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Summary

  1. Fog hits transport across region
  2. Queen unveils statue of mother at Poundbury
  3. 'Ambitious' port targets Dibden Bay
  4. Police hunt sex attacker who assaulted woman near Southampton nightclub
  5. Commuters face delays on the A35 in Hampshire following an earlier crash involving two lorries
  6. Updates from Thursday 27 October

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By Stephen Stafford

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

Join us tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest from Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Relive the Queen's visit to Dorset

We were live for the Queen's visit to Dorset earlier today. 

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The statue is unveiled in Poundbury
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Philip Jackson on Queen Mother Poundbury statue

The 9ft 6in (3m) bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by sculptor Philip Jackson stands in the square of the Poundbury urban development on the edge of Dorchester. 

The statue, depicting the Queen Mother aged 51, is a second casting of one which stands in The Mall in London.

He spoke to BBC Radio Solent's Louisa Hannan

Sculptor Philip Jackson talks about his statues of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Marion Munns inquest: family considering legal action

Relatives of a retired nurse who died in a fall from a motorway bridge after failings by her carers have said health chiefs could have prevented her death.

Coroner Grahame Short recorded a narrative verdict at the inquest into the death of 74-year-old Marion Munns.

He said the case has been a "wake-up" call for the under-fire Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust although no specific action had led to her death.

"I am disappointed there isn't a statement to prevent further deaths because there is no way as a family that we are convinced this couldn't happen again. Her death could have been prevented - they missed so many opportunities, so many professionals believed what my mum was saying when that wasn't the right way to look at it and it could have been prevented

Angela Motedaughter of Marion Munns
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Autumnwatch from RSPB Arne

Catch last night's Autumnwatch from RSPB Arne in Poole Harbour on BBC iPlayer.

Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan have the day's wildlife highlights, while Martin Hughes-Games goes on a live sound safari and Gillian Burke tells the tale of Britain's most elusive and prettiest spider.  

Marion Munns inquest: Southern Health reaction

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has said the care arrangements for a retired nurse who died after falling from a motorway bridge "could have been better".

An inquest into the death of Marion Munns found failures in her care, including no risk assessment, care plan or contingency arrangements for a crisis.

Coroner Grahame Short recorded a narrative verdict, saying Mrs Munns suffered a manic episode after failing to take her anti-psychotic medication.

In the past, the Trust has not done enough to involve families during the care of or following the death of a loved one. We still have a lot to do in this area, and I am absolutely committed to driving through the necessary changes within the organisation. The internal investigation we have conducted into Mrs Munns' death highlighted a number of concerns, and we are pleased that our efforts to address these have been recognised by the coroner. Following the investigation, we have made comprehensive changes across our Older Persons Mental Health Service to care and crisis planning processes, to how we work with patients that find it difficult to engage, and to our supervision and support structures. Our thoughts remain with Mrs Munns' family at this time."

Julie DawesInterim chief executive of Southern Health
Southern Health
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Severe accident: A3 Hampshire northbound

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A3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, at Farnham Road.

A3 Hampshire - A3 in Liss blocked northbound at Liss Turn Off, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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Support for historic D-Day map room

Plans to secure the future of the historic D-Day map room located in Southwick House, Hampshire, have recieved the backing of the leader of the county council.

Allied commanders led by General Eisenhower used a large floor-to-ceiling wall map at the house near Portsmouth to plan and co-ordinate the Normandy landings in 1944.

Roy Perry has written a letter to support a request by Southwick & Widley Parish Council to Historic England, asking them to change Southwick House’s Grade II listing status to protect the map room.

D-Day Map
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It’s vital that the events of D-Day are stated in the listing descriptions and that the surviving features from this time, including the plywood map, are specifically mentioned. D-Day was an event of such significance for the Hampshire region, and the whole of Europe, that I strongly support the amendments to the listing of Southwick House to ensure its crucial role in history is protected for future generations.”

Roy PerryLeader, Hampshire County Council

Inside the Itchen Bridge

Ever wondered what is inside Southampton's Itchen Bridge? You probably haven't, but here is an unusual view of one of the city's most familiar landmarks.

The bridge is a landmark in the south and an important transport connection.

Video: Mist rolls over cliffs at West Bay

It was a misty start to the morning for much of southern England, but have a look at this incredible video from Dorset photographer James Loveridge.

The time lapse was shot from a drone high above the cliffs at West Bay.

Video Courtesy James Loveridge Photography

Mist rolls over cliffs at West Bay

New look for Lepe visitor centre

This is the proposed new glass-fronted visitor centre planned for Lepe on the Hampshire coast.

The New Forest National Park Authority has approved plans to provide more modern facilities for visitors including landscape works, better car parking and a new elevated visitor centre which will offer uninterrupted views of the Solent. The centre will be built on concrete piles to avoid future coastal flooding. 

Work is due to start in the new year and be completed during spring 2018  

Visitor centre at lepe
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Fog ferry problems persist

Car recovered after Bournemouth hit-and-run

A car has been recovered by police investigating a hit-and-run crash in Bournemouth early this morning.

A cyclist was seriously injured in the collision with a gold Vauxhall Tigra in Poole Road at the junction of Queens Road shortly before 06:00.

