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  1. Updates from Wednesday 13 December

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The worst footballer tribute statues

BBC Newsbeat

After the debate following the unveiling of a statue of Diego Maradona in Kolkata, here's some more classic football statues, with a contribution from Southampton.

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Lidl wins bid to demolish industrial estate

A supermarket has won permission to double in size by demolishing part on an industrial estate.

Councillors in Fareham voted to allow the expansion by Lidl at the Apex Centre.

Objectors had said the change would lead to the "demise of 14 small local businesses" employing 55 people in manufacturing and other trades.

Lidl, Apex Centre

Club murder attempt suspect released

Halo Nightclub

A man who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car was "driven directly" at nightclub staff has been released from custody.

Two staff members were injured in the incident at Bournemouth's Halo club at about 02:19 GMT on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old suspect from Blandford remains under investigation, Dorset Police said.

A 21-year-old man from Poole, who was arrested on suspicion of assault, has been released without charge.

Latest Ofsted reports released

The latest performance reports from the education watchdog Ofsted show a mixture of results for schools across our region.

Primary schools on the Isle of Wight have shown the steepest rate of improvement - 79% were judged to be good or outstanding.

But Southampton's schools have gone in the opposite direction. It's also bad news for Bracknell - the number of its secondary schools with higher ratings has fallen - down 20% on last year.

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BreakingMan guilty of stab death murder

Alex Woods
Hampshire Constabulary
Alex Woods was found with serious stab wounds in Eastleigh

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 22-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Eastleigh.

Alex Woods died after being found seriously wounded on Scott Road at about 23:30 BST on 6 July.

Andi Leigh Edwards, 37, of Scott Road, was found guilty following a trial at Winchester Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

A 51-year-old woman, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, was previously released without charge.

Severe accident: A417 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A417 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between A4130 and The Greenway.

A417 Oxfordshire - A417 in Row Stock blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the A4130 junction and The Greenway junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.

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

Waterloo rail delays continue

Services from the south to Britain's busiest railway station are being disrupted for the third day running.

A fire beside the line on Monday led to some of the worst overcrowding ever seen at Waterloo. Tens of thousands of commuters were delayed for up to seven hours.

The effects were felt all day yesterday. And this morning an electrical failure has led to some lines out of Waterloo being blocked. South Western Railway says it will add 45 minutes to many journeys for much of today.

Waterloo crowding
A lineside fire caused overcrowding within Waterloo Station on Monday

Missing Sheffield man could be in Oxfordshire

Have you seen this man from Sheffield?

John Walton
North Yorkshire Police

John Walton was last seen in Salisbury where he had been staying.

South Yorkshire Police say the 61-year-old may now have travelled to the Weston on the Green area of Oxfordshire.

If you know where he is please call South Yorkshire Police.

Jane Austen bookathon in full swing

Each of Jane Austen's six novels are being read aloud in their entirety this week as part of a fundraising campaign for a Hampshire church.

Jane Austen enthusiasts are in their third day of reading aloud to raise £10,000 to repair the World War One chapel at St Mark's Church in Farnborough.

Janes Austen reader

BreakingMan charged with murder of woman found dead on street in Thatcham

A 32-year-old man has been charged after a woman was found dead in a street.

The 25-year-old was found in Park Avenue, Thatcham, Berkshire, after police were called at 02:05 GMT on Tuesday.

John Wright, of the Hollands, Thatcham, has been charged with one count of murder and one count of grievous bodily harm with intent.

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Hampshire travel latest: Winchester delays on A34 and and B3040

BBC News Travel

MOTD Commentator's Notes: Saints v Leicester

Tony Husband

Match of the Day commentator

"You wouldn't blame Claude Puel for having mixed emotions on his return to Southampton.He took Saints to a first major cup final in 14 years and, in a fixture-congested season of 53 games, steered them to eighth in the league.

"Without that record, I doubt he would have got the Leicester job.

"The side he brings to the south coast couldn't be a bigger contrast to the one he led by the end of last season.

"Leicester have regained that swashbuckling buzz they had during their title-winning season. Puel has also picked a settled side, something he rarely did at St Mary's.

"Statistically, Southampton are no better under Puel's successor Mauricio Pellegrino. But as Puel would probably admit after his own experiences, statistics don't mean everything."

