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  1. Updates from Tuesday 2 January

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Scooter crash victim named

Police have named a scooter rider who died following a crash in Farnborough on Saturday.

Gary Eves, 43, of Pinewood Park, hit a traffic island in Sandy Lane at about 13:50 GMT.

He was taken to St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, London, where he later died.

In a statement, Mr Eves' family paid tribute to "a gentle man, a good brother [who] would always help anyone in need".

Praise for community in reviving Poole Bathtub Race

Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) have praised the organisers of the New Year's Day Bathtub Race in Poole, after it raised concerns about the event's safety late last month.

Sixteen teams took part in the charity fundraiser after PHC eventually approved new health and safety plans.

More than 2,500 people turned out to watch Monday's event complete with flour bombing, eggs, water pistols, ram raiding. It raised more than £650 for Julia's House children's hospice.

Bathtub race
Poole Harbour Commissioners

We will be working with the event organisers in the coming months to ensure that the adequate safety measures and the appropriate insurances will again be in place in plenty of time for next year’s event.

Poole Harbour Commissioners spokeswoman
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Dorset Police Christmas drink-driving figures released

A total of 53 people have been charged with drink or drug driving offences in Dorset over the Christmas period, police figures show.

Dorset Police’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign ran throughout December, with 27 people charged between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

Throughout the month-long operation, officers requested breath tests from all drivers involved in road traffic collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspected a drink-driving offence.

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Thieves try to steal Charlbury cash machine

Today at about 03:35 GMT at the Co-op in Enstone Road in Charlbury thieves tried to steal an ATM machine after forcing the shop's front doors open.

Staff were called to the store after an alarm was activated, and it is not believed that any cash was stolen.

A white Renault van and a silver Land Rover were recovered nearby. Both vehicles had previously been reported as stolen and are believed to have been used in the crime.

Det Sgt Adrian Brooksbank said: “I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information relating to it.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who saw these two vehicles travelling or parked together before this incident took place."

Rail workers finish £8m upgrade

Rail work
Network Rail

Rail lines through Southampton have reopened after an £8m engineering project was completed over the Christmas holiday period.

More than 100 engineers worked around the clock from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day to replace tracks and points.

Network Rail said the work would provide more reliable services and less track noise near Northam Junction.

Oxford hospitals offer couples private rooms for £450 a night

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Women who want a private room after giving birth on the NHS can expect to pay up to £450 a night, an analysis has shown.

Hospitals offer "amenity rooms" at four and five-star hotel prices to women who would like a side room rather than receiving care on a general ward.

Some rooms include extras such as slippers and a stocked fridge, or offer private breastfeeding consultations.

Women are told they will still receive the usual NHS care given to women who opt for a ward.

Amenity rooms at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford cost up to £450 a night, the Press Association analysis shows.

Oxford University Hospitals offers private rooms for £450 a night where partners can stay, while its other amenity rooms range from £122 to £255 a night.

Portsmouth tops NHS paper costs

Local councils, hospitals and universities are "not getting value for money" when it comes to purchasing basic office supplies such as paper, following research by a Conservative MP.

The highest price paid by an NHS trust for a ream (500 sheets) of standard office paper in 2016 was £4.65 by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The lowest price paid was £1.40 by Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust.

Conservative South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, who obtained the figures, said the prices being paid suggested many organisations were not getting the best deal.

He added: "I think hard-pressed taxpayers will be more than a little concerned to learn that many public sector bodies are not getting value for money from suppliers when purchasing simple, everyday items such as paper."


Phone app helps Dorset coast path rescue

A female walker has been taken to hospital after falling during a New Year's Day walk on the Dorset Coast Path.

West Bay Coastguard said a rescue team was able to find the woman quickly as her companions had a smartphone app which could supply an accurate 10-figure grid reference which placed them between Ridge Cliff and Doghouse Hill.

With darkness falling and high winds and driving rain making vehicle access difficult, a team of coastguard officers hiked from Seatown.

The woman, who had suffered a fractured ankle, was stretchered back to Seatown before being taken to hospital in Dorchester.

New Year's Day attack on taxi driver in Romsey

Police are appealing for information after a taxi driver was attacked near Romsey in Hampshire in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The 59-year-old victim collected a passenger in Botley Road at approximately 01:40 GMT on Monday.

When the taxi, a silver Skoda Octavia, reached Danes Road the passenger asked the driver to stop before threatening him and demanding money.

He then punched the driver in the face and then stabbed him with a knife in the hand and leg before running away empty-handed.

The victim was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment and was later discharged.

Marwell zoo's annual stock-take gets under way

Cheetah cubs at Marwell zoo
Cheetahs are among the animals being counted

Giraffes, slender-tailed meerkats and white rhinos are among 2,000 creatures being counted by keepers at Marwell zoo today.

The Hampshire zoo is undertaking the huge task of tallying up dozens of species as part of its annual stock-take.

