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  1. Police hunt Reading car-chase driver
  2. Pigeon-feeding ban in Waterlooville
  3. Oxford bus companies change timetables over congestion
  4. Updates from Monday 9 April

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Revamped Slough ice skating rink set to reopen

No UKIP candidates in Oxfordshire

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

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UKIP will not be fielding candidates in any of the local elections in Oxfordshire this year.

Elections for Oxford City Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council are being held in May.

A total of 58 seats are available and when they were last contested in 2014 UKIP fielded candidates in the majority of them, although it did not win any.

In a statement the party says internal elections have dominated its agenda it had taken its "eyes off the ball".

But it added its membership was rising again and that UKIP was "getting back on track."

Alleged sex offender Shaun Fox wanted by police

Police are appealing for help to locate a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with alleged serious sexual offences.

Shaun Fox
Dorset Police

Officers believe Shaun Fox, 35, from Werrington in Peterborough, may have travelled to Dorset.

Anyone who sees Mr Fox is urged not to approach him but to immediately contact police on 999.Those with information on his whereabouts are urged to call 101.

New chief constable takes up role at Dorset Police

Dorset Police's former deputy chief constable has taken up the role of chief constable following the retirement of Debbie Simpson.

Cheif Constable James Vaughan began his new role on Saturday.

Ms Simpson, who carried out the job for five years and spent almost 35 years in policing, said it was the "right time" for her to leave.

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Travel latest: M3 delays after crash involving HGV and car

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Bridport FC postpones another game due to wet weather

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The Bees season has now been extended by two weeks in order to replay all postponed matches, due to poor weather, with three per week due to take place until mid-May.

Flood warning issued for North Winterbourne river at Sturminster Marshall

Red Arrow jet misses civilian plane by 100ft

A Red Arrows jet missed a civilian plane by 100ft after taking off, a report found.

The Airprox Board ruled the red arrow pilot did not see the civilian aircraft until he was flying over it on 20 August, 2017.

The report found that both pilots saw each other’s aircraft at the same time – approximately around 16:49 BST as the Red Arrow jet left Biggin Hill, London.

The civilian aircraft was flying from Farnborough, Hampshire

"This incident occurred in a busy area of airspace during a particularly high workload portion of the mission – departure and rejoin of multiple Hawks for onward transit", the report said.

"Without a surveillance-based Air Traffic Service, the Hawk pilot was relying on his own lookout to avoid other aircraft."

Appeal after woman 'struck' child on train

Police are looking for train passengers who saw a woman hit a child on a service between Reading and Didcot.

It happened on the 14:23 train on Wednesday 4 April.

A passenger reported the woman was "acting erratically" and "shouting at the children", British Transport Police (BTP) says.

She was described as being in her late twenties and dressed in a black bomber coat.

BTP says she left the service with the children at Didcot.

Drivers 'verbally abuse Fordingbridge firefighters' over parking

Eastleigh manager Andy Hessenthaler

Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler reveals some dressing room "flare-ups" between players secured a draw with Wrexham.

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Wet and cloudy afternoon ahead

Rain is expected to fall across the region for much of the afternoon and evening.

The wet conditions are forecast to continue tomorrow.

BBC weather

Metal wire stretched across man's neck during Bournemouth robbery

Metal wire was stretched across a man's neck during a robbery on a footpath in Bournemouth.

The victim, aged in his 20s, was also threatened with a knife by one of the two offenders on the footpath from West Overcliff Drive to Alum Chine car park, near the Tropical Gardens, on Saturday morning.

His mobile phone, wallet and cash were stolen.The victim sustained minor injuries to his neck which did not require hospital treatment.

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Acid attack victim competes for Miss Dorset title

An acid attack victim is competing for a beauty queen title in a bid to "rebuild confidence".

Sophie Hall

Sophie Hall, from Poole, was one of 22 people who were injured when Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend of reality TV star Fern McCann, threw acid across a London nightclub.

Miss Hall, who suffered injuries to her face, back, shoulder and arm, is preparing for the Miss Dorset final next month.

"I want to rebuild my confidence and become stronger than I was before," said the 22-year-old, who suffers with panic attacks and anxiety following the attack.

Collins was jailed for 20 years in December.

Portsmouth defender Nathan Thompson

Portsmouth defender Nathan Thompson feels confidence is soaring as the squad continue their League One play-off push.

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Portsmouth's Nathan Thompson feels squad confidence will help play-off push

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Portsmouth defender Nathan Thompson believes confidence is soaring among the players as the club push for a League One play-off place.

Nathan Thompson

Pompey came from behind three times to draw 3-3 at Rochdale and stay in touch with the top six.

"When you look back over the course of the season, there's always defining moments like these," Thompson told BBC Radio Solent.

"It's been a good return from the past three games for us."