The Tigra failed to stop at the scene and was found abandoned nearby a short time later. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Charity's newest helicopter arrives in the UK

It won't be long before you see this in the skies above Somerset.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance's new helicopter has arrived in the UK.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance's new helicopter is being fitted with medical equipment

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BreakingCoroner: Marion Munns' death a 'wake-up call' for NHS trust

A coroner has criticised Southern Health for failing a severely depressed woman who fell to her death from a motorway bridge in Hampshire.

Recording a narrative verdict, coroner Grahame Short said the death of Marion Munns, 74, was a "wake-up call" for the NHS trust.

Marion Munns
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Mr Short said the failures included no risk assessment, care plan or contingency arrangements in case her condition deteriorated in the way it did. 

Mrs Munns' relatives said they were considering legal action against Southern Health.

The trust said it fully accepted the coroner's conclusion and had made changes to its Older Persons Mental Health Service.

In Pictures: Queen Mother statue is unveiled at Poundbury

Unveiling ceremony
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Unveiling
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Statue unveiling
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Dibden Bay port plan back in the spotlight

The future of Dibden Bay is once more in the spotlight as chancellor Philip Hammond is told the port of Southampton has "ambitious plans for expansion" during a visit to the city.

Plans for a £600m "super-port" at Dibden Bay, near the New Forest, were blocked by the government in 2004 following a planning inquiry. 

During the year-long inquiry, opponents said it would increase pollution and traffic with disastrous consequences for wildlife and would destroy grazing marsh and mudflats which provides winter homes for 50,000 birds.

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Video: Queen Mother statue revealed

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Guildford Four: Gerry Conlon's sister calls for files to be released

The sister of Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon calls for secret papers on his case to be made public after some were released to the BBC.

Previously unseen files from an inquiry into the case indicate persistent attempts to try to "reconvict" the four, Mr Conlon's lawyer has said.

Gerry Conlon
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One 1994 memo headed "Conlon's Proof" quotes a document suggesting Mr Conlon admitted he was a member of the IRA until 1974 and that he had associated with leading IRA figures in Southampton.

It also alleges he later provided the Hampshire and Metropolitan police forces with a list of names of IRA members.

'Ambitious' port targets Dibden Bay

The Port of Southampton is once again targeting expansion with Dibden Bay highlighted as a potential location, Phillip Hammond is told.

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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Dorchester

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Dorchester South station earlier, ahead the visit to Poundbury, Prince Charles's urban development on the edge of Dorchester.  

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Live: Queen arrives in Poundbury

BreakingQueen arrives in Dorchester

Video: Royal train spotted going through Bournemouth

Thanks to Dave Edwards who has let us use his video.

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Fog woes on the ferries

Fog hits Southampton Airport flights

Departures from Southampton Airport are continuing to be delayed or cancelled because of the dense fog affecting much of the south coast since early morning.

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Video: Anticipation ahead of Queen's arrival

You can follow live updates from the Queen's visit to Poundbury over on our Dorset pages.

Here's a video from the scene by BBC reporter Laurence Herdman.

Murky morning on the water

Limited visibility for the police out on the water this morning.

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Weather: Sunny spells developing

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Some areas have started with mist or fog at first, slowly lifting through the morning.

It'll stay dry, with variable amounts of cloud, and some brighter or sunny periods.

Highs of 15C (59F)

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Cyclist injured in Bournemouth hit-and-run

A cyclist has been injured after being hit in the early hours of this morning by a car which failed to stop.

Dorset Police said officers were called to reports of a collision on Poole Road near Westborne in Bournemouth shortly before 05:00.

The cyclist has been taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Poundbury prepares for royal statue unveiling

This was the scene in Poundbury's Queen Mother Square last night as the final preparations were completed for today's royal visit.

The Queen will unveil the bronze statue of the Queen Mother after touring the Prince of Wales's model urban development.

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Flybe chief executive Saad Hammad quits

The chief executive of the biggest carrier operating out of Southampton Airport has stepped down unexpectedly after three years in the role.

Flybe said Saad Hammad had left "with immediate effect" and it was "time for a new CEO to lead the next phase of Flybe's long-term development".

He will be on gardening leave on his salary of £433,500 until October next year, the firm said. The news led to a fall of about 3% in the Flybe share price, which has since recovered some of that loss.

Saad Hammad
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The fog is still hanging around this morning...

Sport headlines: EFL Cup win for Saints

BBC Sport

  • Southampton's record £16m signing Sofiane Boufal scored with a stunning strike to secure a 1-0 win over struggling Sunderland in the EFL Cup
  • Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald has announced that he'll use some of the club's FA Cup windfall for their televised match with Swindon to subsidise away travel for fans
  • In Southern League Division One South and West Winchester City were beaten 2-1 at home by Bishops Cleeve

Local media reporting on today's royal visit

Poundbury royal visit: When to arrive

Poundbury's estate director Simon Conibear has given us some advice for anyone wanting to see today's royal visit to Dorchester.

Arrive before 11am and proceed up to Queen Mother's Square where there are crowd barriers. Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will arrive in a state vehicle and tour the square and about an hour later will unveil the statue. It's a special day - we've had so many inquiries... we think it'll be into the thousands possibly.

Simon ConibearPoundbury's estate director
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Fog latest: Spot the cars...