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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 11 January
  2. Woman dies in Fareham property fire
  3. Weather: Mist and fog patches

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Cyclist has 'life-threatening injuries' after crash

A cyclist is in a "life-threatening" condition after a crash involving a car in Ferndown, police have said.

The collision happened at 10:40 GMT on Ham Lane.

The 63-year-old man, from Bournemouth, was taken to hospital with a serious head injury.

The Volkswagen Golf driver was not hurt.

Four Southampton homes burgled

Bassett Wood Drive
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One of the homes targeted was in Bassett Wood Drive in Southampton

Four homes have been burgled in one Southampton neighbourhood in the space of 10 days.

Police say properties in Bassett Heath Avenue, Bassett Wood Drive, Saxholm Way and Bassett Road were broken into between 2-10 January.

They were all targeted in the afternoon with cash, jewellery and antiques among the items stolen.

Insp Sharman Wicks, from Hampshire Police, has warned people in Bassett to vigilant.

Council mulls balloon ban

Sky Lantern
BBC
The ban would prevent sky lanterns from being released on council controlled land

Helium balloons and sky lanterns won't be welcome in the skies of west Oxfordshire if councillors back plans for a ban.

The district council is considering measures to stop their release from land it controls and is set to ask town and parish councils to follow suit.

It's due to "growing evidence" about the harm they do to the environment and concern about fires, West Oxfordshire District Council says.

Senior councillors backed the move at a meeting earlier and a ban will come into force if the full council supports the move at a later date.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Fans fight to protect Lawrence of Arabia's Oxford home

2 Polstead Road
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T.E Lawrence's family moved to 2 Polstead Road when he was eight-years-old

Fans of T.E Lawrence are pushing to have his childhood home protected before it is sold to new owners.

The scholar and soldier - better known as Lawrence of Arabia - lived at 2 Polstead Road when he was at schoolboy and student in Oxford.

It has been put up for sale for £2.9m prompting fears its heritage could be destroyed by a new owner.

Local councillor Elizabeth Wade said they were pushing to have it listed to prevent damaging changes to the house.

New buses will arrive in Reading next month

New number 17 bus
Reading Buses
Reading Buses has invested £5.1m in the new fleet

The introduction of 17 new buses in Reading has been announced.

They will enter service in February on the number 17 route between Tilehurst, Central Reading and Oxford Road.

Features include USB charging points for passengers and two sets of doors - one for exiting and another for those entering bus.

Reading Buses said this will provide a "huge benefit" at busy stops and result in faster journey times.

Driver sentenced over neighbour death

A 77-year-old car driver has been given a suspended jail sentence and a one-year driving ban for fatally injuring his neighbour outside their homes.

Ann Lowrey, 87, was hit by Lewis Thorne's Fiat Multipla as she was on foot in Southbourne Road, Bournemouth, on 26 April.

67 and 69 Southbourne Road
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She suffered leg and head injuries and died later in hospital.

Thorne pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at a previous hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He was handed a 24-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months.

U's sign Liverpool midfielder

Cameron Brannagan
Oxford United FC
Brannagan spent last season on loan at Fleetwood Town

Oxford United have signed Cameron Brannagan from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old midfielder has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

He made three senior appearances for Liverpool and has represented England at under-18 and under-20 level.

Forces' horses under threat

Mounted police patrolling
Thames Valley Police
The mounted section is used to maintain public order at football matches, demonstrations and other events.

Thames Valley Police may scrap its mounted section as it makes "stark choices" to cope with funding cuts.

Force chiefs will discuss the possibility of removing the mounted section by 2019, as they present budget proposals to the force's police and crime commissioner.

PC Craig O'Leary, the force's federation chairman, said the removal of the unit would be a "sad loss".

A police spokeswoman told the BBC scrapping the unit was one of three options being considered as the force continued to operate in an "extremely challenging financial climate".

Oxford MP: 'System problems' at Churchill Hospital

Layla Moran, the MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, says she has been discussing the staff shortages at the Churchill Hospital with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Yesterday we reported on a leaked memo to staff that said the lack of trained nurses was making the situation "unsustainable".

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Green MEP: Theresa May's environmental plan 'provides scant detail'

Chick on plastic pile
RSPB CYMRU

The South East's Green MEP has criticised Theresa May's environment strategy, which is being launched today.

The prime minister has pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042.

Keith Taylor, who is also a member of the European Parliament's environment committee, said: "The announcement of the 25-Year Environmental Plan provided scant detail of any policies the government hopes to implement to actually tackle the issue.

"The prime minister also completely failed to acknowledge that to have any hope of winning the fight against a plastic pollution problem that has no respect for borders, it is essential Britain works closely and collaboratively with its neighbours."

Green groups are angry the proposals will have no legal force.

The plan includes urging supermarkets to introduce "plastic-free" aisles while taxes and charges on single-use items such as takeaway containers will be considered.

Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe

Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe signed a new contract with the League One club until summer 2020.

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M40 A40 Spur and J8A for A418 Thame.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 in Waterstock blocked and queuing traffic northbound between J8, M40 (Oxford) and J8a, A418 (Thame), because of a police incident.

