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Summary

  1. Major yacht search mayday 'may have been hoax'
  2. HGV lorries are destroying homes say residents in Swallowfield, Berkshire
  3. Keys handed to owners of 119 new beach huts at Milford-on-Sea
  4. Reading FC take on Fulham in the second leg of the Championship play-offs later
  5. Weather: Wet and humid day ahead

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  1. Goodnight

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    That's all from us today, thank you for your company.

    We will be back tomorrow with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport for the South from 08:00 BST.

    I will leave you with a picture of a fox tangled in netting at a sports ground in Reading. 

    The tiny cub was rescued by the RSPCA on Monday, so all was well in the end...

    Fox cub netting
    Image caption: Before you ask, despite his clear affection for sport, he's not playing centre forward for The Royals this evening...
  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J14 for M27.

    M3 Hampshire - Lane blocked on M3 southbound at J14 M27, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Reading's longest-running supporter cheers them on

    Reading v Fulham (19:45 BST)

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Olga is believed to be the longest-running supporter of Reading Football Club.

    She's been cheering on the Royals for 70 years.

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    Video caption: Olga, believed to be the oldest fan of Reading, sends a good luck message to the club.

    Ahead of their huge game against Fulham tonight, which could take them to the play-off final, she has issued a rallying call for everyone at the club.

    She won't be at the game tonight, but will be cheering them on at a party at her house, and it sounds like she's got a lovely spread set up for them.

  4. Tories form alliance to run Oxfordshire

    The alliance was officially confirmed at a meeting of the full council
    Image caption: The alliance was officially confirmed at a meeting of the full council

    The Conservatives fell short of a majority but have won the support of two independent councillors.

    Tories form alliance to run Oxfordshire

    The alliance was officially confirmed at a meeting of the full council

    The Conservatives fell short of a majority but have won the support of two independent councillors.

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  5. Crumbling cottages from heavy lorries

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    Video caption: Vibration from heavy lorries are causing cracks in cottages, residents say.
  6. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M271 Hampshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M271 Hampshire both ways severe congestion, at J1 for Brownhill Way.

    M271 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M271 in both directions at J1 Brownhill Way.

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

  7. School closure decision delayed

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    A decision on the future of an Oxfordshire school has been extended in order to allow more time to consider consultation responses.

    Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common was placed in special measures last month and will be closed or merged with another school following an "inadequate" Ofsted rating which criticised teaching, leadership and the behaviour of pupils.

    Chiltern Edge school
    Image caption: All schools judged inadequate by Ofsted must either close or be reorganised

    Oxfordshire County Council's consultation process was due to be completed this month, but that deadline has now been extended to the end of June.

    The school's head is on sick leave - and yesterday parents were told an interim replacement has been appointed. 

    Moira Green will take over on 5 June.

  8. Woman charged over Southampton stabbing

    A woman has been charged with attempted murder after reports of a stabbing in Southampton.

    Police were called just after 13:00 today after a report of a 20-year-old woman being stabbed in the back on Blechynden Terrace.

    Blechynden Terrace
    Image caption: Blechynden Terrace is situated near Southampton Central train station

    A 33-year-old was arrested 10 minutes later, while Hampshire Constabulary say the 20-year-old woman has received serious but not life-threatening injuries.

    Officers remain at the scene carrying out inquiries.

  9. Man who racially abused taxi driver fined

    A man who racially abused a taxi driver in Maidenhead has been fined £4,000.

    Nigel Rees, of High Road, Cookham, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence.

    Cookham Road BP
    Image caption: Reece abused the taxi driver at a garage on Cookham Road in Maidenhead

    At 02:00 on 21 October 2016, Rees used racial slurs during an argument with a taxi driver at a petrol station in Cookham Road.

    The 49-year-old was ordered to pay a fine of £4,000, a victim surcharge of £170, costs of £1,500 and compensation to the victim of £1,500.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

    M27 Hampshire - M27 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic eastbound at J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  11. Rapper Stormzy helps Oxford University student go to Harvard

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    A British rapper has reacted to an Oxford University student's fundraising appeal by donating £9,000. 

