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Summary

  1. Isle of Wight council leader steps down
  2. Hospital cancels operations due to A&E pressures
  3. Inquests to open into Tunisian beach massacre, in which a man from Hampshire was among the dead
  4. AFC Bournemouth set to miss deadline to meet disabled access requirements
  5. Updates from Monday 16 January

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And that's a wrap

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

That's all we have for today, but of course we'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport and travel from across the three counties.

We hope to see you then!

Jonathan Bacon

The leader and deputy leader of a local council resign from their roles, blaming "political games" and "bickering" among colleagues.

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'Unsafe' meat supplier banned from trading

Marcus White

BBC South

A food business, which supplied schools and restaurants, has been shut down and fined more than £37,000 for selling meat in a "deteriorated state".

Inspectors found chicken pieces containing fly eggs and meat pies stored at 8C (46F) at Farm Catering Ltd in Heckfield near Hook.

Holdshott farm shop
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The firm, which operates Holdshott Farm Shop, pleaded guilty to eight food hygiene offences between April 2015 and March 2016.

Basingstoke magistrates issued a Prohibition Order on the business until further notice because of the nature of the breaches and the "need to protect the public".

Second arrest over Southsea robberies

Police investigating a series of four robberies in Southsea have arrested a second man.

The incidents took place between January 8 and January 12.

A 30-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested in connection with these incidents and is currently in police custody.

A 31-year-old man from Southsea, who was arrested on Sunday, January 15, has been bailed until March 20.

Parties react to Isle of Wight Council resignations

Procedure for new Isle of Wight council leader

Isle of Wight Council, has outlined the process of appointing a new leader and deputy leader of the authority following the resignations of Councillors Jonathan Bacon and Steve Stubbings.

The process to elect a new leader will take place at Full Council on Wednesday 18 January 2017. This will become the first substantive item on the agenda for debate. Existing Executive members will remain in post until a new leader is appointed; it will then be the role of the new leader to select their Executive. In the meantime, tonight’s public budget consultation meeting will go ahead as planned."

Isle of Wight Council statement

CCTV images released in pub assault probe

CCTV images have been released of two men wanted by police in connection with an assault in Portsmouth.

A 32-year-old man received a facial injury after intervening in an altercation at Thatchers pub in London Road shortly after 21:00 on Friday, December 23. 

CCTV
Hampshire Constabulary

We would like to speak to the two men pictured in connection with this incident. It occurred in a busy pub just before Christmas and there were lots of people around."

Det Cons Duncan GreenFratton CID

IOW Conservatives call for talks following council resignations

The leader of the Conservative group on Isle of Wight Council has said he would have talks with other parties for form a "caretaker cross-party administration" following the resignations of leader and deputy leader, Jonathan Bacon and Steve Stubbings.

The Island Independent pair stepped down blaming blaming "political games" and "bickering" among colleagues.

Tory Dave Stewart said the Independent administration had been "in disarray".

Ultimately, what our island really needs is not caretaker leadership but strong leadership with a clear vision for the people of the Isle of Wight, and that can only be achieved with a Conservative victory in May.

Dave StewartConservative leader, IOW Council
Disability access

Katie Gornall

BBC Sport

Premier League clubs should face legal action if they fail to meet the needs of disabled fans, according to a new report.

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Severe accident: A27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC Travel

A27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between A259 Havant Road and A259 Fishbourne Road West.

A27 Hampshire - A27 closed eastbound between Emsworth Junction in Emsworth and Fishbourne Roundabout in Chichester, because of an accident involving truck.

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BreakingAnother Isle of Wight council resignation.

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

Another member of the Isle of Wight Council's executive has resigned,

Gordon Kendall is the representative for Brading, St Helens and Bembridge and was executive member responsible major contract management and carparking.

His departure follows that of fellow Island Independents, leader Jonathan Bacon and deputy leader Steve Stubbings.

Swanage Coastguard of the Year named

Congratulations to Nick Field who has been named Swanage Coastguard of the year.

The deputy station officer received the award for his efforts behind the scenes while crews attended more than 70 incidents.

The annual award is made in memory of the late Mike 'Spike' Williamson who passed away having completed 30 years service with the coastguard team.  

