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Summary

  1. Murder probe after injured woman dies in Bournemouth
  2. Condor Liberation delayed in Poole
  3. Delays singer crowdfunding for cancer treatment
  4. Public inquiry to be held over Dorchester prison homes plan
  5. Updates from Thursday 22 December

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By Roz Tappenden

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Stephen Stafford

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Thank you for joining us again today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

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Severe accident: A303 Hampshire eastbound

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A303 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, before A34.

A303 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on A303 eastbound in Upper Bullington before Bullington Cross, because of an accident earlier on.

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Delays singer Greg Gilbert on cancer diagnosis

Steve Humphrey

BBC South Today

The lead singer of indie band Delays has been speaking about his cancer diagnosis and his family's crowdfunding to raise money for his treatment. 

Father-of-two Greg Gilbert, 39, from Southampton, has been diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer which has spread to his lungs. 

He admitted he still "hasn't absorbed" the situation. 

His family has set up a crowdfunding page to raise £100,000 to pay for him to undergo urgent treatment overseas. 

Delays singer Greg Gilbert on cancer diagnosis
Flats in Queensland Road

A woman with paranoid schizophrenia who killed her mother has lost a High Court claim against her former NHS carers

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Archery club torched in burglary

An archery club in the New Forest has been damaged by fire during a burglary.

The Waterside Archers clubhouse near Exbury Gardens was broken into in the early hours of Sunday.

About £2,000-worth of bows and arrows were taken, along with a metal detector.

Two portable toilets were set on fire which wrecked the clubhouse - destroying all the trophies.

Damage
Hampshire Constabulary

As a result of this incident, Waterside Archers no longer have a clubhouse. All their trophies were destroyed in the fire and they no longer have any bows for the members who require equipment.

PC Claire ScammellHampshire Constabulary

Dorset chef Elly Wentworth in Masterchef final

Good luck to Elly Wentworth on tonight's final of MasterChef: The Professionals.

Elly, originally from Poole, currently works as a junior sous chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Lucknam Park in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Have a look at her in action on last night's programme.

Joiners fundraising gig for Delays' Greg

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

The Joiners in Southampton is to host a fundraising gig in aid of Delays singer Greg Gilbert.

Father-of-two Greg Gilbert, 39, from Southampton, has been diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer which has spread to his lungs. His family has started a crowdfunding appeal to pay for him to undergo urgent treatment overseas.

The St Mary's venue, where Delays have played on numerous occasions, is organising a fundraising gig on 5 January.  

Greg Gilbert and family
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Andrew Lloyd Webber helps Southampton Art Gallery conservation

Andrew Lloyd Webber's charitable foundation has helped Southampton Art Gallery's efforts to conserve some of its most important art works.

A £3,600 grant from the composer will go towards the gallery's appeal to conserve three frames in the Perseus series by Edward Burne-Jones.  

The Death of Medusa by Edward Burne-Jones
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Visitor Centre staff in fine voice

CCTV released of burglary suspect

CCTV has been released of a man police want to trace over a burglary in Poole earlier this month.

Cash was stolen from an office inside Poole Tyres and MOT Centre on the afternoon of Friday 2 December.

CCTV of man
Dorset Police

A man was seen approaching the building in Stanley Green Road on a blue mountain bike at about 15:10.

Awards for Young Inspectors

Nineteen young people have received awards for taking part in a council scheme to improve services for people with disabilities or additional needs.

The Young Inspectors Scheme was set up to capture feedback on Isle of Wight's Short Breaks service.

Young people with awards
IoW Council

It was a pleasure to recognise the hard work of our young inspectors and I would like to thank them for their hard work this year.

Councillor Jonathan BaconIsle of Wight Council leader

Pilgrim on his way through Wales

Time to catch up with Steve Payne - the former physics teacher from Petersfield who is on a 210-mile solo pilgrimage through central Wales in the footsteps of Sixth Century monk, St Brendan.

He's wearing clothing from the time and navigating rivers using a homemade coracle.

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Hayley Wall

A murder investigation is launched after a woman dies nine days after she was found with serious head injuries outside a convenience store

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Tribute after injured woman's death

The family of a woman who died of her injuries following an alleged assault have thanked the people who tried to help her.

Hayley Wall, 25, was found seriously injured outside a convenience store in Bournemouth last Tuesday and died in the early hours of this morning.

Hayley Wall
Family handout

We would like to say as a family thank you to anybody who helped Hayley when she was hurt. Our little 'Wiggy' and her beautiful smile will be sorely missed.

Family tribute

War medals stolen in burglary

War medals and jewellery have been stolen during a burglary at a house near Basingstoke.

A house in Northfield Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon, was broken into on Monday afternoon.

Five campaign medals from World War Two were taken, along with a gold wedding ring, a diamond and a sapphire gold ring.

Empty jewellery boxes were found the next day in a nearby allotment in Bow Gardens, so we are keen to speak to people who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in that area in particular.

