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  1. Updates from Friday 22 December

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All times stated are UK

Merry Christmas

Thank you for clicking on BBC South Live, that's all for today.

We won't be back until 27 December (there's some Christmas thing happening), so join us for cold turkey sandwiches and the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Wednesday.

Until then, you can still get in touch anytime with your pictures and news on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire, and Oxford Facebook pages, or via our Twitter accounts: @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford

Milestone for HMS Prince of Wales

HMS Prince of Wales
BAE Systems

Britain's newest aircraft carrier has taken a step closer to sea trials.

HMS Prince of Wales has been floated and moved to her fitting-out berth at Rosyth docks.

The 65,000-tonne warship and sister ship to the recently-commissioned HMS Queen Elizabeth was moved in a delicate overnight operation.

Both carriers will be based in Portsmouth.

M40 delays 'until later this evening'

Burnt out lorry
@TVPRP/Twitter
The lorry was carrying bottles of Corona and Stella Artois beer

Highways England says long delays are expected to continue until later this evening, after a lorry-load of beer caught fire.

Two out of three lanes are still closed southbound between Cherwell Valley Services and Bicester.

Traffic is queuing for about four miles to get past the burnt-out lorry.

Londoners 'flock to Oxford'

Oxford's skyline
BBC
It's claimed more Londoners are swapping the big smoke for dreaming spires

About 18% of homes sold in Oxford have been bought by Londoners, according to one estate agent.

Hampton's International carried out the research and say the figure compares to about 5% in 2007.

Tom Carey, from John D Wood, told BBC Radio Oxford that improved transport links have helped drive the increase.

New Forest animal road death numbers fall

The number of animals killed or injured on roads in the New Forest has fallen, new figures from the National Park Authority show.

Fifteen animals were killed or injured between 1 November and 16 December 2017, compared to 31 in the same period in 2016

A campaign urging drivers to slow down on forest roads and allow longer times for their journeys was launched in November.

New Forest campaign
New Forest National Park Authority

Hopefully this is an early sign of success. Every animal matters to its owners, and every accident makes it harder for us to take the decision to allow them to graze the New Forest for everyone’s benefit. We’re hugely grateful to everyone helping make this a better winter for the New Forest.

Tony HockleyChairman, Commoners Defence Association

Cyclist death crash driver pleads guilty

Kieran Dix
Family handout
Kieran Dix was a "serious cyclist", his family said.

A motorist has been given a suspended prison sentence for causing the death of a cyclist.

Kieran Dix, 36, died in hospital two months after he was hit by a car which drove through give-way lines at Ipley Cross in the New Forest.

The driver, Viral Parekh, 23, pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to causing death by careless driving.

He was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work.

Parekh, formerly of Deacon Road, Southampton, and now living in Crawley, was also disqualified from driving for three years.

Janine Bowater murder case discontinued

Janine Bowate
TVP

The case of a man charged with the murder of a young mother in Thatcham has been discontinued.

John Wright, who was accused of killing 25-year-old Janine Bowater, died in custody last week.

Ms Bowater, who had two children, was found on a residential street in the early hours of 12 December.

Mr Wright, 32, was due to appear before a Reading Crown Court judge last Friday, but he died the night before.

His case was subsequently adjourned in order for the prosecution to obtain evidence of the death, which was officially presented at court today.

There will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

Queues of more than 11 miles on M40

Burnt out lorry
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
The lorry was carrying bottles of beer

Traffic is queuing back to Banbury after a lorry-load of beer caught fire on the M40.

It happened between Cherwell Valley Services (junction 10) and Bicester (junction 9).

One lane reopened southbound at about 12:40 (GMT).

Maidenhead chef, 22, wins Masterchef: The Professionals

Craig Johnston
BBC

A chef at a Maidenhead gastropub has been crowned the youngest ever champion on Masterchef: The Professionals.

Craig Johnston was seen winning the title on BBC2 last night.

The 22-year-old works as a sous chef at Michelin-starred The Royal Oak.

Isle of Wight oil spill surveillance continues

An air surveillance operation is continuing following an oil spill reported to the east of the Isle of Wight.

The cause of the incident which happened about about 3-4 miles off the coast on Wednesday is thought have happened during refuelling between two ships.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it was monitoring the situation through regular surveillance flights across the area, and is in dialogue with the ship’s owners who have contracted a commercial company to address any consequences from the spill.

A spokeswoman said to date, no adverse consequences have been identified or reported, and there is no indication of any impact on the shoreline.

Isle of Wight
BBC

Free beer for firefighters

Henley Standard

Firefighting must be thirsty work but it seems it's not without its rewards.

The Henley Standard reports that a pub in the town is be offering a free pint to firefighters.

It's to thank crews who extinguished a chimney fire on Wednesday.

Man arrested and cyclist in life-threatening condition after collision

A cyclist is in a life-threatening condition after being hit by a car in Southampton this morning.

Hampshire Constabulary was called after midnight to Brownhill Way following a collision that involved a Ford Focus.

The 32-year-old male's injuries are described as "serious". He is currently in Southampton General Hospital.

