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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 21 August
  2. Weather: Cloudy, but staying dry
  3. Armed police arrest man in Andover
  4. Science fiction writer dies
  5. Man survives 40ft cliff fall
  6. Man comes forward after truck crashes into house
  7. Man charged over six car fires

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David Davis and Marc Pugh

Bournemouth seal their place in the EFL Cup third round as they come from behind to beat Birmingham for their first win of the season.

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That's all for today!

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Owner of closed ice rink 'wants change of use'

The owner of Ryde Arena, which shut in October, does not want it to be used as an ice rink again, the Isle of Wight's MP has said.

Skating campaigners are hoping to buy the rink from AEW UK, which has put it on the market for £3m.

Ryde ice rink
Wayne Whittle

Bob Seely MP, who met with AEW UK and campaigners today, said the firm wanted to change the building's use.

He said the meeting had clarified the firm's intentions and another one was scheduled for next month.

Work starts to prevent HMS Victory 'collapse'

Work is underway on Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory to prevent the vessel collapsing under its own weight.

Restorers will support the ship with 134 steel props, replacing the existing steel cradles which are "placing considerable strain" on the hull, the National Museum of the Royal Navy said.

The £3m project is expected to take 18 months to complete.

artist's impression of how steel props will look
National Museum of the Royal Navy

The hull is moving at a rate of 0.5cm each year...This is untenable and must be remedied before irreversible damage is done.

Andrew BainesProject director

Armed police arrest assault suspect

armed police in Andover
John Wheeler

A 47-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of assault following a raid on a house in Andover.

Earlier, it had been reported by LoveAndover that armed police had been seen in a residential area of the Hampshire town.

armed police in Andover

Armed police arrest assault suspect

A 47-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of assault following a raid on a house in Andover.

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New school delayed over 'high build costs'

Newbury College
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Highwood Copse is set within the grounds of Newbury College

The opening of a new primary school has been postponed by a year due to "high increases in the build costs from the appointed contractor".

West Berkshire Council said "potential legal delays" also contributed to its decision to open Highwood Copse, set within the grounds of Newbury College, in September 2019 rather than September 2018.

Councillor Lynne Doherty, the authority's member in charge of education, said the council was "taking professional advice" so it could re-tender the contract and pay a price "closer to the original estimate".

“While this may come as a disappointment to some, we want to ensure that the school is ready and able to provide the very best education opportunities for our children when they start their educational journey," she added.

£275k Mudeford Beach Hut 'under offer'

Beach hut
Denisons

Estate agents say a buyer has made an offer for a wooden beach hut with a £275,000 price tag.

Denisons said the hut, near Mudeford in Dorset, is "under offer" after going on the market earlier in the summer. The estate agents said the hut is "immaculately presented" and has "panoramic views towards the Isle of Wight".

The blurb for the property says it has a living area, kitchen and mezzanine floor and will "comfortably" sleep between four and six people.

Saints launch match day Big Issue to help homeless

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Saints launch match day Big Issue to help homeless

Southampton players Nathan Remond, Oriol Romeu, Manolo Gabbiadini and Florin Gardos join Big Issue vendors in Winchester to raise awareness of the Saints Foundation's new partnership with the magazine, which supports local homeless people.

Eclipse explained

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Skywatchers in the United States are preparing for the spectacular sight of a total solar eclipse.

The moon is set to pass in front of the sun, casting a deep shadow that will sweep over the nation from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east.

Some parts of western Europe, including the UK and Ireland, will snatch a sight of the moon's disc taking a bite out of the sun in a partial eclipse just as it sets.

Playground 'set alight'

Burnt play equipment in Princess Diana Park, Banbury
Thames Valley Police
Witnesses are being asked to contact Thames Valley Police

Equipment at a children's playground in Princess Diana Park in Banbury has been destroyed by arsonists.

It was set alight at about 20.30 yesterday, police say.

It is extremely sad that someone would set fire to a playground which is used by many children in the local community."

PC Andy BaylisThames Valley Police

Power cut hits 'nearly 50,000' customers

The National Grid has said nearly 50,000 customers were affected by this afternoon's power cut in south Dorset.

