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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 24 August
  2. Inspector gives Portsmouth hospital formal warning
  3. Woman charged; three under arrest after slavery raids
  4. Traffic queues on M4 near Hungerford after car fire

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Matt Davis

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We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather from across Dorset, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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Wallaby sighted in Oxfordshire

Possible wallaby
BIFFA
The crew spotted the animal on Spring Land, Sheppard's Green, in South Oxfordshire

Wallabies are usually found in Australia but it seems one could be hopping around south Oxfordshire.

A bin lorry crew say they made a possible sighting on their rounds in Sheppard's Green.

"A crewman managed to get one picture before the animal bounded into some bushes and disappeared," a spokesperson for Biffa said.

The RSPCA is looking into whether any further sightings have been reported.

London Irish appoints new chief executive

London Irish players
Getty Images

London Irish announced today that Brian Facer will be joining the club as its new chief executive.

Facer will arrive at Hazelwood at the beginning of November after working for Northampton Saints as its commercial director.

London Irish president Mick Crossan said Mr Facer was a unanimous choice.

He added: "This is an exciting time for London Irish with our return to the Aviva Premiership and we feel that Brian is the right person to lead the club as chief executive as we look to progress both on the field and commercially."

Zara Tindall to ride at Blenheim

Zara Tindall has been confirmed for the Blenheim International Horse Trials in September.

The Queen's eldest grandchild has entered a horse in each of the three international classes at the event.

Olympic gold medalists Sir Mark Todd, Blyth Tait and Andrew Hoy are also confirmed for the competition which will feature riders from 15 different nations when it starts on 13 September.

Zara Tindell
Tim Crisp

Motorcyclist in 'serious condition'

A motorcyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after he crashed into car on the A41 yesterday.

He was riding from Aylesbury towards Bicester when the collision at Blackthorn Bridge junction happened at about 16.50.

The 34-year-old rider, who suffered serious head and back injuries, is being treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The driver of the car, a silver Honda Accord, was not injured.

John Radcliffe Hospital
Bill Nichools
The motorcyclist, a 34-year-old man, is being treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Three seriously injured in A354 crash

Three people are in hospital with serious injuries after the crash on the A354 in Dorset which closed the road near Tollard Royal for several hours.

Police carried out a forensic examination of the scene before the road reopened.

A354 reopens after serious crash

Saints defender signs new three-year contract

Southampton FC have announced that Maya Yoshida has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

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Family's concern at missing 77-year-old

James Joseph
Thames Valley Police
James Joseph is know to visit the Cowley Centre police said.

A 77-year-old man from Oxford is missing.

James Joseph was last seen walking by the Green Road roundabout at about 17:00 yesterday heading towards Kidlington.

He is from Blackbird Leys area but has been staying in the Kidlington area recently.

Investigating officer Sgt Al Robinson said officers and family were "growing increasingly concerned" for his welfare.

Strike-hit rail firm Southern speeds up delay payments

Train
PA

Passengers on the strike-hit Southern rail network are now being compensated automatically for train delays.

The scheme operates through the firm's smartcard, where passengers tap in and tap out to pay for journeys, parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) said.

Previously, people applied for Delay Repay compensation online or in writing after 15-minute delays but GTR said now "it couldn't be quicker or simpler".

GTR remains in dispute with two unions, with RMT walkouts expected next month.

Road reopens after 'serious' crash

A road has reopened more than seven hours after a crash near the Great Dorset Steam Fair near Blandford.

Police said three people were taken to hospital with serious injuries following the collision at Trickthorn Cross at about 07:52 BST.

It happened just before the annual fair opened at Tarrant Hinton, 2.5 miles (4km) away.

There are no details of the vehicles involved.

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Bramble Bank cricket match with a difference

The annual cricket match played on a sandbank in the middle of the Solent has taken place.

Karate cop wins police games gold

Mike Lynch (middle)
Hampshire Constabulary

Mike Lynch is one police officer criminals would be wise to avoid messing with.

