LiveToday's live news: Fire at Southbourne flats and Ham Common, Dorset routes busy as big summer getaway starts

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  • Five people rescued from fire at block of flats in Southbourne
  • Firefighters are dealing with a fire at Ham Common
  • Dorset routes busy as The Big Summer Getaway begins
  • It is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year on the roads
  • The Met Office has a yellow warning in place for heavy showers and thunderstorms until 9pm tonight




We've also been sent this picture of flooding in Wimborne by James Marshall

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We've been sent this picture of flooding in Wimborne by a reader

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Two schoolchildren were rescued clinging to a marker buoy having being swept out to sea from Sandbanks beach this afternoon. Read the full story here


We've spoken to Paul Clarke, of the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association, about visitors set to flock to Bournemouth this weekend.

He said: “At the moment hotels in the town are enjoying a very busy period partly due to exceptional weather. We would strongly encourage visitors to the town to book well in advance if they wish to head down to us.”



Poole tourism manager Graham Richardson is looking forward to the influx of visitors expected to arrive in the town across the weekend, boasting they can enjoy “Britain’s best beach” at Sandbanks as well as fun by the quayside and in the parks.

“The spell of good weather is set to continue for the next few days so anyone visiting can expect to have a lot of fun,” he added.

“We have a great range of facilities for people to enjoy. We have seen a steady increase in numbers in the past few weeks and look forward to a busy summer.”



Apparently it's raining in Christchurch 


We have some more details on the heath fire at Ham Common. Read the latest here

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We can confirm that there is a fire at Ham Common. We'll have some details online for you shortly. 


We're getting reports of possibly another fire in the Hamworthy direction. We're checking it out now.



We have some more information about the disruption to trains this afternoon running between Dorset and London Waterloo due to the earlier lightning strike. Read the full story here

Bournemouth Echo: More than a hundred passengers stranded on train



Traffic is building up on the A31 between West Moors/Ferndown slip way and Wimborne.

Check out our traffic feed here for more information 

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Here is the link to the story so far from the fire in Church Road, Southbourne.

More to follow from the scene.


And this was also sent in from the earlier Church Road blaze from a reader.

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An eyewitness at the fire in Church Road, Southbourne has sent us this picture of one of the five people being rescued by firefighters this afternoon.

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Good news for rail passengers...



In other news, the group of travellers who were at Baiter Park, have now left. But 12 caravans have turned up at Beach Road car park in Branksome.

Latest here



Another pictures from Sally

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Tim Spring said again: "All persons are now accounted for, which is very good news. It's really importrant that if you have got fire doors, particularly in a flat, that they are kept closed at all times."



The South Western Ambulance service have confirmed people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but didn't have to be taken to hospital. 


We've been speaking to Tim Spring, Fire Area Commander: "We are still searching the premises. The fire spread out of the flat and into the means of escape which were compromised which is why we had to rescue two adults and three children from the neighbouring flat on the third floor of the building using the aerial platform.

"They suffered no injuries although they were clearly quite distressed. The fire has been extinguished, the cause is currently being investigated."



Here's some video footage by Sally of the emergency services at Church Road



We've heard from our reporter Will who is now at the scene on Church Road. He's said there is currently an ambulance, paramedic vehicle and a command unit at the scene. 

Two more ambulances have just turned up. 




Our photographer Sally has just sent back these pictures from the scene

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Southwestern Ambulance Service confirmed they were called at 11.47am by the fire service. 

They are still at the scene checking the condition of one adult female, 62, and three children.





Travel Dorset have details on the closure of Church Road due to the fire 


We're just getting some details about a fire at a three-storey block of flats on Church Road in Southbourne. 

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have said there are six fire engines at the scene and an aerial platform is being used.

More information as we get it. 



It may be lovely and sunny now but believe it or not the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy showers or thunderstorms for today! Read the full story here

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There is disruption on South West Trains which is expected to last until 4pm. This is due to a signalling problem at Waterloo. 

Passengers are being warned their journeys may be extended by up to 20 minutes.





There are delays of around 30 minutes on the A31 at Ringwood due to a two vehicle crash on the eastbound carriageway heading towards Southampton at Picket Post. Read the full story here

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