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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 2 November
  2. Person trapped after crane falls on house
  3. Man with canisters hunted by police
  4. Witness plea over stabbing
  5. Third murder charge over Salt Hill stabbing
  6. Doctor did nothing to save baby - inquest

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Driver trapped as crane falls on house in Basingstoke
The driver had to be released by firefighters after the crane toppled on to a bungalow.

TV antiques experts record Christmas single

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Philip Serrell, James Braxton, Charles Hanson and Charlie Ross
PA

A group of television antiques experts are trading the auction house gavel for a microphone by cutting a Christmas charity single.

Charles Hanson, Charlie Ross, Philip Serrell and James Braxton, who have starred on Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt and Flog It!, are hoping to top the charts for Children in Need and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Hanson, who owns Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, said he chose "three wise men" after a record producer in London contacted him with the idea.

The auctioneer added that he, Ross, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, Serrell, from Kidderminster in Worcestershire, and Braxton, from East Sussex, have yet to decide on a name, though fans on social media have already suggested The Four Tenners and Gavel Geezers.

The song is under wraps until its release on iTunes on December 1.

Aston McLean Williams death: Police manoeuvre was 'too risky'

Wokingham Road after police car collision
BBC

A police officer's decision to use a car to hem-in a burglary suspect amounted to a "gross misjudgement", a disciplinary hearing has been told.

Aston McLean Williams, 28, died in Wokingham Road, Reading, after being hit by the vehicle in August 2014.

A force lawyer told a hearing being live-streamed to Ascot Police Station the manoeuvre was "just too risky".

Counsel for the driving officer, known only as "N", said Mr Williams's death had been a "tragic accident".

Lee Marc Williams and Christopher Jones

Shkelzen "Genny" Dauti from Albania was stabbed in the chest in an "unprovoked" attack in Southampton.

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Isle of Wight sailings canceled

Red Funnel says it has cancelled its 19:30 GMT sailing from Southampton to East Cowes due to ongoing delays.

The 19:30 crossing from East Cowes to Southampton has also been cancelled.

It follows disruption caused by dense fog this morning and the operators says the cancellations are to restore the published timetable from 21:00 GMT.

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Health and Safety Executive at scene of collapsed crane

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors are at the scene of the collapsed crane in Basingstoke.

A HSE spokesperson said: "HSE is aware of the incident and is continuing to monitor."

Ex-UEFA chief missing for two weeks

The wife of an ex-UEFA chief has made an appeal for him to come home after he went missing more than two weeks ago.

Bernard Ross, who was head of production at UEFA, left Oxford on 18 October and told his wife he was travelling to London to see his sister.

But he is thought to have gone to the south of France, or Switzerland, and police are liaising with Interpol.

His wife, Jacinta Ross, said he has Bipolar disorder but had never disappeared like this before.

Parachute husband said he would 'never, ever, ever' harm his wife

Statements given to police by Emile Cilliers - the man accused of attempting to kill his wife by tampering with her parachute - have been read out in court today.

Mr Cilliers told police last year that he "would never, ever, ever try to harm his wife or children."

Victoria Cilliers' disastrous parachute jump, when she fell 4,000 feet and suffered multiple injuries after her parachute failed to open, happened in April 2015.

Her husband, who had been having an affair with another woman leading up to the incident, has also been accused of attempted murder by tampering with a gas fixture in their home.

He denies all charges. The trial continues.

Emile Cilliers
Press Association

Hybrid coach trialed in Hampshire

Hybrid coach
Lee Peck Media

A coach company in Hampshire has been chosen to test a new hybrid-fueled coach.

The Irizar i4H runs on electricity when driven at low speeds with the diesel engine kicking in when accelerating or cruising.

The company says the vehicle is the UK's first hybrid coach and can reduce fuel consumption by 20%.

It is being trialed by Lucketts Travel on the south's roads over the next two weeks.

Severe accident: M271 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M271 Hampshire northbound severe accident, between A33 Redbridge Road and M27 J3.

M271 Hampshire - M271 in Southampton partially blocked and very slow traffic northbound between A33, Redbridge Flyover and M27 J3, Romsey, because of an accident.

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

Recovery of toppled Basingstoke crane

Allen Sinclair

BBC South Today

Recovery work is ongoing after a crane fell on to a house in Basingstoke.

The 27-tonne telescopic mobile crane toppled on to the bungalow in Pitman Close, at about 09:50 GMT. Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform to release the driver, who escaped uninjured.

The house was empty at the time. No-one else was hurt.

Another crane is being brought in to recover the stricken crane from the building.

