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  1. Anne-Marie Ellement case: Apology over 'unacceptable' investigation
  2. Man in court over intruder child sex attack
  3. Dorset PPC steps aside after wife's collapse
  4. Latest badger cull comes to an end
  5. Southern rail strike moves into second day

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By Marcus White

All times stated are UK

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Enham Trust apartments at Cedar Park

A disability charity says it is "very disappointed" the NHS has not taken up its offer of using its surplus beds to help ease bed blocking in Hampshire hospitals.

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That's all for today

Thanks for joining us - the BBC Local Live service for Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset will resume at 08:00 on Thursday.

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

Weather outlook: Clear skies and light winds

Any showers will soon ease and clear spells will develop overnight. 

With the clear skies and light winds we could see patchy frost and fog developing towards dawn.  

Lows of about 8C (46F).

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 19 October

Thursday will start crisp and bright with early fog soon clearing. 

It'll then be a mainly sunny day but there is the chance of the odd shower.

Highs of 13C (55F).  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 20 October

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

Appeal launched to bring Roman coin hoard back to Lymington

BBC television presenter Dan Snow has launched a public appeal on behalf of Lymington's St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery to raise £30,000 to bring a hoard of Roman coins back to the town.

A total of 1,608 coins dating back to the 3rd Century were discovered by a metal detectorist buried in Lymington in 2014.

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The hoard – dubbed The Boldre Hoard – has officially been defined as a "treasure" by the British Museum and Coroner.

Some experts had wanted to break up the collection and for some coins to stay in London.

Watch: Part two of Southampton training in Milan

South Today

Here's part two of BBC South Today's report by sports editor Tony Husband who was live from the San Siro stadium in Milan, joined by former Saints manager Dave Merrington

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Latest headlines: Apology over barracks rape investigation

  • A man's appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting a girl in a house in Dorset
  • Campaigners in the New Forest have launched an appeal to bring a hoard of Roman coins back to Lymington
  • The Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner has warned the area's authority not to "marry in haste, repent at leisure" when it comes to forming a devolution deal with Southampton and Portsmouth  
  • A temporary police and crime commissioner has been appointed for Dorset after the current commissioner's wife was taken seriously ill

Sat-nav update aims to prevent stuck lorries

The Southampton-based Ordnance Survey (OS) is mapping low bridges, narrow roads and other hazards for lorries.

Lorry stuck under a bridge
Network Rail

The data should be available for sat-nav makers to purchase from 16 November, the OS said.

Richard Burnett from the Road Haulage Association said: "The new database will provide the sat-nav manufacturers with the ability to make journeys for HGV drivers safer and more cost-efficient."

Live: Southampton prepare to face Inter Milan

As Southampton prepare to face Inter Milan in the San Siro, BBC South Today's sports editor Tony Husband is watching the team train...

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Ambulance trust looking for 'voice of local people'

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is looking for local people to put themselves forward for election to its council of governors.  

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In total, there are 10 public governor seats for residents in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

To be eligible you need to live in the county you wish to represent, be 16 or over, and join up as a member of the trust.

Our council of governors is the voice of local people helping to set the strategic direction of the trust, based on members’ views, and holding the trust board to account. The current council works well but is determined to improve and we are looking for new governors who have an interest in local health services, to come and help make a positive contribution to the development of SCAS.

Trevor JonesChair of SCAS Trust

Dorset travel latest: A348 and A350 partially blocked

BBC Travel

  • The A348 Ringwood Road in Longham is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic at the Green Lane junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a moped
  • The A350 in Compton Abbas is also partially blocked and traffic is slow in both directions at the Hawkcombe Lane junction, because of an accident involving two cars
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'Scary clown' stopped by police for parking offence

Hampshire travel latest: A34 slip road blocked at Upper Bullington due to three-vehicle crash

BBC Travel

  • The exit slip of the A34 northbound in Upper Bullington is partially blocked at the A30 junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles

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

Ice rink wrapped up for Christmas

The annual Winchester Cathedral ice rink is to have a new transparent roof fitted in a bid keeping skaters warm and dry.

ice rink
Winchester Cathedral

The rink and Christmas market are due to open on 18 November.  

