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  1. Man arrested on suspicion of murdering wife

    A man from Dorset has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife who he reported missing as the newlyweds sailed off the coast of Cuba, the FBI announced.

    Lewis Bennett, 41, from Poole, was arrested on suspicion of second degree murder in a Miami court on Tuesday where he was to be sentenced for smuggling stolen coins during the voyage in May from which he was rescued alone.

    In a court document, FBI Special Agent James Kelley said the bureau believes Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Isabella Hellmann, the mother of his child.

  2. Dorset's zigzag path repairs to get funding

    A cliff path from Highcliffe Castle to a Dorset beach should be given extra funding for reconstruction work to make it safe again, a taskforce has recommended.

    The zigzag path near Christchurch was closed by the borough council in March last year because of safety fears.

    Having originally voted not to proceed with rebuilding, members reviewed the decision and commissioned consulting engineers, AECOM, to refine their designs.

    The task force says £239,500 should be set aside to allow the path to be rebuilt. The total budget now being requested is £884,500 rather than the original estimate of £1,250,000.

    Zigzag path
  3. Two jailed after Xmas present burglary

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC South

    Oxford Crown Court
    Image caption: Matthew Webb and Daniel Webb were sentenced to 10 months in prison by Judge Ian Pringle

    Two brothers have been jailed for 10 months for handling £2,000 of presents stolen in Oxford on Christmas Eve.

    Five bin bags of wrapped gifts, toys, and clothes were taken from a house in Walton Street on 24 December 2017.

    Daniel Webb, 34, and Matthew Webb, 36, both of no fixed address, denied burglary but admitted handling stolen goods.

    A prosecutor said about a quarter of the presents were found in a tent where they lived on 4 January.

    Judge Ian Pringle said it would have been "blindingly obvious" the items were stolen Christmas gifts.

  4. Schools to merge after vote of confidence

    The merger of two schools in Sandhurst, Berkshire, has been approved after more than 70% of people surveyed agreed with the plan.

    College Town Infant and Junior schools will be joined to create one primary school, which should be running by this September.

    Bracknell Forest Council says it will provide better continuity of education and progression for pupils.

    College Town Junior School
  5. Panel reviews maternity downgrade

    Horton protest outside the Examination Schools, Oxford
    Image caption: Campaigners have fought against the changes to maternity services in Banbury

    An expert panel has completed a review of controversial changes to maternity services at Horton General Hospital in Banbury and filed recommendations.

    It was examining the decision to permanently change the Horton’s maternity department from a consultant led unit to a midwife led one last summer.

    The move, by Oxfordshire Clinicial Commission Group, was referred to health secretary Jeremy Hunt after a council committee said it was not in the “best interests" of residents.

    Mr Hunt passed the matter to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and health minister Steve Brine said he would consider its advice and recommendations in the next few days.

  6. Man cleared of rape near nightclub

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC South

    Atik nightclub in Oxford
    Image caption: The attack was alleged to have happened close to Atik nightclub in Oxford

    A man has been cleared of raping a woman after she left a nightclub in Oxford.

    Suranga Wijethunga, of Speedwell Street, Oxford, denied a single count of rape during his trial at Oxford Crown Court.

    The attack was alleged to have taken place in an alleyway near the Atik nightclub on Park End Street at about 02:00 BST on 17 June 2017.

    A jury earlier found the 32-year-old not guilty after a seven-day trial.

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    Severe congestion: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe congestion, at J15 for M4 affecting J13 for A30.

    M25 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J15 M4. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

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

  8. Thousands cancel Oxfam donations over Haiti scandal

    About 7,000 people have stopped making regular donations to Oxfam since it emerged some of its staff used prostitutes in Haiti, MPs have heard.

    The boss of the Oxfordshire based charity, Mark Goldring, apologised to the International Development Committee for the damage done to people in Haiti and the wider efforts of aid workers.

    He said 26 claims of sexual misconduct were made since the scandal broke.

    Save the Children chief executive Kevin Watkins told MPs the charity had investigated 53 allegations in 2016.

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    Video caption: Oxfam's Mark Goldring apologises to MPs over Haiti sex scandal
  9. CCTV image of armed robber released

    Thames Valley Police has released a CCTV image of a man they are hunting in connection with three robberies at convenience stores in Wendover, Marlow and Earley.

    The man was armed with a machete and a hand gun in the incidents at the weekend.

    Detective Inspector Jonathan Groenen said: "Thankfully no one was injured in any of the robberies however they caused distress to the victims."

    He appealed for anyone with a dash cam who was driving past around the time of the incidents to check the footage and come forward.

  10. KFC says stores are starting to reopen

    Image caption: Last week, the fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, which has blamed "operational issues" for the supply disruption.

    KFC says some of the outlets which had to close when delivery problems meant they ran out of chicken have reopened.

    Latest figures show that 470 of the fast-food chain's 900 outlets in its UK-based division were shut as of 13:00 on Tuesday.

    That compares with 575 that were closed at 21:00 on Monday.

    Last week, the fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, which has blamed "operational issues" for the supply disruption.

    Across the South several branches remain closed.

  11. Man jailed following stabbing in Poole

    Rory John O’Leary, 21, from Poole, has been jailed for three years and three months after stabbing a man outside Munchies kebab shop on Old Orchard in Poole.

    The victim, in his 20s,was treated in hospital for stab wounds to his forearm and arm pit.

    O'Leary admitted charges of unlawful wounding, criminal damage, assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty, a racially aggravated public order offence and breaching a suspended prison sentence.

    Detective Constable Jo Regan, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Rory O’Leary subjected his victim to a violent attack and it is fortunate the injuries sustained were not even more serious."

    Old Orchard
  12. Fourteen arrested in avoiding justice probe

    A Thames Valley Police probe has led to the arrest of 14 people on suspicion of evading justice and failing to appear at court.

    Arrest attempts on 96 people were made between 30 January and 1 February across parts of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to locate a number of offenders.

    Police tape

    A total of 12 men and two women were located as a result of those enquiries, the force said.

    They were facing a variety of offences which include assault, burglary and theft.

  13. Child refugee numbers grow in the South

    The number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children being supported by local authorities in the South has increased dramatically in the last few years.

    Numbers have doubled in Berkshire and Oxfordshire from last year, with both areas taking care of more than 50 young people who come mainly from Eritrea, Albania and Afghanistan.

    The six council's in Dorset and Hampshire, meanwhile, provided care for 40 children in 2013, but that number has grew to 180 in 2017.

    Image caption: Conflicts elsewhere in the world are seen as the main reason for the rise
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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J10 for A329 and J11 for A33.

    M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of a broken down vehicle.

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