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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 1 February

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

    That's all for BBC South Live today.

    We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates again from 08:00 GMT on Friday.

  2. Arrest after Portsmouth car thefts

    A teenager from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of eight thefts from motor vehicles.

    It follows a string of reported thefts and attempted thefts from cars in Portsmouth, Gosport, and Havant since 22 January.

    The most recent took place in Leominster Road, Portsmouth, at about 20:25 GMT on Tuesday.

    Hampshire police said the 16-year-old has been released from custody while inquiries continue.

  3. Bournemouth council 'disappointed' Professor Green did not meet officials

    Bournemouth Borough Council has released a statement about Professor Green's visit to the town this afternoon, saying it was "disappointed" he did not meet their housing services team over his concerns about bars on benches.

    It said: "We have approximately 150 supported hostel bed spaces in the town available for people who are homeless, as well as many other projects and services, including 250 additional properties we are currently purchasing to directly house those who are homeless.

    "We would like to clarify the work carried out on the benches was undertaken last year in response to multiple complaints made by residents, visitors and businesses concerned over the use of the benches.

    "The total cost to carry out the work was £3,650."

  4. Oxfordshire actress receives MBE

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Award-winning actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who grew up in Oxfordshire, has been made an MBE.

    Ms Mbatha-Raw gained television prominence as the character Tish Jones in the BBC's Doctor Who (as pictured below with Freema Agyeman), and starred in an Emmy-winning episode of Netflix's Black Mirror.

    She has won several awards since 2012 aimed at celebrating black and women actors, and last year played an enchanted feather in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty And The Beast, which also starred Emma Watson.

    Her other films include Belle and Miss Sloane.

    She received the MBE from Prince Charles during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

    Freema Agyeman and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  5. Historic rally visits Banbury

    Monte Carlo Rally
    Image caption: The Rallye Monte Carlo Historique stopped in Banbury earlier

    Dozens of historic cars were in Banbury earlier as the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique stopped in the town for the first time since 1962.

    The convoy of about 100 vehicles are on a 1,500 mile (2,414km) journey from Scotland to Monaco.

    They left Glasgow at 18:00 GMT yesterday and parked up in Bridge Street and Market Place this morning.

    The rally will cross the channel later and is due to arrive on the Cote d'Azur on Sunday.

  6. Botley Bypass gets £10m funding boost

    A334 in Botley
    Image caption: Hampshire County Council estimates about 80% of traffic in Botley is just passing through

    Government funding worth £10m has been awarded to a plan to build a bypass around Botley.

    It is estimated the 1.1 mile (1.8km)-route will cost £26m.

    Hampshire County Council is due to submit a planning application in the spring.

    It said developer contributions and council money would fund the rest of the project.

  7. Police attend scene after bench 'altered' by Professor Green

    Professor Green reportedly altered the bars - at least temporarily - on one of the benches in Bournemouth which have come under fire for trying to make homelessness in the town "invisible".

    According to a Dorset Police spokesperson: "We received a report of bars being removed from benches in Bournemouth. Officers attended."

    However, they said "no offences were identified and no further action taken".

  8. Virtual reality headsets 'could help treat schizophrenia'

    VR headsey

    NHS patients with mental health problems are to be treated by virtual reality therapists in a new project.

    Experts are embarking on a multimillion-pound trial to see whether people with severe mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, who have difficulties being in everyday social situations would benefit from virtual reality treatment.

    In sessions that are 20 to 30 minutes long, patients will use VR headsets to undertake tasks and face simulations which they may find troubling in real-world scenarios.

    The project, which is being led by researchers from Oxford University, will see involvement from NHS trusts, universities, a mental health charity, the Royal College of Art, and a University of Oxford spin-out company.

  9. New Forest house attack 'racially motivated'

    The front windows of a house in Pennington in the New Forest were smashed in what police believe was a racially-motivated attack.

    Between 16:35 and 16:45 GMT on Sunday a house on Efford Way was targeted while its occupants were away.

    A man was seen leaving the area immediately afterwards.

    He was described as white, tanned, unshaven, in his late 40s, of average build, 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall, with short cropped dark hair.

    He was wearing a tan or mid-brown medium length jacket which was zipped up.

  10. Report: City living 'least affordable since 2007'

    Winchester
    Image caption: Weekly earnings in Winchester are 27% higher than the UK average

    The typical cost of buying a home in a UK city has reached its least affordable levels in a decade with Oxford and Winchester among the most expensive, a report has found.

    The average house price across cities equated to seven times typical annual earnings in 2017, the Lloyds Bank Affordable Cities Review found.

    This is the highest house price-to-income multiple since the average city home cost seven and-a-half times earnings in 2007.

    Oxford was found to be the least affordable city in the study, with average property prices equating to 11-and-a-half times average annual earnings.

    Winchester was among six cities in the study to have house prices commanding at least 10 times the average earnings of residents.

  11. CCTV released after boy knocked unconscious in Southampton

    CCTV

    CCTV images have been released after an assault where a 16-year-old boy was knocked unconscious in Southampton.

    The assault happened outside Boots in Above Bar Street at about 18:50 GMT on 3 December.

    The boy was grabbed round the neck and lost consciousness, before a female security guard was punched as she went to help him.

    PC Matthew Manning said: “We know that the CCTV images are not great quality, but we are hoping that someone will know who they are."

  12. Professor Green sings about controversial Bournemouth benches

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    Professor Green has posted a video on Instagram as he makes his way to Bournemouth.

    "I’m going down to Bournemouth, gonna find myself a bench," he's seen singing.

    The rapper and documentary-maker has been outspoken about the decision by Bournemouth Borough Council to fit bars to public benches to stop homeless people sleeping on them.

    The authority said it added the bars several months ago following complaints from traders and the public.

    Perhaps the professor is planning another documentary?

  13. 'Bright green liquid' in Totton stream

    New Forest councillor David Harrison has warned of a pollution incident in Totton.

    In a post on Facebook he writes of a "bright green liquid appearing in the Bartley water, at Rum Green".

    He added: "I immediately went out to check the situation.. it appears to me that this is likely to be a significant quantity of anti-freeze.

    "I have reported this to the Environment Agency."

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M3 southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down car.

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

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 and J8 for M40 A40 Spur.

    M40 Oxfordshire - All traffic being temporarily held and a police incident on M40 southbound between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J8, M40 (Oxford).

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