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  1. Updates from Thursday 12 July

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All times stated are UK

Anton Walkes

Portsmouth sign versatile defender Anton Walkes from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee following an earlier loan.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

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M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, from J4 for to J5 for A335 Southampton Airport.

M27 Hampshire - M27 partially blocked and queuing traffic eastbound from J4 to J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of an accident.

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

School transport plan to be reconsidered

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A controversial plan which would mean children with special needs or disabilities paying £730 a year for school transport will be discussed in the autumn.

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet signed off the policy change at a meeting last month.

But dissatisfied councillors demanded it was reconsidered.

Yesterday, the cabinet decided that it would now go to a cross-party cabinet advisory group in the late autumn, ahead of its potential implementation in September 2019.

More than 2,000 people signed a petition opposing the policy.

Councillors agree to fund £1m repairs of the Cobb at Lyme Regis

Cobb at Lyme Regis
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The Cobb at Lyme Regis is set to be strengthened and resurfaced with £1m in funding to help protect it from collapse during stormy weather.

West Dorset district councillors agreed the funding on Tuesday, towards a project which could cost more than £2.3m.

The rest of the money will come from a Defra grant.

Councillors heard that preparatory work on the Grade 1 listed structure had revealed ‘significant’ signs of scour which is destabilising the structure.

An officer report stated: "Progressive movement of the structure is ongoing and this is apparent in longitudinal cracking and slab separation in both the low and high walkways as the main wall gradually spreads.

"Cracks and damage to wall facing are also apparent and raise concern over loss of core material and sudden collapse during storm conditions."

The repairs will see a new path on the Cobb wall being resurfaced to make it smoother and barriers installed on the high wall, as well as low level lighting to help prevent people falling into the sea.

Jamie Mackie

Oxford United sign striker Jamie Mackie on a two-year deal after his summer exit from Queens Park Rangers.

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Sir Cliff outside court

The singer is awarded £210,000 in damages after the BBC breached his privacy with its reporting of a police raid at his home.

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, from Js8,9 A404 to J7 for Huntercombe Spur.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from Js8,9 A404(M) Maidenhead to J7, Huntercombe (Slough West), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

£10m of road measures get go-ahead from council

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A raft of major highways improvement schemes have been given the go-ahead, including work on a road labelled Oxfordshire's worst.

Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet has approved a plan to bring £10m worth of major resurfacing projects ahead by a year.

As part of that work, resurfacing will take place on Kennington Road during this financial year at a cost of £730,000. Oxford residents said it was the poorest kept road in the county in March.

Other improvements will include extensive £9.1m work on the Botley Road corridor - which will stretch from Oxford station to Cumnor

Other projects include five sites on the Oxford Ring Road.

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J3 for M271.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J3, M271 (Southampton Docks), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Teaching the elite to fly helicopters
State of the art airborne classrooms to help test pilots perfect their helicopter flying skills.

Views sought over new Reading school plans

Plans to build a new school fin Reading have gone out for public consultation.

Land at Richfield Avenue, west of Rivermead Leisure Centre and bordering Thameside Promenade has been chosen as the preferred site for the new 900-place free school that could open in September 2021.

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Farnborough Air Show

Airbus executive claims the "best years" of the troubled super-jumbo programme are ahead of it.

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Motorcyclist sustains life-changing injuries in Purbeck crash with car

A motorcyclist has sustained life-changing injuries in a crash with a car in Dorset.

Halfway Inn on the A351
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The collision, involving a grey BMW motorcycle and a grey and black Renault Captur, happened in Purbeck on the A351 between Stoborough and the Halfway Inn (pictured) at 14:30 on Tuesday.

The rider of the bike – an 82-year-old man from Bournemouth - was taken to hospital, where he remains.

The 52-year-old driver of the car and his front seat passenger, a 52-year-old woman, were trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed by the ambulance service but were not injured.

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses.

Sir Cliff Richard arrives at the Rolls Building in London for the continuing legal action against the BBC

Ex-South Yorkshire Police chief describes his force's relationship with the BBC as a "shotgun wedding".

