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Summary

  1. Jailed texting van driver who killed cyclist has appeal thrown out
  2. Iron Age hill fort Maiden Castle features in new set of Royal Mail stamps
  3. Aslef offers to suspend industrial action on Southern rail if new talks are set up
  4. MP urges government to speed up Dorset combined authority plan
  5. Updates from Tuesday 17 January

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Man in court over three-year-old's crash death

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

A man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a three year old girl on the A34 near Oxford by dangerous driving.

Isla Wiggin
Thames Valley Police

Isla Wiggin from Fleet in Hampshire and her unborn baby brother died in the crash at Hinksey Hill in August.

A lorry and seven cars were involved.

Thomas Hunter who's 58 and from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire is also charged with causing serious injury. He's been bailed to appear at Oxford Crown Court next month.

Councils prepare for freezing temperatures

Gritters will be out in force tonight, with temperatures expected to fall to freezing.

In Southampton, the council has said it will send its fleet of gritters out from 19:00 this evening, to ensure the city's priority routes do not get too treacherous for drivers.

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Southern train

A strike by train drivers is off as Aslef and Southern agree talks but an RMT strike is set to go ahead.

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Southampton attempted burglary CCTV footage released

A CCTV image of two men police want to trace in connection with an attempted burglary at a block of flats in Southampoton has been released.

Police said they want to to identify the two people in the image after a window was prised open at the back of a flat on St Mary Street on Friday 13 January.

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Dorset's councils committed to combined authority plan

Poole council's chief executive says Dorset's councils remain committed to creating a combined authority to oversee transport and economic issues in the county.

Bournemouth and Poole from the air
BBC

The plan - which is not related to proposals to cut the number of councils - would see the creation of a new authority involving representatives from all nine councils as well as the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Andrew Flockhart - who is also the lead officer for the Dorset Combined Authority - said officials were working to iron out technical issues with the proposal, which was submitted to government last year.

He said the creation of the combined authority was a "very different proposition" to cutting the number of councils from nine to two.

Weather latest: Chilly evening ahead

After a bright and clear start to the day, it will remain dry and cold into the evening. 

Temperatures will quickly fall further overnight, leading to a widespread sharp frost and perhaps isolated freezing fog patches.  

BBC weather forecast for Berkshire
BBC

Video: Texting driver's jail sentence upheld

Christopher Chope

Christchurch MP Christopher Chope urges the government to speed up the creation of a combined authority for Dorset.

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Increase in 999 ambulance emergency calls

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people to use its free "Choose Well" application for smartphones after a rise in non-emergency call outs today.

The app has been launched to provide advice on which part of the health service people should contact when ill or injured.  

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Lost bunny seeks owner

Police officers in Havant are trying to find the owner of a bunny soft toy.

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Revolving artist studio nears last few weeks

The second year of a travelling revolving art studio is coming to an end.

The Observatory project has seen six artists each spend two months working inside the temporary studio in two locations, Mottisfont and Beaulieu.

Identical in dimensions, one is a weather tight space for the artists, the other open for the public to use.

The structures remain at Buckler's Hard until 21 April.

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Its organisers have said it's hoped the structures will move to the Jurassic Coast if funding can be secured for a third year.

The idea is a follow on from the Exbury Egg - which saw artist, Stephen Turner spend a year working inside a giant egg anchored on a Hampshire river.

Tribute to father-of-two killed in crash

The family of a man killed following a crash on Perham Down Road, Great Shoddesden has paid tribute to him. 

Christopher Guilford, 22, of Tidworth, who was driving a Peugeot 206, died after a collision with a Ford Kuga shortly before 18:00 GMT on Friday. 

The father-of-two's family described him as a "best friend and much loved buddy to many". 

Christopher Guilford
Family handout

In a statement, Mr Guilford's family said he always had "so much love to give to his family, friends and the outdoors, especially horses and his beloved Liverpool FC".

The other driver, a 32-year-old man from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, was uninjured. 

Witnesses to the crash, have been asked to contact police.

Planning officers recommend approval of Red Funnel’s ‘Plan B’

Afternoon weather: 'Dry but feeling cold'

BBC Weather

Many places will have increasing amounts of sunshine this afternoon, but a little cloud is still likely at times.

