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Summary

  1. On-duty police officer dies in crash
  2. Charge over 'widely shared' abuse video
  3. 'Santa's bone' proved to be correct age
  4. Strip club to open near nursery
  5. Winchester revamp plans to be discussed
  6. Options for two Dorset roads to be decided
  7. Updates from Wednesday 6 December

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Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for M40 and J15 for M4 affecting J17 for A412.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J16 M40 and J15 M4, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J17, A412 (Maple Cross).

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Council tax rise planned in Oxfordshire

Ian Hudspeth
BBC
Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth says the authority is facing rising demand for adult social care.

Oxfordshire County Council is planning to increase council tax by 4.99% in 2018/19.

It's the second year in a row it has risen by that amount and means the average bill will be £67 a year more.

Out of the 4.99% rise, 3% will be used specifically for adult social care.

The authority is expecting costs in this area to rise by about £8.65m, partly due to an increase in National Living Wage.

It is also facing rising costs due to a rise in the number of children which need support from its children's services department.

The proposed budget also includes money to resurface cycle lanes and bus laybys and funds to reverse previously planned savings on grass cutting.

The plan will now be scrutinised by a committee of councillors and the council's cabinet before going before the full council in February.

Two lorries stuck on the road through Melbury Abbas

Melbury Abbas residents had complained HGVs regularly meet and get stuck on the C13 Dinah's Hollow.

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Tom Copas talks to his turkeys on his farm, and the animals can be very sociable.
On a Berkshire farm, some sociable turkeys converse with the farmer who rears them before Christmas.

England's first 'garden villages' to get £3m

More money is being earmarked for England's first "garden villages", Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

Aerial shot of proposed garden town on the Essex-Hertfordshire border
Places for People

About £3m will be spent on 14 sites, where tens of thousands of homes are due to be built.

The locations chosen are said to be distinct, and not part of existing developments.

The sites are at:

  • Long Marston in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Oxfordshire Cotswolds, West Oxfordshire
  • Deenethorpe in Northamptonshire
  • Culm in Devon
  • Welborne in Hampshire
  • West Carclaze in Cornwall
  • Dunton Hills in Essex
  • Spitalgate Heath in Lincolnshire
  • Halsnead in Merseyside
  • Longcross in Surrey
  • Bailrigg in Lancaster
  • Infinity Garden Village in Derbyshire
  • St Cuthberts in Cumbria
  • Handforth in Cheshire

Bright future for gold-winning figure skater

A 14-year-old ice skater has won gold at a national competition.

HGV routing on Dorset's A350 and C13 'will remain'

HGVs will continue to use a narrow Dorset village road despite safety concerns from residents, the county council's cabinet has agreed.

Two lorries stuck on the road through Melbury Abbas
Save Dinah's Hollow

The authority brought in an advisory route in June for HGVs, encouraging them to use the A350 northbound and the C13 southbound at Melbury Abbas.

But residents said they were using the C13 Dinah's Hollow both ways and regularly met and got stuck.

The council said it had agreed to keep the current advisory system "but with proposed mitigation measures".

Additional signs advising of one-way route will be added, an anti-skid surface will be applied on the uphill section of Spreadeagle Hill for HGVs heading south out of Melbury Abbas, and there will be vehicle activated message signs for those travelling through the narrow section in Melbury Abbas, the council said.

A new lay-by will be created and the vehicle activated message signs will advise HGV drivers to wait there when there is another HGV at the pinch point.

This system will work in addition to the current traffic signal control at Dinah’s Hollow.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at J6 for B4009.

M40 Oxfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M40 northbound at J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident.

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

Video: Uncertain future for vulnerable women's charity in Reading

The future looks uncertain for Reading charity Alana House, which supports vulnerable women in Berkshire, as demand outgrows funding.

Young Dorset carer calls for curriculum changes to support children

A young carer from Dorset is calling for curriculum changes to support children who care for sick or disabled family members.

It comes after the UK's leading children's charity revealed more than one third of teachers felt there wasn't enough support in place for young carers at their school.

Barnardo's polled 800 teachers across the UK for its latest report.

Becky Hammerton, 22, who's cared for her mother since the age of 10, says action needs to be taken.

Adult and child holding hands
BBC

A lot of people don't identify themselves as a carer. you don't necessarily know, you just think you're helping out a bit more than other people. Without talking about it in lessons and incorporating it into lessons kids won't necessarily understand.

