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  1. Prison officers' voice concern at Portland violence
  2. Christchurch councils merger referendum postponed
  3. On-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere reportedly suffers fractured leg
  4. Updates from Wednesday 19 April

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Jack Wilshere

Bournemouth confirm on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere is out for the season with a fractured leg.

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Gran on John O’Groats to Lands End challenge for Christchurch cancer care unit

A grandmother-of-four is currently taking on a challenge to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money to help rebuild the Macmillan cancer care unit Christchurch Hospital.

Susan Hausberger is doing the ride in memory of her late father who spent his final days in the unit which provides specialist palliative care for patients in Dorset and west Hampshire. 

She set off on the 900-plus mile journey on 1 April and aims to arrive in Lands End later this week. During her journey so far she has had to contend with steep mountain inclines, strong head and side-winds, a faulty saddle and a sat nav that one day took her around in circles.

Susan Hausberger
Susan Hausberger

These sorts of difficulties are part and parcel of a trip like this. The stunning scenery, the warmth and welcome from the people I am meeting en route, and the thought that I am raising money for the organisation that cared for my parents so wonderfully, more than makes up for it.

Susan Hausberger

Tjili Grant Wetherill gaining recognition as artist

Briony Leyland

BBC South Today

A New Forest teenager who was adopted after being abandoned as a baby is gaining recognition for her talent as an artist. 

Tjili Grant Wetherill has cerebral palsy and is profoundly deaf - but has overcome huge challenges with the support of her adoptive parents James and Vik.

Hampshire cat deaths 'may be linked to M25 killer'

Three cat deaths in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight may be linked to a series of cat killings in the Croydon / M25 area, police have said.

Detectives received a report that a cat was beheaded in Marmion Road, Southea, on Sunday night.

The incident has been linked to another cat killing in Atlanta Close, Southsea, on the night of 3 April, and a death in Sandown in July 2016.

Police in London have investigated more than 20 cat deaths since December 2015, as part of Operation Takahe.

Hampshire man admits 16 child sex charges

Michael Gibbons, 26, of Yateley, pleaded guilty to charges including rape of a child under 13 and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He is due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court in June.

Winchester Crown Court

Hythe ferry and pier to be sold

A Hampshire boat hire firm says it has agreed a deal to buy Hythe Ferry and pier, securing their future.

Blue Funnel Cruises said it would assume full control of the ferry service on Friday.

Hythe ferry

Its future was put in doubt in October, when the previous operator warned staff of possible redundancies after a fall in passenger numbers.

Blue Funnel said it had no plans for job cuts or fare rises and would introduce a second boat in two months' time.

General election: Alan Whitehead to stand again in Southampton Test

Alan Whitehead has confirmed he is to stand again in the forthcoming general election, in what is in Labour's only constituency in Hampshire.

He has been Labour MP for Southampton Test since 1997. The party lost the neighbouring Southampton Itchen seat to the Conservatives in 2015.

Alan Whitehead

Missing man's disappearance 'out of character'

The family of an 82-year-old man who has been missing for almost three weeks has described his disappearance as "very out of character". 

Michael Asher, from Maidenhead, was last seen boarding a train to Poole in Dorset on 31 March. 

Police believe he has been using buses in the county, and the last unconfirmed sighting of him was at a soup kitchen in Bournemouth. 

Michael Asher
Thames Valley Police

In a statement, Michael's cousin Pat Goodsave said: "Michael's disappearance is very out of character, he enjoys his home comforts and in particular maintaining his garden.

"Michael please get in touch, I'm just so worried about you and want to know where you are."

Polish warship campaign for Cowes Floating Bridge

Campaigners are hoping to have the new Cowes floating bridge named after a Polish warship which defended the Isle of Wight during World War Two.

The ORP Blyskawica was called into action against German bombers in May 1942 when it was having an emergency refit at the J Samuel White yard.

Isle of Wight Council is currently running a Facebook competition to name the new chain ferry currently being prepared to enter service.

Floating Bridge
Isle of Wight Council

Our new 'floaty' needs a name, and what could be more fitting than to name her after the ship that saved the towns she serves?

Neil HitchcockCampaigner

Man suffers leg injuries in Bournemouth crash

More on the incident in Bournemouth's Holdenhurst Road...

Police on the scene say a 66-year-old man has been taken to hospital with leg fractures.

It is believed he was crossing the road when he was hit by a truck.

Crash scene

Man trapped under lorry in Bournemouth

Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident involving a man trapped under a lorry on Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth.

Dorset Police said it was called to the junction of St Swithuns Road shortly after 14:00.

Holdenhurst Road

MPs give go ahead for general election

Bron set for rally adventure

Bron Burrell, 72, from Milford on Sea, is counting down to the start of an epic car rally from London to Lisbon later this week.

She sets out on the epic adventure on Friday.

CCTV images of Winchester car park theft suspects released

CCTV images of two men wanted in connection with a distraction theft in Winchester supermarket car park have been released by police

A 58-year-old woman was placing her shopping in the boot of her car in the car park of Waitrose in Stockbridge Road when a man claimed she had damaged his vehicle.

While the victim was distracted, the other suspect reached into her handbag and took her purse. Her bank cards were then used to withdraw £2,300 from various locations.

Hampshire Constabulary

Pompey job 'overbearing' at times - Cook

BBC Sport

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook admitted it has been "tough" at times after guiding the team to promotion from League Two in his second season at Fratton Park. 

"The weight of expectation can be overbearing. But you have to remember the drop this club has had, from Sol [Campbell] going up to lift the FA Cup, to being in League Two," he said.

Andrew Turner to stand in general election on Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight's Conservative MP has confirmed he intends to stand again in the general election set to be held on 8 June.

Andrew Turner successfully resisted calls from members of his own party to stand down as a candidate before the 2015 election and went on to win the seat  with 40.7% of the vote.

He admitted he was as "surprised as anybody" by the prime minister's decision to go to the country yesterday.

Andrew Turner

I go out knocking on doors every Saturday, and have increasingly found people saying we should now just get on with it [Brexit] – even if they voted Remain in the referendum. So although it is a pity, it is necessary, I support the prime minister’s decision to call an election.

Andrew TurnerIsle of Wight MP

Reef firm liquidation 'complete by September'

The liquidation of the firm that built Europe's first artificial surf reef will not conclude until September, as the search continues for its director.

The £3.2m structure built by ASR in Boscombe, Bournemouth, has been beset with problems since opening in 2009.

PwC initially said ASR's liquidation would be complete by the end of 2016 but a new report said the process was now expected to be complete by September. 

Boscombe beach

The report said PwC had been given updated contact details for ASR's director Nick Behunin but had been "unable to reach him".

Greens call for unity on Isle of Wight

The Green Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the isle of Wight has called on "progressive parties" to unite behind one candidate in the forthcoming election.

Vix Lothian said she has written to other parties urging them to "put party politics to one side" to try and win the seat from the Conservatives who have held it since 2001.


I really feel that Theresa May’s decision to go to the polls is a golden opportunity for island people and politics to be put first on this occasion. It’s the only way to get a strong, local, forward-thinking voice for islanders.

Vix LothianGreet Party

Signs of spring in the New Forest

Marathon election challenge for MP

Despite admitting to feeling "insecure" about her own job, Eastleigh's Conservative MP insisted Theresa May's calling a general election was "absolutely the right decision".

Mims Davies took the Eastleigh seat from the Lib Dems in 2015 - a constituency the Lib Dems had held since 1994. 

She is combining campaigning with training as she prepares to take part in the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of two local heart charities. "Ironically I did it this year as I thought I'd be less likely to get caught up in elections," she said.

Mims Davies

Theresa May needs the strongest hand she can have as we go into the Brexit negotiations. We need a strong economy through Brexit and beyond so people believe they have a better future.

Mims DaviesEastleigh Conservative MP

BreakingParnham House fire: Man arrested on suspicion of arson

Detectives investigating a fire which severely damaged a tudor stately home near Beaminster have arrested a man on suspicion of arson.

A blaze swept through the Grade I listed Parnham House in the early hours of Saturday.

Parnham House
Craig Baker/Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Service

Sailing ship replica arrives in Cowes

Tony Walker (left) and Andy Dubber

Andy Dubber said he had been "knocked out" and Tony Walker said he needed stitches after an attack.

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Government pledge over staffing and drugs in jails

The Ministry of Justice has responded to claims by two serving Dorset prison officers that levels of violence at HMP/YOI Portland are the worse they've ever known. 

Tony Walker and Andy Dubber told the BBC they faced the daily threat of attack due to overcrowding and the increasing use of the drug, Spice.

The government has pledged to recruit more prison staff and says it's working to tackle drugs in jails, giving prisoners the support and treatment they needed to help turn their lives around.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "We are committed to making prisons places of safety and reform."

