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  1. Life-sized bronze sculpture of Jane Austen to be unveiled in Basingstoke
  2. The Bank of England is also launching the new £10 note, featuring Austen
  3. Children in Oxfordshire 'waiting too long for care plans'
  4. Sky lanterns and helium-filled balloons could be banned in West Dorset
  5. Updates from Tuesday 18 July

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More than 60,000 people signed a petition in the battle to save May Brown from leukaemia.

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Special £2 coins in Hampshire outlets

If you've been out shopping in Hampshire this afternoon, check your change as you might be in possession of a rather special piece of memorabilia.

The Royal Mint released a Jane Austen coin in a few locations around Hampshire today, to celebrate 200 years since hthe author's death.

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The coins are not available anywhere else in the country, and are only being given out today.

They are available at the following locations; Allen Gallery, Alton; Festival Place shopping centre, Basingstoke; Gosport Gallery; Discovery Centre, Gosport; Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton; Alton Milestones Museum, Basingstoke; Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke; Winchester Cathedral; Winchester City Museum; City Space at Discovery Centre, Winchester.

'Structural concerns' over Christchurch arts centre

The Regent Centre in Christchurch has cancelled a show this week amid concerns about the structure of the theatre's auditorium.

Priestlands School in Pennington, whose production of "Oliver!" has been postponed, said the issue involved "corrosion of structural beams".

Christchurch Borough Council, which supports the venue, said a full structural report was expected later this week.

Regent Centre

Man dies in Sonning car crash

A man has died after a car crash in the Berkshire village of Sonning yesterday evening.

At about 20:50 BST, a white BMW 1-series was involved in a crash at Pound Lane, Sonning, in the direction of the roundabout junction with the A4 Bath Road.

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The man was heading south on Pound Lane towards the junction of the A4

The driver of the BMW, a man in his 30s, sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he sadly later died.

Thames Valley Police says his next of kin have been informed. No other vehicles were involved.

Berkshire mother joins campaign for assisted dying in the wake of her daughter's suffering
Christine Eeley says her daughter Isobel, who was 33, begged for help to end her life.

Serious sexual assault in Didcot

A sexual assault on a women in Didcot is being investigated by police.

It happened at 00:30 BST on Sunday morning in Edinburgh Drive close to the Orchard Centre.

A man grabbed a women from behind and then sexually assaulted her.

He's described as being black, around 6ft, of large build, and had an eyebrow piecing with large diamonds on either side.

This serious sexual assault took place close to the Orchard Centre in Didcot, a busy part of the town, and I would appeal to anyone who thinks they may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously.

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Berkshire mother joins campaign for legal assisted dying

A mother who watched her terminally ill daughter suffer severe pain and distress for weeks before she died in a hospice, says the law on assisted suicide has to change.

Christine Eeley says Isobel, who was 33, begged for help to end her life.

She's now involved in launching a new Berkshire branch of a campaign group Dignity In Dying.

Solent oysters 'starting to reproduce'

Oysters reintroduced to the Solent in a bid to revive fishing in the area are starting to reproduce, project organisers have said.

Native flat oyster
Blue Marine Foundation

About 10,000 juveniles were transferred to cages at six sites in April.

Blue Marine Foundation said there had been a 90% survival rate with some having grown by an inch (2.5cm), while others had begun to spawn.

Critically endangered eels have also been discovered in the cages.

Basingstoke Jane Austen statue revealed

A first look at the £100,000 bronze sculpture placed in Basingstoke to mark the bicentenary of the author's death.

A £100,000 bronze sculpture marks the bicentenary of the author's death.

Severe disruption: A40 Oxfordshire eastbound

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A40 Oxfordshire eastbound severe disruption, at Cuckoo Lane.

A40 Oxfordshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on A40 eastbound in Eynsham at the Cuckoo Lane junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

A portrait of Jane Austen

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Even two centuries after her death, her work is still being celebrated at events across the country.

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Attempt to steal cash machine

Police are looking for four people who tried to take a cash machine from Stanford in the Vale in the early hours of the morning.

It happened at the Co-Op in the High Street at about 03:00 BST.

As well as trying to enter the shop using a large piece of wood, the group attempted to remove the ATM using a Mitsubishi vehicle and a trailer.

Nothing was taken and the group got away in a burgundy estate or saloon - leaving the vehicle and trailer at the scene.

