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  1. Storm Eleanor brings strong winds to region
  2. Two people in hospital after car hit by falling tree
  3. Fallen trees cause travel disruption
  4. Homes hit by power cuts
  5. Updates from Wednesday 3 January

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Severe accident: A35 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Hampshire both ways severe accident, near Woodlands Road.

A35 Hampshire - A35 Lyndhurst Road in Ashurst partially blocked in both directions near the Woodlands Road junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

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

The Isle of Wight's new chain ferry struggling to dock
The £3.2m chain ferry crossing the River Medina has recently resumed after being suspended.

Search continues for missing 70-year-old

Andrew Latcham
Dorset Police

Searches to find a 70-year-old man who went missing from a supported housing block in Dorset are continuing, police have said.

Andrew Latcham was last seen leaving his home in Blandford at about 03:30 GMT on 30 December.

Dorset Police said officers have been using a specialist drone to scour the area, and that it wanted "to assure the public our efforts are still ongoing".

The force previously said active searches had been halted and it was "very unlikely" Mr Latcham would be found safe.

Man jailed for 'brutal' garage stabbing

Daniel Lowe
Dorset Police

A man who stabbed a garage worker in the chest, back and stomach has been jailed for eight years.

Daniel Lowe attacked the man as they chatted on the Nuffield Industrial Estate in Poole, Dorset, on 16 June.

He then drove away, crashing into another vehicle, and ran into a police station, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.

Lowe, 27, of Steer Road, Swanage, admitted wounding with intent, possessing an offensive weapon and cannabis and aggravated vehicle taking.

New deals for Reading youngsters

BBC Sport

Reading have offered new contracts to two of their academy graduates.

Defenders Tom McIntyre and Gabriel Osho, both 19, have both featured in the Checkatrade Trophy for Reading's under-21s.

Both players have featured in the Checkatrade Trophy for the under-21s, but are still waiting to make their senior debuts for the Championship club.

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 heavy 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

'Dirty' Audi sought after Dorchester 'hit-and-run'

Police are hunting for an Audi A3 convertible after a mother was killed in a suspected hit-and-run.

Crash scene at The Grove in Dorchester

Erika Prisacaru, 39, died in hospital after being struck by a car on The Grove, Dorchester, Dorset, shortly before 20:00 GMT on 27 December.

Dorset Police has already appealed for mechanics asked to fix a damaged car in the days after her death to come forward.

The force is now releasing CCTV images of the vehicle believed to be involved.

Two arrests after boy suffers eye injury

Wimborne Road

Two men have been arrested in connection with a 13-year-old boy suffering a serious eye injury in Poole.

The victim was walking in Wimborne Road, close to a Co-op food store at its junction with Tatnam Road, when he was hit in the leg and eye with unidentified objects.

Dorset Police said he was taken to hospital and is continuing to receive treatment.

Two men from Poole, aged 19 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

Children 'ate discarded food' at nursery

Stepping Stones Day Nursery and Nursery School in Witney
Inspectors said staff shortages were to blame for the problems

Children ate discarded food and dried pasta at an Oxfordshire nursery because they were not supervised properly, a watchdog has said.

Ofsted inspectors also saw youngsters running with scissors "in an unsafe matter" during a visit to Stepping Stones Nursery in Witney.

The regulator rated the nursery, which has 75 places, inadequate after an inspection in December.

Nursery owner Jane Kelly said the next inspection would show improvement.

Travel: Island Line blocked

Oxford United manager Pep Clotet

Oxford United manager Pep Clotet is confident business in the January transfer window will improve his squad.

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Pensioner suffers broken shoulder in mugging

Watts Park

An 82-year-old woman suffered a broken shoulder and heavy bruising as a mugger snatched her handbag while she walked through central Southampton.

The victim, who had just been for a coffee with a friend nearby, was attacked and knocked to the ground by a man in Watts Park between 11:20 and 11:30 GMT on Monday.

Hampshire police said it wanted to hear from a man who helped the woman and chased after the robber.

Det Con Martin Brewer said: “This was a cowardly crime against a vulnerable member of the community who was simply walking through the park with a friend."

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - M4 entry slip road closed and slow traffic London-bound at J6, A355 (Slough), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4 affecting J7 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - M4 entry slip road closed, two lanes closed and queuing traffic London-bound between J6, A355 (Slough) and J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident. Congestion to J7, A4 (Slough West).

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

Severe disruption: A351 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A351 Dorset both ways severe disruption, between B3075 Morden Road and A35.

A351 Dorset - A351 Sandford Road in Wareham closed in both directions between the B3075 Morden Road junction and Bakers Arms roundabout, because of Storm damage.

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

Alarm at assaults on police officers over Christmas

BBC Radio Berkshire

Concerns have been raised about the "unacceptable" number of attacks on police officers in the Thames Valley over the Christmas period.

Chair of Thames Valley Police Police Federation, Craig O'Leary, says 24 officers have been assaulted since 22 December.

Police have been returning home at Christmas and having to explain why they have cuts and bruises to their children, he told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"Officers are being used as punch bags... We don't seem to do anything to protect our officers".


Online abuse 'a pain to deal with' for social media giants

Simon Hart MP says the rules for online abuse "lag behind" those for offline activity and we've reached a "critical" point in dealing with it.

His comments come as Bournemouth restaurant owner Jean Daniel Francois claims his reports of racial abuse via hate messages sent to his business' Facebook page had not been taken seriously by police.

Mr Francois, of Grill Shack and Tiki Bar in Southbourne, said the abuse did not appear to be a "big deal" to police as he had not heard from officers since reporting the abuse on 10 November.

Dorset Police said it was continuing to investigate.

