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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 22 January

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening!

That's all from BBC South Live for today.

The service will resume at 08:00 on Tuesday.

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

Have a lovely evening!

18-year sentence for Slough child rapist

A man from Reading has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a girl under 13.

Stephen Deville, aged 37, of Uxbridge, was found guilty of the offences at Reading Crown Court last year.

Deville
Thames Valley Police

The offences which took place between March and April 2015 in Slough and involved one female victim.

He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

Det. Con. Alethea Cox said: “This is a fantastic result for the victim and her family who will no doubt have a difficult road ahead as they come to terms with Deville’s horrendous crimes.

Mauricio Pellegrino

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Student wore 'offensive' Hawking outfit to Oxford party

Lady Margaret Hall
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The incident took place at a party at Lady Margaret Hall

An Oxford University college has expressed its disappointment after one of its members wore an "offensive" Stephen Hawking costume to a party.

The male student wore the outfit to a college bop, university newspaper The Cherwell reports.

It said the able-bodied student was asked to leave by other students at the themed party on Saturday.

A spokesperson for Lady Margaret Hall said the college's dean would "express its disappointment" to the student.

Guy Hedger murder trial: 'Amateurish and incompetent' burglary

During the sentencing of two men found guilty of murdering an executive at his Dorset home during a botched burglary, judge Mr Justice Jay described the crime as "amateurish and incompetent".

Guy Hedger, 61, was shot dead in the raid in Ashley in the early hours of 30 April 2017.

Jason Baccus, from Bournemouth, and Kevin Downton, from Winterborne Stickland, were convicted unanimously after a two-month trial at Winchester Crown Court.

The pair have been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 34 years.

Mr Justic Jay added: "Guy Hedger died in his bedroom when he was shot by you, Kevin Downton... You were an enthusiastic participant.

"You removed two phones from the bedside table. You have a cold ruthless streak and have shown no remorse."

He described Baccus as a "career criminal" who "recruited" Downton as the gunman.

He added he too had shown no remorse.

Royal wedding Windsor double 'unprecedented'

A second royal wedding is to take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor this year following the news that Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank.

The two, who've been dating since they met on skiing holidays several years ago, got engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month and will marry in the autumn.

Royal commentator Christopher Warwick said two royal weddings in a year in St George's Chapel is unprecedented.

St George's Chapel
BBC

In living memory this certainly hasn't happened and I doubt whether it has actually happened before. St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is just magical, beautiful, it's like a mini cathedral.

Christopher WarwickRoyal commentator

Tributes to "caring, loving" motorist who died in Chandler’s Ford crash

Tributes have been paid to a motorist who died when his car crashed into a parked van in Chandler’s Ford on Saturday.

Michael Betts, 52, of Portarlington Road, Bournemouth, died following the incident in Belmont Road on Saturday evening.

Mr Betts worked at Romanza, in Bournemouth, a restaurant run by the family of his partner.

Michael Betts
Hampshire Constabulary

Mick was caring, loving, kind and always helpful to others. He was a selfless man and was devoted to his partner, as well as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. We are devastated but he will always be in our thoughts. He lived life to the full and we will miss him every day.

Family tribute

Guy Hedger: 'Deep and searing pain' felt by husband

Marcus White

BBC South

Guy Hedger was described in court as an "intelligent, creative, caring and gentle man".

The executive was shot dead in a botched burglary at his home in Ashley, Dorset, in the early hours of 30 April last year.

Jason Baccus, from Bournemouth, and Kevin Downton, from Winterborne Stickland, were convicted unanimously of murder after a two-month trial.

They were both jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years.

The court heard a victim impact statement written by Mr Hedger's husband who said he "worked hard, deserved the life he had worked for".

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police

"The final moments of Guy's life were full of terror, fear and pain.

"The crime was violent and callous, fuelled solely and simply by greed, the thought that you can take whatever you want without working for it, the thought that life is cheap," he added.

Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper added he felt a "deep and searing pain of never being able to properly say goodbye".

Guy Hedger: Defendants' reaction to trial verdicts

Marcus White

BBC South

There was no reaction from Kevin Downton or Jason Baccus as the jury passed guilty murder verdicts following their trial at Winchester Crown Court. They are due to be sentenced later.

Scott Keeping held his head in his hands and clasped his hands together as if praying after he was cleared of all charges.

He smiled at his wife Helen, who was also cleared of all charges.

The judge said the Keepings were discharged and free to go.

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

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M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40.

M25 Berkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Guy Hedger: Botched burglary led to murder

Marcus White

BBC South

The murder of Guy Hedger shocked the community on the Dorset-Hampshire border.

