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Appeal for information following thefts from vans in Crossways

Appeal for information following thefts from vans in Crossways

Local officers are appealing for information following a spate of break-ins to vans in Crossways.

A total of five incidents were reported in the area on Saturday 28 November, Sunday 29 November and Monday 30 November 2020.

The incidents occurred during ...


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Dorset Police unveils its renewed commitment to its communities

Dorset Police unveils its renewed commitment to its communities

Dorset Police is unveiling its renewed commitment to ensure local officers engage and communicate with their communities.

A series of plans under the Neighbourhood Engagement Contract (NEC) initiative are being published over the coming weeks on the relevant neighbourhood policing ...


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Support others? Register with Help and Kindness

Support others? Register with Help and Kindness

Dorset’s food banks, businesses and community groups urged to register with Help and Kindness.

Does your business or community group play a role in the supply of food or medicine to people in Dorset? If yes, please register your organisation’s ...


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Water refill points come to Dorset

Water refill points come to Dorset

Locals and visitors in Dorset will soon be able to top up with tap water for free, thanks to new Wessex Water refill points.

A unit was recently installed at the bottom of South Street in Dorchester with additional points ...


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MP’s victory as the Government announces plan to end live animal exports

MP's victory as the Government announces plan to end live animal exports

After months of pressure from West Dorset MP Chris Loder, plans to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening have been unveiled by the Government Environment Secretary today (3 December), in the start of a renewed ...


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Dorset joins regional campaign to recruit more foster carers

Dorset joins regional campaign to recruit more foster carers

Dorset Council are joining forces with other local authorities across the south west region this Christmas to call for more people to consider becoming foster carers.

According to The Fostering Network, there are 6,140 children in care in the south ...


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Relocation of Covid-19 testing facility for local residents

Relocation of Covid-19 testing facility for local residents

The COVID-19 mobile testing unit at Weymouth Park and Ride will be moving to Swannery Car Park in Weymouth on Saturday 5 December.

The unit is being relocated to Swannery Car Park to provide increased access to testing for residents ...


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A Very Artsreach Christmas!

A Very Artsreach Christmas!

Dorset’s touring arts charity, Artsreach, has released details of its special Christmas gift to audiences across the County this winter; a series of performances available to enjoy online in the comfort of your own home, from Christmas classics and ...


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Dorset Council offers free parking days for residents and businesses this Christmas

Dorset Council offers free parking days for residents and businesses this Christmas

To help shoppers return to high streets across Dorset for their Christmas shopping, Dorset Council is offering three days of free parking this December.

Town centre car parks across the Dorset Council area will be free on Saturdays 5, 12 ...


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Rotary Club distribute inspirational book to local schools

Rotary Club distribute inspirational book to local schools

Last week a local mum partnered with Weymouth Rotary Club to send a really positive message to parents, teachers, and children. They did this via a free copy of a very special book and an encouraging letter, sent to ...


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Drink and drug drivers targeted in Christmas Crackdown

Drink and drug drivers targeted in Christmas Crackdown

Dorset Police is running the annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign from Tuesday 1 December 2020 through to Friday 1 January 2021.

Officers want to raise awareness of the inherent dangers involved in drink and drug driving by encouraging ...


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Help keep children cosy this Christmas

Help keep children cosy this Christmas

An appeal for children’s winter coats and warm pyjamas launches this Friday to keep children cosy at Christmas.

2020 has been a tough year for so many people and Dorset Council wants to make it just a little bit better ...


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Pregnant? Make sure you get your flu jab this year

Pregnant? Make sure you get your flu jab this year

Midwives from across Dorset are encouraging pregnant people to get their free flu jab this winter.

As we head towards a winter with COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for people to get a flu jab and protect themselves, their ...


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Waterside Holiday Group plans site expansion at Bowleaze Cove site

Waterside Holiday Group plans site expansion at Bowleaze Cove site

Dorset-based holiday park operator, Waterside Holiday Group, has submitted a planning application to Dorset Council for an 18-acre park expansion at Waterside Holiday Park & Spa at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth.

The application proposes a development of an 18-acre area ...


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Libraries Open from Wednesday

Libraries Open from Wednesday

All 23 Dorset Council libraries will be open from Wednesday 2 December.

All the opening times can be found at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries and customers are advised to check the times for their local library before setting off.

Although ...


