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Summary

  1. Moped rider dies in Portsmouth crash
  2. A350 Holes Bay Road in Poole reopens after crash
  3. Forestry Commission workers in the New Forest angry at rent hike
  4. BT to scrap 250 pay phones in the South because they're not used enough
  5. Updates from Wednesday 26 October

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By Roz Tappenden and Emily Ford

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A care worker tells an inquest how she tried to find a doctor after a crisis call from the family of a woman who was later found dead.

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New visitor centre plans approved

Plans for a new visitor centre at Lepe Country Park in the New Forest have been approved.

The glass-fronted building is part of a £2.7m improvement programme at Lepe.

The centre will be built on concrete piles to prevent future coastal flooding and will include a bigger cafe with panoramic views.

Artist's impression of visitor centre
Hampshire County Council

Other improvements include a sensory garden, a wildflower maze, news signage and a redesigned car park.

Work is due to start early next year and is expected to be complete in spring 2018.

Police called to "concern for welfare" on motorway bridge

Fog warning for Hampshire and Dorset

A fog warning has been issued across the region so be careful out there.

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Police seize motorbikes in crackdown on 'nuisance' drivers

Police are cracking down on motorcycle nuisance in Hampshire after seizing 10 bikes this summer.

Hampshire Constabulary has been tackling the issue in Millbrook and Shirley and issued a number of warnings and cautions to those riding irresponsibly.

It comes after officers launched Operation Torque, the force’s response to anti-social motorcycle nuisance.

The initiative this summer saw police run appeals asking residents to name, film and photograph riders for them to use as evidence.

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Woman attacked near nightclub

A woman has been sexually assaulted near a nightclub in Southampton.

The 19-year-old victim was approached by a man in a wooded area by the car park opposite Jesters nightclub in Bevois Valley on Monday night.

Police are appealing for information following the attack which happened at about 23:30.

Wimborne Road closed due to police incident

Woman sexually assaulted after being tricked

A woman was sexually assaulted after a man allegedly tricked her into believing there was someone on the beach who needed help.

Dorset Police are searching for this man in connection with the assault in Weymouth on Friday at about 12:45.

CCTV footage of a man
Dorset Police

The victim, a woman in her 30s, was walking along The Esplanade when a man approached her and asked her for help past the Pier Bandstand.

As they approached an alleyway near the bowling green, the man pushed the victim against a wall and sexually assaulted her but she managed to push him away and get home.

Severe disruption: A347 Dorset westbound

BBC Travel

A347 Dorset westbound severe disruption, between B3064 Lansdowne Road and Wimborne Road affecting A3049 Alma Road.

A347 Dorset - A347 Wimborne Road in Bournemouth closed westbound between Cemetary Junction and the Wimborne Road junction, because of a police incident. Congestion on B3063 Charminster Road to the A3049 Alma Road junction, to the St Valerie Road junction and to Talbot Roundabout.

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Would you be happy if your football team signed a gay player?

BBC 5Live research has found 82% of football supporters would have no issue with a gay player - that means a sizeable 18% would have, and 8% of fans questioned said they would stop watching their team altogether.

Last week, Football Association chairman Greg Clarke told MPs he was "cautious" of encouraging a player to come out because they may suffer "significant abuse" from fans.

BBC Radio Solent's Sasha Twining explored the issues with Colin Farmery – head of inclusion and safeguarding at Portsmouth FC.

Portsmouth FC's Colin Farmery tells Sasha football shouldn't differ from other sports.

Latest weather forecast

Here's the latest weather from Bee Tucker.

BBC South Weather

Exploring the secret stairs at Wimborne Minster

Chris Hitchings meets guide Chris Oliver to explore the forgotten flight

Monkey business on the Isle of Wight

Women arrested for attempted murder after Bournemouth stabbing

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Bournemouth.

Dorset Police are appealing for information after a man in his 40s was stabbed in Cromer Road.

The incident happened at 2am this morning and the victim suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and he is currently being treated at Poole Hospital.

A 29-year-old Bournemouth woman has been arrested and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Want to travel back to Roman times?

Ever fancied taking in the sights and sounds of Roman Hampshire? 

What about the smells? Well now's your chance.

Silchester: Recreating the smell of a Roman village

Nursery investigated after toddler leaves premises

Planned closure of New Forest visitor centre 'undemocratic'

The New Forest Association campaign group has described the planned closure of the Visitor Information Centre in Lyndhurst as "disgraceful".

The district council's review of tourism services said use of the centre had fallen as more visitors to the national park used online services to plan their stays.

The charity-run independent museum and library which operate in the same building are unaffected.

This seems to be a short-sighted entirely undemocratic motivation for closure. Not all have access or use the new media with the same ease as millennials, and even they might want the benefit of a human voice, or a place to pick up physical maps (that don't fail in the large network blackspots).

New Forest Association
New Forest Centre
BBC

Launch of new customer service centre creates 65 jobs in Dorset

The launch of a national customer service centre in Dorset is set to create 65 new jobs.

Bournemouth Water Business (BWB) will be a new hub for non-household customers in Dorset and the New Forest.

BWB is part of Pennon Water Services - the owners of Bournemouth Water - and will offer advice to businesses on water usage and management.

Richard Stanbrook, Director, Bournemouth Water Business (third right), with members of the management team at the company’s new offices in Bournemouth
Deep South Media

As a local, dedicated business service, we’re here to look after our customers’ water and wastewater needs. We’re experts in how businesses use water.

Richard StanbrookDirector of Bournemouth Water Business
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A moped rider dies following a collision with a pick-up truck in Portsmouth.

