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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 15 March
  2. Military 'helping to remove vehicles' in Dorset
  3. Alderholt road cordoned off 'in relation to Salisbury incident'
  4. Reports 'residents were told of road closure yesterday'

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All times stated are UK

  1. Military activity in home village of Salisbury poisoning policeman

    The recovery and clean-up operation as part of the investigation into the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy has turned its focus to the home village of the police detective who was exposed.

    Det Sgt Nick Bailey is recovering in hospital after the attack in Salisbury. Police cordoned off streets around his home this morning.

    Large military vehicles and men in regular Army uniforms joined Metropolitan Police officers inside the cordon in Alderholt, Dorset some 11 miles from Salisbury.

    The military was called in earlier this week by counter-terrorism police to remove vehicles and objects potentially contaminated with the Novichok nerve agent used against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

    Army in Alderholt
  2. Rogue Trader warnings on Isle of Wight

    Rogue traders are posing as highway maintenance staff on the Isle of Wight.

    Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire Constabulary said they had received several reports about cold callers offering home improvements, roof cleaning and driveway upgrades.

    Stephen Ashman, Island Roads’ deputy service director, said: “Island Roads does not doorstep sell.

    "Any material used on the Island’s roads is carefully accounted for and used solely across the scope of our work."

    A Trading Standards spokesman said: "Island residents should always be very wary of rogue traders who will cold call, as in our experience they are often unqualified conmen who will overcharge for unnecessary repairs and services which will be of poor quality."

  3. New look for Red Eagle

    Red Funnel’s flagship Red Eagle has returned to service between Southampton and East Cowes following a £3m interior refit.

    The two main passenger areas on B deck have been completely renovated with new seating and tables. While on A deck there’s an "upmarket new pet lounge" and a new premium lounge, accessed by paying a £10 fee.

    There are also new viewing areas, wi-fi and improved wheelchair access.

    Red Eagle
    Quote Message: Red Eagle marks the culmination of a £7m+ investment programme to provide our vehicle customers with a fleet-wide travel experience that matches the best in the UK ferry industry. The investment further demonstrates our commitment to the Isle of Wight as we work with partners and stakeholders to help grow the Island’s economy.” from Kevin George Red Funnel chief executive
    Kevin GeorgeRed Funnel chief executive
  4. Saints fans' reactions to Mark Hughes' appointment as manager

    BBC Sport

    Southampton fans have been giving their reaction to the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager until the end of the season.

    The former Stoke boss replaces Mauricio Pellegrino, who was sacked on Monday with the club one point above the relegation zone after one win in 17.

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    Video caption: Southampton fans give their reaction to Mark Hughes's arrival
  5. Banbury murder: Blood found on walls, sofa and TV

    Jeremy Stern

    BBC South Today

    Mark Pawley
    Image caption: Mark Pawley (pictured) was stabbed to death by Morgan

    Prosecutor Adrian Redgrave QC said Mark Pawley was killed in a "sustained and savage attack" over a drug deal inside the Banbury flat where Raymond Morgan lived.

    The jury was told two knives and a broken chair were found in the flat and there was blood on the walls, sofa and TV.

    Morgan was found guilty of the murder of Mr Pawley and cleared of the murder of Adrian Fannon who was found dead in the same flat.

    Defence barrister Tracy Ayling QC told a jury at Oxford Crown Court they "cannot rule out" that Mr Fannon and Mr Pawley had a fight.

    Morgan will be sentenced tomorrow.

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    Severe disruption: A4095 Oxfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4095 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, at Jubilee Way.

    A4095 Oxfordshire - A4095 Woodstock Road in Witney closed and queuing traffic at the Jubilee Way junction, because of a burst water main.

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

  7. BreakingMan found guilty of 'savage' Banbury stabbing murder

    Jeremy Stern

    BBC South Today

    Newland Road, Banbury
    Image caption: The attack happened in a flat in Newland Road, Banbury

    A man has been found guilty of the "savage" murder of a man found stabbed to death at a flat in Oxfordshire.

    Raymond Morgan, 53, killed 25-year-old Mark Pawley, who suffered more than 20 stab wounds in the attack in a property in Newland Road, Banbury on 1 October.

    He was found not guilty of murdering Adrian Fannon, 39, who was also found stabbed to death in the same flat.

