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  1. Updates from Thursday 22 February

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We'll be back with the latest headlines, travel updates and sports news for the region from 08:00 tomorrow.

Network Rail blames 'rodent damage' for signal problems

Rat
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Rats chewing through power cables have caused "very severe" rail delays between South Wales and London.

Network Rail said "rodent damage" near Didcot was responsible for signalling problems that caused problems for Great Western Railway trains.

It said 80% of the signals are now working again but there would be residual delays.

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Man hit with baseball bat in Slough

Police say a man was hit over the head with a baseball bat in an attack in Slough on Monday.

They believe it happened after three people approached him as he was walking along a footpath near Granville Road.

The 52-year-old victim was taken to Wexham Park Hospital with head injuries.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for anyone who saw the attack to come forward.

Park murder suspects' custody extended

Jason Williams
Hampshire Constabulary
Jason Williams died from a stab wound to the chest

Police have been granted more time to question two men on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in a Hampshire park.

Jason Williams was discovered in Russell Howard Park, Basingstoke, at about 01:30 GMT on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old, of St Peters Road, South Ham, died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Magistrates have granted detectives an extra 36 hours to question two Basingstoke men, aged 34 and 37.

Man re-arrested over Bestival death

Louella Michie
Zoe Barling/PA Wire
Louella Michie, 25, was found dead in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site in the early hours of 11 September

Officers investigating the death of a 25-year-old woman at Bestival festival last year have re-arrested a man..

Louella Michie was found dead in woods on the edge of the festival site at Lulworth Castle early on 11 September.

Dorset Police say a 28-year-old man from London, known to Ms Michie, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and drug supply offences.

He was previously held on suspicion of murder and released while inquiries continued.

Sol Campbell speaks out about Oxford job

Sol Campbell
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Sol Campbell made over 500 Premier League appearances in his career

Former England defender Sol Campbell says he was turned down for the vacant Oxford United job

In an interview with the Arsenal podcast Highbury and Heels he expressed his frustration at his problems finding a suitable managerial role.

"How do I get experience, I need to get a job to get experience", he said.

"I'm one of the greatest minds in football... and I'm going to be wasted because of a lack of experience or something".

He added, "It's not like it's rocket science to run a football club, especially if you get to that level.

"If you're intelligent enough and you're a quick learner, you'll work out pretty soon, within two or three games, what you need or what the team needs."

Louella Michie

Louella Michie, 25, was found dead in woods on the edge of the festival site at Lulworth Castle.

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4 affecting J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J6, A355 (Slough) and J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8.

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

When was Doctor Who last in Hampshire?

As we reported earlier, the current Doctor Who production team have been spotted near Gosport filming for the upcoming Jodie Whittaker-starring series.

We thought we'd check our archives for previous occasions when the Time Lord and the Tardis materialised in the county.

To start, here's an action-packed shot from 1970's Ambassadors of Death.

Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor visited several locations around Aldershot for the serial.

Jon Pertwee in helicopter
BBC

Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor dropped by Stargrove House in East Woodhay - back when it belonged to Mick Jagger - in Pyramids of Mars in 1975 and Image of the Fendahl in 1977.

Tom Baker as the Doctor with guest stars
BBC

Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor was in Martin near Fordingbridge during the filming of 1984's The Awakening.

Peter Davison as the Doctor
BBC

And Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor and companion Peri were at a snowy Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Horndean for 1985's Revelation of the Daleks.

Colin Baker as the Doctor
BBC

We're sure the Thirteenth Doctor will be right at home.

Doctor Who filming in Gosport

BBC South Today's Ed Sault bumps into the new Doctor as the cast of Doctor Who film scenes in Gosport.

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Brexit Facts Bus

Oxfordshire County Council originally said it could not park due to rules on "political advertising".

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Anti-Brexit bus banned due to 'safety'

Brexit Facts Bus
Isitworthit
The bus tour has been organised by the "Is it worth it?" campaign after a crowdfunding appeal

A council has issued a new explanation for why it is stopping an anti-Brexit bus from parking in a street in Oxford.

