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Summary

  1. Missing boy, 12, found
  2. Five charged over £50m cocaine seizure at Farnborough Airport
  3. Du Beke opens unit where his twins were born
  4. Hospice ends adult care to stay open
  5. Updates from Wednesday 31 January

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Isle of Wight map

UK Oil & Gas has decided to focus on an onshore oil discovery in the Isle of Wight instead.

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Good evening!

That's all for BBC South Live today.

We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates again on Thursday from 08:00.

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

Minehunter deployment 'shows desperate shortage'

HMS Cattistock
BBC

The Royal Navy has a "desperate shortage of proper escorts" for Russian vessels moving through the English Channel, a former First Sea Lord has said.

Admiral Lord West was speaking after the Sun newspaper revealed the Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Cattistock escorted two Russian submarines and a support ship in August.

A Royal Navy spokesman said the "glass-reinforced plastic" ship was the "most appropriate vessel for this particular task at that time".

We were a great maritime nation, we still remain a maritime nation, but we are now moving into an area of great danger because we have such a lack of assets.

Admiral Lord West of Spithead

The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside

A programme on BBC 2 tonight explores the state of the housing market with a focus on Oxfordshire.

Statistics show that the country needs to build 300,000 homes a year just to keep up with demand.

In the series, which starts tonight at 21:00 GMT, film-maker Richard Macer heads to Oxfordshire, which is one of the most expensive counties in England, where vast areas of once-protected countryside are being turned into housing.

With remarkable access to councillors, developers, architects and campaigners, and filmed over nine months, Richard asks if building these vast estates is a solution to the crisis.

Tiny Culham could soon be super-sized with a proposed new town comprising 3,500 new homes.

Tribute to pedestrian killed in Fareham crash

Tributes have been paid to a 42-year-old man who died after he was struck by a car in Fareham.

Aaron Dance, 42, of Spencer Court, Fareham, was struck by a BMW in Redlands Lane shortly before 17:00 GMT on 14 January.

He died in hospital last week.

In a statement his family said: “Aaron will be missed by more people than he ever realised and will always be loved by his friends and all his family."

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Anton du Beke

Anton du Beke said he was "delighted" to open the facility at the hospital where his twins were born.

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George Fowler in action for Aldershot Town

National League side Aldershot Town sign defenders George Fowler and Lewis Kinsella on permanent deals.

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Headteacher charged with drink and drugs offences

Iain Gilmour
BBC

A Portsmouth headteacher has been charged with possessing class A drugs and drink-driving.

Iain Gilmour, 48, has been suspended from his job at Isambard Brunel Junior School, the Thinking Schools Academy Trust said.

He was arrested in Manor Road, Portsmouth, on Thursday, and is due before the city's magistrates on 8 February.

Southern England salmon 'genetically unique'

Salmon at Glen's Weir near Bournemouth
PA

Salmon found in chalk streams in Hampshire and Dorset are genetically distinct from other species, researchers have found.

The fish are classified as Atlantic salmon but could be thought of as a distinct sub-species, the University of Exeter scientists said.

These streams begin in agricultural areas, which brings a threat from pollution... This is a precarious position for these salmon and classifying them as a sub-species could aid efforts to protect them.

Dr Jamie StevensUniversity of Exeter

Severe disruption: B3068 Dorset eastbound

BBC News Travel

B3068 Dorset eastbound severe disruption, near Serpentine Road.

B3068 Dorset - B3068 Towngate Bridge in Poole closed and queuing traffic eastbound near the Serpentine Road junction, because of an overturned car.

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

Noel Edmonds

Noel Edmonds is suing Lloyds Banking Group over a fraud that caused his company to fail a decade ago.

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Oxford United sign Todd Kane

Professor Green hits out at anti-homeless benches in Bournemouth town centre

Rapper and homelessness campaigner Professor Green has joined in the criticism of bars being fitted to public benches in Bournemouth to stop homeless people sleeping on them.

Professor Green, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, said it showed there was "nothing done to tackle problem".

He posted on social media: "What's the message here? 'Hey you poor sods with no safety net ... Cause you won't have the 'comfort' of this bench to sleep on! Ha!'.

The charities Shelter and Crisis have also criticised the move.

