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Summary

  1. TV licence dispensation for royal wedding
  2. Several cats and 11 people rescued after fire
  3. Major roadworks begin in Oxford's Cowley Road
  4. Updates from Monday 30 April

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'Dump site' landowner ordered to pay £20,000

Okeford Fitzpaine dump site
North Dorset District Council

A Dorset man who used his land to store old vehicles, waste and other items has been fined £9,000 and ordered to pay more than £11,000 in prosecution costs.

Joseph Clancy, 78, was told by a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court he would serve three months in prison if he did not pay.

Mr Clancy, of Hazel Farm, Okeford Fitzpaine, had pleaded guilty previously to three breaches of enforcement notices served by North Dorset District Council.

Hospital 'accessible' despite gas leak

Some more details from Southern Gas Networks about this afternoon's gas leak near the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.

Hospital access will be maintained, the company says.

Police at the scene of the gas leak
BBC

We’re carrying out an emergency repair to our gas main in Romsey Road, Winchester. To keep motorists and our engineers safe, we need to temporarily close Romsey Road outside the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. A signed diversion will be in place for through traffic, however, access will be maintained to the hospital. We’re doing everything we can to repair our damaged gas main and reopen Romsey Road as quickly as possible.

Southern Gas Networks statement

Weather outlook: Looking up for the Bank Holiday weekend...

BBC Weather

Manure causes stink on Hampshire road

A shed load of manure caused a stink on a Hampshire road over the weekend.

It happened on the A3090 at Romsey, which was closed for a time while it was cleaned up.

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In pictures: See how much Portsmouth has changed

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J10 for A329 and J11 for A33.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of an accident.

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

Fail-to-stop driver admits injuring pedestrian

car on fire
Taj Tyres

A man has pleaded guilty to four driving offences after a car struck a pedestrian in Southampton before crashing and catching fire.

Gentjan Lalaj had failed to stop for police prior to the incident on 27 March.

The 21-year-old, of Palmers Green, London, pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without a licence or insurance.

He was remanded in custody to appear for sentencing on 29 May.

Hampshire Constabulary previously referred the incident to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

Buses diverted due to Winchester gas leak

Gas leak in central Winchester

Traffic disruption is expected in Winchester following a gas leak on Romsey Road.

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Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, at J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Hampshire travel latest: Winchester road closure

'Emotional roller coaster' of search for Katrice Lee

Katrice Lee
Family handout

The sister of Katrice Lee who went missing as a toddler from a Naafi supermarket near Paderborn, Germany, in 1981 has been talking about the pressure the family have been under.

Police investigating the toddler's disappearance are to excavate a site close to where she was last seen.

Natasha Lee, who lives in Gosport, Hampshire said: "All I can describe it as being like is that I can't breathe.

"It's a bit of an emotional roller coaster right now because I don't want her to be there, but I do want her to be there so we have closure and we can lay her to rest."

Natasha Lee
BBC

'No injuries' in Maidenhead scaffolding fall

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

Several cars have been damaged after scaffolding fell on them on a street in Maidenhead.

Scaffolding collapse
BBC
The site of the scaffolding collapse, which has closed Bridge Street in the town

Bridge Street in the town has been closed but there are no reported injuries.

The owner of the scaffolding company said it had been knocked over by a demolition machine.

The fire service is on the scene.

Preview: Art, Us and the Truth

BBC One

Tomasz Schafernacker discovers how artists shaped the image of famous people.

Tomasz Schafernacker discovers how artists have shaped our image of some of history's most famous people in southern England.

As far back as Roman times, it seems that we understood that not only did public image matter, it could be used to control popularity, fame and power.

Watch Art, Us and the Truth tonight at 19:30 on BBC One.

Your pictures: Seasides and bluebells

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers teggy, becs and CeliMac for their snaps of Hampshire's Barton-on-Sea, a bluebell wood in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and Lyme Regis beach in Dorset.

Barton-on-Sea
teggy
Bluebells in Abingdon
Becs
Lyme Regis
CeliMac

Send us your pictures and news via our Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Oxford Facebook pages, or by using Twitter: @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

'Two strong leagues better than one'

London Irish were beaten by Saracens on Sunday
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London Irish chief executive Brian Facer believes Championship clubs need more funding to ensure they are able to handle promotion to the Premiership.

Irish were relegated for the second time in three seasons on Saturday after Worcester beat Harlequins, which means a promoted club has gone straight back down in four of the past five seasons.

"I believe there's strength in having two leagues as opposed to one that just goes around in circles," he said.

Facer also confirmed the club will continue to play home matches at Reading's Madejski Stadium next season, despite plans to move to Brentford FC's new ground in West London.

London Irish were beaten by Saracens on Sunday

'Two strong leagues better than one'

London Irish chief executive Brian Facer says their relegation shows Championship clubs need more cash to compete at Premiership level.

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Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth: Eddie Howe says Bournemouth shot themselves in the foot

BBC Sport

Eddie Howe says his Bournemouth side shot themselves in the foot by losing 2-1 against Southampton, in a game they could have won.

Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth: Eddie Howe says Bournemouth shot themselves in the foot today

Monster halibut at Bridport fishmonger

Amazingly, the 95kg halibut isn't the biggest that the team at Davy's Locker has handled.

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Scaffolding falls onto cars in Maidenhead town centre

Some scaffolding appears to have fallen onto some parked cars in Maidenhead town centre.

