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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 13 July
  2. Southern Rail strike ballot result due
  3. Services return to normal after Paddington fire
  4. Hospital hydrotherapy pool to stay open
  5. Yoga trialled in prisons
  6. CCTV image released after Henley rape

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Cheeki Rafiki jury still deliberating

    Steve Humphrey

    BBC South Today

    A jury at Winchester Crown Court considering its verdicts at the trial of a charter boat firm director accused of the manslaughter through gross negligence of four men has been sent home for the night.

    Douglas Innes, who lives in Southampton, denies all the charges against him.

    The jury began deliberating on Tuesday and will return to court tomorrow morning.

    James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and Paul Goslin

    The four men died when the yacht Cheeki Rafiki capsized in the Atlantic in May 2014 after its keel came off.

    Along with pleading not guilty to the manslaughter charges, Mr Innes and his company Stormforce Coaching Limited deny a charge of failing to operate a vessel in a safe manner as required by the Merchant Shipping Act.

  2. Developer pledges better security at vandalised New Forest hotel

    Developer PegasusLife has pledged to improve security at the Lyndhurst Park Hotel in the New Forest following what it called "mindless" vandalism to he disused building

    The company's plans to replace Lyndhurst Park Hotel with 74 pensioner flats and 12 holiday lets were rejected by the national park authority in February.

    It said the site is still subject to security patrols and it was considering re-applying to errect hoardings around the building after incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour were reported by local residents.

    Lyndhurst Park Hotel
    Quote Message: "We are equally concerned about the site and the impact on people living nearby. We are taking every practicable measure to minimise opportunities for unlawful access to the site and to reduce the associated risks. There is no doubt that creating a secure perimeter around the site, which is our preferred approach in all cases, would assist in securing the grounds. from Grant Drummond Development director, PegasusLife
    Grant DrummondDevelopment director, PegasusLife
  3. CCTV image released after regatta rape

    CCTV image of the men

    Police believe three men who left in a vehicle may have "vital information" about the incident.

    CCTV image released after regatta rape

    CCTV image of the men

    Police believe three men who left in a vehicle may have "vital information" about the incident.

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  4. Controversial Reading road plans on display

    Plans for a controversial new bus, pedestrian and cycle route between East Reading and the town centre are on display today.

    East Reading Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
    Image caption: The route will be built along the River Thames

    The idea behind the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) scheme is to alleviate the existing traffic bottlenecks in the area, though private vehicles are not permitted to use the road.

    Reading Borough Council says the route, that includes a bridge over the Kennetmouth, would alleviate congestion and improve air quality.

    The local Green Party said the route would destroy trees and wildlife. Residents can view the plans at Reading Town Hall until 7pm today.

    A video showing the route can be seen here.

  5. Fears Euratom exit could hit Oxfordshire

    JET at Culham
    Image caption: The Joint European Torus (JET) at Culham is home to the world's largest fusion reactor.

    Nuclear research in Oxfordshire would be under threat should the UK leave Euratom after Brexit, according to Wantage MP, Ed Vaizey.

    He is opposed to an exit from the treaty which regulates the nuclear industry across Europe.

    It also co-ordinates research schemes across borders, like the JET project at Culham Science Centre in Mr Vaizey's constituency.

    The government has said it wants a new nuclear safeguards regime at it prepares to leave EU regulator Euratom.

    Quote Message: The government says it wants to completely replicate [Euratom] so we are going through this bizarre process of leaving an institution and then trying to recreate it. from Ed Vaizey Wantage MP
    Ed VaizeyWantage MP
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at A423 Southern By-Pass Road.

    A34 Oxfordshire - A34 in South Hinksey entry slip road blocked and one lane blocked northbound at Hinksey Hill Interchange, because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

  7. 'Mini Police' go on patrol in Reading

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Video content

    Video caption: 'Mini Police' go on patrol in Reading

    Children dubbed the "Mini Police" have been enlisted by Thames Valley Police to help their community.

    Seventy pupils aged nine to 11 from primary schools in Reading, Berkshire, have been taking part in the initiative.

  8. Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

    A Hampshire company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed.

    Vertu, which had headquarters in Church Crookham, was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, but recently faced financial difficulties.

    The company's liquidation will result in the loss of nearly 200 jobs.

    One technology analyst said Vertu would have faced competition from companies offering to customise other smartphones with precious materials.

    Vertu phone

    Vertu phones carry hefty price tags - its Signature range starts at £11,100, and one model featuring 18-carat red gold costs £39,100.

  9. Striker Pitman close to Portsmouth move

    Brett Pitman

    Portsmouth target the signing of experienced Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman.

    Striker Pitman joins Pompey from Ipswich

    Brett Pitman

    Portsmouth sign Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

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  10. Two police officers injured in attack

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after two police officers were attacked by a man with a knife in Farnborough, Hampshire.

    They were attempting to make an arrest in relation to a domestic assault on Merlin Road when it happened at around 17:00 BST yesterday.

    One male officer sustained a cut to his shoulder and the other male officer was left with a cut to his hand.

    Both have since been discharged from Frimley Park Hospital.

  11. Lyndhurst Park Hotel stain glass window hit by vandals

    Vandalism to a disused New Forest hotel is "heartbreaking" as well as a safety hazard, campaigners have said.

    Developer Pegasus Life's plans to replace Lyndhurst Park Hotel with 74 pensioner flats and 12 holiday lets were rejected by the park authority in February.

    Photographs posted online appear to show extensive damage, including to a Victorian stained glass window. It depicted the depict the New Forest's famous "Rufus Stirrup" - a medieval device used to stop dogs on royal hunting grounds.

    Pegasus Life said it was committed to making the site "safe and secure".

    Vandalism inside Lyndhurst Park Hotel
  12. Aslef: 'Department for Transport must step in to resolve pay dispute'

    Members of the train drivers' union Aslef on Southern rail and the Gatwick Express have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action in a pay dispute.

    Aslef's executive committee called strikes on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 August.

    Some 61.8% of voting members supported strike action, with 78.4% voting to take part in action short of a strike.

    Mick Whelan, general secretary, said: "Now is the time for Chris Grayling and the Department for Transport to step in and assist in finding a resolution to a problem they caused."

    Turnout among Aslef members in the ballot was 80.8%.

  13. Oxford research finds tall men more at risk from aggressive prostate cancer

    Tall men have a heightened risk of dying from aggressive prostate cancer, according to Oxford University research.

    While scientists found no link between height and an overall prostate cancer risk, a strong link with high-grade, deadly tumours was discovered.

    Lead researcher Dr Aurora Perez-Cornago said: "The finding of high risk in taller men may provide insights into the mechanisms underlying prostate cancer development, for example related to early nutrition and growth.

    "We also found that a healthy body weight is associated with a reduced risk of high grade prostate cancer and death from prostate cancer years later.

    "The observed links with obesity may be due to changes in hormone levels in obese men, which in turn may increase the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

    "However, the difference in prostate cancer may also be partly due to differences in prostate cancer detection in men with obesity."

  14. Skunk cannabis found in vegetable van at port

    A man has been charged after attempting to smuggle £624,000 of skunk cannabis into the UK via Portsmouth in a van full of vegetables on Monday, the Home Office has revealed.

    The 54-year-old Spanish man has been charged in relation to the importation of the drugs.

    Andy Lumb, acting deputy director of Border Force South, said: "By stopping this attempt, Border Force has prevented a large amount of illegal drugs from reaching the UK’s streets, where it could have caused a huge amount of harm to individuals and our communities.

    "We continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure those engaged in drug smuggling are brought to justice."