He was shot when his husband, Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, known as Si, hit a panic button triggering alarms after they were confronted in their bedroom by two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

In a video shown to the court during the trial, Mr Hedger-Cooper said: "I heard an almighty boom, shot, and Guy said 'I have been hit, I have been hit'."

Mr Hedger, the brand and marketing director of insurance firm Liverpool Victoria (LV=), died two hours later in hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Diamond jewellery and watches were among items worth more than £120,000 which were stolen.

The court heard the intruders also removed an iPhone and landline in a "callous" attempt to stop Mr Hedger-Cooper calling the emergency services.

Guy Hedger murder crime scene
BBC

Cigarette butt clue 'crucial to solving Guy Hedger murder'

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

The two-month trial at Winchester Crown Court heard how Guy Hedger and his husband were confronted in their bedroom by two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

Mr Hedger was shot when his husband, Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, known as Si, hit a panic button triggering alarms.

Police admitted for the first 24 hours after the shooting in April last year they had no idea who may have been involved. It was what they called a "cold start".

Guy Hedger murder crime scene
BBC

But the major breakthrough came when they found discarded cigarette butts around the corner from Guy Hedger's home.

They contained the DNA of Jason Baccus. Police were then able to identify his known associates and track their movements at the time of the shooting. This led them to Kevin Downton.

Without the discovery of this crucial forensic link officers said it may have taken them much longer to identify those responsible.

Guy Hedger murder trial: verdicts in full

Marcus White

BBC South

Here are the verdicts in full from the trial of four people accused of involvement in the fatal shooting of businessman Guy Hedger at his home in Ashley on 30 April.

Jason Baccus from Bournemouth and Kevin Downton from Winterborne Stickland, were found guilty of murder, aggravated burglary, possessing a firearm, one count of burglary (relating to premises in Verwood). All by unanimous verdict. They had already pleaded guilty to one other count of burglary.

Scott Keeping was found not guilty of the same charges.

His wife, Helen Cooper was also cleared of two counts of assisting an offender.

Baccus and Downton are due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court later this afternoon.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police
Guy Hedger was shot at his home in Ashley in the early hours of 30 April.

BreakingTwo men guilty of Guy Hedger murder

Marcus White

BBC South

Two men have been found guilty of murdering an executive in a botched burglary at his luxury home in Dorset.

Guy Hedger, 61, was shot dead in the raid at Ashley, Dorset, in the early hours of 30 April 2017.

Kevin Downton and Jason Baccus were both found guilty of murder.

Scott Keeping was found not guilty of the same charge.

Work begins to shift 'stinking seaweed' in Emsworth street

Contractors have moved in to shift piles of "stinking seaweed" from the streets of a coastal town after residents claimed they had been left there for almost three weeks.

The seaweed washed onto King Street, Emsworth from Chichester Harbour during Storm Eleanor on 2 January..

Resident Brian Sims said it was a "disgrace" it was still there, despite him making eight calls to the council.

After being contacted by the BBC, a council spokesman said contactor Norse South East would be removing the seaweed.

Seaweed being removed
Brian Sims

Dry afternoon ahead after wet start

A dry but cloudy afternoon with highs of 10C lies ahead.

Rain showers are expected to return tomorrow morning.

BBC weather
BBC

'Not all squirrels carry leprosy'

Not all squirrels carry leprosy, early results of a study involving the rodents on Brownsea Island in Dorset and the Isle of Arran in Scotland have revealed.

Leprosy was first identified in red squirrels in Scotland in 2014.

Post-mortem examinations have since revealed it is also affecting the mammals on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour and on the Isle of Wight.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh are working with the National Trust, which manages Brownsea Island, where about 200 red squirrels are found, and Dorset Wildlife Trust, which manages a nature reserve on the island.

Leprosy has not previously been found in grey squirrels so samples have also been taken from 63 grey squirrels and the university is currently preparing its findings for publication.

A red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Peter Trimming

One pattern that seems to be showing is that even on Brownsea Island not every single squirrel carries leprosy. As it is known that many people are genetically resistant to leprosy, this is a very interesting lead which we are hoping to follow up in the future.

Anna MeredithProfessor of zoological and conservation medicine at the University of Edinburgh

Guy Hedger murder trial: Judge will accept majority verdict

The judge in the trial of three men accused of the murder of businessman Guy Hedger has told the jury he will now accept majority verdicts of at least 10-2.

Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the early hours of 30 April after intruders entered his home in Ashley, near Ringwood in Hampshire.

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

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police
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Oxford fans react to Clotet departure

Pep Clotet has been trending on social media this morning as Oxford United fans react to his sacking.

On Twitter, Billy Collett writes that the team has gone backwards under the Spaniard...

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Billy Brookes thinks the former Leeds United assistant should never have got the job in the first place.

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But OUFC Dave says he thought Clotet would have been given more time to get results.

