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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 15 September
  2. Two men arrested over Windsor murder
  3. Work begins on £5m sports development
  4. Reading to get first red route
  5. Social care funding cut by £56m
  6. Firefighters rescue puppy with head stuck in biscuit jar

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

Linda Serck

BBC South

The BBC South Live service is shutting down for the weekend and will resume at 08:00 on Monday when we'll be bringing you the latest updates from across the region.

You can get in touch anytime with your pictures and news on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or by using Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford

Man in stab threat during attempted robbery

Derby Street
Google

A man threatened to stab two passers-by while repeatedly demanding money during an attempted robbery in Weymouth, police have said.

The two male victims were walking down Crescent Street and Derby Street in the Dorset town when they were approached at about 22:45 BST on Tuesday.

No weapon was seen during the incident and the victims, aged 18 and 19, were unhurt.

The offender was described as a white man in his late teens with dark facial hair and wearing a grey McKenzie hooded top with an orange logo.

Dorset Police said a 21-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and has been released while inquiries continue.

Southampton Boat Show launches for 49th year
The boat show is expected to attract more than 110,000 over the next 10 days.
Cats

The lives of Edam, Gouda and Tulip are saved thanks to donations to pay for their quarantine bill.

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Chilean gang jailed for burglaries

Ceri Coleman-Phillips

BBC wales reporter

Three members of a Chilean gang have been sentenced to a combined 21 years in prison for a string of burglaries.

Julio Galdamez-Rodriguez, 20, Luis Rojas, 35, and Francisco Montecinos, 32, pleaded guilty to 14 burglaries in Cardiff, Monmouthshire, West Sussex, Oxfordshire and London.

They took place between 7 April and 27 June this year.

The three men were told they would face deportation.

Luis Rojas, Julio Galdamez-Rodriguez, Francisco Montecinos
Gwent Police

Oxford graduate dies in Sri Lanka crocodile attack

A British man has died in Sri Lanka after being attacked by a crocodile, his employer has confirmed.

Oxford graduate Paul McClean, 24, from Thames Ditton in Surrey, was dragged into a river near Arugam Bay, witnesses said.

Fawas Lafeer, who owns the nearby Safa Surf School, told BBC 5 live the Financial Times journalist was attacked while washing his hands in the river .

Local police said Mr McClean's body was found in a lagoon by a Sri Lankan Navy search team.

Paul McClean
FT

The Financial Times said: "We are heartbroken by the tragic and untimely death of one of our journalists, Paul McClean. He was a talented and valued member of our team with a bright career ahead of him."

A statement from the University of Oxford's Lady Margaret Hall said: "We are distraught to hear of Paul’s untimely death.

"He was a brilliant student, remembered not only as a gifted linguist but as a friendly, approachable, energetic and inquisitive young man.

"He would have had a stellar career and we send our sincerest condolences to his family."

Rail lines north of High Wycombe blocked

Bournemouth v Brighton: Key pre-match stats

BBC Sport

  • Bournemouth could lose their opening five league games for the third time in their history. On the two previous occasions, in 1983 and 1994, they recovered to avoid relegation from the third tier.
  • Three clubs have started a Premier League season with five consecutive defeats - Southampton in 1998, Sunderland in 2005 and Portsmouth in 2009. The latter two sides were relegated.
  • The Cherries are in danger of losing five successive Premier League games for the first time.
  • Bournemouth have won just five of their 23 league fixtures in 2017 (D7, L11).
  • Jermain Defoe has scored only one goal in his last 17 Premier League appearances, in Sunderland's 2-0 victory at Hull City on 6 May.
  • Defoe could feature against a 39th different club in the Premier League. He has scored against 35 of the 38 previous sides he has faced.

Read a full preview of tonight's match here.

HMS Warrior to undergo £2.6m renovation

HMS Warrior is one of the centrepieces of Portsmouth's historic dockyard and at more than 150 years old she needs some TLC.

Lottery money is helping fund a £2.6m renovation project to make sure she's watertight for the decades ahead.

This week marked the 30th anniversary of her return to Portsmouth and Princess Alexandra paid a visit to the ship to see how the work is progressing.

