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  1. Updates from Wednesday 23 May
  2. Wednesday's weather: Dry, sunny and warm

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Police hunt moped riders after attempted car thefts

    Three attempted car thefts in Southampton during the early hours have been reported to Hampshire police.

    Up to four people wearing balaclavas and using one or two mopeds or motorbikes approached cars being driven or stopped at traffic lights and attempted to open the doors.

    The incidents on the M271 at Nursling, Portswood Road and Charlotte Place.

    A police helicopter joined in the search before the group were seen to dump a moped and make off on foot on Kendall Avenue.

    The moped was recovered. No one has so far been arrested.

  2. Beaulieu swoops to appoint new falconer

    The Beaulieu estate in the New Forest has appointed its first official falconer in three centuries.

    Paul Manning will give falconry demonstrations and give tuition in the art of falconry.

    Falconry in the New Forest dates back more than 1,000 years and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book's entries about the forest.

    Quote Message: It is a real honour to be Lord Montagu’s falconer, particularly with Beaulieu’s rich history of falconry. The wonderful thing about falconry is that it is truly living history, as what I do is exactly the same as 700 years ago. Nothing has changed, from the birds to the skills or equipment. from Paul Manning
    Paul Manning
    Paul Manning
  3. Four detained in Berkshire anti-drugs operation

    Four people have been arrested after police raided three properties in Berkshire as part of an anti-drugs operation.

    Drugs were seized at properties in Pavilions, Windsor, and Lismore Park, Slough.

    A 31-year-old man and 35-year-old woman from Windsor, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

    A 22-year-old woman from Slough, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

    A 31-year-old man from Windsor, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug.

    Police raid
  4. Wildlife park reveals new lemur arrival

    Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating after the birth of a Collared Lemur.

    The tiny primate was born on 5 May at the park's interactive Lemur exhibit, Madagascar.

    The park is hosting Lemur Week from 26 May where visitors will have the chance to name the new Collared Lemur baby.

  5. Parents protest over Fleet school bus changes

    Parents held a protest walk this morning in Fleet over the expected loss of their school bus service.

    Fleet's Ancells Farm housing estate is 2.6 miles from Velmead Junior School.

    In Hampshire children qualify for free transport if they attend the nearest catchment school or one that is nearer to your home, and the distance (measured by the nearest available walking route) is:

    • year R to 3: more than two miles
    • year 4 to 11: more than three miles (this is reduced to more than two miles if your child meets low income criteria)

    The changes are due to be reviewed by a select committee on 25 May.

    Fleet protest
    Fleet protest
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe accident, at J11 for A3090 affecting Winchester Services.

    M3 Hampshire - Queuing traffic on M3 southbound at J11, A3090 (Winchester South), because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Winchester Services.

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

  7. BreakingHusband guilty of wife killing

    Simone Grainger

    A man has been found guilty of killing his wife whose strangled and battered body was found wrapped in a rug in the kitchen of the family home.

    Steven Grainger, 32, has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Reading Crown Court.

    Grainger had denied hitting his wife with a saucepan, claiming he acted in self-defence when she tried to stab him in a row.

    The body of his childhood sweetheart Simone Grainger, 30, was discovered by a family member on 4 November.

    Grainger will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court at a later date.

  8. Poole Park mini railway future 'in doubt'

    The future of a seaside miniature railway is in doubt after several derailments and volunteers, including its director, resigned.

    Poole Park Railway

    Poole Park Railway was threatened with closure last year but reopened under new management in July.

    The charity Friends of Poole Park took over the running of the 69-year-old attraction and refurbished the station, engine shed and track.

    The borough council said it had since been suspended for safety reasons.

  9. Appeal over shots fired near Weymouth supermarket

    Police have appealed for witnesses after shots were fired near a supermarket in Weymouth.

    The shots – possibly from an air weapon - were discharged yesterday shortly before 18:00 BST in Marsh Road near Asda.

    There were also reports of a number of men seen running from the scene.

    Armed officers, attended and a thorough search of the area was conducted.

    Police said a cartridge was found but the firearm involved has yet to be confirmed.

    A cordon is currently in place in Marsh Road to allow crime scene investigators to examine the area.

    There have been no injuries reported to police.

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  10. Fall death nurse denied return to work

    Thomas Higgins
    Image caption: Thomas Higgins died after falling at his home in Binstead

    A nurse, who "forgot" to visit an elderly patient who was later found dead, has been refused permission to return to work by a disciplinary panel.

    Isle of Wight bank nurse Simon Diacon, 43, had been due to change dressings on Thomas Higgins' legs in November 2015.

    The 96-year-old broke his neck, probably after slipping in fluid from his legs, an inquest ruled.

    A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel rejected a proposal to allow Mr Diacon to work under set conditions.

    The case was adjourned for a misconduct hearing on a date to be fixed.

  11. How drones could help save lives at sea

    Drones which can identify humans in distress and help rescue teams survey the surrounding location are being trialled by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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    Video caption: How drones could help save lives at sea
  12. The Verne to reopen as sex offenders' prison

    The Verne

    A former immigration removal centre is to reopen later this year as a prison for men convicted of lower-level sexual offences, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

    The Verne, on Portland, Dorset, will house category C offenders.

    South Dorset MP Richard Drax said: "There's no problem with that category of prisoner.

    "The good news for me is that the prison is open... because it's important for the economy quite apart from the jobs."

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A323 Hampshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A323 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between A3013 Fleet Road and Hitches Lane.

    A323 Hampshire - A323 Reading Road North in Fleet closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A3013 Fleet Road junction and the Hitches Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and bike.

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

  14. Festival-goers urged to take bus to Common People Oxford

    The Oxford Bus Company will be running a shuttle bus service during the Common People Festival.

    The shuttle bus service will operate between Oxford Rail Station and South Park and run every eight to 10 minutes during peak hours to help people reach the festival quickly and easily.

    The Jacksons, Prince's band - The New Power Generation, James and shoegaze legends Ride are among the acts stepping onto the stage during the two-day festival which runs 26-27 May.

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