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  1. Updates from Monday 26 June
  2. School shuts as parts of Portsmouth left without water
  3. Tenth arrest over Oxford brawl murder
  4. 18 suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry in Poole
  5. M3 delays after body find
  6. Thames Valley Police 'at breaking point'

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All times stated are UK

Good evening

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today.

We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all of the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather.

Jonathan Bond

League One side Peterborough sign goalkeeper Jonathan Bond on a six-month loan from Reading.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth in numbers

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier has set sail for the first time from the Rosyth dockyard in Fife.

HMS Queen Elizabeth - one of two new carriers being built in the yard at a cost of more than £6bn - will be based in Portsmouth when she enters service.

The numbers behind HMS Queen Elizabeth:

  • The project to build HMS Queen Elizabeth and sister ship HMS Prince of Wales cost more than £6bn
  • The aircraft carrier weighs 65,000 tonnes and has a top speed of 25 knots
  • Its flight deck is 280m long and 70m wide - enough space for three football pitches
  • The ship is the second in the Royal Navy to be named Queen Elizabeth
  • It will have a crew of around 700, increasing to 1,600 when a full complement of F-35B jets and Crowsnest helicopters are embarked
  • There are 364,000m of pipes inside the ship
  • Both HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will keep 45 days worth of food in its stores
  • The entire ship's company of 700 can be served a meal within 90 minutes - or 45 minutes when at action station
  • Leaving the Rosyth dock will be among the most difficult manoeuvres in the sea trials with just 50cm between the bottom of the ship and the seabed in the port
HMS Queen Elizabeth in numbers
Oxford United: Michael Appleton leaves club "in good place"
Outgoing Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton believes the club is in "a good place" as he departs after three years.

HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail from Rosyth for sea trials

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier has left port for the first time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth - one of two new carriers being built at Rosyth dockyard in Fife at a cost of more than £6bn - is to begin sea trials.

It is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy. The flight deck alone is the size of three football pitches.

It will eventually be based in Portsmouth.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

John Redwood: DUP deal for "stable government"

Conservative MP for Wokingham has denied the government's deal with the DUP was an attempt to prop up prime minister Theresa May.

Speaking on the Derbyshire programme, he said it would ensure "stable government".

DUP deal

It's nothing to do with propping up Theresa May - it's about having stable government for the country, when the country has chosen to give no party an overall majority. I don't think the country wants us to go off and have another election. I think they'd say' you've had two elections and a referendum in the last two years - get on and do some governing.'"

John RedwoodWokingham MP

BreakingCladding to be removed from Oxford tower blocks

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Cladding will be removed from two high-rise blocks of flats in Oxford after it failed fire safety tests.

Oxford City Council said Evenlode and Windrush towers in Blackbird Leys will have their rain-screen cladding replaced after government guidance.

It said no one would have to be evacuated from the towers and Oxford's other three blocks do not use the material identified as being at risk.

The move follows the Grenfell Tower fire in London on 14 June.


Appleton says Oxford United farewell

Oxford United: Michael Appleton leaves club "in good place"
Departing Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton believes the club is "in a good place" after his three years in charge.
Appleton will join Leicester City as assistant manager to Craig Shakespeare having guided Oxford to automatic promotion from League Two and two Wembley finals in the Football League Trophy.
"Whoever comes in will feel they're in a lucky place," he told BBC Radio Oxford. "The club is on an upward curve."
Michael Appleton

Outgoing Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton says his successor will inherit a club in "a very good place".

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South Central Ambulance Service to provide 111 service

South Central Ambulance Service has won a contract to provide telephone based NHS 111 services in the Thames Valley.

The telephone service aims to offer patients a seamless 24 hour, seven days a week clinical assessment and treatment service.

It's aimed at providing a more integrated urgent care service across the area and will begin from September. It will be rolled out by other providers across England by 2020.


Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

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M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, between J1 for A31 and J2 for A36.

M27 Hampshire - Very slow traffic on M27 eastbound between J1, A31 (Cadnam) and J2, A36 (Salisbury), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Southampton's Redmond doubt for U-21 semi-final

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England duo Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah trained away from the main group on Monday and remain doubtful for Tuesday's European Under-21 Championship semi-final.

Both players went off injured during Thursday's crucial win over Poland. Chalobah has a groin injury, while Southampton winger Redmond's injury is unknown.

Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah
Nathan Redmond and Nathaniel Chalobah were both injured in Thursday's win over Poland

Eton teenagers have valuables taken at knifepoint

Three teenagers have had a number of valuable and designer items taken after being robbed at knifepoint in Eton.

