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  1. £3.1bn carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is commissioned in Portsmouth
  2. It is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy
  3. Oxford student spared jail seeks appeal

Live Reporting

By David Gilyeat, Michael Stoddard and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

Man summonsed over bus hitting pedestrian

CCTV footage of Simon Smith walking in Reading on Saturday when a bus hit him.

A man will appear in court after a double-decker bus hit a pedestrian on a pavement in Reading.

Cheikh Daouda Senghor, 40, from St Johns Road, Wallingford, has been reported for summons for dangerous driving, Thames Valley Police said.

CCTV footage from 24 June, showing Simon Smith being knocked down in Gun Street before getting up and walking into a bar, went viral.

Mr Senghor is due to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court on 14 December.

Hotel keeps licence after serving 13-year-old

Premier Inn in Reading

A hotel in Reading which sold alcohol to a 13-year-old girl has kept its licence.

The schoolgirl was served alcohol at the hotel in Letcombe Street, Reading, while a male "friend" booked a room as part of an undercover police operation.

The "test" followed previous failures by staff around preventing child sexual exploitation and selling alcohol.

The hotel has been allowed to keep its licence but must improve training for its staff, and ask for photo ID whenever someone checks in or buys something from the bar.

Severe congestion: A3020 Isle Of Wight northbound

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A3020 Isle Of Wight northbound severe congestion, between A3054 and A3054 Forest Road.

A3020 Isle Of Wight - Very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on A3020 Medina Way northbound in Newport between the A3054 junction and the A3054 Forest Road junction.

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

Ex-Guardian chief's bid to buy painting

Portrait of Eileen Henry by John Currie
The painting of Eileen Henry is being auctioned by Mallams auctioneers in Oxford tomorrow

The ex-Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger wants to raise £8,000 in 24 hours so an Oxford college can keep a picture of a woman who was murdered by its painter.

The portrait is of Eileen Henry, an Irish model who was murdered by the artist John Currie in 1914.

It has been at Lady Margaret Hall, of which Mr Rusbridger is principal, but is being sold by its owner tomorrow.

Writing on a crowdfunding page, Mr Rusbridger said the picture was a way "to reflect on sexual violence".

Cambridge Women rugby union

Cambridge University lift both men's and women's Varsity trophies after victories over Oxford University at Twickenham

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Nuclear fusion at Culham gets £86m from government

nuclear fusion research device at Culham Science Centre
Inside a nuclear fusion research device at Culham Science Centre

An £86m investment in new facilities for nuclear fusion research in the UK has been announced by the government.

Two new "centres of excellence" will be created for The UK Atomic Energy Authority's (UKAEA) fusion research programme at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire.

It is hoped they will enable the authority to develop technology for the first nuclear fusion power plants.

The centres are expected to create about 100 jobs when they open in 2020.

Levellers to headline Fairport’s Cropredy Convention

Levellers performing at the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Levellers performing at the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Fairport's Cropredy Convention has announced the first acts booked for the festival next year.

The event, taking place from August 9 to August 11, will be headlined by Levellers on Friday, with singer-songwriters Al Stewart and Fish also in the line-up.

The festival will also feature two sets by host band Fairport Convention.

Historic Isle of Wight church sold to private buyer

St Thomas Church, Ryde
Paul Farmer

A historic church on the Isle of Wight that was rebuilt in 1827 has been sold for £75,000.

St Thomas Church in Ryde was handed over to the council in 2005 for community use.

Over the last few years it had been largely unused.

A private buyer bought the Grade II listed building and will preserve and protect it for future generations.

The old Archaeology Centre in Carisbrooke, which has been empty for the past year, was also sold for more than £200,000.

Isle of Wight Council said the money would be reinvested in the island.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

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M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, at J12 for M275.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane blocked on exit slip road westbound at J12, M275 (Portsmouth), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Silver Hill plan resurrected

Winchester plans
Winchester City Counil

Revised plans to demolish and rebuild parts of a city centre have been formally launched, after a previous scheme failed.

