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Summary

  1. Hands-free call lorry driver jailed for killing motorcyclist
  2. Self-driving cars could be tested in New Forest in bid to cut animal deaths
  3. Police continue investigations into death of three-week-old baby in Gosport
  4. Photographer snaps seal in Holes Bay
  5. Updates from Thursday 30 March

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  1. That's all for today

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.  

  2. Discount cards for Lyme Regis residents

    People living in Lyme Regis are to be issued with special loyalty cards to enable them to get discounts in the town.

    The free Gateway Card will entitle holders to special offers in shops and discounts on beach hut hire and mini golf. 

    Lyme Regis Town Council said the card will be sent by post to every person on the electoral register by tomorrow. The card can be used from 3 April.

    Lyme Regis Gateway Card
  3. Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

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    Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

    First MTR rejects carriages costing £200m before a German factory finishes building them.

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    Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J9 for A27 Whiteley and J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

    M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M27 westbound in Burridge between J9, A27 (Whiteley) and J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of an accident.

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

  5. Abbott looks ahead to Hampshire return

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    Video caption: Kyle Abbott: Hampshire bowler looking forward to county cricket return

    Pace bowler Kyle Abbott says there are no regrets at his decision to quit playing for South Africa and join Hampshire.

  6. Motorway partly closed by murder detectives

    Police have closed part of the M27 motorway around Southampton as part of the investigation into the murder of Shkelzen Dauti.

    The 21-year-old, known as Genny, was found with stab wounds in the road in Gilpin Close on 11 May.

    Shkelzen Dauti

    Two men have been bailed until June on suspicion of murder

    Police have closed part of the westbound M27 between junction 7 (Hedge End) and junction 5 (Eastleigh) today and will continue their investigation on the motorway tomorrow.

  7. Teacher fell asleep driving while over limit - inquest

    A 28-year-old dance and drama teacher died after falling asleep at the wheel of his car intoxicated, an inquest has heard.

    Winchester University graduate Stephen Piper was nearly three times over the limit when he got into his white Suzuki Swift at a park and ride site in Oxford on 22 October 2016.

    Stephen Piper

    The City of Oxford College faculty member had been celebrating a promotion at a colleagues' leaving do on a Friday night.

    Onboard computer data showed he gradually accelerated to between 52.5-60mph before hitting a bus shelter.

    Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter recorded the death as a result of a road traffic collision.

  8. Man in hospital after Southampton park assault

    A man has been taken to hospital after an assault at a Southampton park this afternoon. 

    Hampshire Constabulary was called to Watts Park in Cumberland Place just after 15:00 BST. 

    The man has been taken to Southampton General hospital but police say at this time his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

    A spokesman for South Central Ambulance said the patient had "serious injuries" and sent an ambulance, specialist paramedic and officer to the scene. 

    A cordon is currently in place as police investigate the incident. 

    watts park
  9. WW2 mortars found on Hordle Cliff beach

    Four World War Two mortars have been found during work to remove buried anti-tank defences from Hordle Cliff beach at Milford-on-Sea.

    The shells were discovered by contractors at about 16:30 BST yesterday.

    Explosives experts attended at 06:30 this morning and detonated one device while removing the others.

    WW2 mortar

    New Forest District Council is currently clearing a metal obstacle known as 'Admiralty Scaffolding', which was laid in the sand just below the waterline during the war.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe congestion, at J7 for A334 affecting J5 for A335 Wide Lane.

    M27 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on M27 eastbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End). Congestion to J5, A335 (Southampton Airport).

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

  11. 'Tadic should give answers on pitch'

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Dusan Tadic

    It sounds like Southampton's Serbian striker Dusan Tadic has had a bit of a telling off, having reportedly complained about being repeatedly substituted.

    Puel said: "We sorted it internally and he knows it was not a good response.

    "It's always better to give the good answer on the pitch."

  12. New trains 'rejected by franchise winner'

    Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

    A rail operator is to abandon trains costing £200m which are currently being built in Germany.

    First MTR, which was awarded the South Western franchise on Monday,  is committed to a fleet of 90 new trains, increasing capacity on the Reading, Windsor and London routes.

    It will reject 150 carriages from Siemens which were ordered in 2014.

    Siemens factory

    Instead, the operator is commissioning further new trains to replace them, on a cheaper annual lease.

    The rejected carriages, which can only be used on southern England's third rail system, are destined to sit on sidings indefinitely.

  13. Gust of wind thwarts ice cream space launch

    Attempts to launch a tub of Purbeck ice cream into the mid stratosphere didn't go quite to plan yesterday.

    The firm near Wareham was preparing to launch a helium balloon to take a pot of its ice cream to the edge of space when a gust of wind popped it on a nearby roof.

    @PurbeckIceCream  posted on Twitter: "That moment when all your hopes and dreams burst like a delicate helium balloon on the edge of a corrugated roof!"

    The team said it hoped to make a second attempt in the near future.  

    Helium balloon launch
    Helium balloon pops
  14. Van Dijk may be back before the end of the season

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Virgil van Dijk

    Southampton boss Claude Puel spoke at length about club captain Virgil van Dijk, who has been out injured since hurting his ankle against Leicester on 22 January.

    Of a possible return for the man he describes as "the best defender in the Premier League", Puel says: "It's a long injury and we will see if he will come back before the end of the season."

    Asked if that makes it more likely that Van Dijk will stay after being linked with a move, Puel says "it doesn't change anything - he's an important player for us, he's our captain".

  15. Gabbiadini to miss Bournemouth game

    Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Some team news for Southampton before Saturday's south coast derby with Bournemouth and it's not good news for the Saints - Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini is ruled out.

  16. Leckford death crash lorry driver jailed

    Indy Almroth-Wright

    BBC South

    A lorry driver who killed a Southampton motorcyclist has been jailed for five years.

    The crash on Stockbridge Road at the entrance to the golf club in Leckford on 13 April last year involved a lorry and two motorbikes. 

    Biker 63-year-old Alan Couper from Southampton died at the scene.

    Roy Woods, 57, from Tidworth, who had earlier admitted causing death by dangerous driving, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.   

    Roy Woods
  17. Gas leak to close Southampton's Above Bar Street

    Southampton motorists are being warned to find alternative routes through the city centre due to a gas leak which is set to close Above Bar Street from Monday.

    To repair the leak engineers need to dig between Commercial Road and Cumberland Place. 

    The road will be shut from 09:30 BST.

    Works are set to be complete by 20 April in time for the Southampton Marathon on Sunday 23 April.

    Southampton map