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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 8 March
  2. Dorset health committee chair called on to step down.
  3. Two crashes caused long delays on A34.
  4. International Women's Day celebrated across the South.

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All times stated are UK

  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A343 Hampshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A343 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Doiley Bottom and Cross Lane.

    A343 Hampshire - A343 in Crux Easton closed in both directions between the Doiley Bottom junction and the Cross Lane junction, because of an accident involving lorry gone off the road.

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

  2. Appeal after attempted arson in Southampton

    Hampshire Constabulary is investigating an attempted arson in Derby Road, Southampton, some time between 23:30 on Tuesday and 05:30 GMT on Wednesday.

    It left burn marks on the windows and the wall of the property.

    The fire did not take hold and those inside were not aware of anything until they saw the damage in the morning.

    Det Con Keith Evans said: “We know that this will cause concern for residents but our neighbourhood officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area to offer reassurance."

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, after J8 for A3024 Bursledon affecting J7 for A334.

    M27 Hampshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M27 eastbound after J8, A3024 (Bursledon), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J7, A334 (Hedge End).

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A30 and J5 for A287.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M3 northbound between J6, A30 (Basingstoke) and J5, A287 (Hook), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Steve McClaren says Oxford United have not contacted him

    Steve McClaren
    Image caption: Steve McClaren during his time as Nottingham Forest manager in 2011

    Former England manager Steve McClaren has distanced himself from reports linking him to the Oxford United job.

    McClaren is out of work and is reported to be in the frame for the vacant manager's position at the League One club.

    United, who were taken over by Thai businessman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth last week, are still looking for Pep Clotet's replacement, almost six weeks after firing the Spaniard.

    McClaren told Sky Sports News: "I don't know where that's come from, maybe because of my links there.

    "But I have had no contact from the new owner so I don't know where the rumour or speculation is coming from."

  6. Oxfordshire and Berkshire apply for licences to kill badgers

    Nine areas have come forward to be considered for licences to cull badgers in a bid to curb bovine TB.

    Natural England, which issues the licences, said applications and expressions of interest had come from areas of "high risk" or those nearby.

    The locations are in Avon, Berkshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire.

    Almost 20,000 badgers were culled in eight English counties last year.

    In 2017 the cull took place in 19 areas in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Herefordshire, Cheshire and Wiltshire.

  7. Weekend rail disruption to hit services

    Engineering work is to affect some South Western Railway services this weekend.

    Lines between Southampton Central and Bournemouth will be closed all day on Sunday and services won't run between Petersfield and Havant either.

    South Western Railway says it will be running bus replacement services instead.

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  8. Health bosses respond to Horton report

    Rally at Horton Hospital
    Image caption: Campaigners have led a series of protests against plans to downgrade maternity services

    Health bosses have responded to advice from an independent panel on the decision to downgrade a maternity unit at an NHS hospital in Banbury.

    The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) - which was asked to look at the move by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt - said alternatives need to be reviewed again.

    It also said Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group "fell short" in its consideration of options prior to the decision in August 2017.

    In response, OCCG said it had received the advice from the IRP.

    Its chief executive, Louise Patten, said she would ensure it approached the recommendations in a way which ensures "all stakeholders feel involved and informed".

  9. Woman attacked near Kassam Stadium

    A woman in her 20s was assaulted twice by a man near the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, police said.

    It happened on Sunday between 18:30 and 19:00 GMT on Knights Road where the offender and victim, who are known to each other, were arguing at a bus stop.

    The woman was assaulted once at the bus stop and again by the steps to the stadium car park. Both parties then left the scene in the direction of the Holiday Inn.

    The offender is black, 5ft 11ins tall, of stocky build, and was wearing black Nike tracksuit bottoms, a black Nike puffer jacket, a black do-rag headscarf and was holding a bag.

    A 31-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested and released under investigation.

  10. Call for maternity unit downgrade review

    Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
    Image caption: Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group voted for the changes at a meeting in August 2017

    Alternatives to permanently downgrading a maternity unit at an NHS hospital need to be reviewed again, an independent panel has said.

    It was asked to examine the decision to change the service at Horton General Hospital to a midwife-led unit by the health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

    Its report said Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) "fell short" in its consideration of options prior to the decision in August 2017.

    The BBC has asked OCCG to comment.

    A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson said the Independent Reconfiguration Panel's advice has been received by the health secretary who will now consider its opinion.

    Protestors
    Image caption: Campaigners protested before the changes were approved last summer