Dorset

Major disruption to Dorset rail services begins on Thursday

One Dorset rail line is due to close for 16 days – while another route will also be subject to work for part of the same period. Commuters are warned of major disruptions ahead of engineering work on sections of the Bristol and Waterloo lines. The works which will close …

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Train lines at Brockenhurst closed due to maintenance work

TRAIN lines affecting Dorset passengers will be closed in December due to maintenance work. Modified rail and bus services will replace trains in the Brockenhurst area on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December. Cross-country services will be affected by closures all weekend and Great Western Railway services will be affected …

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Six more beach huts have been agreed for Lyme Regis

SIX new beach cabins have been agreed for Cart Road, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, including one accessible to people with reduced mobility. The City Council’s request received the blessing of Dorset Council. Each of the wooden huts will be traditional in design, painted white and with pastel colored doors under …

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Dorset Council local plan comments published

Comments received during the first consultation of the Dorset Council Local Plan draft have been posted on the council website. The first consultation of the Dorset Council’s draft local plan took place between January and March of this year. About 9,000 respondents participated during this period. These comments are all …

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Netball stars reunite as league celebrates with awards night

PLAYERS from the South & West Dorset Netball League descended on the Dorchester Trinity Club for their annual presentation night, with an array of award winners. This well-deserved celebration unfortunately could not take place last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year the event was back in full …

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Police search for missing 17-year-old Dorset boy

POLICE are looking for a 17-year-old boy missing from Dorset. Agents are asking the public for information to help locate missing Samuel McCall, who was in contact with his family for the last time on Tuesday, October 26. He is described as white, five feet eight inches tall and of …

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New development plan at Common Mead Lane, Gillingham

A NEW blanket demand for 80 houses north of Common Mead Lane, Gillingham, has been submitted by developers – claiming it could bring the area £ 1.2million. A similar request was rejected by 5-4 by Dorset Council in August after opposing more than 120 locals, including City Council and two …

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Searching for Missing Weymouth teenager Brandon Falshaw-Skelly

POLICE have appealed for missing persons to help locate a missing teenager from Weymouth. Brandon Falshaw-Skelly, 16, was reported missing on Saturday 23 October at 12:35 a.m. after being last seen around 8:30 p.m. on Friday 22 October in the downtown area. Brandon is described as white, five feet ten …

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“Amazing find out about Dorset Council staff costs”

Each landowner in the county must pay this local tax to Dorset Council. They decide the rate within the limits prescribed by the government and usually charge the maximum possible, as well as the precept of social care for adults. It is now collected at the highest rate, or one …

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Covid: 552 cases recorded in Dorset in past 24 hours

A TOTAL of 552 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Dorset in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures. The latest government figures show 552 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4 p.m. on Monday, October 18. …

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Dorset turns into a movie set | Local News

TOWNSHIP OF DORSET – Residents of the area secured a front row seat on Thursday evening as scenes from a Netflix film unfolded before their eyes in ‘downtown’ Dorset. “They keep yelling ‘No photos’,” said Dorset Township Fire Chief Mark Drda. He said the directors of the film asked firefighters …

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Portland United v Christchurch: team news and interview

PORTLAND United will treat Wessex League Premier Division Christchurch wrestlers with respect to avoid “arrogance”, insists deputy boss Sam Poole. Christchurch, who embarked on a brilliant FA Cup run last season, has since seen ex-manager Ollie Cherrett join Shaftesbury. His departure coincided with a rapid loss of form, with the …

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WATCH: Unexploded device exploded on Weymouth beach

VIDEO shows the moment an “unknown object” exploded in a controlled explosion on Weymouth Beach. Police responded to a report of an object found in the water by a member of the public on a boat at Weymouth Marina at noon today (Tuesday 12 October). Nearby streets Westwey Road and …

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34-year-old man admits manslaughter of hotelier Sir Richard Sutton

