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  1. That's all folks!

    Thanks for being with us today.

    We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the south of England from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Harassment claims hit Oxford college

    St Hugh's College, Oxford
    Image caption: Professor David Robertson was a fellow at St Hugh's College, Oxford

    Allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment at an Oxford University college will be investigated in an independent inquiry.

    The governing body of St Hugh's College commissioned the investigation after claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased fellow.

    The Press Association reported the fellow is understood to be Professor David Robertson.

    The inquiry was set up after an article by author Mel McGrath.

    In the post on the website The Pool she accused Professor Robertson of "doing a Weinstein on me" - a reference to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

    Alison Levitt QC, who carried out a review into the crimes of the late Jimmy Savile, will chair the inquiry.

  3. Date set for Poole Bridge to reopen

    Poole's lifting bridge is due to reopen "by Monday" after being closed because of damage to the safety gates last weekend.

    The closure came just 11 weeks since the bridge reopened after a major repair which began in September 2016 but was delayed in its completion until January 2018.

    Quote Message: We are continuing our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fault. In the meantime we are making temporary repairs to the two safety gates so that the bridge can be brought back into operation at the earliest opportunity. from Borough of Poole Spokesperson
    Borough of PooleSpokesperson
    Poole Bridge
  4. 'Last lion tamer' refused circus licence

    Thomas Chipperfield and a Lion
    Image caption: Thomas Chipperfield has said that he is preparing to mount a second appeal against the decision

    The UK's last lion tamer has been refused a licence to use three big cats in a travelling circus.

    Thomas Chipperfield, from Winchester, was appealing against the decision, made by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July.

    A Defra spokesman said it remained "absolute" in its commitment to ban wild animals in circuses.

    Mr Chipperfield, of Winchester, Hampshire, said no welfare concerns were raised and he plans a new appeal.

  5. Knifepoint robbery in Reading

    Junction Stanley Grove and George Street
    Image caption: It happened at the junction of Stanley Grove and George Street on Friday

    A man was stabbed and had a knife placed to his neck in a robbery in Reading.

    Police say the victim suffered a knife wound to his left thigh and a fractured jaw after two men approached him from behind.

    They stole his mobile phone and wallet.

    It happened at about 21:30 BST on the junction of Stanley Grove and George Street last Friday.

    Officers are looking for two men aged between 25 and 30 who are of medium build and white.

  6. 'Bizarre' rare fish wash up on beaches

    Dead Boar Fish
    Image caption: Boar fish, such as this one found on St Mary's, are "seldom seen"

    Several rare boar fish have been found dead on beaches in south-west England in a series of "mystery" strandings.

    The "bizarre, brightly coloured" fish usually live at depths of up to 2,300ft (700m) in the east Atlantic.

    Three have been reported on the Isles of Scilly, one in Newquay and one in Kimmeridge, Dorset over a three-week period in March and April.

  7. Eight shops hit by 'gift card scam'

    CCTV image released of man police want after gift card fraud in Hampshire
    Image caption: Hampshire Police say this man may be able to help with their investigation

    A number of convenience stores in Hampshire have been defrauded of up to £500 by a scam involving gift cards.

    Eight shops in the county including ones in Southampton, Portsmouth, Romsey, and the New Forest were targeted on Monday, police say.

    A CCTV image has been released showing a man who police wish to speak with.

  8. Teenager charged with carrying 'bladed article'

    A 14-year-old from Slough has been charged with possessing a "pointed or bladed article".

    He is due to appear at Maidenhead Magistrates' Court on 26 April.

    Another boy, aged 16, was arrested in connection with same offence by Thames Valley Police.

    The force says he's been released under investigation.

  9. Appeal after Sonning Common robbery

    CCTV images of man wanted after Sonning Common robbery
    Image caption: Police want to speak to the man in these pictures

    CCTV images have been released after a man threatened members of staff at a Co-Op in Sonning Common.

