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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 21 July
  2. Magistrate jailed for sex abuse
  3. Oxford 'favourite' to build new Mini
  4. Man attacked in Reading home by masked gang
  5. Hampshire residents protest 5,000 new homes
  6. Plan to remove pylons from Dorset beauty spot

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All times stated are UK

Modou Barrow

Championship side Reading sign Swansea winger Modou Barrow for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £1.5m.

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That's all for today, thank you for your company today and this week.

We will be back giving you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the South, at 08:00 BST on Monday.

Have a superb weekend.

'Most expensive' beach hut up for sale at Mudeford Spit

A beach hut on the Dorset coast, which could be the most expensive sold in the UK, has gone on the market.

The 17ft x 10ft (5m x 3m) recently refurbished wooden beach hut with views of Christchurch Harbour, is on sale for £280,000 and already has had several viewings.

Estate agent Andy Dennison said a hut recently sold for £275,000 and he was hopeful this would go for the higher asking price.

He said prospective owners would be buying into a "nice way of life".

"It's such a lovely place - you've got the sea on one side and the sand on the other. You could spend the whole six weeks of the school holidays in a safe environment, or go down there after work in the evenings. We're just going with the market - it's still quite vibrant."

Andy DenisonsDenisons Estate Agents
Beach Hut
Denisons
Beach hut
Denisons

Portsmouth Uni choir in Pitch Battle finals tomorrow

Man jailed for violent stabbing attack

A man has been jailed for 12 years after admitting stabbing his drug dealer repeatedly in Bournemouth.

Christopher Henry-Jowitt, 21 and of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm, robbery and possessing an offensive weapon after the attack in the Littledown area of the town.

Stabber
Dorset Police
Christopher Henry-Jowitt was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court today

Henry-Jowitt got into a disagreement with the victim on 30 September, 2016, after he tried to take his watch by force. He took out a hunting-type knife before stabbing the victim in the chest, abdomen, face and arm.

The victim then lost conciousness, and was assisted by members of the public before being taken to hospital.

Henry-Jowitt then handed himself into police on 13 January this year.

Bournemouth and Poole merge tourism services

Bournemouth
Rob Noble

Bournemouth and Poole councils have announced they are to merge their tourism marketing efforts.

Borough of Poole Council has approved plans for a "joint tourism strategy" and a "single delivery of tourism and seafront Services" across both areas, to be hosted by Bournemouth.

The authorities have said it would provide opportunities for saving money, while maintaining a distinctive offering of the two destinations.

It will sharpen the competitive edge of our destinations, improve our services and deliver savings. Both our towns have a unique identify and this agreement will expand tourism and safeguard thousands of jobs which depend on a healthy number of visitors.”

Mohan IyengarPortfolio holder for Tourism, Poole

Christchurch's Regent Centre partially reopens

The Regent Centre in Christchurch is able to partially reopen following concerns over the building's structure and the strength of columns supporting the circle and roof.

The theatre's auditorium will reopen from tomorrow although the circle seating will remain closed as a "precautionary measure".

Sheduled films and shows will go ahead as planned while people with circle tickets will be offered refunds or alternative tickets, if available.

Regent Centre
Chris Talbot

Chance to view Poole Bridge repair works

Poole Bridge
David Dixon

There is a change to see how the work to refurbish Poole Bridge is progressing this weekend.

The 90-year-old bridge, which links Poole to the port and ferry terminal, is currently undergoing a £4.2m repair project after cracks were discovered in the concrete.

A vantage point has been set up on Poole Approach to allow members of the public to see the work taking shape.

Virgil van Dijk

Ben Fisher

BBC Sport

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk is training alone and wants to leave the club, says manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

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Kos Quake: 'Bits of the wall started falling off'

Kos Quake: "Bits of the wall started falling off"

An 18-year-old woman from Yateley was holidaying on Kos when the quake hit last night.

Emma Dougan told us: "Our beds were shaking, and then it died down and we all stood up and it started again. We ran over to the door frame to hide under it.

"It stopped and we heard everyone screaming in the hotel and running down trying to get out, but our door wouldn't open."

Severe accident: A4130 Oxfordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A4130 Oxfordshire westbound severe accident, between Wantage Road and Sires Hill.

A4130 Oxfordshire - A4130 High Road in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell blocked westbound between the Wantage Road junction and the Sires Hill junction, because of an accident.

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

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

Traffic jams are an unavoidable feature of any British holiday - or are they?

These tips might help you reach your destination more quickly.