    21-year-old Fiona Asiedu tweeted she needed help to finance her place at Harvard and the Grime musician Stormzy came to her rescue.

    It means she can now start her place in Human Development and Psychology in August. 

  12. Oxford University team make 'cancer breakthrough'

    Chemotherapy treatment could be personalised for each cancer patient, according to researchers from Oxford University.

    A team from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, along with fellow academics at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet - has found a way to identify rogue cancer cells which survive treatment after the rest of the tumour is destroyed.

    Previously they have been extremely difficult to find as they hide within normal tissue.

    Cancer research

    "What we have developed here allows us to pick out the cells and understand what makes them to resistant to treatment", said Prof Adam Mead, who led the study.

    "We can use that information to think about better ways to target those rogue cells, so we can limit them for good".

  13. Breaking#Southernstrike: New strike date announced

    The RMT union has announced that its members working on the Southern network will go on strike for 24 hours on Tuesday 30 May.

    The fresh action is part of an ongoing dispute between the union and Southern over the driver-only operation of its trains.

    Quote Message: RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access to rail services for over a year now. We have met with the company but there is a massive gap of over 8000 trains a year that GTR have confirmed will run without an OBS on board. That represents a serious safety and accessibility risk and short of the guarantee of a second safety qualified member of staff on Southern services we have no option but to confirm a further day of strike action. from Mick Cash General Secretary, RMT
    Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A31 Dorset eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A31 Dorset eastbound severe accident, between A350 Poole Road and Brickyard Lane affecting Sandy Lane.

    A31 Dorset - A31 in Sturminster Marshall closed and slow traffic eastbound between Roundhouse Roundabout and Coventry Arms junction, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion on A350 Poole Road to the Sandy Lane junction.

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

  15. Football: Midfielder 'set to reject Crewe for non-league side'

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Crewe Alexandra midfielder Danny Hollands is set to turn his contract offer down and sign for National League side Eastleigh.

    Danny Hollands

    The 31-year-old missed the last two months of the season through injury but manager David Artell had spoken last week of his desire to keep him at the Alex.

    Hollands' contract at the club expires this summer and BBC Radio Stoke understands that a move back to the south east has swayed his decision to turn his back on league football.

  16. Reading v Fulham: Analysis

    Tim Dellor

    BBC Berkshire sport editor

    If tonight's atmosphere can match Saturday's at Craven Cottage for intensity then we are in for something special. 

    The tie could not be more finely balanced, at 1-1. 

    Reading's home record will fill them with confidence, but only Newcastle have been better than Fulham on the road this season. 

    Fans will also be nervous because of the absence of captain Paul McShane, following his sending off in the first game. Jordan Obita also looks likely to miss tonight with an ankle injury.

    The game could go to extra time and penalties. The Royals have missed six of their 12 penalties this season, but Fulham's record is even worse. They've missed nine of their 13.

    If Reading win they'll be going to the new Wembley for the third time. They were there for the play-off final in 2011, and then again in the FA Cup semi-final in 2015.

    The winners of tonight's game will face Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday for a place in the Premier League.

  17. Firm fined for sending millions of spam texts

    A telecoms firm has been fined £100,000 for sending millions of spam texts about mobile phone upgrades. 

    Onecom, based in Whiteley, Hampshire, was the subject of 1,050 complaints, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said. 

    ICO said Onecom confirmed it had sent 3.3 million text messages between 1 October 2015 and 31 March 2016.

    Mobile phone
  18. Berkshire villagers say HGVs are 'destroying' their homes

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

    A lorry

    People living in a village in Berkshire claim their Victorian cottages are being destroyed by HGVs driving past them daily on their way to a herb farm. 

    They say large cracks are appearing in the walls of their historic cottages. 

    One pensioner says his house is so badly affected he will have to move out and sleep in his pick-up truck.

    Wokingham Borough Council says it cannot stop access to businesses such as Valley Produce and asked concerned residents to talk to them directly.

    Cracked wall