Becky HammertonYoung carer

Bones 'could belong to St Nicholas'

Marcus Liddell

BBC South

St Nicholas-era bone
University of Oxford

Bones said to have belonged to a saint who inspired the legend of Father Christmas could be authentic, new research has found.

Analysis by the Oxford Relics Cluster said the bone fragment dated from the fourth century, the time when some historians believe St Nicholas died.

It is unusual because many relics turn out to be younger than is claimed. "We could be looking at remains from St Nicholas", said Prof Tom Higham, one of the centre's directors.

The bone has been held in a crypt under the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, southern Italy, since 1087 but originally came from Lyon in France.

The University of Oxford said it was one of the oldest relics the cluster has ever analysed.

Gorillaz to headline Boomtown Fair

Gorillaz will headline Boomtown Fair, organisers have announced.

The Winchester music festival will run from 9-12 August next year.

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Oxfordshire's NHS gets interim boss

Louise Patten
OCCG
Louise Patten will take over at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on 1 January 2018.

A new interim chief executive has been appointed by the body which oversees the NHS in Oxfordshire.

Louise Patten will take over at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) on 1 January 2018 following the retirement of former chief executive David Smith.

She is chief officer at NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern CCGs and will remain in those roles as well.

OCCG said the search for a permanent leader will take place next year.

Ms Patten's joins the group as it prepares for the second phase of a redesign of Oxfordshire's health service.

Next year it will consult the public on changes to community hospitals and accident and emergency services in Oxfordshire.

It follows phase one of the Oxfordshire Transformation programme which saw OCCG agree to downgrade the maternity unit at Horton General Hospital in Banbury, despite opposition from campaigners.

Your pictures: Buzzard soaring over the New Forest

Many thanks to Matthew Barfield for his photo of a buzzard soaring over the New Forest in Hampshire.

Buzzard
Matthew Barfield

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Plan to replace three houses with 42 homes in Caversham

Bournemouth hotel to close ahead of demolition

Video: Portsmouth-based film aims to tackle teenage suicide

Wall 'crumbles' on Oxford commuter route

Abbotsbury Swannery swanherd retires after 36 years

WWI hero Lawrence of Arabia's sandals to be auctioned

Lawrence of Arabia
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Sandals believed to have belonged to Lawrence of Arabia have been handed to auctioneers in a carrier bag.

Thomas Edward Lawrence, who grew up in and studied in Oxford, served as a British officer in the Middle East during World War One and helped Arab tribes revolt against the Turks.

He lived in Dorset after the war and died in a motorcycle accident there in 1935.

Lawrence was immortalised in an Oscar-winning film by David Lean, starring Peter O'Toole.

The sandals, part of a collection which includes one of Lawrence's books, were left to a family friend and will be auctioned later this month.

Wool Skatepark awarded £50,000 of National Lottery funding

New housing estate street names 'to commemorate influential Witney people'

A new housing development in Witney will feature streets named after people who have had a major influence on the town.

About 1,000 new homes are expected to be built as part of the West Witney scheme - the first phase of which is now under way.

One of the roads will also be named Centenary Way to mark 100 years of the end of World War One.

They full list of street names:

  • TownsendRoad – A W Townsend of Manor Farm, Curbridge, was Deacon of Cote Baptists' Church in 1910 and Townsend is a prominent name for Curbridge
  • WinfieldDrive – The Winfield family lived in Manor Farm which forms part of the site of the development. William Winfield purchased the Farm in 1939
  • Rayson Lane - Thomas Rayson was the architect responsible for both central Witney and Newland War memorials and site engineer at Witney Aerodrome
  • Gordon Marshall Close – Philip Gordon Marshall was responsible for identifying Witney Aerodrome as a suitable location for the De Havilland Aeroplane Company during World War Two, which led to the employment of many Witney residents
  • Gregory Place- Francis Gregory and Henry Gregory were both masters at Henry Box School in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Robinson Lane – BasilRobinson was a long serving master of Henry Box School in the 1950s
  • Mary BoxCrescent – Mary Box was co-founder of Henry Box School with her husband Henry
  • Mott Close– Edward John Mott served with 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment and was awarded the Victoria Cross for capturing a German machine gun placement at Le Transloy, France, in January 1917. He lived at New Yatt Road, Witney, and died in 1967
  • HorneLane – Albert Horne from Witney died serving with the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars during the First World War in November 1914 aged 17
  • Clare Place Lieutenant Colonel Fred Clare was born in Witney in 1889. He rose through the ranks, serving for 40 years with the same regiment and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal during the World War One

BreakingFordingbridge murder inquiry: Tribute to three-year-old Bethan Colebourn

A three-year-old girl whose death is subject to a murder inquiry in Hampshire was "fun-loving, adventurous and caring", her family has said in a tribute.

