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Summary

  1. 'Unknown substance' thrown in man's face during attack
  2. Man jailed for New Forest burglaries
  3. BBC Introducing acts announced for Reading Festival
  4. Hospital closes maternity ward 30 times in a year

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All times stated are UK

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Women sexually assaulted in Goring

A 25-year-old women has been sexually assaulted on a path in Oxfordshire.

It happened between Elvenden Road and Lockstyle Way in Goring at about 00:35 on Saturday.

She had been cycling along the path when she was approached by a group of men aged between about 16 and 20.

Police say one of them, who's described as being about 5ft 11in tall, inappropriately touched her.

Path between Elvenden Road and Lockstyle Way
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The sexual assault happened between Elvenden Road and Lockstyle Way, police said.

Connor Sparrowhawk's mother 'assumed he was supervised in bath'

The mother of a teenager who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit assumed he was being supervised, she has told a tribunal.

Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, had an epileptic seizure while in the bath at Slade House in Oxford in July 2013.

Sara Ryan was giving evidence at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service where Dr Valerie Murphy, her son's doctor at the site, has admitted a series of failings but denies misconduct.

Connor Sparrowhawk
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Ms Ryan said: "We just assumed he was being supervised in the bath. It was not something that came to my mind. It was almost one-to-one support on the unit.

"It had a whole team of specialist staff and there were five patients. It just never crossed my mind."

Sir John Madejski to take vice chairman role

Sir John Madejski has accepted a role as Reading FC's vice chairman.

The 76-year-old first became chairman at the club in 1990 and is stepping away from the football side of the business.

But he will be remaining as an ambassador for the club.

Chief executive Ron Gourlay says he's pleased Madejski will continue promoting the club's achievements.

Sir John Madejski
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BreakingRyan Merna death: Man guilty of 'rape claim' stab manslaughter

A man has been found guilty of stabbing his friend 32 times after falsely accusing him of being a rapist.

Ryan Merna, the son of the owners of Compton Acres botanical gardens in Poole, suffered wounds to his head, groin and chest in the attack at his flat in the town in August last year.

Paul Taylor, 50, was found guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility and acquitted of murder, following a 16-day trail at Winchester Crown Court

He will be sentenced at a later date. The case was adjourned for a psychiatric report to be prepared.

Paul Robert Taylor
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Roberts leaves Pompey by mutual consent

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Gary Roberts
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Portsmouth midfielder Gary Roberts has left the club by mutual consent.

The 33-year-old had one year left on his three-year contract after joining from Chesterfield in June 2015.

Former Accrington and Huddersfield player Roberts made 42 appearances in all competitions last season and helped Pompey to the League Two title.

However, since the arrival of Kenny Jackett at Fratton Park as manager, he has been out of first-team contention and been made to train on his own.

Ageas Bowl

No play is possible on day three between Lancashire and Hampshire, denying Haseeb Hameed the chance of reaching a century.

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A34 traffic moving but long delays

Boscombe artificial reef firm ASR to be stuck off New Zealand companies' register

The firm that built Europe's first artificial surf reef is to be struck off a companies' register following the conclusion of its liquidation.

Bournemouth seafront
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The £3.2m structure, built by New Zealand firm ASR in Boscombe, Bournemouth, was beset with problems after it opened in 2009.

Liquidators said claims totalling NZ$400,000 (£230,000) had been made and about NZ$21,000 (£12,000) paid out.

The firm will now be removed from the New Zealand Register of Companies.

Sam Matthews

National League club Eastleigh re-sign Bournemouth midfielder Sam Matthews on loan until January.

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Horsefair Surgery

Horsefair Surgery says there is a high volume of calls after three doctors left the 'inadequate' practice.

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A34 crash causing delays

A crash involving a lorry and a van is causing delays on the A34 southbound.

Work is taking place to recover the van following the collision south of the Botley Interchange.

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Sir John Madejski

Former Reading chairman Sir John Madejski accepts a new title as vice-chairman of the Championship club.

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Berkshire's very own Transplant World Champion

Stuart Robbins claimed Gold in the Badminton event at this year's Transplant Games.
Stuart Robbins from Pinkney's Green claimed Gold in the Badminton event at this year's Transplant Games, adding that to nearly twenty other medals won in national and international competitions.

He nearly died following complications after birth, and needed a bowel transplant at ten years old. He told BBC Radio Berkshire's Bill Buckley about taking up competitive sport.


