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  1. Christchurch council to join merger committee
  2. Reading progress in EFL Cup, Pompey and Oxford go out
  3. Crews tackle Portsmouth house fire
  4. Weather: A cool, cloudy and damp day
  5. Updates from Wednesday 9 August

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Boat fire at Ryde

Diesel has leaked from the vessel and members of the public are advised to avoid the area.

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That's it for today's South Live.

We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all of the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather.

Two men jailed after unprovoked GBH

Jamie Malloy (left) and George Grimes
Thames Valley Police
Jamie Malloy (left) from Slough and George Grimes from Priory Mead. Somerset, were both found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent

Two men who staged an unprovoked attack on two people in Maidenhead have been jailed for four and a half years each.

Jamie Malloy, 20, and George Grimes, 19, kicked and punched a man and twice punched a women as she was on the ground, leaving her with scarring.

It happened at about 03.30 (GMT) on 4 December 2016 in Queen Street.

Malloy and Grimes were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Housing appeal dismissed

The Secretary of State has dismissed an appeal for two large housing schemes in Thatcham.

West Berkshire Council had previously refused permission for 760 homes by Croudace Homes and A2 Dominion.

Planning councillor Hilary Cole said: "I am delighted with the Secretary of State’s decisions regarding the Thatcham appeals. They show clear support for the council’s plan led approach to development."

Premier League Predictions: Southampton to finish 14th

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

New season. New manager. New season. More speculation about their best player.

This seems to be life almost every summer at Southampton as Mauricio Pellegrino replaces the sacked Claude Puel, who seemed harshly dealt with after an eighth-place finish and a Wembley final, while Virgil van Dijk sits on the sidelines declining to figure in pre-season as he craves a £60m move to Liverpool.

Southampton seem to thrive in this environment but surely there will come a time when they cannot pull off this trick of succeeding surrounded by such turbulence.

Mauricio Pellegrino
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Premier League Predictions: Bournemouth to finish 10th

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Bournemouth will be starting to feel almost established in the Premier League now as they enter their third season, still with manager Eddie Howe and the likes of top scorer Josh King.

And this status is reflected in the additions they have made to the squad in the summer.

Asmir Begovic is a goalkeeper of experience and reliability, Nathan Ake is a defender of rich promise while Jermain Defoe will hope to continue the Indian summer of his career towards next year's World Cup with England in Russia.

Bournemouth and Howe are growing together and I expect that to be reflected in another season of good consolidation.

Eddie Howe
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Funding bid for storm-hit Hurst Spit

A bid for £300,000 to help protect a storm-hit beach home of one of Henry VIII's castles is to be made to the Environment Agency.

Hurst Spit
Oast House Archive

New Forest District Council has agreed it would apply for the funding for Hurst Spit, near Milford on Sea.

The 1.5m (2.5km) shingle bank was hit by major storms in 1996, 2013 and 2014.

The cash would allow a study to be carried out to access the viability of restoring the beach material, the council said.

Adderbury 'in need' of dementia facility

Dementia facility plans
TPM Landscape

A specialist nursing home for people with dementia is to be built in north Oxfordshire because the area has a "clear need" for it, a planning committee has decided.

Cherwell District Council approved the 36-bedroom two-storey building in Adderbury, near Banbury.

It will be developed on a greenfield site near the Gracewell nursing home.

It is expected 36 full-time jobs will be created at the site which will provide 24-hour care.

BBC Oxford: Hair Loss in Women

As part of BBC Oxford's special series on hair loss in women Lilley Mitchell visits a salon that Carron Collins runs from her home, in an effort to make it more comfortable for women.

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Southampton defender Jan Bednarek

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek believes the club can enjoy success under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

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Premier League kick-off: Cherries training session

Kris Temple

BBC Radio Solent

Severe accident: A3(M) Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A3(M) Hampshire southbound severe accident, at J1 for A3 affecting B2070.

A3(M) Hampshire - A3(M) in Catherington blocked and slow traffic southbound at J1, A3 (Clanfield), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion on A3 to Buriton turn off.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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


A bust-up at the Hampshire County Men's final left a player with a broken finger after falling to the ground.

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VIDEO: Sunseeker yacht wrecked in blaze

Notes left at scene of pavilion arson attack

Slades Farm

Written notes have been discovered at a sports pavilion after it was damaged in a suspected arson attack.

Pavilion A at Slades Farm, Bournemouth, is thought to have been torched on Sunday - the damage was discovered on Monday morning.

Police said a fire exit door had been set alight and a 2ft-wide hole burnt in the top of the door, which had recently been boarded up after previous damage.

Another door appeared to have been forced open and notes were discovered saying the fire had been discovered and an extinguisher and buckets had been used to put it out.

The author said in the notes that they did not contact emergency services for fear of being in trouble.

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Adderbury sign

Cherwell District Council approved the 36-bedroom two-storey building in Adderbury, near Banbury.

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Oxford United's Marvin Johnson

Oxford boss Pep Clotet urges Marvin Johnson to show more consistency after defeat by Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup.

