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  1. Updates from Tuesday 1 August
  2. Conman jailed over land fraud
  3. Man charged with kidnap and sex assault
  4. New Forest 'severe delays' after car fire
  5. Weymouth keeps free deckchairs for over 60s

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WATCH: What is Cowes Week?

BBC South's Ben Moore gives you a beginner's guide to Cowes Week.

Walter back at Hampshire reserve

One of Europe's oldest known great white egrets has returned to the same Hampshire nature reserve he has been visiting since 2003.

The bird, nicknamed Walter by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, usually arrives at Blashford Lakes near Ringwood in August and leaves in February to return to France.

Only around 35 great white egrets are known to spend their winters in the UK.

Walter in 2011
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

John Radcliffe Hospital: 'Wise' to take decision

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, a major hospital in Oxford has decided to move trauma patients out of a building with external cladding, following a safety review.

Professor Christopher Bulstrode, who used to work at the unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital has praised the decision telling Radio 4's World at One that patient safety must come first. "The last thing we want to have is a fire on a ward where patients are stuck in bed, that would be a catastrophe". He added "I think they have been very quick and very wise to take this action."

Pitt Rivers Museum tries to identify 'lava bubble'

A museum is trying to trace the origin of a mystery rock bearing a note from a staff member that suggests it could be a "lava bubble".

The rock
Pitt Rivers

The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford has more than 500,000 objects that have been donated by explorers and anthropologists since it was founded in 1884.

The note, written in the 1970s, reads: "I think this is a lava bubble - Bob."

The museum tweeted: "Is Bob right? Any lava bubble experts out there?" A spokeswoman said Bob worked at the museum in the 1970s so the stone and its note have been sitting on a shelf at least since then.

She added: "We don't actually know what that object was used for and it is sitting in the Pitt Rivers stores."

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

M3 Surrey - M3 busy but moving and one lane blocked southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down car.

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

Hedgehog feeding time at animal hospital

The Hedgehog Bottom animal hospital in Thatcham, Berkshire, has released this footage of a hedgehog at feeding time.

Woman arrested after man is stabbed in Oxford

A woman has been arrested after a 31-year-old man was stabbed in the arm and leg in Blackbird Leys.

Crowberry Road

Police said a number of people attacked the man and officers were called to Crowberry Road at 21:55 on Monday.

He remains in hospital with "serious injuries" and Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses.

The woman is from Oxford and was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. She is in police custody.

Lifting bridge to remain closed until October

Poole Bridge
David Dixon

Work to repair a lifting bridge in Dorset will not be complete until the end of October - nearly five months later than originally planned.

Poole Bridge closed on 12 September 2016, with work initially predicted to take nine months, but "challenges" pushed the opening date back to September.

Now Borough of Poole Council said it was "clear" the £4.2m overhaul would not be completed in September either.

A spokesman said contractors would be working weekends and extended hours to minimise disruption.

These pictures show a water spout whipped up by the wind over the Dorset coast
A number of people across Weymouth reported seeing the phenomenon earlier.
Dorset coastline

Christchurch Borough Council remains opposed to plans to replace Dorset's nine councils with two.

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Aishah and Faris

Usama Al Barwani defied court orders to return his children from Oman after abducting them in 2012.

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Father jailed over child abduction

A father who was jailed for abducting his children has been imprisoned again for failing to return them to the UK.

Usama Al Barwani, from Portsmouth, took his daughter, Aishah, now 12, and his son, Faris, nine, to Oman in 2012.

Aishah and Faris
Lacey Plato

The High Court heard their "desperate" mother, Lacey Plato, had campaigned for five years to be reunited with them.

Jailing Al Barwani for a year, Mrs Justice Theis said it was hard to think of "a more damaging and harmful act for a parent to do to his children."

Woman dies five days after car crash


A woman has died from her injuries five days after a car crash in Berkshire.

Emergency services were called to the collision between a Nissan Qashqai and Vauxhall Corsa on the A308 Marlow Road near Maidenhead on Wednesday.

The driver of the Nissan - a 38-year-old woman - was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died in hospital on Monday.

No arrests have been made in connection with the crash.

Man banned from town by court

Stephen Gadd
Dorset Police

A man has been banned from Christchurch in Dorset for five years.

Stephen Gadd, 52, of no fixed address, is also barred from using disabled toilets in the county and harassing members of the public.

It follows a string of incidents when he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly towards a church support group which was helping him in Highcliffe last year.

Gadd was handed the Criminal Behaviour Order by Poole Magistrates last month.

Family reunited with Victorian books

Geography books

Geography books belonging to four girls in the 1880s have been reunited with their descendents.

The two bound titles dating back to 1888 were bought by a collector at a book stall in Oxfordshire.

They feature delicate pencil drawings and homework exercises within the pages, with the names Ada, Lucy, Ethel and Lily Dobel inscribed inside.

Lucy's grandson David Newton, from Tring, in Hertfordshire, was traced and the books have been given to him.

Mahoney sets sights on top-flight debut

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Connor Mahoney

Bournemouth winger Connor Mahoney wants to make his Premier League debut as quick as he can as he settles into life with the top-flight club.

The 20-year-old former Blackburn player joined the Cherries in July, initially as part of the under-23 squad.

But following a pre-season appearance against Valencia, Mahoney is hungry for a chance in Eddie Howe's senior side.

