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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 22 December

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Merry Christmas

    Thank you for clicking on BBC South Live, that's all for today.

    We won't be back until 27 December (there's some Christmas thing happening), so join us for cold turkey sandwiches and the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Wednesday.

    Until then, you can still get in touch anytime with your pictures and news on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire, and Oxford Facebook pages, or via our Twitter accounts: @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford

  2. Milestone for HMS Prince of Wales

    HMS Prince of Wales

    Britain's newest aircraft carrier has taken a step closer to sea trials.

    HMS Prince of Wales has been floated and moved to her fitting-out berth at Rosyth docks.

    The 65,000-tonne warship and sister ship to the recently-commissioned HMS Queen Elizabeth was moved in a delicate overnight operation.

    Both carriers will be based in Portsmouth.

  3. M40 delays 'until later this evening'

    Burnt out lorry
    Image caption: The lorry was carrying bottles of Corona and Stella Artois beer

    Highways England says long delays are expected to continue until later this evening, after a lorry-load of beer caught fire.

    Two out of three lanes are still closed southbound between Cherwell Valley Services and Bicester.

    Traffic is queuing for about four miles to get past the burnt-out lorry.

  4. Londoners 'flock to Oxford'

    Oxford's skyline
    Image caption: It's claimed more Londoners are swapping the big smoke for dreaming spires

    About 18% of homes sold in Oxford have been bought by Londoners, according to one estate agent.

    Hampton's International carried out the research and say the figure compares to about 5% in 2007.

    Tom Carey, from John D Wood, told BBC Radio Oxford that improved transport links have helped drive the increase.

  5. New Forest animal road death numbers fall

    The number of animals killed or injured on roads in the New Forest has fallen, new figures from the National Park Authority show.

    Fifteen animals were killed or injured between 1 November and 16 December 2017, compared to 31 in the same period in 2016

    A campaign urging drivers to slow down on forest roads and allow longer times for their journeys was launched in November.

    New Forest campaign
    Quote Message: Hopefully this is an early sign of success. Every animal matters to its owners, and every accident makes it harder for us to take the decision to allow them to graze the New Forest for everyone’s benefit. We’re hugely grateful to everyone helping make this a better winter for the New Forest. from Tony Hockley Chairman, Commoners Defence Association
    Tony HockleyChairman, Commoners Defence Association
  6. Cyclist death crash driver pleads guilty

    Kieran Dix
    Image caption: Kieran Dix was a "serious cyclist", his family said.

    A motorist has been given a suspended prison sentence for causing the death of a cyclist.

    Kieran Dix, 36, died in hospital two months after he was hit by a car which drove through give-way lines at Ipley Cross in the New Forest.

    The driver, Viral Parekh, 23, pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to causing death by careless driving.

    He was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work.

    Parekh, formerly of Deacon Road, Southampton, and now living in Crawley, was also disqualified from driving for three years.

  7. Janine Bowater murder case discontinued

    Janine Bowate

    The case of a man charged with the murder of a young mother in Thatcham has been discontinued.

    John Wright, who was accused of killing 25-year-old Janine Bowater, died in custody last week.

    Ms Bowater, who had two children, was found on a residential street in the early hours of 12 December.

    Mr Wright, 32, was due to appear before a Reading Crown Court judge last Friday, but he died the night before.

    His case was subsequently adjourned in order for the prosecution to obtain evidence of the death, which was officially presented at court today.

    There will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

  8. Queues of more than 11 miles on M40

    Burnt out lorry
    Image caption: The lorry was carrying bottles of beer

    Traffic is queuing back to Banbury after a lorry-load of beer caught fire on the M40.

    It happened between Cherwell Valley Services (junction 10) and Bicester (junction 9).

    One lane reopened southbound at about 12:40 (GMT).

  9. Maidenhead chef, 22, wins Masterchef: The Professionals

    Craig Johnston

    A chef at a Maidenhead gastropub has been crowned the youngest ever champion on Masterchef: The Professionals.

    Craig Johnston was seen winning the title on BBC2 last night.

    The 22-year-old works as a sous chef at Michelin-starred The Royal Oak.

  10. Isle of Wight oil spill surveillance continues

    An air surveillance operation is continuing following an oil spill reported to the east of the Isle of Wight.

    The cause of the incident which happened about about 3-4 miles off the coast on Wednesday is thought have happened during refuelling between two ships.

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it was monitoring the situation through regular surveillance flights across the area, and is in dialogue with the ship’s owners who have contracted a commercial company to address any consequences from the spill.

    A spokeswoman said to date, no adverse consequences have been identified or reported, and there is no indication of any impact on the shoreline.

    Isle of Wight
  11. Man arrested and cyclist in life-threatening condition after collision

    A cyclist is in a life-threatening condition after being hit by a car in Southampton this morning.

    Hampshire Constabulary was called after midnight to Brownhill Way following a collision that involved a Ford Focus.

    The 32-year-old male's injuries are described as "serious". He is currently in Southampton General Hospital.

    A 26-year-old man from the New Forest was arrested in connection with the incident and is in custody.

    Officers are appealing for witnesses.

    PC Lucy Hawkins said: "We know that this happened in the early hours of this morning, but if you were out and about in the area you may have seen something that could help our investigation.

    "Did you see what happened or did you see either a male cyclist or a black Ford Focus travelling around that area of Southampton?"

  12. Le Tiss 'level with Messi'

    Southampton-star Craig David is on Football Focus this weekend - and he's talking about his favourite ever Saints player.

    He says that while Shearer and Flowers were Slicker Than Your Average, it's Matthew Le Tissier who was really Hot Stuff.

    Though it may leave some people Walking Away, he says some of the things Le Tiss could do were better than even Messi.

    Video content

    Video caption: Football Focus: Southampton fan Craig David talks Matt Le Tissier

    You don't have to wait 7 Days to watch the whole thing. Craig will be on Football focus at 12:00 on Saturday on BBC One.

  13. Lane reopens following M40 fire

    Eddie Stobart lorry on fire
    Image caption: The lorry caught fire on the M40 southbound between junction 10 and junction 9

    One lane has reopened on the M40 southbound following a lorry fire.

    It happened between Cherwell Valley Services and Bicester in Oxfordshire.

    On Twitter, Helen Smith said "Driver out but bad vehicle fire on M40. Bottles of Stella exploding! Very scary stuff.

  14. Video content

    Video caption: Mother thanks 999 call handler who helped save her baby

    Jasmin Legg has thanked the 999 call handler who helped save her four-week-old son's life.

  15. BreakingLorry fire blocks M40

    A lorry fire has blocked the M40 southbound between Bracknell and Bicester.

    Eddie Stobart lorry on fire
    Image caption: The M40 is blocked between junction 10 and junction 9
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