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Severe disruption: A35 Dorset both ways

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A35 Dorset both ways severe disruption, from A3066 Sea Road North to A37.

A35 Dorset - A35 closed in both directions from Esso roundabout in Bridport to Monkeys Jump Roundabout in Dorchester, because of Overrunning roadworks. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

The knees-up took place while the street was closed for the town's Heritage Open Day.
Strangers danced while the road was closed to traffic during the town's Heritage Open Day.
Dorset chef says women could solve the curry crisis
Dorset chef Sarah Ali Choudhury wants to encourage more women to work in Indian restaurants.

Power cut hits Ringwood area

More than 80 postcode areas in Ringwood, Hampshire, have suffered a power cut.

The fault was reported at 09:23 BST, according to the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks website.

Supplies are expected to be restored by 12:30.

Ringwood Health and Leisure Centre said it had reopened after being evacuated earlier.

North Dorset tree shortlisted for England's Tree of the Year 2019

18th century London Plane tree at Bryanston School towers nearly 50 metres.
Three enormous trees stand west of the River Stour between Bryanston School and Blandford Forum, a few hundred yards south of the school church. The central tree, a London Plane, is just shorter than Nelson's Column, making it the tallest broadleaf tree in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe.

In 2015, Bryanston school pupils Hannah and Robert succeeded in scaling and measuring the tree with a 100m tape measure attached to a pole. The height from the ground to the highest bud was confirmed as 49.67m.

Bryanston School Head Woodman Toby Stayner told BBC Radio Solent's Laurence Herdman: "It was originally planted in 1749 to mark the centenary of the execution of Charles I."

In total, ten trees have been shortlisted by the Woodland Trust, with the winner to be chosen by a public vote.

Contenders also include a Dragon Tree at Brighstone on the Isle of Wight. This oak has huge snaking boughs, one of which forms a bridge over the brook below. It is thought it took on its unique shape after it was blown down in a storm and managed to re-root, though legend suggests it was a dragon slain by a knight before turning to wood.

England's Tree of the Year 2019 winner could compete in the 2020 European Tree of the Year award. Judges will select the UK representative from the winner of national contests in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each winner will also be awarded £1,000 to be spent on improving the tree's health, signage or a community celebration. Voting closes on 27 September.

South West unemployment drops 2.5%

BBC Business News

Unemployment in the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.

The official figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.

The ONS said rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to the rise in the state pension age.

South West unemployment

Severe disruption: A31 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A31 Dorset both ways severe disruption, from A348 Ringwood Road to A31.

A31 Dorset - A31 Ringwood Road in Ferndown closed in both directions from the A348 Ringwood Road junction to Boundary Lane Roundabout, because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Straw blaze may have been deliberate

Straw blaze

A large fire involving hundreds of bales of straw in Dorset is being investigated by police.

Fire crews were called to a field alongside West Street near Winterborne Kingston at about 06:30 BST.

PC Sam Burge of Dorset Police said: "At this stage we are not able to confirm whether it was started accidentally of if it was the result of a deliberate act."

Any witnesses or drivers with dash cam footage are urged to contact the force.

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Road closed as lorry hits tree

Tanker crash in Hatchpond Road

A tanker lorry has crashed into a tree and a lamppost in Poole.

Police were called to Hatchpond Road shortly after 09:30 BST.

Officers said the driver was being treated by the ambulance service was expected to be taken to hospital. The extent of his injuries are not known.

The road remains closed and drivers are urged to avoid the area.

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Straw bales in farm blaze

Crews have spent the morning tackling a large blaze involving hundreds of bales of straw.

The fire was spotted in the stack of about 300 bales in Winterborne Kingston just after 06:30 BST.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said crews would remain there for "some time".

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Severe accident: A347 Dorset southbound

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A347 Dorset southbound severe accident, from Gorsecliff Road to A3049 Wallisdown Road.

A347 Dorset - A347 Boundary Road in Bournemouth closed and queues southbound from the Gorsecliff Road junction to Boundary roundabout, because of a serious accident. On the roundabout.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Hospital finances better than planned

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dorset County Hospital

Dorset County Hospital is £2m short of its target to make £7m "efficiency" cuts by next April, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has said.

A meeting of governors was told the hospital's finances were £400,000 better off than planned, partly due to a government award that arrived to late to be included in last year's figures.

But finance director Paul Goddard said there was concern about an ongoing overspend on agency staff - currently costing £500,000 a month.

Trust chief executive Patricia Miller said the hospital had recruited between 15 and 20 non-EU staff during the financial year to try and tackle staff shortages, covering the initial cost of their accommodation and arranging visas and transport.

Former marine dog handlers offer hydrotherapy for pets
The former dog handlers began the hydrotherapy business after their animals were killed on duty.

Severe accident: A341 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A341 Dorset both ways severe accident, between A349 Gravel Hill and Canford Magna.

A341 Dorset - A341 Queen Anne Drive in Merley closed in both directions between the A349 Gravel Hill junction and the Canford Magna junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Air festival spectators rescued from sinking boat

Dog being rescued from a sinking boat

Four people and a dog had to be rescued from a sinking power boat during the Bournemouth Air Festival on Sunday.

Lifeboats were alerted by police to the 6.5m boat which was rapidly taking on water west of Bournemouth Pier at about 15:30 BST.

The group was returned to Salterns uninjured and the boat was towed to the beach.

Helicopter fireworks at Bournemouth Air Festival
The pilot of Otto the Helicopter explains what it's like to fire off 1,000 fireworks during an air display.

Severe accident: A31 Dorset westbound

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A31 Dorset westbound severe accident, from B3073 to A349.

A31 Dorset - A31 in Wimborne closed and queues westbound from Canford Bottom Roundabout to Merley Roundabout, because of an accident involving three cars. Diversion in operation - Follow hollow black square diversion symbol via the B3073, A348, A341 and A349.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A35 Dorset westbound

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A35 Dorset westbound severe accident, between A37 and North Rew Lane.

A35 Dorset - A35 in Dorchester closed and queues westbound between Monkeys Jump Roundabout and the North Rew Lane junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Former Miss England contestant terrified over stalker’s release
An obsessive fan who was jailed for stalking Samantha Bumford is due to be released later this year.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South West, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of the most popular boys names in the South West of England in 2018
Chart of the most popular girls names in the South West of England in 2018

Call for more awareness of Lyme disease in the SW

BBC Spotlight

There’s a warning that GPs and patients in the South West need to be more aware of the early symptoms of Lyme disease

The illness is spread by ticks bites (pictured) and is particularly prevalent in the region.

Doctors said early treatment with antibiotics was very effective, and could prevent serious long-term complications.

However, some people can continue to have symptoms, like tiredness, aches and loss of energy, that "can last for years", the NHS says.

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