Eyewitnesses say conditions were not windy at the time and neighbours said they "feared the worse" after hearing a "band and crash" as the crane fell.

crane crash
BBC

Andrew 'Bart' Simpson charity takes over Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Andrew Simpson competed with Iain Percy in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
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Andrew Simpson with Iain Percy in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

A charity set up in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson has taken over the running of a council watersports centre.

The 36-year-old from Sherborne, Dorset, died while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay in May 2013.

The Andrew Simpson Foundation has begun operating Portsmouth Watersports Centre as a not-for-profit watersports centre.

Nicknamed Bart, Simpson won Olympic gold at Beijing 2008 and silver at London 2012.

Teen, 14, arrested on suspicion of trespassing on railway

Totton station
Google

The British Transport Police said its officers were called to reports of a trespasser on the train tracks at Totton at about 16:00 yesterday, which temporarily stopped trains.

A 14-year-old has now been arrested on suspicion of causing a malicious obstruction, trespass and endangering the safety of the public.

Two jailed for fatally stabbing man in Southampton

Lee Marc Williams and Christopher Jones
Hampshire Constabulary
Lee Marc Williams and Christopher Jones

Two men have been jailed for an "unprovoked and violent" attack on a man who later died.

Shkelzen "Genny" Dauti, 21, from Albania, was stabbed in the chest in Southampton in the early hours of 11 March.

Lee Marc Williams, 27, and Christopher Jones, 28, both from north Wales, admitted manslaughter and robbery.

They were both sentenced to 20 years at Winchester Crown Court.

Needle reportedly found in Bournemouth trick-or-treat Mars Bar

Mars Bar and needle
Tony Pony

Tony Pony posted on Facebook about a boy who found needle in a mini Mars Bar he received while out trick or treating in Bournemouth.

He said: "Luckily he broke the mars in half instead of biting it but as he did he found a needle inside the chocolate bar.

"You can clearly see the needle has been pushed through the wrapper into the bar and given to a child while out celebrating Halloween with complete intent to harm.

"Evil evil people out there."

Dorset Police said they had been made aware of the incident but had not received any similar reports.

Donkey sanctuary's oldest resident dies

Pickles
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Some sad news from the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary - Pickles, the charity's oldest residents has died.

She died peacefully of old age and was believed to be in her 40s, the sanctuary said.

She had a wonderful life, was a favourite with children and loved nothing more in summer than being groomed by youngsters."

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

The Dorset YouTube sensation Alex Bertie on his transgender journey

Alex has written a new book about becoming a man.

Trapped crane driver 'unhurt but slightly embarrassed'

Firefighters have released the trapped driver of a crane that fell onto a house in Basingstoke, describing him as "unhurt, but slightly embarrassed".

The crane
Hampshire Fire and Rescue

CCTV of attempted robbery suspect released

CCTV image
Dorset Police

Police investigating an attempted robbery in Christchurch have issued a CCTV image of the suspect.

At around 19:55 on Tuesday a man walked into the Honeymoon Chinese takeaway in Lymington Road, Highliffe, and demanded money from a member of staff.

No weapons were seen and no threats were made. No money was handed over and the suspect left the scene on a bicycle which had been left outside the shop.

The suspect had the lower part of his face covered with a scarf. He is described as white and possibly aged in his 20s.

Severe accident: A3023 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A3023 Hampshire both ways severe accident, at Northney Road affecting West Lane.

A3023 Hampshire - A3023 Havant Road in North Hayling blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the Northney Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the West Lane junction.

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

Serious case review: The convicted men

Ahmet Kurtyemez and Mehmet Citak
Witlshire Police
Ahmet Kurtyemez and Mehmet Citak, were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court in November 2016

On this day last year, Mehmet Citak, of Bradford Abbas in Dorset, and Ahmet Kurtyemez, from Swindon, were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.

Citak was convicted of two counts of rape and seven counts of sexual assault. Kurtyemez was found guilty of six counts of sexual assault.

The offences were committed in the Yeovil area and involved six female victims who were all under 18 at the time.

In a report published today, Somerset Safeguarding Children Board has said the authorities missed numerous opportunities to spot the signs of what was happening.

Two charged over Brecon Beacons soldier training deaths

Cpl James Dunsby, L/Cpl Edward Maher and L/Cpl Craig Roberts
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Cpl James Dunsby, L/Cpl Edward Maher and L/Cpl Craig Roberts

Two men have been charged with negligence following the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons.

L/Cpl Edward Maher, from Winchester, L/Cpl Craig Roberts, from Conway, and Cpl James Dunsby, from Bath, were taking part in a 16-mile recruitment exercise on the hottest day of 2013.

