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Dorset's Miss World Ann Sidney

Fond memories from a Poole hairdresser who became Miss UK and Miss World in 1964.
Dorset chef says women could solve the curry crisis
Dorset chef Sarah Ali Choudhury wants to encourage more women to work in Indian restaurants.

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

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.

Tick on hand
BBC

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey Location Manager Mark Ellis

They talk about how locations are chosen for filming.

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

They speak about the role location plays in period dramas.

Future challenges to South West Water supplies outlined

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Taps
BBC

South West Water is facing significant challenges with climate change and the increasing demand for supply, bosses say.

Thousands of new homes are being built in the South West every year, while the population expands over the summer with tourists.

According to the company's head of water resources, Rob Scarrott, the "very high demands" over the summer grows by as much as 30%.

Wimbleball Reservoir on Exmoor is refilled in the winter months by pumping water from downstream to ensure it's full for the summer.

Mr Scarrot said that climate change and population growth would affect water supplies in the coming decades.

"The environment is going to look quite different that what we have today, and we need to plan for that," he said.

However, he added that the company planned 25 years in advance and was "confident" that it had the plans in place for this period.

South West Water provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.

South West Water
BBC

Weymouth medical bike 'not being withdrawn'

A medical bike with life-saving equipment will not be withdrawn from service in Weymouth but its future is under review.

There had been some speculation on social media that the rapid response bike would be "pulled".

But South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it was still being used on an "ad-hoc" basis because only one paramedic is trained to use it.

A petition to save the facility had attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

Dorset Echo: 'Damning' planning verdict

Dorset Echo
Dorset Echo

Dorset health trust rated outstanding by inspectors

Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust has been rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It comes four years after the trust - which provides community health services - was criticised for significant failings and told it needed improvement.

CQC deputy chief inspector of hospitals Dr Paul Lelliott said the trust had developed "a culture of continuous improvement".

Hospital sign
BBC

Organisations do not provide outstanding care – people do. Therefore, this rating reflects our collective effort and determination to deliver the very best outcomes and experiences for our patients, their families and friends.

Eugine YafeleChief executive, Dorset HealthCare

South of England weather: Largely fine and sunny

BBC Weather

Aside from the odd shower, it should be a largely fine day with plenty of sunshine and blue skies developing.

Fairly breezy at times. Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for Southern England

Technology 'solution' for social care overspend

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Technological solutions are being considered to help prevent Dorset Council from overspending on adult social care.

The service is currently projected to be £2.4m over budget by the end of the financial year.

Councillor Laura Miller told Tuesday’s cabinet meeting that work was being carried out to help older people stay in their homes for longer, reducing the need for residential care and hospital admissions.

She said she was excited by the prospect of assistive technology being fitted in homes and on individuals, including the use of sensors, GPS trackers and voice activation software.

Epic paddling expedition by Aussie expat

Skip Graham quit job in Wareham to paddleboard round south west coastline.
Skip Graham from Swanage arrived in the UK from the Gold Coast in Australia eight years ago. He recently quit his design engineering job in Wareham to embark on a six week unsupported 1000km water challenge - he’s paddleboarding in the prone position from Minehead to Poole round the south west coastline to raise funds and awareness for #2minutebeachclean. Depending on sea conditions, Skip is set to end his expedition at Poole in  Dorset on Friday 2nd August.

Watch: Today's weather for the south

Sunny spells this morning but also there is a risk of a few showers.

Through the afternoon, more widespread and heavier showers will spread in from the south-west, potentially thundery.

Maximum Temperature: 21 to 24C.

Showers spreading in from the south-west

Louis Strange: WW1 aerial warfare pioneer's grave re-dedicated

Peter Metcalf helped to restore Louis Strange's grave, which is being re-dedicated.

What's it like living in the Dorset village of Sydling St Nicholas ?

Richard Latto speaks to residents and visitors in the village with a population of 400.

Rob Da Bank talks about the excitement behind Camp Bestival 2019

Broadcaster, musician and founder of Camp Bestival explains the work behind the festival.

Vehicles severely damaged in Saint Leonards

Three cars were damaged in a layby on Monday in Saint Leonards.

Dorset Police say the vehicles were targeted at about 16:00 BST in a layby near All Saints Parish Church on Ringwood Road.

A silver Ford Mondeo, silver Citreon C4 and blue VW Golf were targeted, and police said: "The damage caused to all vehicles has had a significant impact on the owners as their cars have been considered a write-off."

Dash cam footage of a suspect has been released.

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Special new machines are proving popular in Wimborne at the Allendale Centre

Customs relation officer Karen Wyatt explains how they are cutting down on plastic.

The story of Wimborne Model Town & Gardens

Manager Greg Hoar explains the history of the legendary Dorset tourist attraction.

Seventy-five firefighters tackle overnight barn fire blaze in Bridport

Dorset travel: Delays on Gravel Hill in Poole causing 25-minute queues

World Scouting Jamboree opportunity of a lifetime
Charlie is one of 45,000 scouts travelling to the US for the event, but it is a particularly special opportunity for her.

Rails painted to prevent buckling

Buckled rails near Glasgow in 2018
Network Rail

Network Rail and South Western Railway say they are working to mitigate the effects of predicted hot weather on rail services.

The companies say speed restrictions may have to be imposed on parts of the network to reduce the risk of tracks buckling in the extreme heat.

The most at-risk rails have been painted white so they absorb less heat, reducing temperatures by up to 10C.

NHS protesters gather outside High Court

Tristan Pascoe

BBC Radio Solent political reporter

Protesters outside the High Court
BBC

Campaigners challenging changes to health services in Dorset return to the High Court today.

Last year, the group Defend Dorset NHS lost a bid to get a review of the planned move of A&E and Maternity from Poole Hospital to Bournemouth.

Today, a judge will hear their appeal.

Dorset’s clinical commissioning group says the move will save millions of pounds.

What's special about the Blue Pool at Furzebrook in Purbeck?

Owner Jennifer Barnard and manager Carolyn Snook describe the unique Blue Pool attraction.