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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 10 July
  2. Firefighters tackle blaze near Hythe pier
  3. Police leave note after drugs raid
  4. Fire at two Southampton homes
  5. Southern rail strike
  6. Gainsborough sketches found at Windsor

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Train route in 2,000-hour signal delays

Signal faults on one of the UK's busiest train routes resulted in passengers being delayed by almost 2,000 hours in a year.

A BBC Freedom of Information request found services between Reading and Paddington experienced 307 signal faults between 2016 and 2017.

This figure was up by 20% on the previous year, Network Rail revealed. Network Rail said it was investing "huge sums of money" to reduce the problems.

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The company added that the faults occurred for a "variety of reasons".

A spokesman for Great Western Railway, which operates the route, said the recurring signal faults were "frustrating".

'Unreliable' bin trucks to be replaced

£6.5 million has been spent on replacing 'unreliable' bin lorries in South Oxfordshire.

South Oxfordshire District Council have apologised for disruption to thousands of household collections, caused by the current fleet breaking down.

The new trucks will replace the old ones in the in the autumn.

The district council and contractor Biffa say they will draft in extra vehicles and call on the crews to work extra hours in the mean time.

As they are reaching the end of their life, they have started to become unreliable with some unfortunately breaking down en-route. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents.

Cllr Tony HarbourSouth Oxfordshire District Council Cabinet Member

Cash stolen from 97-year-old woman

Thames Valley Police are looking for a couple who stole a 97-year-old woman's handbag in Bicester.

The incident happened on Thursday in Manors Field Road at about 1.15pm.

The female offender distracted the victim before she and the male offender left the scene.

Shortly afterwards, the victim realised that her handbag was missing.

It was later found in Priory Road but an amount of cash had been taken from it.

Both offenders are described as aged between 40 and 50 and of Eastern European origin.

Manors Field Road
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Manors Field Road

Man in court over Eastleigh stabbing

A man has appeared in court charged with murder after a 22-year-old was stabbed to death in Eastleigh.

Alex Woods was found with stab wounds on Scott Road in the town on Thursday.

Andi Leigh Edwards, 36, appeared before Southampton magistrates and was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday.

All-terrain wheelchairs for Lyme Regis

Two new all-terrain wheelchairs have been introduced to improve accessibility at Lyme Regis beach.

The town council spent £6,000 on the equipment to ensure disabled people had the opportunity to enjoy the sea and sand at the Dorset resort.

Seven-year-old Oli Apps, from Uplyme, who uses a specialist wheelchair, had the opportunity to take one onto the beach and to the water’s edge for the first time.

Mum Kelly Apps said: “The wheelchair will make the beach much more accessible and allow us to be a normal family.

“I love coming to the beach but it’s not been fun in recent years because of the limitations.

“The wheelchair will give Oli the opportunity to have an experience that an able-bodied person can have.”

Oli Apps
Lyme Regis Town Council

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4 affecting J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J6, A355 (Slough) and J5, A4 (Langley), because of a broken down coach. Congestion to J8.

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

Police Federation criticises recording of force incidents

The chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation has criticised a new 10-page form officers have to fill out every time they use any kind of force.

Since April this year officers have had to record a series of details every time they use handcuffs, CS spray or draw a baton.

John Apter said filling out the 10-page form had proved to be like "writing an exam essay".

The Home Office insisted the rules brought "unprecedented transparency" to policing.

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"It is "over-engineered. I know officers who haven't got the time to fill in the form," he said, adding that in some city forces, such as London's Metropolitan Police, officers might have to fill in six forms on each shift."

John ApterHampshire Police Federation

New rehab service for children recovering from tumours

A new long-term rehabilitation service for children recovering from brain and spinal tumours is being launched by a charity.

A long-term rehabilitation service for children recovering from brain tumours is launched

Pictures show Hythe garage devastated by fire

Pictures taken by firefighters show the extent of the fire at the garage in Hythe earlier this morning.

At its height more that 50 firefighters fought the blaze at Prospect Place near the pier which broke out shortly after 05:30 BST.

The service said its fire investigation team were expected to inspect the site later.

