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Summary

  1. Bournemouth man jailed for murdering his niece
  2. Man's body pulled from river in Oxford
  3. Public appeal in search for missing Dorset teenager
  4. Wallaby caught on camera by cyclist in Henley-on-Thames
  5. Updates from Friday 1 September

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Tolkein's Santa letter to his children
Catherine McIlwaine, from the Bodleian Library, shows us the Santa letter Hobbit author JRR Tolkien wrote to his children.
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London Irish make a winning return to the Premiership with a thrilling bonus-point victory over Harlequins at Twickenham.

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Pyrotechnic planes over Bournemouth

The Night Air display at the Bournemouth Air Festival sees planes illuminate the sky high above the Dorset resort.

Night Air at the Bournemouth Air Festival sees planes illuminate the sky

Man hunted after racist abuse and assault in Bournemouth

Bournemouth police have issued a CCTV image of a man they suspect of being racially abusive and kicking a pensioner in the shins.At around 12:45 on 12 August an elderly man wearing a light-coloured, chequered jacket and blue trousers boarded the M1 bus outside the Christopher Creeke pub on Holdenhurst Road.

The suspect
Dorset Police

He approached a woman who was on the bus with her child and made a number of racist comments.The man was told to stop by the bus driver, who contacted the police. He then got off and was challenged by another man in his 70s.The man kicked the victim in the shin three times before walking off and going into The George Tapps pub on Old Christchurch Road.The victim followed the man to the pub and then went to a nearby internet café, where he contacted the police and took a photo of the man he believed had attacked him.

Floating bridge complaints sent to local government watchdog

More than 400 people have signed a formal complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman calling for an investigation into the Isle of Wight Council's design and procurement of the floating bridge.

Yesterday the council announced the £3.2m chain ferry is to be withdrawn from service until further notice after suffering numerous failures since it started operating in May.

Floating Bridge
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"Thousands of people on the Isle of Wight are devastated that this floating bridge is unreliable, infrequent and overall not fit for purpose."

Cameron PalinEast Cowes Community Organisers

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of an accident.

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

South coast Premier League stars in World Cup action

BBC Sport

Jermain Defoe will become Bournemouth's first ever full England international this evening, if he plays a part in the World Cup qualifier in Malta. Southampton's Ryan Bertrand is also in the squad.

Southampton captain Steven Davis will lead Northern Ireland in San Marino, while summer signing Jan Bednarek could line-up for Poland against Denmark.

Also in Group C Cherries' Joshua King is expected to line up for Norway as they take on Azerbaijan.

Ryan Fraser is in contention to start for Scotland against Lithuania in Group F.

Steven Davis
Reuters

Flypast for army flying memorial unveilling

A memorial bearing the names of more than 5,000 military personnel killed while involved in army aviation has been unveiled at the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

It was officially opened during a service led by the Chaplains of AAC Middle Wallop with a flypast of the Army's Historic Aircraft Flight.

The memorial is the only one which lists the names of aircrew, support staff and ground crews of the Royal Flying Corps, Air Observation Post Squadrons, Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps and attached personnel who have lost their lives.

Flypast
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Army flying memorial
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Memorial
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Passers-by feared a terrorist attack when they heard the alarm.
Passers-by feared a terrorist attack when they heard a warning siren on a town centre bus.

Reading Buses apology over alarms

Reading Buses has apologised to members of the public, after an attack alarm on one of its vehicles went off in the town centre.

The alarms are only supposed to be used in emergencies, but a driver accidentally set it off earlier this week - frightening people nearby.

Reading Buses
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T20 Blast: James Vince confident Hampshire will thrive on Finals Day
Hampshire captain James Vince is confident his side can reverse their previous poor form in T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston.

Baby M death: Murder investigation over Aldershot park body

BBC reporter Peter Stewart at Manor Park in Aldershot, where a newborn girl's body was found in May.

Police have now said they are treating the death as murder.

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Transfer deadline day: What happens next to unsettled stars?

