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  1. Updates for Friday 23 September
  2. Geese force closure of ferris wheel
  3. Radio Solent's Big Cuppa hits the Isle of Wight
  4. Sex attack victim appeals for help from public
  5. Hampshire in survival battle to stay in Division 1
  6. Weather: Dry with sunny spells

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By Roz Tappenden

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back from 08.00 on Monday.  

You can still get in touch with us over the weekend by email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCDorset.

Woman thanks firefighters for ferris wheel rescue

A woman has thanked firefighters who rescued her and her grandson from a ferris wheel in Portsmouth.

Frances Crouch, 53, from Gosport, and her six-year-old grandson Jack Whitmore were stranded 35 feet in the air for more than an hour when the ride broke down on Monday.

rescued due and firefighters
Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Firefighters helped the pair down with an aerial ladder platform.  

Ms Crouch, who has a fear of heights, said: “I didn’t really want to go on the ride but I let Jack talk me into it.

“It was terrifying stuck up there particularly as my grandson was with me so I was worried about his safety."

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Seam bowler Carter announces retirement

Andy Carter
Rex Features

Seam bowler Andy Carter, most recently with Hampshire, announces his retirement from first-class cricket.

Andy Carter

Seam bowler Carter announces retirement

Seam bowler Andy Carter, most recently with Hampshire, announces his retirement from first-class cricket.

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What a view: Emergency training in Tajikistan

A Hampshire firefighter is part of a five-man team training emergency services in Tajikistan.

Station manager Chris Roper and the team have taken specialist equipment to Khorog to train crews in water, rope and boast rescue as when as urban search and rescue techniques.

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Weather outlook for the region: Late sunshine

It'll be a pleasant evening with some late sunshine, leading into a dry start to the night. 

The wind will pick up later though and turn cloudier.

Lows of about 15C (59F).

BBC Weather chart for Bournemouth on 23 September 2016

Saturday will start fine for many, although cloud will slowly build bringing a duller afternoon with a few spots of rain by the evening.

Highs of about 20C (68F) 

BBC Weather chart for Bournemouth on 24 September 2016

For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC Weather site.

BBC Introducing: Jerry Williams

Singer Jerry Williams performs her track, Velcro, in the Solent Live Lounge.

Butler Chinese porcelain collection split appeal

An appeal has been launched in a last-ditch attempt to keep an internationally-famous collection of Chinese porcelain together following a family feud.

Butler Family Collection

The Butler Family Collection is due to be divided between the heirs of former aide to Margaret Thatcher and collector Sir Michael Butler following a High Court ruling. 

The youngest beneficiary Katharine Butler said she had launched an appeal against the decision. 

It comes after a previous attempt to urge the Art Fund to help failed.

BreakingHampshire are relegated

Durham 361 & 297-4 beat Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec by six wickets

Hampshire will be playing in Division Two of the County Championship next season.

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Police thank motorists

Hampshire Constabulary has thanked drivers who have been caught in the congestion caused by an overturned vehicle on the A27.

There are still long delays on roads including the A27, the A3(M) and the A3023.

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Sport headlines: Hampshire close to relegation

BBC Sport

  • Southampton's striker Jay Rodriguez has had a hernia operation and will not play for the club before the next international break, manager Claude Puel has told BBC Radio Solent 
  • Bournemouth will aim to make it back to back home wins tomorrow, when they face high-flying Everton at the Vitality Stadium
  • Portsmouth's Danny Rose has said Michael Doyle is the perfect midfield partner to take on the physical approach of Barnet in League Two tomorrow

A27 fully reopened

The A27 westbound is running again following an early accident involving three vehicles.

But there is a backlog of traffic which will take a long time to clear.

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Roman skeleton with 'bent feet' found

Skeleton of a Roman man unearthed at Woodsford Quarry
Hills Quarry

Tests are being carried out to determine the cause of death of a man from Roman times whose skeleton was found at Woodsford in Dorset.

A limestone sarcophagus was unearthed containing the bones of a man in his 20s or 30s but they showed no obvious signs of disease.

Skeleton of a Roman man unearthed at Woodsford Quarry

Roman skeleton with 'bent feet' found

The skeleton of a Roman man who had his feet bent backwards to fit in his coffin is discovered in a quarry.