Bethan Colebourn
Hampshire Constabulary

Bethan Colebourn, from Fordingbridge, died in hospital shortly after being found at an address in the town on 19 October.

A 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder and released pending further inquiries.

“Family and friends are devastated at our tragic loss," Bethan's family said in a statement released by Hampshire Constabulary.

“Bethan brought so much happiness and joy to so many people’s lives.

“Bethan was a fun loving, adventurous and caring young girl who will be dearly missed.

“She will be in our hearts and minds forever.”

Reading's black history mural listed as asset of community value

Reading's black history mural has been listed as an asset of community value by Reading Borough Council.

Reading black history mural
Andrew Smith
Reading's black history mural
ceridwen

The authority confirmed the mural, on the side wall of the former Central Club building, had been given the status following a recent application by Aspire Reading CIC.

It added it "remains fully committed to securing the mural’s future".

Shooting accused had 'no involvement'

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police
Guy Hedger died as a result of gunshot wounds.

Kevin Donwton denies having discharged a firearm during a botched burglary at Guy Hedger's house.

Guy Hedger

Shooting accused had 'no involvement'

Kevin Downton denies having discharged a firearm during a botched burglary at Guy Hedger's house.

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'Jesus teachings to brother James' found at Oxford University

Geoffrey Smith (left) and Brent Landau
Geoffrey Smith, UT Austin

A heretical Christian text describing secret teachings by Jesus to his brother James has been discovered by Oxford University.

The fragments of the First Apocalypse of James date back to the fifth or sixth century.

They are the first to be found written in Greek, their original language.

The manuscript was found in the institution's archives by biblical scholars at the University of Texas at Austin.

It details Jesus's teachings to his brother about the heavenly realm and future events, including James' death.

Police appeal to reunite dog with owner for Christmas

Police in Hampshire are trying to trace the owner of a Japanese Akita dog that was seized from an address in November.

Benji
Dorset Police

The occupants of the address have not claimed the dog, named Benji, as theirs and while the dog is microchipped, the details are those of a previous owner, officers said.

Hampshire Constabulary said Benji "appears to be well trained and well looked after, so we’d like to reunite him with his family".

The dog is being kept in kennels until 25 December when it will be rehomed if his owners are not found.

Benji
Dorset Police

Melbury Abbas HGV restrictions call to be discussed

Dorset County Council meets today to choose from a number of options concerning a narrow stretch of road - the C13 - which passes through Dinah's Hollow near Melbury Abbas, and the A350 through Iwerne Minster.

Two lorries stuck on the road through Melbury Abbas
Save Dinah's Hollow

Residents nearby claim lives could be lost if measures are not put in place to stop HGVs from causing hold ups.

An advisory route encouraging HGV drivers to use the A350 northbound and the C13 southbound was brought in by the council in June.

But Melbury Abbas residents say they are using the C13 Dinah's Hollow both ways and regularly meet and get stuck.

Container fire at Portland Port

There has been a small fire in a container at Portland Port.

Container fire at Portland Port
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service
Container fire
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service

It happened in a container of navigational buoys on the Peat Bay area of the port at about 11:00 GMT.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said crew controlled the fire "very quickly" and nobody was hurt

The port will now undertake a review to understand the cause of the fire and assess the response to it, it added.

Southampton man killed himself 'after DIY botch'

Theresa May pays tribute to poilce officer and pensioner killed in A4 crash

Theresa May has paide tribute to an on-duty police officer who died along with a 91-year-old woman following a crash on the A4 in Berkshire on Tuesday.

PC James Dixon died after the motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch.

The pensioner, who was a passenger in the car, was also killed while the female driver was taken to hospital.

