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  1. Updates from Wednesday 4 July

Live Reporting

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Good evening

Thanks for joining BBC South Live today.

The service will resume at 08:00 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport and weather for the Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Have a good evening.

Bouncy castle ban brought in by Havant Borough Council

Bouncy castles and other inflatables are to be banned at events on land owned by Havant Borough Council.

The local authority said the move followed recent tragedies involving bouncy castles and inflatables in Essex and Norfolk.

Three-year-old Ava-May Littleboy was thrown 20ft in the air when the inflatable trampoline she was playing on exploded on Gorleston Beach, Norfolk, on Sunday.

Her death came a fortnight after two fairground workers were jailed for manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle flew away with a young girl inside.

Summer Grant, seven, died after the inflatable was carried 300m across a park in Harlow, Essex, in March 2016.

Norfolk beach site
Ava-May Littleboy, three, was thrown off the blue bouncy trampoline, pictured in front of the slide

The recent tragedies involving bouncy castles and inflatables were due in one case to the inflatable being insufficiently moored in Essex (which is a manageable risk) and the other, in Norfolk, to an explosion for causes as yet unknown. The extreme high temperatures that are currently being experienced may have been a major contributory factor to the explosion, however we don't know this for certain. Until the cause of the explosion has been properly identified, it is not possible to manage this risk."

Havant Borough Council statement
Two lorries stuck on the road through Melbury Abbas

The parish council wanted lorries banned from the route after a number of vehicles became wedged.

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New attraction for Isle of Wight

Family tribute to motorcyclist after fatal crash

Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist who died following a collision near Stockbridge at the weekend.

Andrew Mayer, 61, of Fairways, Andover, died when his bike hit a blue Hyundai car at the crossroads with the B3420 and Newton Lane, on Saturday afternoon.

Hampshire police said investigations into the exact circumstances of the collision are ongoing.

Andrew Mayer
Family handout

He was a devoted father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many. His family and friends are left devastated by the sudden loss. No words can truly describe how deeply missed he will be.”

Family tribute

'Gareth Southgate Festival' launched

After England's cathartic win against Colombia in a penalty shoot out last night, Truck music festival in Steventon, Oxfordshire, has changed its name - on Twitter at least - to the Gareth Southgate Festival, "to celebrate the fact that football is definitely on its way home".

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Let's hope the England team's performance doesn't give it a reason to change its name back before the event on the 20-22 July weekend.

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Police and MP at odds over Portsmouth World Cup big screen idea

There is a row brewing about whether there should be a big screen in Portsmouth showing the England v Sweden World Cup match on Saturday.

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan wrote to the council leader Gerarld Vernon-Jackson urging him to erect a big screen,

“Sport both builds, and unites, communities. In our football loving city, I urge you to do all you can as Leader of the City Council to provide a public space for local people to come together as a city to watch England’s match on Saturday,” he said.

However a Hampshire police spokesperson said the force had advised the council against the idea due to "the considerable risks in relation to crime and disorder and safeguarding".

But she added the final decision laid with the council and the police would "evaluate the threat, harm and risk posed and will resource it with officers and staff as appropriate".

World Cup

Motorcyclist killed in collision on A31

A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision with a car on the A31 eastbound near Alresford and Winchester.

The crash happened at around 08:42 BST today at the junction with Rodfield Lane and Percy Hobbs roundabout.

The man, in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a woman, suffered minor injuries.

The road is now fully open following the crash and police are asking for witnesses to the collision to come forward by calling 101 and quoting 44180250358.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Cowes building site ready for World Cup clash

Efforts by these builders in Cowes obviously paid off, ahead of England's win on penalties against Colombia in the World Cup

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Heatwave forest fire worries

As the heatwave continues, there are concerns about potential heath and forest fires.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has tackled about 10 fires a day in the open in the past month - almost 300 in total.

Many of these have been caused by barbecues not being properly extinguished, glass bottles being left in the sun and out of control bonfires or campfires.

The New Forest is particularly vulnerable with the authorities issueing warnings to anyone visiting the national park.

New Forest

It’s a huge concern at the moment - the forest is tinder dry, it's not going to take much to have a forest fire. People need to be very careful - no cigarette butts out of windows, no disposable barbecues"

Alison HoareCabinet Member for Environment at New Forest District Council

Body found after 'unexplained' death

Divinty Road, Oxford
Police are treating the death as unexplained

Police discover a 54-year-old man dead at a property in Oxford.

Divinty Road, Oxford

Body found after 'unexplained' death

Police discover a 54-year-old man dead at a property in Oxford.

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Man arrested after fatal A34 crash

A man has been arrested after a car driver died in a collision on the A34 on Tuesday.

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway, just outside Bullington, at about 09:20.

Police said the incident involved a HGV lorry, a Peugeot van and a Toyota Auris.

The driver of the Toyota, a 43-year-old man from Reading, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other people suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital in Southampton. A third person suffered minor injuries.

The lorry driver, a 40-year-old man from Huddersfield, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, as well as drink and drugs driving offences.

Crash closes A31 between Winchester and Alresford

Smart motorway plans on show

A series of public information events will take place from this week about the plan to switch the M4 to a smart motorway.

Highways England will begin upgrading the 32-mile stretch of motorway between junction three at Hayes, west London and junction 12 at Theale, Berkshire after the summer.

This will be the longest smart motorway project in England to date and the entire upgrade is set to take more than three years, completing in the Spring of 2022.

