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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 11 July
  2. Search for missing spear fisherman off Dorset coast
  3. Isle of Wight tidal energy scheme on hold
  4. Portsmouth city council to debate UKIP homeless motion
  5. 'Inadequate' school to stay open
  6. Man stabbed in Slough
  7. Fire at Southampton recycling plant

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Maidenhead show first glimpse of new kit

Maidenhead will start their National League journey in a fancy new kit, by the looks of things.

The club's commercial manager tweeted this out earlier.

They play their first game in England's fifth tier against Maidstone United on 5 August.

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Severe accident: A361 Oxfordshire both ways

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A361 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between A40 and Woodside Drive.

A361 Oxfordshire - A361 High Street in Burford closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A40 junction and the Woodside Drive junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Van Gogh lookalike sculpture unveiled

A giant sculpture of Vincent Van Gogh's head, modelled on a Dorset man, has been installed in a vineyard in Canada.

A competition to find the "world's most accurate" Van Gogh lookalike was organised by the work's creator, Douglas Coupland.

Douglas Coupland and Anthony von Mandl
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The Canadian author and artist chose actor Dan Baker, 35, from Christchurch out of 1,250 entries from 37 countries.

The bronze bust celebrates what Coupland called "the genetic magic" in both redheads and Pinot Noir grapes.

Council launches real estate income plan

Bournemouth's council is proposing moving into commercial real estate in a bid to raise money for public services.

The borough wants to build a property investment portfolio using low-interest loans from the Public Works Loan Board.

The proposal is due to go before the authority's cabinet at a meeting on Wednesday 19 July.

Bournemouth Town Hall
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The council said its financial evaluation had been based on Eastleigh Borough Council which had developed a £200m portfolio of assets in its borough, generating an annual net income of £6.8m.

Eastleigh suffer further pitch problems

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National League Eastleigh have cancelled pre-season fixtures against Portsmouth and Newport because of issues with their newly re-laid pitch.

Saturday's visit of AFC Wimbledon was also called off amid concerns over the condition of the new turf.

Eastleigh pitch
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"We can't get enough water onto the pitch at the moment," chief executive Mark Jewell told BBC Radio Solent.

"Exposure to quite a large police bill if the game didn't go ahead was in the back of our mind."

'Chained up and glued together' protesters appeal conviction

A group of anti-Trident protesters, arrested and convicted after demonstrating at a Berkshire weapons factory, are fighting in the High Court to prove that their actions were lawful.

Five activists barred the entrance to Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in June last year, by lying down "chained up and glued together" on the road leading up to the site, where Trident nuclear warheads are assembled.

They were later convicted of wilful obstruction of the highway at Reading Magistrates Court.

AWE site
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AWE have two sites in Berkshire, where they build the UK's nuclear weapons

But now they are asking senior judges to rule that their convictions were not valid - claiming they were not actually lying on the public highway.

The protestors say a "green line" painted on the road to delineate the boundary was - according to maps - "in the wrong place", meaning that the activists ought not to have been found guilty.

The judges delayed giving their decision in the case and will give their ruling at unspecified later date.

Council to debate 'homeless removal' motion

Portsmouth City Council is to debate a motion brought by a UKIP councillor calling for all homeless people to be "removed" from the city's streets.

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

Galloway
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Councillor Colin Galloway wants police to help forcibly remove people from the streets

Mr Galloway is calling for the council to write to the Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane asking for the police to take more of a role in removing homeless people from the streets.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "The words of my motion were extremely strong, intentionally so, so that people would rise to the occasion and come together to solve it".

Alan Burgess, who works with the homeless, said that the council needed to invite charities "around the table" in order to reduce homelessness.

Silverstone activates F1 break clause

The future of the British Grand Prix has been left uncertain after Silverstone's owner confirmed it has activated a break clause to cease hosting the race after 2019.

The British Racing Drivers' Club said the circuit made a £7.6m net loss from hosting the last two British Grand Prix.

Silverstone
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Student ends strike in UAE jail

A British student in a United Arab Emirates jail has temporarily ended a hunger strike over the UK government's

Ahmad Zeidan, 23, was sentenced to nine years in 2014, but claims he was tortured into admitting drugs charges.

