Dorset – Welcome To Poole Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:40:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dorset – Welcome To Poole 32 32 New figures show 40 per cent of serious offenders in Dorset are career criminals. Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:50:17 +0000

There are warnings that many convicted felons in Dorset can be caught in a cycle of reoffending

Author: George SharpePosted 1 hour ago
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Career criminals made up two in five serious offenders convicted in Dorset last year, according to the figures – suggesting many are caught in a cycle of reoffending.

Statistics also show that less than half of those convicted with at least 15 previous convictions or warnings in their name have been sent to prison.

Labor said the “shocking” national figures showed the government was “lenient towards crime and its causes”, putting the public at risk.

In Dorset last year, in 695 of 1,742 cases (40%) where an adult admitted or was convicted of a criminal act – such as theft, violence or rape – the offender was at least 15 previous convictions or warnings, Justice Department data show.

This included 23 cases where the offender had already had 75 or more previous convictions or warnings.

The figures also showed that among the cases where offenders had had at least 15 previous convictions or warnings, 251 (36%) resulted in an immediate prison sentence.

Some 75 (11%) did not result in any sanction and 103 (15%) in a fine.

Results for 92 cases were not specified.

In England and Wales, the proportion of adult offenders convicted of a serious offense with 15 or more prior convictions or warnings last year was 36% – down from 38% in 2019, but at- above 32% in 2010.

Of those cases last year, 45% resulted in immediate jail time.

Labor said the “shocking” figures were in part a result of the government’s decision to partially privatize the probation service seven years ago – a decision reversed in June this year with the re-nationalization of the service.

Holly Lynch, Labor shadow minister for crime reduction and the courts, said: “The government is lenient with crime and its causes.

“By not reducing crime through rehabilitation in our prisons and communities, the Conservatives are putting the public at risk.”

She added that the Labor Party “would put victims first by enshrining their rights in law” and would focus on rehabilitating criminals to stop the cycle of recidivism.

In its outcome plan for 2021-2022, the Justice Department said it would end recidivism by focusing on interventions such as providing housing, employment and access to treatment. drug addiction.

He said the reunification of the probation service meant staff had the skills to run rehabilitation programs, prevent crime and strengthen the supervision of offenders outside of prison.

But groups that support rehabilitating repeat offenders say the government is still not doing enough.

Charity Unlocked, which helps those facing the stigma of a criminal record, said people also need support with physical and mental health and well-being, as well as housing and employment. .

Chief Executive Officer Angela Cairns added: “The requirement to disclose a criminal record is a barrier to accessing these things – local authorities are allowed to exclude people whose sentences have not been exhausted from housing. social security and more than half of employers admit that they would discriminate against someone with a criminal record. “

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice said: “Reducing recidivism is one of our top priorities.

“This is why we are investing millions in the Beating Crime Plan to provide strong oversight, while tackling offending factors such as substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment. “

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Plans for next phase of luxury home development near Dorset quarry unveiled Tue, 14 Sep 2021 07:58:46 +0000 ANOTHER phase in the development of the Silverlake luxury house on the site of a former Warmwell quarry on the outskirts of Crossways has been submitted for detailed planning clearance.

The fifth phase, for 38 vacation homes in Shepperd’s View, includes boat shops, annex buildings, a gym and common areas.

Habitat First Group has submitted dozens of documents to Dorset Council for approval, including details of the four and five bed houses, landscaping and new roads.

The company acquired the 560-acre site in 2011 and operates a similar award-winning development at Lower Mill in the Cotswolds.

Proposed next phase of the development of the Silverlake homes Photo: Habitat First Group

Four “village” sites have already been developed in Silverlake, including a spa and play areas, with the company declaring 2020 its best year yet for sales and interest. Most of the properties are second homes for family vacations, others are rented out.

The final phase takes its name from Pilot Sergeant Edmund Shepperd who served at the nearby Warmwell 2WW airfield. Other phases also took their names from those who served at the airfield.

Full details of the plans can be found on the Dorset Council website, reference 2021/03078, with public comments open until 3 October.

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Attacks of September 11: the American secret services publish “unpublished” photos Sat, 11 Sep 2021 07:29:03 +0000 The US secret service has published a series of “never seen” photos of the September 11 attacks before the 20th anniversary.

Saturday September 11 will mark two decades since the world came to a standstill as terror of the September 11 attacks spread around the world.

