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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)."

Chief Constable investigated over handling of complaints

Patrick Geenty, Chief Constable Credit: PA

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Patrick Geenty, is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the way he handled complaints relating to allegations of sexual abuse, the police watchdog said.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, said: “I can confirm that, on 29 August 2014, I made a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concerning the Chief Constable after considering a letter of complaint received by my office on 14 August 2014.

“This letter was with regard to the way in which a previous complaint had been dealt with by the Force between 2008-10. That complaint was in relation to the way a case of historic sexual abuse had been managed.

"Following an initial meeting with IPCC investigators, my office is now in consultation with the IPCC on the matter.

"Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale has made referrals to the IPCC in relation to the conduct of two other officers who were also involved in the handling of the 2008 complaint."


Couple hanged dog to avoid vet bills

Couple hanged their dog to avoid vet bills Credit: RSPCA

A couple who hanged a dog because they did not want to pay to have it put down have been spared jail.

Veronica Reid, 42, and Jon Allen, 27, hatched a plan with friend Paul Brown, 52, to kill the collie dog, called Shandy.

Salisbury Magistrates' Court heard how Allen and Brown had gone to a veterinary practice in Trowbridge, Wiltshire on January 17 this year to inquire about having the dog put down because it was too aggressive.

They were told the animal would have to be assessed and the procedure would cost more than £100.

Matthew Knight, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the vet noted the pair seemed concerned about the cost.

The next day the three defendants hanged the dog from a loft hatch at Reid's home in Trowbridge.

The dog's body was buried in Reid's garden. The RSPCA began investigating in March

All three defendants had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Brown, of Okehampton Road, Exeter, Devon failed to attend court today for sentencing and magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.

Reid and Allen, both of Woolpack Meadows, Trowbridge did attend and their solicitors both told the court how they had suffered "vilification" in the local community.

Nick Redhead, for Reid, said: "She is in no doubt as to the gravity of the position she finds herself in today.

"She has suffered a degree of vilification in her community has a consequence."

Sylvia Aitken-Sykes, chair of the bench, sentenced Reid to 18 weeks' imprisonment and Allen 23 weeks' custody - both suspended for 18 months.

She told Reid: "This was a particularly nasty and revolting act."

Reid was also placed on a tagged curfew, from 9pm to 7am, for six months while Allen was given 300 hours of unpaid work.

Both were banned from keeping animals for 10 years and ordered to pay £100 towards prosecution costs of £2,845.50 and the £80 victim surcharge.

Inspector Miranda Albinson, of the RSPCA, said she was disappointed with the sentences.

"We were hoping for a lifetime ban on keeping animals but we also respect the court's decision in explaining the reasoning for the sentences," she said.

"Hanging a dog is a horrific thing to do. Why would you even think it was a suitable way to euthanise an animal?

"There are other options, such as help from charities or payment plans from vets which could have been discussed the next day."

On the train WiFi gives commuters intercity internet connections

Commuters using South West Trains new WiFi services have given their connection a positive response in some areas - but not along the whole of the line to London. Rail commuters told our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, that connections were good from the south coast until mid Hampshire, but they lost the connection around Basingstoke. They also say there were unable to get any connection at Clapham Junction despite it being in the heart of London. Other passengers welcomed the WiFi but bemoaned the fact that most carriages don't have plugs to power laptops to receive the WiFi and have called on the rail operator to work on that issue too.


WiFi arrives on platform one with South West Train's services

Thousands of passengers travelling with South West Trains on services from the south coast to and from London, can now use free on-train WiFi on some of the rail operator's busiest routes.

The South West Trains' Main Line route is one of the busiest and most heavily used stretches of track in the country, with more than 30,000 people travelling along the line every weekday.

Arthur Pretorius, Customer Services Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: "Whether it's working, catching up with the latest news or keeping in touch with friends, free WiFi on many of our Main Line trains will help our passengers to make more use of the time they spend on board our services.

The WiFi services will run on the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance Class 444 'Desiro' fleet of trains. The coaches are predominantly white in colour and those with WiFi available will be clearly labelled on board.

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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