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Stoneman gone at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361 & 237-2

Durham's Mark Stoneham is out at Hampshire, caught by Tom Alsop off Liam Dawson for 137.

It's too little too late for Hampshire to avoid relegation though. Durham need 59 off 12.4 overs. A draw would also send Hants down.

Congestion continues in east Hampshire

Traffic managers at the ROMANSE centre say lanes have been opened, following a crash on the A27 near Havant.

But the area remains very congested, with a delay of one hour on the A3(M) southbound.

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Vomit-removal job 'not for the idle'

New Gosport ferry
The ferry company operates daily crossings between Gosport and Portsmouth, as well as summer cruises

A ferry company defends a job advert warning "idlers", heavy drinkers and the thin-skinned not to apply after it is branded "ill-advised".

Would you apply for this job on the Gosport ferry?

New Gosport ferry

Vomit-removal job 'not for the idle'

A ferry company defends a job advert warning "idlers", heavy drinkers and the thin-skinned not to apply after it is branded "ill-advised".

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Air ambulance on the A27

The A27 westbound remains closed because an overturned car.

air ambulance on A27
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100 for Mark Stoneman

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361 & 195-1

At the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire look certain to go down from Division One now.

But it's a great sign off from Durham opener Mark Stoneman. In his last game for the county, the 29-year-old reaches three figures. 

Durham need 101 to win off 18 overs. Hampshire need nine wickets to avoid the drop.

A27 closed in Hampshire

Tea at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361 & 149-1

It's currently tea at Southampton, and Hampshire appear to be heading for relegation to Division Two

Mark Stoneman (81 not out) and Scott Borthwick (39 not out) have resisted everything thrown at them by the hosts.

Durham need another 147 to win off a minimum of 27 overs - Hampshire need nine wickets.

Hampshire running out of time

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361 & 144-1

On the final day of cricket's County Championship, Hampshire are running out of time badly. 

They've got a minimum of 28 overs to find nine wickets or they'll be playing Division Two cricket next season.  

It's been a frustrating afternoon so far for Hampshire's bowlers in Southampton.

Travel: A35 partially blocked

BBC South Weather

Here's the latest weather forecast for the rest of Friday and the weekend ahead.

BBC South Weather

Solent Big Cuppa: 'It's good to see such a lot of people out'

BreakingWarwickshire avoid relegation

Warwickshire 219 & 279-7 dec beat Lancashire 152 & 109 by 237 runs Posted at14:00

Warwickshire secure their Division One place in cricket's County Championship, with victory against Lancashire. 

Lancashire are now left waiting on the result at the Ageas Bowl. They need Durham to bat out for the draw or beat Hampshire.

Durham are currently 99-1, chasing 296, with a minimum of 41 overs remaining.

Victim's appeal after sex attack

A woman who was assaulted by a man as she walked along a Bournemouth road has appealed for help to find him.

The woman, in her 20s, was assaulted just after 19:00 on Tuesday 13 September, on Boundary Road.

She was walking along Norton Road, just past Fernside Road toward the footbridge over Boundary Road, when a man approached her from behind. 

The victim was pushed to the ground but when she screamed the offender got on to his bike and rode off in the direction of Redhill Park.

The same man is believed to have been responsible for a similar incident the following day at Slades Farm when a woman was grabbed by her ponytail and pushed to the ground at about 22:30.

Boundary Road in Bournemouth

The attack I suffered was a scary and horrible experience. I was just walking like normal when this happened. I don’t want anyone else to go through this and I would urge anyone who has any information that can help to please go to the police


Roadworks captured on time-lapse

Solent Big Cuppa: Forget line dancing, here's chair dancing

IoW Day: Meet the islanders

In the run up to the first Isle of Wight Day, we meet some of the people who call the Island home.  

Nick Mills, a joiner and air ambulance volunteer, explains how the air ambulance was vital in him getting emergency treatment after his fingers were cut off in a work accident.

In the run up to the first IOW Day, we meet some of the people who call the Island home.

All to play for

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361 & 41-0

What an afternoon we are in for, on the final day of cricket's County Championship.

Durham were set a target of 296 to win and at lunch they reached 41-0. 

