unable to reach agreement over a new lease, and the shop was "unsustainable".

Poole Pottery

Poole Pottery first opened on the Quay in 1873 but only one potter remains on the site.

Poole Borough Council said the pottery was "an important part of our tourism offer" and it had offered to help Denby find a new site.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A31 and J11 for A3090 affecting Winchester Services.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M3 southbound between J10, A31 (Winchester) and J11, A3090 (Winchester South), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to Winchester Services.

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

Regatta organisers liaising with police over rape

The secretary of the Henley Royal Regatta has released a statement following the news that a woman who went to the event was later raped in the town.

Daniel Grist said: "We have been liaising with Thames Valley Police, regarding this terrible incident, which took place after Regatta facilities had closed and racing had finished for the day on Saturday 1 July.

"The Chinawhite area is not located on land managed by Henley Royal Regatta but we will continue to assist Thames Valley Police and are working with them to secure CCTV footage to assist in identifying the perpetrators."

Wightlink timetable changes for weekend

Overnight maintenance at its Portsmouth and Fishbourne terminals means Wightlink has cancelled several services over the weekend.

Details of the services affected are on the company's website.

Wightlink ferry

Low emission cars plan for Heathrow workers

Workers at Heathrow Airport are to be given incentives to drive low emission cars as part of a new plan to improve air quality around the airport.

Six thousand workers would pay for the low emission car of their choice through a monthly gross reduction in their pay packet - giving them savings in income tax and national insurance.

MJ Richardson

New Jane Austen play set for Winchester premiere

Rehearsals are continuing for a new play based on some of Austen's lesser known characters.

Playwright Cecily O'Neill created Meeting Miss Austen from stories found in the notebooks Austen wrote as a teenager.

The play has its premiere in Winchester this weekend.


I just couldn't resist the chance to bring these characters to life - some of them will remind Jane Austen fans of her later characters. Already she must have had such a keen eye for the sort of behaviour going on around her.

Cecily O'NeillPlaywright

Six in court over child sexual abuse

Police briefing before raids
Officers from Thames Valley Police made a series of arrests in March as part of Operation Nautical

Six men have appeared in court in connection with a major child sexual exploitation investigation in Oxford.

It follows arrests in March linked with alleged sex offences against females between 2008 and 2015.

Six men from the Oxford were charged with the rape of a girl under 16 as well as other sexual offences.

The defendants are Shabir Dogar, 22; Shabaz Khan, 23; Shohab Dogar, 23; Yasin Omair Hamid, 20; Usman Idris, 22; and Joseph Suraini, 22.

They appeared at Oxford Crown Court earlier and did not enter pleas.

Mobile launderette helps Bournemouth's homeless

A charity in Bournemouth has created a mobile launderette for homeless people to use

BreakingBradley Lowery dies after five-year cancer struggle

Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old boy befriended by AFC Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe, has died, his family has said.

Bradley was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, neuroblastoma, when he was 18 months old.

Jermain Defoe and Bradley Lowery
Getty Images

He became "best mates" with his hero, Defoe, when the striker was playing for Sunderland.

At an AFC Bournemouth press conference yesterday, Defoe broke down in tears as he told reporters: "He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life."

In a statement on the family's Facebook page, Bradley's mother Gemma Lowery said: "My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family."

T20: Glamorgan v Hampshire

BBC Sport

In county cricket, the popular T20 blast competition officially gets under way today with Hampshire travelling to Cardiff this evening to take on Glamorgan.

Two-time winners Hampshire reached finals day for a record six consecutive years, before finishing second from bottom in the South group last season.

Hampshire's game in Cardiff starts at 18:30 - listen to live commentary.

Glamorgan v Hampshire

LIVE: Beach polo at Sandbanks

BreakingLyme Regis building site wall collapse death 'accidental'

A bricklayer who died when a wall collapsed on him at a building site in Dorset died as a result of severe head injuries, an inquest has heard.

Thomas Telfer
Dorset Police

Thomas Telfer, 31, of Portland, died following the industrial incident at Chatterton Heights building site on Somers Road, Lyme Regis, in June 2015.

An inquest jury at County Hall, Dorchester, said the method of construction of the wall and a "lack of support" had caused it to collapse.

It concluded the father-of-two's death was an accident.

Grenfell Tower pictures drawn in nursery

A nursery school has encouraged children to draw pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Caversham Nursery in Reading said pupils had started a discussion about the disaster and that staff had not wanted to ignore them.

Schoolgirl's idea in fight against breast cancer

A bra that could help detect the early signs of breast cancer is being developed by scientists in the UK and the US, having been the brainchild of a Hampshire schoolgirl.

Hampshire school girl develops cancer-detecting bra

Bus firm's licence revoked over bridge crash

The company that operated a double-decker bus that had its roof ripped off as it went under a railway bridge has had its licence revoked.

The bus with its roof ripped off

Two 13-year old girls were injured when the bus struck the bridge in Bournemouth in April last year.

It was carrying language students from Thailand when the crash happened.

A public enquiry by the Traffic Commissioner found there was "a lack of continuous and effective management" at Cavendish Liner Ltd bus firm - which is run as part of Cavendish School of English.

It also said the results of the crash could have been "catastrophic".

Floating Bridge to return to full service

The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge is set to resume full operation on Saturday.

The chain ferry has been running a low-tide pedestrians-only service following a series of technical issues since it was launched in May.

The chains will be further adjusted to ensure optimum clearance for other vessels using the River Medina next week.

