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  1. Updates from Wednesday 28 February
  2. A Met Office weather warning for snow is in place
  3. Benson in Oxfordshire recorded a low of -10C (14F) overnight
  4. Jumper dumper helps homeless as temperatures plummet

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All times stated are UK

Good evening

That's it for today, but BBC South Live will return at 08:00 GMT on Thursday for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Wherever you are in the South, we hope you manage to have a warm and cosy night.

Weather: Heavy snowfalls on the way

Alexis Green

BBC South Today weather presenter

Here's the all-important weather forecast...

Weather forecast for southern England

Police warning ahead of snow forecast

Drivers across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are being urged not to travel unless absolutely necessary as heavy snow is forecast for Thursday morning.

Police said the public should not take unnecessary risks on the road as heavy snow is due to start falling ahead of the Thursday morning rush hour.

Snow on motporway - generic
Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

"Please think carefully about whether you have to drive on Thursday. Bear in mind that even if you can start your journey in the morning, the road conditions are expected to be much worse by afternoon and you may not be able to make it home.

Weather conditions like this place extra demand on the emergency services. We are well prepared to deal with these conditions, but you can help us by keeping off the roads and keeping yourself safe."

Hampshire Constabulary spokesman

Dorset school transport cancelled

Dorset County Council has cancelled all transport to and from schools in Dorset on Thursday and Friday because of the expected snowy conditions.

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It's snowing cats and dogs (mainly dogs)

As the Beast From The East grips the nation, some of the dogs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor have put on their snow jackets to enjoy the wintry conditions!

Battersea dog
Battersea Cats & Dogs Home
Battersea dog
Battersea Cats & Dogs Home

Flybe issues bad weather advice

Airline Flybe has issued travel advice for anyone planning to fly over the next few days.

The largest carrier operating out of Southampton Airport said there could be airport closures and restrictions to the number of arriving and departing flights.

All the airline's flights into and out of Scotland have been cancelled today.

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Snowy shores near Lymington

Thanks to Jenni Corfield for these shots of the icy conditions on the shoreline near Lymington on the Hampshire coast.

Lymington snow
Jenni Corfield
Lymington snow
Jenni Corfield

Drug dealer jailed for six years

Jay Isthiaq Ahmad
Thames Valley Police
Jay Isthiaq Ahmad was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday

A cocaine dealer has been jailed for six-and-a-half years at Oxford Crown Court.

Jay Isthiaq Ahmad, 23, from Oxford, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug along with a single count of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Police say they found £30,000-worth of cocaine and cannabis while at his home on an unrelated matter.

They say they saw him placing car keys in a flower pot and later discovered the drugs inside two vehicles, near the address, which the keys fitted.

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla plays a shot

Hampshire sign South Africa batsman Hashim Amla as an overseas player for the first three months of the county season.

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Dorset wheelchair rugby club in record bid

A wheelchair rugby club is to attempt to beat the record for the longest wheelchair rugby marathon.

Dorset Destroyers Wheelchair Rugby Club
Dorset Destroyers

The Dorset Destroyers aim to play wheelchair rugby for more than 25 hours from 13:00 on 17 March at Rossmore Leisure Centre in Poole.

The event will also raise funds for the club, as well as the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund and Cakes 4 Casualties, which all help injured servicemen and women.

"It will put Dorset well and truly on the map for wheelchair rugby," said Nick Coombs, of Dorset Destroyers, who aims to build a centre for disabled sport in Poole.

The current record is 25 hours and was achieved by 4 Kings Wheelchair Rugby Team in Pniewy, Poland, in October 2013.

Warm essentials helping Weymouth homeless

If you've been to Weymouth in the past couple of days you may have seen scarves, hats and socks in various places with "I am not lost" labels attached to them inviting people who are cold to take them.

Resident Gemma Spearing came up with the idea to help keep homeless people warm.

She said: "The temperatures have plummeted and we do have a homeless issue - all the items I've put out so far have all gone."

Woolly hat in Weymouth
Gemma Spearing

She's now been given to go-ahead by the council to put two clothes rails up in the town during the cold spell.

People will be able to donate to the rail and take items they need from it. It will be in place during the daytime.

