Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates from Thursday 27 July

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. 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

    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.

  2. 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
    Quote Message: 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. from Ian Ward Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure
    Ian WardCabinet member for transport and infrastructure
  3. Envelope update

    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

  4. Envelope update

    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

  5. 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.

  6. Envelope update

    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

  7. 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.


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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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."

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    Read more
  14. 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.

    View more on twitter

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

  15. Video content

    Video caption: A special educational needs school in Dorset has launched a balloon into near space
  16. 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."

  17. Envelope update

    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

  18. 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
  19. Maidenhead's semi-pros ready to go

    Video content

    Video caption: Maidenhead United: National League new boys to combine work with play

    Maidenhead United's players prepare to juggle their jobs with games in their first National League season.