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Summary

  1. Woman says Rolf Harris grope claim 'not for cash'
  2. Nursery school kitchen closed after 'dead mouse found'
  3. Oxford stabbing student could lose place
  4. Last remaining member of Churchill's secret army given defence medal
  5. Cowes 'floating bridge': Makers insist ferry 'will succeed'
  6. Updates from Monday 22 May

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By Sue Paz

All times stated are UK

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  1. Former Scout leader handed suspended sentence for sex assaults

    A former Scout leader has been given a two year suspended sentence after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

    David Oliver, 51 of Coombe Gardens in Bournemouth, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault. He was working as a leader at Butchers Coppice Scout Camp in the town at the time of the offences which took place in the late 1990s.

    Police said Oliver would take advantage of his victim, who was under the age of 16, by kissing her and sexually assaulting her on a number of occasions.

    Butchers Coppice Scout Camp
    Quote Message: "Oliver used and abused his position of trust in the Scouting movement to sexually assault his young victim. I wish to praise the bravery of his victim to come forward and report the offences." from Det Con Jo Shewbridge Dorset Police
    Det Con Jo ShewbridgeDorset Police
  2. Listen: Last remaining member of Churchill's secret army in Dorset given defence medal

    BBC Radio Solent

    The last remaining member of a special branch of the Home Guard in Dorset, has unexpectedly been presented with a World War Two defence medal.

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    Video caption: Only remaining member of Churchill's secret army in Dorset given defence medal

    Jack Northover was one of eight men who made up the Wrackleford Auxiliary Unit - part of a network of highly trained volunteers expected to form a last line of defence if Nazis occupied Britain.

    The 90-year-old and relatives of three other members - have received the medal just before the unveiling in Stratton Village of a memorial to remember the unit.

  3. Crash leads to attempted murder and kidnap inquiry

    Marcus White

    BBC South

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a third man, after all three were in a car which crashed on Wide Lane between Southampton and Eastleigh.

    Police said a 23-year-old man was in hospital with "critical, life-changing head injuries", following the incident at about 22:00 BST on Thursday night.

    Wide Lane

    A 22-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnap and a driving offence.

    A London man, aged 21, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted kidnap, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, theft and four driving offences.

  4. Man in court over Guys Marsh Prison fire

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC South

    A man has appeared in court in connection with a fire on the roof of a building within HMP Guys Marsh near Shaftesbury.

    Nigel John Saunders, 29, was charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

    Emergency services were called to an incident at the prison on 10 March. All prisoners and staff were accounted for and a total of 64 prisoners were evacuated from the affected area of the prison by prison staff.

    Mr Saunders appeared before Weymouth Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 22 June.

    Guys Marsh
  5. Nursery school kitchen closed after 'dead mouse found'

    The kitchen at a children’s nursery school in Oxfordshire was closed by food hygiene inspectors last week after they found a dead mouse on the floor, it has emerged.

    Dead mouse found at Positive Steps Nursery

    Vale of White Horse District Council made the discovery during a routine, unannounced food hygiene inspection at the Positive Steps Nursery in Shellingford, near Faringdon, on 16 May.

    The inspectors also discovered rodent faeces on work surfaces, the kitchen floor and in cupboards.

    They also noted a lack of routine cleaning and disinfection to minimise the risk of food contamination.

    The council said the business "co-operated fully" with the council to address the issues raised during the inspection and during a follow-up inspection on Friday the council was satisfied it no longer posed "an imminent risk to health" and lifted the prohibition notice.

  6. Cowes 'floating bridge': Makers insist ferry 'will succeed'

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC South

    The maker of Isle of Wight's troubled new floating bridge has insisted it will be a "success", despite its continued suspension.

    Cars scraped their bumpers while disembarking and stranded passengers waded through water when it broke down on its first weekend in operation.

    It remains suspended on the orders of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

    Mainstay Marine said its staff were working on an "enhanced" training programme for the crew.

    Cowes Chain Ferry
    Quote Message: "I'm comfortable the slipway is at the right angle and the ramps are suitable for safe off-loading. It's all due to positioning - being placed on the slipway and lowering to the right angle. I feel comfortable the vessel is fit for purpose and will be a success with the enhanced crew training. From our point of view it was built to the design and delivered well ahead of expectations." from Stewart Graves Managing director, Mainstay Marine
    Stewart GravesManaging director, Mainstay Marine
  7. Stag party raises £5,000 to bring home injured friend from Croatia

    A group of Oxfordshire friends has had to raise £5,000 to bring their seriously injured friend home from Croatia after his insurance refused to pay when he was hurt during a stag party.

    Split, Croatia

    Scott Simpson says he was not drunk but slipped when trying to dive from a boat and impaled himself on a post.

    He snapped seven ribs, broke several bones and pierced a lung but after treatment at a hospital in Split (pictured) he found he had to pay for his own repatriation.

    His insurer NatWest said its policy states it is invalid if someone has drunk so much alcohol that their judgement is seriously affected.

    Quote Message: It was wet, I slipped, I had an accident. Now I thought travel insurance was there for anyone who had an accident, but clearly if there is any alcohol in your system then it's not going to be the case. from Scott Simpson
    Scott Simpson
  8. Woman says Rolf Harris grope claim 'not for cash'

    A woman accusing Rolf Harris of groping her when she was a teenager denies she made the claim up for compensation.

    Court sketch of Rolf Harris in the dock while a witness gives evidence

    The Australia-born entertainer, who lives in Bray, Berkshire, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court on four charges of indecent assault against three teenagers between 1971 and 1983.

    Giving evidence, one of his alleged victims said she had not come forward for money but for "justice".

    Mr Harris, 87, who appeared in person for the first time after being released from prison, denies the charges.

  9. Van left hanging over underpass

    A crashed van was left wedged over a pedestrian underpass in Havant on Sunday morning.

    Police were called to the junction of Petersfield Road and Stockheath Road at 05:00 BST.

    Dean Mckevitt, 37, of Silvester Road, Waterlooville, has been charged with driving over the alcohol limit and bailed to appear before Portsmouth magistrates on 6 June.

    crashed van
  10. Male pedestrian killed in Uplyme crash

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A pedestrian has died in a road crash in east Devon, police say.

    Officers said the 29-year-old man from Lyme Regis suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a green BMW 323 car on the A3052, near Ware Cross in Uplyme, at about 02:23 on Sunday. The man died at the scene.

    The driver, a 42-year-old man from Axminster, was not injured. The road was closed for nine hours for an investigation.

    Police said they are "particularly keen" to trace the driver of a small van believed to have been in the area at the time.