A Met Office weather warning for snow for much of the South is in place with temperatures expected to drop to -5 to -2°C (23 to 28°F) overnight.

Saints FA Cup tie moved to Sunday kick-off

BBC Sport

Southampton's FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Wigan has been moved from Saturday, 17 March to Sunday, 18 March.

Snow ploughs are on standby in Dorset

Gritters have been converted into snow ploughs in Dorset ahead of the expected snow on Thursday.

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Medals of man 'who could have saved Titanic' for sale

Medals belonging to a man who "may have unwittingly caused the Titanic to sink" are to be sold.

David Blair Titanic medals
Hansons Auctioneers

David Blair forgot to hand over a key to a crow's nest locker containing binoculars when he was taken off the ill-fated liner at the last minute.

The doomed steamer famously hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic.

Murray Shaw, who owns the medals, said Mr Blair could have helped steer the ship to safety.

'I can't get tattoos because of cancer'

Annie Belasco
Annie Belasco

A breast cancer survivor says the condition has given her "a life sentence", barring her from services despite being healthy for seven years.

Annie Belasco, 34, from Windsor, says she lies on some forms to go to the dentist or get beauty treatment because they will not serve cancer patients.

Mrs Belasco told BBC Radio Berkshire: "The look of horror when I would speak to the beautician or tick that 'cancer' box [on forms].

Almost all of them were 'no sorry, you have got this history'. "I lost my eyebrow hair so I went to get my eyebrows permanently tattooed, I was told no. Teeth whitening, no. Holiday insurance, no."

Mrs Belasco was also quoted £250 a month for life insurance to go alongside her mortgage application. Her husband's policy was £11 a month.

A spokesman for British Insurers said it is their job to "assess risk", but added "niche insurers can offer cover".

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down coach. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M25 Berkshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire clockwise severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Berkshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an accident involving Lorry and a car. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

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

Louella Michie

Louella Fletcher-Michie, daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, died at the music festival site.

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Bestival death: Louella Michie 'died after drug use'

A 25-year-old woman found dead at Bestival died after taking recreational drugs, an inquest has heard.

Louella Fletcher-Michie
Zoe Barling/PA Wire

The body of Louella Fletcher-Michie, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, was found in woodland on the edge of the Lulworth Castle festival site in Dorset on 11 September.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause as sudden unexpected death following the use of 2C-P, ketamine and MDMA, with a subsequent prolonged episode of altered behaviour, including agitation, physical exertion, restraint and possible positional airway compromise, Bournemouth Coroner's Court said.

The inquest will reopen on 25 June.

'Early lead' for Dancing Jim

Dancing Jim with passengers
Red Funnel

Jim ‘Dancing Jim’ O'Reilly has said he is overwhelmed by the level of public support he’s received following his nomination for VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar 2018 award.

He's well known to passengers for his dance moves while embarking and disembarking cars on the Red Funnel ferry between Southampton and Cowes.

The Daily Mirror - a media partner on the awards - has reported he has taken an early lead in the public vote.

The last few weeks have been amazing and I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has already voted. I’m really humbled. It’s amazing knowing that people are voting for me all over the UK and around the world too."

Jim O’Reilly

Bestival headliners 'to be announced on Thursday'

The Bestival festival headliners will be announced at 08:00 GMT tomorrow, organiser Rob da Bank has said.

Artists including London Grammar, MIA and Grace Jones are already confirmed for the event in Lulworth, Dorset, which takes place between 2-5 August.

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Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Buckinghamshire - M25 exit slip road closed and queuing traffic anticlockwise at J16 M40.

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

Closing speeches in Ferrari crash trial

Steve Humphrey

BBC South Today

Ferrari crash site
Crown Prosecution Service
Both Alexander and Mr Cobden were thrown from the vehicle

The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a businessman accused of causing the death of a 13-year-old boy in an accident involving a £1.2 million Ferrari.

Matthew Cobden, 39, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, is on trial at Winchester Crown Court where he denies causing the death by careless driving of Alexander Worth in North Warnborough, Hampshire, in August 2016.

The trial has heard that Cobden offered the teenager a ride in the Ferrari F50, but the car hit a fence post, flipping it and throwing the pair, who were not wearing seatbelts, from the supercar.

