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  1. New Forest naturalist Chris Packham cleared of assaulting bird trappers in Malta
  2. M&S to close Portsmouth store
  3. £250m redevelopment planned for three Sandbanks hotels
  4. First £1m raised towards new £4.8m children's A&E in Southampton
  5. Updates from Thursday 20 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 Friday.

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

  2. Poundbury sarcophagus vandalism 'just awful'

    A stone Roman coffin on display in Poundbury, which was vandalised at the weekend, was of "very great historical interest", the chair of the Trustees of Brownsword Hall has said.

    The artefact had been placed between the columns of the community hall in August until a permanent home was found for it.

    Stone coffin

    Stuart Palmer said the coffin was one of several unearthed during work on a nearby industrial estate in the 1960s which were believed to be evidence of one the earliest Christian burial sites in Roman Britain. 

    When discovered, the coffin contained human remains along with remnants of cloth which indicated it held the body of a senior official. 

    Dorchester was the site of a significant Roman settlement known as Durnovaria and part of the town walls and foundations of a Roman house remain.

    Quote Message: It's part of the history of the area - people are appalled that some lunatics decided to smash it up - it's just awful. from Stuart Palmer Chair of the Trustees of Brownsword Hall
    Stuart PalmerChair of the Trustees of Brownsword Hall
  3. Man charged with children's home abuse

    Police have charged a man with serious sexual offences against boys in relation to a former Romsey children's home.

    Willy Gillham, 64, who has an address in France, is accused of 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against boys who were under the age of 16 during the 1980s.

    Police said the charges relate to alleged offences at the former Palmerston House children's home in Botley Road.

    Mr Gillham has been remanded in custody and is due before Southampton Crown Court on 19 May.

  4. Alpacas pay visit to elderly care home

    Residents at The Lawn care home in Holybourne had some woolly visitors as a herd of alpacas were brought to see them.

    It was part of a project by the Friends of the Elderly charity to foster fun activities for animal-loving elderly residents of care homes. 

  5. Burglary victim offers £10,000 reward

    A burglary victim has offered rewards of up to £10,000 for the return of jewellery stolen from a property in Poole.

    They include a diamond-encrusted cross necklace, a Boodle and Dunthorne diamond bracelet and a white and gold diamond ring with matching earrings.


    Police said a "large quantity of cash" was also taken from the address in Canford Cliffs Road, some time between 30 March and 2 April.

    PC Steven Donaldson said the reward was only on offer for items returned before 1 June.

  6. Road closure affecting Southampton Airport

  7. Empress Road Fire: Crews "scaling down"

    Fire fighters are still at the scene of a large fire which broke out at four car workshops in Southampton at lunchtime. 

    Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had been in a "complex building with difficult access". No-one was injured.

    Fire in Empress Road
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  8. Images of proposed Sandbanks hotel development

    Here are some images of the proposed £250m project to redevelop three hotels on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula.

    Developers want to demolish buildings on three sites to make way for a new hotel, holiday apartments and flats.

    Under the plans, Haven Hotel - which marks the entrance to Poole Harbour - would be replaced by 196 flats in four blocks as well as a restaurant. Sandbanks Hotel, at the other end of the 1.5 mile-long peninsula, would be restyled as a 175-bedroom hotel.

    Sandbanks hotel development
    Sandbanks Hotel Development
    Sandbanks hotel development
  9. Aldershot MP to leave parliament

    Sir Gerald Howarth has confirmed that he will not be seeking re-election in June.

    The Conservative MP and former defence minister has represented Aldershot for the past 20 years.

    In a statement on his website, he said: "I have every confidence in the outstanding leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May and have assured her of my fullest support from beyond the Palace of Westminster."

    Gerald Howarth
  10. WATCH: Aerial footage of Southampton fire

    Thanks to Jack Pearce for this drone footage of the fire at four industrial units in Empress Road, Southampton.

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  11. 'Priceless' sarcophagus vandalised in Prince Charles's Poundbury development

    A Roman sarcophagus on display in Prince Charles's urban development in Dorchester, has been badly damaged by vandals.

    Dorset Police said the 1,600-year-old artefact in Pummery Square, Poundbury, was damaged sometime late on Saturday or early on Sunday morning. 

    The lid of the empty sarcophagus was removed and damaged beyond repair. 

    Vandalised sarcophagus
    Quote Message: Because of the age of the item, it was considered priceless and irreplaceable. Due to the weight of the lid, it is likely to have taken several people to remove it and I am appealing for anyone who has seen anything suspicious... to contact me. from PCSO Matt Barton Dorset Police
    PCSO Matt BartonDorset Police
  12. Rail smartcard plan 'fails to deliver'

    Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

    A smartcard system for rail users in the south east of England has run over budget and failed to deliver on the government's aims, the National Audit Office (NAO) says.

    The South East Flexible Ticketing Programme was set up in 2012 to "improve the experience for passengers and reduce costs to train operating companies of selling tickets", according to the NAO report.


    But the government has spent £54m instead of the projected £45m, plus £60m to make London ticket machines compatible with railway smartcards.

    The business case relied on 95% of season ticket holders switching, but only 8% have done so. 

  13. Pompey duo make League Two team of the year

    Portsmouth defenders Christian Burgess and Enda Stevens have been named in the League Two team of the year.

    Fellow promoted clubs Doncaster and Plymouth also provide a number of players in the XI.


    Rovers' James Coppinger and John Marquis (who has scored 26 this season) are in midfield and attack respectively, with Argyle's Luke McCormick in goal, along with team-mates Sonny Bradley (defence) and 14-goal Graham Carey (midfield).

    The other players are Blackpool defender Kelvin Mellor, midfielders Nicky Adams and Luke Berry (of Carlisle and Cambridge respectively) and Luton forward Danny Hylton (21 goals).

  14. WATCH: Southampton garage fire

    The fire in Empress Road, Southampton, is now affecting four industrial units, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service says.

    George Burke sent us this video of the fire, which has sent thick black smoke into the air.

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  15. Southampton crews battle large fire

    More than 30 firefighters are tackling a fire at a commercial garage in Empress Road, Southampton.

    The service says the premises were unoccupied when the fire broke out just before midday.

    The ambulance service has warned people nearby to close windows because of thick black smoke.

    smoke over Southampton
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