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South of England Weather: Cloudy with rain at times

BBC Weather

It's set to be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind.

The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder. Highs of 20C

Man killed in rock fall was from Hampshire

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Sandymouth beach
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A man killed by falling rocks was 66 years old and from Hampshire, police have said.

The man was killed on Tuesday when rocks fell on to him shortly before midday at Sandymouth beach near Bude.

Richard Gibbons from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC on Wednesday the man had been "up in the rocks and unfortunately suffered part of a rock fall".

He said: "The rocks fell on top of him and he was pinned by a substantial piece of stonework."

The man's body was recovered at about 15:45 on Wednesday at the end of a 28-hour operation by the fire service, coastguards and the police.

The man has not yet been named.

Funding agreed for new special needs school

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chineham Park school site
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Hampshire County Council has allocated more than £10m of government funding to build a new special needs school at the former Chineham Park Primary School site in Basingstoke.

Work to build Austen Academy is due to start later this year and is expected to open in spring 2021.

It will cater for 125 children aged between five and 16 who have social and communication difficulties, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Autistic children's school being built in Hampshire

A school is being built for autistic children on the site of the former Chineham Park Primary School in Basingstoke.

Hampshire County Council is going to invest more than £10m pounds of government funding to build the school.

The new facility, due to open in spring 2021, will have places for 125 pupils with special educational needs and aged between 5 and 16.

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The school will have 125 places

Hampshire Day celebrations get underway

It's the very first Hampshire Day today.

The day, which will be held on 15 July each year, is a celebration of the county's history, tradition and cultures.

A new Hampshire flag has been raised to mark the day at a special ceremony held earlier at the Great Hall in Winchester.

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Watch: Today's weather for the south

It will be fine and dry today, with light winds and long sunny periods.

Some patchy cloud will bubble up, in what will be a warm afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F).

Fine and warm with lots of sunshine
Team GB: Shortage of women in competitive gliding
With international championships on the horizon, Team GB's female glider pilots want more women in the sport.

Weather for the south: 'Sunny intervals, patchy cloud'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

A mostly dry but cloudy day, with some brighter spells developing in the afternoon.

The odd shower cannot be ruled out, mainly early on, but most places should stay dry.

Maximum temperature 21 to 24C.

CCTV released over 'suspicious incident'

Police have released CCTV of a man they are looking to speak to in relation to a suspicious incident in Basingstoke.

A woman was left in a "distressed state" after a hooded man showed up at her doorstep in Sherborne St John at about 23:05 BST last Saturday.

He repeatedly rang the bell of the property in Cranes Road while other people were heard making noises and hiding behind the fences.

It lasted for about 10 minutes, the force said.

PC Simon Denton said: "This incident has caused much distress to the woman who was at home at the time."

He appealed to the public to get in touch if they recognised the man.

CCTV
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Warning as M27 set to be closed tonight

The M27 will be closed westbound due to roadworks between junction 10 for Alton and 8 for Bursledon from 20:00 BST this evening to 06:00 tomorrow.

Highways England has also warned commuters to expect further disruptions on the same stretch between 17-20 July.

BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

For most of us it will be mainly cloudy and dry, with warm temperatures where there is sunshine.

There is a risk of light drizzle in the east. Temperatures could reach highs of 23C.

Your pictures: Shiplake, Gosport and Lyme Regis

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers "cameracarrot", "Tony" and "dorset girl", for their snaps of dreamy-looking clouds over Shiplake in Oxfordshire, a golden sunrise over Gosport in Hampshire and Dorset's Lyme Bay shimmering in the summer sunshine.

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Gosport sunrise
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Lyme Regis
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Send us your pictures of the south region via our Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or on Twitter: @BBCBerkshire, @BBCDorset, @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCOxford.

Petersfield Infant School closed due to flood

Flooding has closed a school in Hampshire.

Petersfield Infant School on St Peters Road will be "fully closed" on Monday, the county council said.

Please check the authority's website for more information.

Petersfield Infant School
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BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly dry with sunny spells but there is the risk of a shower.

Highs of 22C (72F).

Teen warns of train track dangers
Tegan was electrocuted when she stepped on to train tracks as she tried to cross to the opposite platform.

A34 among England's 'worst roads'

A34 in Berkshire
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The A34 between Hampshire and Oxfordshire has been rated one of England's worst roads.

Transport Focus published findings of its Strategic Roads User Survey of major A-roads managed by Highways England.

Worst ranked was the M20 in Kent which was described as "bumpy" and "full of potholes".

The best road, according to the survey of 8,500 people, is the A19 in the North East of England.

RNLI supporter marks 100th birthday with boat launch

Joan Webb ringing the bell
RNLI/Nathan Williams

An RNLI supporter from Basingstoke celebrated her 100th birthday by ringing the ceremonial bell at the launch of a new lifeboat.

Joan Webb was the guest of honour at the launch of the Shannon class boat in Rhyl.

She has been a volunteer at the Basingstoke and District RNLI Branch since the early 1980s.

Volunteer astronomers help defence space project

Illustration of space debris
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Volunteer astronomers are helping the Ministry of Defence monitor objects in space.

Members of the Basingstoke Astronomical Society are investigating whether a low-cost network of cameras could improve awareness of objects - some as small as freezers - as space becomes increasingly congested.

The group hopes to help track more than 22,000 artificial satellites for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory space programme.

Coroners' retirement leads to service merger

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Coroner services across Hampshire could merge following the retirement of the county's senior coroners later this year.

Portsmouth, South East Hampshire, Southampton, Central & New Forest and North East Hampshire would be combined under the proposal, with Basingstoke office closing.

No courts would close but the move is predicted to save £25,000 a year for Portsmouth City Council, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Another option being considered by Portsmouth is a merger with Isle of Wight coroner service.

The options will be discussed at a cabinet meeting of Portsmouth City Council on Tuesday.

Boy arrested after facial injuries assault in Basingstoke

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after another boy, 15, suffered "numerous facial injuries" in Basingstoke

The victim was allegedly assaulted at 16:00 BST on Monday in Basingstoke by a group of teenagers in Peggs Way, and was taken to hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses, and is looking for three more male suspects aged between 15 and 17.

Two suspects were described as black, one is white.

Update on Southern rail disruption

Rail services are returning to normal following the earlier incident at Southbourne, West Sussex.

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Southern rail services disrupted as person hit by train

There is disruption to rail services after a person was hit by a train at Southbourne, West Sussex.

Services were suspended on Southern between Chichester and Havant due to emergency services dealing with the incident.

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South of England weather: Dry with more sun later

BBC Weather

It will be rather breezy or even windy along the coast.

It will be dry with some areas of cloud this morning. However, more in the way of sunshine is expected in the afternoon.

Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for 3 July