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  1. Narrative verdict in Bin Laden plane crash inquest
  2. Cherries to appeal against Tyrone Mings charge
  3. Renowned athletics coach Mike Smith dies aged 88
  4. Tribute to driver killed in Bournemouth tree crash
  5. Updates from Tuesday 7 March

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Portsmouth boost their hopes of automatic promotion by climbing to third in League Two with a comfortable win at Crawley Town.

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That's all for today

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

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

Latest news headlines: Bin Ladens 'incinerated' in plane crash

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

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M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J10 for A31 and J11 for A3090.

M3 Hampshire - Queuing traffic, long delays and one lane blocked on M3 southbound between J10, A31 (Winchester) and J11, A3090 (Winchester South), because of an accident involving car and a motorbike.

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

Sport headlines: Speedway to be shown live on BT Sport

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  • Bournemouth have confirmed they're appealing the violent conduct charge given to Tyrone Mings following their draw at Manchester United on Saturday, meanwhile United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic  has accepted an FA charge for violent conduct for elbowing Mings in the same game
  • Portsmouth travel to Crawley in League Two this evening looking to move into the automatic promotion places for the first time since September
  • The tributes have been continuing this afternoon  to former Solent Sport presenter and athletics coach Mike Smith
  • Former England and Hampshire batsman Kevin Pietersen has re-signed for Surrey to play in this summer's T20 Blast competition
  • And in speedway, it's been confirmed the SGB Premiership season, featuring Poole Pirates, will be shown live on BT Sport this year

Pier's fundraising gathers pace

The fundraising group trying to raise money for Hythe pier and its ferry service say it's had a great response to it's £20 in 20 days campaign. 

The appeal started last week and is aiming to raise money for a survey to look at the viability of the pier.

People have been raising money by busking, sponsored silences, walks of the pier and cake sales.

The group, Save Hythe Pier, are hoping to raise £20,000 by 19 March.   

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Hythe Pier

New A35 concrete barrier works under way

Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic banned for three games

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic  has accepted a three-match ban for violent conduct  for elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings during Saturday's  1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings

The Manchester United striker will miss Monday's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea and Premier League games against Middlesbrough and West Brom.

Mings was also charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

But Bournemouth have said they will appeal against the defender's charge.

Weymouth council to offer reduced rates to offices used by local newspapers

The motion was approved at the borough council's  management committee meeting  earlier.

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Drink driver who ended up in River Medina sentenced

E-fit image released after woman 'grabbed and dragged to the floor'

Officers investigating after a woman was grabbed and dragged to the floor in Leigh Park woodland by a man she did not know have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.

It happened as the woman, in her 30s, was walking through Great Copse Woods between High Lawn Way and Middle Park Way on Monday.

She did not suffer any injuries and the man then fled the scene on foot,  Hampshire Constabulary said .

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Weather outlook: Milder but cloudy

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Mason Crane

Hampshire spinner Mason Crane becomes the first overseas player to represent Australian side New South Wales for 32 years.

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'Exhausted' swimmer pulled into police boat

A man was rescued from Swanage Bay after being found clinging to a buoy in the water.

The man, in his 40s, had become exhausted while swimming in the sea and was unable to get back to shore when he was discovered yesterday afternoon by Dorset Police.

A marine section officer managed to pull the man into the force boat and take him back to land before he was taken to hospital. Officers said he was expected to make a full recovery.

The scene of the rescue in Swanage Bay
Dorset Police

I would like to remind people to stay safe and be aware of the dangers in cold water. Check weather conditions before entering the water and don’t take any risks. If you are swimming in the sea alone, make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you are expected to return home. Ensure that you have someone watching from the shore who is able to call for help if necessary.

PC Bruce Murdoch Dorset Police marine section

M3 crash update: 'Long delays remain' despite lanes reopening

Bin Laden plane crash noise 'horrendous'

A jury in Basingstoke heard evidence from the Blackbushe Airport crash that killed three members of Osama Bin Laden's family in July 2015, including an eyewitness account.

John Goodey, who was working at a car auction site next to the airfield, said: "It flew over the fence, it was bouncing on all the roofs of the cars. The noise was horrendous." 

He added he could see wires sparking off the back of the aircraft before it exploded.

Blackbushe crash
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Phone problems at Christchurch and East Dorset councils

Bin Laden pilot 'overwhelmed' by crash

Three members of Osama Bin Laden's family  died after their pilot became "overwhelmed" as he approached Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire , an inquest has heard. 

The crash at Blackbushe
Geoff Pierce

A jury returned a narrative verdict into the deaths of the family and pilot. 

North Hampshire Coroner's Court was told the plane overshot the runway and burst into flames. 

Coroner Andrew Bradley heard the victim's bodies were "incinerated". 

Concluding, he said Blackbushe was unlike Heathrow or Jeddah airports.

Blackbushe is not an all-singing, all-dancing airport and instructions from the control tower are not what you would get from Heathrow and Jeddah. He was approaching too fast, touching down at the wrong point, he's making a decision to continue with his landing until it's too late.

