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  1. Prisoners in Dorset 'developing drug problem in jail'
  2. Murder arrest after street attack death in Southampton
  3. Dorset hospital shake-up agreed
  4. Carabao Cup: Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton AET
  5. Carabao Cup: Reading 0-2 Swansea
  6. Updates from Wednesday 20 September

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Respite Centre protest at council meeting

Hannah Bewley

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Solent

The planned closure of a care centre has been delayed by Southampton City Council.

Labour leader Simon Letts said in a debate at full council that the decision to close the Kentish Road respite centre would be looked at again after a new business case is put together.

A petition with 2,223 signatures was presented to the council by service users, carers and families.

Three people who use the service threw paper cash at councillors, and wore T-shirts saying "I am worth £300,000 a year".

The council has said it would save £300,000 annually by closing the service, which was planned for October 31.

A vote was taken on delaying the closure among other recommendations, including a "reassessment of the financial business case".

Opposition councillors said the business case used to calculate potential savings was two years out of date, and Mr Letts agreed.

Council meeting

Severe accident: B3000 Surrey eastbound

BBC News Travel

B3000 Surrey eastbound severe accident, at A3 Puttenham.

B3000 Surrey - B3000 partially blocked and slow traffic eastbound at Puttenham, because of an accident involving car and coach.

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

United stars firing blanks

Football fans often say their team needs shooting practice, but Oxford United appear to have the message a little literally.

The League One's entire squad is at an Army boot camp in Surrey where they have experienced military fitness training and have even been let loose on the firing range.

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Plans for fixed traveller site in Reading


Plans to open a dedicated site for travellers in Reading have been announced by the borough council.

The authority has identified land at the junction of Cow Lane and Richfield Avenue with space for up to 10 permanent or 24 transit pitches.

Almost £95,000 was spent on dealing with 87 unauthorised encampments in 2016-17 and the new site could help reduce future costs, the council said.

A public consultation into the proposal is set to start later this month.

City council leader to step down

Bob Price

The leader of Oxford City Council, Bob Price, says he will not be standing for re-election next May,

Mr Price has led the authority since May 2008 and has been councillor in Oxford since 1983.

He says he will be 70 next May and it's a good age to retire.

Mobile phone video plea after murder

Goswell Hill

Revellers who shot videos on their mobile phones on the night of a murder may have filmed vital evidence without realising, police have said.

Mohammed Rasheed, 50, was found with fatal head injuries near nightclubs and pubs in the Goswell Hill area of Windsor early on Sunday 10 September.

Police said the street was busy at the time and urged people to check their phones "as a matter of urgency".

Two men were arrested for murder and released while inquiries continue.

Drink drive footage released by police

Brother recreate Cockleshell Heroes raid

Mike and Rich Heard

Two brothers are about to recreate an epic wartime commando raid which involved their grandfather - who was one of the famous Cockleshell Heroes.

Mike and Rich Heard will be paddling and walking the route taken by their grandfather Bill Sparks during a mission to attack ships in Bordeaux.

He was one of just two men who survived the top secret raid in 1942 which saw marines canoeing almost 100 miles behind enemy lines to blow up ships. It reportedly led Winston Churchill to say he believed the raid could have shortened the war by six months.

The brothers will be raising money for a local hospice.

New lights for New Hinksey

Street light

Work to replace lights on 26 streets in part of Oxford will be starting next week.

LED streetlights are being installed by Oxfordshire County Council in the New Hinksey area.

It is part of a £3.8m programme to improve 3,200 streetlights which has been backed with a £2.8m of government grant.

Severe accident: A352 Dorset both ways

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A352 Dorset both ways severe accident, at Church Lane.

A352 Dorset - Queuing traffic on A352 Wareham Road in both directions in Owermoigne at the Church Lane junction, because of an accident involving car and motorbike earlier on.

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

Severe disruption: A4144 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4144 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, between St John Street and Walton Street.

