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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 26 March

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All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Thank you for joining us today.

    We will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with all of the region's latest news, travel, sport and weather.

  2. Council attacks 'excessive' fare toll plans

    Sandbanks ferry

    A ferry company's plans for "excessive" fare rises would put shareholders above passengers, a council has said.

    Purbeck District Council has written to the government, objecting to phased toll increases on the Sandbanks Ferry between Studland and Poole.

    By 2021, westbound pedestrian fares would double to £2, while car tolls would rise from £4.30 to £6.

    Council leader Gary Suttle said shareholders should take a "reduced dividend" to avoid "detrimental" rises.

    The Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company said it needed to pay a "reasonable dividend" while saving for a replacement vessel in 2026.

  3. Photo appeal after man 'stamps on car bonnet'

    Images of man police want to speak to in connection with criminal damage incident

    A man who claimed he had been hit by a car stamped on its bonnet and hit its wing mirror in apparent retaliation, police have said.

    Dorset Police has released two photos of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which happened in Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, at about 12:20 GMT on Thursday.

    A force spokesman said the driver, who is in his 70s, saw "considerable" damage inflicted to his car and had been left "understandably shaken".

    The suspect is described as white, slim and about 5ft 8ins tall.

  4. Heights Primary School: Council advised to grant planning permission

    Controversial plans to build a free school on playing fields are set to go ahead after the government recommended a council grants planning permission.

    Reading Borough Council has been advised by the Department of Education to authorise plans for The Heights Free School to be built on Mapledurham playing fields in Caversham.

    Campaigners previously vowed legal action to stop the school being built. The authority's planning committee will vote on the plans on 4 April.

    Ariel view of Mapledurham playing fields
    Image caption: Campaigners have previously argued the land should be kept for community use.
  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A34 Winnal roundabout and J7 for A30.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J9, A34 (Winnal roundabout) and J7, A30 (Basingstoke), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Extra £100m to repair potholes

    Potholes

    An extra £100m is being shared among councils in England to fund repairs to roads damaged by recent storms, the transport secretary has announced.

    Chris Grayling said the money would help patch up nearly two million potholes and protect roads from future severe weather conditions.

    It comes in the wake of "Beast from the East" and the later "Mini Beast from the East".

  7. Man and woman killed in BMW crash

    A33 in the area of the accident, according to police

    A man and a woman have been killed in a single vehicle crash at Kings Worthy near Winchester.

    Their BMW 316 crashed on the A33 Basingstoke Road shortly before 01:50 GMT.

    The car driver and his female front seat passenger, both aged 27 and from Basingstoke, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

    The backseat passenger, a 21-year-old Basingstoke woman, is being treated in hospital for serious injuries.

  8. DPD improves workers rights after Dorset man's death

    Delivery firm DPD, under scrutiny after work pressures were blamed for the death of one of its drivers, is offering its 9,000 drivers holiday and sick pay as part of a new contract.

    DPD, which delivers for John Lewis and Marks and Spencer, says it is the first parcel carrier to offer such contracts.

    In January driver Don Lane, from Christchurch, Dorset, died after failing to attend hospital appointments for his diabetes.

    His widow said he had become terrified of taking time off. DPD denies this.

    DPD van
  9. Non-league club's remarkable run leads to Wembley

    Thatcham Town will be playing at Wembley after a 28-match unbeaten run saw them reach the FA Vase final.

    Danny Robinson's side won a tense semi-final, in the competition played between teams below the fifth tier of English football. They beat 1874 Northwich 3-2 on Saturday sealing a 4-2 aggregate win.

    "For the first time in my life I'm speechless", said manager Robinson.

    "I have run out of superlatives for the group of players at this club.

    "This will mean great revenue for the club, and is a dream for the players of playing at Wembley".

    Thatcham Town players celebrating
    Image caption: Thatcham Town fans who traveled to Cheshire celebrated with the players at the end
  10. 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 closed and slow 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

  11. Bus passenger injured by thrown concrete

    Heathfield Road, Freshwater

    A passenger has been injured when a piece of concrete was thrown at a bus, smashing the window next to him.

