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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 23 March

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Bestival drug death suspect in court

    Ceon Broughton

    A man has appeared in court for the first time charged with the manslaughter of a 25-year-old woman who died at a music festival.

    Louella Fletcher-Michie, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, was found dead at the Bestival site in Dorset in September.

    An inquest heard she died suddenly after using recreational drugs.

    Ceon Broughton, 29, of Island Centre Way, Enfield, north London, was bailed by Poole magistrates to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 20 April.

  2. 'Inspirational' care worker named best in UK

    Atif Rashid

    BBC South

    Gill Clements
    Image caption: Gill Clements has worked at Westholme care home in Winchester for four years

    A care assistant from Hampshire has been named Britain’s best care home worker.

    Gill Clements won the award which was hosted by Care England.

    She said: "I love caring for our residents. We have such a great team at Westholme, so it’s wonderful to have good news to share about all that we do well."

    Judges said: “She is dedicated to improving the lives of the residents and has infectious enthusiasm. Her philosophy is to allow people to be who they have been. An inspirational care home worker.”

  3. World War Two medals believed stolen from widow

    The medals

    Five medals belonging to a Southsea woman, whose late husband was awarded them during the Second World War, are believed to have been stolen.

    On 20 March they were reported missing from a house on Seaway Crescent.

    A police spokesman said: "They are of great sentimental value, and one of the medals has been identified as a rare Arabian Service medal. Have you seen them?"

  4. Inside Marwell Zoo's tropical house powered by 'zoo poo'

    Marwell Zoo has unveiled its new Energy for Life Tropical House, which will become the first in the UK to generate energy using animal waste.

    Its canopy, waterfall and forest floor are home to a sloth, Javan chevrotain, pygmy marmosets, tortoises and free-flying birds.

    A bird
    A sloth
    A lizard

    James Cretney, Marwell Zoo’s chief executive, said: "We are thrilled to open this groundbreaking new exhibit which marks a very proud and important moment in our history."

  5. Prezzo restaurant chain to close 94 outlets

    Prezzo, Southampton

    Creditors of Italian restaurant business Prezzo have backed a restructuring plan that will see it close 94 outlets - about a third of the chain.

    It is estimated the move could lead to 500 job losses. The chain, which is owned by private equity firm TPG Capital, employs about 4,500 people.

    Prezzo is closing all 33 outlets of its TexMex chain Chimichanga.

    It will also shut Prezzo-branded restaurants in Alton, Blandford, Newbury, Southampton, Wokingham and Woodley.

  6. Saints apply to join Women's Championship

    St Mary's Stadium

    Southampton have joined Manchester United in applying to enter a women's team in next season's Women's Championship, BBC Sport has learned.

    Saints and United, who announced their bid on Wednesday, are the only two Premier League clubs currently without an affiliated senior women's team.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Oxford's team prepares for this year's Boat Race

    Ahead of tomorrow's Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge we catch up with Oxford's teams to see how they have been preparing.

    Video content

    Video caption: Preparing for the Boat Race
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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, at J13 for A30 affecting A308 Straight Road.

    M25 Surrey - Delays on M25 clockwise at J13, A30 (Staines), because of an accident. Congestion on A328 Priest Hill to the A308 Straight Road junction and on A30 Egham Hill / Egham Bypass to the A30 Egham Hill Roundabout junction.

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

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    Severe accident: A35 Dorset westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A35 Dorset westbound severe accident, between A354 Monkton Hill and A37.

    A35 Dorset - A35 in Dorchester blocked and slow traffic westbound between Stadium Roundabout and Monkeys Jump Roundabout, because of an accident involving lorry and caravan earlier on.

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

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    Severe accident: A34 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A34 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between A44 Woodstock Road and Bicester Road.

    A34 Oxfordshire - Slow traffic on A34 Western By Pass Road northbound in Kidlington between Peartree Interchange and Kidlington Junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  12. E-fit released after Reading indecent exposure

    The man

    An e-fit image of a man officers want to talk to about an indecent exposure in Reading has been released by police.

    It happened at about 12:30 on 11 February in Kendrick Road close to a parking payment machine near the junction with Morgan Road.

    A 33-year-old woman was sat in her car when a man approached the passenger door and exposed himself. This alarmed the woman, who locked the car doors and immediately drove off.

    The man was white, in his early thirties to early forties, about 5ft 10ins tall and stocky.

    He had a light complexion with very thin, balding hair. He was wearing a light navy blazer with a white t-shirt, black jeans and black leather shoes.

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    Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J14 for A3113 Airport Way and J13 for A30 affecting J16 for M40.

    M25 Greater London - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4) and J13, A30 (Staines), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J16 M40.

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

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    Severe disruption: A3055 Isle Of Wight both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3055 Isle Of Wight both ways severe disruption, between B3327 St Boniface Road and Bonchurch Shute.

    A3055 Isle Of Wight - A3055 Leeson Road in Ventnor closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B3327 St Boniface Road junction and the Bonchurch Shute junction, because of a landslip.

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

  15. West Moors house fire: Man denies arson

    A man has denied setting fire to a house with intent to endanger life after a blaze destroyed a home in Dorset.

    House fire at The Avenue, West Moors

    The fire broke out at a detached house in The Avenue, West Moors, on 9 January.

    Phillip Evans, 55, of Ringwood Road, Three Legged Cross, Wimborne, pleaded not guilty to arson at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday.

    His trial is due to take place at the same court on 18 June.

  16. Campaigners 'cautiously optimistic' about Horton

    A former consultant at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and supporter of the Keep The Horton General campaign Peter Fisher told BBC Oxford he was "surprised and very pleased" some services could be saved.

    He said: "There have been so many ups and down that we have to adopt a position of cautious optimism.

    "But the people of the area will be very relieved that the A&E will continue."

    He added that he hoped this would lead to a rethink of some changes put forward in phase one of the consultation, such as the downgrading of critical care at the hospital.

  17. Fire crew releases trapped baby in Bournemouth

    A fire crew from Westbourne today released a baby accidentally locked in vehicle on Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, at 09:48 this morning.