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Major disruption to all South West Trains routes

Following a lightning strike in the Surbiton area no trains are able to run beyond Surbiton travelling away from London. Customer will have to use alternative routes.

We also have signalling problems at London Waterloo meaning fewer trains are able to run in this area too.

It has been necessary to significantly reduce the service and there will be further alterations beyond the service plan below.

Trains between London Waterloo and Dorking will not be running in either direction - Customers will need to use alternative trains to Epsom and change there for Southern services, or join Southern services from London Victoria/Clapham Junction.

Trains between London Waterloo and Shepperton will run via an alternative route and will not call at stations between Earlsfield and Strawberry Hill.

Trains between London Waterloo and Hampton Court will not be running in either direction - Customers will need to use London Buses (Please refer to the alternative travel map at www.journeycheck.southwesttrains.co.uk)

Trains between London Waterloo and Exeter/Salisbury will only run between Basingstoke and Exeter/Salisbury - Customers will need to take the first service to Basingstoke and change there to complete your journey, please be advised that connections cannot be guaranteed.

Trains between London Waterloo and Guildford via Cobham will make an additional stop at Berrylands.

London bound trains from Weymouth will all call at Basingstoke, Woking and Clapham Junction.

Trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth via Basingstoke that leave London Waterloo at 9 minutes past the hour will now depart at 20 minutes past each hour and will not call at Farnborough Main or Fleet - Customers for Farnborough and Fleet will need to use alternative services towards Basingstoke.

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Rail delays expected after lightning strike

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Lightening strike - We have lost the signalling between Surbiton and Woking. Major Delays expected to all routes.

Rail passengers are being warned to expect delays after a lightning strike hit a signal box.

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#Surbiton update: Lightning has knocked out signalling between Surbiton & Walton on Thames on Country bound lines. More soon....

Delays as summer getaway gets underway

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#A27 eastbound between the jcts with the #A26 South and the #A2270 - delays of 15mins due to heavy traffic. Delays expected until 2:30pm.

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#M25 no real surprises here - very slow clockwise 8-15 (Reigate to the #M4) taking at least 90 mins - won’t get any better! (13:36)

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Dartford, A225 Princes Road: Slow moving traffic heading towards M25 Jct 1B. Please allow extra time for your journey.

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Caught on camera: Police van reverses into car

A shocked car owner filmed the moment a police van reversed into his vehicle on a street in Hampshire.

Andy Garrad from Basingstoke caught the misjudged manoeuvre on CCTV which he then posted on Facebook.

The police van was seen reversing into a Fiat 500 and the officer responsible has apologised and taken responsibility for the crash.

12-year-old rescued after getting caught in rip current

A 12-year-old girl and her older brother were rescued off Ramsgate beach on Wednesday after they got caught in a rip current.

As the school holidays are now underway, the RNLI are warning beach goers about under lying currents.

Alexandra Hewitt from Ramsgate had been with friend splashing around the shallows when the current carried her and her 21-year-old brother out of their depth, past the harbour.

Beach lifeguard Jack Basson plucked the pair to safety as they were being swept out to sea.

Dog dies on ferry as he is forced to stay in hot car

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Merlin died in a hot car on a ferry Credit: SWNS

A ferry company has defended itself against allegations of animal cruelty after a Surrey family's pet dog died on a Channel crossing.

Current rules do not allow pets to be taken out of vehicles on crossings, and neither can owners sit with them.

On a hot day last week, the Wallace family from Brookwood, were travelling with their sons and three dogs, including four-year-old pug Merlin, on a P&O Ferries' Calais to Dover crossing.

On arrival at Dover, the Wallaces found Merlin unconscious, and the animal died despite efforts to revive him.

On Twitter, P&O have been accused of cruelty to animals.

P&O Ferries spokesman Chris Laming said: "We are reviewing our policy concerning dogs.

"But this particular dog was in a car with two other dogs which were fine, and there were a total of 20 dogs on that crossing.

"We also carried more than 250 dogs last week and the carrying of pets on board has worked well since it was introduced in 2000."

A post on the company's Facebook page said: "Many airlines refuse to transport certain breeds of dogs, notably pugs, bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds, due to the respiratory issues from which these animals are prone to suffer.<

"P&O Ferries, which carries more than 50,000 pet dogs a year of all breeds, is reluctant to stop offering a service to the owners of certain breeds, believing that owners are best placed to judge the suitability of conditions when transporting their animals."

£200 taken from bank account after wallet was stolen

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Police in Basingstoke want to speak to this man after a wallet was stolen from a car parked at Earlstone Common in Burghclere.

£200 was then taken from the victims bank account from a cash point at Tesco in Easton Lane, Winchester.

Do you recognise him?

Anyone with information should contact PC Catchpole at Basingstoke Police Station on 101.

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