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  1. Updates from Tuesday 12 December

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All times stated are UK


Thank you for joining us for South Live today.

We will return tomorrow at 08:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel from the region.

Until then...

Severe disruption: A4130 Oxfordshire both ways

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A4130 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, near A4155 Duke Street.

A4130 Oxfordshire - A4130 Bell Street in Henley-On-Thames partially blocked near the A4155 Duke Street junction, because of a burst water main.

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

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

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M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J12 for M275.

M27 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M27 westbound at J12, M275 (Portsmouth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Council passes plans for 5000 new Eastleigh homes

Councillors from Eastleigh Borough Council have approved controversial plans for 5000 new homes on land running through Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Colden Common.

Councillors voted to pursue the scheme which has previously been branded 'eco-vandalism' by Chris Packham and several wildlife charities.

Hundreds of protesters went to the council meeting to criticise the move

It was passed at a packed meeting, attended by several hundred protesters, who claim the plans did not consider enough evidence about the impact on environment and traffic.

Council leader Keith House said the authority could "no longer kick the can down the road" with respect to the plans, which includes proposals for 5,200 new homes, shops, schools, open spaces and a new access road in the area.

South Western aims for 'near normal' Waterloo service

South Western Railway, which runs services between Southampton, Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Weymouth, Reading and London, says it is aiming for a near normal service for tonight's rush hour - after a line-side fire caused chaos at London Waterloo yesterday.

There were hundreds of cancellations and the station had to be closed for an hour because the station became too busy.

Alison Coldridge
There was chaos at London Waterloo yesterday

Kevin Groves, from Network Rail said: "We had a team of engineers putting out the fires, fixing the track and the cables as quickly as we could."

"Of course we apologise to passengers for the disruption, but so many people use Waterloo now that any hiccup cause ripples that last a lot longer than any time in the past."

Man sentenced after second hand car damage

A man who poured oil into the coolant liquid of a car to try and buy it for a cheaper price has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Onica Vaduva, 20, from Enfield, London, visited an address in St Ives near Ringwood, with two other men, saying they were trying to buy a second hand car.

The men distracted the seller, while Vaduva poured oil into the coolant system. They offered to buy the car for a reduced amount, despite there being nothing wrong with the car.

Dorset Police
Onica Vaduva was given a three-month sentence suspended for one year and fined

The victim managed to take down the number plate of the vehicle the three men had arrived in and the car was stopped by police later the same evening.

Mr Vaduva pleaded guilty at Poole Magistrates' Court on to causing criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 on 8 December.

He was given a three-month sentence suspended for one year and was also ordered to pay the victim £1,024 in compensation.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - Hard shoulder closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East).

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

Gritter sent to help widow reach funeral

Now this is heartwarming.

Oxfordshire County Council sent a gritter to help a widow reach her husband's funeral in the recent snowy weather.

Man beaten in Andover robbery attempt

A man has been left with "severe facial injuries" during a robbery in Andover.

The 53-year-old victim was walking in Suffolk Road in the town at around 03:00 GMT on 10 December, when he was grabbed from behind.

A man wearing a dark hooded top demanded money from him. When the victim refused, he was punched in the face repeatedly and was knocked unconscious.

Suffolk Road
The incident occurred on Sufflok Road on Sunday morning

Hampshire Police said he later received treatment at Salisbury Hospital.

Nothing was taken during the robbery. The offender is believed to have been accompanied by two other men.

The force are appealing for witnesses.

College 'owes £2.7m after ill-judged deal'

Christ the King College
Peter Langdown

A school has run up "one of the biggest overdrafts in the educational system" in an "ill-judged" lease agreement for a new building, a council has said.

Isle of Wight Council said Christ the King College in Newport agreed in 2013 to pay £10m over 15 years for a sixth-form block.

The island council said it would not advance money to support the school's growing £2.7m debt.

The college said it "refuted" the claim that the council had not approved the lease agreement.

Appeal for Berkshire man missing for four days

Police say they are "increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a man who has been missing for four days.

Steve Holland, 59, who is from Thatcham, was last seen leaving the Slug and Lettuce pub in Wharf Street, Newbury, at about 23:15 GMT on Friday.

Steve Holland
Thames Valley Police

Mr Holland, who is 5ft 8ins and of medium build with short dark brown hair, did not turn up for work on Monday.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information about his whereabouts.

Empty Lush shop

The chain previously said sorry for boarding up the shop's entrance where homeless people slept.

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Tower rescue

Fourteen people, including a baby, were stuck in the 53m-high (174ft) tower for more than seven hours.

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Dorset NHS hospital shake-up review attempt fails

An attempt to have a decision to reorganise Dorset NHS hospital services reviewed by the government has failed.

