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Temperatures across the south set to soar this week

Temperatures set to soar across the south Credit: PA

After a disappointingly cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

Forecasters predict sunshine will bathe large parts of the UK over the next few days, with temperatures in the South reaching 25C (77F) or even 26C (78.8F).

This is considerably warmer than the mid-September average of around 17C (62.6F), the Met Office said.

The unusual warmth is down to an area of high pressure over the UK moving slowly towards Scandinavia throughout the week, bringing low pressure towards southern parts of Britain.

While this will bring some heavy showers - along with cloud from the North Sea that will keep some eastern parts cooler - the low pressure will also drag in warm winds from the Mediterranean Sea and France, leading to rising temperatures across parts of the country.

Mark Wilson, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said it would feel warmer with each day during the week but not everywhere would see sunshine.

He said: "In the far north east and in eastern Scotland in particular it is going to stay that bit cloudier and therefore be cooler.

"But elsewhere, the further west you go there is going to be more in the way of sunny spells, and day by day we are going to see a gradual increase in temperatures.<

"Today we are expecting highs of around 22C (71.6F) in the London area, but tomorrow we could be seeing 23C (73.4F).

"By Thursday, in the parts of the country that get the sunshine - the West and the South - we could be seeing 25C (77F) or even 26C (78.8F)."

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Search for murder weapon after brutal killing

Police search is underway Credit: Meridian

Police investigating the killing of an elderly woman murdered by her friend of 30 years, so that he could get his hands on her fortune, are to begin a search of the grounds of a property in the hunt for the murder weapon.

Christopher Symons was found guilty of murdering Patricia Goodband, 76, following a trial last October while a number of other people were also convicted.

Ms Goodband's body was found concealed in a 12ft deep brick shaft in the grounds of her home in Woodham, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on January 21 last year.

Patricia Goodband's house in Woodham Credit: Meridian

Grounds searched for murder weapon

Police are searching for the weapon used to murder Patricia Goodband Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police investigating the killing of an elderly woman murdered by her friend of 30 years, so he could get his hands on her fortune, are to begin a search of the grounds of a property in the hunt for the murder weapon.

Christopher Symons was found guilty of murdering Patricia Goodband, 76, following a trial last October while a number of other people were also convicted.

Ms Goodband's body was found concealed in a 12ft deep brick shaft in the grounds of her home in Woodham, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on January 21 last year.

Today, police said they would begin searching the grounds of a property in Kings Close, Westcott, after receiving information that the murder weapon could be concealed there.

Officers are expected to spend two to three days at the site, which is the home of Robert Taft, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice after lying to police about dropping Ms Goodband off at a train station.

Officers are also looking to find a number of the victim's personal items of property, including her handbag and its contents along with her mobile phone and diary, which it is believed could hold important information about the last months of her life.

Head of Thames Valley Police's major crime unit, Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, said: "The search is taking place in order to try and locate some outstanding items of property and evidence.

"One of those is the weapon which we believe was used in her murder and also some of her personal effects which are still missing."

Mr Ward said it was "very important" to find the items, "both in terms of finalising the investigation but also certainly in terms of her personal effects for her family because they are things that are personal to her."

A post-mortem examination found Ms Goodband died from head injuries and Mr Ward said it was believed the murder weapon was a blunt instrument, with the victim attacked with "something heavy and sharp" due to the deep lacerations to her skull.

Officers are liaising with members of the woman's family and will be keeping them up to date with their search, he added.

Symons, of Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, denied Ms Goodband's murder but was found guilty by a jury at Reading Crown Court in October last year.

He was jailed for life with a minimum of 27 years.

His sister Kathleen Adams, of Aylesbury Road, Princes Risborough, was also convicted of one count of perverting the course of justice while his "lover" Jennifer Creasey, of Benson, Oxfordshire, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

The trial heard Ms Goodband's body had been thrown into the shaft and covered in soil, large stones and plastic bags full of rubbish.

The wealthy businesswoman had not been seen since December 17.

Rail commuters get free WiFi on mainline routes

Free WiFi goes live on South West Trains mainline routes Credit: PA

Thousands of passengers using South West Trains will now be able to use free WiFi on some of the busiest routes.

It's now available on the Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth and Portsmouth and could benefit more than thirty thousand people who travel along the line every weekday.

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