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  1. Today's weather: Sunshine and showers
  2. Ultra-large MOL Triumph container ship bound for Southampton
  3. Newspaper hub to close in Weymouth, 18 jobs at risk
  4. Aldershot runners' deaths: No review of Michael Casey's jail term
  5. Reading FC manager fears losing best players

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Mark Pearton

Carrying a knife and wearing a balaclava, Mark Pearton threatened his victim before raping her.

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BBC South

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Lukas Carey

Preview and team news as Hampshire face Glamorgan in the Royal London One-Day Cup

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MOL Triumph in Southampton

The South Korean-built ship has a capacity of more than 20,000 containers yet only needs a crew of 20.

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LIVE: The biggest ship to ever visit the UK docks in Southampton

We're live from the biggest ship to ever visit the UK.

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Michael Doyle

Coventry midfielder Michael Doyle will re-sign for the Sky Blues when his Portsmouth deal expires at the end of June.

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Oxfordshire’s election candidates

The full list of candidates for each parliamentary constituency in Oxfordshire has been released.


CONS Victoria Prentis

LAB Sean Woodcock

LIB DEM John Howson

Independent Roseanne Edwards

UKIP Dickie Bird

GREEN Ian Middleton


CONS Robert Courts

LAB Laetisia Carter

LIB DEM Liz Leffman

GREEN Claire Lasko

UKIP  Alexander Craig

Oxford East

CONS: Dr Suzanne Bartington

LABOUR: Anneliese Dodds

LIB DEM Kirsten Johnson

GREEN Larry Sanders 

Independent Chaka Artwell

Oxford West and Abingdon

CONS Nicola Blackwood

LAB Marie Tidball

LIB DEM Layla Moran

UKIP Alan Harris


LAB Oliver Kavanagh

CONS John Howell

LIB DEM Laura Coyle

GREEN Robin Bennett

The Radical Party Patrick Gray

UKIP Tim Scott


CONS Ed Vaizey reselected

LAB Rachel Eden

LIB DEM Chris Carrigan

GREEN Sue Ap-Roberts

UKIP David McLeod

Massive container ship docks in UK

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

The biggest ship to dock in the UK has arrived in Southampton. 

The 400m-long MOL Triumph is the first of a new type of ultra-large container vessel to enter service this year. 

Its operators claim it is more fuel efficient than previous carriers. 

Built by Samsung in South Korea, the ship will run between Chinese and European ports. 

It can hold the equivalent of 20,170 containers. Southampton port operator said it was a "significant and proud occasion".

MOL Triumph in Southampton

Deer trapped between buildings in Abingdon

The RSPCA has released pictures of a deer that got wedged among bags of rubbish between two buildings in Abingdon last week.

The animal was spotted in the small gap in Draymans Walk by a member of the public on Friday, spurring the charity into action.

Trapped deer

Animal collection officer Grace Mead said: "The deer was trapped in a very small space between two brick walls next to a bin store. 

"We initially didn’t think he was able to move or turn around to set himself free and thought we’d have to remove the breeze blocks, but thankfully we were able to free him uninjured by coaxing him back out.

"It was great to see him run off freely back to where he belongs."

The council is to now block up the gap to stop other animals getting trapped.

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BreakingMan jailed for Oxford park rape

A man has been jailed for life after raping a woman in an Oxford park. 

Mark Pearton, 44, of Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, attacked the victim on the evening of 10 January as she was walking in Harcourt Hill. 

He approached her from behind with a knife, threatened her with it, and led her to Raleigh Park where he raped her. 

Pearton was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court earlier and told he would serve a minimum term of seven and a half years. 

Raleigh Park rape investigation

Nine-year-old killed by horse while riding with hunt

Bonnie Armitage

An inquest into the death of Bonnie Armitage has heard how the nine-year-old died when she was kicked in the chest by another horse.

Bonnie — a pupil at St Hugh's School in Faringdon, Oxfordshire — was out riding a Shetland pony with members of the Cotswold Hunt in Miserden, near Stroud, when the tragedy struck.

The horse was ridden by local farmer Toti Gifford, who suggested his horse may have been spooked by Bonnie's pony.

I was just cantering up the side of the field and my horse went 'irregular'... I heard a shout and looked back and saw Bonnie.