The register shows how many animals were born or died at the visitor attraction, or have been moved in or out of the 140-acre park within the last 12 months.

Every zoo is required to undertake the audit and produce a report as part of its licence.

Marwell works with a number of endangered species and the annual inventory is designed to ensure the best possible management of worldwide conservation-breeding programmes.

Poole Harbour bath tub race

The Poole Harbour event, which has run for 43 years, had initially been cancelled.

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Power cut affects properties in Dorchester

Former Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger admits Virgil Van Dijk's protracted move to Liverpool has affected the club's form.

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Christchurch continues fight against council merger

Councillors in Christchurch will meet this evening to consider a motion to urge the government to reject plans that would see the town merge with another council.

Under the Future Dorset proposals, Dorset County Council would cease to exist and Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch would merge as an urban unitary authority, with another council covering the rest of Dorset.

Dorset's nine councils will become two unitary authorities in April 2019

In December, a referendum in Christchurch saw 84% of people vote against the plans.

Councillors are expected to suggest that plans for a single unitary authority in Bournemouth and Poole should be considered, and that a 'two-tier' system should remain in place for the rest of the county.

Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid previously said he was "minded to" approve the plan.

'Serious crash' in Oxfordshire

Police are reporting a serious crash on the A4130 Crowmarsh Hill in Wallingford.

Road closures are in place on Coldharbour Farm Road on to the A4130, Wallingford roundabout, the crossroads at the Oakley Wood Junction, and the Nuffield Lane spur road off the A4130.

There is no information about injuries at the moment and police are asking people to avoid the area.

Harry Hill 'Gives a Shift' for Oxfam

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Harry Hill volunteered at one of Oxfam's shops in Victoria, London

Oxfam enlisted comedian Harry Hill to launch a drive to get more people working in its charity shops.

He worked the tills and sorted stock while working at one of its stores in London to support its 'Give a Shift' campaign.

The multinational charity based in Oxford says it relies on volunteers to run its 630 shops which raised £22m to fund its work fighting poverty in 2017.

Harry Hill said: "I'm a fan of Oxfam. It's out to put an end to injustice and poverty, which is very difficult to argue with".

Howe to wait on injuries before buying

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will wait to learn the extent of an injury to Joshua King before entering the January transfer market.

Forward King missed the New Year's Day trip to Brighton with a hamstring problem picked up against Everton.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
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Winger Ryan Fraser also missed the 2-2 draw at the Amex with a tight hamstring to add to Howe's injury list.

"If we're confident we can get these players back quickly then I don't see the need," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Howe to wait on injuries before buying

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Appeal to garages after 'hit-and-run'

Mechanics asked to fix a damaged car in the days after a woman was killed in a suspected hit-and-run have been urged to come forward.

The 39-year-old mother of a young child, was hit by a car on The Grove in Dorchester, Dorset, shortly before 20:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Crash scene at The Grove in Dorchester
A 39-year-old woman was fatally injured on The Grove in Dorchester, Dorset, on Wednesday

Dorset Police said somebody may have noticed "sudden, unexplained damage" to a relative's or friend's car.

Three men arrested after the crash have been released without charge.

Crash scene at The Grove in Dorchester

Appeal to garages after 'hit-and-run'

"Unexplained damage" to a car may have been noticed after a woman was killed, police say.

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Delays expected due to roundabout work

Months of delays and disruption are expected in and around Bracknell as a new phase of roadworks begins today.

Bracknell Forest council has described the work, which will last for five weeks, on the A329 in the town,as the most challenging phase.

Martins Heron
Bracknell is preparing for a sad goodbye to the Martins Heron roundabout...

This particular phase involves the removal of the Martins Heron roundabout, part of the inner ring road in the town.

The entire project is expected to be completed by late 2018.

Bath tub racing makes a splash in Poole

Crowds braved the New Year's Day weather to watch the annual bath race at Poole Quay.

The event, which has run for more than 40 years, was initially called off in late December after Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) said safety criteria had not been met.

Sixteen teams took part in the charity fundraiser after PHC eventually approved new health and safety plans.

Adam Morris, manager of the Blue Boar pub, said: "Looking ahead to next year we'll work closer with the PHC to make sure everything is up to standard."

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Blue Boar
Bath tub races
Blue Boar
Poole Quay Crowds
Poole Harbour Comissioners

Severe disruption: A4 Buckinghamshire both ways

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A4 Buckinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Station Road and Hitcham Road.

A4 Buckinghamshire - A4 Bath Road in Slough blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction and the Hitcham Road junction, because of stuck lorry. Police directing traffic.

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

Chope knighthood 'a delightful surprise'

Christchurch MP Chris Chope has said that receiving a knighthood in the New Year's Honours list was a "delightful surprise".

The 70-year-old has been a Member of Parliament for more than 25 years, and served as a minister in Margaret Thatcher and John Major's governments.

Chris Chope
Sir Chris Chope served as a minister in Margaret Thatcher and John Major's governments.

