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  1. Updates from Wednesday 10 January
  2. Man arrested for attempted murder over house fire
  3. A cloudy start in the east, otherwise dry and bright
  4. Delay warning as overturned HGV shuts A34
  5. Disruption looms as rail strikes hit South Western Railway

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'Law-abiding' citizens face drink and drug charges

Dorset Police has recorded an increase in arrests for drink and drug driving over the Christmas period, compared to last year.

There were 95 people arrested and charged, while 78 people were arrested at the end of 2016.


Those charged... were not necessarily your ‘usual’ suspects. Too many people who are otherwise law-abiding citizens, fail to consider the untold devastation that drink and drug driving can cause.

PC Heidi MoxamDorset Police Traffic Unit

Park sex attack suspect released without charge

A man who was arrested on suspicion of attempting to rape a woman in a Portsmouth park has been released with no further action.

The 51-year-old Portsmouth man was held after a 20-year-old woman said she was attacked in Ravelin Park on Saturday evening.

Police said they were continuing to investigate the sexual assault.

Ravelin Park
Prime Minister challenged over leaked Oxford hospital memo at Prime Ministers' Questions
Theresa May is asked to apologise after a warning cancer care in Oxford is becoming "unsustainable".

AA 'to cut about 50 jobs in Basingstoke'

AA headquarters

The AA has said it plans to cut 100 jobs, including about 50 at its head office in Basingstoke.

The motoring organisation said it wanted to make the business "more efficient" and would concentrate resources on "frontline workers".

The GMB union said the cuts would "impact on the quality of the service".

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

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M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J7 for A334 and J5 for A335 Wide Lane.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M27 westbound between J7, A334 (Hedge End) and J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of an accident.

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Man pleads guilty over 'widely shared' indecent video

A man has pleaded guilty to eight sexual offences after several police forces were alerted in December to a video containing indecent images of two children.

Police in Northamptonshire, Bristol and Brighton issued warnings and a school in Bristol urged parents to check their children's phones for the "widely shared" video.


Daniel Norton, 26, pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to three counts of causing a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted three counts of making indecent photos of a child, and charges of distributing indecent photos and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Norton, of Cheadle, Stockport, was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 1 February.

Train named after Paddington creator

Michael Bond's daughter Karen Jankel
Michael Bond's daughter Karen Jankel (left) was invited to name the train

Great Western Railway has named one of its new trains after Michael Bond, the author of Paddington.

His name will adorn one of the company's Intercity Express Trains which serve Reading, Oxford, Bristol and South Wales from London Paddington.

Michael Bond, who died last year, published the first Paddington bear story 60 years ago.

In that first story Paddington bear is discovered at Paddington Railway Station by the brown family.

Body found in missing teenager search

Police searching for missing teenager Samuel White have discovered a body on Portland.

The discovery was made by search teams along the coastline near Grangecroft car park just after 13:00 GMT.

Samuel, 16, went missing from his home address in West Wools on Sunday.

Police said the body was believed to be Samuel and his death was not though to be suspicious.

PM praises Dorset crews who 'averted disaster'

The Prime Minister has praised tug and lifeboat crews who "averted disaster" when a cargo ship lost power off the Dorset coast on New Year's Eve.

Theresa May was responding to a question from South Dorset MP Richard Drax who said the Poole-based tug Kingston and the Swanage and Weymouth lifeboats had battled "mountainous seas and 70mph winds" to prevent the ship from being blown on to rocks.

Theresa May

Coastguards said the tug had managed to attach a tow line after making several attempts in force seven winds off Portland Bill.

They said the cargo ship Pilsum had drifted about a mile, dragging its anchor, but the situation was always "under control".

Three charged over knifepoint attempted robbery probe

Three men have been charged in connection with an attempted robbery in Slough after an incident in which a man was threatened with a knife, punched and kicked.

Mohammed Abdalla, 24, and Jamal Dirir, 23, both of Hatton Avenue, Slough, were charged with one count of attempted robbery.

Jamal Abdi, 19, of no fixed abode, was charged with one count of attempted robbery and one count of threatening a person with a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place.

Salt Hill Park

The charges are in connection with an incident in Salt Hill Park, Slough, at about 08:25 GMT last Friday in which a man aged in his 40s was approached by a group of men.

