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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 21 August
  2. Weather: Cloudy, but staying dry
  3. Armed police arrest man in Andover
  4. Science fiction writer dies
  5. Man survives 40ft cliff fall
  6. Man comes forward after truck crashes into house
  7. Man charged over six car fires

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All times stated are UK

  1. Owner of closed ice rink 'wants change of use'

    The owner of Ryde Arena, which shut in October, does not want it to be used as an ice rink again, the Isle of Wight's MP has said.

    Skating campaigners are hoping to buy the rink from AEW UK, which has put it on the market for £3m.

    Ryde ice rink

    Bob Seely MP, who met with AEW UK and campaigners today, said the firm wanted to change the building's use.

    He said the meeting had clarified the firm's intentions and another one was scheduled for next month.

  2. Work starts to prevent HMS Victory 'collapse'

    Work is underway on Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory to prevent the vessel collapsing under its own weight.

    Restorers will support the ship with 134 steel props, replacing the existing steel cradles which are "placing considerable strain" on the hull, the National Museum of the Royal Navy said.

    The £3m project is expected to take 18 months to complete.

    artist's impression of how steel props will look
    Quote Message: The hull is moving at a rate of 0.5cm each year...This is untenable and must be remedied before irreversible damage is done. from Andrew Baines Project director
    Andrew BainesProject director
  3. Armed police arrest assault suspect

    armed police in Andover

    A 47-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of assault following a raid on a house in Andover.

    Earlier, it had been reported by LoveAndover that armed police had been seen in a residential area of the Hampshire town.

    Armed police arrest assault suspect

    armed police in Andover

    A 47-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of assault following a raid on a house in Andover.

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  4. New school delayed over 'high build costs'

    Newbury College
    Image caption: Highwood Copse is set within the grounds of Newbury College

    The opening of a new primary school has been postponed by a year due to "high increases in the build costs from the appointed contractor".

    West Berkshire Council said "potential legal delays" also contributed to its decision to open Highwood Copse, set within the grounds of Newbury College, in September 2019 rather than September 2018.

    Councillor Lynne Doherty, the authority's member in charge of education, said the council was "taking professional advice" so it could re-tender the contract and pay a price "closer to the original estimate".

    “While this may come as a disappointment to some, we want to ensure that the school is ready and able to provide the very best education opportunities for our children when they start their educational journey," she added.

  5. £275k Mudeford Beach Hut 'under offer'

    Beach hut

    Estate agents say a buyer has made an offer for a wooden beach hut with a £275,000 price tag.

    Denisons said the hut, near Mudeford in Dorset, is "under offer" after going on the market earlier in the summer. The estate agents said the hut is "immaculately presented" and has "panoramic views towards the Isle of Wight".

    The blurb for the property says it has a living area, kitchen and mezzanine floor and will "comfortably" sleep between four and six people.

  6. Saints launch match day Big Issue to help homeless

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    Video caption: Saints launch match day Big Issue to help homeless

    Southampton players Nathan Remond, Oriol Romeu, Manolo Gabbiadini and Florin Gardos join Big Issue vendors in Winchester to raise awareness of the Saints Foundation's new partnership with the magazine, which supports local homeless people.

  7. Eclipse explained

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    Skywatchers in the United States are preparing for the spectacular sight of a total solar eclipse.

    The moon is set to pass in front of the sun, casting a deep shadow that will sweep over the nation from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east.

    Some parts of western Europe, including the UK and Ireland, will snatch a sight of the moon's disc taking a bite out of the sun in a partial eclipse just as it sets.

  8. Playground 'set alight'

    Burnt play equipment in Princess Diana Park, Banbury
    Image caption: Witnesses are being asked to contact Thames Valley Police

    Equipment at a children's playground in Princess Diana Park in Banbury has been destroyed by arsonists.

    It was set alight at about 20.30 yesterday, police say.

    Quote Message: It is extremely sad that someone would set fire to a playground which is used by many children in the local community." from PC Andy Baylis Thames Valley Police
    PC Andy BaylisThames Valley Police
  9. Power cut hits 'nearly 50,000' customers

    The National Grid has said nearly 50,000 customers were affected by this afternoon's power cut in south Dorset.

    The hour-long outage, which began at around 12:22 BST, brought trains to a standstill and stranded around 30 customers at the top of Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline tower.

    The cause of the "technical fault at Chickerell" is still being investigated, a National Grid spokesman said.

    power lines
  10. Science fiction writer Brian Aldiss dies

    Brian Aldiss
    Image caption: Aldiss wrote the 'Supertoys' stories which were adapted for film as A.I

    Science fiction writer Brian Aldiss has died at his home in Oxford at the age of 92, it's been announced.

    He wrote Non-Stop, Hothouse, Greybeard and the Helliconia Trilogy.

    The author, who also helped found the Groucho Club in London, was honoured by the Queen with an OBE for services to literature in the 2005 birthday honours list.

  11. Armed police arrest man in Andover

    armed police in Andover

    Armed police officers have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of assault after being called to a house in Florence Court, Andover.

    The raid at about 11:00 BST followed a phone call last night reporting "concerns for a man's welfare", police said.

    A police statement said the armed response was "due to the circumstances" and "there was no wider risk to the public".

  12. Pledge to keep 'historic' black mural

    Reading Central Club

    A council claims it has "absolutely no intention" of removing a "historically significant" mural celebrating black culture, amid fears for its future.

    Reading council announced it was putting the town's Central Club up for sale on the open market after bids from community groups failed.

    This prompted concerns that the 27-year-old, 36-metre long artwork on the side of the building could be scrapped.

    But authority leader Jo Lovelock said the mural "must be preserved".

  13. New company takes over rail franchise

    Commuters are travelling with a new company in charge of the trains on many of the South's railway lines today.

    South Western Railway replaced South West Trains yesterday.

    It's promising to replace or refresh every train on its network. But it takes over during major engineering works at Waterloo station with services being heavily reduced on Thursday and Friday.

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  14. Power cut traps people in tower

    Nearly 30 people spent more than 90 minutes trapped in Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline tower because of this afternoon's power cut, operator Merlin Entertainments has said.

    The fault, which affected around 8,000 customers in south Dorset, stranded customers at the top of the tourist attraction at about 12:20 BST.

    Jurassic Skyline tower

    A Merlin spokesman said those trapped had "remained calm".

    Workers had begun to bring the viewing platform down manually when the power was restored, the spokesman added.

  15. Car workshop 'destroyed' by fire

    A commercial garage in Southampton has been destroyed by fire, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has said.

    About 40 firefighters dealt with the blaze in Lumsden Avenue, Shirley, Southampton after being called at 10:45 BST.

    One car was also destroyed while five other vehicles were damaged.

    fire-damaged garage
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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