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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 6 March
  2. Weather forecast: A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    South Live will be back tomorrow at 08:00 with updates and breaking news for Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire eastbound severe disruption, from J3 for M271 to J4 for M3.

    M27 Hampshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M27 eastbound from J3, M271 (Southampton Docks) to J4 M3, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, from J9 for A34 Winnal roundabout to J10 for A31.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M3 southbound from J9, A34 (Winnal roundabout) to J10, A31 (Winchester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Man charged with raping teen in park

    Riverside Park, Southampton

    A man has been charged with raping an 18-year-old woman in a park in Southampton.

    The teenage victim was attacked in the sports field at Riverside Park, Bitterne, between 23:30 and 23:50 GMT on 2 December, police said.

    Jozef Janczura, 33, has been charged with rape and causing actual bodily harm.

    Mr Jaczura, of Laburnum Road, Southampton, is due to appear before the city's magistrates on Thursday.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J15 for M4 J4B to J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J15 M4 J4b to J14, A3113 (Heathrow), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Lasers may stay put due to removal costs

    Laser columns on Weymouth seafront may have to stay put because of the cost of taking them down.

    They were installed in 2012 for the Olympics as part of a £450,000 seafront regeneration scheme.

    It is understood that neither the new Weymouth Town Council nor the new Dorset Council has any money allocated in their budgets to remove the lasers.

    New Computer-controlled LED light strips costing £200,000 were expected to be up and running by Easter but work is yet to start after the council had trouble finding a contractor to carry out the work.

    Weymouth lighting scheme
  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, from J13 for A34 Chieveley to J14 for A338.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound from J13, A34 (Chieveley) to J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of road management. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. College merger plans ditched

    A proposed merger between Eastleigh College and Southampton City College has been dropped after government funding was turned down.

    In a joint statement, Dr Jan Edrich, principal at Eastleigh College, and Sarah Stannard, principal at Southampton City College, said the decision was "disappointing for both parties".

    The statement added: "We would like to reassure students, staff and parents that this decision will not affect the delivery of any of our courses."

    Southampton City College
  9. Plan to limit number of dogs walked to four

    Dog walkers in Fareham are to face new restrictions on how many dogs they can walk at one time.

    The maximum would be four and people breaking the rule could face a £100 fine, rising to £1,000 if they refuse to pay.

    It was an idea introduced in Gosport in 2017.

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  10. Island homes plan approved

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to build 66 homes in an Isle of Wight village were approved by councillors last night despite objections from residents who said the green space between Newport and Northwood should not be built on.

    The application for the homes in Northwood, submitted by Harding Holdings, was approved by the planning committee by six votes to four.

    The decision had been deferred from the previous meeting after councillors asked officers to carry out a road safety audit and provide more information about access.

    Councillors had raised concerns about vehicle access to and from the busy road, but planning officers said the audit, approved by Island Roads, demonstrated it would be safe.

  11. New council hopes to buy fleet of bin lorries

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is set to spend £1.2m on new bin lorries.

    A report says the vehicles used in the borough need to be replaced and not doing so would result in "significant" maintenance costs.

    After next month's merger with Bournemouth and Poole, rubbish collections in Christchurch will continue to be carried out by Dorset Waste Partnership until April 2020.

    Councillors will decide whether to approve the move at a committee meeting on Tuesday.

  12. Dog walkers face new restrictions

    Fines for not clearing up dog mess in north Dorset are being increased from £80 to £100.

    From the end of this month - dogs will also banned from recreation grounds where sport is played.

    And they must be on a maximum lead length of 6ft 6in (2m).

    North Dorset District Council says the orders are key for the safety of livestock.

    Member of the public walks his dog