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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."

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Storm Imogen: More squall showers and strong winds expected

Storm Imogen looks set to continue to bring squall showers and strong wind gusts as it sweeps across the south east of the country.

Imagery shared by the Joint Cyclone Centre shows the storm's expected path across the south east and into northern France and Germany later this evening:

Maximum wind speeds of 96mph recorded

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.

ITV News Meridian reports:

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