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  1. Updates from Thursday 27 July

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One-punch killer launches legal appeals

A law student, jailed for six years for killing a father-of-10 with a single punch, is appealing against his conviction and sentence.

Ryan Cooper, 21, was convicted in April of the manslaughter of Gary Stacey, 49, during a street altercation in Newport in February 2016.

Ryan Cooper
Hampshire Constabulary

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Warby told Winchester Crown Court that Cooper had not acted "in lawful self-defence" when he struck Mr Stacey with a "powerful punch".

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that Cooper, of Alma Road, Southampton, filed appeals in May, as reported by the Island Echo.

Cowes week extension for troubled floating bridge

The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge will operate an "extended service" during Cowes Week, the council has said.

The chain ferry linking Cowes and East Cowes has been operating a curfew, ending at 22:30 each evening, after tests revealed it was breaching noise pollution limits.

The council said crossings would continue until 03:10 during the regatta.

The £3.2m vessel has suffered numerous problems since it entered service in May, including groundings and break-downs.

Floating bridge
Isle of Wight Council

It is important that we are able to provide people with a good floating bridge service during this period, while we remain within the commissioning phase of the new floating bridge. But, it is equally important that we take into consideration the issues raised by local residents about the levels of noise that they are experiencing from the new vessel’s operation.

Ian WardCabinet member for transport and infrastructure

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A287 and J4A for A327.

M3 Hampshire - Stationary traffic on M3 northbound between J5, A287 (Hook) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Severe accident: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe accident, between J4 for A331 and J5 for A287.

M3 Surrey - M3 closed, long delays and stationary traffic southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J5, A287 (Hook), because of an accident involving a motorbike.

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

Nursing home to close after administrators called in

Residents at a nursing home in Southampton which inspectors previously described as dirty and unsafe have been given 28 days to leave after it went into administration.

The 45-capacity Ashley Manor Nursing Home in Shedfield - which the CQC says "requires improvement" - has 18 residents.

Administrator RSM said the business would close on 31 August.

Ashley Manor Nursing Home

A spokesman for RSM said it would work with the local authority, residents and their families to find suitable alternative accommodation.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident.

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

Legoland performer injured in fall

A stunt show at Legoland has been shut down after a performer was injured in front of watching crowds.

The man was taken to hospital with chest injuries after falling during a performance of the Windsor theme park's Pirates of Skeleton Bay show on Wednesday.

Josie Campbell

Legoland Windsor Resort said it was in touch with the man's family who said he was "recovering well".

Southampton knife test purchases: 38% of shops fail

Southampton police carried out 21 test-purchase operations to check whether shops would sell knives to under 18s on Friday, with eight stores failing and serving 15, 16 and 17-year-old police cadets.

A generic knife picture

Two stores in Bitterne, three stores in the city centre, and three in Shirley failed, one of which for the fourth time when a staff member sold a block of kitchen knives to a cadet.

Sgt Charlie Ilderton said it was "disappointing" the results were worse than in February, when 12% of shops failed. The figures were still better than in 2016, when only 40% and 20% of stores passed two sets of test purchases.

Man charged after elderly woman robbed

A man has been charged after an elderly woman suffered injuries to her face, wrist and feet when she was pulled over by a robber who stole her bag.

The incident happened on 19 July at about 12:10 in New Road near the Malmaison Hotel in Oxford.

The male robber approached the woman from behind and grabbed her bag which contained a large sum of money. It caused her to fall over and end up in the middle of the road.

She was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and has since been discharged.

A 38-year-old man has been charged with robbery and is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 18 August.

Beef found in six out of seven Dorset 'lamb doner' kebabs

Dorset trading standards officers found six out of seven "lamb doner" kebabs bought from outlets in Dorchester, Weymouth and Blandford contained significant proportions of beef.

They also tested lamb shish, lamb kofte and beef burgers which were all described accurately. These tests included checks for a range of other potential substitute meats.


Ivan Hancock, trading standards service manager, said: “Consumers have a right know what they are eating and when it comes to meat products this can be much more significant for many.

"Food retailers have a responsibility to pass on the correct information with accurate labelling and menu descriptions.

