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Summary

  1. Grenfell Tower drawings encouraged by Berkshire nursery
  2. Portsmouth councillor 'pleased' over homeless comments backlash
  3. Final Cornbury Festival gets under way
  4. Dorset hosts beach polo competition
  5. Updates from Friday 7 July

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: A charity in Bournemouth has created a mobile laundrette for homeless people to use
  2. Poole Pottery site set to be closed

    The owners of Poole Pottery have decided to close their site on Poole Quay in October.

    Denby Holdings, which took over the brand in 2011, said it had been unable to reach agreement over a new lease, and the shop was "unsustainable".

    Poole Pottery

    Poole Pottery first opened on the Quay in 1873 but only one potter remains on the site.

    Poole Borough Council said the pottery was "an important part of our tourism offer" and it had offered to help Denby find a new site.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A31 and J11 for A3090 affecting Winchester Services.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M3 southbound between J10, A31 (Winchester) and J11, A3090 (Winchester South), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to Winchester Services.

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

  4. Regatta organisers liaising with police over rape

    The secretary of the Henley Royal Regatta has released a statement following the news that a woman who went to the event was later raped in the town.

    Daniel Grist said: "We have been liaising with Thames Valley Police, regarding this terrible incident, which took place after Regatta facilities had closed and racing had finished for the day on Saturday 1 July.

    "The Chinawhite area is not located on land managed by Henley Royal Regatta but we will continue to assist Thames Valley Police and are working with them to secure CCTV footage to assist in identifying the perpetrators."

  5. Wightlink timetable changes for weekend

    Overnight maintenance at its Portsmouth and Fishbourne terminals means Wightlink has cancelled several services over the weekend.

    Details of the services affected are on the company's website.

    Wightlink ferry
  6. Low emission cars plan for Heathrow workers

    Workers at Heathrow Airport are to be given incentives to drive low emission cars as part of a new plan to improve air quality around the airport.

    Six thousand workers would pay for the low emission car of their choice through a monthly gross reduction in their pay packet - giving them savings in income tax and national insurance.

    Heathrow
  7. New Jane Austen play set for Winchester premiere

    Rehearsals are continuing for a new play based on some of Austen's lesser known characters.

    Playwright Cecily O'Neill created Meeting Miss Austen from stories found in the notebooks Austen wrote as a teenager.

    The play has its premiere in Winchester this weekend.

    Rehearsals
    Quote Message: I just couldn't resist the chance to bring these characters to life - some of them will remind Jane Austen fans of her later characters. Already she must have had such a keen eye for the sort of behaviour going on around her. from Cecily O'Neill Playwright
    Cecily O'NeillPlaywright
  8. Six in court over child sexual abuse

    Police briefing before raids
    Image caption: Officers from Thames Valley Police made a series of arrests in March as part of Operation Nautical

    Six men have appeared in court in connection with a major child sexual exploitation investigation in Oxford.

    It follows arrests in March linked with alleged sex offences against females between 2008 and 2015.

    Six men from the Oxford were charged with the rape of a girl under 16 as well as other sexual offences.

    The defendants are Shabir Dogar, 22; Shabaz Khan, 23; Shohab Dogar, 23; Yasin Omair Hamid, 20; Usman Idris, 22; and Joseph Suraini, 22.

    They appeared at Oxford Crown Court earlier and did not enter pleas.

  9. Mobile launderette helps Bournemouth's homeless

    A charity in Bournemouth has created a mobile launderette for homeless people to use

    Video content

    Video caption: A charity in Bournemouth has created a mobile laundrette for homeless people to use
  10. BreakingBradley Lowery dies after five-year cancer struggle

    Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old boy befriended by AFC Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe, has died, his family has said.

    Bradley was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, neuroblastoma, when he was 18 months old.

    Jermain Defoe and Bradley Lowery

    He became "best mates" with his hero, Defoe, when the striker was playing for Sunderland.

    At an AFC Bournemouth press conference yesterday, Defoe broke down in tears as he told reporters: "He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life."

    In a statement on the family's Facebook page, Bradley's mother Gemma Lowery said: "My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family."

  11. T20: Glamorgan v Hampshire

    BBC Sport

    In county cricket, the popular T20 blast competition officially gets under way today with Hampshire travelling to Cardiff this evening to take on Glamorgan.

    Two-time winners Hampshire reached finals day for a record six consecutive years, before finishing second from bottom in the South group last season.

    Hampshire's game in Cardiff starts at 18:30 - listen to live commentary.

    Glamorgan v Hampshire
  12. BreakingLyme Regis building site wall collapse death 'accidental'

    A bricklayer who died when a wall collapsed on him at a building site in Dorset died as a result of severe head injuries, an inquest has heard.

    Thomas Telfer

    Thomas Telfer, 31, of Portland, died following the industrial incident at Chatterton Heights building site on Somers Road, Lyme Regis, in June 2015.

    An inquest jury at County Hall, Dorchester, said the method of construction of the wall and a "lack of support" had caused it to collapse.

    It concluded the father-of-two's death was an accident.

  13. Grenfell Tower pictures drawn in nursery

    A nursery school has encouraged children to draw pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire.

    Caversham Nursery in Reading said pupils had started a discussion about the disaster and that staff had not wanted to ignore them.

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    Video caption: Grenfell Tower drawings encouraged by nursery
  14. Schoolgirl's idea in fight against breast cancer

    A bra that could help detect the early signs of breast cancer is being developed by scientists in the UK and the US, having been the brainchild of a Hampshire schoolgirl.

    Video content

    Video caption: Hampshire school girl develops cancer-detecting bra
  15. Bus firm's licence revoked over bridge crash

    The company that operated a double-decker bus that had its roof ripped off as it went under a railway bridge has had its licence revoked.

    The bus with its roof ripped off

    Two 13-year old girls were injured when the bus struck the bridge in Bournemouth in April last year.

    It was carrying language students from Thailand when the crash happened.

    A public enquiry by the Traffic Commissioner found there was "a lack of continuous and effective management" at Cavendish Liner Ltd bus firm - which is run as part of Cavendish School of English.

    It also said the results of the crash could have been "catastrophic".

  16. Floating Bridge to return to full service

    The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge is set to resume full operation on Saturday.

    The chain ferry has been running a low-tide pedestrians-only service following a series of technical issues since it was launched in May.

    The chains will be further adjusted to ensure optimum clearance for other vessels using the River Medina next week.

    Floating Bridge
    Quote Message: We’ve been really pleased with the more recent performance of the floating bridge, and would like to thank the community again for their patience while we’ve undertaken these necessary live tests. Again, I’d like to remind people that had this been anything other than a fixed piece of infrastructure, such tests would have taken place elsewhere and in private, rather than in situ; but there was no other way in the case of our floating bridge. from Ian Ward Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure
    Ian WardCabinet member for transport and infrastructure
  17. BreakingTwo arrested on suspicion of murder after Eastleigh stabbing

    A murder investigation has been launched in Eastleigh after a man was found with serious stab wounds and later died.

    Police and ambulance crews were called to Scott Road shortly before midnight.

    The injured man received medical treatment but died on the way to hospital.

    A 36-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both from Eastleigh, are being held on suspicion of murder.