"We would especially like to thank all the emergency services who turned out so promptly and quickly secured the area and protected other parts of our lovely village. The garage was shut at the time and nobody was hurt. We must suspend our work for now until the site is declared safe and we can then review our options."

Hythe GarageSpokesman
Hythe Garage
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Hythe Garage
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Hythe Garage fire
Hythe Garage

Moving observatory art studio arrives at Burton Bradstock

A moving observatory art studio has arrived at its latest location - the Jurassic Coast.

The Observatory which forms two structures, an artist's workspace and a workshop, which is open to the public has been relocated from Buckler's Hard to its new home at Burton Bradstock.

It will spend several months at the location with artists taking up residence in the space.

The project is run by the Winchester-based Spud (Space Placemaking and Urban Design) organisation.

The observatory
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The observatory
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Hythe's raft race

Hythe's annual raft race was held at the weekend - the event, held on Southampton Water, is one of the few held on the open sea.

From decorated crafts to more serious entries, the event welcomes competitors of all abilities. Money raised went to the RNLI.

Hythe Raft Race
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Hythe Raft race
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Hythe Raft race
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Fans say farewell to Cornbury

Music fans at the weekend's Cornbury Festival shared their memories of the event which is ending after 14 years.

The Cornbury 2017 crowd choose their favourite Cornbury Music Festival moments.

Motorcyclist injured in Minley crash

Police have appealed for witnesses to a collision in Minley, near Farnborough, which has left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.

It happened just outside the Penny Hill Caravan Site on the B3013 Minley Road on Friday afternoon and involved a red lorry and a motorcycle.

The 25-year-old female rider of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries and was taken to St George’s Hospital, London.

The male driver of the lorry was uninjured.

Jane Austen statue takes shape

A new life size statue of Jane Austen being created for the centre of Basingstoke will mark the 200th anniversary of the author's death.

A life-size statue of Jane Austen is created in a Hampshire workshop

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

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M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J9 for A27 Whiteley and J10 for A32 affecting J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on M27 eastbound between J9, A27 (Whiteley) and J10, A32 (Wickham), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8, A3024 (Bursledon).

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

Women runs third 10k after rare cancer

Chris Palfrey had her jaw replaced with part of her hip after developing a rare cancer.

Severe accident: A3 Hampshire eastbound

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A3 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between Longmoor Road and B2171 London Road Liphook.

A3 Hampshire - A3 in Liphook blocked and stationary traffic eastbound between Griggs Green turn off and Liphook, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J4 for M3 and J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound between J4 M3 and J3, M271 (Romsey), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weight restriction for Isle of Wight bridge

Funeral held for pioneering police woman

A civic funeral has been held for Gladys Howard, who died aged 100. She was one of Portsmouth's first WPCs in the late 1940s, going on to become an inspector.

After retiring she became a city councillor and eventually Lord Mayor.

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Gladys Howard
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She played such an important role in the development of policing and women progressing through the ranks. She was a remarkable lady and had a fantastic political career - she was a real shining light and example to many people.

Ass Ch Const Scott ChiltonHampshire Constabulary

Woman seen running from fire at Southampton houses sought

Police are looking for a woman who was seen running away after a fire broke out at two homes in Southampton.

The blaze broke out shortly after 04:00 BST at two houses in Poole Road.

It took 20 firefighters more than four hours to bring the fire, which spread to the roof of both houses and the upstairs of one, under control.

Hampshire Constabulary said: "A woman was reported as running away from the address when the fire started and we are making enquiries to locate her."

The force said officers remain at the address assisting fire crews.

No-one was injured in the fire.

Fire breaks out at two houses in Poole Road, Southampton

Roundmoor Ditch project goes out to consultation

A public consultation is to be held on how to improve a stretch of river in Berkshire.

Roundmoor Ditch, which runs between Taplow and Dorney Common, had a major clean-up in 2014 to get rid of sewage.

A two-year project will now rebuild riverbanks and remove vegetation preventing wildlife diversity.

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Severe accident: A336 Hampshire both ways

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A336 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Maynard Road and A36 Salisbury Road.

A336 Hampshire - A336 Ringwood Road in Totton closed in both directions between the Maynard Road junction and the A36 Salisbury Road junction, because of an accident involving a motorbike.

