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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 11 April

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. First winner in Havant lottery

    The first winners of Havant Borough Council’s community lottery have today been revealed.

    There were 1,230 tickets sold which supported more than 45 local charities and good causes. The counil hopes to raise more than £40,000 for local groups each year.

    Andrew Vassallo from Havant, matched three numbers and won £25. Each ticket costs £1 and has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize every week. There is a £25,000 jackpot prize for anyone who matches all six numbers.

    Portsmouth City Council launched a similar online lottery in 2016.

    Andrew Vassallo
  2. Brighton Belle brought back to life

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    Video caption: Famous train makes comeback after 46 years

    One of the country's best known electric trains is being brought back to life, 46 years after it last carried passengers.

    The Brighton Belle was a luxury Pullman service, which was often seen on the South coast, with top quality dining and beautiful art deco interiors.

    The train, which will be based in Eastleigh, will carry passengers across the country once again when the restoration is finished in the autumn.

  3. Police appeal over Portsmouth hit-and-run

    Police in Portsmouth want to speak to a driver who was involved in a collision with a cyclist on Monday and failed to stop at the scene.

    The 15-year-old cyclist needed hospital treatment for a knee injury after the collision in Gladys Avenue, near the junction of Ophir Road shortly after 11:00.

    A silver car is believed to have been involved and police are urging the driver and any witnesses to come forward.

  4. Reading half-marathon: cancelled race will not be rescheduled

    Organisers of a half-marathon called off because of wintry weather have said the race will not be rescheduled.

    The Reading Half-Marathon was called off on 18 March because snow and ice on the course had made it "unsafe".

    Sweatshop, organisers of the road race, said "the logistics and complexity" of the route and time constraints made it "impossible" to rerun.

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    Video caption: Organisers called off the Reading Half Marathon at about 06:30 GMT with "deep regret".
  5. Titanic musical opens before anniversary

    The stage show Titanic the Musical opens in Southampton tomorrow, as part of its UK tour.

    The award-winning production which opened on Broadway arrives in the city a few days before this weekend's anniversary of the liner sinking on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 2012.

    Critics have suggested bringing the musical to the city that Titanic set sail from is in poor taste, but Michael Ockwell, chief executive of the Mayflower Theatre said it "deals with a challenging subject in a very compassionate way."

    "What you see on stage is the aspiration and the opportunity people took on this ship to pursue a new life," he added.

    More than 500 people from the city died in the sinking.

    Titanic the Musical
  6. Premier League stats: Bournemouth are comeback kings

    BBC Sport

    Cherries fans should know not to leave their seats before the end of games this season.

    Incredibly, there has been a goal in the 89th minute or later in each of Bournemouth's past seven Premier League games, with five of those affecting the result.

    But nobody comes close to the ultimate kings of the comeback - Newcastle United in 2001-02.

    Sir Bobby Robson's team picked up an incredible 34 points from losing positions that year as they finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League.

    Points won from losing positions this season
    Image caption: Points won from losing positions this season
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A4 Berkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4 Berkshire both ways severe accident, around Colnbrook By-Pass.

    A4 Berkshire - A4 Colnbrook By-Pass in Slough closed and very slow traffic in both directions around the Colnbrook By-Pass junction, because of an accident.

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

  8. Threatened tree's 'heart rot' fungus confirmed

    "Umbrella tree" in East Cowes

    A landmark tree, which faces the axe because of a risk of collapsing branches, is infected with a "wood-rotting" fungus, a report has confirmed.

    The so-called "Umbrella tree" in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, won a reprieve after TV presenter Chris Packham backed a campaign to save it.

    Tree experts commissioned by campaigners have reported the "Velvet fungus" will eventually result in the tree's "death or structural deterioration".

    The report supports a council assessment, that the fungus had been "misidentified" by the campaigners' previous expert.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, at J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound at J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a vehicle fire.

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

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    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at J10 for A43 Brackley.

    M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident involving van that has left the carriageway. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. JRR Tolkien's first Middle Earth story, The Fall of Gondolin, to be published

    The cover of The Fall of Gondolin has been illustrated by Alan Lee
    Image caption: The cover of The Fall of Gondolin has been illustrated by Alan Lee

    JRR Tolkien's The Fall of Gondolin, which the author described as "the first real story" set in Middle-earth, is to be published as a standalone book for the first time.

    The book charts the story of an elven city sacked by the Dark Lord, Morgoth.

    The author and Oxford don started writing it in 1917, before returning to Middle-earth for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

    Tolkien Society chair Shaun Gunner said many fans regarded The Fall of Gondolin as "the Holy Grail of Tolkien texts".

    The Fall of Gondolin is the second "new" work to be edited and released by Tolkien's son Christopher Tolkien in two years.

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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 - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. Sun to come out this afternoon

    The sun is expected to come out later this afternoon after a grey and wet start to the day.

    Temperatures are forecast to peak at 14C before dropping to 9C overnight.

    BBC weather
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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of an accident.

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