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Summary

  1. Last D-Day tank landing craft awarded £4.7m
  2. Man accused of trying to murder children due in court
  3. Mother calls for change to school bus seatbelt law
  4. Care at Broadmoor Hospital 'improved'
  5. Tasers used 32 times last year by Dorset Police
  6. Updates from Friday 22 September

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening!

That's it from BBC South Live this week.

The service will resume at 08:00 on Monday when we will once again be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

You can get in touch anytime by email, on our Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshireand Oxford Facebook pages or on Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

Have a great weekend!

French minehunter sails in to Portsmouth

French minehunter FS Sagittaire and its 49 crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base earlier for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea.

Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter. It is on a technical break in Portsmouth before taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks - one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe.

FS Sagittaire
Royal Navy

Serious crash closes A420

A420 delays
Hannah K

The A420 in Oxfordshire is closed eastbound following a serious crash involving two motorbikes.

South Central Ambulance Service says the air ambulance is at the scene.

There are also delays on the A34 in Oxfordshire after a separate collision at the Botley Interchange.

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Ibrahim Keivo 'grateful' to supporters after visa refusal

A renowned Syrian folk musician refused a five-day visa to play in the UK has expressed thanks to his supporters.

Ibrahim Keivo was due to play at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in October, but the Home Office declined his application.

Writer Philip Pullman and Queen guitarist Brian May are among 43,000 people who have signed a petition calling on officials to let him play.

Mr Keivo said he was "so grateful for all the warm support".

The musician has a repertoire of ancient Syrian folklore and Bedouin music which he plays on a stringed instrument called an oud.

A refugee who was granted asylum in Germany, Ibrahim Keivo was also due to participate in an educational programme for young people.

Ibrahim Keivo
Ibrahim Keivo

Mr Keivo said: "It would have been an honour for me to perform some of the oldest songs of Syrian folklore for the audience in the UK.

"I am really heavy-hearted that I wasn't granted a five-day visa."

He added: "I've been living with my family [in Germany] for almost three years now and have absolutely no intention to stay in Britain."

CCTV appeal after thefts from Bournemouth hotels

A CCTV image of a suspect has been released by police investigating thefts from two hotels in Bournemouth.The first incident happened at Hotel Riviera on 25 Jul. A man entered the hotel through the kitchen door and walked through to the bar. He then opened the till and stole £40 in cash.

A second incident occurred at the Tower House Hotel on 4 August 2017. It is believed the same man entered the hotel, went behind the reception desk and took a key for a room where he stole a purse from the room and used bank cards to withdraw over £1,500.

CCTV
Dorset Police

Everton v Bournemouth: Eddie Howe press conference

BBC Sport

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been talking about the team's form ahead of this weekend's trip to Everton.

"Winning is everything. I don't shy away from that. The players and supporters need to feel that winning feeling. It doesn't matter what stage of the season it is, you need to go into games thinking you can win them," he said.

On winning against Brighton in the Premier League, he said: "Last week on the Friday night game, I thought it was a real test of character. Ibe had a real impact from the bench. He took the game to Brighton and created the two goals."

He also confirmed in his news conference that defender Tyrone Mings has a back injury that will sideline him for at least another month.

The Cherries boss said:"We thought it would be manageable with treatment, unfortunately he'll be out for a period of time."

Eddie Howe
Getty Images

Oxford's first street light charging point

The first street light car charging point in Oxford has been installed.

It is part of a project to create 100 charging stations in the city's streets.

Six different charging technologies are being installed - ranging from cable gullies to lamp posts with charging stations.

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council secured a £800,000 grant from the Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles for the scheme.

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New plan to demolish Lyndhurst 'Conan Doyle' hotel

New plans have been submitted to demolish an old hotel that historians say was partly designed by Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Lyndhurst Park Hotel
BBC

The Victorian Society said it was supporting an effort to list the former Lyndhurst Park Hotel in Hampshire after the Conan Doyle link was unearthed.

Developer PegasusLife has reapplied to build more than 70 retirement flats and 15 affordable homes on the site instead.