Nick Field
Swanage Coastguard

Mother with pushchair 'seriously hurt' by car

A mother has been hit by a car in Milton Abbas whilst walking with her baby in a pushchair.

Dorset Police said the 33-year-old was thrown into a tree and seriously injured by the Peugeot 307 which mounted the pavement on a bend on Friday afternoon.

Her five-month-old son sustained minor injuries when the pushchair rolled down an embankment.

Police said the 19-year-old male car driver was unhurt.

Listen: The Cavern Club turns 60

Alan from Fishers Pond spent his youth in Liverpool watching the Beatles and Cilla

Tributes to student found dead in 'chemical incident'

An investigation continues into Thursday's "chemical incident", in which a woman's body was found in accommodation at Bournemouth University's Talbot Campus.

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Solent devolution 'dead' claim denied

The former deputy leader of Isle of Wight Council, Steve Stubbings, has claimed that a £900m deal to set up a new devolved business authority for the Solent area is dead.

Announcing this morning that he and council leader Jonathan Bacon were stepping down from their roles, Mr Stubbings told BBC Radio Solent the government had "effectively withdrawn the offer".

Solent area
Science Photo Library

One devolution partner, Portsmouth council leader Donna Jones, said Mr Stubbings' claim was untrue and she hoped for a positive announcement in the Budget in March.

Another partner, Southampton council leader Simon Letts, said it was "too early to speculate about the future of our devolution plans".

Civic centre revamp 'a waste' ahead of council merger

Poole's council is being criticised for spending £250,000 revamping its civic centre which could eventually close if a merger of Dorset councils goes ahead. 

Work includes improving disabled access, baby chancing facilities and new customer interview spaces. 

Opponents say the work is inappropriate when the council is closing public toilets and increasing parking charges. 

Borough of Poole Civic Centre
Google

The council, which supports a merger with Bournemouth and Christchurch, said the upgrade was "much needed".  

Alex Thomson breaks sailing record

Gosport-based Alex Thomson has beaten a world 24-hour distance record, as the Vendee Globe race enters its final stages.

Race organisers have confirmed that he sailed 536.81 nautical miles on Sunday, although the record has not yet been confirmed by the World Sailing Council.

The distance makes him the fastest solo sailor on a 60ft monohull in a 24 hour period.

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Car and motorbikes stolen in Totton raid

Burglars have stolen an estate car, a generator and four off-road motorcycles in raids on two neighbouring businesses in Commercial Road, Totton.

An Audi A4 was stolen from Carzoopa in one of the break-ins on Tuesday evening.

Detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to trace.

CCTV image
Hampshire Constabulary

Police said they were looking for two men who arrived at the scene in a white Ford Transit van, with the partial registration number NJ63.  

Could the solution to the UK's housing shortage be found in building houses out of straw?

Emma Bratley built a house in Milborne St Andrew out of straw.
Merlin Mk2 helicopter

A deal for a surveillance system fitted to helicopters to protect the new Queen Elizabeth Class ships will sustain hundreds of jobs, the government says.

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Severe disruption: A34 Hampshire northbound

BBC Travel

A34 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between A343 and A4 Bath Road.

A34 Hampshire - A34 blocked and very slow traffic northbound between Highclere turn off in Broad Laying and the A4 Bath Road junction in Newbury, because of a vehicle fire.

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MoD £269m helicopter deal sustains jobs

More than 200 jobs have been secured in a £269m Ministry of Defence (MoD) deal for a helicopter surveillance system. 

The Crowsnest system is being designed for use by the Merlin Mk2 helicopters onboard the new Queen Elizabeth Class ships,  HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Merlin Mk2 helicopters
Royal Navy

The MoD said it secured jobs at Thales in Crawley, Lockheed Martin in Havant, and Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil. 

The technology provides long range air, sea and land detection and tracking capability.

'Almost all routine surgery on the Isle of Wight has been cancelled'

It's because emergency patients are taking the beds
Poole Civic Centre

Poole's council is criticised for spending £250,000 revamping its civic centre which could eventually close if a merger of Dorset councils goes ahead.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J11 for A27 Fareham and J12 for M275.

M27 Hampshire - Lane closed on M27 eastbound between J11, A27 (Fareham) and J12, M275 (Portsmouth), because of an accident involving 3 cars and a van.

