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Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

We're expecting a warm and humid day with a risk of thundery showers.

How's your accent?

Popular village character Michael Ebdon is proud of his strong Dorset accent
Michael Ebdon is now in his eighties. Every morning the man affectionately known as 'the honorable mayor of Swyre' stands on the side of the road to wave to people in their cars by the junction to Litton Cheney and Pucknowle on the B3157 coast road in west Dorset. BBC Radio Solent first met Michael two years ago and a video of his long-standing daily ritual went viral on social media. Last week, we renewed old acquaintances to ask him about the Summer Solstice and the longest day.

South Western railway strike continues

It's day four of a strike by South Western Railway (SWR) staff over the role of train guards.

SWR is running a reduced service across the network.

The operator which runs services in London and Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and Somerset, said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said staff had been left with no choice but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

The walkout is due to continue on Saturday.

Surbiton station during strike
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Man to appear in court over champagne theft

A 52-year-old is due to appear in court after being accused of stealing £362 worth of champagne in Broadstone, Dorset.

Police said the theft took place on 21 March at the village's M&S Simply Food in Lower Blandford Road.

The man has been ordered to appear at Poole Magistrates' Court on 25 June.

Dorset Echo: Chef's vision for 'foodie heaven'

Dorset Echo
Dorset Echo

Emiliano Sala: Manslaughter arrest over footballer's death

Emiliano Sala
Emiliano Sala had just signed with Cardiff City

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala who died in a plane crash.

The striker, who had signed with Cardiff City, was killed in the crash along with pilot David Ibbotson.

A 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire had been arrested and released while investigations continue, a spokesperson for Dorset Police said.

The force added the families of the two men who died had been informed.

East Dorset Tories' Gogglebox review of leadership debate

Tory leadership race: Debate gets Gogglebox treatment by Bournemouth party members

Weather: Risk of thunderstorms

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

New council leader pledges to end 'secrecy'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The new leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has said she wants to overhaul the “secretive” approach taken by its preceding councils.

Councillor Vikki Slade said while leading one of the largest councils in the country was a "daunting" prospect, she was "committed" to doing the best for the public.

The new authority - made out of a majority of Liberal Democrats - is the outcome of the merger of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole councils in April aimed at saving local authorities in Dorset over £100m in the coming years.

The new administration has promised to put the environment at the top of the agenda for the 12th-largest unitary authority in the country.

Vikki Slade
Vikki Slade is the leader of the newly formed BCP council

SWR strike: Wheelie bin on train sparks concerns

On a day when South Western Railway (SWR) is experiencing severe overcrowding due to the start of a five-day strike, a number of commuters have wondered why a wheelie bin has been given a special place on one of its trains...

Other passengers have raised security concerns as it was not clear what was in the bin.

SWR later tweeted to say it was most likely transporting lost property to one of its station.

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MP supports train guards strike

Labour MP Ian Mearns has joined a picket line this morning in support of striking South Western Railway (SWR) workers.

RMT said staff had been left with "no choice" but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

SWR said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot, which will start later.

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Police appeal over missing teen

Police have appealed to the public for help in finding a missing teenager from Poole, Dorset.

Ryan Scott, who is 16 years old, was last seen on 17 June at 19:30 BST at his home in Puddletown Crescent.

He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall and of slim build.

He was wearing a grey Firetrap hooded top and black trousers and trainers.

Dorset Police said they believe Ryan was upset when he disappeared and called on him to get in touch saying he is "not in any trouble" but his family is "very concerned" about him.

Ryan Scott

Tuesday's weather: Dry start with thunderstorms later

A dry start to the day but from 18:00 BST there is a yellow warning in place for thunderstorms which will see heavy downpours across the region.

Temperatures will hold up in the double figures at about 18C.

Monday's weather forecast: A largely dry day

Fairly cloudy this morning with some scattered showers.

More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon and most areas should remain dry.

Just a chance of the odd shower. Breezy.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).

