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Summary

  1. Number 99 Squadron marks 100th birthday at RAF Brize Norton
  2. Lorry carrying toys ends up in ditch
  3. Man jailed over army barracks stabbing
  4. Mother questions troubled NHS trust's 'culture'
  5. Racial abuse shouted at woman in Highcliffe

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All times stated are UK

Good evening!

That's it for BBC South Live for today.

The service will resume at 08:00 on Friday when we will be bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire.

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Slough fraudster targeted shops by pretending to be from council

The man
TVP

CCTV images have been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with a fraud in Slough.

It happened on 21 September at about 01:00 in the Village Shopping Centre on the High Street.

A man entered the shop claiming to be from the council and said the shop owner, a 41-year-old woman, was required to pay a registration fee.

He claimed that a letter had been sent to her in July and that she had not replied. After making a phone call, the man demanded a cash payment of £280.

It is believed that the man attempted to obtain money from a further two shops using this method.

Southampton and Bournemouth players named in England squad

BBC Sport

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster and defender Ryan Bertrand have been named along with Bournemouth striker Jermaine Defoe in Gareth Southgate's England squad to face Slovenia and Lithuania next week.

gareth Southgate
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Soldier stabbing happened 'through a haze of drugs and alcohol'

Aiden Warner
Hampshire Police

Winchester Crown Court heard Aiden Warner had been out drinking with another civilian and soldiers watching an England v Scotland match in a pub.

He was invited back to the barracks in Aldershot at about 03:00. Neither Warner nor Cpl David Ferguson remembered what had happened.

Prosecutor Simon Edwards said: "It seems to have occurred through a haze of drugs and alcohol as far as the defendant is concerned."

Judge Andrew Barnett said the consequences of the attack could have been very much more serious. He said: "You could have killed him, bluntly".

Why the attack happened would remain a mystery, he added.

Rapist jailed for seven and a half years

A man who raped a woman while she was sleeping has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Richard Lane, 50, of Wyke Road, Weymouth, was convicted following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Richard Lane
Dorset Police

Police said the victim fell asleep in Lane's home last year and woke up to find him having sex with her.

The judge placed Lane on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Melissa Mathieson

The killing of a vulnerable teenager by a fellow care home resident was preventable, a report finds.

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'Swans on the line' cause rail delays

Rail commuters in Hampshire are experiencing delays because of swans on the line near Hilsea in Portsmouth.

South Western Railway said: "The swans on the line required a complete current switch off."

The company said the problem was coupled with signal problems in the same area, leading to "many delays".

swans in a field
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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J3 for M271 and M3 J14.

M27 Hampshire - M27 partially blocked and slow traffic eastbound between J3, M271 (Romsey) and M3 J14, because of an accident.

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

Walker rescued in Anvil Point 'one wheel' helicopter landing

An elderly man has been rescued by a coastguard helicopter which made a "light" landing on one wheel on the Dorset coast.

The man fell while walking at Anvil Point near Swanage shortly after midday on Wednesday but could not be carried out on a stretcher due to the terrain.

Swanage Coastguard said the crew performed "skillful work" to land on the hillside and keep the craft level while he was brought on board.

The man was flown to a waiting ambulance to be checked by paramedics.

Rescue Helicopter 175
Steve Richards

Teenager bailed after Reading stabbing

A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man sustained life-threatening injuries in a stabbing in Reading has been released on bail.

The victim, in his 20s, was approached by two men in Foxhays Road at about 22:00 BST on Tuesday.

Thames Valley Police said an argument took place, leaving the victim in hospital with stab wounds.

The force added it did not believe it was random. However, additional patrols have been put in place.

The victim remains in hospital.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the attack to come forward.

Tea at Edgbaston

Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 113-4

What a recovery by Hampshire after losing those three quick wickets straight after lunch.

James Vince (27*) and Liam Dawson (9*) have resisted everything the Warwickshire bowlers have thrown at them for 28.5 overs. Dawson has batted for 90 balls!

They have 33 overs left to survive in the final session - a draw sends Middlesex down to Division Two.

Work starts on Abingdon's Abbey Meadow pool

Artist's impression
VWDC

Work has started on the £1.3m refurbishment of Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow outdoor pool.