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MOTD Commentator's Notes: Man Utd v Bournemouth

Steve Wilson

Match of the Day commentator

"The mood at Old Trafford is bound to be pretty sombre after the manner of their defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, when there was simply no disguising that United lost to the better team.

"United's task now is to ensure that they don't show any signs of weakness to the others who covet their place in the top four.

"Eddie Howe will have taken some satisfaction from Bournemouth's recent run of just one defeat in six.

"It has been a slow recovery from the awful start to the season which saw them lose their first four games - and they are still only three points above the relegation zone - but they should have enough to keep their heads above water come May."

Bournemouth v Man Utd
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Lessons to be learned over teenager's death

An inquest into the death of a 15-year-old girl from Bristol has concluded with an accidental death verdict.

But the coroner at Flax Bourton found that the death of Becky Romero was contributed to by the neglect of Avon and Wiltshire mental health Partnership and Dorset Health Trusts.

The teenager had been admitted to a secure psychiatric unit out of the area, but was discharged and returned home, against the wishes of her family who felt she still needed around the clock care.

Shortly afterwards Becky took her own life.

Becky Romero
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'No respect' claim by Jose Mourinho

BBC Sport

Jose was not a happy man after his press conference ahead of tonight's clash with Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

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Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M27 Hampshire - M27 busy but moving and one lane closed eastbound between J2, A36 (Salisbury) and J3, M271 (Romsey), because of pothole.

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

Condor Liberation returns to dock in Poole


The Condor Liberation has returned to dock at Poole before being returned to service in the Channel Islands.

The provider announced the vessel's return yesterday.

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Navy rehab team retrace WW2 Cockleshell Heroes mission

A team from the Royal Navy has canoed and walked 185 miles (300km) to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most daring operations of World War Two.

Members of the Naval Service Recovery Centre (NSRC) in Plymouth retraced the route taken by the Cockleshell Heroes commandos in eastern France in 1942.

F75 Cockleshell Endeavour
F75 Cockleshell Endeavour

The 10 Royal Marines based in Portsmouth had been tasked to plant mines on enemy ships in Bordeaux at the height of World War Two.

More than 30 navy personnel, many receiving treatment for physical injuries and mental health conditions, took eight days to complete the route.

Capt Paul Fleet said the team had "dug deep" to complete the tribute.

Campaigners hail 'right decision' on New Forest hotel

Campaigners have welcomed the refusal of plans to demolish the Lyndhurst Park Hotel to build more than 70 retirement flats.

New Forest historian Brice Stratford had found that Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sketched plans for a new facade and a third-floor extension to the hotel in 1912.

Turning down a planning application by developer PegasusLife, the National Park Authority said the evidence "raises its heritage value, both architecturally and historically".

More than 850 objections were received during consultation, many calling for affordable housing for younger people.

Lyndhurst Park Hotel

The right decision has been made. The degree of public engagement demonstrates how much this heritage asset is held in people's hearts and is part of local culture. It's a victory for the area and the community.

Brice StratfordHistorian
St Mary and All Saints C of E Primary School

St Mary and All Saints C of E Primary School is rated "inadequate" for a second time in three years.

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BreakingSouth Western Railway workers set for strike

Workers on South Western Railway are to strike on New Year's Eve and on Greater Anglia on 27 December in disputes over the role of guards, the RMT union has announced.

Blenheim 'boosts British economy by £90m'

Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace helps generate £90m for the UK economy each year, research by Oxford Brookes University has found.

The stately home in Woodstock attracts about 600,000 visitors a year and the study said 14% stay in the area for more than a day.

During that time they spend an average of £336 locally on things like accommodation, food, drinks and gifts.

Blenheim Palace said it had set a target of increasing the number of paying visitors to 750,000 as part of a new 10-year plan.

Christmas warning over fatal disappearances

Men are more likely to go missing on a night out and be found dead in December than at any other time of the year, according to a new report from the University of Portsmouth.

Christmas revellers are being urged to look out for each other as researchers identified the winter months from December to February as a high risk period for party-going males.

Taking a route home near water poses a particular danger, with 89% of missing fatalities being discovered later in canals, rivers, lakes or harbours, the study said.

The Men Missing On A Night Out research, released by the university’s Centre for the Study of Missing Persons, looked at 96 fatal disappearances of men who were last seen socialising on a night out.

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Lyndhurst Park Hotel

Developer PegasusLifes had planned to demolish Lyndhurst Park Hotel to build retirement flats.

