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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 25 July
  2. Several homes have had to be evacuated after they were twice flooded by a burst sewer main in a West Berkshire village.
  3. A wolf from the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford has been killed after it escaped from its enclosure.
  4. Hampshire Fire and Rescue service is over halfway through inspecting 237 high rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Car overturns in Chipping Norton accident

Firefighters were called to reports of an accident in London Road in Chipping Norton at 10:06 today and found an overturned car on its roof.

The car
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The occupants had been able to release themselves and were being treated by members of the public prior to the arrival of the emergency services.

Crew manager Lewis Sigsworth said: “On this occasion the occupiers were very fortunate to only suffer minor injuries due to them wearing seat belts.

"This highlights the importance of wearing your seat belt at all times.”

Edmonds to sue Lloyds Bank for £300m

Noel Edmonds has increased his compensation claim against Lloyds Banking Group to £300m.

The television presenter said he was a victim of a £245m loans scam from former HBOS staff in Reading.

Noel Edmonds
BBC

The former Deal Or No Deal host had originally been seeking in the region of £50-70m.

But on Tuesday he confirmed that he would be ramping up his claim for losses allegedly suffered when his former business Unique Group was destroyed because of the "industrial scale" fraud.

Delays continue on Red Funnel ferries

Red Funnel's vehicle ferries are still subject to delays following a problem with the loading ramp in Southampton.

Foot passengers are being allowed to transfer to the Red Jet.

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Man robbed after pool game in Reading

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the robbery of a 23-year-old in Reading.

The man
TVP

Between 23:15 and 23:30 on 9 June a man was in the White Eagle pub on Oxford Road playing pool with an unknown man, before both men left the venue separately.

As the 23-year-old was walking on Western Elms Avenue, he was jumped on by the man from the pub and another man. They assaulted him and took his wallet.

The victim sustained cuts and bruises to his face, legs and arms but did not require hospital treatment.

His wallet, which contained a quantity of cash and a cards, a Compax mobile phone and a silver neck chain were stolen in the offence.

Toy and real tarantula

An RSPCA inspector kitted out with gloves and nets discovers the arachnid is made of plastic.

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Cotswold Wildlife Park wolf may have climbed fence

A wolf, which was shot after escaping from Cotswold Wildlife Park, may have climbed over an electric fence.

An ongoing investigation by the park has found it was not properly charged.

Managing director, Reggie Heyworth, said there was no obvious breach and it was possible she climbed over the barrier.

The wolf was found just outside the park's perimeter fence and was shot by a member of staff.

Mr Heyworth said they had no other option as they were too far away to use a tranquilser dart safely and effectively.

Ember
Cotswold Wildlife Park
The three-year-old Eurasian wolf was found outside the park fence

Adam Smith signs new Bournemouth contract

BBC Sport

Right-back Adam Smith has signed a new four-year deal at Bournemouth.

Smith, 26, has made 113 appearances for the club since joining them on a permanent basis from Tottenham in 2014, having also spent the 2010-11 season on loan with the Cherries.

"There is nowhere else I want to be at the moment," he told the club website.

Adam Smith
Reuters

When we first brought Adam to the club we believed he had huge potential. Adam has taken his opportunity."

Eddie HoweBournemouth manager

Locos withdrawn after Swanage Railway collision

Diesel trains have replaced steam traction on the Swanage Railway after a collision between two steam locomotives.

The incident happened in an area not open to the public between the signal box and the engine shed at Swanage station during shunting operations on Monday morning..

No-one was injured. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) regulator have been informed

Swanage Railway
Andrew PM Wright

"We are working to resume a steam-hauled train service at the earliest opportunity. The two steam locomotives involved in the incident have been withdrawn from service by the Swanage Railway while the damage sustained by the two locomotives is examined and assessed. The Swanage Railway is investigating the cause of the incident."

Matt GreenSwanage Railway

Council welcomes Mini annoucement

BMW's decision to build a fully electric version of the Mini at the Cowley plant in Oxford has been welcomed by Oxford City Council.

It's leader Bob Price said he was "delighted" with the news.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP, Layla Moran, has also praised the car maker's decision.

"It will mean more local jobs and more green cars on the road", she said.

Mini being built
Getty Images

This confirms the strong role that MINI Plant Oxford will play in the city’s economy in the coming decades, and supports our drive to encourage a shift to electric vehicles to improve the city’s air quality."

Bob PriceLeader of Oxford City Council

Council says owners had two days to remove bags

Homeless people in Oxford who were told to remove their bags from doorways in the city centre, or face possible fines, were given two days to do so according to Oxford City Council.

It said everything item was collected by the owners except for "a soiled duvet and pieces of cardboard" which were removed.