There are 63 overs remaining and Hampshire know with Lancashire in freefall a win for them will keep them up and send The Red Rose down.

Follow the action here on audio and text.

Seal of approval for school merger plan

Plans to merge three schools in Rushmoor to create an "all-through" school, catering for four to 16-year-olds, has received backing from the borough council.

Hampshire County Council has been consulting on four different options for Connaught School in Aldershot amid concerns about below-average attainment levels.

The preferred option of an all-through school would merge Belle Vue Infant School with Newport Junior School and The Connaught School.

The Connaught School

Every child in Rushmoor deserves the best education that can be offered. We are pleased that some action is being taken and we agree that creating an all-through school is a good option for improving the attainment of secondary school children in Aldershot.

Councillor Sue CarterRushmoor Borough Council

'Rod cheats' fined for fishing without licences

The Environment Agency has urged anglers to stay within the law after two people were fined hundreds of pounds for fishing without a licence.

The Environment Agency said the men were caught in Whinwhistle, Romsey, and at Orchard Lake, New Milton, in April.

The fines, imposed by Southampton Magistrates' Court, totalled more than £600.

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Only a couple of months ago we saw similar fines handed out to Hampshire anglers fishing illegally. Having to pay over £600 for a day of fishing just doesn’t make sense, especially when the cost of an annual licence is as little as £27. We are delighted that these heavy fines send such a clear message to rod cheats – fishing without a licence is no longer worth the risk.”

Mike O’NeillEnvironment Manager, Environment Agency

Hospital conversion could start in weeks

Solent Big Cuppa: 'By the rivers of Babylon'

Radio Solent's Big Cuppa event is continuing until 16:00 today.

If you're able to get to Cowes Yacht Haven, you're welcome to join in the fun.

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Winchester Cathedral marks 140 years of the Mothers' Union

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

More than 2,000 members of the Mothers' Union have taken part in services to mark the organisation's 140th anniversary.

The union, which campaigns on social and family issues, was founded in 1876 by Hampshire vicar's wife Mary Sumner.

Mothers Union at Winchester Cathedral

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby led the second of two celebration services at Winchester Cathedral.

Mothers' Union president Lynn Tembey paid tribute to Mary Sumner's "vision, passion and commitment".

Hampshire declare with lead of 295

Hampshire 411 & 245-9 dec v Durham 361

On the final day of cricket's County Championship, the relegation picture is a little clearer.

Hampshire declare and set Durham 296 to win in a minimum of 78 overs.

James Vince's side need to win to guarantee their safety with Lancashire in trouble at Edgbaston.

We're in for a thrilling two sessions and a bit on the south coast.

You can follow live commentary here.

See smoke? Don't be alarmed.

Brent geese force closure of ferris wheel

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A Ferris wheel is to be taken down amid fears geese could fly into it on their way to feed at nearby mudflats.

The 35m (115ft) Solent Wheel in Southsea is going after its owners said they were unable to "resolve planning issues regarding brent geese".

Clarence Pier ferris wheel
Hampshire Constabulary

In order for the ride to remain, a bird survey would need to show that winter operation would not have a significant effect on the geese.

The wheel is expected to be dismantled in October.

Solent Big Cuppa: 'I have four cups of tea a day'

BBC Radio Solent presenter Alex Dyke has been talking to Bill Palmer, who was the inspiration for the station's Big Cuppa events.

Bill was invited to the studio last year after calling Alex's programme and telling him he was lonely.

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Lion takes up residence at hospital

If you visit Bournemouth Hospital, you might spot a lion.

This fella has taken up residence in the hospital's Orchard Garden and if you think he looks familiar, you could be right.

Britannia the lion was originally designed by artist Hazel Evans as part of the Pride in Bournemouth art event in 2011 but has spent the last five years at Britannia Leatherbarrows office at Bournemouth Airport.

The lion has been loaned to the hospital where it is overlooking the lake.

Britannia Lion
Royal Bournemouth Hospital

She is certainly an eye-catching new feature and has been the talk of the hospital. She’s a great addition to our new Orchard Garden - an area where patients can find a relaxing place away from the clinical setting for a while.

Andrea PiedotCorporate Fundraising Officer, Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s