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Cliff Richard arriving at the Rolls Building in London on 24 April 2018

A BBC editor says he has no concerns about the broadcasting of images of a raid on the singer's flat.

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Reading Women striker Brooke Chaplen

Reading Women striker Brooke Chaplen extends her contract with the Women's Super League club.

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Motorcyclist killed in A35 crash named

A motorcyclist killed in a crash in the New Forest has been named by police.

Stefan Konstanty's bike collided with a Honda Jazz on the A35 at Hinton on 3 July.

Mr Konstanty, 64, of Grand Avenue, Bournemouth, died at the scene.

Police said investigations into the exact circumstances of the collision were ongoing and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Homes set for approval on hospital site

Plans for 200 homes on the site of Reading's Battle Hospital are set to be approved later.

The development on Portman Road encompasses the last remaining part of the old hospital - other parts of the site have already been used for housing and a supermarket.

About 50 of the homes will be set aside for affordable housing.

Computer generated image of the proposed Portman Road development
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Overnight road closures in Reading

Dorset NHS legal challenge continues

A legal challenge to plans to reorganise healthcare in Dorset continues at the High Court today.

Campaigners claim that moving A&E from Poole to Bournemouth will put lives at risk.

The Clinical Commissioning Group says it's aiming to save more than £200m a year by the reorganisation.

Under the plans, Poole Hospital will lose its accident and emergency, maternity and paediatric services to Bournemouth, which will become the main emergency hospital.

Poole will become a centre for planned treatment and operations.

A black cab with a protest sticker on the window

Jessica Labhart

Broadcast Journalist, BBC News

Many taxi drivers from around England say Wolverhampton council needs to tighten its licensing rules.

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Council reduces mowing to cut costs and help bees

Dorset County Council has revealed its efforts to help save bees, butterflies and moths are also saving the council £93,000 a year.

Environment groups are urging councils to reduce mowing of parks and roadside verges to provide wildflowers to help Britain's under-threat bees and save money.

The authority says it now only cuts rural road verges when needed, specifically to help wildlife.

Hampshire County Council says it is also drawing up plans to help pollinators.

Bee
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Are young people going cool on cars?

Could you live without a car?

Reya from London asked herself this question when she moved into a car-free development, but over the past year she's been fine.

Lil from Wimborne, Dorset, says she can't use rural buses because they are "rubbish" - but she's embarrassed to drive so much.

They are part of a trend of young people going cool on the car.

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Sir Cliff 'aimed to right a wrong'
Sir Cliff Richard's solicitor says the singer's motivation to take the BBC to court was not for personal gain.

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J16 for M40 J1A.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40 J1a, because of a broken down car.

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

Severe disruption: A415 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A415 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, from Moreton Lane to Appleton Road.

A415 Oxfordshire - A415 Kingston Road in Newbridge closed and slow traffic in both directions from the Moreton Lane junction to the Appleton Road junction, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe accident: A35 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Hampshire both ways severe accident, from Hill Lane to A33 Bassett Avenue.

A35 Hampshire - A35 Burgess Road in Shirley blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from the Hill Lane junction to the A33 Bassett Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

BreakingSir Cliff Richard wins case against BBC

Sir Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home in Berkshire.

High Court judge Mr Justice Mann has awarded him £210,000 damages.

The singer claimed the BBC's reporting of the 2014 raid, which was part of an investigation into historical child sex allegations, was a "serious invasion" of privacy.

Appeal after teen robbed of phone in park

Former Poole Crown Closures factory tower demolished

The tower at a former factory, which has dominated the skyline in Poole, has been demolished.

The former Crown Closures factory on Lake Road, Hamworthy, is being knocked down to make way for 104 new homes and a 66-bed nursing care home.

The factory closed in 2015.

Crown Closures factory and tower
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Crown Closures factory and tower demolition
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Crown Closures factory and tower demolition
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Crown Closures factory and tower demolition
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