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  1. Man dies after 'street attack' in Southampton
  2. Girl 'nearly hanged' on rope bridge
  3. New Forest Paralympian to hand medal back
  4. Woman breaks ribs in Dorset cliff fall
  5. Updates from Tuesday 19 September

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Bournemouth beat Premier League rivals Brighton in extra time to progress to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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Swansea score a controversial second goal as they beat Reading to progress to the Carabao Cup fourth round.

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We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather.

Severe congestion: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe congestion, after J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - Queuing traffic for five miles on M40 northbound after J9, A34 (Bicester). All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Opening date confirmed for Coral Reef after revamp

Coral Reef

Coral Reef Waterworld in Bracknell will reopen on 29 September after more than 18 months of refurbishment work.

Entry will be by pre-booked tickets only for the first three days.

The revamp includes five new waterslides, upgraded changing facilities and a refurbished cafe.

Team news: Bournemouth v Brighton

BBC Sport

Jordon Ibe could start for Bournemouth in Tuesday's home Carabao Cup third-round tie against Brighton.

The forward came off the bench and provided two assists as the Cherries beat the Seagulls in the Premier League on Friday.

Summer signings Jose Izquierdo, Ezequiel Schelotto and Tim Krul could make their first starts for Brighton.

Izzy Brown (hamstring) has returned to training but this game could come too soon.

Read a full preview here.

Team news: Reading v Swansea

BBC Sport

Reading left-back Jordan Obita could start Tuesday's game against Premier League side Swansea City in the Carabao Cup third round.

Obita has returned from an ankle injury picked up in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg in May.

Striker Wilfried Bony is in line for a first start since returning to Swansea, after two substitute appearances.

Goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, right-back Angel Rangel and midfielder Leroy Fer could all feature.

Read a full preview here.

Man accused of 1972 sex attack remanded

A man accused of raping and kidnapping an 18-year-old woman more than 40 years ago has appeared in court.

Peter Pickering, 79, of Newbury in Berkshire, is charged with the rape and false imprisonment of the woman in Deepcar, near Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, in 1972.

He appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court via video link earlier, speaking only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Mr Pickering was remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 16 October.

SCAS 'spend most on private ambulances' in country

The South Central Ambulance Service was the biggest spender on private ambulances in the country last year.

The NHS trust, which covers Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, spent £16.3m on hiring private firms and charities - up from £13.1 million the previous year,

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NHS spending on private ambulances in England rose by 22% in two years

It was part of a national trend that saw the NHS's 10 ambulance trusts pay £78m to firms responding to 999 calls and transporting patients to hospital in 2016/17, up from £64m in 2014/15.

Critics have claimed private paramedics can be less qualified and not as well equipped as their NHS equivalents.

But government said its providers were "subject to the same rigorous safety and quality inspections" as the NHS.

Dorset Police officer sacked for relationship with victim

A Dorset Police officer has been dismissed after he began a relationship with the victim of a sexual assault.

The officer who cannot be named, attended the initial incident and subsequently visited the woman.

He started to communicate with her by phone and that developed into a sexual relationship.

He admitted gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing.

Dorset Police said he had committed a "serious breach" of police standards.

The fact that he instigated and maintained a hidden sexual relationship with a vulnerable victim of abuse severely undermines the trust and confidence required in providing a policing service."

Chief Constable Debbie SimpsonDorset Police

Oxford landlord fined, says city council

A landlord has been fined a total of £7,298 for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Oxford that was home to three people with disabilities.

William Stephen Rielly, of Rochfords Gardens, Slough, was prosecuted after environmental health officers from Oxford City Council investigated a house he owned.

A visit in September 2016 identified three unrelated tenants all of whom were people with disabilities and living in a high-risk unlicensed HMO.

The house had no smoke alarms or kitchen fire door and there were seven other defects identified.

Burma bridge image shown in court - does not show the girl in question

The 11-year-old slipped and was left hanging by a safety lanyard around her neck, a court hears.

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Cyclist suffers serious injuries in collison

A cyclist has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision with a car in Windsor on Tuesday morning.

Thames Valley Police was called at 06:01 BST to reports of an incident between a vehicle and a male cyclist.

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Police said the cyclist’s injuries were not life-threatening.

The road was closed at the roundabout where the B3024 meets the A332, with one lane being reopened later in the morning.

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 slow 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

Dry and bright afternoon ahead

BBC weather

After a bright start to the day, more of the same is expected for the remainder of the afternoon.

Temperatures are forecast to peak at 15C before dropping to 12C overnight.

