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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 837 in Dorset.

The figure is up by three since Monday when there were 834.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 360

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 477

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 26 May.

Coronavirus: One further death in South West hospital

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

There has been a further death reported in a hospital in the South West of a people infected with coronavirus.

NHS England said the death was in Dorset County Hospital.

In total, 366 people have died in hospitals in the region, including 179 in Devon and 86 in Cornwall.

Council urges visitors to turn back as seafront car parks 'full'

Rob England

BBC News

A council has urged bank holiday beachgoers to "think twice" before visiting the seafront as its car parks are now "full".

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council said: "Our seafront car parks are full. Please #ThinkTwice before visiting the beach - there are other less busy but equally lovely open spaces to enjoy - or please #StayHome."

Responding to other reports on social media of people camping in the area, the council said it understood police had been "made aware".

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 831 in Dorset.

The figure is up by two since Saturday when there were 833.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 358

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 475

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 24 May.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 831 in Dorset.

The figure is up by eight since Friday when there were 823.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 358

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 473

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 23 May.

Young people from across Dorset record a version of What A Wonderful World
More than 30 young musicians across Dorset record their version of What A Wonderful World.

Drivers caught doing up to 124mph during lockdown

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All of the speeds recorded were in Devon, officers for the team - which covers Devon & Cornwall and Dorset - said in a later tweet.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 823 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 6 since Wednesday when there were 817.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 354

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 469

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 21 May.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 817 in Dorset.

The figure has not changed since 817 were reported on Tuesday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 352

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 465

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 20 May.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 817 in Dorset.

The figure is up by one case since Monday when there were 816.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 352

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 465

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 19 May.

Coronavirus: Volunteers deliver thousands of items of PPE
St John Ambulance volunteers in Gosport have delivered 50,000 items of PPE to front line workers.

Unemployment rises in the South West

BBC News England

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit has increased in the South West of England.

The latest headline estimates for regions of the UK, seasonally adjusted, from January to March 2020, show an increase in the region of 3.1%, although this is below the overall UK rate of nearly 4%.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said with job vacancies falling as well, the government was doing what it could to help those looking for work.

Unemployment SW
BBC

Assaults on ambulance workers have doubled under lockdown

BBC Radio Devon

Reports of assaults on ambulance workers in the South West of England have nearly doubled while the lockdown has been in place.

Ambulance
BBC

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said incidents of aggressive behaviour toward their staff increased by 95% this March, compared with March 2019.

It also found more than 100 staff members face violence and aggression each month.

The trust said it released the figures as part of a new campaign by emergency service organisations, called Unacceptable, to try to tackle the assaults and abuse directed at staff.

The campaign warns that action will be taken to prosecute offenders, whether the abuse is verbal, mental or physical.

Coronavirus: Bin day is lockdown highlight for children's TV star
Children's TV star Basil Brush says Tuesday's bin day is the highlight of the week for a 'furry furloughed fox'.
Coronavirus: Alcoholics Anonymous sees lockdown call rise
Recovering alcoholics talk about how the pressures of lockdown put them at risk of relapse.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 815 in Dorset.

The figure is up by one case since Saturday when there were 814.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 352

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 463

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 17 May.

People stay away from Bournemouth beach

Bournemouth beach
BBC

Fears that visitors would flock to Dorset's beaches this weekend appear to have been unfounded, judging by the number seen on Bournemouth's seafront on Sunday.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council leader Vikki Slade had urged people to "think twice" before visiting the south coast resort despite the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Bournemouth promenade
BBC

Ms Slade had already threatened to ban cyclists from the promenade amid concern about an increased number of walkers and people cycling too fast.

And Dorset Council leader Spencer Flower said: "We want to discourage people from outside the county and from areas with a higher rate of infection than Dorset from visiting our beaches and beauty spots, and inadvertently spreading the virus to local people."

Bournemouth Pier
BBC

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 814 in Dorset.

The figure is up by three cases since Friday when there were 811.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 352

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 462

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 16 May.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 811 in Dorset.

The figure is up by three cases since Thursday when there were 808.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 350

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 461

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 16 May.

Many Dorset car parks remain closed this weekend

Durdle Door - generic
Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Car parks at many of Dorset's beaches and beauty spots are set to remain shut this weekend.

The council has warned drivers they risk a fine if they park in restricted areas outside of the local authority car parks or their entrances.

