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  1. 'Fake doctor' escapes jail sentence
  2. Restaurant plan for Fawley Power station
  3. Stagecoach loses South West Trains rail franchise
  4. Bournemouth and Poole see rise in holiday school absences
  5. Updates from Monday 27 March

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Latest news headlines: Soldier 'stabbed ex while children slept'

Weather outlook: Dry but chilly

BBC Weather

It will remain dry overnight but some clear spells will mean it'll turn cold once again. 

During the early hours, cloud will increase from the southwest bringing the chance of the odd shower by dawn.

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 27 March 2017

Showery outbreaks of rain will continue through the day tomorrow - possibly turning heavy and thundery for a time. 

Despite this, there will still be some warm sunny spells.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 28 March 2017

For a full 10-day forecast, visit the  BBC Weather  site.

Sport headlines: Portsmouth's Rose says experienced heads will be crucial in promotion race

BBC Sport

  • Portsmouth midfielder Danny Rose  believes "experienced heads" will help see them through in their bid to secure automatic promotion from League Two
  • Meanwhile Pompey defender Christian Burgess has been nominated for the PFA Player in the Community award at the 2017 EFL awards
  • Southampton captain Steven Davis has been named as Northern Ireland's player of the year for a second year in a row  
  • Poole Pirates manager Neil Middleditch says he begins the new speedway season confident that his side can land some silverware
  • In cricket, it's the second day of four in the MCC Champion County match in Abu Dhabi - Hampshire pair Tom Alsop and Mason Crane are in the MCC side

Severe accident: B3081 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

B3081 Dorset both ways severe accident, between A30 Salisbury Road and Dinah's Hollow.

B3081 Dorset - B3081 Higher Blandford Road in Cann Common closed in both directions between the A30 Salisbury Road junction and the Dinah's Hollow junction, because of an accident.

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

'Spectacular' plan for Fawley Power Station chimney

A disused 650ft (198m) power station chimney could be converted into a public viewing tower and restaurant overlooking the Hampshire coast, under plans released by developers. 

Proposals revealed by developers Long Harbour would make the disused Fawley power station chimney the tallest such attraction south of London's Shard.

With an application for outline planning permission due later this year, building could start in 2018.

Chimney proposals
Marks Barfield Architects
Fawley power station

We'd be mad to knock the chimney down - its our signature piece of infrastructure. If you think of the money spent building the i360 in Brighton, or the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, this building is already there so with relatively little investment we can do something very spectacular."

Aldred DrummondLong Harbour Developers

Natasha Wake death: Jay Nava 'stabbed ex while children slept'

A soldier stabbed the mother of his child 11 times after she discovered he was being investigated for a sex offence, a court has heard. 

Police at the scene

Jay Nava, 26, of the Royal Citadel, Plymouth, is charged with murdering mother-of-two Natasha Wake, 26. 

He repeatedly stabbed her using a kitchen knife while her children slept upstairs, his trial was told. 

Miss Wake was found wrapped in a duvet in a cupboard under the stairs of her Bournemouth home on 2 October.

Man dies in pony and trap collision

A man driving a pony and trap has died following a collision with a car near Southampton.

Police were called to Portsmouth Road in Bursledon late on Sunday evening after the pony and trap collided with a Volkswagen Bora.

The 33-year-old man, from Guildford was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he died a short time later.  

A 28-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.  

MP 'heartbroken' over police officer's death

Tobias Ellwood has released a statement about the terror attack at Westminster last week.

The MP for Bournemouth East tried in vain to save the life of PC Keith Palmer after he was stabbed by Khalid Masood .

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Julie Higgins

Julie Higgins falsely claimed she had located transplant organs for terminally ill patient Angela Murray.

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Fake doctor escapes jail sentence

A woman who pretended to be a doctor and gave a woman with a terminal illness "false hope" has escaped a jail sentence.

Angela Murray
Murray family

Julie Higgins, 54, from Poole, Dorset, had claimed to be an oncologist at London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, Bournemouth Crown Court heard. 

She also falsely claimed she had located transplant organs for terminally ill Angela Murray (pictured), from Swanage, who she befriended through a beauty salon.

The judge said he wanted to jail her but his hands were tied by the law, and he gave her a 12-month community order.

Higgins, of Spruce Close, previously admitted pretending to be a medical practitioner and fraud by false representation. 

Restaurant plan for Fawley Power station

Peter Henley

Political editor, South of England

Fawley design
Marks Barfield Architects

Plans have been unveiled to convert a 650ft (198m) power station chimney into a public viewing tower over the South coast.

The scheme for a hotel and restaurant at the top of the former Fawley power station chimney would be the tallest man-made structure south of London's Shard.

Architect plans released today show a petal shaped glass structure at the centre of a marina development of housing and restaurants. 

The total scheme is expected to cost in excess of a billion pounds, with an application for outline planning permission set to be submitted later this year. Building could start in 2018.

Fawley design
Marks Barfield Architects

Viral video teen Lewis Hine reaches funding appeal target

A disabled teenager who made a video about growing up with a brain tumour has reached his target in an online fundraising appeal .

Lewis Hine  posted the video  to mark his 16th birthday and it has been viewed more than 20 million times on Facebook.

It prompted Sir Elton John to phone him to say it had moved him to tears.

Lewis, from Portsmouth, wanted to raise £15,000 for teenagers who had missed their school proms through illness or disability to have their own party.

Lewis Hine
Lewis Hine

Isle of Wight Festival search for new talent

Organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival have announced details of the New Blood competition which gives two up-and-coming artists the chance to play on the festival's stage in June.

It's open to artists anywhere in the UK who could find themselves on the same bill as Arcade Fire, David Guetta, Rod Stewart and Run DMC.

Full details are on the Isle of Wight Festival website .

Isle of Wight Festival

New names for Cowes Floating Bridge

Suggestions for the name of the new Cowes Floating Bridge have been flooding in.

Isle of Wight Council has asked the public to come up with suggested names for the new chain ferry, due to enter service next month.

"Floaty McFloatface" has been vetoed by the authority. 

Among the suggestions on the council's Facebook page

  • The Queen bridge 
  • King Kanute 
  • Bryan Ferry 
  • The Wight Pearl 
  • Norman Wightside
  • Buoyant Bess  
Floating Bridge
Isle of Wight Council

Mother killed in head-on crash after Christmas pantomime

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A young mother was killed by a speeding driver in a head-on crash on her way home from a Christmas pantomime with her family, a court has heard. 

Sabrina Bellman, 28, from Hampshire was travelling with her baby daughter, husband and mother-in-law while holidaying in Cornwall when Daniel Smith, 31, hit them on Boxing Day 2015, a jury was told.

Mr Smith from St Teath admitted causing death by careless driving but denies causing both death and serious injury by dangerous driving. The case continues at Truro Crown Court.

Sabrina Bellman

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Cash stolen during Dorchester pub break-in

A "quantity of cash" has been stolen from a pub in Dorchester after a break-in overnight, police said.

Thieves entered the Old Ship Inn on High West Street, via its back entrance on Princes Street.

Officers, who were called at about 08:15 this morning, said no arrests had been made and an investigation was under way.

Old Ship Inn
Portsmouth midfielder Danny Rose

Portsmouth's Danny Rose believes "experienced heads" in the team will guide them to automatic promotion from League Two.

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First managing director on SW rail franchise plans

First MTR is promising to provide more seats on trains and faster journey times to London, following its take over of South West Trains this summer.

Managing director Steve Montgomery told BBC Radio Solent's Sasha Twining about the company's plans on its routes to and from Waterloo as well as for the Isle of Wight's Island Line.

Steve Mongomery on winning SW rail franchise

CCTV released after pet shop burlary

CCTV of a man police would like to speak to following a burglary at a Bournemouth pet shop has been released.

A man entered Pampurred Pets on Castle Lane through the back entrance on Wednesday afternoon. He found a set of keys to a safe and a quantity of cash was taken.

Dorset Police said the offender left the shop and walked toward Castlepoint Shopping Park.  

Dorset Police

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M3 Hampshire - M3 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

New D-Day Centre opens on Portland

A new museum charting Dorset's role in the D-Day landings opened to the public at the weekend.

The Castletown D-Day Centre on Portland is located close to slipways where thousands of soldiers embarked for the  invasion of Normandy in 1944 .

Exhibits include a replica Mk IX Spitfire and an original Sherman M4A4 tank.

Portland was used as an embarkation point for personnel, ships and landing craft and also hosted a field hospital and a prisoner of war cage, during the operation to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.  

Castletown D-day Centre

We're trying to create an environment that gives the visitor an impression of what it was like in April, May, June 1944, with the arrival of thousands and thousands of American GIs and the impact that had on the indigenous population.

Derek LuckhurstMuseum owner

RMT union slams First MTR rail franchise award

The RMT union has criticised the awarding for the Southern Western Rail Franchise to First Group and Hong Kong firm MTR.

First MTR will take over train services in and out of Waterloo from existing operator Stagecoach in August.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said the Chinese state would "make a killing at the British taxpayers expense".

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the new operators would oversee a £1.2bn investment to improve journeys for millions of train passengers.  

It is frankly ludicrous that the Tories are continuing with the 'any state but the British state' policy which has plundered our railways for ‎over two decades. The RMT is deeply concerned at exactly what this announcement will mean for our members, these crucial rail services and the safety of the travelling public.

Mick CashRMT Union
South West Trains

'Major upgrade programme' promised by new rail franchisee

The government has announced the franchise for operating trains between the South Coast and London is going to MTR First - a collaboration between First rail and a Hong Kong owned-company MTR.

The company has promised a "major programme of upgrades".

Improvements promised under the new contract include:

  • Refurbished trains
  • Journeys to London eight minutes faster from Southampton, 14 minutes faster from Weymouth, nine minutes faster from Bournemouth and 10 minutes faster from Exeter
  • Free Wi-Fi at all stations and on mainland trains
  • 29 additional weekday and Saturday services between Portsmouth & Southsea and Southampton Central
  • 35 additional weekday and Saturday services between Portsmouth & Southsea and London Waterloo
  • More Sunday services
  • Investment in stations, including improvements to Southampton station
  • Live information on seating availability and crowding levels via a new mobile phone app
South West Trains

South West rail franchise: Stagecoach 'disappointed' to lose contract

South West Trains service
Getty Images

The rail firm which currently runs the South West franchise says it is disappointed to have lost out on the next contract.

South West Trains has operated the network for more than 20 years.

Over the past two decades, we have delivered real improvements for our customers right across the network. That success has been built on fantastic people, detailed knowledge of the business and strong relationships with our stakeholders and railway partners. But we have never thought our job was finished. We believe we submitted a strong bid for the new South Western franchise. It offered a transformation in the travel experience for our customers, more investment to help the railway support the communities and economy of the south-west, as well as a substantial and deliverable financial benefit to taxpayers to help fund better public services.

Martin Griffiths Stagecoach Group Chief Executive

Teenage pregnancy rates 'fall in Southampton'

4,400 sign petition to stop teen's deportation

Thousands of people have signed a petition to try and stop the deportation of a Hampshire teenager to Afghanistan .

Walid Durani was sent to the UK by his mother and grandmother when he was 14.

Walid Durani

Mr Durani, who works as an apprentice builder for a firm in Fleet, says since turning 18 he has been told he must return to Afghanistan, where he knows no-one.

His sister also lives in UK - his parents now live in Austria with the rest of his family.  

The petition has gathered more than 4,400 signatures to date.

Waterfest Weymouth axed for 2017

A major maritime heritage event, held in Weymouth for the past three years, will not take place this summer.

Organisers of the Waterfest Weymouth event said they wanted to have a "heritage boat race" finishing in the Dorset resort, which could not be achieved in time for its scheduled dates in September.

Waterfest Weymouth

Waterfest featured heritage and shipping displays as well as entertainment around Weymouth Harbour. It has been financed by the town's Business Improvement District.

Nigel Reed, Weymouth BID Manager said there was a "strong commitment" for a potential "mini tall ships" event.