Portsmouth warships monitor Russian carrier

Two Portsmouth warships have been sent to meet a Russian aircraft carrier group which is due to sail through the North Sea and English Channel.

The Admiral Kuznetsov task group is heading to join the Russian combat mission in Syria.

Admiral Kuznetsov
Norway armed forces

HMS Richmond escorted the group through the Norwegian Sea yesterday, while the type-45 destroyer HMS Duncan was deployed last night, the Royal Navy said.

Another destroyer - HMS Dragon - is due to meet two Russian corvettes travelling north towards the UK from the direction of Portugal.

When these ships near our waters we will man-mark them every step of the way

Michael FallonSecretary of state for defence

'Don't marry in haste' - MP warns council

Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner has warned the island council not to rush into joining forces with Portsmouth and Southampton in a new Solent combined authority.

Andrew Turner

Island councillors will vote on the devolution deal tonight.

Mr Turner said the island's needs "could easily be over-ridden", and a potential regional gain of £30m a year for 30 years was an estimate not a "government promise".

The council said it had been told the money was "definitely on the table".

Councillors would be well advised to remember the old adage – Marry in Haste, Repent at Leisure!

Andrew Turner MP

Abbotsbury Hill resurfacing complete

Your pictures: Hythe Pier

Thanks to Penny Wade for uploading this picture of Hythe Pier to the BBC Weather Watchers site.

Hythe Pier
Penny Wade

Send us your pictures from across the three counties, via email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and@BBCDorset.  

Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement's family reacts to military apology

Relatives of Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, from Bournemouth, who was found hanged in 2011 after claiming she had been raped by two colleagues in 2009, have given their reaction to an apology by the Ministry of Defence.

Anne Marie Ellement and her mother, Alexandra Barritt
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Anne-Marie was my beloved youngest daughter. No words can express how much I miss her. I will always be incredibly proud of all that she achieved in her life. I hope that the changes the Army have promised us will come about and be a lasting legacy for her.

Alexandra BarrittMother

Both the coroner at Anne-Marie’s inquest and the judge at her trial made strong criticisms of the conduct of the Royal Military Police men and women involved. I know that the RMP failed my sister and am glad that has finally been admitted. I acknowledge the apology offered today with a heavy heart – but it remains to be seen if they have in fact learnt any lessons.

Sharon HardySister
Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement

The Royal Military Police apologises for "unacceptable" failings in its inquiry into a rape allegation made by a soldier at a barracks in Germany.

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Family pays tribute to lorry driver killed on A27

Police have named a lorry driver who was killed in a crash with another heavy goods vehicle on the A27 near Chichester.

David Ifould, 55, from Andover, in Hampshire, died in the collision at Bosham last Thursday.

David Ifould
Sussex Police

His wife has issued a statement, describing him as a "warm and generous man", whose "biggest love" was his family including his three sons aged 5, 9 and 16.

Police said the circumstances of the crash were still being investigated.

Latest badger cull comes to an end

The government says an operation to cull badgers in parts of the South West of England and the West Midlands has come to an end "normally as expected".

Cull figures are expected to be published next year.


Andover charity founder jailed for rape

A man who founded a children's charity has been jailed for 16 years for sexual offences committed in the 1980s.

Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 72, of Launcelot Close, Andover, was found guilty of rape, three indecent assaults and two counts of gross indecency with a girl under the age of 14.

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Weather outlook: Sunny spells and lighter winds

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

BBC Weather for the South of England on 19 October

Southampton port prepares for larger ships

Southampton's container port has taken delivery of the first of 17 new straddle carriers - used for stacking and moving containers.