Girl 'nearly hanged' on rope bridge

YMCA Fairthorne Manor activity centre

An 11-year-old girl slipped on a rope bridge leaving her hanging for several minutes by a safety lanyard looped around her neck, a court has heard.

The girl immediately fell unconscious following the accident at the YMCA Fairthorne Manor activity centre near Botley, Hampshire, in July 2012.

She was cut free and later recovered, Portsmouth Crown Court was told.

The YMCA Fairthorne Group denies two health and safety charges brought by Winchester City Council.

'Without volunteers, I'd never have been Olympic champion'

Get Inspired

Those are the words of sprint gold medallist Darren Campbell, who has been helping BBC Get Inspired in the search for the Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero for 2017.

Here's more from Darren...

The award recognises the amazing work that volunteers do in grassroots sport and fitness around the UK.

Last year, Marcellus Baz from Nottingham scooped the award for his work as a community boxing coach. Could it be someone from your region this year?

Seven in hospital after two-car Berkshire crash

Three people have sustained serious injuries after a two-car collision in Woolhampton, Berkshire.

The incident occurred on A4 Bath Road at 21:20 BST on Monday, and involved a white Vauxhall Corsa which had four occupants, and a black Vauxhall Zafira, which had five occupants.

Crash pic
The collision took place on the Reading side of the BP petrol station in Woolhampton.

A 15-year-old boy, travelling in the Zafira, sustained a serious internal injury, while others in the car, a 41-year-old woman, a 47-year-old man, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl all suffered minor injuries.

A 19-year-old man in the Corsa sustained a serious back injury, a 16-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder.

All the people involved were taken to hospital, and seven of them currently remain there.

Southampton street attack: Murder probe after man's death

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man who was found seriously injured after being attacked in a street.

Union Road and Radcliffe Road

The 39-year-old was discovered at the junction of Union Road and Radcliffe Road in Southampton shortly before midnight on Monday.

He was pronounced dead in hospital. His next of kin have been informed.

Armed officers remain in the area and Radcliffe Road is closed between Union Road and Mount Pleasant Road.

Kingston Lacy exhibition marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality

An exhibition marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality has opened at Kingston Lacy in Dorset.

Kingston Lacy house
National Trust/John Millar

The stately home, run by the National Trust, was previously owned by explorer and art collector William John Bankes who inherited the estate in 1834.

In 1841 he was caught with a soldier in "an indecent act" at a time when intimate relationships between men could be punishable by death, and was forced to leave Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, for exile in France and later Italy.

In Memoriam installation
National Trust/Steven Haywood

The Exile exhibition, which runs until 12 November, features three installations, including 51 knotted ropes which are a tribute to the 51 men who hanged under laws that criminalised same-sex acts during Bankes' lifetime.

"It is a reminder of the brutality of the times and the context of his actions," the National Trust said.

Licensing planned for deprived community rental homes

Melcombe Regis

Plans to introduce a licensing scheme for privately-rented properties in a deprived seaside community have been unanimously agreed by councillors.

The move is part of measures aimed at improving life for residents in Melcombe Regis, Weymouth.

Weymouth & Portland's management committee heard that a multi-agency board set up to tackle the area's social problems was in support of the scheme.

Dorset Councils Partnership CEO Matt Prosser said the board was learning from similar efforts to improve Boscombe in Bournemouth.

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Dorset woman calls for awareness of 'tremor' condition

A Dorset woman is calling for better awareness of essential tremor, which affects four in 100 adults over 40 years old.

Penny Cull, from Christchurch, says the condition causes her limbs to shake and that she hates going out as people assume her shaking hands are due to drink.

According to the National Tremor Foundation, the condition is 20 times more common than Parkinson's.

Bicycle hire scheme launched in Southampton

A bike hire scheme is being introduced in Southampton later.

London-based company YoBike is bringing 300 bikes to allocated parking spaces in the city.


The bikes are unlocked via a mobile app which uses GPS technology to show riders where the nearest available bike can be found.

The scheme is expected to be extended at a later date to include 700 bicycles.

The bikes will start to be available for hire around the city this afternoon.

Quarter of Reading homes 'go to Londoners'

Almost 25% of homes sold in Reading are bought by people moving from West London, new research has revealed.

They also account for one-in-seven homes in Slough and one-in-12 in Windsor.

For Sale signs

Michael O'Flaughtery, whose estate agents complied the figures, said value for money, schools and the ease of commute are the main causes of the trend.

"There has always been this trend down the M4, but it is accelerating, and we have to accept that Crossrail puts Reading, Maidenhead and Slough on the tube, and that creates the perfect commuter storm."

That can however, force residents out of the area, due to the increase in property prices, he added.

