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  1. Updates from Wednesday 27 June

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All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M271 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for Brownhill Way and M27 J3.

M271 Hampshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M271 northbound in Nursling Industrial Estate between J1 Brownhill Way and M27 J3, Romsey, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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Extra police in Reading for England's World Cup match against Belgium

Extra police officers will be drafted into Reading on Thursday night as large numbers of football fans are expected to watch England compete in the World Cup against Belgium on a big screen.

There is likely to be congestion in Friar Street after the final whistle when people start to leave, so members of the public are advised to avoid the area, Thames Valley Police said.

The road will be closed for the duration of the match, which kicks off at 19:00 BST.

The big screen, at The Biscuit Tin cafe and bar on Station Hill, will only be visible to people who have tickets.

Dorset police force merger plan moves forward

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A merger between Dorset and the combined Devon and Cornwall police forces could be decided with an 'in principal' decision by the Minister in less than a year.

Dorset Police and Crime Panel has been told that it will look in detail at the business case for the merger on 27 September with the deadline for formal comments on the proposal set for 12 October.

He said the panel would be asked to look at whether or not the merger proposals were likely to improve efficiency and effectiveness and have an impact on public safety and public support.

A "strategic alliance" between the forces, started in 2015.

Devon and Cornwall Police already share helicopter operations with Dorset
@NPASEXETER

Burst water main is ultimate sprinkler

This is the scene in Salisbury Road in Totton.

It was taken by Dave Dickinson.

Burst water main in Totton
Dave Dickinson

And this one is from Trevor Coucill:

Burst water main in Totton
Trevor Coucill

Poole junior doctors aim for national title

BBC Two

See how medics from Poole get on in BBC Two's new medical-themed quiz show.

Two teams of junior doctors from teaching hospitals around Britain go head to head as they tackle an array of rigorous questions ranging from diagnosing a patient's symptoms, prioritising cases in a mock A&E department and getting stuck in with their chosen specialism.

It is time for heat number two and battle of the 'pools' as and Poole Hospital went head to head with Blackpool Victoria Hospital for a spot in Friday's final and to be in with a chance of being crowned Britain's Best Junior Doctors.

Watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Junior Doctors
BBC

BBQ ban at Moors Valley Country Park

Disposable barbecues are being banned at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest in Ashley Heath from Sunday.

It's to try to reduce the chance of fires and environmental damage.

Visitors to the park will still be able to use barbecues - but only portable, re-usable ones.

Rangers at the park, are hoping that the step will also encourage visitors to reduce the amount of waste they produce which goes to landfill.

Moors Valley Country Park
Google

Petition to push for 50m pool in Reading

A campaign group is calling for a new 50m pool to be built in Reading.

More than 2,500 people have signed a petition which was given to Reading Borough Council last night.

The group, RG50, say current facilities are inadequate after the closure of Arthur Hill and Central swimming pools.

It says it is more economical to maintain and operate a single 50m pool than two 25m pools and a larger pool could easily be divided into two 25m pools so that it can cater for the needs of the whole community.

They want a new pool opened by 1 January 2021 at the very latest.

How a simple change is cutting coffee cup waste

A simple change in the way hot drinks are priced at Winchester University has made a big difference to the number of cups that are thrown away, and it's not costing customers anything extra.

Plastic coffee cup waste reduced with simple change

Missing toddler reunited with mother in Oxford

Firefighters have 10,000 litres of water delivered to put out heath fire

Heath Fire
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
Firefighters have been tackling a heath fire in Highwood

Firefighters have been tackling a heath fire in Wareham this afternoon and they've needed a lot of water to put it out.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue had a 10,000 litre water supply pump delivered from Poole to dampen down the blaze.

Three crews from Poole and Bere Regis were called to Holme Lane at 12:04 BST.

Hampshire travel latest: 'Serious' crash in Dummer

BBC News Travel

Police respond to 22 calls in seven days for dogs trapped in hot cars

Dorset Police are reminding dog owners to either take their dogs with them or leave them at home - not in the car.

It comes after officers revealed that over the last seven days they have responded to 22 calls from the public about dogs being left in cars.

This little terrier was rescued earlier today from a vehicle in Bournemouth.

