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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
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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.

Bob Higgins trial: Former-player regrets not reporting abuse
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Dean Radford was one of the former footballers who gave evidence at Bob Higgins' trial.
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Ex-football coach Bob Higgins has been found guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault against boys.

European elections 2019: Polls take place

Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population, with 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Weather: 'Mostly dry and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Teens take over Daily Mirror for a day

Four Bournemouth teenagers have become editors of a national newspaper for today.

They are part of a team of young people taking over the Daily Mirror in print and online, in what is called the Next Gen Edition.

The initiative seeks to give a platform to issues which matter to them - including lowering the voting age to 16 and teaching politics in schools.

An interview with Education Secretary Damian Hinds, during which a teenager pressed the cabinet minister on exams and pressure on young people, is due to feature in the edition.

Today's national issue is also set to include an interview with the Duke of Cambridge and Chris Packham.

Chris Packham
PA
One of the teens will be interviewing Chris Packham

Extension agreed for school

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Bournemouth School for Girls
Google

Plans to build an extension to Bournemouth School for Girls, including a workshop, fitness suite, classroom and dance studio, have been approved.

Concern had been raised about the loss of trees to make way for the building, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

But 414 people wrote to BCP Council in support of the proposals.

Lib Dem leader elected to new council

Vikki Slade
BBC

A Liberal Democrat has been elected to lead a newly-created council, which was formed when three Conservative-controlled authorities merged.

No single party won overall control of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council in May's local elections.

The Tories won 36 of the authority's 76 seats, becoming the largest party.

However an alliance of Lib Dem, Labour, Green and Independent councillors voted together to install Vikki Slade as the authority's first-ever leader.

Read the full story here.

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Council tax arrears in parts of south more than double in two years

HMRC
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A BBC investigation reveals the number of people in council tax arrears in parts of the south have more than doubled in the past two years.

On average, 174,000 people were in arrears last year.

The largest single account debt outstanding for 2017/18 was West Dorset at more than £32,000.

Liz Donegan, from Citizen's Advice, says nearly one in 10 households fell behind on council tax payments in 2017/18.

Bournemouth University announces new STEM facilities

Bournemouth University has announced a major £38m investment in new facilities at its Talbot campus.

Plans for a new Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) building are set to be submitted after a four-week public consultation.

Vice Chancellor, Professor John Vinney, said: “To ensure we continue to attract high calibre staff and students and deliver world class research for years to come, BU needs to invest in new facilities to remain competitive.

Bournemouth University plans
Bournemouth University

Bournemouth sign Bristol City defender for £13m

Lloyd Kelly
Getty Images

Bournemouth have signed England Under-21 defender Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for £13m.

The 20-year-old passed a medical on Saturday and has agreed terms on a long-term contract.

Read the full story here.

Conservative pledges in Dorset 'too late'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A last-minute bid by the Conservative group to secure a majority on Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has been dismissed.

Election results at the beginning of the month left it three seats short of a majority.

On Thursday its leader Bob Lawton made pledges to win the support of the eight independents in Christchurch, most of whom were suspended by the Conservative Party for their opposition to the merger with Bournemouth and Poole, its proposals for a seven-year period to level council tax, and the planning committee structure.

Mr Lawton said: "We saw the political landscape change considerably as a result of the local elections which has given us the opportunity to speak to colleagues from across all parties as we look to build a new future together."

However, Christchurch independent Margaret Phipps said it was too "late in the day" and said they would continue in their talks to form a coalition with non-Conservative groups.

"Christchurch residents made their views very clear over a long time and they ignored them," she said.

Councillors pose for first council photo

Dorset Council councillors
LDRS

Councillors of newly-formed Dorset Council posed for a photo after their first meeting.

The 82-seat unitary authority, which met in Dorchester yesterday, replaces six previous authorities and 170 councillors.

Weather: 'Cloudier and cooler'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Sub-postmasters wanting to quit 'in limbo'

BBC Spotlight

Post office counter
BBC

Sub-postmasters in the South West say they are in limbo as they wait for new operators to take on post offices in their communities.

Steve Pile said he had been waiting seven years for a new operator to be found in Charmouth in Dorset. He is retiring on Friday without anyone taking over.

In Trewoon in Cornwall, Sally Bourton said she could not afford to leave until another post office was established at another shop in the village.

This is despite the Trewoon branch earmarked for what Post Office Ltd calls its transformation programme in 2012, meaning it could be moved into another shop or taken over by another business.