A coroner ruled they died from neglect. The Service Prosecution Authority confirmed charges have been brought against two soldiers involved at the time.

The case will be heard in a military court and the maximum sentence is two years.

Investor pulls plug on Banbury leisure complex

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Castle Quay
Castle Quay
The complex would be an extension to the Castle Quay shopping centre

An investment fund has pulled out of plans for a multi-million-pound leisure complex in Banbury.

The Castle Quay 2 project, which included a cinema, hotel and supermarket, was being developed by Aberdeen Standard Investments and had already received planning consent.

In response Cherwell council has revealed it is preparing a plan to undertake the development itself.

It said it was "early stages" and a final decision is due on 18 December.

Christian Burgess

Centre-back Christian Burgess signs a new two-year contract with Portsmouth, keeping him at the club until 2020.

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Officer displayed 'gross misjudgement'

Aston McLean Williams
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Aston Williams was chased by police who were responding to a burglary in Reading

The driver of a police car who tried to hem-in a fleeing suspect displayed "gross misjudgment", a hearing has been told.

Gerry Boyle, a lawyer for Thames Valley Police, was making legal submissions to the panel following the death of Aston Williams - who was hit by an armed response vehicle as he fled the scene of a suspected break-in in August 2014.

Mr Boyle said the actions of the officer known only as "N" were "just too risky", went beyond misjudgment, and was "gross misjudgment".

Another police officer known only as "P" was also hit by the car and has suffered ongoing problems because of his injuries, the hearing was told.

That officer is also facing a misconduct charge for the use of pepper spray on Mr Williams moments before he was hit by the car.

Yesterday officer "N" told the hearing he decided to drive after Mr Williams "in an instant" and had not been driving dangerously.

The hearing continues.

Washed up yacht

Lifeboats and a helicopter spent 10 hours scouring the sea off Dorset in case someone was in the water.

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Yacht that sparked search had 'broken down'

Washed-up yacht
RNLI

The owner of a washed-up yacht which sparked a major overnight air and sea search had abandoned the vessel because it broke down, police have revealed.

Rescuers spent 10 hours scouring the sea in "pitch darkness" on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after the empty 21ft vessel washed up at Southbourne.

Dorset Police said the 40-year-old, who was located in Christchurch on Wednesday, dropped anchor and swam ashore without informing coastguards.

Officers said the boat had developed engine problems after leaving Poole.

They said the man had dropped anchor but it became loose and the vessel drifted to shore.

Fog causing delays to Isle of Wight car ferry

Man claims Poole canister incident was prank

Dancing Moose
Google

A man has told police an incident in a Poole pub that sparked an armed police search was just a prank. At 17:30 yesterday a man entered the Dancing Moose in Station Road in Ashley Cross wearing a balaclava and with canisters taped to his body with duct tape. Two other men appeared to be filming him, police said.

He did not say anything and left shortly afterwards, prompting a search by a police helicopter and armed officers.

One of the men believed to be involved has now contacted police to claim it was a prank and that there was no viable device involved. No arrests have been made.

Today's Oxford Mail front page

Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

Broken down lorry causing long A34 delays

BreakingPerson trapped after crane falls on house

Firefighters are trying to free a person trapped after a crane fell into a house in Basingstoke.

The crane
Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Father of missing Berkshire family 'a scrap metal dealer'

Michael Lee Cole, Michael John Cole, Harry Cole
Thames Valley Police
Michael Lee Cole, Michael John Cole, and Harry Cole

A man who disappeared with his two young sons is a scrap metal dealer and yard owners should be "vigilant", police have said.

An "urgent" search was launched after Michael John Cole, 43, and sons Michael Lee, eight, and Harry, seven, were reported missing from Arborfield in Berkshire on 2 October.

The force said it had since received "a great number of calls" which had provided "significant information".

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Cole was in Grazeley, Berkshire, on 8 September and it was believed he was planning to travel by train to Shropshire or Wales the following day.

CCTV released after Wantage pet shop burglary

CCTV
TVP

Thames Valley Police has released a CCTV image of a man who may have information about a burglary at Pampurred Pet Store, Limborough Road, Wantage.

Between 09:20 and 11:50 on Monday a man entered a staff-only area in the shop and stole a purse.

He has since used the victim’s cash cards in Waitrose, Rowes newsagent and McColls in Wantage Market Place.

PC Carly Meads said: "I am keen to speak to the man in this CCTV image, as he could have information which is vital to our investigation into this incident."

St Mary's hospital, Newport

The inquest heard both the doctor and a midwife failed to recognise signs of foetal distress on a heart monitor.

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It's a foggy start across the South...