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Police warn Bournemouth University students about 'man exposing himself'

Today's weather: Mild and settled

There's quite a lot of cloud hanging around this morning, but we should see some sunny spells breaking through during the day.

Temperatures will be between 11C and 14C across the South.

Boy, 11, pushed into street in 'nasty' attack in Dorset

Police are appealing for information about a "nasty" attack that saw an 11-year-old boy pushed into a road on Weston Road, near to the junction with Courtlands Road, in Dorset.

The boy was said to have been on his scooter at around 07.35 on 20 February when he saw the man crossing the road and walk towards him.

Dorset police say the man then swore at the boy before "barging him into the street".

The victim managed to get up quickly enough as a car approached and was not reported to have suffered any injuries.

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Enfield man accused of drug death will not give evidence

Ceon Broughton
PA

A man from Enfield accused of the manslaughter of the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie at a music festival will not be giving evidence at his trial.

Louella Fletcher-Michie, 24, took class A party drug 2-CP at Bestival in Dorset on 10 September 2017, and died in woodland an hour before her 25th birthday.

It is alleged she was given drugs by her on-off boyfriend Ceon Broughton, 29, and died as her parents rushed to help her.

Mr Broughton (pictured) is on trial at Winchester Crown Court, where he denies manslaughter by gross negligence and supplying the drug.

His barrister, Stephen Kamlish QC, told the jury: "The defence are not calling or giving any evidence."

The judge, Mr Justice Goose, asked Mr Kamlish of the defendant's decision: "Is he aware, in not giving evidence himself, that it may be open to the jury to draw such inferences from his failure as may be proper after directions from me?"

Mr Kamlish replied: "He has been advised."

The case was adjourned until Thursday.

Green MEPs arrested in Belgium nuclear weapons protest

BBC News England

Military protest
Molly Scott Cato

A Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar has been arrested after breaking into a Belgian military airbase.

Molly Scott Cato and fellow Green Party MEPs Michèle Rivasi, of France, and Tilly Metz, from Luxembourg, said they were protesting against its stockpiling of American nuclear bombs.

The trio scaled the perimeter fence and unfurled a banner reading "Europe free of nuclear weapons".

The protest came after US President Donald Trump's announcement that he was withdrawing from the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty earlier this month.

The MEPs were held in a local police station and questioned.

Ms Scott Cato tweeted that they were released.

Ms Cato's constituency covers Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gibraltar.

Wednesday's weather forecast: A mild day with bright spells

Today will be reasonably mild with a mixture of bright spells and banks of cloud.

A small chance of one or two light showers but most places will escape dry.

Moderate south-westerly winds.

Maximum Temperature: 9°C to 12°C (48°F to 54°F).

A mild day with bright spells

Severe accident: A35 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset both ways severe accident, from Woodbury Cross to Morden Park Corner.

A35 Dorset - A35 in Bere Regis closed in both directions from the Woodbury Cross junction to the Morden Park Corner junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

A mainly dry day with some sunny spells lies ahead

Monday's weather forecast: Cloudy with showers today

A cloudy start, though mostly dry, with only the odd shower here and there.

Through the day showers will become more prevalent from the West, perhaps merging into longer spells of rain at times.

Maximum Temperature: 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F).

Cloudy with showers today

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Weather: Bright after a foggy start

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Fog could be slow to clear this morning, but plenty of sunshine and blue sky will follow.

Tonight will not be as cold as last night, while Saturday will be dry and mild.

South Western Railway engineering works continue

BBC News Travel

Weather outlook: Fine and dry

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

RMT demand answer on guards

The RMT union is demanding a "yes or no" answer from South Western Railway on the guarantee of guards on every train.

It has written to the company which says it would always roster a second member of staff on all services.

However, in the event of guards not being available, it wants to operate without one on board instead of cancelling services.

Last week union members voted to continue their strikes over the future role of guards, with more industrial action from 22 February.

South Western Railway train
PA

Ambulance frequent callers 'put lives at risk'

BBC Radio Cornwall

One woman dialled 999 for an ambulance 129 in just three months - an average of more than once a day, according to figures released by the South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

It said "frequent callers" took up more than 200 hours a day of paramedics' time, putting an enormous strain on the service.

Ambulances at Emergency Department
BBC

A frequent caller is someone who dials 999 more than five times a month or 12 times in three months.

Last year, across the greater South West, 15 frequent callers had court convictions, with penalties including fines and custodial sentences.

The ambulance service said that, while some people did have a genuine need to call regularly, those who did not were potentially putting lives at risk.