Severe accident: A35 Dorset westbound

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset westbound severe accident, between B3150 Stinsford Hill and A352.

A35 Dorset - Slow traffic on A35 westbound in Dorchester between Stinsford roundabout and West Stafford turn off, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Puddletown and to Troy town turn off.

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, between A338 Wessex Way and A3040 Ashley Road.

A35 Dorset - A35 Poole Road in Poole closed and slow traffic in both directions between County Gates Roundabout and Pottery Junction, because of an accident involving car and a bus.

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

Man dies after 'street attack'

A man has died after he was found seriously injured following an apparent attack in Southampton.

The man was discovered in the street with significant injuries on the junction of Union Road and Radcliffe Road shortly before midnight.

Hampshire Constabulary said the 39-year-old died after being taken to hospital.

Junction of Union Road and Radcliffe Road

Armed police remain in the area and the road has been closed while an investigation is conducted.

The force has appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed anything suspicious to come forward.

New Forest Paralympian to hand medal back

British T37 200m sprinter Bethany Woodward won a silver medal at the London Paralympics, but has now decided to hand it back.

The New Forest-based athlete gave up her funding and walked away from the sport claiming she had lost faith in the way the team was selected.

Bethany Woodward
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Athletes are grouped depending on the level of their impairment to try to ensure fair competition

Woodward, who has cerebral palsy, told File on 4 that during a relay event in the past four years, the inclusion of one of her team-mates was "giving us an unfair advantage".

She therefore decided to hand one of her medals back.

"Handing back this medal will mean all the medals I won are to do with me, my cerebral palsy and my strength."

This morning's sport stories

  • There are a two League Cup ties this evening featuring local sides, with a place in the last-16 up for grabs. Reading host Premier League side Swansea at the Madejski Stadium while Bournemouth play Brighton for the second time in five days
  • Former boss Michael Appleton feels he left Oxford United in a good place and at the right time for his own career. The 41-year-old took an assistant manager's position at Premier League side Leicester this summer after an offer from Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare
  • Hampshire cricket head coach Craig White says there's all to play for as the county begin their penultimate championship match of the season today against already crowned champions Essex
Jaap Stam
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Reading boss Jaap Stam will be missing Doctor Foster tonight as he will be busy managing. He can get it on the iPlayer.

Hampshire and IoW morning headlines

  • The ambulance service in Hampshire says it has to use private providers to be able to reach all the patients that need its help after it was revelaed it spent £16,336,000 on them in 2016-17
  • Hampshire County Council says it's too early to say what caused a roof fire at Three Minsters House on Winchester High Street yesterday
  • A new bike sharing scheme comes to Southampton today. From this afternoon people will be able to use one of 300 Yo Bikes - which they hire and unlock using their mobile phones

Oxfordshire's morning headlines

  • Attempts to get us to recycle more of the £13bn pounds worth of edible food we waste each year are dwindling, according to charity Banbury-based WRAP
  • An Oxfordshire dance troupe with a difference is preparing to embark on an international tour. Anjali is the only professional dance company in the UK with learning-disabled dancers

Berkshire's morning headlines

  • Almost a quarter of all homes sold in Reading go to west Londoners, new research has revealed. They also account for one-in-seven homes in Slough and one-in-12 in Windsor
  • The number of abandoned 999 calls to police control rooms in the Thames Valley has increased by more than a fifth in the year to June according to new figures obtained by the BBC

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, at J14 for M27.

M3 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M3 northbound at J14 M27, because of an accident involving two vehicle earlier on. Congestion on M27 to J9, A27 (Whiteley).

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

Traffic issues across the South this morning

The roads of the South are building both with traffic, and huge excitement, as we all head into the wonderful world of work once again.

Here are the main issues this morning:

Berkshire - On the A4 Bath Road, heading Eastbound near Woolhampton, temporary traffic lights are causing big queues of two- and-a-half miles of traffic

Hampshire and IoW - On the M27 westbound at junction 8, there is a half-hour delay heading into Southampton due to an accident. Andover Road in Winchester is also closed which has caused plenty of congestion

Oxford - On the A34 northbound, between the Marcham interchange and Hinksey Hill, there is a lot of traffic due to the misty weather

Dorset - Traffic is queuing for a mile on New Road on the A347 in Bournemouth

Dorset's morning headlines

  • Weymouth and Portland councillors are to discuss buying two houses in the borough for young single people who become homeless - instead of putting them into B&B accommodation
  • A woman in her 60s has broken ribs following a 5m-fall on Portland. Reports of an injured rock climber led to a call-out for the coastguard to cliffs close to Martinscroft Road yesterday afternoon