Durdle Door sea death: Tribute to Rose Carter, five

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:03
Rose Carter, aged five, died after being pulled from the sea near Durdle Door.
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Ban on feeding gulls

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:18

A new ban on feeding gulls will come into force on Monday. (23/4)

Feeding of gulls banned under new order.

The measure is part of the new West Dorset Anti-Social Behaviour Related Public Space Protection Order 2018.

These new rules for public places were drawn-up by West Dorset District Council, after listening to your views. The rules on consuming alcohol in public remain largely the same, but the ban on feeding gulls is new.

Signs will be going up in West Bay and Lyme Regis to tell people about the gull-feeding ban and advise that ignoring it could result in a £100 fixed penalty notice or prosecution.

Problem of aggressive gulls

Councillor Alan Thacker, Community Safety & Access Portfolio Holder for West Dorset District Council, said: “These measures aim to reduce anti-social behaviour still further and reduce the problem of aggressive gulls.

“I’d like to thank people who took the trouble to have their say, we looked carefully at the responses and have taken a common sense approach.”

A total of 579 people responded to the consultation on how public spaces should be managed. The new order simplifies the existing regulations.

More information and maps explaining where the rules apply are available on the Public Space Protection Order.



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Bestival death: Louella Fletcher-Michie 'first to die from drug 2C-P'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:12
Louella Fletcher-Michie, daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, died at the festival last year.
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Time 100: Millie Bobby Brown is youngest person ever on list

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:22
Actress Millie Bobby Brown is the youngest person ever named in Time's most influential people list.
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Muscular dystrophy doesn't stop Adam living life to the full

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 00:45
Adam has a rare muscle-wasting disorder, but he isn't letting that stop him enjoying life.
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Weymouth boatyard crush victim identified as Kevin Keeler

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:20
Emergency crews were called to Weymouth Sailing Club on Monday but Mr Keeler died at the scene.
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School design approach shortlisted for a regional award

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:25

The work on a programme of baseline school designs by Dorset County Council has been shortlisted for the South West Built Environment Awards.

The work was submitted to the value category where judges were looking for, among other criteria, a balance of expenditure on design, construction and operation with the needs of the school itself.

The ‘baseline design’ approach developed by the County Council’s Dorset Property provides innovative, practical, low cost solutions to which additional features can be added as required and as funds allow.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the council’s Cabinet member for natural and built environment, said:

“This is a great achievement. I am very proud of the work that has been done on streamlining our new buildings for schools, giving good value for money for tax payers and giving a good quality for pupils and teachers.”

There is a shortlist of four companies for the Value Award. There is a total of 14 awards and the winners will be announced on 22 June in Bristol.

This is the eleventh year of the awards and winning a category automatically qualifies the organisation entry into the prestigious National Constructing Excellence Awards, where the best that the region has to offer is pitted against the best nationwide

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Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:09
Plan for a ban in England is announced as Commonwealth leaders are urged to tackle plastic waste.
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Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:19
The Resound ensemble will be the first disability-led group to play the BBC's music festival.
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Girl, 5, dies after Durdle Door water rescue

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:23
The five-year-old girl from Salisbury was picked up from the water near Durdle Door by a military vessel.
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Poole Quay 'photo-taking vandals' damage police 4x4

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:02
The marked police Land Rover's bonnet and roof were damaged when five men climbed on it.
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Paralympics bid for Dorset leg amputee

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:21
Hannah Moore started paratriathlon training three months after having her leg removed in 2016.
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The Lost Words for Dorset’s schools

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:45

A campaign to provide a copy of the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris to every Infant, Primary and Junior School in Dorset has been launched.

By using Crowdfunder a local conservationist Richard Bradford aims to use the book to re-introduce lost words from the natural world.

The book takes twenty of the words that have been falling out of use amongst children – such as adder, kingfisher and bramble – and brings them back to life, through the magical paintings of Jackie Morris and the ‘spell poems’ of Robert Macfarlane.

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for natural and built environment, said:

“The countryside is important to all of us and making sure that our young people learn about nature is essential for future generations.”

The target is £3,600 which will mean that 180 schools will be given a copy of the book and also an accompanying resource  called “An Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words”, that will help teachers get the most out of the book.

Donate to donate to this campaign

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Get to the school prom safely

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:38

The school prom season is approaching so if you are hiring transport, please remember to check it is properly licensed.

Get to the prom safely


Any vehicles advertised for hire with a driver should be appropriately licensed with the local authority from where they operate or the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

That is the message from Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, West Dorset District Council and North Dorset District Council.

Vehicles offered for hire which are not legally licensed to carry passengers will not be covered by the appropriate insurance. Vehicles used solely for weddings and funerals are exempt from licensing.  However, if they are offered for hire for any other purpose, such as school proms, then they do need to be licensed.

Check vehicles for hire are licensed

If you are unsure whether a driver or vehicle is appropriately licensed, you can check with the council in the area where the vehicle is offered for hire.

If you are in Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset or North Dorset, you can contact the Licensing Department on 01305 838028 or

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Guy Hedger murder: Man admits handling stolen jewellery

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:34
Guy Hedger was shot dead by intruders during a burglary at his luxury home in Dorset.
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Charlotte Edwards: No better time to be a female cricketer, says ex-England captain

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:29
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards says there has never been a better time to be female cricketer.
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Lost at sea

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:12
In 1969 a mechanic stole a plane from East Anglia and set off for the States. Then he disappeared. Did he crash or was he shot down?
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Poole Bridge reopens following repairs to safety gates

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:45
Poole Bridge had been closed to motorists after sustaining damage to its safety gates.
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Weymouth Crematorium improvements

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:01

Improvements have been carried out at Weymouth Crematorium.

Improvements have been made to Weymouth Crematorium

The improvements are the first part of a £50k refurbishment project, which will see further work carried out during 2018 and 2019.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Briefholder for Community Facilities at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “These improvements mean we are able to provide an even better service to people at a difficult time.

“I would like to thank staff for their hard work. We have a great team working in our bereavement service. They provide our community with an excellent service and we now have an even better facility.”

‘An even better facility’

The improvements carried out included a new damp proof membrane for the floor, full decoration of the chapel and vestibule, refurbishment of the pews, seats and lecterns, new carpet and flooring in the chapel, enhanced lighting in the chapel and vestibule and new flooring in the crematorium public toilets.

Sam Wilding, Funeral Director Manager at Rose Funeral Service, said: “The chapel décor is now more uplifting than before. The lighter colour pews definitely make a difference to the overall environment. The comments I have heard from families using the Crematorium since the renovation have all been positive.”

David Grassby, Funeral Director at Grassby Funeral Service, said: “On behalf of our company may I congratulate you and your team for uplifting the décor, furniture and flooring at the Crematorium chapel.”

The second stage of improvements, which will take place in 2018/19, will include new curtains for the catafalque, a new family room, decoration of the waiting room and the office area.

More information about the borough council’s bereavement service is available here.

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