Man admits double police assault

Merlin Road in Farnborough
Google

A man has admitted attacking two police officers as they attended a "domestic incident" in Hampshire.

Christopher Buttling pleaded guilty to two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of producing cannabis.

Police said the officers were injured after being called to Merlin Road, Farnborough, on 12 July.

They were taken to hospital - one with a cut to his shoulder, the other with a cut to his hand - and later discharged.

Buttling has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Friday 6 October.

Trains cancelled due to 'staff shortage'

BBC News Travel

There will be a reduced service on the Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Maidenhead due to staff shortage.

The following services will be cancelled this evening:

  • 17:05 Maidenhead to London Paddington
  • 18:57 London Paddington to Maidenhead
  • 20:41 Reading to Newbury
  • 21:23 Newbury to Reading
  • 21:42 London Paddington to Reading
  • 23:34 Reading to Basingstoke
Rubber duck on resurfaced road

A collection of bits and pieces from the last week.

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Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Severe accident: A35 Dorset westbound

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset westbound severe accident, around Litton Lane.

A35 Dorset - A35 Dorchester Road in Askerswell blocked and queuing traffic westbound around the Litton Lane junction, because of an accident involving overturned caravan.

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

Syrian musician via refusal 'a disgrace'

Ibrahim Keivo
Ibrahim Keivo

A renowned Syrian folk musician has been refused a five-day visa which would allow him to play at a festival, its organisers have said.

Ibrahim Keivo is due to play at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, but said the Home Office rejected his request because he lacks "a special skill".

The Home Office said such visas are only granted if sponsors can show no-one in the UK could fill the role.

Writer Philip Pullman has called the decision "a disgrace".

Alsop keen to keep hold of gloves

Tom Alsop
Getty Images

Hampshire batsman Tom Alsop is keen to take up wicketkeeping again after taking the gloves in their past two County Championship matches.

The 20-year-old has deputised for injured first-choice Lewis McManus and ahead of Calvin Dickinson against Surrey and Middlesex.

Alsop gave up the gloves in 2015 to concentrate on his batting.

"During the winter I'll look to make some headway on both disciplines," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Red route in London

Reading council says the route will prevent delays but opponents claim it will harm small businesses.

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Social care funding to be cut by £56m

Carer holding hands of an elderly woman
Science Photo Library

Social care funding in Hampshire is set to be slashed by £56m as the county council plans to reduce its overall spending by £140m by 2019.

The savings are in addition to £340m which has been cut from the council's budget since 2008.

The authority has already announced that half its recycling centres may close and bus subsidies could be cut.

The latest cuts represent about an eighth of the adult social care budget which is £452m for 2017/18.

Weather latest: Wet afternoon ahead

BBC weather
BBC

After a bright and mainly dry morning, conditions are expected to become wetter as the afternoon progresses.

Temperatures are forecast to peak at 14C before dropping to 9C overnight.

Wonders of the World made in Lego

Lego models of Wonders of the World are to go on display.

The touring exhibition by Warren Elsmore is being shown at Banbury Museum.

Brick Wonders runs from 16 September until 18 November.

Red route plan approved in Reading

London red route
Nigel Cox

Plans to introduce a red route for buses in Reading have been approved.

Motorists stopping on the new double red lines, even briefly, could face fixed penalty notices.

The council said it was introducing the restrictions on the Purple 17 route to prevent delays and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

It had previously said the route could bring in £100,000 in its first year.

Residents opposed to the scheme said it would create more problems than it would solve.

Severe accident: M25 Berkshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire clockwise severe accident, after J15 for M4 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Berkshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J15 M4, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

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

New floating bridge

The council says it will look into subsidising fares on the replacement foot passenger service.

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Isle of Wight councillors reject fare suspension for Cowes 'floating bridge' replacement

Councillors have rejected pleas to scrap charges for a ferry service that has replaced a £3.2m chain ferry.

Cowes floating bridge
Andrew Cooke

Isle of Wight's Cowes "floating bridge" suffered numerous failures after it started operating in May and was taken out of service earlier this month.