Oxfordshire gets card-friendly parking machines

Cash
Getty Images
Cash-only machines are becoming a thing of the past, in Oxfordshire anyway...

Drivers in Oxfordshire will soon be able to pay for street parking by card, instead of just cash.

Old pay and display machines in Oxford, Abingdon, Wallingford and Henley will start to be scrapped next month to make way for more modern ones, which will allow card payments.

Purchasing and fitting the machines is costing the County Council £350,000.

Jailed student Ahmad Zeidan to appeal to UAE ruler for pardon

Linda Serck

BBC South

The family of a British student jailed in the United Arab Emirates are hoping for a "miracle" when he pleads for a pardon.

Ahmad Zeidan, 23, was sentenced to nine years in 2014, but claims he was tortured into admitting drugs charges.

Zeidan
Zeidan Family
Ahmad Zeidan was jailed in 2014 for being the passenger in a car that was found to contain 0.04 grams of cocaine

His father Manal Zeidan said local media reported his son's plight after the BBC's coverage and he hoped a plea would now be favourably received.

Zeidan, formerly from Reading, recently ended a three-day hunger strike.

Reading child sex abuse magistrate jailed

Rodney
SOUTH BEDS NEWS AGENCY/FAIRLEY OF LUTON
Rodney Fox was a Justice of the Peace at Reading Magistrates Court when he committed the offences

A magistrate has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in a car park beneath the courthouse he sat in.

Rodney Fox, 49, used his special privileges to access Reading Magistrates' Court's underground car park in order to molest the child.

He was convicted in April of two counts of sexual abuse and making indecent images of teenage boys.

St Albans Crown Court heard earlier that Fox befriended the boy and would buy him lunch on Saturdays before driving him to the empty car park and abusing him.

Susan Krikler, senior crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "It is only due to the courage of the victim that the disgraceful behaviour of this man has been exposed.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victim for his strength and tenacity in coming forward and providing evidence for the prosecution".

Oxford City Council to appoint extra deputy

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford City Council has agreed to appoint a second deputy leader.

The leading Labour group, who are planning to appoint a woman to the role, say it’s to increase diversity and to better represent the city.

An independent panel will make recommendations on how much the extra deputy should be paid in allowances before a final decision by the council.

'Exceptionally torrential rain' forecast

A Met Office weather warning says Dorset could experience "hazardous" outdoor conditions this afternoon and early evening.

The "exceptionally torrential rain" and strong winds could lead to difficult driving conditions, as many people head to the West Country for their summer holidays.

Rain could cause flooding and the winds may force bridge restrictions and bring down trees, the Met Office said.

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Met Office
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Remembering the Oxfordshire floods of July 2007

BBC Oxford TV and radio have been marking the 10-year anniversary of the Oxfordshire floods of 2007, which saw thousands of homes flooded during the wettest summer on record.

Jeremy Bickerton - father of our reporter Lucy - took these pictures near their home in Appleton, as the waters rose at Northmoor Lock.

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Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J11 for A3090 and J12 for A335.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M3 southbound between J11, A3090 (Winchester South) and J12, A335 (Eastleigh), because of an accident involving two cars. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

Oxford professor appeals over stolen CBE

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

An Oxford University biology professor has asked burglars to return his CBE medal after it was stolen.

Prof Denis Noble, 80, from Oxford, said thieves broke into his home on Tuesday night while he was travelling back from lecturing in Germany.

Prof Denis Noble
Oxford University

They took the CBE medal and ribbon, which he received from the Queen in the 1998 Birthday Honour's List, as well as family jewellery.

He said it was awarded in recognition of his contribution to science.

Prof Noble is emeritus professor of cardiovascular physiology at Oxford University and developed the first mathematical model of cardiac cells in 1960.

Part of me thinks, well, but the honour is still there, it's just a piece of metal. But why take it? It won't sell for very much, they'd do better just returning it.

Prof Denis Noble

Man sought after racially abusing taxi driver

Man
Thames Valley Police
Police believe this man may have vital information regarding the incident

Thames Valley Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a racially-aggravated public order offence in Bracknell.

On 7 July, a taxi driver was racially abused by a man on Rectory Lane, when he pulled up to pick up a passenger.

He used racially-offensive language and threatened to assault the driver and damage his vehicle.

The driver was not injured.

Work continues to save the Dunkirk Little Ships
The enthusiasts ensuring the extraordinary events of May 1940 are never forgotten.

MEP ribbed for fake 'Hampshire countryside' tweet

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BBC

Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan has been mocked on social media this week with imaginary countryside rambles.

