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Fatal road accident near Fontmell Magna

Officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision in Dorset are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At 12.22pm today, Friday 15 February 2019, Dorset Police received a report of a collision on the C13 by the junction with Mill Street near to Fontmell Magna. The collision involved a white Mercedes lorry and a silver Peugeot 207.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance and fire services following reports two people were trapped in the Peugeot.

Very sadly one of the occupants of the Peugeot, a 70-year-old man from Bath, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

The other occupant of the Peugeot, a woman aged in her 60s, was taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries that are believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the lorry did not sustain any serious injuries.

Road closures were put in place to allow emergency services to deal with the collision and for an examination of the scene to be conducted. The road was reopened shortly after 7pm.

Police Sergeant Lee Savage, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of those involved at this time and we will be carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the full circumstances of the collision.

“I am appealing to any witnesses to the collision or manner of driving of the vehicles involved immediately prior to the incident to contact us. I would also urge anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dashcam fitted to their vehicles to check their footage.

“Finally, I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the road closures were in place. These closures were absolutely necessary to allow us to respond to the incident and for a thorough examination of the collision scene to take place.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 15:153. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

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Discover Lost Words in Thorncombe Wood

Thorncombe Woods, near Dorchester, has a new ‘Lost Words’ trail for visitors to follow, inspired by the book of the same name by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.

The Lost Words celebrates the once-common ‘nature’ words – including acorn, wren, starling and dandelion – that were dropped from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. It takes these words that have been falling out of use amongst children – such as adder, kingfisher and bramble – and brings them back to life through Macfarlane’s ‘spell poems’ and illustrations by Morris.
An accompanying leaflet also highlights some old Dorset dialect words to stimulate memories for the older generations and inspire interest in younger generations:

This trail is part of a wider crowd-funded Dorset Lost Words project supported by Westbourne Books, in which schools across Dorset are being given a copy of The Lost Words. Together with funding from Dorset AONB a programme of school workshops, an exhibition of children’s work and the development of a website using the hashtag #LostWordsDorset is being delivered across the county.

The concept will also be taken to Memory Cafes for those living with dementia in Dorset.

Thorncombe Wood ranger Claire Platten said: “We hope that people of all ages, and those caring for others, will enjoy this trail. It is a wonderful opportunity to get close to nature and to search for, find and speak about The Lost Words.
“The trail encourages everyone to write, illustrate and share their own poems and ‘lost words’. Have a go – the most outstanding artist and wordsmith will win a copy of The Lost Words.”

The short trail runs alongside Thomas Hardy’s cottage and follows paths that can be used by off-road mobility scooters (which can be hired from Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre) and will be open from February half term until 10 April.
To celebrate the opening of this trail, local storyteller Martin Maudsley will be leading a Lost Words story walk on 20 February. It will feature folktales, myths and legends that celebrate plants and animals found in Dorset. To book, visit:

The Lost Words Trail is funded by Stepping into Nature – a local community lottery funded project which provides activities for Dorset’s older generations, including people with dementia and their carers, to access and enjoy our unique landscape, wildlife and culture.

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Fire and Rescue Authority approves budget

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority has approved a budget of £55.8 million for 2019-20.

At its meeting yesterday (12 February), the Authority agreed to increase its share of the council tax by 4p per week for Band D properties in Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Swindon and Wiltshire – an annual fire precept for Band D of £74.87 for the Fire and Rescue Service for the year starting on 1 April 2019.

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell said: “Elected Members and Officers had lobbied for the freedoms and flexibilities to increase the fire precept for Band D properties by £5, to help to ease budget pressures caused by the loss of central government grant funding, but the Fire and Rescue Authority was only given the opportunity to increase by 2.99%, or £2.17, on last year. In addition, we saw another reduction in our grant funding, receiving £467,000 or 3.2% less than 2018-19. While this was expected, it remains one of the highest funding reductions for any combined fire authority in England.