However, it will remain dry everywhere, with light winds, but also feel cold. 

Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

Christopher Gard

A van driver who was jailed for killing a cyclist while texting loses his appeal to have his sentence cut.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, at J10 for A32.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J10, A32 (Wickham), because of an accident.

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MP urges government to speed up combined authority plan

Christchurch MP Christopher Chope has urged the government to speed up the creation of a combined authority for Dorset. 

The proposals - which are separate to plans to cut the number of councils in the county - were submitted to the government in July last year. 

Under the plans, Dorset's nine councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership, would work together on key issues. 

Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole
BBC

The government previously said a decision would be made in early 2017.  

'Relief' as texting driver's sentence is upheld

The brother of a cyclist killed by a van driver who was texting a message to arrange a dog walk on his mobile has said it was a  "a relief" the original sentence has been upheld.

Father-of-two Lee Martin, 48, was taking part an organised cycling event when he was hit by Christopher Gard's van on the A31 near Bentley in August 2015.

Gard lost his appeal earlier to have his nine-year sentence cut.

Lee Martin
Family handout

Lee Martin's brother Darrell said "It sends a signal that using a phone at the wheel can cause deaths, and it's a benchmark that strongly shows the original trial judge was correct.

"We're glad it's over."

Gard, 30, from Alton was jailed on 5 September after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. 

He had seven previous convictions for using a phone at the wheel.  

19-inch rat caught in Dorset!

 A 19-inch rat has been caught by a pest exterminator in Dorset.

Terry Walker from TP Pest Control Services, who caught it, says it was a rather "unusual" find. 

A rat
TP Pest Control Services Dorset
The rat measured 19 inches
Terry Walker holding the rat
TP Pest Control Services Dorset
The rat was found by Terry Walker

Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J11 for A27 Fareham and J12 for M275.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound between J11, A27 (Fareham) and J12, M275 (Portsmouth), because of an accident.

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Aslef in Southern strike suspension offer

The train drivers' union has offered to suspend industrial action on Southern Railway if the company agrees to new talks hosted by the TUC.

Drivers are due to hold a further three days of strikes next week.

Southern Rail
BBC

Mick Whelan, Aslef general secretary, said: "I am proposing a new process to try and find a resolution to our industrial dispute with Southern rail."

Aslef and Southern should "engage in intensive talks under the auspices of the TUC as soon as possible", he said. 

'Dog text' killer driver sentence appeal dismissed

A driver who killed a cyclist, after texting a message about a dog walk on his mobile phone, has had his appeal to have his sentence reduced dismissed.

Lee Martin, 48, from Basingstoke, died in hospital after he was hit by a Ford Transit van on 12 August 2015. 

Christopher Gard, 30, of Alton admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for nine years. 

Gard had been convicted of using his phone whilst driving numerous times prior to the event.

Christopher Gard
Hampshire Police

Dismissing the appeal at the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Edis described it as "a truly exceptional case of its kind" - he said Gard had "a truly extraordinary criminal driving record".

"It appears to us that it was inevitable that sooner or later serious harm to the public was likely to be caused by this conduct.

"He did not care about the danger he presented, he simply placed his own wishes ahead of the lives of others."

Alex Thomson: Sailor remains second in Vendee Globe fightback

Gosport-based sailor Alex Thomson remains about 75 miles behind leader Armel le Cleac'h in the Vendee Globe race. 

The Frenchman continues to lead despite Thomson claiming a world record while narrowing an earlier gap. 

Thomson, 42, and his team say he set a solo 24-hour world mark of 536.81 miles from Sunday to Monday, though it is yet to be officially ratified. 

Le Cleac'h and Thomson are expected to finish at Sable D'Olonne on France's Atlantic coast on Thursday.

Watch: Amazing helicopter footage of Alex Thomson in Vendee Globe race

BreakingNext week's Southern strike could be called off.

Aslef has offered to suspend industrial action on Southern Railway if the company agrees to new talks hosted by the TUC, the union said. 