The defence claims the car had a latent defect causing it to accelerate uncontrollably, while the prosecution say it was driver error.

Liverpool playing at home just after Grand National is madness, says mayor

Anfield and Aintree are only around four miles apart

City mayor Joe Anderson has called the decision to stage a Liverpool home match just minutes after the Grand National start at Aintree "madness."

The Premier League match against Bournemouth at Anfield has been chosen for live TV coverage and will kick off at 17:30 BST on 14 April.

That is 15 minutes after the start of the race, four miles away at Aintree.

It is the first time for 24 years the Reds have been at home on the same day as the Grand National.

In April 1994 Liverpool kicked off at 11:30 against Ipswich in front of a crowd of just 30,485 and the race followed at 15:50.

University of Reading archaeologist scoops award

A professor at the University of Reading has been named Archaeologist of the Year.

Dr Hella Eckardt has led pioneering research showing how diverse the Roman Empire was.

Dr Eckardt said: "It is a huge honour.

"It is wonderful to see that my work on migration in the Roman period has some strong resonances today."

She was announced as the winner of the annual award, after a public vote.

Dr Hella Eckardt with archaeologist Julian Richards
Adam Stanford
Video footage shows the sea frozen at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight
Temperatures on the Isle of Wight dipped to -6C (21F) overnight.

Potential snowfall snapshot

A spell of snow is expected in the South on Thursday into Friday.

The Met Office says up to 15cm is expected and 20-50cm is possible over hills.

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Andover crash: Pedestrian hit by car and killed was 'kind soul'

Martin Rogers (left) with his brother Dean
Rogers family
Martin Rogers (left), pictured with his brother Dean

A 31-year-old pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in Hampshire was a "kind and caring soul", his family has said.

Martin Rogers, from Andover, died after being struck by a grey Vauxhall Corsa in Smannell Road, near the Cricketers Way junction, on Sunday.

An 18-year-old Andover man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has since been released but remains under investigation, police said.

Delays continue on South Western Railway into Waterloo

Thames Valley and Hampshire police call system delayed

An industry-first computer system overhauling the way two police forces deal with calls from the public is delayed and £3m over budget.

Police call handler
Thames Valley Police

The £30.6m system will be rolled out by Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary in late spring instead of March due to extended testing.

The software will modernise how police deal with 999 and 101 calls, replacing "outdated" systems.

Police said they "cannot afford to take risks with something so fundamental".

Trishaw scheme for elderly coming to Bournemouth

A project that sees volunteers cycle elderly people around the local area is coming to Bournemouth this summer.

Using Trishaw bikes, which carry two passengers and are pedalled around by a cyclist, Cycling Without Age aims to help elderly people "feel the wind in their hair" once again.

The free scheme works by volunteers signing up to "pilot" the bike rides with the elderly.

Cycling Without Age is currently working on routes for the scheme but initially it will start around the Southbourne area from 1 June.

The project is hoping to recruit enough volunteers for the scheme to run daily.

Fundraising is under way for the first Trishaw with plans to establish a network to provide elderly and less-able people with a ride on a bike.

Cycling Without Age
Cycling Without Age

Arson-hit council offices to be demolished

The fire
Ian Negus
About 400 people were based at the former headquarters

Council offices gutted by a "devastating" arson attack that caused £20m of damage to an Oxfordshire village are set to be demolished.

Andrew Main used gas cylinders to start the fires in Crowmarsh Gifford in January 2015, which also targeted an undertakers and a thatched cottage.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have been in temporary accommodation ever since.

Now an application has been submitted to start demolition on 14 March.

Mums deliver petition over cystic fibrosis 'wonder drug'

Two mothers from Portsmouth are visiting 10 Downing Street today calling for people with Cystic Fibrosis to be given a new drug on the NHS.

The genetic condition destroys lungs and other internal organs, but the drug Orkambi can slow the decline down.

Michelle Frank and Gemma Weir will deliver their petition of over 100,000 signatures.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust half of people with cystic fibrosis don't live to see their 28th birthday - this drug has been seen to slow down the progression of the illness by almost half.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says it didn't approve Orkambi in 2016 because it was too expensive.

Parliament will debate their petition on 19 March.