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  1. Updates from Thursday 17 August
  2. Fake IED sparks Bournemouth flats evacuation
  3. Malala offered place at Oxford
  4. South restaurants in Good Food Guide list

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Man charged over alleged pub assault

Dancing Duck

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after an alleged assault outside a Bournemouth pub.

Toby Nava, 27, is accused of breaking a man's jaw and tooth outside the Dancing Duck in Poole Road on 4 June.

He is due to appear before Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 14 September.

E-fit released of man who stole from elderly woman

Hampshire Constabulary

An E-fit has been released of a man who stole £260 from an elderly woman in Southampton after tricking his way into her house.

The man was invited into his 80-year-old victim's home in Heathfield Close, Sholing, after claiming he was a window cleaner who needed to finish a job indoors.

She later found a metal cash box missing.

He is described as a 5ft 7ins white man aged 30-35 of slim build. He had short black curly hair, was clean shaven and sported a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

A-Level results day at Portsmouth College

A nerve-wracking day for students and staff at Portsmouth College as A-level results are released.

Portsmouth College students and staff on results day

Pregnant woman verbally abused by teens

Greggs car park

A pregnant woman was subjected to verbal abuse by a group of teenagers on bikes in Yateley, police have said.

The 19-year-old was walking in the Greggs car park at about 17:45 BST on Wednesday when the youngsters started following her.

Hampshire Constabulary said it was trying to identify the group, some of whom were seen cycling towards Macrae Road following the incident.

Ericsson not ruling out job cuts

Ericsson has refused to rule out job cuts in the UK as it embarks on a major cost-cutting drive that may put thousands of staff at risk.

The telecoms firm said it was already planning to "accelerate" a major cost-savings programme meant to double its 2016 operating margin after 2018, saying the move was made "in light of the current market outlook".

The company has not ruled out any of its global operations for cuts, including the UK, where it operates across 11 locations including Guildford, Leeds, Southampton, Glasgow and Chiswick.

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'Council is selling our spiritual home'

Mural at Reading Central Club

A community group representing black people has accused a council of wanting to sell off its "spiritual home".

Reading Central Club, which features a black history mural, has been shut since 2006 - prompting the council to invite bids from non-profit organisations.

Community company Aspire offered to buy it at "fair market value" as part of a £10m investment package.

But Reading council said it needed a specific cash sum and has elected to sell it on the open market instead.

Severe accident: A35 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset both ways severe accident, between B3059 Stour Road and High Street.

A35 Dorset - A35 Barrack Road in Christchurch closed and severe delays in both directions between the B3059 Stour Road junction and The Fountain Roundabout, because of accident investigation work. Congestion on A347 New Road to Parley Cross, on A338 to Cooper Dean Roundabout and to the B3347 Stony Lane junction.

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

Severe accident: A35 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset both ways severe accident, at Pound Lane.

A35 Dorset - A35 Fernside Road in Poole blocked and busy but moving in both directions at the Pound Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Engine issue grounds Battle of Britain Memorial Flight planes

Most of the historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) - including a Lancaster bomber, two Hurricanes and three Spitfire planes - have been grounded due to an engine issue.

The BBMF has three other Spitfires with different engines which are currently unavailable for other reasons.

The RAF said it had "taken the decision to temporarily pause flying of our aircraft powered by Merlin engines".

An appearance at Weymouth Carnival had to be cancelled on Wednesday afternoon.

The planes are due to appear at Bournemouth Air Festival at the end of this month.

Keith Wilson
Gillam Road

Police found household products "disguised" to look like an improvised explosive device during a search.

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No More Boys and Girls


Is the way we treat boys and girls in childhood the real reason we still haven't achieved true equality between men and women in adult life?

That was the question posed by Dr Javid Abelmoneim in No More Boys and Girls.

In two hour-long programmes, Dr Javid takes over Year 3 in Lanesend Primary School on the Isle of Wight, aiming to remove all differences in the way boys and girls are treated.

Is the way we treat boys and girls the reason we haven't achieved gender equality?

Ex-minister faces child sex charges

A former Baptist minister has been charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse relating to nine victims over 23 years.

Robert John Dando, 53, of no fixed address, was arrested on Tuesday and appeared at Banbury Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

He faces charges including rape and sexual assault of boys in the south of England and Wales from 1986 and 2009.

Mr Dando was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court at a date yet to be confirmed.