    The vehicle was targeted when it stopped on Heathfield Road, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, at about 23:30 GMT on Saturday.

    The 49-year-old man suffered a cut to his head.

    A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of damaging two cars in Freshwater earlier in the evening, and remains under investigation, police said.

  12. Shop ramraiders target cash machine

    Ramraiders used axes and crowbars to try to steal a cash machine from the Aldi supermarket on Broadway, Didcot, on Friday.

    But the raiders fled when they discovered staff members were inside.

    The gang smashed a 4x4 into the store to gain entry at about 02:30 GMT.

  13. Man killed in Mercedes crash

    A 70-year-old man has died in a crash on the A303 in Hampshire.

    He was driving a Mercedes E220, which left the eastbound carriageway at the Norton junction near Sutton Scotney and came to rest in a ditch, police said.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police said they believe no other vehicle was involved.

  14. Girl pupil stabbed at college

    A female student at Testwood Sports College is in hospital after "suffering a puncture wound" which is not life-threatening, police have said.

    Police say they understand the wound was caused by a knife that was brought into the school.

    In a statement on its website, the college, in Totton, Hampshire, said: "The situation is under control and students are not in any danger."

    A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and the victim is at Southampton General Hospital.

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  15. Health trust sorry for 'preventable' deaths

    Dr Nick Broughton

    Southern Health NHS Trust has "apologised unreservedly" after being handed a £2m fine by a judge at Winchester Crown Court over the deaths of two patients in its care.

    In a statement, the trust said the deaths of Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, in Oxford, and Teresa Colvin, 45, in Southampton, were "entirely preventable".

    Chief executive Dr Nick Broughton said: "Teresa and Connor's deaths have been genuine catalysts for change, and I sincerely hope our actions to improve care as a direct result provide some comfort, however small.

    He paid tribute to the "courage, dignity and insight" of the patients' families for their campaigning over the deaths.

  16. Southern Health timeline

    • 26 April 2012 - Teresa Colvin dies at Southampton General Hospital after she was found unconscious at Woodhaven Adult Mental Health Hospital
    • July 2013 - Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, drowns after an epileptic seizure at Oxford unit Slade House. An inquest later rules neglect contributed to his death
    • 10 December 2015 - The BBC reveals details of a leaked independent report into the trust, produced by Mazars, which highlights a "failure of leadership". Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he is "profoundly shocked"
    • 17 December 2015 - The report is officially published and shows out of 722 unexpected deaths over four years, only 272 were properly investigated 6 April 2016 - The Care Quality Commission (CQC) issues a warning notice to significantly improve protection for mental health patients
    • 29 April 2016 - A full CQC inspection report is published which says the trust is continuing to put patients at risk
    • 30 June 2016 - Following a review of the management team competencies, it is announced that the trust's boss Katrina Percy is to keep her job
    • 29 July 2016 - The BBC reveals the trust paid millions of pounds in contracts to companies owned by previous associates of Ms Percy
    • 30 August 2016 - Ms Percy announces she is standing down as chief executive, but is staying on in an advisory role
    • 19 September 2016 - Interim chairman Tim Smart resigns after admitting he created a job for Ms Percy
    • 7 October 2016 - Ms Percy resigns completely from the trust
    • 13 December 2016 - A CQC report, the culmination of a one-year inquiry, says investigations into patient deaths are inadequate
    • 16 March 2017 - All the non-executive directors resign from trust
    • 19 August 2017 - A medical tribunal finds a doctor failed to carry out risk assessments for Connor Sparrowhawk
    • 12 September 2017 - The trust announces Dr Nick Broughton, leader of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will take up Southern Health's chief executive role in November
    • 18 September 2017 - The trust admits breaching health and safety law in the case of Connor Sparrowhawk
    • 20 November 2017 - The trust admits breaching health and safety law in the case of Theresa Colvin
    • 21 February 2018 - Dr Valerie Murphy is suspended for a year over failings before Connor's death