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  1. Updates from Tuesday 15 May

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Parachute murder accused lied about financial problems

    Victoria and Emile Cilliers

    An Army sergeant accused of trying to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute has told a court he repeatedly lied to his wife about his financial problems.

    Emile Cilliers, 38, has been giving evidence for the first time in his trial for two counts of attempted murder. He denies both charges.

    The father of six had personal debts of about £24,000, Winchester Crown Court heard.

    He said he had transferred £6,000 from his wife’s bank account into his own without her knowledge, and then told her that the account details had been hacked.

    He was also borrowing money from Mrs Cilliers and taking out high-interest payday loans, which he told the jury “were spiralling” out of his control.

    He bought expensive sporting equipment, clothes for himself, holidays - and on one occasion spent £6,500 at a garden centre.

  2. Co-Op is latest Oxfordshire shop hit by 'ram-raiders'

    Co-Op in Carterton
    Image caption: Thames Valley Police believes "a number of male offenders" were involved

    A cash machine has been stolen in an early morning "ram-raid" mirroring similar incidents at stores in Oxfordshire this year.

    The Co-Op in Marigold Square, Carterton, was targeted at about 01:30 BST, police said.

    It is the latest of a series of break-ins at stores using vehicles in Oxfordshire, that has included raids in Oxford and Didcot.

    Thames Valley Police is not ruling out a link between some of the crimes.

    "Part of our investigation strategy will be looking at similar offences to help us identify offenders", a spokeswoman said.

  3. Gerald Vernon-Jackson promises 'investment in Portsmouth'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Gerald Vernon-Jackson has been speaking after his election as leader of Portsmouth City Council.

    With the support of the five Labour members, the Lib Dems won the leadership vote by 21 votes to 20 at a full meeting of the council earlier.

    Portsmouth City Council had remained under no overall control after the local elections on 3 May, with the Conservatives as the largest party.

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  4. Krueger speaks about Saints' season - and future

    The Southampton chairman reviews the club's poor season after escaping relegation from the Premier League on the final day.

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    Severe accident: A31 Dorset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A31 Dorset both ways severe accident, between B3075 and A35.

    A31 Dorset - A31 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Morden Turn Off in Winterborne Zelston and Shell roundabout in Bere Regis, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  6. Saints set to appoint Hughes?

    The Daily Echo is reporting that Southampton are about to give Mark Hughes a new contract after he steered the club away from Premier League relegation.

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  7. Donna Jones loses Portsmouth City Council leadership

    The outgoing leader of Portsmouth City Council, Conservative Donna Jones, said it had been "a privilege" to lead the council.

    The Tories were the largest party on the council, following the election on 3 May.

    With the support of the five Labour members, the Lib Dems' Gerald Vernon-Jackson won the leadership vote by 21 votes to 20 at meeting of the full council.

    "Our administration did bring about a change of culture in 2014 ... the Conservative cabinet has set some really firm foundations that I truly believe will help the Liberal Democrat and subsequent administrations," she told the meeting.

    Donna Jones
  8. Cash machine stolen after ram raid

    Shilton Park co-op
    Image caption: The ram raid took place at the Cop-op store in Shilton Park

    A cash machine has been stolen during a ram-raid at a supermarket in Carterton, Oxfordshire.

    Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident happened at 01:30 GMT this morning at the Co-operative shop in Shilton Park.

    No-one has been arrested.

  9. Royal Wedding: Charles II's Portsmouth certificate to go on display

    As Royal Wedding fever grows ahead of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the original wedding certificate of the last royal wedding to take place in Portsmouth is to go on display at The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

    The ornate certificate, written on vellum, confirms the marriage of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza on 21 May 1662.

    The monarch's Portuguese bride is reputed to have introduced the custom of drinking tea in England which would continue at court throughout her life.

    The certificate has been held in Portsmouth Cathedral but is now moving to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on a long-term loan.

    Charles II and Catherine of Braganza wedding certificate
    Quote Message: Catherine of Braganza landed close by at the hot walls in Portsmouth and was married just yards away from here. The certificate will be seen by many more people when it eventually goes on display at the National Museum." from . Very Reverend David Brindley Dean of Portsmouth
    . Very Reverend David BrindleyDean of Portsmouth
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    Severe accident: M275 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M275 Hampshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M275 northbound between A3, Rudmore Roundabout and M27 J12, Portsmouth, because of an accident involving motorcycle.

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

  11. BreakingLib Dem Gerald Vernon-Jackson wins Portsmouth council leadership

    The Liberal Democrats have assumed the leadership of Portsmouth City Council following the local elections.

    Portsmouth City Council remained under no overall control after the vote on 3 May, with the Conservatives as the largest party. Labour made gains as the UKIP vote collapsed.

    Lib Dem Gerald Vernon-Jackson was elected leader of the authority at a full meeting of the new council.

    The Conservatives, led by Donna Jones, have run the authority as a minority administration since 2014.

    Gerald Vernon-Jackson
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  12. Travel: Car collides with level crossing

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    There has been disruption to a number of train services after a car hit a level crossing barrier between Didcot Parkway and Swindon.

    All lines have now reopened but services may still be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

    National Rail anticipates disruption will continue until 16:00 BST.

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    Video caption: Rock Barn music charity 'saved my life'

    The Witney music school is facing demolition.

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    Severe accident: M3 Surrey southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey southbound severe accident, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

    M3 Surrey - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M3 southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A4 Berkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4 Berkshire both ways severe accident, near Lakeside Road.

    A4 Berkshire - A4 Colnbrook By-Pass in Colnbrook blocked and queuing traffic in both directions near the Lakeside Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  16. Countryfile in Hampshire

    BBC One

    If you missed it on Sunday, you can catch-up with the Countryfile team in Hampshire, where Matt Baker hears about a project championing the use of local wood.

    John Craven hears how oysters are being reintroduced to the Solent in a bid to revive stocks.

    On the shoreline around the Solent, Ellie Harrison hears about an innovative project to study coastal erosion.

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    Severe disruption: A350 Dorset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A350 Dorset both ways severe disruption, between Dear Hay Lane and B3093 Wimborne Road.

    A350 Dorset - A350 West Street in Poole closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Dear Hay Lane junction and The George Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

  18. Fight to save free school travel for disabled children

    Stopping a free school transport for teenagers with disabilities will "devastate families" with care needs, an Oxfordshire County Councillor has said.

    A proposal from the authority to scrap the service for over-16s is being considered, though a decision has not been made.

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    Cllr Marie Tidball said her experience of using a similar scheme allowed her to complete her A Levels and go to the University of Oxford.

    "You can't rely on transport networks," she said. "A lot of people with special education needs in the county don't have good links."

  19. Seven in custody after Gillingham stabbing

    Seven people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Gillingham on Sunday.

    Dorset Police were called at 23:17 GMT on 13 May to the incident that is alleged to have occurred in the car park at the Red Lion pub, High Street.


    It was reported that the altercation occurred between a group of people and a 25-year-old Gillingham man sustained a stab wound to his chest. He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

    Six men and a 17-year-old girl have been arrested on suspicion of a wide range of offences including attempted murder, wounding with intent and assisting an offender.Dorset Police say all seven people are assisting police.

  20. CCTV released after Bournemouth West Way crash

    Police have released CCTV images of a car they want to trace after another car left the road and hit a tree in Bournemouth.

    The driver of a silver Citroen Saxo suffered potentially life-threatening and life-changing injuries when it struck the tree in West Way shortly after 10:00 on Tuesday.

    He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital for emergency treatment.

    Officers are trying to trace a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling along West Way toward Charminster Road at the time of the crash.

    The road remains closed while collision investigators examine the scene.