19 men hijacked four commercial planes on the morning of September 11, 2001 and flew to major American landmarks in an attack orchestrated by Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

2,977 lives have been lost as a result of attacks that triggered irreversible changes in the world, including the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

To mark the occasion, the U.S. Secret Service spent the week sharing never-before-seen footage from one of the darkest days in U.S. history.

They said: “This week, as the 20th anniversary of September 11 approaches, we will be sharing photos from that day and the days that followed. Some have already been shared and some have never been seen. Never forget”

U.S. Secret Service shares photos of September 11

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First face-to-face sales pitches in Dorset organized Wed, 08 Sep 2021 07:22:07 +0000 DORSET Business Angels (DBA) will host its first face-to-face pitch event since the start of the pandemic on the evening of Monday, October 4.

The event will take place at the Bournemouth Carlton Hotel and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to potential investors with the aim of accelerating start-up activities.

A fully electric marine propulsion system, companion robot and intelligent outdoor program for devices such as garden lights, gates and even hedge trimmers are ready for installation.

DBA Chairman Don McQueen said: “We are delighted to be back in Bournemouth to host our first face-to-face event in 18 months.

“Our online offering has been very popular, however, when surveyed our members expressed a strong desire to be together physically, the relationships forged in face-to-face meetings being a critical aspect of an investor’s journey. ”

There is no requirement for anyone to invest, but anyone who wants to get a taste of what it is like to be a DBA investor is welcome to get in touch with the organization through their website and at to follow.

For those who cannot do so, a recording of the pitch presentations will be hosted online through their pitch portal.

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Whole Crazy Committee on Dorset Council | New Sat, 04 Sep 2021 05:16:45 +0000

Dorset Council is reviewing its policy on face-to-face meetings.

Author: Trevor Bevins, local democracy journalistPosted 4 hours ago
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DORSET Council needs to review its meeting policy to see if it can safely resume face-to-face meetings.

It comes after an entire committee was ‘pinged’ when a participant tested positive for Covid after feeling bad.

The authority said the review was due to take place this month, regardless of the outcome of the recent incident.

The licensing committee on Monday, August 23 was one of the few public meetings the board has held in person since the start of the pandemic.

It gathered less than a dozen people in County Hall Committee Room No1 and involved a late-night request for Neon Bar in Bridport.

Among those present were three councilors who made up the panel, municipal officials from the democratic services, legal and licensing teams, a police officer, a notary, the landlord and a reporter. There were no members of the public at the meeting although it was open to participation.

The next day, attendees received an email from Dorset Council telling them that one of the attendees had tested positive for Covid after feeling unwell that evening. Those at the meeting were then ‘pinched’ by the NHS app to suggest getting tested.

It has been argued that licensing is the only board function that needs to be held in person, although other authorities including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have continued to organize online licensing committees.

A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: “The practices and arrangements for meeting different councils vary. Some have resumed holding most or all of their face-to-face meetings. Others, like Dorset, organize most of the meetings online. Licensing decisions must be made by advisors and cannot be delegated to officers and we have decided that these licensing hearings involving few participants could be held in person.

“On the occasions when board meetings are in person, we can encourage people to wear face coverings and perform lateral flow tests in advance, but we can’t require it. We will continue to remind all in-person meeting attendees not to attend if they feel unwell and our message remains: hands, face, space, testing, fresh air. “

The board said the terms of the meetings will be reviewed this month.

A licensing committee this week and another next week are being held online because the number of people expected to observe or participate would be too large for one of the board meeting rooms or even the board room.

“The board is installing temporary webcasting equipment (before implementing a permanent solution) and it is hoped that this will be in place before any full return to face-to-face meetings, minimizing the need for participation. for those who just want to observe meetings, ”a council statement read.

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Funding secured for Weymouth railway station project Wed, 01 Sep 2021 09:57:43 +0000 DORSET Council is now announcing that it has secured full funding for the Weymouth Railway Station Improvement Project.

In a statement this morning, the authority said that since the release of Cabinet documents for next week, funding has been found.

“Since the Cabinet report was written the project has now secured full funding to make improvements to the Weymouth station area which will hopefully bring significant benefits to the local community “, says the press release.

The total cost to carry out the improvements is £ 997,096 and includes a grant of £ 450,000 from the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund. The remainder of the funding was provided by Dorset Council, Public Health Dorset, Weymouth BID and Weymouth Town Council.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder at Dorset Council for Highway, Travel and Environment, said: “I am delighted to say that full funding for this project has now been secured. The next step in the process is to obtain the required building permit. Whether Cabinet members agree with the report’s recommendation to authorize capital funding (over £ 500,000) to be spent on this project. This means that the ambition to improve this neighborhood for the city’s residents, commuters, visitors and businesses is one more step towards reality.

