Friday's top stories

Amanda Piper has a round up of all the stories making the news this Friday in the ITV New Meridian region.

Amanda's news headlines

The latest news in the ITV News Meridian region this Friday with Amanda Piper. And if you want to know if you'll need your umbrella today or sunglasses and thermals, Simon Parkin has the forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Candidate Announced - The Conservatives have announced who will be their candidate in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election caused by Chris Huhne's resignation. Maria Hutchings was runner up to Huhne in the last general election.

Teenager Arrested. It's been reported a teenager has been arrested in connection with the death of a teacher from Kent on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean more than a year ago. Carl Davies from Sittingbourne had been working as a security guard on a ship when he died.

Read All About It! Libraries Minister Ed Vaizey will be reading to children in Oxfordshire today as part of National Libraries Day. Events will be held across the south this weekend aimed at encouraging us all to read more.