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Boat for vulnerable youngsters relaunched

A boat offering vulnerable young people the chance to develop life skills has been re-launched after a 12-month refit.

The Ocean Youth Trust South has announced its sail training vessel Prolific is back after the refit at Saxon Wharf in Southampton.

Prolific is winched back into the water
Marine Advertising Agency

The vessel will now be used to help disadvantaged people between 12 and 25 years old build confidence as they learn to sail.

Prolific will be a replacement for the trust’s previous boat, John Laing.

Southern rail conductor

Train drivers on Southern rail are to be balloted on industrial action in the dispute over driver-only trains.

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BreakingMoped rider dies following Eastern Road collision

Police have confirmed a moped rider died after a crash with a pick-up truck on Eastern Road in Portsmouth this morning.

The 52-year-old man from Gosport was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital but died of his injuries. The truck driver was uninjured. 

Local roads were closed following the crash shortly after 06:00 BST, but these have now reopened.  

A.A.Milne

A "forgotten" poem by Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne celebrating the early tank is discovered in archives.

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Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - M3 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle.

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New Forest museum and library to remain, despite threat to visitor centre

Following the news that the New Forest Visitor Information Centre in Lyndhurst could close following the district council's review of tourism services, a statement released by the New Forest Centre, which is housed in the same building, has stressed it is unaffected.

The museum, exhibition gallery, reference library and gift shop are run by the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust.

New Forest Centre
BBC

The New Forest Centre has seen museum visitor figures rise by 500% since admission charges were scrapped in February this year and, thanks to a recent Heritage Lottery Grant, is working to strengthen its financial sustainability for the future and increase public awareness of its charitable status.

Hilary MarshallNew Forest Centre manager

Saints face Sunderland in EFL Cup

BBC Sport

Saints boss Claude Puel says record signing Sofiane Boufal will not start tonight's EFL Cup third round clash against Sunderland.

The midfielder, signed for £16m from Lille in the summer, is recovering from a knee injury and is likely to make his third substitute appearance of the season.

Puel's side have lost just once - to Inter Milan in the Europa League - in nine matches but will again be without the injured Shane Long, Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett and Cedric Soares. David Moyes has not won a league game since taking charge of Sunderland

Sunderland
PA

Eastern Road reopened after motorbike crash

All roads have been reopened after a crash this morning between a truck and a motorbike. 

Eastern Road, Burrfields Road, Velder Avenue and Milton Road were all closed as police dealt with a serious collision. 

Delays in the area are expected to ease. A 20-year-old driver involved in the crash remains in a life-threatening condition.   

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Charge of the Light Brigade survivor recognised by descendants

A survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade is to be recognised with a marked grave after a campaign by his great-great-great grandson.

Private John Burton was buried in an unmarked grave at Welford Road Cemetery in Leicester, 15 years after the Crimean War.

His great-great-great grandson, Jason Robinson from Aldershot, is paying to get a headstone installed next year.

Jason Robinson
BBC

You would never think there was a grave, [it's] just flat grass. It's quite moving really. Hopefully next year things will be changing... it's about time he was recognised. At least then it's there for all time and for other people to appreciate.

Jason Robinson

Van driver dies in Clanfield crash

A man died when his Transit van crashed in Clanfield yesterday evening, Hampshire police has said.

The vehicle was found in bushes on Old Mill Lane at about 19:20 BST.

The driver, aged in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said they believed no other vehicle was involved.

Eastleigh striker Jamie Cureton

Jamie Cureton hopes he can keep his place in the Eastleigh team after scoring on his full debut at the age of 41.

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Autumnwatch from Arne

Catch up with last night's Autumnwatch from RSPB Arne on the Dorset coast.

Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan bring viewers the latest wildlife action from across the country, while Martin Hughes-Games attempts to break a UK record for the largest flock of spoonbills ever seen.  

Woman, 84, rescued by helicopter after slipping near old quarry

An 84-year-old woman was rescued by helicopter after slipping near an old quarry in Dorset yesterday. 

Swanage Coastguard was called out to help the woman at Anvil Point after she slipped “awkwardly” at Tilly Whim and fell down a steep slope.

She was part of an organised walking group when she slipped near the caves and a helicopter from Portland was called to take her to Dorchester A&E.

Helicopter with paramedic winchman flies away from the scene at Tilly Whim
Swanage Coastguard

Traffic easing in Poole

What do with an old phone box?

As many of the South's public pay phones faced being scrapped because they're not used enough, BBC Radio Solent's Steve Harris visits one box given a new lease of life.

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Isle of Wight firefighters called to help trapped horse

Sport headlines: Saints ready for cup battle

  • Veteran striker Jamie Cureton was back among the goals as Eastleigh beat Torquay 3-0 last night - the win moves the Spitfires up to seventh in the National League
  • Southampton prepare to host Sunderland in the last 16 of the EFL Cup
  • Southampton tennis player Gabriella Taylor is back in action today at the International Tennis Federation Event in Greece. She faces Phillis Vanenburg in the round of 16

Man in life-threatening condition after Eastern Road crash

A 20-year-old driver is in a life-threatening condition in hospital following a collision with a truck on Eastern Road in Portsmouth earlier.

South Central Ambulance Service has told us a rapid response vehicle and ambulance were called after crash the crash at 6:17am this morning.

What can you do with an old phone box when it's not being used to make calls anymore?

Villagers in Bradford Peverell turned theirs into a book exchange.
The phone box in Bradford Peverell near Dorchester was sold to the parish council for £1 in 2015. They now run it as a book exchange.