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Summary

  1. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh has visited Pangbourne College in Berkshire
  2. New Conservative group leader announced for Dorset County Council
  3. Haitham Taylor becomes new Wokingham Council head
  4. Two 500 year old pages from a book, thought to be one of the first ever published, have been found at the University of Reading.
  5. Stevens named Pompey's best by his team-mates

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  1. That's all for today

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Thank you for joining us again today. 

    We will be back tomorrow at 08:00 with all of the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

  2. Southern Health faces Connor Sparrowhawk drowning charges

    An NHS trust is to be prosecuted over the drowning of an 18-year-old patient at one of its facilities, the BBC has learned. 

    Connor Sparrowhawk suffered an epileptic fit while in a bath at Slade House in Oxford in July 2013.

    Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust eventually admitted responsibility and offered his family compensation. 

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the BBC it will now prosecute the trust.

    Connor Sparrowhawk

    Southern Health provides mental health services to patients across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J4A for A327 and J5 for A287.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M3 southbound between J4a, A327 (Farnborough) and J5, A287 (Hook), because of an accident.

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

  4. Man jailed for attempted rape of girl in 1986

    Marcus Liddell

    BBC Oxford

    A serial child abuser has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of the attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl 31 years ago following the discovery of new DNA evidence.

    Philip Spriggs, 52, formerly of Oxford, attacked his victim on 30 January 1986 as she was walking near Pullens Lane in Oxford.

    He pulled his victim to the ground and threatened her before she escaped.

    In 2015 Spriggs was jailed for 17 years for a string of sex offences against two children.

    His sentence will not commence until his current custodial sentence finishes. 

    Philip Spriggs
  5. Families protest over school merger

    Pupils and parents at Sandown Bay Academy, Isle of Wight, have held a protest at plans to merge the troubled school with Ryde Academy.

    They chanted slogans demanding the removal of the school's private sponsor Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).

    In a statement, AET said: "The consultation process, which we will launch shortly, will allow everyone to have their say."

    Sandown Bay Academy protest
  6. Missing Headington girl found

    Police say Isabelle Isom, the 15-year-old Headington girl who went missing last night, was found safe and well this afternoon.

  7. Pam Ayres: Election is 'rhetoric, hot air, and gas'

    Poet Pam Ayres has been sharing her thoughts on the joy of elections with BBC Oxford.

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    Video caption: 'Rhetoric, hot air, and gas' - poet Pam Ayres share her thoughts on the joys of elections.
  8. Mysterious death probed by police

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

    A man has died in hospital after being found unconscious inside a property in Reading in the early hours of Sunday. 

    The 55-year-old's death is being treated as unexplained by police. 

    Prince of Wales Avenue

    Officers say they want to trace a woman who may have more information about how the victim came to sustain his head injuries. 

    They also asked for people in the Prince of Wales Avenue and Oxford Road area between 02:00 and 02:30 BST on Sunday to come forward. 

  9. Your pictures: Spectacled warbler sightings on Portland

    A rare spectacled warbler has been spotted in Dorset for the first time.

    It was recorded at Portland Bill at about 16:00 BST on Monday.

    It's only the ninth time it has been recorded in the UK.

    Lee Fuller travelled from Hedge End in Hampshire to catch a glimpse...

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  10. Oxford Bus Company driver treated for shock following fatal collision

    Phil Southall, managing director of the Oxford Bus Company, has released a statement following the death of a female cyclist after a collision involving a bus on the Botley Road.

    He said: "The bus was operating the 4B service towards the city and Wood Farm, and the incident took place in the vicinity of the McDonald’s.

    "Unfortunately we have been advised that the incident is being treated as a fatality. It is far too early to speculate as to the cause of the incident and we are doing everything we can to assist the emergency services at this time.

    "Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the cyclist and our driver who is currently receiving treatment for shock."

    Gridlock in Botley
  11. New council leader set to be chosen

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    A successor to West Berkshire Council's late leader who died in a car crash earlier in the year will be chosen tonight. 

    Councillor Roger Croft and his wife Grizelda both lost their lives following the collision in France in February.

    Councillor Graham Jones, the authority's deputy leader, has been in the role since the crash.

    Roger Croft
    Image caption: Roger Croft and his wife were involved in a car crash while travelling in France
  12. Man to face charge over motorcylist death crash with tractor

    A man is to face a charge of causing death by careless driving after a motorcyclist was killed when his bike was involved in a crash with a tractor

    A357 Stalbridge

    The crash happened on the A357 in Stalbridge on 7 October.

    The rider, a 37-year-old man from Blandford, died at the scene from his injuries. The driver of the tractor, registered to a Stalbridge firm, was unhurt.

    A 30-year-old man from Sturminster Newton has been issued with a postal requisition to appear before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 15 May for an offence of causing death by careless driving, police said.

  13. Cricket ball fears fail to stump new homes plan

    The risk of flying cricket balls isn't usually a problem for most developments.

    And yet it was one of the reasons why Chipping Norton Cricket Club argued an application for 100 homes by its ground should be rejected

    It feared people and property could be struck by balls hit out of its ground.

    But it wasn't enough to stop the plans being approved yesterday; a planning report said it was the club's job to ensure balls hit out of its ground didn't cause a nuisance. 

    Chipping Norton Cricket Club
    Image caption: The plans for 100 homes by the Chipping Norton Cricket Club were submitted by Gallagher Estates
  14. Paice sees final as 'biggest test'

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    David Paice believes London Irish's Championship play-off final against Yorkshire Carnegie will be "the two biggest games" of his career.

    The former England hooker, 33, scored three tries to lead the Exiles to a semi-final victory against Doncaster.

    David Paice
    Image caption: Paice and his London Irish colleagues side lost just once on their way to the top of the Championship

    Irish now need to beat Yorkshire over two legs to seal promotion and an immediate return to the Premiership.

    The two-legged final, which starts at Headingley on 17 May, sees the top two in the regular season face each other for promotion.

    Paice sees final as 'biggest test'

    Ben Franks and Brendan McKibbin celebrate a London Irish try

    David Paice believes the Championship play-off final will be "the two biggest games" of his career.

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  15. Controversial hotel plans recommended for approval

    Conservationists fear a new hotel would harm views of St George's Tower in Oxford. 

    The plans for the six-storey 140 room hotel near Oxford Castle are recommended for approval this evening. 

    A planning officers' report says the development would meet demand for short-stay accommodation in the city. 

    But the Oxford Preservation Trust thinks the hotel on Paradise Street would harm the character of the area. 

    St George's Tower in Oxford
  16. Woman dies in Oxford collision between bike and bus

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC South

    A female cyclist has died in Oxford following a collision with a bus.

    A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called at 14:37 to a report of a collision involving a bus and a cyclist on the A420 Botley Road, Oxford.

    "Sadly the female cyclist was confirmed deceased at the scene.

    "Emergency services are currently in attendance.

    "Road closures are in place on Botley Road and on the A34 Botley sliproad."

  17. PICTURE: A34 lorry crash

    Police have released a picture of this morning's lorry crash on the A34 near Weston-on-the-Green.

    It was one of three incidents affecting drivers heading north this morning which caused delays of around an hour and twenty minutes at one point.

    Traffic has thankfully returned to normal with no incidents reported on the route this lunchtime.

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  18. Inmate to face charge over Guys Marsh prison fire

    An inmate is to face a charge of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire on the roof of a prison.

    The blaze at HMP Guys Marsh, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10 March forced the evacuation of 64 prisoners. 

    Dorset Police said the 29-year-old is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates' Court on 22 May. 

    One prisoner was brought down from the roof during the incident. 

    Guys Marsh