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Football club raises money for family of late physio

Fans of Slough Town FC have been raising money to help the family of physiotherapist Kevin McGoldrick who died of cancer last week.

Described as one of the friendliest faces in local football, McGoldrick dedicated more than three decades to the club, receiving a Lifetime Achievement award from Get Berkshire Active last year.

Club manager Neil Baker said: "What he gave to the club, what he gave to the players over the years goes far and beyond what a physio needs to - that’s why gets all the plaudits and the love out there. I'm proud to have met and become of friend of him - an amazing person."

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Windsor to host second royal wedding

There's another royal wedding for Windsor this year.

Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are marrying in St George's Chapel May, comes the engagement of Princess Eugenie to her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank at the same venue.

Buckingham Palace said Eugenie's parents, the Duke of York and his former wife Sarah Duchess of York, were delighted to announce the engagement.

The pair became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month, the palace revealed. Eugenie, 27, began dating Mr Brooksbank around seven years ago after they met while skiing in the Swiss resort of Verbier.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
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Lifeboat crews assemble for Cowes get-together

Eight rescue vessels assembled off the Isle of Wight at the weekend in an annual gathering - the event brings together independent lifeboat crews from around the Solent coastline with their RNLI counterparts.

Cowes Lifeboat operations manager Mark Southwell said: "Irrespective of how Solent lifeboats were funded, crewed and supported, they all do the same job and need to know one another on a personal level."

Lifeboats
Nick Edwards

BreakingPrincess Eugenie to marry at Windsor

Princess Eugenie has become engaged to long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The couple became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month.

The wedding will take place in the autumn at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
PA

Stam hoping for Reading improvement

BBC Sport

Reading FC manager Jaap Stam is hoping his side can show some improvement soon.

The Royals are winless in eight league games after a home defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

"Sometimes in training everything looks well, it looks good. It's not always going to go the same in games as it does in training," he said.

Where next for Oxford United?

Jerome Sale

BBC Radio Oxford sports editor

Pep Clotet
Getty Images

Following the sacking of manager Pep Clotet this morning, his assistant Derek Fazackerley has been placed in caretaker charge.

United are eight points off the play-off places in League One, eight points above the relegation zone. There doesn't seem to be much threat of them going up or down this season.

It could take some time to find a new boss, but in some respects they have that now in abundance without another league game until a week on Saturday.

This next appointment can now be a long-term one rather than one that could be considered to be firefighting.

Saints are on right path - Pellegrino

BBC Sport

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrini believes if his side continue to show the "spirit and commitment" then they will soon climb the Premier League table.

Their 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham mean Saints remain in the relegation zone.

Pellegrini vows to avoid 'electric chair' Saints dismissal

Howe 'frustrated' at conceding straight after scoring

BBC Sport

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he is "frustrated" at the timing of West Ham's equaliser, which came a minute after Ryan Fraser's opener in their 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.

Former Oxford United manager Pep Clotet

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Southampton defender Matt Targett

Championship side Fulham sign left-back Matt Targett on loan from Southampton for the rest of the season.

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House homeless for 'royal wedding gift'

Michael Race

BBC South

Russell Brand
BBC
Brand's petition had reached nearly 70,000 signatures.

Russell Brand wants Slough Borough Council to donate a building to house the homeless people of Windsor as a wedding gift to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The comedian launched a petition after Windsor and Maidenhead Council leader Simon Dudley called on police to tackle "aggressive begging" in the town.

Brand's wish is for the council to give a building to charity SHOC (Slough Homeless Our Concern).

His petition had reached nearly 70,000 signatures.

SHOC's current building lease ends in April.

Brand said "of course it's not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fault", but "it is an interesting indication that in order to make this wedding spick and span and spotless, the most vulnerable people in society are being exposed to yet more persecution".

Teenage bell-ringer rescued from Abingdon belfry

A teenager has been rescued by fire crews after he became tangled in a church's bell-ringing ropes.

Firefighters found the 17-year-old more than 40ft (12m) in the air inside the belfry of St Helens Church in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, on Friday evening.

Crews used a rope rescue system to reach the bell-ringer who had suffered a number of injuries from the ropes.

He was lowered to the floor on a stretcher and taken to hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Station manager Paul Webster said "it was an unusual incident" for the firefighters.

Rescue
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Village erects fake speed camera

A fake speed camera has been put up in a West Berkshire village to try to force drivers to slow down.

The yellow box has been put up beside the A338 in Great Shefford. It is on private land to avoid breaking the law but the person responsible wants to stay anonymous.

Locals have been broadly supportive - the parish council has been campaigning about excess speed through the village.

However, the AA said amateur attempts to slow down traffic can have its risks and cause accidents.

Fake speedcam
BBC