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Narrowboat raised after crashing into bridge

A specialist team of divers and Environment Agency officers have finally managed to raise a narrowboat that capsized in the Thames after breaking free from its mooring in Oxford. The 'One Old Peculier' floated down the River before crashing into Osney Bridge below Botley Road on Monday. She's been there ever since despite numerous attempts to raise her. However the Environment Agency used a crane to winch the boat upright.

Council tax set to rise for 4 years in Hampshire

The council needs to make £140m of cuts over the next 4 years Credit: ITV Meridian

Council tax looks set to rise by 3.99% each year for the next four years in Hampshire. It would lead to an extra £41.40 per year for a 'Band D' property this year.

The cabinet at Hampshire County Council has recommended that tax increases by the maximum possible amount to help with severe cuts to the council's budget from the government.

The council has to save £81m this year alone, £54m of which will come from the government's 'rainy day' fund - the Grant Equalisation Reserve.

Almost £240m of savings need to be made by 2019/20 and the council admits it will have to make 'challenging decisions'. Frontline services such as adult social care, police and buses face cuts.

Sam Holder explains in the video below:

Sam Holder spoke to Cllr Roy Perry, Conservative Leader of Hampshire County Council.


Court hears secret recording of man accused of murder

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering Hampshire grandmother Georgina Edmonds - has today heard a covert recording of Matthew Hamlen, and his mother, taken while he was being questioned by police. The recording hears him say how he couldn't remember where he was at the time of the murder - but later tells his mother he may have an alibi. Mrs Edmonds was found dead at her home in Brambridge in 2008. Matthew Hamlen from Bishopstoke denies murder. Andrew Pate sends this.

New form of radiotherapy is trialled

Two of the region's hospitals are trialling a new form of radiotherapy treatment that's less invasive for cancer patients - in an attempt to improve their quality of life.

Doctors at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford are among 17 places across the country chosen by NHS England to evaluate the procedure's effectiveness.

Medics will still deliver a high dose of radiation but this treatment is said to be more accurate - causing less damage to other areas of the body. Katie Rowlett, has been given an exclusive look at how it works.


Traffic nightmare over as A249 fully re-opens

The main route on the A249 towards Sheppey - which closed for nearly a month because of a huge sinkhole - re-opened today. Local villagers say they're relieved their nightmare is over, but say it's taken to long too sort out and they haven't been kept up to date by Highways England. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to councillors Robert Ball and Duncan Dewar-Whalley from Bobbing Parish Council, Andrew Broughton from Highways England and Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson.

Salty sea dog back on dry land

It's a real- life Incredible Journey.

Storm the German Shepherd went missing from his home for four whole days - and his owners feared they might never see him again.

And when he was finally spotted by some eagle-eyed dog lovers, he was drifting out to sea off the Sussex coast.

He was monitored by the coastguard - before being plucked from the water by lifeboatmen. Now he's been patched up - and is on his way home.

We speak to Storm's owner Helen Sygrave, Steve Warne from RNLI Hastings and vet Lukasz Zelaskiewicz from Senlac Veterinary Centre in Battle.

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