The victims, an 18-year-old man, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, were threatened at knifepoint by two young male offenders who demanded that the victims hand over their valuable items.

Among the items stolen were a Michael Kors bag, a Cartier ring and watch, an Armani watch, and a Ted Baker purse and wallet.

V for Vendetta
One of the suspected offenders was wearing a mask made famous from the V for Vendetta film

The offenders approached the victims on the Thames towpath, near the near the Brocas. One was wearing a 'Guy Fawkes' mask, similar to those worn in the film V for Vendetta, while the other was wearing a black balaclava.

The male victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident, but did not require hospital treatment.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses.

Zak Jules

Shrewsbury Town sign Reading defender Zak Jules for an undisclosed fee and Ebou Adams on loan from Norwich.

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Fans pay birthday tributes to George Michael

Stephen Stafford

BBC South

George Michael fans

Hundreds of George Michael fans decended on the village of Goring-on-Thames to mark what would have been the singer's 54th birthday on Sunday.

Many left cards and messages at his home while a charity concert was held in the village hall.

The pop superstar was found dead at his house in the Oxfordshire village on Christmas Day. A coroner later confirmed he died as a result of heart and liver disease.

The Dorset chocolate makers who've taken the world chocolate championships by storm

Iris Stork is from vegan chocolate makers Solkiki.

Glastonbury 2017: Wild Front

Southampton band Wild Front made their Glastonbury debut at the weekend, playing the BBC Introducing... stage.

The four-piece - Jack Williams (singer), Joe Connell (lead guitar), Josh Betteridge (drums), and Mike Flowers (bass guitar) - secured the slot having been hand-picked by Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis.

BBC Introducing Solent first picked up Wild Front via the BBC Introducing uploader in September 2016.

Wild Front perform Physics at Glastonbury 2017

Isle of Wight Festival announces dates for 50th anniversary event

Isle of Wight Festival 2017

With no Glastonbury Festival next year, organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival have announced their event will take place a week later than usual, on the 21-24 June 2018.

It's the 50th anniversary of the first of the legendary Isle of Wight Festivals. The 1968 event was held at Goshill with top acts including Jefferson Airplane, Arthur Brown and The Move.

Glastonbury 2017: Glass Animals

Here's another chance the full set from Oxford band Glass Animals at this year's Glastonbury.

The indie four-piece played both the Other and BBC Introducing... stage at this year's festival.

Harry Ellis wins the British Amateur Championship

Harry Ellis becomes the second Hampshire golfer in as many years to win the Amateur Championship and secure an Open spot.

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Sharma: Don't wait for cladding to be tested

Reading West MP and minister for Housing, Alok Sharma, has been doing the media rounds this morning to discuss the government's response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

He has been discussing the fire safety tests on high-rise buildings and the testing of external cladding on public buildings.


"Testing is happening round the clock," Mr Sharma told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"We are urgently making sure that samples are being sent to us, and we are updating on a regular basis, in terms of number of buildings and local authority areas."

"To anyone in Berkshire who is concerned about the safety in a block, you don’t have to wait for the cladding to be tested, you can immediately get the fire service in to do the checks, to put in place any mitigation measures."

Police investigation after 13-year-old attacked by dog

A 13-year-old boy was hospitalised after a dog attack in Slough this weekend.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after the incident at around 18:20 BST on Saturday.

The boy was playing football in Granville Park when he was approached by a dog, believed to be a brindle-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

The dog, which was not on a lead, jumped up and bit the boy on his left wrist and on his shorts before the owner removed it. The boy required hospital treatment.

The dog's owner is described as a black woman in her 20s, of medium build, with dreadlocks tied in a ponytail.

She was wearing a green coat, black T-shirt and black shoes, and was with a child who was wearing a high visibility vest which had "Daddy's little helper" on it.

Hampshire firefighters to host special fire safety meeting for high-rise residents

BreakingLord Carey resigns over handling of sex abuse allegations

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, has resigned from his position as as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of Oxford following criticism of his handling of sex abuse allegations.

Former Bishop Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men.

Lord Carey
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Dame Moira Gibb's review of the case found Lord Carey received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency - when he stood down as bishop of Gloucester - but failed to pass six of them to the police.

The Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, said in a statement released today: "In light of Dame Moira Gibb’s review into the Peter Ball case, Lord Carey has resigned from his role as honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

"Lord Carey has accepted the criticisms made of him in the Gibb review and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball."

Craig David at Glastonbury

If you missed Southampton's RnB star Craig David at Glastonbury at the weekend, let us fill you in ...