Toti Gifford

Murder accused 'wouldn't harm a kid'

Harry House
Dorset Police

Joseph Eke, who denies killing two-year-old Harry House, said the toddler called him "Daddy Joe Joe".

Harry House

Toddler murder-accused 'attacked partner'

Joseph Eke said he lashed out at his partner because she would not give him money for drugs.

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PM's campaign visit tests correspondent in Southampton

Theresa May visited the Labour-held Southampton Test constituency this afternoon - causing a few issues for BBC South's Peter Henley to contend with.

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Earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn visited the constituency in support of Labour candidate Alan Whitehead, who has held the seat since 1997.

Mystery death not treated as suspicious

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The "unexplained" death of a man found with serious head injuries is no longer being treated as suspicious, police have said. 

A 55-year-old was found unconscious at a property in Prince of Wales Avenue, Reading, on Sunday. He died on Tuesday. 

Prince of Wales Avenue

Thames Valley Police appealed to trace a female witness, who has since been located. 

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive, and officers will continue to probe the cause of death. 

MOL Triumph on Southampton Water

Neil Sackley

Reporter, BBC Radio Solent

We're on board the giant cargo ship MOL Triumph as she heads up Southampton Water.

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MOL Triumph
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MOL Triumph

Southampton 0-2 Arsenal: Claude Puel frustrated with lack of goals

BBC Sport

Southampton manager Claude Puel says he is frustrated with his side's lack of goals after a 2-0 home defeat by Arsenal.

Second-half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud earned victory for Arsenal, keeping their hopes for a top four finish alive.

Southampton 0-2 Arsenal: Claude Puel frustrated with lack of goals

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Dredd TV show: 'Telling good story is key'

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

Judge Dredd's publisher has set up its own production company as it develops a TV series for its most iconic character

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley said it would be behind the casting and production of the show, which could be filmed near its Oxford base. 

"The only real issue for me is making sure we get a good story," he added.

More pictures from on board MOL Triumph

Neil Sackley

Reporter, BBC Radio Solent

The giant cargo carrier MOL Triumph is now approaching Southampton Water as it makes its way into port.

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MOL Triumph

Defective taxis stopped in Reading


Council and police spot checks have found 13 hackney carriages and private hire taxis with defects on a single day. 

Nearly half of the vehicles stopped failed to comply with the terms of their licences, which included issues with bodywork, poor maintenance and not displaying the required licences. 

Reading Town Council's Paul Gittings said: "Regular spot checks, like this one, allow us to continue to work closely with operators to ensure that vehicles are maintained to the high standard that we expect in Reading."

Cyclist fell from bike before fatal crash

Bus crash

A cyclist who died in Oxford after a crash involving a double-decker bus fell off her bike prior to the collision, according to police. 

The 31-year-old woman, named locally as Claudia Comberti, was killed after the crash on the Botley Road on Tuesday at 14:35 BST. 

Police said they were keeping the cyclist's family up-to-date. 

On Wednesday more than 100 cyclists took part in a ride to commemorate the DPhil student. 

On board MOL Triumph

Neil Sackley

Reporter, BBC Radio Solent

The ultra-large cargo carrier can hold the equivalent of 20,170 containers. Despite being such a huge ship, only about 20 crew members are needed to operate it.

We're currently heading into the port of Southampton.

MOL Triumph
MOL Triumph

MOL Triumph off Isle of Wight

Neil Sackley

Reporter, BBC Radio Solent

This is the view from the pilot vessel meeting MOL Triumph off the Isle of Wight, ahead of being escorted into Southampton.

When it arrives in Southampton, the ultra-large cargo carrier will be the biggest ship ever to dock at a UK port.

MOL Triumph

BreakingMurder arrest after Southampton alleged assault victim dies

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC South

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died in hospital following an alleged assault in Southampton.

Jason Gregory suffered a cardiac arrest in the incident which happened in Vernon Walk on 5 May between 23:45 and 00:45 BST. 

The 44-year-old father of four has since died in hospital. 

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for anyone with phone footage of the incident to come forward.

Jason Gregory
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Ultra-large MOL Triumph container ship bound for Southampton

The MOL Triumph ultra-large cargo ship is currently off the Isle of Wight as it heads towards Southampton.

The 400m-long vessel will be be the biggest ship ever to dock in the UK - it can hold the equivalent of 20,170 containers. 