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Van Dijk
Martin Rickett/PA Wire

There are likely to be some unhappy players around the Premier League after the close of the transfer window - leaving bosses to indulge in very careful man management before games resume following the international break.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk has effectively been in exile all summer, deemed not to be in the right frame of mind to figure in games having handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move to Liverpool.

Van Dijk's head and heart have appeared elsewhere all summer since it emerged he wished to move to Liverpool but the Merseysiders were forced to back off and apologise amid claims of an illegal approach.

The talented Netherlands central defender was still holding out for a move even on deadline day itself but Southampton, who have seen the path to Anfield become a well-worn route for their players in recent seasons, held firm.

Saints' new boss Mauricio Pellegrino faces the tough task of getting Van Dijk in shape to swallow that disappointment and return to the fray. There is little doubt he had no intention of playing for Southampton again but he cannot afford to waste time in a World Cup year and must knuckle down until January at least.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked on M4 London-bound at J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor dies at 85

The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has died at the age of 85, the Roman Catholic Church says.

He was was born into a devout Catholic family in Reading in 1932 and began his ministry in Hampshire, eventually being appointed secretary to the Bishop of Portsmouth, Derek Worlock.

In 1970 he was appointed as parish priest at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the Portswood area of Southampton.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
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Tigers parachute display team sweep into Bournemouth

Spectacular helmetcam footage from the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment's Parachute display team - The Tigers - at Bournemouth Air Festival.

Bournemouth from the air as The Tigers Parachute Display Team arrive in town

Christopher Wall jailed for murdering niece

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a 25-year-old woman who was his niece and also his partner.

Hayley Wall, was found with head injuries in a street in Bournemouth on 13 December and died in hospital nine days later.

A man has been jailed for life for murdering a woman who was his niece in Bournemouth
T20 fans

BBC Sport takes a look at the likely stars as four teams chase glory at T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday.

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In Pictures: Bournemouth Air Festival

There has been some spectacular sights above Bournemouth beach as part of the resort's annual air festival.

The popular event is in its 10th year and features the world famous Red Arrows as well as other acrobatic aerial displays and demonstrations on the beach.

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The Red Arrows on day one of the Bournemouth Air Festival
Bournemouth Air Festival
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Crowds gather on the beach
Red Arrows
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The Red Arrows' day one display
Bournemouth Air Festival
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The Twister Aerobatics Team in action
Bournemouth Air Festival
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A Breitling wingwalker performs over Bournemouth beach

Homecoming flight for Red Arrows Red4 pilot

Fl Lt Matt Masters talks about returning to the south coast ahead of displays at this year's Bournemouth Air Festival.

Man admits carrying stun gun and heroin in Oxford

David Lumb

BBC News Online

A man has admitted carrying a stun gun disguised as a torch and a large number of heroin wraps in Oxford.

Officers stopped Ryan Austin in Gloucester Green in Oxford in August, Oxford Crown Court heard.

The 19-year-old, of Penn Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, admitted possession with intent, possession of a firearm and possession of a knife.

He is due to be sentenced on 3 October.

Oxford councillors back The Cellar against closure

The Cellar
BBC

Politicians in Oxford have said a planning application that could see a music venue in Oxford turned into shops should be refused.

The Cellar is under threat because its landlord, St Michael's and All Saints' Charities, submitted an application to redevelop it.

The organisation said doing so could increase what it gives to good causes.

Labour city councillors Dan Iley-Williamson and Alex Hollingsworth said the venue was too important to close.

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition to keep the venue open, with Oxford bands such as Foals, Ride and Glass Animals also sending messages of support.

Update: Bracknell industrial accident

A man has sustained head injuries in an industrial accident on a construction site in Bracknell town centre.

Emergency services were called to Skimped Hill Lane at 12:40 BST today.

The worker was "rescued from height" by firefighters and transferred to hospital.

His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

Army flying memorial unveiled at Middle Wallop

Memorial
Museum of Army Flying

A tribute to more than 5,000 military personnel killed in the the service of army flying has been unveiled.

The memorial at the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Army Air Corps (AAC).

It bears the names of 5,127 people killed in action, from early pioneers in the 1870s up to recent campaigns.

Museum chief executive Chris Munns said it was a "unique and innovative design".