    The man, who was carrying a knife, stole money from safes at the store in Wood Lane on Sunday 8 March.

    He then ran out of the shop towards Peppard Road.

    Det Sgt Alun Watkins from Thames Valley Police said: "This was a very frightening incident for the victims, and we believe this robbery is linked to a number of similar offences across the three counties of the Thames Valley."

  10. Bracknell murder inquiry: Family's tribute to 'real gentleman'

    London Road, Bracknell
    Image caption: Miroslaw Januszkiewicz was found near the Honda garage on London Road, Bracknell

    A tribute has been released by the family of Miroslaw Januszkiewicz, whose death in Bracknell on Tuesday is treated as a possible murder.

    In it they describe the 42-year-old as a "a much loved brother, son, father, uncle and dear friend".

    They said he many friends, was "very kind", and was a "real gentleman".

    "Miroslaw Januszkiewicz faced many life challenges but had good heart full of love, possessed many special qualities that made him great person.

    "We all love him and he will be always in our hearts," they added.

    Mr Januszkiewicz was born and raised in Poland but moved to Bracknell in 2013. A 28-year-old man is being held in custody on suspicion of murder following his death.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A356 Dorset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A356 Dorset both ways severe accident, between B3163 and Hackney.

    A356 Dorset - A356 in Toller Whelme closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B3163 junction and the Hackney junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - traffic is being diverted using local roads through Beaminster.

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

  12. Traveller defends park and ride occupancy

    Video content

    Video caption: About 25 caravans moved onto the park and ride site in Bicester last week

    A member of the traveller community has defended a camp on a park and ride site in Bicester.

    One of the men staying on the site told the BBC they were there because of a lack of official sites for travelllers.

    He added they had parked around the perimeter to leave the middle for cars and did not want to cause trouble.

    Bicester Park and Ride
    Image caption: Stagecoach has suspended services to Bicester park and ride

    It is the fourth time the group have moved on to a park and ride site in Oxfordshire this year.

    Last week they at Water Eaton Park and Ride just outside Oxford, having previously used the Redbridge and Peartree park and ride sites.

    The man said they had also been to Birmingham, London and Coventry in recent months.

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J12 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Oxfordshire aerospace firm wins £26.5m investment

    Concept vehicle
    Image caption: Sabre engines could be fitted to reusable flight vehicles in the next decade

    Reaction Engines has raised £26.m to help develop a new type of aerospace engine combining jet and rocket technologies.

    The company based in Culham, Oxfordshire, says SABRE has the potential to "transform hypersonic flight and space access".

    The investment comes from Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Baillie Gifford Asset Management and Woodford Investment Management.

    Mark Thomas, chief executive of Reaction Engines, said the new investors brought "invaluable expertise" and "significant access" to new markets.

  15. 5G: What a superfast connection will mean

    BBC Click visits Bournemouth to find out how the resort is hoping to offer connection speeds of between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G.

    Video content

    Video caption: 5G: What the superfast connection will mean for you
  16. Concern over Southampton respite centre 'clerical error'

    Tom Hepworth

    BBC South Today

    Families waiting for the partial reopening of a respite centre say they are concerned a council error could have held up the process.

    The Kentish Road centre in Southampton closed in November due to budget cuts. The BBC understands the wrong date was put in a re-registration form for the Care Quality Commission to allow it to temporarily open at weekends.

    Southampton City Council admitted a "clerical error" but insisted it had met a deadline to allow the partial reopening would go ahead by 2 July.

    A statement on the Reopen Kentish Road campaign's Facebook page said: "When will they learn - they can't treat families like this".

    Image caption: Protests were held against the closure of the Kentish Road centre
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    Severe disruption: M271 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M271 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for Brownhill Way and M27 J3.

    M271 Hampshire - Very slow traffic on M271 northbound between J1 Brownhill Way and M27 J3, Romsey, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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