It said the building had only "minor significance" to local heritage.

Archive drawings
Brice Stratford
Archive drawings appear to show plans for the building which became a hotel in the 1920s

Council 'mistake' delays housing benefit payments

A "mistake" by Isle of Wight Council means housing benefit payments due to be received by customers on Monday will not be received until Tuesday, the authority has said.

It said it was unable to make emergency payments "because the payment process is already in the banking system" but has advised affect customers with concerns to call 01983 823950 on Saturday from 09:00 - 13:00 BST.

We are sorry for this and for any inconvenience caused. We know that some clients may experience difficulties with this, and ask landlords to be considerate. Clients are advised if they receive any bank charges as a result of the late payment, to contact us with appropriate evidence and where its clear bank charges are incurred as a direct result of the delay in payment we will reimburse them.

Isle of Wight Council

Severe accident: A420 Oxfordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A420 Oxfordshire eastbound severe accident, between B4044 and A34 Western By-Pass Road.

A420 Oxfordshire - A420 in Botley closed and queuing traffic eastbound between the B4044 junction and Botley Interchange, because of a serious accident involving a motorbike and a car.

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

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings ruled out for a month with back injury

BBC Sport

Tyrone Mings
Getty Images

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has a back injury that will sideline him for at least another month.

Mings has missed Bournemouth's past two games, victories over Brighton in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: "We thought it would be manageable with treatment, unfortunately he'll be out for a period of time."

Mings, 24, who joined the club in 2015, signed a new four-year deal with the Cherries at the start of the month.

Leicestershire sign Hampshire opener Michael Carberry but Clint McKay leaves

BBC Sport

Michael Carberry
Getty Images

Leicestershire have signed former England opener Michael Carberry on a two-year contract.

The 36-year-old left-hander initially joined the club on loan from Hampshire last month for their final four Championship games of the season.

"We have been looking to add an experienced opener to our squad and Michael fits the bill," said chief executive Wasim Khan.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Clint McKay is leaving the club after three seasons.

Peppa Pig World 'to get two new rides'

A theme park based on popular children's cartoon character Peppa Pig has announced it is expanding.

Peppa Pig
Channel 5

The extension at Peppa Pig World at Paulton's Park in Hampshire will feature two new rides - The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club.

They are expected to be unveiled to the public on 16 May next year.

A dedicated baby care centre and a new food outlet will also be added to the park.

An artist's impression of the extension
Paulton's Park

Southampton v Manchester United: MOTD Commentator's Notes

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"Every time I climb up to the St Mary's gantry a Saints fan asks me: 'Will we be okay this season?'. I've always reassured him. In all honesty I can't do so right now.

"Any side that has scored just one home goal from free play in 725 minutes, with eight home scoring blanks in nine matches, is bound to find trouble. They have to get Charlie Austin fully fit and firing.

"Manchester United look far too strong for them. They average three goals a game. Romelu Lukaku alone has more than the whole Southampton side. Jose Mourinho looks like the cat that got the cream.

"It's 14 years since a Saints home win in this fixture. I can't see that hoodoo being broken."

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, between J12 for A335 and J13 for A335.

M3 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on M3 southbound between J12, A335 (Eastleigh) and J13, A335 (Chandlers Ford), because of accident on the opposite side. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Congestion to J9, A34 (Winnal Roundabout).

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

Stab murder suspect appears in court

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a father-of-two, who was found stabbed in a Southampton street.

Kirpal Sanghera
Hampshire Constabulary

Kirpal Sanghera, 39, was discovered with knife wounds at the junction of Union Road and Radcliffe Road on Monday night. He died later in hospital.

Adam Abdallah, 42, of Derby Road, Southampton, appeared before Southampton magistrates.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday.

Essex repeat history

Essex beat Hampshire by 108 runs

Hampshire hadn't lost a County Championship game after enforcing the follow-on since 1992, when - you guessed it - Essex came back to win and secure their last title.

Hampshire take five points from the loss to move onto 140. Depending on Somerset's result against Surrey, they will go to Edgbaston next week eight or 13 points ahead of the Taunton side.