Witnesses have been posting pictures onto social media, and Bridge Street - where the scaffolding was in place - has been closed to vehicles.

There are so far no reports of injuries. The BBC has contacted emergency services.

Fallen scaffolding
Rich Harvey
The scaffolding appears to have fallen on a number of parked cars in Maidenhead

South Western Railway delays due to 'track circuit failure'

BBC News Travel

Trio guilty of skate park birthday murder

Images of three murderers
Thames Valley Police
Oladapo Obadare, (left), Ryan Fuller-Bent (centre) and Rick Champion-Musaba (right) were found guilty at Reading Crown Court.

Three men have been convicted of the murder of an amateur footballer who was stabbed to death on his 24th birthday.

Ismail 'Izzy' Mohamed died three weeks after being attacked while sitting on a skate ramp in Salt Hill Park, in Slough, Berkshire, on 10 July.

Oladapo Obadare, 25, Ryan Fuller-Bent, 21, and Rick Musaba, 22, were found guilty following a trial at Reading Crown Court.

The trio were remanded in custody and will be sentenced at on 21 May.

Images of three murderers

Trio guilty of skate park birthday murder

Ismail 'Izzy' Mohamed died three weeks after being attacked in a park Slough on his 24th birthday.

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Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth: Mark Hughes hails 'huge result'

BBC Sport

Southampton boss, Mark Hughes, says their 2-1 win against south coast rivals Bournemouth is a "huge result" as they battle for Premier League survival.

Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth: Hughes says 'we stuck at it and deserved to win'

Call for public inquiry over Abingdon reservoir plan

A public inquiry should be set up to examine plans for a new reservoir, an Oxfordshire authority has said.

Abingdon reservoir
BBC

Thames Water is proposing a 150 million-cubic metre reservoir near Abingdon as part of new proposals.

But Vale of White Horse District Council said it was concerned the company had not explored all options "in sufficient detail".

Leader Mathew Barber said councillors were "yet to be convinced" the proposed reservoir was necessary.

Powerstock Common bat roost 'arson attack' prompts rebuild plea

Wildlife campaigners have pledged to rebuild a registered bat roost that was destroyed in a suspected arson attack at a nature reserve in Dorset.

The hut on Powerstock Common
Dorset Wildlife Trust

The blaze was started the 150-year-old former railway "gangers" hut on Powerstock Common reserve, near Maiden Newton, earlier this month.

Dorset Wildlife Trust has set up an appeal to raise £4,000 to rebuild the hut and fund conservation work.

The hut was a roost for species which include the lesser horseshoe bat.

Hampshire travel latest: Long delays on A3 towards Petersfield

BBC News Travel

Katrice Lee: German riverbank to be dug up in search for child missing for 36 years

Police investigating the disappearance of a Teesside toddler in Germany 36 years ago are to excavate a site close to where she was last seen.

Katrice Lee
Lee family

Katrice Lee, from Hartlepool, went missing from a Naafi supermarket near Paderborn, Germany in 1981.

Parents Richard Lee, from Hartlepool, and Sharon Lee, from Gosport, have always claimed she was kidnapped.

Royal Military Police (RMP) is now to carry out a five-week excavation of the banks of the River Alme in Paderborn.

Have you lost your cuddly white polar bear?

South Western Railway is hoping to reunite this cuddly white polar bear toy with its owner after it was left on one of its trains.

It is now at lost property at London's Waterloo station.

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Isle of Wight floating bridge out of action

The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge is out of action due to weather and tidal conditions.

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Penny Mordaunt becomes minister for Women and Equality

BBC Politics

Portsmouth North MP and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt is to take on Amber Rudd's former responsibilities as minister for women and equalities after the resignation of the home secretary.

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Woman punched by motorist after Reading crash

Blue plaque for Oxford pharmacist George Claridge Druce

Southampton's first Premier League victory in five matches under Hughes

BBC Sport

Southampton proved they have enough quality to earn Premier League survival with their hard-fought home win against Bournemouth, says manager Mark Hughes.

Mark Hughes celebrating his first Premier League win as Southampton manager
Reuters

Saints forward Dusan Tadic scored both goals in a 2-1 win which moved his third-bottom side within a point of safety with three games remaining.

It was their first Premier League victory in five matches under Hughes.

"We need to keep this momentum and if we keep playing like this we will go close," said the Welshman.

Row over football club expansion plans in Southampton

Severe disruption: A329 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A329 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, between Gold Street and B480.

A329 Oxfordshire - A329 Church Hill in In Little Milton, Oxfordshire closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Gold Street junction and the B480 junction, because of a jackknifed lorry.

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

Royal wedding: TV licence waived for community parties

The BBC has waived the TV licence fee for communities wanting to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Reuters

It means street parties and other special events can screen the wedding live without buying a licence.

Usually a premises must be covered by a TV licence for showing live TV or iPlayer, but this can be waived in exceptional circumstances.

Hundreds of street party applications have been made to councils to mark the wedding on 19 May, the government said.

Several cats and 11 people rescued from flat fire

Several cats were saved and 11 people were led to safety after fire broke out in a flat.

The fire in the four-storey block in Bitterne, Hampshire, was found to have started on the cooker in the kitchen of one of the flats at about 19:40 BST.

The resident of the affected flat - a 71-year-old woman - was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation but was not seriously injured.

Three other people were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The cats were checked over by an animal rescue specialist and advice was given on cleaning the animals.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale).

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