Insurers pay out "millions"

Ministers have met with UK Insurance companies to discuss the flooding in southern England and areas along the River Thames.

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Council to alert tenants to beach hut damage

Nearly 400 Council and privately-owned beach huts have been damaged at Bournemouth following violent wind, rain and exceptionally high tides on Friday. Around 30 are thought to be completely destroyed.

It's very distressing to see our award winning beach and seafront in such a terrible state. We know how much local families love their beach huts and many will be devastated to see the damage caused. Staff are focusing on the extensive beach clean-up and recovery operation. From Monday, we hope to begin to contact beach hut tenants whose huts have been damaged, but due to the ongoing recovery needs as well as the extensive nature of the damage - there are unfortunately a lot of people to call - this could take several days.”

– Chris Saunders, Seafront Services Manager

A list of those beach huts currently known to be damaged can be found on the Council’s website at www.bournemouth.gov.uk by clicking on the ‘Severe Weather’ feature.

Beware bombs on the beach say Police

Police are issuing advice after adverse weather leads to an increase of reports of unexploded ordnance

Members of the public who locate what they believe to be unexploded ordnance are being advised not to touch it but to call police straight away.

The adverse weather experienced over the past few days has caused more unexploded shells to wash up on the shoreline or be discovered on flooded land. It is very important for public safety that these items are assessed and removed appropriately.

Anyone who discovers items should call police on 101

Beach huts flattened by storm

Bournemouth beach huts Credit: Emily Kirkpatrick

Thank you to Emily Kirkpatrick for sending in these images of shattered beach huts at Boscombe. Many were reduced to firewood in Friday's storms. Around 60 are beyond repair.

Beach huts overturned on Boscombe beach Credit: Emily Kirkpatrick
Owners had to rescue what they could Credit: Emily Kirkpatrick

Agency warns of more flooding along the Thames

Thames at Old Windsor Credit: PA

The Environment Agency has issued a 'medium risk' warning for the River Thames for today and tomorrow.

It warns homeowners in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire to be prepared as flooding is expected.

The River Thames remains a 'high risk' in Surrey and Windsor and Maidenhead.

The EA flood warnings are in place for:

-River Pang for Frilsham, Stanford Dingley and Bradfield

-River Thames at Pangbourne and Whitchurch

-River Thames from Cleeve Lock to Child Beale Park, above Pangbourne, including Goring and Streatley

-River Thames in the Playhatch, Sonning and Sonning Eye area

  • River Thames from Scours Lane, Reading to Caversham Lakes, including the Chazey Court Farm, Caversham Bridge, Fry's Island, Reading Bridge areas and parts of Queen's Road and Mill Green areas of Lower Caversham

  • River Pang at Bucklebury

  • River Kennet from Theale down to Reading including Burghfield, Calcot, Southcote and The Oracle

  • River Loddon at Twyford, Charvil and Wargrave including Loddon Drive

  • River Thames at Purley Village

  • River Thames from Shiplake to Bolney Court near Henley including Lower Shiplake and Wargrave

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Wife pays tribute to freak wave victim

The Marco Polo Credit: PA

The wife of a man killed after a freak wave hit a cruise ship in the English

Channel has criticised the "badly maintained" vessel as she paid tribute to

her "lovely husband".

James Swinstead, 85, died "almost instantly" after water rushed on board the

British cruise ship Marco Polo.

Mr Swinstead, a father-of-two from Colchester, Essex, was on the cruise with

his wife Helen.

Speaking in Tilbury after the ship docked, she said: "I think it killed him

almost instantly.

"With our insurance I think I'm entitled to #2,000, which won't even cover

getting him home.

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