HMP/YOI Portland

Harry Redknapp singing the blues

Harry Redknapp has been talking about his decision to manage Championship strugglers Birmingham City.

The former Portsmouth and Southampton boss ruled out a car share to the Midlands with West Brom boss, and fellow Sandbanks resident Tony Pulis.

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Cow rescued from Dorchester swimming pool

Watch: Portsmouth on the way back from football oblivion

Tony Husband

BBC South Today sports editor

Appeal over lone boy seen walking in Bournemouth

Police have appealed for help in finding a young boy who was seen walking on his own in Bournemouth in the early hours.

A member of the public spotted him heading toward Littledown Centre near to Iford roundabout shortly after 04:30. She stopped to talk to him and asked whether he was all right. The boy replied that he was fine.

He is described as about six years old and wearing sports shorts and a T-shirt. He was also carrying a torch and a rucksack.

There is nothing to suggest that the boy was in any distress but obviously we are concerned for his welfare as he appeared very young and was out on his own at the early hours of this morning. Officers are searching the area but have so far not been able to find the young boy. We have not received any reports of a missing child of his description and have not been able to establish who the boy may be.

Ch Insp Bob AcasterDorset Police

General election: 'Big moment' for Lib Dems

Local politicians have been continuing to react to the announcement that a general election is set to be held on 8 June.

Theresa May said that she wanted to secure the backing of the British people for her Brexit negotiations.  

Vikki Slade, the Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole, said it was a "huge moment" for the Lib Dems. The party lost the seat, previously held by Annette Brook, to the Conservatives in 2015.

Vikki Slade

The election is a great opportunity for the people to have their say on the direction of Brexit and the government. Although I realise it is frustrating for people to have to go through all this again. The argument in 2015 was 'vote Tory for stability, vote Lib Dem for chaos' - I think the opposite has happened. Now is the chance to put that right.

Vikki SladeLib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, between J9 for A27 Whiteley and J10 for A32.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound between J9, A27 (Whiteley) and J10, A32 (Wickham), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook on potential takeover

BBC Sport

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook has said he's feeling positive about the club's future after the team sealed promotion after four years in League Two.

A potential takeover of the fan-owned club by former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner is in the pipeline as Portsmouth prepare to return to League One.

Paul Cook

Whatever goes on now will only be to the benefit of Portsmouth Football Club. It's a fantastic club, it's owned today by the fans and the right people. And if those people decide to hand it on to Mr Eisner, it will be with everyone's best wishes and it'll be Mr Einser's job to carry us forward where he takes us.

Paul CookPortsmouth manager

Prison officers' voice concern at Portland violence

Two serving prison officers from Dorset say they fear being attacked every day they go to work. 

Tony Walker and Andy Dubber have combined service of nearly 40 years at HMP and YOI Portland. They told the BBC about their concerns that overcrowding and under-staffing is putting their safety at risk. 

One described being hit over the back of the head with a broom needing 10 stitches, the other being knocked out by a prisoner high on the effects of Spice.

Andy Dubber

Prisoners being violent towards each other, violent towards staff, physically abusive, self harming, someone having an attack after Spice. All that puts a massive amount of stress on you ... because potentially [the situation] could escalate. You don't want to be seen as weak, because your colleagues have fear that you won't be able to help protect them. Prisoners also pick on those officers they perceive to be weak.

Andy DubberPrison officer

Christchurch referendum postponed

Tristan Pascoe

BBC Dorset political reporter

A referendum in Christchurch on the future shape of local government has been postponed until after the general election.

The postal ballot, on plans to condense Dorset's nine councils into two, had been expected to take place in May.

Christchurch was one of three Dorset authorities that voted against the change, which had attracted "overwhelming" public support across the county in a previous public consultation.

Christchurch Priory

Sport headlines: Wilshere 'suffers new setback'

BBC Sport

  • On-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere has reportedly suffered a fractured leg  
  • Portsmouth manager Paul Cook talks about "positive" future for promoted club
  • In speedway, Poole Pirates host Coventry Bees at Wimborne Road later

Latest headlines: Fears of attacks by prisoners

  • Prison officers speak out about their fear of attack by prisoners at HMP and YOI Portland
  • Medical experts in Southampton investigate how a heart drug could treat an eye condition
  • Mental health expert Paul Scates from Bournemouth is meeting Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to discuss mental health issues

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

After a chilly start, it will be a fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine to enjoy and with winds staying light throughout.

Highs of 13C (55F).

Weather forecast for 19 April

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