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Summary

  1. Parents issue drink-drive 'manslaughter' call
  2. Pair charged over teenager crash death
  3. Isle of Wight school absence case 'should be dropped'
  4. Oriol Romeu signs new long-term Saints deal
  5. Updates from Wednesday 25 January

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Southampton celebrate

Southampton reach a first major final since 2003 with a determined display to beat Liverpool in the EFL Cup at Anfield.

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That's all for today

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Paedophile who fled to Ireland sentenced

A paedophile who fled to Ireland before a child sexual assault trial has been sentenced to 10 years and nine months in jail.

Thomas Nash, 70, of Fedamore, County Limerick, was arrested in May 2015 of historical child sex offences which occurred between 1997 and 2001.

When he failed to appear at court in May 2016, a European Arrest Warrant was issued and he was extradited.

Nash abused two girls aged four and seven at the time.

Thomas Nash
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Nash was convicted of five counts of indecent assault of a girl, and one count of gross indecency of a girl under the age of 16.

He was initially arrested in Oxford, and then sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday.

The offences took place in Bicester, Oxfordshire and Hampshire.

Latest news headlines: Dorset pupils hospitalised over cocaine scare

  • A proposal to introduce life sentences for the offence of careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs does not go far enough, according to the parents of one victim
  • Bournemouth Borough Council's cabinet has recommended the authority proceed with a merger incorporating Bournemouth Poole and Christchurch in a new Unitary Authority

Winterwatch: Dartford warblers at Arne

A unique microclimate at Arne is helping support more than 70 pairs of Dartford Warblers.

Winterwatch's Michaela Strachan goes in search of the tiny, rare birds and uses some unusual methods to demonstrate where they find their food.

Dartford Warblers and Spiders

Going, going...

Friarsgate car park in Winchester closed in 2015 amid safety fears and it's costing the city council £800,000 to knock it down.

This is what it looked like a year ago. Now, much of it has already gone and the work is due to be completed by March.

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Man charged over smuggled phones in prison

A man has been charged over contraband, including mobile phones, being smuggled into Winchester Prison.

Police said a 38-year-old from Southampton had been bailed to appear before magistrates in Basingstoke on 7 February.

'The hardest bird on the Bill'

The purple sandpiper is a winter visitor to Portland.

Winterwatch presenter Chris Packham pays a visit to see why these birds appear to have an "appetite for peril".

Meet the toughest bird of them all – the Purple sandpiper

Weather outlook: Fog bows!

Holly Green

BBC Weather

BBC Weather for the South of England on 25 January 2017

Hampshire travel latest: A34 lane closure at Upper Bullington

Dorset travel latest: A35 reopened at Upton

Reading the SAS handbook 'came into play'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Mr Robinson said he used his survival training after spending 26 years in the territorial army. 

Tim Robinson
BBC

He said: "I do like to watch the survival programmes and read the SAS survival handbook, so that all came into play. 

"It's like.. right, I've got to start thinking about what's happening here and make an assessment, go along with it and make a decision."

Broken leg two-hour crawl man recovering

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Tim Robinson
BBC

Tim Robinson - who fell from rocks in Dorset and broke his leg - has said it's a long road to recovery now he's back home. 

Tim slipped on seaweed and had to crawl across a shingle beach for more than two hours before his wife found him and raised the alarm.

He said things are looking up now he's back in Derby.

Hampshire mum forced to give up emu chick bought on eBay

Sunroof smashed as object thrown from bridge

A car has been damaged after an object was thrown by youths from a bridge on to the A27.

The black Hyundai was travelling east on the A27 between between Hilsea and Cosham on Tuesday at about 16:00 GMT.

It was hit and the sunroof smashed as it passed under the Perrone Road bridge.

The driver, a 54-year-old woman was not injured, but was left shaken, police said.

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Delays Valentine download campaign

Delays fans are hoping to get the band's song Valentine to Number 1 for Valentine’s Day.

The campaign has been launched to show support to the band's lead singer, Greg Gilbert.

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

Greg Gilbert
BBC

It comes following a series of fundraising concerts held to help pay for his cancer treatment.

Originally released 11 years ago, Valentine reached the Top 40 and earned Delays their first appearance on Top of the Pops.   

Fans are being asked to download and stream the song between 3-9 February.

Broadstone Middle School, Poole

Four children are taken to hospital over fears they had taken cocaine at school, believing it to be sweets.

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Severe accident: A35 Dorset eastbound

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A35 Dorset eastbound severe accident, between A351 and A350 Blandford Road North.

A35 Dorset - A35 in Upton closed and heavy traffic eastbound between Bakers Arms Roundabout and the A350 Blandford Road North junction, because of an accident.

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Police officers rescue swans from M27

A pair of swans have been rescued from a motorway by police officers.

Officers captured the pair from junction 5 of the M27, near Eastleigh, earlier this morning.

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Crash blocks road in Weymouth

Luke Fletcher

Two men are charged with driving offences following the death of a teenager in a car crash in January 2016.

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Flights return to normal after fog

Flights in and out of Southampton Airport are returning to normal following delays and cancellations caused by dense fog.

The foggy weather has seen flights disrupted at the airport for the past three days.

