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  1. Former children's home manager jailed for abusing boys
  2. Human trafficking arrest on M27
  3. Portland Lloyds Bank closure sparks anger
  4. Updates from Friday 7 April

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Chelsea celebrate

Stephan Shemilt

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Chelsea maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an entertaining victory over spirited Bournemouth.

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Jordy Clasie's first-half strike proves the difference as Southampton beat West Brom to strengthen their grip on a top-10 finish.

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Sport headlines: Saints look to close gap on West Brom

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  • Southampton will look to close the gap on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League table tomorrow when they meet at The Hawthorns
  • After away draws at Southampton and Liverpool, Bournemouth end a busy week at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea tomorrow
  • Portsmouth winger Kal Naismith has become a talisman for the side, according to captain Michael Doyle - he's now the team's top scorer with 11 goals including one in each of his past three matches
  • Eastleigh midfielder Sam Togwell says he's started to play his best football again over the last month - he's captained his side to 10 points from five games to move the Spitfires up to the top half of the National League
  • In golf, the second round of the Masters is under way at Augusta National and Waterlooville's Scott Gregory has just started his second round - he fired a 10 over par 82 yesterday
  • In speedway, Poole Pirates travel to Belle Vue this evening for the second leg of the Elite League Knockout Cup 1st round 

Weather outlook: More sunshine

BBC Weather

It will stay dry this evening and overnight with plenty of clear spells which will mean it'll be another cold night, with some patchy mist, fog and frost.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England on 7 April 2017

After another chilly start it will be a fine, sunny and warm day. However, it will be cooler on the coast.  

BBC Weather chart for the South of England for 8 April 2017

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

Child rapist jailed for 22 years for Essex attacks

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man has been jailed for 22 years after admitting rape, indecency and other sexual offences against children in Essex aged between five and 15.

Christopher Francis
Essex Police

Christopher Francis, 70, of Palmerston Mews, Bournemouth, was living in the Maldon area in the 1970s and 80s when the offences, which relate to four victims, took place.

On 24 February at Chelmsford Crown Court, Francis admitted two rapes, 11 counts of indecency with a child, eight indecent assaults and two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child.

He was sentenced today.The offences came to light when Francis, was arrested during a separate investigation by Dorset Police in 2015. In December 2016, Essex Police charged Francis with 23 sexual offences against children.Essex's Det Con Carol Astbury said: "Christopher Francis is a dangerous abuser who subjected his victims to evil crimes over several years."They were young and vulnerable and he took advantage of them."

'Neglect' contributed to inmate's death

Neglect contributed to the death of a 22-year-old man at Winchester prison, an inquest jury has concluded.

Winchester Prison

Daryl Hargrave, who had a history of mental health problems, was found hanged in his cell in July 2015.

An inquest in Winchester heard he had been on remand for six days. 

The jury found there was a failure to provide treatment for psychosis and a decision not to put him on constant supervision also contributed to his death.

Six arrested on M27 near Rownhams Services

Some more information about the police operation on the M27 near Rownhams Services on Thursday evening.

An Immigration Enforcement spokeswoman said four men from Iraq and Syria were arrested, along with two minors who have been passed to social services.

She added the Home Office will progress the cases of all six people in accordance with immigration rules.

Tourist Information Centre opens in Dorchester Library

Dorchester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has opened in its new location of the town's Library & Learning Centre.

West Dorset District Council started a review of its tourist information service in 2014 to try to save £300,000, including at centres in Bridport, Lyme Regis and Sherborne.  

The centre was previously located on the corner of Antelope Walk and Trinity Street where it saw 170,000 people a year and dealt with more than 7,000 phone calls.

Tourist Information in Dorchester library
West Dorset District Council

The team is excited to be operating from its new site. We are delighted to continue providing TIC services in a modern shared environment and look forward to developing the service with our colleagues in the library to provide a great information service to the local community and a warm welcome to visitors to the town.

Janet SchofieldTIC manager

Seven deaths in four weeks 'related to drugs'

Seven people have died in Dorset in less than four weeks as a result of drugs, police have said.

Since Tuesday 14 March, there have been three deaths in Weymouth, three in Bournemouth and one in Poole. 

Two people have been arrested and inquests are due to be held at a later date. 

Dorset Police said it was not able to "definitively link" the deaths but was satisfied they were all drug-related.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J12 for A4 and J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

BreakingSolent ferry fire prompts Wightlink smoking ban

A fire that broke out on a car ferry as it crossed the Solent started in a cigarette bin, it has emerged. 

The blaze started on the deck of the vessel St Faith during a sailing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight in January

The company said it has changed its policy to ban smoking in all areas of its vessels. 

Smoke was seen billowing from the ship at the height of the fire. None of the 65 people onboard were injured.

Ferry fire
Christopher Ison Photography

We’ve been considering this policy for some months especially as most other public transport is smoke-free. But the recent fire on St Faith, which started in a cigarette bin on an outside deck, confirmed that we should move forward and become a smoke-free ferry service.

Kieth GreenfieldWightlink chief executive

Stockbridge bells ring again

After several months of silence, the bells are set to return to St Peter's Church in Stockbridge.

They have been out of the belfry for the first time in 60 years, but will return this evening with new parts - clean and re-tuned.

The Church raised about £35,000 for the clean.

St peter's Church Stockbridge
Chris Talbot

Winchester City Council buys bus station

Winchester City Council has agreed to buy the freehold of the city's bus station site from bus operator Stagecoach. The council said the £4m purchase would allow it to generate income through agreements with bus companies and to make improvements to the city centre site.

Winchester Bus station
Colin Babb

Travel latest: Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry delay

Bournemouth v Chelsea: Eddie Howe in confident mood

Bournemouth have taken four points against some of the Premier League big boys in recent weeks, and boss Eddie Howe is feeling confident ahead of the trip to leaders Chelsea:

"Injury news, Dan Gosling is 50-50. Andrew Surman will be out, as well as the other long term injuries," said Howe.

"The mood right now is good. We've done well recently and we want to carry that on.

"We've been hard to break down in the last few games. We'll need to continue to be so in our next few games.

"The point at Anfield was a huge moment for us. We believe we can get points against any team."  

Eddie Howe
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County Championship: Yorkshire v Hampshire

Kevan James

BBC Radio Solent

Yorkshire 96-2 v Hampshire at Lunch

Not as much movement for the bowlers this morning, but enough.

Adam Lyth looked in good touch before he was caught behind trying to take his bat away to Gareth Berg. Fidel Edwards bowled Alex Lees with a fullish delivery.

Kyle Abbott got better as the session wore on. He said last week that he needs a bit more practise with the red ball, and Gary Ballance (24 not out) has been workmanlike.

Yorkshire will be pleased that only two wickets have fallen, giving them a base to build on.

County Championship: Yorkshire v Hampshire

BBC Sport

At lunch on day one of the County Championship Division One match, Yorkshire are 96 for 2 against Hampshire.

View the full scorecard here.

'Deportation-threatened' Afghan man 'blessed' by public appeal

An Afghan man who fled to the UK when his grandfather was killed by the Taliban, and has since been threatened with deportation, said he felt "blessed" by the public's response to a campaign to let him stay.

Walid Durani

Walid Durani, 19, who works for a Fleet building firm and was highly commended in last year's Young Builder of the Year Awards, previously said the fear of being made to return to Afghanistan was causing him sleepless nights.

More than 10,000 people have now signed a petition demanding he be allowed to remain in the UK.

Organisers of the "Let Walid Stay" campaign described the response as "truly overwhelming" and added they would now aim for 100,000 signatures in order to trigger a debate in Parliament.

I feel blessed by people's love and it's made me feel more confident of staying. To say thank you is not enough.

Walid Durani

Schools pay out thousands in accident compensation

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Schools in the south of England have paid out more than £250,000 in compensation for accidents in the last three years, figures obtained by the BBC have revealed .

Payouts included over £15,000 for a child injured by a radiator in Hampshire and more than £13,000 was paid after a child in Southampton was hurt by a fire door. 

The Campaign for Real Education claims some teachers are now "terrified" of being sued as a result of such claims.

Injured child
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Invincible Solent excavation due to begin next month

The underwater excavation of an 18th century warship is due to start in the Solent next month.

Invincible ran aground three miles off Portsmouth in 1758, 11 years after she was captured from the French. 

The ship is seen as being the missing link between the Mary Rose and HMS Victory and was used as a model by Admiral Lord Nelson for half his fleet. 

The project is being led by the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust, Bournemouth University and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which plans to display relics recovered from the wreck. 

Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST)

Whispers of 'yes' as sex abuser jailed

Former children's home manager Colin Davis has been jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing eight boys.

Southampton Crown Court was told most of the abused boys were under the age of 16 when the attacks took place in the 1970s and early 1980s. 

Davis, of Lingfield Gardens, was impassive during the hearing, while some watching members of the public whispered "yes" at the sentence.

Hampshire police said its "significant" investigation did not involve any other children's homes or institutions.

Breaking Former children's home manager jailed for sexually abusing boys

A former children's home manager has been jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing eight boys. 

A court heard seven of Colin Davis' victims lived at the local authority home in Salerno Road, Southampton, which closed in 2013. 

The 75-year-old was convicted of 30 offences including serious sexual assaults and indecent assault following a six-week trial at Southampton Crown Court. 

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Ralls QC said Davis was a "wicked man, and evil sexual predator".

'Taliban-fleeing' teen's petition over Afghanistan deportation gathers pace

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding an Afghan man who fled to the UK when his grandfather was killed by the Taliban be allowed to stay. 

Walid Durani

Walid Durani, 19, arrived in Hampshire when he was 14. His sister also lives in the area but his parents now live in Austria with the rest of his family. 

Since turning 18 he said he has been told he must return to Afghanistan, where he knows no-one. 

The Home Office has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment.

Exotic bird hunt in Southampton continues

Listen live: Yorkshire v Hampshire at Headingley

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are taking on Hampshire in the opening game of the County Championship.

The Tykes begin life under new first-team coach Andrew Gale looking for their third title in four years.  

There was no toss at Headingley, due to new rules announced by the ECB last year, so Hampshire have elected to field first.

You can listen to ball by ball commentary here :


Floating bridge on its way to Isle of Wight

The new Cowes chain ferry is on its way to Cowes. Floating Bridge 6 left Mainstay Marine Solutions in Pembrokeshire bound for the isle of Wight.

You've got until midday today to add your suggested name for the ferry in the council's online competition . Six suggestions will be chosen and put to a public vote.

More than 3,000 people have so far given their views in the name debate.

Chain ferry 6
Mainstay Marine Solutions

Estate agent hangs up his keys for final time

Re-think on Weymouth seafront lighting

Portsmouth MP backs US attack

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond has said she backs the "proportionate" US missile attack on Syria , in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town.

Flick Drummond

The world has been sickened these last few days by the pictures and suffering of innocent civilians in Idlib and swift action was necessary. Russia must now tell President Assad that a political solution has to be found immediately and a ceasefire called.

Flick DrummondPortsmouth South MP

Craig White excited for County Championship Division One challenge

BBC Sport

Hampshire coach Craig White knows there will be "no easy games" in the County Championship this season as he bids to help keep the county in Division One.  

Former England all-rounder White, 47, believes a meeting with his former county Yorkshire at the start of the new County Championship season should hold no fears. 

He was appointed head coach in November and hopes to keep Hampshire in the top flight of the Championship in 2017. 

Hampshire face Yorkshire home and away in the opening three rounds, as well as defending champions Middlesex at home, in a testing start to their campaign.

Craig White excited to face former county Yorkshire first up

Warnings over Dorset coast landslips

Holidaymakers planning to visit the Jurassic Coast over the Easter break have been urged to heed safety warnings follow a series of landslips along the coast.

A crack which appeared at Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth last year has developed into a significant landslip 

Land movement has also occurred at Canford Cliffs in Poole and Bournemouth's East Cliff, while there have been several slippages near West Bay over the past 12 months.

Bowleaze Cove crack

Have a look, do take care and follow the common sense safety advice"

Alan HolidayDorset Geological Association

Human trafficking arrest on M27

One person has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and six men have been arrested of suspicion of being illegal entrants following an incident on the M27 in Hampshire.

Police were called to junction 2 of the M27 near Cadnam at 18:20 last night.

The police operation caused delays in the area during the evening rush hour. 

M27 junction 2 - generic

Police name lorry driver who died in M27 crash

The crash happened between junctions 9 and 10 on the westbound carriageway at Fareham during last Friday morning's rush hour. 

The driver, Ognyan Kozhuharov, 58, from Bulgaria, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital but died a short time later.

No other vehicles were involved.