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Craig David set for Portsmouth's Mutiny Festival

Craig David will headline the main stage of Mutiny Festival on 27 May, at King George V Fields in Cosham.

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Condor Liberation to resume service this week

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Condor Liberation, which sails between the Channel Islands and Poole, will resume services this week after being sent to dry dock in Falmouth for maintenance.

Condor Liberation

It was taken out of action due to an engine fault in October.

A company spokesman said "extensive work" had been done, including a service of the vessel's engines and exhaust systems.

The Condor Rapide is due for maintenance in Janurary 2018, and the Liberation will cover its sailings during this time, according to Condor.

New Forest hotel homes revamp refused again

Plans to demolish a New Forest hotel with links to author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have been refused for a second time.

Developer PegasusLife had reapplied to demolish the Lyndhurst Park Hotel to build more than 70 retirement flats, with 15 "affordable homes".

Campaigners claimed they had found evidence it had been partly designed by the Sherlock Holmes creator.

Lyndhurst Park Hotel

New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) plannerssaid the link "raised its heritage value".

It turned down the new application saying there was "no guarantee that the development would help cater for local needs".

Plan to drop Itchen Bridge toll for electric cars

Electric cars could cross a toll bridge in Southampton for free under new proposals.

The city council wants scrap the charges on the Itchen Bridge to encourage the use of electric vehicles in the city and to aid air quality.

The authority has been told by the government to introduce a clean air zone by 2020 to reduce pollutants.

If the scheme goes ahead it could be brought in from March 2018.

A decision is expected on 19 December.

Itchen toll bridge
Itchen toll bridge

Southampton City Council hopes encouraging the use of electric vehicles will improve air quality.

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Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed and slow traffic on M3 southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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Purbeck is the second of three councils that had initially opposed the plan to make a U-turn.

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Government 'in discussions' with council over cladding money

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said it is talking to Portsmouth City Council over funding for cladding removal works on two city tower blocks.

Cladding removal at Horatia House

The authority agreed to ask State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid to "honour his commitment" to fund £10.9m works to remove and replace fire risk cladding at Horatia House (pictured) and Leamington House at a meeting on Tuesday.

The DCLG said: “We have been clear that building owners are responsible for ensuring their buildings are safe for residents and we expect them to fund fire safety measures.

"Councils should contact DCLG to discuss their position if they have any concerns about funding fire safety works.

"Ministers have been clear we will consider financial flexibilities for councils who need to undertake essential fire safety work to make a building safe.”

Council asks government to 'honour commitment' for cladding cash

Portsmouth City Council has agreed to ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid to "honour his commitment" to fund work to remove and replace cladding on two tower blocks in the city.

Horatia House

Horatia House (pictured) and Leamington House have aluminium composite cladding which was identified as a fire risk in tests after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The motion, which had cross-party support, was passed at a full council meeting on Tuesday.

The council accused the government of abandoning its commitment to provide funding and offering "only to provide councils with 'financial flexibilities' and not actual grants".

Work to remove and replace cladding from the 18-storey blocks is expected to cost £10.9m.

The council previously said removal work would be completed by February.

Homeless boost from Oxford parking charges

Drivers parking in the centre of Oxford will be paying more next year, but charges at Park and Rides will stay the same as the city council unveils its budget for 2018.

Charges at Gloucester Green and Worcester street car parks will go up by 50p.

Money raised by increased parking charges will go towards additional housing for the homeless.

Oxford City Council said it was aiming to protect frontline services and reduce the city's carbon footprint.

Oxford car park

Renewed safety calls for A34

Campaigners have renewed calls to improve safety on the A34 following a series of crashes that caused miles of tailbacks last week. Andy Williams, of the A34 Action Group, said poor and careless driving also had to be tackled in order for any short-term progress on the road to be made.

"As local residents using the road every day, people don't feel safe travelling on the road. This week has been particularly poor with the onset of the bad weather - it's been chaos on the A34 but we put that down to bad driving and people driving too close," he said.

Highways England said the A34 has fewer accidents than other roads of its type but that it recognises the concerns expressed.

A34 tailback

University introduces plastic straw ban

Plastic straws have been banned by the University of Portsmouth.

It's replaced all single-use plastic drinking straws at its catering outlets with straws made from recycled paper.

More than 500,000 plastic drinking straws are thought to be produced daily around the world with many ending up in the world's oceans where they could take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

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