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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 7 September
  2. £240m redevelopment of Bracknell opening
  3. Bestival underway in Lulworth

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    The BBC South Live service will resume at 08:00 tomorrow, when we'll be bringing you the latest updates from across Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

    You can get in touch anytime with your pictures and news on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or by using Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

  2. Wedding invite arrives five years late

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    Video caption: A wedding invite from Donna Sidebotham has turned up at a friends house five years later.

    Donna Sidebotham thought she had been snubbed by her friend after he failed to RSVP to her wedding.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J8 for and J7 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J8 and J7, A4 (Slough West), 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

  4. Arson investigation launched in Bournemouth

    Detectives investigating a suspected arson and burglary in Bournemouth are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Dorset Police was called at 03:21 today by the fire service to a report of a property fire at an address in Poole Road.

    Nobody was found within the building and nobody was injured.

    Detective Constable Sarah Close, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Following an initial investigation by the fire service, we are treating the cause of this fire as suspicious and there were signs that entry may have been forced to the premises prior to the fire."

  5. Oxford sign ex-Malmo striker Mehmeti

    Agon Mehmeti

    League One club Oxford United sign former Malmo and Albania striker Agon Mehmeti on a one-year contract.

    Oxford sign ex-Malmo striker Mehmeti

    Agon Mehmeti

    League One club Oxford United sign former Malmo and Albania striker Agon Mehmeti on a one-year contract.

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  6. Eastleigh sign experienced McSheffrey

    Gary McSheffrey

    Eastleigh sign 35-year-old former Coventry and Birmingham forward Gary McSheffrey on short-term contract.

    Eastleigh sign experienced McSheffrey

    Gary McSheffrey

    Eastleigh sign 35-year-old former Coventry and Birmingham forward Gary McSheffrey on short-term contract.

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  7. Man charged with New Forest burglaries

    A Dorset man has been charged following a number of burglaries in the New Forest.

    David Adams, 32, of Pound Lane, Poole has been charged with three counts of attempted burglary and four counts of burglary between 15 April and 27 July in Hordle, Barton on Sea and New Milton.

    He has been bailed to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on 5 October.

  8. Cat petition gains 'amazing' support

    Gemma Conway and Bertie

    Gemma Conway's petition, which already has more than 151,000 signatures, calls for a change in the law.

    Cat petition gains 'amazing' support

    Gemma Conway and Bertie

    Gemma Conway's petition, which already has more than 151,000 signatures, calls for a change in the law.

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  9. Southampton University awarded £140m contract

    The University of Southampton is to receive £140m over the next nine years towards its National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC).

    The contract with the Department of Health, which starts in April, will facilitate the university's healthcare research funding programmes.

    Professor Mark Spearing, vice president (research and enterprise) at the University of Southampton, said: "I am delighted that we have been successful in retaining the NETSCC contract and will continue to take vital research programmes forward that will improve the lives of people across the UK and meet the changing needs of the NHS and the research landscape into the 2020s."

  10. Woman sexually assaulted 'in quick succession' by two men outside casino

    Hampshire Constabulary has appealed for witnesses after an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted outside a casino in Southampton.

    It happened between 4:00 and 5:00 on Wednesday.

    A spokesman said: "The woman was sexually assaulted by two different men.

    "The incident happened in the car park of Grosvenor Casino on West Quay Road whilst the woman was waiting for a taxi.

    "The woman was first approached by one man who assaulted her over the top of her clothes. During the assault he pushed her to the ground before running off.

    "Whilst on the ground, another man approached the woman and also assaulted her over the top of her clothes."

    Grosvenor Casino

    PC Blair Winning said: "We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident. This woman was sexually assaulted by two different men in quick succession whilst waiting for a taxi.

    "The casino was being used at this time by several people enjoying a late night and as such someone must have seen what happened to this woman."

  11. Man undergoes successful surgery after father donates kidney

    A man who donated a kidney to his 28-year-old son has said he "felt so grateful to get this chance".

    Gary Tite's son Geoff had kidney failure and was going to have to go on dialysis, but Gary and his first wife Jo underwent tests to see if they could become donors.

    Gary, 60, said: "It’s the blood type that counts, and mine was a match. We both were willing and happy to do this for Geoff, but it was just random biology that chose me."

    Keith Graetz, consultant surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, where the surgery was performed, said: "Gary went into it extremely nervous for himself, but also for Geoffrey.

    "The relief on his face was visible when I reviewed him post operatively on the ward on the afternoon after his surgery... as a father as well, I can understand Gary’s motivation for doing this fully as it is what I would do in the same scenario."

    Geoff if set to get married next summer.

  12. Lost wedding invite turns up four years late

    Two friends who fell out over a wedding invitation are back on speaking terms - because the invite's finally been delivered after being "lost in the post" for four years.

    Donna Sidebotham, who's now a mum, and enjoying married life in Bracknell, assumed - as he didn't RSVP - that her old friend Chris didn't want to come to her wedding.

    He meanwhile thought he'd been snubbed - and the friends lost contact.

    That is, until a few days ago, when his postman delivered a card postmarked 2013.

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    Video caption: Lost wedding invite turns up four years late
  13. School's decision over boy's haircut 'ridiculous'

    We've had a huge response to the story of the Dorset boy who was sent home because his hair did not meet his school's standards.

    Natasha Webber said her son Christian's confidence was knocked by The Bishop of Winchester Academy's decision on his first day of secondary school, and judging by your comments on the BBC Radio Solent Facebook page, he has a lot of support.

    Natasha Webber's son
    Quote Message: I simply cannot comprehend what the school was thinking, he's a very smart young man. Nothing wrong with his hair or uniform at all, the school should be reprimanded for causing additional stress on this lad's first day at secondary. from Simon Jones
    Simon Jones
    Quote Message: Oh dear! Big Brother syndrome again!!!! He's a smart young man who should be openly encouraged, not discouraged by red tape. Over zealous on the part of the school I think. I wholeheartedly agree with uniforms and smart presentation - which is exactly what Christian is presenting! from Ruth Leverton
    Ruth Leverton
    Quote Message: Smart haircut, smart uniform. The young lad looks exactly how you would want him to look on his first day at school. The school should be ashamed of themselves for turning a nervy situation into something ridiculous. from Andy Earl
    Andy Earl
    Quote Message: It is not bullying. It's policy. It's rules. It's discipline. Yes he does look smart. No it doesn't comply. If you don't like school rules you should home educate. from Libbie Noakes
    Libbie Noakes
  14. University heads asked to justify pay over £150,000

    Spiralling rates of pay for university vice-chancellors are to be curbed by a series of new measures being set out by the universities minister.

    Jo Johnson urged institutions to show restraint, when it emerged that dozens of university heads were earning £300,000, and some more than £400,000.

    Now, he wants universities to justify pay rates topping £150,000 a year to a new regulator, the Office for Students.

    Details of staff earning above £100,000 year would also have to be made public.

    Celebrating students

    Earlier this week Oxford University's vice-chancellor said pay rates reflected a "global marketplace" and counterparts in the US were much better paid.