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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 4 July

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

    Thanks for joining BBC South Live today.

    The service will resume at 08:00 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport and weather for the Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Bouncy castle ban brought in by Havant Borough Council

    Bouncy castles and other inflatables are to be banned at events on land owned by Havant Borough Council.

    The local authority said the move followed recent tragedies involving bouncy castles and inflatables in Essex and Norfolk.

    Three-year-old Ava-May Littleboy was thrown 20ft in the air when the inflatable trampoline she was playing on exploded on Gorleston Beach, Norfolk, on Sunday.

    Her death came a fortnight after two fairground workers were jailed for manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle flew away with a young girl inside.

    Summer Grant, seven, died after the inflatable was carried 300m across a park in Harlow, Essex, in March 2016.

    Norfolk beach site
    Image caption: Ava-May Littleboy, three, was thrown off the blue bouncy trampoline, pictured in front of the slide
    Quote Message: The recent tragedies involving bouncy castles and inflatables were due in one case to the inflatable being insufficiently moored in Essex (which is a manageable risk) and the other, in Norfolk, to an explosion for causes as yet unknown. The extreme high temperatures that are currently being experienced may have been a major contributory factor to the explosion, however we don't know this for certain. Until the cause of the explosion has been properly identified, it is not possible to manage this risk." from Havant Borough Council statement
    Havant Borough Council statement
  3. Family tribute to motorcyclist after fatal crash

    Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist who died following a collision near Stockbridge at the weekend.

    Andrew Mayer, 61, of Fairways, Andover, died when his bike hit a blue Hyundai car at the crossroads with the B3420 and Newton Lane, on Saturday afternoon.

    Hampshire police said investigations into the exact circumstances of the collision are ongoing.

    Andrew Mayer
    Quote Message: He was a devoted father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many. His family and friends are left devastated by the sudden loss. No words can truly describe how deeply missed he will be.” from Family tribute
    Family tribute
  4. 'Gareth Southgate Festival' launched

    After England's cathartic win against Colombia in a penalty shoot out last night, Truck music festival in Steventon, Oxfordshire, has changed its name - on Twitter at least - to the Gareth Southgate Festival, "to celebrate the fact that football is definitely on its way home".

    View more on twitter

    Let's hope the England team's performance doesn't give it a reason to change its name back before the event on the 20-22 July weekend.

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  5. Police and MP at odds over Portsmouth World Cup big screen idea

    There is a row brewing about whether there should be a big screen in Portsmouth showing the England v Sweden World Cup match on Saturday.

    Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan wrote to the council leader Gerarld Vernon-Jackson urging him to erect a big screen,

    “Sport both builds, and unites, communities. In our football loving city, I urge you to do all you can as Leader of the City Council to provide a public space for local people to come together as a city to watch England’s match on Saturday,” he said.

    However a Hampshire police spokesperson said the force had advised the council against the idea due to "the considerable risks in relation to crime and disorder and safeguarding".

    But she added the final decision laid with the council and the police would "evaluate the threat, harm and risk posed and will resource it with officers and staff as appropriate".

    World Cup
  6. Motorcyclist killed in collision on A31

    A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision with a car on the A31 eastbound near Alresford and Winchester.

    The crash happened at around 08:42 BST today at the junction with Rodfield Lane and Percy Hobbs roundabout.

    The man, in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a woman, suffered minor injuries.

    The road is now fully open following the crash and police are asking for witnesses to the collision to come forward by calling 101 and quoting 44180250358.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J12 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  8. Cowes building site ready for World Cup clash

    Efforts by these builders in Cowes obviously paid off, ahead of England's win on penalties against Colombia in the World Cup

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  9. Heatwave forest fire worries

    As the heatwave continues, there are concerns about potential heath and forest fires.

    Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has tackled about 10 fires a day in the open in the past month - almost 300 in total.

    Many of these have been caused by barbecues not being properly extinguished, glass bottles being left in the sun and out of control bonfires or campfires.

    The New Forest is particularly vulnerable with the authorities issueing warnings to anyone visiting the national park.

    New Forest
    Quote Message: It’s a huge concern at the moment - the forest is tinder dry, it's not going to take much to have a forest fire. People need to be very careful - no cigarette butts out of windows, no disposable barbecues" from Alison Hoare Cabinet Member for Environment at New Forest District Council
    Alison HoareCabinet Member for Environment at New Forest District Council
  10. Body found after 'unexplained' death

    Divinty Road, Oxford
    Image caption: Police are treating the death as unexplained

    Police discover a 54-year-old man dead at a property in Oxford.

    Body found after 'unexplained' death

    Divinty Road, Oxford

    Police discover a 54-year-old man dead at a property in Oxford.

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  11. Man arrested after fatal A34 crash

    A man has been arrested after a car driver died in a collision on the A34 on Tuesday.

    The crash happened on the southbound carriageway, just outside Bullington, at about 09:20.

    Police said the incident involved a HGV lorry, a Peugeot van and a Toyota Auris.

    The driver of the Toyota, a 43-year-old man from Reading, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Two other people suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital in Southampton. A third person suffered minor injuries.

    The lorry driver, a 40-year-old man from Huddersfield, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, as well as drink and drugs driving offences.

  12. Smart motorway plans on show

    A series of public information events will take place from this week about the plan to switch the M4 to a smart motorway.

    Highways England will begin upgrading the 32-mile stretch of motorway between junction three at Hayes, west London and junction 12 at Theale, Berkshire after the summer.

    This will be the longest smart motorway project in England to date and the entire upgrade is set to take more than three years, completing in the Spring of 2022.

    Key features of a smart motorway include set speed limits to smooth traffic flows, converting the hard shoulder into an additional lane and the creation of emergency areas which will be no more than 1.6 miles apart.

    M4
  13. Swanage Railway resumes after Corfe Castle fire

    The Swanage Railway heritage steam service has resumed after the earlier fire at Corfe Castle which broke out close to its line.

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  14. Cyclist hurt in Shinfield crash

    Sam Clayton

    BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

    A cyclist has been injured after colliding with a car in Shinfield.

    Ambulance crews were called to the scene on Shinfield Road shortly before 08:30.

    South Central Ambulance Service said the cyclist had sustained a minor head injury and minor injuries to their legs. After initial treatment at the scene the cyclist was then taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for further assessment and treatment.