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  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

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That's all for today!

We will be back tomorrow at 08:00 with news, travel, sport and weather updates from across the region.

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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.

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

"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.

Grant DrummondDevelopment director, PegasusLife

CCTV image released after regatta rape

CCTV image of the men
Thames Valley Police

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

CCTV image of the men

CCTV image released after regatta rape

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

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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)
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.

Fears Euratom exit could hit Oxfordshire

JET at Culham
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.

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.

Ed VaizeyWantage MP

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

'Mini Police' go on patrol in Reading

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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.

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.

Striker Pitman close to Portsmouth move

Brett Pitman
Rex Features

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

Brett Pitman

Striker Pitman joins Pompey from Ipswich

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

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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.

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
Friends of Glasshayes House

James Henry arrives on tour

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%.

Lyndhurst Park Hotel

Developer PegasusLife defends security after disused hotel in Lyndhurst is targeted by vandals

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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."

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."

Man jailed for sexual assaults on girls

A man who sexually assaulted three girls under age 13 between 2011 and 2012 has been jailed for eight years.

Erickson Jacob, 44, of Henley-on-Thames, was sentenced on Tuesday after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Jacob was acquitted of one count of sexually assaulting a child under 13 by the jury at Oxford Crown Court.

Det Con Sophie Holliss said the victims showed "bravery" in the case

Erickson Jacob
Thames Valley Police
Erickson Jacob was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday.

CCTV image released after Henley rape

CCTV release
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police said they were very keen to speak to the men in the picture.

A CCTV image of three men wanted in connection with the rape of a women close to the Henley Royal Regatta has been released by police.

The women in her 20s was raped after leaving the Chinawhite enclosure at the festival with people she had met in the early hours of Sunday 2 July.

Police said the men left in a vehicle after the offence took place in the Harpsden Road and Reading Road area.

Det Ch Insp Lis Knight believed they had information "vital" to the inquiry.

Hydrotherapy pool remains for 'foreseeable future'

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Andrew Smith

A hydrotherapy pool at the Royal Berkshire Hospital will remain open for the "foreseeable future".

It follows a review by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

It had been looking at other options for providing hydrotherapy but has not been able to find another suitable site.

The trust's chief executive, Steve McManus, said the current pool at the Royal Berkshire Hospital would therefore be used for foreseeable future.

I am pleased that the hydrotherapy facility will continue at the Royal Berkshire Hospital or until an acceptable site can be found for its re-provision in the Reading area

Alok SharmaReading West MP

Yoga can benefit prisoners

Yoga can help prisoners' mental health, according to research by Oxford University.

It is being trialled in seven prisons to learn more about the ways it could reduce re-offending rates.

Sam Settle, a yoga teacher with the Prison Phoenix Trust, said the responses from prisoners have been positive.

He said: "We had a letter...this letter says, I'm free for the first time in my life...I thought you were all hippies with too much time on their hands, lucky for me I was bored enough to give it a shot."


Gas leak forces closure of Totton school

A gas leak has forced the closure of a Southampton school today.

Oakfield Primary School in Sylvia Crescent, Totton said it hoped to be open again tomorrow.

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Schools need 68,000 extra BME teachers

Teacher at whiteboard
Getty Images
Figures show 27% of pupils at state-funded schools come from a BME background

An extra 68,000 teachers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds need to be recruited to reflect England's school population, figures show.

In total, 13% of state-funded schools' teachers are currently from a BME background, compared with 27% of pupils.

Slough in Berkshire was one of the areas with a particularly large imbalance.

While 81.9% of the area's pupils are from BME groups, 40.1% of teachers in the town are from those backgrounds.

Monopoly game features Austen's former home

A new Winchester Monopoly board will feature the former home of the novelist Jane Austen.

The author briefly lived at 8 College Street in the city 200 years ago, before her death on 18 July 1817.

It will replace Oxford Street from the original Monopoly board.

The game will be launched in the city in October.

Jane Austen Monopoly
Winning Moves UK

Students in round-the-island pedalo bid

Sixth formers from King Edward VI School in Southampton are undertaking the mammoth task of taking a two-man pedalo around the Isle of Wight.

They say it will be the first time the 50 nautical mile journey has been made in a pedalo.

The students are raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis UK and The Hamble Lifeboat.

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Cow Lane reopens

The lorry which was blocking the Cow Lane bridge in Reading has been freed.

Network Rail says that the bridge does not carry rail traffic so trains have been unaffected by the incident.

The road has been reopened to traffic.

Lorry stuck under Cow Lane bridge

A lorry has become wedged under the Cow Lane rail bridge in Reading.

It has blocked the road from both directions.

Stuck Lorry Cow Lane
Shaun Rippington

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J12 for M275 and J11 for A27 Fareham affecting A2030 Eastern Road.

M27 Hampshire - M27 partially blocked and queuing traffic westbound between J12, M275 (Portsmouth) and J11, A27 (Fareham), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion on A27 to the A2030 Eastern Road junction.

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

Now that's what I call a lawn

Rail strike ballot result due

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

The result of a strike ballot by drivers on Southern Railway is due today.

Drivers have been offered a pay rise of 24% linked to plans to give them responsibility for operating the doors.

The driver's union ASLEF objects to the conditions attached to that deal and has recommended drivers reject the offer.

Meanwhile, the owner of Southern Rail have been fined £13.4m by the Department for Transport today for poor performance.

The government said the penalty for Govia Thameslink Railway would have been higher, but most of the delays had not been Southern's fault.

A Southern Rail train

Weather: Dry and bright for much of today

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Don't feed the birds

People who feed pigeons in one town in Hampshire could soon face an £85 fine.

Havant Borough Council is planning to ban the feeding of birds in some parts of Waterlooville.

It says there's been an increase in the population of feral pigeons - partly because they're being fed.

Jon Ascton

Trains return to normal after fire

People evacuated from London Paddington
London Fire Brigade/Twitter
The station remained closed for more than two hours

Trains are now running normally out of London Paddington following a fire at the station last night.

Around 2,000 people were evacuated after the incident in an intake room at 19.30 BST yesterday.

The fire caused delays and cancellations to services and Great Western Railway has thanked its passengers for their patience.

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Severe congestion: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe congestion, between J7 for A4 and J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 westbound between J7, A4 (Slough West) and J8.

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

Good morning

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Hello and welcome to South Live on Thursday 13 July. As ever, we'll be bringing you the latest news from around the region throughout the day.

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