Stuart Robbins:

"I went to my first one (Transplant Games) in 2011 in Belfast, it's like the Olympics...there's a very wide range of events and the ages go from 0-5 to 70+"

"I was doing Badminton and Table Tennis at the first one. I've won more than twenty now.

"I've got a few friends from Canada, one from Thailand, that I see every time we compete. 

"The longer that I have this bowel the longer it looks like I will have it for life."

Where next for Southampton's van Dijk?

Kelly Cates is joined by Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Mina Rzouki to assess the latest goings on in the transfer market, including Virgil van Dijk handing in a transfer request at Southampton.

Big name riders confirmed for Tour of Britain

Some of the world's top cyclists including Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas are now confirmed for this year's Tour of Britain which is visiting Oxfordshire in September.

Stage seven will see riders travelling across the county as they race from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham.

Team Sky, BMC Racing, Movistar Team, and Quick-Step Floors will all be sending teams to the event.

Race director, Mick Bennett says he is "delighted" with the line-up for the race.

Peloton in Congleton
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The Tour of Britain peloton will sweep through Oxfordshire on 7 September 2017

Mother's plea to fund life-saving surgery

The parents of a baby born with a rare heart tumour say time is running out to raise the money needed to save his life.

Doctors in the US have agreed to perform surgery on Oliver Cameron, who has been living in Reading, after his first birthday in January.

He is being treated at a specialist centre at Southampton General Hospital.

Oliver's mum Lydia, from Wantage in Oxfordshire, said he would need to be flown to the US immediately if his heart condition unexpectedly deteriorated.

'Unknown substance' thrown in man's face

An "unknown substance" was thrown in a man's face in Maidenhead last night.

The victim, who is in his 20s, was attacked by a group of men in Cordwallis Road at about 20:30 BST.

Cordwallis Road
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He sustained "reddening to his face" and was able to drive himself himself away from the scene, police said.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said officers had visited the area to reassure residents.

GPs phones 'jammed' by worried patients

A GP surgery has asked patients to stop calling with queries about its future as it is preventing people with urgent medical needs getting through.

Horsefair Surgery in Banbury posted the notice online after three doctors left their positions at the practice, which has been placed in special measures.

It said a "high volume of calls" from patients asking what is happening had "jammed" phone lines.

Five part-time doctors have been recruited but the GP surgery, with about 16,000 patients, is still hiring.

Horsefair Surgery
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Horsefair Surgery is still recruiting after three doctors left their positions at the practice in June

Ashmolean Museum marks International Cat Day

Perhaps they had International Cat Day in 1500 BC too....

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Oxford sign Swedish midfielder Pekalski

Ivo Pekalski
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Oxford United have signed midfielder Ivo Pekalski from Swedish side Halmstads for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old Swede joins the League One club on a two-year deal, with the option of a one-year extension.

Former Malmo and Hacken player Pekalski is Oxford United's fourth overseas signing since manager Pep Clotet was appointed in July.

"I'm happy to be here and it's been a pretty natural decision to make the move," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

Weather latest: Wet and drab afternoon ahead

After a wet and grey start to the day for many, more of the same is expected as the afternoon progresses.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 16C before dropping to 13C overnight.

BBC weather
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Man jailed for New Forest burglaries

A man has been jailed for two burglaries in the New Forest.

Robin Blackburn, 45, of Malmesbury Road in Southampton, broke into a cottage in Beaulieu while the occupants were out during the day, stealing jewellery worth £7,000.

Robin Blackburn
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A month later, he targeted another home in the area but was caught out by the owner, who found him stealing money and chased him down the road.

Blackburn pleaded guilty to the crimes and was sentenced to two and a half years.

Finding My Family - Partition: A Newsround special

Newsround

Finding My Family - Partition: A Newsround special tells the story of ten-year-old Sumayyah, 11-year-old Shubhashukla and nine-year-old Kamolpriya from Winchester.

They travelled from the UK to India and Bangladesh to recreate the journey their families made in 1947, and discover amazing stories of strength and survival along the way. “

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New charges at recycling centres

From next month you will be charged for taking soil, rubble or tyres to recycling centres in West Berkshire.

The council said it is expensive to dispose of that sort of waste, and the costs need to be covered.

But concerns it will lead to increased fly-tipping have been raised.

