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  1. Nine cases of bird flu found in wild swans at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset
  2. Robber jailed after being chased by pensioner
  3. Boss of Southern rail and union chief agree to fresh talks
  4. Eight cattle stolen from Dorset farm
  5. Updates from Monday 9 January

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We've come to the end of our live news stream for the day, but will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport and weather from Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

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Jury to hear inquest into bin Laden plane crash deaths

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A jury will hear an inquest into the death of three members of Osama bin Laden's family who died along with the pilot when their private jet crashed at an airfield in Hampshire. 

The privet jet came down near Blackbushe Airport, killing the pilot and all three passengers.  

It will be held at Basingstoke Coroner's Court in March. 

Jose Fonte

Southampton defender Jose Fonte will not face Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final after making a transfer request.

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Don't miss our Southern debate tonight

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

You can watch our Southern Rail debate at 19:30 GMT on BBC One in London, the South East and the South.

Shop staff prevent voucher scam

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

Supermarket staff in New Milton have been praised for preventing an elderly man falling victim to a scam.

They approached the 75-year-old man trying to buy £375 worth of vouchers in Morrisons and established he had been targeted as part of a Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) scam.

“We are extremely grateful to the staff at Morrisons who realised something was wrong. Thanks to their quick actions, this man was spared from spending hundreds of pounds on a scam. If you receive a call from a person claiming that you need to purchase gift vouchers (usually iTunes vouchers) in order to make a payment, then please hang up – it is a scam."

Sarah CohenCrime Prevention Advisor

Family flats opened at navy base

Three family flats in Portsmouth's naval base have been opened by defence minister Mark Lancaster.

The self-contained units, known as the Navy Mews, can be hired for short periods by military men and women with priority given to single parents or others restrained from spending time with their families. 


Separated single parents often struggle to retain quality contact with their children because of a combination of the restraints imposed by Service life, the costs involved, and the lack of an accessible ‘home-from-home’ facility. We wanted to provide somewhere where these parents can have a feeling of normality rather than a hotel where they can cook and eat together, read together, play together and bond in a home environment."

Commander Martin EvansPortsmouth Naval Base Executive Officer

Council update on bird flu

Dorset Councty Council has issued advice following the outbreak of bird flu which has been confirmed at Abbotsbury Swannery.

It reiterated that the Defra prevention zone in Great Britain means people who keep poultry and other captive birds should continue to keep their birds indoors or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

Nine dead swans at Abbotsbury have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the disease


Appeal over Golden Grove assault

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

Police have appealed for information about a serious assault on Golden Grove, Southampton in the early hours of this morning.

A man in his 30s was reported to have suffered a stab wound to his chest.

A 29-year-old man from he city was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Police said it was thought to be an isolated incident.

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Mark Dythe

A man who was pursued by a 77-year-old woman after robbing her is jailed for three years and nine months.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A335 Wide Lane affecting J4 for M3.

M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M27 eastbound at J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of an accident. Congestion to J4 M3.

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Nuclear workers balloted on strike action

About 16,000 workers at 19 UK nuclear sites - including Winfrith in Dorset - are to be balloted on strike action in a dispute over pensions.

The workers belong to four different trade unions and are mainly employed in decommissioning work.

They are angry at plans by the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency (NDA) to reform their final-salary pension schemes.

They say the plans by the NDA, aimed at saving £660m, will reduce their retirement incomes by thousands of pounds.

John Lamper
Sofiane Boufal

Southampton's Sofiane Boufal will not play at the Africa Cup of Nations for Morocco after suffering a knee injury.

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No 'Isle of White' in snow forecast

Despite some local media headlines, there is little chance of building a snowman in southern England on Thursday and Friday, according to the Met Office.

Weather warnings have been issued for snow in parts of the UK.

But Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are among areas with a "low risk of snow settling", forecasters say.

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'Tricky' rescue for Golden Cap fall victim

A man is recovering in hospital after crawling and staggering with a broken leg for more than two hours after falling from rocks on the Dorset coast.

RNLI helmsman Jon Broome describes the operation to rescue Tim Robinson, 54, on Saturday.

Prime minister visits Aldershot centre

Theresa May has talked to users of a mental health centre in Aldershot, after announcing a package of mental health service reforms this morning.

The prime minister drank coffee with clients and staff at the Wellbeing Centre.

Earlier Mrs May said mental health had been "dangerously disregarded" as secondary to physical health and changing that would go "right to the heart of our humanity".

PM in Aldershot

From what you are saying, the key thing is when you walk through the door, somebody doesn't say 'Urggh, you are someone with a mental health problem' but actually saying 'Come in'.

Theresa May, speaking to Wellbeing Centre users in Aldershot

Coutinho 'fit to face Saints'

Philippe Coutinho is fit enough to be included in Liverpool's squad to play Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday, according to his manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Brazilian returned to training last week after suffering an ankle injury in November. 

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Can factory serve the perfect cuppa?
Former naval officer Andrew Gadsden explains how he came to open a tea room in a factory warehouse in Portsmouth.

Reptile centre plan for former Isle of Wight aquarium site

Campaigners hoping to set up a reptile centre and turtle sanctuary on the Isle of Wight have launched a crowdfunding appeal to help pay for it.

Fort Victoria
Steve Daniels

The Isle of Wight Reptilarium is proposed for the site of the old Marine Aquarium at Fort Victoria, Freshwater.     

The attraction would house reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, and include "a sanctuary for unwanted freshwater turtles", campaigners have said on the appeal page, which aims to raise £25,000.

It is also hoped the scheme would provide work experience placements for students studying animal care, as well as traineeships and apprenticeships.