Post Office Ltd describes such closures as temporary and its planned changes would lead to a sustainable network across the country.

Rail line reopened in Dorset

Rail services have resumed between Bournemouth and Weymouth after a person died at Parkstone station.

Police were called at about midday to a report of a person on the tracks.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

South Western Railway said disruption was expected until 18:00 BST.

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Weather: Dry and sunny, but breezy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Wednesday will be dry and fine with a brisk east-southeasterly breeze making it feel less warm in coastal areas.

A change in the weather is on the way from Thursday, bringing a risk of showers.

Man stabbed in broad daylight

A man was stabbed in Bournemouth town centre on Monday evening.

Police, including armed officers, were called to reports of a stabbing in Gervis Place at about 18:35 BST.

The man was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

A 19-year-old man from Poole was arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent but has since been released without charge.

Gervis Place, Bournemouth
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Armed police attended the scene of the stabbing at Gervis Place, Bournemouth

Tuesday's weather forecast: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Today there will be some chance of clouds but generally clear skies.

Temperatures will range from low single figures to highs of 20°C.

South weather: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Guernsey-Bournemouth and Guernsey-Edinburgh flights start

BBC Radio Guernsey

New flights from Guernsey to Bournemouth and from Guernsey to Edinburgh have started running.

Loganair has launched a weekly Saturday service to both destinations with its fleet of Embraer 135 Jets.

Guernsey Airport general manager Colin Le Ray said the new services would give people in Guernsey - as well as visitors - "more choice" during the summer.

Guernsey Airport
BBC

Scarf sent to schoolgirl by Audrey Hepburn to go under hammer

Monday's weather forecast: Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Today will be a dry and mostly sunny day with a chance of some cloud.

However, there will be a keen easterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).

Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy
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Bike robbers threaten man with knife

Detectives in Bournemouth are looking for two men who robbed another man at knifepoint in the early hours of Thursday.

The victim, in his 20s, was walking along Stokewood Road between 02:00 and 02:30 BST when he was approached by two men on bicycles.

They were initially friendly, but then asked him for his wallet and phone. One of the men then took out a kitchen knife and held it up to the victim who handed over the two items.

The robbers left in the direction of Winton.

Hotel demolition plans refused

Plans to demolish a cliff top hotel and replace it with a block of flats have been refused.

Property developers AJ Developments Ltd wanted to build a block of ten flats on the Hotel Riviera site at West Cliff Gardens in Bournmouth.

But Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council planners said the scheme was “unacceptable” and that the loss of tourist accommodation had not been justified, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The seafront building was constructed in the 19th century as St Margaret’s Hall private school but has since been converted into a 34-bed hotel.

Artist's impression of the block of flats proposed
AJ Developments Ltd

Weather: Early mist will clear to sunny spells

A clear and dry start, but there will be some areas of early morning mist or fog.

There will be long sunny spells throughout the day, but there is a chance of an afternoon shower. Light winds.

It will become rather cloudy this evening and some outbreaks of rain will spread from the west overnight, but it will be quite mild.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F).

Green and independents join forces on new council

Green and independent councillors on the new Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) have joined forces to secure stronger representation on the new unitary authority.

Having worked together over the past year, Simon Bull (Green) and Kieron Wilson (independent) have been joined in their grouping by new Green Chris Rigby and independent Lisa Northover.

Being part of a group gives its members a right to seats on committees while its support will be required if any non-Conservative majority coalition is to be formed.

No party won overall control in last week's elections and discussions on a way forward are being held with the chief executive.

'Giant' sink-hole in Dorset

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A hole the size of a dinner plate discovered in February beside the Inland Coast Path on Bronkham Hill, West Dorset, has grown to be many times larger.

"When this hole was first reported we took action as we knew it could indicate a chasm of unknown depth," John Sellgren, from Dorset Council, explained.

"I am happy to report that the sink-hole now appears stable and the National Trail is open."

The hole sits in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where rain water sometimes seeps through the surface flint and gravel to dissolve the porous chalk beneath.

Burglary attempt at church after Easter Sunday service

CCTV image of man
Dorset Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police want to speak to after an attempted burglary at a Bournemouth church on Easter Sunday.

It is believed the suspect hid in the church after a service at about 18:45, and tried to open locked doors while also putting bags over CCTV cameras.

While one of the doors was damaged, nothing was taken.

Police Community Support Investigator Steph Garner said: "We have been able to obtain CCTV images of the suspect and have made efforts to identify this man, but have so far been unsuccessful.

"I am now issuing these images in the hope that someone will recognise him."