Members of the public had called for fees on the replacement foot passenger-only service to be suspended.

The council's cabinet said it was too expensive to give free fares, but said it would look into subsidising them.

No details for this have yet been released.

Howe staying calm after winless start

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says performances against sides such as Brighton will determine their Premier League destiny this season.

The Cherries face the Seagulls at home on Friday after losing their first four league matches.

Oxford band miss out on Mercury Prize

Glass Animals at Glastonbury
Getty Images

Oxford band Glass Animals missed out on winning the Mercury Prize last night.

The group had been nominated for their second album How To Be A Human Being.

Instead the accolade went to Sampha, who wrote his album Process after his mother died of cancer.

Buddy the puppy

The owner smeared washing-up liquid around the dog's neck but could not free him so had to call firefighters.

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Puppy gets head stuck in biscuit jar

Buddy the dog
Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

A puppy bit off more than he could chew when he raided his owner's biscuit jar and ended up with his head stuck inside it.

The pug-chihuahua cross, called Buddy, was trying to lick crumbs out of the container when he became trapped at his home in Wavell Road, Southampton.

His owner smeared washing-up liquid around the pup's neck but could not free him so had to call firefighters.

Rescuer Anton Phillips eased out Buddy's ears before releasing his head.

Ancient manuscript has earliest zero

The Bakhshali manuscript
Bodleian Libraries

Carbon dating shows an ancient Indian manuscript has the earliest recorded origin of the zero symbol.

The Bakhshali manuscript is now believed to date from the 3rd or 4th Century, making it hundreds of years older than previously thought.

It means the document, held in Oxford, has an earlier zero symbol than a temple in Gwailor, India.

The finding is of "vital importance" to the history of mathematics, Richard Ovenden from Bodleian Libraries said.

AFC Bournemouth v Brighton: Team news

BBC Sport

AFC Bournemouth host Brighton in the Premier League this evening.

Cherries will assess winger Ryan Fraser, who suffered an ankle injury against Arsenal last weekend.

The game comes too soon for Junior Stanislas, who is back in training after a groin injury, while Callum Wilson remains a long-term absentee.

Brighton expect captain Bruno to be fit despite being forced off against West Brom with a back injury.

Izzy Brown may be in contention after returning to training following a hamstring problem.

The Seagulls remain without injured trio Sam Baldock, Steve Sidwell and Beram Kayal.

'Mum's £75,000 on son's drug habit'

Work begins on £5m sports development

Land near Mini Plant
BBC
BMW is providing the funds for the new sports park near Horspath

Work starts today to build a £5m sports park in Oxford.

The complex will be constructed across 39 acres of land near Horspath. It will include 16 football pitches of various sizes, two grass cricket pitches, and softball facilities.

The development replaces football pitches in Horspath Road on land owned by the nearby BMW MINI Plant Oxford, after a deal in which Oxford City Council agreed the car manufacturer could expand.

It is expected to be completed by January, with the grass pitches opening in the summer.

Weather: Sunny spells and heavy showers

Sunshine and heavy showers are forecast with temperatures reaching highs of 16C

Morning headlines

  • Hampshire County Council has said it needs to save £56m from its adult social care budget.
  • Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man found lying unconscious in a street in Windsor.
  • About 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on Southampton over the next 10 days for the UK's biggest boat show.
  • Work starts today to build a £5m sports park in Oxford.
  • A man from Henley is cycling 500km from London to Paris on an original 1972 Raleigh Chopper.

Murder detectives arrest two men

Goswell Hill
Geograph

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man found lying unconscious in a street.

Mohammed Rasheed, 50, was discovered with a head injury in a service area in Goswell Hill, Windsor, at about 02:00 BST on Sunday, police said.

Mr Rasheed, from Wembley, north-west London, was taken to hospital and died on Tuesday.

Two men from Surrey, aged 28 and 31, have been arrested and remain in police custody.

Good morning

Hello and welcome to South Live on Friday 15 August.

We'll be bringing you the latest updates from across Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Oxfordshire until 18.00.

You can get in touch with your pictures and news on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages or by using Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.