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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 6 June
  2. Fire crews tackle Poole waste blaze
  3. Four arrests in Oxford modern slavery raids

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

John O'Shea

Reading will sign defender John O'Shea on a one-year deal when his contract at Sunderland expires at the end of June.

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Police force seeks woolly teddy knitters

Dorset police have launched an unusual appeal - for people to knit teddy bears.

They are seeking people to knit bears to be carried in patrol cars and used to comfort young children who are distressed or experiencing a traumatic event.

The knitting pattern can be downloaded via www.dorset.police.uk/Buddies.

Completed teddies can be handed in at Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Blandford Police Station counters.

Dorset Police teddy bears
Dorset Police
Sam Matthews

Bristol Rovers will sign midfielder Sam Matthews on 1 July, the day his contract with AFC Bournemouth expires.

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Children's word of the year revealed

"Plastic" has been declared children's word of the year after analysis of the stories submitted by five to 13-year-olds in a writing competition.

Oxford University Press examined the words used in stories sent to BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show's 500 Words contest.

Plastic appeared 3,359 times in the 134,790 stories submitted - up 100% from last year. Unicorns, slime and the computer game Fortnite were among the other subjects that influenced children's language.

David Attenborough's Blue Planet II programme is credited with influencing children's writing, with titles such as The Plastic Shore and The Evil Mr Plastic, being sent in.

Blue Planet II highlighted the damage to oceans from plastic
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Poole industrial estate fire 'has been put out'

A blaze at an industrial estate in Poole has been extinguished, the fire service has said.

About 75 firefighters were on scene at the height of the blaze at Nuffield Industrial Estate which involved 600 tonnes of waste.

Two crews remain at the scene carrying out damping down duties.

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Dorset travel latest: 'Very serious crash' closes Weymouth road

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Roads reopen after industrial estate fire in Poole

Response 'scaled down' to waste fire

Fire crews have scaled down their activity at an industrial estate fire in Poole.

Seventy-five firefighters were at the scene during the height of the blaze, which started at a unit containing 600 tonnes of waste.

Two fire engines remain at Nuffield Industrial Estate, where the fire started shortly after midday.

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Severe accident: A354 Dorset both ways

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A354 Dorset both ways severe accident, between Merley Road and B3156 Portland Road.

A354 Dorset - A354 Portland Road in Wyke Regis closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Merley Road junction and the B3156 Portland Road junction, because of accident investigation work.

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

New Forest hit-and-run crash kills pet dog

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Berkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Berkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident.

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

Your pictures: Boats, castle and steam

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers: teggy, Ken Rayner and APM Farmoor, for their snaps of boats at Milford on Sea in Hampshire, Donnington Castle in Newbury, Berkshire, and The Cathedrals Express steam train in Oddington, Oxfordshire.

Milford on Sea
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Donnington Castle
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The Cathedrals Express in Oddington
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Send us your pictures of the region via our Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or on Twitter: @BBCBerkshire, @BBCDorset, @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCOxford.

Hundreds evacuated after waste fire

Nuffield Industrial Estate fire
Justin Batstone

Hundreds of people were evacuated from nearby businesses after fire broke out at an industrial estate in Poole.

Group manager Richard Coleman, from Dorset fire service, told the BBC the cause was unknown but "early thoughts" were that it could have been a disposable BBQ which had not been fully extinguished.

The fire has been brought under control and the incident is expected to be over before 17:00 BST, Mr Coleman added.

Severe accident: A420 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A420 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between Longwall Street and A4158 Iffley Road.

A420 Oxfordshire - A420 High Street in Oxford closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Longwall Street junction and the A4158 Iffley Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, between J2 for A36 and J1 for A31.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M27 westbound between J2, A36 (Salisbury) and J1, A31 (Cadnam), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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