"Life is full of surprises", Sir Chris told BBC Radio Solent. He was made an OBE in 1982 for services to local government.

"I've been working with my wife as a team for some 30 years, and she is able to share this".

Severe accident: A4130 Oxfordshire both ways

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A4130 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between A4074 Port Way and Nuffield Lane.

A4130 Oxfordshire - A4130 Crowmarsh Hill in Crowmarsh Gifford closed and heavy traffic in both directions between Crowmarsh roundabout and the Nuffield Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, after J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M40 northbound after J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Dementia day centre 'to close' due to cuts

The director of a day centre that provides care for those living with dementia says he's worried council cuts could force the end of the service.

Daybreak Oxford, which runs three centres in the city, has to raise around £200,000 instead of £40,000 to cover its costs, because of council cuts that came into force in October 2017.

Andy Buckland, said of the changes: "We don't see other professional people very often now.

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Daybreak runs three day care centres based in Oxford

"We don't see community mental health workers or social workers. We used to get a lot of support from them, but now we don't."

The council say organisations such as Daybreak will be able to apply for a sustainability grant in the next financial year.

It added that the changes to funding will save the authority £3.1m a year.

Appeal after boy suffers eye injury on NYE

Police are investigating an attack on a 13-year-old boy in Poole which has left him with an eye injury.

They think he may have been hit by a catapult, BB or air gun in Wimborne Road on New Year's Eve.

The boy's currently undergoing specialist hospital treatment to assess if there's any permanent damage.

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Rail fares: Commuters 'priced out' by increases, campaigners say

Average rail ticket prices have risen by 3.4% across the UK, in the biggest increase to fares since 2013.

Protests are planned at some 40 stations, as many commuters see their season tickets go up by more than £100.

Campaigners warned that many people were "being priced out of getting to work".

The Department for Transport said price rises were capped in line with inflation.

Commuter routes that are now more expensive include Liverpool to Manchester (up £108 to £3,152), Maidenhead to London (up £104 to £3,092) and Elgin to Inverness (up £100 to £2,904).

GWR intercity express trains

A fleet of 45 electric trains will replace "the majority" of Great Western Railway's diesel engines.

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Son of dead rally co-driver says he will not quit sport

The son of a rally co-driver who died in a crash at an event has said it will not put him off the sport.

Steve Dear, 64, and Shawn Rayner, 52, both from Berkshire, died in the Loco 2 Stages rally near Basingstoke, Hampshire, on Saturday.

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Declan Dear (left), Shawn Rayner and Steve Dear were all members of Hehku Rally Sport

Declan Dear, who also competes in rally events, said his father had "lived and breathed" the sport and would not want him to give it up.

He said the sport was safe and the crash had been a "freak accident".

New GWR trains after electrification

New trains have entered service between London and the Thames Valley following electrification work.

Great Western Railway's (GWR) electric Electrostar trains are operating from Didcot Parkway, Oxfordshire, and Reading, Berkshire, for the first time.

GWR intercity express trains
GWR said the intercity express trains offered more seats and tables

More seats will be available on the new trains, which are longer than the diesel ones used previously,

Their introduction comes after Network Rail finished electrifying the line from Maidenhead to Didcot.

GWR intercity express trains

New GWR trains after electrification

A fleet of 45 electric trains will replace "the majority" of Great Western Railway's diesel engines.

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Search stood down for missing Blandford man Andrew Latcham

Police in Blandford have stood down the search for an elderly man with dementia who's been missing since Saturday.

Helicopters, and specialist teams have been searching the River Stour for 70-year-old Andrew Latcham who was last seen leaving a residential care home in the town at at about 03:30 GMT.

He was wearing dark trainers, tracksuit bottoms, and a dark-coloured raincoat when he was seen on CCTV leaving his home on Park Road.

Andrew Latcham
Dorset Police
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New trains enter service

Intercity Express Trains
Great Western Railway say the Intercity Express Trains will provide more space for passengers

Great Western Railway (GWR) has started running some of its new trains between London and the Thames Valley today.

The electric Electrostar trains are running from Reading and Didcot Parkway for the first time.

This has been made possible by the electrification of the Great Western Mainline between London and Didcot.

Meanwhile, GWR's intercity express trains will now also reach Oxford, Worcester and Great Malvern.

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Tuesday's headlines

  • The biggest increase in rail fares in five years has come into force this morning. Annual season tickets are going up by 3.6% and average fares are rising by 3.4%
  • New trains have started running into Paddington on the Didcot to Reading route, after electrification work on the line was completed over the Christmas break
  • A specialist dementia day-service in Oxford is fighting to stay open. Daybreak Oxford has to raise £200,000 every year to keep running, after funding from Oxfordshire County Council was stopped
  • Police are investigating an attack on a 13-year-old boy which left him with an eye injury in Poole. It is believed he may have been hit by a catapult, BB or air gun