Bournemouth Borough Council said it had "numerous complaints" about benches being used by rough sleepers.

Stephen Manderson
BBC

Unfortunately, measures to deter rough-sleepers are not uncommon as councils continue to struggle with rising levels of homelessness. But the solution to rough-sleeping isn’t to penalise desperate people - it’s about giving them access to proper support and advice."

Polly NeateShelter

The use of hostile architecture and other anti-homeless measures is a sad indictment of how we treat the most vulnerable people in our society. Rough sleeping is devastating enough without homeless people having to endure such hostility in their communities. Rather than perpetuating people’s homelessness, we need to address the root causes of rough sleeping to end it once and for all. We have evidence to show how the situation could be turned around, now is the time to act.”

Matt DownieCrisis

Beach closed due to cliff collapse danger

beach closure sign
New Forest District Council

A Hampshire beach has been closed because of a strong likelihood of an imminent cliff collapse.

People have been warned by New Forest District Council not to try to access the beach at Barton-on-Sea.

The council said recent stormy weather and high rainfall were thought to be causing "significant cliff movement".

The beach was closed after a previous landslip in May 2017.

Todd Kane joins Oxford United on loan

Chelsea right-back Todd Kane joins Oxford United on a loan deal until the end of the season.

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Westgate Oxford 1,000 space bike parking will be provided

Calls for Oxford City Council to force Westgate Oxford to provide more cycle parking have been voted down by councillors.

More than 1,000 bike spaces were meant to be in place when it opened in October under planning rules.

A petition about the issue with 2,000 signatures was handed to the council last night but it didn't get enough votes.

Cllr Louise Upton said 800 spaces have now been provided - with 200 more to come.

She said the developers will not be allowed to "wriggle out" of providing the cycle spaces.

Westgate
WESTGATE ALLIANCE OXFORD

Starlings swirl over Dorset car park

Thousands of birds join a murmuration over Dorchester
Thousands of starlings have created a beautiful murmuration in the skies over Dorset. 

The spectacle was captured over a supermarket car park in Dorchester on Monday evening.

Super blue blood Moon: Get ready for a rare celestial show

A very rare lunar event is due to occur tonight when a 'supermoon', lunar eclipse and 'blue moon' occur simultaneously.

The last time this happened was 152 years ago in 1866.

The Moon will rise at about 17:00 and will remain in the sky until 08:00 on Thursday.

It will be high in the sky from about 19:00 and the best time to see it will be at around 40 minutes past midnight.

The lunar eclipse will not be visible from the British Isles.

Finger's crossed for clear skies.

Reading's Central swimming pool shuts for good

Central swimming pool in Reading shuts today.

The council says it has closed the 25m competition pool in Battle Street because it's too dated and expensive to run.

There are plans for an eight lane 25m competition pool with full diving facilities at the Rivermead site.

In east Reading, a 25m community pool will be built in Palmer Park to replace Arthur Hill Pool.

The replacement pools are expected to be completed in two to three years time.

Swimming pool
Reading Borough Council

BreakingPC Gareth Browning death: Manslaughter conviction

The driver of a stolen car which hit a police officer who later died of his injuries has been convicted of manslaughter.

Luke Haywood, 32, of no fixed abode, hit PC Gareth Browning in a stolen Mazda in Reading on 30 November 2013.

Haywood was jailed for nine years in 2014 for causing grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

Haywood today pleaded guilty to manslaughter and has been jailed for a further 3 years and 4 months which he'll serve on top of the original nine year sentence.

PC Browning died in April 2017.

Luke Haywood
THAMES VALLEY POLICE

Which parts of Oxford should be protected for the future?

More than 30 places and buildings in Oxford look set to be protected.

The city council has published a list of suggestions to add to the Oxford Heritage Asset Register.

They include Warneford Meadow and Oriel College Playing Fields.

The register is compiled by Oxford City Council to identify places not protected by legislation but still valued locally.

You can have your say on the plans on the city council's website until 26 Feb.

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Anton du Beke opens £10m maternity unit

Wexham Park Hospital's new £10m maternity unit has been officially opened this morning.

Strictly Come Dancing pro-dancer Anton du Beke cut the ribbon at the Slough Hospital where his twins were born in March 2017.

