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  1. MPs to 'put pressure' on government to improve A34
  2. Gluten-free NHS cuts plan on Isle of Wight 'extremely concerning'
  3. Police name victim in Bournemouth murder inquiry
  4. Man charged with arson following fire at Portsmouth tower block last week
  5. Man has "life-changing injuries" after motorcycle crash on the A37 Dorchester by-pass
  6. Updates from Tuesday 4 October

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By Marcus White

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Hampshire fire crews and emergency response teams celebrate 20th anniversary

Flats warning after Southsea kitchen fire

Hampshire Fire and Rescue has warned residents of blocks of flats to ensure they are familiar with evacuation procedures after a fire at a high rise block in Southsea earlier.

Everell Court

Fire crews were called to Everell Court following reports of smoke coming from a flat on the third floor in the early hours of this morning.

The fire in the kitchen was extinguished and the occupier led to safety by firefighters before being treated by South Central Ambulance Service, who later took the 26 year old female to Queen Alexandra Hospital for smoke inhalation.  

High rise flats have added safety measures in place and an evacuation policy in the form of ‘defend in place’ or ‘full evacuation’. Most high rise flats are built to delay the spread of fire for up to an hour which means it can be safer for residents in other flats to remain where they are while the fire service deals with the fire, this is known as defend in place. It is vital you check your buildings evacuation policy which should be displayed in your building’s entrance."

Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Le Tissier joins Francis Benali on charity run

Matt Le Tissier joined fellow Saints legend Francis Benali during his 1,000-mile charity run and cycle challenge to all Premier League and Championship football grounds earlier. 

Having made it through Brecon Beacons, Franny is now close to Hereford. 

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Police are given more time to question a man arrested on suspicion of murdering a 26-year-old woman in Bournemouth.

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BreakingNatasha Wake 'died of multiple stab wounds'

A woman who was found dead at a property in Bournemouth died of multiple stab wounds, police have said following post mortem results.

Scene of murder

The body of Natasha Wake, 26, was found an address in Harley Gardens on Sunday afternoon.  

A 26-year-old man, from Plymouth, was later arrested at Hengistbury Head.

Magistrates granted Dorset Police a further 36 hours to question the suspect. Officers said the arrested man and the victim were known to each other.

Weather outlook: Dry and cloudy

BBC Weather

It will remain mostly dry tonight, with some patchy cloud around. 

It'll be milder than last night, with lows of about 14C (57F).

BBC Weather chart for Bournemouth on 4 October 2016

Tomorrow will be another fine and dry day with patchy cloud and sunny spells. 

It will feel cooler than today though with stronger winds, particularly towards coastal areas.

Highs of about 15C (61F).

BBC Weather chart for Bournemouth on 5 October 2016

Southern rail: 'I've had to move house because of the strikes'

Man sustains life-changing injuries in Dorchester crash

A man sustained serious and life-changing injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Dorchester yesterday, police have said.

A37 Dorchester by-pass
Ian Andrews

The 39-year-old man, from Weymouth, who was riding a Yamaha motorbike, crashed on the A37 (pictured) between the Monkey's Jump and Weir's roundabouts. 

The road was closed for about two hours while an investigation was carried out.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Travel latest: A337 congestion in Hampshire

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the A337 Romsey Road southbound in Lyndhurst at the A35 High Street junction

For the latest on the roads near you, visit the BBC Travel site.

Lorry crash victim named

Police have named a van driver who died following a collision with a lorry in Basingstoke.

Duncan Appleby, 38, of Gosport, died in hospital on 30 September, the day after the crash on the A30 / A33 junction.

Duncan Appleby
Hampshire police

Mr Appleby's passenger, a 30-year-old man from Gosport, is still in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Three people in the lorry sustained minor injuries.

Weather Watcher: Sheila from Totland Bay

It feels very chilly today and the sun is in hiding. How is it in Totland?

Free football tonight

Eastleigh FC is admitting all fans free of charge for tonight's National League match against Maidstone Utd.

Silverlake stadium

The Spitfires' chairman Stewart Donald said: "Every time we have done a free game we have managed to attract new fans who have gone on to become regulars and season ticket holders."

If you can't make it to the Silverlake stadium, BBC Radio Solent has live coverage of the match, which kicks off at 19:45 BST.

Southern train

The RMT union, which is embroiled in a bitter dispute with Southern Railway, says it is to make an official complaint about a tweet made by the company.

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Eighties revival on Southampton Common

The Human League, Howard Jones and Kid Creole and the Coconuts are among artists booked to appear at Let's Rock Southampton next summer.

The festival takes place on Southampton Common on Saturday 8 July.

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Teenager 'obsessed with school shootings'

A jury has heard how a Hampshire schoolgirl, who has gone on trial for the attempted murder of her former best friend, was obsessed with serial killers and school shootings.

The court was told the girl, now aged 15, had prepared a "kill list" of those she didn't like at the school and had looked into killing her mother and brother. 

The prosecution said the girl lured her victim to a secluded part of their school and stabbed her.

The trial continues.

A34 queues

Campaigners, MPs and councillors call for improvements to a "dangerous" section of the A34, where five people and an unborn child died.

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'Debt is crippling many counties'

Former Hampshire cricket captain Mark Nicholas has been talking about Durham's relegation from Division One over financial issues, with Hampshire being reinstated.

He said: "Many counties have overstretched, building modern facilities, urged to do so by the ECB to get on the trail of staging test matches and one-day internationals.