Theresa May
PA

I’m sure the whole house will wish to join me in offering condolences to the family friends and colleagues of police constable James Dixon from Thames Valley Police who was killed while on motorcycle duty yesterday. And also to the family and friends of the passenger of the car involved in the collision.

Theresa MayPrime Minister

Plans passed to open strip club near nursery in Reading

Plans for a new lap dancing club to open in Reading have been passed despite concerns of its proximity to a children's nursery and a church.

Friar Street, Reading
Google

Reading Borough Council granted proposals to turn karaoke bar Kinky Koala in Friar Street into a strip club called Black Diamond.

Council officers had recommended the plans be refused and said the club would be "inappropriate" in the area.

The club will be open seven days a week between 21:00 and 04:00.

Landslip shut Castle Cove Beach access reopens

An access path to a beach has reopened after it was damaged in a landslip four years ago.

Access slope to Castle Cove Beach
Dorset County Council

Castle Cove Beach in Weymouth has been cut off to visitors since the 15m (49ft) access slope and steps were closed due to safety concerns in 2013.

Dorset County Council sia it had reinstated the steps and resurfaced the path.

However, the steps to the beach are not currently considered a public right of way, but campaigners are hoping to amend this status.

Friends of Castle Cove Beach applied to have the route classified as a right of way in October 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate intervened and told the county council to speed up its decision when campaigners were told the application was in a queue and unlikely to be considered until at least late 2018.

Castle Cove Beach, Weymouth
Sarah Smith

It's been a very complicated process, involving several different parties, and very frustrating for local people, who have been using the beach for many generations, but I'd like to say a huge thank you to the rights of way officers for all their help. The path looks fantastic, and the hope is that, quite soon, the other pieces of the jigsaw will be in place and we'll have our beach back.

Clare SuttonLocal county councillor

Men armed with guns attempt to rob Banbury Tesco

Scene of Banbury robbery
BBC

There was an armed robbery attempt at a Tesco Express store in Banbury this morning.

Staff at the store in Middleton Road were opening up the premises at about 05:30 when three men with face coverings, carrying guns and crowbars arrived.

They were threatened and forced to open the safe, though this was unsuccessful. A member of the public saw what was happening through a window and the men retreated empty-handed.

Det Constable Richard Lewis said: "While this was obviously deeply upsetting for the staff, it was fortunate that nobody was injured during this incident.

"We would urge anyone who saw the offenders or anyone acting suspiciously around the Tesco Express store this morning to call us as a matter of urgency."

Scene of Banbury robbery
BBC

Floral tributes to on-duty police officer after motorbike crash with pensioner

Floral tributes have been made to a an on-duty police officer who died along with a 91-year-old woman following a crash on the A4 in Berkshire.

Floral tribute
BBC
Floral tribute
BBC
Floral tribute
BBC

PC James Dixon died after the motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a car on Bath Road near Hare Hatch on Tuesday afternoon.

He had appeared in the Sky TV programme Road Wars.

The pensioner, who was a passenger in the car, was also killed while the female driver was taken to hospital.

Mixed leakage figures for water companies

Water leakage has increased to more than three billion litres every day, figures show.

Overall leakage levels across England and Wales have increased by 1.2% on the previous year amid concerns that the rising figure will discourage consumers from using water more efficiently, according to the annual report from the Consumer Council for Water.

Portsmouth Water was among those reporting the largest increases, with a 7.6% rise in leakages.

Some companies managed to cut their leakage, with Bournemouth Water among those who achieved the largest reductions, with a 2.6% cut.

Water leak in Totton
BBC

Consumers view leakage as a dreadful waste and it can drain their own motivation to save water. Some water companies need to show much more ambition in tackling leaks, otherwise all of our efforts to encourage consumers to use water more wisely will fall on deaf ears."

Tony SmithConsumer Council for Water

Shopping centres sold in £3.4bn deal

Bicester Village at Christmas
P L Chadwick

Shopping centre owner Hammerson, which owns Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre, as well as Bicester Village designer outlet in Oxfordshire, has agreed a £3.4bn takeover of rival Intu.

The deal will create the UK's biggest property company, worth £21bn.

Intu owns the Lakeside shopping centre in Essex and the Trafford Centre in Manchester, while Hammerson owns Brent Cross shopping centre.

Shares in Intu rose by nearly 19% on the news while Hammerson's fell by 3%.

Hampshire travel latest: M27 delays of 30 minutes at Eastleigh

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