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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 5 January
  2. Man, 73, arrested over Slough murder

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Video content

    Video caption: Weymouth landlord says unsafe dates scheme is working

    Over 40 bars, pubs and clubs across Weymouth are using the scheme.

  2. Banana firm relocating cargo handling from Portsmouth to Dover

    Banana shipping firm Geest Line is relocating its cargo handling from Portsmouth to Dover.

    The Eastern Caribbean company said the move had been prompted "by the need to accommodate revised scheduling times involving the weekend discharge of cargoes" and would not result in any job losses.

    It comes as Geest replaces its fleet of four charter vessels with five larger, new ships.

    Portsmouth Port director Mike Sellers said: “We are incredibly disappointed that we couldn’t find a solution to accommodate the changes to Geest's shipping rotation.

    "This sadly means we have to look at how we operate and our main priority now is to reduce the impact directly on staff and our customers."

    He added Geest had been a "valued customer" for 16 years.

  3. Christchurch submits alternative to Dorset council merger plan

    Residents in Christchurch voted in a referendum last month against plans to merge Dorset's nine councils into two unitary authorities.

    All other local authorities have already agreed to the proposals.

    Christchurch Borough Council has written to Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid with what it calls a "workable alternative".

    It said savings targets could be met through extending the sharing of services between councils.

    Christchurch
    Quote Message: The implementation of our proposal, including maintaining the current two-tier structure, would still see the necessary savings achieved across local government in Dorset, whilst ensuring we maintain control of important factors such as housing allocation and planning. from David Flagg Leader, Christchurch Borough Council
    David FlaggLeader, Christchurch Borough Council
  4. Video content

    Video caption: Marwell Zoo starts its annual animal count

    The zoo has over 2,000 animals and 140 species.

  5. View From newspapers for Dorset, Devon and Somerset close

    The View From newspapers for Dorset, Devon and Somerset have closed.

    On its Facebook page, the firm said it had been forced to shut "with immediate effect" due to "the continued difficult trading climate".

    View News Facebook post

    Facebook user Jilly Parry said she would miss the newspapers "immensely".

    Nicola James said: "Such a shame, it was a great way to keep up to date with local news."

  6. Injured aerial skier returns to make Olympic bid

    Video content

    Video caption: Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace returns from injury for Olympic bid.

    Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace from Shaftesbury suffered a brain injury when he hit his head in a training accident in August.

    After spending more than a week in hospital and two months recuperating, the Bath University student has now fully recovered and is back in training.

    He hopes to follow in his family's footsteps to compete in the Winter Olympics which begin in South Korea next month.

  7. Death of woman in Slough 'not suspicious'

    A post-mortem examination of a woman who was found dead in a flat in Slough has found she died of natural causes, police have said.

    The 35-year-old woman was pronounced dead in the building in Stratfield Road, Slough, at about 11:30 GMT on Thursday.

    Her next of kin have been informed.

    The death is no longer being treated as suspicious and a 73-year-old man, from Slough, who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder has been released without further action.

  8. Video content

    Video caption: Mauricio Pellegrino: Southampton boss hopes for change in on-field fortunes

    Southampton manager Maurico Pellegrino hopes to start a change in on-field fortunes with an FA Cup win against Fulham.

  9. Video: 'Soup peddler' makes meals for homeless in Oxford

    A man is providing "hot and hearty" meals to the homeless from a catering tricycle,

    "Soup peddler" Richard Brabin, 34, has been serving up to 60 people a night in Oxford with what he describes as a "wholesome bowl of soup".

    The ingredients, equipment and upkeep of the tricycle have been paid for via crowdfunding.

    Video content

    Video caption: 'Soup peddler' makes meals for the homeless
  10. Dorset drug-driver jailed for killing motorcycle couple

    A driver who was using drugs has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and his wife.

    Sid Samways, 74, and his wife Barbara, 71, of Blandford, Dorset, died after the crash with a car near Shaftesbury in April.

    Jamie Myers, 24, pleaded guilty to causing death by driving without due care and attention while over the drug-drive limit at an earlier hearing.

    Dorset Police said tests showed presence of cocaine in Myers's saliva.

    Jamie Myers
    Quote Message: This case demonstrates the tragic consequence of driving while under the influence of drugs. As a result of Myers’ actions, a much loved couple have lost their lives and a whole family has been left devastated. from PC Jay Griffin Dorset Police
    PC Jay GriffinDorset Police
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - Heavy traffic on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of emergency repairs. All lanes have been re-opened.

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