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Summary

  1. Storm Eleanor brings strong winds to region
  2. Two people in hospital after car hit by falling tree
  3. Fallen trees cause travel disruption
  4. Homes hit by power cuts
  5. Updates from Wednesday 3 January

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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    Severe accident: A35 Hampshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A35 Hampshire both ways severe accident, near Woodlands Road.

    A35 Hampshire - A35 Lyndhurst Road in Ashurst partially blocked in both directions near the Woodlands Road junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

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

  2. Video content

    Video caption: The Isle of Wight's new chain ferry struggling to dock

    The £3.2m chain ferry crossing the River Medina has recently resumed after being suspended

  3. Search continues for missing 70-year-old

    Andrew Latcham

    Searches to find a 70-year-old man who went missing from a supported housing block in Dorset are continuing, police have said.

    Andrew Latcham was last seen leaving his home in Blandford at about 03:30 GMT on 30 December.

    Dorset Police said officers have been using a specialist drone to scour the area, and that it wanted "to assure the public our efforts are still ongoing".

    The force previously said active searches had been halted and it was "very unlikely" Mr Latcham would be found safe.

  4. Man jailed for 'brutal' garage stabbing

    Daniel Lowe

    A man who stabbed a garage worker in the chest, back and stomach has been jailed for eight years.

    Daniel Lowe attacked the man as they chatted on the Nuffield Industrial Estate in Poole, Dorset, on 16 June.

    He then drove away, crashing into another vehicle, and ran into a police station, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.

    Lowe, 27, of Steer Road, Swanage, admitted wounding with intent, possessing an offensive weapon and cannabis and aggravated vehicle taking.

  5. New deals for Reading youngsters

    BBC Sport

    Reading have offered new contracts to two of their academy graduates.

    Defenders Tom McIntyre and Gabriel Osho, both 19, have both featured in the Checkatrade Trophy for Reading's under-21s.

    Both players have featured in the Checkatrade Trophy for the under-21s, but are still waiting to make their senior debuts for the Championship club.

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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M3 southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. 'Dirty' Audi sought after Dorchester 'hit-and-run'

    Police are hunting for an Audi A3 convertible after a mother was killed in a suspected hit-and-run.

    Crash scene at The Grove in Dorchester

    Erika Prisacaru, 39, died in hospital after being struck by a car on The Grove, Dorchester, Dorset, shortly before 20:00 GMT on 27 December.

    Dorset Police has already appealed for mechanics asked to fix a damaged car in the days after her death to come forward.

    The force is now releasing CCTV images of the vehicle believed to be involved.

  8. Two arrests after boy suffers eye injury

    Wimborne Road

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a 13-year-old boy suffering a serious eye injury in Poole.

    The victim was walking in Wimborne Road, close to a Co-op food store at its junction with Tatnam Road, when he was hit in the leg and eye with unidentified objects.

    Dorset Police said he was taken to hospital and is continuing to receive treatment.

    Two men from Poole, aged 19 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

  9. Children 'ate discarded food' at nursery

    Stepping Stones Day Nursery and Nursery School in Witney
    Image caption: Inspectors said staff shortages were to blame for the problems

    Children ate discarded food and dried pasta at an Oxfordshire nursery because they were not supervised properly, a watchdog has said.

    Ofsted inspectors also saw youngsters running with scissors "in an unsafe matter" during a visit to Stepping Stones Nursery in Witney.

    The regulator rated the nursery, which has 75 places, inadequate after an inspection in December.

    Nursery owner Jane Kelly said the next inspection would show improvement.

  10. Pensioner suffers broken shoulder in mugging

    Watts Park

    An 82-year-old woman suffered a broken shoulder and heavy bruising as a mugger snatched her handbag while she walked through central Southampton.

    The victim, who had just been for a coffee with a friend nearby, was attacked and knocked to the ground by a man in Watts Park between 11:20 and 11:30 GMT on Monday.

    Hampshire police said it wanted to hear from a man who helped the woman and chased after the robber.

    Det Con Martin Brewer said: “This was a cowardly crime against a vulnerable member of the community who was simply walking through the park with a friend."

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A355 Slough.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 entry slip road closed and slow traffic London-bound at J6, A355 (Slough), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4 affecting J7 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 entry slip road closed, two lanes closed and queuing traffic London-bound between J6, A355 (Slough) and J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident. Congestion to J7, A4 (Slough West).

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