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Weather Watchers: Maggie in Lyme Regis

Maggie reports from her home overlooking Lyme Bay.

Rare postcard scenes of Dorset set for auction

A picture postcard showing rows of elephants parading down Poole High Street in 1905 when the circus came to town is among a collection of postcards set for auction.

The postcards, which capture historical events that took place in Dorset, also feature workers inside the Royal Navy Cordite Factory and a suffragette being arrested in Canford in 1908. 

The collection which is contained in five albums will be sold by Duke's Auctioneers on 21 March. 

Elephants, Poole
Duke's Auctioneers

Wightlink to introduce innovative ‘automated mooring’

Two arrested over WHSmith robberies

A man and a woman have been arrested by police investigating two robberies at WHSmith shops.

Cash was stolen from WHSmith on High Street in Shaftesbury in the early hours of Saturday after a black Ford Focus estate was driven into the front door of the shop forcing the doors open.

A second WHSmith in Cheap Street in Sherborne was also targeted at about 23:40 GMT the same day but nothing was stolen.

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Police said a 33-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman - both from Weston-super-Mare - have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Anyone who witnessed either break-in or saw the car being driven beforehand is asked to contact police.

Two charged over crash which killed Luke Fletcher

Two men have been charged following a fatal crash.

Luke Fletcher, 19, from Portsmouth was a passenger in a silver Nissan Almera when it crashed on the B2177 at Southwick on January 23 last year.

Luke Fletcher
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Zax Ross-Harris, 22, of Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, has been charged with four offences including causing death by dangerous driving.

Danny Ross-Barringer, 25, Ludlow Road, Paulsgrove, has been charged with five offences including dangerous driving and of aiding and abetting causing death by dangerous driving.

They are due to appear in court on February 21.

Tributes to Southampton man shot dead in Thailand

Tributes are being paid to a British man who has been shot dead in his Porsche in Thailand.

Tony Kenway, originally from Southampton, was killed in a car park in the resort of Pattaya at 14:10 local time, according to the Bangkok Post.

Mr Kenway, 39, who lived in Pattaya with his wife and children was shot at the wheel of his car outside a sports club.

His family have said he worked hard in the country, including with several charities.

The Foreign Office has said it's dealing with Thai police who are investigating. 

Decision due on future of Bournemouth balloon

The future of Bournemouth's landmark balloon is expected to be decided today. 

The tethered balloon which flies 150m (492ft) above the town's Lower Gardens was removed for repairs in June.

Bournemouth council's Lower Central Gardens Trust Board is meeting to take a decision on its lease. 

S&D Leisure, which has operated the balloon since 2002, says it wants to reinstate the balloon in time for the summer season.

Bournemouth Balloon
David Dixon
Full English breakfast

As a Victorian country house in coastal Dorset scoops the title of the best B&B in the world, BBC News looks at the key ingredients of a successful stay.

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Wightlink crossings resume after fog

Wightlink has started to run crossings between Lymington - Yarmouth which were stopped earlier after severe fog.

The ferry firm said its Portsmouth - Fishbourne (car ferry service) was still subject to disruption.

And its Portsmouth Harbour - Ryde (catamaran service) was now running a good service.

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The latest Southampton Airport fog update

Appeal over sheep worrying

Dorset Police is appealing for witnesses after a sheep-worrying incident in Dorchester.

The force said about 300 sheep were chased into a corner by a black spaniel dog in a field near Maiden Castle at about 12:30 GMT on Monday. The dog was accompanied by a man.

PC Claire Dinsdale said: “Sheep worrying is a crime, dogs should be kept on a lead when near livestock. At this time of year ewes are carrying lambs and even the presence of dogs can cause them real distress which could lead to them losing their lambs.”

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Drivers caught in mobile phone crackdown

Police say they are continuing to catch drivers using a mobile phone behind the wheel during a week-long crackdown.

Hampshire Constabulary said officers had even caught one driver reading a book on their phone whilst driving.

Dorset Police say in Bournemouth, officers caught 15 people on their mobile phones in two hours.  

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Motorists caught using a mobile phone are currently given three penalty points and a minimum fine of £100. 

Under the new rules, which are expected to be set this year, drivers can expect to receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine.  

The nationwide campaign runs until Sunday.  

Fareham council approves plans supporting a power supply link between the UK and France.
A council has approved plans for infrastructure to help link the electricity transmission systems of Great Britain and France.

Wightlink Lymington - Yarmouth service stopped due to fog

Wightlink Ferries has stopped its crossings between  Lymington - Yarmouth due to severe fog.

The ferry firm said its Portsmouth - Fishbourne (car ferry service) remains subject to disruption.

And the Portsmouth Harbour - Ryde (catamaran service) is operating a shuttle service because of restricted visibility.

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Man attacked by teenager has 'life-changing injuries'

A man has suffered "life-changing" injuries in an attack by a teenager in Wimborne, police have said.

The victim was walking home from a pub on Saturday night when he was approached by a group of teenagers near Wimborne library.

Wimborne library
Chris Downer

The man, aged in his 40s, was pushed from behind and kicked in the chest, causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground.

On Sunday evening, he attended hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

Police have said his injuries are serious but not thought to be life threatening.