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  1. Updates from Wednesday 25 October
  2. Post-mortem tests on girl 'inconclusive'
  3. Parachute case wife tells of husband's 'lies'
  4. M25 delays in Berkshire

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  1. Christmas decorations to remember Windsor Castle fire

    This year's Christmas displays at Windsor Castle will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Queen's royal residence following the fire in 1992.

    Visitors will see the state apartments adorned with gold decorations, inspired by the intricate gilding work undertaken to refurbish the interiors after the blaze.

    The focal point will be a 20ft Nordmann fir tree in St George's Hall, taken from Windsor Great Park and dressed in gold decorations.

    Windsor Castle fire
  2. Nursery helps green shoots of recovery

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    Video caption: The garden centre which wants to heal our war heroes through the power of plants.

    A charity is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to help military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Mayfields Nursery, near Southampton, already provides gardening therapy for people with mental health issues and now Solent Mind wants to set up a new programme to help 10 ex-service personnel a year.

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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A334.

    M27 Hampshire - M27 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of a broken down car.

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

  4. A34 safety review: 'Driver behaviour' contributing to crashes

    A series of measures to improve safety on a road where several high-profile crashes have taken place have been proposed.

    The government ordered the review of the A34 after concerns were raised about its safety.

    A Highways England review lists 16 potential improvements, including enhanced road markings.

    But it also suggests driver behaviour was a "significant contributing factor" in the majority of collisions.

    The 62-mile route between Hampshire and Oxfordshire has come under increasing scrutiny, particularly along the stretch between the M4 and M40.

  5. Swanage Pines Hotel four-level beach huts refused

    Beach Huts plan

    Plans for 45 beach huts on four levels on Dorset's Jurassic Coast have been refused.

    The proposals for the beach at the Pines Hotel on Burlington Road in Swanage also included communal toilets and stairways.

    Purbeck District Council's planning committee turned down the application following a site visit and meeting earlier today. Council officers had recommended the application be refused as it would "cause significant harm to the landscape character" of the area.

    The hotel owners said the huts would bring in tourism.

    A council spokesman said the committee had not been opposed to the principle of some form of development, but objected to the "amount and scale" of the huts.

  6. Statement on departure of Flick Drummond as deputy PCC

    Here is the full statement released by Micael Lane and Flick Drummond announcing that Mrs Drummond is leaving her post of deputy police and crime commissioner by mutual consent, blaming the lack of a "professional relationship" between the two.

    Michael Lane
    Image caption: Hampshire PCC Michael Lane had appointed Mrs Drummond to support him in developing and running campaigns
    Quote Message: The relationship between a PCC and his deputy has to be close and, unfortunately, it has become apparent this could not happen in this case. Following talks, we have both come to the decision that this is the best course of action to take."
    Quote Message: I would like to express my sincere thanks to Flick for all she has done for me over the last two months and her willingness to consider this post, supporting and deputising for me. It seemed we had complementary skills that would have enabled the close rapport needed to work together and add value for the people we serve, to keep them safer. This is a disappointment to us both.” from Michael Lane Hampshire and Isle of Wight PCC
    Michael LaneHampshire and Isle of Wight PCC
    Quote Message: I have very much enjoyed my time as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and I thank Michael for the opportunity."
    Quote Message: Sometimes it is not possible to build a professional relationship between two people, through no fault of either party. In such a situation it is right I leave to avoid any disruption to the work of the PCC and his staff."
    Quote Message: I’m now looking forward to pursuing my ambition to be re-elected to Parliament. I wish Michael all the best with the excellent work he is doing.” from Flick Drummond Former deputy PCC
    Flick DrummondFormer deputy PCC
  7. BreakingEx-Tory MP Flick Drummond leaves post of deputy PCC

    A former Tory MP has stepped down as deputy police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight only weeks into the job.

    A joint statement with PCC Michael Lane, Flick Drummond said it had not been "not possible to build a professional relationship" between the two.

    She lost her Portsmouth South seat to Labour's Stephen Morgan in June's general election.

    Michael Lane announced Mrs Drummond at his preferred choice of deputy on 4 September, citing her experience as an MP and because of her community work.

    Flick Drummond
  8. Ferry firm recognises a millennium of service

    Wightlink ferry crew members who have notched up a total of almost a millenniums worth of service with the company have been recognised at a special event in Portsmouth

    Thirty two Wightlink staff who have served as much as 44 years each were treated to a celebration lunch for reaching career milestones totalling 996 years.

    The longest-serving was Paul McCoubrie from Leigh Park, Havant who started as a ‘bar boy’ and is now a senior rating on Fast Cat catamarans between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde.

    Wightlink staff
  9. Westgate shopping centre caused 'no rise' in city centre traffic


    Oxford's traffic system coped well with the opening of the huge new Westgate shopping centre yesterday, the county council has said.

    With drivers appearing to heed signs pointing them towards park and ride sites, Oxfordshire County Council's traffic management team said car parks on the outskirts were busier than normal but there was no noticeable rise in the volume of cars coming into the heart of Oxford.

  10. Road closed after two-car crash

    Slyer's Lane near Dorchester

    The B3143 Slyer's Lane between Dorchester and Piddlehinton is closed because of a two-car crash.

    Paramedics are at the scene but Dorset Police said it believed two people to be "walking wounded".

  11. Boy held on drugs charge after girl taken to hospital

    A 14-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after taking a substance, believed to be ecstasy.

    The teenager was taken ill in Fir Vale Road, Bournemouth, late last night.

    A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

    Police said the girl was understood to have attended a private under-18s party at Cameo nightclub, but there was nothing to link the drug incident to the party.

  12. Thieves steal traffic lights

    Thieves have stolen traffic lights and batteries from a construction site in West Hanney, Oxfordshire.

    The equipment, which also included a whacker plate and a pedestrian roller, was taken from a shed in Winter Lane between 17:00 on Monday and 07:20 on Tuesday.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Thames Valley Police.

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    Severe accident: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J12 for M3.

    M25 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an accident. Congestion to J12 M3.

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