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  1. Prison absconder 'could be in Windsor'
  2. Southern rail strike under way
  3. Universal Credit roll-out to go ahead in Oxford

Live Reporting

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The fat lady has cleared her throat, has walked out on stage and has begun singing, bringing this live coverage of the South region to an end for today.

Do not fear though, we will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday when we will be bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire.

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.

Brett Pitman

Portsmouth captain Brett Pitman unavailable for up to a month after undergoing keyhole surgery on a knee injury.

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Teen treated for stabbing in Reading dessert parlour

A 17-year-old who was stabbed in the leg in Reading was given first aid inside a dessert parlour.

The boy entered the Treatz store on Friar Street in Reading with stab wounds to his leg, after reports of an altercation on the street.

The boy entered a dessert parlous on Friar Street, Reading, with stab wounds

Members of the public provided first aid before emergency services arrived and took the boy to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, where he remains.

Another 17-year-old boy from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with the incident and is currently in police custody.

Crime scene in Blackbird Leys

Man from Oxford is arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Christopher Lemonius.

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Portsmouth tower blocks cladding removal work 'will not be completed until February'

Hazardous cladding on two residential tower blocks will not be removed until next year, a council has said.

Work on Horatia House

Portsmouth's Horatia House and Leamington House have aluminium composite cladding which was identified as a "fire risk" in tests, following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Residents have already complained about the length of time the work is taking.

The city council said the cladding's "complete removal" would be completed by February.

Reading man sought in stabbing probe

A man, who police believe is based in Reading, is being sought in relation to a stabbing in the town.

Ingus Velikanovs, 26, is suspected of being involved in a violent incident where a man was stabbed in his home.

Ingus Velikanovs
Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are now hoping to trace Velikanovs, a Latvian national, who is believed to frequent the Reading area.

Another man has been convicted in relation to the assault, in which three people forced their way into a man’s property in Basingstoke Road, Reading, before assaulting and stabbing him in the neck.

The victim was later discharged from hosptial.

Virgil van Dijk returned to the Southampton side on Saturday

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk suggests he would still like to leave the Premier League club when the transfer window reopens in January.

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"Hope" the spiny seahorse discovered in Studland Bay

About 40 spiny seahorses were recorded in Studland Bay in 2008 but non had been found since 2015.

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Stately home fire investigation dropped after owner's death

Parnham House
Craig Baker/Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

An investigation into a fire which destroyed a 16th Century stately home in rural Dorset has been concluded following the property owner's death, police have said.

Grade I listed Parnham House in Beaminster was believed to have been deliberately set alight in April and police arrested owner Michael Treichl on suspicion of arson.

Mr Treichl was released while inquiries continued, but he was later found dead in Switzerland.

Det Ch Supt Mark Callaghan, of Dorset Police, said: “We were very sad to learn of Mr Treichl’s sudden death in Switzerland and our thoughts remain with his family at this difficult time.

“I can confirm that detectives have conducted a thorough and detailed investigation and having assessed all the evidence collected by officers as part of this inquiry.

"Dorset Police has concluded its investigation and is not looking for anyone else in connection with the fire at Parnham House.”

Severe accident: A3055 Isle Of Wight both ways

BBC News Travel

A3055 Isle Of Wight both ways severe accident, between Bonchurch Shute and Priory Road.

A3055 Isle Of Wight - A3055 Leeson Road in Ventnor closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Bonchurch Shute junction and the Priory Road junction, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - Southern Vectis buses are diverting via Wroxall until further notice.

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

Prison absconder 'could be in Windsor'

A man who absconded from an Aylesbury prison has connections in Windsor, police say.

Sheldon Selwyn Westgate, 27, is wanted by Thames Valley Police after absconding from HMP on Sunday morning, whilst serving time in prison for robbery.

Sheldon Selwyn Westgate
Thames Valley Police

He is 5ft 10ins, of a medium build, and has a number of distinct tattoos.

The force have asked that people do not approach Mr Westgate if they see him, but to call 101.

Oxford reviews homeless 2.5k fine threat

Sleeping bag
Oxford City Council said abandoned bags could block fire exits and posed a hazard to pedestrians

A controversial policy which saw homeless people who keep possessions in doorways threatened with fines of up to £2,500 will be reviewed.

