The Breaker: LIVE – Thursday 19 April

4:00pm: Goodbye!

That’s all from us at The Breaker: LIVE.

There’s still a few stories to be published, so keep an eye on our homepage.

Enjoy the sun!

3:40pm: A look ahead to the weekend’s weather…

3:27pm: Charity abseil event taking place in Weymouth this weekend

3:24pm: A request from South Western Ambulance Service

3:10pm: The Bournemouth disabled-led ensemble are performing on August 27

3:03pm: Cyber security expert says Facebook tagging could have ‘huge implications’

2:38pm: It’s the hottest April day in nearly 70 years!

2:34pm: Works at Bournemouth seafront ‘nearing completion’

The second phase of improvement works on the Pier Approach are nearly finished.

The first phase was successfully opened to the public in May 2016, and the second phase is due to be fully complete in May this year.

Changes to the seaside hotspot include the installation of trees and semi-submerged bins.

2:25pm: Plastic fantastic

2:02pm: Passengers at Bournemouth train station have their say on new e-ticketing system

1:29pm: Parking app service charge lifted

Drivers in Bournemouth will no longer be charged 10p for using an app which allows you to pay to park.

PayByPhone announced yesterday that they had removed the service charge across 72 Bournemouth car parks and on-street locations.

The application launched in the town in 2016 and processes 60,000 transactions monthly.

Local councillor Mike Greene said he was “pleased” by the move.

He said: “This will be more convenient for motorists while allowing the Council’s operations to be more efficient meaning less cost to deliver the service.”

1:00pm: Local zero waste shop owner says she’s ‘delighted’ that the government are banning plastic straws – but it needs to happen quicker

Annie Heritage owns Cariad Wholefoods, a food store in Blandford that has been zero waste since 2016.

She told the Breaker she thinks “the timescale needs to be moving considerably faster”.

12:32pm: Get to your school prom safely

Several local councils are warning students to check that any transport they hire for their prom is properly licensed.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, West Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council say any vehicles advertised for hire with a driver should be appropriately licensed with the local authority from where they operate or the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Those that are not legally licensed to carry passengers will not be covered by the appropriate insurance.

If you are unsure whether a driver or vehicle is appropriately licensed, you can check with the council in the area where the vehicle is offered for hire.

12:10pm: British Transport Police reveal Royal Wedding plans

With one month to go until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, the British Transport Police (BTP) have announced their plan for the big day.

The BTP will have officers – both highly visible and covert – across the network.

So people planning to travel on the 19th should expect an enhanced police presence throughout their journey.

Trains run frequently from Bournemouth to London Waterloo.

11:58am: ICYMI – AFC Bournemouth beaten by Manchester United

The Cherries lost 2-0 after goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku helped Jose Mourinho’s side to victory at the Vitality Stadium last night.

Bournemouth currently sit 11th in the Premier League table and look a good bet to avoid relegation.

11:47am: Are you a millennial trying to save for a home?

A report published this week found that a third of millennials may be renting for the rest of their life.

We spoke to a 24-year-old homeowner about how he got on the property ladder.

11:25am: It’s going to get even hotter!

Bournemouth is as hot as Gran Canaria today – and the temperature’s only going to rise.

Pack your sunscreen and head on over here to find out more.

11:19am: FYI

11:08am: The RNLI have got a warning for those thinking of enjoying the weather out at sea

10:42am: Traffic update

10:39am: Farmers in the south say the recent wet weather is killing their lambs

Cold and wet weather over the last month has hindered lambing for many sheep farmers across the South West – with some lambs drowning due to the rain.

Jim Gerrard reports.

Sheep being fed

10:20am: ICYMI – Fly-tipping costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds in Dorset

Fly-tipping could be costing taxpayers up to £150,000 per year, according to Dorset Waste Partnership.

You can find out more here.

10:07am: Young girl dies after incident at Durdle Door

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after a 5-year-old girl died at the tourist spot yesterday.

Detective Inspector Steve May, of the force, said that “there is nothing to suggest” the incident was “anything other than a tragic accident”.

You can read more here.

09:47am: GWR launch mobile ticketing across their network

Great Western Railway announced a change in their ticketing policy yesterday as they launched mobile ticketing across their network.

Passengers can now use their smart phone or tablet as a pocket ticket machine to purchase and to travel following the installation of barcode readers at station ticket gates across the GWR network.

We’ll have some local reaction to the move later on.

09:08am: Weather

Today is going to be even hotter than yesterday, with the Met Office predicting highs of 20°C in Bournemouth.

Light winds are forecast across the south, with rain highly unlikely.

Watch out though – the pollen count is on the rise.

09:00am: Good morning!

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