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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 9 January
  2. Windsor council leader defends comments about 'aggressive begging'
  3. Reading West MP Alok Sharma made minister
  4. Lorry overturns on A40 near Witney

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All times stated are UK

That's all for today

That's end the updates for today, but we will be back on Wednesday morning.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J12 for M275 and J11 for A27 Fareham.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M27 westbound between J12, M275 (Portsmouth) and J11, A27 (Fareham), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Better snow preparations are 'relatively easy'

The Leader of Oxfordshire County Council is urging everyone to be better prepared for snow.

When heavy snow hit most parts of the county in mid December, it was the minor roads and pavements that caused the biggest problems.

Ian Hudspeth, who is also the local councillor for Woodstock, said communities need to work together to organise snow plans.

"It's relatively easy when the snow first falls and it hasn't actually turned to ice, perhaps if you just clear that section in front of your house, if everybody did that all the pavements would be clear."

There is some fishy business going on in Reading

Some fish are going to be electrocuted at Blake's Lock in Reading.

But don't worry, they are only being stunned, and it is for their own protection.

The lock is being drained for restoration work, and so to stop our water-dwelling friends from being harmed, engineers at The Environment Agency are using a technique known as 'electro-fishing'.

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It uses hand help equipment, they'll put a low voltage charge into the water which will stun the fish so they can net them out of the lock and pop them back in the river, further up or downstream.

The refurbishment of the ‘gateway’ lock between the town’s two main waterways – the River Thames and the Kennet and Avon Canal, will cost £700,000 to complete.

The lock could be closed for up to five months, but it is regarded by the agency as a one in a generation job, or more to the point, a once in a few hundred fish generations.

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Plans to improve the M3 are underway
The junction of the M3 and A34 is set to get a makeover after Highways England unveiled plans for an upgrade.

Tributes to Ryde fatal crash victim

Tributes have been paid to a former Royal Marine who died in a car crash on the Isle of Wight.

Great-great-grandfather Ivor Millard, 84, died when his Mitsubishi Space Runner struck a wall in Ryde on Sunday. He died later in hospital.

Ivor Millard
Hampshire Consatbulary

“Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather was always cheerful and there was never a dull moment while around him. He cared for all of us and always put people first before himself. We will miss his caring, loving and supportive ways and would like to thank everyone from the emergency services, St Mary’s Hospital and the wonderful people first on the scene who helped him.”

Family tribute

'The aim is to keep the pressure on Mr Dudley'

Patrick O'Hagan

BBC Berkshire political reporter

"Windsor and Maidenhead council is just about as conservative as you can get so the chances of the opposition removing Simon Dudley from the top job lie somewhere between remote and zero.

"The aim here is to keep the pressure on Mr Dudley who defended himself on this morning against claims that he wanted all rough sleepers removed from Windsor's streets before the royal wedding in May."

Severe accident: A35 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A35 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, at M271 affecting A326 Marchwood By-Pass.

A35 Hampshire - A35 Redbridge Causeway in Southampton blocked and heavy traffic into town at Redbridge Flyover, because of an accident. Congestion to Rushington Roundabout.

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

Windsor council leader faces vote of no confidence

Opposition councillors are calling for the Windsor Council leader to step down following his open letter asking police to remove homeless people from the streets ahead of the royal wedding.

They have taken the step of calling for an official motion of no confidence in Simon Dudley which will need the backing of more than half the borough's 56 councillors to pass.

Wisdom Da Costa confirmed on Facebook that his group had requested the motion, claiming that Mr Dudley's letter had brought the council into disrepute.

The letter provoked an outcry, with homeless charities criticising the suggestion that homelessness was a choice.

Simon Dudley
Simon Dudley

Leadership upheaval at troubled school

St Gregory the Great school
Google
Ofsted rated St Gregory the Great Catholic School as "Inadequate" last year

A failing school in Oxford's announced its principle is "on leave" and appointed an acting head without explanation.

In a letter to parents, St Gregory the Great school said Mr Sean Tucker had been appointed acting head teacher in Dr Marcella McCarthy's place.

Senior staff would carry out "all necessary responsibilities", it added.

It comes after Ofsted placed the school in special measures following an inspection in March 2017.

Jail for taxi driver who targeted vulnerable passengers

A taxi driver has been jailed for more than five years for sex offences against people with disabilities.

William Busher, 69, of Long Lane, Hillingdon, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday having previously pleaded guilty to nine charges.

William Busher
Thames Valley Police
The offences against three women happened in Henley-on-Thames, police said

Busher was working as a taxi driver for adults with learning disabilities when the offences happened in Henley-on-Thames between February 2012 and June 2016, Thames Valley Police said.