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed changes, including the closure of Poole's A&E, in October.

The county council's health scrutiny committee said it had concerns about the loss of beds and services, and recommended a review.

However, the authority's joint committee said the decision would not be referred to the Secretary of State for Health.

Opponents now hope to launch an application for a judicial review at the High Court within weeks.

Police Tape

A 25-year-old woman was found dead in a street in Thatcham, Berkshire.

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Tributes to Hampshire firefighter

At the scene of Berkshire street death

James Ingham

BBC South Today

Police Tape

A bunch of red roses has been placed next to a police cordon where a 25-year-old woman was found dead earlier.

The message with them says simply: "In memory of the greatest mummy and loving girlfriend."


Forensic officers are working behind a blue tent at the end of an alleyway, between houses.

This is a residential area, just a few metres away from Thatcham Park Primary School, where children are playing.

Severe accident: A30 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Dorset both ways severe accident, between Greenacre Way and New Lane.

A30 Dorset - A30 Salisbury Road in Shaftesbury closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Greenacre Way junction and the New Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Pensioner fights off burglars with chair

Hill View

A pensioner fought off armed burglars with a chair after he was hit over the head with a plate, police said.

Three men armed with hammers broke in to a property in Hill View, Sandhills, Oxford while its occupants were at home.

One resident, a man aged in his 80s, fought off the intruders who then ran out of the property and sped off in a car, which narrowly avoided hitting a man crossing the road with a pushchair.

The incident happened at about 16:20 GMT last Tuesday.

Two of the men are described as white, and the other was black. Police said they wore balaclavas and gloves.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J7 for A30 and J6 for A30.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J7, A30 (Basingstoke) and J6, A30 (Basingstoke), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A34 Hampshire southbound

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A34 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between A30 and A33 Winchester By-Pass.

A34 Hampshire - A34 closed and very slow traffic southbound between Bullington Cross in Upper Bullington and the A33 Winchester By-Pass junction in Kings Worthy, because of an accident earlier on and recovery work. Diversion in operation - Follow the solid triangle route. Leave the A34 at the Bullington Interchane and use the 2nd exit to join the A303 east. Continue for approx 6 miles to the M3 J8, travel north to J7. Exit and at the roundabout take the 4th exit to join M3 south.

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

Trapped tower visitors and staff member compensated after ordeal

Fourteen people who were trapped for seven hours in a 53m-high (174ft) tower in Weymouth have each received compensation, the operator has said.

Weymouth fire crew during the rescue
Weymouth Fire Station

Thirteen visitors, including an 11-week-old baby, and a member of staff were rescued from Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline tower on 5 September.

Merlin Entertainments said "all parties involved" had since accepted compensation from the firm, but it refused to give further details.

The firm said a specialist rope recovery team had been appointed "to provide further support to our local team", a defective speed governor unit had since been replaced on the attraction and the tower had undergone "rigorous testing" by internal engineers and an independent inspection body.

Temperature plunge freezes River Thames

After temperatures plummeted last night, some parts of the River Thames in Oxfordshire have frozen over today.

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Premature labour mums 'will suffer' under NHS shake-up plans

Women living in west Dorset who go through premature labour will "suffer massively" if they have to travel to Bournemouth to access care, a campaigner against NHS changes in Dorset has said.

It comes as a joint committee considers whether a decision to reorganise NHS hospital services in the county should be referred to the secretary of state for health.

Changes to maternity care in the county two years ago saw women who go into labour at 32 weeks and under having to use Poole Hospital.

Under the latest reorganisation they will have to travel to Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Hospital

People from the west side of the county will suffer massively if we've got to travel to the east of the county. We've got a lot of mums on Portland who have had a lot of premature labours and they say that they just would never have made it if they'd have had to travel to Bournemouth.

Naomi PattersonCampaigner

Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Berkshire

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman.

A 25-year-old woman was pronounced dead in Park Avenue, Thatcham, Berkshire, after police were called at 02:05 GMT, Thames Valley Police said.

A scenewatch has been established and officers will be on patrol in the area.

Det Supt Ian Hunter said: "Members of the public should feel free to approach officers if they have any concerns."

Park Lane, Thatcham

Dorset councils merger: East Dorset accepts reorganisation plans

Plans to scrap Dorset's nine councils to create two unitary authorities moved a step closer to reality after a local authority initially against the merger accepted the decision to reorganise.

East Dorset District Council agreed last night to accept the Secretary of State's decision to support a local government reshuffle in Dorset.

Six of the county's authorities have previously voted to support the proposal but it had been opposed by councillors in East Dorset, along with others in Christchurch and Purbeck.

The new structure, aimed at saving £108m over six years, would come into effect in April 2019.