"I've always wanted to play in the Premier League - once I've ticked that off, I can make new goals," he said.

Skull discovered in Portsmouth Harbour aircraft carrier dredging work

Thousands of items are found during dredging work in Portsmouth Harbour

More than 20,000 items ranging from a human skull to anchors and an unexploded sea mine have been discovered during dredging work in Portsmouth Harbour.

Cigarettes worth £4,000 stolen from petrol station

CCTV BP garage
Hampshire Constabulary

Cigarettes worth £4,000 were stolen during an overnight raid of a petrol station.

Police have released CCTV images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the break-in at the BP garage in Prospect Road, Farnborough.

Hampshire Constabulary said the burglary happened at about 03:40 BST on Monday.

The offenders are believed to have been driving a small white hatchback.

USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier leaves Stokes Bay

Steve Humphrey

BBC South Today

The US aircraft carrier George HW Bush has departed Portsmouth after a short stay in Stokes Bay.

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Council considers joining merger committee

Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole from the air

Christchurch Borough Council is considering joining a committee set up to discuss a planned merger of Dorset's councils, despite being opposed to it.

In January, councillors voted against forming a unitary authority with Bournemouth and Poole in a proposed reorganisation of local government.

Councillors are considering joining the committee to influence the plans and protect their voting rights.

A decision will be taken at a special meeting on Tuesday next week.

Computer glitch causes Cherwell double council tax bill

About 4,400 people in Oxfordshire will be charged double for their council tax this month because of a computer glitch.

New software has been installed by Cherwell District Council and caused payments not to be taken in July.

Cherwell District Council
Cherwell District Council

As a result two payments will be taken on 9 August. The council has written to affected residents affected and set up a dedicated phone line for anyone who wants to make a one-off payment now.

A spokesman said: "Cherwell District Council's revenues and benefits department has recently changed its software system.

"In the course of the switchover to the new system a technical issue meant that direct debit payments for residents who normally pay on the ninth of the month were not claimed."

Weather outlook: Dry afternoon ahead

After a bright start, more of the same is expected this afternoon with highs of 20C.

Temperatures will remain a mild 15C overnight.

BBC weather

'Mystery' tree felling stumps council

Upton Court Park.
Slough Borough Council

A "mystery person" is believed to be posing as a local authority tree surgeon to cut down a town's mature oaks and willows, a council has said.

Slough council has issued a warning to residents after six "substantial" trees were felled in Upton Court Park.

The authority said a chainsaw had been used and the damage was not caused by "some kids mucking about".

Police should be called if anyone is seen felling trees in the park, a council spokesperson said.

Concerns over discarded needles

Discarded needle
Getty Images

Residents in east Oxford say they have been finding large numbers of discarded hypodermic needles.

The needles have been discovered in gardens and playground areas, prompting a public meetnig to discuss the area's drug problems.

Oxford City Council said anyone who finds needles should contact the authority, so specially-trained officers can dispose of them safely.

Cyclist hit 'multiple times' during attack

A cyclist was punched to the ground and hit "multiple times" during an assault in Reading, police have said.

The 29-year-old man had been riding along New Lane Hill in the moments before the attack at about 18:15 BST on Saturday.

The offender left the scene when a passer-by came to the aid of the injured man.

New Lane Hill

Thames Valley Police said the attacker, described as an Asian man in his early 30s, had been a passenger in a car travelling behind the victim.

The victim suffered bruising to his face but did not require hospital treatment.

Oxford museum seeks lava expert...

Reading manager Jaap Stam

Reading boss Jaap Stam says the club will need to be "inventive" in the transfer market in terms of spending.

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Stam looking for 'inventive' signings

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Reading manager Jaap Stam says the club will need to be "inventive" in the transfer market if new players are to arrive before the start of the season.

Dutchman Stam will look to put the Royals in Championship promotion contention after reaching the play-off final in his first season last term.

Jaap Stam
Rex Features

"There's some money available, but we can't spend £15m like other teams have," he told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"We're looking for certain players that can make a difference."

Limousine built for Kennedy on sale for £80k in New Forest

Festival-goers warned to avoid traffic clash

Mini tornado spotted in Weymouth

A video posted on Facebook this morning appears to show a mini tornado off the coast of Weymouth in Dorset.

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Weymouth Council now won't be introducing charges for over-60s to use deckchairs

Reporter Laurence Herdman explains it is a change of heart from the authority.

Former New Forest District Council worker 'terrorised mother'

Regional sport headlines

BBC Sport

  • Oxford United's latest signing, Jack Payne, will train with his new team-mates for the first time this morning - even though he's already played in a match for the club.
  • John Swift has signed a five-year deal with Reading.
  • Oxfordshire's cricketers trail Berkshire going into the final day of their Minor Counties Championship match at Challow.
  • Hampshire cricket all-rounder Gareth Berg has signed a new one year deal, taking him through to the end of 2018.
  • Meanwhile, Liam Dawson has retained his place in England's 13-man squad for Friday's fourth and final test against South Africa at Old Trafford.
  • In speedway, Poole Pirates suffered their fourth defeat in a row last night going down 59-31 to premiership table toppers Belle Vue.
  • New Forest golfer Liz Young failed to quality for Thursday Women's Open at Kingbarn in Scotland.