Live updates

Time lapse video shows how close ride was to completion

Half of the Scenic Railway stucture has collapsed last night Credit: Frank Leppard

Last night was a major blow for the owners of the Dreamland theme park in Margate in more ways than one.

The high winds and turbulent weather caused part of the newly constructed railway ride to collapse, leaving rubble and planks in its place.

The Grade II* Listed Scenic Railway was in the process of being rebuilt by the theme park in Kent.

The ride's structure was nearing completion as the time lapse video of its reconstruction shows it looked before last night's storm.

Video courtesy of Dreamland.co.uk

Advertisement

Fareham home 'ablaze within minutes'

An elderly man has died and an elderly woman has been rescued after a dramatic bungalow fire in Fareham this morning.

Two crews from Fareham fire station and one from Portchester were sent to the fire at a house in Nicholas Crescent at 7.51am.

One elderly female managed to escape the property and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The crews rescued an elderly man and handed him to the ambulance service for treatment, but sadly the man died at the scene.

Neighbours have been recalling the moment the fire started.

Lorry fire causing delays for Havant motorists

The lorry on fire at the side of the A3M Credit: Kate Louise

The A3M in Hampshire has been blocked and traffic is queueing after a lorry caught fire this afternoon.

The Southbound carriageway of the road was blocked between Waterlooville and Havant as flames engulfed the lorry on the side of the road.

Traffic was queuing since 2.40pm this afternoon after the fire took hold Credit: Kate Louise

Day of disruption for Thames Valley rail passengers

Thousands of rail passengers have been facing a day of disruption because of overrunning engineering works on the line from Reading to Paddington.

Most services from the Thames Valley to London have been hit.

Trains are being terminated at Reading with passengers diverted to London Waterloo.

It's rail chaos for those travelling by train in the Thames Valley today Credit: PA

The problem appears to be with signalling following engineering works.

Delays are expected for the rest of the day.

Rollercoaster at Kent theme park collapses in high winds

A Grade II* listed rollercoaster at a Kent theme park has been knocked over by bad weather overnight.

The ride structure at Margate's Dreamland was damaged by the strong gusts that battered Kent in the early hours of this morning.

The once-popular ride has been reduced to rubble Credit: @LobsterVanHire

The wooden frame of the railway rollercoaster was torn down at the site in Margate after heavy wind and rain battered the South East of England.

It is thought the contractors working to rebuild the attraction are covered for weather damage under their insurance.

The rollercoaster ruins that have been left following the strong gales Credit: @LobsterVanHire

Advertisement

Man charged with Christmas Day murder

A 30-year-old man has been charged with murdering a Brighton man who was stabbed in the heart on Christmas Day.

Police searched the area around Montague Street following the murder Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Oliver John Parsons, 30, of no fixed address, was charged by Brighton magistrates with the murder of 24-year-old Joe Lewis in Brighton on Christmas Day.

He has been remanded in custody until Monday 29th December, when he will appear before Guildford Crown Court via video link from HM Prison, in Lewes.

The post mortem examination revealed that Mr Lewis died from a stab wound to the heart.

Boy from Spiderman surprise video dies after losing cancer battle

A five-year-old from Hampshire, who was captured meeting his hero 'Spiderman' in a viral video, has sadly died.

Jayden Wilson, who was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Brain Stem Tumour and given a year to live, lost his battle on Christmas Eve.

He died peacefully in his sleep - surrounded by spiderman toys and his spiderman blanket.

Jayden plays with Spiderman aka his dad Mike Wilson Credit: Hope for Jayden/ Facebook

Back in November, Jayden was delighted when his favourite superhero jumped down from the roof of his house and rang his doorbell in Basingstoke. But 'Spiderman' was in fact Jayden's dad, Mike Wilson, who wanted to make his son's fifth birthday extra special.

Mr Wilson, from Basingstoke, donned a replica of his son's favourite superhero's outfit and used his parkour skills to impress young Jayden on what could be his last birthday.

Messages have been left for Jayden and his family on their Facebook page Credit: Facebook/ Hope for Jayden

Man,21, arrested following Christmas crash in Kent

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a serious crash that happened on Christmas day.

The collision happened on Sutton Road, in Maidstone, at 10.05pm on Thursday 25th December.

The three occupants of the Peugeot, a man and two women, were all taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A silver Vauxhall Astra and a Silver Peugeot 208 were travelling in opposite directions when they collided, close to the junction with Grove Road.

Officers arrested a man from the Orpington area in Maidstone at 3pm on Boxing Day on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

Load more updates Back to top