Industrial accident in Bracknell

Police are reporting an industrial accident in Bracknell town centre.

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Christopher and Hayley Wall

Christopher Wall was jailed for life after a jury heard evidence suggesting Hayley Wall had been hit by a TV.

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Spectacular Red Arrows display in Bournemouth

The Red Arrows flew through a smoke-trail spiral in an eye-catching manoeuvre at the opening day of the Bournemouth Air Festival on Thursday.

There'll be another display this afternoon.

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Appeal ruling prompts gasps from disability campaigners

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

There were gasps from disability campaigners as the judge announced Luke Davey's appeal had been dismissed.

This is a case that has been closely watched by people that used to receive money from the Independent Living Fund, which has now been closed by the government.

The disappointment at today's judgement will go beyond this court room.

Many disabled people had hoped a win for Mr Davey in this case would have implications for their own levels of care funding.

Luke Davey: Council says 'difficult decisions' have to be made

Luke
Luke Davey

Responding to today's ruling that cuts to Luke Davey's personal care budget were not unlawful, a spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council said: “We will continue to work with Mr Davey and his family to ensure he gets the provision of essential services he needs

“The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the council’s assessment of Mr Davey’s care needs and the allocated amount for his personal budget is appropriate and lawful.

"All local authorities who provide adult social care services against a background of financial constraints in the public sector are having to make difficult decisions."

BreakingMurder investigation launched after baby found in bushes

A murder investigation has been launched after a baby's body was found in bushes in an Aldershot park.

Baby M was found in Manor Park about 13:30 on 19 May and police believe the baby died and was left some time between 18:00 on 15 May and 08:00 on 16 May.

Searches will be carried out in areas of Manor Park over the next week, connected to the investigation.

The park
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Detective Chief Inspector Dave Brown said: “This is an extremely complex investigation and it has taken a great deal of professional medical analysis to establish that we are now treating this as a murder investigation.

“We understand that this new information will be a concern to those involved, and that they may themselves be vulnerable and in need of support.

We will do all we can to get that support however, this is a serious criminal offence which we have a duty to investigate and bring to a conclusion.”

Oxford dodo: The icon we're still learning from

The dodo may have been extinct for 400 years, but it is still an icon.

In a BBC series looking at the "wonders" of Oxford's museums, Mark Carnall, of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, tells us why the flightless bird is so important.

Stephanie Slater

Stephanie Slater was held in a wooden "coffin" for eight days in 1992 by murderer Michael Sams.

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Severe accident: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, before A4130.

A34 Oxfordshire - Long delays and very slow traffic on A34 northbound in Milton before Milton Interchange, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Chilton Interchange.

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

County council 'did not act unlawfully' in cutting man's care

Three Court of Appeal judges have dismissed the appeal brought by Luke Davey to having his care cut by Oxfordshire County Council.

In his written judgement Lord Justice Bean said: “It is understandable that the claimant, Mrs Davey and other members of his family objected to the updated needs assessment, which has resulted in a substantial reduction in the level of the claimant’s personal budget.

“Like the [High Court] judge, I have great respect for the manner in which the claimant, his family and his team of carers cope with his difficult situation.

“But that is not the same thing as holding that the council’s actions have been unlawful.”

BreakingMan jailed for life for murdering niece

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his niece, who was also his partner.

Hayley Wall, 25, was found with head injuries in a street in Bournemouth on 13 December and died in hospital nine days later.

Christopher and Hayley Wall
Dorset Police

A jury heard evidence suggesting she had been struck by a television and possibly also a door ripped from its hinges.

Christopher Wall, 58, of Shelbourne Road, was convicted by a jury on Thursday following a two-week trial.

Search for missing Dorset teenager

Shannon
Dorset Police

Officers searching for a missing teenager from Blandford in Dorset are appealing for help finding her.

Shannon Smith, 17, left her home in Alner Road some time between 03:30 and 09:00 this morning.

She is described as vulnerable and officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her.

Shannon is white, about 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build and with long, straight mousey brown hair. It is believed she was wearing a black leather jacket, T-shirt and leggings.