Winchester City Council cancelled the £150m Silver Hill scheme in 2016 after a dispute with a developer.

The new draft plan for up to 300 flats, shops and public spaces is to be put out to public consultation on Monday, the authority has agreed.

More than £12m has been spent on the project since it began in the 1990s.

Oxford Brookes 885-room student hall plan approved

Marcus Liddell

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New student hall

Plans for an 885-room hall of residence for university students in Oxford have been approved.

The blocks for Oxford Brookes are to be built on land once occupied by Cowley Barracks off James Wolfe Road next to Paul Kent Hall.

The site will have very low levels of parking which has prompted concerns about students using nearby streets.

However, councillors backed the proposal after a report by Oxford City Council officers recommended approval.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A30 and J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of a broken down car.

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

Varsity matches: Cambridge v Oxford

Men's and women's Varsity players
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Cambridge and Oxford contest the men's and women's Varsity matches for a third year at Twickenham today.

Both games have been played together at the Home of Rugby since 2015.

Man stabbed after forcing his way into Bournemouth property

A man who forced his way into a property in Bournemouth armed with a knife has suffered stab wounds and head injuries.

The 27-year-old was involved in a fight inside the address on Crabton Close Road early yesterday morning.

A woman who was inside the address at the time was uninjured and has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

Another man fled the scene and police believe he may hold important information about what happened.

The injured man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Lavinia Woodward fights suspended sentence

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Lavinia Woodward

Lavinia Woodward, the University of Oxford student who avoided jail for stabbing her boyfriend, is trying to appeal against her suspended sentence, the BBC can reveal.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding at Christ Church college after drinking heavily.

Judge Ian Pringle QC suspended her 10-month jail sentence and at an earlier hearing said he believed immediate custody would damage her career.

She has now applied for permission to take her case to the Court of Appeal.

The case prompted a debate about inequality in the criminal justice system after Judge Pringle deferred her sentence to give her a chance to prove she was no longer addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Troubled Floating Bridge to return

The problems which have afflicted the Isle of Wight's new £3.2 chain ferry.

The troubled Cowes Floating Bridge No 6 is scheduled to reopen to the public on Monday as part of an extended trial period.

Cars and passengers will be able to use it from 11 December for the normal fees, and the council will allow free travel for foot passengers over the Christmas period between 23 December and 2 January 2018.

The decision to bring the vessel back into use comes after the council said it had addressed well-publicised issues with the new £3m vessel.

It has suffered several suspensions and technical failures since it was brought into service in May.

Fire crews called to Boots in Reading

Fire crews were called to Broad Street in Reading last night after reports the Boots store had filled with smoke.

But the shop's smoke cloak had been accidentally activated - an anti-burglary system which fills the shop with a cosmetic, harmless smoke to make it harder for burglars to get away.

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed there was no danger and no break-in.

So what's next?

Comissioning order
Crown copyright 2017

In the New Year, after "completing final build activity and preparing for helicopter trials", HMS Queen Elizabeth will head for the United States.

Fight trials will take place off the coast there in Autumn 2018, with 120 air crew currently training in the US.

The MoD said: "The UK has worked closely on both the F-35 and carrier programmes with the US, our pre-eminent partner within Nato, enabling us to fly aircraft from each other’s ships.

"Both of the UK’s new carriers will be able to operate alongside Nato and coalition allies."

Its first deployment with jets on board is 2021.

'Huge and complex' layout of HMS Queen Elizabeth

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But where are the loos?

In Pictures: HMS Queen Elizabeth enters service

Here are some of the images of the day as the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier was commissioned.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
Princess Anne
White Ensign

'Flying proudly' over HMS Queen Elizabeth

Admiral Sir Philip Jones: Britain 'majestic and muscular'

Adm Sir Philip Jones

Adm Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, has described today's events as confirming Britain's place "among the world’s great maritime powers in the most majestic and muscular terms".