The Weymouth Station Walkway is a project to redesign the station forecourt through community and stakeholder consultation to become a welcoming, attractive and contemporary place.

It emphasizes pedestrian access and safety as well as providing a sustainable transport hub for certain bus and bicycle services, as well as better information on the region and the orientation of people. visitors. The design will also accommodate up to five rail replacement buses at any one time should the need arise.

The separation of public and private vehicles is designed to be simpler with one-way systems to improve traffic flow. Public vehicle and transit access routes will pass in front of the main station, while private vehicles will pass through the adjacent parking lot and use a separate exit lane, allowing for a choice of direction not currently available. A priority change on Queen Street is designed to improve the exit movements of public vehicles from the station.

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Cliff Edge Rescue at Hengistbury Head Sat, 28 Aug 2021 09:04:40 +0000 A JOINT operation saw rescuers descend the edge of a cliff after receiving reports of a woman in difficulty in the early hours of the morning.

Coast Guard, Dorset Police and Air Ambulance Services all attended the scene at Hengistbury Head.

A spokesperson for the Southbourne Coast Guard said: “[We were] instructed at 12:54 am by the Joint Relief Coordination Center to report a woman in difficulty on the edge of a cliff at Hengistbury Head.

“Once there, we contacted Dorset Police and located the victim. We then set up our technical rescue equipment for a rope rescue as well as our complete lighting equipment.

“We quickly deployed a technician from the cliff above the cliff who then descended towards the victim. Once with the victim, the cliff technician secured the victim in our rescue strop, then descended to the foot of the cliff.

“The victim was then taken care of by the Poole Coast Guard Rescue Team and paramedics and then transported to hospital. Once the victim was transferred to the care of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, we withdrew and returned to the station. ”

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were also on site but withdrew as they were not needed. Lymington Coastguard also assisted in the rope rescue.

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Six of the best for Bere Regis red Tue, 24 Aug 2021 15:44:17 +0000 BERE Regis won six straight Dorset Funeral Plan Premier League victories with an 84-point victory over Broadstone at Bere Regis Rec.

The victory also maintains Bere’s chances of finishing third in what would be the best ranking since his promotion in 2017.

Their triumph was based on a solid 228-6 inning – their biggest home score this season.

It came after Broadstone won the toss and chose to line up, with forerunners Matt King (28) and Dave Griffiths (19) guiding Bere to 52-0.

However, the introduction of first change player Pete Russell (3-37) turned the tide as Broadstone struggled to put Bere in trouble at 87-5.

Rob Murphy and Rich Payne joined forces for the sixth wicket and amassed a revolutionary stand of 82.

The duo managed to hit in the playoffs, with Payne’s 44 coming from just 51 balls.

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Murphy (63 no) also accelerated, hitting two sixes and reaching his half-century, sharing 59 with Rich Cole (20 no) to allow Broadstone to win 229.

Payne (2-14) was fit with the ball in Broadstone’s reply, sending Rich Poole (0) and Sean Hatton (8) back to the flag.

Then Bere’s infamous spin attack took over, with Griffiths (1-25) bowling Simon Leadbeater (2).

Caleb Rowe (42) handed a penalty with four sixes and two fours as he led the retaliation, but Bere sidestepped his big blow.

Sean Walbridge snatched the middle order with his lethal combination of economy and big turn, claiming 5-13 on nine overs as he slashed the visitors from 85-3 to 95-8.

Ben Jack (17 no) and Peter Thompson (15) pulled off provocative late runs, but youngsters Tom Munnings (1-24) and Cameron Robertson (1-0) polished Broadstone’s tail to secure the victory.

Speaking to Echosport, Bere skipper Brian Keegan said: “When Caleb left it was practically the end of the game.

“The wickets were split except for Mr. Walbridge again, with 5-13.

“He’s played well all season, but the last two games he’s just found that little extra pace.

“It’s like he could close his eyes, turn his arm around and he would always land in the right place. He played extremely well.

“I can’t talk about the team enough. They all did a shift, as they have done throughout the season.

“We’ve had quite a bit of success over the past six weeks so I’m more than happy. ”

Elsewhere, second-placed Bere Regis Seconds can no longer win the County Division Four title after their match against Broadstone Thirds fell in the rain.