They included seven counts of sexual activity with a person with a learning disability impeding choice. He also admitted to causing and inciting sexual activity with someone with a disability impeding choice.

Stricken Russian cargo ship Mekhanik Yartsev righted in Southampton

A Russian cargo ship which became stricken in the Solent with a 20-degree list has been righted in port.

The Mekhanik Yartsev got into difficulties off Lee-on-the-Solent early on 26 December and was moved in to Southampton docks two days later.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the effort to right the ship involved jettisoning timber into the sea "in a controlled manner" before being retrieved.

Weights were added to the starboard side of the vessel to lift vents clear of the water and allow the ship's own pumps to remove seawater and right the ship.

The crew had been living on board throughout the operation, with all their facilities available, albeit at a slant.

Mekhanik Yartsev
MCA

The vessel is upright and under control but she is going to be fully assessed to see if she has suffered any damage and the cargo will need to be restowed"

Simon GravesMCA principal surveyor
Forton Road

Stanley Davis died a week after he was taken to hospital from a property in Gosport in March 2017.

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Police raise spirit levels by returning stolen tools

More than £20,000 of stolen tools have been returned to their owners, thanks to a police event.

Over 300 people from across the South and Vale Policing Area came to Abingdon police station over the weekend following a policing operation, which resulted in officers recovering a large quantity of stolen power tools.

Tools
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police have been reuniting people with their stolen tools

We don't want to hammer home the point, but as you can see below, there were some very happy customers.

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Johnson 'working at all levels' to free Iranian prisoner

The Foreign Secretary says work is continuing "at all levels" to free Hampshire mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who's now been in prison in Iran for 20 months.

Boris Johnson apologised last year after he was accused worsening the British-Iranian citizen's situation in the country.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe
BBC
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been imprisoned in Iran for 20 months

In the Commons, The Labour MP, Tulip Siddiq, asked for an update on efforts to secure her constituent's release.

Mr Johnson said work continues “assiduously” on all consular cases in Iran but it is “not particularly helpful to get into a detailed commentary at this stage on how we are doing it.”

Father makes 4,000-mile kidney donor dash

A transplant patient in Abingdon has been given a life-saving kidney from his father, despite them living some 4,000 miles apart.

Robert Pont, 27, was on the verge of kidney failure after being diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease.

His father Simon flew from his home in Canada for the operation which took place at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford just after Christmas.

Mr Pont said becoming a live donor was not a difficult decision.

Two charged over Gosport baby boy's death

A man and a woman have been charged following the death of a three-week-old baby in Hampshire.

The baby boy died in hospital a week after being taken from a property in Forton Road, Gosport in a "serious condition" on 21 March 2017.

Samuel Davies, 23 from Southampton and Roxanne Davis, 29, from Gosport have been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult. They are due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on 8 February.

Forton Road
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Road reopens after overturned lorry cleared

Overturned lorry
Thames Valley Police

The A40 has reopened after an overturned lorry blocked the road.

It was shut in both directions between Burford and Swinbrook for the whole morning while the truck was cleared.

Listing Russian cargo ship Mekhanik Yartsev righted in Southampton Docks

A Russian cargo ship, which became stricken in the Solent with a "significant list" over the Christmas period, has been been righted in Southampton Docks

The Mekhanik Yartsev got into difficulties off Lee-on-the-Solent early on 26 December and was moved into port two days later.

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Gosport MP becomes Health Minister

Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport, has been named as a minister in the Department for Health and Social Care, as part of Prime Minister Theresa May's ministerial reshuffle.

The former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years, has been an MP since 2010, and was re-elected in 2015 and 2017.

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A40 still closed due to overturned lorry

Overturned lorry
Thames Valley Police
The HGV overturned between B4047 Burford Road and B4020 Shilton Road

The A40 in Oxfordshire is still closed in both directions after a lorry overturned between Burford and Swinbrook this morning.

Thames Valley Police said the route would remain shut while the HGV is recovered and debris is cleared.

It's expected to reopen this afternoon.

Overturned lorry
Thames Valley Police

Power cut strikes at RNLI sprats supper

There was near disaster for Poole RNLI which was hosting its fundraising Sprats Supper.

With chefs about to start cooking 50kg of sprats for the waiting 60 hungry guests on Saturday evening, there was a power cut at Lilliput Sailing Club.

For an hour the guests sat in candlight and took part in a raffle before the power was restored an hour later - and the sprats could be fried.

Sprats supper
RNLI
Sprats supper
RNLI

The Sprats Supper is a long standing tradition which is important for us to continue. It's always a good night, to meet up, yarn and eat together and we also raised some money for the station. Thanks to all at the sailing club who helped to make the Sprats Supper happen, we will all remember this one for a while"

Jonathan ClarkPoole RNLI volunteer

Banbury pair to appear in court on far-right terror charges

Two people from Banbury are among six due in court after a string of counter-terrorism arrests across the UK.

