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Summary

  1. Seven-year-old hit by car in Poole
  2. Family theme park scraps plans to put on scary show featuring clowns
  3. Police investigate 'meat cleaver clown' in Tesco car park
  4. Campaigners step up protests at closure of Ryde Arena ice rink
  5. Poole's Lighthouse Centre for the Arts reopens after refurbishment
  6. Updates from Wednesday 12 October

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The first face-to-face talks between the bosses of Southern trains and the RMT union in a bid to avert further strike action break down.

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That's all for today

The Local Live service for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight will resume on Thursday at 08:00.

You can still get in touch via email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and@BBCDorset.  

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Weather outlook: Mainly dry and clear

Holly Green

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The odd shower may linger overnight, especially along southern coastal areas, but many places will stay dry with some clear spells. 

Despite being breezy along the coast, the odd patch of mist or fog is possible later in sheltered spots.  

Lows overnight of about 9C (48F).

BBC Weather chart for Bournemouth on 12 October 2016
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Tomorrow will be another day of sunny spells and scattered cloud. 

It will be rather breezy again around exposed coasts, but it will remain mainly dry for most of us. 

Highs of 13C (55F). 

BBC Weather chart for Bournemouth on 13 October 2016
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For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC Weather site.

BreakingMan charged with murder of two-year-old

A man has been charged with the murder of a two-year-old who was discovered seriously ill by paramedics at a house in Dorset.

Harry House died on 26 May after emergency services were called to the house in Main Street, Broadmayne, near Dorchester.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of a blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

Josephe Eke, 21, has been charged with murder and is due before Bournemouth magistrates tomorrow.

If you're sitting comfortably, I shall begin...

The Isle of Wight's annual celebration of all things literary is being held at Northwood House in Cowes from tomorrow until Sunday. 

The line-up of guests and speakers includes journalist, broadcaster, and former MEP and deputy Conservative Party leader Michael Portillo, and gardener, presenter and novelist Alan Titchmarsh (pictured).

Alan Titchmarsh
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Dorset's past going online

BBC South archive: Churchill's bodyguard

Let's have a delve into the BBC South archive - here's a remarkable interview with Walter Thompson who was Winston Churchill's bodyguard during World War Two.

A rediscovered interview from the BBC South Vaults with Winston Churchill's bodyguard
Solent Wheel

Work is under way to take down a seafront ferris wheel amid fears it could pose a strike risk for thousands of migrating geese.

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Road blocked by broken down coach

'I can't say I'm surprised that talks have broken down'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There's been angry reaction from passenger groups to the news that the latest talks between the bosses of Southern trains and the RMT union to avert further strike action have broken down.  

Man arrested over arson attacks in Gosport

A man, aged in his 20s, from Gosport, has been arrested on suspicion of arson after four cars were set alight on Sunday evening.

Police said four cars were set on fire while they were parked on Foster Road and Linden Road.

A fifth vehicle, a Fiat Panda, was burned on Tuesday evening while it was parked on Cleveland Road.

In pictures: Ferris wheel comes down

A ferris wheel is being 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".

Solent Wheel
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Solent Wheen
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Solent Wheel
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'UK's largest' pumpkin on show in Cambridge

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's been a bit of a week of large veg hasn't it.

Well, now you can view the "UK's largest" pumpkin right here in Cambridgeshire.

It weighs a whopping 160 stone (about 1,016kg) and was grown by two men from Southampton.

UKs largest pumpkin
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It's currently on show at Scotsdales Garden Centre in Great Shelford.

But hurry, the "plumpkin" (see what we did there) is jetting off to New York tomorrow. 

Quite how though, we're not yet sure.

Killer-obsessed schoolgirl guilty of friend murder bid

Steve Humphrey

BBC South Today

A girl who was obsessed with serial killers and school shootings has been found guilty of attempting to murder her best friend at their school.

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Overturned lorry closes road

Burton Road in Bournemouth is closed at the Balcombe Road junction because of an overturned lorry.  

