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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 18 April
  2. A fine spring day with plenty of sunshine
  3. The QE2 is due to open as a floating hotel in Dubai

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Thank you for joining us today.

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

  2. Charity seeks help with new name

    Oxford Association for the Blind's offices on Gordon Millward Way
    Image caption: Oxford Association for the Blind's offices on Gordon Millward Way

    A charity which has been supporting the visually impaired in Oxfordshire for more than a century is seeking a new name.

    Oxford Association for the Blind was founded in 1877 and aims to help people with sight loss lead independent lives.

    But it fears its name could be putting off to people who still have some sight and assume it is not for them.

    It's asking for Oxfordshire residents for possible suggestions.

  3. Bournemouth v Manchester United team news

    BBC Sport

    Bournemouth remain without Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas but otherwise report no fresh injuries ahead of their Premier League fixture against Manchester United tonight.

    Tyrone Mings has an outside chance of being involved after returning to training following a long-term injury.

    United manager Jose Mourinho has announced he will make changes to the side beaten by West Brom.

    Marcos Rojo, Scott McTominay and Phil Jones may all be in line for a recall, while the fit-again Daley Blind is also under consideration.

  4. Girl, 5, dies in water near beauty spot

    Durdle Door

    A five-year-old girl has died after being rescued from the sea near a Dorset beauty spot.

    The coastguard was called to Durdle Door, near Lulworth, at about 11:30 BST following reports a child and woman were in distress in the water.

    The girl, from Salisbury, was picked up by a nearby Ministry of Defence vessel, Dorset Police said.

    She was confirmed dead at Dorset County Hospital. Police said they believed it was a "tragic accident"

    Girl dies after beauty spot water rescue

    Durdle Door

    The five-year-old girl from Salisbury was picked up from the water near Durdle Door by a military vessel.

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  5. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M275 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M275 Hampshire northbound severe congestion, between A3 Stamshaw Road and M27 J12.

    M275 Hampshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M275 northbound between A3, Rudmore Roundabout and M27 J12, Portsmouth.

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

  6. Food and drink app trialled at Bournemouth v Manchester United

    A smartphone app designed to help avoid queues is being trialled at tonight's Bournemouth v Manchester United game.

    Fans who enter via turnstile A can order and pay for their drinks or food - they can then collect their items from a fast lane at the bar.

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  7. Paralympics bid for leg amputee after toenail infection

    A woman who had her leg amputated after an ingrowing toenail led to an infection hopes to compete in the 2020 Paralympics.

    Hannah Moore

    Hannah Moore, of Stalbridge, Dorset, had her leg removed in July 2016 after a procedure to get rid of her toenail led to foot pain and infected ulcers.

    By October that year, the 21-year-old started paratriathlon training and won the British championships last August.

    She said having her leg amputated "has given me my life back."

  8. In pictures: Spring sunshine

    You've been out and about capturing the fine spring day with lots of blue sky on offer.

    Southbourne beach
    Image caption: Helen Gallimore sent in this shot of Southbourne beach earlier this morning.
    Abingdon
    Image caption: Becca Collacott captured the bright blue sky over Abingdon
    Wareham
    Image caption: Colin Lennox-Gordon snapped this pitcure of the cloudless blue sky in Wareham
  9. Police vehicle 'selfie' vandals sought

    CCTV images of a group of men taking photos of themselves while jumping on a marked police vehicle have been released in a hunt to catch them.

    CCTV images of the group of men and the police vehicle

    Five men were seen climbing on the Land Rover while it was parked at Poole Quay in Dorset on Sunday.

    The vehicle's bonnet and roof were damaged, police said.

    Officers attended and searched the area but the suspects were not located. The force is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  10. RAF centenary baton takes to the skies

    The RAF's centenary baton has been flown to the Isle of Wight to visit former RAF Ventnor.

    The specially designed baton took to the skies from Solent Airport in Fareham and flew to Sandown on the island.

    The baton is visiting 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days.

    The relay began its journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 April and will end on 10 July on Horseguards Parade.

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  11. Man charged with alley stab murder

    Alleyway off Smannell Road, Andover

    A man has been charged with murdering a man who was found stabbed in an alleyway next to a church.

    Tommy Ferris, 28, from London, was found injured off Smannell Road, Andover, Hampshire, shortly before 01:00 BST on Friday.

    He was pronounced dead on arrival at Southampton General Hospital.

    Zandrae Smith, 20, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Basingstoke magistrates later.

  12. Thames Valley Police arrest 16 in drug raids

    Thames Valley Police raid property
    Image caption: Thames Valley Police had been planning the raids for six months

    Police have arrested 16 people after more than 100 officers raided homes in England earlier.

    All of them are being held on suspicion of being connected with dealing Class A drugs.

    A total of 11 properties in Banbury, Milton Keynes and Bedford were targeted in the early hours of the morning.

    A number of wraps of heroin and £4,000 in cash were taken away by police.

    The force believes children as young as 14 are coming to north Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes from Coventry and Birmingham in England to sell cocaine and heroin.

  13. Port jobs saved by wind blade contract

    Blade Runner Two

    A Portsmouth Port cargo firm has said 18 jobs have been saved after it won a contract to handle wind turbine blades.

    MMD Shipping Services said the "multimillion-pound" deal with MHI Vestas was larger than a fruit-shipping contract it lost in 2017.

    The decision by fruit importer Geest Line to move to Dover had threatened 58 out of the port's 230 jobs.

    MMD director Mike Sellers said 30 workers had volunteered to leave while 10 redundancies were compulsory.

  14. Dorset Police force brings in new role

    Dorset Police has introduced 31 Police Community Support Investigators (PCSIs) to its force.

    The PCSIs will be based out of stations in Poole, Bournemouth, Blandford, Weymouth, Ferndown, Wareham and Bridport.

    The force said the new role had been introduced following public feedback that it did not always respond to crimes in a timely and efficient manner.

    The PSCIs have been recruited from the existing Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

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  15. Girl, 14, missing in Maidenhead

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for help in locating a 14-year-old girl who has gone missing, wearing just a dressing gown and pyjamas.

    Zara Payton was last seen at about 04:00 BST in the Crescent, Maidenhead.

    She is described as slim, 5ft 3in, with a pale complexion and blue eyes.

    Sgt Richard Humpherson, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “We are appealing for anyone who can help us locate Zara to get in touch."

    Adding: “Zara, if you see this appeal, you are not in any trouble, but we need to know that you are safe.”

    Missing Zara Payton
  16. Temporary homes to help homelessness in Southampton

    The Southern Daily Echo reports dozens of temporary homes are set to be installed on the former Town Depot site Chapel Riverside in Southampton.

    The project bids to help those in need of affordable housing, homeless families and displaced families.

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