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Fred Dinenage gets very wet on Bank Holiday Monday - and not just because of the rain

The awareness raising initiative also known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the USA - ALS standing for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The challenge dares those nominated to be filmed having cold water poured over them - they make a donation to help research - and they then challenge others to face a similar fate.

They then have twenty-four hours to comply or must, as a forfeit, make a donation to charitable organisation. Fred has nominated his co-presenter Sangeeta Bhabra and another colleague, Robin Britton, Head of News at ITV Meridian. He also nominated his friend and BBC South presenter, Sally Taylor.

For more information on the Motor Neurone Association and their fund raising objectives please go to the link here

Temperatures set to rise but thunder in the wings

Although the mercury could reach its highest point so far yet this year in the ITV Meridian region, forecasters said the heat will be accompanied by high humidity and heavy, thundery showers

Temperatures will start to rise from Thursday, peaking on Friday when the 30C barrier could be reached for the first time this year, with the most likely location somewhere to the north-west of London.

Forecasts suggest the South coast will be slightly warmer than European holiday destinations such as Barcelona, Ibiza and Nice.

The hottest day so far in 2014 was July 4, when 28.7C (83.7F) was detected in Norfolk and Essex.

Not great news for the superstitious is that there is a chance of patchy rain for St Swithun's Day tomorrow, which, according to the legend of the saint buried at Winchester Cathedral, we could have 40 days of very damp weather.

– Simon Parkin, ITV News Meridian weather presenter

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Filming to begin in Dorset soon for new series of Broadchurch

The cast of the first series of Broadchurch - the big drama hit of 2013 Credit: PA Wire

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan, who play Danny’s parents Beth and Mark Latimer, will also return to their roles, alongside Arthur Darvill as local vicar Paul Coates. No other details have yet been revealed.

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the new series.

“We’re delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we’re remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops,” said Steve. “Suffice to say Chris has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series.”

Broadchurch will be executive produced by Chris Chibnall (The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone (Utopia, The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company.

The first episode rating of 9.1 million (31% audience share) in March 2013 saw Broadchurch achieve the highest weekday launch of a new drama across all broadcasters since ITV’s Whitechapel in January 2009.

The first series of Broadchurch will be shown on ITV Encore at launch, stripped across its first week on air. ITV Encore is ITV's first new channel in eight years and launches on SKY Channel 123 on 9th June 2014.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman return for second series of Broadchurch

After months of speculation ITV can has confirmed the cast for the new series of Broadchurch, which begins filming in Dorset shortly. In keeping with the first series, secrecy surrounds the story of the award winning drama written by creator and acclaimed screenwriter Chris Chibnall.

David Tennant will return as Alec Hardy, whilst Olivia Colman resumes her role as Ellie Miller, last seen having her life torn apart as husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer.

Thanet Council leader resigns on Twitter

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@margatearchi couldn't agree more Louise but diabolical misinformation being quoted as facts.

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So yet again Driver jumps to totally wrong conclusions - no cover up - no secret - had he got to scrutiny on time he'd have heard me explain

Former Labour leader of Thanet Council, Clive Hart, has resigned using Twitter and Facebook to express his political frustrations with his opponents.

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