The trust covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

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'Enormous strain' of frequent ambulance callers

BBC Spotlight

One in 10 calls to the ambulance service in the South West are from "frequent callers", according to the trust which runs the service.

South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust said the problem was putting an enormous strain on paramedics and response times as it was taking up more than 200 hours a day of the emergency team's time.

Ambulances
BBC

Paramedics are asking people to only call 999 in an emergency.

The trust covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

Monday's weather forecast: Dry with sunny spells

This morning will be dry with sunny spells.

More cloud around this afternoon but still some hazy sunshine developing at times.

Mostly light winds.

Maximum Temperature: 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F).

Dry with sunny spells

Weather: 'Very windy'

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Strong winds warning for South and South West

The Met Office is warning of strong winds across the country tomorrow night.

The yellow severe warning predicts travel disruption and the possibility of power cuts.

The strongest winds will be across south-west England and south and west Wales in the late evening, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph on coasts and 50 to 60 mph inland.

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Police seize £58k worth of drugs and cash during 'county lines' crackdown

More than £58,000 worth of drugs and cash has been seized by police in Dorset during a crackdown week on suspected "county lines" dealers.

Between Monday 21 and Friday 25 January 2019, 38 people were arrested on suspicion of drug-related offences during a week of targeted action.

Of these arrests, five were juveniles and are being safeguarded by partner agencies, officers said.

The phrase "county lines" is the term referring to the phone line used by gangs to direct drugs businesses in towns and cities in the UK.

'Hundreds of animals' affected by 'shocking rise' in plastic litter says RSPCA

BBC Spotlight

Hundreds of animals have been affected by what the RSPCA calls "a shocking rise in plastic litter" across the South West in the last four years.

Plastic
BBC

The charity has released figures this morning showing it has been called to more than 400 incidents since 2015 where birds and animals have been entangled or affected in some way by litter in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

It says urgent global action is needed to tackle the amount of litter dropped or washed up.

Monday's weather forecast

A cloudy morning with rain and drizzle in places although much of this should clear later on.

A drier afternoon for most but cloud will linger and there may be some fog on high ground. Winds easing.

Maximum Temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F)

Cloudy through much of the day

Cardiff City 2-0 AFC Bournemouth: "We didn't create enough to get back in the game" - Cherries captain Andrew Surman

Andrew Surman reacts to defeat in South Wales with Jordan Clark.

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Bournemouth manager speaks to Jordan Clark after seventh consecutive away defeat.

Dorset snow round-up: Airfield closed and bemused apes

Monkey World's apes seem to be trying to look after the snow...

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While Sunday's point-to-point at Milborne St Andrew has been cancelled.

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Compton Abbas airfield has been closed with hopes to reopen tomorrow at 10:00.

There are also 120 schools closed in the Dorset County Council area and Thomas Hardye School's production of The Wizard of Oz has been postponed.

Finally, at disability charity Livability's Holton Lee site in Poole, frames protecting part of their Flourish Garden have collapsed under the weight of the snow...

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It's good for my complexion

Sooty the dog rubs her head in snow in north Dorset

If you are in a part of the world that missed the snowfall, you've missed out on a lot of fun.

Sooty the dog just can't resist rubbing it in your face.

Frozen in time

River Cerne, Minterne Gardens
BBC

The River Cerne in Dorset is a winter wonderland in this serene, frozen scene.

Northern parts of the county have seen nearly 5in (13cm) of snow, while coastal areas have been much less affected.

Bin collections disrupted

bins in snow
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Bin collections have been cancelled or delayed in many areas today.

In Berkshire and Oxfordshire, only parts of Slough and Oxford will be visited by waste lorries.

In Hampshire, there are no collections in Basingstoke and Deane, Rushmoor or Hart. Delayed collections are possible in Test Valley, Winchester and the Fordingbridge area of the New Forest.

Isle of Wight Council reports that collections will be later than normal.

In Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are operating normally. Residents in some other parts of the county could have late or missed collections.

In summary: School closures in the South

Caversham
BBC
Children sledging in Balmore Park in Caversham

The vast majority of schools across the South are closed today because of the weather conditions.

Here's the number of closures as things stand:

  • More than 200 schools in Berkshire, giving thousands of children a snow day
  • More than 100 schools in Dorset
  • Nearly 200 schools in Hampshire, including four on the Isle of Wight
  • 105 schools in Oxfordshire

Hartley Wintney
Getty Images
Children build a giant snowball on the cricket pitch in Hartley Wintney