Spider-Man street art at Bournemouth Pier Approach

Bournemouth's biggest ever public street art project, put together by Ambassadeur Art Gallery and students from Arts University Bournemouth, has been unveiled in front of the resort's pier.

There's a 'Marvel-ous' reason to head to the beach in Bournemouth

Fake IED sparks flats evacuation

Gillam Road

A block of flats was evacuated after police found household products "disguised to look like an improvised explosive device".

Bomb disposal experts were called to Gillam Road, Bournemouth, after officers found the "unknown item" in an overnight search.

This followed reports of a man "setting fire to items" in a garden.

A 42-year-old man and 29-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Two charged after police drugs raid

A man and woman have been charged with dealing class A drugs after a police raid in Oxfordshire.

Officers from Thames Valley Police searched a property in Thames View, Abingdon, on Monday.

Damani Fredericks, 42 was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of a bladed article and driving while disqualified.

Marie Richardson, 38, was charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Toilets closed over anti-social behaviour problems

Two public toilets in Gosport have been closed for safety reasons after repeated vandalism and anti-social behaviour, the council has said.

The town centre facilities near the ferry terminal and at Jamaica Place will be shut until further notice.

The council said cleaners, who had been visiting the toilets up to five times a day, have been subjected to verbal abuse.

A spokesman said there had been reports of people taking and dealing drugs, sleeping in cubicles and leaving behind needles, vomit, blood and excrement.

Road closure in Reading

Reading Bridge will close overnight for the next two nights.

The stretch of George Street over the Thames is being resurfaced between 19:00 BST and 01:00 BST.

It means changes to bus services which would normally use the bridge.

Reading Bridge

Teenagers damage passing car with metal lid

Bovington Lane

Two teenage boys threw a metal bin lid at a passing car, causing "extensive damage", police have said.

The pair were hiding in a bush along Bovington Lane in Wareham before launching the attack at about 09:40 BST on Monday.

A 13-year-old boy travelling in the car sustained a minor injury to his neck. The driver said the incident almost resulted in him losing control of his vehicle.

PC Tom Renshaw, of Dorset Police, said: “The reckless behaviour of these two boys could have led to very serious consequences."

Weather latest: Bright afternoon ahead

After a mixed start to the day, the sun will get stronger as the day progresses.

Temperatures will reach 23 before dropping to 16C overnight.

BBC weather

Two women cut free from car

A361 near to the village of Bloxham in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service

Two women were cut free from this car on the A361 in Oxfordshire yesterday after a two-vehicle crash.

The fire service released the image earlier, and said the victims escaped more serous injury because they were wearing their seat belts.

Bournemouth winger joins Toulouse on loan

BBC Sport

Max Gradel
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Bournemouth winger Max Gradel has joined French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on loan until the end of the season.

The Ivory Coast international could make his debut for Toulouse against Neymar's Paris St-Germain on Sunday.

Former Leeds United player Gradel, 29, joined the Cherries from French side St Etienne in 2015 and signed a new four-year contract the following year.

In April he told BBC Sport he wanted to leave the club for more first-team football.

Severe accident: A4155 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4155 Berkshire both ways severe accident, between Caversham Park Road and All Hallows Road.

A4155 Berkshire - A4155 Henley Road in Caversham, Reading blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Caversham Park Road junction and the All Hallows Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

High UV levels and low pollen count

24-hour alcohol application denied

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

An application to let the Shell Garage on the Oxford Road in Reading sell alcohol 24-hours-a-day has been turned down by Reading Borough Council.

Permission has been given to sell drinks from 05:00 in until 22:00 each day.

The application follows a similar one by the Texaco Garage in 2015, which was also turned down following concerns over nearby antisocial behavior.

Ascot hospital plans in doubt

The future of Ascot's Heatherwood Hospital is in doubt as plans to develop it have been recommended for refusal.

Royal Borough planners describe the 90-million pound upgrade as inappropriate and harmful to the greenbelt.

Councillors will vote on the proposal next week.

Heatherwood Hospital plans

Pictures: Bomb disposal team called to flats

Here are the latest pictures from Gillam Road in Bournemouth where a bomb disposal team is attending.

Up to 30 residents were evacuated from their homes as a result of the incident.


Advise tour groups 'to walk in single file'

BBC Radio Oxford

Radcliffe Camera
Sights like the Radcliffe Camera attract tourists from around the world to Oxford

Tour groups in Oxford should be advised to walk in single file or two abreast, an Oxford councillor says.

Mary Clarkson has described the city in the summer as "tourist hell" on Twitter and wants tourism managed better.

She says the number of coaches on St Giles, a major road in the city centre, is dangerous and needs addressing.

Tour operators should also suggest their groups to walk in single file or two abreast, according to Ms Clarkson.

"It is just a simple thing. it doesn't ruin the tourist experience if you walk single file or just two abreast"

Mary ClarksonOxford City Councillor for Marston

More fundamental changes to the layout [of Oxford] need to be talked about rather than hoping people are going to be walking in single file.

Frederick LaurieFounder of Footprints Tours

Why did the goose cross the road...

Malala offered place at Oxford

Malala Yousafzai has gained a place at Oxford University after getting her A-level results.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, confirmed the news in a tweet congratulating all students getting their results on Thursday.

She will be studying philosophy, politics and economics.

The 19-year-old was nearly killed by the Taliban in Pakistan for campaigning for girls' rights to education in 2012.

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Could you adopt a hen?

Cookie, Bramble and Goldine

New homes are being sought for 275 ex-farm hens in Oxfordshire and Berkshire to save them from slaughter.

The birds around 18 months old are no longer wanted because their egg laying has slowed down.

Re-homings are taking place in Didcot and Crowthorne on Sunday.

The British Hen Welfare Trust asks interested people to get in touch.

You'll get fresh eggs every day...they'll become part of the family...they do make amazing pets.

Francesca TaffsBritish Hen Welfare Trust

Christchurch collision

Ian Wilding

BBC Radio Solent

A car has crashed into a telegraph pole in Christchurch causing big disruption earlier this morning.

The B3058 at Holmsley has been closed as a result and is expected to be for some time.

It happened between the Rising Sun pub at Bashley and the A35 at Holmsley.

South restaurants in top list

Heston Blumenthal's restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, has been named in the top five in the country by the Good Food Guide.

The Fat Duck has climbed four places, to number 5, since last year's chart.

Others from across the South:

  • 19 Andre Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire
  • 31 Orwells, Oxfordshire
  • 34 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire
Heston Blumenthal
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Residents evacuated over 'unknown items' discovery

Linda Serck

BBC South

Residents have been evacuated from a building in North Bournemouth following two arson arrests and the discovery of unknown items.

Police were called to a disturbance at a block of flats in Gillam Road where a man had been setting fire to items in the a garden just before 01:00 BST.

During a search of one of the flats unknown items were found, Dorset Police said.

As a precaution up to 30 residents were evacuated while a Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal team assessed the unknown items at the scene.

A 42-year-old man from Bournemouth and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan, of Dorset Police, said: "I would like to thank residents for their patience and co-operation during this time. We will provide an update once our searches have concluded."

Hunt for 13-year-old in stab attack

Linda Serck

BBC South

Police are hunting for a boy aged about 13 involved in a stabbing attack on another teenager in Windsor.

He was part of a trio who attacked a 16-year-old outside a petrol station in Clarence Road around 23:00 BST on 10 August.

The victim was stabbed in the chest and repeatedly punched by the gang, who then left in a dirty dark-coloured car.

Police are also searching for teenagers believed to be about 14 and 18. All three are white.

The victim was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Anyone with any details can call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.

Disabled man appeals cuts to care

Linda Serck

BBC South

Luke Davey
Luke Davey
Luke Davey needs round-the-clock care

A severely disabled man from Oxfordshire is taking his council to the Court of Appeal in a continued legal battle over cuts to his care.

Luke Davey, 40, from Burcot, is quadriplegic and registered blind with cerebral palsy and needs 24-hour support.

A High Court ruling had upheld Oxfordshire County Council's decision to reduce his weekly personal budget by 42 per cent.

Mr Davey argues the reductions threaten his well-being and breach the Care Act 2014.

Weather outlook: mix of sunny spells and showers

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

Morning headlines

  • The first students to sit the new A-Level exams in the South are getting their results this morning
  • A sex offender from Oxfordshire has been extradited by authorities in the US
  • A severely disabled man is taking his legal battle over Oxfordshire County Council's cuts to his care package to the Court of Appeal
  • Fears over the future of Ascot's Heatherwood Hospital continue as its £90m redevelopment has been recommended for refusal


Linda Serck

BBC South

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