The hour-long outage, which began at around 12:22 BST, brought trains to a standstill and stranded around 30 customers at the top of Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline tower.

The cause of the "technical fault at Chickerell" is still being investigated, a National Grid spokesman said.

power lines
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Science fiction writer Brian Aldiss dies

Brian Aldiss
BBC
Aldiss wrote the 'Supertoys' stories which were adapted for film as A.I

Science fiction writer Brian Aldiss has died at his home in Oxford at the age of 92, it's been announced.

He wrote Non-Stop, Hothouse, Greybeard and the Helliconia Trilogy.

The author, who also helped found the Groucho Club in London, was honoured by the Queen with an OBE for services to literature in the 2005 birthday honours list.

Armed police arrest man in Andover

armed police in Andover
John Wheeler

Armed police officers have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of assault after being called to a house in Florence Court, Andover.

The raid at about 11:00 BST followed a phone call last night reporting "concerns for a man's welfare", police said.

A police statement said the armed response was "due to the circumstances" and "there was no wider risk to the public".

Pledge to keep 'historic' black mural

Reading Central Club
BBC

A council claims it has "absolutely no intention" of removing a "historically significant" mural celebrating black culture, amid fears for its future.

Reading council announced it was putting the town's Central Club up for sale on the open market after bids from community groups failed.

This prompted concerns that the 27-year-old, 36-metre long artwork on the side of the building could be scrapped.

But authority leader Jo Lovelock said the mural "must be preserved".

New company takes over rail franchise

Commuters are travelling with a new company in charge of the trains on many of the South's railway lines today.

South Western Railway replaced South West Trains yesterday.

It's promising to replace or refresh every train on its network. But it takes over during major engineering works at Waterloo station with services being heavily reduced on Thursday and Friday.

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Power cut traps people in tower

Nearly 30 people spent more than 90 minutes trapped in Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline tower because of this afternoon's power cut, operator Merlin Entertainments has said.

The fault, which affected around 8,000 customers in south Dorset, stranded customers at the top of the tourist attraction at about 12:20 BST.

Jurassic Skyline tower
Philip Pankhurst

A Merlin spokesman said those trapped had "remained calm".

Workers had begun to bring the viewing platform down manually when the power was restored, the spokesman added.

Car workshop 'destroyed' by fire

A commercial garage in Southampton has been destroyed by fire, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has said.

About 40 firefighters dealt with the blaze in Lumsden Avenue, Shirley, Southampton after being called at 10:45 BST.

One car was also destroyed while five other vehicles were damaged.

fire-damaged garage
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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J7 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J7, A40 (Thame), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

South Dorset power 'now restored'

Southern Networks says a power fault which affected up to 8,000 customers in south Dorset has been repaired.

The disruption, first reported at around 12:30 BST, stopped trains between Dorchester and Weymouth and put traffic lights out of action.

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Traffic lights warning following Dorset power cut

Trains hit by Dorset power cut

BreakingPower cut in south Dorset

Up to 8,000 homes in south Dorset are without electricity following a power cut.

SSE said it hoped to have supplies restored by 14:30 BST.

Fire crews tackle car workshop fire in Southampton

Fire crews continue to tackle the fire at a garage in Shirley, Southampton.

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Bus services diverted following Shirley fire

Bus services in Southampton have been disrupted following the fire at Lumsden Avenue in the Shirley area of the city.

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In Pictures: Pagan Pride in Southampton

Hundreds of people gathered in Southampton this weekend for the city's first Pagan Pride event - aiming to promote appreciation of pagan influence on culture and heritage.

Pagan Pride
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Pagan pride
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Pagan pride
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Pagan Pride
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Debbie McGee 'set for Strictly Come Dancing'

Debbie McGee
BBC

Debbie McGee is set to be in the line-up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing, according to several newspapers.

The BBC Radio Berkshire presenter trained as a dancer before becoming assistant to her late husband Paul Daniels, who also took part in the show in 2010.