"There are big counties handling painful interest rates and Durham are a good example, excellent county but really battling with the day-to-day turnovers of a game that doesn't attract a big audience through the turnstile."

Mark Nicholas
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"Cricket has got big issues. Many counties have overstretched themselves, borrowed extensively and haven't been able to find the returns.

Mark Nicholas

BreakingPolice given more time to quiz murder suspect

Police in Bournemouth investigating the death of Natasha Wake, 26, have been granted more time to question a murder suspect.

The 26-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested at Hengistbury Head on Sunday, when Ms Wake's body was found at an address in Harley Gardens.

Magistrates have allowed a custody extension until Wednesday evening.

Dorset County Hospital

Babies born more than eight weeks early will no longer be treated at Dorset County Hospital, the clinical commissioning group confirms.

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A31 reopened in Dorset

The A31 is back open between Stag Gate and the Roundhouse roundabout.

It follows a crash involving a car which hit a tree at about 11:00 BST.

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Teenagers 'threatened at gunpoint'

A car driver pointed a weapon at two male teenagers walking in Poole, Dorset Police have said.

The culprit shouted homophobic abuse at the 18-year-olds in Pitwines Close, before producing what appeared to be a pistol.

The car, containing two men, then drove off at speed.

Police are appealing for information about the incident, which happened shortly after midnight on Monday 26 September.

Beaulieu restaurant loses Michelin star

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A31 closed as man injured in tree crash

A crash has closed the A31 in Dorset between Stag Gate and the Roundhouse roundabout (A350).

road closure
Dorset Police

Dorset Police said it was called at 11:09 to "single vehicle collision" involving a car which hit a tree.

Ambulance crews are treating a man at the scene.

Travel latest: A31 closed in Dorset

Highways England to 'carefully consider suggestions' on A34

Following last night's meeting of the A34 Action Group, Highways England has released a statement.

Safety is our top priority and we look forward to hearing the ideas of Oxfordshire County Council and other bodies including the police. We will carefully consider any suggestions that are made.

Your pics: Dorset sunrise

Thanks to Kerrie for this picture from Lyme Regis.

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Students' GP surgery 'inadequate'

A Portsmouth GP surgery, which cares for university students, has been placed in special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

University medical centre, Portsmouth

The University Surgery in St Michael's Road was rated "inadequate" for safety, effectiveness and leadership.

The surgery, caring mainly for students at the University of Portsmouth, withdrew sexual health services in April, following the loss of funding.

The report said, as a result, patients could not access sexual health care and treatment "in a timely manner".

A glimpse of the past in Fareham

These old posters have been uncovered on a wall at Fareham railway station, where improvement works are under way.

posters at Fareham station
Karen Woods

The station and its approach is being given a £1m upgrade.

As previously announced, Network Rail will shut the rail line for nine days from 22 October to replace the tracks and upgrade a set of points.

MPs to 'put pressure' on government to improve A34

A Conservative MP has vowed to put pressure on Highways England and the Department for Transport to make improvements on the A34 a priority. 

In August, five people and an unborn boy were killed on the road, sparking the creation of a community action group to campaign for changes to the road. 

Richard Benyon MP discusses A34 congestion

Speaking at a meeting on Monday evening, Newbury MP Richard Benyon said he and his Oxfordshire colleagues would continue to debate the A34 and pressure the Department for Transport to improve safety. 

Gluten-free NHS cuts plan on Isle of Wight 'extremely concerning'

Plans to cut NHS funding for gluten-free foods for patients on the Isle of Wight are "extremely concerning", a coeliac disease charity has said.

Gluten-free bread

The island's clinical commissioning group (CCG) said it is spending about £226,000 a year on gluten-free foods. 

It is running a public consultation over plans to stop the service from April. 

Coeliac UK said gluten-free foods were more expensive and not readily available.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition caused by a reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. 

James Lind

Marcus White

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James Lind is remembered as the man who helped to conquer a killer disease but why did the Royal Navy take nearly 50 years to act on his findings?

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'Average speed cameras and crawler lane needed for A34'

MPs, residents and councillors are campaigning for Highways England to install an HGV crawler lane and average speed cameras on the A34, after a spate of harrowing crashes that led to the deaths of four children, a mother, and an unborn boy. 

A34 crash

Councillor Stewart Lilly, who attended an A34 Community Action Group meeting on Monday, said: "Doing nothing is not an option."

Kings Arms Hotel in Dorchester

Plans to re-open a hotel immortalised in Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge are delayed.

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Woman rescued from flat fire

Changes to make A34 safer discussed

The A34 Action Group has held its second meeting to push for changes to the A34, which runs from Hampshire to Oxfordshire, to make it safer. 

It's been set up after several deaths on the road over the summer.

Proposals discussed on Monday night at Chilton Village Hall in Oxfordshire included a crawler lane and average speed check cameras.

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

Today will be dry and cloudy with some sunny spells.

Temperatures will reach 16C (61F) as a moderate easterly breeze develops.

weather map

Tonight will stay dry with clear spells and patchy cloud.

The cloud should help to keep temperatures up so it should be milder than last night for most.

The man who helped to cure scurvy

James Lind, born 300 years ago today, is remembered as the man who helped to conquer a killer disease.

He wrote of an experiment in which he fed sailors lemons on board HMS Salisbury in 1747 and cured them of scurvy.

But the Royal Navy took nearly 50 years to act on his findings, after other "experts" proposed rival cures.

James Lind
John Hepner