Tim Robinson

A man crawls and staggers with a broken leg for more than two hours after falling from rocks on the Dorset coast.

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Ashley Road in Bournemouth

A 17-year-old boy is charged with attempted murder after a man in his 50s was stabbed in Bournemouth.

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Robber jailed after being chased by pensioner

A man who was chased by a Southampton pensioner after robbing her in her home has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Southampton Crown Court heard how Lorraine Barter, 77, struggled with Mark Dythe, 52, in her hallway before chasing after him as he fled with her handbag.

Lorraine Barter

The court heard Dythe, of Kenilworth Road, phoned the police within hours of the attack on 22 November to confess and was "wracked with guilt".

Mrs Barter said she did not feel safer now that he was behind bars, because "this goes on all around the country".

Eight cattle stolen from Dorset farm

Emily Ford

BBC South

Eight cows and bulls have been stolen from a Dorset farm. 

Now, police officers are appealing for information after eight Limousin cows were taken from the farm in Bere Regis.

The incident happened sometime between the evening of Saturday 7 January and 07:00 GMT on Sunday 8 January.

The offenders broke into the farm by cutting through padlocks to steal five male and three female brown-coated cows as well as a CCTV camera. 

Police believe the offenders used a tractor and trailer or 4x4 vehicle with a trailer to remove the animals from the farm.

Limousin cow

Street sex attacker assaults man twice

Marcus White

BBC South

A man has been sexually assaulted twice by a stranger who followed him down a street in Aldershot.

Police said the 21-year-old victim was walking along Badshot Lea Road in the early hours of Saturday morning, when a man approached and sexually touched him over his jeans.

Further down the road, the attacker pushed the victim into a bush and touched him sexually again.

The 21-year-old punched the assailant and ran off.

The suspect has been described as an olive-skinned man in his early 20s with black, short hair and an eastern European accent.

Swans at Abbotsbury

An outbreak of bird flu is confirmed at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset where nine dead mute swans have tested positive for the H5N8 strain.

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Man with broken leg makes two-hour crawl

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC South

A man is recovering in hospital after crawling for more than two hours to get help after he fell and broke his leg while walking on Golden Cap beach.

Tim Robinson, 54, slipped on rocks breaking his right leg in two places on Saturday afternoon.

He then staggered and crawled for more than two hours for three quarters of a mile in the dark before he was found by the RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat crew and coastguards.

Tim Robinson
Paul Robinson

His wife called the coastguard after he had not returned for nearly three hours prompting a shoreline search.

He was taken from the beach by lifeboat to Lyme Regis before being transferred by ambulance to hospital.

Nathan Ake

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says the recall of defender Nathan Ake from his loan spell at Bournemouth gives the Blues defensive options.

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Peter Worrall

A driver involved in a crash in Bournemouth in which a man died and a woman was seriously injured has been cleared of all charges against him.

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Teen charged with attempted murder after stabbing

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Bournemouth.

A man in his 50s was found with head injuries in Ashley Road on Saturday evening.

Ashley Road

Dorset Police said a 17-year-old boy had been charged with attempted murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place and is due before magistrates.  

Drink-driver jailed over friend's death

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Man cleared over pedestrian crash death

A driver involved in a crash in Bournemouth in which a man died and a woman was seriously injured has been cleared of all charges against him.

Peter Worrall
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Peter Worrall, 49, died when he was struck by Tomas Pittaway's car in Castle Lane East on 13 December 2015. 

Mr Pittaway, 26, from Bransgore, Hampshire, was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 

The prosecution offered no evidence for a charge of driving without insurance.

Swan deaths 'distressing'

Abbotsbury Swannery's tourism manager says the outbreak of bird flu confirmed at the attraction was "expected" as a result of migrating birds from Europe where the N5N8 strain was widespread.

He said there had been more swan deaths at the colony than would normally be expected during the winter.

Abbotsbury Swannery
Paul Gillett

This time of the year is a very difficult time of year for wild birds anyway and we would normally expect to see 30 to 40 [deaths] over the winter period but, as of Saturday, we have had 80 so far which is above the norm and is distressing for the staff who are very close to these wonderful birds.

John HoustonTourism general manager, Abbotsbury Swannery

Swannery 'was expecting' bird flu

Abbotsbury Swannery has said it had been expecting cases of the H5N8 strain of bird flu, after the disease spread across continental Europe in recent months.

General manager John Houston said nine wild swan carcasses had tested positive so far, although an unusually high number of dead birds had been found in the most recent check.

He said the new strain of the disease was considered less dangerous to humans than the H5N1 strain which was detected at the swannery in 2008.

Abbotsbury swannery
The swannery was affected by bird flu in 2008

Bird flu outbreak confirmed at swannery

An outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. 

Nine dead swans have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the disease.

Abbotsbury Swannery
M Etherington

The swannery - the world's only managed colony of nesting mute swans - said about 80 birds had died so far this winter when it would normally expect about 30 to 40. 

The virus, which is different to the H5N1 strain that affected the colony in 2008, is considered low risk to humans.

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Southern strike: GTR boss 'agrees to fresh talks'

The boss of Southern rail and a union chief have agreed to hold fresh talks in a bid to resolve the crisis on the network, the BBC understands.

Charles Horton, of parent firm GTR, and Mick Lynch, of the RMT, held impromptu discussions after an angry TV debate hosted by the BBC.

During recorded exchanges between the pair, commuters in the audience demanded a quick end to the dispute.

Members of the Aslef union are due to walk out for three days this week.

Southern Rail trains