Rescue
Dorset Police
This dog was rescued by police in Bournemouth earlier today

Heath fire at East Stoke

Military Cross medal sought by Bovington Tank Museum

The Tank Museum in Dorset has started an appeal to find the Military Cross (MC) won by the commander of its Mark V tank 100 years ago at the Battle of Amiens.

Harold Whittenbury’s heroics at the battle, which included ramming a building with his tank, earned him the bravery medal.

But its whereabouts are unknown and the museum has found scant information about the man who commanded the tank that is on display.

The Mk V tank in which Whittenbury won his MC
The Tank Museum
Harold Whittenbury
The Tank Museum
Dusan Tadic

Southampton's Serbia winger Dusan Tadic agrees to join Dutch club Ajax for an undisclosed fee after four years at St Mary's.

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CCTV upgrade planned in New Forest after vandalism

High UV levels across UK

Severe disruption: A27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, between A3 London Road and A2030 Eastern Road.

A27 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on A27 eastbound in Cosham between Portsbridge Roundabout and the A2030 Eastern Road junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

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

Hampshire travel latest: M27 slip road cleared after crash

BBC News Travel

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, at J4 for M3 affecting J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic on M27 eastbound at J4 M3, because of earlier police incident. Congestion to J3, M271 (Romsey).

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

Sudden sinkhole appearance causes disruption

The sudden appearance of a sinkhole has closed Bennet Road in Reading.

Thames Water is assessing the damage which is believed to be the result of a broken water main.

The broken pipe was discovered on Tuesday when the road surface began to break up due to water from the pipe washing away the supporting ground underneath.

Thames Water’s Tom Hutchinson said: “We suspect it could take up to a week [to repair] as there is a lot to do."

Bennet Road sinkhole
BBC

Dorset travel latest: A35 Christchurch Bypass lane closure 'to be lifted by rush hour'

BBC News Travel

Stuart Armstrong playing for Celtic

Southampton sign Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong on a four-year-deal, understood to be worth £7m.

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Severe accident: A327 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A327 Berkshire both ways severe accident, between Sheerlands Road and B3348 Fleet Hill.

A327 Berkshire - A327 Reading Road in Farley Hill closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Sheerlands Road junction and the B3348 Fleet Hill junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, at J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J7, A334 (Hedge End), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hampshire travel latest: M27 delays at Hedge End

BBC News Travel

Man sentenced over New Forest biker crash death

A motorcyclist who killed another biker in a head-on crash while overtaking a van in the New Forest has been given a suspended sentence.

B3054 Beaulieu Road in the New Forest
Google

Janek Szarzynski, 29, from Fareham, suffered serious head injuries in the crash on the B3054 (pictured) in February last year. He later died in hospital.

David Farr, 50, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday.

He was given a 16-months sentence, suspended for 24 months.

Farr, of Lepe Road, Exbury, was also disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to pay £725 costs and a £150 victim surcharge.

Gosport doctor 'dedicated to patients'

The husband of Jane Barton, the doctor who oversaw the practice of prescribing powerful painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, has told reporters she did her "best for her patients".

Isle of Wight main burst shuts road

Portsmouth road to remain closed 'for rest of day' after lifting tower detaches from tower

A major road in Portsmouth is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day after a lifting platform on the side of a tower block under construction became detached.

The detached lifting bridge on the tower block
@portsmouthroads

Portsmouth's Station Street was closed on Tuesday night as a "precautionary measure", the city council said.

It was expected to remain closed on Wednesday while two cranes were brought in to realign it, a spokeswoman added.

Members of the public have been advised to avoid the area.

Serious accident at Farley Hill, Berkshire

Travel: Rail lines reopen between Swindon and Didcot Parkway

Gosport hospital deaths: Statement read on behalf of Jane Barton

A statement has been read out on behalf of Dr Jane Barton, who oversaw the practice of prescribing "dangerous" amounts of painkillers on the wards at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

An inquiry found the actions caused the death of more than 450 patients.

The statement read out outside her house in Gosport by a spokesman said: "She has always maintained that she was a hardworking and dedicated doctor doing the best for her patients."

Jane Barton
PA

Wheelie bins for Portsmouth residents to boost recycling

People in Portsmouth are being urged to recycle more of their rubbish.

Residents in the city are to be given a 140 litre wheelie bin - currently many leave their rubbish in bags on the pavement.

The new bins will hold the equivalent of three bin bags which will be the limit.

The council says it will maintain weekly collections.