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  1. Ex-Southampton football coach in court over child abuse charges
  2. Fans lose out over axed Olly Murs gigs
  3. Reading sign Black Cat goalkeeper Mannone
  4. Downton Abbey 'hospital' restored
  5. Updates from Thursday 20 July

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    The BBC South Live service will resume at 08:00 tomorrow when we will be bringing you all the latest regional news, travel, sport and weather until 18:00.

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  2. NHS boss sorry for 'nagged to death' comment

    Linda Serck

    BBC South

    An NHS boss in East Berkshire has apologised after saying men did not live as long as women because they were "nagged to death" by their wives.

    Sir Andrew Morris, head of Frimley and Wexham Park Hospitals Trust, made the remark during a health conference.

    His comment was in response to national figures showing a change in male life expectancy rates.

    Critics on social media accused Sir Andrew of sexism and branded him a "dinosaur".

    Sir Andrew was part of a think-tank meeting during the Kings Fund Conference when he said: "Usually the blokes die off earlier because they're nagged to death by the other half."

    Jon Rouse from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said on Twitter: "Sir Andrew Morris just made extraordinary sexist comment. Dinosaurs still roam in East Berkshire".

    In a statement Sir Andrew said: "I made a comment that I realised right away was completely inappropriate. I would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence that it caused."

  3. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra "disappointment" at cancellation

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has issued a statement after a concert was cancelled after the promoter went bust.

    The orchestra was due to play at Exeter's Powderham Castle on 5 August but Stephen C Associates Limited, which organised the event, said it had ceased trading.

    The company, which was also promoting concerts by Olly Murs which have also been cancelled, said it was "not in a position" to offer refunds.

    Powderham Castle
    Quote Message: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is very disappointed due to the recent news which has led to the BSO’s concert at Powderham Castle, Sunday 30 July 2017 to be cancelled. The circumstances in which the concert has been cancelled are out of the BSO’s control, the concert was being managed by an external promoter, and any tickets for this concert purchased directly from the BSO will be fully refunded." from BSO statement
    BSO statement
  4. Xanda: Son of Cecil the 'lion killed by hunter' in Zimbabwe

    Two years after Cecil the lion (pictured) was killed by a trophy-hunter in Zimbabwe, prompting global outrage, his son has met a similar sad end.


    Xanda, a six-year-old lion with several young cubs, was reportedly shot on a trophy hunt.

    He died just outside the Hwange National Park in north-west Zimbabwe.

    News of the lion's death emerged because he had been fitted with an electronic tracking collar by Oxford University researchers.

  5. Grants for south Oxfordshire community facilities

    South Oxfordshire District Council has announced £423,000 of grants for community facilities in the area.

    It includes funding for renovate play areas in Benson, Berinsfield, Hagbourne, Long Wittenham and Little Milton.

    Improvements will also take place at clubs and village halls in Lewknor, Benson, Peppard Stoke Row, Sandford on Thames, Wallingford and Watlington.

    Wallingford Corn Exchange will get a roof replacement and Ewelme a replacement pavilion.

    Elizabeth Gillespie, cabinet member for grants, said: "This funding achieves our goals to make a real difference in our communities across south Oxfordshire, helping ensure existing facilities are upgraded and that new ones become available for residents to use."

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, 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 a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Jane Austen - alive or dead?

    A Cabinet minister prompted laughs from MPs when she mistakenly praised Jane Austen as one of the UK's "greatest living authors" just days after the 200th anniversary of the writer's death.

    Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom made the error in the Commons when attempting to praise the Pride And Prejudice author, who will feature on the new £10 note due for issue in September.

    Bank of England Governor Mark Carney unveiled the design of the new banknote earlier this week at Winchester Cathedral, where Ms Austen was buried after her death in 1817 at the age of 41.

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    Video caption: Leadsom calls Jane Austen 'one of our greatest living authors'
  8. Teenager admits spraying noxious gas into Slough home

    A 17-year-old boy has admitted spraying harmful gas through a window which hospitalised eight people.

    the scene

    The boy pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon to discharge a noxious gas into a home in Slough on Sunday.

    The six female and two male victims were treated for issues including breathing difficulties and vomiting.

    He appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on Wednesday, and was remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

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    Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A335 Wide Lane and J7 for A334.

    M27 Hampshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M27 eastbound between J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) and J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of an accident involving car and van.

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

  10. Poole Park railway reopens for summer season

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    Video caption: The railway has been operational in the park since 1949.
  11. Coastguard called to fall casualty at Portland Bill

    Wyke Coastguard has been in action this afternoon after a elderly man fell on rocks below Portland Bill Lighthouse.

    The team were called in incase a technical rescue was needed. In the event however the man was able to walk from his location.

    Portland Bill scene
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    Video caption: The escape room phenomenon is provided business opportunities in the south
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    Video caption: Poole public toilets a "health risk" to residents
  14. Honorary degree for Sir Ben Ainslie

    Sir Ben Ainslie has received an honorary degree from the University of Portsmouth at a ceremony in the Guildhall.

    The four-time Olympic gold medallist has just returned from Bermuda where his Land Rover BAR team, which is based in Portsmouth, lost out to New Zealand in the semi-finals in their attempt to win the America's Cup.

    Sir Ben Ainslie
    Sir Ben Ainslie receives his honorary degree from university chancellor Sandi Toksvig
  15. Dorset Police non-emergency 101 number down

    Dorset Police's 101 service is currently unavailable due to a technical fault that was reported to police at around 13:00 today. The force said the fault does not affect the 999 number and non-emergency enquiries can still be emailed to

    A spokesman said: "We do not currently know when the service will resume, however we are doing everything we can to identify the fault and quickly ensure a normal service is resumed."

  16. Downton Abbey hospital has roof restored

    The roof of a building depicted as the cottage hospital in hit TV series Downton Abbey has had its roof restored after a fundraising campaign.

    The 400-year-old former Old Grammar School in Bampton, Oxfordshire, has become a tourist magnet, but was said to be in desperate need of repair.

    The campaign, which raised £125,000, was backed by several actors from the show, including Hugh Bonneville.

    The Bampton Community Archive said it was "extremely happy" with the result.

    Old Grammar School

    Chairman Robin Shuckburgh said: "It's extremely likely it'll be on the big screen."

    A film version of Downton Abbey is expected to start production in 2018.