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  1. Murder inquiry launched after bodies found
  2. Further charges for boy over M3 closure
  3. Boy, 11, was 'raped at children's home'
  4. Southampton tower blocks fire doors 'unsafe'
  5. Rickie Lambert announces retirement from football
  6. Updates on Monday 02 October

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Leisure centre to close for maintenance work

The swimming pool at the Academy Sport Leisure Centre in Reading is closing for the next four months for maintenance work.

The facility is having the boilers that heat the pool and the rest of the plant replaced, after Reading Borough Council took over control of the centre.

The maintenance work includes replacing the boilers which heat the pool

Councillor Sarah Hacker, who is head for culture, sport and consumer services, said the work needed completing "urgently".

"It's a bit like ripping a plaster off, we better get it done now to avoid the pain of poor heating," she added.

"In the New Year, users should experience a much better pool".

Have you seen missing Michael Durdey?

The 31-year-old went missing overnight and was last seen between 04:00 and 05:00 BST in the Oxford Street area of Southampton.

Michael Durdey
Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Constabulary said it was concerned for Mr Durdley's welfare.

He is described as white, of medium build. 5ft 8in (1.72m) tall with "floppy hair".

He was last seen wearing a black jumper, light-coloured skinny jeans and dark brown shoes.

Severe disruption: A3(M) Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A3(M) Hampshire southbound severe disruption, before J3 for B2150.

A3(M) Hampshire - A3(M) in Waterlooville partially blocked and slow traffic southbound before J3, B2150 (Waterlooville), because of debris on the road.

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

Burglars jailed for stealing thousands of pounds of cigarettes

Two burglars who stole thousands of pounds of cigarettes from a supermarket distribution centre have been jailed.

Thames Valley Police
Piotr Nawrocki (L) and Rafal Fryzowksi (R) were sentenced at Reading Crown Court

Piotr Nawrocki, 47, of Reading, carried out 21 burglaries at Waitrose in Doncastle Road, Bracknell, between December 2016 and February 2017, police said.

Rafal Fryzowksi, 44, of Reading, carried out 13 burglaries at the same supermarket, during the same period.

Items including cigarettes, tobacco and razors were stolen.

Nawrocki was jailed for three years and seven months, while Fryzowksi was sentenced to three years and three months in prison.

Severe accident: A3(M) Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A3(M) Hampshire northbound severe accident, before J3 for B2150.

A3(M) Hampshire - Slow traffic on A3(M) northbound in Waterlooville before J3, B2150 (Waterlooville), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Wildlife Trust announces new Meon Valley nature reserve

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has announced its newest nature reserve in the Meon Valley.

It has purchased the site at St Clair’s Meadow, Soberton, from the Earl of Clarendon’s estate, with help from the Pig Shed Trust, the local community and a £300,000 Biffa Award grant.

Covering about 16 hectares (39.5 acres), it is located within the Forest of Bere and the South Downs National Park and contains a stretch of the River Meon chalk river.

River Meon near Soberton
Nigel Cox

Sex venue plan for Reading club

Plans for a sexual entertainment venue in Reading town centre are to be discussed by the town's council next week.

Friar Street

Reading Borough Council's licensing applications sub-committee will meet to discuss the application by Koala which could see the club on Friar Street open seven days a week from 21:00 to 03:00.

If approved, the plans, which include scope for dance booths with full nudity, would require the premises to have a sex establishment venue licence.

Man attacked with his own crutches in Weymouth

A man as suffered life-threatening injuries after being attacked with his own crutcheshas suffered life-threatening injuries after being attacked with his own crutches by a stranger.

The victim, in his 40s, was set upon near the Nautico Lounge restaurant in St Thomas Street in Weymouth, Dorset, at about 05:30 BST on Saturday.

He was taken to hospital with serious head and back injuries.

The crutches have not been recovered. Police have released CCTV images of a man who they are looking for in connection with the attack.

CCTV images of suspect
Dorset Police

Our investigation into this incident is continuing and we are still keen to hear from any witnesses. We have also not recovered the victim’s crutches and I would urge anyone who might have information as to where these might be to contact us.

Det Sgt Mark PortelliDorset Police
Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert, ex-England, Southampton, Liverpool and West Brom striker, announces his retirement from football.

