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  1. Scooter crash victim named

    Police have named a scooter rider who died following a crash in Farnborough on Saturday.

    Gary Eves, 43, of Pinewood Park, hit a traffic island in Sandy Lane at about 13:50 GMT.

    He was taken to St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, London, where he later died.

    In a statement, Mr Eves' family paid tribute to "a gentle man, a good brother [who] would always help anyone in need".

  2. Praise for community in reviving Poole Bathtub Race

    Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) have praised the organisers of the New Year's Day Bathtub Race in Poole, after it raised concerns about the event's safety late last month.

    Sixteen teams took part in the charity fundraiser after PHC eventually approved new health and safety plans.

    More than 2,500 people turned out to watch Monday's event complete with flour bombing, eggs, water pistols, ram raiding. It raised more than £650 for Julia's House children's hospice.

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    Quote Message: We will be working with the event organisers in the coming months to ensure that the adequate safety measures and the appropriate insurances will again be in place in plenty of time for next year’s event. from Poole Harbour Commissioners spokeswoman
    Poole Harbour Commissioners spokeswoman
  3. Dorset Police Christmas drink-driving figures released

    A total of 53 people have been charged with drink or drug driving offences in Dorset over the Christmas period, police figures show.

    Dorset Police’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign ran throughout December, with 27 people charged between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

    Throughout the month-long operation, officers requested breath tests from all drivers involved in road traffic collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspected a drink-driving offence.

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  4. Thieves try to steal Charlbury cash machine

    Today at about 03:35 GMT at the Co-op in Enstone Road in Charlbury thieves tried to steal an ATM machine after forcing the shop's front doors open.

    Staff were called to the store after an alarm was activated, and it is not believed that any cash was stolen.

    A white Renault van and a silver Land Rover were recovered nearby. Both vehicles had previously been reported as stolen and are believed to have been used in the crime.

    Det Sgt Adrian Brooksbank said: “I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information relating to it.

    “I would also like to speak to anyone who saw these two vehicles travelling or parked together before this incident took place."

  5. Rail workers finish £8m upgrade

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    Rail lines through Southampton have reopened after an £8m engineering project was completed over the Christmas holiday period.

    More than 100 engineers worked around the clock from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day to replace tracks and points.

    Network Rail said the work would provide more reliable services and less track noise near Northam Junction.

  6. Oxford hospitals offer couples private rooms for £450 a night

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    Women who want a private room after giving birth on the NHS can expect to pay up to £450 a night, an analysis has shown.

    Hospitals offer "amenity rooms" at four and five-star hotel prices to women who would like a side room rather than receiving care on a general ward.

    Some rooms include extras such as slippers and a stocked fridge, or offer private breastfeeding consultations.

    Women are told they will still receive the usual NHS care given to women who opt for a ward.

    Amenity rooms at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford cost up to £450 a night, the Press Association analysis shows.

    Oxford University Hospitals offers private rooms for £450 a night where partners can stay, while its other amenity rooms range from £122 to £255 a night.

  7. Portsmouth tops NHS paper costs

    Local councils, hospitals and universities are "not getting value for money" when it comes to purchasing basic office supplies such as paper, following research by a Conservative MP.

    The highest price paid by an NHS trust for a ream (500 sheets) of standard office paper in 2016 was £4.65 by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The lowest price paid was £1.40 by Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust.

    Conservative South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, who obtained the figures, said the prices being paid suggested many organisations were not getting the best deal.

    He added: "I think hard-pressed taxpayers will be more than a little concerned to learn that many public sector bodies are not getting value for money from suppliers when purchasing simple, everyday items such as paper."

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  8. Phone app helps Dorset coast path rescue

    A female walker has been taken to hospital after falling during a New Year's Day walk on the Dorset Coast Path.

    West Bay Coastguard said a rescue team was able to find the woman quickly as her companions had a smartphone app which could supply an accurate 10-figure grid reference which placed them between Ridge Cliff and Doghouse Hill.

    With darkness falling and high winds and driving rain making vehicle access difficult, a team of coastguard officers hiked from Seatown.

    The woman, who had suffered a fractured ankle, was stretchered back to Seatown before being taken to hospital in Dorchester.

  9. New Year's Day attack on taxi driver in Romsey

    Police are appealing for information after a taxi driver was attacked near Romsey in Hampshire in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

    The 59-year-old victim collected a passenger in Botley Road at approximately 01:40 GMT on Monday.

    When the taxi, a silver Skoda Octavia, reached Danes Road the passenger asked the driver to stop before threatening him and demanding money.

    He then punched the driver in the face and then stabbed him with a knife in the hand and leg before running away empty-handed.

    The victim was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment and was later discharged.

  10. Marwell zoo's annual stock-take gets under way

    Cheetah cubs at Marwell zoo
    Image caption: Cheetahs are among the animals being counted

    Giraffes, slender-tailed meerkats and white rhinos are among 2,000 creatures being counted by keepers at Marwell zoo today.

    The Hampshire zoo is undertaking the huge task of tallying up dozens of species as part of its annual stock-take.

    The register shows how many animals were born or died at the visitor attraction, or have been moved in or out of the 140-acre park within the last 12 months.

    Every zoo is required to undertake the audit and produce a report as part of its licence.

    Marwell works with a number of endangered species and the annual inventory is designed to ensure the best possible management of worldwide conservation-breeding programmes.

  11. Christchurch continues fight against council merger

    Councillors in Christchurch will meet this evening to consider a motion to urge the government to reject plans that would see the town merge with another council.

    Under the Future Dorset proposals, Dorset County Council would cease to exist and Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch would merge as an urban unitary authority, with another council covering the rest of Dorset.

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    Image caption: Dorset's nine councils will become two unitary authorities in April 2019

    In December, a referendum in Christchurch saw 84% of people vote against the plans.

    Councillors are expected to suggest that plans for a single unitary authority in Bournemouth and Poole should be considered, and that a 'two-tier' system should remain in place for the rest of the county.

    Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid previously said he was "minded to" approve the plan.

  12. 'Serious crash' in Oxfordshire

    Police are reporting a serious crash on the A4130 Crowmarsh Hill in Wallingford.

    Road closures are in place on Coldharbour Farm Road on to the A4130, Wallingford roundabout, the crossroads at the Oakley Wood Junction, and the Nuffield Lane spur road off the A4130.

    There is no information about injuries at the moment and police are asking people to avoid the area.

  13. Harry Hill 'Gives a Shift' for Oxfam

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    Image caption: Harry Hill volunteered at one of Oxfam's shops in Victoria, London

    Oxfam enlisted comedian Harry Hill to launch a drive to get more people working in its charity shops.

    He worked the tills and sorted stock while working at one of its stores in London to support its 'Give a Shift' campaign.

    The multinational charity based in Oxford says it relies on volunteers to run its 630 shops which raised £22m to fund its work fighting poverty in 2017.

    Harry Hill said: "I'm a fan of Oxfam. It's out to put an end to injustice and poverty, which is very difficult to argue with".