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  1. Updates from Friday 8 December

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Olivier Giroud

Mike Henson

BBC Sport

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side's slow start in games is becoming a problem after they scrape a draw at Southampton.

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Christian Benteke

Mike Henson

BBC Sport

Christian Benteke has an injury-time penalty saved as Crystal Palace come closest to winning a rollercoaster encounter with Bournemouth.

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That's all folks

BBC South Live is signing off for the weekend.

We're back covering Berkshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Oxfordshire on Monday from 08:00.

Have a good weekend!

Cabinet recommends council u-turn over merger

Derek Voller

Councillors in East Dorset have made a u-turn by voting to support the merger of Dorset's nine councils into two.

East Dorset District Council had initially been one of three authorities opposed to the reorganisation.

Meeting earlier, cabinet members agreed to recommend the authority accepts the Secretary of State's "minded-to" decision to support the merger.

The full council is due to consider the recommendation at a meeting on Monday.

Second arrest after 'slaves' found on boat

Police boarded the boat at Camber Dock in Portsmouth on Thursday
Peter Trimming
Police boarded the boat at Camber Dock in Portsmouth on Thursday

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

A 33-year-old man, from Southport, in Merseyside, is being questioned by Hampshire Constabulary alongside a 30-year-old man from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The arrests come after police boarded a fishing boat at Camber Dock in Portsmouth on Thursday and discovered five men from Ghana.

Earlier, four more "foreign men aged between 25 and 57 made themselves known to police", a constabulary spokesman said.

He added that all nine men had been taken to a place of safety and had been referred to the National Crime Agency as victims of modern slavery.

New ferry terminal work to start

Work to redevelop Red Funnel's ferry terminal in East Cowes will begin in January, the operator has said.

Proposed new ferry terminal
Red Funnel

The first phase will see the demolition of Trinity House depot, adding 60 car parking spaces.

Building work on the new terminal will start in 2019, after the company won a planning appeal in August.

Jingle purse, jingle purse

Linda Serck

BBC South

Don't have a counterfeit Christmas

Calvin Klein pants
Gareth Fuller/PA

Border officials have seized £1.5m worth of counterfeit Calvin Klein pants, along with fake Dyson fans, Superdry hoodies and Nike shoes.

The authorities are using the hauls to highlight the risk of buying cut-price, substandard counterfeits at Christmas.

The Intellectual Property Office is also using humour to fight the fakes.

It has created a Youtube series in which a couple sing about their 12 days of rashes, injuries and humiliation due to dodgy Christmas gifts.

"Counterfeiters will counterfeit anything," said Sean Gigg, Border Force higher officer at Southampton Dock.

"It's based on supply and demand."

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Kings Heath Park, Birmingham

As snow sweeps across parts of England here are some of scenes of the wintry weather.

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Funeral held for teenager Gaia Pope

Gaia Pope

A funeral service has been held for Gaia Pope, the teenager whose disappearance sparked a major search in and around Swanage.

Her body was found 11 days after she was reported missing on 7 November.

Family and friends attended a private funeral in Poole earlier.

Ms Pope's cousin, Marienna Pope-Weidemann, said the family wanted it to be "a celebration of Gaia's life - a safe space after weeks of fear and anxiety".

Hampshire wicketkeeper-batsman Calvin Dickinson

Hampshire wicketkeeper-batsman Calvin Dickinson and pace bowler Chris Sole sign new contracts by the county.

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Witnesses sought in knife-point attempted robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery in Newbury during which an 18-year man was threatened with a knife.

The victim was walking along Hambridge Road near the Crucible Sports and Social Club at around 20:30 GMT on Monday when he was approached from behind by two men.

After demanding he hand over any valuables they then punched the victim five times in the stomach and held a knife to him.

The offenders then ran over a bridge in to Newbury Racecourse.

Nothing was stolen and the victim was not injured.

Rise in dog attacks on sheep

Linda Serck

BBC South


Dog attacks on sheep are on the rise in Dorset, police are reporting.