It should be a largely dry day

CCTV released after Dorset human waste tanker crash

Dorset Police

CCTV has been released following a crash in which a man received serious injuries that involved a tanker carrying human waste and four other vehicles.

It happened at 14:20 BST on 24 May in Matchams Lane between Raceway and Snowtrax in Dorset and featured a tanker, a blue Mercedes, a black Mercedes, a red Toyota, and a Yamaha motorbike.

The tanker driver, a 52-year-old man from Poole, suffered life-changing leg injuries, Dorset Police said.

The driver of the blue Mercedes, a 34-year-old man from Eastleigh, sustained serious injuries to his spine and leg and was taken to Poole Hospital.

Police are trying to trace a Honda Jazz pictured in the CCTV image.

Police begin Twitter marathon

Dorset Police has started a 12-hour Tweetathon.

The force is live tweeting calls as they come in from 16:00 until 04:00.

So far calls have resulted in two men being arrested in Poole for possession of class A drugs.

Officers also received a report about criminal damage to a bus with an air rifle in Weymouth and a missing young person in Ringwood.

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Weather: 'Cool, with outbreaks of rain'

'Ghost fishing gear' clear-up off Dorset
Divers are working to clear discarded nets, line and rope endangering sea creatures off Dorset.

Weather: Grab your umbrella

Here's Lucy Martin with the latest forecast.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 weather

Visitors urged to stay away from animals

Visitors to the New Forest are being urged to keep their distance from the national park’s free-roaming animals amid concern many people are getting too close to them.

Head agister Jonathan Gerrelli said: "Most New Forest ponies and donkeys are even-tempered animals and often come close to visitors, but they are not used to being handled and should be left alone.

"The animals may look friendly but can bite or kick, especially when they have young with them."

Treating the animals as tame encourages them to pester people and hang around busy roads and car parks putting them at risk of road accidents, the New Forest National Park Authority said.

New Forest ponies are well adapted to thrive all year round in the wild and there is no need to feed them, it added.

The posters that are being put up across the New Forest
New Forest National Park Authority
Posters are being put up across the New Forest

Weather: A wet day

A very wet start with persistent rain across the area.

Through the afternoon, some sunny spells will develop, but also a good scattering of heavy showers, some of which will turn thundery.

Heavy and locally thundery showers at first this evening.

Thereafter, the heaviest showers will clear to the northeast, leaving an increasingly windy and cloudy night, with patchy rain at times.

Temperature: Between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).

Thundery showers expected later, says Alex Osborne
Dorset parkour athlete says the public are more accepting
Professional parkour athlete Luke Stones says people have become more accepting of the sport.
Dorset solider's illegal D-Day diary revealed in new book
Private Terry Parker detailed his experiences of D-Day in June 1944 in an illegal diary.

Monday's weather forecast: Dry and fine but cooler

Staying mostly dry with sunny spells but feeling noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The odd light shower cannot be ruled out in the late afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

Dry and fine but cooler today

NHS trust spends £1.27 million on redundancies

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An NHS trust has spent £1.27 million in the last year on the redundancies of 23 people.

Dorset HealthCare, which provides mental health and community health services across the county, paid a total of £224,000 to one former managerial staffer.

A spokesman for the trust said the redundancies were mostly management roles and that the move was aimed at freeing up money for its front-line work.

Figures published in a report to its board show the amount it paid in redundancies increased almost 15-fold compared to the £82,000 it spent in 2017/18.

Girl struggling with mental health
An NHS trust has spent more than £1mn on redundancy packages

New speed cameras go live

The new permanent average speed cameras installed on the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road will be switched on next Friday.

They will support a temporary 40mph speed limit on the southbound carriageway, from Blackwater Junction to the Cooper Dean Roundabout, until the current roadworks are completed next month.

On the northbound carriageway they will support the permanent 50mph limit.

Average speed cameras

Weather: Warm and sunny

A fine and warm day with a good deal of sunny spells. However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C.

Any showers will fade to leave it dry tonight with clear spells and light winds. A rather mild and humid night though with a minimum temperature of 9°C.