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Summary

  1. Prison officers' voice concern at Portland violence
  2. Christchurch councils merger referendum postponed
  3. On-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere reportedly suffers fractured leg
  4. Updates from Wednesday 19 April

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  1. That's all for today!

    The BBC Local Live service for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight will resume at 08:00 on Thursday.

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

  2. Gran on John O’Groats to Lands End challenge for Christchurch cancer care unit

    A grandmother-of-four is currently taking on a challenge to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money to help rebuild the Macmillan cancer care unit Christchurch Hospital.

    Susan Hausberger is doing the ride in memory of her late father who spent his final days in the unit which provides specialist palliative care for patients in Dorset and west Hampshire. 

    She set off on the 900-plus mile journey on 1 April and aims to arrive in Lands End later this week. During her journey so far she has had to contend with steep mountain inclines, strong head and side-winds, a faulty saddle and a sat nav that one day took her around in circles.

    Susan Hausberger
    Quote Message: These sorts of difficulties are part and parcel of a trip like this. The stunning scenery, the warmth and welcome from the people I am meeting en route, and the thought that I am raising money for the organisation that cared for my parents so wonderfully, more than makes up for it. from Susan Hausberger
    Susan Hausberger
  3. Tjili Grant Wetherill gaining recognition as artist

    Briony Leyland

    BBC South Today

    A New Forest teenager who was adopted after being abandoned as a baby is gaining recognition for her talent as an artist. 

    Tjili Grant Wetherill has cerebral palsy and is profoundly deaf - but has overcome huge challenges with the support of her adoptive parents James and Vik.

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    Video caption: Tjili Grant Wetheril gains recognition for art works
  4. Hampshire cat deaths 'may be linked to M25 killer'

    Three cat deaths in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight may be linked to a series of cat killings in the Croydon / M25 area, police have said.

    Detectives received a report that a cat was beheaded in Marmion Road, Southea, on Sunday night.

    The incident has been linked to another cat killing in Atlanta Close, Southsea, on the night of 3 April, and a death in Sandown in July 2016.

    Police in London have investigated more than 20 cat deaths since December 2015, as part of Operation Takahe.

  5. Hampshire man admits 16 child sex charges

    Michael Gibbons, 26, of Yateley, pleaded guilty to charges including rape of a child under 13 and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

    He is due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court in June.

    Winchester Crown Court
  6. Hythe ferry and pier to be sold

    A Hampshire boat hire firm says it has agreed a deal to buy Hythe Ferry and pier, securing their future.

    Blue Funnel Cruises said it would assume full control of the ferry service on Friday.

    Hythe ferry

    Its future was put in doubt in October, when the previous operator warned staff of possible redundancies after a fall in passenger numbers.

    Blue Funnel said it had no plans for job cuts or fare rises and would introduce a second boat in two months' time.

  7. General election: Alan Whitehead to stand again in Southampton Test

    Alan Whitehead has confirmed he is to stand again in the forthcoming general election, in what is in Labour's only constituency in Hampshire.

    He has been Labour MP for Southampton Test since 1997. The party lost the neighbouring Southampton Itchen seat to the Conservatives in 2015.

    Alan Whitehead
  8. Missing man's disappearance 'out of character'

    The family of an 82-year-old man who has been missing for almost three weeks has described his disappearance as "very out of character". 

    Michael Asher, from Maidenhead, was last seen boarding a train to Poole in Dorset on 31 March. 

    Police believe he has been using buses in the county, and the last unconfirmed sighting of him was at a soup kitchen in Bournemouth. 

    Michael Asher

    In a statement, Michael's cousin Pat Goodsave said: "Michael's disappearance is very out of character, he enjoys his home comforts and in particular maintaining his garden.

    "Michael please get in touch, I'm just so worried about you and want to know where you are."

  9. Polish warship campaign for Cowes Floating Bridge

    Campaigners are hoping to have the new Cowes floating bridge named after a Polish warship which defended the Isle of Wight during World War Two.