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

Crash closes Ringwood Road, Totton

Police are advising motorists to seek alternative routes after a crash involving a motorbike in Ringwood Road, Totton.

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Howe 'will continue influence at Reading

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Ron Gourlay has a tough act to follow.

Nigel Howe has been central to Reading's success as a club in the last 20 years. It is good he is still going to be involved as vice chairman ensuring some stability in the boardroom.

Gourlay arrives at Reading with a glowing CV, having done well at Chelsea and Manchester United.

He will need all his skills to ensure the new Chinese ownership is a successful chapter.

Howe
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Nigel Howe will move from Chief Executive to Vice Chairman as a result of these changes

All Saints and Melanie C close the Henley Festival

All Saints and Melanie C wrapped up the Henley Festival last night.

The festival, which attracted 25,000 people over the five days, also saw performances by Jess Glynne, Pet Shop Boys and Chaka Khan.

The riverside festival, which has a black-tie dress code, saw many arrive by boat.

Proceeds from the not-for-profit event go to a variety of local charities alongside The Children’s Society.

All Saints at Henley Festival
Henley Festival
Henley Festival
Henley Festival

Man arrested following suspected hit and run in Bournemouth

Police have arrested a man after a suspected hit-and-run accident left a woman with serious injuries in Bournemouth.

The collision, involving a red Nissan X-trail, happened on Friday at 22:30 BST on Christchurch Road.

Police said a 53-year-old man from Hampshire has been arrested in the Sussex area on suspicion of driving offences. He has been released under investigation.

The 20-year-old pedestrian from Bournemouth remains in hospital.

Police Constable Tim Gooding said: “I am still appealing to anyone who knows the current location of the vehicle, or who may have seen it travelling out of the county through East Hampshire to the Worthing area of Sussex since the time of the collision, to contact Dorset Police.”

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TV documentary on Adrian Greenwood murder

A behind-the-scenes documentary on TV tonight shows how Thames Valley Police solved the murder of an antique dealer from Oxford.

Michael Danaher stabbed Adrian Greenwood in April last year before stealing a £50,000 first-edition of The Wind in the Willows.

Danaher was jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years in October.

The programme on Channel 4 shows how the force worked around the clock in the initial days to find Danaher and charge him.

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Reading Football Club appoint Ron Gourlay as new chief executive

Reading have appointed Ron Gourlay as their new chief executive.

The former Chelsea CEO replaces Nigel Howe, who moves to the role of vice-chairman of the Championship club.

Gourlay succeeded Peter Kenyon at Chelsea and was also previously a senior director at Manchester United.

"I'm delighted to take up this new position and I consider it a real honour to be presented with the fantastic challenge of guiding the club to the next level," he said.

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London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy expects a tough first month on their return to the Premiership.

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Fire breaks out at garage in Hythe

A fire has broken out at a garage in Hythe.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue said crews were called to the garage near the pier just after 05:36 BST.

Eight fire appliances and more than 50 firefighters are tackling the blaze.

The service has advised anyone living close to where the fire has broken out to keep their windows and doors shut.

Prospect Place has been closed in both directions.

Hythe fire
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'Thrilling' Gainsborough sketches discovered

An album of drawings by 18th Century painter Thomas Gainsborough has been discovered in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.

Gainsborough sketch
Royal Collection Trust

The drawings had been misattributed to another artist, Sir Edwin Landseer, since the reign of Queen Victoria.

But after studying the 25 black-and-white chalk sketches, historian Lindsay Stainton confirmed they are actually early works by one of Britain's most famous painters.

"It's thrilling," she told the BBC.

Weather: Showers later, including some heavy ones

Much of today will be dry and very warm again with sunny spells.

Some showers are possible in the late afternoon, including the odd heavy one.

Maximum Temperature: 23 Deg C (73 Deg F).

Monday's weather forecast

Pet owners in Bicester warned after cat death

Pet owners in Bicester are being urged to keep their animals inside at night after a cat was killed and had its tail removed in Bure Park.

The police are concerned it's the same person who's been targeting cats across the South East in recent years.

Anyone with any information on the attack is asked to contact the police or the RSPCA.