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  1. Updates from Wednesday 18 October
  2. Weather: A cloudy, damp and murky start with outbreaks of rain and drizzle
  3. Study into dog disease Alabama rot underway
  4. The University of Oxford pays tribute to its first black student Christian Cole
  5. A new flag design for Southampton is revealed

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Spencer Ashworth police shooting inquest opens

    The inquest into the death of a man who was shot by police near the M5 has been opened.

    Spencer Ashworth, 29, was stopped on the A369 Portbury Hundred near Bristol by firearms officers on 27 September.

    Senior coroner Maria Voisin adjourned proceedings until a review hearing on 24 January.

    She said the Independent Police Complaints Commission would lead the investigation.

    Other motorists had reported seeing a man with a handgun on the motorway who had threatened another driver.

    A post-mortem examination determined Mr Ashworth died from gunshot wounds. Toxicology reports have yet to be completed, the inquest heard.

    Mr Ashworth was born in Southampton but lived in Portishead, south of Bristol. He was single and worked as a courier driver.

    The car that was stopped
  2. Two modern slavery arrests in Newbury

    Two people have been arrested in connection with modern slavery offences in Newbury.

    Officers made the arrests at around 11:15 yesterday at an address in Bartholomew Street.

    A 39-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, both from Newbury, were arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences and have since been released under investigation.

  3. CCTV of stripy-topped robber released

    CCTV images of a man who police believe stole from a industrial site near Dorchester while wearing a "distinctive" stripy top have been released.

    Police said the break-in happened on 15 October shortly before 08:00 BST.

    Several items of high value jewellery, figurines and vintage items were stolen.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police.

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  4. Tributes paid to Dorchester A352 crash passenger Hannah Richardson

    The family of a woman who died after a two-car crash in Dorset have paid tribute to a "wonderful daughter, wife, sister and mother".

    Hannah and Stuart Richardson

    Hannah Richardson, 43, from Stratton, died in hospital following the crash on the A352 at Whitcombe on Monday.

    Both drivers were injured and taken to hospital, including Mrs Richardson's 43-year-old husband Stuart.

    He sustained serious injuries and continues to recover in hospital, Mrs Richardson's family said.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J12 for A335.

    M3 Hampshire - M3 exit slip road partially blocked southbound at J12, A335 (Eastleigh), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Academy leaders 'transform school'

    Cowes Enterprise College was put in special measures in 2012 and converted to an academy in 2014.

    An OFSTED report said: "Leaders have transformed the school in the last two years".

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  7. Parking fine cancelled over leaves in the road

    Mount Avenue

    You may have heard the excuse of leaves on the line but what about leaves on the road?

    That's what led one woman to unwittingly park on double yellow lines in New Milton, resulting in a fine.

    New Forest District Council willingly revoked the penalty notice issued to Jeanette Radley, who works in the town, after she pointed out the road markings were obscured by autumn leaves.

    A spokeswoman said: "We will listen to appeals where we think there is a justifiable reason and we consider appeals on a case-by-case basis."

  8. In pictures: Misty skyline, singing songbird and crashing waves

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers ziggy101, APM Farmoor and Celimac for their snaps of mist over Portsmouth, Hampshire, a goldfinch enjoying the sunshine in Eynsham, Oxfordshire, and waves crashing over the Cobb at Lyme Regis in Dorset.

    Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower pictured from Gosport
    Waves crashing over the Cobb at Lyme Regis

    Get in touch with your pictures and news on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or by using Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

  9. Tower of London poppies heading for Fareham

    Thousands of ceramic poppies which formed part of the art installation at the Tower of London are to go on display in Fareham.

    The Wave, by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins, is being shown at Fort Nelson as part of a national tour.

    The full installation, named Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, drew more than five million visitors in London.

    Each poppy represented one death in the British forces, a total of 888,246.

    The Wave will be at Fort Nelson from 13 April to 24 June 2018.

    The Wave was previously on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  10. Southampton medieval walls city revamp compulsory purchases backed

    Three city centre shops in Southampton could be the subject of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in a bid to redevelop the area.

    Bargate plans

    Homes and shops are set to be built alongside the medieval town walls in Queensway and East Street.

    City council leader Simon Letts said the authority had agreed to authorise CPOs if agreements could not be reached with traders.

    Businesses have already criticised the revamp which was approved in January.

  11. Stab victim recovers from 'life-threatening' wounds

    A homeless man who suffered "life-threatening" injuries in a stabbing in Poole has been released from hospital, police have said.

    Officers were called in the early hours of 9 October to Sterte Close, where two men were found with stab wounds to their backs.

    Sterte Close, Poole

    A 34-year-old man of no fixed address and a 45-year-old man from Poole have both left hospital, police said.

    A 43-year-old man of no fixed address has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

  12. No one hurt in crash which closed A40

    BMW involved in crash on A40

    An image been released of one the cars involved in crash which caused long delays on the A40 yesterday,

    The road was shut in both directions after the BMW struck an oncoming vehicle between Eynsham roundabout and Wolvercote.

    Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service says the occupants were "very lucky to only suffer minor cuts and bruises".

  13. Views sought on A4 cycle lane proposals

    West Berkshire Council is asking people for their views on improving cycling conditions along the A4 from Newbury to Thatcham.

    The authority has been given a government grant to create safe space for cyclists on the carriageway.

    You can comment on the plans until 22 October.

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  14. Alabama rot dog disease cases 'mostly occur in winter'

    About 60% of cases of Alabama rot, which has killed more than 100 dogs in the UK, occur in the first three months of the year, researchers have found.

    Dog with Alabama rot

    New research by London's Royal Veterinary College is under way to try and discover more about the risk factors and spread of the disease.

    The cause of the disease, which first occurred in the UK in 2012, is still unknown.

    However, researchers have found there are more cases in autumn and winter.

  15. Police appeal for key witnesses in Southampton sexual assault

    Police are trying to trace the driver of a car and some people seen walking home after a night out who they believe could be key witnesses to a sex assault in Southampton.

    The appeal comes after a 20-year-old woman was assaulted in or near Hill Lane between 02:00 and 03:00 BST on Wednesday 4 October.

    The dark coloured Renault Clio was captured on CCTV travelling down Wilton Avenue in the direction of Hill Lane at around 02.30.

    Police said there were also several people walking down the road between Bedford Place and Hill Lane.

    A spokesman said: "Even very small bits of information that may seem insignificant to you, could prove valuable."

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  16. Portsmouth road changes 'could lead to New York skyline'

    Changes to the road layout into Portsmouth will help create an "almost New York-type" skyline, city council leader Donna Jones has claimed.

    Under council plans, traffic from the M275 would be diverted through new junctions straight to the city centre.

    The £60m project would allow redevelopment of city centre sites to take place.

    Portsmouth and New York
    Quote Message: "When we've had events like the America's Cup and the Great South Run, our traffic management works well but, like all cities, it can be congested so we want to speed up getting in and out of the city.
    Quote Message: The road scheme is the first part of unlocking all this development land, but we also need a major scheme to help the city centre."
    Quote Message: "What we do want is a lot of beautiful, striking tall buildings so as you come down the motorway you have - please bear with me here - an almost New York-type skyline with some really, really tall buildings." from Donna Jones Leader, Portsmouth City Council
    Donna JonesLeader, Portsmouth City Council