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North Quay development plans

Developers vow to complete the purchase of the building despite the council saying the deal is off.

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Man died 'after catheter part left inside him for a year'

Isle of Wight Pride bids to host UK Pride next year

Oxford United player flew to Barcelona to vote

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United

Oxford United midfielder Xemi Fernandez said he flew back to Barcelona to vote in the Catalan referendum yesterday.

Spain's constitutional court banned the vote and almost 900 people were hurt as police tried to stop it going ahead.

The 22-year-old said he travelled to a small village outside Barcelona to vote because so many people were trying to cast their ballots in the city.

Commenting on the violence, he said: "It's so sad people want to talk and to vote and you respond to that with violence".

After the ballot Catalan officials said voters had backed secession with a 42.3% turnout.

Anger over Hampshire countryside new homes plans

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J9 for A27 Whiteley and J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic on M27 westbound between J9, A27 (Whiteley) and J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Simi the tiger is the first wild animal to have an operation using a portable robotic arm
She first came to the Isle of Wight after her plight was raised in the House of Commons.

Hospital 'should fund park and ride extension'

A further extension to a park and ride service in Reading should be funded by Royal Berkshire Hospital, the borough council has said.

Julian Walker
The park and ride scheme in Reading was extended from today

Reading Borough Council has extended the service between Mereoak, on the outskirts of the town, and the hospital in a bid to relieve parking pressures in the area.

Councillor Tony Page said there was "considerable scope" to further extend the service into peak hours with help from the hospital.

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust said it recognised the need to improve transport for its patients, and added saw its partnership with the council and Reading Buses as "important".

Servitude charges dropped against couple

A husband and wife who had been accused of servitude and benefit fraud have had all 16 charges against them dropped.

Mary Turner, 64, and David Porter, 66, from Wareham in Dorset, were first arrested in 2014.

Four British people aged between their 30s and early 70s were found in what prosecutors called "squalid conditions" at a site in Wareham the same year.

The Crown Prosecution Service said both Mrs Turner and Mr Porter had been deemed unfit to stand trial.

Prosecutors said the case was no longer in the public interest.

Spate of thefts at M4 services

Reading Services M4

A spate of thefts at motorway service stations in Berkshire has prompted a police witness appeal.

Vehicles were targeted during seven periods at Reading, Chieveley and Membury services on the M4 between 22 August and 28 September.

The majority of the offences happened overnight, with "large quantities of property" taken from lorries and tools stolen from commercial work vans.

Thames Valley Police said it was particularly interested in seeing any dashcam footage from motorists who may have unwittingly filmed the offenders.

Weather outlook: Cooler and fresher

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Suu Kyi's 'Freedom of Oxford' at risk

Aung San Suu Kyi

An honour granting Aung San Suu Kyi the Freedom of Oxford is to be reconsidered by the city's council, amid criticism of her response to the Rohingya crisis.

The de facto leader of Myanmar was was granted the honour in 1997 for her "long struggle for democracy".

But a motion to be discussed by Oxford City Council later says it is "no longer appropriate" for her to hold it.

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh following violence.

Swan on the line causes rail delays

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Rickie Lambert announces retirement from football

Former Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert has announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old forward has been without a club since leaving Cardiff City by mutual consent in July.

He scored 218 goals in 607 league games in a career that spanned 19 years and took in nine clubs including Southampton whom he helped win promotion from the League One to the Championship and Premier League in successive seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

"I feel lucky to have been involved in this sport for as long as I have," said the Liverpool-born forward.

Rickie Lambert
Getty Images

Twin airline pilots retire by landing at Heathrow together

Twin brothers retired as airline pilots over the weekend, landing their final flights 30 seconds apart.

Nicholas (left) and Jeremy Hart
Stuart Bailey/PA Wire

Captains Jeremy and Nick Hart marked their 60th birthdays on Thursday by landing their planes together at Heathrow Airport.

Jeremy from Flitton in Bedfordshire described retiring alongside his brother as "a good way to finish".

Nick from Banbury, Oxfordshire, said: "Like every aeroplane has its last landing, so does a pilot."