He added: "The Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will sit at the heart of a modernised and emboldened Royal Navy, capable of projecting power and influence at sea, in the air, over the land and in cyberspace, and offering our nation military and political choice in an uncertain world.

"But our greatest strength of all is the young sailors and marines upon whose shoulders our continued security and prosperity rests.

"They are starting their careers as a new chapter opens for the Royal Navy - and like all those who have gone before them, they are ready to serve their Queen and Country."

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, said: "Congratulations from the Royal Air Force to the Royal Navy on achieving another important milestone in the UK’s Carrier Strike capability.

"I know the RAF and RN F-35 crews are looking forward to starting to fly from HMS Queen Elizabeth next year."

Flypast welcomes new ship to naval fleet

And here's another picture from the flypast which welcomed HMS Queen Elizabeth into service.

Aircraft including two Wildcat HMA Mk2, Merlin Mk2, Sea King Mk7 and Merlin Mk3 flew overhead during the ceremony in Portsmouth.


We're NOT gonna need a bigger boat

It's the one on the left.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Time for cake

We've been telling you all morning about a giant cake modelled on Britain's newest warship, which the Queen inspected earlier.

It seems the edible replica of the aircraft carrier is already being devoured, with the commanding officer's wife Karen Kyd and the youngest member of the ship's company Steward Callum Hui, 17, from Lynton, Devon, doing the honours.


Hear the Queen commission largest warship

The Queen commissions aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

Queen will 'value special link' with HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Here is some more of the speech the Queen gave earlier...

"The most powerful and capable ship ever to raise the White Ensign, she will in the years and decades ahead represent this country's resolve on the global stage.

"At the forefront of these responsibilities will be the men and women of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, supported by the Army, Royal Air Force and by coalition partners.

As the daughter, wife and mother of naval officers, I recognise the unique demands our nation asks of you and I will always value my special link to HMS Queen Elizabeth, her ship's company and their families."

Why doesn't HMS Queen Elizabeth have any planes?

Why doesn't the Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier have any planes?

...while the Family tweets about 'biggest warship ever'

Queen departs ceremony...

Her Majesty has departed today's ceremony in Portsmouth.

Three cheers for the Queen


A "Cheer Ship" has taken place - the three cheers for the Queen signal the end of the formal commissioning ceremony.

HMS Queen Elizabeth: More facts and figures

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The Princess Royal
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At 280m long, with a lifespan of half a century and a flight deck of four acres, HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britain's largest and most powerful warship ever built.

  • The aircraft carrier weighs 65,000 tonnes and has a top speed in excess of 25 knots.
  • There are 364,000 metres of pipes inside the ship, and from keel to masthead she measures 56m - that's more than the height of Niagara Falls.
  • Facilities onboard include a chapel, a medical centre and 12-bed ward, staffed with GPs, a nurse and medical assistants, as well as a dentist and dental nurse.
  • There are five galleys on the warship. The entire ship's company of 700 can be served a meal within 90 minutes, 45 minutes when at action stations.
Naval personnel
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HMS Queen Elizabeth

BreakingQueen hails 'a true flagship for 21st century'

The Queen has stood to say a few words. (For those sketchy on our past naval history, Victory was Nelson's ship).

"We are gathered here in Portsmouth today, just a short distance from HMS Victory - a flagship of our seafaring past and a reminder to the debt we owe to the Royal Navy.

"Like HMS Victory, HMS Queen Elizabeth embodies the best of British technology and innovation, a true flagship for the 21st century."


'Significant chapter' for navy, says defence secretary

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the commissioning ceremony "marks the start of a hugely significant chapter for the Royal Navy".

He added: "It is an honour to witness the crowning moment of an extraordinarily busy year for the Royal Navy that has seen us name the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, cut steel on the first Type 26 frigates and launch the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

"Our new aircraft carrier is the epitome of British design and dexterity, at the core of our efforts to build an Armed Forces fit for the future.

"For the next half a century both carriers will advance our interests around the globe, providing the most visible symbol of intent and commitment to protect the UK from intensifying threats, wherever they may come."

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson