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Summary

  1. Former children's home manager jailed for abusing boys
  2. Human trafficking arrest on M27
  3. Portland Lloyds Bank closure sparks anger
  4. Updates from Friday 7 April

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  1. Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea celebrate

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an entertaining victory over spirited Bournemouth.

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  2. Good evening!

    Sue Paz

    BBC South

    That's all for BBC Local Live for today.

    The service will resume at 08:00 on Monday.

    You can get in touch via  email , on our  Hampshire  and  Dorset  Facebook pages or on Twitter  @BBC_Hampshire  and  @BBCDorset .

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Latest news headlines: Ex-children's home manager jailed for sex abuse

  4. Listen to live Premier League football

    Saints are away at West Brom tomorrow - you can join Adam Blackmore and Dave Merrington from 14:00 BST on Radio Solent.

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    Of course, if you're a Cherries fan, you can listen their match afterwards with Kris Temple and John Williams.

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  5. Sport headlines: Saints look to close gap on West Brom

    BBC Sport

    • Southampton will look to close the gap on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League table tomorrow when they meet at The Hawthorns
    • After away draws at Southampton and Liverpool, Bournemouth end a busy week at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea tomorrow
    • Portsmouth winger Kal Naismith has become a talisman for the side, according to captain Michael Doyle - he's now the team's top scorer with 11 goals including one in each of his past three matches
    • Eastleigh midfielder Sam Togwell says he's started to play his best football again over the last month - he's captained his side to 10 points from five games to move the Spitfires up to the top half of the National League
    • In golf, the second round of the Masters is under way at Augusta National and Waterlooville's Scott Gregory has just started his second round - he fired a 10 over par 82 yesterday
    • In speedway, Poole Pirates travel to Belle Vue this evening for the second leg of the Elite League Knockout Cup 1st round 
  6. Weather outlook: More sunshine

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry this evening and overnight with plenty of clear spells which will mean it'll be another cold night, with some patchy mist, fog and frost.  

    BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 7 April 2017

    After another chilly start it will be a fine, sunny and warm day. However, it will be cooler on the coast.  

    BBC Weather chart for the South of England for 8 April 2017

    For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC Weather  site.

  7. Child rapist jailed for 22 years for Essex attacks

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man has been jailed for 22 years after admitting rape, indecency and other sexual offences against children in Essex aged between five and 15.

    Christopher Francis

    Christopher Francis, 70, of Palmerston Mews, Bournemouth, was living in the Maldon area in the 1970s and 80s when the offences, which relate to four victims, took place.

    On 24 February at Chelmsford Crown Court, Francis admitted two rapes, 11 counts of indecency with a child, eight indecent assaults and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.

    He was sentenced today.The offences came to light when Francis, was arrested during a separate investigation by Dorset Police in 2015. In December 2016, Essex Police charged Francis with 23 sexual offences against children.Essex's Det Con Carol Astbury said: "Christopher Francis is a dangerous abuser who subjected his victims to evil crimes over several years."They were young and vulnerable and he took advantage of them."

  8. 'Neglect' contributed to inmate's death

    Neglect contributed to the death of a 22-year-old man at Winchester prison, an inquest jury has concluded.

    Winchester Prison

    Daryl Hargrave, who had a history of mental health problems, was found hanged in his cell in July 2015.

    An inquest in Winchester heard he had been on remand for six days. 

    The jury found there was a failure to provide treatment for psychosis and a decision not to put him on constant supervision also contributed to his death.

  9. Six arrested on M27 near Rownhams Services

    Some more information about the police operation on the M27 near Rownhams Services on Thursday evening.

    An Immigration Enforcement spokeswoman said four men from Iraq and Syria were arrested, along with two minors who have been passed to social services.

    She added the Home Office will progress the cases of all six people in accordance with immigration rules.

  10. Tourist Information Centre opens in Dorchester Library

    Dorchester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has opened in its new location of the town's Library & Learning Centre.

    West Dorset District Council started a review of its tourist information service in 2014 to try to save £300,000, including at centres in Bridport, Lyme Regis and Sherborne.  

    The centre was previously located on the corner of Antelope Walk and Trinity Street where it saw 170,000 people a year and dealt with more than 7,000 phone calls.

    Tourist Information in Dorchester library
    Quote Message: The team is excited to be operating from its new site. We are delighted to continue providing TIC services in a modern shared environment and look forward to developing the service with our colleagues in the library to provide a great information service to the local community and a warm welcome to visitors to the town. from Janet Schofield TIC manager
    Janet SchofieldTIC manager
  11. Seven deaths in four weeks 'related to drugs'

    Seven people have died in Dorset in less than four weeks as a result of drugs, police have said.

    Since Tuesday 14 March, there have been three deaths in Weymouth, three in Bournemouth and one in Poole. 

    Two people have been arrested and inquests are due to be held at a later date. 

    Dorset Police said it was not able to "definitively link" the deaths but was satisfied they were all drug-related.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  13. BreakingSolent ferry fire prompts Wightlink smoking ban

    A fire that broke out on a car ferry as it crossed the Solent started in a cigarette bin, it has emerged. 

    The blaze started on the deck of the vessel St Faith during a sailing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight in January

    The company said it has changed its policy to ban smoking in all areas of its vessels. 

    Smoke was seen billowing from the ship at the height of the fire. None of the 65 people onboard were injured.

    Ferry fire
    Quote Message: We’ve been considering this policy for some months especially as most other public transport is smoke-free. But the recent fire on St Faith, which started in a cigarette bin on an outside deck, confirmed that we should move forward and become a smoke-free ferry service. from Kieth Greenfield Wightlink chief executive
    Kieth GreenfieldWightlink chief executive
  14. Stockbridge bells ring again

    After several months of silence, the bells are set to return to St Peter's Church in Stockbridge.

    They have been out of the belfry for the first time in 60 years, but will return this evening with new parts - clean and re-tuned.

    The Church raised about £35,000 for the clean.

    St peter's Church Stockbridge
  15. Winchester City Council buys bus station

    Winchester City Council has agreed to buy the freehold of the city's bus station site from bus operator Stagecoach. The council said the £4m purchase would allow it to generate income through agreements with bus companies and to make improvements to the city centre site.

    Winchester Bus station