A 26-year-old man from the New Forest was arrested in connection with the incident and is in custody.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

PC Lucy Hawkins said: "We know that this happened in the early hours of this morning, but if you were out and about in the area you may have seen something that could help our investigation.

"Did you see what happened or did you see either a male cyclist or a black Ford Focus travelling around that area of Southampton?"

Le Tiss 'level with Messi'

Southampton-star Craig David is on Football Focus this weekend - and he's talking about his favourite ever Saints player.

He says that while Shearer and Flowers were Slicker Than Your Average, it's Matthew Le Tissier who was really Hot Stuff.

Though it may leave some people Walking Away, he says some of the things Le Tiss could do were better than even Messi.

Football Focus: Southampton fan Craig David talks Matt Le Tissier

You don't have to wait 7 Days to watch the whole thing. Craig will be on Football focus at 12:00 on Saturday on BBC One.

Lane reopens following M40 fire

Eddie Stobart lorry on fire
Matt Taylor
The lorry caught fire on the M40 southbound between junction 10 and junction 9

One lane has reopened on the M40 southbound following a lorry fire.

It happened between Cherwell Valley Services and Bicester in Oxfordshire.

On Twitter, Helen Smith said "Driver out but bad vehicle fire on M40. Bottles of Stella exploding! Very scary stuff.

Mother thanks 999 call handler who helped save her baby
Jasmin Legg has thanked the 999 call handler who helped save her four-week-old son's life.

BreakingLorry fire blocks M40

A lorry fire has blocked the M40 southbound between Bracknell and Bicester.

Eddie Stobart lorry on fire
Matt Taylor
The M40 is blocked between junction 10 and junction 9
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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an earlier lorry fire and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

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More than 53,000 sign a petition calling the Oxford Junior Dictionary to reinstate words like acorn.

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Sam Kyme died 'knowing children would be OK'

Sam and Pippa
Susanna Howard

Pippa Hughes (pictured right), the sister of Sam Kyme, who died after raising more than £40,000 so her sons could move to Australia to live with Pippa, said she died "knowing everything is sorted for her kids."

She added: "It's amazing how life can change in a year. This time last year it was Christmas and we were all together and this year it's completely changed.

"There was no warning, you just never know what's going to happen.

"We've got a few days now to scream and shout and cry, but Christmas, we're going to make it for Sam.

"She wanted everyone to be together and get on and have fun, so we'll do that."

Man stabbed in Caversham attempted robbery

A man's been stabbed in the chest in an attempted robbery in Caversham, Berkshire.

The 57-year-old was attacked after two men came up to him in an alleyway near South View Avenue demanding money.

Police say they are looking for two men around 20 years old.

Both were wearing hooded tops and scarves over their faces. One was carrying a crossbow.

John Simpson was guest editor of BBC Oxford's David Prever show today

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

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

Bournemouth car driver, 77, admits killing pedestrian

Marcus White

BBC South

Southbourne Road accident location
Google

A 77-year-old car driver has admitted causing the death of a pedestrian in Bournemouth.

Lewis Thorne pleaded guilty earlier to causing the death of an 87-year-old woman by careless driving outside his home in Southbourne Road on 26 April.

The woman died in hospital after suffering serious injuries to her head and legs, police said.

Thorne, of Glendale House, is due to be sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on 11 January.

Mum dies after raising £40,000 for sons

Sam Kyme and children
Susanna Howard

A woman with motor neurone disease who raised more than £40,000 to enable her sons to live with her sister in Australia has died.

Sam Kyme, 34, of Oxfordshire, could no longer talk, but made the plea through her friends on a crowdfunding website.

The cash will be used to fund the funeral, plane tickets, and legal and school fees.

Friend Susanna Howard said she passed away on Thursday morning "peacefully with her family around her".

She added: "The family are deeply saddened but also relieved that she is no longer suffering.

"Thank you to everyone for the incredible generosity and support during these difficult and devastating months.

"We know that Sam would like everyone to celebrate her life by raising a glass to her and her family at this festive time."

Ms Kyme was diagnosed in April and told she had months to live. Within two months she could no longer speak.

'Inspirational' chief executive leaves NHS trust

Fiona Dalton
UHS NHS Foundation Trust

An "inspirational" chief executive is to leave a Southampton hospital to take up a new job in Canada.

Fiona Dalton was praised in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report in June for leading "substantial improvements" at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.

The CQC highlighted her regular lunches with patients to gather feedback.

Ms Dalton, who took up the post in November 2013, will leave the trust in March.

Weather: 'Cloudy and mild'

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Isle of Wight chip shop offers deep-fried Christmas dinner

Battered Brussels sprouts, a turkey and stuffing fritter and deep-fried pigs in blankets are all on the menu at a takeaway this Christmas.

Corries Cabin, in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, initially started offering deep-fried sprouts as a way to boost business in the festive period.

The boss has since added an extra item to the menu each year and now boasts a full deep-fried Christmas dinner.

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to BBC South Live on Friday 22 December, or, as it's less commonly known, Christmas Eve Eve Eve.

We'll be bringing you the latest updates from across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire until 18.00.

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