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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 19 December

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Pelhams Park

A 16-year-old suffered serious injuries to his chest and face after he was stabbed in Pelhams Park.

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That's all for today

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Council intervenes to save plan for new leisure complex

Castle Quay 2 computer generated image
Castle Quay
Cherwell District Council said it will borrow money to buy Castle Quay and build the complex and repay it with the rents generated

A council is to intervene and save plans for a multi-million pound leisure complex in Banbury after an investor pulled out.

Cherwell District Council has agreed to buy Castle Quay shopping centre and build the complex next door.

The project called Castle Quay 2 was being brought forward by Aberdeen Standard Investments, Castle Quay's owner, until the plan was dropped.

The council said the price it will pay for Castle Quay was confidential.

The plan for Castle Quay 2, including a multi-screen cinema, supermarket, restaurants and hotel, already has planning consent and is expected to cost about £60m to build.

Severe accident: A340 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A340 Berkshire both ways severe accident, between Englefield Road and A4 Bath Road.

A340 Berkshire - A340 in Englefield closed in both directions between the Englefield Road junction and the A4 Bath Road junction, because of an accident.

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

BreakingMissing ex-Uefa boss found in Switzerland

Bernard Ross
Alexandre Fourtoy
Bernard Ross was responsible for televising events like the Champions League and Euro 2016

A former Uefa executive, who was missing for two months, has been found safe in Switzerland.

Bernard Ross, 51, who was a director of TV at the football body, left Oxford on 18 October and told his wife he was travelling to London to see his sister.

He went to the south of France instead and earlier this month there was a possible sighting in Nyon, Switzerland.

Thames Valley Police said he was found earlier in Chene-Bourg just outside Geneva.

The married father of four has bipolar disorder but his wife said it was the first time he had ever disappeared in this way.

His discovery comes after Swiss police released CCTV footage appearing to show Mr Ross near Uefa's headquarters in Nyon on December 8.

Advice Bureau 'will close' due to cuts

A Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has warned that it will not survive if a local council reduces its funding.

West Berkshire Council said it was consulting on a proposal to cut support for the charity's local office from £220,000 to £40,000 over three years.

CAB
BBC
West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau say it will close next year ithe council cuts funding

The authority said the reductions were necessary in order to make savings of £10m next year.

The bureau's chief executive said further cuts "will have a direct impact on the people who use the services".

CAB

Advice Bureau 'will close' due to cuts

West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau says any council cuts will force it to shed staff.

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Motocyclist dies in three-vehicle crash

A motorcyclist has died following a three-vehicle crash on a road in rural Dorset.

The crash involving a Mercedes C180 and a Volkswagen Polo happened on the B3091 near Shaftesbury shortly before 08:30.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 35-year-old man from Sturminster Newton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a woman aged in her 60s from Shaftesbury, sustained minor injuries. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Crash map
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Severe disruption: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at A415 Marcham Road.

A34 Oxfordshire - A34 in Abingdon entry slip road closed and very slow traffic northbound at Marcham Interchange.

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

Man released after fatal Itchen Bridge crash

Crash scene
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The crash happened at the Portsmouth Road entrance to the Itchen Bridge shortly after 14:00 GMT on Monday.

A man arrested after a cyclist died in a collision with a lorry near Southampton's Itchen Bridge, has been released while inquiries continue.

The cyclist, a 64-year-old man from Southampton, was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash on Portsmouth Road on Monday afternoon.

The 50-year-old man from Stockport was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Detectives have have appealed for a woman pushing a pram who was seen at a pedestrian crossing, as well as anyone with dashcam footage, to come forward.

A spokesman for transport company Robert Walker Haulage said it was assisting the police and would be conducting its own investigation.

"We would like to extend our condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family of the victim. We would also like to express our gratitude to the emergency services for their efforts yesterday.," he added.

Flowers
BBC
Flowers have been left near the scene of the crash

Lottery winner to work on Christmas Day

A woman who won £1 million on the lottery has said that she will still do her 12-hour Christmas Day shift.

Patricia Aldridge, 55, a care assistant at an old people's home from Wexham, near Slough, won the money after the Lotto draw on 9 December.

Patricia and Robert Aldridge
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Patricia and Robert Aldridge say they will both keep working, despite becoming millionaires

She was announced as a new millionaire on Tuesday, along with her husband Robert, 57, who described the winnings as "life-changing".