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Sunseeker yacht destroyed by fire

Sunseeker yacht on fire

A luxury yacht has been destroyed by fire and is sinking in Ryde Harbour, Isle of Wight.

Fire broke out on the 30ft Sunseeker shortly after 13:30.

One person received treatment for the effects of breathing smoke.

Isle of Wight Council said the pontoon next to the boat had also been severely damaged.

Animal abusers 'get away with it' and avoid jail, report finds


North Hampshire MP Ranil Jayawardena has said "bad people are still getting away with" causing suffering to pets.

The Conservative politician, who contributed to a report about tackling animal abuse, called such acts "wholly abhorrent".

The report has called for the maximum sentence for offenders to be increased from six months to five years.

Hampshire bowls final ends after 'attempted headbutt'

A county bowls final was abandoned after an argument erupted when a player appeared to headbutt an opponent, who fell and broke a finger.

The Hampshire County Mens Final between Southsea Waveley and Boscombe Cliff was held in Southampton on Sunday.

Players reported a Boscombe player squaring up to an opponent following a dispute over bowls "etiquette". Other Boscombe players immediately conceded the match, meaning Waverley retained the county champions title.

Waverley secretary Peter Aldridge said both clubs were "mortified by the behaviour".

Atherley Bowls Club
Ageas Bowl

Hampshire and Lancashire's hopes of winning the County Championship title are dealt a blow after rain forces a draw.

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Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, at J6 for A30.

M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M3 northbound at J6, A30 (Basingstoke), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

Coach to carry Horton campaigners to key meeting

A coach will carry campaigners to a key meeting in Oxford tomorrow where changes to the maternity unit at Horton General Hospital in Banbury will be decided.

The unit has been temporarily downgraded to a midwife-led unit due to a shortage of doctors and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) will decide if the move will be permanent.

The proposal has been controversial, on Monday Oxfordshire County Council's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed to refer the decision to the Secretary of State for Health - if it is approved.

Four other recommendations will also be considered at the meeting:

  • Axing 146 hospital beds in Oxfordshire, of which 110 have already gone, in order to enable investment in other services
  • Requiring every patient from Oxfordshire where stroke is suspected to be taken to the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford
  • Changing the critical care unit, which helps patients with the highest needs (intensive care), at Horton General Hospital to a level two centre, to leave Oxfordshire with a single level three critical care unit
  • Creating a new diagnostic and outpatient centre at Horton General Hospital

The recommendations are part of phase one of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Oxfordshire which is designed to save £200m from health and social care budgets by 2020.

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Man with 'stun gun' arrested in Oxford

A man carrying a stun gun and knife has been arrested in Oxford city centre.

He was also carrying more than 60 wraps of Class A drugs and £1,000, police say.

The arrest was part of Operation Stronghold, a Thames Valley Police initiative to tackle serious and organised crime.

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Final acquisition for theatre restoration

Kings Theatre in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council has bought the final piece of land needed to regenerate the city's King's Theatre.

The authority paid £185,000 for 26 Albert Road. It already owns 24, while 28 is owned by the King's Theatre trust.

The acquisition will allow a "holistic approach" to the restoration of the grade II listed building, according to the theatre trust.

Isle of Wight prison inmates gain access to building roof

Two inmates at a prison on the Isle of Wight gained access to a building roof.

The prisoners climbed on to the roof of HMP Albany, Newport, on Tuesday afternoon.

Fire crews attended with an aerial ladder platform as a precaution. The service said crews were stood down shortly before 03:45 BST this morning.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said prison staff resolved the situation "with no injuries to staff or prisoners".

The MoJ said the incident was being investigated.

The prison in Newport is a category B prison with a capacity of 1,139 made up of male inmates and vulnerable/sex offenders.

HMP Isle of Wight

Ryan Merna death: Former house guest guilty of host's manslaughter

A man has been found guilty of stabbing his friend 32 times after falsely accusing him of being a rapist.

Ryan Merna suffered wounds to his head, groin and chest in the attack at his flat in Poole in August last year.

Paul Taylor, 50, was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and acquitted of murder, following a 16-day trail.

He will be sentenced at a later date. The case was adjourned for a psychiatric report to be prepared.

Ryan Merna
Dorset Police

Bowls final ends in 'headbutting' bust-up

Portchester Castle's black prisoners of war

Portchester Castle has stood at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour for centuries. Its role holding prisoners of war is no secret to anyone who's seen the prisoners' names carved into its Norman stone walls.

What's less well known is that in 1796, at the height of slavery, the castle held over 2,000 black men, women and children from the Caribbean. They weren't slaves, but French prisoners of war.

New research by English Heritage is revealing remarkable detail about their life at Portchester.

Ben Weisz took black historian Bert Williams to find out more

Visitor numbers plummet at SeaCity museum

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis faces up to four months out having picked up a knee injury on loan at Portsmouth.

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Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

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

Mario Lemina

Southampton sign Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina in a club record deal worth up to £18.1m on a five-year deal.

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