Dorset Police said some sheep received "horrific injuries" and had to be put down.

There have also been six incidents of sheep worrying since 30 November, with livestock being chased twice in Badbury Rings and at Ringstead, Poundbury, Lulworth and Sherborne.

PC Claire Dinsdale said: "Over the last few weeks across Dorset there has been an increase in reports of livestock worrying and attacks on sheep caused by dogs.

"These dogs have not been on leads or under close control."

Livestock worrying is a criminal offence under the Protection of Livestock Act 1953 and does not require an animal to be injured.

PC Dinsdale said: "We would ask all dog owners to ensure their dog is on a lead whenever it is near livestock.

"At this time of year farmers may move livestock between fields so be extremely mindful to check."

Extra help for rough sleepers in Reading

Rough sleeper
Julien Behal/PA Wire

Reading Borough Council's annual scheme to provide extra beds and help for rough sleepers will be activated tonight.

Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP) has operated in Reading for many years and is activated whenever the Met Office forecasts three nights or more with a minimum temperature of 0°C or below.

Anyone who is worried about someone sleeping rough can get in touch via

William Strang portrait of murdered model sells for £6,500

Portrait of Eileen Henry by John Currie

A bid to keep a painting at an Oxford college has failed after it was sold at auction for £6,500.

The former editor of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger wanted to raise £8,000, so the portrait of the ill-fated Irish model Eileen Henry by William Strang could stay at Lady Margaret Hall.

However, 1% of the figure was raised, and it was sold by its owner at Mallams in Oxford.

Miss Henry was murdered by the artist John Currie in 1914.

Mr Rusbridger, who is principal of the college, only started the crowdfunding page 24 hours before the auction.

He described the painting as a "resource to reflect on sexual violence, obsession, the role of the 'muse' and changing ideas of female sexuality".

He wanted to keep it at Lady Margaret Hall which was the first college in Oxford to admit women when it was founded in 1878.

Dorset pupil referral unit rated inadequate

Linda Serck

BBC South

Sherborne Learning Centre
Sherborne Learning Centre
Sherborne Learning Centre

Sherborne Learning Centre (SLC) in Dorset has been put in special measures after it was rated inadequate by Ofsted inpsectors.

The centre is one of several pupil referral units run by Dorset County Council, providing alternative education for students from mainstream schools who have medical and or behaviourial issues, and those who have been or are at risk of permanent exclusion.

Specific findings include inadequate teaching, learning and assessments.

Interim head teacher Vicci Rashleigh said: "In my view, the inspection is an accurate reflection of our current position. We have been open and honest throughout the process; it is important that Ofsted could see where we are making good progress but also what our weaknesses are."

Being put into special measures means that the school has a number of urgent actions to undertake which will be closely monitored by Ofsted.

'Slaves' found on fishing boat

Camber Dock, Portsmouth
Peter Trimming

A man has been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences on a fishing boat in Portsmouth.

The boat was boarded by officers at Camber Dock on East Street at about 15:30 GMT on Thursday.

The 30-year-old man, from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, is currently being questioned.

Five men, aged between 35 and 46, have been referred to the National Crime Agency as victims of modern slavery, police said.

Date set for Wiltshire army sergeant's re-trial

The CPS has confirmed the re-trial of the Wiltshire Army Sergeant Emile Cilliers will start on 11 April 2018 at Winchester Crown Court.

Mr Cilliers is charged with two counts of attempting to murder his wife and one of recklessly endangering life.

Emile Cilliers
Andrew Matthews

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A3090.

M3 Hampshire - M3 entry slip road closed and stationary traffic northbound at J11, A3090 (Winchester South).

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

Search for owner of 1952 photo

Linda Serck

BBC South

Old photo Johnny Brooks’ 1952

The owner of a coffee shop in Christchurch is appealing for help in tracing the owner of a "very old photo" left behind on a table.

Meghan Francis from Coast Coffee said: "On the back is written ‘Johnny Brooks’ 1952.

"I have put it on our Facebook page which has been shared a lot but no luck so far."

