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Summary

  1. Welcome to Southampton sign angers Portsmouth leader
  2. Burst water main in Southampton
  3. 'Dangerous' bunting removed on Isle of Wight
  4. Suspected arson in Portland overnight
  5. Very low response to the Dorset council consultation
  6. Post Office staff on strike
  7. Weather: Hot, humid and sunny

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By Roz Tappenden

All times stated are UK

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Saints in Europe - 47 years ago!

Southampton v Sparta Prague (20:05 BST)

We've unearthed some footage of Southampton FC preparing for their first ever European adventure - 47 years ago this week!

Saints in Europe - in 1969

Ventnor Park is 'Park of the Year'

Residents urged to engage councils merger plan

Residents are being urged to complete a survey on the future of local government in Dorset.

Councils are considering four options including reducing the number of councils in the county from nine to two from 2019 in a bid to save cash.

Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole from the air
BBC

Out of about 800,000 people, 2,805 open survey responses have so far been received - according to the council's joint chief executives.

The consultation, which opened two weeks ago, closes on 25 October.

Do you recognise this clock?

Tools, silverware, jewellery and unique items including this clock have been recovered from a van and a hour in Poole.

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of burglary and are now trying to trace the owners of the items.

Clock
Hampshire Constabulary

We suspect these recovered items may have been stolen from private and business addresses and vehicles and I am keen to reunite them with their owners.

PC John UpsherDorset Police

Landslip closes Bournemouth promenade

Woman seriously injured in M3 crash

A woman was seriously injured in a crash on the M3 yesterday evening.

The crash, between a car and a lorry, happened at about 19:00 near junction 4A near Farnborough.

The driver of the black Audi, a 57-year-old man from Poole, received minor injuries. 

His passenger, a 55-year-old woman from Poole, suffered serious injuries and was taken to St George’s Hospital.

The driver of the black LGV, a 55-year-old man from Poland, was uninjured.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Gary Numan: 'My job has spoiled music for me'

BBC Radio Solent

Electronic music pioneer Gary Numan tells Alex Dyke says he doesn't listen to music when he comes out of the studio.

Saints v Sparta Prague preview

Zdeněk Ščasný previews his side's visit to St Mary's in the Europa League

"Sexual predator" caught after passers-by took his picture

Accident near Bournemouth International Airport

The B3073 Parley Lane, near Bournemouth Airport, is partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Mill Lane junction and the Chapel Gate junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.  

Travel map
Google

For the latest, visit the BBC travel pages.

Crews tackle fire behind bathroom wall

A fire broke out behind the wall of a bathroom in a house in Wimborne.

Crews were called to Station Road following reports of a fire on the first floor of a three-floor property.

The fire was in the cavity wall and was put out by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

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Riding in to the council roadshow

West Dorset District Council leader Anthony Alford (left) has been in Beaminster today talking to residents about plans to reshape local government in Dorset.

Anthony Alford talking to a resident on horseback
Dorset Councils

The roadshow will be outside HSBC in Wimborne and outside M&S at Castlepoint in Bournemouth on Saturday.

Orchestra joins project to help disabled musicians

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is to work with OpenUp Music - a charity which empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras.

South-West Open Youth Orchestra rehearsals
Paul Blakemore

The charity will work with the BSO on the South-West Open Youth Orchestra.

Set up last year with funding from Arts Council England, it is the first disabled-led regional orchestra.

Changes proposed to island council tax benefits

Isle of Wight Council is reviewing its council tax support scheme for people on low incomes.

The authority is asking people for their views on the proposals which would affect 7,000 claimants.

Changes being considered include:

  • Reducing the maximum level of support from 80% to either 75% or 70%
  • Reducing the period which a person can be out of the country from 13 weeks to four weeks
  • Limit the number of children in the calculation to a maximum of two for new children born after 1 April 2017
  • Limit the reduction to a maximum council tax band C charge

For the full survey, visit the Isle of Wight Council website.

Isle of Wight Council
Google

The challenges the council faces have been widely publicised and we are having to look closely at everything we do in order to run the council as efficiently as possible so that our limited funds can be spent in those most in need. As part of this annual review we have looked carefully at the Local Council Tax Support Scheme and identified a number of potential changes which would generate savings for the council while still providing a fair level of support to those residents who are on a low income

Jonathan BaconLeader, Isle of Wight Council

Cat killed by air rifle

Weather Watchers: Sunset over the Stour

This photo of last night's evening sky over Sturminster Newton Mill was sent to us by Dorset Phantom, via the Weather Watchers page.

Sturminster Newton Mill
Dorset Phantom / Weather Watchers

You can join our Weather Watchers and share your photos online.

Saints: Boufal out for Sparta game

BBC Sport

Southampton have no new injury concerns for tonight's Europa League match with Sparta Prague, but club-record signing Sofiane Boufal is still not match fit.

The home tie against Czech club Sparta is Saints' first in the Europa League proper, with Inter Milan and Hapoel Beer Sheva the other teams in Group K.

Southampton FC training
Reuters

All the team is OK for this game. Boufal continues his preparation but for the others it's good.

Claud PuelManager, Southampton FC

Bunting 'destroyed in safety row'

A27 in Southampton 'closed until Monday'

Southern Water says the A27 Kanes Hill in Southampton could be closed until Monday while emergency repairs are made to a burst water main.

Firefighters retrace Cockleshell mission route

A team of firefighters has retraced the raid mission of one of the most daring operations of World War Two.