The notices were attached to piles of bags and said fines of up to £2,500 could be issued if they were not taken away.

The council said the abandoned bags posed a hazard to pedestrians and were blocking fire exits.

Neo with trolley
BBC
Neo, a homeless man from Oxford, said he has been forced to carry his belongings around on a trolley

Severe accident: A323 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A323 Hampshire both ways severe accident, at Redan Road.

A323 Hampshire - A323 High Street in Aldershot closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the Redan Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Tanners Lane, in Emmer Green, Reading

A 28-year-old man on a skateboard is accused of attacking a woman out running.

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Plastic toy sparks animal rescue

An RSPCA inspector, called out to a report of a tarantula in an understairs cupboard, discovered it was no more than a plastic toy.

Nikki Denham went to the property in Alresford, Hampshire, on Thursday, armed with gloves and nets, and spotted the spider's legs behind a vacuum cleaner.

toy spider
RSPCA

She said a close inspection with a torch revealed the true nature of the beast, to the caller's "obvious embarrassment".

The toy was reunited with the woman's young son.

Trouble ferry breaches noise limits

A troubled chain ferry has been withdrawn from service at night after council tests revealed it was breaching noise pollution limits.

The £3.2m Cowes "floating bridge" has suffered numerous problems since it entered service in May, including groundings and break-downs.

Cowes floating bridge
Isle of Wight Council

Resident Jeremy Pocock said the noise of the prow hitting the slipway was like a "car crash".

Isle of Wight Council, which owns the vessel, said noise levels were "well above World Health Organisation guidelines".

Arrest over fatal Weymouth crash

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a man died in a crash in Weymouth.

The crash involving a grey BMW 350d and a black Hyundai i30 happened on the B3157 Coast Road near to Rodden Lane on Wednesday 17 May.

The driver of the Hyundai – a 37-year-old man from Portishead died at the scene.

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BreakingElectric mini to be built in Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini will be built at the Cowley plant near Oxford, BMW has confirmed.

BMW said that the car, which will be a variant of its existing three-door model, would go into production in 2019.

BMW
BBC
BMW said the move was part of a plan for electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25% of its sales by 2025.

The carmaker said Oxford would be the main "production location" for the Mini three-door model.

However, the electric motor will be built in Germany before being shipped to Cowley for assembly.

Red Arrows memorial on the move

The memorial to a Red Arrows pilot who died following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival in 2011 is being moved following a cliff landslip last year.

The sculpture in memory of Flt Lt Jon Egging has been cordoned off since the slip at East Cliff in April 2016.

Engineers have begun the work to remove it for cleaning before it is moved to its new location at the top of the East Cliff Zig-Zag path nearby.

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BreakingElectric Mini to be built in Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini to be built in Cowley, Oxford, BMW confirms.

New Forest Show gets underway

Thousands of people have flocked to day one of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.

The annual rural spectacular takes place in the New Forest

Severe accident: A351 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A351 Dorset both ways severe accident, between West Lane and B3351 affecting B3075 North Causeway.

A351 Dorset - A351 closed and stationary traffic in both directions between the West Lane junction in Stoborough and the B3351 junction in Norden, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Via - Local. Congestion to the B3075 North Causeway junction.

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

Military jets in Brize Norton near miss

Two military transport planes came within 1,700ft (520m) of colliding near an RAF base, a report has said.

The near miss involving two Airbus A400s in March happened when an air traffic controller instructed the wrong aircraft to descend.

The controller at RAF Brize Norton had not received a handover from the radar controller, due to "a very high workload", the report found.

It said this was "a contributing factor" to the near miss.

A400m
BBC
The near miss involving two A400 aircraft occurred in March near RAF Brize Norton

Couple sought after 'sexual activity' on train

CCTV images have been released of a man and woman who police want to speak to in connection with an "incident of outraging public decency".

Detectives said a couple engaged in "explicit sexual activity" while travelling between Reading West and Newbury.

British Transport Police said the incident happened on the 15:14 BST train on Wednesday 28 June.

Sex
British Transport Police
These are the people the police wish to speak to about the alleged incident

Guy Hedger death: Forty-year-old woman from Poole re-arrested

A woman has been re-arrested as part of the investigation into 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.

Dorset Police said a 40-year-old woman from Poole has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and handling stolen goods.

She had been previously arrested in May on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and had been released while inquiries continue.

Three men have been charged with murder and are due in court on Wednesday to enter pleas.

Guy Hedger
BBC

Red Funnel car ferry delays

There are lengthy delays if you're travelling to or from the Isle of Wight from Southampton on the Red Funnel car ferry.

