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Summary

  1. HMS Daedalus site health concerns over rubble piles
  2. Oxfordshire crossing may shut for 34 minutes an hour
  3. Cancer patient calls for more wig shops to accept NHS vouchers
  4. Berkshire hospital parking crisis affecting recruitment
  5. Updates from Wednesday 19 July

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Olly Murs concerts cancelled

An Olly Murs concert in Kings Park, Bournemouth, on 5 August has been cancelled, after the show's promoter collapsed.

In a statement, Stephen C Associates Ltd said it was entering liquidation and could not put on the singer's concerts in Bournemouth and Exeter over the coming weeks.

It said it could not offer refunds and fans should contact their credit card firms or ticket agencies.

Olly Murs
BBC

Duke of Wellington statue found in River Thames

A statue of the Duke of Wellington has been found by a canoeist in the River Thames.

Duke of Wellington statue
Thames Valley Police

The 30cm-tall (12inch) bronze bust by French sculptor Baron Carlo Marochetti was found in the water at Sonning, Berkshire, last week.

It is believed to have been stolen during a burglary several years ago as it looks like it has been in the river "for some time", police said.

Listen: Cancer patient calls for more wig shops to accept NHS vouchers

A Dorset cancer patient is calling on more wig shops to accept NHS vouchers.

Gillian Gould, 73, from Corfe, was diagnosed with the breast cancer two months ago.

She said many cancer patients struggle to access the fortnightly wig service provided by hospitals.

Poole's Upton Country Park and house renovation plan

A plan to renovate a 200-year-old Georgian-style house and country park in Dorset has been given the go ahead.

Upton House
Norman Caesar

Borough of Poole council agreed to back a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £1.8m to conserve Poole's Upton Country Park and Grade II* listed house at a meeting on Tuesday.

Other proposals include the development of a wetland centre and work to revamp the grounds.

The application for the funding bid is expected to be submitted in August.

Wareham Carnival road closures warning

Fraser Forster signs new Saints deal

BBC Sport

England international goalkeeper Fraser Forster has signed a new five-year deal with Southampton.

The 29-year-old had agreed a contract last summer until 2021, but the 6ft 7in stopper has now extended that for another season.

Fraser Forster
Getty Images

Image released following Didcot sexual assault

An image of a man wanted following a sexual assault in Didcot has been released by police

The incident happened near the Orchard Centre at 12.30 am on Sunday.

Police said a women was walking along Edinburgh Drive when she was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted.

E-fit
Thames Valley Police
Officers have asked anyone with information about the person shown in the image to contact police.

Southampton Water fish trap dated to Saxon times

A fish weir discovered near Fawley oil refinery is radiocarbon dated back to the 8th or 9th Centuries.

An exposed fish weir is dated back to Saxon times

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J4A for A327.

M3 Hampshire - M3 lane blocked on exit slip road and heavy traffic southbound at J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J12 for M275 and J11 for A27 Fareham.

M27 Hampshire - Lane blocked and very slow traffic on M27 westbound between J12, M275 (Portsmouth) and J11, A27 (Fareham), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

Cerebral palsy sailor completes Scotland to Ireland challenge

An Isle of Wight adventurer with cerebral palsy has become the youngest disabled woman to skipper a yacht from Scotland to Ireland.

Natasha Lambert
BBC

Cowes-based Natasha Lambert started from south east Scotland on Monday at 10:30 and arrived at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, six hours later.

Miss Lambert has artheroid cerebral palsy and is unable to use conventional controls to sail her 21ft (6.4m) yacht Miss Isle Too (pictured below).

Instead she steers and controls the sails by sipping and puffing into a single straw.

In 2015, she was recognised by the Queen with a BEM after sailing solo around the Isle of Wight, across the Channel and from Cowes to London.

Miss Isle Too
missile.com

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J4 for M3 affecting J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M27 eastbound at J4 M3, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J3, M271 (Romsey).

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

Solution sought as level crossing closures set to increase

The amount of time a level crossing in an Oxfordshire town closes for is set to double, if a major rail project goes ahead.

The London Road crossing links south east Bicester to the town's centre.

London Road crossing
Google

It is closed for about 14 minutes each hour, but that is expected to rise to up to 34 minutes an hour, once phase two of East West Rail is built.

Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth said the authority was "lobbying for a solution".

Swanage farm fields declared village green

Three fields on a farm near Swanage have been declared a village green.

Campaigners Gerard Jensen and Kim Gallagher pictured next to the land
BBC

The decision by Dorset County Council has effectively ruled out any future development on the land to the north of the coastal town.

Friends of Herston Fields campaign group in Purbeck - including Gerard Jensen and Kim Gallagher pictured - have said they are "elated" by the news.

However, although the registration has been successful, a legal challenge is being considered by the landowners - Scott Estate - which claims the status award amounts to confiscation of part of their farm.

Severe disruption: A355 Berkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A355 Berkshire northbound severe disruption, at M4 J6 Slough.

A355 Berkshire - A355 blocked and queuing traffic northbound at Slough, because of a vehicle fire.

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

Residents' health worries over HMS Daedalus rubble piles

Residents living near a former Royal Navy airfield are worried about their health and are "constantly cleaning" their homes due to dust being blown from rubble piles at the site.

Stockpiles of ruble at the former HMS Daedalus site
Kay Newsom

The former HMS Daedalus air station in Lee-on--the-Solent is being transformed into a government "enterprise zone", including business space and new homes.

People living near the site have complained of sore throats and eyes.

The Homes and Communities Agency said a "dust management plan" was in place.

Kazakhstan deal for Southampton hovercraft firm

A Southampton company has signed a deal to carry out a study into the use of hovercraft for clearing oil spills and support offshore oil rigs in Kazakhstan.

Griffon Hoverwork will be working in areas of the Caspian Sea which are inaccessible to conventional shipping to carry out environmental impact assessments.

Following the initial deal signed with the Kazakh state oil company KazMunayGas' subsidiary, the company said future contracts could be worth more than £100m, supporting 70 jobs in Southampton.

Griffon Hoverwork hovercraft
Griffon Hoverwork

Thunderstorm fire service call-outs in Berkshire

More than 40 emergency calls were received during thunderstorms and heavy rain last night by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The calls were recieved between 20:30 and 23:45 BST.

Crews were called to incidents including a loft fire after a house was struck by lightning and flooding.

Flood sign
PA

Regional sport headlines

BBC Sport

  • Portsmouth winger Gary Roberts is now fit and available for selection following a minor injury, according to assistant manager Joe Gallen
  • Oxford United's new Spanish midfielder Xemi has said a love of English football is part of the reason he has joined joined the club
  • Reading defender Liam Moore has described his penalty miss in the Championship play-off final at Wembley as "the worst feeling in football"
  • Gosport Borough have reduced their playing budget by 70% for next season, but manager Alex Pike says he is optimistic for the future
  • Reading FC Women stars Jade Moore and Jo Potter are both in the England squad to face Scotland in their European Championship opener this evening
  • The England women cricketers led by Berkshire's Heather Knight are through to Sunday's World Cup Final after beating South Africa by two wickets
Phone footage shows moment lightning storms hit UK
Thunderstorms swept across areas of England and Wales last night.

BreakingDorset to receive 'large share' of £325m for NHS projects

Dorset is to receive one of the largest shares of £325m announced today by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens for local projects aimed to help the NHS to modernise and transform care for patients.

Local capital investment schemes in 15 areas of the country have been given the go ahead, with the largest sums being used for urgent care in Dorset, surgery in Greater Manchester and cancer care in Cumbria.

Medical practice
Department of Health

Six acres of extra parkland at Upton Country Park to be opened

Person taken to hospital after Sunderland Avenue crash

Following the crash between the Oxford roundabouts just before 07:00 we've been informed one patient has now been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for further treatment on their minor injuries.

The other person was treated at the scene.

There are currently short delays and recovery is under way.

Bumper year for apricot growing

Isle of Wight growers hit the sweet spot with apricot production.

A bumper year for Isle of Wight fruit growers

Severe disruption: A335 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A335 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between M3 J13 and M3 J12.

A335 Hampshire - One lane closed on A335 northbound between Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Colden Common homes plan rejected

Hampshire travel latest: M27 lanes reopened

Shop cashpoint ram-raid in Spencers Wood

Oxford buses ban street decision 'to be made by government'