Speaking about the new unit, the Strictly dancer told the BBC: "I'm delighted for everybody, they really deserve great facilities, as they [the staff] are all so wonderful"

An extra 1,000 babies are expected to be delivered at the midwife-led Juniper Birth Centre each year.

Improvements include en suite facilities in all labour rooms, better outpatient areas and more birthing pools.

Anton du Beke
BBC

Missing boy, 12, found

Shane Stacey has been found safe and well after going missing in Farnborough.

He disappeared on Monday afternoon but has been located in Yateley.

His step-mother has thanked people for their help.

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Noel Edmonds set for court battle with Lloyds

Television star Noel Edmonds has secured litigation funding to pursue Lloyds through the courts as he seeks up to £60m in compensation from the banking giant.

The former Deal Or No Deal presenter is seeking financial redress from the lender after falling victim to fraud by former staff at HBOS Reading, which Lloyds rescued at the height of the financial crisis.

Mr Edmonds has confirmed he had secured a "seven-figure" sum from specialist litigation funder Therium to bankroll his case.

Noel Edmonds
BBC

Last chance to comment on Dorset waste plan

A consultation on how and where waste produced in Dorset is dealt with over the next 15 years closes today.

Residents have until 17:00 to comment in the proposals for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

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Douglas House

Helen & Douglas House employs 149 staff and provides specialist palliative care for the terminally ill from children to 35 year olds.

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Wexham Park Hospital's revamped maternity unit opens

Wexham Park Hospital's new £10m maternity unit officially opens later this morning.

An extra 4,000 babies are expected to be delivered at the midwife-led Juniper Birth Centre each year.

Improvements include en suite facilities in all labour rooms, better outpatient areas and more birthing pools.

Wexham Park Hospital
Alan Hunt

M&S plans to close three stores in the South

Marks and Spencer is planning to close 14 stores and cut hundreds of jobs.

Six stores will close by April, including Birkenhead, Bournemouth and Durham. Staff have been offered jobs in nearby stores.

The closure of another eight stores has been proposed, which will affect 468 staff.

The eight stores earmarked for closure are: Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton outlet store, Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport.

There will be a period of consultation over those shops.

It follows a disappointing Christmas period for M&S, when sales of both food and clothing fell.

M&S
PA

IOPC appeal over Calcot police car crash

The police watchdog is appealing for witnesses after two elderly women were killed when their car collided with an unmarked police car responding to a 999 call.

The crash on 23 January happended on the A4 Bath Road, Calcot near Reading at about 15.45 GMT.

The two women, Ann Valley, 87, and Gwyneth DeCamps, 88, were believed to be turning into the A4 from Calcot Golf club when their in a Nissan Micra collided with the 4x4 police car which had its blue lights on.

Independent Office for Police Conduct spokeswoman Sarah Green said: “If anyone else can assist us to establish what happened, for the benefit of all of those affected, please make contact with our investigators.”

Witnesses are asked to email calcot@policeconduct.gov.uk or call 0800 096 9077.

Calcot crash scene
BBC

Why M&S is shutting 14 more stores

M&S
Getty Images

This new round of store closures is part of Marks & Spencer's wider turnaround plan.

It follows news in November that the retailer would shut 30 UK clothing and homeware shops and convert dozens more into food stores.

Sacha Berendji, M&S director of retail, said:

Stores will always be an integral part of our customer experience, alongside M&S.com, but we have to ensure we have the right offer in the right locations. We don’t want any colleagues to leave M&S and [will] endeavour to give everyone a role. However, we accept in some cases we may have to consider redundancy."

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Transfer deadline day

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

The last day of January means the closing hours of the January transfer window.

Clubs across the south may well be dusting off their fax machines before the deadline comes round at 23:00 GMT as they hope to get a few late deals over the line.

They'll be rumours, speculation and hopefully a few actual transfers across the day and you can follow all the twists and turns on the BBC Sport website's live page and on social media with @bbcoxfordsport @solentsport and @BBCBerkshire

Sandbanks ferry out of service

The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of service until early afternoon after its 09:40 crossing from Poole.

The Bramble Bush Bay, a chain ferry which goes across Poole Harbour between Sandbanks and Shell Bay, needs urgent repairs.

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