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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 4 December

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening!

That's all for today.

We'll be back again at 08:00 tomorrow with all of the latest news, travel, sport and weather for the region.

Stay in touch on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or by using Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

Did you see the supermoon?

Did you see the supermoon last night? This spooky picture was snapped by Becca Collacott in Abingdon.

Supermoon from Abingdon
Becca Collacott

Heath Observer in St Leonards, Dorset, posted this stunning picture of the moon's surface on the BBC Weather Watchers website.

Supermoon
Heath Observer / BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher Jon Lepic took this photo in Goring, Oxfordshire.

Supermoon
Jon Lepic / BBC Weather Watchers

Plans unveiled for next phase of 'greenway'

California Greenway opening
Wokingham Borough Council

Plans for the next phase of a traffic-free route linking Finchampstead and the new Arborfield Green development have gone on show.

Phase one of the California Greenway opened on Saturday.

The latest phase will link the newly-opened route to Nine Mile Road.

The resin path will be accessible for wheelchairs, large buggies and cyclists as well as horse riders and walkers.

The plans are available online and at California Country Park and the FBC Centre.

The consultation will be open until 19 January.

There was a great turnout on Saturday for the official opening of Wokingham borough's first greenway linking the FB… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Reading FC Women 100% cup success

Reading FC Women are heading into the quarter final of the Continental Cup following a 5-0 win against Millwall Lionesses.

The 100% record meant Royals topped Group One South, ahead of Arsenal.

⚽️ @ReadingFCWomen earned 100% record in finishing top in the group stages of the Continental Cup with a 5-0 victor… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

New Powdair airline 'will not fly this winter'

New airline Powdair will not be flying this winter after its main investor withdrew.

Southampton Airport
Jaggery

It had been planning to fly from Southampton Airport to Sion in Switzerland - offering easy access to top ski resorts.

The firm said it had had a "significant investment offer" from another potential investor which would "secure the financial future of Powdair".

"However, the due diligence required to finalise this investment will take at least 30 days and we have therefore made the difficult, but what we feel is correct decision, not to launch Powdair this winter," it added.

"Our new investor wishes to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to launch a strong, well-funded airline focused on long term success."

Row over 80% New Forest workers' rent rise

Workers in a national park face losing their homes if "draconian" 80% rent rises go ahead, a union has claimed.

Cattle in the New Forest
Stephen Craven

Unite said the Forestry Commission plans to increase housing rent for about 25 employees working in the New Forest National Park, who each earn about £21,000 per year.

It added the commission wants to raise the rents by 40% in January and the same amount the following January.

The Forestry Commission has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment.

New hotel planned for technology park

Oxford Technology Park CGI
Bidwells
A computer generated image of how Oxford Technology Park is expected to look

A 101-bed Premier Inn hotel and a Beefeater restaurant are planned for a new technology park just outside Oxford.

The plans for the development on Oxford Technology Park near Kidlington have been formally submitted to Cherwell District Council.

Property consultants Bidwells say the hotel and restaurant - if approved - would be built at the same time as the first business units in 2018 before opening the following year.

Ryan Fraser scores for Bournemouth against Southampton

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser describes a goal on his Premier League return as "a mountain off his shoulders".

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Charity objects to expressway link

Wittenham Clumps
Shaun Ferguson
Wittenham Clumps

A possible route for a link road connecting the A34 with a new expressway would threaten an "iconic landscape", according to Earth Trust.

It says the link with the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway would cut across farmland it owns and make it less financial viable.

Earth Trust argues this would "undermine" its ability to manage the Wittenham Clumps in south Oxfordshire and other "national assets".

Last month, the National Infrastructure Commission said the government should accelerate plans for a new expressway connecting Oxford and Cambridge.

Its report said the new road would help boost the region's contribution to the UK's economy.

Killer granted appeal hearing over NHS care

A woman with paranoid schizophrenia who killed her mother has been granted an appeal hearing in her claim against her former NHS carers.

Ecila Henderson stabbed 69-year-old Rosemary Armstrong 22 times when her mother came to visit her at her flat in Pokesdown, Bournemouth, in August 2010.

Henderson, who is detained in a mental health unit, claimed more than £300,000 from Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust, saying the death arose from inadequate care.

The case was dismissed in December 2016 but the Court of Appeal has granted a two-day hearing on a date to be fixed.

Robbery suspect remanded in custody

A man arrested in connection with a number of robberies in Southampton has been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning.

Dean Higham,54, of Anson Drive appeared before city magistrates charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, consiracy to commit burglary, possession of a class A drug and driving whilst unfit through drugs.

He will appear at Southampton Crown Court on 5 January.

Alabama rot disease kills dog in Berkshire

Piers Morgan Stockbridge Christmas lights switch on fails

Golf club Christmas party revellers arrested during drink and drug driving campaign

E-fit released after two people hurt in aggravated burglary

An E-fit of a man has been issued by police after an aggravated burglary that left two people with cuts to their heads.

E-fit image of suspect
Hampshire Constabulary

Three men forced their way into a flat on Sinclair Drive, Basingstoke, and demanded money on Thursday at about 18:30 GMT.

They assaulted a 38 year-old woman and a 35 year-old man before leaving. Nothing was taken.

The man and woman needed hospital treatment but are recovering at home.

Two of the offenders had their faces covered.

The man who did not is described as Asian, in his 30s, 6ft 1in (1.85m), of muscular build with a neat black beard and wearing a black baseball cap and black clothing.