It is after more than 5,000 people signed a petition opposing their use.

In July notices were attached to piles of bags belonging to people sleeping rough in Oxford.

Now councillors have agreed high level approval needs to be required before they are used, and to a review of the process of issuing them.

Isle of Wight factory cuts 70 jobs

An Isle of Wight factory has announced about 70 job losses as it transfers production to Spain.

Gurit's Newport site manufactures materials used to make wind turbine blades.

It said the wind energy industry had gradually switched from so-called "prepreg" materials to a different technology, creating a fall in demand.

Gurit, Newport

The firm said the jobs will go by summer 2018.

The factory, which employs more than 300 people, will remain open.

Weather latest: Cloudier afternoon ahead

After a bright and dry start to the day, conditions will become more overcast as the afternoon progresses.

Temperatures will peak at 15C before dropping to 9C overnight.


Suu Kyi stripped of 'Freedom of Oxford'

Aung San Suu Kyi

An honour granting Aung San Suu Kyi the Freedom of Oxford has been withdrawn by the city's council because of her response to the Rohingya crisis.

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

But a motion to Oxford City Council said it was "no longer appropriate" for her to hold it.

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

Monarch collapse fails to stop wedding

Alan Jee

A couple left heartbroken when their wedding plan was thrown into chaos by the last-minute cancellation of Monarch flights say the event is going ahead.

Alan Jee, from Christchurch, Dorset, and his fiancee Donna Smith have re-booked flights from Gatwick to Gran Canaria for half their wedding guests.

Mr Jee, a bricklayer, said: "It's thrown a big spanner in the works. It's cost £8,000 - but we're still going."

The couple are due to wed on a heart-shaped "island" on Saturday.

Oxford Mail front page: 'Buses back in Queen Street'

Daily Echo front page: 'Police close drugs den'

NHS patients to test 'universal' flu jab

medical generic
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Oxford University researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new "universal" vaccine against seasonal flu.

The experimental vaccine works differently from the one currently available, which has to be remade each year based on a "best guess" of what type of flu is likely to be about.

The new jab targets part of the virus that does not change each year.

This means the vaccine should work against human, bird and swine flu, the research team say.

Patients aged 65 or older and living in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be invited to take part in the trial.

Hamble swimming team devastated by airline collapse

A swimming team has been left devastated by the collapse of flight operator Monarch.

Hamble Aquatics Swim Team were due to fly a group of swimmers aged 12-19 to Lanzarote to train ahead of national and county competitions.

The club had spent £8,330 on 25 flights by a bank transfer - which means they may not get their money back.

The kids are so disheartened. The issue we have now is trying to get 25 seats for everyone on a plane.

Amy RodgerHead Coach

The team was due to travel to Lanzarote on 19 October.

Hamble swimming pool
Hamble Aquatics Swim Team

Arrest after man 'beaten with own crutches'

Nautico lounge

An arrest has been made after a man was beaten with his own crutches outside a restaurant and left with life-threatening head and back injuries.

The victim, who is in his 40s, was attacked outside Nautico Lounge in St Thomas Street, Weymouth, at about 05:30 BST on Saturday.

Dorset Police said a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a class A drug.

The force had released CCTV images of a man officers wanted to speak to in connection with the attack on Monday.

Man guilty of raping teen at roadside

Junction of Major Farms Road, Ditton Road and London Road

A man has been convicted of raping an 18-year-old woman as she walked from a village railway station.

The victim was grabbed by 35-year-old Kapil Dogra after she left Datchet station in Berkshire shortly after 22:00 BST on 12 April.

Dogra then subjected her to a "terrible" attack in woodland at the junction of Major Farms Road, Ditton Road and London Road, police said.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 3 November.

Dorset Echo front page: 'Fighting for life'

Reading defender named Wales Player of the Year

BBC Sport

Chris Gunter
Huw Evans Picture Agency

Reading defender Chris Gunter has been named 2017 Wales Player of the Year, ending Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale's four-year run of success.

Bale was named players' player of the year, with Stoke midfielder Joe Allen the fans' player of the year.