    All three men were heroin and cocaine addicts and there was evidence of drug use on a table, the prosecution said during Morgan's trial at Oxford Crown Court.

  8. Police appeal after Bodicote ram raid

    The spar

    Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves tried to steal a cash machine at a Spar shop in Bodicote, Oxfordshire using a Land Rover.

    The attempted burglary happened in Molyneux Drive at about 04:30 yesterday when a group carried out a ram raid in a bid to steal the ATM.

    They used a stolen Land Rover Discovery and fled the scene empty-handed, leaving the cash machine behind.

    The offenders are described as four men, in dark coloured clothing with their faces covered.

  9. Lewis Cook called up for England

    Lewis Cook

    AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has been named in the England squad for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy later this month.

    The 21-year-old was previously called up to Gareth Southgate's senior squad in November but has yet to win his first cap.

    Southampton's Ryan Bertrand is also included.

  10. More operations may be cancelled at Oxfordshire hospitals, trust says

    Sophie Law

    BBC Radio Oxford news

    JR Hospital

    The NHS is in a difficult position with huge demands on its services, according to the trust running Oxfordshire's hospitals.

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust had to postpone all planned non-urgent operations in January, and again on Monday and Tuesday this week.

    The trust says more could be delayed before the end of the month.

    Medical director Dr Tony Berendt said: "[We] absolutely apologise to all those patients who are caught up.

    "We completely understand how distressing that is for them… we do not do this by choice, but we have to make a decision between a patient coming in in a stable condition versus a patient who is in an unstable condition."

    Yesterday we reported that patients waited for more than 12 hours at A&E departments in Oxfordshire on 50 occasions in a single week in January.

  11. Le God backs Sparky

    Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier has given new Saints boss and ex-teammate Mark Hughes a vote of confidence as he takes over the reigns and battles to keep the club in the Premier League.

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  12. Salisbury spy investigation: Alderholt street cordoned off

    The latest pictures from Alderholt where a street has been sealed off in the village of Alderholt in Dorset.

    It's part of the continuing investigation into the Salisbury nerve agent attack - which has seen a number of locations across Dorset and Wiltshire sealed off so vehicles and other items can be examined and decontaminated.

    Alderholt
    Alderholt
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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for M271 and J4 for M3.

    M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 eastbound between J3, M271 (Romsey) and J4 M3, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Villagers raise money for raided shop

    Aftermath of shop raid

    People have raised more than £4,000 in less than 24 hours to support a couple who've had their village shop raided by thieves three times this year.

    The latest attack on the Spar in Bodicote, Oxfordshire, happened in the small hours of yesterday morning.

    Fiona Sands, who lives nearby, set up the Go Fund Me page to support the "treasured" local business.

    Quote Message: We felt it was really important that we not just look after our local convenience store, but that we’re also looking after some of our residents. from Fiona Sands
    Fiona Sands
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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J7 for A4 and J8 for .

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J7, A4 (Slough West) and J8, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  16. Alderholt investigation: Residents were told of road closure yesterday

    Emma Volney

    BBC Radio Solent

    "A new cordon is up in the Dorset village of Alderholt in connection with the Salisbury spy investigation.

    "Police are said to have visited residents last night to say the road would be closed from 10:00 to 17:00 today.

    "The Metropolitan Police say today that no-one should be alarmed and that the public health advice remains the same."

  17. PM being briefed by health experts in Salisbury

    Sergei and Yulia Skripal
    Image caption: Sergei and Yulia Skripal

    The prime minister is being briefed by public health experts in Salisbury.

    Russian former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital 11 days after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city.

    Mrs May says Russia is "culpable" for the attack and is expelling 23 Russian diplomats - prompting Moscow, which denies involvement, to say it will expel UK diplomats "soon".

    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Russia should "go away and shut up".

  18. Military 'helping to remove vehicles'

    The Met Police, which is taking the lead in the Salisbury spy attack operation, has moved to allay fears after a road was cordoned off in Alderholt.

    It says the military is assisting police to remove a number of vehicles and items from areas of Dorset, following the incident in Salisbury.

    The public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remains the same, it said in a statement."The military has the expertise and capability to respond to a range of contingencies," it continued.

    "The Ministry of Defence regularly assists the emergency services and local authorities in the UK. Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation."