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Portsmouth record a second successive four-goal win to take another step in gaining promotion by dismantling Grimsby.

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That's all for today!

Emily Ford

BBC South

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

You can still get in touch by  email , on our  Hampshire  and  Dorset  Facebook pages or on Twitter  @BBC_Hampshire  and  @BBCDorset .

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Love is in the air for rare birds at Marwell zoo

A wrinkled hornbill has won his soulmate's heart at Marwell Wildlife Zoo - through her stomach. 

The team at Marwell are excited to announce the coupling of the two rare birds, male ‘Bulu’ and female ‘Cinta’.

They have recently been paired in one of the Hampshire zoo’s walk-through aviaries and are already forming a strong bond.

The European Endangered species breeding Programme (EEP) Coordinator recommended the match.

Marwell Wildlife

They are spending a lot of time together out and about in the enclosure. Bulu has been attempting to give Cinta food items and this is positive pair-bonding behaviour. At the moment she seems a little confused by what he is trying to do, but this is probably because she is still young. She will understand eventually.”

Meg Fieldhouse Team Leader for Birds Section at Marwell Wildlife

Reports NHS trust is in 'special measures' denied by chief executive

The chief executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust is reassuring staff after claims the service was in special measures. 

It comes after reports the trust had received a CQC report and appointed an Improvement Director. 

Chief executive of the trust, Karen Baker has now sent an email to all staff confirming that Philippa Slinger has been appointed to the role. 

The email also stated the trust is waiting for an official CQC report. When this has happened the watchdog will decide whether the trust should be placed in special measures.  

Ms Baker said they had until 28 March to provide comments on the draft CQC report and it will be published shortly after that. 

We only received the draft CQC report for factual accuracy checking late on Friday. We cannot comment on a report which is not ours and has not yet been published. However, NHS Improvement have recognised the challenging times we are in and we are fortunate to have an Improvement Director appointed now, as many trusts only receive that support after they are put in ‘special measures’. Philippa’s role is to focus on improvement whilst we carry on providing care and I’m very pleased to have her support."

Karen Baker Chief Executive Officer of Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Seatown fossil find 'impressive'

A fossil believed to be that of a plesiosaur being uncovered at Seatown in Dorset "looks like an impressive find", Sam Scriven, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site earth science manager, has said.

“However, its real significance won't be clear until it has been cleaned and assessed," he added.

He said the "experienced collectors" carrying out the work to unearth the marine reptile remains were following the West Dorset Fossil Collecting Code which can be found  here

Seatown, near Bridport
Philip Halling

If you want to go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast it is important to be a responsible fossil collector and to stay safe. Only collect loose fossils and never hammer or dig into the cliff face or rocky ledges without permission. Only go out during a low tide, stay away from the cliff face and always wearing goggles when you use a hammer. Be aware of other beach users, too.

Sam Scriven Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site earth science manager

"Lifeline" ferry service in the Solent for sale at over £250million

The owners of a major Solent ferry service have revealed they are selling the company for more than £250million. 

Red Funnel owners, InfraCapital, have revealed plans to sell the company after running it for nine years. 

The announcement has triggered outrage with local MPs who expressed concerns over the future of the company. 

Isle of Wight MP, Andrew Turner, said: "I want the interests of the islanders, business and our public service protected and indeed improved. The sale of these vital transport links every few years has not served the island well." 

Leader of Isle of Wight Council, councillor Dave Stewart, said: "Red Funnel is a profitable company, but also a lifeline service which should not be exploited." 

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Jurassic Coast 'plesiosaur' fossil uncovered

Peter Townsend, from Weymouth, has filmed these dinosaur fossils being uncovered in Seatown, near Bridport.

He said they are believed to be those of a plesiosaur marine reptile.

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Severe accident: A354 Dorset both ways

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A354 Dorset both ways severe accident, between Verne Hill Road and Yeates Road affecting Castle Road.

A354 Dorset - A354 New Road in Fortuneswell closed in both directions between the Verne Hill Road junction and the Yeates Road junction, because of an accident involving car and bus. Congestion to the Castle Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

New weekend summer sun connections from Southampton Airport announced

A new schedule for up to 76 connections to France and Italy at the weekends has been announced from Southampton Airport. 

The airport is offering the new weekend regional connections for sunseekers on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Flybe has made the announcement which will mean regional passengers can connect through Southampton to their final destination with "minimum fuss". 

