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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 23 August
  2. New £90m hospital for Ascot
  3. Go-ahead for East Cowes plans
  4. Winchester £1m flood wall unveiled
  5. Oxford professor plans perfect airline meal
  6. 'Dancing' scallops captured on camera
  7. Watch: Dogs suffering from hay fever

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Queen scallops are thriving in Lyme Bay
Conservationists say the species is thriving in Lyme Bay since a dredging ban in 2008.

Severe accident: A32 Hampshire both ways

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A32 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Cott Street and Cutts Arch.

A32 Hampshire - A32 Wickham Road in Droxford closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cott Street junction and the Cutts Arch junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

A 3D printer is being used at the University of Oxford to print living human tissue
It is hoped the 3D printing technology could mean the end of animal testing.

Council pledges cash to Swanage bandstand campaign

A campaign to save a rare bandstand on the Dorset coast has won council backing.

The roof of Swanage's 96-year-old sunken bandstand was removed following storm damage in 2012.

The town's council agreed to put £50,000 towards the estimated £160,000 cost of its repair, if community campaigners can match the amount.

Resident Alan Houghton said more than £30,000 had already been pledged and he was confident the rest could be raised. He launched a campaign to save the bandstand earlier this year, claiming residents were "incensed" at its condition.

Swanage Bandstand
Barry Shimmon

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for M40 and J15 for M4.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Delays on M25 anticlockwise between J16 M40 and J15 M4, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J17, A412 (Maple Cross).

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

New Royal Mail vans built by Oxfordshire carmaker

Electric Royal Mail van
Arrival

Royal Mail is beginning trials in London of nine fully electric vans with ranges of up to 100 miles.

The vehicles, which come in various sizes, will distribute post from the central London depot.

They were produced by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival, which recently opened a new factory in Banbury.

Line-up times announced for music festival

One of the south's biggest festivals kicks off on Friday.

The three-day Victorious event in Portsmouth will feature the likes of Stereophonics, Rita Ora and Madness.

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Paulo Gazzaniga

Tottenham sign goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton after the 25-year-old's loan spell at Rayo Vallecano last season.

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Burford lorry ban considered

Burford
BBC

A plan to ban lorries from Burford in West Oxfordshire is being consulted on.

HGV would be stopped from using the high street between the Burford and Fullbrook roundabouts, unless they're making deliveries.

It is being considered to protect the town's historic buildings and reduce congestion.

Witney MP, Robert Courts, supports the idea but wants to ensure any ban does not negatively affect traffic in other West Oxfordshire towns.

The consultation ends on 15 September.

Saints likely to rotate for EFL Cup clash

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is likely to rotate his squad for tonight's visit of Wolves in the EFL Cup.

Shane Long, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal, Sam McQueen and Jan Bednarek could all start, with Saturday's league fixture against Huddersfield in mind.

Wolves, whose first loss of the season came against Cardiff on Saturday, are still without Helder Costa (ankle).

Mauricio Pellegrino
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Mauricio Pellegrino picked up his first win as Southampton manager over West Ham on Saturday

Couple marry twice in same church

A couple have been married in the same church in Fareham where they starred in a mock wedding video 13 years ago.

In 2004, Carrie Coates, then aged 23, asked her friend Ian Horner, then 20, to play her groom in a film for local schools.

Carrie and Ian in 2004 (left) and 2017
Mark Robbins Photography

Years later, they fell in love and exchanged vows once again in Holy Trinity Church, with Carrie's cousin Brooke acting as bridesmaid for a second time.

Carrie said: "The first thing the people at the church said was 'have you been married before?' which made us laugh."

The iconic Dorset bus - which was saved from a fire in the 1970s - now celebrating its 50th anniversary

The Bristol LFL Lodekka was rescued when Bournemouth bus station burnt down in 1976.
The Bristol LFL Lodekka was rescued by Trevor Shore when Bournemouth bus station burnt down in 1976. Trevor was an 18-year-old conductor at the time and now, more than 40 years on, owns the bus he saved!

England midfielder agrees new Reading Women deal

England midfielder Jade Moore has signed an extended contract with Women's Super League One side Reading.

The 26-year-old joined in May ahead of the WSL Spring Series, after previous club Notts County Ladies folded.

"She gave us a different dimension to our midfield which I think we needed," manager Kelly Chambers told Reading's website.

"I'm really excited to work with her and push this club in the right direction."

Jade Moore
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Jade Moore was part of the England side beaten by the Netherlands in the Euro 2017 semi-finals

CCTV man sought over bar attack

Police want to find this man in connection with an assault in Henley, Oxfordshire.

An 18-year-old man suffered deep cuts to his face which required hospital treatment after being set upon in Magoos Bar on 18 June.

He was out with his friends when the unknown attacker smashed his head down on to a table.

PC Emma Bailey said the unprovoked attack caused "nasty injuries".

Man on CCTV
Thames Valley Police

Passengers warned of more Waterloo woe

Two catalytic converters stolen from cars in Faringdon

The car
TVP

Thames Valley Police has released a CCTV image in an appeal for information following the theft of two catalytic converters in Faringdon.

At some point between 16:00 on 29 July and 14:00 on 31 July, the parts were stolen from two Honda Accords parked in Marlborough Street and Stanford Road.

The CCTV image was captured on 3 August in Marlborough Street at 00:52.

Red Funnel East Cowes terminal

The ferry company insists it will improve the gateway to the island and easy traffic congestion.

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Severe accident: A3057 Hampshire both ways

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A3057 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Payne's Road and Park Street.

A3057 Hampshire - A3057 Shirley Road in Southampton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Payne's Road junction and the Park Street junction, because of an accident involving a bus and a car.

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

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi says his 42-ball century which sent Hampshire to T20 Blast Finals Day came from his natural risk-taking.

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Motorcyclist critically ill after Studland crash

A Bournemouth man is in a critical condition in hospital after his motorcycle was in collision with a car on Ferry Road, Studland, last night.

The rider, aged in his 20s, crashed with an Audi S8 near Knoll House Hotel. His pillion passenger, a 17-year-old girl from Austria, suffered a fractured arm and leg.

Ferry Road
Dorset Police

The road was closed for nearly three hours from about 21:10 BST and the Sandbanks chain ferry was suspended.

A 55-year-old Swanage man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences.

Afridi ton takes Hants to Finals Day

Hampshire's Shahid Afridi hit the fastest T20 Blast century of 2017, reaching the mark off 42 balls during his side's crushing 101-run quarter-final win over Derbyshire.

Two-time winners Hampshire will now appear in their seventh Finals Day in the last eight years at Edgbaston on 2 September.

Red Funnel wins East Cowes planning appeal

Ferry firm Red Funnel is set to spend millions of pounds transforming part off East Cowes, after a government planning inspector ruled in its favour.

Isle of Wight Council refused plans in 2016 for a new ferry terminal, up to 100 homes, businesses and a 60-bed hotel.

Red Funnel said its successful appeal would help to regenerate the town centre, resolve traffic congestion and facilitate economic growth.

East Cowes
BBC

Winchester flood wall unveiled

A new flood wall is being officially unveiled in Winchester as part of a £1m defence scheme.

It follows severe flooding in early 2014 when the River Itchen burst its banks.

The wall will protect the St Bede's and River Park areas of the city, including St Bede School, Winchester School of Art, homes and businesses.

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Approval for £90m green belt hospital

Heatherwood Hospital
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

An NHS trust has been given approval to build a £90m hospital on green belt land despite planning officers warning the development would be "harmful".

Councillors gave permission for Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot to be demolished and relocated to nearby woodland at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Planners had recommended the proposal be refused, saying 3.66 hectares of "priority habitat" would be lost.

The NHS trust said it was "optimising the best use" of its land.

'Southampton Eye' planned for city centre

A giant ferris wheel is to be installed at Southampton's Bargate for seven weeks, the Daily Echo reports.

The 115ft (35m) attraction will offer shoppers and tourists views of the city centre from Saturday 9 September.

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Licorice ice cream in 'stress-relieving' airline menu

The menu
PA

Oxford University food psychologist Professor Charles Spence has developed a new airline menu, which includes black echinacea and licorice ice cream, to help passengers relax before take off.

It also features green tea and lavender-flavoured mochi rice cakes, a blend of herbal tea with chamomile, fennel seeds, kelp, and a sweet caramelised nut bar coated in umami-rich mushroom and tomato powder.

The black ice cream "distracts passengers from their chaotic journey", Prof Spence said. He added that the texture of the rice encourages chewing, which can reduce tension.

The menu is available on some Monarch flights from Luton to Naples, Gibraltar and Malaga, and could be rolled out further if it proves popular with passengers.

Royals and Cherries advance to EFL Cup third round

Reading scored twice in extra time against Championship rivals Millwall to progress to the EFL Cup third round last night.

Leandro Bacuna's 25-yard strike together with goals from George Evans and 19-year-old Sam Smith gave the Royals victory.

Reading player
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Bournemouth scored their first win of the season, coming back to beat Birmingham 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh.

The third round draw is made in Beijing at 04:15 BST on Thursday.

More Waterloo station platforms close

More platforms are due to close at Waterloo station as part of ongoing engineering work.

From tonight, 14 of the 19 normal platforms will be shut.

Network Rail says fewer than half of normal weekday South Western Railway services will operate tomorrow and Friday.

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Morning headlines from around the region

  • Six operating theatres and more than 70 new beds will be created at a new £90m hospital in Ascot.
  • Train services to Waterloo will be reduced further from tonight as more platforms close as part of ongoing engineering work.
  • A new flood wall is being officially unveiled in Winchester as part of a £1m defence scheme following major flooding in 2013/14.
  • A shed on wheels has reached John O'Groats after a six day trip to raise money for a Banbury hospice.

'Dancing' queen scallops in Lyme Bay

Queen scallops have been caught on camera "flapping" their shells in Lyme Bay.

Researchers from Plymouth University have spent almost a decade monitoring the recovery rates of scallops and other species since a ban on dredging came into force in 2008.

Dr Emma Sheehan said: "We've never seen so many queen scallops in that density... There were really large areas of them and they just go on and on."

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

We can look forward to a fairly warm and bright Wednesday with a less humid feel than yesterday.

Holly Green has the latest forecast.

Treating dogs for hay hever

For many people, summer is blighted by runny noses and sneezing due to hay fever.

However plenty of dogs can suffer too, although their symptoms are rather different - and can be expensive to treat.

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