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  1. Updates from Thursday 19 October

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Prisoner death 'due to untrained staff'

    Untrained prison staff failed to take action which could have prevented an inmate's death, an inquest has ruled.

    Sean Plumstead, 28, was found hanged in his cell at Winchester prison on 15 September 2016.

    Sean Plumstead

    An inquest jury said the father-of-two from Hayling Island had showed signs of being suicidal but no action was taken because staff had "inadequate" training over self-harm.

    The coroner said untrained agency workers were employed in the prison against national policy.

  2. Southsea roads reopen after 'small explosion'

    Lewis Coombes

    BBC South Today reporter

    Roads around Southsea Common have reopened after an earlier small explosion.

    Police said they cordoned off Southsea Common in Portsmouth at 12:40 BST following a "minor explosion" which was suspected to have been a firework.

    Eyewitnesses said a refuse collector suffered burns to his hands and stomach after rubbish exploded when he threw it into the truck.

    Roads were closed for about six hours while a bomb disposal team examined the scene.

    Southsea Common
  3. Image released after Kidlington sexual assault

    The e-fit

    Thames Valley Police has released an e-fit image of a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Kidlington.

    It happened on 6 October at about 16:50 in the alleyway between Oxford Road and Crown Road.

    A woman aged in her twenties was walking along the alleyway when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her arm. As the victim turned around he then exposed himself.

    The man then left the scene.

  4. Coroner searching for Charminster man's next of kin

    Dorset's coroner is trying to find the next of kin of a man who died near Dorchester. John Terence Niven Ward, who was 60, died at his home address in Charminster on Tuesday. Coroner’s officer Jennie Sykes-Martin said: "The death is not being treated as suspicious, but as yet I have been unable to locate any next of kin for him. "I would be grateful if any relative, or any friend who has any knowledge of his family members, could contact us as soon as possible on 01202 454910."

  5. Connor Sparrowhawk: Mother of drowned teen releases book

    Sarah Ryan

    Sara Ryan, whose son Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath while in the care of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, has today released her memoir, Justice for Laughing Boy,

    It documents the 18-year-old's home life and the events leading up to his death after suffering an epileptic fit in 2013.

    The trust has admitted guilt over the teenager's death and is due to be sentenced next month at Oxford Magistrates' Court.

  6. Southampton researchers: Eating well improves old-age fitness

    Eating well throughout adult life improves physical fitness in old age, a study by Southampton University researchers has found.

    They looked at the diets of 969 British men and women whose lifestyles had been monitored since they were born in March 1946.

    People who ate more fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals and fewer highly processed foods performed better in all the tests.

    Lead scientist Professor Sian Robinson said: "This study suggests that making good dietary choices throughout adulthood - by cutting down on highly processed foods and incorporating more fruit, vegetables and whole grains into your diet - can have a significant beneficial effect on strength and physical performance later in life."

  7. Driver to face charge over Bursledon pony and trap death crash

    A 29-year-old man is to be charged over a crash in which a man travelling in a pony and trap was killed.

    William Gaskin, 33, from Worplesdon, Guildford, died in hospital following the crash involving a Volkswagen Bora on Portsmouth Road, Bursledon in March.

    The man, from Southampton, is to face a charge of driving without due care and attention while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

    He is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on 26 October.

  8. Abrams on Weinstein at Oxford Union: 'A grotesque use of power'

    Film director JJ Abrams has told the Oxford Union he has been "repulsed" by the stories arising in the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

    A large number of women have come forward to claim they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein - allegations he "unequivocally denies".

    JJ Abrams

    The Stars Wars: The Force Awakens director said: "Reading the reports on Weinstein, it seems to me to be the most grotesque use of power.

    "It's intimidation. I'm repulsed by it."

  9. Pannage season in New Forest extended

    Pannage season in the New Forest will be extended until mid-December, the Forestry Commission has announced.

    The ancient custom sees pigs turned out onto the open forest in order to eat acorns which are poisonous for the ponies and cattle.

    This year has seen a bumper crop of acorns - known as a mast year - so the pannage season has been extended beyond its usual 60-day period and will now continue until 17 December.

    Pigs in the New Forest
  10. Southsea road closures still in place after explosion

    Portsmouth City Council has released a statement outlining the road closures in the wake of today's minor explosion on Southsea Common.

    "The roads surrounding Southsea Common, between Avenue de Caen and Clarence Pier, remain closed and that area of Southsea Common is cordoned off," it says.

    "Please avoid the area and take alternative routes.

    "Pier Road is subject to a managed closure so that buses, and people collecting their vehicles from the car park next to the hovercraft, will be allowed through but general traffic will not.

    "Police will try and return the area to normal as quickly as possible."

  11. M3 work hit by road improvements review

    Work on the M3 at Winchester is among more than a dozen road improvement projects in England which have been delayed or face cancellation.

    Highways England announced it has pushed back 16 motorway and A-road schemes - all but one until at least 2020 - to ensure "value for money" for a £15bn government roads investment programme.

    Chief executive Jim O'Sullivan said: "Our update today is a sensible and responsible way to deliver major national investment in road infrastructure. It will keep our roads moving, deliver a lasting legacy for the country and ensure best value for money for the taxpayer."

  12. Council worker 'injured by explosion'

    Lewis Coombes

    BBC South Today reporter

    There are reports a council worker was injured following the explosion in Southsea.

    Roads around Southsea Common were sealed off following the small blast shortly before midday.

    I've been told the worker was collecting rubbish on Avenue de Caen, opposite the D-Day Museum and was throwing rubbish into the back of a van when the explosion happened. He was taken to hospital with burns to his hands and stomach.

    Police at Southsea
  13. Charity box stolen from Bournemouth Travelodge


    Police investigating the theft of a charity box from a hotel in Bournemouth have issued a CCTV image of a suspect.

    At 18:47 on Monday a man entered the Travelodge on Christchurch Road and stole a charity box from the bar in the reception area.

    It belonged to the British Heart Foundation and was fixed to the bar by a ribbon.

    The suspect is white, slim, and was wearing a black coat with a fur trim hood, black cap with a white logo on it, dark trousers and dark shoes. He also carried a light-coloured shoulder bag.

  14. £1m agreed to avert special needs education crisis

    Dorset County Hall in Dorchester

    Councillors have agreed contingency funds of £925,000 to help overhaul Dorset's service for children with special educational needs (SEN).

    The county's director of children's services put the case for more funding to cabinet members, who met at County Hall last night, saying the service would otherwise face a crisis.

    The move comes after Dorset's SEN services were criticised by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

    Parents say the move is a "step in the right direction" but has come too late.

  15. BreakingDeal reached between drivers and Southern


    Train drivers union Aslef says it has reached a deal with Southern Rail. The resolution will be put to members in a ballot.

  16. Southsea Common cordoned off after 'firework' incident

    We've got some images from Southsea where police have sealed off the common following what was described as a "minor explosion".

    Palmerston Road and Clarendon Road have been closed with police asking drivers to avoid the area.

    A police statement said one of the lines of inquiry is that the blast could have been a firework.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J8A for A418.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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