A member of Hampshire Constabulary's force support unit, he's won two medals at the World Police and Fire Games.

His gold in submission and grappling was followed by a silver in karate in the competition in Los Angeles.

The event claims to be the third largest sporting competition in the world for the number of competitors and is held bi-annually.

Hampshire Constabulary say officers in the force support unit have a "notable talent for breaking down doors" and they're "proud" of Mike's achievements.

For me, the best part about competing was meeting fellow police officers...I was so inspired to see the amount of emphasis they put into their fitness regimes

PC Mike LynchHampshire Constabulary

When the boat comes in

Meet some of women of south-west England working in the male-dominated fishing industry.

Fishing
BBC

Man charged with shoplifting £200 women's coat in Dorset

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged shoplifting in Gillingham in Dorset.

At about 13:30 on 19 August a man entered the Mole Country Stores in Station Road and stole a women's Barbour Beadnell jacket, worth £200.

A 54-year-old Yeovil man has been charged with theft from a shop and is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 20 September.

Man hunted after 17-year-old girl sexually assaulted

A 17-year-old girl was inappropriately touched by a man in Haslemere Road, Liphook, Hampshire Constabulary said.

It happened sometime between 22:30 and 22:47 BST on Tuesday when the girl was approached by a man she did not know. He touched her over her clothing without her consent.

The man then made off towards Liphook train station where he was later seen waiting on a platform.

He is white. about 19 years old, and was wearing a black tracksuit top, grey tracksuit bottoms and white Adidas trainers. He had his hood up, or had a coat pulled over his head.

Hunt for 70-year-old woman who hit child with mobility scooter

Generic mobility scotter
BBC

Police are trying to trace the rider of a mobility scooter that knocked over a six-year-old boy in Gosport.

The accident happened in Anns Hill Road on 21 August and the boy, who was walking along the pavement with his family, became trapped under the scooter and suffered minor injuries.

The female rider of the scooter failed to stop at the scene.

PC Paul Rogers said: "[The rider] is described as being around 70 years old, with brown, curly hair and she was wearing glasses, so if you think you know who she is, we would like to hear from you."

Footage shows four-year-old boy hit by van at pedestrian crossing

Daily Echo

Shocking video of the moment a young boy ran into the path of a car at a pedestrian crossing has been released to highlight an important safety message.

Delays continue for Great Dorset Steam Fair traffic

WW1 bells on show at steam fair

Bells cast in memory of First World War battles near Ypres are going on show for the final time before being transported to the Belgian town.

St George's Memorial Church in Ypres was built to honour hundreds of thousands of servicemen who died but funds ran out before bells were fitted.

The eight new bells are on show at the Great Dorset Steam Fair before being installed in the church in September.

Ypres bells
David Potter

Man charged with driving offences in Oxfordshire

A man has been charged with multiple driving offences in Oxfordshire.

Morton Morton, 26, of Stubbs Avenue, Oxford, was arrested on Tuesday and was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court today.

He was charged with:

  • One count of driving while disqualified in connection with an incident in Barton Village Road, Oxford, on 12 August.
  • One count of driving while disqualified in connection with an incident in Bowness Avenue, Oxford, on 13 August.
  • One count of driving while disqualified in connection with an incident in Wheatley on 14 August.
  • One count of dangerous driving in connection with an incident in Wheatley on 14 August.
  • One count of dangerous driving in connection with an incident in Beaumont Road, Oxford, on 18 August.
  • One count of handling stolen goods in connection with an incident in Beaumont Road, Oxford, on 18 August.
  • One count of driving while disqualified in connection with an incident in Beaumont Road, Oxford, on 18 August.
  • One count of dangerous driving in connection with an incident at St Lawrence Church, Toot Baldon, Oxfordshire, on 22 August.
  • One count of driving while disqualified in connection with an incident at St Lawrence Church, Toot Baldon, Oxfordshire.

