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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 12 March
  2. Boy detained in hospital over M3 arson
  3. Southern Railway strike action
  4. Arrest over Southampton house fire

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Delays warning for Hampshire ambulances

    Ambulances at the QA hospital

    The NHS has warned of longer waits for ambulances in Hampshire due to an "exceptionally busy" day for the service as well as for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

    Life-threatening emergencies are being prioritised over some other urgent 999 calls, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said.

    It means that some patients are having to wait longer than the usual two to three hours for an ambulance to arrive, the service added.

  2. GB synchros aiming for Olympics

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    Video caption: Watch: Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe are GB's leading swimmers

    The GB synchronised swimming team says their Olympic ambitions are on track.

    The squad has been rebuilt in recent years after UK Sport withdrew the sports entire £4.3m budget in 2014.

    Bristol pair Kate Shortman, 16, and Izzy Thorpe, 17, have taken over as the duet finishing in an impressive 16th at the 2017 World Championships and are aiming to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    They've been training in Aldershot, Hampshire, ahead of the new season when they will compete in the duet and team competitions at the European Championships.

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    Severe accident: A44 Oxfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A44 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, between B4437 and B4027.

    A44 Oxfordshire - A44 in Wootton closed in both directions between Duke Of Marlborough Junction and Glympton Turn Off, because of an accident earlier on. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Virgin Media offers rural fibre broadband

    Cate Bell, Rob Evans, Cllr Mel Kendal, Caroline Nokes MP

    A local campaign, in conjunction with Virgin Media, has brought fibre broadband to rural communities in Hampshire.

    Up to 4,000 residents in 12 villages in Hampshire's Test Valley and Dun Valley will be able to access ultrafast internet from late 2019.

    Currently, it is “almost impossible” for residents and businesses in these areas to download, stream or upload files.

  5. Hospital trust suspends non-urgent operations

    John Radcliffe Hospital West Wing
    Image caption: Oxford University Hospitals Trust runs to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford

    All non-urgent operations at Oxford University Hospital Trust's sites which were planned for today or tomorrow have been postponed.

    It says it's "due to pressures on the NHS locally" and outpatient and diagnostic appointments and urgent surgery are going ahead as usual.

    All patients affected have been contacted, the trust says.

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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A335 Wide Lane affecting J9 for A27 Whiteley.

    M27 Hampshire - Delays and very slow traffic on M27 westbound at J5, A335 (Southampton Airport), because of earlier debris on road and fuel spillage. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J9, A27 (Whiteley).

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

  7. Henley bridge petition signed by 1,500

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    Video caption: Row over lighting at home of Henley Regatta

    More than 1,500 people have signed a petition in support of lights on Henley bridge.

    Local artist, Clive Hemsley, installed them at his own expense without receiving permission from Oxfordshire County Council.

    The authority has said it will seek to have them removed - although it is open to allowing them to be trialed if proper consents are sought.

    The petition was set up by Michaela Clark last week with the aim of showing Oxfordshire County Council the lights had support from Henley residents.

  8. Davis named in NI squad

    BBC Sport NI

    Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has been named in Norhern Ireland's squad for the forthcoming friendly match against South Korea.

    Wigan's Will Grigg, who Saints face in the FA Cup quarter final next weekend has been left out of the squad as he concentrates on his club's push for League One promotion.

    It will also be Northern Ireland's first match since their World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland in November.

    Steven Davis
  9. Southampton council leader to run for Parliament

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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A335 Wide Lane.

    M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J5, A335 (Southampton Airport). Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J13 for A34 Chieveley.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic westbound at J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  12. Commonwealth Day marked in Dorchester

    A flag-raising ceremony has been held in Dorchester to mark Commonwealth Day.

    The event is being marked in marked in Commonwealth countries and territories in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.

    Commonwealth Day i nDorchester
  13. Boy's M3 arson attack caused £40m damage

    Marcus White

    BBC South

    A teenager who dropped fire bombs from a motorway bridge has been described as a "dangerous young man"

    Nicholas Elger was handed an interim hospital order at a hearing at Winchester Crown Court.

    He caused an estimated £40m of damage to the economy by causing the M3 to be shut for 11 hours on 23 September, the court heard. Devices were apparently thrown at lorries on two separate occasions in September.

    The teenager previously pleaded guilty to arson recklessly endangering life.

    Passing sentence, Judge Keith Cutler told him: "I am very concerned about your thoughts, what is actually going on within your plans, in your mind."

    M3 closure
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    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

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

    M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J6, A30 (Basingstoke) and J5, A287 (Hook), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Brothers complete record-breaking Atlantic Ocean row

    Lymington half-brothers Greg Bailey, 28, and Jude Massey, 19, have completed their 3,000-mile unsupported Atlantic Ocean row for the British Skin Foundation, setting a world record in the process.

    Jude is now the youngest person to have rowed any ocean in a team of two which has been verified by Guinness.

    The pair, from Lymington, Hampshire. completed the crossing on a vegan diet.

    They set off on 18 January from Gran Canaria headed for Barbados aiming to raise £100,000 for skin cancer research in memory of their father Peter Massey who died from skin cancer in 2015.

    They arrived in Port St Charles 53 days later,

    Ocean brothers arrive
    Ocean brothers
  16. Portsmouth gospel choir set for royal performance

    The University of Portsmouth Gospel Choir will be performing in front of the Queen at Westminster Abbey later this afternoon.

    The Royal Commonwealth Service will also be attended by the prime minister, the Commonwealth secretary-general, high commissioners, ambassadors and Commonwealth dignitaries.

    Band coordinator, Omolade Taiwo, said: "It's amazing and surreal. It's all God. We've done absolutely nothing to deserve this, we're just a university gospel choir.

    "Genuinely we sing, we have fun, put videos online and then we get an opportunity like this."

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    Severe accident: A3054 Isle Of Wight both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3054 Isle Of Wight both ways severe accident, between Gunville Road and Argyle Road.

    A3054 Isle Of Wight - A3054 Forest Road in Newport blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the Gunville Road junction and the Argyle Road junction, because of an accident.

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