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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 25 April
  2. Weather: Breezy with sunshine and showers

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Thank you for joining us today.

    We will be back with all of the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Plans to redevelop Oxford's George Street buildings

    George Street Oxford

    Oxford City Council is submitting a planning application to redevelop council-owned buildings in the city centre into a restaurant and offices.

    The £9.75m project centres around 1-5 George Street.

    Ian Gray, interim regeneration and economy programme director, said: "There is a lack of quality office accommodation in the city centre, so this scheme format has considerable benefits in providing central office accommodation for businesses wanting to remain in a central location and potentially for attracting new businesses into the area."

  3. Annual league table of UK universities published

    Cambridge has topped an annual league table of UK universities for the eighth year running with The University of Oxford ranking second.

    Southampton has gone up six places to 20th and Reading has gone down five places to 32nd.

    The Arts University Bournemouth has moved up 12 places to 49th and at 51st Portsmouth is up five places.

    Bournemouth has dropped nine places to 66th and Winchester is down six to 91st.

    Solent has gone up five to 112th out of 131 institutions.

    The Complete University Guide 2019 rankings are based on 10 measures, including student satisfaction, research, entry standards, the proportion of good honours degrees awarded, graduate prospects and completion rates.

    Winchester University
  4. Police Federation criticises informing of crime victims

    Hampshire Police Federation chairman has spoken out after a man convicted of biting a police officer was released from prison before the officer was informed.

    John Apter said PC Danielle Rizewicz found out the man who attacked her had been released during a briefing when she came on shift.

    Quote Message: She felt she had not been treated as victims should be, is deeply offended by it and doesn't feel like justice has been done. from John Apter Hampshire Police Federation
    John ApterHampshire Police Federation
    John Apter
  5. Extra funding given to replace 'Grenfell' insulation

    Roof materials fitted to a community hall in Sherborne, Dorset, during its refurbishment have had to be changed after it was discovered to be the same material used in Grenfell Tower.

    The project at Sherborne West End Hall has been given an extra £20,000 by West Dorset District Council to cover the increased costs.

    Councillor Peter Shoreland said the insulation material "had to be changed at double the original cost".

    The work was expected to cost £328,500 - of which £200,000 had been pledged by West Dorset District Council.

    Sherborne West End Hall
  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Strike-threatened rail operator offers guard assurances

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A rail firm facing strike action says it has made assurances around the role of guards.

    Passengers using the operator's services in Devon, Dorset and Somerset are facing five days of disruption as union members strike over the the role of guards.

    South Western Railway (SWR) services to and from London Waterloo will be affected on 9, 11, 14, 16 and 18 May.

    Railway tracks

    There have been a number of strikes in recent months.

    The RMT union has said changing the role of guards and extending driver-only services would compromise staff and passenger safety, which the government denies.

    SWR, which only took over the franchise from South West Trains last August, said it had "offered assurances around the need for more guards in the future".

  8. Train timetable changes announced

    Departure times for every train run by the UK's busiest rail franchise change next month.

    Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has published new details of its train services that will affect almost a million journeys a day in south-east England.

    It warned that "there may be some disruption" as it embarks on "the biggest shake-up in UK rail history".

    All Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express services will be altered from 20 May, covering an area stretching from Cambridge and Peterborough to Brighton and Southampton.

    Southern Rail trains
  9. Police officers and biker hurt in crash

    Police investigating a crash involving a police car and a motorcycle in Oxfordshire have appealed for potential witnesses to contact them.

    The crash happened on the A417 at Rowstock at about 15:30 BST on Saturday.

    The biker, a man in his 40s, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

    The two officers, from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, received minor injuries.

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  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J13 for A34 Chieveley.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road London-bound at J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a shed load. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Two men sought over Dorset robbery

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a bar in Poole.

    Two men gained access to the first floor of Le Bateau in Ashley Cross shortly before midnight last Friday.

    Cash was stolen from a safe a short time later.

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  12. Rail strikes: RMT union members plan new walkouts

    Commuters are facing up to five days of disruption as union members at three train firms plan fresh strikes in a dispute over the role of guards.

    Strikes by workers at operators Northern, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway (SWR) are set to take place on 9 May, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said.

    SWR staff are also planning four 24-hour strikes on 11, 14, 16 and 18 May.

    The Department for Transport said the industrial action was "pointless".

    SWR
  13. Books appeal for Oxfordshire schools

    A lack of money is forcing several schools in Oxfordshire to ask for book donations to help stock their library shelves.

    At least three schools are using an online website to ask for help.

    Larkrise School in Oxford, Henry Box School in Witney and Marcham School have all appealed on the book charity website Book Buddies.

    Pupil reading book
  14. Queen presents new Standard to the Royal Tank Regiment

    The Queen, as Colonel-in-Chief, has presented a new Standard to the Royal Tank Regiment.

    The standard was presented at a parade in St George's Hall, Windsor Castle.

    Since 1960, The Queen has twice presented new Standards to the Regiment: in 1985 in Sennelager, Germany and in 2008 at Buckingham Palace.

    Formed during the First World War, the @RoyalTankRegt is the oldest tank unit in the world.

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