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Summary

  1. Jane Austen's poor sight 'caused by arsenic'
  2. Gosport's 'four-dog limit' approved
  3. Explosion carried out on WW2 bomb at Studland beach
  4. Updates from Thursday 9 March

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  1. That's all for today

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

    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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    Severe accident: A3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between A272 Winchester Road and B2070.

    A3 Hampshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A3 southbound in Weston between the A272 Winchester Road junction and Buriton turn off, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  3. Fifty arrests for new drugs team

    A new police team dedicated to disrupting the supply of drugs in Portsmouth has made more than 50 arrests since it was formed in January.

    Hampshire Constabulary said the team had also dismantled a cannabis production operation, seized more than £15,000 cash, £30,000-worth of class A drugs, along with knives, batons, a knuckleduster and an imitation gun.

    Quote Message: Drugs like crack cocaine and heroin do tremendous harm to the people whose lives are blighted by addiction. The gangs that sell these drugs often exploit vulnerable people as part of their business, including using children to run drugs or by taking over the homes of vulnerable people to deal from. from Ch Insp Jim Pegler Hampshire Constabulary
    Ch Insp Jim PeglerHampshire Constabulary
  4. Letters spell out council tax bills

    New Forest District Council is writing to residents to point out that it will only be receiving 10% of the money it collects for council tax.

    The authority is keen to point out that the average (band D) household pays £1,133.10 a year to Hampshire County Council, £165.46 to the police and £63.84 to the fire service with town and parish councils claiming an average of £77.96.

    Council tax chart
    Quote Message: NFDC keep 10 pence from each pound we collect and then pass the rest to Hampshire County Council, town and parish councils, and the police and fire services. This makes the amount of council tax we receive from an average band D property £163 a year, or just over £3 a week. from Ryan Stevens NFDC housing and community services manager
    Ryan Stevens NFDC housing and community services manager
  5. Cliff lift opening delayed

    Work to reopen the cliff lift at Shanklin has been delayed, meaning it will not be open in time for the Easter holidays.

    Isle of Wight Council said the fully refurbished lift would now reopen in May.

    The mechanism and cars have already been replaced.

    Shanklin cliff lift

    The final part of the work - to replace the bridge - had been delayed because of difficulty in finding a manufacturer and its installation would be dependent on weather conditions, the authority said. 

  6. Selective licensing proposed for rented homes

    Bournemouth Borough Council is considering introducing a licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Boscombe and Springbourne.

    The move is aimed at improving the quality of housing in the area as well as tackling antisocial behaviour, crime and deprivation, which the council believes is linked to poor accommodation.

    A consultation is already under way and continues until 1 May. You can also find out more at Boscombe Library this afternoon.

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  7. Navy chest returned to officer's former ship

    A chest belonging to a former Royal Navy officer more than 200 years ago has been donated to his former ship, HMS Warrior.

    Lt Cdr Caroline Saunders of the Royal Naval Reserve Air Branch offered the tin chest after finding out her great-great grandfather had served as the ship's paymaster from 1880 to 1881.

    Tin chest

    HMS Warrior was a 40-gun, steam-powered frigate, now based at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth.

  8. Bournemouth fined £35,000

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Bournemouth have been fined £35,000 by the FA and warned over their future conduct after accepting a  breach of FA anti-doping rules.

    Clubs are required to provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times.

    The Cherries were deemed to have failed to ensure its information was accurate on three occasions.

    Manchester City  were fined £35,000  and given a warning after admitting a similar breach last month.

  9. Hundreds stolen in sweet shop raid

    Hundreds of pounds have been stolen in a robbery on a sweet shop in Totton.

    A man demanded cash from staff at Sweet Thoughts in Eling Lane just before 19:00 yesterday.

    He grabbed about £300-£500 and left under the bridge.

    Sweet Thoughts shop

    The man was described as about 6ft-tall and wearing a large black puffa-style coat with a hood and baggy jeans.

  10. High visibility patrols after Weymouth attempted robberies

    Police in Weymouth are carrying out extra patrols after attempted robberies on two men in the town.

    Yesterday a man was walking in in Ranleigh Road when a man pushed into him and demanded money before stealing his glasses case.

    Today a man was threatened with a knife by a man who also demanded cash in the same section of Ranleigh Road. The victim ran away and raised the alarm.

    Police believe both incidents may have been carried out by the same man who is described as white, aged in his late 30s, of large build, with dark messy hair. 

    Dorset Police said officers from the local neighbourhood policing team would be carrying out high-visibility patrols in the area over the coming days.

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    Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A34.

    M3 Hampshire - M3 partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of an accident.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A272 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A272 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between Stocks Lane and Privett road.

    A272 Hampshire - One lane closed on A272 eastbound in Privett between the Stocks Lane junction and the Privett road junction, because of an accident involving motorbike and car.

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

  13. New editor revealed at Daily Echo

    Southampton newspaper the Southern Daily Echo has announced its new editor.

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    He replaces Ian Murray, who stepped down last week after 19 years of the paper and website, which covers most of Hampshire.

  14. Vigilance call over avian flu restrictions on island

    Isle of Wight Council has urged poultry and bird owners to ensure measures are maintained on the island to ensure their flocks and wild birds in the community are protected. 

    It comes as parts of the island have now been designated as "high risk areas" for avian flu.

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  15. Appeal after Portsmouth taxi break-ins

    Police have appealed for witnesses after a spate of break-ins to taxis in Portsmouth.

    About 20 taxis had their windows smashed overnight on Sunday and in the early hours of Monday in the Buckland and Landport areas of Portsmouth.

    The taxis were damaged in Hanway Road, Grafton Street, Sultan Road and Church Road.

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