Adam Thomas, 21, and Claudia Patatas, 28, both from Waltham Gardens in Banbury, have been charged alongside four others with belonging to banned far-right terror group National Action.

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West Midlands Police said they were charged with being "concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism".

Mr Thomas is also accused of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

They are due before magistrates in Westminster today.

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for M40 and J17 for A412.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J16 M40 and J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Reading MP moved in ministerial reshuffle

Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West, has been named as the Minister of State for Employment, as part of Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle.

The former Housing and Planning minister, who had been involved with the government's response to the Grenfell Tower fire, replaces newly-appointed Education Secretary Damien Hinds in the post.

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'Major upgrade' planned for M3 junction

M3 junction 9
Highways England

Plans for a major change to a junction of the M3 near Winchester have been revealed.

The work, planned for two years from 2021, would allow some drivers to avoid using the roundabout at junction 9, where the motorway meets the A34.

The roundabout will also be redesigned to increase capacity, Highways England said.

The plans have been released as part of a public consultation which lasts until 19 February.

Royal Wedding 'begging' remarks defended

A council leader criticised for saying "aggressive begging" should be tackled in Windsor, ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has defended his comments.

Simon Dudley, of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said he was referring to anti-social behaviour not homelessness.

Harry and Meghan wedding: Anger over Windsor homeless row

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition condemning his comments, and the prime minister was among those who disagreed with Mr Dudley's views.

"At no point have I said 'move on the homeless'," Mr Dudley told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"The key thing is to draw the distinction between homelessness - which is an abomination in a civilised society - and anti-social behaviour, which is a very bad and deteriorating situation in Windsor".

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Royal Wedding 'begging' remarks defended

Council leader Simon Dudley said he was referring to anti-social behaviour not homelessness.

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Woman threatened with knife in Farnborough robbery

A woman has been threatened at knifepoint and thrown to the ground in a robbery in Farnborough, Hampshire.

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking in an alleyway at the corner of Dryden Road and Shelley Rise, between 08:15 and 08:20 GMT on 6 January, when she was approached by a man.

Dryden Road and Shelley Drive
Google
The incident occured in an alleyway at the corner of Dryden Road and Shelley Rise

He grabbed her by the wrist, threatened her with a knife and made the victim hand over her rucksack before pushing her to the ground.

The offender, described as white, around 5ft 10in tall and weaing a thin waterproof-type material and fingerless gloves that looked padded on the palms, then walked off in the direction of Shelley Drive.

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses.

GWR delays expected until 11:00 GMT

Bournemouth man killed in Syria repatriated today

A British man who was killed fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria will be repatriated later today.

Jac Holmes had fought with Kurdish militia the YPG since 2015.

Kurdish representatives in the UK said they had been told by YPG officials the former IT worker from Bournemouth was killed while he was clearing an area to make it safe for civilians.

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Lorry overturns on A40 near Witney

A lorry has overturned on the A40 between Burford and Witney, closing the road at the B4020 Shilton Road and B4047 Asthall Barrow.

Lorry
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Looks like a cold one today

If weather presenters wore clothes that represented the temperature on a given day, Dan Downs would have a thick coat, bobble hat and mittens on.

We only suggest this as it would be lovely to see meteorologists in vests and floral shorts come summer time...

Dan Downs brings you today's weather

Man held over Portsmouth university park sex attack

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape after a woman was sexually assaulted in Portsmouth.

The 20-year-old was attacked in the University of Portsmouth's Ravelin Park in Southsea on Saturday at about 19:20 GMT.

Police said a man pushed the woman to the ground after approaching her in Museum Road. He ran off towards Burnaby Road after the assault.

The 51-year-old man from Portsmouth is being held in custody for questioning.

Ravelin Park
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Tuesday's headlines

  • The leader of the council in Windsor has defended his comments about aggressive begging, after more than 100,000 people signed a petition to stop the authority removing rough sleepers before the Royal Wedding
  • A man and woman from Banbury are among six people due in court in London on terrorism charges this morning
  • New plastic-waste points are to be introduced in Southampton in a bid to boost recycling rates. They'll take plastic pots, tubs, trays and cartons
  • An opposition councillor from Poole is calling for a referendum in the town over plans to unite Dorset under two councils

Early morning disruption on the trains

Trains going between Reading and London are expected to be disrupted until later in the morning.

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Good morning

There will be no reshuffle from BBC South today.

Our ministers for news, sport, weather and travel will remain fully in post, with a remit covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset today.

Everybody has also been allegedly 'digging their heels' in to keep the same brief. No drama here.

You can get in touch with us using our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or via our Twitter accounts: @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

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