Straddle carrier
DP World

Operator DP World said it was part of a multi-million pound investment in facilities at the port to prepare for the next generation of giant container ships, due to enter service in 2017.

The firm has ordered two new quay cranes which will stand at 138m (459ft) at their highest point - taller than the London Eye. 

Saints star Bertrand fined for speeding

Hotel 'could create 100 jobs' in Basingstoke

A new 153-bedroom hotel could be built in Basingstoke, creating 100 jobs, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has said.

The proposal, by Village Hotels, will be discussed by the authority on Tuesday.

Village Hotel in Edinburgh
Basingstoke Council
Village Hotel in Edinburgh

The scheme is part of plans to develop Basing View in the town as a regional business centre.

M3 crash update: Lanes reopened and traffic 'flowing freely'

BreakingAnne-Marie Ellement case: Apology over 'unacceptable' investigation

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BBC Online

The Royal Military Police has admitted failings in its initial inquiry into a rape allegation at a barracks in Germany.

Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement
Family handout

Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, from Bournemouth, was found hanged on 9 October 2011 after claiming she had been raped by two colleagues in 2009.

Former army corporals Jeremy Jones and Thomas Fulton were cleared of rape in April.  

Aspects of the original investigation into the alleged rape were "unacceptable", the Royal Military Police said

In a statement, it added: "Anne-Marie deserved better and for that the Royal Military Police apologises unreservedly to the family for those failings."

Sport headlines: Havant and Waterlooville lose 2-0 to Met Police

BBC Sport

  •  AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook says the fans have helped the team with their upturn in form at home - the Cherries have won their last three Premier League fixtures at the Vitality Stadium 
  • Havant and Waterlooville lost for the first time this season against the Isthmian League's bottom club Met Police - they went down 2-0 at Westleigh Park, and in the process they missed out on going top

Travel warning: Overnight works on A35 in Christchurch

BreakingDorset PCC steps aside after wife's collapse

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martyn Underhill has temporarily stepped aside from his role after his wife collapsed.

Martyn Underhill
Office of Dorset PCC

Deborah Underhill collapsed in Wimborne earlier this month after suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhage - a type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.  

The Dorset Police and Crime Panel have today appointed Colin Pipe as acting PCC for the county.

Mr Underhill remains in post, but day-to-day decisions will be made by Mr Pipe until further notice.

My wife’s collapse in Wimborne Square was completely unexpected, and I would like to thank the off-duty nurse who rushed to help, the South West Ambulance Crew who arrived within three minutes, and the superb team at the Wessex Neurological Unit. These professionals literally saved her life. My wife’s doctors have advised me that it is vital that I spend time supporting and helping her recover.

Martyn UnderhillDorset PCC

Travel latest: Long delays on M3

An accident on the Hampshire/Surrey border has caused long queues on the M3 southbound.

The road was closed for a short time between junction 4, for Guildford, and junction 4A, for Farnborough.

Up to three-hour delays have been reported from junction 2, for the M25, to junction 4.

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Pedestrian hit by car in Gosport

Southern train

Southern rail commuters face a second day of disruption as RMT members continue a three-day strike over the role of conductors.

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Breaking'Intruder' charged with sex attack on young girl

A man has been accused of entering a house in Weymouth and sexually assaulting a young girl.

Police were called at 06:41 on Tuesday to reports of an intruder at an address in Melcombe Regis.

A 25-year-old man, of no fixed address, is charged with sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13 and trespassing on premises with intent to commit a sexual act.

Weather: Bright and chilly

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Today will be bright with patchy cloud and sunny spells, but it will feel cool in a northerly breeze.

The odd shower is possible, especially this afternoon.

BBC Weather map

Most places will remain dry tonight.

It will be chilly with some rural frost and fog possible. 

Highs of about 14C (57F).

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

Saints prepare for Inter Milan clash

Southampton's players train today at the famous San Siro stadium, ahead of tomorrow's Europa league tie with Inter Milan.

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