Division One table
BBC

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, between J13 for A335 and J12 for A335.

M3 Hampshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M3 northbound between J13, A335 (Chandlers Ford) and J12, A335 (Eastleigh), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

New LGBTQ support group opens in Slough

A new support group is helping young LGBTQ people in Slough.

Spectrum is for teenagers who are lesbian, gay, transgender or questioning their gender or sexuality.

It is believed to be the first group of its kind in the area.

Silhouette of person behind a rainbow flag
AFP/Getty Images

Giant goat on Dorset hillside

A giant white goat is visible on the hillside near the Dorset village of Melbury Abbas.

The goat, which is on the same scale as the Osmington White Horse, has been created by artist Josephine Sweeney as part of the art exhibition With Kin which opens today in Manor Farm in the village.

Goat design
George Ridgeway

Cricket County Championship: Hampshire v Essex Day Four

Kevan James

Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent

Hampshire 254 & 37-6 (19 overs) v Essex 76 & 362

Chasing 185 for victory was, at the start of the Hampshire innings, always going to be at the top end of what they would have liked to have chased.

But oh dear. Jamie Porter and particularly Sam Cook have ripped through the top order. The ball has nipped around off the seam throughout the game - even more so when it's new.

Whatever the outcome of this game, the top order of Hampshire's batting needs some surgery next year. Michael Carberry going to Leicestershire has angered one or two fans - and on this performance (and several others this season) their concerns are certainly valid.

Broadmoor Hospital 'still needs more nurses'

Care at Broadmoor high-security hospital has improved but it is still struggling to recruit nurses, a report has found.

Broadmoor
West London Mental Health NHS Trust

The psychiatric facility was criticised last year over a lack of staff affecting patient care.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors found positive changes, but said there were 50 empty posts.

West London Mental Health NHS Trust claimed it had "put in place a wide range of improvements".

Isn't he cute?

New rhino Jackie
Jackie Thomas

A new baby rhino has been born at a wildlife park in Oxfordshire.

The white rhino calf, which has yet to be named, was born just in time for World Rhino Day, Cotswold Wildlife Park said.

It's the fourth rhino born in the park's 47-year history.

New rhino Jackie
Cotswold Wildlife Park

In pictures: Fallen tree blocks Southampton street

A fallen tree caused disruption during rush hour in Southampton this morning.

Cobden Avenue is closed in both directions between the Midanbury Lane junction and the Cobbett Road junction.

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Aung San Suu Kyi honour "not under discussion"

Aung San Suu Kyi
Reuters
Aung San Suu Kyi read philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh's College Oxford in the 1960s.

The University of Oxford says it is not currently considering the status of Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary degree.

The de-facto leader of Myanmar received the honour in 2012 but is facing mounting international pressure for her handling of violence in Rakhine state and the Rohingya refugee crisis.

The status of the honourary degree "is not currently under discussion", a spokesperson for the university said.

The university added it hoped the Myanmar's administration can "eliminate discrimination and oppression and demonstrate to the world that Myanmar values the lives of all its citizens".

In pictures: How mealtimes reflect family life

Photographer Sian Davey has travelled the UK showing that there is no "typical" family by capturing images of people at mealtimes.

One of his subjects, Chishamiso Mkundi, spent two years sleeping on the streets of Southampton, after fleeing Zimbabwe, where his family remains.

Chishamiso Mkundi
Sian Davey
Jim
Sian Davey

Another subject, Jim from Portsmouth, has dementia and sometimes bursts into song over supper.

Sian Davey's We Are Family exhibition can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until 4 October.

Strictly Come Berkshire...

BBC Radio Berkshire's very own Debbie McGee makes her Strictly Come Dancing debut this weekend.

Breakfast show presenter Andrew Peach has been to her secret training room, which is hidden near a Berkshire supermarket.

Have a listen as Giovanni tells Andrew just how hard he's pushed Debbie to work her magic.

BreakingDriver denies trying to kill four children

Site of crash
Bob Martin/Geograph

A man has denied attempting to murder four children who were found seriously injured following a car crash.

