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Summary

  1. Armed police on patrol across the South
  2. Windsor Changing of the Guard cancelled
  3. Cyclist 'deliberately' hit by car in Southampton
  4. Security stepped up at Reading shopping centre
  5. Extra armed officers confirmed for Reading's playoff final
  6. Swanage to Wareham rail line reconnection date announced

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  1. 'No plans' to deploy armed forces in Dorset

    Dorset Police has confirmed it currently has no plans to deploy military personnel on to the streets.

    It comes after the UK terrorism threat was increased to critical, launching Operation Temperer.

    The operation means that members of the military could be deployed under police command and control.

    Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said: "Locations for deployment are agreed at a national level and, at this stage, there are no plans for deployment in Dorset.

    "Although we have no information to suggest any specific additional risk to Dorset, we would urge the public to keep alert and not alarmed."

  2. New mayor for Windsor and Maidenhead announced

    John Lenton has been announced as the new mayor for Windsor and Maidenhead.

    The councillor, who was last year's deputy mayor, was elected at the annual mayor-making ceremony on Tuesday.

    John Lenton
  3. Policeman 'faces jail' after misconduct verdict

    A police officer has been warned he faces a prison sentence after being found guilty of two counts of misconduct in public office.

    PC Keith Burgess, 42, was convicted at Guildford Crown Court in relation to "inappropriate" behaviour towards two teenage girls while he was working in Southampton in 2014 and 2015.

    The judge had previously ordered the jury to find him not guilty of sending sexually explicit messages, sexual assaults, child grooming and child pornography offences.

    Keith Burgess
  4. Radiohead urged to cancel Israel gig

    Signs have appeared around Oxford protesting against Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Tel Aviv.

    Last month the Oxford band was urged to cancel the gig by Artists for Palestine UK.

    Radiohead protest sign
  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M271 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for Brownhill Way and M27 J3.

    M271 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M271 northbound between J1 Brownhill Way and M27 J3, Romsey, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Dash cam plea in hunt for Baby M's mother

    Police investigating the discovery of a baby's body in a park in Aldershot are appealing to motorists to check their dash cam footage.

    Officers are trying to track down Baby M's mother, who they fear may need urgent medical attention.

    Manor Park in Aldershot
  7. Police nest protection deters egg thefts

    Indy Almroth-Wright

    BBC South

    A scheme to protect rare gull eggs off the Dorset coast has been hailed a success after an increase in the number of breeding pairs.

    Egg collecting had become such a problem on remote islands off Poole Harbour that police patrols were put in to protect the seabirds this year.

    Charity, Birds of Poole Harbour, said a survey carried out on Tuesday revealed "zero evidence of egg collecting".

    Gull chick

    Just over 2,500 out of 9,000 nests were left following egg thefts last year.

    Paul Morton, who runs the charity, said the colony was back up to nearly 6,000 nests.

  8. CCTV released in stolen bank card probe

    CCTV images have been released by police investigating the use of a stolen bank card in Reading.

    A man suffered serious head injuries when he was punched while chasing a thief who stole his wallet earlier this month.

    His bank card was used in McDonald's and the Shell Garage, both in Oxford Road, the same day - Sunday 5 March.

    Thames Valley Police wants to speak to the men in the photos, who they say may hold vital information about the investigation.

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  9. 'Anti-social' travellers leave Bitterne Park after setting up camp

    A group of travellers that set up an unauthorised encampment and was reportedly causing anti-social behaviour in an area of Southampton has now moved, the council has said.

    The travellers originally set up camp in Bitterne Park Primary School over the weekend before moving to the adjacent Riverside Park in Bitterne Park on Tuesday.

    Police said they had received three reports of anti-social behaviour in the area, including "vehicle nuisance".

    However, the council said the group had moved from the area on Wednesday morning.

  10. Extremists 'use violence against Muslims' to target young people

    Imam Monawar Hussain founded the Oxford Foundation, which promotes interfaith dialogue and education, and told BBC Oxford he is regularly asked to talk to young people accessing extremist websites.

    He said: “I often get called into schools because young people are accessing material on the internet; they’re getting really wound up.

    Monawar

    “What the extremists do is they use violence against Muslims to generate hate towards everyone else.

    “We actually sit down and go through why they want to go to Syria or anywhere else, what’s the basis for this, and open up other avenues for them to do good.

    “That idealism that young people have can be channeled into a positive outcome, rather than something destructive.”

  11. Changing the Guard ceremony 'may continue to be cancelled'

    Today's Changing the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle was cancelled to allow armed officers to be deployed elsewhere, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

    A spokesperson for the MoD told the BBC that this fits with an existing arrangement for times of heightened national security.

    They added that the decision will be "reviewed" ahead of each scheduled ceremony.

    The next ceremony is due to take place on Friday.

    Changing of the Guard
  12. Security stepped up at Reading shopping centre

    The group which runs the Oracle in Reading have stepped up security at all of its centres.

    Staff have been instructed to remove all waste bins and close or remove all mobile phone charging points.

    Oracle Reading
  13. 'Protecting the communities of the Thames Valley'

    Sgt Harry Tangye, an operational firearms commander at Devon and Cornwall Police, is at Reading train station and has tweeted a photograph of himself with the officers on duty.

    Thames Valley Police has said that officers "will continue to provide a visible presence" but that there is no specific threat to the Thames Valley.

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