Portsmouth After the Riots

Giles Edwards asks what happened in Portsmouth after the anti-paedophile riots in 2000.
Giles Edwards asks what happened in Portsmouth after the anti-paedophile riots in the city in 2000.

During the long, hot summer of 2000, and after a story in the News of the World revealed one of the country's most prolific paedophiles was living in the heart of their community, some residents on the Paulsgrove estate in north Portsmouth took to the streets to demonstrate. The protests, sometimes called riots, continued for several nights, and the story was all over the news.

Now Giles has spoken to Paulsgrove residents who were appalled and frightened by the protests, to those who helped organise them and still believe they were necessary, and to the councillors, local MP and police tasked with trying to stop them, about what happened after the protests finished. How did the community come back together, what did the authorities do to reassure residents, and what, if anything, can the episode tell us about attitudes to child sexual exploitation?

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Water restored to PO13 & PO14 areas

Water has been restored to about 12,000 homes affected by maintenance work.

Portsmouth Water said customers in the PO13 & PO14 postcodes - Stubbington, Hill Head and Lee-On-Solent were affected by loss of water earlier.

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Jack Stacey

League Two side Luton Town sign right-back Jack Stacey from Reading for undisclosed terms on a two-year deal.

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Routine maintenance work cuts water to PO13 & PO14

Portsmouth Water says "routine maintenance work" led to the loss of water for customers in the Stubbington, Hill Head and Lee-on-Solent areas this morning.

The company said the works shouldn't have affected supply but unexpectedly did.

Up to 12,000 homes are thought to have been affected - Baycroft School in Stubbington was also forced to close and send pupils home.

The firm said but supplies were expected to come back on very shortly.

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20 years of Harry Potter

Divinity School
Divinity School in Oxford was used as Hogwarts Infirmary in the Harry Potter films

It's a big day for Harry Potter fans - two decades ago on 26 June 1997 J.K Rowling's first Harry Potter book was published.

As we know the books became international best sellers and spawned a multi-million pound film franchise.

Oxford provided the backdrop for a number of scenes in the films, and this morning BBC Radio Oxford's roving reporter, and self confessed Harry Potter fan, Lilley Mitchell returned to some of those locations to celebrate the anniversary.

Cloisters at New College
The cloisters at New College, Oxford, were also used in filming for Harry Potter
Tree at New College
This tree at New College, Oxford, was involved in a scene which saw Draco Malfoy turned into a ferret in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales

Oxford United owner Darryl Eales admits player recruitment may have to go on hold until a new manager is appointed.

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School closed after 'water failure'

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Baycroft School in Stubbington has been forced to close after a "water failure" this morning.

Portsmouth Water announced that residents in the PO13 for Lee On Solent and PO14 for Titchfield had no water.

They are investigating the cause with inspectors on scene.

An announcement went out asking for parents to pick up their children just before 11:00 BST.

Poll shows support for scholars' gowns

Students at Oxford University

Students at Oxford University have shown support for scholars' gowns in a poll.

Oxford's rule require academic dress, known as sub fusc, to be worn for all exams, and allow scholars to wear different gowns from other students.

Oxford University Students' Union held a vote on the use of differential gowns, after a motion said they could lead to "extra stress" for students.

But the motion was rejected in a poll with 2126 backing the status quo.

BMA conference opens with NHS warning

The BMA annual conference has launched in Bournemouth with a warning from the union's leader that the NHS is "running on fumes".

Dr Mark Porter hit out at the government at the start of the four-day event at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Bournemouth International Centre

He accused ministers of putting patients at risk and "picking the pockets" of NHS staff because of the squeeze on wages.

But ministers rejected the criticisms, saying they were putting more money into the health service.

Portsmouth residents left with 'no water'

Thames Valley Police 'at breaking point'

The chairman of Thames Valley Police's federation has described the force as being "dangerously overstretched" and "near breaking point".

Clive Benson was speaking after a series of major incidents in the country, and criticism over numbers of front-line police.

We’re now at a point where there’s no ability to react to a major incident", Mr Benson told BBC Radio Berkshire. "If we had an incident like the 2011 riots in London, we simply couldn’t do that nationally".

"We are just concerned that we’ve got to that point now that we are stretched so far that it is near breaking point".

Kim Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, argued police numbers had been preserved.

He said: "We took enormous amounts out of the budgets and achieved a drop in crime at the same time. Fundamentally, policing is protected at the moment".

Thames Valley Police have been approached for comment.

Ascot police horses given 'well earned rest'