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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 4 April

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. BreakingFour guilty over man's shooting

    Jamie Sibley
    Image caption: Jamie Sibley was critically injured in the shooting

    Three men have been found guilty of attempted murder after a shooting which left a man critically injured.

    Jamie Sibley suffered a "life-changing" head injury in the attack in Athena Avenue, Waterlooville, Hampshire, in February 2017.

    Jordan Smith, 22, of Surbiton, was handed a 31-year prison sentence at Winchester Crown Court.

    Jordan Perry, 27, of Mitcham, Surrey, and Ricardo Livingston-Wright, 31, of Brighton, were each jailed for 30 years.

    Sara Hodgkinson, 32, of Waterlooville, has been jailed for four years after being found guilty of assisting the offence by luring Mr Sibley outside to be shot.

  2. Vince Cable on Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn

    Peter Henley

    Political editor, South of England

    Speaking on a visit to Portsmouth, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable has criticised Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments over the Novichok nerve agent saying "He's not proving to be a good ambassador for Britain, his attempts to be a joker have backfired many many times."

    On Jeremy Corbyn and anti-semitism in the Labour Party he said: "If you're in charge of a major party you've got to be absolutely clear this is completely unacceptable and the people responsible have to be drummed out. The response appears to be belated and rather weak."

    Vince Cable
  3. Dorchester children's home to close

    Dorset's only home for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties is to close following a decline in occupancy.

    A public consultation on the future of Maumbury House in Dorchester began last year.

    Dorset County Council's cabinet voted to shut the home earlier today, describing it as "no longer viable operationally or financially".

    The authority said foster care was a preferred option for children with complex needs.

    Maumbury House
  4. Rescued pier wins national award

    South Parade Pier

    A restored Victorian pier which recently reopened after being deemed at risk of collapse has been voted Pier of the Year.

    The National Pier Society said the Grade II listed South Parade Pier in Southsea, Hampshire, had been brought "beautifully back from the brink".

    It was shut in 2012 when Portsmouth City Council served the previous owners with a dangerous structure order.

    The new owners partially reopened the pier in April 2017 after a reported £5m investment.

  5. Fixture changes for Southampton's run-in

    BBC Sport

    A couple of fixture changes for Southampton's crucial Premier League run-in have just been announced.

    Their away trip to Swansea has been re-arranged for the final week of the season - Saints will head to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday, 8 May.

    And three days earlier, their match at Everton will now kick-off at 17:30 on Saturday, 5 May.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J11 for A33 and J10 for A329 affecting J12 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J11, A33 (Reading) and J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of an accident. Travel time is 35 minutes. Congestion to J12, A4 (Theale).

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

  7. Port Meadow after the rain

    Jeremy Bickerton took a picture this morning of Port Meadow in Oxford, which is looking a little waterlogged after the recent heavy rain.

    Port Meadow flooded
  8. Coastal areas worst-hit by heroin deaths

    Bournemouth Beach

    Seaside resort towns are among those with the highest rates of death from heroin and morphine, figures show.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Bournemouth was among locations to have more than 4.5 heroin and opiate deaths per 100,000 people.

    Many seaside towns struggled as foreign holidays increased in popularity, the ONS said.

    The rate in Blackpool, which topped the list, is twice as high as anywhere else in England and Wales.

  9. 'Cannabis factory' found in Bournemouth

    Alleged cannabis factory found in Bournemouth

    A "cannabis factory" was discovered in Bournemouth during a morning raid, police have said.

    Dorset Police said it searched the property in Green Road shortly after 08:00 BST and seized "a quantity of what are believed to be cannabis plants".

    A tweet posted by the force said the find had been a "great result".

    A spokesman confirmed a 29-year-old man from Bournemouth was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of a Class B drug.

    The spokesman said the value of the items uncovered was still being analysed.

  10. A wet and windy afternoon ahead

    Rain is expected to fall across the region for much of the afternoon with wind gusts reaching up to 46mph.

    Conditions are forecast to clear overnight ahead of a brighter day tomorrow.

    BBC weather
  11. PC sacked for biting woman's nose

    Addison Road, Banbury
    Image caption: The attack happened in in Addison Road, Banbury

    A police officer has been sacked for biting a woman on the nose.

    PC Rebecca Barnett, 33, pleaded guilty in February to causing grievous bodily harm at Easington Football Club in Banbury.

    Thames Valley Police said while off duty she argued with the woman at the venue on 10 June last year.

    She grabbed and bit the 29-year-old victim on the nose, causing an injury which required surgery and left permanent scarring, the force said.

  12. Air ambulance set to appear on new TV series

    Bucks Free Press

    Thames Valley Air Ambulance is set to appear in a new TV series that will follow its emergency crews as they battle to save the most critically ill and injured patients across the region.

  13. Sickness-hit US Waterlooville school trip pupils back home

    Pupils and staff taken ill while on a school trip to the US have arrived back home.

    Students from Crookhorn College in Waterlooville first became sick with stomach bug symptoms shortly after arriving in New York on Thursday.

    The group of 51 pupils and five staff then travelled to Washington DC where 48 children and three staff were taken to hospital from their hotel on Sunday.

    The cause of the illness remains a mystery.

    School coach
  14. Council agrees to take six further Syrian families

    Syrian children flee their homes in the town of Beit Sawa in Syria
    Image caption: Syrian children flee their homes in the town of Beit Sawa in Syria on 4 March

    Six additional families from Syria will be resettled in north Oxfordshire.

    The decision was agreed by Cherwell District Council at a meeting of its executive last night.

    Five families have been resettled in the area since January 2016 as part of the government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, with a sixth due to arrive later in the spring.

    They will be housed in private rented housing to avoid taking social housing away from local residents who need it.

  15. Stonemasons survey Blenheim Palace

    Southern-facing side of Blenheim Palace
    Image caption: The stonework at Blenheim Palace is checked annually

    Stonemasons have been checking Blenheim Palace for damage as part of an ongoing £40m restoration programme.

    The stonework is surveyed each year for damaged sections which are measured to enable exact copies to be carved and reinstalled.

    Checks took place around a bust of Louis XIV mounted on the southern part of the palace.

    It was taken from the city gates of Tournai by the First Duke of Marlborough in 1709 during the War of Spanish Succession against the French.

    Louis XIV
    Image caption: The bust of Louis XIV was transported back to Blenheim by the First Duke of Marlborough
  16. Sprinklers save Didcot flat from 'far worse' damage

    Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in a second-floor flat at 10:20 BST yesterday at Great Western Park in Didcot.

    The flat has a domestic sprinkler system which activated and helped put out the fire.

    Station manager Paul Webster said without the sprinklers the fire "would have continued to grow".

    He added: "If the flat had not got a domestic sprinkler system, then the whole flat would have become involved in fire so the level of damage would have been far worse."