Dorset travel latest: A35 delays continue at Chideock

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Search continues for missing 82-year-old

Frederick Lawson
Thames Valley Police

A man from Shiplake, in south Oxfordshire, has been missing for five days.

Frederick Lawson, 82, was reported missing at about 09:50 on Wednesday 4 April.

Thames Valley Police said he was wearing wellington boots and a jacket, which was possibly blue.

A search involving specially-trained divers has been focusing on the River Thames.

Search teams in Shiplake
Searches have taken place in Shiplake, near Henley-on-Thames

Car catches fire on M40

M40 car fire on 9/4/18
The car pulled over between junction nine and 10 on the M40

Fire crews were called to car fire on the M40 this morning.

It happened just before 10:00 BST between Bicester and Cherwell Valley Services in north Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said two people travelling in the car had been able to pull over and get out when it caught fire.

M40 car fire on 9/4/18
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service extinguished the fire

New Woodley public toilets 'to open by summer' after complaint

Poole Bridge shut due to 'technical problem'

Poole Bridge remains closed to road users after what Borough of Poole council described as a "technical problem" which caused damage to two of the safety gates.

The council said the bridge would remain in the raised position while the cause of the problem is identified. It is hoped that the pedestrian and cycle path will be re-opened later today.

The lifting bridge reopened in January, seven months behind schedule following delays with £4.2m repair and maintenance works.

Poole Bridge
Borough of Poole

Oxford's Cornmarket Street traders 'will suffer if buses return'

Hampshire travel latest: A31 long delays at Ringwood

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Oxford United boss Karl Robinson still looking for his first win

BBC Sport

Karl Robinson is still looking for his first win since taking over at Oxford United four games ago as the U's were held to a goalless draw by Oldham.

There were few scoring chances in a nervy encounter at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford midfielder James Henry charged down a defensive clearance but was then wasteful in front of goal.

The home side had a let-off when Todd Kane appeared to push Wilfried Moimbe in the back as the Oldham player ran into the box, but the referee let it go.

Campaigners 'to make legal representations' over TE Lawrence grave concerns

Campaigners are mounting further pressure against plans for three new quarries close to the burial site of TE Lawrence.

TE Lawrence's grave at Moreton churchyard
Mike Searle

Woodsford Quarry, near Moreton in Dorset, would be extended under the proposals, while new quarries would be created at Station Road and Hurst Farm.

Dorset County Council submitted its Mineral Sites Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in March.

Campaign group Frome Residents Against Mineral Extraction (FRAME) thinks the quarries would have a detrimental affect on the environment and ruin the site where TE Lawrence is buried at Moreton churchyard.

It has now launched a crowdfunding page to raise £1,500 to make legal representations to the planning inspector.

Whopper carp landed on Isle of Wight

Dorset travel latest: A35 delays at Chideock

BBC News Travel

Commonwealth Games: Windsor's Amber Hill wins silver medal in skeet shooting

BBC Sport

England's Amber Hill won a silver medal in the women's skeet shooting final as experienced Cypriot Andri Eleftheriou claimed the gold.

Amber Hill

Hill, 20, made it through to the gold medal match but could not match the nerveless 33-year-old Eleftheriou at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

In the final 10 targets, Eleftheriou shot 52 from 60 targets while Windsor-born Hill was three behind on 49.

Hill's compatriot Emily Hibbs finished in fifth place with 24/30.

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J16 M40 and J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of an accident.

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


The birds are being blamed for damaging businesses forcing residents to put nets over balconies.

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Video: Farnborough's Emily Godley wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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Farnborough weightlifter Emily Godley won gold on day four of the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

Godley, who moved to Australia last year, took gold by a kilogramme in the -75kg category.

"It's been tough having my coach on the other side of the world," said Godley. "It was good to be reunited with him."

Godley lifted her last clean and jerk attempt at 126kg to beat 2014 champion Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau of Canada.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34 affecting B430.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and delays on M40 northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a lorry fire. Congestion on A34 to Weston-On-The-Green.

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

New Eastleigh homes planned

Pigeon-feeding ban in Waterlooville

Fines are being introduced today to stop people feeding the pigeons in Waterlooville town centre.


Havant Borough Council said the birds are blighting the community and forcing nearby residents to put netting over their balconies.

Anyone caught feeding them will be fined £80.

Driver hunt after car driven through Reading pedestrian areas

Police are hunting the driver of a car that was driven at speed through pedestrian areas of Reading town centre on Saturday.

No-one was hurt but several vehicles were damaged as police pursued the red Nissan Note, with its back bumper hanging off.

Thames Valley Police said it was not terror-related and is appealing for anyone with footage to get in touch.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

M3 Surrey - Lane closed and heavy traffic on M3 southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Bournemouth council worker charged with '£290k fraud'