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Guilty schoolgirl had prepared 'kill list'

During her trial at Winchester Crown Court, the jury heard that the 15 year old schoolgirl, found guilty of attempting to murder her best friend,  had prepared a "kill list" of those she didn't like - and had looked into killing her mother and brother.

When she gave evidence, the girl talked about her interest in serial murderers and mass killings.    

Prosecution barrister James Newton Price had told the court: “She had already researched online how to kill swiftly and effectively with a knife. She carried out further research about the position of the heart and the fatality of stab wounds in the early hours leading up the incident.”

Portsmouth agrees to launch Solent bid

Portsmouth City Council has agreed to launch a bid to form a combined authority for the Solent area.

Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight councils want to create the authority to take on services currently managed by central government. 

Solent map
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Portsmouth's cabinet is the first of the three councils to agree to be part of the application to government.

Southampton City Council and Isle of Wight Council are due to have similar meetings in the next two weeks.

Schoolgirl found guilty of attempted murder 'bore grudge' against friend

A schoolgirl has been found guilty of the attempted murder of her best friend at their Hampshire school.

Her trial Winchester Crown Court was told how she bore a grudge against her victim, who she believed had set up fake Instagram and Tumblr accounts in her name. 

The girl, then aged 14, turned up to school on 25 April wearing a bandanna and with her mouth cut to resemble the Joker from the Batman film The Dark Knight, the jury heard. 

She took her friend to a quiet part of the school grounds on the pretext of giving her a present, before stabbing the 15-year-old victim through her blazer with a knife brought from home. The victim suffered a superficial puncture wound to the chest near her heart.

Knife shown in court
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The jury was shown the knife that the girl brought to school and used to stab her friend

BreakingSchoolgirl guilty of attempted murder

A schoolgirl obsessed with serial killers and school shootings has been found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of the attempted murder of her best friend, who she stabbed in the grounds of her Hampshire school.

Royal visit to Dorset on the horizon

Poole road blocked by 'car on roof'

Jury retires in school stabbing court case

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of a 14-year-old girl accused of the attempted murder of her best friend at school. 

Winchester Crown Court has heard that the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lured her friend to a quiet part of the Hampshire school grounds, telling her she was going to give her a present.

The defendant, who is now 15, denies charges of attempted murder and wounding with intent. She has pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of a bladed article on school premises.

Winchester Crown Court
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Sherborne Crescent in Poole

A seven-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being struck by a car on his way to school in Dorset.

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Francis Benali continues charity football stadium challenge

Former Saints defender Francis Benali made it to the home of Premier League champions Leicester on his effort to run and cycle between 44 football stadiums.

This is the 11th day of the challenge which has meant running 26 miles and cycling 75 miles every day. He has now raised more than £300,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Next stop is Norwich City's Carrow Road.

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Schools plan longer hours and longer holidays

Two Hampshire schools have proposed extending the school day and having longer holidays. 

Under the plans, reported in the Southern Daily Echo, pupils at Fawley Infant and Blackfield Primary would stay in their classroom for an extra 25 minutes each day and half-term breaks would be extended by a week.

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The academy schools' management insists longer breaks will offer parents greater flexibility to organise holidays.

What do you think? Can kids cope with longer hours? And how would working parents manage longer half term breaks? You can get in touch via email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire

New home for World War Two LCT 7074 landing craft

The last D-Day Landing Craft (Tank) (LCT) in the UK, is to be permantly located at the Portsmouth's refurbished D-Day Museum when it reopens in 2019.

The 300-ton ocean-going vessel, LCT 7074, capable of carrying 10 30-ton armoured vehicles is currently awaiting restoration at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) said it would to work with Portsmouth City Council to locate the craft which was saved for the nation two years ago with a £900,000 grant from the National Memorial Heritage Fund.

It will be a powerful reminder of the important role this humble, but vital workhorse played in the success of D-Day. Also, importantly, her sheer size will amaze visitors.

