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  1. Just for Pets store to close in Reading

    Seven Just for Pets stores are to close including one in Reading.

    Just for Pets store

    Almost 200 jobs have been saved after the company was bought by Pedigree Wholesale.

    The acquisition will enable 18 out of the 25 stores to continue to operate.

    However, Pedigree said it had decided "with regret" to close sites in Northampton, Reading, Wellington and Nottingham, Bessie & Boo (Evesham), Burton upon Trent and Yardley.

  2. Triffid-like plant 'taking over Thames', says professor

    An "invasive alien plant with Triffid-like growth" is about to take over parts of the Thames, a professor says.

    Plant in river

    The Floating Pennywort, which can grow up to 20cm a day, is in the river downstream of Reading.

    River management specialist Prof Alastair Driver said: "If the Environment Agency don't eradicate the Floating Pennywort this autumn, then it will be too late."

    The Environment Agency (EA) has been approached for comment.

    The plant, latin name Hydroctyle ranunculoides, was first naturalised in 1990 after being thrown away by people with garden ponds.

  3. Golfer Justin Rose collects MBE

    Hampshire golfer Justin Rose collected his MBE today at Buckingham Palace.

    Justin Rose

    The 37-year-old was awarded the honour in the New Year Honours list for services to the sport.

    Rose, from Hook, won gold at the Rio Olympics last year and is currently ranked number 13 in the world.

  4. Man stabbed in leg in Reading

    A man has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in the leg in Reading.

    Cem junction

    Police were called to London Road at about 13:30 BST and remain at the scene while investigations continue.

    No arrests have been made.

  5. Portsmouth tower blocks cladding: 'No government cash for removal'

    The government will not fund the removal of hazardous cladding on two tower blocks in Portsmouth, an opposition councillor has claimed.

    Horatia House

    Aluminium composite panels on Horatia House and Leamington House is due to be removed by February at a cost of £1.5m.

    Liberal Democrat city councillor Tom Wood said it was "very much clear" the government would not foot the bill.

    The city council and Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said funding talks were ongoing.

  6. Jurassica project reaches point of extinction

    Plans for a £80m dinosaur-themed museum in a 40m (132ft) deep quarry have been scrapped.

    Jurassica was the idea of science writer Michael Hanlon who died last year aged 51. Sir David Attenborough was the project's patron.

    A model of the planned museum released in 2015 showed Jurassic seashore and animatronic swimming dinosaurs but the project's future had been in doubt ever since it was turned down in its application for a £16m national lottery grant.

    The scheme is downsizing and merging with a biodiversity project to create a new attraction called The Journey.

    The new attraction is predicted to attract 325,000 visitors a year, create 79 year-round jobs and offer an ongoing programme for 30 apprentices on Portland.

    Jurassica
  7. The Journey begins in Portland mine

    Briony Leyland

    BBC South Today

    Plans for an £80m dinosaur-themed museum in Dorset have been shelved.

    The Jurassica attraction inside a quarry on Portland would have seen robotic marine life swimming in giant aquariums - as the area's prehistoric past was brought to life.

    But after the project failed to get off the ground, those behind it have teamed up with a rival attraction, Memo.

    They're now working together on what will be called The Journey, based inside a mine

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    Video caption: Plans for a new attraction in Portland after £80m dinosaur-themed museum is shelved.
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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A334.

    M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Ex-Portsmouth captain Paul Merson set for Welsh move

    BBC Sport

    Former England, Portsmouth and Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson is set to make a comeback with Welsh fourth-tier team Caerau.

    The Maesteg club are awaiting international clearance for the 49-year-old to appear against Pontyclun on Wednesday, 18 October.

    Merson signed for the then second-tier Portsmouth in 2002 and captained the club to the First Division Championship title and promotion to the Premier League.

    Paul Merson
  10. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine to be trialled on unborn babies

    A new vaccine aimed at protecting babies against a virus that can cause deadly respiratory infections is to be clinically trialled in the UK.

    Pregnan woman

    Pregnant women in Southampton, London, Bristol and Oxford will be the first in the world to take part in the testing of the vaccine.

    It aims to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) that causes about 30 baby deaths a year in the UK.

    The virus can cause severe infections in lung and breathing passages.

  11. Cowes Enterprise College statement on injured student

    Cowes Enterprise College has issued a statement after a teenage student was seriously injured after falling from a height at the school.

    Quote Message: All of our thoughts and prayers are with our student and her family and friends at this difficult time. All of us across our school community are of course incredibly worried and would ask that the family’s and the school’s privacy is respected. As an academy we are providing every help we can for our students and staff, including making professional counselling available. from Rachel Kitley Principal
    Rachel KitleyPrincipal
  12. BreakingTeenager seriously injured in school fall

    A teenage girl has suffered serious injuries after falling from a height at a school on the Isle of Wight.

    Hampshire police said emergency services were called to Cowes Enterprise College shortly before 13:00 BST.

    The girl's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Police said the circumstances are not being treated as suspicious.

  13. Christmas ice rink returns to Weymouth

    Weymouth's Christmas ice rink is to return this festive season, the town's Business Improvement District (BID) has announced.

    The rink will be part of the Big Christmas Festival and starts operating on 1 December following the lighting of the resort's Christmas tree.

    Ice rink
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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J6 for A355 Slough.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 exit slip road closed and very slow traffic westbound at J6, A355 (Slough), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  15. Road call following Jurassica-Memo announcement

    The two planned visitor attractions for Portland - Jurassica and Memo - are to join together.

    Jurassica, which was to be a dinosaur-themed museum about the Jurassic Coast, will be joining with a biodiversity project to create a single visitor experience.

    It is predicted to attract 325,000 visitors a year and create 79 year-round jobs

    Jeff Cant, leader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said the project should lead to road improvements to accommodate the expected visitor numbers.

    Portland
    Quote Message: For many, many years we've been petitioning government and county council for investment in a road from Portland through Wyke and through West Dorset. That is going to be back on the table and once we have this project more firmly in place we'll have a better base to go to the government and say 'we must sort out the infrastructure'. from Jeff Cant Leader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
    Jeff CantLeader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council