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  2. Brian Wilson to close Camp Bestival
  3. Saints through to League Cup final after Liverpool win
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  1. That's all for today

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 bringing you the latest headlines from across the three counties.

  2. Teenager arrested over Wimborne 'assault'

    A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a man suffered "life-changing" injuries in an alleged attack in Wimborne, police have said.

    The victim, aged in his 40s, was passing a group of teenagers near Wimborne library on Saturday night when he was reportedly pushed from behind and kicked in the chest, causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground.

    Wimborne library

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

    The boy has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm without intent.

  3. Mobility scooter search 'stood down'

    Coastguards have ended a two-hour search around Poole after an unattended mobility scooter was found near the Twin Sails Bridge.

    Two lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter searched the area until 16:42 GMT but nothing was found.

    Police are continuing their efforts to trace the scooter's owner.

    Twin Sails Bridge
  4. Poole Harbour seal traced back to France

    Conservationists have discovered that a seal which set up home in Poole Harbour nine years ago had travelled across the channel from France. 

    A Dorset Wildlife Trust project has revealed that Domino the seal was previously called Bonnemine, and travelled to the harbour as a pup in 2007. 

    The pup was released by French conservationists, who had previously rescued her, in Baie du Mont Saint-Michel. 

    Members of the Dorset trust were able to track down Domino's previous home using a serial number tag on her flippers, which was traced back to the Association CHENE, who said they were happy to hear the seal was doing well. 

  5. Cats 'feline fine' as volunteers drive hundreds of miles to help pair

    Two cats will be delivered to their new Hampshire home today after a team of volunteers came forward to help transport them across the country.

    The feline pair from Keighley, West Yorkshire had been living in a rescue home but found a new owner in Southampton thanks to some help from people on Twitter. 

    Keighley Cat Care had been finding it difficult to find a home for Barney and Benny, so the team took to Twitter to find them a new home.

    Barney and Benny

    The only snag was, they had no way of getting them down there. 

    Then four volunteers stepped forward offering to drive the cats in a kind of relay, which has been happening today.

    Before they were rescued the pair had been living in a house with 30 other cats and were in a "terrible state" when Keighley Cat Care took them on.

  6. Replacement beach huts taking shape

    Work to replace beach huts wrecked in a storm nearly three years ago is progressing in Milford on Sea.

    More than 100 wooden huts were destroyed in the St Valentines Day storm in 2014.

    New Forest District Council says most of the new concrete structures are in place and decorative panels are being installed.

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  7. Saints Wembley ticket details announced

    Southampton FC supporters can buy tickets for the EFL Cup final at Wembley from Thursday 2 February at 09:00 GMT, the club has announced.

    Saints have been allocated 31,461 tickets for the game against either Hull or Manchester United on Sunday 26 February.

    Saints fans

    Adult prices range from £40 to £100.

    Southampton beat Liverpool 1-0 on Wednesday to reach the final, which could earn the club a place in the Europa League next season.

  8. Aircraft fuselage transported through Dorset

    The fuselage of a Boeing 727 aircraft will be transported through Dorset on Saturday.

    The 4.45m-wide abnormal load will be moved under police escort from Bournemouth International Airport and Cotswold Airport in Cirencester.

    Starting at 10:00, the convoy will travel along the B3073 Parley Lane, Christchurch Road, Ham Lane and on to the A31, leaving the county by 10:30.

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  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A3(M) Hampshire northbound

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    A3(M) Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J5 for A2030.

    A3(M) Hampshire - A3(M) lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J5, A2030 (Bedhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  10. 'Homeless' bogus caller targets elderly

    A woman claiming to be homeless is knocking on doors of elderly residents in Southampton and asking for money.

    Police said there had been numerous reports of a woman, often in tears, claiming she was being chased or followed.

    Since 30 December, 30 homes in Millbrook, Redbridge and Freemantle have been targeted.

    It is thought at least 10 of the victims handed over cash - usually about £25.

    The woman is described as white, about 5ft 6in with light brown shoulder-length hair which has different colours in.

    She was wearing a black duffle coat, trousers and carried a large, light brown handbag and was not wearing make-up.

  11. Dorset County Council backs change to local government

    Dorset County Council has formally backed plans to change the local government structure.

    Councillors today voted in favour of plans to change Dorset’s nine councils into two new unitary authorities.

    The plans would see councils make a submission to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to request the change.

    Aerial view

    The vote comes after public opinion, financial data and evidence was collated last year looking into the effect of changing the government structure.

    All councils are considering the report this month, with the final vote on Tuesday next week.

    If the majority votes in favour, the new councils are expected to "go live" in April 2019.

  12. £70k to save WW2 battery

    Historic England has awarded a £70,000 grant to the Forestry Commission to prevent further deterioration of a World War Two battery on the Isle of Wight.

    Built in the 1930s, Bouldnor Battery is one of 11 fortifications that once guarded The Solent.

    Bouldnor Battery

    The building, which has been redundant since 1955, is already being held up with steel props and protected with a waterproof covering.

    Both organisations are appealing for anyone with information or memories about the battery, especially anyone involved in its construction or who served there, to get in touch.

    Quote Message: The military heritage of the Isle of Wight is a significant reminder of the importance of this stretch of Britain’s coastline during the Second World War as well as reflecting the local history of the Isle of Wight Rifles. from Clare Charlesworth Heritage at Risk Principal Adviser for Historic England in the South East
    Clare CharlesworthHeritage at Risk Principal Adviser for Historic England in the South East
  13. Watford fans held over smoke bombs on pitch

    Four Watford fans are being questioned by police after smoke grenades were thrown on the pitch during their team's most recent visit to Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Watford fans throw smoke bombs on to pitch at Bournemouth
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  14. £2.3m to encourage cycling and walking

    Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council have been awarded £2.3m of funding by the Department for Transport to go towards a three-year £3.1m scheme to support cycling and walking projects.

    Among the scheme's aims is a plan to reduce transport barriers for 600 long-term unemployed people and working with employers to help more staff cycle and walk to work.

  15. Mystery of man with fractured skull

    Police are trying to piece together how a man suffered a fractured skull in Bordon.

    The 51-year-old said he woke up in bed on Saturday 21 January with a head injury having been out the night before.

    He told police he left Bordon Working Men's Club in Varna Road at midnight, using the cut-through off Saville Road, and saw two people walking towards him who said something about a phone and a wallet.

    Hampshire Constabulary said nothing had been stolen from the man. Officers are reviewing CCTV and appealing for information.

  16. Saints owner issues statement over investment reports

    Southampton FC owner Katharina Liebherr has responded to reports that a Chinese company is to buy a stake in the club.

    St Mary's Stadium
    Quote Message: Please understand that I can only make limited comments regarding this process but I can assure you that any steps we do take will be in the best interests of the club. The Premier League is increasingly competitive - we need to keep moving forward and look to new markets for commercial growth, innovation and to share our journey. from Katharina Liebherr Owner, Southampton Football Club
    Katharina LiebherrOwner, Southampton Football Club