PC Richard BaldwinHampshire Constabulary

Paw-fect ending for lost dog

Man charged over Poole bus assault

A man has been charged with sexual assault following an incident on a bus in Poole in October.

A 17-year-old girl reported being touched inappropriately while travelling on the M1 from Poole.

A 57-year-old man from Poole is due to appear before Poole Magistrates’ Court on 3 February.

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Man pleads not guilty to stab murder

A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ryan Merna, 29, who was found stabbed at a flat in Poole in August.

Police said they discovered his body after being called to reports of a disturbance at the property in Wessex Road.

Wessex Road
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A post-mortem examination found Mr Merna died from stab wounds to his chest and abdomen.

Paul Taylor, 50, of no fixed address, entered a not guilty plea at Winchester Crown Court, which adjourned the case for a pre-trial hearing on 27 January.

Condor Liberation

A ferry heavily criticised for its frequent technical problems breaks down again delaying passengers by more than two hours.

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Travel: Crash and heavy traffic in Dorchester

Condor passengers set for more disruption

Passengers using Condor's Liberation are in for further disruption tomorrow - this time as a result of stormy conditions.

The Poole to Channel Island's service has been cancelled on Friday because predicted wave heights are above legal operating limits.

Condor Liberation
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The company has increased capacity on its Commodore Clipper services.

Services between St Malo and Jersey are expected to operate as normal.

Weather Watchers: David in Emsworth

David has the weather from Emsworth on a misty December morning.

Condor Liberation leaves Poole

The delayed Condor Liberation has left Poole after a delay of more than two hours for passengers.

The company blamed the problem on an electrical fault.

The issue means a rescheduled timetable is in place for the rest of the day.

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Condor Ferries

Condor technical issue 'annoying'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The CEO of Condor Ferries, Paul Luxon, says the technical issue suffered by the Liberation this morning was "annoying", as it came in a year with "very few issues".

An electrical fault in the marine link - described by Mr Luxon as the "brain of the ship" - caused a long delay to the departure from Poole this morning.

Condor had been encouraging passengers who were booked to travel yesterday to make the crossing this morning to avoid the bad weather forecast from Storm Barbara.

Our problem was that 2015 was a very bad year, while this is one of very few issues that we've had in 2016, but of course it's annoying because it's not something we could have foretold, it's not something we've seen before. It's to do with a very complex electrical system - I'm not a technical person. I've been speaking to the CEO of the Australian company involved, to get their people talking to our people, and they've been working very hard."

Paul LuxonCEO, Condor Ferries

BreakingMurder probe after injured woman dies

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman who was attacked in Bournemouth died from her injuries.

Hayley Wall, 25, was found outside a convenience store in Charminster Road on Tuesday 13 December.

Police said Ms Wall died in hospital in the early hours of today.

Charminster Road
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Christopher Wall, 58, has been charged with wounding with intent and is due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 19 January.

Silk mill receives lottery funds

A historic silk mill has been awarded £1.7m in lottery funding.

The cash will be used to preserve Whitchurch Silk Mill's Grade II* listed building, remodel the interior and repair the Victorian looms and hydro-powered machinery.

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Man charged over Alderholt 'assault'

A man has been charged over an alleged assault in Alderholt, Dorset, earlier this month.

A woman suffered facial injuries in Ringwood Road on Saturday 10 December.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with assault and obstructing a police officer.

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Liberation delays: 'Loading commenced'

BreakingCondor Liberation fixed and ready to leave

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Passengers are now being loaded onto the Condor Liberation in Poole, and she is expected to leave in the next 10 minutes.

Delayed Condor ferry 'to leave at 11.15am'

Passenger Jack Cowens has tweeted us to say he's been told the Condor Liberation, which is currently stuck in Poole due to an electrical fault, is due to sail at 11.15am - two hours late.

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Jack Cowens
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Condor Liberation stuck in Poole

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The Chief Executive of Condor Ferries, Paul Luxon, has been on Radio Guernsey giving an update on why the Condor Liberation is currently stuck in Poole Harbour.

This is what he told us...

  • At 06:00 this morning, engineers noticed an electrical fault with the marine link - described as the brain of the ship
  • Engineers are communicating with a help desk in Australia to try and fix the problem
  • They've become aware that some parts need replacing, although the parts are thought to be available immediately on site

There's still no word on when passengers - who were due to depart at 09:15 - might be able to get on their way. 

Condor Liberation
Condor Ferries

Hit-and-run driver: 'I can't be bothered with this'

Christmas house raises cash for kids' cancer ward

Music star donates to singer's cancer fund

Ellie Goulding is among the celebrities that have donated towards cancer treatment for Delays frontman Greg Gilbert.

£54,000 has been raised to help the singer and father-of-two who has been diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer which has spread to his lungs.

Ellie Goulding
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A crowdfunding page set up by his family is hoping to raise £100,000.