New destinations via Southampton include Biarritz, Bordeaux and Verona. 


It is great that Southampton Airport is now a weekend leisure hub for Flybe which allows the rest of the UK to enjoy a ‘breeze through’ experience en route to their holiday destination. The airport prides itself on being fast, easy and friendly and is delighted that it can now help even more passengers reach summer sun from their local airport.”

Dave Lees Southampton Airport’s Managing Director

Trampoline park emergency calls revealed

A Southampton trampoline park has the second highest ambulance call-out figures,  figures obtained by BBC 5 live's Daily programme show .

Oxygen Freejumping in Southampton, which had 200,000 jumpers in the last year, had 13 call outs in 114 days - one every 9 days.

Flip Out Portsmouth, had a lower call out rate, with paramedics attending eight times in its first 106 days - an average of once every 13 days.  

Statistics from a Freedom of Information request show callouts made by 30 parks in 12 months to April 2016. More than 140 UK trampoline parks have opened since the first in 2014.

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Strait jacket escape attempt planned for Spinnaker Tower

Magician Dan Churchley has announced he is to attempt a strait jacket escape while suspended 100m above sea level, beneath the Spinnakers Tower's glass floor.

The Portsmouth-based performer's stunt will take place on 12 April, as a fund raiser for the Clic Sargent cancer charity.

Dan Churchley
Spinnaker Tower

I’m very excited about the stunt but as it draws nearer, the nerves are definitely starting to kick in. It is a seriously high point to be dangled from for all to see but it will be worth it to raise money for CLIC Sargent, who are the real inspiration behind this event.

Dan Churchley

Pensioner critically ill after crash

A man has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash in Dorset.

The 77-year-old's Nissan X-Trail collided with a van at about 11:35 GMT on a minor road between West Stafford and Crossways, near Dorchester.

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His passenger, a 76-year-old woman, and the van driver were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Travel Dorset said the accident, near a level crossing, had closed the road between Crossways and Lewell.

Genny Dauti murder: Two remain in custody

Two men, aged 27 and 28, remain in police custody as police continue to investigate the murder of Genny Dauti.

Originally from Albania, Mr Dauti, 21, was found on Gilpin Close in the early hours of Saturday. He had suffered a stab wound to his chest and later died in hospital.

Detectives arrested three people on suspicion of murder yesterday and have since released a 30-year-old woman with no further action.

Genny Dauti
Hampshire Constabulary

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

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M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J7 for A30.

M3 Hampshire - M3 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J7, A30 (Basingstoke), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Joe Weatherley loan move to play 'as much as possible'

Hampshire batsman Joe Weatherley has signed a new contract with the county, while also agreeing to join Kent on a season-long loan for the 2017 campaign.

The former England Under-19 captain and Hampshire academy graduate has extended his deal at the Ageas Bowl until 2019.

"It stems down to me being at an age where I want to play as much as possible. Ultimately, I want to be playing as much cricket as I can. Ideally, that would be for Hampshire and I want that to be for them long-term. But this year, I think it's best for me to get some cricket elsewhere and I'm looking forward to joining up with Kent.

Joe Weatherley
Joe Weatherley
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Meerkats watching their weight

Isle of Wight Zoo has published this picture of its meerkats waiting to be weighed ... have they been piling on the pounds?

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Celebrations at the Drovers Inn in Gussage All Saints

Low tide pictures of Dorset coast

Dorset Wildlife Trust has posted some great recent pictures of Kimmeridge at low tide.

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Emergency services concern over missing Irish helicopter

Local emergency services have been expressing their sadness on social media after an Irish Coastguard search and rescue helicopter went missing off the Co Mayo coast in the early hours of this morning.

Terrible news. Our thoughts go out to all those involved #SARfamily…

Sad news coming from Ireland that an Air Sea Rescue helicopter has crashed. Thoughts with all the families of the 4 persons missing

Our thoughts are with our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard during this ongoing search off Mayo

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Woman in court over pensioner 'murder'

A woman has appeared in court charged with murdering an Aldershot pensioner.

Man Limbu, 75, was pronounced dead at a flat in Victoria Road on Friday.

Man Limbu
Hampshire Constabulary

Sun Maya Tamang, 50, of Victoria Road, is also accused of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and false imprisonment, relating to an incident involving a 47-year-old woman on the same day.

She was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday.