Key features of a smart motorway include set speed limits to smooth traffic flows, converting the hard shoulder into an additional lane and the creation of emergency areas which will be no more than 1.6 miles apart.


Swanage Railway resumes after Corfe Castle fire

The Swanage Railway heritage steam service has resumed after the earlier fire at Corfe Castle which broke out close to its line.

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Cyclist hurt in Shinfield crash

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A cyclist has been injured after colliding with a car in Shinfield.

Ambulance crews were called to the scene on Shinfield Road shortly before 08:30.

South Central Ambulance Service said the cyclist had sustained a minor head injury and minor injuries to their legs. After initial treatment at the scene the cyclist was then taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Corfe Castle fire: Crews damping down

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Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said its crews were still dealing with the fire on a hillside near Corfe Castle.

Corfe Castle fire "not on National Trust land"

The National Trust which owns Corfe Castle has confirmed the nearby hillside fire is not on its land.

A spokeswoman said the smoke was causing issues for people trying to enter the attraction.

The castle, which reopened after restoration in 2008 attracted, 247,000 visitors last year.

Corfe fire

Video of Corfe Castle fire

This video by Virtual Swanage shows the extent of the hillside fire in the Purbeck countryside close to Corfe Castle.

Fire breaks on on a hillside near Corfe Castle in Dorset

Hillside blaze at Corfe Castle

The first images a fire near Corfe Castle in Dorset shows an area of hillside ablaze.

The Swanage Railway heritage line which runs close to the scene has suspended its services while the fire is tackled.

Corfe fire
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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A31 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A31 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between B3404 and Rodfield Lane.

A31 Hampshire - A31 Petersfield Road in Chilcomb closed eastbound between Percy Hobbs Roundabout and the Rodfield Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

New Slough development get for go-ahead

Tara Maxwell

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Plans to build two new hotels and 64 flats in Slough town centre are expected to be approved by the council later.

The development is planned for a prime location in the centre of Slough and is being built on the site of the old - and many would say little-loved - library which was built in the brutalist style.

The hotels will have 244 rooms between them and the flats will be a mix of studios, one and two bedrooms.

Slough council believes it's another reminder that the town is very much on the up, with developers keen to cash in on the Crossrail services which are due to start running through the town within the next couple of years.

Slough Library
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BreakingFire breaks out on Corfe Castle hillside

Firefighters are tackling a large blaze on the hillside close to Corfe Castle.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said two fire engines and a Landrover pump are on the scene with two further engines from Poole, including off road vehicles, en route.

A large area of steeply sloping railway embankment and hillside are said to be well alight

The Swanage Railway which runs nearby has been suspended.

Oxfordshire's fire tackle field fires

For the second day in a row, Oxfordshire's fire fighters have been called into action to help colleagues in neighbouring counties to fight a field fire.

A large-scale field fire broke out near Maidenhead yesterday afternoon. That follows on from a large fire in Little Marlow on Monday. And of course firefighters have been fighting large blazes up and down the country.

Marlow fire
South Central Ambulance Service

Training for wildfires is very difficult. When we are dealing with grass fires we use beaters and hose reels from the appliances but actually wildfires where it does get in to trees are very difficult to train for and in extremely arduous conditions, it takes a lot of physical effort and a lot of work to try and put them out.

Gary CouparOxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service

Dorset PCC warning of knife crime education

The Dorset police and crime commissioner (PCC) is writing to all schools in the county asking what they'll do to educate children about knives.

Martyn Underhill raised concerns about an increase in knife related crimes which went up by 56% in Dorset last year.

He says education is the key to preventing the kind of issues faced in other areas of the country.


We've now got schools under the local education authority and we've got academies, which means some schools get loads of input from the police education team and some don't get any. We've got to balance that so every child in Dorset knows how dangerous it is to carry knives.

Martyn UnderhillDorset PCC

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe accident, between J5 for A335 Wide Lane and J4 for M3.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M27 westbound between J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) and J4 M3, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Henley Regatta gets underway

The Henley Regatta gets underway today.

Hundreds of rowing crews from across the world will be competing on the Thames over the next five days. The races include all abilities from novices to Olympians.

The popular social event is also expected to attract thousands of people to the town.

Henley Regatta

Severe accident: A327 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A327 Berkshire both ways severe accident, between B3270 Lower Earley Way West and Whitley Wood Road.

A327 Berkshire - A327 Shinfield Road in Shinfield closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B3270 Lower Earley Way West junction and the Whitley Wood Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Fines for New Forest litter

On the spot fines of £80 are being introduced in the New Forest for anyone caught littering from cars.

The council's cabinet is set to approve the measure this morning in an attempt to crack down on littering that is harmful to a range of animals and wildlife.

It is also aiming to avoid forest or heath fires caused by discarded cigarettes.

New Forest
Mike Smith

Football team searches for "not a moron" coach

Maidenhead Town Football Club has announced it's looking for a new manager who "isn't a moron".

The advert on social media explains they're looking for a candidate who wants to manage a "pretty decent team".

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Weather: Bright and dry at first,

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A largely fine and dry start with early, hazy sunny spells.

Through the day, cloud will build from the south, with a few showers moving in from the south. Dry for most though. Not as warm as of late.

Highs of 23C

Weather forecast for 4 July

Two in hospital after Portsmouth tower block fire

More than 50 firefighters have tackled a fire in a bin chute at a block of flats in Portsmouth.

Crews were called to Handsworth House in Somerstown at 01:45 BST where the fire was affecting the 15th and 16th floors.

Two people were taken to hospital after breathing in smoke.

An investigation's underway into the cause.

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