Ahmad Zeidan
Zeidan family

His father Manal Zeidan said that his son, from Reading, decided to stop his hunger strike after being visited by a British official in prison.

The Foreign Office said it was continuing to assist Zeidan.

Trident factory upgrades over budget

Trident submarine
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An upgrade of the UK's Trident warhead factory has cost double its budget - and it is expected to take more than two further years to complete.

Funding of £2bn was allocated for rebuilding facilities between 2005 and 2015 at Berkshire's two Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites.

AWE had spent £3.96bn by the end of the 2015/16 financial year, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.

An AWE spokesman said the money spent was part of "annually agreed funding".

Man knocked off bike in hit-and-run

An 18-year-old man was knocked off his bike in a hit-and-run, police have said.

The cyclist was struck by a car turning right from The Meadway into Corwen Road, Reading, at 00:20 BST on Monday.

The Meadway
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Police said the vehicle was believed to be red and are appealing for the driver to come forward.

The victim sustained minor injuries.

Wightlink ferry service suspended

Portsmouth-Fishbourne Wightlink ferry is suspended following incident involving a passenger.

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Weather latest: Wet afternoon ahead

Persistent rain is expected this afternoon with highs of 17C.

The dry weather and sun is forecast to return tomorrow.

BBC weather
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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J6, A355 (Slough), because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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

Anyone for a trip to Perm?

In an unusual gesture of friendship, people in Oxford are being invited to compete in a marathon in Russia.

The city Perm, which is twinned with Oxford, is inviting residents to make the trip for its first ever marathon.

The event has a 1.9m ruble prize fund (about £25,000), and organisers have even offered to host visiting runners in local homes.

Mayor of Perm, Dmitry Samoylov, made the offer in a letter to Lord Mayor of Oxford, Jean Fooks.

He said the presence of runners from Oxford would "contribute to friendship links" between the cities.

Perm Opera House
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Fire in two Southampton homes reveals cannabis farm

Fire breaks out at two houses in Poole Road, Southampton

A cannabis farm has been discovered following a fire at two homes in Southampton.

More than 100 plants were found at one of the houses on Poole Road after the blaze broke out at 04:00 BST on Monday, police said.

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.

No-one was injured in the fire and no arrests have been made.

Hampshire Constabulary said officers were continuing to work with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the fire.

Horse put down after falling on road

Isle of Wight horse owner Georgia Hedley-Ward has called for improvements to the island's roads after claiming her horse Archie died following a fall on a slippery surface.

Island Roads said it has tested the skid resistance at the location and found it to be above the required level.

The British Horse Society said it was aware of the issues that horse riders have been facing on the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely also raised the issue in Parliament last week.

An Isle of Wight woman says her horse died after falling on a slippery road surface

Missing Carol Packman's killer husband 'should not be granted parole'

Sam Gillingham pictured as a child with her mother Carol Packman
Sam Gillingham

A man who murdered his wife more than 30 years ago should not be released on parole until he reveals what her did with her body, their daughter has said.

Veronica Packman, known as Carol, 40, disappeared from their Bournemouth family home in 1985.

Russell Causley, of Portlock Place, Maidenhead, was twice jailed for her murder - initially in 1996.

Their only child Sam Gillingham, of Northampton, (pictured as a child with her mother) said it was a person's "basic right" to be laid to rest "peacefully".

Pedestrian struck by car in Eastleigh

A man has been struck by a car outside Eastleigh train station.

Police said the crash, involving a Vauxhall Corsa, happened on Southampton Road at the pelican crossing shortly after 09:30 BST.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and has been taken to Southampton General Hospital.

The force is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Island tidal scheme put on hold

Isle of Wight Council say plans for a large tidal energy scheme in the English Channel have been put on hold.

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre had previously said it would begin "full operations" south of the island from 2020.

It secured approval for up to 60 sea bed turbines off St Catherine's Point last year.

But the council said all work has been suspended because the firm is unable to compete on price with offshore wind turbines.

East Dorset District Council votes to join merger debates

A council that rejected replacing Dorset's nine councils with two has voted to be involved in debates leading to a potential merger.

