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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 3 August
  2. US manhunt for Oxford University worker
  3. Rise in assaults on police
  4. Cladding to be removed from towers
  5. Hovercraft crossings on the Solent stopped
  6. Michael Eisner takes over Portsmouth FC

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, at J9 for A34.

    M3 Hampshire - M3 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic southbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of an accident involving lorry and two cars.

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

  2. Robert Hardy: Harry Potter and All Creatures Great and Small star dies

    The actor Robert Hardy has died aged 91, his family has said.

    Robert Hardy

    He starred as Dick Carlton in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, and Cornelius Fudge, The Minister for Magic, in four of the Harry Potter films.

    In recent years a west Oxfordshire and Hampshire resident, he studied English at Magdalen College under the tutorage of C S Lewis in the 1940s.

    His family said he had had a "tremendous life" and "a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years".

    Magdelen College said: "Sad news breaking that Magdalen alumnus Robert Hardy (1944) has died at the age of 91."

  3. Road sign spelling gaffe by council

    A sign for a main road has been spelled incorrectly by a council.

    The sign for Burnham Lane installed by a Slough Borough Council worker earlier included an extra A, making it erroneously read "Burnaham Lane".

    Burnham Lane

    After the gaffe was pointed out on Twitter, the authority responded: "Whoops. Our bad. That will be coming right back down again."

    The council confirmed the sign would be removed but told the BBC it had no further comment to add to its tweet.

  4. Oxford Uni murder suspect employee was 'missing'

    An Oxford University employee who is wanted in connection with a murder in Chicago disappeared last week.

    Andrew Warren, 56, who works at Sommerville College, was reported missing to Thames Valley Police on Monday 25 July.

    He had left the UK the day before, the force said, and inquiries are continuing.

    Mr Warren and Prof Wyndham Lathem are wanted after Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 25, was found dead last week, and Chicago Police says its "search will only intensify".

    Prof Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren (right)
    Image caption: Andrew Warren (right) and Prof Wyndham Lathem have been urged to turn themselves in.
  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25 affecting J6 for A355 Slough.

    M4 Berkshire - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of an overturned vehicle, recovery work and a fuel spillage. Congestion to J6, A355 (Slough).

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

  6. Reading FC: Stam itching to get season under way

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    Video caption: Royals boss Jaap Stam wants to start the new season and forget last year's heroics.
  7. Overrun with rodents? Here's a happy tail...

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Meet Rocco and Cory. They're degus. Very happy degus, as it happens.

    These little rodents came from a home in Oxford that was overrun with more than 40 fellow degus, gerbils and hamsters.

    They weren't particularly happy, all crammed together - so the RSPCA stepped in and these two brothers (below) ended up at the charity's Block Fen rehoming centre in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.

    Degus Rocco and Cory

    As cute as they are, no-one wanted little Rocco and Cory and here they stayed for a more than year before volunteer Aga Clark thought enough was enough, and adopted the pair.

    "They are two lovely little degus and I saw them and thought it was a shame they spent such a long time in the RSPCA without a forever home," she said.

    The pair are now happily living in a big purpose-built cage with lots of toys to play with.

    The degu cage

    "I never expected they would be so much fun to be around - they are real characters," their new owner said.

    Characters they may be, but just what is a degu?

    It's a new one on me so I asked the RSPCA's "degu guru" Dr Jane Tyson to set me straight:

    • Degus originate from Chile - not Oxford - and live for about six to seven years
    • They're rodents and look a little like gerbils - but a bit bigger
    • Being sociable little creatures they need another degu for companionship - but if you pair a male and female, make sure you have the male neutered or you could end up with a colony
    • They like to chow down on commercial guinea pig food containing seeds and grains, as well as fresh vegetables and green alfalfa
    • They need to be kept at the right temperature as they can easily overheat, and need access to a dust bath twice a week
    • Degus like to be active so need lots of opportunities to dig, climb and chew things

    So now you know!

    Degus Rocco and Cory
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A41 Oxfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A41 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, at M40 J9.

    A41 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on A41 at Bicester, because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

  9. BreakingMan 'crushed by tree' on golf course

    A man has "potentially life-threatening injuries" after being hit by a falling tree on a golf course, South Central Ambulance has said.

    Emergency services were called to Dibden Golf Centre near Southampton shortly after midday.

    The man, thought to be in his 40s, was on a ride-on lawnmower when he was trapped, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

    The golf course confirmed that one of its employees had been injured and the man's next of kin had been informed.

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    Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J11 for A3090 and J12 for A335.

    M3 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on M3 southbound between J11, A3090 (Winchester South) and J12, A335 (Eastleigh), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving three vehicles.

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

  11. Oxford Uni in contact with police over murder suspect employee

    Andrew Warren and Prof Wyndham Lathem
    Image caption: Andrew Warren (right) and Prof Wyndham Lathem are wanted in connection with the murder in Chicago

    Oxford University says it's ready to provide any help US police need to find one of its employees who is a suspect in a murder investigation.

    Andrew Warren, 56, is wanted after a man was found dead in a flat in Chicago on 27 July.

    The victim, Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, was found with "several lacerations" to the body, US Police say.

    Mr Warren's colleagues at Somerville College have been "shocked to learn of the case", according to the university.

    It adds, UK police have been contacted and are pledging to help US police "in any way they need".

    Quote Message: Whatever the circumstances, we would urge him to contact the US authorities as soon as possible, in the best interests of everyone concerned. from Oxford University
    Oxford University
  12. UK universities need urgent Brexit 'clarity' from ministers

    Judith Burns

    Education reporter

    Students in library

    UK universities could lose talented EU staff unless they receive "greater clarity" from the government on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals, according to the Russell Group.

    The group of top research universities says Brexit is causing EU staff "uncertainty and anxiety" and making the recruitment of others harder.

    The group has outlined 10 points it says the government must answer.

    Ministers say they want "a reciprocal agreement as quickly as possible".

    The Russell Group is composed of 24 universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow and Cardiff, which are often oversubscribed at undergraduate level and heavily focused on research.

  13. End of an era for Pompey fan-owners

    Michael Eisner's takeover of Portsmouth FC brings to an end four years of joint ownership by fans and club presidents.

    Eisner takes control of a club which was on the brink of liquidation in 2013, having experienced both administration and relegation twice in three years.

    A High Court ruling in April 2013 allowed the Pompey Supporters' Trust to buy 48.5% of the club's shares and help the club to recover from its financial struggles.

    fans at Fratton Park
  14. £10m investment promised for Pompey

    Michael Eisner

    Michael Eisner's takeover of League One Portsmouth FC will include a £10m investment in the club, the former Walt Disney chief has promised.

    Eisner, 75, and his Tornante investment group offered £5.67m to buy 100% of the club and will invest an extra £10m.

    "My family and I are thrilled to take on this incredible responsibility as stewards of a football club with such a rich heritage," Eisner said.

  15. Super furry animals at Countryfile Live

    BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman has been broadcasting live from Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace, and by the look of her tweets, as well as visitors to the event, she's been interviewing ferrets, puppies and little stallions too.

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  16. From committing a stabbing to serving Michelin star food

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    Video caption: The Reading Prison Inmate whose life changed thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.