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Witness appeal following fail-to-stop collision in Weymouth

Witness appeal following fail-to-stop collision in Weymouth

Officers investigating a fail-to-stop road traffic collision in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

At around 8.30pm on Sunday 29 November 2020 a collision occurred in Rodwell Avenue in which a parked ...


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Weldmar Hospicecare’s Tree-cycle initiative returns

Weldmar Hospicecare's Tree-cycle initiative returns

For a fourth consecutive year, Weldmar Hospicecare will be collecting and recycling real Christmas trees from across Dorset in early January.

In return for a suggested donation of just £10, trees can be collected from home and business addresses, between ...


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Depot fire cause revealed

Depot fire cause revealed

The Fire Investigation Report from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) has detailed how the major fire at Crookhill waste depot, on Sunday 15 November, occurred.

The report concludes that the accidental fire started around 1:20pm under the ...


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Man jailed for raping girl on Portland

Man jailed for raping girl on Portland

A man who raped an 11-year-old girl on Portland has been jailed for seven years.

James Connell Loveman, aged 23 and of Portland, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 27 November 2020 to be sentenced for offences of rape ...


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Food Bank opens food storage unit in Shopping Centre due to rise in demand

Food Bank opens food storage unit in Shopping Centre due to rise in demand

The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole has welcomed the opening of a storage unit by Poole Food Bank on Kingland Crescent, which previously housed Argos.

The unit will be used as a storage facility for the charity, due to a ...


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Community Share appeal for donations of food

Community Share appeal for donations of food

In March 2020 just before the UK went into lockdown a conversation between strangers on WhatsApp snowballed into an emergency Covid food relief scheme that reached thousands across Dorset. The group became known as Dorchester Community Kitchen and, with ...


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This Christmas set to be the loneliest yet say Age UK

This Christmas set to be the loneliest yet say Age UK

More than half of the older population in the South West are concerned they won’t see friends and family.

Age UK North, South & West Dorset calls for vital donations so it can be there for those who have no ...


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Free device giveaways helping to shield people from loneliness

Free device giveaways helping to shield people from loneliness

A second lockdown has been made a lot easier for some of Dorset’s most clinically vulnerable residents, thanks to the gift of free tablet devices.

Earlier in the year Dorset Council teamed up with Everyone Connected to identify people who ...


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Dorset school highlighted as a ‘Rising Star’ in the UK education sector

Dorset school highlighted as a 'Rising Star' in the UK education sector

Bryanston School near Blandford has been highlighted as one of the top ‘Rising Stars’ in a new report that assesses the role played by a school and its teachers in helping to determine future high achievement of pupils.

Significantly, the ...


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Dorset to move to Tier 2 restrictions from 2 December

Dorset to move to Tier 2 restrictions from 2 December

The Government has announced that the Dorset Council area will exit out of national restrictions (lockdown) into Tier 2 (High Alert) on Wednesday 2 December. The main restrictions under Tier 2 are:

  • no mixing of households indoors, apart from support ...

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Dorset Light Show Takes Off with the Air Ambulance

Dorset Light Show Takes Off with the Air Ambulance

The Christmas Lights and Reindeer Experience, a new festive event is fundraising for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance after the organiser was saved by the emergency service.

Anne Roots, who is staging the month-long light show with her son ...


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Witness appeal following fail-to-stop collision in Weymouth

Witness appeal following fail-to-stop collision in Weymouth

Officers investigating a fail-to-stop collision in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At around 3.55pm on Sunday 22 November 2020 a green Volkswagen Golf was involved in a collision with a silver Volkswagen Golf ...


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Queens Avenue create a window advent calendar!

Queens Avenue create a window advent calendar!

The residents of Queens Avenue, Dorchester are adding a bit of extra Christmas Community Cheer and Festive Fun to their road this year!

23 households plus Dorchester Middle School are each designing and decorating a window that can be seen ...


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Man jailed for burglary at Weymouth store

Man jailed for burglary at Weymouth store

A burglar caught by officers after he broke into a Weymouth store has been jailed.

Jonathan William Tagart, aged 41 and of Park Estate Road, Portland, was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 20 ...


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Live COVID Update for Dorset

Live COVID Update for Dorset

Officials from Public Health Dorset, Dorset Council and BCP Council will be broadcasting together this Thursday night (26 November), after the Government has announced which tier the area will be in once lockdown ends on 2 December.

Director of Public ...


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