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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 7 August

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All times stated are UK

Wokingham's Market Place revamp ready for reveal

Lucy McHugh murder: Father's 'difficult and distressing time'

The father of murdered 13-year-old Lucy McHugh has said it is the "most difficult and distressing time" for him.

Lucy McHugh
Hampshire Constabulary

The body the teenager was found early on 26 July at Southampton Sports Centre, the day after she disappeared.

CCTV showing new confirmed sightings of Lucy the day before she was found stabbed to death was released by police on Thursday.

Andy McHugh said: "This is the most difficult and distressing time following the violent loss of my daughter Lucy.

"I am very grateful for the prayers and support being offered. I ask for privacy at this time."

Oxfordshire travel latest: M40 southbound lanes closed

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Seagull feeding and begging bans

New rules to tackle anti-social behaviour in Weymouth and Portland come into effect on Monday.

Seagull eating
BBC

Under the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) people caught begging, feeding seagulls or refusing to stop drinking alcohol in public could face fines of up to £100.

New signs have been placed around the borough to make people aware of the PSPO as well as maps explaining where the rules apply.

Motorists warned of delays on busy route into Reading

Bolton winger Yanic Wildschut

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Reading and Bolton Wanderers.

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Severe disruption: A43 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A43 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at B4100.

A43 Oxfordshire - A43 in Baynards Green blocked and queuing traffic southbound at Baynards Green Roundabout, because of a broken down coach.

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

Families 'scared to visit graves ' in Bicester churchyard

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J8 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J8 A40, because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 Frimley Interchange and J4A for A327.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound in Hampshire between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Turn your lights on' - Thames Valley Police warn motorists

Hampshire travel latest: Delays in Havant

BBC News Travel

Ben Thompson plays for Millwall in the FA Cup in 2018

League One side Portsmouth sign midfielder Ben Thompson on loan until the end of the season from Millwall.

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Severe accident: A34 Berkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Berkshire northbound severe accident, between A34 and A4185.

A34 Berkshire - A34 blocked and queuing traffic northbound between Beedon Turn Off in Beedon and Chilton Interchange in Chilton, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Marco Silva is taking charge of his first home game as Everton manager

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Everton and Southampton.

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Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of his first home game as West Ham manager

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between West Ham United and Bournemouth.

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, from J5 for A4 London Road to J4B for M25 J15.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from J5, A4 (Langley) to J4b M25 J15, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tax scammer targets Wimborne residents

In the last 48 hours, at least a dozen people in Wimborne have reported receiving scam calls from someone claiming to be from HMRC.

Dorset Police said the caller was intimidating, threatening to take the people to court or calling the police over money owed.

Officers said no-one had parted with money, but urged others to be vigilant.

#BeFraudAlert - Unfortunately Dorset residents are still being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC. Fra… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Rare butterfly returns to nature reserve

Black hairstreak
West Oxfordshire District Council

A rare butterfly has been spotted at a nature reserve in Oxfordshire for the first time in three decades.

The black hairstreak, which has a limited range - mostly in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire - is only seen in June and early July.

Stuart Hodges of Butterfly Conservation spotted the insect at North Leigh Common - the first confirmed sighting there since 1988.

West Oxfordshire District Council has introduced a new management plan for the common land to encourage the black hairstreak to thrive.

Hillier director takes up New Zealand post

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
BBC

The director of Hampshire's Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is leaving to take up a post at the Botanic Gardens of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wolfgang Popp has been been at Hillier's, near Romsey, since 2004, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

He said highlights included welcoming Sir David Attenborough to open the education garden and the Duchess of Cornwall becoming the garden's president.

The gardens, established by plantsman Sir Harold Hillier, were left to Hampshire County Council which now runs them as a charity to promote horticulture and conservation.

National League

Preview and live coverage of Saturday's National League game between Eastleigh and Wrexham.

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An illustration of the new homes at Corssways

Woodsford Farms wants to create 140 homes, a children's play area and open space at Crossways.

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Essex social workers to mentor Dorset teams

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dorset County Hall
Google

Council officers from Essex will spend 40 days working with Dorset County Council in a bid to improve the authority's child social care.

Essex County Council's children's services, which is rated "good", was chosen for a government scheme to help improve performance in other authorities, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Dorset County Council was ranked by Ofsted as "requiring improvement" in its work supporting children following an inspection in 2016.

Four held in 'forced labour' raids

Four people have been arrested in an operation to tackle modern slavery and forced labour.

Thames Valley Police raided a site in Paices Hill, Aldermaston, on Tuesday.

Suspected stolen property was also seized, including three caravans and riding tack, bridles and saddles.

One man, 30, from Aldermaston, was arrested on suspicion of forced labour offences.

Two men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of theft of a caravan.

All were released while investigations continue.

Plans approved to build homes on gardens

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Residents have lost their bid to stop six homes being built on gardens between two street in Sherborne.

Sherborne Castle Estates intends to develop the L-shaped plot between King's Road and Coldharbour, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

An adjoining site, which was also once gardens, already had consent for five properties.

Neighbours claimed the development would increase traffic and the probability of accidents.

Zigzag path at Highcliffe Castle

Plans to rebuild the beach path were initially scrapped after it was estimated it could cost up to £1.25m.

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More on tomorrow's rail strike

Rail map showing services during strike period
SWR

South Western Railway says it will run a reduced service tomorrow when RMT workers walk out for 24 hours.

Some routes will not have a train service or a replacement bus.

You can find the latest updates to services on the SWR website.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J9 for A34 to J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound from J9, A34 (Bicester) to J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, from J9 for A34 to J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound from J9, A34 (Bicester) to J8a, A418 (Oxford), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, from J8A for A418 to J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 in both directions from J8a, A418 (Oxford) to J9, A34 (Bicester), because of emergency repairs.

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

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South Western Rail strikes are set to go ahead this weekend.

RMT workers will walk out for 24 hours from midnight tonight in a long-running dispute over guards on trains.

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Birds of prey rescued from fire

Six birds of prey being kept as pets had to be rescued when their pen caught fire.

Crews were called to the blaze involving a large timber shed in Longparish, Hampshire, at 19:30.

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Major air and land search was false alarm

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A major search in Freshwater, on the Isle of Wight, involving ambulance, fire crews, police and coastguards turned, out to be a false alarm.

Paramedics were called at 23:00 on Thursday amid reports of an unconscious patient on the cycle track between Afton Road and Freshwater Causeway.

Ambulance services requested help locating the casualty with a helicopter, thermal imaging cameras and specialist lighting but the search was called off at 01:30 when nothing was found.

A fire service spokeswoman said the initial call had been "with good intent".

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, from J3 for A322 Bagshot to J4 for A331 Frimley Interchange.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound from J3, A322 (Bagshot) to J4, A331 (Camberley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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