The linkspan - a drawbridge ramp - to get the vehicles on and off the ferry isn't working properly.

Red Funnel is offering foot passengers a free upgrade to its Red Jet service.

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Cowes floating bridge

The Cowes chain ferry sounds like a "car crash" when the prow hits the slipway, a resident says.

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New Forest Show gets underway

Visitors are flocking to the annual New Forest and Hampshire County Show near Brockenhurst.

The event at New Park runs until Thursday.

Motorists using the A337 and those heading to the show are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journey.

A shuttle bus is also running between Brockenhurst Station direct to the heart of the show .

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Dawidiuk signs for Exiles

London Irish have strengthened their ranks once again as they prepare for life in the Premiership.

English Hooker Darren Dawidiuk has joined from Gloucester Rugby, having made 145 appearances for the Kingsholm side.

Nick Kennedy and his coaching staff have now made 11 additions to their side ahead of the new season.

Darren Dawidiuk
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Dawidiuk lifted the European Rugby Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup while at Gloucester

Honour violence reports rise in Thames Valley

Honour based abuse cases, including forced marriage, rape and false imprisonment, have increased in the Thames Valley.

Figures for 2016 show a 113 incidents were reported to police in the last year, up from 69 in 2015.

The police figures show more than half of the reported honour abuse was linked to physical assault.

Violence
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"What we are looking at is a form of control, not just from an individual, but from a whole family or community", says Rani Bilku, who's the founder of the Slough based womens rights charity Jeena International.

"The victims may not realise that they are part of honour-based violence, because it is what they are used to".

The figures obtained by BBC Radio Berkshire also reveal that at least 13 percent of the victims in these cases were male.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 London-bound at J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hampshire batsman Tom Alsop

Tom Alsop hopes to make up for lost time in 2017 with a run of games in Hampshire's T20 Blast campaign.

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Seven Hampshire buildings are fire risk

Over a hundred high rise buildings in Hampshire still haven't been inspected following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service say there are 237 buildings on the inspection list - and over 130 have already been checked.

Grenfell
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Flammable claddingis thought to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower Fire where more than 80 people died.

Seven buildings - six in Portsmouth and one in Southampton - have so far been identified publicly as having the same type of cladding as Grenfell.

"We're very keen to make sure that the people of Hampshire are safe", says Community Safety Group Manager, Glenn Bowyer, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"We'll work as hard as we can to ensure that another incident like Grenfell does not happen here".

Ex-BBC man issues 'I want you dead' threat

A man has been filmed shouting at a family that he wants them "dead" in an apparent act of road rage.

Louise Small, 33, said she was threatened by former BBC producer Fergus Beeley in a Sainsbury's car park off the M27 near Southampton on Saturday.

Her 50-year-old mother, 14-year-old son Joshua and partner Simon Gale, 33 were also in the car.

It followed a two-car crash involving the family's Mazda at about 11:30 BST. Police said no arrests had been made.

Mr Beeley has not responded to requests for comment.

A display of wacky vehicles has been showcased at the National Motor Museum in Hampshire
A chance to see the world's fastest pram and a record-breaking mobility scooter.

Cotswold Wildlife Park escaped wolf shot dead

A wolf has been shot dead after it escaped from Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire.

Visitors to the park were told to stay indoors when the female animal, named Ember, was discovered outside the perimeter fence at 11:00 BST on Friday.

Wolf
COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK
The three-year-old Eurasian wolf was found outside the park fence

The park's managing director said staff tried to tranquilise the three-year-old Eurasian wolf, but it was out of range.

Earlier this year Ember gave birth to five cubs, the first wolves to be born at the park in its 47-year history.

Council warns homeless people over bags

Sleeping bag
BBC
Oxford City Council said abandoned bags could block fire exits and posed a hazard to pedestrians.

Homeless people who store possessions in doorways in Oxford have been warned they face fines or prosecution.

Notices have been attached to piles of bags in Oxford city centre which belong to homeless people.

Green Party councillor David Thomas said it was an "outrageous" bid to "intimidate" rough sleepers.

Oxford City Council said the abandoned bags pose a hazard by blocking fire exits, and lockers were available to those who sought help.

Tuesday's Dorset Headlines

  • A mother from Dorchester - who was recently diagnosed with a rare type of liver cancer - is asking the local community for their support. Sian Kwan is 38 years old and has two young children, and needs over £100,000 to afford treatment abroad.
  • A new film starring Phil Collins' daughter is "dangerous" - according to an anorexic from Weymouth. The film features a character with an eating disorder, which Estee Osbourne believes may influence others to become ill.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, at J9 for A34 affecting J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to J10, A43 (Brackley).

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