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  1. Billy Joe Castle on pro snooker move

    BBC Sport

    A landscape gardener from Hampshire has been talking about his decision to give up his job to become a professional snooker player.

    Billy Joe Castle won the English amateur championship last year, and since turning pro has already done well in major finals, including defeating veteran player Jimmy White in the European Masters.

    Billy Joe Castle
    Quote Message: In the next couple of years, if I can break into the top 64 that would be my goal. After that I'd love to play at the Crucible - that would be amazing. from Billy Joe Castle
    Billy Joe Castle
  2. Daredevil 85-year-old raises thousands for charity

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    Video caption: An 85-year-old from Oxfordshire has completed a charity paraglide
  3. Council objects to Lyndhurst Park Hotel plans

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    Lyndhurst Parish Council is to officially object to a new application for a retirement complex in the New Forest village

    Developer Pegasus Life has lodged a revised application for 75 "age restricted" flats and 15 affordable housing units on the former Park Hotel site after its previous plans were rejected.

    At a meeting last night, the plans for affordable housing in part of the site were described as homes for "second class citizens".

    Campaigners have called for the Victorian building to be listed and saved, and claim parts were designed by Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Lyndhurst Park Hotel
    Quote Message: As a community we don’t mind change - but the Pegasus application is not better than what it is at there at the moment. from Sutti Se-Upara Lyndhurst Parish Council
    Sutti Se-UparaLyndhurst Parish Council
  4. Oxfordshire MP 'tried cannabis' at university

    Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has admitted smoking cannabis at university.

    Layla Moran

    The Mirror reported on the Liberal Democrat MP's appearance outside parliament with protesters looking to legalise medicinal cannabis, where she admitted taking the drug.

    When asked to elaborate by BBC Oxford she said: "I see no reason to lie about having smoked cannabis at university, as I’m sure many of my fellow parliamentarians did.

    "I do think the public are sick and tired of MPs pretending to not be real people.

    "And if this revelation helps raise the profile of what is a vital issue for sufferers of chronic pain then all the better."

  5. Boy in court over M3 closure

    A 17-year-old boy has appeared in court after what police described as "potentially hazardous material" forced the closure of the M3 motorway.

    The teenager appeared at Winchester Crown Court accused of two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two of causing danger to road users in relation to incidents on the M3 motorway near Winchester on 16 and 23 September.

    M3 traffic jam

    The M3 was closed between junctions 9 and 11 from just before 04:00 until after 15:00 on 23 September.

    The defendant, who cannot be named, is also accused of two charges of blackmail with menaces against a school by demanding payment of £10,000 in the online currency bitcoin. He is accused of carrying out eight offences of burglary against the same school in connection with the theft of computer equipment.

    He was remanded into youth detention custody until another hearing on 22 November.

  6. Swanage bandstand group wins charitable status

    Campaigners hoping to save Swanage's bandstand have succeeded in gaining charitable status.

    The roof of Swanage's 96-year-old sunken bandstand was removed following storm damage in 2012. In March, the town council set an ultimatum that the site would be filled in unless a realistic solution was found.

    Following a campaign, in August the council agreed to put £50,000 towards the estimated £160,000 cost of its repair, if public fundraisers can match the amount.

    Swanage bandstand
  7. Criticism of Oxford zero-emission plan

    There has been a mixed reaction to the news Oxford could get what could be the world's first zero emission zone - banning petrol and diesel vehicles from the city centre.

    A consultation begins on Monday and the first part of the zone could come into force in 2020. By 2030, only electric cars would be able to drive into the city centre, including to the Westgate's new 1,000-space multi storey.

    Charlgrove motoring journalist Dave Richards said it was dismissing the city's "car heritage"

    "Do we want a city centre which is full of little white posts and leads for people to trip over? Oxford City Council has waged war with the motorist for the last 35 years. Oxford is a motor city," he said.

  8. Video: Luxury hotel opens in Southampton's Ocean Village

    The Harbour Hotel, which is designed to resemble a super yacht, has cost £25m to build. It has 85 rooms, a spa and conference centre.

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    Video caption: A new £25m hotel has opened at Southampton's Ocean Village
  9. How did the Great Storm in October 1987 affect you?

    Monday will be the 30th anniversary of the October storm that left 18 people dead, hundreds injured, and caused significant damage across southern England.

    To mark the anniversary, we would like to hear your stories of the Great Storm of 1987.

    Many people remember the former BBC weatherman Michael Fish's infamous forecast on the eve of the storm, reassuring TV viewers that a hurricane was not on the way.

    He was correct in that there would not be a hurricane as the storm did not originate in the tropics.

    Email with your experiences.

    Michael Fish
  10. Temporary building over Berkshire church

    Traffic will be stopped in Earley later this morning, as a crane will be lifting a temporary building 100ft in the air, over the top of St Nicholas Church.

    It marks the start of the St Nicolas Centre building project - a new hub for the local community.

    A breaking ground ceremony to mark the start of construction on 15 October.

    St Nicholas Church
  11. Cancelled Cornbury Festival set to return

    A major musical festival in Oxfordshire will return in 2018 after its organiser reversed a decision to make this year's event the last.

    Cornbury Music Festival began in 2004 and has seen appearances from Amy Winehouse, Blondie and Elvis Costello.

    Festival director Hugh Phillimore had previously said every year he takes "a huge risk" and had decided to stop. But he said the "wave of support" that followed his announcement had changed his mind.

    Quote Message: Literally hundreds of our supporters, together with bands, agents, managers, sponsors and media partners telling me I shouldn't let such a jewel in the festival calendar end. from Hugh Phillimore Cornbury Music Festival
    Hugh PhillimoreCornbury Music Festival
  12. South coast stars in World Cup action

    BBC Sport

    Southampton full-back Cedric helped Portugal into the World Cup finals in Russia next year with a 2-0 win over Switzerland in Lisbon.

    But fellow Saints players Virgil Van Dyke and Wesley Hoedt and AFC Bournemouth's Nathan Ake have missed out on a place in the finals, despite their Dutch side beating Sweden 2-0.

    Saints' Steven Davies and Shane Long, and Harry Arter of Bournemouth, will be waiting to see who Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will face in the World Cup play-offs.

  13. Windsor Racecourse hotel plan set for approval

    Patrick O'Hagan

    BBC Berkshire political reporter

    Plans for a 150-room hotel at Windsor Racecourse look set to be approved later

    Building a hotel alongside the racetrack at Windsor would allow its owners to bring in extra revenue throughout the year, largely by catering for the business and conference market.

    There had been concerns about the effect the new hotel would have on water levels in the area, possibly raising the risk of flooding.

    But Royal Borough planners say they're now happy that neither this nor potential parking problems at the site are insurmountable. Councillors are expected to approve the new racecourse hotel at Windsor at a meeting tonight.

    Windsor Racecourse
  14. Woman sexually assaulted in Bracknell

    Police have appealed for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Bracknell.

    The victim, in her 20s, was approached by a man in the early hours of Saturday on Skimped Hill Lane. He began kissing her before she pushed him away and escaped.

    He is described as an Asian man aged in his mid-20s, 5ft 9ins and of slim build. He had a short beard and was wearing a brown leather jacket.

  15. On the road for cancer appeal

    A team of doctors, nurses and patients from hospitals in Southampton have taken part in an unusual road race to raise money to expand a pioneering cancer treatment.

    Staff and patients driving road-legal scrap cars took park in a number of Top Gear style challenges en-route to Loch Lomond in Scotland.

    The money raised will allow more people to receive a precision radiotherapy treatment during surgery.

    Car rally