Oxfordshire County Council was accused of preventing free speech after it said no to a request for the "Brexit Facts Bus" to park in Broad Street.

On Wednesday it said the decision was taken because it "cannot permit political advertising on the highway".

But in a new statement it said the reason was incorrect and it was due to "traffic management and safety".

"The original reason given for refusal by the officer - the political advertising point - was wrong and it has been reviewed following legal advice," it said.

Care home promises 'more pole dancing'

Pole dancers
Fairmile Grange
Students from the Pole Crazy and Poole Dance factory dance schools took part in the display

Residents asked for "modern entertainment" but councillors called pole dancing "inappropriate".

Pole dancer at care home

Care home promises 'more pole dancing'

Residents asked for "modern entertainment" but councillors called pole dancing "inappropriate".

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Smart bins come to Slough

High Street, Slough
Google
Slough Borough Council says the bins will be installed in the town centre

Smart bins that "phone home" when they're full are being introduced in Slough next week.

The Bigbelly Bins are solar powered and compact any litter placed inside into bricks.

When they need emptying they send a message to street cleaners which means less time is spent checking bins, Slough Borough Council said.

Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment, called it the "first step" in a campaign to make the town centre cleaner and safer.

"We want to do all we can to ensure the centre of Slough is a pleasant and clean environment for people", he added.

CCTV appeal for Reading armed robber

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Police have released CCTV pictures following an armed robbery in Reading.

A man threatened staff with a hammer at Butts Convenience Store in Park Lane earlier this month.

Police said he got away in a red car near to a bus stop in School Lane.

Armed robber CCTV
TVP

Twitter reacts to Oxford cable car idea

Earlier we told about the Green Party's idea of using cable cars to solve Oxford's traffic problems.

Green councillor Dick Wolff said they would be cheaper than trams and could take people to Oxford's main hospital.

Good idea or not, it seems to have got people talking on Twitter...and we promise it definitely was not an early April Fool's Day story!

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Severe accident: M271 Hampshire southbound

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M271 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between M27 J3 and J1 for Brownhill Way.

M271 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M271 southbound between M27 J3, Romsey and J1 Brownhill Way, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A30 Wiltshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Wiltshire both ways severe accident, between Dennis Lane and Loder's Lane.

A30 Wiltshire - A30 blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Dennis Lane junction in Ludwell and the Loder's Lane junction in Ansty, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Buckinghamshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J16 M40 and J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of a broken down car.

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

Euro 2016 Russian hooligan who attacked Portsmouth man arrested

Marseilles riots
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A Russian football fan wanted for attacking an England fan from Portsmouth during the Euro 2016 riots in Marseilles has been arrested in Munich.

German police said they apprehended the 31-year-old suspect upon his arrival from Moscow.

The suspect was not named. Police said his victim suffered fractured bones and injuries to the brain and lungs.

He faces up to 15 years in jail in France for attempted homicide and grievous bodily harm.

German police only identified the victim as a 51-year-old England fan.

But Andrew Bache, from Portsmouth, was 51 when he was attacked during the tournament two years ago.

He suffered severe brain injuries and had to be placed in an induced coma, from which he has since emerged.

Picket staged as Oxford lecturers join strike

UCU picket
BBC

Students and lectures have staged an official picket in Oxford as members of the University and College union begin strike action.

They say they are striking because changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme will leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement.

But the employers' group Universities UK says the scheme has a deficit of more than £6bn which it cannot ignore.

Picket sign
BBC
The University and College Union say they are striking over pensions

The picket in Oxford has been taking place outside the Examination Schools on High Street.

In a statement, Oxford University said it would try to minimise disruption and students should attend all teaching unless advised otherwise.

Oxford Brookes lecturers are not taking part in today's action.

Sky lantern ban by Dorset authorities

Sky lantern
BBC

Three local authorities in Dorset have banned sky lanterns and helium balloons.

