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  1. Updates from Friday 4 August

Live Reporting

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  1. That's all for this week

    Thanks for joining us!

    The BBC South Live service will resume at 08:00 on Monday when we will be bringing you regional news, travel, sport and weather updates until 18:00.

    You can still get in touch by email, on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

  2. Joiners exceeds fundraising target

    Southampton music venue The Joiners has exceeded its fundraising target, just days after launching an appeal for essential repair work.

    The 100-year-old building in St Mary's street needs "critical repairs" which the venue said threatened its future survival.

    Its online appeal has reached more than £8,000 after an initial appeal for £5,000 was launched earlier this week.

    Artists including Coldplay, Oasis and Ed Sheeran have all played at the Joiners early in their careers.

    The Joiners
  3. Golf carts stolen and set alight

    Caversham Health Golf Club
    Image caption: The golf carts were stolen from Caversham Health Golf Club

    About £7,000 worth of damage has been caused after golf carts were stolen and set alight in a suspected arson in Sonning Common.

    Police were called to the skate park off Woodlands road early on Wednesday morning.

    The carts, worth roughly £5,000 each, are thought to have been stolen from Caversham Heath Golf Club and were found on the site burnt out.

  4. Pay for Oxford Uni management 'grossly excessive'

    Louise Richardson
    Image caption: Oxford University says Louise Richardson's salary is £350,000 per year

    The salary paid to Oxford University's vice-chancellor Louise Richardson has been critcised by the bursar of one of its oldest colleges.

    In a letter to the Financial Times, bursar of New College, David Palfreyman says the university managed with the cheapest vice-chancellor in the land until about 2000 when costs began rising.

    "Few in Oxford would be able to detect any improvement in our governance and management resulting from these "reforms" - or indeed any value-for-money return", he says.

    A spokesperson for Oxford University says it is the "world's highest-ranked University...adding £5.8 billion to the UK economy every year" and the vice-chancellor's salary reflects this.

    Louise Richardson earns £350,000 according to Oxford, not £442,000 - the figure quoted in the Financial Times by David Palfreyman.

  5. Maidenhead crash victim named

    A woman who died in hospital following a crash near Maidenhead on 26 July has been named as Clare Smith.

    The 38-year-old from Marlow was driving when her vehicle collided with another car on the A308 Marlow Road.

    Clare Smith

    Ms Smith's nine-year-old daughter was also taken to hospital but will make a full recovery, police said.

    In a statement her relatives said: "She was very much loved by her devastated family and friends and will be forever sadly missed.”

  6. 'So excited I'll take a sleeping tablet'

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Oxford United start their season away at Oldham tomorrow and midfielder Ryan Ledson's certainly looking forward to it.

    In fact, the 19-year-old says he's so excited he's ready to "take a sleeping tablet" to make sure he get's enough rest ahead of the game at Boundary Park.

    Ledson suffered a knee injury at the end of last season and opted to miss the Under-20 World Cup, which was won by England, so he could focus on his recovery.

    Rob Hall and Ryan Ledson (right) celebrate
    Image caption: Ryan Ledson (right) and Rob Hall celebrating last season
    Quote Message: There's a few of us that have to take them, because I just love playing, love getting out there, the start of the season you can't beat it. from Ryan Ledson Oxford United
    Ryan LedsonOxford United
  7. Ambulance Service report shows 'bullying culture'


    A damning report into an ambulance trust has revealed a culture of bullying and harassment with concerns over "toxic" atmospheres, sexual grooming and a fear of speaking out.

    When bullying claims at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) emerged in February the trust commissioned an independent review.

    About half the workforce surveyed experienced bullying in the past year.

    The trust, which serves North East Hampshire, as well as Kent, Surrey and Sussex, said the report revealed "unacceptable" behaviour.

  8. Adopt Lewis Carroll's pocket watch

    Impression of redeveloped Oxford Museum
    Image caption: The city council says the new museum would be three times the size of the current space in Oxford Town Hall.

