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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 14 July
  2. Cheeki Rafiki boss guilty over deaths
  3. Hundreds without water in Hampshire
  4. Spanish royals visit Oxford

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All times stated are UK

Portland's The Verne immigration removal centre 'well run'

An immigration removal centre previously criticised for the effects of detention on the men held there has been judged "well run" in an annual report.

The Verne
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The Independent Monitoring Board's (IMB) annual report of The Verne on Portland said it also showed "a positive emphasis on humane treatment".

However, it said those with mental health issues and suspected tuberculosis were "inappropriately held in unsuitable accommodation". Built in 1840, much of the building is Grade II listed.

IMB also said the board became "increasingly concerned" about the number of night time arrivals being "very high".

In September last there were 223 arrivals and 44 leavers between 20:00 and 06:00 BST.

Retrial ordered on yacht manslaughter charges

A judge has ordered a retrial on four manslaughter charges against the head of a yacht firm, after a jury at Winchester Crown Court was unable to reach verdicts.

Earlier the jury convicted Douglas Innes, 42, and his firm Stormforce Coaching of failing to ensure the safe operation of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki, which sank in the Atlantic in May 2014 with the loss of its four crew.

Douglas Innes
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No date has been set for the second trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

Severe disruption: A329 Oxfordshire southbound

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A329 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at M40 J7.

A329 Oxfordshire - A329 in Milton Common closed and slow traffic southbound at Thame, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Mother blames hospice for 'killing' daughter

Emily Bushaway
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Emily Bushaway was unable to breathe properly after part of her ventilator was discarded

The mother of a 21-year-old woman with a rare disease has said she believes incompetence at a hospice "killed" her daughter.

On Wednesday an inquest heard Emily Bushaway died when staff at Helen & Douglas House in Oxford failed to replace part of her breathing tube.

Her mother, Lisa Bushaway, said a nurse threw part of a valve "in the bin and then connected it back up".

Coroner Darren Salter said the valve was unfamiliar to staff at the hospice.

Three arrests in Henley-on-Thames rape

Three men have been arrested in connection with the rape of a woman after she attended the Henley Royal Regatta.

The woman, in her 20s, left the event's Chinawhite enclosure between 00:00 and 02:30 BST on Sunday 2 July with men she had met there, police said.

She walked with them to a car in the Harpsden Road and Reading Road area and was raped outside it.

A member of the public found her near the Three Horseshoes public house shortly after.

Two men, aged 23 and 24, from Bedford and a 26-year-old man from Loughborough have been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with this incident.

They have been released while inquiries continue.

Det Insp Ali Driver, from Oxfordshire Force CID, said: “The victim is being supported by specially trained officers at this time.

“If you have any information about this incident, please come forward and speak to officers as this could assist with our investigation.”

Readipop Festival kicking off later

Jim Bob
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Jim Bob, formerly of Carter USM is playing the Purple Turtle stage

The Readipop Festival kicks off today in Caversham with a whole host of acts from local bands to indie legends.

The three-day-event in Christchurch Meadows will see Jim Bob from Carter USM and synth pop duo Blancmange on the bill in the Purple Turtle tent tonight.

Maxi Jazz from Faithless is also bringing his new band the E-Type Boys to the festival later, and local acts include Tiny Giant and Nate Simpson.

Find out more here.

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

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M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for M271 and J4 for M3.

M27 Hampshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M27 eastbound between J3, M271 (Romsey) and J4 M3, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J10 for A329 and J8 for affecting J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J8, because of an accident involving four vehicles. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J12, A4 (Theale).

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

Students pedal 50 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight
The students pedalled more than 50 nautical miles during the charity challenge.

Defoe among Bradley Lowery mourners

Bournemouth footballer Jermain Defoe was among thousands of mourners to line the streets of Bradley Lowery's home town for his funeral.

The six-year-old Sunderland fan, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, died on Friday following a cancer fight.

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The service, held at St Joseph's Church in the village, paid tribute to an "incredible little boy with a huge personality".

In the months before his death Bradley struck up a friendship with former Sunderland star Defoe, who called him a "little superstar".

Thames Traditional Boat Festival

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally is under way at Fawley Meadows in Henley.

It was first held at in 1978 and celebrates classic boats.

Among the vessels on display is the Gloriana, the royal rowbarge. In 2012 it travelled down the Thames during the the Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

The Gloriana
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The Gloriana at Fawley Meadows, Henley

Witness appeal after serious Weymouth crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a crash in Weymouth that has left an elderly man with life-threatening injuries.

At around 17:40 BST yesterday a silver Vauxhall Astra hit the 89-year-old pedestrian at the junction of Preston Beach Road and Bowleaze Coveway.

the junction of Preston Beach Road and Bowleaze Coveway.
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The incident occurred at the junction of Preston Beach Road and Bowleaze Coveway.

The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment and the road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident. It reopened at 21:40.

The driver of the car – a 28-year-old man from Weymouth – and his front seat passenger were uninjured.

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

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M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J9 for A34 and J10 for A31.

M3 Hampshire - Very slow traffic on M3 southbound between J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout) and J10, A31 (Winchester), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Two held over £3k Lego thefts

Police investigating the theft of almost £3,000 worth of Lego from toy shops have arrested two people.

Four people were reported to have pushed three trolleys containing more than £1,350 worth of Lego out of a Toys R Us store in Poole on 15 May.

Similar thefts were also reported at Smyths Toy Superstore in Bournemouth and a Tesco store in Poole.