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

CGI image of the building

Rooftop bar plans have been ditched from proposals for a new structure in the town's anti-social hotspot.

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Oxford University disputes BMJ's claims of clinical trial misrepresentation

Vaccine
David Cheskin/PA Wire

Oxford University says there was no wrong-doing in a clinical trial of a new tuberculosis vaccine, in which the BMJ claims academics "selectively" used the results of animal studies to gain funding and approval for human trials.

Deborah Cohen, the journal's associate editor, wrote that they publicly relied on reports that the studies had "shown the new vaccine to be protective while privately playing down or dismissing unsupportive experiments as 'failed' or 'irrelevant'".

But in a statement Professor Ewan McKendrick, registrar of Oxford University, said the vaccine had been safely tested in more than 2,000 people.

"The time has come to stop the repeated repackaging of criticisms and allegations which independent expert analysis has demonstrated to be without foundation," he added.

Pasty 'racist abuse' man wanted by police

CCTV of man wanted for racist abuse
Dorset Police

Police in Bournemouth are looking for a man who hurled racist abuse at a shop assistant on Christmas Eve.

The man, who was believed to be drunk, walked into the service station on Bath Road and tried to use contactless payment on his phone to pay for a pasty.

When the cashier told him they didn't accept contactless, the man started shouting racist abuse.

But the cashier pressed the kiosk panic alarm, and the man ran and jumped into a taxi, which police say went to Queens Road in Christchurch.

Dorset Police has released an image of the suspect.

Former Hampshire school teacher jailed for abuse

Ian Atkinson
NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE

A man has been jailed for abusing boys at two boarding schools at which he taught.

Ian Atkinson, 59, was jailed for 12 years after being convicted of eight charges of indecent assault and a charge of indecency with a child.

The charges related to two boys aged under 14 at Ripon Cathedral Choir School in Yorkshire and at a second school in Hampshire.

He was also convicted of downloading indecent images of children.

Atkinson, formerly of Staveley, Ripon, had sexually abused one boy while he worked as a history teacher and boarding master at the choir school, which closed in 2012, in the early 2000s.

The police inquiry also revealed Atkinson had committed similar offences against another boy while teaching at another boarding school in Hampshire in the early 1990s.

Seacourt Park and Ride expansion approved

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

Seacourt park and ride
BBC

Controversial plans to use green belt land to expand a park and ride car park in Oxford have been approved, despite concerns about flooding.

Countryside campaigners gathered at Oxford Town Hall last night for the planning review committee meeting.

But councillors voted five to three in favour of doubling the number of spaces at Seacourt Park And Ride.

They said it would help ease traffic congestion in Oxford but protesters say the expansion will cause major problems.

An Oxford City Council planning committee recommended its approval in December.

Campaigners at town hall
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Bodies of two UK fighters killed in Syria repatriated

Marcus White

BBC South

Ollie Hall (left) and Jac Holmes
Facebook

The bodies of two English volunteer fighters who died in Syria have been repatriated.

Jac Holmes and Oliver Hall, both 24, were killed by explosive devices in Raqqa at the end of 2017.

The men were among British volunteers who travelled to Syria to join the Kurdish-led armed group the YPG, to fight against the Islamic State group.

Vehicles containing their coffins were met at Heathrow Airport by relatives and members of the Kurdish community.

Jac Holmes, from Bournemouth, travelled to Syria three times, where he became the commander of a sniper unit.

He was killed by a suicide vest which was left behind after Islamic State forces were ousted from Raqqa in October.

Oliver Hall, from Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, was killed in the city in November after travelling to Syria to join the conflict in August.

His mother Jane Lyndon said an improvised device went off as he was making the area safe for civilians to return home.

The fighters' families and Kurds laid flowers on private ambulances carrying the men's coffins at Heathrow.

Controversial horse crematorium approved after appeal

Lambourn
BBC

Controversial plans to build a horse crematorium close to Lambourn's world-famous stables have been approved.

Local horse trainers in the area, known as the Valley of the Racehorse, warn the smell of death will spook their million-pound animals.

Applications by J Passey and Son to relocate their operation to the new site have previously been turned down.

But now the Planning Inspectorate has rejected suggestions that incinerator fumes would harm nearby stables.

With over 30 training establishments and several world-famous studs, the Valley, in West Berkshire, has a higher ratio of horses to people than anywhere in England.

Only horses will be incinerated at the new facility at the former Wessex Saw Mill on Wantage Road.

Fatal Fareham fire: Cause being investigated

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has given further details on the flat fire in Fareham that claimed a woman's life.

Crews from Fareham, Cosham and Portchester were called to Minden House on Redlands Lane ‪at 00:04 after a passer-by diallied 999.

The blaze centered on the ground floor flat of the three-storey building. It was extinguished by 1:37.

The 56-year-old woman was brought out of the property by fire crews. They administered first aid before South Central Ambulance Service took her to hospital.

"A fire investigation will now take place to establish the cause," a spokesman said.

Man and woman arrested after armed robbery

Two people have been arrested following an armed robbery near Sherborne.

