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  1. Updates from Wednesday 7 June

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool apologise to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and end their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.

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There's been a lot happen in the six weeks since the snap 2017 General Election was called
There's been a lot happen across the south of England in the six weeks since the snap 2017 General Election was called.

Van driver jailed over moped crash

A priest has described how his son's life was cut "cruelly short" after a man was jailed for 20 months for causing his death in a road accident

Moped rider Macaully Sutcliffe, 16, was hit by a van near Whitchurch, Hampshire, in October.

Mac Sutcliffe
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In a statement the Reverend Richard Sutcliffe said: "No court sentence can help to fill the gap left following the death of Mac."

Mohammed Zaman, 32, from Reading, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to causing death by careless driving.

New sponsor for Cowes Week

Peer-to-peer financial lender, Lendy, has been announced as the new title sponsor of Cowes Week for the next three years.

The sailing regatta has been without a title sponsor for two years, having previously been backed by Aberdeen Asset Management.

One of the biggest events of its kind in the world, this year's Cowes Week starts on 29 July.

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Car fire in Reading town centre

A car was ravaged by flames in Reading town centre this afternoon.

Firefighters were called to Sapphire Plaza, Watlington Street, at 15:08 following reports of the blaze.

No injuries were sustained.

Car fire in Reading
George Richards

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Election 2017: West Dorset candidates debate

Candidates standing in the general election in the West Dorset constituency have been debating the issues ahead of polling day on BBC Radio Solent's Breakfast in Dorset.

Steve Harris put your questions to the four candidates standing in West Dorset.

Fire at Southampton Docks 'under control'

Hampshire officer and Robbie Williams fans belt out Angels

A Hampshire police officer was in fine voice, along with other Robbie Wiliams fans, ahead of last night's concert at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton.

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Man missing after motorbike accident

Police are appealing to the public to help locate a missing man from Stonesfield near Witney.


At around 11:00 this morning a Kawasaki motorbike crashed in The Ridings, Stonesfield.

The rider, who is believed to be 48-year-old Howard Acum, has not been located and police believe he may be injured.

Mr Acum is white, about 5ft 10ins, of a large build and with dark blond hair.

Fire engines outside SeaCity Museum

Hampshire Constabulary said the till in the cafe was also broken into and cash stolen.

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Green light for Banbury country park

A new country park in Banbury has been given the go-ahead.

The 30-hectare site off Southam Road is owned by Cherwell District Council which has approved plans to turn it into a visitor attraction.

The authority said the running costs would be met within existing budgets.

Country park site
Cherwell District Council

The application to build 340 new homes was refused in July last year amid fears over flooding.

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BreakingCowes Floating bridge suspended 'due to tide'

Cowes' troubled floating bridge has been suspended, less than 12 hours after restarting.

Video footage earlier today shows cars are still struggling to disembark without striking the ramp on to the slipway on its first morning back in use after being suspended on the orders of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The council insists there is "nothing mechanically wrong" with the floating bridge and it will refloat as the tide returns around 19:00.

"While the crews continue to get used to the dimensions of the new bridge, and when tides turn rapidly, this is a known and normal operational risk," it said.

A passenger launch is in operation while car drivers face a 10-mile diversion via Newport.

Floating Bridge

SeaCity Museum fire treated as arson

A fire at Southampton's SeaCity museum is being treated as arson.

Police were called in after firefighters extinguished the blaze which broke out shortly before 12:30 on Wednesday. It was discovered the till in the café had been broken into and cash had been stolen.

All staff and visitors were evacuated from the building. No-one was hurt and no artifacts were damaged.

A Hampshire police spokesman said the incident was being treated as arson and burglary and are appealing to anyone visiting the museum yesterday who noticed anyone suspicious to get in contact.

SeaCity fire

Oxford United sale talks end without agreement

Jerome Sale

BBC Oxford Sport Editor

Talks between Uruguayan businessman Juan Sartori and Oxford United owner Darryl Eales have broken up without a deal being reached, BBC Radio Oxford has been told.

We’ve been told by people close to the negotiations that quite detailed talks have been held between Mr Sartori and Mr Eales, but that the club owner simply does not want to sell.

For Mr Sartori I’m sure that will be a source of frustration, because he was also holding talks with Firoz Kassam about potentially owning, or renegotiating the lease at the Kassam stadium.

For Oxford United it’s going to be business as usual for the time being.

Darryl Eales

Severe disruption: A3(M) Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A3(M) Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J2 for B2149 Horndean and J3 for B2150.

A3(M) Hampshire - One lane closed on A3(M) southbound between J2, B2149 (Horndean) and J3, B2150 (Waterlooville), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A351 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A351 Dorset both ways severe accident, between B3075 Morden Road and Organford Road.

A351 Dorset - A351 Sandford Road in Sandford closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B3075 Morden Road junction and the Organford Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Economic impact of Oxford University revealed in report

Oxford University generates £2.3bn for the Oxfordshire economy each year, a new study has shown.

Oxford had a worldwide gross value added (GVA) of £7.1bn, with £5.8bn of that flowing to the UK.

As well as the univiersity's commercial and enterprise activities, students also inject £62.5m into the Oxfordshire economy and support 1,600 jobs through their spending, work and volunteering. The 17,000 staff employed by the University spend a further £247m in the region.

Oxford University

This report provides evidence for something long known around Oxford: the university drives the economy, both locally and nationally, as well as having a significant international presence. We are a global institution deeply rooted in a vibrant local community and can be an engine of the British economy into the future."

Professor Louise RichardsonVice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Election 2017: Digital Debate

Watch last night's BBC South's Digital Debate with the main parties quizzed by voters from across the south of England.

