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  1. Pippa Middleton to marry in Berkshire at weekend
  2. Amnesty 'reduces Southampton knife crime'
  3. New county council leader elected in Dorset
  4. Updates from Friday 19 May

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  1. That's all folks

    Linda Serck

    BBC South

    Thank you for joining us today and sharing your stories with us. We'll be back bright and early from 08:00 BST on Monday. Good evening!

  2. Rubber duck road in 'poor state'

    Oxfordshire County Council has released a statement in response to the rubber duck protest in Steeple Aston.

    In colourful scenes, the banana-coloured bunch was put on display in nuisance potholes outside the Old White Lion pub, on South Side.

    A spokesman said: "While the issues raised don’t represent a safety problem we do recognise that the road there is in a particularly poor state.

    "When we have determined the most appropriate method of repair we will be in touch with the parish council to let them know what we will do and when."

  3. Rare photos of Debbie Harry and Blondie performing first European gig

    Rare photos of Debbie Harry and Blondie performing their first European gig have been shared by a Bournemouth music fan to mark 40 years since the concert.

    Tony Pearson was in the small crowd at the Bournemouth Village Bowl watching the then little-known New York group on the night of 20 May 1977.

    The photos show Debbie Harry performing with her band on their Television tour, before their UK chart success, playing early tracks including X Offender and In the Flesh.

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    Video caption: We've discovered rare photos of Blondie performing their 1st European gig, in Bournemouth.
  4. Man waves at traffic in Dorset village of Swyre

    Here's a happy man to brighten up your Friday - Michael Ebdon has been waving at traffic in the west Dorset village of Swyre every morning for the last eight years ...

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    Video caption: Meet the 79-year-old who has been waving at traffic for eight years
  5. Guy Hedger 'murder': Sixth suspect released

    A sixth person arrested following the alleged murder of executive Guy Hedger at his home in Dorset has been released pending further inquiries.

    The 39-year-old Bournemouth man was detained yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

    Guy Hedger

    Mr Hedger was shot dead at his luxury property in Ashley near Ringwood on 30 April.

    Three men have been charged with his murder and two other people are still under investigation by Dorset Police.

  6. Woman sought by police after Help for Heroes tin theft

    Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to after a Help for Heroes charity tin was stolen in Oxford.

    The woman

    On 9 December last year, between 17:00 and 18:00, a woman entered Senli Cash and Go on Broad Street and requested the use of sellotape.

    While wrapping a pen in sellotape, the woman picked up a Help for Heroes charity collection tin containing cash, put it in her handbag, and left the premises.

  7. Preview: Southampton v Stoke

    Tony Husband

    BBC South Today sports editor

    The most boring team ever! shouted one Southampton fan on Thursday when I asked his views on the season.

    It seems a harsh assessment for a side which has reached a cup final, narrowly missed out on the Europa League knockout stages, and currently lies eighth in the Premier League.

    But while the stats should give Claude Puel plenty of comfort at the end of his first season, he's still fighting for his job, with Southampton seemingly doing little to dampen the speculation.

    If Saints fans feel underwhelmed, then the same probably applies to Stoke, who are at the bottom end of a mass of mediocrity in 14th.

    But Mark Hughes does appear to have the backing to reshape the squad this summer. It's a job security of which Puel must be envious.

    Read a full preview of Sunday's match here.

  8. Horse tries to eat BBC sports presenter

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    Video caption: BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Tim Dellor is harassed by a horse during a recent interview
  9. Hydropower is heading to Reading

    A community group has received planning permission to install two water turbines to produce hydropower on the River Thames in Reading.

    Electricity generated at Caversham weir will be enough to power 100 homes and has the potential to prevent around 150 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

    Reading Hydro said it was a "huge step forward" for the town and for the environment.

    Caversham weir on the River Thames

    The group expects construction to begin in 2018.

    During construction the weir will be adapted to make it a better home for wildlife by installing a new natural fish pass - also suited to eel and lamprey.

  10. Orchestra works with autistic children

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    Video caption: Music for Autism

    World class musicians from the Orchestra of St Johns has played a special concert at Endeavour Academy in Oxford to help autistic children.

  11. Second 'legal highs' shop owner sentenced

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    Image caption: The products were described as research chemicals and herbal incenses

    Products with names like Blow and Charly Sheen were sold as research chemicals and herbal incenses.

    Second 'legal highs' shop owner sentenced

    The products

    Products with names like Blow and Charly Sheen were sold as research chemicals and herbal incenses.

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  12. Drug dealer ordered to pay back £5

    A drug dealer who took part in a £676,000 conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine in Southampton has been ordered to pay back £5.

    Tristan Pope, 22, of no fixed abode, who was jailed for eight years in January, was told by a judge at Southampton Crown Court he would face a further week in prison if he did not pay the sum within three months.

    Tristan Pope

    The Crown Prosecution Service said the police had not been able to find any "realizable assets".

    Hampshire Constabulary said the £676,000 sum would "hang over Pope's head" and police would monitor his finances after his release from prison.

  13. The village that doesn't want to talk

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    The main sense you get, walking around Bucklebury and the surrounding villages, is that they all want things to go back to normal.

    The area has been thrust into the limelight, not because it wants to be, but because, simply, one of its residents married the future king.

    Bucklebury sign

    I wanted to speak to the residents of the village, and get a flavour of what it was like to live in a place that has such a huge amount of media scrutiny, and is bracing itself media intrusion once again. (The irony of that statement is not lost on me).

    But none of them wanted to talk. I walked into various establishments and asked a dozen people on the street, and asked for their thoughts.

    I was given very polite, but slightly exasperated rejections.

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    Image caption: Don't try and park in Englefield tomorrow...

    One woman, who didn't be want to be interviewed, said that the village was "sick" of the whole affair, and that I "wasn't going to get anywhere". She was right.

    An eatery in the village put up a sign outside telling the press that they "do not allow filming or interviews", and added that the media should respect the privacy of residents.

    You get the sense they are waiting for this all to blow over.

    Maybe though, after the youngest Middleton is married tomorrow, the press hordes may go away for good, and Bucklebury can return to normal.

    Englfield press
    Image caption: The press were camped out on the Englefield estate, where the ceremony will take place
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    Video caption: Ralph Krueger: Southampton chairman believes club have progressed again this season

    Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger believes the club have pushed forward again in the Premier League this season.

  15. Rolf Harris released from prison

    The TV entertainer, who has lived in Bray, Berkshire, is currently on trial on four counts of alleged indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983.

    Rolf Harris

    Mr Harris, who denies all charges, will attend the trial at Southwark Crown Court in person from Monday after appearing at previous hearings via video link.

    Jurors have already been told that Harris, 87, was convicted and sentenced following a trial in 2014.

    The current trial, which began on 15 May, is not sitting on Friday.

  16. The Berkshire village at the centre of a media storm

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Once in a while, this sleepy, green and quintessentially British village becomes the centre of the universe.


    The village is Bucklebury, in West Berkshire, and it is the home of the Middletons.

    Thrown into the limelight because of the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it turns out the media's attention extends to members of the duchess's family too.

    Car Park
    Image caption: The village hall car park looks rather busy for a Friday afternoon...

    Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate, is marrying financier James Matthews on Saturday.

    There are hints though that the tranquility of this remote village is about to be disturbed.

    There are a lot of journalists snooping around country lanes, and the presence of police hidden behind the tall bushes which, you would imagine, would be the scene of the reception.

    Image caption: A sizeable police operation is in place for the event