    The ORP Blyskawica was called into action against German bombers in May 1942 when it was having an emergency refit at the J Samuel White yard.

    Isle of Wight Council is currently running a Facebook competition to name the new chain ferry currently being prepared to enter service.

    Floating Bridge
    Quote Message: Our new 'floaty' needs a name, and what could be more fitting than to name her after the ship that saved the towns she serves? from Neil Hitchcock Campaigner
    Neil HitchcockCampaigner
  10. Man suffers leg injuries in Bournemouth crash

    More on the incident in Bournemouth's Holdenhurst Road...

    Police on the scene say a 66-year-old man has been taken to hospital with leg fractures.

    It is believed he was crossing the road when he was hit by a truck.

    Crash scene
  11. Man trapped under lorry in Bournemouth

    Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident involving a man trapped under a lorry on Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth.

    Dorset Police said it was called to the junction of St Swithuns Road shortly after 14:00.

    Holdenhurst Road
  12. Bron set for rally adventure

    Bron Burrell, 72, from Milford on Sea, is counting down to the start of an epic car rally from London to Lisbon later this week.

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    Video caption: She sets out on the epic adventure on Friday.
  13. CCTV images of Winchester car park theft suspects released

    CCTV images of two men wanted in connection with a distraction theft in Winchester supermarket car park have been released by police

    A 58-year-old woman was placing her shopping in the boot of her car in the car park of Waitrose in Stockbridge Road when a man claimed she had damaged his vehicle.

    While the victim was distracted, the other suspect reached into her handbag and took her purse. Her bank cards were then used to withdraw £2,300 from various locations.

    CCTV
  14. Pompey job 'overbearing' at times - Cook

    BBC Sport

    Portsmouth boss Paul Cook admitted it has been "tough" at times after guiding the team to promotion from League Two in his second season at Fratton Park. 

    "The weight of expectation can be overbearing. But you have to remember the drop this club has had, from Sol [Campbell] going up to lift the FA Cup, to being in League Two," he said.

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    Video caption: Portsmouth boss Paul Cook says the weight of expectation from fans can be 'overbearing'.
  15. Andrew Turner to stand in general election on Isle of Wight

    The Isle of Wight's Conservative MP has confirmed he intends to stand again in the general election set to be held on 8 June.

    Andrew Turner successfully resisted calls from members of his own party to stand down as a candidate before the 2015 election and went on to win the seat  with 40.7% of the vote.

    He admitted he was as "surprised as anybody" by the prime minister's decision to go to the country yesterday.

    Andrew Turner
    Quote Message: I go out knocking on doors every Saturday, and have increasingly found people saying we should now just get on with it [Brexit] – even if they voted Remain in the referendum. So although it is a pity, it is necessary, I support the prime minister’s decision to call an election. from Andrew Turner Isle of Wight MP
    Andrew TurnerIsle of Wight MP
  16. Reef firm liquidation 'complete by September'

    The liquidation of the firm that built Europe's first artificial surf reef will not conclude until September, as the search continues for its director.

    The £3.2m structure built by ASR in Boscombe, Bournemouth, has been beset with problems since opening in 2009.

    PwC initially said ASR's liquidation would be complete by the end of 2016 but a new report said the process was now expected to be complete by September. 

    Boscombe beach

    The report said PwC had been given updated contact details for ASR's director Nick Behunin but had been "unable to reach him".

  17. Greens call for unity on Isle of Wight

    The Green Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the isle of Wight has called on "progressive parties" to unite behind one candidate in the forthcoming election.

    Vix Lothian said she has written to other parties urging them to "put party politics to one side" to try and win the seat from the Conservatives who have held it since 2001.

    Needles
    Quote Message: I really feel that Theresa May’s decision to go to the polls is a golden opportunity for island people and politics to be put first on this occasion. It’s the only way to get a strong, local, forward-thinking voice for islanders. from Vix Lothian Greet Party
    Vix LothianGreet Party