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Dorchester middle school closed on Monday

The school has taken the decision to close on Monday due to a failure of their heating system.

A letter from the head teacher on their website states:

“Our heating system has broken. The new part has been ordered, from Germany, but cannot be fitted until Monday… However, as the heating system has to be drained, to complete the works, we will have no heating on Monday. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this will cause but our top priority is the health and safety of our children, and not being able to provide heating in the classrooms, we have been left with no option but to close.”

Parents can keep up to date by visiting their website www.dorchestermid.dorset.sch.uk<www.dorchestermid.dorset.sch.uk>
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Sentimental Item Lost at christmas Cracker!

A young lady from Dorset attended the Christmas Cracker last week and lost an item of huge sentimental value to her.

She has lost her gold chain and heart shaped locket! Whilst the owner has re-traced her steps, results to find the item are few.

She was at the Corn exchange, Holy Trinity & United churches for Rock Choir and Carols.

Please get in touch with Keep 106 if you have found this so we can reunite it with the owner!

Contact details here.


A cracking night of festive fun in Dorchester

The annual Dorchester Christmas Cracker, sponsored by Kingston Maurward College, took place on Thursday, December 6, to celebrate the festive season within the county town.

Festivities began with a carol service in St Peter’s Church at 5pm, followed by performances from the Rock Choir in Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Retailers also opened for late night shopping, a variety of food and gift stalls lined the streets and a festive craft fayre took place in the Corn Exchange.

The Lantern Parade left Brewery Square at 5.45pm, led by Town Crier Alistair Chisholm who guided the procession through South Street, ending at St Peter’s Church on High West Street. Families of all ages braved the weather to participate in the parade, proudly presenting their lanterns that had been made during workshops at Dorset County Museum.

Dorchester’s Christmas lights were switched on outside St. Peter’s Church at 6.30pm by everyone’s favourite cuddly bear from deepest, darkest Peru, courtesy of Julia’s House.

Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, commented: “We had such a wonderful evening hosting the beginning of the Lantern Parade for the Dorchester Christmas Cracker. There were some really creative lantern designs on display, and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.”

Dr. Jon Murden, director at Dorset County Museum, added: “Being able to host the lantern crafting workshops was so much fun for all the family and a great chance to showcase our current touring museum at Brewery Square. We had over 75 children participate in the workshop and it was fabulous to see them all come to life lit up in the parade.”

Click here to listen to our live coverage of the event

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Fire at commercial property in Bridport

Fire crews have been attending a fire at a commercial property at Pymore Mills in Pymore, Bridport.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue took a 999 call at 11.10 today (6 Dec) to reports of a fire inside a factory.

2 fire crews from Bridport, 1 crew from Beaminster and aerial platforms from Yeovil station attended the scene.

The crews confirmed there was a fire and got to work to extinguish the fire using 1 hose reel jet.

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Warning on candle safety after bedroom fire

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take care with candles after a bedroom fire last night (5 December).

Fire crews were called to a property in the north of the Service area, where a candle had been allowed to burn down inside a glass holder which was placed on top of a satellite television box. Because the candle burned right down, the glass holder overheated and broke.

Station Manager Greg Izon said: “Fortunately, the occupier returned home before going to work, so discovered the fire and raised the alarm. As such, the damage was contained to the bedroom, but it could have been a lot worse. You should extinguish candles when you leave the room, always make sure none are still burning if you are leaving the house or going to sleep, and only ever use correct holders on solid surfaces.”

The Service has the following advice for the safe use of candles:

* Never leave lit candles unattended. Put burning candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re out completely at night. * Place your candles carefully. Make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children, and keep them away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture, bedding and books. Never place on baths, televisions, set-top boxes or anything else plastic. * Don’t move candles once they are lit, and don’t let them burn right down. * Don’t burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare. * Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot and dripping. * Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder. These candles are designed to liquefy when heated to maximise fragrance. * Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time. * Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire should occur, including practising your escape routes.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Safe & Well visits – to see if you are eligible, call free on 0800 038 2323. More home fire safety advice can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/safety

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Update – Man charged in connection with reported assault in Blandford

A man has been charged in connection with a reported assault in Blandford.

Officers were called at 9.12pm on Monday 7 May 2018 to Damory Court Street following reports that a 31-year-old man had been assaulted.

