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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 30 May

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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    BBC South Live will return with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel at 08:00 on Thursday.

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  2. 'Bone fragment' found in Katrice Lee search

    Andy Bell

    BBC Tees

    Lead investigators searching for a British girl who went missing in Germany in 1981 say they have found a bone fragment.

    But they cannot yet say if it is human and it is being tested by specialists to rule out any connection to Katrice Lee.

    Katrice, aged two, went missing from a Naafi supermarket near Paderborn. Parents Richard Lee, from Hartlepool, and Sharon Lee, from Gosport, have always claimed she was kidnapped.

    The Royal Military Police (RMP) has completed the forensic search on the bank of the River Alme, close to where she went missing 37 years ago.

    RMP says testing the fragment will take several weeks.

    Investigators also revealed the team have taken advice from the FBI's kidnap unit after people came forward with information on a green car and a photofit of a suspect.

    Katrice Lee
  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

    M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Local newspapers announce closure

    Screenshot from Oxfordshire Guardian website
    Image caption: The news has been announced in a message on the Oxfordshire Guardian website

    The Oxfordshire Guardian and its sister titles The Oxford Paper and Basingstoke Observer have shut.

    The papers are owned by Didcot-based publishers Taylor Newspapers.

    On Twitter, Oxfordshire Guardian news reporter George Welch said the closure followed the unexpected death of managing director Howard Taylor.

  5. Public support for Weymouth anti-social behaviour measures

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Almost 800 people have told a public consultation that they have been directly affected by drunken behaviour and begging on Weymouth seafront.

    Of those who responded to a council consultation, 79% thought there was a "very big" or "fairly big" problem of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in Weymouth Town Centre.

    Most have said they would support new Public Space Protection Orders being considered by the borough council.

    Councillors are being asked to approve measures at their meeting at the end of the month to deal with alcohol, begging, dogs, feeding gulls and cycling.

    Weymouth
  6. Police appeal after sheep theft

    Police have appealed for information after 17 sheep were stolen from a field near Dorchester in Dorset.

    It's thought the cream-coloured Dorset Horn and Polled Dorset pedigree ewes were taken from a field in the area between Crossways, Owermoigne and Moreton.

    PCSO Sarah Hart, of Dorset: “We would also urge farmers and members of the rural community to be vigilant and report any suspicious vehicle movements they encounter."

    Dorset Police
  7. Ocean brothers reach £100k target

    Two British brothers who completed a 3,000 mile unsupported row across the Atlantic Ocean in March, have reached their fundraising target.

    Greg Bailey and Jude Massey spent 53 days rowing in memory of their dad, Peter Massey, who died in 2015.

    Arriving in Barbados on 11 March, 19-year-old Jude became the youngest person to row across an ocean in a team of two.

    The pair have now reached their target of raising £100,000 for skin cancer research,

    It's thought the half brothers, from Lymington, were also the first to complete the crossing on a vegan diet.

    Ocean brothers
  8. No trains to use Oxford Station for two weeks in July

    Marcus Liddell

    BBC South

    Trains will not be running in or out of Oxford Station for more than two weeks in July.

    The dates for engineering work, which will see track, signalling, and cables replaced, have been confirmed.

    There will be disruption from 29 to 23 July and no trains will use the station between 6 July and 23 July.

    Work will take place "around the clock" and had been "carefully planned" to minimise disruption to passengers, Network Rail said.

  9. Two charged over high value Lego thefts

    Lego

    Two women face theft charges after more than £2,000 worth of high-value Lego was stolen.

    Boxes of the plastic brick toys were taken from Toys R Us and Tesco stores in Poole on the evening of 15 May 2017.

    Carly Lucas, 38, and Samantha Richards, 41 - both from Southampton - were issued with postal requisitions to appear at Poole Magistrates' Court on Friday.

    A 39-year-old Bournemouth man arrested on suspicion of theft was released without charge.

  10. Boy, 15, arrested after Oxford park stabbing

    A 15-year-old boy from Oxford has been arrested after a man was stabbed during a robbery.

    Two men, aged 61 and 49, were sitting in a park behind Barns Road in Cowley at 12:40 on Sunday when they were approached by a male demanding money.

    The 61-year-old handed over some cash, after which the 49-year-old was attacked and left with a gaping wound on his arm and a cut to his stomach.

    He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he required surgery, and is currently in a stable condition.

    The boy was arrested on Sunday afternoon on suspicion of robbery and GBH with intent. He's been released while inquiries continue.

  11. Stalking and harassment reports rise in Thames Valley

    More than 3,600 reports of stalking and harassment were made to Thames Valley Police last year - a 30% rise compared to the year before.

    Although part of the rise could be down to better reporting methods, campaigners suggest the real figure could be higher.

    Tracey Morgan, who was the victim of stalking and now campaigns for others, says there are cases where victims are being told nothing can be done.

    She told BBC Radio Oxford: "It's far more prevalent than people realise even now. The first thing I did was keep a diary to try to prove to myself and others that I wasn't going mad.

    "If you don't get the response that you think is right, go back, ask to speak to somebody higher."

    Stalking
  12. Mutiny festival deaths: Council cancels bandstand music event

    This weekend's Live at the Bandstand music event in Portsmouth has been cancelled following the deaths of two people at the Mutiny dance music festival on Saturday.

    Georgia Jones, 18, and Tommy Cowan, 20, died in hospital after attending the event in the city.

    Five people have been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs. All have been released while inquiries continue.

    The city council said there was no time to put in extra security measures for the weekend's Live at the Bandstand event at Castle Field, which was expected to attract almost 15,000 people.

    Southsea bandstand
    Quote Message: I am fully aware that this will be a huge disappointment to people, but hope they can understand the decision under the circumstances. ...we are now planning a replacement Last Night of the Bandstand event to finish the season. from Steve Pitt Portsmouth City Council's member for culture, leisure and sport
    Steve PittPortsmouth City Council's member for culture, leisure and sport
  13. Asda in Oxfordshire closes after ceiling leaks

    Oxford Mail

    A supermarket was forced to shut last night after a huge leak in the roof.

    Shoppers in Asda, Wheatley, shared footage of water pouring from the ceiling and on to the fresh fruit and vegetables.

  14. Oxfordshire sees more claims for pothole damage

    More claims for compensation have made for pothole damage in Oxfordshire - but the county council is paying out less in cash.

    Almost £22,000 was spent compensating road users last year, down by nearly a third on the previous 12 months.

    But the number of claims made increased by more than 100 to 800.

    The B4477 in Minster Lovell had the most successful claims, but the county council says it's a national problem.

    Pothole
    Image caption: Drivers can face a bill of hundreds of pounds if their cars hit a pothole
  15. Ex-football coach Bob Higgins 'was serial abuser'

    A former football coach was a "serial abuser of young teenage boys" at professional clubs, a court has heard.

    Bob Higgins, 65, is accused of groping and other abuse against 24 boys, many of them trainees at Southampton and Peterborough United.

    Bob Higgins
    Image caption: Mr Higgins, from Southampton, denies the charges at Salisbury Crown Court

    The charges, dating between 1971 and 1996, arose after the NSPCC set up a dedicated helpline to deal with sexual abuse in football, the court heard.

    Mr Higgins, from Southampton, denies the charges at Salisbury Crown Court.

    The trial continues.