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Summary

  1. Jailed texting van driver who killed cyclist has appeal thrown out
  2. Iron Age hill fort Maiden Castle features in new set of Royal Mail stamps
  3. Aslef offers to suspend industrial action on Southern rail if new talks are set up
  4. MP urges government to speed up Dorset combined authority plan
  5. Updates from Tuesday 17 January

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  2. Man in court over three-year-old's crash death

    Marcus Liddell

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a three year old girl on the A34 near Oxford by dangerous driving.

    Isla Wiggin

    Isla Wiggin from Fleet in Hampshire and her unborn baby brother died in the crash at Hinksey Hill in August.

    A lorry and seven cars were involved.

    Thomas Hunter who's 58 and from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire is also charged with causing serious injury. He's been bailed to appear at Oxford Crown Court next month.

  3. Councils prepare for freezing temperatures

    Gritters will be out in force tonight, with temperatures expected to fall to freezing.

    In Southampton, the council has said it will send its fleet of gritters out from 19:00 this evening, to ensure the city's priority routes do not get too treacherous for drivers.

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  4. Southampton attempted burglary CCTV footage released

    A CCTV image of two men police want to trace in connection with an attempted burglary at a block of flats in Southampoton has been released.

    Police said they want to to identify the two people in the image after a window was prised open at the back of a flat on St Mary Street on Friday 13 January.

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  5. Dorset's councils committed to combined authority plan

    Poole council's chief executive says Dorset's councils remain committed to creating a combined authority to oversee transport and economic issues in the county.

    Bournemouth and Poole from the air

    The plan - which is not related to proposals to cut the number of councils - would see the creation of a new authority involving representatives from all nine councils as well as the Local Enterprise Partnership.

    Andrew Flockhart - who is also the lead officer for the Dorset Combined Authority - said officials were working to iron out technical issues with the proposal, which was submitted to government last year.

    He said the creation of the combined authority was a "very different proposition" to cutting the number of councils from nine to two.

  6. Weather latest: Chilly evening ahead

    After a bright and clear start to the day, it will remain dry and cold into the evening. 

    Temperatures will quickly fall further overnight, leading to a widespread sharp frost and perhaps isolated freezing fog patches.  

    BBC weather forecast for Berkshire
  7. Increase in 999 ambulance emergency calls

    South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people to use its free "Choose Well" application for smartphones after a rise in non-emergency call outs today.

    The app has been launched to provide advice on which part of the health service people should contact when ill or injured.  

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  8. Revolving artist studio nears last few weeks

    The second year of a travelling revolving art studio is coming to an end.

    The Observatory project has seen six artists each spend two months working inside the temporary studio in two locations, Mottisfont and Beaulieu.

    Identical in dimensions, one is a weather tight space for the artists, the other open for the public to use.

    The structures remain at Buckler's Hard until 21 April.

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    Its organisers have said it's hoped the structures will move to the Jurassic Coast if funding can be secured for a third year.

    The idea is a follow on from the Exbury Egg - which saw artist, Stephen Turner spend a year working inside a giant egg anchored on a Hampshire river.

  9. Tribute to father-of-two killed in crash

    The family of a man killed following a crash on Perham Down Road, Great Shoddesden has paid tribute to him. 

    Christopher Guilford, 22, of Tidworth, who was driving a Peugeot 206, died after a collision with a Ford Kuga shortly before 18:00 GMT on Friday. 

    The father-of-two's family described him as a "best friend and much loved buddy to many". 

    Christopher Guilford

    In a statement, Mr Guilford's family said he always had "so much love to give to his family, friends and the outdoors, especially horses and his beloved Liverpool FC".

    The other driver, a 32-year-old man from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, was uninjured. 

    Witnesses to the crash, have been asked to contact police.

  10. Afternoon weather: 'Dry but feeling cold'

    BBC Weather

    Many places will have increasing amounts of sunshine this afternoon, but a little cloud is still likely at times.

    However, it will remain dry everywhere, with light winds, but also feel cold. 

    Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, at J10 for A32.

    M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J10, A32 (Wickham), because of an accident.

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  12. MP urges government to speed up combined authority plan

    Christchurch MP Christopher Chope has urged the government to speed up the creation of a combined authority for Dorset. 

    The proposals - which are separate to plans to cut the number of councils in the county - were submitted to the government in July last year. 

    Under the plans, Dorset's nine councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership, would work together on key issues. 

    Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole

    The government previously said a decision would be made in early 2017.  

  13. 'Relief' as texting driver's sentence is upheld

    The brother of a cyclist killed by a van driver who was texting a message to arrange a dog walk on his mobile has said it was a  "a relief" the original sentence has been upheld.

    Father-of-two Lee Martin, 48, was taking part an organised cycling event when he was hit by Christopher Gard's van on the A31 near Bentley in August 2015.

    Gard lost his appeal earlier to have his nine-year sentence cut.

    Lee Martin

    Lee Martin's brother Darrell said "It sends a signal that using a phone at the wheel can cause deaths, and it's a benchmark that strongly shows the original trial judge was correct.

    "We're glad it's over."

    Gard, 30, from Alton was jailed on 5 September after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. 

    He had seven previous convictions for using a phone at the wheel.