In May 2016 the Twitter account @DanHannanMEP posted: "15 miles up and down over Hampshire's sloping fields, pausing for a pie @vinehannington. God, I love England in May."

Alongside the words were an image of what was supposedly the Hampshire countryside. There was one problem: The photo he shared was taken in Glamorgan, Wales in 1998 by photographer John Ball.

Although the erroneous photograph was tweeted over a year ago, and the blog Zelo Street interviewed Mr Ball in October 2016, it caught people's attention again this week and they have been keen to let Mr Hannan know of THEIR imaginary walks.

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'Eco-vandalism' housing plan moves forward

council meeting
BBC

Hundreds of concerned Hampshire residents attended a council meeting last night to hear the latest on plans to build 5,000 new houses on land running through Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Colden Common.

The scheme has been branded "eco-vandalism" by naturalist Chris Packham.

The Woodland Trust, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Angling Trust and Friends of the Earth have said protected areas would be irreparably damaged if the development goes ahead.

At the meeting, Eastleigh councillors voted to retain the North Bishopstoke area as their preferred development site.

Council leader Keith House said: "We're not building all over nature, we're retaining very large green countryside gaps between each of our communities."

Axed Olly Murs gigs promoter 'owes festival cash'

Olly Murs
BBC

A promoter that went bust leading to the cancellation of Olly Murs concerts owes a council money for unpaid music festival fees, it has emerged.

Stephen C Associates Ltd, run by Stephen McManus, organised the two concerts in Dorset and Devon but said on Thursday it had ceased trading.

The Bournemouth Echo has since revealed Mr McManus also owes money for Poole's Upton House Music Festival.

Poole council said an invoice relating to the festival had not been paid.

Companies House records show several previous companies of Mr McManus, including SCM Events Ltd, Balmlane Events Ltd and Musical Concepts Ltd, have also been dissolved.

Hampshire based air traffic controllers are warning that UK skies are running out of room
Hampshire-based air traffic controllers say our skies are "reaching capacity".

Could Christchurch become part of Hampshire again?

Dorset pylon removal plans under consultation

Plans to remove a section of overhead pylons in Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have opened to public consultation.

Pylons in Dorset
National Grid

National Grid wants to bury overhead powers lines along an 8km (five mile) stretch of the county near the villages of Martinstown and Winterbourne Abbas.

The proposals also include removing about 20 pylons, the firm said.

It added the preferred route of the underground cables had been designed to avoid properties and known archaeology.

Local residents have been invited to have their say on the proposals at an event being held at Winterbourne Valley CE VA First School in Dorchester on Saturday.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at J6 for B4009 affecting J5 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - Delays and queuing traffic on M40 northbound at J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident involving a car and debris on the road. Congestion to J5, A40 (Stokenchurch).

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

Green land housing plan protest

Berkshire sport headlines

Ady Williams

Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

  • The Wetherby's Supersprint is the feature at Newbury tomorrow where a £250,000 in prize money is on offer. Local trainers Clive Cox, Jamie Osbourn, Archie Watson, Jo Tuite and Sylvester Kirk all with chances.
  • Reading FC have a double-header friendly in The Netherlands tomorrow, with recent signing Vito Mannone expected to play some part.
  • Maidenhead defender Dean Inman has been talking to BBC Radio Berkshire about his expectations ahead of their The National League Campaign. The Magpies start with an away day in Maidstone.

Bland is top Hampshire golfer at the Open

Hampshire's Richard Bland has only played in one Open Championship before, also here at Royal Birkdale 19 years ago.

In 1998, he matched the score of five major winners, Paul Azinger, Padraig Harrington, Bernhard Langer, Paul Lawrie and the great Tom Watson - but missed the cut by three shots.

Richard Bland
PA

But, on his return to the West Lancashire coast in Thursday's first round, the 44-year-old from Southampton ended the day a lot higher up the leaderboard, on three-under 67, just two off the lead, tied for sixth, after finishing with three straight birdies.

The only downside was being one of the lucky few chosen at the end of his round for a random drugs test - ironically, the same fate as his Hampshire colleague Justin Rose, the world number 14,.

"I got hauled in for that too," said a smiling Bland, adding in jest: "They must have got a vendetta against Hampshire golfers."

Bland is 145 currently in the world rankings, 131 places below Rose. But, with Rose finishing on one over and Meon Valley amateur Harry Ellis only managing a seven-over 77, Bland ended the first day as the top golfer in Hampshire - and bettered only by Paul Casey's 66 as top Englishman.

Bland tees off late on day two at 15:32 BST.