Built by Samsung in South Korea, the ship will run between Chinese and European ports. Its operators claim it is more fuel efficient than previous carriers.  

It is due in Southampton port by 14:00 BST.

MOL Triumph

"Don't be fobbed off" says the Dorset woman with an inoperable brain tumour

Amy Quin from Piddletrenthide was diagnosed with the condition one year ago.

A woman who was diagnosed with an inoprable brain tumour is telling people not to get "fobbed off" by the NHS. 

Amy Quin was told she would have to wait 13 weeks to see a neurologist on the national health, before she resorted to private healthcare to get her diagnosis. 

The 33 year old from Piddletrenthide claims that the wait could have been fatal. 

Sub-editing hub to close in Weymouth, putting 18 jobs at risk

Dorset Echo

A local newspaper publishing house is due to close in Weymouth, putting 18 jobs at risk. 

Newsquest, which publishes papers such as the Dorset Echo, will close its sub-editing hub in the Dorset town. 

According to Hold the Front Page, staff have been sent a memo saying that copy-editing of Newsquest titles will cease in Weymouth by June. 

The publishing company, which is responsible for more than 200 papers across the UK, closed its other sub-editing hub in Newport in March

Portsmouth recycling centre fire put out

A recycling centre fire has been put out after around 30 firefighters tackled the blaze. 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Veolia Recycling Centre in Portsmouth, where around 30 friefighters tackled the blaze. 

About seven tonnes of green waste was alight, but the fire was brought under control and fire crews stopped the blaze at 07:14. 

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Reading manager Jaap Stam fears losing best players if promotion bid fails

Jaap Stam
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Reading manager Jaap Stam fears losing some of his best players should they miss out on promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.

Stam led the Royals to third place in his first season in charge and they now face a play-off meeting with Fulham.

The Dutchman believes the Championship will be a stronger division next season with some big-spending clubs.

"If you want to make steps yourself as a club, you don't want to sell your best players," he said.

Oxford headlines: Cyclists in tearful goodbye to Claudia

Aldershot runners' deaths: No review of Michael Casey's jail term

The sentence handed to a soldier who was over the alcohol limit and speeding when he killed two teenage athletes will not be reviewed, it has emerged.

Stacey Burrows, 16, and Lucy Pygott, 17, were killed while on a training run in Aldershot, Hampshire, on 8 November.

Michael Casey was sentenced to six years in April - he admitted causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

Lucy Pygott (left), 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16
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The Attorney General's Office said the sentence would not be referred to the Court of Appeal.

Explaining his decision, Solicitor General Robert Buckland said he "did not believe the sentence would be increased because it was in line with sentencing guidelines".

Jack Phipps inquest: Family 'upset' by verdict

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

Jack Phipps

The family of a man thought to have died as a result of a violent assault say they are upset that a coroner attributed it to a medical condition.

Jack Phipps, 53, was admitted to hospital on 22 June after collapsing in Harefields in north Oxford. He died on 1 July.

Police launched a murder investigation and a man was arrested but not charged.

Niece Hazel Carter said: "We're feeling very disappointed, very upset, that justice hasn't been served."

Oxford Coroner's Court heard the police investigation was halted because of a lack of evidence.

Noel Edmonds seeks £50m damages for HBOS fraud

Noel Edmunds

Noel Edmonds is seeking half of a £100m compensation pot that Lloyds Banking Group has set aside for victims of a major HBOS fraud.

The Deal or No Deal host claimed he has suffered "deep distress and public humiliation" because of the scandal.

He alleges that Mark Dobson, a HBOS manager who was jailed, helped destroy his business called Unique Group.

Mr Edmonds's lawyers have written to Antonio Horta-Osorio, chief executive of HBOS owner Lloyds, seeking payment.

Two former employees at HBOS's Reading office were part of a £245m loans scam that cheated small business customers by insisting that they use a specific turnaround firm.

Fire crews battle Portsmouth recycling plant blaze

Around 30 firefighters are fighting blaze at a recycling centre in Quartermaine Road, Portsmouth. 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said about seven tonnes of green waste was alight.

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Today's weather: Sunshine and showers

We've got a mixture of sunshine and showers, but where we keep the sun it's going to be rather warm. 

There will be highs of 22C, and showers will continue tonight with temperatures during the evening going down to 9C.