Boy, 11, was 'raped at children's home'

A former children's home worker has gone on trial accused of multiple sex attacks on an 11-year-old boy.

Willy Gillham, 64, attacked the boy at the Palmerston House home in Romsey in the 1980s, Southampton Crown Court was told.

Palmerston House children's home
Malcolm Heathcote

A jury heard the boy was held down in his room and attacked, leaving him "bleeding, devastated and terrified".

Mr Gillham, who has an address in France, denies three counts of buggery and one count of indecent assault.

The trial continues.

Two arrested after body of man found in Wiltshire field

Two men were arrested on Saturday after the body of a man was found in a Wiltshire field.

Miroslaw Wisniewski, 54, originally from Lublin, Poland, but living in Reading, Berkshire, was discovered by a member of the public off the A303 near Chilmark on 21 September.

His next of kin have been informed following DNA tests.

The two men are in custody at Gablecross Police Station where they are being questioned on suspicion of preventing a lawful burial.

Bracknell residents fear hamlet 'could double in size'

Jaap Stam

Reading boss Jaap Stam believes he is the best man for the job despite a run of six games without a win.

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Stower Place

Two women are injured and another was driven away in a car in the early hours, police say.

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Arrests after suspected kidnapping in Sandown

Two men have been arrested after a suspected kidnapping on the Isle of Wight.

Stower Place car park

A woman in her 20s and a woman in her 30s sustained minor injuries, while a third woman in her 20s was driven away from the car park in Stower Place, Sandown, between 00:10 and 00:40 BST on Friday.

She later got out of the vehicle, police said.

A 33-year-old man, from Ventnor, has been arrested on suspicion of assault by beating and kidnap, and a 25-year-old man, from Sandown, has been arrest on suspicion of common assault and kidnap.

M3 closure: Further charges for accused boy

A 17-year-old boy accused of dropping flammable material on to the M3 and causing its 11-hour closure, has also been accused of blackmailing a school, a court has heard.

The teenager, from Winchester, appeared at Basingstoke Youth Court over incidents on 16 and 23 September.

He is accused of two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two of causing danger to road users in relation to those.

He has also been accused of two charges of blackmailing a school by demanding payments of £10,000 in bitcoin, eight offences of burglary against a school during which computer equipment of an unknown value was stolen, and two further charges of theft of miscellaneous items from a Tesco supermarket on the days preceding the two motorway incidents.

He was remanded in youth detention until the next hearing on 11 October at Winchester Crown Court.

M3 traffics

Monarch Airlines collapse: Couple stranded en route to wedding

A bride and groom on the way to their own wedding had their flights cancelled minutes before boarding following the collapse of their airline.

Monarch plane

Monarch ceased trading on Monday, with 300,000 bookings cancelled.

Alan Jee, from Christchurch, Dorset, said his fiancee, Donna Smith, burst into tears after being told they would not be able to fly to Gran Canaria.

He fears they, along with 30 other guests, will not be able to get to their ceremony on Saturday.

Dorset foster carers awarded after 70 years service

Banbury murder inquiry latest

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

Property where two bodies were found in Newland Road, Banbury

A cordon remains in place at the front and back of property in Banbury where two bodies were found last night.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.

It is understood the bodies were found in the lower flat of the property in Newland Road.

Neighbours said the person living there had only been at the address for a few months.

Man's ear bitten off in nightclub attack


Part of a man's ear was bitten off during a late-night attack in a Windsor bar, police have said.

The 20-year-old victim, who has undergone surgery since the attack, was in the main bar area of Atik on William Street when he was assaulted by two men at about 01:50 BST on Tuesday.

Thames Valley Police launched a witness appeal yesterday.

An 18-year-old man from Windsor was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of controlled drugs. He has since been released while inquiries continue.

Westgate shopping centre death

Westgate Oxford

A body has been found at a shopping centre construction site in Oxford.

Police were called to Westgate Oxford in the city centre at about 07:00 BST and an investigation is under way.

A contractor called Chris, who claimed to work at the site, told the BBC it was believed to be an accident involving a construction worker.

He said the body discovered in the central mall.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said the death was being treated as "unexplained".

New plans submitted to demolish former Victorian hotel

Weather outlook: Bright and breezy

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster