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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 16 August
  2. The UK's new £3bn aircraft carrier sailed into Portsmouth Harbour this morning
  3. Oxford City Council has budgeted £1m to replace cladding on two tower blocks
  4. Plans for a 57-metre high navigation tower at the IKEA store in Calcot, Berkshire, are being opposed

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening!

Thanks for joining us, that's all from BBC South Live for today.

the service will resume at 08:00 on Thursday when we will be bringing you the latest regional news, travel, sport and weather.

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Stacked shipping containers market plan for Reading

Portsmouth FC agrees Privett Park ground rent repayment plan

Royal Navy thanks HMS Queen Elizabeth supporters

The UK's new £3bn aircraft carrier docked in its home port in Portsmouth this morning.

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Do you recognise these spoons found in Shaftesbury?

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

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M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M3 northbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of an accident.

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

E-fits of Bevois Valley and Portsmood sex assaults suspect released

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Two women were approached separately by a man on a bike in the Bevois Valley and Portswood areas on Sunday between 23:30 BST and midnight.

He made sexually explicit comments to both women.

He also sexually assaulted one of the women her over the top of her clothes before exposing himself.

Both women said the man was wearing a sports top which had a "South Africa" logo on it.

Dorset travel latest: Weymouth Carnival road clousres

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Weather outlook: Rain and brisk winds

BBC Weather

Skies will continue to cloud over from the west this evening as rain moves east with brisk winds.

However, it will start to clear towards dawn in most areas.

BBC Weather chart on Wednesday 16 August 2017
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Hampshire travel latest: M3 lane blocked at Basingstoke

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Waterloo latest: South West Triains in and out of station 'recovering'

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Oxfordshire travel latest: A34 delays

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Market trader fined for selling counterfeit goods

A market trader who was caught with hundreds of counterfeit goods, including fake Rolex watches, has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling more than £2,000.

Christopher McDonald, 44, was found with 663 counterfeit products at Portland Market in August last year after Dorset County Council was tipped off by a member of the public.

Among his stock, officers found various branded sunglasses and clothing falsely marked as being Nike, Fred Perry, Swag, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana.

Items found at Portland Market
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Dorset County Council recovered 663 items from Christopher McDonald at Portland Market last year

McDonald, from Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to eight counts of of possessing counterfeit items for sale during a Weymouth Magistrates' Court hearing on Monday.

He was fined £500 and ordered to to pay £1,500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Trial for abuse accused football coach

Bob Higgins
BBC

A date has been set for the trial of a former Southampton Football Club youth coach who faces child abuse charges.

Bob Higgins, 64, of Litchfield Road, Southampton, appeared at Winchester Crown Court earlier charged with 65 counts of indecent assault against 23 boys, all aged under 17.

The alleged offences took place between 1970 and 1996.

Mr Higgins, whose first name is Robert, did not enter a plea but a provisional trial date has been set for 9 April.

Police and fire service in new joint partnership

A six-month pilot will see Hampshire's police and fire service team up to search for high-risk missing people.

The fire service said the scheme, which will cover police operations in Southampton, was a "UK first".

It said the project would involve officers being able to deploy firefighters to help find people who were at risk themselves or considered a risk to others.

If successful the idea could be rolled out to the rest the county, the fire service added.

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Berkshire's "cheeselog" features in new poem

Prominent writer Hollie McNish has included the word "cheeselog" - an obscure noun originating from Berkshire - in her composition for National Poetry Day.

The word, meaning woodlouse, was among a dozen chosen for inclusion in 12 new poems on National Poetry Day on 28 September.

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Yeovil sign Bournemouth forward Green

Jordan Green
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League Two club Yeovil Town have signed versatile forward Jordan Green on a free transfer from Bournemouth.

The 22-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Huish Park outfit.

He made 10 league appearances during a loan spell at Newport County last season, but has not played in a senior match for the Premier League Cherries.

"Jordan has the potential to reach a very high standard," Yeovil boss Darren Way told the club website. "He's quick, clever and difficult to mark."

Man sent back to prison for breaching licence

A man wanted by police for breaching the terms of his licence has been found in Bournemouth.

Ashley Hickson, 23, was released from prison on 10 July after serving part of an eight-month sentence for attempted burglary.

However, he breached the terms of his licence and a recall notice was issued, Dorset Police said.

Hickson was located by officers in Boscombe yesterday has been sent back to prison.

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J4 for M3 and J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M27 westbound between J4 M3 and J3, M271 (Romsey), because of an accident involving at least two vehicles and people on the road.

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

Woman punched in face while defending attacked boyfriend in Bournemouth

A woman was punched in the face as she tried to defend her boyfriend during an unprovoked town centre attack.

CCTV images of man police want to talk to
Dorset Police

A black man, dressed in black, first hit the man, in his 20s, knocking him to the ground outside Debenhams in Bournemouth Square.

As the woman, also in her 20s, attempted to defend him she was punched in the face and knocked to the ground.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the attack in the early hours of Sunday.

Both victims needed hospital treatment for facial injuries.

In Pictures: Queen Elizabeth sails in to Portsmouth

More images of the remarkable scenes earlier when the Royal Navy's new £3.1bn aircraft carrier sailed in to Portsmouth for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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HMS Queen Elizabeth
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'World's fastest shed' tours Britain

A shed on wheels is being driven from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for a hospice.

It is the latest challenge for the converted Volkswagen Passat, which has been dubbed the 'world's fastest shed'.

It has previously travelled 99mph (159kph) in tests and will attempt to go faster at a track on route.

Kevin Nicks from Great Rollwright, Oxfordshire, transformed the car, which is road legal, in 2015 using steel beams and timber.

Fastest shed
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Kevin Nicks is aiming to raise £10,000 for Katherine House Hospice, which provided care for his mother

Reading Women sign England midfielder

Reading Women have confirmed the signing of midfielder Fara Williams from Arsenal Ladies.

The 33-year-old, who has twice been named the FA's international player of the year, has 162 England caps

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Weather latest: Bright afternoon ahead

After a dry but cloudy start to the day, the sun is expected to break through later in the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach 21C before dropping to 16C overnight, when it is forecast to rain.

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Aircraft carrier 'triumph of national ambition'

The arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth has proved an historic and evocative occasion for many in Portsmouth this morning.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones tweeted that the ship will "sit at the heart of our defence for 50 years".

"Today is a triumph of national ambition," he said.

You can read the BBC's live coverage of the ship's arrival here.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is 'symbol of UK' - May

Addressing crew members and contractors on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Theresa May said the carrier was a "true testament to British ship building and design".

Six shipyards across the UK contributed to building various stages of the 65,000 tonne vessel.

Theresa May
BBC

Britain truly has the best sailors, marines and officers in the world. And I believe you deserve the very best equipment and that is what we have with HMS Queen Elizabeth.This ship is the symbol of the United Kingdom as a great global maritime nation. Clearly she is a stunning piece of 21st Century engineering"

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Are you a member of the £5k commuter club?

London
Comstock

Rail fares are set to rise next year, meaning more of us are joining the so-called £5k commuter club - workers who pay that sum getting to and from work each year.

Season tickets to London are already more than £5,000 from many places in the South.

And when fares increase in January 2018, London commuters in Oxford will be joining the club.

Read more here.

High UV levels and moderate pollen count

Woman clocks up 51 points on driving licence

Driving licence
PA

A woman from Oxfordshire has more points on her driving licence than anybody else in the UK.

The 44-year-old, who lives in the OX12 postcode area, has accumulated 51 points - but is still allowed to drive.

The revelation came as it emerged more than 10,000 motorists are allowed on the roads despite having 12 or more points.

Road safety charities said allowing people with lots of points to stay on the road made a mockery of the system.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency said the figure included people who had served a ban and had successfully reapplied for their licence.

New cladding on tower blocks to cost £1m

Evenlode
BBC

A £1m fund has been set aside by a council to replace cladding on two towers after samples failed safety tests.

The checks on the Evenlode and Windrush blocks in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, were ordered after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Oxford council is unhappy the government will not pay and said ministers had pledged to do so.

A government spokesperson said it would ensure restrictions on council funds did not stop works from happening.

Reading beat Aston Villa 2-1

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Reading FC last night
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Reading picked up their first league win of the season courtesy of two second-half goals against Aston Villa.

Glenn Whelan deflected an Adrian Popa shot in off his own post for Reading's opener before Mo Barrow poked home his first goal for the hosts.

Midfielder Conor Hourihane pulled a goal back late on for Villa from Gabby Agbonlahor's chest down.

Defeat left Steve Bruce's side still searching for their first win of the Championship campaign.

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

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M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40.

M25 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, 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

Lanes reopen after A34 bin lorry fire

Both lanes on the A34 are now open after a bin lorry caught fire

The route had been closed northbound near Botley Interchange, resulting in long queues and traffic diversions.

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The flat with the best view

On the other side of Portsmouth Harbour, a modest flat gives the best view of the new aircraft carrier.

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Severe disruption: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

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A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between A423 Southern By-Pass Road and Manor Road.

A34 Oxfordshire - Delays and slow traffic on A34 northbound in South Hinksey between Hinksey Hill Interchange and South Hinksey Golf Course Turn Off, because of an earlier bin lorry fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion on Hinksey Hill to the beyond Oxford Road junction and to Marcham Interchange.

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

Major delays on A34 after vehicle fire

There are now delays of more than two hours after a vehicle fire on the A34.

The road is closed northbound near Botley Interchange.

Traffic is being diverted via the Oxford ring road at Hinksey.

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Weather outlook: Sunny day ahead

A mostly sunny day with highs of 22C is forecast before showers overnight.

Morning headlines

  • The UK's new £3bn aircraft carrier sailed into Portsmouth Harbour this morning
  • Oxford City Council has budgeted £1m to replace cladding on two tower blocks
  • Plans for a 57-metre high navigation tower at the IKEA store in Calcot, Berkshire, are being opposed
  • Commuters across the region still face delays and some cancellations going into Waterloo this morning after a train derailed yesterday

Aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The moment HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3bn aircraft carrier has arrived at its home port in Portsmouth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is 900ft (280m) long, sailed into the city's harbour shortly after 07:00 BST.

The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since beginning its journey from Rosyth dockyard in Fife, where construction was completed in June.

Follow our live coverage of HMS Queen Elizabeth's arrival here.