Floating Bridge
IOW Council

We’ve been really pleased with the more recent performance of the floating bridge, and would like to thank the community again for their patience while we’ve undertaken these necessary live tests. Again, I’d like to remind people that had this been anything other than a fixed piece of infrastructure, such tests would have taken place elsewhere and in private, rather than in situ; but there was no other way in the case of our floating bridge.

Ian WardCabinet member for transport and infrastructure

BreakingTwo arrested on suspicion of murder after Eastleigh stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched in Eastleigh after a man was found with serious stab wounds and later died.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Scott Road shortly before midnight.

The injured man received medical treatment but died on the way to hospital.

A 36-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both from Eastleigh, are being held on suspicion of murder.

Weymouth's Castle Cove beach access decision

A beach that has been deserted for four years after its access slope and steps were damaged in a landslip may be close to welcoming visitors again.

Castle Cove Beach
Sarah Smith

Access to Castle Cove Beach in Weymouth, Dorset, was closed over safety concerns following a landslip in 2013.

A decision by the county council on whether to grant a public right of way to the beach is expected next month.

Friends of Castle Cove Beach charity said a resolution was "long overdue".

River Test water test extraction reduced

Southern Water has been asked to reduce by almost half, the amount of water it takes from the River Test in Hampshire.

The Environment Agency has published a plan to reduce abstraction from the river from a 136 million to 80 million litres a day. Southern Water has said it needs time to find alternative solutions.

The agency said the change was needed to protect wildlife and to "restore sustainable abstraction".

River Test

The South's Last Day of Steam

Fifty years ago this weekend, the last scheduled steam train ran on British Railway's Southern Region.

To mark the anniversary Tom Hepworth has been speaking to historians, enthusiasts and those who worked on the mainline at the time the railways changed forever.

Lottery support for HMS Invincible project

A project to excavate artefacts from a warship wrecked in the Solent in 1758 has won lottery funding support.

The 74-gun HMS Invincible - built by the French in 1744 and captured by the British in 1747 - is believed to be one of the most significant warships ever built.

Teams of archaeologists have already dived on the wreck and it is hoped up to 500 artefacts will be brought up and put on public display.

Development funding of £16,400 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help the project progress their plans to apply for a full grant of £425,900 at a later date.

Dice on HMS Invincible
Mike Pitts

This is a truly exciting project. Invincible’s remains represent the most complete and best preserved of a warship from the mid-18th century and the site holds invaluable clues to both French and British ship design, technologies and shipboard life. She contains material culture of shipboard life and warfare at sea.

Jessica BerryMaritime Archaeology Sea Trust

Signal problems causing rail delays

Little Mix set for Ageas Bowl

Fans attending the sold-out Little Mix concert at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire this Sunday are being urged to double check their travel arrangements.

Organisers have said concertgoers should use transport services available such as the park and ride, and rail shuttle facilities.

A drop-off and pickup area is located at Marks and Spencer’s in Hedge End. Road closures and diversions will be in place from midday on Sunday.

Little Mix

Canadian rocker Brian Adams is also set to play at the venue tonight.

Final year for Cornbury Festival

The Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire rolls into town for the final time this weekend.

The event which has been running since 2004 is held at the Great Tew Estate near Chipping Norton. This year Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs and the Pretenders are among the headliners.

Organiser Hugh Phillimore said he was calling it a day as he wanted a "quieter time".

Cornbury Festival

UKIP councillor 'pleased' over homeless comments backlash

A UKIP councillor who came under fire for referring to homeless people in Portsmouth as "unwelcome detritus" has said he is "so pleased" with the reaction.

Colin Galloway
Portsmouth City Council

Colin Galloway put forward a motion to the city council which said he wanted the police to help remove homeless people from the city.

Homeless charity Crisis branded the comments "offensive and toxic".

Mr Galloway said he was glad he had "got everybody's attention".

Poole hosts beach polo competition

The British Beach Polo Championships returns to Sandbanks this weekend.

More than 5,000 people are expected to watch the two-day tournament which is celebrating its 10th anniversary on the Dorset coast.

Beach polo

Polo is right up there - it's a very fast game. There is a huge amount of skill - watch the players on Friday and Saturday and you'll be seeing how they pick up the ball from the sand, keep control of the pony and thinking tactically about the game.

Robert Brockett,Dorset Polo Club

Grenfell Tower drawings encouraged by nursery

Nursery children at a Reading nursery have been encouraged to draw pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire to "help them understand the world".

The three and four-year-olds' artwork, created at Caversham Nursery, depict flames and the people affected by the burning building.

At least 80 people died as a result of the fire in Kensington, London, and the nursery said some of the children had seen distressing images of it in the news at home.

Children's drawings

It is really important for this next generation of children to feel they can be open and honest and share their concerns and worries. If you don't discuss it, then it's sitting in their head. They're mulling it over and they are questioning 'how am I going to know about this', or 'I'm not sure' and that's when it could potentially become a mental health issue in later years.

Lisa BedlowHead teacher, Caversham Nursery

Man arrested following rape on Weymouth beach

A police investigation is under way after a woman was raped on a beach in Weymouth.

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

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

Police are trying to trace a man who called police to report that he heard a woman in distress but did not disclose his full personal details.

Weather: Mostly dry, bright and very warm

Today will be dry, with some bright or sunny spells, although it may turn a little cloudier through the day.

With light winds it will stay very warm.

Highs of 26C (79F).

Weather for 7 July 2017