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Summary

  1. Travel chaos after M27 shut by bin lorry crash
  2. Roads flooded amid Storm Angus clean-up
  3. MPs warn of 'woefully low' number of Royal Navy warships
  4. Converted double-decker bus to give homeless people somewhere to sleep
  5. Updates from Monday 21 November

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By Sue Paz

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Flooding on Swanage seafront

Work has begun to assess the damage to a sea wall in Swanage as fresh storms bring further flooding across Dorset.

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Murder accused describes stabbing partner

A woman has told a court how she stabbed her partner to death at his flat in Ryde to stop him hitting her with a walking boot. 

In a voice shaking with emotion, Deborah Napier recalled how she was dragged out of bed and attacked by Jolyon Wray at the property in East Hill Road on 13 June.

She told Winchester Crown Court that she couldn't clearly remember picking up a steak knife and stabbing Mr Wray, 46, in the back, while a 999 operator was listening on the phone.

Mrs Napier, 53, of Amazon Close, Basingstoke, admits manslaughter but denies murder, and the trial continues

Sport headlines: Portsmouth striker Smith to get first league start for two months

BBC Sport

  • Southampton midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg hopes his performance against Liverpool on Saturday was enough to earn him more starts in the Premier League
  • Portsmouth striker Michael Smith will get his first league start for over two months tomorrow night when Pompey make the trip to Luton Town
  • Eastleigh manager Ronnie Moore says they're trying hard to bring in new players as injury cover ahead of tomorrow's trip to Aldershot 

Five Dorset community hospitals awarded for end-of-life care

Staff at five community hospitals in Dorset have received awards for their end-of-life care.

GSP representatives
Dorset HealthCare

The following hospitals, run by Dorset HealthCare, achieved accreditation in the Gold Standard Framework at a ceremony in London:

  • Willows Unit at the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne
  • Castletown Ward at Portland 
  • Wareham’s Saxon Ward 
  • Stanley Purser Ward at Swanage
  • Tarrant Ward at Blandford Hospital

Swanage seawall "not compromised"

An inspection has been carried out on a section of seawall damaged in the high winds and large waves on Saturday night.

An Environment Agency inspection on Monday found "the integrity of the sea wall has not been compromised". Purbeck District Council said it would be repaired in due course.

The storm conditions led to over-topping of part of the sea wall near the Square on Saturday, causing flooding of some businesses.

Swanage
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New flood alleviation by-pass embankment 'breached by flood water'

A new embankment created on a road in Dorset in a bid to alleviate flooding has been breached by flood water, a council has said.

West Stafford By-Pass, near Dorchester, is currently closed.

The current scheme is the most effective and cheapest option in the short-term to tackle the recurring problems with flooding, which have resulted in frequent road closures. It is unfortunate that the heavy rain following Storm Angus has breached the new embankment before we were able to complete the drainage improvements. We sympathise with road users who will again be inconvenienced. However, we need to close the road for people’s safety. We hope to be able to reopen the road and complete the works as quickly as possible to reduce the chance of future closures.

Councillor Peter FinneyDorset County Council’s cabinet member for environment, infrastructure and highways

Latest news headlines: South East England MEP Diane James quits UKIP party

Hampshire school closed after sickness bug outbreak

A school in Hampshire has been closed for a deep clean after an outbreak of a sickness bug. 

St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School in Chandlers Ford closed today and will be shut tomorrow and Wednesday, according to the county council.

Parents are being advised there will be school work to do at home, via the school's website. 

Dorset travel latest: A30 and West Stafford By-Pass to remain closed overnight

'Excellent' ratings for Dorset beaches

Twenty beaches in Dorset have received a "excellent" ratings for their bathing water quality.

Seatown beach
Sarah Smith

Weymouth Central, Seatown (pictured), West Bay West and Ringstead Bay are among twenty beaches to achieve the acolade from the Environment Agency.

The classifications are calculated annually, based on samples from the previous four years.

To view the full list, visit the Dorset councils website.

'It's time to move on' - says Diane James as she quits UKIP

Former UKIP leader Diane James has resigned from the party, saying it is "time to move on". 

Diane James
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The MEP for South East England said her relationship with UKIP had become "increasingly difficult". 

Ms James stood down as leader last month after just 18 days in charge, having been elected to replace Nigel Farage. 

Mr Farage is now back in charge as interim leader with UKIP currently engaged in another leadership contest.

BreakingFormer UKIP leader Diane James quits the party

M27 lorry crash: All westbound lanes reopen

Weather outlook: Strong winds

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BBC Weather

Hampshire travel warning: South West Trains disruption on Tuesday and Wednesday

Dorset travel latest: B3157 closure due to flooding

M27 lorry crash: Current travel disruption

Delays on Blandford to Gillingham X9 bus due to breakdown

Hovertravel cross-Solent services suspended

Severe disruption: A30 Dorset both ways

BBC Travel

A30 Dorset both ways severe disruption, between B3092 Scotchey Hill and New Lane.

A30 Dorset - A30 in East Stour closed in both directions between the B3092 Scotchey Hill junction and the New Lane junction, because of flooding.

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Signalling problems affecting South West Trains to Southampton

A30 closure due to flooding

Watch: Floods in Swanage

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Flood hotline help

M27 crash: Barrier repair work under way

Your flood pictures: Dorchester's West Stafford By-pass under water

Marina captured the flooding on West Stafford By-pass near Dorchester, which is currently closed.

Flood prevention work began on a stretch of the road last month, according to the county council.

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'Major' hospital and care changes to be unveiled

Major changes to hospitals and community care services in Dorset are due to be unveiled next week. 

The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans aim to tackle a funding gap of £158m a year by 2020 and meet the needs of an ageing population.

Proposals to replace community hospitals with hubs and to make Bournemouth the county's main A&E hospital have already been tabled. 

The plans will be available to the public at the start of a consultation on 1 December.

Dr Forbes Watson
Dorset CCG

We would like to reassure people that their views will be listened to and nothing will be decided until we have gathered the opinions of local people and final proposals have been agreed by the CCG governing body.

Dr Forbes WatsonChairman, Dorset CCG

Duchess of Cornwall to visit Hampshire

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Hampshire on Thursday.

Duchess of Cornwall
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She will meet family members of soldiers who have recently been deployed to Iraq at New Normandy Barracks in Aldershot, as well as open the newly refurbished Piam Brown Children's Cancer Ward at Southampton Children's Hospital.

Work on the £1.7m scheme at the ward began in April.

Isle of Wight WWII spitfire pilot presented with Master Air Certificate

AFC Totton players 'being tracked by GPS'

AFC Totton assistant Adam Wilde reveals the new techniques being used at the club...

M27 crash: Delays of 45 minutes reported

Appeal lodged over prison homes plans

Developers have lodged an appeal after plans to turn a former prison into 189 homes was refused. 

City and Country wants to convert Dorchester Prison, which closed in 2013, but said it was not viable to include any affordable housing. 

Dorchester Prison plans
City and Country

More than 200 people objected against the proposals and raised the issue of a lack of affordable homes on the site. 

West Dorset District Council, which refused the plans in August, said a date for the appeal hearing had not yet been set.

'Do not drive into floodwater' - fire service warns

'Lucky escape' for driver of car crushed by fallen tree in Lyme Regis

Car abandoned due to flooding in Lyme Regis