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  1. Updates from Wednesday 12 July
  2. Family plea over missing spear fisherman
  3. Hospice 'ventilator error killed woman'
  4. Woman rescued from collapsed house
  5. Nurse shortage at Oxford hospitals
  6. Reading traffic woes after lights fail

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New island MP to stand down as councillor

Hannah Bewley

BBC South political reporter

The Isle of Wight's newly elected Conservative MP intends to stand down as a local councillor.

Bob Seely

Bob Seely won a seat for Central Wight ward in 2013 and became the island's MP in June this year.

He said he would stand down "sooner rather than later" when it is a "right and reasonable time to do so".

Labour's new MP for Portsmouth South is also a councillor, for the Charles Dickens ward on Portsmouth City Council, and he has said he will retain this position.

This council seat is due for reelection in 2020.

Boy admits slashing opponent in park fight

David Lumb

BBC News Online

A 12-year-old boy has admitted slashing a teenager in the chin with a knife after they met in a park in Oxford for a pre-arranged fight.

The attacker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, launched the assault off Marston Road and Jack Straw's Lane on 18 June.

He pulled out a Stanley knife and told the 13-year-old "this is going in your leg", Oxford Magistrates' Court heard.

He admitting grievous bodily harm and possession of a blade. He was given a nine month referral order, told to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Driver's 'lucky escape' after near miss with dear in Odiham

Cat caught up in trap and tree loses leg

A cat who was found dangling from a tree after he got his leg caught in a trap has had to have the limb amputated.

Blue got caught in the contraption on 1 July in Headington, Oxford, and climbed the tree dragging the trap behind him and got tangled up.

He was spotted by a member of the public in "severe distress" and rescued by the RSPCA. The charity said the trap is likely to have been set up illegally.

Blue in tree and trap

Blue's owner, Hannah Menzel, said: "He's back home and recuperating and coping well with only three legs.

"It broke my heart when I first saw him, especially to think someone could have placed the trap intentionally.

"He's only a young cat and so full of life. We'd got Blue after our other cat died after being poisoned and my son adores him."

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked on M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

Dorset both ways severe accident, between A349 Broadstone Way and York Road.

Dorset - Broadstone Way in Poole closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A349 Broadstone Way junction and the York Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Radiohead on Israel gig: 'Playing a country isn't the same as endorsing its government'

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke has continued to defend Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Israel.

The Oxford band have repeatedly been urged to call off the show as part of a cultural boycott over Israel's policies towards the Palestinians.

On Tuesday, filmmaker Ken Loach wrote an open letter, accusing Radiohead of ignoring "human rights violations".

But Yorke hit back on Twitter, saying: "Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government".

Oxford new signing Henry flies to Portugal for training

Yann Kermorgant

Reading striker Yann Kermorgant undergoes surgery on his hip and groin and will miss the start of the new season.

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Andrew Scott

A man has not returned home after going spear fishing off Dorset's Jurassic Coast on Monday.

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Woman at Oxford hospice 'died after part of breathing tube wasn't replaced'

A 21-year-old woman with a rare disease died in a hospice after staff failed to replace part of her breathing tube, an inquest has heard.

Emily Bushaway, from Letchworth, "turned blue" after a small part of a valve on her ventilator was discarded at Helen & Douglas House in Oxford.

Mark Greener, her father, spotted the part was missing when he arrived to take her home.

At Oxford Coroner's Court he described the response to her rapidly worsening state as "woeful".

Sound insulation help for Heathrow neighbours

Residents of Colnbrook, near Slough, are among those who can benefit from funding to upgrade their home’s insulation to help with aircraft noise.

The free insulation is part of Heathrow’s Quieter Homes Scheme.

More than 700 homes close to the airport are eligible for the scheme.

Plane taking off from Heathrow
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Our noise insulation programmes are an essential part of our efforts to become a better, quieter neighbour."

