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Summary

  1. Southern axes train services amid overtime ban
  2. Portland stone quarry industry moves underground
  3. The German and British children who became post-war friends
  4. Oxford City Council struggles to find much-needed burial space
  5. Updates from Thursday 29 June

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening and thanks for joining

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Thank you for your esteemed company today, we will be back for more of the same tomorrow. at 08:00 BST.

    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.

    Until then, goodbye.

  2. Man's body found in Solent off Isle of Wight "not suspicious"

    The death of a man whose body was found in the Solent off the Isle of Wight is not being treated as suspicious.

    The body, discovered about 10 miles off the south-west coast of the island, was reported by the coastguard to police on Wednesday at about 13:45 BST.

    Dorset Police said it was working with Hampshire force to investigate if the body is that of Hugh Cox, 61. He was last seen leaving home for work in Poole in 20 June. His family has been informed of the discovery.

  3. No date to strip Oxford tower's cladding

    A council is searching for equipment to enable contractors to remove unsafe cladding from a tower in Oxford.

    Evenload Tower in Blackbird Leys is one of two high rise buildings owned by Oxford City Council where cladding failed fire safety tests.

    The authority is looking for mast climbers - a type of moveable platform - to enable cladding to be removed.

    An Oxford City Council spokesperson said it was "awaiting a timetable" for when the process could begin.

    Meanwhile, cladding removal has started on Windrush Tower - the other Oxford City Council high-rise where cladding failed tests - because mast climbers were already in place for a refurbishment project.

    Evenload Tower
    Image caption: Evenlode Tower is one of two that will have its rain-screen cladding replaced
  4. Willis loses Wimbledon qualifier

    Wokingham tennis player Marcus Willis will not play in the main draw of the Wimbledon singles.

    He lost in straight sets to Ukraine's Illya Marchenko in the final qualifying round today, going down 6-4 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

    Willis

    Willis became a media darling last year after progressing to the second round, eventually losing to Roger Federer.

    Meanwhile, his 15-year-old brother Joe lost his heat for the Leander Club against Star and Arrow Club earlier this afternoon at the Henley Royal Regatta.

    Quite a day for the Willis family, although ultimately unsuccessful.

  5. Isle of Wight Floating Bridge restrictions extended

    The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge is extending the period for carrying only foot passengers at low tides until 7 July.

    It had been hoped cars would be able to travel at low tides from this weekend.

    The restrictions were put in place following a series of technical issues, groundings and MCA suspension since the new chain ferry began operating in mid-May.

    Quote Message: “Over the next week, further testing will take place while the service is out of operation at low tide; so people will see the floating bridge moving during this time while the foot passenger launch remains in operation. This testing will check that the changes we have made have made the anticipated difference required to enable the floating bridge to continue to operate at low tide without touching the bottom of the river Medina.” from Ian Ward Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport
    Ian WardCabinet member for infrastructure and transport

    Video content

    Video caption: Car bumpers scraped on Cowes floating bridge during its first weekend in operation
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J12 for A4 and J13 for A34 Chieveley.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. BBC defend 'irresponsible' sale of Caversham Park site

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    The BBC have defended their decision to sell their Caversham Park site after criticism from a local councillor.

    The organisation put the Grade II-listed property and gardens up for sale on Tuesday to save on property costs.

    Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading council, said that selling the estate without applying for any form planning permission was "irresponsible".

    Cav
    Image caption: The site played host to Antiques Roadshow in September 2016

    He told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It is unacceptable from a public interest point of view, as a licence fee payer and a tax payer.

    "They are attempting an approach that won't maximise the value of the site".

    The BBC say they will ensure the "maximum property value on behalf of the licence fee payer."

  8. Video content

    Video caption: More than 1,500 tonnes of rock comes down on East Beach
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Man drives dumper truck into house

    Hampshire Police is appealing for witness after stolen dumper truck was driven into the front of a house in Clanfield.

    The incident happened on Sunday 25 June between 06:30 and 07:00 BST, when a man drove the yellow vehicle into the front of a house in Whiteland Way, before running away.

    Nobody was injured in the incident.

    Police tape
  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J14 for A3113 Airport Way affecting J16 for M40.

    M25 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J15 M4 and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J16 M40.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of an obstruction on the road.

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

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J9 for A34 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked and delays on M40 northbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident.

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

  14. Gloomy afternoon ahead

    After a cloudy start to the day, we can expect more of the same as the afternoon progresses.

    Temperatures are expected to peak at 17C and stay a mild 14C overnight.

    BBC weather
  15. Ellis still 'numb' after amateur win

    Harry Ellis wins the British Amateur Championship

    Harry Ellis becomes the second Hampshire golfer in as many years to win the Amateur Championship and secure an Open spot.

    Ellis still 'numb' after amateur win

    Harry Ellis wins the British Amateur Championship

    Harry Ellis becomes the second Hampshire golfer in as many years to win the Amateur Championship and secure an Open spot.

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