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Summary

  1. Severe disruption on South West Trains for the rest of the day
  2. Advice not to travel towards Waterloo until after 09:00
  3. Caused by track defect on a set of points between Woking and Surbiton

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening

That's all for today - we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Night time curfew for Isle of Wight Floating Bridge

The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge has introduced a restricted timetable, ending crossings at 22:30 and resuming at 07:00 each morning following concerns from nearby residents over noise from the new vessel.

It previously ran until 00:30 and restarted at 05:40 on weekdays.

The council said the curfew would continue while engineers "investigate noise complaints and identify any remedial works required to minimise this".

The new £3.2m chain ferry began operating in May but has been beset with technical troubles, Cars scraped their bumpers while embarking and disembaking, it has run aground at low tide and has left passengers stranded.

Chain ferry
Isle of Wight Council

'Phone call distraction' led to near miss

A tanker aircraft from RAF Brize Norton and two US fighter jets came within seconds of a mid-air crash in January, a report has revealed.

The pilot of the RAF Voyager tanker claimed one of the US F-15s flew as close as 50m (160ft) before roaring past to avoid a collision.

The Airprox Board blamed the near-miss on a military air traffic controller in Swanwick, Hampshire, becoming distracted by a phone call.

Voyager tanker aircraft
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Anniversary of Jane Austen funeral marked in Winchester

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the funeral of writer Jane Austen.

The Hampshire author died on 19 July 1817 at the age of 41 and today in Winchester Austen devotees paid their respects at the cathedral where she was burried.

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CCTV released in Stamshaw robbery investigation

Police have released CCTV image of a suspect following a robbery at the Co-op in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, Hampshire on Saturday.

A man entered a staff only area of the shop and pushed a member of staff to the floor, threatening her to open the safe. About £180 was taken

The suspect was seen to leave via the fire exit and rode off on a sliver bike, cycling along Penrose Close. It is believed that some members of the public who were in the Mother Shipton pub gave chase.

CCTV footage
Hampshire Constabulary
Portsmouth student wins award for teddy bear refugee animation
An animation depicting refugees as teddy bears created by a Portsmouth university student has won an award.

Oxfordshire 'needs £9bn worth of investment' for growth

Oxfordshire will need at least £9bn worth of investment to cope with an increase in population, jobs and homes, a report has predicted.

People
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It was commissioned by the county's six councils and includes Oxford Station and Didcot in a list of areas where redevelopment will be needed.

It also highlighted a need for long term investment in schools and hospitals by 2040.

Transport plans included East West Rail connecting Oxford to Cambridge.

Name sought for wild ass foal

Marwell Zoo has launched a competition to name its African wild ass foal which was born earlier this month.

Keepers have now confirmed that it is a boy.

You can help decide its name by voting on the zoo's website.

It is one of the rarest species in the world - the wild population of the African wild ass is based in the harsh and remote lands of Eritrea or Ethiopia.

Wild ass foal
Marwell Wildlife

Disruption update from South West Trains

The latest from South West Trains following the earlier signalling failure in south west London.

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Isle of Wight beach steps back in action

The steps to one of the Isle of Wight's most popular beaches have been reinstated after landslides earlier this year.

A joint scheme between Rights of Way and the National Trust has put in new steps at Compton Beach.

The previous steps to access the beach were put out of action following land instability in February.

Compton Steps
Isle of Wight Council

Coastguard called after man 'wedges head between rocks'

Wyke Coastguard Rescue Team was called to Ringstead Beach near Weymouth earlier this afternoon following reports a man had fallen and wedged his head between some rocks.

Paramedics were able to free the man and he was able to walk to the ambulance.

The coastguard said it was an "exceptionally busy period" on the Dorset coast.

High risk of 'unprecedented' winter downpours

There's an increased risk of "unprecedented" winter downpours such as those that caused extensive flooding in 2014, the UK Met Office says.

Their study suggests there's now a one in three chance of monthly rainfall records being broken in England and Wales in winter.

The estimate reflects natural variability plus changes in the UK climate as a result of global warming.

But a supercomputer was needed to understand the scale of increased risk.

Across the winter of 2013-14, a series of storms hit the UK leading to extensive flooding in many parts. The amount of rain that fell in much of southern England and the Midlands was the heaviest in 100 years. Cleaning up from the resulting floods took time and money - the bill for the Thames valley alone was over £1bn.

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Rainfall in January 2014 was unprecedented in Met Office records
Winkfield Road

A 23-year-old man from Slough was pronounced dead at the scene and a 50-year old man from Bracknell died later in hospital.

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe could allow Max Gradel, Lewis Grabban and Marc Wilson leave for the right offers.

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M27 road rage incident

Footage captured by the family shows ex-BBC film-maker Fergus Beeley confronting them in a car park.

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All aboard for the new young cruisers

The average age of cruise passengers has fallen to its lowest in 20 years, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Princess Cruises, part of the US-owned Carnival group, said next summer there will be almost twice as many UK under-18s on its main Southampton-based ship than there were two years ago.

The firm is among those hoping to attract more families with a complete overhaul of its kids' clubs and a partnership with the Discovery Channel.

Arson inquiry after Hampshire fire

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a maisonette in Portchester this morning.

Firefighters were called at 10:33 BST to Kenwood Road, where the blaze spread from the first floor to a shared roof space.

Portchester fire
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Six crews extinguished the fire shortly after midday.

Two men aged 43 and 44 and a 55-year-old woman have been arrested and remain in police custody.

'Antisocial behaviour' patrols in Oxford centre

A crackdown on street drinking, begging and public drug supply has been launched today by police and council officers in Oxford city centre.

The authorities say it is in response to the exploitation of children and vulnerable people by drug-dealing gangs.

Oxford city centre
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From our policing operations, we can directly connect the drug market, including money gathered from begging, to the exploitation of children in our city to deal Class A drugs.

Supt Joe KidmanPolice Commander for Oxford

Council protestor 'carrying flammable liquids'

A man carrying "large quantities" of petrol and lighter fluid has reportedly chained himself up in the offices of Cherwell District Council, the Oxford Mail has reported.

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Saints captain misses France trip

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has not been included in their squad for a training camp in France this week.

The defender, 26, has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, although the Anfield club said they ended their interest last month.

Southampton say they do not want to sell the Netherlands international.

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Olympic champion in charity race

A two time Olympic gold medalist is rowing in a 200-mile non stop race from Barcelona to Ibiza.

Alex Gregory MBE from Oxfordshire sets off today on the challenge to raise awareness for a campaign to get men vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

The virus causes 5% of cancer in men and women, according to the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation.

The Olympian will be rowing alongside novices in the race which is expected to take over 70 hours.

Team GB men's four at Rio Olympics
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Alex Gregory, left, was part of the crew who won Olympic gold in the men's four at the Rio Olympics

Man critically ill after assault

Police say a man has "life-threatening" injuries after an assault outside a Southampton pub on Friday night.

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Olly Murs fans offered ticket swap deal

Olly Murs has offered fans a chance to swap their tickets after shows in Bournemouth and Exeter were cancelled.

The gigs fell through with the collapse last week of promoters Stephen C Associates.

Disappointed fans are being offered concerts on 12 August in Swansea or 27 August in Portsmouth as an alternative.

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Aerial near miss involving Brize Norton tanker

Two US fighter jets came within 50m of an RAF refueling plane from Brize Norton

Evasive action was needed to avoid a mid-air collision in the incident which happened in January, off the north Norfolk coast.

An RAF Voyager tanker had just completed refuelling a pair of RAF Typhoons when the two American F15 jets approached.

The Voyager pilot reported seeing the jets' afterburners and hearing a "roar".

F-15
USAF
Two American F-15 jets came within 50m of the Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton

A report by the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near misses, says 15 recommendations have been adopted to avoid a repeat.

Two die in car crash near Legoland

Two people have died after a crash involving three cars near Legoland Windsor.

Emergency services were called at around 22:45 BST on Sunday to Winkfield Road near the Legoland roundabout.

Round
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The incident took place close to the roundabout near Legoland Windsor

A 23-year-old man was declared dead at the scene, while a 50-year-old man was declared dead at hospital after the incident.

Three other people have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Next of kin for both men have been informed. Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses

Councils spend fortunes on stalled devolution plans

Councils in the south have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds preparing for reorganizations that have never happened.

BBC Freedom of Information requests have revealed spending on glossy brochures, outside consultants and training to prepare for devolution from central government.

So far no extra powers have been granted to any council in the region.