Andrew BradleyNorth Hampshire Coroner

BreakingBin Laden family plane crash inquest verdict

A plane that crashed killing three members of Osama Bin Laden's family and the pilot, overshot the runway causing it to catch fire which killed them at the scene, a coroner has concluded in a narrative verdict.

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M3 southbound delay warning after crash

Motorists have been warned to expect delays on the M3 southbound approaching Winchester while police clear an earlier crash between a van and a car.

Only one lane of the motorway is currently open.

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accepts a three-match ban for violent conduct for elbowing Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings.

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Teen 'told she needed ID to buy can of whipped cream'

Mini Tate Modern pops up in Portsmouth

An 8ft x 5ft miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern showcasing more than 80 UK's artists is visiting Portsmouth.

The Tight Modern exhibition has been put together by charity Creative Future to showcase works by artists who all experience disability, mental ill-health or low-income. 

The pop-up gallery is at the  Aspex Gallery , Gunwharf Quays, until 18 April.

Tight Modern

M3 southbound delays continue

Drivers are experiencing long delays on the M3 southbound after a crash involving a car and a van.

Two lanes remain closed with traffic queuing past Junction 9 (A34) near Winchester.

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Iwan Thomas in tribute lap to coach Mike Smith

Iwan Thomas has walked a lap of Southampton's athletics track in honour of Mike Smith.  

The Southampton-based athletics coach who nurtured the talents of Olympic, Commonwealth and European medal winners has died after a short illness aged 88.

He was renowned for his work training up and coming athletics stars in a career spanning five decades.

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Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J11 for A3090 and J12 for A335 affecting J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M3 southbound between J11, A3090 (Winchester South) and J12, A335 (Eastleigh), because of a serious accident involving a car and a van. Congestion to J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout).

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

M3 southbound delays after crash

Southampton petrol station robbed in raid

A group of up to five men wearing masks have raided a petrol station in Southampton and stole tills and a safe.

Police said The Shell Service Station in Redbridge Road was targeted at 02:45 GMT.

Shell Redbridge Road

The group left the petrol station in a blue hatchback-type vehicle. 

One member of staff reported being assaulted during the raid. His injuries were not believed to be serious.

The service station remains cordoned off for police investigations.

Tribute to mum killed in Odiham crash

The family of a woman who was killed when the car she was travelling in crashed have paid tribute to her. 

Roxanne Moran, 31, of Hook, was a passenger in a Citroen C2 which crashed on the A287 in Odiham last month.

Roxanne Moran
Hampshire Constabulary

The mum of three died in hospital five days later.

In a statement her family said: "Roxanne was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a wonderful mother who lived for her children and her family."

A 22-year-old man from Camberley has been bailed on suspicion of drink driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Plans lodged for Fareham development

A major housing development in Hampshire has moved a step closer. 

Fareham Borough Council has confirmed a planning application for Welborne Garden Village was received yesterday from Buckland Development Limited.

Up to 6,000 new homes are planned on 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of land close to the M27. 

Subject to planning permission being granted, work on the site could start in 2019.

Welborne development artwork
Fareham Borough Council

Boy's VIP visit to police station

A six-year-old boy who sent a postcard to Hampshire Constabulary asking if he could visit has enjoyed a VIP trip to Southampton Central Police Station.

The force launched an appeal to find Isaac after receiving the postcard.

During his visit Isaac took fingerprints, conducted a few interviews, met investigation teams and then finished off in the driver’s seat of a police van.

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Watch: Coach Mike Smith cheers on Iwan Thomas

Mike Smith, who nurtured the talents of Olympic, Commonwealth and European medal winners, has died aged 88 after a short illness .

Here's a video of the Southampton-based coach cheering on Iwan Thomas at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Coach Mike Smith cheers on Iwan Thomas

'Exhausted' swimmer rescued from Swanage Bay

A swimmer had to be rescued from Swanage Bay after becoming too tired to swim to shore. 

Dorset Police marine section officers rescued the man after he was spotted stranded and clinging to a buoy off the bay on Monday.

Swanage Bay
Purbeck Police

Officers said he had become "exhausted and had no energy to swim back to shore". 

The force said the man was taken to paramedics on the shore and then to hospital for treatment.

Portland Coastguard helicopter's last day of operation revealed

Budgens stores to close

A chain of Budgens stores has failed to find a buyer and will close, with the loss of 800 jobs .

The owner of the 34 stores affected - a third of Budgens outlets - was put in administration a month ago after hitting "difficult" trading conditions.

The administrators, PwC, said it had failed to find a buyer and was looking for firms to take over stores' leases.


The stores closing include Shaftesbury - Bell Street, Christchurch - Saxon Square, Basingstoke - Winklebury Way and Weymouth - Littlemoor Road.

Some closed at the weekend - the remaining will shut over the next two weeks.  

Wightlink sailing changes

For the next three days Wightlink's Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal is closed.

Sailings will be operating to and from the Portsmouth International Port (Cruise and Cross Channel Ferry Terminal).

The ferry firm said only booked vehicles will be accepted during this time and foot passengers can only travel on the Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head passenger catamaran route.

An additional overnight foot passenger service will be running between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head.

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