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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, from J5 for A335 Stoneham Way Southampton Airport to J7 for A334 Charles Watts Way.

    M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound from J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) in Eastleigh to J7, A334 (Hedge End) in West End, because of a break down.

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

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    Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, from J1A for M25 J16 to J2 for A355.

    M40 Buckinghamshire - Temporary closure and stationary on M40 northbound from J1a M25 J16 to J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of an accident involving a lorry a car.

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

  3. School uses 3D printing to make protective masks

    Design and technology teachers at the independent Bryanston School near Blandford are producing protective face masks to be used by NHS staff.

    The masks will be worn by GPs and frontline NHS staff going into homes where patients have tested positive for Covid-19.

    Each teacher at the school is using a 3D printer at home to produce between 100-200 component parts, prior to final assembly of the masks.

    Christopher Mills, head of design & technology at Bryanston, said: "We are proud to support our local GPs and help protect local medical staff by providing these masks. We are pleased to be able to put our skills and equipment to good use."

    Mask parts in 3D Printer
  4. Merlin helicopters to help NHS fight coronavirus

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Helicopters usually used to hunt down submarines have been reassigned to help the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Three Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose will provide "round-the-clock assistance to the NHS" and ambulance service, acting as "flying ambulances and transporters, flying supplies and personnel".

    They will cover a population of more than 4.5 million people across Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Bristol, Somerset, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.

    Merlin heliopter
  5. Coronavirus: £4m art gallery project suspended

    Work on a new £4m art gallery has been suspended in response to the coronavirus crisis.

    Artist's impression of the Paddock Project gallery

    Sherborne Arts Trust's Paddock Project in Sherborne, Dorset, will include three gallery spaces, a coffee shop and incorporate the town's tourist information centre.

    Dorset Council approved the plans last June.

    "In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trustees of Sherborne Arts Trust and the Cannon Foundation have decided to suspend any further work on the project until further notice," a statement said.

    "It’s impossible to know how things will look in the coming weeks and months, certainly the impact on the construction industry may be felt for a long time to come."

  6. Police officers pay NHS tribute with bikes

    A team of neighbourhood police officers have spelled out the letters NHS with their bikes in tribute to the work of those on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Gosport Police said it was the "their little way of thanking them for the incredible work they are doing".

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, from J5 for A4 London Road to J6 for A355 Royal Windsor Way Slough.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on M4 westbound from J5, A4 (Langley) to J6, A355 (Slough), because of an accident involving lorry and a car.

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

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, from J6 for A355 Royal Windsor Way Slough to J5 for A4 London Road.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queues for two miles on M4 eastbound from J6, A355 (Slough) to J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident involving lorry and a car.

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

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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, from J4 for A331 Blackwater Valley Route to J3 for A322 Bagshot.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 northbound from J4, A331 (Camberley) in Hampshire to J3, A322 (Bagshot) in Surrey, because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Open-book exams to replace planned assessments for some Oxford students

    Oxford University
    Image caption: Oxford University students have been told open-book exams will replace planned assessments in some cases

    Oxford University has said open-book exams - where entrants are allowed to sit the assessment with their books - or other longer work to be completed over several days, will replace planned exams for some students this summer.

    In an email to students, the university's pro-vice chancellor (education), Professor Martin Williams, said most final-year undergraduates and taught postgraduates will have their planned exams replaced by those alternative forms of assessments.

    He said the majority of exams for first-year undergraduates would be cancelled and students "will be deemed to have passed".

    That excludes some studying law and medicine, where assessments will need to be carried out for professional qualifications. Details on how they will be dealt with will follow later.

  11. Coronavirus: Berkshire Women's Aid referrals rise

    Victim of domestic violence, controlling and coercive behaviour

    Berkshire Women's Aid has reported a steep rise in cases of families "fleeing to refuge", which it said was due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    The charity said it had as many referrals on Tuesday as would normally happen in a week.

    Writing on Facebook, it said: "This crisis is putting people at real increased risk."

    The charity said it was running short of bedding and has appealed for donations of quilts, pillows and other household items.