Man bailed in Carl Scott murder inquiry

A man arrested in connection with the murder of Carl Scott in Winchester has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The 58-year-old man has been bailed until June 7.

Mr Scott's body was found by a member of the public at a property in Birch Court in the Stanmore area on Wednesday afternoon.

Southampton players in international action

BBC Sport

Saints captain Steven Davis was man of the match as Northern Ireland secured an impressive 2-0 over Norway to keep their hopes of a World Cup play-off spot alive.

Ryan Bertrand played for England in their 2-0  win against Lithuania  at Wembley while Shane Long was in action for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless draw against Wales .

Dušan Tadić scored from the penalty spot in Serbia's 3-1 win over Georgia.  

Steven Davis
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Sport headlines: Pompey maintain promotion push

BBC Sport

  • Portsmouth retained a six-point cushion in the League Two automatic promotion spots following Saturday's 2-1 win over Newport County
  • Eastleigh draw 1-1 with Gatehead in the National League
  • Weymouth made it eight games unbeaten with their draw against Kings Langley while Dorchester went down 3-0 at Biggleswade

Boat crash drugs suspects released

Three men arrested after a boat crash in Cowes Marina have been released.

The three were held by police on suspicion of drugs offences after the crash involving the 6m (20ft) vessel, Loose Cannon, in the early hours of Sunday.

Police said a 39-year-old man from Waterlooville held on suspicion of possession and the supply of a Class-B drug has been bailed. 

A 34-year-old man from Southsea and a 39-year-old man from Petersfield both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs have been released with no further action. 

Loose Cannon

All three men were taken to the island's hospital where they were treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

A two-hour search by a coastguard helicopter and two lifeboats was also carried out for another man who was reported missing from the vessel. The RNLI said it was called off after the man was later found ashore.

MTR and First Group will run huge swathe of country

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

The timing for this is awkward, right in the middle of a massive re-building of Waterloo Station, right in the middle of a new fleet of suburban trains entering service into Berkshire, in will come First Group, the operator of Great Western, in partnership with the Chinese-owned MTR who will be the operators of Crossrail.

They will run services in a huge swathe of the country.

Analysis: 'Changing of the guard at Britain's second biggest rail franchise'

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

South West Trains is the only franchise to have remained in the same hands since privatisation 20 years ago. It was the Stagecoach flagship. 

In August it will change hands - right in the middle of a massive rebuilding of Waterloo station, right in the middle of a new fleet of suburban trains entering service. The timing is awkward. 

In come First Group, the operator of Great Western, in partnership with Chinese-owned MTR, which will also run Crossrail.


The new company promises faster journeys on a fleet of 90 new trains - shaving eight minutes off the journey between Southampton and London.

It is also promising refurbishment of the existing fleet, more journeys from Portsmouth, there will be a new route linking Portsmouth and Weymouth and Southampton Central station will be refurbished.

This really will be a changing of the guard at Britain's second biggest franchise.

News headlines: First Group and Chinese firm take over SWT franchise

  • First Group and Chinese firm MTR to take over run South West trains franchise
  • Police have been given more time to question a man arrested on suspicion of the murder of Carl Scott, found dead at a house in Winchester
  • Concerns grow over two missing Fareham teenagers, Logan Austin and Nasser Mian, both aged 15

Stagecoach 'disappointment' at losing rail franchise

Stagecoach Group has said it is "disappointed" that it has lost the South Western rail franchise.     

The Department for Transport announced First MTR South Western Trains Limited has won the franchise to operate trains in and out of London Waterloo.

South West Trains
South West Trains

MTR - which runs the busy Hong Kong metro - will take over the franchise, along with the giant First Group, for seven years from August. It has been run by Stagecoach's South West Trains for more than 20 years.

Stagecoach Group chief executive Martin Griffiths insisted the company had delivered "real improvements" over the past two decades.     

We believe we submitted a strong bid for the new South Western franchise. It offered a transformation in the travel experience for our customers, more investment to help the railway support the communities and economy of the south-west, as well as a substantial and deliverable financial benefit to taxpayers to help fund better public services.

Martin Griffiths Stagecoach Group Chief Executive