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Weymouth’s Marchesi House in Southill to be demolished ahead of development Sun, 22 Aug 2021 23:10:00 +0000 Work on a controversial £ 4.5million new housing development in Southill in Weymouth will finally begin next month as bulldozers move in to demolish the former Marchesi House sheltered housing complex.

The building, off Radipole Lane, is due to be demolished after its elderly residents move. It will be replaced by social housing, the majority of its new tenants coming from the general housing waiting list, while seven of the properties will be sold in co-ownership.

The Marchhesi house is going to be demolished

It has been confirmed that demolition work ahead of the new development of the Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) will begin on September 13.

BCHA also announced that contractor Drew Smith has been appointed for the redevelopment, which when completed will include 13 one-bedroom apartments in two blocks, 12 two-bedroom houses, six three-bedroom houses and 38 parking spaces. .

Dorset Echo: Layout of the new houses Photo: BCHADevelopment of new houses Photo: BCHA

The plans drew significant local opposition after being first unveiled in November 2018. More than 200 people opposed the program over fears about the risk of additional trafficking for children attending the nearby primary school and a new access from Rowan Close, as well as excessive traffic. development. When completed, there will be twice as many people living on the site compared to its previous use.

Others feared that some of the new residents would have additional drug and / or alcohol addiction needs, while concerns were also expressed about the removal of elderly residents from the Marchesi house – although it was It was agreed that the 40-year-old’s accommodation was no longer suitable for purpose.

Dorset Echo: The building is now derelict Photo: Google MapsThe building is now derelict Photo: Google Maps

Commenting in 2018, some residents of the Marchhesi House claimed that they had not been properly informed about the program.

One of them said: “At 87, I don’t want to move. I have been here for 18 years. All my friends are here.

Another was quite confident that he will find suitable accommodation after the redevelopment and added: “They have taken note of where I want to go. ”

Building permit was finally granted by Dorset Council in September 2019. The construction project will take around 18 months, BCHA has now confirmed.

Dorset Echo: Artist's impression of the new houses Photo: BCHAArtist’s impression of the new houses Photo: BCHA

Martin Lucas, Director of Finance and Corporate Resources for BCHA, said: “BCHA has appointed Drew Smith as the prime contractor for the redevelopment of Marchesi House in Southill, Weymouth. The site is now secure with palisades installed around the perimeter and demolition work is due to begin on September 13.

Dorset Echo: A stark contrast to the look of the boarded up and abandoned building now that everyone is gone Photo: Google MapsA stark contrast to the appearance of the barricaded and abandoned building now that everyone is gone Photo: Google Maps

“This exciting project will see the construction of 24 social housing units and seven condominium units with associated landscaping and infrastructure to bring much-needed affordable housing to the region. Completion of development is expected to be in early 2023.

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Mapperton House and Gardens is hosting two events next month Sun, 22 Aug 2021 14:28:39 +0000 TWO events are planned later this year for plant and outdoor lovers.

Mapperton House and Gardens near Beaminster will host the events this fall.

The Mapperton Fall Plant Fair will take place on Sunday, September 19.

One of the largest events of its kind in Dorset, the Plant Fair sees men and women from across the region selling a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs, as well as garden accessories.

All proceeds from the event will go to Save the Children, a national charity whose goal is to ensure that all children reach their full potential, regardless of their circumstances.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission costs £ 5 per person, which includes admission to Mapperton Gardens.

The gardens will also host a guided walk during which visitors will be made aware of the project to rewild the area to support biodiversity and the recovery of ecosystems.

More environmentally friendly farming and land management regimes are gradually being implemented, while some areas are left to allow natural processes to shape the future landscape.

The walk will take place on Sunday September 12 and will be led by environmentalist Dr Tom Brereton.

The morning walk will discover the flora and fauna that are already beginning to flourish and walkers can expect to see the White Park herd of cattle, one of the oldest native breeds in the country.

Tickets for the walk cost £ 20 per person and will include coffee, cakes and cookies at Coach House Cafe in Mapperton.

Mapperton, the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, was named both the Garden of the Year and the most beautiful mansion in the country for 2020.

The mansion also appeared on the small screen last year as the backdrop for a Netflix series based on Daphné du Maurier’s Rebecca.

The public will also have the opportunity to visit Mapperton Gardens free of charge between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, September 13, as part of the Heritage Open Days. Reservation is not compulsory.

For more information on events and to purchase tickets for the walk, visit

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