A4144 Oxfordshire - A4144 Beaumont Street in Oxford closed in both directions between the St John Street junction and the Walton Street junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

Juvenile lapwing seen after New Forest wetland restoration

Rare wading birds have been spotted in New Forest wetland habitat that was recently restored.

The New Forest National Park Authority said the lapwing chicks were feeding at a stream near Stoney Cross, which was restored to its naturally shallow, winding state in 2014.

A sighting of juvenile lapwing in the south of England is rare, as the species has declined by 48% in the last 25 years, the authority said.

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Young people 'face debt epidemic'

The Young Women's Trust says a quarter of young people in England and Wales have to borrow to make ends meet.

The charity's survey of more than 4,000 18- to 30-year-olds suggests almost a quarter are in debt all the time and almost half have to borrow to make their cash last to the end of the month.

Laura Davies, 27, who became pregnant aged 19, during her first year at Bournemouth University, says she took a year out before continuing with her degree, balancing childcare, study and part-time work. She says and her partner still live according to a spreadsheet.

Laura Davies

We would rather work the extra hours and miss out on family time together to make sure we can make ends meet. We still don't have enough money to get married."

Laura Davies

Treasure to be displayed in Oxfordshire

Late 16th century gold pendant applique
Oxfordshire County Council
Late 16th century gold pendant applique found by a metal detectorist in 2003

Historical discoveries made by the public are being displayed in a new exhibition in Oxfordshire.

They include ancient pottery, gold coins, iron age jewellery and Elizabethan rings.

All the objects being shown at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock have been found by local people and metal detectorists.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 23 September.

Woman raped and man assaulted in Windsor car park

A 19-year-old woman has been raped in a car park in Windsor, police have said.

Officers were called at 03:45 BST on Monday following reports of a rape at the Victoria Street car park and an assault on a 35-year-old man.

Car Park

Thames Valley Police said the woman is being supported by trained officers and the man who was taken to hospital has since been discharged.

No arrests have been made in relation to the incident. Police are appealing for witnesses.

New butterfly house draws the crowds

Portsmouth's rebuilt butterfly house has almost doubled its visitor numbers since it re-opened last month, the city council has said.

The old butterfly house at the city's natural history museum was demolished but since the new one opened on 19 August, more than 13,000 visitors have gone through the doors.That compares to 7,300 visitors in the same period last year.

The enclosure is kept at butterfly-friendly temperature and humidity levels and has a range of plants including orchids, jasmine, banana, lemon trees and lantana.

The Butterfly House in Southsea was saved from closure by a campaign group

Newly weds 'devastated' after camera theft

Wedding photographer's camera stolen at Fordingbridge reception.

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NHS protest

Protesters gathered at the meeting where health chiefs agreed cuts aimed at saving £158m by 2018.

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Missing woman returns home safe and well

A woman who was reported missing at a Dorset coast beauty spot has returned home safe and well.

Mary Harper, 56, and from Surrey, was last seen on Tuesday morning as she walked near Durlston Castle near Swanage with her husband and family members.

Dorset Police said she took an alternative route to the rest of her group and lost contact with them. As she had no mobile phone with her she was unable to get in touch with them so made her own way home to Surrey.

WICKET Westley (c & b Dawson) 36

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 81-3 (33.2 overs)

What a catch by Liam Dawson! The left-arm spinner does for Tom Westley, who comes down the pitch and leathers it back at the Hampshire bowler, who clings on.

Clever bowling from the England white-ball player, who saw Westley coming and adjusted his length. Essex still trail by 97 runs.

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Hampshire crew wins search and rescue award

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service crews have been crowned national champions for having the best Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR) and best trauma team in the country.

The six-man USAR group won 12 trophies leading the field in the areas of command, medic and technical skills. They were also named best overall team at the annual United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) challenge in Humberside.

The team had to simulate the shoring up of a stadium after an explosion and create a safe working environment to search for casualties.

