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Summary

  1. Southampton drugs gang jailed
  2. Police car crashes near scene of Southampton crash
  3. More councils vote in favour of creating two unitary authorities for Dorset
  4. Southampton to face Manchester United in League Cup final
  5. Updates from Friday 27 January

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The BBC Local Live service for Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will resume on Monday at 08:00.

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Latest sport headlines: Hampshire cricketer Dawson confirmed in England squad

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  • Southampton boss Claude Puel has said he will have a definitive answer on the extent of Virgil Van Dijk's injury by the weekend - the Dutch defender missed Wednesday's win over Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final because of an ankle problem
  • Hampshire all rounder Liam Dawson has been confirmed in the England Cricket squad for their one-day international tour to the West Indies in March
  • New Eastleigh defender Sam Muggleton has told BBC Radio Solent about the influence his father has had on his career - the 21-year-old is the latest Barnet recruit to join the Spitfires and said his father Carl Muggleton, former keeper and Barnet coach, played a large part in getting him to Silverlake

Weekend weather: Heavy rain

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There'll be some outbreaks of rain overnight which will gradually become more widespread, heavy and persistent. 

But, drier and clearer weather will move in later from the west.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England for Friday 27 February 2017
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Tomorrow will be cloudy and wet initially in the east, but drier and brighter weather from the west will quickly spread eastwards. 

However, scattered showers will then follow, possibly turning heavy and thundery.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England for Saturday 28 February 2017
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Your pictures: Bishopstoke, Dorchester and Ventnor

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher's "Itchen Imager", "Jett Stream" and "Jane's Garden" for these snaps of the River Itchen at Bishopstoke, Hampshire, woodland near Dorchester, Dorset, and bird silhouettes at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.

River Itchen at Bishopstoke
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Woodland near Dorchester
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Bird silhouettes at Ventnor
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Send us your pictures of the three counties by email, on our Hampshire and Dorset Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCDorset.  

Latest news headlines: Drug dealers jailed after murder inquiry

  • Five men involved in a drugs plot uncovered during investigations into an unsolved murder have been sentenced

Drugs plotters 'lived at fatal stabbing flat'

Two members of a gang, who have been jailed for their roles in a drugs conspiracy in Southampton, were living at a flat at the time a man was found stabbed to death there, a judge has said.

Michael Freshwater's body was found at the address in Westridge Road on 29 April 2016.

Judge Linda Sullivan QC told Portsmouth Crown Court that Tristan Pope, 22, and Kevin Suika, 23, had taken over the flat as part of a "cuckooing" plot to sell cocaine and heroin.

She said the pair were ordered by others to set up a Southampton drugs operation in people's homes by "intimidating the occupants".

BBC Introducing: Hampshire indie-rock band Echotape perform

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Titanic life jacket on display in Southampton

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, between J12 for M275 and J11 for A27 Fareham.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M27 westbound between J12, M275 (Portsmouth) and J11, A27 (Fareham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Stab death flat was 'supply hub'

A Southampton flat where a man was found stabbed to death in April 2016 was the "hub of a drugs conspiracy", Portsmouth Crown Court has heard.

Four men have been jailed for their part in a plot to supply £676,000 of heroin and cocaine over an 11-month period.

The conspiracy was uncovered following the death of Michael Freshwater whose body was found at the address in Westridge Road.

Passing sentence, Judge Linda Sullivan QC said the flat had been taken over by drug-dealers to use as a base, as part of a "sophisticated conspiracy".

Jailed drugs conspirator dances in the dock

A teenager, jailed for his part in a conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine in Southampton, laughed and danced as his two-year sentence was passed.

The judge at Portsmouth Crown Court told Dantai Thompson, 18, his sentence would have been five years were it not for his young age at the time of the conspiracy.

The court heard the drugs plot was discovered following the killing of Michael Freshwater, who was found stabbed to death at a flat in Westridge Road which was "the hub of the conspiracy".

House where man was found dead 'used by drug dealers'

Michael Freshwater, 49, known as Micky, was found stabbed to death at a flat in St Denys, Southampton, in April last year.

The court heard the property was involved in "cuckooing", where drug dealers took over the homes of drug users in order to trade.

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Hampshire Constabulary made an appeal to trace Tristan Pope and Kevin Suika in connection with the death and the pair were later arrested.

In October, police said no further action would be taken against them along with Dantai Thompson who had earlier been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Five men have today been sentenced for conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine in Southampton after evidence arose from the inquiry into Mr Freshwater's death.  

Jail terms for murder inquiry drug dealers

Four of the men convicted of conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine as part of an inquiry that arose from a murder have been jailed.

  • Daniel Ferrett, 29, received four-and-a-half years
  • Tristan Pope, 22, was jailed for eight years
  • Kevin Suika, 23, was jailed for six years
  • Dantai Thompson, 18, was sentenced to two years
  • Daniel Sadler, 35, received a two-year suspended term

The jury at Portsmouth Crown Court was told the unsolved killing of Michael Freshwater in Southampton "created panic" among drug dealers, producing evidence used at the men's trial.

BreakingDrug dealers sentenced after murder inquiry

Five men have been sentenced for conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine in Southampton.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that 3.5kg of drugs, with a value of £654,000, was supplied between June 2015 and April 2016.

Michael Freshwater
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Michael Freshwater was found stabbed to death

The court heard the case arose from an unsolved murder.

Michael Freshwater, 49, was found stabbed to death at a flat in Westridge Road on 29 April 2016.

Four of the men were jailed for between two and eight years while one received a suspended sentence.

Portsmouth kebab house's licence extension rejected

Hampshire travel: A3057 crash update

Apple Watch activity data 'not uploading'

Some customers who purchased the latest Apple Watch for £69 ($86) under a deal offered by Vitality Insurance are complaining that their activity data is not being uploaded by the firm's app.

