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New music festival for Southampton

Bestival in full swing Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

A new festival for the region. The organisers of Bestival are to stage Common People on the Bank Holiday weekend of 23 and 24 May on Southampton Common.

The organisers say: "Common People will be a glorious two-day metropolitan festival, uniting all tribes under the Southampton sky, bringing the blithe spirit of Bestival right to the heart of the city."

Thousands of music fans attended the 2014 Bestival at the Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight. This year's headliners were Chic and Nile Rogers, plus Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx.


Coach driver arrested on suspicion of drink driving after vehicle collides with school gate

A coach driver has been arrested after his vehicle collided with a school gate in Southampton. It happened in Bellemoor Road, Southampton.

School staff noted the driver was not well and called for an ambulance.

Police were called to the scene by the ambulance service at around 9.20am.

Officers breath-tested the driver, a 53-year-old man. He was arrested on suspicion of driving over the drink-drive limit and bailed until February.

The man was taken to hospital by ambulance but he has not suffered any injuries as a result of the collision.

The driver was the only person on board at the time. No-one at the school was injured or involved in the incident. The coach was carrying 'educational equipment'.

Ferry services disrupted due to adverse weather

Services are currently suspended between Southampton and West Cowes Credit: Red Funnel

Services have been suspended on Red Funnel ferries between Southampton and West Cowes due to adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile there are delays of up to three hours on P and O Ferries between Dover and Calais.

Strong are causing disruption to sailings, but passengers are advised to check in as normal.

Norovirus closes two hospital wards

Two wards have been closed Credit: Meridian

People are being advised to take stringent hygiene precautions, after norovirus – the ‘winter vomiting bug’ – led to the closure of two wards at Southampton General Hospital.

Patients and visitors should avoid coming to the hospital unless it is absolutely necessary, to help prevent the bug spreading.


Family who escaped from gas explosion tell their story

The family who miraculously escaped a gas explosion that destroyed their home, and everything in it, have told ITV Meridian they can't wait to get back home - NEXT Christmas.

One minute, Jay Sabanal and his daughter Bella were asleep in their home in Southampton - the next, they were buried under rubble.

Yet, despite the trauma of that terrible morning, the family say the property - in Howards Grove in Shirley - IS still their home and when it's re-built they want to move back. They've been speaking to our reporter Andrew Pate.

New accommodation opens in Southampton for families of children in hospital

New building opens on Monday Credit: ITV news

A new accommodation block opens at Southampton General on Monday to house relatives of children in the hospital. The 53 bedroom house cost 7 million pounds to build and will cost half a million a year to run. Famillies who've used the so called Ronald McDonald houses elsewhere say they're invaluable.

"Home from home" for relatives Credit: ITV news
One of the 53 bedrooms Credit: ITV news

Many families travel long distances to get medical help for their children at Southampton General. The new accommodation aims to take away some of the stresses for relatives. All rooms have a direct line to the children's ward in case of emergency.

Balloon prank victim glad to have room back

A Southampton student who arrived back to his room to find his friends had filled it with 5000 balloons says he has just about cleared up.

Max Rennie's flatmates decided to teach him not to make the rookie mistake of leaving his room open when he goes home for the weekend.

They filmed the prank and posted it online. Max says he's glad to have his room back:

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