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Storm Imogen travel updates - delays on ferries and warnings that flights and rail are set be hit too

Rail services operate under speed restrictions as Storm Imogen blows in

Speed restrictions have been running since 9pm this evening and will in force until at leastl 3am Monday morning as high winds are hit the South, South East and Thames Valley.

Network Rail say their specialist engineers are getting ready to deploy across the network to inspect lines and repair any damage as quickly as possible.

Due to the severe weather conditions forecast for tonight and Monday February 8th, speed restrictions will be in operation as a safety precaution.

Rail operators warn It is highly likely there will be delays due to the bad weather. They plan to run Monday morning services as advertised, however passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling as disruption to services, including the morning and evening peak, is highly likely.

Passengers are being advised to expect delays and disruption as forecasters are predicting winds in excess of 70mph across the South Coast on Monday.

Network Rail fear that with the strength of the winds, railway infrastructure could be damaged as severe winds can blow debris and trees onto tracks and damage equipment and signals

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Met Office issues urgent Storm Imogen warnings for our region

Given the heightened flood risk, the Environment Agency's Jonathan Day warned: "Storm Imogen will lead to large waves and spray along the south and south-west coastal parts of England on Sunday night and Monday. We understand it is tempting to see the force of Mother Nature but people should take extreme care on coastal paths and not put themselves and rescue workers at risk."

The storm-force winds are set to create giant waves and spray for the South West and south of England, particularly in Cornwall , Devon, the Bristol Channel, and parts of the Kent and Sussex coastline on Sunday night and into Monday.

Imogen is threatening to fell trees, down power lines and wreak havoc with the morning commute, while high winds are expected to carry thundery downpours throughout the day that have the potential to cause problems into the evening rush hour.

Alien life form washed up on Sussex beach?

Please help identify this collection of sea life! Credit: Sharon Clark

Can anyone identify what this strange-looking cluster is?

It was photographed by Sharon Clark on Pevensey Bay beach today and she's keen to find out what the "jelly-shell-tentacle creature" is.

It's probably something quite harmless but it's making us feel a bit queasy when we look close up!

The cluster was attached to a groyne washed up on the beach Credit: Sharon Clark

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'Kung Hei Fat Choi'' to Year of The Monkey

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Chatham in Kent for one of the largest parades outside of London celebrating Chinese New Year.

Dragon, lion and unicorn dancers rubbed shoulders with school children and martial arts groups to help see in The Year of The Monkey, which officially begins tomorrow.

We speak to members of the public and parade paticipants, including Sean Tong. Also to Mayor of Medway Cllr Barry Kemp and Fei Mingxing, Consul General from the Chinese Embassy.

Pictures: Teenager injured after car crash

Credit: South Central Ambulance Service

A teenager is lucky to have survived a crash which saw his car end up crushed and on its side.

The accident happened on Pauncefoot Hill near Romsey on Saturday evening.

Credit: Romsey Fire station

Ambulance and fire crews were called to the scene and the 18-year-old had to be cut from the wreckage of the vehicle by firefighters.

He was taken to Southampton General hospital but is not though to have suffered life threatening injuries.

Credit: Romsey Fire service

The road was closed until 10.30 pm on Saturday.

Handgun used in robbery at rural Sainsburys Local

Police are investigating an armed robbery at Sainsburys Local in Headley Road, Grayshott.

It happened just after 10.45pm on Saturday, February 6.

Two men entered the store and threatened staff with what appeared to be a black handgun, demanding they hand over cash from the tills.

A quantity of cash was handed over by a staff member, no-one was injured.

Grayshott is a quiet community Credit: Google images

Three members of staff were working in the store, an 18-year-old man and two 24-year-old women.

A customer, a 17-year-old man, was also in the store.

Offender one is described as:

  • White
  • 5ft 8ins tall
  • Small skinny build
  • tanned weathered skin
  • Wearing a grey hooded top and scarf over his face
  • Wearing two pairs of gloves, black leather and yellow plastic gloves
  • Croaky voice with local accent

Offender two stood next to the door and was wearing similar clothing

“This is a very unusual incident in a rural community. It has obviously left those who were inside the store very shocked but thankfully uninjured.

– Detective Sergeant Oliver Lage

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire's Northern Investigation team on 101

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