If certain levels of activity are not logged every month customers are charged extra for the device.

Apple Watch advert
Vitality

The firm said a small number of customers were affected and some had synced their devices incorrectly.

Dietitian Anna Holt, from Winchester, said: "It defeats the object. There seem to be a lot of others complaining about it online."

New areas added to scheme tackling alcohol problems

Weymouth, Fareham and Isle of Wight are among 33 areas to join a programme to tackle alcohol-related crime and health problems.

Weymouth
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The government scheme initially launched in 2014, covering 20 areas.

The Home Office has announced a new phase, involving licensing authorities, health bodies and police who will work together to address problems caused by alcohol.

Hampshire travel update: Overturned lorry closes A3057

BBC Travel

A section of the A3057 in Hampshire is closed due to an overturned lorry and spillage.

The crash involving a Calor gas lorry happened on Romsey Road at about 13:30.

No-one is believed to be injured. 

Police and fire crews are at the scene.

Weather outlook: Patchy showers

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

River horse rescue update

Severe disruption: A3057 Hampshire both ways

BBC Travel

A3057 Hampshire both ways severe disruption, between Church Road and Mottisfont Lane.

A3057 Hampshire - A3057 Romsey Road closed in both directions between the Church Road junction in King's Somborne and the Mottisfont Lane junction in Mottisfont, because of an overturned lorry and a spillage on the road.

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Still time to celebrate Julian Clegg's 20th anniversary on BBC Radio Solent...

Surf club founder dies aged 82

Arrested man bailed after woman sexually assaulted in van

A man who was arrested after a woman was forced into the back of a van and sexually assaulted has been released on bail.

Jellicoe Close
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The woman, aged in her 40s, was attacked on Wednesday in Jellicoe Close off Constitution Hill. 

Detectives are investigating the incident after reports a man approached the victim and forcibly persuaded her to get into a white van, where he attacked her. 

The van, which had ladders on the back, was found nearby.

A 43-year-old man from Christchurch was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been bailed until mid-February.

'I feel like we've won the FA Cup'

#PeoplesCup

FA People's Cup: Watch the best goals from 2016 finals

As we look forward to a weekend of FA Cup action, watch some of the best goals from the FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side tournament - and what it means to those who lifted the trophy.

You can get involved in the 2017 FA People's Cup, in one of 16 categories, now! Find out how to sign up here.

Post boxes given makeover in honour of Saints

Two post boxes have been given a "patriotic" makeover in Saints colours after the team reached a major final. 

White stripes have been painted down two post boxes in the city centre after Southampton Football Club secured a place at Wembley for the EFL Cup final which takes place in February. 

The makeovers have been met with support by local business owners and residents who say it is a "fun" change. 

Post box in Bargate
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But a Royal Mail spokesman said: "We congratulate Southampton FC on their success, however, [we] will be returning the post boxes to their original colour as soon as it is reasonably possible."

'Horse guru' convicted of pony cruelty

A man who claimed to be a self-taught "horse whisperer" and trainer has been convicted of animal cruelty.

Tamzin's "greyed out" eye
RSPCA

Jonathan Hurst was sentenced after being found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony at a yard in Hampshire. 

The female pony - called Tanzin - was left with an "absolutely shocking" spilt tongue and an eye injury which were not treated by a vet, the RSPCA said. 

Hurst was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and fined £300. 

BreakingSentencing under way in drugs conspiracy

Five men are being sentenced for their involvement in a drugs conspiracy in Southampton.

James Newton-Price, prosecuting, told Portsmouth Crown Court that 3.5kg of heroin and cocaine was supplied between June 2015 and April 2016.

The court previously heard the case arose from the unsolved killing of Michael Freshwater, 49, who was found stabbed to death at a flat in Westridge Road in April 2016.

The hearing continues.

Michael Freshwater
Family photo
Michael Freshwater was found dead last year
EFL Cup final: Manchester United to face Southampton
As Manchester United book their ninth appearance in a League Cup final, we ask if Jose Mourinho can win his fourth League Cup or if Southampton can recreate the heroics of the 1976 FA Cup final.

Travel: Winchester Road reopens

North Dorset approves merger plans

North Dorset District Council has become the latest authority to vote in favour of plans to merge the county's local authorities into two unitaries.

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Firefighters rescue horse from river

Police car crash woman 'looked quite shaken up'

A bus passenger has contacted BBC News after a police car crashed while it was on its way to a serious accident in Southampton.

Katie Oakley said: "I heard a loud bang, then a female police officer got out of the car to see if the lady in the other car was OK.

"The lady looked quite shaken up so the officer was supporting her and told her to wait in one of the nearby houses.

"Then an unmarked police car and a couple of police motorbikes showed up to look at the damage."

A police spokeswoman said: "A car responding to the initial crash was involved in a minor collision - there were no injuries." 

Police car crashes near scene of earlier accident

A police car thought to be attending a crash in Southampton in which a man was seriously injured was involved in a separate collision in the same road.

A male pedestrian is in a life-threatening condition following the first incident in Winchester Road, shortly after 07:30. 

Further up the same road, eyewitnesses reported seeing a police car which had collided with a Fiat. 

Passengers on a bus behind the second accident were told to disembark.

A police car involved in a crash with a Fiat
Katie Oakley

Winchester Road remains closed between Shirley High Street and St James Road.  

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Southampton crash: Man in life-threatening condition

A man is in a life-threatening condition following a crash in Southampton.

Police were called shortly after 07:30 after a pedestrian was struck by a car in Winchester Road.

The man has been taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The road remains closed from the junction of Shirley High Street to St James Road.

Hampshire Constabulary said the road was "likely to remain closed for some time" and urged drivers to avoid the area.