New community hall, offices and homes planned for Sherborne derelict farm

Sue Paz

BBC South

A new community hall, homes and office space are planned for a derelict farm in Sherborne.

Plans for the derelict Barton Farm buildings
Reed and Holland Chartered Arcitects

The Sherborne Castle Estate  proposals  for the existing buildings at Barton Farm on Yeovil Road form the next stage of the development of the farmland, which has already seen several Corelli homes built.

John Read, of Chesters Commercial - one the agents for the estate, said the revamp was a "positive step" to support business in the town.

Some of the existing farm buildings

"Existing businesses in Sherborne want to occupy this new office space to enable them to expand and grow," he said.

A public consultation on the plans, which are currently with West Dorset District Council for consideration, ends on 31 March.

Happy birthday to Irsula the giraffe

It's a big day for one of Marwell's tallest residents

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Police offer help following Broadchurch episodes

Dorset Police is raising awareness of support services available for victims of sexual violence, following the latest episodes of the ITV drama, Broadchurch.

The award winning thriller filmed on the Dorset coast centres on the search for a rapist who attacked Trish Waterman', played by Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Trish Waterman', played by Julie Hesmondhalgh

We take all reports seriously and our specially trained officers can help and advise you. If you don’t want to talk to the police - the Shores, Dorset’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) or Dorset Rape Crisis are also there to support you.

Dorset Police

Bournemouth Beach set for RNLI obstacle course challenge

Bournemouth Beach is set to be turned into a giant obstacle course as part of a RNLI fundraising challenge. 

Competitors will climb giant dunes, tackle scramble nets and haul themselves over a huge wall at the event on 26 March, called Sandstorm. 

The RNLI is still looking for individual and teams to take part - doing the 5km course, or a 10k version.

Bournemouth Beach
David Martin

It's unique as it's on sand - there is quite a big difference between running on tarmac and running on sand, so hope we hope people are going to work together to help each other round.

Lucy PuttRNLI

Portsmouth v Grimsby: Pompey 'under pressure' - Cook

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook says his team will always be under pressure until they win promotion from League Two. 

A great week for Pompey has seen them climb into the division's top three with a four point cushion to 4th place. 

They welcome Grimsby to Fratton Park this evening, and Cook says they need to build on an excellent seven days.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook
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Last Tuesday we went to Crawley under pressure, tonight we go into Grimsby under pressure. The moral of the story is that I'm not so sure pressure never really goes away when you are a club trying to be successful. If you want to be successful you've got to turn up and play and manage those expectations - in those last two games we've certainly turned up and played.

Paul CookPortsmouth Manager

John Denham: Union "hanging by a thread"

The future of the UK is "handing by a thread"  according to former Southampton Itchen MP, John Denham.

The former Labour cabinet minister now Director at the Centre for English Identity and Politics at Winchester University, was speaking following the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's plans for a second independence referendum .

John Denham

As it becomes clear that Scotland is on the very wrong end of a Brexit deal - and as Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union - then the resentments will build up and its much more likely that Scotland will ultimately go for independence. I really do think the future of the union is hanging by a thread now. I think its not at all clear that in 10 years we'll have anything like the country we have at the moment."

John DenhamFormer Labour cabinet minister

Cat scarred in 'boiling water attack'

A beloved family cat was scarred for life after suffering horrific burns when boiling water was poured over her head and back, an animal charity has said. 

Seven-year-old Tuppence was brought to the PDSA's Bournemouth Pet Hospital in January by her elderly owner, Vivienne Percy, 70, from Poole after returning home soaking wet and in obvious shock. 

Head nurse Stella Hughes said staff were "horrified" at the animal's injuries.


The pain and suffering Tuppence has gone through, and the worry for her owner, is unimaginable. We expect her to make a full recovery but she will be left with scarring and some of her fur may never grow back. We're also unsure how the mental trauma of the incident will affect her in the long-term."

Stella HughesPDSA

BreakingSoldier in court over runner deaths

A soldier has appeared in court charged with causing the deaths of two teenage athletes in a road crash.

Lucy Pygott, 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16, were hit by a car while on a training run in Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, on 8 November. 

Michael Casey
Press Association

Michael Casey, 24, of St Paul's Road, Tottenham, appeared before Basingstoke magistrates on two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was released on unconditional bail to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 13 April.

Judge Phillip Gillibrand asked members of the public who were in court to "respect the rule of law" in a case where "emotions are flying high".