Matt Gorman,Sustainability director, Heathrow Airport

Drummer performs on top of the O2

Ex-Wolves winger Henry signs for Oxford

James Henry
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League One Oxford United sign former Wolves and Millwall midfielder James Henry on a free transfer.

James Henry

Ex-Wolves winger Henry signs for Oxford

Oxford United sign former Wolves and Millwall midfielder James Henry on a free transfer.

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Appeal after robbery on a prison officer in Shaftesbury

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on a prison officer in Shaftesbury.

Driving home from his shift at Guys Marsh prison at about 21:00 BST on Sunday, the prison officer had pulled over in Cole's Lane to get his mobile phone out of his car boot so he could call his wife.

A silver Y-reg Volkswagen Golf stopped in front of him.

One man got out of the car and stabbed the prison officer in the shoulder with a small, sharp object believed to be a small knife or a key.

A second man opened the car boot and stole his guard uniform and collapsible baton.

Both men then returned to the Golf and drove away.

He was treated for minor cuts and bruises by paramedics, but did not require hospital treatment.

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Falklands Yomper statue to remain at Eastney

Yomper statue

A statue commemorating the Royal Marines role in the Falklands War is to stay in its current location in Portsmouth.

There was an idea to move the Yomper from Eastney to the historic dockyard, but the idea was overwhelmingly rejected in a consultation with the public which gathered over 3,000 responses.

The Yomper statue will remain in front of the now-closed Royal Marines Museum. The museum is due to re-open in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2020.

The statue was unveiled to mark the 10th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

101 Squadron which provides air-to-air refuelling is celebrating its 100th birthday.
The 101 Squadron provides air-to-air refuelling from its base at RAF Brize Norton.

Stormzy surprises Oxford students

Grime artist Stormzy surprised students at Oxford University yesterday when he turned up to collect an award.

He arrived at a conference arranged by the African and Caribbean Society after he was selected as its Person Of The Year.

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UKIP homeless 'detritus' comments: Councillor's motion defeated

Colin Galloway

A motion referring to homeless people in Portsmouth as "unwelcome detritus" has been defeated in a council meeting.

UKIP councillor Colin Galloway put forward the motion to the city council which called for police to help remove rough sleepers from the city.

Only Mr Galloway and a UKIP colleague voted in favour during Tuesday's meeting, with Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and independent councillors voting against.

Campaigner for the homeless Alan Burgess who spoke in the council chamber, said the motion's wording was "wholly unacceptable" and called on the UKIP councillor to resign and apologise.

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White is confident they will improve upon last year's disappointing T20 results.

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New Silverstone deal 'entirely possible'

A new deal to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone after 2019 is possible, according to the circuit's owners.

It comes after the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) triggered a break clause in its current contract with Liberty Media which owns Formula 1.

The group said it made losses from hosting the Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016 and could not afford to host the race, unless a new deal was agreed.

Chairman of the BRDC, John Gant, told BBC Radio Oxford both parties wanted to keep the race at Silverstone and said he believed a deal was possible.

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[Liberty Media] said Silverstone was important, they said they want a British Grand Prix, and we said we want to host one... that's a pretty good starting point for a negotiation.

John GantBritish Racing Drivers Club

CCTV clue in cat flap 'arson attack'

Detectives investigating a fire that was started through a cat flap are trying to trace a vehicle caught on CCTV.

Two neighbours were rescued in the suspected arson attack at a house in Bournemouth on 2 July.

The women had entered the burning building to rescue two cats, who were unharmed.

Police are trying to find the occupants of a Dacia Duster car seen in the area shortly before the fire was reported.

CCTV image of car

Family of missing spear fisherman appeal for help

The family of a man who failed to return from Dorset's Jurassic Coast after going spear fishing is appealing for help from the public.

Lifeboats, coastguard teams and the coastguard helicopter were initially dispatched to look for Andrew Scott, 27, at about 21:00 BST on Monday.

The coastguard-led search continued throughout Tuesday.