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Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J3 for M271 and J4 for M3.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound between J3, M271 (Romsey) and J4 M3, because of an accident.

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Former council leader's position 'intolerable'

Jonathan Bacon, who has resigned from the leadership of Isle of Wight Council along with his deputy Steve Stubbings, has said his position was made "intolerable" by colleagues' failure to address the authority's financial problems.

Mr Bacon, who was elected leader in January 2015, fought a campaign against government cuts which he said had put the "future viability" of the council at risk.

Jonathan Bacon
BBC

In October, he reversed a council vote against devolution, saying a deal to set up a new authority for the Solent area was the only way to address the authority's "perilous financial state", following budget cuts of more than £50m over the last five years.  

In his resignation statement, Mr Bacon said the "preference for too many elected members to act negatively rather than try and help" had made his position untenable.

Man admits Hayley Dean killing

A man has admitted killing Hayley Dean, 38, whose body was found at an address in Derby Road, Bournemouth on 16 September.

A post-mortem examination found she died from "blunt force trauma" to the head.

Hayley Dean
Dorset Police

James D'Arcy, 50, of no fixed address, appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied a charge of murder.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a trial beginning on 20 February.

BreakingIsle of Wight council leader steps down

The leader and deputy leader of Isle of Wight Council have resigned from their roles, blaming "political games" and "bickering" among the authority's ruling independent group.

Jonathan Bacon and Steve Stubbings say the "damaging behaviour" is "overwhelming" efforts to deal with government funding cuts.

Jonathan Bacon
BBC

We now have a situation amongst elected members where Party Politics and Ego are being put before the concerns and issues of Island people... We have a majority who would rather play games and fit into the negative stereotype of the self-centred, bickering, power seeking politician, or simply act at the behest of their party leadership, rather than take responsibility for the work that needs to be done to fight the brickbats of Central Government.

Jonathan BaconFormer leader, Isle of Wight Council

Thomson closes gap in Vendee Globe

Gosport-based sailor Alex Thomson has again narrowed the gap on leader Armel le Cleac'h in the Vendee Globe race.

The race is estimated to finish on Thursday and Thomson has reduced the distance he trails Le Cleac'h to 73 nautical miles. 

The leaders have passed the Azores with under 1,000 miles standing between them and the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

Alex Thomson
Alex Thomson

I remain pragmatic and optimistic. Maybe something's going to happen. It's going to get windy in the next 24 hours, up to 30 knots. We'll be going fast, and we'll have to see how things pan out.

Alex Thomson

Almost all routine surgery on the Isle of Wight has been cancelled for the past two weeks

It's because emergency patients are taking the beds

Arrest after lone women muggings

A man has been arrested after four lone women were robbed in Southsea.

Handbags were stolen in daytime muggings between Sunday and Thursday.

A 31-year-old man from Southsea has been arrested, police said.

Police search coast path for missing man

Police are beginning a search, which could last up to three days, of the Luccombe Road coastal path, Shanklin, for a man who has been missing for six months.

Robert Gibson, 45, travelled from his London home to the Isle of Wight on 13 June.

Robert Gibson
Hampshire Constabulary

Police said Mr Gibson, who enjoyed coastal walks on the island, was last seen in a supermarket in Shanklin.

Officers said they had chosen to search the area now as it was too overgrown during the summer months.

Travel: 'Major disruption' north of Bournemouth

Delays are reported at Ashley Heath and also on approaches to the Hurn roundabout.

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Plans for £250k spend on Poole civic centre despite potential closure warning

It could close under a local government merger.
St Mary's Hospital

Hundreds of routine operations at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight are cancelled due to a lack of beds.

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Travel: Long delays on A3(M) and M27

Stationary traffic is reported in the Havant and Waterlooville areas.

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Operations cancelled due to bed shortage

David Fenton

Health Correspondent, BBC South

St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight has cancelled hundreds of operations due to an increasing number of patients attending its emergency department. 

There have been no routine operations at the hospital in Newport for two weeks due to a lack of beds.

St Mary's Hospital, Newport
BBC

Isle of Wight NHS Trust said about 350 operations have been cancelled.

The hospital said it was in the process of contacting those affected and planned to transfer some patients to Southampton General Hospital.

It said urgent admissions would go ahead as planned.  

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