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King Alfred Leisure Centre remains closed after storm Imogen damages roof

King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove had to be closed this morning after storm Imogen damaged the roof. Parts of the Promenade have also been cordoned off. Residents are being asked to stay away from the immediate area.

“The impact of Storm Imogen on the King Alfred Leisure Centre building continues to be assessed. The strong winds damaged the felted roof covering the west end of the swimming pools. The dislodged felt is a potential hazard if blown from the roof, which is why the surrounding area is cordoned off. The damaged felt will be removed as soon as the weather allows safe access to work on the roof. Further investigation is required to determine the full extent of the damage and assess what repairs are required. We are working with the on-site Freedom Leisure team and the Police as well as seeking advice from relevant experts to make sure the appropriate action is taken as soon as possible. We hope to be able to provide more information in the morning.”

– Brighton and Hove City Council

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Concern for schoolchildren pictured on stormy beach

The children were pictured on the beach at Hill Head Credit: Hillhead Coastguard

Coastguards have hit out after schoolchildren were pictured standing on the beach as Storm Imogen hit the South coast.

The children were photographed near to the water at Hill Head in Hampshire as wind speeds up to 60mph hit the coast.

It's believed that the children were on a trip - but there concerns that their safety was put at risk as the weather conditions were so unpredictable.

Coastguard Rescue Officer Brian Graham said: "We do not recommend children of that age being that close to the waves.

"The waves are very unpredictable and no two waves break the same."

Isle of Wight hit by the highest wind speed in country

The Met Office has released a list of some of the strongest wind speeds recorded since Storm Imogen began - with Needles Old Battery on the west coast of the Isle of Wight topping the list with 96mph gusts reported.

Marino Zanti, general manager of The Needles Landmark Attraction, said that the storm was almost as bad as the one in 1987.

Woman injured in Shoreham by falling tree

A tree blown over during Storm Imogen Credit: David Illman

A woman has been injured by a falling tree in Shoreham.

The woman was unpacking her car in Connaught Avenue when the tree was blown over by the wind.

Paramedics attend the scene Credit: David Illman

Neighbour David Illman said the woman was taken to hospital suffering from a head wound.

The fallen tree damaged another neighbour's car.

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CCTV released after hotel break in

CCTV footage has been released by police after eight rooms were broken into at a Bournemouth hotel.

During the evening of January 23, someone gained access to eight guest rooms at the Hotel Miramar on East Overcliff Drive.

A quantity of cash, gold earrings and a gold and diamond necklace were stolen.

Police Constable Dave Buchanan, of Bournemouth police, said: ““As part of my investigation, I am in a position to release CCTV images of two men I would like to speak to.

"I would ask the two men pictured or anyone who knows them to please call me.”

Brighton takes a hammering from Storm Imogen

Storm Imogen is continuing to cause disruption in the South.

This footage was filmed in Brighton seafront a short time ago

Drivers are being urged to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out.

They are being asked to pay particular attention to exposed locations such as coastal and high-lying areas, and bridges which could be affected by the high winds.

QE2 Bridge and Sheppey Crossing remain closed

QE2 Bridge closed due to strong winds

The QE2 Bridge at the Dartford Crossing and the A249 Sheppey Crossing are likely to remain closed through the afternoon due to the strong winds.

60mph winds prompted the closure of both bridges for the safety of drivers.

Traffic for the QE2 bridge is being diverted via the east tunnel. Traffic heading northbound will only be able to use the west tunnel.

A clearly signed diversion is in place for the A249 Sheppey Crossing using the Kingsferry bridge.

The bridges will remain closed until the wind speeds drop, which could be after 5pm.

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time.

Sheppey Crossing also remains closed
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