North Dorset District Council, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, and West Dorset District Council voted to ban their release on any council-owned land because of the harm they can do to animals and the damage they can cause to property.

Michael Roake, North Dorset District Council environment portfolio holder, said: "I welcome this ban as releasing lit balloons and lanterns can cause a serious hazard to wildlife and livestock."

John Russell, West Dorset District Council’s environmental protection holder, said: "This sends out a clear message that releasing lit lanterns or balloons can cause serious problems, both to property, with the risk of fire, and to animals, who may become entangled in or eat the debris.”

CCTV released after Oxford assault

CCTV of man in assault investigation
TVP
CCTV of men in assault investigation
TVP

Police have released CCTV images of men they want to speak to in connection with an assault in Oxford.

Two men in their 20s were walking along Bulwarks Road on the day before Christmas Eve last year when three men approached them.

One of the victims was taken to hospital after he lost a number of teeth and received swelling and bruising to the head.

The other was punched in the head.

New Doctor Who filming in Gosport

Jodie Whittaker filming
Spotted Gosport & Fareham

Doctor Who has visited some amazing places in 50+ years of police box time travel, but is Gosport in Hampshire a first for the Time Lord?

That's where film crews have been spotted in recent days.

New Doctor Jodie Whittaker and her companion Bradley Walsh have both been seen in the area, as season 11 shooting continues in earnest on what appears to be a historical episode.

And it's fair to say some residents are pretty excited about it...

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Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J16 for M40.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

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Scientists say they have settled one of medicine's biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work.

The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills.

Lead researcher Dr Andrea Cipriani, from the University of Oxford, told the BBC: "This study is the final answer to a long-standing controversy about whether anti-depressants work for depression.

"We found the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants work for moderate to severe depression and I think this is very good news for patients and clinicians."

Cable cars 'could solve Oxford traffic woes'

Could cable cars like these become a familiar sight over Oxford?

Cable cars in the Alps
BBC

Green party councillors believe they could help solve some of the city's traffic woes, such as getting people to the John Radcliffe Hospital, and they're calling for more research into the idea.

Dick Wolff said a cable car could carry 3,500 people per hour to the hospital.

Ian Hudspeth, leader the Conservative leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said any such project would depend on the cost and have to be "functional and easy to use".

"But if there is a solution, then perhaps - you never know," he added.

George Harrison's Mercedes to be auctioned

Katie Newmarch

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

George Harrison in 1970
BBC

George Harrison's black Mercedes, which he bought near his home in Henley in 1984, is going under the hammer.

The ex-Beatle customised it with a wired in mobile phone, spoilers, a leather steering wheel and a black chrome trim.

It's expected to fetch about £40,000 when it's auctioned next month.

Mercedes Benz once owned by George Harrison
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Next-generation patrol vessel heads for Portsmouth

HMS Forth
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

The first of the Royal Navy's next-generation patrol ships has set sail from Scotland heading for her home port of Portsmouth.

Hundreds watched as HMS Forth left Glasgow yesterday.

The ship is the first of a class of five state-of-the-art Royal Navy vessels.

She is designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, counter terrorism and other maritime defence duties.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

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

M27 Hampshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M27 eastbound between J11, A27 (Fareham) and J12, M275 (Portsmouth), because of an accident.

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

Weather: 'Dry with sunny spells'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Universities braced for 14 days of strikes over pensions

University strike action
UCU

A month of strikes over changes to lecturers' pensions, affecting a total of 64 universities and more than a million students, is starting.

Academics are walking out at universities including Southampton, Oxford, and Reading.

Petitions signed by 80,000 students, many backing the lecturers, are demanding refunds for lost teaching.

But the employers' group Universities UK says the scheme has a deficit of more than £6bn which it cannot ignore.

Members of the University and College Union say they are striking because changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme will leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement.

Younger academics could lose almost half of their total retirement income, says the union.

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