Jamming on a Friday


Traffic jams on a Friday afternoon always seem to be the worst of the working week, as daily commuters are joined by those heading for a weekend getaway.

But how far can motorists get in an hour on a typical Friday?

And does leaving later - to avoid the worst queues - make that much of a difference?

Take a scroll through maps here which show driving distances from 10 of the busiest city centres.

Sherborne Learning Centre placed in special measures

A centre for children and young people who are not in school has been placed in special measures.

Sherborne Learning Centre

Sherborne Learning Centre, which covers North Dorset, has been downgraded from good to inadequate by Ofstead.

Among the problems found during an inspection on 31 October was poor support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Dorset County Council, which runs the centre, said an "action plan" to address the issues was under way.

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, between J10 for A31 and J9 for A34 affecting J11 for A3090.

M3 Hampshire - Delays, one lane closed and very slow traffic on M3 northbound between J10, A31 (Winchester) and J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of an accident involving three lorries and recovery work. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J11, A3090 (Winchester South).

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

Police cordon off area in Southampton rape investigation

Part of a shopping area in Southampton has been cordoned off as part of a police rape investigation.

A police spokeswoman said they were called just before 03:00 to reports a 19-year-old woman had been raped. A cordon is in place on Winchester Road near the One Stop shop where officers are carrying out inquiries.

Lives 'messed up' after power surge

Hamilton Road
Residents have been told work the repair work could take a year

Residents forced to leave their homes after a power surge caused a fire in a Bournemouth street have said their lives have been "turned upside down".

An electrical fault started the blaze on a roof in Hamilton Road in October.

Six families were moved to temporary accommodation while those remaining in the flats have been living with the subsequent rebuilding works.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said it was doing "everything we can" to help.

'Perfect mum' killed in PC death crash

Gladys Goodwin
Police handout

The daughter of a 91-year-old woman who died in a crash which also killed an on-duty police officer says she will be "completely lost without her".

Gladys Goodwin was a passenger in a car which collided with a motorcycle being ridden by PC James Dixon, 39, on the A4 Bath Road in Wargrave on Tuesday.

In a family tribute, Sandra Blunden said Mrs Goodwin had been "the perfect mum everybody would want".

"We were together nearly all hours of every day," she added.

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A36 and J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound between J2, A36 (Salisbury) and J3, M271 (Romsey), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Dorset Echo front page: 'Police feeling the pressure'

Prosthetic feet designed for snowboarding

Disability sport: Prosthetic feet help amputees snowboard

Technology advancements are allowing disabled athletes to compete in more and more sports previously inaccessible to them.

BBC Click reporter Kat Hawkins had her legs amputated 10 years ago. She went to try out some new feet that could help amputees carve up the slopes this winter.

Premier Inn warned for serving girl rum

Premier Inn

A Premier Inn which sold a 13-year-old girl rum has been allowed to keep its licence by councillors.

The child was sold the alcoholic drink while accompanied by a plain clothes police officer in Reading town centre.

Thames Valley Police said staff at the check-in desk had also failed to spot signs of possible sexual exploitation during the undercover operation.

Reading council issued the hotel with a warning and said managers were "doing a lot to put things right" during a meeting on Thursday.

Weather outlook: Sunny spells and wintry showers

Weather forecast for Friday 8 December

Severe accident: A349 Dorset southbound

BBC News Travel

A349 Dorset southbound severe accident, at A341 Queen Anne Drive affecting A348 Ringwood Road.

A349 Dorset - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A349 Gravel Hill southbound in Merley at the A341 Queen Anne Drive junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion on A31 to Palmersford Roundabout.

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

DanTDM named richest YouTuber of 2017 after making £12.3m

BBC Newsbeat


DanTDM from Aldershot has been named the highest-earning YouTuber of 2017 - making £12.3m this year, according to Forbes magazine.

The 26-year-old, whose real name is Dan Middleton, started off making videos of himself playing Minecraft and Pokemon.

He's got more than 16 million subscribers and has had more than 10 billion views of all his videos.

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