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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 18 February

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Fire in Windsor closes down town centre

    A fire in Windsor saw the town centre closed off during Monday's rush hour.

    Fire crews from Windsor, Slough and Ascot attended the scene at the Duchess of Cambridge pub after a chimney fire broke out.

    The road had to be closed between Thames Street and Castle Hill, so an aerial ladder could reach the location.

    The fire is now under control and no casualties have been reported.

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  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, from J4A for A327 to J4 for A331.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M3 northbound from J4a, A327 (Farnborough) to J4, A331 (Camberley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, before J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

    M25 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise before J14, A3113 (Heathrow), because of a broken down van and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

  4. Terror officer 'relentlessly pursued' victim, 14'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Child safety charity the NSPCC has said not enough is being done to protect children on social media, after a police officer had sex with a 14-year old girl he made contact with on Snapchat.

    Peter Drummond of Three Mile Cross, Berkshire, was jailed for eight years at Truro Crown Court.

    He was found guilty at Truro Crown Court of three counts of sexual activity with a child, but not guilty of three counts of rape.

    The NSPCC said its Wild West Web campaign was demanding that the government made the internet safe for young people by regulating social networks.

    Quote Message: "Drummond relentlessly pursued his underage victim on social media, tracking her whereabouts, so that he could satisfy his sexual desires. His actions will have a long-lasting impact on the teenage girl involved, who has bravely spoken out to ensure he is unable to target other vulnerable young people in this way." from NSPCC
    NSPCC
  5. Disabled man assaulted in Bournemouth shop

    Police are looking for three young men who attacked a disabled man in Bournemouth.

    The 21-year-old victim was assaulted and verbally abused by the group of three men in a convenience store on Old Christchurch Road in the early hours of Thursday morning.

    Dorset Police said the victim tried to get away, but they continued the attack in the street until a member of security from a nearby nightclub intervened. He was treated in hospital for concussion.

    London Market, Old Christchurch Road
  6. Flamethrowing 'Dragon Ptchers' deployed for pothole repairs

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The first new flamethrower-wielding pothole repair vehicle is set to take to Hampshire's roads.

    With the ability to repair up to 150 holes per day, the so-called Dragon Patcher will be deployed to find and fix road damage as part of a new highways strategy by the county council.

    The truck expels flames to de-ice and dry out the road surface, before cleaning it with compressed air. The potholes are then sealed with a stone mix and hot bitumen emulsion. It's claimed the patcher is five times faster than traditional methods.

    Dragon Patcher
  7. Pair escape burning car after crash

    A young child and a driver escaped their car after it caught fire on an M40 slip road last night

    The pair managed to get out of the car after it caught fire immediately following a crash with two other cars as they were leaving the motorway at junction 11, Banbury.

    Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were able to get to the safety of another car that stopped to help them further down the slip road.

    No-one was seriously injured in the crash the service said.

  8. Exotic butterflies emerge at Blenheim

    Butterlies emerging from cardboard box next to a smiling woman and green plants

    Dozens of different exotic butterfly species from around the world have been released at Blenheim Palace.

    More than 500 butterflies can been seen in the tropical butterfly house during the February half-term.

    Native butterflies and species from South America, Africa, Australia and South Asia were released into the lepidopterarium.

    Staff have planted specially selected nectar-rich flowers including marguerite, black eyed Susans, hydrangea and hibiscus from which the butterflies can feed.

  9. Overnight closure for new crossing

    Portsmouth's Anglesea Road will be closed overnight this week while roadworks take place.

    A new crossing is being put in at the junction of Anglesea Road and Park Road.

    The road will be closed from 22:00 until 05:30.

    Vehicles are being diverted via Queen Street, Wickham Street and St George's Road. The road will remain open to pedestrians.

    Anglesea Road crossing
  10. Police officer guilty of having sex with girl, 14

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A police officer has been found guilty of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

    Peter Drummond, 38, of Three Mile Cross, near Reading in Berkshire, had sex with the girl at her home in Cornwall, Truro Crown Court heard.

    Drummond was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child and not guilty of three counts of raping the girl.

    The anti-terrorism police officer, who has been with the Ministry of Defence since 2006, had contacted her on Kik messenger, Snapchat and Skype, the jury heard.

    He will be sentenced later today.

    Peter Drummond