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  1. Trio jailed over Berkshire break-ins

    Three men have been jailed over two burglaries in Berkshire.

    Mickey Smith, 33, of Slough, Thomas Small, 27, from Aldermaston, and Paddy Cronin, 23, from Hook, stole jewellery, cash, a safe and a BMW from family homes in Maidenhead and Woodley.

    Smith and Cronin each received a three-year jail terms and Small was sentenced to three-and-a-half years.

    Investigating officer DC Barry Johns, said: “Convicting these burglars will help to protect our residents from the distress and loss that these offences cause."

    Paddy Cronin, Thomas Small and Mickey Smith
  2. Portsmouth stabbing: Second arrest after man found in street

    A second man has been arrested over the stabbing of a 20-year-old man found in a Portsmouth street.

    The man, from Birmingham, was found with serious injuries in Middle Street shortly before midnight on Saturday.

    A 23-year-old man, from London, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

    A 21-year-old London man previously arrested on the same charge was later released with no further action to be taken.

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    Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, at J14 for M27 affecting J9 for A34 Winnal roundabout.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and stop-start traffic on M3 southbound at J14 M27, because of an accident. Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to J9, A34 (Winnal roundabout).

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

  4. Selfie of Ukranian people smuggler released

    Pictures have been released of a former ballet dancer and a chef who have been jailed for attempting to smuggle six Ukrainians into the UK on a yacht.

    Vladyslav Kurtoglu and Dmytro Kruik were caught when their yacht was intercepted in Hayling Island, Hampshire, in May 2017.

    One photo is a selfie taken by Kruik en route from France to the Hampshire coast.

    The pair told Border Force officers poor weather had forced them to seek harbour in the UK.

    Kurtoglu, 50, was jailed at Portsmouth Crown Court for six years after being convicted of assisting unlawful immigration and Kruik, 29, was jailed for three years and nine months, having admitted the same offence.

    Kruik took a selfie en route to the UK
    Image caption: Kruik took a selfie en route to the UK
    Vladyslav Kurtoglu and Dmytro Kruik were both jailed for assisting unlawful immigration
    Image caption: Vladyslav Kurtoglu and Dmytro Kruik were both jailed for assisting unlawful immigration
  5. Isle of Wight council-run school plan gets government approval

    A plan to close an Isle of Wight academy to create a new all-through, council-run school, has been given government approval.

    The Department for Education has given the go-ahead for the closure of Sandown Bay Academy.

    Its operator, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), had blamed a decrease in pupil numbers for falling income.

    Isle of Wight Council said there would be a "smooth transition" for pupils at the new The Bay school.

    Sandown Bay sign
  6. Second murder arrest over park stab death

    A second man has been arrested after a man was stabbed in a park in Basingstoke.

    Forensic officers at the scene

    Jason Williams died after being attacked in Russell Howard Park in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

    A 37-year-old man from Basingstoke has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Earlier, a 34-year-old man, also from Basingstoke, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Both men are currently in police custody.

  7. Man repeatedly punched in Reading robbery

    A man has been punched "several times" and had his mobile phone stolen in a street robbery in Reading.

    Thames Valley Police say the 20-year-old victim was walking along Oxford Road while using his phone when he was approached by two men.

    Oxford Road
    Image caption: The incident took place on Oxford Road, near the junction with Bedford Road, in the centre of Reading

    They demanded his phone and money, punching him several times. They stole the phone and some cash from him. The phone has since been found.

    The victim sustained some swelling and bruising to his face but did not require hospital treatment.

    The force are appealing for witnesses.

  8. Ukraine duo jailed for people smuggling off Hayling Island

    Two Ukranian nationals have been jailed for attempting to smuggle six of their countrymen into the UK on a yacht.

    Vladyslav Kurtoglu, 50, was sentenced to six years at Portsmouth Crown Court after being convicted of assisting unlawful immigration.

    Dmytro Kruik, 29, was jailed for three years and nine months, having admitted the same offence.

    The pair were caught in May when their yacht was intercepted near Hayling Island in Hampshire with six additional Ukrainian men on board.

    Kurtoglu, who had previously been a ballet dancer and choreographer, and Kruik, a chef, had sailed to the Hampshire coast their yacht, the Tazik, from Barfleur in north-west France on May 20 2017.

    Tazik and Border Force vessel
  9. Anti-Brexit bus 'banned' from parking in Oxford

    Brexit Facts Bus
    Image caption: The bus tour has been organised by the "Is it worth it?" campaign after a crowdfunding appeal

    A council has been criticised for "banning" an anti-Brexit bus from stopping in a street in Oxford.

    The "Brexit Facts Bus" started a tour of the UK earlier but has been told it cannot park on Broad Street on Monday 26 February.

    Secretary of the Oxford European Association John Tanner called it an "extraordinary" attack on free speech.

    But Oxfordshire County Council said it could not "permit political advertising on the highway".

    The Conservative-controlled authority added the rules were the same whether they were "signs or vehicles parked on the road for an event" and applied to all councils under the Local Government Act 1986.

  10. Bellamy in talks to be new Oxford boss

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales

    Craig Bellamy
    Image caption: Craig Bellamy spent 2010-11 on loan at Cardiff City and joined on a permanent basis in August 2012

    BBC Sport Wales say Oxford United are in talks with Craig Bellamy about becoming their new manager.

    The former Wales and Liverpool forward works for Cardiff City as their player development manager.

    The 38-year-old was interviewed for the Wales job before his ex-team-mate Ryan Giggs was appointed in January.

    The U's are without a manager after sacking Pep Clotet last month.

    If appointed, it would be Bellamy's first senior managerial role.

  11. Woman dies in crash near Kirtlington

    A woman has died after the car she was driving collided with a vehicle travelling in the other direction in Oxfordshire.

    The woman in her thirties was driving a Toyota Yaris along the Portway near Kirtlington towards Lower Heyford at about 08.40 GMT.

    Police said she died at the scene and are appealing for witnesses.

    Two people who were the other car, a Skoda Yeti, were taken to John Radcliffe Hospital before being discharged.

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    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A30 and J7 for A30.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J6, A30 (Basingstoke) and J7, A30 (Basingstoke), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Ringwood mink fur farm raid sanctioned by police

    Police allowed animal rights activists to attack a fur farm causing thousands of mink to be released into the countryside, it has emerged.


    The raid in Crow Hill Farm near Ringwood in 1998 was carried out by a group which had been infiltrated by the Metropolitan Police, the force said.

    It said its actions had "impacted" on the Hampshire police investigation.

    No charges were ever brought over the attack in which up to 6,000 mink were set free.