HFRS in action

This is the best we have ever done. I am immensely proud to be heading up such a talented and dedicated team, and to see them recognised at the highest level. The challenges the firefighters faced tested all of the skills they may have to call upon in operational situations.

Station manager Chris RoperHampshire Fire and Rescue

'Mosquito factory' to be built in Abingdon

Plans to produce one billion mosquito eggs in the UK every week have been announced by a company working to combat insect transmitted disease.

Oxitec has developed genetically-altered male mosquitoes which have been used in Brazil and Panama.

The company's mosquitoes are designed to produce offspring that will not survive into adulthood so the population declines.

The unit making the eggs will be built in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.


Bells ring in memory of World War One soldier

Church bells will ring out later in memory of a Newbury man killed in World War One.

William Quintin died on 20 September 20th 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres.

A former bellringer at St Nicolas' Church - the centenary of his death will be commemorated along with others who fell during the Great War. The ringing will start at 18:00.

Windsor and Maidenhead cycling study released

Patrick O'Hagan

BBC Berkshire political reporter

One in five people who cycle in Windsor and Maidenhead are women according to new research.

The Royal Borough is now focusing efforts to persuading more to switch to two wheels.

The most recent snapshot of riding habits in the borough revealed 20% of women regularly cycle, compared with 27% if the the rest of the country.

The report also shows that Windsor residents are much more likely to get on their bikes than those in Maidenhead.

The borough's currently waiting to see if it's secured a fund of more than £3m to improve cycling and walking access in and around Maidenhead town centre.

Tobias Ellwood MP opens stock market

The defence minister and Bournemouth East MP opens trading at the the London Stock Exchange.

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Care home residents knit for newborns

Residents of a Dorset care home have been busy knitting woollen hats fore premature babies after an appeal by Poole Hospital's maternity ward.

The knitters at Dorset House in Hamworthy have turned out more than 20 red hats which keep the newborns warm in the first few hours after birth, as well as providing a quick visual prompt to staff to highlight those who require extra attention .

care home knitters
Care South

We are touched to hear that our appeal for help has been so well received by the residents at Dorset House. It is hoped the hats will help to reduce the number of babies who need admitting to the neonatal intensive care unit and promote ongoing close contact with mum. We are extremely grateful to the residents for their hard work."

Chris PearseLead midwife, Poole Hospital

'Essex had no answers to Abbott'

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 13-1 (9.1 overs)

Kevan James

Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent

Kyle Abbott
Rex Features

Don't believe that Essex have taken their foot off the gas having already gone into this game as champions: their batsman simply had no answer to Kyle Abbott's accurate seam bowling.

It's not like the South African hasn't done this before. His figures of 6-20 were bettered by his 7-41 at Yorkshire back in April.

Fidel Edwards gave him good support too. The West Indian has struggled for rhythm this season having once again suffered with injury. Last week at Uxbridge he picked up five wickets and looked at ease with himself.

Once again he got swing and the Edward/Abbott opening partnership looks to be every bit as good as we all hoped it would at the start of the season. It's just a shame its taken until mid-September to prove it.

Southern Water: 'We're made significant improvements'

Southern Water has said it is "increasing responsiveness and focus on customers’ needs" after being named the worst performing water company in the country for the fifth consecutive year.

Responding to the Consumer Council for Water report, the company blamed a change in the way in which it reports its results for a rise in complaints about 'unwanted contacts', despite showing the largest reduction in complaints across the industry.

Southern Water
Southern Water

We've carried out a thorough review to ensure we can make it easier to do business with us - whether it's online, face-to-face or over the phone. This includes making significant improvements to our website and customer contact centre. We want to reassure our customers we're building on the significant improvements we have already made, and bringing our performance up to the standard they quite rightly expect from us."

Simon OatesChief Customer Officer, Southern Water

Southern Water remains bottom of complaints table

Southern Water has been named the worst-performing water company in the country for the fifth consecutive year.