It was alleged that he was assaulted with a claw hammer before being driven at by a man in a Mercedes car.

The victim sustained injuries to his face and stomach and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A 30-year-old Blandford man has been charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal damage and dangerous driving. He is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday 7 January 2019.

Two other local men, aged 29 and 42, who were arrested in connection with the incident have now been released from under investigation and will face no further police action.


Update – missing Shaftesbury woman found safe and well

Officers searching for missing Shaftesbury woman Connie Lewis are pleased to confirm she has been found safe and well.

Connie, aged 26, was reported missing at 7.35pm yesterday, Wednesday 5 December 2018, having last been in contact with her family at around 2.10pm.

She has now been located in the Honiton area.

We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal.


Appeal to find missing woman from Shaftesbury

Officers searching for a woman who went missing from Shaftesbury are appealing for help from the public to find her.

Connie Lewis, aged 26 and from Greenstone Road, was last in contact with her family at around 2.10pm on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

She is described as white, around five feet eight inches tall with long brown hair which is usually tied up in a ponytail.

It is believed that Connie may have travelled to the Taunton area of Somerset. Her car is a silver Peugeot 108 with registration number OU15 VNX.

Chief Inspector Lance Cliff, of Dorset Police, said: “We understand that Connie has been upset recently and for her to go missing and not return home is completely out of character.

“I am appealing to anyone who may know of her whereabouts, who sees a woman matching her description or her car, to contact police immediately.

“I would also like to make a direct plea to Connie to contact us, your family are very worried about you and want to ensure you are safe and well.”

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Connie’s whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk<www.dorset.police.uk>, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 5:368


Suspicious package found in Weymouth

Dorset Police were called earlier this afternoon at around 3.10PM to reports that a suspicious item was discovered at the Lantern Resource Centre on Ranelagh Road in Weymouth, the Park District.

As a precaution, that building was evacuated along with nearby properties and the train station.

Officers are carrying out their investigation and a Bomb disposal team was called in.

The cordon has now been lifted and the train station re-opened.


4-Year-Old Girl Praised for 999 Call – UPDATE

Four-year-old Kaitlyn Wright has been commended for knowing exactly what to do in an emergency.

Her mum, Charlene, was having a fit, and she was the only person at home with her.

So Kaitlyn called 999 and gave the important details to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) Call Handler Jess Hodkinson. During the call on 27 October, Kaitlyn was able to tell Jess precisely what was wrong with Charlene. Kaitlyn made sure that her mum was still breathing, and she stayed on the phone to Jess until help arrived.

Kaitlyn, Charlene, and dad Simon made a special visit to the SWASFT Control Centre near Bristol on Friday 30 November. Kaitlyn was presented with a certificate on behalf of SWASFT Chief Executive Ken Wenman to congratulate her for showing extraordinary bravery, presence of mind, and wisdom beyond her years.

Kaitlyn said: “I pressed 999, and said my mummy was having a fit.”

Paramedics went to the family home in Askerswell, Dorset and assessed Charlene. Thankfully Charlene stopped fitting, and she didn’t need to go to hospital.

Jess, who works in the Control Centre as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher, said the incident highlighted how vital it is for parents to teach their children what to do in an emergency. That includes showing the children how to call 999, making sure they know their address, and ensuring they are aware of any known health problems in the family.

Jess said: “Every call is different, and we are taught how to deal with child callers as part of our training. But it is unusual to receive a call from someone so young. Kaitlyn was very brave and informative. She obviously knew how to call 999; she told me exactly what was happening, and where she lives. She knew exactly what to do in an emergency.”

Charlene has fibromyalgia which means she is in constant pain and can have up to 40 seizures a week.

Charlene said: “I’m so proud of Kaitlyn. At the time I wasn’t really aware of what had happened. I woke up with the paramedics standing over me. I was so happy when I found out what she had done. We taught all our children how to make a 999 call, and what to say to the call handler. We got Kaitlyn a pretend Disney phone and practised with it. It can be scary when you’re not well. But Kaitlyn makes me feel safe. She’s a star.”

Simon added: “Kaitlyn is a grown-up little girl who knows exactly what to do in an emergency. She is brilliant.”

Charlene said the family had been “overwhelmed” by people’s interest in Kaitlyn’s call. She said they had been given cards, gifts, and kind words from many people.


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