The new structure, aimed at saving £108m over six years, would come into effect in April 2019.

Councillor Spencer Flower, leader of East Dorset District Council, said: "Our priority moving forward has to be getting the best for our residents and by accepting his decision we are showing we are committed to this."

Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid previously said he was "minded to" support the plan.

Review urged for Dorset NHS hospital shake-up

Controversial changes to healthcare provision in Dorset come under scrutiny again today.

Campaigners against Dorset hospital shake-up demonstrate outside county hall in Dorchester

Opponents are hoping the proposals will be referred to the secretary of state for health for independent review.

Dorset County Council's health scrutiny committee previously said it had concerns about the loss of beds and services.

Under the plans, Poole Hospital will lose its trauma unit to Bournemouth, which will become the main emergency hospital, with Poole becoming a centre for planned treatment and operations.

Health bosses in the county also agreed Dorset County Hospital should find ways to share its paediatric and maternity departments with Yeovil District Hospital in Somerset.

Campaigners against the shake-up held a demonstration outside county hall in Dorchester earlier ahead of a meeting at the council where a committee could decide to refer the plans to government.

Deactivated rocket launcher, grenades and guns stolen

A deactivated rocket launcher, 50 airsoft grenades and 20 airsoft guns have been stolen from a shipping container on the Dorset-Hampshire border, police said.

The weapons, along with ammunition, were taken sometime between 16:00 GMT on Thursday and 08:30 on Friday. The container was based in Wattons Lane, Matchams.

Airsoft is a military simulation sport similar to paintballing.

Det Insp Neil Wright said Dorset Police had "no information" to suggest the weapons "are a danger to the wider public".


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Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline gets rope recovery team after tower trap

A 53m-high (174ft) viewing tower that broke down trapping 14 people for seven hours now has a specialist rope recovery team, its operator has said.

Weymouth tower rescue
Weymouth Fire Station

Thirteen visitors, including an 11-week-old baby, and a member of staff were rescued from Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline tower on 5 September.

Operator Merlin Entertainments said there was a mechanical fault within the unit that controls the speed on the tower, which is currently closed for winter.

However, a recovery process to lower the ride to ground level did not work.

Instead, the emergency brake remained engaged on the tower, which is currently closed for the winter, requiring the assistance of the emergency services, Poole-based Merlin Entertainments said.

Since the incident we have worked with the ride manufacturers and an independent inspection body to identify why we weren't able lower the ride using these processes and have implemented appropriate measures to further assist recovery in the case of a mid-flight stoppage.

Merlin EntertainmentsJurassic Skyline operator

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

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M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, before J6 for B4009 affecting J7 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound before J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident. Congestion to J7, A40 (Thame).

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

Renting a home: How much space will £100 buy you?

Spending £100 a month on rent in London secures floor space equivalent to a small garden shed, compared with nearly five times that in parts of northern England, new research shows.

Data released to BBC News shows cheaper properties to rent in the capital "simply don't exist", letting agents said.

Agents said people were compromising on where they live to make ends meet.

The government said it was increasing spending on affordable housing.

Outside London, Oxford (5.03 sq m per £100 a month) and Bristol (6.98 sq m per £100 a month) were the most expensive places in the sample

Table showing how much space can be rented for £100 a month.
Outside London, Oxford (5.03 sq m per £100 a month) and Bristol (6.98 sq m per £100 a month) were the most expensive places in the sample

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Police force rated 'good' at keeping people safe

Thames Valley Police has been judged "good" at how it keeps people safe and reduces crime.

The force, which covers Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, was praised for ensuring its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully, by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The review found the chief constable, his top team and leaders across the force, act as positive role models and work hard to ensure their workforce understand the importance of treating the people they serve with fairness and respect.

The force was praised for ensuring its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully, by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Caravan self-defence shotgun killer jailed for firearm possession

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Wayne Digby, 48, was found with a fatal gunshot wound near the Colnbrook bypass

A man who shot dead a burglar in self-defence has been jailed for 10 months.

Reuben Gregory, 72, shot 48-year-old Wayne Digby with a double-barrelled shotgun after he tried to enter his static home near Colnbrook bypass, Slough, on 12 June.

He fired at him through a door while protecting himself and his sister.

He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to one count of possessing a shotgun without a certificate.

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Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

Baby spends first year in Southampton hospital

A baby born with a rare heart and lung condition has spent his first year in hospital.

Max Olivares has just celebrated his first birthday in Southampton Children's Hospital.

His parents, Hannah Bloomsfield and Wayne Olivares, have moved into the hospital and rarely go back to their Portsmouth home.

The family are waiting to find out whether Max is strong enough for a transplant to be attempted.