Prof Dominic TweddleDirector General of The NMRN
Veterans with LCT 7074
National Museum of the Royal Navy
LCT 7074
National Museum of the Royal Navy

Parents and children offered support after boy knocked down by car

Police officers have been speaking to local schools to offer support to parents and children after a seven-year-old boy was critically injured after being hit by a car while he was walking to school in Sherborn Crescent, Poole. 

Dorset Police said the boy's parents are with him and are being supported by specially trained officers. 

No one else was injured in the incident.  

It is believed there may have been a number of people in the area at the time of the collision and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened to please contact police.

Insp Matt ButlerDorset Police

BreakingSouthern Railway talks break down - RMT

Talks aimed at resolving a dispute over the role of guards on Southern Railway have broken down without agreement, the RMT union said.

Seven-year-old boy critically injured after being hit by car

A seven-year-old boy has been seriously injured after being hit by a car while walking to school with his parents in Sherborn Crescent, Poole.

Dorset Police said the car involved was a silver Peugeot 107.

The boy was taken to Poole Hospital with critical injuries

The road has been closed at the junctions with Seatown Close, Henbury Close and Chetnole Close.

NOTE: The initial report stated the boy was aged 8

MP Desmond Swayne stays at £16 hostel during Conservative Conference

Tribute to Southampton war hero

An information board about the first female Auxillary Territorial Service (ATS) soldier killed in action during World War Two is set to be unveiled in Netley.

Eighteen-year-old Private Nora Caveney was spotting enemy planes near Southampton in 1942 whe she was killed after a bomb exploded close to where she was stationed.

The story of Nora Caveney

Gosport hand out 19-1 thrashing

Football

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Here's a scoreline from last night's local football to make your eyes water....

Normally, the first round of the Portsmouth Senior Cup wouldn't register too high on the sporting radar, but Gosport Borough's meeting with Widbrook United certainly will.

National League South's Gosport beat Widbrook of the Portsmouth Saturday League 19-1.

Eight different goalscorers ensured Borough beat their previous highest victory margin of 14-0 from 1945 against Cunliffe Owen.

Ferris wheel dismantled over 'goose-strike' fears

Work has started to dismantle a seafront ferris wheel which is being taken away because migrating geese may fly into it. 

The Solent Wheel, which is 35m (115ft), was put up on Southsea seafront in April.

The £750,000 attraction is going because large flocks of brent geese are due to arrive from Russia to spend winter on nearby mudflats.

Solent Wheel
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Theatre reopens after revamp

A theatre in Dorset reopens today after being closed for four months of refurbishment. 

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, has had its studio theatre, main entrance, dressing rooms and green rooms upgraded.

Lighthouse, Poole
Lighthouse, Poole

There's also a new education and rehearsal space, new stage door entrance and improvements to the energy efficiency of the building.   

Child injured in Poole car collision

Firefighters have given more details about the collision in Sherborn Crescent, Poole, in which a child was injured.

The Air Ambulance has also been sent to the scene.

Two pumps from Poole attended a road traffic collision involving a private vehicle and a pedestrian. Crews made scene safe. Male casualty left in care of ambulance service.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

Southern Rail strike: Talks planned as action continues

The first face-to-face talks between the bosses of Southern trains and the RMT union are due to take place later in a bid to avert further strike action.

The 72-hour walkout which began on Tuesday is due to go on until Friday, despite the RMT advising members to sign new contracts.

The union has held a series of walkouts since April over the role of conductors on Southern services.

Southern said it would continue to run a revised timetable today.

Southern
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Sport headlines: Hampshire members review city-based T20

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  • Hampshire Cricket members and supporters are set to give their views on the possibility of a new city-based T20 tournament
  • Wimborne Town and Winchester City are through to the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy after victories in replays against AFC Totton and Petersfield Town
  • Poole Pirates owner Matt Ford says reserve Kyle Newman is likely to be in his team for 2017 and expects there to be a minimum number of British riders for each side