Mrs Aldridge said: "You hear people say 'if I won a lot of money I'd give up work', but I love what I do."

Fishery faces action over 'no Polish' sign

Fshery owner Billy Evans
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Fishery owner Billy Evans defended the sign saying "I know I'm right and I'm doing the right thing"

A fishery which has a sign banning Polish and "Eastern bloc" anglers is facing possible legal action.

The owner of Field Farm Fisheries in Oxfordshire said he had caught some anglers stealing fish.

Polish fisherman Rado Papiewski has crowdfunded £5,000 to pay for a private prosecution and have the sign removed.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said the sign was unlawful and it would take "enforcement action" if necessary.

Man charged with Maidenhead rape

A 22-year-old man has been charged with rape after a woman was allegedly attacked in Maidenhead town centre.

The alleged attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning near Nicholson Walk, Thames Valley Police said.

The accused man, from Slough, has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Reading Crown Court on 15 January.

Dippy the arthritic penguin dies

Sad news that Dippy the arthritic penguin who used to live on the Isle of Wight has died.

Dippy - a Humboldt penguin - moved to SeaLife Centre in Great Yarmouth in 2015 after Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the island closed and all its animals had to be rehomed. Staff in Great Yarmouth built a special ramp to help him waddle into the pool.

SeaLife Centre said he was "very popular character and much loved".

Great Yarmouth: Dippy the arthritic penguin has arrived at his new home

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, between J8 for A3024 Bursledon and J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M27 westbound between J8, A3024 (Bursledon) and J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Weather: Dry afternoon ahead

After a cold and foggy start to the day, it is expected to remain dry this afternoon with temperatures reaching 7C.

It will remain overcast overnight and tomorrow.

BBC weather
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Elizabeth Line joins the Tube map

A new tube map featuring the Elizabeth Line has been produced 12 months ahead of its opening.

The line, which includes Berkshire hotspots such as Reading, Maidenhead and Slough on its route through central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.

Elizabeth line
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The construction of the line has entered its final stages and it will open to the public in phases from December next year.

Fifteen trains per hour will run through the tunnels, increasing to 24 trains through the central section by May 2019, Transport for London said.

Elizabeth line

Elizabeth Line joins the Tube map

A new Tube map featuring the Elizabeth Line has been produced 12 months ahead of its opening.

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Family-run shop closes after 69 years

The Shop on the Bridge electrical store in Reading, open since 1948, has closed down after 69 years because of increased competition.

Family-run electrical shop in Reading closes after 69 years

Campaign for council to recognise Headington shark

A council that tried to have a shark sculpture removed is to be asked to recognise its importance.

The fibreglass artwork was installed at 2 New High Street, Oxford, in 1986 by the property's owner Bill Heine.

Shark
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The fibreglass shark was installed in the house in Headington more than 30 years ago

He was told it broke planning rules and was only able to keep it when Secretary of State for Environment Michael Heseltine backed an appeal in 1992.

A bid to add the shark to Oxford City Council's register of heritage assets is being prepared by local residents.

The pop-up pug pub Christmas party

Dozens of pugs enjoyed a Christmas makeover as they took over a Southampton pub.

Owners had the chance to dress their pooches up and could even let them try some special dog beer.

The event was held in aid of the Pug Dog Welfare and Rescue Group.

Pugs celebrate Christmas down the pub

Members of public awarded for tackling robbers

Nine members of the public and an off-duty police officer have been awarded with a prestigious police award for tackling a group of armed robbers.

Four offenders, armed with sledgehammers, axes and knives, attempted to break into Robert Gatward jewelers in King Edward Court in Windsor on 8 September 2016 and steal around £500,000 of watches.

Robber catchers
Thames Valley Police
Six of those awarded left to right: Kris Mayo, Kerrin Walker, Mark Payne, Gary Reeves, Nicholas Elliot and Kristien Prier

Two employees of the shop confronted and detained three of the robbers, assisted by five members of the public, while a fourth was pursued by off-duty police officer. Two others retrieved evidence used by the police in their investigation.

The gang of four men were arrested, charged and jailed for a total of 30 years.

Jewelers Gary Reeves and Nicholas Elliott, police officer Kris Mayo, as well as Kristen Prier, Daniel Keogh, Kerrin Walker, Mark Morley, Mark Payne, Ruth Bruce and Gillian Moran were all awarded with the Thames Valley Police Chief Constable’s Commendation.