Laura O'Sullivan was named women's player of the year, with Angharad James the players' player, and Jess Fishlock fans' player of the year.

Ben Woodburn and Peyton Vincze were named young players of the year.

Simi the tiger has operation using a portable robotic arm

BBC Inside Out

A tiger, whose plight was raised at Prime Ministers Questions when she was rescued from a travelling circus, has undergone a pioneering operation using a portable robotic arm.

Former Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner asked then prime minister David Cameron to intervene to help bring Simi to Isle of Wight Zoo in 2015.

Simi recently began showing signs of distress so a specialist vet was called in. She is thought to be the first wild animal to undergo the surgery using the equipment to remove a cyst and her ovaries.

Simi the tiger is the first wild animal to have an operation using a portable robotic arm

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, at J9 for A27 Whiteley.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J9, A27 (Whiteley), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rail strikes get under way

An empty station in Liverpool

A series of rail strikes have got under way as passengers across the region prepare for widespread disruption.

RMT union members at Southern walked out at 07:00 BST and have planned another strike for Thursday over the axing of guards.

The union said pickets will be out in force, taking the message to the public that axing of guards is part of a "co-ordinated strategy" driven by the government.

Rail minister Paul Maynard said: "The RMT should stop using passengers as pawns in their political game, call off this strike action and return to talks."

Read more about this strike and others happening across the country.

Thames Water apologise for burst water main

Thames Water has apologised for a burst water main which has resulted in the closure of Southam Road in Banbury.

Engineers had been on site since 05:00 BST and have now stopped the flow of water, a company spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “We’re sorry to those affected by the burst water main on Southam Road.

“We’ve closed the road to allow us to fix the pipe, and expect the repair to be completed later today and the road reopened. There has been no impact to customer supplies.”

'Invasion' of deadly man-of-war


An invasion of potentially fatal jellyfish-like creatures has spread along the English Channel.

It amounts to the greatest number of Portuguese man-of-war recorded in the UK since records began in 2003, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said.

They were first spotted in Cornwall and have been seen as far east as Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire.

The MCS said it had received reports of more than 2,000 of the organisms, which have long purple tentacles.

Burst water main closes road

A burst water main has resulted in the A423 Southam Road being closed in both directions, according to Inrix.

The route has been shut between Beaumont Road and Ruscote Avenue, resulting in heavy traffic in the area.

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Autistic boy's 33-mile cycle challenge

Andrew Impey, 11, is embarking on a 133-mile (215km) cycle ride visiting 29 fire stations between Portsmouth and London.

Andrew, who is on the autistic spectrum, is raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

He was previously made an honorary member of the New York Fire Department for his fundraising efforts.

Weather outlook: Dry and bright day ahead

A dry and bright day lies ahead with highs of 15C

Universal Credit roll-out to go ahead in Oxford

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's been confirmed that the Universal Credit roll-out for Oxford will go ahead on October 18.

The announcement prompted cries of "shame" at a meeting of Labour-run Oxford City Council.

Deputy leader of the council Susan Brown said the roll-out was going ahead amid concerns about payment delays and whether or not claimants would be able to stay in their homes.

Ms Brown said: "We will be doing all we can to support people through what may be a difficult process in the run up to Christmas."

Empty prison issue 'wasn't on agenda'

Reading prison

Former Justice Secretary Liz Truss has admitted the issue of an empty prison costing more than £250,000 a year to maintain was not addressed during her year in post.

Reading Prison closed in 2013 and its fate has remained uncertain since.

Ms Truss, who was justice secretary until July, said: "I don't think that crossed my desk as justice secretary but I'm happy to look at it now."

Reading deputy council's leader said there was a "lamentable delay" in the process.

Morning headlines

  • A police cordon remains in place at a house in Banbury after the bodies of two men were found inside
  • Members of the RMT union on Southern are staging a twenty-four hour strike over changes to the role of the guard
  • Police have issued a warning to people in Portsmouth after 17 reports of theft from cars in four days
  • Reading Borough Council has criticised the government's apparent inaction over Reading Prison
  • Young people must be listened to as the Isle Wight transforms its mental health services, a youth charity has said

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to BBC South Live on Tuesday 3 October.

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

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