"Following this exercise we have worked with the businesses to make sure they label food correctly. Formal action is being considered in certain individual cases."

Woman dies after car park crash

A woman has died in hospital eight days after she was involved in a collision in a Christchurch car park.

The 69-year-old Bournemouth woman was a passenger in a car driven by a man which crashed at around 14:30 BST on 17 July.

Wick Lane car park

Police said no other vehicle was involved.

Officers are investigating the cause of the crash, which was only reported to the police after the woman's death on Tuesday.

New special school academy for Portsmouth

A new special school academy is to open in Portsmouth in 2020 after a successful bid for government funding by Portsmouth and Hampshire's councils.

The academy will cater for 40 children with autism and social communication difficulties.

It will have eight junior places, 24 secondary and eight post-16s.

Redwood Park Academy

Building is expected to start in 2018 on the Redwood Park Academy site (pictured), although the new school will be a stand-alone facility.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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John Simpson calls Oxford homeless policy 'disturbing'

The BBC's World Affairs Editor has weighed in on the decision by Oxford City Council to warn homeless people who keep possessions in doorways they face fines of up to £2,500.

Notices have been attached to piles of bags in Oxford city centre which belong to people sleeping rough.

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Oxford City Council said the abandoned bags posed a hazard by blocking fire exits and lockers were available to those who sought help.

A special educational needs school in Dorset has launched a balloon into near space
It was fitted with an on-board camera and radio transmitter.

Oxford's first distillery opens

Oxford's first legal distillery - The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) - has opened at a site near South Park.

The business will produce a range of spirits - such as gin, absinthe, vodka and rye whiskey - using a majority of locally grown ingredients.

Staff at TOAD

Founder Tom Nicolson said: “So many things are mass-produced – we at TOAD are trying to break the mould.

"We are entirely focused on creating really great spirits while fighting for the heart and soul of true craft distilling and taking our time to get it right every step of the way."

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, at J6 for B4009.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M40 southbound at J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

In Pictures: US George HW Bush aircraft carrier in the Solent

The view from Stokes Bay, Hampshire, as the US Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush lays at anchor off the coast before it participates in Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.

USS George HW Bush
USS George HW Bush
USS George HW Bush

Maidenhead's semi-pros ready to go

Maidenhead United: National League new boys to combine work with play
Maidenhead United embark on their first season in the non-league football's top tier from Saturday.
The Magpies face Maidstone United in their National League opening fixture and for their players, it will mark the start juggling their jobs with their footballing fortunes.
In a predominantly professional competition, Maidenhead will be among a small number of part-time playing squads.

Traffic delays ahead of Camp Bestival

Police are warning of delays for festival-goers heading to this weekend's Camp Bestival event at Lulworth.

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Pedestrian dies after Bordon crash

A pedestrian who was injured last week after being hit by a lorry at East Worldham, near Bordon, Hampshire, has died.

The 35-year-old man from Farnham was taken to Southampton General Hospital following the crash involving a Scania HGV on Green Street shortly after 15:00 on Friday. He died in hospital on Tuesday.

The driver of the HGV, a 38-year-old man from Tamworth, was arrested in connection with this incident was released while inquiries continue.

Royal Pier Waterfront illustration

The £450m Royal Pier Waterfront scheme in Southampton has "buildability concerns", a report says.

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Drug gang ringleader ordered to pay £1m

The ringleader of a gang that supplied cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and MDMA across the south of England has been ordered to pay £1m by a court.

The confiscation order was made against Neil Wadley, 47, of Pound Lane, Upton, Didcot, who admitted conspiracies to supply drugs and was sentenced to 17 years in prison last year.

Neil Wadley

Drugs worth £1.3m were seized by police after an 18-month investigation that resulted in 10 men being jailed.

Organised crime groups in Spain, Liverpool, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, London, Reading and Southend-on-sea supplied the drugs, which were then stored in Didcot, Newbury, Reading and Hemel Hempstead.

They were then distributed to people in Avon and Somerset, Swindon, Oxford, Reading and Didcot.

Det Insp Gavin Tyrrell said Wadley had "clearly benefited as a result of his criminal lifestyle during this conspiracy to supply controlled drugs".

Family tribute to man who died in crash near Legoland

The family of John Spicer, who died in a road crash on Sunday night in Winkfield Road, Windsor, have described him as having a "heart of gold".

John Spicer

Two car drivers were killed in the crash, which involved three vehicles near the Legoland theme park.

The family of Mr Spicer, 23, said in a statement: “He lived for the moment enjoying life to the full in the fast lane.

"He had a heart of gold always being there for his family and friends. He would know exactly how to make everyone laugh and bring a room to life with his witty comments!

“John boy will be sorely missed by us all and everyone who he ever came to meet.”

Final day of New Forest Show

It's day three of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.

Despite yesterday's bad weather there was still plenty of rural competitions, activities and displays to entertain the crowds.

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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J11 for A317 and J10 for A3 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J11, A317 (Chertsey) and J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

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

Glass Animals nominated for Mercury Prize

Oxford band Glass Animals have received a nomination for the Mercury Prize.

The band, who made the list with their second album How To Be A Human Being, have said they are "speechless".

The album has been a Top 20 hit around the world, including the United States.

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Glass Animals made their radio debut on BBC Radio Oxford's unsigned music show BBC Introducing in Oxford in 2010.

You can watch highlights from their triumphant set at last month's Glastonbury below.

'Smart grass' used to reduce cow methane emissions
Experts have been giving different diets to cows to try and reduce methane emissions.

Council bosses criticise 'inadequate' clean air plan

The leader of Oxford City Council has written to Michael Gove to say the government's new clean air plan is "inadequate" and needs stronger legislation.

Bob Price joined leaders of five other cities with air pollution problems in sending the message to the Environment Secretary.


Oxford is one of the top ten most polluted cities in the UK according to figures from the World Health Organisation.

We urge you to adopt scrappage schemes, especially those that support consumers to shift to hybrid and electric vehicles and to public transport.

Bob Price and John TannerOxford City Council

BreakingRiver search in Guy Hedger investigation

A stretch of river is being searched in an attempt to find the weapon used to kill a businessman who was shot at his home in Dorset.

Guy Hedger, 61, died in the early hours of 30 April after intruders reportedly broke into his home in Ashley, near Ringwood, and opened fire with a shotgun.

Dorset Police marine officers are currently searching a section of the River Stour near New Road bridge in West Parley.

Guy Hedger
Dorset Police
Brett Pitman

New Portsmouth club captain Brett Pitman reveals former boss Eddie Howe was on hand to pass on some useful tips.

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BBC Oxford presenter meets a dinosaur...

BBC Oxford presenter James Watts meets the stars of Dinosaur World, which is currently playing in Oxford.

Womad world music festival opens

Womad 2002, in Reading

The world music festival Womad returns to Charlton Park near Malmesbury today, marking its 35th anniversary.

Highlights include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bombino, Chico Trujillo and Bokanté.

Womad 2002 in Reading

The festival wasn't always in Wiltshire - we've dug into our archive and found these photos taken from 2002 when it was held in Rivermead, Reading.

If you were there, do get in touch and share photos of past Womad festivals you've enjoyed.

Womad 2002
Womad 2002 in Reading

Number of drivers aged over 90 tops 100,000 for first time

Hampshire is among the areas with the highest numbers of people aged over 90 holding a driving licence.

The total number in Britain has topped 100,000 for the first time.

Figures from the DVLA also show more than 4.5 million of the 39 million people holding valid driving licences are aged over 70. Almost 4,500 over 90s in Hampshire hold a licence.

Older drivers are required to fill in a self-assessment every three years declaring they are medically fit to continue driving.

Research suggests the view that older drivers pose a danger is unfounded.

Elderly driver

Junior Saints beat Manchester United

BBC Sport NI

Saints' stars of the future were in action to deny Manchester United a semi-finals place in the Junior Section at Super Cup NI in Co Londonderry.

Although Southampton won 2-0, they also miss out on the semi-finals as they go forward to the tournament's Bowl competition.

Southampton deny Man Utd place in Super Cup NI Junior semi-final

Today's weather for the south with Bee Tucker

Bee Tucker

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