How much space will £100 rent get you?

Renters in Oxford get the equivalent of just over one-and-a-half sheds worth of space for every £100 of rent they spend, according to a study by the BBC.

The city was the most expensive place to live in the sample outside London, with tenants getting on average 5.03 sq m per £100 a month.

You can see how many sheds you're getting from your money here.

General view of Bradford
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Renters in Bradford will get more floor space for their money than in many English cities
General view of Bradford

How much space will £100 rent get you?

The equivalent of a small garden shed in London, but five times that in Bradford.

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Full-back Talbot leaves Portsmouth

Drew Talbot has left Portsmouth by mutual agreement after failing to win a regular first-team place.

The 31-year-old full-back arrived from Chesterfield in 2016, but made just 14 appearances in all competitions.

Drew Talbot
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"Drew's intention is to head back north and I'm sure we'll see him settle with a new club in January," said Pompey manager Kenny Jackett.

Signed by former Pompey manager Paul Cook last summer, Talbot made four League One starts this term.

Drew Talbot

Full-back Talbot leaves Portsmouth

Full-back Drew Talbot exits Portsmouth by mutual agreement after making just four league starts this season.

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Guy Hedger: Murder suspect had 'stopped burglaries'

A suspect accused of shooting dead a businessman in a botched burglary has said he did not commit burglaries where householders were at home.

Jason Baccus told Winchester Crown Court yesterday he had committed domestic and commercial burglaries in the past to fund his drink and drug habits.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police
Guy Hedger was at home with his husband when he was killed

Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the raid at his home in Ashley, Dorset, in the early hours of 30 April.

Mr Baccus, Scott Keeping and Kevin Downton all deny murdering Mr Hedger.

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 slow traffic northbound at J11, A3090 (Winchester South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Meet the amazing 'snow window' painter

An artist has been showing off how he creates spectacular "snow window" paintings.

Tom Baker, who is from Sandhurst in Berkshire, spends his December travelling around the country creating spectacular displays.

The 'snow window' painter who makes Christmas magical

Was Bournemouth the coldest place in the UK overnight?

An independent weather station in Dorset seems to think so...

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Witness appeal after cyclist dies in Itchen Bridge lorry crash

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a cyclist in his 60s died in a collision with a lorry near Southampton's Itchen Bridge yesterday.

Police said the crash happened at the Portsmouth Road entrance to the bridge shortly after 14:00 GMT.

A 50-year-old man from Stockport was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Hampshire Constabulary has urged witnesses to come forward and is seeking any dashcam footage from drivers.

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Leak found on Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier

The UK's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is leaking because of a faulty seal.

The Royal Navy's future flagship, which is based in Portsmouth and was commissioned by the Queen earlier this month, has a problem with one of its propeller shafts.

All you need to know about the HMS Queen Elizabeth

The fault on the £3.1bn carrier was first identified during sea trials.

A Royal Navy spokesman said the ship is scheduled for repair and the fault does not prevent it from sailing again early in the new year.

Tuesday's weather

Alright then, Alex Osborne, we've brought our sunglasses, suntan lotion and short shorts into work today.

Some said it was a gamble, let's see...

Alex Osborne tells us the weather for Tuesday in the South.

Tuesday's early morning headlines

  • The UK's new aircraft carrier, the Portsmouth-based HMS Queen Elizabeth, is leaking because of a faulty seal
  • A man is due to be sentenced for an acid attack in London that left two young women from Poole, and 12 other clubbers, with life-changing injuries
  • West Berkshire's Citizens Advice Bureau claims it will close within the year after their funding was cut from £220,000 to £40,000
  • More than a thousand parcels are undelivered at the Sandhurst Royal Mail sorting office in the week before Christmas, due to an "unusually high level" of sick leave

Good morning

There will be no journalistic leaks upon the mighty HMS South Live today, we can assure you of that.

A devout crew is setting sail for destinations Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset, plus the landlocked areas of Berkshire and Oxfordshire, which may be slightly more difficult to navigate.

We hope you are along for the ride with us. Bring your uniforms and hats as well.

You can get in touch with your pictures and news on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages or by using Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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We will be watertight, unlike HMS Queen Elizabeth, it seems