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Good evening, I'm Edward Sault with the news in the south.


A 40-year-old woman has died after falling from a third floor


It happened at 9.40 this morning at Clarendon House


The woman was taken to Southampton General Hospital


Meanwhile, a woman in her twenties is in a critical condition


after falling from a block of flats in Southampton.


The woman was discovered on the ground by police


at Mede House in Salisbury Street yesterday morning.


Hampshire Police say they're not linking the two


A Royal Navy warship based in Portsmouth has rescued 14 sailors


after they became stranded in the Atlantic ocean.


The Clyde Challenger was returning to the UK when strong winds


HMS Dragon was diverted 500 miles and reached the yacht


She provided what's been described as "life-saving


assistance" to the 14 sailors - 13 of whom were British.


We got hit with a wave which knocked us over.


Basically the top of the mast hit the water and snapped.


The crew just did what we are trained to do.


It was quite a big swell so every time the boat went away,


we'd lose sight of it before we could see what was going


on with our own boat, so it was really quite rough.


A woman from Sussex has been given a 15 month sentence


after threatening to kill horses at a yard in Shoreham.


Kirsty Geoghegan, who's 25 and from Hove, tried to blackmail


stable owners at Buddies Yard into paying her ?5000.


The horses had previously had their tails and manes cut off


The stable owners say they're relieved the judge handed out


Absolutely gobsmacked that she got a prison sentence but very ecstatic


We went through a horrendous, absolutely horrendous...


The messages we received and everything we went through.


Ambitious plans to completely change the structure of local government


in Dorset have been condemned by one of the county's most


Six of the county's nine local authorities have backed plans


to replace the current set-up with two unitary authorities.


But the other three councils want to keep things as they are.


This is a very crude map of Dorset's current nine council areas,


with the economic powerhouse of Bournemouth and Poole keen


to merge with their neighbour Christchurch, and the other five


councils lumped together to form a separate unitary


However, three of the smaller councils have all voted no to being


Cheers greeted the merger plans being rejected


People want to be able to keep control of their own destiny.


Bournemouth and Poole can join together if they want


to and meanwhile we have a combined authority which is a strong


There will be less councillors so less representatives of people,


But it also freezes out diversity of opinion.


It works well in Cornwall, Wiltshire.


It's not a ground-breaking proposal we've got here.


Nine councils cannot be the best optimal arrangement of delivering


public service in a county the size of Dorset.


The final decision rests with the secretary of state


If he says yes, there's calls from Greens, Lib Dems and Ukip


Now for a look at the weather with Jennifer Bartram.


Some cloud and showers through the first part of this


We will see some clear spells first thing on Monday morning.


And the temperatures down to around three or four degrees,


That wind is going to be a feature through Monday.


We should see plenty of dry and fine weather through the morning,


some sunshine coming through after that cold


But that breeze is really going to take the edge


Around nine or 10 degrees on the thermometer,


Through the rest of the week, it stays mild, with a few


Our next updates are in BBC Breakfast.


I'm sure most of us are glad to see the back of this weekend. It's been


cold, bleak and at times wintry. It provided some beautiful weather


Watchers photos, like Sheffield earlier today. I suspect some of the


lying snow will be blown around by strong winds starting to develop.


The odd spot of drizzle into the far