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Summary

  1. Severe disruption on South West Trains for the rest of the day
  2. Advice not to travel towards Waterloo until after 09:00
  3. Caused by track defect on a set of points between Woking and Surbiton

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

    That's all for today - we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

  2. Night time curfew for Isle of Wight Floating Bridge

    The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge has introduced a restricted timetable, ending crossings at 22:30 and resuming at 07:00 each morning following concerns from nearby residents over noise from the new vessel.

    It previously ran until 00:30 and restarted at 05:40 on weekdays.

    The council said the curfew would continue while engineers "investigate noise complaints and identify any remedial works required to minimise this".

    The new £3.2m chain ferry began operating in May but has been beset with technical troubles, Cars scraped their bumpers while embarking and disembaking, it has run aground at low tide and has left passengers stranded.

    Chain ferry
  3. 'Phone call distraction' led to near miss

    A tanker aircraft from RAF Brize Norton and two US fighter jets came within seconds of a mid-air crash in January, a report has revealed.

    The pilot of the RAF Voyager tanker claimed one of the US F-15s flew as close as 50m (160ft) before roaring past to avoid a collision.

    The Airprox Board blamed the near-miss on a military air traffic controller in Swanwick, Hampshire, becoming distracted by a phone call.

    Voyager tanker aircraft
  4. Anniversary of Jane Austen funeral marked in Winchester

    Today marks the 200th anniversary of the funeral of writer Jane Austen.

    The Hampshire author died on 19 July 1817 at the age of 41 and today in Winchester Austen devotees paid their respects at the cathedral where she was burried.

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  5. CCTV released in Stamshaw robbery investigation

    Police have released CCTV image of a suspect following a robbery at the Co-op in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, Hampshire on Saturday.

    A man entered a staff only area of the shop and pushed a member of staff to the floor, threatening her to open the safe. About £180 was taken

    The suspect was seen to leave via the fire exit and rode off on a sliver bike, cycling along Penrose Close. It is believed that some members of the public who were in the Mother Shipton pub gave chase.

    CCTV footage
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  7. Oxfordshire 'needs £9bn worth of investment' for growth

    Oxfordshire will need at least £9bn worth of investment to cope with an increase in population, jobs and homes, a report has predicted.

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    It was commissioned by the county's six councils and includes Oxford Station and Didcot in a list of areas where redevelopment will be needed.

    It also highlighted a need for long term investment in schools and hospitals by 2040.

    Transport plans included East West Rail connecting Oxford to Cambridge.

  8. Name sought for wild ass foal

    Marwell Zoo has launched a competition to name its African wild ass foal which was born earlier this month.

    Keepers have now confirmed that it is a boy.

    You can help decide its name by voting on the zoo's website.

    It is one of the rarest species in the world - the wild population of the African wild ass is based in the harsh and remote lands of Eritrea or Ethiopia.

    Wild ass foal
  9. Isle of Wight beach steps back in action

    The steps to one of the Isle of Wight's most popular beaches have been reinstated after landslides earlier this year.

    A joint scheme between Rights of Way and the National Trust has put in new steps at Compton Beach.

    The previous steps to access the beach were put out of action following land instability in February.

    Compton Steps
  10. Coastguard called after man 'wedges head between rocks'

    Wyke Coastguard Rescue Team was called to Ringstead Beach near Weymouth earlier this afternoon following reports a man had fallen and wedged his head between some rocks.

    Paramedics were able to free the man and he was able to walk to the ambulance.

    The coastguard said it was an "exceptionally busy period" on the Dorset coast.

  11. High risk of 'unprecedented' winter downpours

    There's an increased risk of "unprecedented" winter downpours such as those that caused extensive flooding in 2014, the UK Met Office says.

    Their study suggests there's now a one in three chance of monthly rainfall records being broken in England and Wales in winter.

    The estimate reflects natural variability plus changes in the UK climate as a result of global warming.

    But a supercomputer was needed to understand the scale of increased risk.

    Across the winter of 2013-14, a series of storms hit the UK leading to extensive flooding in many parts. The amount of rain that fell in much of southern England and the Midlands was the heaviest in 100 years. Cleaning up from the resulting floods took time and money - the bill for the Thames valley alone was over £1bn.

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    Image caption: Rainfall in January 2014 was unprecedented in Met Office records
  12. All aboard for the new young cruisers

    The average age of cruise passengers has fallen to its lowest in 20 years, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

    Princess Cruises, part of the US-owned Carnival group, said next summer there will be almost twice as many UK under-18s on its main Southampton-based ship than there were two years ago.

    The firm is among those hoping to attract more families with a complete overhaul of its kids' clubs and a partnership with the Discovery Channel.

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    Video caption: Cruise passengers are getting younger and operators are welcoming a new audience.
  13. Arson inquiry after Hampshire fire

    Three people have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a maisonette in Portchester this morning.

    Firefighters were called at 10:33 BST to Kenwood Road, where the blaze spread from the first floor to a shared roof space.

    Portchester fire

    Six crews extinguished the fire shortly after midday.

    Two men aged 43 and 44 and a 55-year-old woman have been arrested and remain in police custody.

  14. 'Antisocial behaviour' patrols in Oxford centre

    A crackdown on street drinking, begging and public drug supply has been launched today by police and council officers in Oxford city centre.

    The authorities say it is in response to the exploitation of children and vulnerable people by drug-dealing gangs.

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    Quote Message: From our policing operations, we can directly connect the drug market, including money gathered from begging, to the exploitation of children in our city to deal Class A drugs. from Supt Joe Kidman Police Commander for Oxford
    Supt Joe KidmanPolice Commander for Oxford
  15. Council protestor 'carrying flammable liquids'

    A man carrying "large quantities" of petrol and lighter fluid has reportedly chained himself up in the offices of Cherwell District Council, the Oxford Mail has reported.

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  16. Saints captain misses France trip

    Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has not been included in their squad for a training camp in France this week.

    The defender, 26, has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, although the Anfield club said they ended their interest last month.

    Southampton say they do not want to sell the Netherlands international.

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