Man sought over credit card Mothercare giftcards theft

A CCTV image of a man suspected of stealing a credit card buying £800 of Mothercare vouchers has been released by police.

The card was taken from a man using the gym at the DW Fitness Club at Redlands in Poole on Thursday 17 November 2016.

It was used the following morning at Mothercare in Poole to purchase £800 worth of gift cards. 

Dorset Police said the man reportedly pulled the card out of the card reader to make the assistant think it was not working and signed for the transaction instead.

CCTV image
Dorset Police

Two charged over Weymouth pub assault

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

Two men have been charged in connection with an alleged assault of a man in his 60s in a Weymouth pub.

The victim suffered a broken leg when he was pushed to the ground at the Golden Lion pub on St Edmund Street on 21 January.

A 35-year-old Weymouth man and a 33-year-old Portland man have jointly been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and are due to appear before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 10 April.

Robbery at petrol station in Bournemouth

Police are hunting for two men after a Bournemouth petrol station was robbed.

The men – one armed with a claw hammer and the other with a knife – entered the rear of the Esso Service Station on Charminster Road at 23:25 last night and threatened a member of staff while making demands for money. 

The member of staff sustained injuries to his chest, back and armpit during the incident. He was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not life-threatening. 

A small quantity of cash was taken in the robbery.

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Plans to mark centenary of HMS Daedalus

Power cut on Isle of Wight

A number of properties in Sandown are without electricity following a power outage.

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Coastal work to 'reduce risk' of winter flooding

Work is under way at Hayling Island to reinforce coastal defences to help protect homes at Eastoke from flooding.

Over the next three weeks a convoy of trucks will be moving around 15,000 tonnes of gravel from the western side of the beach, and use it to fill up up the gaps between the groynes at Eastoke.


Eastoke is particularly low lying so during the worst of winter storms, high tides and waves combine to our defences putting 1,700 homes at risk - we're looking at reducing that risk as much as possible.

Dr Andy Pearce Operations manager for the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

New Sherborne arts centre 'important for future generations'

Campaigners have said a new arts venue in Dorset is important for future generations of artists.

An artist's impression of the Paddock Project venue
Paddock Project

A public consultation on plans for the Paddock Project art gallery in Sherborne was held last night.

During the meeting a representative from the Gryphon school said if the project was not approved the town would "lose a generation" of artists.

Local resident Stevie Bennett agreed: "We need to invest in future generations, to inspire greatness and provide opportunities."

The town council will meet on 20 March to discuss the future of the proposals.

Lush 'reviewing options' due to Brexit

Poole-based cosmetics firm Lush says future expansion might have to be outside the UK , due to risks over Brexit.

The company recently opened a plant in Germany and says further expansion of manufacturing and buying operations might have to be abroad.


It blamed a "severe" skills shortage in the UK and said that Brexit could potentially make that situation worse by restricting the movement of workers.

Lush said 20% of its UK workforce are not UK citizens.

Father killed baby 'in moment of anger'

A father killed his three-month-old son by throwing him "vigorously" against a hard surface in "a few moments of anger and violence", a court has heard. 

Winchester courts
Chris Talbot

Julian Hinz was taken to hospital from his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, on 8 April last year with serious injuries. 

He died the following day when doctors decided to turn off his life support systems. 

Robert Hinz, 34, is charged with his murder and three counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He denies the charges.

Sport headlines: Dorset trainer aiming for glory

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  • Portsmouth play Grimsby at Fratton Park this evening - Pompey have climbed into the League Two's top three automatic promotion places with a four-point cushion to fourth place
  • Weymouth will be trying extend their unbeaten run in the Southern Premier to six games when they travel to Hayes & Yeading tonight
  • Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard has four runners scheduled to race at the Cheltenham Festival later - Pingshou is a 50-1 shot for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the opening race of the festival

'Overwhelming support' for £4m arts centre plan

There has been "overwhelming support" for plans for a new £4m art gallery in Sherborne, project campaigners have said.

Show of hands in support of the project
Paddock Project

About 300 people attended a public consultion on the plans for the Paddock Project, which would include three gallery spaces, a restaurant and a coffee shop, on Monday night.

The main entrance to the venue, which will be funded by an anonymous benefactor, would be created through Paddock Gardens on Newland, which is currently owned by the town council.

During a show of hands for and against the proposal, those in favour secured the vote. However, the council will now meet to make a formal decision on the plans.