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Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,808 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 14 cases since Friday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 733

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 1,075

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

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

Data as of Saturday 19 September.

Pedestrian suffers life-threatening injuries in Asda car park

A pedestrian has suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in a supermarket car park.

Asda car park West Quay Road, Poole
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It happened in the Asda car park on West Quay Road in Poole, Dorset, at about 14:10 BST on Friday.

The pedestrian, a 69-year-old local woman, was taken to hospital.

The driver of the car, a 39-year-old man from Poole, was uninjured.

Dorset Police is appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage.

Cornavirus: Confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,794 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 13 cases since Thursday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 728

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 1,066

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

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

Data as of Friday 18 September.

Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,781 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 15 cases since Wednesday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 726

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 1,055

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

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

Data as of Thursday 17 September.

Amber alert for wildfires in Dorset

There is an amber alert for wildfires in Dorset this weekend, the fire service has warned.

This means that if a wildfire breaks out it could spread quickly and easily due to the dry and windy conditions.

A blaze at Wareham Forest earlier in the year damaged 550 acres of land, much of which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Members of the public are being urged not to have campfires and ensure cigarettes are put out properly.

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Gaia Pope inquest: Justice 'more important' than any delay - Gaia's cousin

Marienna Pope-Weidermann is pleased the family's request to delay the inquest was granted.
The family of Gaia Pope has told BBC Radio Solent that "truth and justice" for her matter more than any delay to the inquest into her death.

Gaia was 19 when she disappeared in Swanage, in November 2017.

Her body was found on cliffs near the town 11 days later, following a huge search by the community.

Her family believe she died due to failings by police and mental health services following an allegation of rape.

This week we heard that an inquest into her death will not examine that investigation - but will include the impact of that investigation on her mental health.
	
It will now take place in May 2021.

After this week's hearing, BBC Radio Solent's Dorset breakfast presenter Steve Harris sat down to speak with Gaia's cousin - Marienna Pope-Weidemann.

War memorial given protected status

A war memorial to commemorate civilians in Dorset who lost their lives has been given protected status to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Sherborne Abbey War Memorial
Historic England

Sherborne Abbey War Memorial was described by Historic England as a "fine example of a detailed memorial cross made from stone from the Mendip Hills".

It was built after World War One by John Merrick and designed by William Douglas Caroe - who became senior architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1895 and was one of the leading church architects of his time.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,759 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 15 cases since Monday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 723

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 1,036

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

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

Data as of Tuesday 15 September.

Council leader set to face second no confidence vote

A council leader is set to face a second vote of no confidence after a previous poll was tied and the authority's chairman kept her in power.

Vikki Slade
BBC

Liberal Democrat Vikki Slade became leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council in May 2019 after forming a cross-party coalition.

The previous vote on a motion from the opposition Conservatives to remove her had been split 37-37.

Council chairman David Flagg used his casting vote to support Mrs Slade.

The latest vote of no confidence has been proposed by Conservative councillor Drew Mellor and is due to take place in a full council meeting at 19:00 BST.

Paintings help to raise cash for coronavirus-hit heritage railway

A series of paintings of steam trains are helping to raise money for a heritage railway rebuilt by volunteers over the course of 30 years that says it has been left "on a knife edge" by the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver Pyle with one of his painting at Swanage Railway
Andrew PM Wright

Dorset's Swanage Railway, which has been run as a tourist attraction since the 1990s, closed when lockdown came into force.

It said the pandemic had "created the most urgent and potentially devastating challenge" in its history.

So far, an emergency appeal has raised more than £283,500 of a £360,000 target.

West Sussex artist Oliver Pyle has produced four watercolour scenes of steam trains on the Swanage Railway with 250 limited edition prints of each being sold to raise money for the appeal.

Many other heritage railways across England have found themselves in a similar position, including West Somerset Railway, East Lancashire Railway, North York Moors Railway, South Devon Railway and Bluebell Railway in East Sussex.

Lulworth Rangers criticise Durdle Door jet suit stunt
Rangers at the Durdle Door beauty spot have criticised a stunt that saw a man wearing a jet suit fly through the arch.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,679 in Dorset - a rise of 23 cases since Tuesday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 704

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 975

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

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

Data as of Wednesday 9 September.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,656 in Dorset - a rise of 21 cases since Monday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 699

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 957

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

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

Data as of Tuesday 8 September.

Bournemouth teenagers electric skateboard wins design competition
13-year-old Charlotte Geary designed a remote controlled electric skateboard that's won a national competition.
Tracy Higginbottom said she had never experienced such aggression in more than 20 years
Tracy Higginbottom said she had never experienced such aggression in more than 20 years of service.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,617 in Dorset - a rise of 22 cases since Saturday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 685

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 932

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

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

Data as of Sunday 6 September.

My Dorset Life: "We moved over here for an easier life; America's become such a rat race."

Helen and David Kepple describe relocation from Pennsylvania to Broadmayne, Dorset.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,587 in Dorset, an increase of 14 since Wednesday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 666

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 921

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

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

Data as of Friday 4 September.

CCTV appeal after racist wording sprayed on Blandford shop

Police have released a CCTV image of a suspect after racist wording was sprayed on a shop front and nearby alleyway.

It happened in West Street, Blandford at about 03:30 BST on Thursday.

PC Kate Schofield, of Dorset Police, said: “This was a very unpleasant and upsetting incident for the victim and I would like to reassure them and the community that a detailed investigation is underway."

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,573 in Dorset, an increase of eight since Tuesday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 664

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 909

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

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

Data as of Wednesday 2 September.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,565 in Dorset, an increase of five since Monday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 662

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 903

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

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

Data as of Tuesday 1 September.

Warning after man impersonates Poole parking attendant

Police are investigating after a man impersonated a civil enforcement officer in Poole.

Baiter Harbourside One car park
Google

The man put an "out of service" sticker on the pay machine in the Baiter Harbourside One car park (pictured), between 20:30 and 21:00 BST on 6 August, and at Beach Road on 8 August, before approaching members of the public and taking money from them for parking.

The man is described as aged in his late 50s, about 6ft (1.82m), tanned and of average build, with cropped grey hair.