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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.

Severe disruption: A35 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

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

Bournemouth hotel offers retreats for patients with cancer
The Bournemouth hotel provides facilities for cancer patients and the chance to renew wedding vows.
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

Motorcyclist airlifted after coast road crash

B3157 coast road near Swyre

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash in Dorset.

The man in his 40s from Wiltshire was taken by helicopter to Southampton General Hospital following the collision on the coast road between Abbotsbury and Swyre on Sunday afternoon.

The crash, involving a Honda motorcycle and a black BMW 1 series happened near the junction with Clay Lane shortly after 14:00 BST.

The car driver was not seriously injured.

The B3157 was closed for accident investigations and has since reopened.

Witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage are urged to contact Dorset Police.

Severe accident: A35 Dorset westbound

BBC News Travel

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.

Tick on hand

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


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

Severe disruption: A352 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A352 Dorset both ways severe disruption, from A353 to Conygar Lodge.

A352 Dorset - A352 in Warmwell blocked in both directions from the A353 junction to the Conygar Lodge junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

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.

Drug crime mapped: SW sees 'some significant increases'


Drug crime is increasing in many small towns and villages even as it falls significantly in city centres, the BBC has found.

Police data shows drug crimes in England and Wales have fallen by more than 50,000 in the past five years. But national averages hide a major shift in where drug crimes are being committed.

As well as towns on the peripheries of cities seeing increases, another pattern can be seen along the south coast of England.

In Dorset, Bournemouth and Weymouth both saw rises of at least 50%, and Swanage, Bridport, Lyme Regis - plus Exeter in Devon and Redruth in Cornwall - all saw significant increases in drug crime.

It comes as the government pledged an extra £85m to prosecutors to help deal with a rise in violent crime.

County lines, England's south coast

Train cancellations between Weymouth and Dorcester South

There is a suspected track defect between Weymouth and Dorchester South.

This means that until Network Rail have inspected the track no trains are able to run.

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Man with head injuries dies in street

High St, Fortuneswell

A man has died after being found with head injuries in a street on Portland, Dorset.

Police said they were called at 05:30 BST on Sunday to High Street, Fortuneswell, where paramedics were already treating him.

The victim, in his 50s and from Weymouth, was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:45.

Police said no third party involvement was suspected in the death.

Officers are trying to trace a man who was seen with the victim a short time before he died.

Severe disruption: A35 Dorset eastbound

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset eastbound severe disruption, from A354 Weymouth Road to A352.

A35 Dorset - A35 in Winterborne Monkton blocked and it's slow eastbound from Football Ground Roundabout to the A352 junction, because of animals on the road.

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

Severe disruption: A354 Dorset westbound

BBC News Travel

A354 Dorset westbound severe disruption, between Royal Portland Arms Pub and Cove Cottages.

A354 Dorset - A354 High Street in Fortuneswell closed westbound between the Royal Portland Arms Pub junction and the Cove Cottages junction, because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

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

Barn fire could burn for days

Barn fire in Abbotsbury
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

A barn full of hay is on fire near Abbotsbury in Dorset.

Dozens of firefighters have been tackling the blaze off the B3157 on the eastern side of the village since 08:00 BST.

Crews have been pulling burning bales from the building and spreading them out to put out the flames.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said it hoped to wind down its presence during the afternoon but said the hay could be burning for a couple of days.

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

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.