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Oxford United deal breaks down

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Boa constrictor snakes found dumped in a sack

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two boa constrictor snakes were abandoned in a sack in Southampton.

The animal welfare charity was contacted on Saturday, 3 June by a member of public who had found the two 6ft (1.8M) long snakes inside a bag that had been left on Donkey Common, off Bursledon Road.

Found snake

“Unfortunately we are seeing a growing number of reptiles, including snakes, being abandoned. Many people do not fully understand how to care for a reptile properly so we are urging prospective buyers to do their research before getting one.

Penny BakerRSPCA inspector

Four people arrested after Oxford drug raids

'Vital' D-Day plane saved from scrapheap

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A plane that played a vital role on D-Day in World War Two is to be restored and returned to the Berkshire airfield where it took off 73 years ago.

The C-47 'night fright' plane was in pieces in an Arkansas scrapyard when it was bought in 2012 and about to be destroyed forever.

But it could be returning to base once more.

Election 2017: Third election in two years for Witney voters

It's the third time voters in the Oxfordshire constituency of Witney have gone to the polls to elect an MP.

Former prime minister David Cameron retained the seat for the Conservatives in 2015. He stepped down as PM and later as MP after the leave vote in the EU referendum in June 2016.

In October Conservative Robert Courts won the resulting by-election by 5,702 votes, with the party's vote share falling from 60% in 2015 to 45%, as the Lib Dems surged past Labour into second.

David Cameron
Former prime minister David Cameron was MP for Witney

Watch: World War Two diary

Harry Wright was 21 when he took part in D-Day.

After 75 years, his cousin Mervyn Powell, has been showing us Harry's war diary, which he wrote in every day from June 1944 to May 1945.

D-Day diary found 70 years on

Hospital's elderly care ward to close

Poole Hospital

Poole Hospital's Lillput elderly care ward is to close at the end of the month, the NHS trust has announced.

The closure will reduce the total number of beds at the hospital by seven.

Poole Hospital NHS Trust said its services were reducing the time older patients needed to spend in hospital with more being treated as outpatients.

All staff will be offered the same roles elsewhere in older people's services, a spokesman said.

Cause of greenhouse fire under investigation

Vehicles and machinery have been badly damaged following a large fire at a commercial greenhouse in Curdridge.

Crews were called to the blaze shortly before 05:30 BST in the 80m-long greenhouse on Wangfield Lane.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was now under investigation.

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Otters Court

Trevor Devamanikkam did not turn up at court over offences alleged to have taken place in the 1980s.

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BreakingRape-accused former vicar found dead

A 70-year-old former vicar accused of raping a boy in the 1980s has been found dead.

Earlier we reported an arrest warrant had been issued for Trevor Devamanikkam, from Witney, after he failed to appear at Bradford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Mr Devamanikkam was charged with six serious sexual offences committed while he was a vicar in the city.

His body was found by police at about 16:05 BST on Tuesday at an address at Otters Court, Priory Mill Lane. The death is not believed to be suspicious.

Police advice ahead of Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival
Yui Mok/PA

Police have issued advice to people attending the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend.

Following terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, Hampshire Constabulary said festival-goers can expect to see a "heightened police presence".

The statement also said there would be a "clear and tough stance" against illegal drugs and warned people to remain vigilant to the risks of leaving valuables in tents.

"We have reviewed, and will continue to review, our security plans and capability around all pre-planned events taking place in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the coming weeks, including this year’s Festival.

Hampshire Constabulary

Jermain Defoe set for Bournemouth transfer

BBC Radio 5 live

Lowery has terminal cancer, and his parents say the youngster has just weeks to live.

Jermain Defoe has told the BBC he will be signing for Bournemouth this summer.

The 34-year-old striker had been heavily linked with a move to the Cherries on a free transfer following Sunderland's relegation from the Premier League.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live, Defoe also said his friendship with six-year-old Bradley Lowery, who has terminal cancer, has been the highlight of his season.

M3 delays caused by lighting tower hitting power cables

There were long delays on the M3 northbound at junction 4a earlier, caused by a lighting tower hitting power lines during planned roadworks.

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America's Cup 2017: New Zealand capsize in semi-final but lead 3-1

Tony Husband

BBC South Today sports editor

Americas Cup

By any standard we've witnessed one of the most dramatic days in America's Cup history as the Portsmouth-based BAR team's hopes remain alive after a dramatic end to the day's racing in the Challenger semi finals.

This was racing right on the edge in treacherous conditions out on Bermuda's Great Sound.

For much of the year this North Atlantic island is a sun-drenched paradise, but the clouds darkened, the wind blew up a mighty storm and the best sailors in the world were pushed to the limits. And that's where mistakes can happen.

The capsize was dramatic. Experienced sailors pointed to the young Kiwi helm Pete Burling being out-smarted by Ben Ainslie ahead of the start, forcing the error which sent the boat tripping over itself and into the water. Fans in the grandstand could barely believe what they were seeing.

The Kiwis have been so dominant in this America's Cup, the mightiest of the Challengers suddenly stricken in the Sound.

It left Burling sitting at the helm 15 metres up in the air, no doubt wondering how bad the damage is and whether this competition has just witnessed a huge turning point, just when it looked like the British were at the point of no return.


Here's your mid-morning round-up:

  • Cowes chain ferry has bumpy restart
  • PM Theresa May visits Southampton ahead of tomorrow's general election
  • Arrest warrant issued for Oxfordshire vicar accused of historic sex abuse offences
  • Crossrail continues to drive the rise in house prices in Maidenhead, a local estate agent claims.
  • Sonning celebrity couple George and Amal Clooney celebrate the birth of twins.