Co-Op in Standford in the Vale

Severe accident: A4 Buckinghamshire both ways

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A4 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, between Station Road and River Road.

A4 Buckinghamshire - A4 Bath Road in Taplow blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction and the River Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Cuco Martina

Everton sign defender Cuco Martina on a three-year deal after the Curacao international's contract with Southampton expired.

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Primark recall flip-flops over chemical content

Retailer Primark, who's UK headquarters are in Reading, has recalled thousands of men's flip-flops over fears they may contain dangerous levels of a cancer-causing chemical.

The discount fashion chain, which is based in the centre of Reading, said it had come to its attention that the footwear "does not meet the Primark usual high standards for chemical compliance".

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The products in question are men's flip-flops in blue, black and khaki.

The company said customers will be offered a full refund and do not have to produce proof of purchase.

Anti-social behaviour clampdown in Dorchester

Tighter restrictions on anti-social behaviour and dog controls in towns across West Dorset are set to be introduced.

The district council is to recommend proposals today, which include clamping down on street beggars outside shops in Dorchester.

Homeless people in Dorchester are a target for the restrictions

"Enforcement is always an issue", said councillor for community safety and access, Alan Thacker, "as money tightens, dog warden services become more and more pressed".

"Where people say there are problems, they will be targeted".

Jane Austen statue ready for unveiling

Excitement mounts in Basingstoke ahead of the unveiling of a bronze statue of Jane Austen.

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Flowers laid on Jane Austen's grave at Winchester Cathedral

Jane Austen fans from around the world have gathered at Winchester Cathedral to pay tribute to the writer on the 200th anniversary of her death.

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Jane Austen statue revealed in Basingstoke

The covering has been taken off, and Jane Austen in bronze form has been revealed in the centre of Basingstoke.

It was made in a local foundry, and sculpted by local artist Adam Roud.

It is the first sculpture of Austen anywhere in the world.

Sculptor Adam Roud said he wanted it to look like Jane Austen was reacting to someone greeting her

'Baby bank' could go bust

A baby bank to help new parents in Windsor says they are now struggling to stay open due to a lack of funding.

The service - which works like a food bank for new mums and dads - was set up by two mums in the town two and a half years ago. It offers free emergency starter kits - including nappies, bedding and baby clothes.

Baby bank

"We've been finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a reasonable amount of funding to allow us to continue", said Amy Tisi, who helped set up the bank.

"We're struggling to pay our rent every month, and we could be evicted from where we are".

Oxfordshire children 'wait too long for care plans'

Children in Oxfordshire with special educational needs (SEN) are waiting far longer for plans that address their care, than those in other authorities.

Oxfordshire County Council only gets 31% of its education, health and care plans (EHCPs) for SEN children out within the 20 week government target.

Education, Health & Care plans (EHCPs) were introduced in 2014.

That is one of the lowest figures in the whole of the South East - and compares to 70% in Wiltshire and 82% in West Berkshire.

Oxfordshire Council has told us it's chosen to focus on the quality of its care plans and ensuring all statements of SEN are transferred to EHC Plans by April 2018, rather than purely the 20 week timescale for completing individual EHC plans.

Oxford to celebrate cycling culture

New signs are being put up on every road coming into Oxford city centre to proclaim Oxford as a "cycling city".

In what's believed to be a first for the UK, Oxford City Council will install 11 new signs.

The city council's long-term vision is to "create safe and accessible cycling routes across Oxford" to reduce air pollution.

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Now, which one is mine?

Creating Jane Austen in bronze

A look behind the scenes at the making of the bronze statue of Jane Austen due to be unveiled in Basingstoke later to mark the 200th anniversary of her death.

A life-size statue of Jane Austen is created in a Hampshire workshop

Duxford Old River 'vast blank canvas'

A wildlife trust wants to raise £220,000 to purchase farmland and create the first nature reserve to cover both sides of the Thames.

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is targeting an area at Duxford Old River, just across the river from Chimney Meadows, Oxfordshire.

The result would be one of the largest nature reserves in the county.

Neil Clennell, from the trust, called the land a "vast blank canvas with so much potential for wildlife".

Chimney Meadows
Pierre Terre

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe accident, after J16 for M40 affecting J18 for A404.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Delays, one lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J16 M40, because of an accident involving lorry and two cars. Travel time is 35 minutes. Congestion to J18, A404 (Chorleywood).