The work will take six months to complete and will see the two existing pools joined together to create one large pool featuring an easy access beach-style walk in area.

The changing areas will also be fully refurbished and a rubber crumbed surface will be installed to create a safe area around the pool.

Weather permitting, the pool will reopen in time for the 2018 summer season, Vale of White Horse District council said.

Hampshire batting for a draw

Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 106-4 - target 259

40 overs remain at Edgbaston.

The runs have completely dried up as James Vince (26 not out) and Liam Dawson (5 not out) strive to save Hampshire.

Dawson's faced 67, yes sixty-seven, balls for his five runs so far. Gritty, determined batting.

Liam Dawson
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Man taken to hospital after 'unknown substance' sprayed in face

Brendon Close
Google

A man was taken to hospital after an "unknown substance" was sprayed in his face in Didcot when he confronted a thief outside his home.

Police officers were called to Brendon Close at 01:37 BST on Monday after a man in his forties noticed a theft from a table outside his property.

He confronted the offender and an altercation took place. An unknown substance was then sprayed into his face, causing irritation to his eyes. He was taken to hospital and has now been discharged.

A 27-year-old man from Didcot was arrested on suspicion of theft and GBH with intent and a 48-year-old man from Didcot was arrested on wounding with intent. They have both been released under investigation.

Syrian musician happy to be allowed to play in Oxford after U-turn

Ibrahim Keivo received a visa after the Home Office reversed a decision not to grant one

BBC Oxford's Phil Mercer has met renowned Syrian musician Ibrahim Keivo ahead of his performance this evening at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival.

The government had barred him from entering the UK, but changed its mind after a petition calling for him to be able to play was signed by more than 45,000 people, including writer Philip Pullman and Queen guitarist Brian May.

The musician said far more people - possibly as many as 200,000 - had posted messages of support online, including on his Facebook page.

Mr Keivo, who plays a string instrument called an oud, added: "When I hear I can go, I say 'yes, yes, very nice' because I can take with me my music."

Reading council branded 'incompetent' after accounts gaffe

The council which failed to file its annual accounts on time has been described as having a "horrible stench of financial incompetence" by an MP.

Labour-run Reading council admitted the error in a document ahead of a meeting of its audit committee.

It said there was "no suggestion of any fraud" and it would "react at pace" to address any improvements needed.

Reading West's Conservative MP Alok Sharma said the town's residents would "suffer" from the authority's mistake.

Reading Council
BBC
James Vince

Hampshire batsman James Vince says his call-up to the Ashes squad this winter "came from nowhere".

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99 Squadron's centenary celebrations

99 Squadron
BBC

Number 99 Squadron has marked its 100th birthday at RAF Brize Norton.

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, attended the celebrations which included a fly-past.

99 Squadron use the C-17 Globemaster III plane to transport troops and cargo to bases around the world.

The Princess Royal
BBC

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, before J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M3 southbound before J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout).

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of earlier emergency repairs. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 25 minutes.

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

Lorry carrying toys ends up in ditch

The A338 near East Hanney is closed in both directions after a lorry carrying toys went into a ditch near the Williams F1 factory.

The accident happened between Grove Park Drive and Frilford Road at about 05:00 this morning and is causing delays in both directions.

Man jailed over army barracks stabbing

David Ferguson
David Ferguson

A man who stabbed a soldier in the back of the neck at an army barracks has been jailed for six years.

David Ferguson, 26, was seriously injured at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, at about 06:15 GMT on 12 November.

Aidan Warner, 20, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court in August to one count of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Warner, of Egret Gardens, Aldershot, will serve his sentence at a young offenders' institution.

At the time of the arrests in November, detectives said they were investigating how the civilians came to be in the barracks, which is home to 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

Poetry on the platform

A railway station announcer has been making a name for himself by reading poetry to commuters on the platform.

Tony Knight, who works for South Western Railway at Wokingham station in Berkshire, has been reading pieces from his childhood copy of Winnie the Pooh.

The platform announcer who reads poetry to commuters

Mother questions troubled NHS trust's 'culture'

Connor Sparrowhawk
JusticeforLB
Connor Sparrowhawk had epilepsy and died at a Southern Health facility

The mother of a teenager who died at an NHS trust does not believe its "culture" has changed despite it admitting guilt over the death.

Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, died in the care of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust at Slade House in Oxford in 2013.

The trust has since accepted it was "entirely preventable" and has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law.

But his mother, Dr Sara Ryan, said she did not think attitudes had changed.

Southern Health declined to comment but its interim chief executive, Julie Dawes, has previously said Mr Sparrowhawk's death had led to "significant changes and improvements".

Thousands of poppies to be knitted for Armistice Day

Knitted poppies
Witney Town Council

A line of crocheted, knitted and handmade poppies stretching for a quarter-of-a-mile is being planned by a West Oxfordshire town for next year's Armistice Day.

The idea is to line the route young men in Witney would have taken as they marched off to war.

A Witney embroidery group has already started stitching poppies and more people are being encouraged to join in.

Chairman of the WWI working party, Cllr Chris Holliday said poppies were expected in their "thousands".

Severe disruption: A3(M) Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A3(M) Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J3 for B2150 and J2 for B2149 Horndean.

A3(M) Hampshire - One lane closed on A3(M) northbound between J3, B2150 (Waterlooville) and J2, B2149 (Horndean), because of recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Racial abuse shouted at woman in Highcliffe

Co-op
Google

Between 21:30 and 21:45 on Tuesday a woman was walking along Lymington Road in Highcliffe, Dorset, near a Co-op store when a small silver car, containing a number of men, stopped on the opposite side of the road. The driver wound down the window, shouted repeated racial abuse at the woman - who is in her 20s and from Hatfield in Hertfordshire - and drove away.

PC Andy Kennedy said: “The woman was understandably upset and shaken following this unprovoked incident."

Severe accident: A338 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A338 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Grove Park Drive and A415 Frilford Road.

A338 Oxfordshire - A338 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Grove Park Drive junction in Grove and the A415 Frilford Road junction in East Hanney, because of an accident involving a lorry that has gone into a ditch and recovery work.

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

What's a Cheeselog?

Cheeselog has been celebrated in one of 12 new poems featuring regional words on National Poetry Day 2017.

The term is used by people in Berkshire to describe woodlice.

Poet Hollie McNish, who is originally from Berkshire, has written a new poem based on her mother's own story.

The word from Berkshire is one of 12 chosen for new poems on National Poetry Day 2017.

100 years of 99 Squadron

Boeing C-17A Globemaster
Ministry of Defence
99 Squadron fly the Boeing C-17A Globemaster out of RAF Brize Norton

Celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of 99 Squadron are to be held at RAF Brize Norton today

The squadron was formed on 15 August 1917 and took part in 76 bombing missions during World War One.

The Princess Royal will be attending the event along with veterans from the squadron.

Oxford Mail: 'Anger' at school funding

Today's Oxford Mail leads with a story about school funding levels.

It says some schools will receive just a few hundred pounds of a £1.3bn funding boost, announced by the government in July.

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'Roads so polluted they'll leave you breathless'

A billboard raising awareness about air pollution has gone up in Southampton.

It has been paid for by the Healthy Air Campaign, which is campaigning for stronger action to tackle the problem.

The board is one of five to go up in the country with others in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham.

Billboard
Healthy Air Campaign

Recorded sex crimes at an all-time high

Rape definition
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Nearly 50,000 sex crimes have been recorded by the Hampshire, Dorset and Thames Valley Police forces in the past three years.

It means offences are now at an all-time high and one group is calling for more support victims.

Peter Saunders, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, says funding they have received in the past has not matched the levels of funding which goes into rehabilitating offenders.

Council unable to submit accounts on time

Patrick O'Hagan

BBC Berkshire political reporter

Reading Borough Council
BBC

Reading Borough Council has admitted it won't be able to submit its accounts to auditors in time.

A report due to be discussed by councillors tonight said "significant challenges in the preparation of the accounts" was behind the delay.

It added it was "very disappointing" not be able to sign off the accounts for 2016/17.

On Twitter the town's Conservative MP Alok Sharma accused the Labour run council of "financial incompetence".

Good morning

Marcus Liddell

BBC South

Welcome to South Live on Thursday 28 September.

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