More to follow as we get it

Locals rally to save Southsea pub

'Please don't lessen' texting van driver's sentence

Cyclist Lee Martin was killed when he was hit by van driver who was writing a text message behind the wheel.

He had been caught for the offence eight times in the past.  

Lee Martin's brother Darrell explains how he feels ahead of an appeal hearing later today by the driver, Christopher Gard, to reduce his nine-year prison sentence.

Lee Martin
Family handout

He said: "My brother's death was totally and utterly avoidable. He was playing Russian roulette with people's lives.  

"Please don't lessen the sentence, my brother's dead - we've got a sentence over our family."

Motorists warned of abnormal load

Motorists are being warned of an abnormal load that is likely to cause congestion as it is transported from Portland to Poole.

The load, which will travel along the A354 and A35, will be escorted by police from 10:00 GMT.

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Inside the new ten-screen cinema opening in Bournemouth in February 2017

The cinema boasts state of the art sound and projection - and some very big seats.

Appeal after lorry driver dies in A27 crash

A lorry driver has died after being involved in a crash on the A27 near Emsworth.

The lorry, travelling westbound, crashed through the central reservation at about 16:15 GMT on Monday.

Police said the driver of the lorry, a 60-year-old man from Waterlooville, died at the scene.  

Officers have appealed for witnesses to come forward. 

What happened to the man in the egg?

Artist Stephen Turner announced in 2013 he would live and work inside a giant wooden egg for year.

Turner made the Exbury Egg his home as part of a project to explore the nature of the landscape and the meaning of place, amidst environmental changes. 

Now it is on display at an exhibition in east London along with the art he made while living inside it. 

What happened to the Hampshire man who lived in an egg?

Maiden Castle features in stamp set

One of Dorset's best known landmarks has been chosen to feature on a new stamp.

Royal Mail has unveiled a series of eight stamps, depicting pre-historic life in Britain, including one of Maiden Castle.

The stamps present a timeline from an ancient ritual of 11,000 years ago, to the Iron Age of around 300BC. 

Maiden Castle
Royal Mail

They show a huge degree of organisation in ambitious building projects and sophisticated metalwork. 

For each of the stamps, Royal Mail will provide a special postmark on all mail posted in a postbox close to the site or where the artefact was found. 

Appeal for toad patrol volunteers

A group that helps hundreds of toads to cross busy roads in the New Forest is appealing for volunteers.

Toad patrols are being held at Gorley Road in Ringwood, Hampshire, to cut the number of creatures killed by cars as they migrate to breed at Blashford Lakes.

Volunteers are needed to locate the toads and move them to safety from one side of the road to the other.

Toad patrol
BBC
Toad patrol
BBC

Rail passengers to hold protests

Southern rail passengers who are fed-up with ongoing disruption on the network are due to place flowers at stations today - to mourn the "death of commuter patience".

The flower memorials will be created as a peaceful protest at London Bridge, London Victoria, Brighton and East Croydon stations.

They are aimed at all sides of the dispute.

A Southern train
PA

The man behind the idea is Worthing commuter, Robin Marchant - you can hear him on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle by listening here.  

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Weather: 'Drier and becoming brighter'

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Tuesday's weather forecast

Texting driver who killed man appeals jail term

A van driver who killed a cyclist after texting a message about a dog walk is due to appear at the Court of Appeal today to try to get his prison sentence reduced.

Lee Martin, 48, was taking part in an organised cycling event when he was hit by Christopher Gard's van on the A31 near Bentley.

Christopher Gard
Hampshire Police

Gard was jailed for nine years for causing death by dangerous driving. 

The 30-year-old from Alton had at least six previous convictions for using a phone at the wheel.

Latest headlines: Texting van driver appeals sentence

  • A van driver who killed a cyclist while texting at the wheel near Alton appeals against his nine-year prison sentence later
  • Iron Age hill fort Maiden Castle features in a new set of Royal Mail stamps
  • Strike-hit Southern rail has ranked lowest in a UK-wide survey of customer satisfaction
  • Christchurch MP Christopher Chope has urged the government to speed up the creation of a combined authority for Dorset
  • The Exbury Egg goes on display at an exhibition in east London

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