Using kayaks, the 25 Hampshire firefighters travelled the route of the Cockleshell Heroes commandos who canoed into occupied France in 1942.

Firefighters in Bordeaux
Cockleshell Challenge

The 10 Royal Marine canoeists were tasked to attach mines to enemy supply ships in Bordeaux - only two men survived.

The firefighter team paddled the 90 miles (144km) over five days from the Gironde Estuary finishing in Blanquefort Bordeaux.

BBC South Weather - 15 September

BBC South Weather - 15 September 2016 with Bee Tucker

'I've seen some stupid things'

The leader of Portsmouth City Council is not happy about a huge billboard in the city proclaiming 'Welcome to Southampton'. The poster has now been painted over.

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It comes just a day after it was revealed that an airport in France used a photo of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower to promote Southampton.

Bunting bust-up — Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads defend decision

Isle of Wight County Press

Island Roads and the IW Council have defended a decision to take down 'dangerous’ Isle of Wight Day bunting.

Bunting
Paul Blackley / IWCP

Just days after Isle of Wight Day organisers appealed for Islanders to cover streets, houses and shops in the special bunting, the PFI company came under fire for removing sections of the decorations.  

'The Germans were terrified'

Marking 100 years of the vehicle that revolutionised warfare

'The Germans were terrified' // Marking 100 years of the vehicle that revolutionised warfare

A display of a World War One tank at the Tank Museum in Bovington
Tank Museum
Tanks were designed specifically to cross the trenches and barbed wire of World War One battlefields

It's 100 years to the day since the tank made its debut at the Somme. Dorset played in a key role in the creation of the new generation of war machine.

BBC South has made a special documentary about the men inside the first tanks, which will be shown tonight on BBC Four at 20.00 BST.

Travel: Redbridge flyover fully reopen after crash

What's that in the sky?

Did you spot these red and white planes yesterday?

Pat Pics posted this photo on our Weather Watchers page of the two Oil Spill Response Boeing 727s flying over Wickham in Hampshire.

Oil Spill Response Limited Boeing 727
Pat Pics / Weather Watchers

The aircraft, which are fitted with tanks, pumps and sprays, are on standby to help disperse oil spills should they occur.

Burst water main: Diversion in place

This is the burst water main that's been causing the problems in Kanes Hill, Southampton, this morning.

Kanes Hill is now likely to be closed for three days while repairs are carried out.

Burst water main
Southern Water

A diversion is in place via Thornhill Park Road, Bitterne Road East, Maybray King Way and the A3024 Bursledon Road.  

Southampton v Sparta Prague - preview

It's a big day for Saints as they make their debut in the group stage of the Europa League this evening.

They welcome Sparta Prague to St Mary's, with kick-off at 20.05 BST.

Claude Puel
Reuters

Preview followed by live coverage of Thursday's Europa League game between Southampton and Sparta Prague.

Southampton's Shane Long (left) celebrates with Charlie Austin as Southampton take the lead against Sparta Prague

Southampton 3-0 Sparta Prague

Charlie Austin scores twice as Southampton secure a first win under manager Claude Puel by beating Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

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Crash on Redbridge Causeway in Southampton

There's one lane blocked and heavy traffic in Southampton on the A35 Redbridge Causeway westbound at Redbridge Flyover because of an accident involving two vehicles.

Travel map
BBC

For the latest, visit the BBC travel pages.  

A27 'likely to be closed' after water main bursts

Southern Water now says it may have to shut an area of the A27 in Southampton to allow emergency repair work to a water main.

The main burst in Kanes Hill earlier.

The utility firm said customers who were without water earlier should find their supplies have been restored.

It is likely that we will have to close a section of the A27 while we carry out this emergency repair work and we are liaising with our colleagues at the council regarding this. We had to carry out emergency work to reduce the flow of water to the main while we investigated the source of the burst - this would have caused a temporary loss of water to nearby properties. We are now re-opening the valve and any affected customers should now be back in supply. We're sorry for any inconvenience.

SpokeswomanSouthern Water

Construction firm shuts with loss of 13 jobs

Firefighters complete Cockleshell challenge

Twenty-five firefighters have successfully retraced the route of the Cockleshell Heroes who took part in one of the most daring missions of World War Two.

Operation Frankton was a commando raid on Nazi ships in Bordeaux in 1942.

The firefighters paddled 90 miles in kayaks through the Gironde estuary to the French port, and even rested at the same points en route.

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Plans to revamp Fareham revealed

No water for Thornhill residents

The burst water main is on Kane's Hill in the Thornhill area of Southampton.

People in neighbouring streets say they have no water supply.

Burst main map
Google

The leak has been reported in SO19 6AJ... loss of pressure and a shut off is likely.

Southern Water

Burst water main in Southampton

Travel: Delays in Dorset

Charlotte Foot

Radio Solent, Breakfast in Dorset

There are delays on Higher Blandford Road between Corfe Mullen and Broadstone due to the partial closure of Gravel Hill.

It's busy westbound on the A341 Magna Road past Canford Magna, also because of Gravel Hill.

And those temporary traffic lights on the A357 in Lydlinch, near Sturminster Newton, are still not working correctly between the A3030 and Chapel Road.

For the lates, visit the BBC travel pages.

Post Office workers walk out over branch closures

Post Office workers across the country are staging a 24-hour strike.

Striking Post Office workers
BBC

These striking workers in Portsmouth are among those taking industrial action over branch closures, job losses and changes to pensions.