South coast derby in EFL Cup third round

BBC Sport

Bournemouth face a home tie against Brighton in the third round of the EFL Cup.

The draw took place in Beijing, China, at 04:15 this morning. There was no live coverage of the draw - on television or online - but details were released on social media.

This is the first season of a three-year naming rights deal for the EFL Cup - formerly the League Cup - with Carabao, a Thai energy drink.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a car fire.

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

Vehicle fire on M4 causes queues near Hungerford

BBC News Travel

There is queuing traffic and two lanes are closed on the M4 westbound between junction 14 for the A338, Hungerford, and junction 15 for the A346, Swindon East.

The emergency services have closed lanes one and two due to a car fire on the hard shoulder.

Woman dies in crash near Droxford

Cordon
BBC

A woman has died following a collision near Droxford yesterday at about 17:00 yesterday.

The accident involved a Mazda, containing two women and a man who were taken to Southampton General Hospital, and an Audi on the A32 Wickham Road.

A woman from Wiltshire, who was the rear seat passenger of the Mazda, was later pronounced dead.

The male driver and the other female passenger suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Audi, a 36-year-old man from Gosport, has been arrested in connection with the collision and is in custody.

Brambles bank cricket

Two yacht clubs play their annual cricket match on a sandbank in the middle of the Solent.

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BreakingWoman charged with 'controlling prostitution' after Portsmouth slavery raids

A woman has been charged following a modern day slavery operation in Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

Sorina Georgiana Ursa, 23, of Beecham Road, Portsmouth, was charged with two counts of controlling prostitution for gain.

She is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court today. Three others arrested have been released from custody under investigation.

Four arrested in modern slavery raids in Portsmouth

The raid
Hampshire Constabulary

Four people have been arrested in Portsmouth on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

The two women and two men, all from the city, remain in custody and are also being held of suspicion of possessing a Class A drug and criminal property.

They were arrested on Tuesday night when officers raided one business and three homes in Beecham Road, Fawcett Road and Powerscourt Road.

Three women are being treated as victims by Hampshire Constabulary.

Det Sgt Simon Clifford said the investigation which followed the arrests would involve the National Crime Agency and UK Visas and Immigration.

In Pictures: Solent Bramble Bank cricket match

The annual cricket match played on a sandbank in the middle of the Solent has taken place, using a pink ball - as now used in floodlit test matches - for the first time.

Island Sailing Club play Royal Southern Yacht Club in a light-hearted challenge on Bramble Bank when it is exposed by the low-water spring tide. Play started shortly after 06:30 this morning.

The game has taken place at the same location each year since the 1950s, with the teams taking it in turn to win the fixture.

Bramble Bank cricket
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Bramble Bank Cricket
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Bramble Bank cricket
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Bramble Bank cricket
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Delays heading to Great Dorset Steam Fair

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40.

M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J18, A404 (Chorleywood).

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

Sophie Lancaster murder: Are young people still scared to be goths?

Sophie
Greater Manchester Police

Sophie Lancaster was 20 when she was kicked to death by teenage boys - all because she was a goth. Ten years on, have attitudes changed or are young people scared to be different?

On the evening of 11 August 2007 Sophie and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Lancashire, when they were both attacked and left for dead. Robert woke from his coma a week later but Sophie never did.

Matthew Sly, 34, remembers similar experiences when growing up in Tadley, Hampshire.

"I know I was lucky I was only attacked once," he says. "I've always been about 6ft 1in and when people want to attack those for how they look, they tend to want to know what the outcome will be.

"I would still get shouts in the street though and it happened to a lot of people I knew. You just had to be prepared for it and we got used to it."

Road closure near Great Dorset Steam Fair site

The A354, Salisbury to Blandford Road has been closed in both directions near the site of Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton following a serious crash.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision between the B3081 at Sixpenny Roundabout and the Long Crichel turn off.

More than 200,000 people are expected attend the event, now in its 49th year.