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A man from Bournemouth and a woman from Southampton, both aged 38, have been arrested on suspicion of theft.

They have been released while investigations continue.

Bodies never found

The bodies of James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin have never been found
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The bodies of James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin have never been found

Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham in Surrey, James Male, 22, from Southampton, Steve Warren, 52, and Paul Goslin, 56, both from Somerset, had been returning the 40ft (12m) vessel to Southampton from Antigua Sailing Week when it capsized.

The US Coastguard was criticised for calling off its search for the stricken vessel after two days, but it was restarted after intervention by the British government.

The vessel was eventually found with the life raft but no sign of the four men. Their bodies have never been found.

BreakingCheeki Rafiki jury discharged

A jury considering manslaughter charges against a Southampton charter boat company director following the deaths of four men in a yacht capsize has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

Douglas Innes, director of Stormforce Coaching Limited had denied the charges.

Earlier, Mr Innes and the company were found guilty of failing to ensure the safe operation of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki, under the Merchant Shipping Act.

Prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC said the Crown would seek a retrial on the four manslaughter charges.

Severe accident: A35 Hampshire westbound

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A35 Hampshire westbound severe accident, at M271.

A35 Hampshire - A35 Redbridge Flyover in Southampton closed and queuing traffic westbound at Redbridge Flyover, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - follow the signs at scene.

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

Severe accident: A31 Hampshire westbound

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A31 Hampshire westbound severe accident, at Nouale Lane.

A31 Hampshire - A31 in Ringwood partially blocked and very slow traffic westbound at the Nouale Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Spanish Royals arrive in Oxford

King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife Queen Letizia have arrived in Oxford.

They are visiting the Weston Library, Exeter College and Divinity School on the last day of their state visit to the UK.

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Students circumnavigate Isle of Wight in a pedalo

Congratulations to a team of Southampton students who pedaled around the Isle of Wight in a pedalo to raise money for charity.

Students pedal 50 nautical miles around the Isle of Wight

Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead

After a cloudy start to the day, the sun is set to make an appearance later in the afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 21C

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Hedgehogs 'deliberately set on fire'

Two hedgehogs suffered a "painful and cruel death" after being set on fire deliberately on a school playing field, police have said.

The animals were discovered in a box following the "small" blaze at Mudeford Junior School, Christchurch.

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Dorset Police said it was likely the spiny creatures would have been alive when they were set alight.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the fire which happened on 8 July when the school was closed.

MP requests urgent education funding talks

An MP has requested urgent talks with the education secretary after a school in his constituency said it might close early on Fridays due to a "funding crisis".

Tobias Ellwood, who represents Bournemouth East, intervened after Epiphany Primary School's head teacher said it was facing a £280,000-a-year shortfall.

Mr Ellwood said he wanted to make the government aware of the pressure schools are facing.

"Nobody wants to see schools being threatened, or even considering having to send children away in the afternoons," he said.

BreakingCheeki Rafiki boss guilty of safety charge

The director of a boat charter firm has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safe operation of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki, which capsized in the Atlantic in 2014 with the loss of four lives.

The jury at Winchester Crown Court is still considering manslaughter charges against Douglas Innes, 42, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton.

His company Stormforce Coaching was also convicted of failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner.

Douglas Innes
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Elderly man in hospital after crash

A man in his 80s has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Weymouth.

Officers were called just before 1740 on Thursday after the man was struck outside Oasis cafe on Bowleaze Coveway.

Bowleaze Coveway
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The road was closed for several hours.

First images of new Broadmoor Hospital

First pictures from inside the new £242m Broadmoor hospital that opens in the Autumn

The BBC has obtained exclusive images of what the new Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire looks like.

After 150 years the Victorian building is being sold off and a new hospital, costing £242m, has been built. It is due to open in the autumn.

BBC South's Ben Moore also visited a similar new hospital in London to see what the new Broadmoor will be like.

Concern over non-potty trained children starting school

An increasing number of children are not potty trained when they start school, according to a Dorset businesswoman.

Amanda Jenner, who runs The Potty Training Academy in Bournemouth, said more than 30 parents have told her they are delaying their child going to school this September.

An increasing number of children are starting school without being potty trained

Spanish royals visit Oxford

Prince Harry, Queen Letizia and King Felipe
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Prince Harry accompanied Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain on their trip to Westminster Abbey earlier this week

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia will be in Oxford for the final day of their state visit to the UK.

Their time in Oxford will include stops at the Weston Library, Exeter College, and Divinity School, where the king will give a speech.

Divinity School
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King Felipe VI of Spain will give a speech at Divinity School

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Bottas on Silverstone: 'It's like a home grand prix'

Ross Heaton

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Sunday's British Grand Prix could be one of the last to take place at Silverstone after the track's owners activated a break clause in their contract with Formula 1.

Speaking to BBC Radio Oxford's Ross Heaton, Valtteri Bottas, who drives for the Brackley-based Mercedes team, said it would be a hard race to replace.

Valtteri Bottas says he's targeting victory at Silverstone this weekend.

Hip hop classes for Basingstoke school pupils

A Basingstoke school is offering hip hop classes as part of an effort to have more contemporary after-school clubs.

Break for Life organisers say it can get youngsters exercising, socialising and building confidence, but needs further funding for its long-term future.

After school Hip Hop classes are helping young people in Hampshire gain confidence

Dorset Police are involved in the first dedicated police drone unit in the county

The force has joined with Devon and Cornwall Police to use the new technology.