Facebook sign

Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia - all those sorts of things to some extent are catered for by existing laws. What we have been looking at particularly closely is whether the social media platforms are taking all of this seriously. Quite a lot of the evidence we've received suggest it's a bit too difficult, it's a bit of a pain.

Simon Hart MPCommons Committee on Standards in Public Life
Police officer

West Midlands Police say the six are being held on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.

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Restaurant's Facebook abuse 'not taken seriously by police'

A restaurant owner who claims he was racially abused via hate messages sent to his business' Facebook page said his case should be taken more seriously by police.

Review on the Grill Shack and Tiki Bar Facebook page

Jean Daniel Francois, of Grill Shack and Tiki Bar in Southbourne, said the words used in the review of the restaurant were "very derogatory".

He reported the abuse to Dorset Police on 10 November but said he had not yet heard anything from officers.

"It seems to me that it's not a big deal to [the police] but it's such a big deal for the victim," Mr Francois added.

The force said it is continuing to investigate and is trying to identify the person who posted the messages.

"We always take reports of hate crime extremely seriously and will fully investigate and deal with any incidents robustly," it added.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M40 A40 Spur affecting J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - Stationary traffic on M40 southbound at J8, M40 (Oxford), because of an overturned lorry and all traffic being temporarily held. Congestion to J8a, A418 (Oxford).

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, before J8 for M40 A40 Spur.

M40 Oxfordshire - Slow traffic on M40 northbound before J8, M40 (Oxford), because of an earlier overturned caravan. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Listen: Stock-take starts at Hampshire zoo

Giraffes, birds, ants and everything in-between are being counted at Marwell

Sun comes out as winds ease

After the gusty start to the day and the chaos that brought with it, conditions have now calmed.

The sun has come out and wind speeds are expected to steadily drop as the afternoon progresses.

BBC weather

Pressure mounts on Reading boss Stam

Reading manager Jaap Stam is under increasing pressure after his side lost 2-0 to bottom of the table Birmingham City to end a miserable end-of-year run.

The Royals have picked up just one point from their previous five matches, and currently lie in 18th position in the table, four points from the relegation zone.

Hear Jaap Stam after defeat to bottom-of-the-table Birmingham

The 45-year-old told BBC Berkshire after the defeat: "I am cross - in a certain way - with the players but I cannot blame them for not working, because they are working hard.

"It's easy to give a lot of comments... we are very unhappy as well. We are not dancing in the dressing room. It's easy to blame people if things are going wrong, but we need to stick together."

Before kick off, the club's chief executive Ron Gourlay said Jaap Stam's position was not under "any threat whatsoever".

Island hovercraft service suspended

The passenger hovercraft service between Southsea and Ryde remains suspended due to adverse weather conditions.

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Royal Navy sailor has sex charge dropped

One of three Royal Navy sailors accused of taking part in a group sex attack on a woman in Canada has had the charges against him dropped.

Joshua Finbow was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at the Shearwater air base in Nova Scotia in April 2015.

Canadian Forces Base Shearwater

A Canadian judge ruled Mr Finbow's rights were violated by an 80-minute delay before he could consult a lawyer.

The two remaining suspects, Darren Smalley and Simon Radford, are due to go on trial in Canada in September.

'Ram-raid' attempt on cash machine

Charlbury Co-Op after ram-raid
Ben Nicholls
The Co-op was targeted early yesterday morning

Two cars were involved in an attempt to steal a cash machine from a supermarket in West Oxfordshire yesterday.

They were used to force open the doors in order to get to the ATM of a Co-op on Enstone Road, Charlbury.

It's not believed any cash was stolen in the raid at about 03:35 GMT, Thames Valley Police says.

A white Renault van and a silver Land Rover were found nearby, and the force says both were stolen and may have been used in the incident.

Cash machine after ram-raid in Charlbury
Ben Nicholls

Sauce sachet mimics Crohn's in patient

A woman who thought for years she had bowel disease was found to have pieces of a sauce sachet in her intestine.

Doctors at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, initially diagnosed the 41-year-old patient with Crohn's disease after bouts of acute abdominal pain.

Heinz Sachet
The patient said she had no memory of consuming the sachet

A British Medical Journal report said that after being taken in for surgery, two pieces of Heinz plastic packaging were found perforating her gut.

Once the pieces were removed, the patient was cured.

Heinz sachet - generic

Sauce sachet mimics Crohn's in patient

Doctors treating a patient with acute abdominal pain find pieces of sachet in her intestine.

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Hampshire spinner Crane set for Test debut

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Mason Crane
Getty Images

The Ashes may have been lost before Christmas, but the start of the final Test in Sydney tonight will be a special moment for Hampshire's Mason Crane.

The leg-spinner, 20, is in line to make his Test debut for England with news overnight all-rounder Chris Woakes has been ruled out with a side injury.

Crane enjoyed a successful winter down under last year playing Sydney grade cricket for Gordon before becoming the first overseas player to represent New South Wales in the Australian state competition since Imran Khan in 1984-85.

"He's very excited, as you would be," England captain Joe Root said.

"It's great to see someone so desperate to play for England. It's a great place for him to start his career."

Reading manager Jaap Stam

Reading manager Jaap Stam rejects criticism of his side after their winless run continued against Birmingham City.

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Our electricity is fried... and so are these chips

Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) is providing food to some of the 300 customers without power in Berkshire this morning.

The provider do not know when the electricity will be back on, but it has said it is working hard to resolve the issues.

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Storm Eleanor: Power restored to 16,000 homes

Power has been restored to more than 16,000 homes across the region following damage caused by high winds overnight.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said about 1,000 of its customers in the region had not yet had their supply restored.

Parts of Dorset, Hampshire and the M4 corridor are the areas which have been most affected, it said.

"Operational teams have been out since first light to safely repair damage and restore supplies as soon as possible through the course of today," an SSEN statement said.

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