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Woman arrested for 'driving around for no reason'

Bournemouth town centre car spot check
Bournemouth South Police

A woman was arrested in Bournemouth after "endlessly driving around for no reason", police have said.

In a Facebook post, the force said an officer "pleaded" with the woman to go home before she swore at him and told him "I'll do what I like".

Police said she was then arrested for breaching a dispersal notice.

The force posted several photographs of officers stopping cars on Friday and said it had been hearing "ridiculous excuses".

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 40 in Dorset.

The figure is up by two cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 38.

The figures in Dorset include:

  • Dorset - 25
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 15

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Coronavirus: Simple yoga poses to help home workers
If you're starting to feel fidgety or fed up at your desk, our reporter and office yoga teacher Emily Ford has some tips.

This two-year-old is another reason to smile

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News

Evelyn-Rose Wiggans
Rob Wiggans

How sweet is this...

Evelyn-Rose Wiggans spent some of her day yesterday baking cupcakes to deliver to neighbours stuck inside due to the coronavirus outbreak

The two-and-a-half-year-old, from Verwood in Dorset, made sure she washed her hands thoroughly while making her creations, proud dad Rob said.

Cakes
Rob Wiggans

"She wanted to give one to Colin and Grace - our neighbours. She placed the cakes on the door step, knocked and walked away," he said.

"The neighbours were so appreciative... she even had a card delivered this morning as it turns out it was one of our neighbour's birthdays.

"This makes us so, so proud of her and to see what a kind, loving and thoughtful little girl she is."

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 38 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 9 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 29.

The figures in Dorset include:

  • Dorset - 23
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 15

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Virtual wedding blessings offered for NHS donation

Couples who have had to postpone their weddings due to the coronavirus are being offered free virtual blessings if they make a donation to the NHS.

Ellie Brooks, Dorset’s only accredited sacred celebrant, will perform online mini handfasting ceremonies - whereby couples' hands are bound with ribbon.

She has suggested a £15 donation should be made to NHS Charities Together in exchange for the 20-minute service.

Ms Brooks, from Wimborne, said: “By having a virtual mini-handfasting blessing couples can still honour their original wedding date as a special milestone in their union, especially as they will be pledging their steadfast love and commitment to one another during these troubled times.”

Wedding
Ellie Brooks

Bakery starts 'drive-through' service and offers free drinks to NHS workers

Sue Paz

BBC South

Free hot drinks are being offered to NHS workers in Dorset by a 110-year-old family bakery.

Oxford's Bakery, which is based in Alweston but has stores in Sherborne, Bournemouth and Sturminster Newton, is giving free tea and coffee to all NHS workers "no matter what department you work in", owner Steve Oxford has said.

He added it was "our way of saying thanks".

Its shops remain open but the cafe areas have closed.

Oxford bakery
BBC

The firm is now focusing on delivery boxes of "essential items" - including bread, milk and cheese - to vulnerable people living in the towns and villages but is looking for "local heroes" to volunteer to help deliver the goods.

It has also opened a "drive-through" bakery, with hatch service, at its base in Alweston.

"We just want to help as many people as we possibly can," Mr Oxford, who is homeschooling two children at the same time as baking, said.

TV doctor Dr Dawn Harper clarifies advice to people in their 70s

TV doctor Dr Dawn Harper has been clarifying the guidance on self-isolation for people in their 70s.

She was speaking to BBC Somerset’s Claire Carter on Breakfast earlier today.

“Anyone who is offered an NHS flu vaccine - you are at risk.

“That means you need to take social distancing very seriously.

“Yes you can go out but you need to stay two metres apart from other people.”

You can also visit her website for more information: https://drdawn.com/

Dr Dawn Harper
BBC

Farewell tributes paid to much loved traffic waving man from Dorset

Michael Ebdon from Swyre waved to commuters on the Jurassic coast road every morning.
Michael Ebdon lived in the same house throughout his life in the small Dorset village of Swyre. Affectionately known as the 'honorable mayor of Swyre', the former council worker died at the age of 82 on 27th February 2020. BBC Radio Solent reporter Laurence Herdman met several of his friends to share treasured memories of a knowledgeable and much loved gentlemen, and a true Dorset character.
School life-saving lessons help Dorset teenager save her father
Just two weeks after learning CPR at school, Ali Holborn had to use the skill to help save her dad's life.

Minister to 'use influence' to solve crossing access problem

Wareham footbridge
Google

Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris has said he hopes to use his influence to find a solution to the lack of 24-hour step-free access across the railway at Wareham.

Dorset Council recently apologised after parents of a disabled boy were forced to carry him over a stepped footbridge because the level crossing was closed due to staff shortages.

Previous attempts to build ramp access at the station have failed to pass the planning stage.

Mr Heaton-Harris visited the site yesterday and said: "This is a problem that needs to be solved. There is money in the system to help solve it.

"I just wanted to see it for myself and maybe bring all sides together so we can have a proper discussion about how we move forward."

The Mid Dorset and North Poole MP said: "We need to make sure that this crossing is preserved and the town isn't divided in two."