    Fancy adopting a pocket watch which belonged to Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll?

    Oxford City Council wants people to adopt 60 objects in the Museum of Oxford's collection to help pay for £2.8m redevelopment.

    The project will see the old museum, which closed in 2011, reopened and enlarged.

    The council hopes to raise about £875,000 from private donations and says adopters will receive a certificate, a digital image of the object, and an invite to the new museum's opening.

  9. Jury retires in Poole murder trial

    A jury has begun to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his friend by stabbing him 32 times in the head, groin and chest.

    Ryan Merna, 29, the son of the owners of Compton Acres botanical gardens in Poole, was attacked at his flat in Wessex Road in August 2016.

    Wessex Road

    Paul Taylor, 50, falsely accused Mr Merna of being a rapist and "whooped and shouted" in celebration when he learned of the death, Winchester Crown Court was told.

    Mr Taylor, who denies murder, told police he acted in self-defence.

  10. New £1m space test chamber installed at Harwell

    The chamber

    The largest space test chamber in the UK is being installed at a satellite testing facility in Harwell in Oxfordshire.

    The £1m chamber, paid for by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, will be used to test world-class satellites, including Sentinel 5.

    Dr Brian Bowsher, chief executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, said: “This new test chamber puts the UK ahead of the game internationally when it comes to being able to test spacecraft and satellites."

  11. Red Arrows over Swanage

    The Red Arrows have been thrilling crowds at Swanage carnival and regatta.

    If you missed them, you might be able to catch a display for Cowes Week at about 19:30 BST.

    Red Arrows over Swanage
  12. A35 crash victims 'extremely lucky'

    Two people have been taken to hospital following a crash which closed the A35 near Holmsley in the New Forest.

    Police were called at 11:13 BST to a crash involving four cars at the junction with the B3058 Holmsley Road.

    crashed car
    crashed car

    South Central Ambulance Service said six people were injured, but all involved were "extremely lucky" not to have sustained more serious or life-threatening injuries.

    The road was reopened at about 16:00 BST.

  13. How is your Cowes Week sailing knowledge?

    Tens of thousands of people have been on the Isle of Wight for the annual sailing regatta.

    But what the do the crowds actually know about sailing?

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    Video caption: What do people attending the Cowes Week sailing regatta actually know about sailing?
  14. BreakingTrauma inpatient wards at John Radcliffe Hospital moved

    The John Radcliffe Hospital has moved all its inpatients from its trauma unit to new wards.

    It follows a report that recommended removing cladding on the building, and which also found it was "high risk" because of its alarms and escape plan.

  15. What's happening at Waterloo in 90 seconds

    Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

    Confused about how the works at London Waterloo might affect your travel arrangements?

    Passengers face three weeks of disruption as a major engineering project at the UK's busiest train station begins on Saturday.

    BBC transport correspondent, Paul Clifton, explains how the closure of ten platforms might impact journey's.

    Video content

    Video caption: Half of Waterloo Station will close so platforms can be extended.
  16. New fire station for Theale

    A new fire station is to be built on the outskirts of Reading.

    It will be built on Wigmore Lane off the A4 at Theale

    Plans have been submitted for the station which will be home to three or four fire engines.

    The new location should make it quicker for firefighters to reach incidents outside of Reading as they won't through the town first.

  17. Berkshire CCGs vote for merger

    NHS North and West Reading CCG offices

    Four NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire have voted to merge.

    The cost of duplication across the four bodies is estimated to cost between £150,000 and £200,000 a year.

    The 50 member GP practices of North & West Reading, Newbury & District, Wokingham and South Reading CCGs voted in favour of the merger.

    If agreed by NHS England, the change would come into effect from 1 April 2018.

  18. Biker prom for bullied student

    Sixteen-year-old Shannon Purcifer from Gosport has a prom to remember thanks to members of the local scooter club.

    Video content

    Video caption: Special prom involving 120 bikers is held for a Gosport teenager who was bullied at school