Andrew’s family said in a statement: "We are desperate to have Andrew home safe and well with us.

"We would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police, no matter how small or insignificant it seems, as it could potentially help to find Andrew."

Dorset Police said officers were continuing to search for Mr Scott.

The force, which is treating the case as a missing person inquiry, said it is unlikely anyone could now be alive in the water.

Mr Scott left his home at Winterborne Whitechurch to go fishing at Ringstead Bay on Monday afternoon.

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Boa constrictors and python left in sealed boxes

Poole Harbour osprey chicks arrive at new home

Eight osprey chicks have arrived in Poole Harbour as part of a project to re-establish a breeding colony there.

The six week-old chicks were transported from northern Scotland earlier this month.

It's hoped that over the next five years the Ospreys will adopt the harbour as their new home.

The project is being led by the Birds of Poole Harbour, Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Wildlife Windows charities.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J8 for A3024 Bursledon and J9 for A27 Whiteley affecting J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M27 eastbound between J8, A3024 (Bursledon) and J9, A27 (Whiteley), because of an accident involving car and a lorry. Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to J7, A334 (Hedge End).

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

Reading traffic: Problems until lunchtime

Reading's traffic manager Simon Beasley has told BBC Radio Berkshire that engineers are on the way to fix the lights at the top of the A33 - but doesn't expect them to be working until lunchtime.

Mr Beasley thinks that the problems have been caused by the heavy rain yesterday.

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IDR: A picture speaks a thousand words

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

This is the latest from the spot where the A33 meets the IDR.

The cones are there for safety reasons as the traffic lights are out.

Queues of traffic coming into town go back to Kennet Island.

A33 traffic
Cones are in place for safety reasons.

Searching for the 'ancestors of people who built Stonehenge'


A Neolithic long barrow burial mound dating back more than 5,000 years could contain the remains of the ancestors of people who lived around Stonehenge.

That's according to archaeologists from the University of Reading, who are excavating the site - known as Cat's Brain - in Pewsey in Wiltshire.

It's the first full investigation of such a monument in the county for half a century.

Opportunities to fully investigate long barrows are virtually unknown in recent times, and this represents a fantastic chance to carefully excavate one using the very latest techniques and technology. Discovering the buried remains of what could be the ancestors of those who built Stonehenge would be the cherry on the cake of an amazing project.

Dr Jim LearyDirector of the Archaeology Field School

A33 / IDR Reading latest

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Eyes down, look in, here we go:

In Reading, the lights are off on the whole of the area where the A33 meets the IDR by the Castle Street roundabout.

For safety some sections have been coned off, sending all northbound traffic straight up the slip-road to the Castle Street roundabout.

You can't go straight on to the IDR or turn right to the Oracle, all traffic has to go via the roundabout.

As you would imagine the northbound traffic is queuing from Kennet Island.

Also: People are coming off at Berkley Avenue to avoid the problem, but that is also at a standstill so not a lot of point doing that.

IDR problems

Latest headlines: Woman rescued after house collapse

  • A woman has been rescued by fire crews after the front a house on the Isle of Wight collapsed.
  • The search for a missing spear fisherman off the Jurassic Coast has been stood down.
  • A nurse shortage at Oxforshire's hospitals has reached "concerning levels".
  • After her daughter died in the womb - a woman from Berkshire heads to Downing Street today calling for home kits that listen to babies' heartbeats to be banned.

Nurse shortage hits Oxfordshire's hospitals

The number of vacancies for nurses at a hospital's trust in Oxfordshire has reached "concerning levels".

In total, 560 posts at Oxford University Hospital's Trust, which runs four hospitals, were unfilled at the end of June.

Its interim chief nurse, Andrew MacCallum, said recruitment from the EU was harder following Brexit and the introduction of a new language test.

He added it was an issue "across the NHS" and warned there would be no "quick fixes".

John Radcliffe Hospital West Wing
Bill Nicholls