The Consumer Council for Water says it has reduced written complaints by almost 45%in the last year. However Southern also reported a 54% increase in ‘unwanted contacts’, where its customers had to pick up the phone to resolve an issue.

But it says the company which serves most of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and parts of east Dorset has a lot more work to do.


We are encouraged by Southern’s improvement but its performance remains poor in comparison to the rest of the industry. There is a lot more work to be done by the company."

Sir Tony RedmondCCWater

BreakingDorset NHS hospital shake-up agreed

Protesters in Dorchester

Plans to reorganise NHS hospital services in Dorset, cutting beds and closing Poole's A&E, have been unanimously agreed by health bosses.

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) unveiled its recommendations last week, aimed at avoiding a projected funding shortfall of £158m by 2021.

Anti-cuts protesters gathered in Dorchester as the CCG's governing body met to wave through the proposals.

More than 130 people packed into the Dorford Centre to hear the decision.

Protests held at NHS meeting

David Fenton

Health Correspondent, BBC South

There have been protests outside Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting on controversial changes to healthcare.

More than 130 people gathered at Dorchester to hear decisions on the proposed closure of Poole A&E, making The Royal Bournemouth the main emergency hospital for the county. There are also plans for the closure of some community hospital beds and Dorset County Hospital teaming up with Yeovil for maternity and child care.

The proposals will help save NHS £150 million over next four years.


Fire put out at Blackbird Leys bungalow

Firefighters dealt with a fire in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, yesterday.

It started in the lounge of a bungalow on Pegasus Road, with black smoke seen issuing from a window.

The occupant managed to escape the property before fire crews arrived.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Blackbird Leys house fire

Crew Manager Dan Shepard of Slade Fire Station said: "Fortunately, on this occasion the occupier had working smoke alarms in the property, which alerted all persons concerned to the fire and allowed plenty of time for them to make their escape safely."

Blackbird Leys house fire
Car Park

Officers were called at 03:45 BST on Monday after reports of a rape at the Victoria Street car park.

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Rare sand lizards reintroduced into the wild

A rare lizard is being reintroduced into the wild in Hampshire.

Marwell Wildlife is releasing 80 juvenile sand lizards onto Eelmoor Marsh Site of Special near Farnborough.

This is the first stage in a three-year plan, to restore the animals to their natural habitat.

Paul N Drane

Folly Bridge repairs begin before its bats go into hibernation

Drivers in Oxford have been warned of delays as repairs are made to a Grade-II listed bridge.

Folly Bridge is used by 15,000 vehicles on the Abingdon Road each day, but its stonework has been damaged by water penetration over the years.

Oxfordshire County Council said it was having to time the work around the lifecycle of the bats that live in the bridge's arches.

Temporary traffic lights are in place and one lane will be shut for a month.

Oxfordshire County Council

The bridge is home to Daubenton's bats, which are protected under conservation rules.

Hannah Van Hesteren, from the Bat Conservation Trust, said there was a "window in Autumn-time" - between when the bats looked after their young and their hibernation period - that made it the best time to carry out the works.

Bridport teenager 'died after treatment delays' in Cambodia

The parents of an 18-year-old who died while travelling in his gap year said he was "badly let down" by the Cambodian authorities.

Kit Mallinson, from Bridport, Dorset, was taken ill with pneumonia on a night bus journey to Siem Reap in December and died later in hospital.

An inquest into his death was told he was initially taken to a public hospital with inadequate facilities.

The coroner concluded the delay in treatment contributed to his death.

Kit Mallinson

He was the most gorgeous boy. He was just adored by us all; he was kind, had a fantastic sense of humour. He was just a beautiful, beautiful boy. I feel he was let down so very, very badly by the Cambodian authorities and it's incredibly hard not to be able to hold them accountable in any way,"

Serena MallinsonMother