“Despite this, we are committed to recruiting more on-call firefighters, who are so vital to our predominantly rural Service, and to maintaining our commitment to prevention and protection activities. Whether working in schools, delivering Safe & Well visits to people in their homes, or following up on the fire safety lessons coming out of the Grenfell Tower fire, our priority remains to change and save lives.”

Cllr Spencer Flower, Chairman of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, added: “Our Fire and Rescue Service delivers so much to our local communities – people are very aware of the 24/7 emergency response, but there is also a wealth of education, prevention and protection work being carried out every single day to help people to stay safe. The decisions made by Members continue our commitment to maintaining this excellent service to local people.”

The Authority also received a paper on the gender pay gap within Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. As is the case for Fire and Rescue Services nationally, its operational workforce is predominantly male, with slightly more females in corporate roles.

As a result, there is a mean gender pay gap of 10.38%, even though the same salary is paid to roles of equal value for all staff, regardless of gender. The DWFRS gender pay gap is below the national average and compares favourably to other Fire and Rescue Services. Several initiatives are in place to address this, including:

* Recruitment processes to help rebalance workforce composition * Encouraging more female applicants into the Service * Apprenticeships * Female support networks to help retain staff * Established training programmes for managers and staff about equality, diversity and inclusion * Reviewing and improving workplace facilities for women, to help provide a welcoming and supportive environment

CFO Ansell said: “We are working hard to address our pay gap and we are committed to ensuring that we have a diverse workforce that fully reflects the communities we serve. We have many initiatives in place to progress this.”

Also approved by the Authority at its February meeting were a number of revised corporate targets, ahead of a full review of the Community Safety Plan later this year. The new targets have been designed to provide a clearer statement of intent for the Service’s response and prevention activity.

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Fire Cadets thanked by High Sheriff of Dorset

The High Sheriff of Dorset, Mrs Jacqueline Swift, has recently awarded two Fire Cadets with certificates of recognition as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for their support at prestigious events across the county over the past year.

Daisy Brown, a student at Shaftesbury School, and Bevin-Mae White, a student at Lytchett Minster School, completed a Fire Cadet programme in 2018, delivered by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service at Blandford fire station.

The pair were nominated by staff and instructors as Fire Cadets of the year due to their commitment, dedication and attitude during the course.

Mrs Swift, supported by senior Fire and Rescue Service officers, presented her awards to each Cadet at their schools, during an assembly in front of their peers.

During each presentation, she said: “The Cadets supported a number of events to help celebrate the fantastic work that goes on across the county. This included them helping with setting up, meeting and greeting guests and interacting with members of the public. Both have been a great help to me over the past year, and I would like to thank them very much for their commitment and hard work.”

Rob Guy, Youth Intervention Manager at the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are extremely proud that two of our Fire Cadets have been able to support such high-profile events and I know they have done the Service, their schools, families and, most importantly, themselves proud. After speaking with them, it is obvious how much they have enjoyed the experience and the confidence it has given them.”

For more information on our youth programmes, please contact Rob Guy on or 07739 899293

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Man charged with possession of an explosive substance in Wimborne

Man due in court following incident in Wimborne

A man is due to appear in court in connection with an incident in Wimborne that involved evacuations of nearby properties and road closures.

Dorset Police was called at 3.15am on Tuesday 12 February 2019 to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man at an address at Hayes Close.

It was reported that the property contained unknown chemical substances and suspicious items.

Officers attended alongside colleagues from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Army’s bomb disposal team to carry out a thorough search of the property.

As a precaution and to ensure the safety of residents and members of the public, a cordon was set up on Hayes Lane at the junction of Wimborne Road. Properties in Hayes Close were also temporarily evacuated.

A 59-year-old man was detained and taken to Poole Hospital for a welfare assessment and was subsequently arrested.

He has now been charged with possession of an explosive substance for unlawful purpose and importing, acquiring, possessing or using a regulated substance without a licence.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of Bournemouth CID, said: “I would like to thank all those residents and members of the public who were affected while the emergency services dealt with this incident. I would like to reassure them that the evacuations and road closures were entirely necessary to allow us to respond to this incident and ensure the safety of the public was not compromised.”

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"Help Me Fight for Better Treatment"

“Please help me to fight for better treatment for people who battle Functional Neurological Disorder like me.”

In the summer of 2017 Kate Bidwell had her life turned upside down by Functional Neurological Disorder.

FND is a condition that is caused by a problem with the functioning of the nervous system and thought to be the result of the brain’s inability to send and receive signals properly. Since suffering her first seizure, Kate have gone from being a high achieving student who loved music and playing instruments to a person who requires carers and is unable to work and unable to take part in music as she used to. Gradually her condition had got worse and worse, Kate has seizures nearly every day, weakness, involuntary movements, chronic pain, gait and balance problems to name a few.

Her mobility has severely declined and requires the use of a wheelchair most of the time. FND can cause impairment in quality of life that is similar to neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, MS or epilepsy. Other symptoms include paralysis, sensory changes, sleep disturbances, speech problems, visual problems and so many more. Despite the devastating effects of Functional Neurological Disorder and the fight Kate and her family live every single day, there are very few treatment options and facilities due to a lack of funding.

In order to recover, specialist knowledge and facilities are required in areas such as neurology, neuropsychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Waiting lists have reached 12 months for rehabilitation, leaving sufferers to decline massively whilst they wait. FND does not get the recognition it desperately needs and deserves and awareness is key.

“If you would like to help people like me then please sign the petition and share it with others to do the same, thank you.”

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Poundbury home burgled whilst occupants were asleep

Officers investigating a burglary in Poundbury are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

The burglary occurred between 10.20pm on Monday 11 February and 7.30am today, Tuesday 12 February 2019, at a home in Peverell Avenue East while the occupants were asleep upstairs.

One of the victims, a man aged in his 70s, came down in the morning to find the front door unlocked and a number of items missing including an iPad Mini, an iPhone 5S, a blue canvas bag, an Apple MacBook Pro, an older Apple laptop and three Berghaus jackets.

Police Constable Mark Powell, of Dorchester police, said: “We are carrying out enquiries into this burglary and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area of Peverell Avenue East on the night of Monday 11 February to contact us.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who comes across any items matching those stolen being offered for sale in unusual circumstances.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190022334. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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Arrest made following alleged theft in Weymouth

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the alleged theft of items from a store in Weymouth.

It was reported that at around 11.45am on Saturday 19 January 2019 a man entered the shop at the BP petrol station on Dorchester Road and picked up a number of items before making off without paying.

Following enquiries and a CCTV appeal issued by officers, a 45-year-old Weymouth man has been arrested and charged with theft. He is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

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Failstop collision in Weymouth

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fail-to-stop collision in Weymouth.

At 4pm on Tuesday 29 January 2019 a collision occurred on Queen Street involving a Sym Jet4 moped and an unknown 4×4.

The moped was travelling along Queen Street toward King Street when the rider was knocked off by a car, described as a green Mitsubishi Shogun. The driver of the car reversed, drove around the rider, continued along Stanley Street and turned right into Crescent Street.

The rider of the moped, a 17-year-old local girl, sustained cuts and bruises and concussion. Her moped was also damaged.

Police Constable Don Duchscherer, of Weymouth police, said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the Queen Street area at 4pm on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and either witnessed the collision or saw a 4×4 being driven in the area to please contact me.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has seen a green Mitsubishi Shogun or similar that has recently sustained damage in unusual circumstances.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190015242. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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£420k given to local projects

It’s been a give-away day at West Dorset District Council with almost £420,000 in grants and loans given to local community projects in the space of a couple of hours.

Council leader Tony Alford said after the meeting that he was delighted the council was able to help so many organisations…before it goes out of business in April.

The money includes cash to develop a heritage tourism strategy for Dorchester, to finish off the county town’s South Street refurbishment and to try and keep club use of sporting facilities at St Osmund’s school open to the public.

There were also grants to Bridport Museum and for a new skate park at Beaminster as well as money towards the cost of a new village hall for Longburton.

Money has also been set aside for new public toilets in Beaminster which will eventually see the existing block alongside the hall closed down.

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