Dorset coast
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East Dorset District Council voted against the proposals in January.

Members of the authority agreed to take up seats on a joint committee being set up in September at a meeting on Monday.

It said joining the committee did not change its decision to reject the proposals.

Fire crews contain recycling plant blaze

Fire crews say they have contained the fire at the recycling plant in Northam, Southampton to the building.

The service said small quantities of smoke in the area can be expected for a few hours.

Residents are advised to keep their windows and doors closed until it has dispersed.

At its height, about 30 firefighters were involved in controlling the blaze on Belvidere Road.

Northam recycling fire
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Should a killer be eligible for parole if he never tells his victim's family where her body is?

Carole Packman was killed in Bournemouth in 1985. Her killer has never said where she is.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, at J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M27 westbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of an accident involving two cars and a rolling road-block.

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

Council to provide charging points for cabbies

Taxi light
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Charging points for electric taxis will be arriving in Oxford next year.

The city's council is to spend £500,000 on installing 19 around Oxford.

The authority is working with Oxfordshire County Council to introduce a zero emission zone from 2020, and the move is designed to ensure Oxford's hackney cabs are ready.

The scheme, which is part of measures to improve air quality in Oxford, still needs to be approved by senior councilors when its discussed next Tuesday.

Oxford has illegal levels of air pollution in some parts of the city, which is affecting the health of residents. Every vehicle in Oxford is contributing to this major public health emergency.

Cllr John TannerExecutive Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford

'Tremendous level of support' for Chiltern Edge School

Oxfordshire County Council's newly appointed cabinet member for education, Hilary Hibbert-Biles, said of the consultation into the future of the failing Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common:

"We are working towards a lasting solution which both enables the school to stay open and delivers the much-needed improvements demanded by Ofsted.

"Our number one priority remains to ensure that good educational opportunities are available to children in this part of Oxfordshire.

"The first important steps have been taken by the school's very capable new leadership team and it is right that more time should now be given for the school to turn itself around.

She added: "During my meetings with school staff, families and campaigners, I have been impressed by the tremendous level of support for the school and the high regard in which it is so obviously held - despite the very serious criticisms from Ofsted.

Reading council respond to Chiltern Edge consultation

A large number of pupils at the failing Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common travel from the Reading area. The borough council have responded to the news today that the school has been given more time to improve.

Councillor Tony Jones, Reading's lead councillor for education, said he was "delighted" it has not been recommend for closure.

He added: "The news will come as a great relief to parents, pupils and teachers at the school who have had to live with a high degree of uncertainty over the last three months.

"We must not forget that the school still faces a number of challenges and must overcome the serious issues highlighted by Ofsted and its ongoing financial problems.

"Providing good quality education for pupils, many of whom are Reading children, must be top priority and I wish all concerned well in securing a sponsor for the school."

Developments at Chiltern Edge School

The consultation into the future of Chiltern Edge School has highlighted a number of positive developments since the damming Ofsted report in March. It points to the following:

  • The appointment of an interim executive board at Chiltern Edge, led by an experienced former headteacher
  • An interim headteacher with a proven-track record of school improvement was also appointed, taking up her position on 5 June. She has put in place a range of actions and strategies aimed at addressing the numerous weaknesses identified
  • The council is in early discussion with the regional schools commissioner, and with a potential sponsor for Chiltern Edge School, the Maiden Erlegh Trust - a multi-academy trust based in Wokingham

Chiltern Edge School to stay open

Chiltern Edge School
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A failing secondary school which was under threat of closure has been saved, subject to a review of the consultation.

Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common had been placed into special measures after being rated inadequate by Ofsted in March.

A report by cabinet member for education Hilary Hibbert-Biles has recommended that more time be given to the school to continue work on improvements.

The staff and teachers are being given until October to tackle the serious issues highlighted by Ofsted and ongoing financial problems.

The report on the consultation will be considered at the council meeting on 18 July.

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, between J7 for A334 and J5 for A335 Wide Lane.

M27 Hampshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M27 westbound between J7, A334 (Hedge End) and J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of debris on the road.

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