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Man killed in rock fall was from Hampshire

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Sandymouth beach

A man killed by falling rocks was 66 years old and from Hampshire, police have said.

The man was killed on Tuesday when rocks fell on to him shortly before midday at Sandymouth beach near Bude.

Richard Gibbons from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC on Wednesday the man had been "up in the rocks and unfortunately suffered part of a rock fall".

He said: "The rocks fell on top of him and he was pinned by a substantial piece of stonework."

The man's body was recovered at about 15:45 on Wednesday at the end of a 28-hour operation by the fire service, coastguards and the police.

The man has not yet been named.

Autistic children's school being built in Hampshire

A school is being built for autistic children on the site of the former Chineham Park Primary School in Basingstoke.

Hampshire County Council is going to invest more than £10m pounds of government funding to build the school.

The new facility, due to open in spring 2021, will have places for 125 pupils with special educational needs and aged between 5 and 16.

Girl studying
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The school will have 125 places

Hampshire Day celebrations get underway

It's the very first Hampshire Day today.

The day, which will be held on 15 July each year, is a celebration of the county's history, tradition and cultures.

A new Hampshire flag has been raised to mark the day at a special ceremony held earlier at the Great Hall in Winchester.

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Watch: Today's weather for the south

It will be fine and dry today, with light winds and long sunny periods.

Some patchy cloud will bubble up, in what will be a warm afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F).

Fine and warm with lots of sunshine
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Weather for the south: 'Sunny intervals, patchy cloud'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

A mostly dry but cloudy day, with some brighter spells developing in the afternoon.

The odd shower cannot be ruled out, mainly early on, but most places should stay dry.

Maximum temperature 21 to 24C.

Warning as M27 set to be closed tonight

The M27 will be closed westbound due to roadworks between junction 10 for Alton and 8 for Bursledon from 20:00 BST this evening to 06:00 tomorrow.

Highways England has also warned commuters to expect further disruptions on the same stretch between 17-20 July.

BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

For most of us it will be mainly cloudy and dry, with warm temperatures where there is sunshine.

There is a risk of light drizzle in the east. Temperatures could reach highs of 23C.

Your pictures: Shiplake, Gosport and Lyme Regis

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers "cameracarrot", "Tony" and "dorset girl", for their snaps of dreamy-looking clouds over Shiplake in Oxfordshire, a golden sunrise over Gosport in Hampshire and Dorset's Lyme Bay shimmering in the summer sunshine.

Gosport sunrise
Lyme Regis
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Send us your pictures of the south region via our Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or on Twitter: @BBCBerkshire, @BBCDorset, @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCOxford.

Petersfield Infant School closed due to flood

Flooding has closed a school in Hampshire.

Petersfield Infant School on St Peters Road will be "fully closed" on Monday, the county council said.

Please check the authority's website for more information.

Petersfield Infant School

BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly dry with sunny spells but there is the risk of a shower.

Highs of 22C (72F).

A34 among England's 'worst roads'

A34 in Berkshire

The A34 between Hampshire and Oxfordshire has been rated one of England's worst roads.

Transport Focus published findings of its Strategic Roads User Survey of major A-roads managed by Highways England.

Worst ranked was the M20 in Kent which was described as "bumpy" and "full of potholes".

The best road, according to the survey of 8,500 people, is the A19 in the North East of England.

Coroners' retirement leads to service merger

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Coroner services across Hampshire could merge following the retirement of the county's senior coroners later this year.

Portsmouth, South East Hampshire, Southampton, Central & New Forest and North East Hampshire would be combined under the proposal, with Basingstoke office closing.

No courts would close but the move is predicted to save £25,000 a year for Portsmouth City Council, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Another option being considered by Portsmouth is a merger with Isle of Wight coroner service.

The options will be discussed at a cabinet meeting of Portsmouth City Council on Tuesday.

Update on Southern rail disruption

Rail services are returning to normal following the earlier incident at Southbourne, West Sussex.

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Southern rail services disrupted as person hit by train

There is disruption to rail services after a person was hit by a train at Southbourne, West Sussex.

Services were suspended on Southern between Chichester and Havant due to emergency services dealing with the incident.

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South of England weather: Dry with more sun later

BBC Weather

It will be rather breezy or even windy along the coast.

It will be dry with some areas of cloud this morning. However, more in the way of sunshine is expected in the afternoon.

Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for 3 July

Weather forecast for the South

A bright day lies ahead with highs of 21C
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Weather: Sunny start with cloud later

BBC Weather

A sunny start this morning. There will be more sunshine today, although some cloud is expected to develop.

It should remain dry throughout the day and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for Monday, 1 July