St Mary's blaze: the view from Bitterne Park

Video: Tim Forcer
Here's brief footage of the fire that broke out near the St Mary's stadium at about 1pm yesterday (March 6) sending smoke over Southampton and causing the cancellation of the scheduled football match with Preston North End. Various roads near the area were still reported to be closed on Thursday. More than 100 firefighters were at the fire at one point, reported the BBC.

25 Marlhill trees saved from the chop, but others declared unsafe

By Natalia Forero, Local Democracy Reporter

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Airport bosses have been told by the city council they can’t butcher 25 trees by cutting off the tops and reducing their height, although the meeting heard the secretary of state could intervene under the Civil Aviation Act. Fourteen other trees will be cut for safety reasons.

Water quality: Wild swimmers only prepared to dip their toes in the river

Supporters of wild swimming were only prepared to dip their feet in the Itchen from St Denys Boat Club at an annual community celebration on Saturday (Feb 17). The event usually involves a swim, but there were concerns about water quality. Interviewed in this BBC report Gavin Millar said they'd like to see ultra violet treatment in the sewage works up the road, as has been installed elsewhere in the city. A crowd funder to pay for further independent water testing of the river has now been set up.