Hundreds of guns surrendered to police

More than 300 guns and items of ammunition were handed in to Dorset Police during a national firearms surrender.

During the two-week campaign, nine rifles, 40 shotguns, 13 pistols, 21 revolvers and 93 air weapons were handed in, along with 9 deactivated guns and 29 imitation firearms.

Here are some of the 300 firearms and ammunition handed in to Dorset Police during our recent firearms surrender as… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Tracy Houghton, Ethan Houghton, Aimee Goldsmith and Josh Goldsmith

Tomasz Kroker will continue to serve his 10-year jail term after the Court of Appeal rejected his case.

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Ambulance staff use mobiles after phones fail

Call centre
Getty Images

South Western Ambulance Service says it is in a "recovery phase" after a major electrical failure led to "significant issues" with its phone and computer systems on Sunday evening.

Staff told the BBC they had resorted to using their mobile phones to co-ordinate ambulances following the failure at its 999 call centre.

The phone lines are now back up but the service said it was still experiencing some IT problems.

A statement said: "We are able to provide a seamless service to out patients and are no longer having to rely on mutual aid from our neighbouring ambulance services.

"We have launched a full investigation into the cause of the electrical failure and will be reviewing our processes and procedures in light of this event."

Yesterday's (Sunday, December 3) electrical failure that affected some of our systems has now been largely resolved… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Six-year-old wins Big Issue cover contest

Martin Wellstead and his snowman picture
PA

A drawing of a snowman by a six-year-old boy has won this year's competition for the Christmas front cover of the Big Issue magazine.

More than 1,000 entries were made this year for the annual contest run by the magazine, which is sold to help homeless people.

Martin Wellstead, aged six, from Wimborne, Dorset, was named the winner for his drawing of a smiling snowman.

A34 fully reopened after serious crash

The #A34 in #Oxfordshire N/B between #A415 and #A4183 is now fully open following a serious road collision. Have a safe onward journey.

Two injured in A34 crash

Two people have been injured in the crash which forced the closure of the A34 in Oxfordshire.

A lorry, and landrover towing a caravan and a car were involved in a collision on the northbound carriageway near Marcham Interchange just after 06:10.

Thames Valley Police said the northbound section between Abingdon North and Oxford South was likely to remain closed for the rest of the morning.

The southbound carriageway remains open but is heavily congested.

Cheating boyfriend tweet goes viral

A Bournemouth University student has found herself at the centre of a social media storm after a tweet about a cheating boyfriend was shared 25,000 times.

If anyone has a boyfriend called Ben on the Bournemouth - Manchester train right now, he’s just told his friends he… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Emily Shepherd says she is yet to find "Ben" despite receiving dozens of messages.

Pictures from A34 crash scene

Oxford to Hong Kong on public transport

Emma and Phil Whiting travelled from their home in Oxford to see their son in Hong Kong using only public transport.

Almost entirely using trains, the couple journeyed through Brussels, Berlin, Belarus, Moscow, and Irkutsk in Siberia.

Football: Wrong booking and FA Cup runs

Dave Edwards of Reading
Rex Features

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith said referee Jon Moss admitted he wrongly booked him for diving instead of awarding a penalty during Sunday's 1-1 draw against Southampton

In the Championship, Reading (pictured) scored three second-half goals to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Oxford City's manager says his side must take positives from the FA Cup run that was ended 3-2 by Notts County at the weekend

And non-league Slough Town FC face League One Rochdale in the second round of the FA Cup later

Portsmouth and Bury were the first sides through to the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy on Saturday

David Cameron: We 'didn't solve' dementia cost challenge

David Cameron
BBC

David Cameron has said his government was unable to solve the "huge" challenge of funding social care for the UK's ageing population.

Mr Cameron told the Financial Times that a way now had to be found to meet "catastrophic" dementia care costs.

"We didn't solve that problem," the former prime minister, now president of Alzheimer's Research UK, said.

While in office, he pledged to set a cap on lifetime care costs at £72,000, starting from age 65, by 2020.

A34 will be closed 'for several hours'

Stricken Blandford otter frees itself from plastic tie

An otter seen swimming in the River Stour at Blandford with a plastic cable tie lodged around its neck has managed to free itself.

The animal, believed to be a male, was spotted with the tie in the river last week.

Volunteers from the UK Wild Otter Trust (UKWOT) were monitoring the animal amid fears it "could drown or choke" if the plastic tie got caught underwater.

The charity said the otter had now managed to shake the tie free.

Blandford otter
UKWOT

Headlines: Ambulance phones and school place shortage

  • South Western Ambulance operators were forced to co-ordinate emergency crews using their mobile phones after a power cut affected phone lines
  • As many as 10,000 extra secondary school places will be in needed in Oxfordshire in the next five years, according to a council assessment
  • Tenants in bedsits in Weymouth have been hit with a seven-fold increase in council tax after their home was reclassified as separate dwellings

Drivers delayed after crash closes A34

Oxford Mail

The A34 has been closed after three cars and a caravan have been involved in a crash and gas bottles now litter the carriageway.

Weather: Cloudy with bright spells

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter

Weather for the South of England on Monday 4 December 2017

For the full 10-day forecast where you are, visit the BBC Weather pages.

Crash shuts A34 northbound

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J9 for A27 Whiteley and J10 for A32 affecting J8 for A3024 Bursledon.

M27 Hampshire - Slow traffic on M27 eastbound between J9, A27 (Whiteley) and J10, A32 (Wickham), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8, A3024 (Bursledon).

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

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