One pulled out a knife while the others punched and kicked him, as well as stealing items of food.

All three are due to appear at Reading Crown Court on 5 February.

Burglars target another Oxfordshire Co-op

A 4x4 vehicle was driven into a Co-op store in Grove last night and used to steal a cash machine.

The culprits entered the shop in Savile Way at about 23:50 GMT and drove off with the ATM towards Wantage.

It follows a similar raid when it's thought two cars were used to break into a Co-op in Charlbury on New Year's Day.

A Co-op store in Headington was also burgled on Wednesday last week but no cars were used.

Police are keeping "an open mind" about whether the burglaries the incidents are linked.

Double-decker shelter for Weymouth's homeless

A project to shelter rough sleepers in Weymouth is finally set to get the go-ahead after a council U-turn.

Weymouth and Portland council had initially refused permission for a double-decker bus with beds on board to park in one of the town's car parks.

Figures show the number of rough sleepers in Weymouth and Portland has almost doubled in a year.

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Appeal over stolen 'DJ booth' horsebox

A horsebox converted into a DJ booth has been stolen from a driveway in Bournemouth.

The horsebox was taken from Warwick Place, in Boscombe, sometime between 22:00 GMT on 1 January and 07:00 the next day.The distinctive yellow and black striped trailer contained a stage and DJ booth equipment.

Polcie are urging anyone who has any information as to where it might be to contact them.

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The converted DJ horsebox
Dorset Police

Kidney donor plea for baby Ethan

The parents of a baby who suffered kidney failure following his birth are desperately hoping to find him a donor.

Ethan Davies' mum and dad, who are both serving officers with Thames Valley Police, are not a suitable match so they are making a public appeal for help.

The ideal donor is a female (because women have smaller kidneys) - a male kidney could also be used.

The donor also needs to be O blood group and in good health.

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Travel: A34 reopened southbound

Police appeal after Sherborne armed robbery

A woman who was in a shop during an armed robbery in Sherborne is being urged to contact police.

Police said a man, armed with a knife, jumped over the counter and stole the till from the Spar store in Yetminster yesterday at about 12:30.

The man is described as white, aged in his 20s, around six feet tall and wearing a black coat and a dark beanie hat - he drove away in a Blue Renault Clio.

The force said a woman who was in the shop at the time has not yet spoken to police.

The till was later found in Stonyacres.

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A34 crash cleared by highways team

Floating Bridge out of service for two nights this week

The Cowes floating bridge will be out of service tonight and tomorrow between 1900-22:30 for engineers to replace parts on the troubled vessel.

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PM challenged over leaked Oxford cancer memo

MP Luciana Berger asked Theresa May to apologise in Prime Minister's Questions

Theresa May has been challenged over a leaked memo from a hospital in Oxford which warned cancer care was becoming "unsustainable".

The document which was leaked to The Times said patients were facing delays as nurse numbers were about 40% down.

It prompted Labour MP Luciana Berger to call on Mrs May to apologise during Prime Minister's Questions earlier.

Theresa May responded by saying there were "absolutely no plans" to delay chemotherapy or reduce the number of cycles for patients in Oxfordshire.

Prospect Park Hospital choking deaths investigated

An investigation is underway at a mental health unit in Reading after three patients choked to death in six months last year.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said an inspection at Prospect Park Hospital revealed staff did not know which foods were suitable for soft food diets.

The CQC says what patients can eat needs to be recorded more consistently by staff.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched an investigation - and say they cannot comment further.

Hospital sign

Delays continue as A34 southbound remains closed

Dashcam appeal over M40 double fatal crash

Dashcam footage of a crash in which two men died on the M40 in Oxfordshire is being sought by police.

The crash on 23 December happened between junctions 10 and 11, near Banbury, at 23:40 GMT.

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Five year fight for school moves step closer

Plans to build a free school on Mapledurham Playing Fields in Caversham have moved a step closer.

Reading Borough Council has approved the results of a consultation that show most neighbours are in favour of building a permanent home on the site for The Heights Primary and spend £1.36 million on transforming the fields.

School plans
The Heights Primary School
The plans for the Mapledurham Playing Fields will see £1.36 million invested in developing the public facilities on the playing fields.

A row over the location of the school has been ongoing for five years, with students currently being taught in temporary buildings.

Headteacher Karen Edwards said: "We are getting closer, but it is still incredibly frustrating.

"It's incredibly challenging to teach children on a half-an-acre site, but we continue to remain positive. As we inch forward, we are ever hopeful we can finally get a shovel in the ground."

Promenade fenced off amid further landslip fears

Barriers have been placed on a seafront promenade in Dorset amid further landslip fears.

A 10 metre wide section of cliff at Canford Cliffs Beach at Poole slipped towards the promenade in April.

Borough of Poole said there has been significant movement of the targets used to record any cliff movement in the last few weeks.

The authority said: "There is a risk that material could pile up at the back of the beach huts which may be of sufficient force to damage them or cause a partial collapse."

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Councils reveal 'radical' ideas to ease Oxford traffic

Plans to solve congestion in Oxford have been unveiled after authorities said "doing nothing was not an option".

They include one-way routes for buses and access traffic, pavement widening, and extended cycle paths.

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council commissioned transport consultants to come up with the "radical" ideas.

Alex Hollingsworth, from Oxford City Council, said the city had "run out of room" for all the traffic.


Options put forward by consultants Phil Jones Associates and Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) include "low-traffic streets".

These would only allow buses and access traffic to travel in one direction, but cyclists could move in both directions using segregated lanes.

The councils said the aim was to make more of the "limited space" in Oxford available to cyclists and pedestrians.

Wednesday's weather: Drier and brighter today

After a chilly start, it will stay largely dry with sunny spells across Dorset.

It will feel a little milder than of late in light winds.

Maximum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

Wednesday's weather forecast

Car overturns on road in Caversham

A car has overturned outside a school in Caversham, blocking the road.

All three emergency services have attended the scene, outside Hemdean House School, on Hemdean Road.

A female driver is thought to have lost control of her vehicle, causing it to flip over. She is not thought to have life threatening injuries.

Car overturned
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Fish electrocuted for their own safety

Thousands of fish have been given electric shocks and moved out of Blake's Lock in Reading as part of a refurbishment project.

The action was taken to ensure the fish could be moved without being harmed.

Delays continue due to overturned A34 HGV

Delays for motorists continue heading south on the A34 towards Winchester.

The road remains closed from Bullington after a HGV carrying metal brackets overturned earlier this morning.

Traffic is being diverted from the A303.

Police say the road is expected to re-open around lunchtime.

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Man arrested for attempted murder over house fire

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a fire at a house in West Moors, Ferndown.

The blaze broke out in the detached property in The Avenue yesterday afternoon.

Police said a man was found at the scene was treated for smoke inhalation.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said the cause of the fire is not yet known - a joint investigation with Dorset Police is underway.

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Train named after Paddington creator Michael Bond

A train is to be named after the late Paddington creator Michael Bond later.

The Newbury-born author's wife Sue and daughter Karen Jankel will unveil the Great Western service at Platform 1 next to the statue of his world famous creation, Paddington Bear.

The train will then depart for Reading at 13:45

Michael Bond

Govia Thameslink franchise 'not providing value for money'

Passengers on Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services have suffered the worst rail disruption in the UK, according to a highly critical report.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said the UK's largest rail franchise had not provided value for money.

It found the services had been the "worst on the network" since Govia Thameslink (GTR) took over the routes.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said industrial action had caused a shortage of train crews.

It is being blamed for not ensuring adequate staffing before awarding the franchise.

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A34 closure expected until lunchtime

The A34 is expected to remain closed southbound until lunchtime today after an HGV carrying metal brackets overturned near Winchester.

Police have closed the road at Bullington Cross and Three Maids Hill.

The force said there were no serious injuries.

Traffic is being diverted southbound from the A303 at Bullington.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause and will update you when the road is reopened.

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Latest headlines: Man arrested for attempted murder after house fire

  • A 55-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder over a house fire in West Moors
  • The A34 is closed southbound between due to a HGV that has overturned and shed its load near Winchester
  • Disruption looms as rail strikes hit South Western Railway
  • Cancer patients face possible delays to their treatment at Churchill Hospital in Oxford due to a lack of staff
  • Staff at a mental health unit in Reading where three patients choked to death in six months - didn't understand what foods were suitably soft according to the health watchdog
  • Councils reveal 'radical' ideas to ease Oxford traffic