It happened at about 12:30 on Tuesday at the Spar store in Yetminster.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "It was reported that a man armed with a knife jumped over the counter and stole the till before making off in a blue vehicle. The vehicle was seen to drive off along Thornford Road in the direction of Chetnole.

"The till was later recovered near to the scene in Stonyacres.

"A 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, both from Yeovil, have now been arrested on suspicion of robbery and are assisting officers with their enquiries."

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Royal Berkshire Hospital 'outstanding', inspectors say

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, whose services were rated as requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission three years ago, has been rated good after a recent inspection, with the Royal Berkshire Hospital itself rated as outstanding.

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Andrew Smith

Professor Ted Baker, the chief inspector of hospitals, said the trust had "taken to heart the findings from our original inspection report and built on it to provide excellent services to the people of Berkshire.

"During this inspection we have found examples of outstanding practice in all core services we inspected. In particular we have seen a significant improvement in the quality of medical care.

"Services are now flexible and highly personalised to meet patients’ individual needs."

Royal Berkshire Hospital staff celebrate inspection result
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

In response the trust's chief executive Steve McManus said his teams were "absolutely delighted".

He added: "This is a testament to everyone’s hard work and unwavering commitment and we look forward to our other sites and services being inspected so that we can demonstrate how outstanding they are too.

"Although we have been rated outstanding we know we are not perfect - there are areas to work on and the report will help us to focus on addressing the issues highlighted by the report where we can continue to make improvement."

Dorset road closed after collision between car and cyclist

Southsea sexual assault investigation continues

Emily Hudson

BBC Radio Solent

Officers continue to investigate a sexual assault that took place in Southsea on Saturday.

A 51-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape but has been released with no further action.

A 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Ravelin Park, between Museum Road and Cambridge Road, at about 19:20 GMT.

Highclere Castle's role in Canada's creation remembered

Highclere Castle
PA

The High Commissioner of Canada will be at the home of Downton Abbet, Highclere Castle, this afternoon planting a Maple Tree to mark the role the castle, and its resident Lord Carnarvon, played in creating the Dominion of Canada.

Back in the 1860s, the likes of Benjamin Disraeli and Canada's first Prime Minister John A Macdonald all worked together in Highclere to agree on a Canadian Constitution.

St Luke's Hospital expansion work begins

Paul Jenner

BBC Radio Oxford

St Luke's Hospital
Google

Work has started on the multi-million pound expansion of a specialist nursing home in Headington, Oxford.

A new floor's being added to St Luke's Hospital, adding an extra 20 beds.

Overall, it'll cost more than £5m to build, but a fundraising campaign has been launched.

St Luke's Hospital new entrance
St Luke's Hospital

BreakingMan charged after West Moors house fire

A man has been charged over a blaze that destroyed a house in Dorset.

The 55-year-old man from Three Legged Cross is charged with arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered and harassment.

He will appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court later.

Fire crews were called in to deal with the blaze at the detached house in The Avenue, West Moors, after it broke out on Tuesday.

South Western Ambulance Service said one man was taken to hospital for treatment for chest pains.

BreakingWoman dies in Fareham property fire

The woman seriously injured in the fire on Redlands Lane in Fareham early this morning has died, Hampshire Constabulary has said.

A spokesman said: "Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service attended and forced entry to the flat.

"A woman was found inside the address and was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

"She died a short time later in hospital."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Search for vehicle driven at police officers

Emma Volney

BBC Radio Solent

Hampshire Constabulary CCTV
Hampshire Constabulary

A driver reversed a car at high speed at police officers in Romsey, Hampshire Constabulary has said.

It happened just before 16:00 last Thursday, according to a police spokesman.

"Officers responded to reports of a silver Honda Accord with an altered number plate being driven in The Hundred and Love Lane areas of Romsey town centre.

"It was reported that the vehicle reversed at high speed towards attending police officers who were on foot, before driving off.

"A short time later, the same vehicle was reported being driven at speed through red lights on the A27 towards Southampton."

Police are appealing for witnesses and are hoping someone will have dash cam footage of the vehicle.

Woman in life-threatening condition after Fareham fire

A woman is in a life-threatening condition after a fire in Fareham, Hampshire, according to South Central Ambulance Service.

Emergency services were notified about the fire at a property in Redlands Lane at about midnight.

A spokesman said: "We sent two ambulances and two rapid response vehicles to the scene.

"An adult female had been removed from the property by the fire service and was in a life-threatening condition.

"After initial treatment at the scene she was then taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital still in a life-threatening condition."

Severe disruption: A33 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A33 Berkshire both ways severe disruption, after M4 J11.

A33 Berkshire - Very slow traffic on A33 after Reading, because of a broken down car and recovery work. On the roundabout.

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

Reading housing development on Toys R Us site approved

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Plans to build more than 750 homes on the former Toys R Us and Homebase site in Reading have been approved.

The two units will be demolished and replaced by buildings between two and 11 storeys high.

The development on Kenavon Drive will be mainly flats and include so-called 'affordable housing' to rent.