Lulworth Estate said Durdle Door car park would be open with a signposted one-way walk-in operation to help maintain social distancing. Its car park at Lulworth Cove will remain closed until further notice.

The National Trust said the reopening of its properties and car parks would be "phased and gradual" with an online booking system for larger car parks due to go live next week.

Testing delays ‘terrifying’ during easing of lockdown

BBC News England

A leading doctor has said the decision to ease lockdown restrictions without proper testing was "terrifying".

Dr Lucy-Jane Davis, chairwoman of the British Medical Association (BMA) in the South West, said some people had waited more than 10 days for results.

"It's absolutely key to have proper testing, contact tracing and then isolating," she said.

The Department for Health and Social Care said it was determined to make testing "fast and simple".

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Beach volleyball event cancelled

Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic
Weymouth Beach Volleyball Club

This year’s Beach Volleyball Classic on Weymouth beach has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The event, which has been running for 36 years, was due to take place from 24 to 26 July and attracts some of the best players across Europe.

Event directors Graeme Sawyer and Pete Bennett said: "It is very disappointing to have to cancel the event but considering the current Covid-19 crisis we feel we had little choice, even though the event is still two months away."

They added they are in discussions with Weymouth Town Council about putting on a "lower-level event" in September, but this was currently looking "unlikely".

Breakfast show in first Zoom broadcast

Breakfast in Dorset broadcasts show on Zoom
BBC / Zoom

BBC's Breakfast in Dorset radio show has been available to watch live on Zoom for the first time.

Listeners were able to see presenters and guests on screen as well as the show's production team between 07:00 and 09:00 BST on Thursday.

Presenter Steve Harris said: "We thought we'd try and do the show via Zoom so you could see behind the scenes from our studio in Dorchester, but also behind the scenes from our various points around the county where we have been broadcasting from these past seven weeks of social distancing and self-isolation."

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 806 in Dorset.

The figure is up by three cases since Tuesday when there were 803.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 348

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 458

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 13 May.

Plea hearing date set for policeman accused of killing lover

Horns Inn
PA Media

A plea hearing date has been set for a police officer accused of murdering his lover in a pub car park.

Claire Parry, 41, from Bournemouth, was found unconscious at the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on Saturday.

Judge Jane Miller QC said Exeter prison was unable to produce PC Timothy Brehmer by video-link for the Skype hearing held by Winchester Crown Court.

The 41-year-old will appear for a plea hearing on 8 July, and a two-week trial was listed for 5 October.

Police found Mrs Parry after being called to the pub by paramedics at 15:39 BST.

She was taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital where she died on Sunday morning.

PC Brehmer, from Hordle, Hampshire, was treated at Poole Hospital for a self-inflicted knife wound on his arm which required surgery, a magistrates court previously heard.

The married officer and Mrs Parry had been having an affair for about 10 years.

He was seconded from Dorset Police to the National Police Air Service but was not on duty at the time of the incident, police have said.

The case has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Horns Inn
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Day trippers urged to stay away from Dorset

Chesil beach
BBC

Anyone thinking of visiting Dorset for a day trip is being urged to stay away.

Beach car parks and those at other tourist spots will remain closed to everyone.

Dorset Council fears the change in lockdown rules, which come into force today, could put the health of residents at risk.

Dorset Council’s Leader, Cllr Spencer Flower said: "We want to discourage people from outside the county and from areas with a higher rate of infection than Dorset from visiting our beaches and beauty spots, and inadvertently spreading the virus to local people.

"We really look forward to welcome visitors back to our beautiful county in the future, but it’s too early to take the risk right now.”

Elsewhere BCP Council is opening its car parks at seafront and leisure locations for locals.

People who have beach huts in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas are also being allowed to use them again, providing they abide by social distancing rules.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 803 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 12 cases since Monday when there were 791.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 348

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 455

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 12 May.

Air festival cancelled due to pandemic

Blades Aerobatic Display Team
Blades Aerobatic Display Team

One of Bournemouth's main tourism events, the annual Air Festival, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council said it had called off all outdoor events until the end of August.

Council leader Vikki Slade said: "With the partial lockdown currently still in place and the clear indication that easing of restrictions will rightly be taken in a measured way, it will no longer be possible that events planned to take place this summer in public outdoor open space can go ahead."

Previously the council estimated that a lockdown lasting for most of the summer tourist season could cost it more than £53m.