Newtown Recycling Centre
West Berkshire Council

Councillor Dominic Boeck, the authority's environment portfolio holder, said: "The charges are non-profit making and will provide a good value, accessible service for our residents.

"Other neighbouring council-run facilities have already introduced charges to dispose of occasional non-household waste.'

New depot for Hayling Island seaside heritage rail line

A new depot for a heritage railway on the Hampshire Coast has opened. The volunteer-run Hayling Seaside Railway has been operating since 2003 but needed permanent facilities for storing and maintaining engines and rolling stock.

The two foot gauge line runs about one mile (1.6km) along the seafront. A new £100,000 depot has been built on the seafront at Eastoke Corner.

Volunteer Cliff Robinson said it would "ensure the railway has a future".

He said the new depot was the culmination of a five-year effort and would allow the group to operate vintage steam and diesel engines more frequently on the line.

Hayling island depot
Haying Island Seaside Railway

Lorry fire on M4

Oxford band announced to play Reading and Leeds festivals

Oxford band Low Island will play a big festival appearance later this month, it was announced on Radio 1 last night by presenter Huw Stephens.

After being debuted on BBC Introducing in Oxford and joining the Radio 1 playlist, the band will play the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

They will follow in the footsteps of Oxfordshire bands Radiohead, Supergrass and Foals at the festival on Sunday 27 August.

Low Island
Low Island

Listen to their music here.

Speedway cancelled due to weather

Tonight's speedway meeting on the Isle of Wight has been cancelled due to the adverse weather forecast.

A spokesman for the Isle of Wight "Wightlink" Warriors said: "With an adverse weather forecast in place for the rest of the day, the decision has been taken to call off tonight's speedway meeting against Reading.

"Warriors are next in action away at Cradley tomorrow evening with the next home meeting taking place on Thursday 17 August when Plymouth will be the visitors."

Good news for hay fever sufferers

Saints' Van Dijk keen on Liverpool move

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request and says he is "insulted" at suggestions he refused to train.

The Netherlands centre-back, 26, is wanted by a number of clubs and had said he wanted to move to Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk
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In July, Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino said that he ordered the Dutchman to train alone.

"I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist," Van Dijk said.

Man dies after car hits tree

A 21-year-old man has died after the car he was driving hit a tree in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services found his Volkswagen Scirocco in a ditch at the side of Crow Lane, Ringwood, shortly before 02:00 BST.

Crow Lane
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The victim, from Bransgore, was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died a few hours later.

Police said his next of kin have been informed.

Fire 'caused by tea towel'

A house in Oxfordshire was damaged by fire after a tea towel was left on an oven ring.

Fire crews responded to the blaze in Merlin Road, Blackbird Leys, at 13:23 BST on Monday.

A woman was treated for smoke inhalation, but nobody was seriosuly injured.

Incident Commander Jason Clifford said: “I would urge the public not to leave combustible materials on hot surfaces, and to switch cooking appliances off when not in use."

Oxford Mail front page: 'You're putting lives at risk'

BBC Introducing acts announced for Reading Festival

Hospital closes maternity ward 30 times in a year

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Andrew Smith

The Royal Berkshire Hospital closed its maternity unit on 30 occasions in 2016, citing "insufficient midwifery staffing for workload".

More than 40% of maternity wards in England closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once in 2016, data obtained by the Labour Party suggests.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request, 42 out of 96 trusts said they had shut maternity wards temporarily on a total of 382 occasions.

The most common reasons given were too few staff and not enough beds.

The government said closures are "well rehearsed" and it was "misleading" to say they were down to staff shortages.

Petition against fortnightly bin collections

Southampton residents claim rats, flies and bad smells have increased since the council switched to fortnightly bin collections.

Two months after the policy switch, a petition has been launched for the decision to be reversed.

Southampton City Council has said it hopes the move will reduce the amount of waste people create.

However, opposition councillors say it has created a public health issue.

Weather outlook: Heavy rain forecast

Heavy rain is forecast for much of the day

Weather warning for rain

Man sexually assaulted by gang

Greyfriars Road, Reading
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A 26-year-old man has been seriously sexually assaulted by a group of men.

He was with another 25-year-old man in Greyfriars Road, Reading, when they got into an argument with eight or nine men at about 01:45 BST on Monday.

Police said the second victim was punched and a knife was brandished by the group.

The 26-year-old was then chased to Thames Path where he was seriously sexually assaulted.