Contestants confirmed in this year's Strictly line up include Charlotte Hawkins, Brian Conley and Susan Calman.

Oxford car fire

The 26-year-old is accused of setting cars alight on six roads in Oxford at the weekend.

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Fire at Lumsden Avenue, Southampton

Some more pictures of the fire in Lumsden Avenue in Southampton.

Four fire appliances are now at the scene of the fire which is thought to have started in a car workshop.

Shirley fire
BBC
Shirley fire
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Man comes forward over kitchen crash

Kitchen crash
Dorset Police

A man has come forward to Dorset Police after a pick-up truck crashed into a house in Weymouth, and drove off.

The black pick-up truck, believed to be a Nissan Navara or Ford Ranger, left the road and caused serious structural damage to kitchen shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Dorset Police said a 23-year-old Weymouth man is assisting with their inquiries.

Sgt Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said: “The vehicle has now been recovered and our investigation continues.

“I am still appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the manner of driving of the pick-up truck prior to the incident, and has not yet spoken to police to come forward.”

New support for HMS Victory

Multi-million-pound works are under way to create a new cradle for Nelson's flagship HMS Victory to prevent it sagging under its own weight.

A total of 134 15ft adjustable steel props are being fitted at a cost of £3m to support the 252-year-old ship in the same way as if it was sat in water.

HMS Victory has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart.

A new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in the sea. Rather than the existing steel 'blades' which are placing considerable strain on the hull structure, these will be replaced by 134 15-foot adjustable steel props.

HMS Victory
PA

The dry dock, in which she sits, is also the oldest in the world, and this is the first time something like this has ever been done on a historic ship. So we have been really tested with this scheme. Our priority though is to stop the ship from moving, get her into a stable condition and then take the necessary steps to ensure the hull is here for another 250 years."

Prof Dominic TweddleDirector general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy

Severe disruption: A3057 Hampshire both ways

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A3057 Hampshire both ways severe disruption, between Lumsden Avenue and Payne's Road.

A3057 Hampshire - Slow traffic on A3057 Shirley Road in both directions in Shirley between the Lumsden Avenue junction and the Payne's Road junction, because of an earlier garage fire.

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

BreakingFire breaks out in Southampton garage

Firefighters are tackling a fire which has broken out in the Shirley area of Southampton.

It appears to have started in a car workshop. People have been moved from adjoining houses.

Eyewitnesses report hearing the sounds of small explosions and a lot of black smoke.

Shirley fire
BBC

Man charged over Oxford car fires

Car fire
Charlotte Stacey

A man has been charged with arson after cars parked in residential streets in Oxford were destroyed by fire early on Sunday morning.

Thames Valley Police said the blazes happened between 02:45 and 05:20 BST in St Margaret's Road, Staverton Road, Southmoor Road, Charlbury Road, Oakthorpe Place and Beechcroft Road. No-one was injured.

Nathaniel Padar, 26, of Churchill Place, Oxford, has been charged with 10 counts of arson with intent to endanger life. He is due to appear before Oxford Magistrates Court later.

Disappointing display leaves Howe 'scratching head'

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Bournemouth 0-2 Watford: Cherries display disappointing - Eddie Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he is "scratching his head" as to why his side put in such a disappointing performance, losing 2-0 at home to Watford.

Five released while enquiries continue into Bournemouth shooting

Five men arrested in connection with reported shots fired in Bournemouth have been released while enquiries continue.

Police said the the occupants of a property in Wimborne Road were woken up by two men throwing stones at their window in the early hours of Sunday morning. it was then reported that shots were fired at the window. No-one was injured.

Two men aged 24, two men aged 22 and a 23-year-old man, all from the Liverpool area, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. A 24-year-old man was further arrested on suspicion of threats to kill.

Pellegrino wants Saints to learn from difficult win

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Southampton 3-2 West Ham: Mauricio Pellegrino wants Saints to learn from difficult win

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says his side must learn from their 3-2 win over West Ham, after victory came courtesy of an injury-time penalty from Charlie Austin.

Ten cruise ships in Southampton

It was a busy weekend on the water in the Port of Southampton.

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