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Spending by authority

Berkshire unitary councils - £21,600

Dorset councils - £552,334 (paid for by government grant)

Hampshire County Council - £339,000 (includes £65,000 spent on behalf of all Hampshire councils)

Heart of Hampshire group / Solent Combined Authority group - £290,930

Oxfordshire County Council - £271,000

Oxfordshire Districts campaign - £361,768

Rise in Berkshire school explusion

A total of 90 pupils have been permanently excluded from state run schools in Berkshire in the previous school year according to new figures.

The figures represent a 29% increase on the 70 excluded in the year before, with at least a quarter involved in violent or abusive behaviour.

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"I think there is a lack of early intervention, when there is a need, for difficult students", said Rachel Owens, the head of a Reading school which specialises in teaching excluded pupils. "There needs to be time, attention and empowerment given to the parents.

"You dealing with generations of disengagement with education, so we are now in a pattern of behaviour".

Olly Murs fans await news of Bournemouth gig

Pop star Olly Murs has promised an announcement today over concerts in Bournemouth and Exeter which were cancelled following the collapsed of promoters last week.

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Police search for 'seriously injured' fight victim

Police say they are very concerned for a person who may be "seriously injured" after a fight at an address at Fortuneswell, Portland, on Saturday morning.

Officers were called at 04:40 BST following a report that several people had entered a property and threatened a number of men with a knife.

Fortuneswell, Portland
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A fight broke out during which it appears someone was injured and fled the scene.

A 29-year-old woman, two men aged 43 and 36 and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released pending further inquiries.

Thatched property devastated by fire

Most of a thatched cottage in Oxfordshire was destroyed by a fire on Sunday.

The owner of Hines Cottage in East Hendred discovered the blaze and raised the alarm at 09:11 BST.

Thatch fire
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters from Berkshire and Hampshire assisted 10 Oxfordshire fire crews to extinguish the fire, which caused parts of the walls to collapse.

The cause is being investigated.

Headlines from around the region

  • A £10,000 Crimestoppers reward is being offered for information about the death of businessman Guy Hedger, who was shot at his luxury Dorset home in April
  • South West Trains is warning of severe disruption across the whole network for the rest of the day, after a total failure of signals at Earlsfield in London
  • Most of a thatched cottage at East Hendred near Didcot has been destroyed by fire
  • Pop star Olly Murs has promised an announcement today over concerts in Bournemouth and Exeter which were cancelled following the collapse of promoters last week

South West Trains: Use other routes

With disruption into London Waterloo expected throughout the day, passengers are being advised to use alternative routes.

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South West Trains: Cancellations

So far a total of 55 trains have been cancelled across the network, according to South West Trains. With advice not to travel to Waterloo before 09:00 BST, there are 10 services cancelled in the next half hour from across the South.

Cancellations before 09:00 BST:

08:24 Portsmouth & Southsea to London Waterloo due 10:13

08:34 Guildford to London Waterloo due 09:39

08:38 Chessington South to London Waterloo due 09:17

08:40 Shepperton to London Waterloo due 09:36

08:44 Alton to London Waterloo due 09:59

08:46 Guildford to London Waterloo due 09:54

08:53 Hampton Court to London Waterloo due 09:33

08:54 Basingstoke to London Waterloo due 10:08

08:58 Guildford to London Waterloo due 10:10

08:59 Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo due 11:08

Guy Hedger: £10,000 reward offered for weapon information

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information about the death of a businessman who was shot at his home in Dorset.

Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the early hours of 30 April in Ashley, near Ringwood.

The charity Crimestoppers has put up the reward for information that leads to the recovery of the firearm used and jewellery stolen during the incident.

Three men appeared in court in May accused of Mr Hedger's murder.

Mr Hedger was shot with a shotgun after intruders broke into his home. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

The weapon has not been recovered.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police

Weather: Brighter in the west, some rain in the east

Holly Green has the forecast for Monday.

Severe disruption to South West Trains

South West Trains is warning of severe disruption across the whole network for the rest of the day.

The train company is advising passengers not to travel towards London Waterloo until after 09:00 because of a loss of all signalling in the Earlsfield area of south-west London.

It said trains could be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised until the end of service.

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Hello and welcome to South Live on Monday 24 July. As ever, we'll be bringing you updates from throughout the region.

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