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  1. Updates from Thursday 6 July
  2. Arrest after attack in Reading
  3. Clotet aims to build on Appleton work
  4. Thames Valley Police to aid Army veterans

Live Reporting

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  1. Woman at Henley Regatta raped

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman who went to the Henley Regatta was raped in the town.

    The woman, in her 20s, left the Chinawhite enclosure between 00:00 and 02:30 on Sunday with a group of people she had met there.

    She walked with them to a car in the Harpsden Road and Reading Road area and was raped outside the vehicle. Three men then left in the car.

    A member of the public found her near the Three Horseshoes public house in Reading Road shortly after and called police.

    Det Ch Insp Lis Knight said: "Detectives are investigating the circumstances which occurred in the early hours of Sunday in a residential street, and work is ongoing with the victim. Incidents of this nature are rare in the area and we are working to establish what happened.

    "The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers at this time."

  2. Grit laid on road honey spill

    Workers are still trying to clean a 1.2km stretch off road which has been covered in honey.

    Poole Borough Council said a leaking lorry container is thought to have caused the spill on Ringwood Road at about 11:40 BST.

    honey on Ringwood Road

    The council said crews were fetching more sand and grit to cover the road.

    It warned drivers that the slippery honey could cause problems with traction.

  3. An MP who 'delivers'

    Earlier this we told you about some school pupils from Oxfordshire who've written a letter to the government about school funding.

    The children were all from Wolvercote Primary - which told the BBC it could be facing a £120,000 cut over the next five years.

    The letter was passed to Oxford West and Abingdon MP, Layla Moran, who today posted a picture of it being dropped off at to the Department for Education.

    An MP delivering in the literal sense of the word....

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  4. More on those Templars Square plans...

    Here are some more pictures of the redevelopment plans for Templars Square in Cowley which have been given permission.

    Templars Square redevelopment
    Templars Square redevelopment
    Templars Square redevelopment

    They include a 71-bed Travelodge in a 15-storey tower, which would also have 69 flats.

    There are 226 flats in all in the development.

  5. Southampton teacher banned over pupil relationship

    A teacher has been banned from teaching for life over an "inappropriate relationship" with a teenage pupil.

    Alexander Barker, 24 was accused of giving gifts to a student and asking her to stay at his house while he was a teacher at Redbridge Community School, Southampton.

    His actions were uncovered through Facebook messages between them. A National College for Teaching and Leadership panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

    Redbridge Community School
  6. Rape investigation on Weymouth beach

    Police are investigating a rape that took place on a Weymouth beach.

    Officers were called to The Esplanade at about 04:15 on Tuesday. A local woman in her 40s had been sexually assaulted.

    A 32-year-old Weymouth man was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released while inquiries continue.

    Det Con Sarah Desmond said Dorset Police was trying to trace a man who called police to report that he heard a woman in distress.

    She said: "This man contacted police, but did not disclose his full personal details, so we are trying to trace him as he may hold valuable information that can assist with this investigation.

    "I would ask him to please contact Dorset Police urgently."

    Officers are carrying out forensic work at the scene.

  7. Pompey fans asked about giving up lifetime tickets

    Portsmouth FC have said they’ve requested holders of life season tickets purchased over 15 years ago voluntarily give them up.

    Around 100 supporters have been contacted about the lifetime tickets they purchased for £2,000 at the turn of the century.

    It is understood the scheme is now costing the club of large sums of money each year.

    However, they add that at no point will anyone be forced to relinquish a ticket.

    Some fans have already contacted Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin to say they are willing to give their tickets up, while others have said they intend to keep theirs.

  8. Longer A&E waiting times in Oxford

    Oxford University Hospitals Trust, which runs the John Radcliffe and Horton Hospitals, continues to miss the A&E waiting times target.

    In May, 86.4% of people were seen within four hours down from 88.8% in April.

    The target is for 95% of patients to be seen within four hours.

    Documents released by the trust show an average 441 people attended its emergency departments every day in May.

    The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford seen from the air
    Image caption: The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford seen from the air
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Overhaul of healthcare in Dorset criticised

    Proposals which could see a community hospital in Dorset closing have been criticised in Parliament.

    St Leonard's Community Hospital, near Ferndown, is one of a number that could be closed or scaled back, under plans by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

    Dorset CCG said it was "less accessible" than other hopsitals and would require substantial funding to upgrade.

    But speaking in the House of Commons, Conservative MP for Christchurch, Chris Chope, said the move would contradict the government's plans to reduce pressure on adult social care.

    Chris Chope
    Image caption: Christchurch MP Chris Cope criticised the proposals in parliament
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34 affecting A272.

    M3 Hampshire - M3 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion on A31 to Spitfire Roundabout.

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

  12. Honey spill causes traffic jam

    A "large honey spill" has caused traffic problems in Poole.

    The council says it believes a lorry container split, spilling honey on a 1.2km stretch of Ringwood Road.

    A spokeswoman said the slippery honey was sticking to car tyres and could cause problems with traction.

    The council said workers were attempting to clean the road.

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  13. Oxford company nets $100m deal

    A biopharmaceutical company from Oxford has agreed a deal with a Swiss drugmaker which could generate more than $100m.

    Oxford Biomedica, which is based in Cowley, will supply material for a type of cell therapy which can be used to treat Leukemia.

    The company will receive $10m upfront from Swiss firm Novartis and receive royalties that analysts estimate to be worth between £65m and £75m a year.

    Oxford Biomedica's offices in Cowley
    Image caption: Oxford Biomedica's offices in Cowley
  14. Bollards go woolly for Romsey festival

    Nearly 100 bollards in Romsey have been "yarn-bombed" with knitted covers to mark the town's festival.

    The woolly decorations which include a Minion, lighthouse and a tree have been created by local groups and businesses.

    Dorothy Baverstock, one of the festival's organisers, said the knitted bollards were "bringing a smile" to a lot of faces.

    Visitors will be able to admire the covers during the festival which runs until 16 July.

    Romsey yarn-bombed bollard
    Romsey yarn-bombed bollard