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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 19 April
  2. Temperatures hit 25C on hottest April day for decades.
  3. Armed police at stations for royal wedding.
  4. Southampton face Leicester as they fight for Premier League survival.
  5. Dorset Cereals plans move to Poole.

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All times stated are UK

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Police charge 15 with drug offences after raids

Thames Valley Police raid property
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police said it executed warrants at eight properties on Wednesday

Police have charged 15 people with drug offences after more than 100 officers raided properties in England.

They went to eight addresses in Banbury, Milton Keynes and Bedford in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Thames Valley Police arrested 16 people and has since charged 15 people from Banbury, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Enfield.

They are aged between 19 and 43 and all accused of being involved in the supply of either heroin or cocaine.

Uni's plan to curb plastic cup use

A cafe on the University of Reading site
University of Reading
A cafe on the University of Reading site

A 20p surcharge has been introduced on paper cups at the University of Reading.

The move, which came into effect earlier this month, is designed to help encourage the use of reusable mugs, which are more environmentally friendly.

The university says the profit from the charge will be used to fund other initiatives within the catering service.

Martin Batt, head of retail and hospitality at the university, said the scheme had been well received.

“Students have become more environmentally aware and are looking for universities with ethical and sustainable initiatives", he added.

Severe accident: A341 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A341 Dorset both ways severe accident, between A348 Ringwood Road and A347 Whitelegg Way.

A341 Dorset - A341 Wimborne Road in Bournemouth blocked in both directions between Bear Cross Roundabout and Northbourne Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Animals soak up the sun at Marwell Zoo

It hasn't just been humans enjoying the unseasonably warm weather.

These animals at Marwell Zoo near Winchester have also been soaking up the sun.

Marwell Zoo ostrich
Marwell Zoo
"What are you looking at?"
Marwell Zoo meerkats
Marwell Zoo
"Is it bedtime yet?"
Marwell Zoo capybara
Marwell Zoo

Severe accident: A3052 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A3052 Dorset both ways severe accident, near Monmouth Street.

A3052 Dorset - A3052 Church Street in Lyme Regis blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near the Monmouth Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and motorbike.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Arts centre delays 'cost council £16m'

NST City
BBC
The NST City theatre is one of two buildings in the Studio 144 development

A lack of "robust project management" contributed to a council overspend of more than £16m on a delayed arts complex, a leaked report has said.

Studio 144 opened in Southampton in February, 18 years after the project started.

The initial budget of £13m could eventually reach £34m, the Southampton City Council audit report said.

Council leader Simon Letts said he had changed management practices to ensure "absolute control" of projects.

'Hottest April day ever' at Reading University

Temperatures in Reading reached 26.7C earlier.

The recording was made at the University of Reading's weather station just before 16:30 BST.

It's the highest ever peak for April beating the previous record of 26.2C which was set in 1949!

As of 14:24 BST we've hit 26.5°C, an all-time record for the @UniofReading during April - beating the previous reco… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Kevin Keeler family photo

Emergency crews were called to Weymouth Sailing Club on Monday but Mr Keeler died at the scene.

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Double-decker bus hits bridge

Bus after it hit bridge
Christine Love
No passengers were travelling on the bus when it hit the bridge

A double-decker bus was severely damaged after it hit a bridge in Hampshire earlier.

Police say no passengers were on board when it hit the bridge over North Street in Emsworth.

It happened at about 14:14 BST, no injuries have been reported.

Debris after bus hit bridge in Emsworth
Christine Love
It happened on North Street, Emsworth, at about 14:15, police said

Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J10 for A32.

M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J10, A32 (Wickham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man stabbed on boat in Eton

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after he was stabbed aboard a boat on the River Thames at Eton.

Police say he was attacked after another boat with "a group of youths" aboard approached his vessel.

The 25-year-old victim received "multiple stab wounds to his body and neck".

It happened at about 16:30 yesterday near Windsor Leisure Centre and Alexandra Gardens.

Det Sgt Dean Brown said: "It was a busy day along the river and we believe many people may have witnessed this assault.

"We believe this was an isolated incident, but as a result members of the public will see an increased police presence whilst we investigate."

Tribute to man 'crushed by boat'

Mr Keeler
Keeler Family
Mr Keeler died at North Parade in Weymouth on Monday

The family of a 56-year-old father who died after a boat reportedly fell on him in Weymouth have released a tribute.

Dorset Police said its officers were called to North Parade on Monday after reports "a boat had fallen on to a man".

Kevin Keeler, 56, from Weymouth, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In their tribute, his family said: "Our dad is a man who can bring a smile to anyone’s face, we will cherish our memories together in our hearts and continue to make him proud of who we become."

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing, said Dorset Police.

Historical hut set on fire at nature reserve

An old railway hut said to be an "important historical building" has been set on fire at a Dorset nature reserve.

Police are investigating the arson at Powerstock Common Nature Reserve, owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust, following reports it was alight on Saturday at 11:00.

The hut was completely destroyed.

Police community support investigator Katerina Hubackova said: "The hut was an important historical building in the context of the history of the old railway line and this has now been lost.

"It was also a registered bat roost for a number of species, including the lesser horseshoe bat."

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A31 and J9 for A34 Winnal roundabout.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J10, A31 (Winchester) and J9, A34 (Winnal roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Nice day for a swim

Hinksey Pool
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Swimmers enjoy the sunshine at Hinksey Pool in Oxfordshire

How are you enjoying the warmest April day for nearly 70 years?

The unusually warm weather across the UK is the result of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe drawing in warm air.

Temperatures across the region: Southampton 20C, Portsmouth 19C, Oxford 25C, Reading 25C, Poole 19C, Bournemouth 21C and Banbury 24C.

The highest reading today has been recorded at St James's Park in central London, where temperatures hit 28.3C.

Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A30 and J5 for A287.

M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J6, A30 (Basingstoke) and J5, A287 (Hook), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time