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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 30 January

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Thank you for joining us today.

    We will be back with all of the region's latest news at 08:00 tomorrow.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A3090 Hockley Link.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked on M3 southbound at J11, A3090 (Winchester South). Congestion to M3 J9 / A34 / A272 (Winnal roundabout / Winchester North).

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

  3. Maternity services restored after fire scare

    Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

    Maternity services have returned to normal at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital following a fire scare.

    Babies in the neonatal unit had been moved to safety after an overheating electric pump set off a fire alarm on Tuesday.

    Steam entered the ward and there was a smell of burning, fire officials reported.

    Confirming the unit was "fully operational again", hospital chief executive Alex Whitfield said: “We apologise for the inconvenience and concern this situation has caused."

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J3 for A322 Bagshot.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) in Hampshire and J3, A322 (Bagshot) in Surrey, because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Freezing start expected for Thursday morning

    Video content

    Video caption: Severe weather continues for UK

    Thursday morning is likely to be "the coldest start to the winter so far", BBC weather presenter Simon King says.

    Areas of the South will see temperatures dip well below freezing, with snow also forecast.

  6. Town council agrees tax rise

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A two per cent increase to Dorchester Town's share of council tax has been agreed.

    Two councillors argued against the rise but were told the money was needed for several ongoing projects,

    The increase will mean a rise of under £3.78 a year for a band D home. Council tax bills from the new Dorset Council, police and fire authorities will also have to be added.

    The change takes effect from April.

  7. Video content

    Video caption: Reading's WHSmith archive with a Nazi connection

    More than 200 years of archive for stationer WHSmith, held in Reading, has an unexpected Nazi connection.

  8. Council to invest £18m into port

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An investment of more than £18m could see Portsmouth International Port become a leading destination for cruise liners.

    The council is set to approve spending of £18.7m to boost the port's appeal in the global market, by improving its facilities and promoting the city as a must-see for tourists.

    As a result it is thought the port, which last year contributed £7.8m to the council's budget, could see more than 100 cruise calls a year by 2022 - up from 48 in 2018.

    Funding would pay for leveling work on the port's cruise berth, allowing for many more cruise liners to dock.

    Portsmouth
  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J11 for A33 Basingstoke Road to J10 for A329.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 eastbound from J11, A33 (Reading) to J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Video of snow settling in Corfe Castle

    Snow has fallen in many parts of Dorset this morning.

    Purbeck Ice Cream took this video of the snow falling over Corfe Castle.

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