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Swimmers brave freezing temperatures for Boxing Day swim

Bournemouth beach is packed to the brim full of swimmers during the summer, but now it seems locals are embracing the sea during winter as well. Fearless swimmers took to the waters across the South and our reporter Richard Slee, armed with a wetsuit, took a dip himself.


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.

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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
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