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  1. Updates from Tuesday 19 June

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  2. Arsonist admits 'life-endangering' attack

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    Video caption: The property in The Avenue was destroyed by fire

    A man has pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life after a woman's house was destroyed by fire in West Moors, Dorset.

    Another man was treated in hospital for chest pains following the blaze in The Avenue on 9 January.

    Phillip Evans, 55, of Ringwood Road, Three Legged Cross, also previously admitted breaching a restraining order.

    He is due to be sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on 30 July.

  3. Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend Royal Ascot

    The Duchess of Sussex has joined the Queen to make her first appearance at Royal Ascot.

    Wearing Givenchy, makers of her wedding dress, the Duchess arrived at 14:00 BST in a carriage procession with her husband Prince Harry, behind the Queen.

    The couple, who were married a month ago at Windsor, presented the winning trophy for the St James's Palace Stakes.

    The royal party was attending the first of five days racing this week.

    Duchess and Duke of Sussex
    Image caption: Bookmakers were taking bets on the colour of the Queen's hat, which turned out to be yellow
  4. Bob Higgins trial: Southampton FC 'warned about abuse claims'

    A former Southampton FC youth manager raised concerns about allegations of sexual assault against a club coach, a court has heard.

    Dave Merrington told a jury Bob Higgins had been the subject of "banter of a sexual nature" among youth players.

    Mr Merrington, who later became first team manager, said the coach resigned days after the issue was raised.

    Mr Higgins, 65, denies 50 counts of indecent assault against teenage boys between 1971 and 1996.

    Bob Higgins
    Image caption: Ex-Saints youth coach Bob Higgins is accused of multiple counts of indecent assault against boys
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    Severe accident: A323 Hampshire both ways

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    A323 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Pale Lane and Pale Lane.

    A323 Hampshire - A323 Fleet Road in Hartley Wintney closed in both directions between the Pale Lane junction and the Pale Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A323 Hampshire both ways

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    A323 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between Pale Lane and Pale Lane affecting Green Lane.

    A323 Hampshire - A323 Fleet Road in Elvetham closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Pale Lane junction and the Pale Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the Green Lane junction.

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

  7. Oxford Uni confirms Mohammed bin Rashid centre is fake

    An Oxford University research centre promoted by the Dubai government does not exist, the university has said.

    The Dubai government published a press release with a photo about the opening of the 'Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Future Research' at Oxford University.

    The photo included Dubai's minister of cabinet affairs and the future and minister for artificial intelligence.

    "We can confirm that there is no centre with this name at Oxford University," a university spokesman said.

    The Dubai Government Media Office has not commented after being approached several times by the BBC.

    Dubai Media Office
  8. Spate of garage break-ins in Chandlers Ford

    Residents are being urged to be vigilant after a series of garage break-ins in Chandlers Ford.

    On Friday afternoon, one homeowner on Ridgeway Walk left his garage door open for a matter of moments when he found a man inside, filling a bag with items.

    Overnight, entry was forced to a garage on Peverells Road and an Ipod was stolen and found discarded nearby. On Leigh Road, a bicycle was stolen from another garage and three bikes were stolen from a summer house in the garden of an address on Sarum Road.

    PC Robert Thomas, said: "If possible, lock bicycles to a solid object when left in your garage or outbuilding. Also, please record any identifiable features of your property, including serial numbers, which could help in identification and recovery if they are ever lost or stolen."

    Chandlers Ford
  9. Former mayor jailed for child sex offences

    A former mayor has been jailed for sex offences against a 13-year-old girl.

    Simon Thornton, 46, of Abraham Way, in Bordon, Hampshire, admitted a number of charges of sexual activity with a child and taking indecent images.

    The offences took place between 2006 and 2009, before he was elected to Waverley Borough Council in Surrey as a councillor and mayor of Godalming.

    He was sentenced to nine years in jail at Guildford Crown Court, and banned from working with children.

    Simon Thornton
    Image caption: He was also put on the sexual offenders register and given a sexual harm prevention order to be served indefinitely.
  10. Blewbury trainer wins opening race at Royal Ascot

    Eve Johnson-Houghton,a Blewbury-based horse trainer, has won the first race at this year's Royal Ascot.

    Accidental Agent won the Queen Anne Stakes with odds of 33-1.

    Her family have owned their Blewbury-based stables since the war, when her grandmother trained horses.

    She told ITV after the race: "I was dreaming of coming third, it is just ridiculous."

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    Video caption: Ascot 2018: Britain's top female flat trainer
  11. Further Cow Lane weekend closure

    Cow Lane bridge

    Cow Lane in Reading will be closed to all road users on the weekend of 30 June, before two-way traffic flow under the bridge is re-introduced in the early hours of Monday 2 July.

    The weekend closure is to allow Network Rail to fully resurface Cow Lane, between the junctions of Portman Road and Cardiff Road, which has deteriorated during the works.

    When works are complete early next year, Cow Lane is expected to become an important alternative route for lorries, commercial and other traffic passing through west Reading.

    Network Rail’s contractors have encountered significant issues with unforeseen ground conditions, drainage issues and uncharted buried services on the site since work began last year.

  12. Refugee scholarship scheme launching at Reading University

    The University of Reading is launching a Refugee Scholarship Scheme which will provide up to 14 scholarships to refugees living in the Reading area.

    It will provide English lessons for those about to embark on a degree course at the university, with financial support available for those who have arrived into Reading with very little.

    South Sudan refugee Sandei told the BBC it has given her a way to learn more and fully integrate into her new home.

    Reading university
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    Video caption: The funeral of a Pegasus Bridge D-Day veteran has been held
  14. New multi-storey planned for Maidenhead

    A new permanent 500-space car park is planned for Maidenhead town centre.

    The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council wants to build a multi-storey car park at Vicus Way, off Stafferton Way.

    If it gets the go-ahead, the new facility is expected to open by January 2020.

    The council says the extra parking will ensure residents, visitors and workers have easy access to the town centre "during and after regeneration".

    Vicus Way
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    Severe accident: A35 Dorset both ways

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    A35 Dorset both ways severe accident, between North Road and B3162 West Road.

    A35 Dorset - A35 in Chideock closed in both directions between the North Road junction and the B3162 West Road junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and car. Diversion in operation - signed - westbound traffic to follow the A3066, A356, A30 and A358 to rejoin the A35 at Axminster. Eastbound to follow the same route in reverse.

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

  16. Reading's cast iron lamp-posts set for refurb

    More than 200 cast iron lamp-posts in Reading will be refurbished and retained following a recent survey of historic lamp posts across the borough.

    Over the past two years, the borough council has replaced 4,000 lighting columns and 13,500 lanterns with modern energy-efficient LED lighting.

    As part of the upgrade, the council worked with members of the Conservation Area Advisory Committee to explore ways of keeping as many historic cast iron columns in use as possible.

    Some 117 cast iron columns will be removed and replaced with steel columns as a result of serious structural faults which could cause safety issues for the public.