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

Cowes 'floating bridge' out of action

The Isle of Wight's troubled "floating bridge" is out of service this morning.

It's stopping between 08:00 until 08:00 BST on Thursday so the company which built it can sort out final snags and testing on the chain wheels and troughs.

A replacement launch will run for foot passengers.

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Cowes floating bridge
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'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like a £10 note'

It's not just a statue that Jane Austen will be receiving today, on the 200th anniversary of her death.

The Bank of England is launching the new £10 note in Winchester today, featuring Austen.

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Mark Carney has previously unveiled the designs for the £10 ahead of it's full unveiling

It will have a quotation from her novel, Pride and Prejudice, which she penned at her Basingstoke home, as well as a picture of her writing table.

The hero of this particular story will be the governor of the bank of England Mark Carney, who will reveal the bank note at Winchester Cathedral today, before going into circulation in September.

BreakingVisa battle transplant sister May Brown dies

A woman with leukaemia, who was at the centre of a campaign to allow her Nigerian donor sister permission to come to the UK, has died.

May Brown

Martha Williams, 26, travelled to the UK to donate stem cells to May Brown, 24, from Weymouth, after the Home Office reversed a decision not to issue her with a visa.

Martha was a "10 out of 10" tissue match and the transplant was deemed a success in March.

But the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) said May died on Friday "surrounded by her loved ones".

Jane Austen statue to be unveiled

Today seems to be Jane Austen day across the region, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death.

A life-sized bronze sculpture of the author will be unveiled in Basingstoke today.

The famous writer spent the first 25 years of her life in Steventon near the town, and it's where she wrote the first draft of Pride and Prejudice.

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It is 200 years to the day that Jane Austen died

The £100,000 statue is in the market square where the old assembly rooms Austen would have met her friends once stood.

"We want to have a permanent memorial to the fact that she is the most famous of our residents", said Basingstoke MP Maria Miller.

Adam Roud, the sculptor behind the project, said the vision he had for the piece was "as if she was walking in the square, someone said 'hello Jane', and she said 'hello' back".

Berkshire headlines

  • A 'baby bank' to help new parents in Windsor says it is struggling to stay open
  • The service - which works like a food bank for new mums and dads - was set up by two mums in the town two-and-a-half years ago

A weather warning cometh

Bring your sun tan lotion and your T-shirts, but also your umbrella today.

It will be an interesting day weather-wise...

Red Funnel

Red Funnel said one of its ferries on the Southampton and East Cowes route needed new parts.

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Red Funnel car ferry sailing delays after fault

Passengers of the Red Funnel car ferry are being warned of delays after one of its vessels broke down.

Red Funnel says it will be Wednesday afternoon before a normal service can resume between Southampton and East Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Passengers faced delays of five-and-a-half hours on Monday evening after a backlog of vehicles built up waiting to board revised ferry services.

The company says the ferry needs new parts. A revised timetable will run until it is fixed.

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Dorset headlines

  • Tighter restrictions on anti-social behaviour and dog controls in towns across west Dorset are set to be introduced, including clamping down on street beggars outside shops in Dorchester
  • A ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium-filled balloons from council land and property in West Dorset is on the council agenda today
  • A Dorset businesswoman is urging people to protect themselves from skin cancer after undergoing treatment for the disease in her early 50s

Oxfordshire headlines

  • It's claimed children in Oxfordshire with special educational needs - or SEN - are having to wait too long for plans that address their care
  • New signs are being put up on every road coming into Oxford City Centre to proclaim Oxford as a "Cycling City"
  • A 14-year-old boy was assaulted in Hardwick Park in Banbury on Thursday evening
  • The recommendation to keep Chiltern Edge secondary school in Sonning Common open will be voted on by the council today

Hampshire and IoW headlines

  • It's 200 years to the day since one of England's most celebrated authors died, a bronze life-size statue of Jane Austen will be unveiled in Basingstoke today
  • The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, will also unveil the new £10 note featuring Austen in a special ceremony at Winchester Cathedral today
  • The Cowes floating bridge will be back out of service between Tuesday and Thursday "to sort out final snags and testing on the chain wheels and troughs"
  • A planning inquiry into a decision to refuse an application to expand the East Cowes ferry terminal is due to start today
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