Two girls, aged seven and eight, and two boys, aged 21 and nine months, were hurt when Owen Scott, 29, crashed a car into a pub near Thurgoland, Barnsley.

Police said their injuries were "not all consistent with the collision".

Sheffield Crown Court heard Scott, of Fawley, Hampshire, plead not guilty to four counts of attempted murder and deny dangerous driving.

Further road closures as Wokingham's Broad Street works begin

Inquest opens into death of woman found near bus stop

Further Poole Bridge delays

Tasers used 32 times by Dorset Police

New figures reveal details of the use of force by Dorset Police officers.

Tasers were drawn 32 times but actually fired six times, and "irritant spray" was used on 21 occasions.

It is the first time figures like this have been recorded and published under new government guidelines.

Police officer with a Taser
PA

South Western Railway weekend engineering works

BBC News Travel

Dorset councils merger committee meets for first time

A committee set up to discuss a possible merger of Dorset's councils has met for the first time.

Dorset coastline
BBC

The proposal involves merging Dorset's nine councils into two unitary authorities, the first made up of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and the other made up of East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, Weymouth and Portland, and West Dorset.

Six of the nine authorities are represented on the joint committee, including Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Leader of Dorset County Council Rebecca Knox, who was elected as chair of the committee during the meeting, described the plan as "ambitious".

This is an ambitious programme which will require much hard work and commitment from members but if we work together, there is the possibility that we could create some really positive changes which could benefit our residents, partners and businesses of Dorset.

Councillor Rebecca KnoxDorset County Council

Bus services affected by Folly Bridge roadworks

The leader of Oxfordshire County Council has admitted congestion which halted bus services in Oxford city centre last night was "bad".

Oxford Bus Company stopped its City 5 route between the city and the railway station while Stagecoach terminated all services at The Plain, tweeting it was due to "major delays beyond our control".

People entering or leaving the city from the south are facing long delays due to a month of roadworks to repair the historic Folly Bridge.

Ian Hudspeth said the central services were stopped to help other areas of the city.

Traffic in Oxford
BBC

There was a knock on effect on the other side of the city centre, that's why the [bus companies] took that decision - to reduce congestion. We'll be talking to do them to see if there's anything we can do.

Ian HudspethLeader, Oxfordshire County Council

Slough 'best place to live and work'

Linda Serck

BBC South

Slough sign
Getty Images

Slough has come out on top of a survey of the 25 best towns and cities to live and work in, beating Manchester and Cambridge in the top three.

The town, known for its grey industrial image, was hailed as a "prime spot" for jobs, cost of living and employee satisfaction in a recent study.

The Slough Chamber of Commerce said redevelopment and high numbers of company headquarters also figured.

Swindon and Stoke-on Trent were fourth and fifth in the study respectively.

Listen: 'Broadchurch home' up for sale

The home of Broadchurch character Det Insp Alec Hardy - played by David Tennant - is looking for a new owner.

The small blue chalet on the River Brit in West Bay featured in the second series of the ITV drama and is currently on the market for £300,000.

Oxford off-licence rated low for food hygiene

Last D-Day landing craft wins £5m grant

The last surviving D-Day tank landing craft has been awarded a £4.7m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 183ft (57m) vessel LCT 7074 later became a floating nightclub before sinking in a semi-derelict condition at Birkenhead Docks.

LCT 7074
IWM

It was raised from the water in 2014 and taken to Portsmouth for storage.

The vessel is being restored and put on display at Portsmouth's D-Day Museum in time for the 75th anniversary of the landings in 2019.

Farmer's sheep 'attacked and killed by dogs'

A farmer has said he has been left "devastated" after his sheep were attacked and killed by dogs.

Sheep
Getty Images

It is an offence to allow a dog to "worry" sheep - which includes both attacking and chasing them.

Matt Lowe from Beech Hill, Berkshire, said he had several sheep injured by stray dogs and five were killed.

The loss has cost him about £2,000.

SheepWatch UK said about 15,000 sheep were killed by loose dogs in 2016.