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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 27 February
  2. Mainly fine, dry and warm again today

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Thanks for joining us on South Live.

    We'll be back tomorrow with more updates from Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire.

  2. Girl, 5, 'led outside park by man'

    Municipal Park, Aldershot

    A five-year-old girl who went missing from an Aldershot park for several minutes has told relatives that she was with a man.

    The girl was found in Laburnum Road, outside Municipal Park, after vanishing from a play area at about 15:45 GMT on Monday, police said.

    She described the man as being white and chubby, with blue eyes and black hair.

    He had distinctive facial tattoos with a spider and a spider's web under each eye, the girl said.

    Police have said they are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J8 for J9 A404.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 eastbound at J8 J9 A404(M) Maidenhead, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J10 for A329 to J8 for J9 A404.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 eastbound from J10 A329(M) Wokingham to J8 J9 A404(M) Maidenhead, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Berkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J14, A3113 (Heathrow), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J13 (Staines).

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

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    Severe accident: A4074 Oxfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A4074 Oxfordshire both ways severe accident, from Rushmore Lane to B4009 Wallingford Road.

    A4074 Oxfordshire - A4074 Port Way blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from the Rushmore Lane junction in Woodcote to the B4009 Wallingford Road junction in Mongewell, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  7. Bestival drugs death jury sent home

    Louella Fletcher-Michie

    Jurors in the trial of a man accused of manslaughter after his girlfriend took drugs at a music festival have been sent home after failing to reach verdicts on the first day of deliberations.

    Louella Fletcher-Michie, 24, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, was found dead in woodland near the Bestival site in Dorset in 2017.

    Ceon Broughton is accused of doing little to help his girlfriend as he feared breaching a suspended jail term.

    The 30-year-old denies manslaughter and supplying the Class A drug 2CP.

    The Winchester Crown Court jury will consider its verdicts again tomorrow.

  8. Waste team to remain in place after council merger

    Christchurch, Dorset

    BCP Council, the new unitary council set to run Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, says the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) will continue to provide waste services in Christchurch.

    The shadow authority said it had established a one-year agreement with DWP "to ensure that Christchurch residents and businesses continue to receive the same service as they do currently".

    DWP will manage household rubbish and recycling collections, street cleaning, commercial waste services, garden waste and fly-tipping enforcement in Christchurch.

    It comes as Dorset's nine councils become two unitary authorities in April.

  9. Reading drivers could be charged for driving in town

    People may be charged for driving into town under new plans being considered to reduce carbon emissions.

    Amid nationwide protests to tackle climate change, councillors and campaigners in Reading agreed at a meeting on Monday night that measures were needed to reduce carbon in the next decade.

    Council deputy leader Tony Page said one of the measures being considered was charging motorists for driving in town.

    "The proceeds of that charge would then be recycled and reinvested in public transfer and environmental schemes, so the money would be put to good purpose as is the case for example in London, with the ultra-low emission zone which is coming in very shortly," Mr Page told the BBC.

    He added: "Reading has to do that as well, the environment and public health of the town depends on it."

  10. Man still in hospital after Oxford hotel fall

    A man remains in hospital with serious injuries after he fell from scaffolding around Oxford's five-star Randolph Hotel.

    He scaled the Beaumont Street building at about 12:50 on Sunday, a Thames Valley Police spokesman said.

    "He remains in hospital in a serious condition. Officers are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident," he added.

  11. Time out for waterslide

    A giant waterslide event held on the Isle of Wight is taking a year off, organisers have announced.

    Former mayor Wayne Whittle who started the event said: "The event depends on a lot of people volunteering their time and resources and a year just goes by too quickly.

    "We’ve decided to catch our breath and come back bigger next year."

    The 200m inflatable waterslide event at Ryde has been held each summer since 2015.

    Money from tickets sold for rides on the slide goes to local charities - organisers said more than £5,000 was donated last year.

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  12. Drive to stop blue badge misuse sees 10 taken away

    Checks made during a crack down on the fraudulent use of disabled parking badges in Winchester have seen 10 badges taken away.

    Hampshire County Council said three of the badges found being wrongly used were deemed to be serious enough for further investigation.

    The other seven were dealt with via formal warnings.

    People who misuse blue badges to access disabled parking areas can face fines of up to £5,000 and a criminal record.

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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, between J2 for A36 Romsey and J1 for A31.

    M27 Hampshire - One lane closed on M27 westbound between J2, A36 (Romsey) and J1, A31 (Cadnam), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Taxi prices to go up as licence cost increases

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Taxi prices are set to increase in West Berkshire in order to cover the rising cost of licences.

    The current cost of a taxi licence is £161, which will rise to £282 in April.

    Graham Cox, representing the taxi trade, said there was no way to know whether the council was not actually "making profit out of us".

    He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "My concern is if we get these abominable increases, we still don't get the service we are paying for. What is going to change apart from the trade being ripped off?"

    Licensing officer for West Berkshire Council Charlie Fletcher said the price increase was to pay for the £55 an hour it cost the council to provide the service.