A 34-year-old man has admitted manslaughter of millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton, but has denied his murder. Thomas Schreiber, of Gillingham, Dorset, also pleaded not guilty in Winchester Crown Court to the attempted murder of his mother Anne Schreiber, who was Sir Richard’s partner. He also pleaded guilty to driving …

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Ten dog-friendly pubs in Dorset to explore

A TRIP to the pub is considered an essential part of British culture and as a nation of dog lovers it is always best for pet owners to be able to take their furry friend with them. Of course not all pubs allow pets, but there are plenty of drinkers …

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When I don’t want to cook, this cheese is dinner

It is Highly recommend, a column devoted to what people in the food industry are obsessed with eating, drinking and buying right now. Sometimes dinner is a cheese plate. I mean a “cheese plate” in the broadest sense, in the sense that it’s cheese on a plate. If I’m feeling …

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Woman in her 20s sexually assaulted near roundabout

A WOMAN in her 20s was sexually assaulted near a roundabout in Dorset, sparking a police investigation. Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) is investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted near Springbourne Roundabout, Bournemouth, between 11:30 p.m. on Saturday 2 October and 1 a.m. morning on Sunday October …

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Dorset Harbors Strategy: Weymouth Harbor is self-financing

LOCAL ports are expected to be financially self-sufficient over the next decade – according to proposals presented in a strategic document. An eight-week public consultation on the proposals is expected to start later this year and the strategy is expected to be approved next spring. Online discussions and consultations have …

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Man fights for life after crash on the A35 Upton Bypass

A MAN is fighting for his life following an accident on a Dorset road in the early hours of this morning. The man, in his thirties and from Wimborne, was taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries as a result of the single vehicle crash on the A35 Upton …

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Areas of Dorset with the highest and lowest coronavirus cases

SEVERAL areas around Dorset are reporting high numbers of Covid-19 cases, according to the latest data. An interactive map, which uses data from Public Health England, shows how many people tested positive for the virus in each region of the county during the seven-day period through Saturday, September 25. Public …

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Dorset Police release statement following Wayne Couzens conviction

DORSET Police have released a statement following the conviction of former Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard. The force said Couzens’ actions “do not represent policing” and that it is “crucial” to have the trust of Dorset communities, especially women and girls. The statement reads: …

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Covid: 362 cases recorded in Dorset in past 24 hours

A TOTAL of 362 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Dorset in the past 24 hours, according to the latest statistics. The latest government figures show 362 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29. …

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Panic fuel purchase poses serious risk to BCP emergency personnel

THE public are being warned of a ‘significant risk’ of disruption to health and social care services across Dorset due to panic buying that has left essential workers struggling for fuel. Emergency services, health organizations and local authorities in Dorset gathered today to discuss the impacts of panic buying seen …

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Aldi to create 2,000 new jobs and open 100 new stores

Aldi is expected to create 2,000 new jobs next year on top of the 7,000 created over the past two years, as part of a £ 1.3 billion investment campaign. The discount supermarket chain made the announcement of the investment, which will last two years, as bosses revealed sales climbed …

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Dorset Police investigate Rolex watch theft in Bournemouth

A SHOP employee was injured in the attempted theft of a Rolex watch which resulted in a car chase stretching from Bournemouth to Ringwood. Five men were arrested Thursday, September 23 after a high-speed chase resulted in a car crash outside Ringwood School. A Dorset Police spokesperson said: ‘Detectives investigating …

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Custom House Quay report to planning committee postponed

Dorset Council has said it wishes to postpone the report on the proposals for improving the public domain of Custom House Quay until a future meeting of the West and South Sectors Planning Committee. This is in order to allow more time to reflect on the issues raised during the …

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Joe Wicks rescued at Lulworth

BODYCOACH superstar Joe Wicks thanked an environmental activist for “saving his life” after his jet board broke and he got stuck on rocks in a spot of beauty. The Youtube sensation struggled yesterday during a visit to Lulworth with his wife, Rosie, to celebrate her 36th birthday. The couple went …

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Traffic changes at Custom House Quay, Weymouth Harbor

CHANGES are underway at Weymouth Harbor as Dorset Council prepares to make permanent changes to the route of the road – but details of the new traffic arrangements have yet to be revealed. Starting Monday, October 4, the council’s highway crews will begin working along Custom House Quay as part …

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Man airlifted to hospital after B3157 coastal road crash

A MAN was airlifted to hospital following a serious accident on a coastal road outside Weymouth. Emergency services were called to report a collision involving a tractor and a motorcycle on the B3157 between Nottington Lane in Langton Herring and Rodden in Portesham at 10:10 am this morning (Tuesday September …

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Hardy’s Hop House pub in Weymouth closes due to staff shortage

A BAR in Weymouth town center, open for less than two years, has temporarily closed – while the venue manager has confirmed his departure. Hardy’s Hop House on St Thomas Street closed over the weekend due to an “incredible” staff shortage, according to tenant and outgoing manager Keith Foose. Hardy’s, …

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Undefeated Merley defeats Hamworthy Rec in Dorset Premier

MERLEY Cobham Sports retained their perfect start with a 5-0 victory over previously undefeated Hamworthy Recreation in the Dorset Premier League. Cobham broke the blocks at Magna Road, scoring twice in the first four minutes thanks to Lee Wilkins and Josh Buck. Rec was stunned by Merley pushing forward to …

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First face-to-face sales pitches in Dorset organized

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 …

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Funding secured for Weymouth railway station project

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 …

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Cliff Edge Rescue at Hengistbury Head

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 …

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Six of the best for Bere Regis red

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 …

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Josh Feirn named new Blandford United manager

BLANDFORD United replaced manager Andy Savage with Josh Feirn. Former Godolphin Atlantic manager Savage has stepped down due to additional work commitments just two days ahead of the new Dorset Premier League season. Feirn will be assisted by Steve Smith and Ryan Park for the season, with Blandford United kicking …

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Dorset County Hospital opens Going the Extra Mile Awards 2021

NOMINATIONS are now open for awards recognizing the extra effort of staff, teams and volunteers at a Dorset hospital. Dorset County Hospital (DCH) has opened nominations for its annual Going the Extra Mile (GEM) awards which aim to recognize and congratulate those who have gone beyond what is expected of …

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Aldi to create nearly 100 jobs in Dorset before Christmas

ALDI is creating 94 jobs in Dorset by Christmas. The supermarket is looking for people of all experience levels to fill positions in its county stores, with salaries of up to £ 47,000. This includes apprenticeships and part-time positions such as stock assistant and custodian to store manager. Jobs will …

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A total of 476 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Dorset

More than 450 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Dorset in the past 24 hours, according to the latest statistics. The latest government figures show 476 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the county in the 24 hours leading up to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 5. In …

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Double bite twice as likely to get infected – study

People who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine are half as likely to be infected with Covid-19, a new study has found. Researchers behind the React trial, which tracked the disease throughout the pandemic, said that even though people with a double bite come into contact with someone …

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New variant of Covid-19 detected in UK

A new variant of Covid-19 is under investigation in the UK – with 16 confirmed cases so far – Public Health England has announced. The variant, known as B.1.621, was named a variant under investigation on Wednesday. PHE is currently analyzing the new strain of the deadly virus responsible for …

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CPC names favorite candidate for Dorset Police Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Scott Chilton has been named the preferred candidate for Chief Constable of Dorset Police. The decision was announced by Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick, but will be subject to a confirmation hearing by the Dorset Police and Crime Committee on August 12. If confirmed, he will …

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South Western Ambulance Sees Record Demand

SATURDAY was the second busiest day in the history of the South West Ambulance Service (SWASFT) as crews saw unprecedented levels of demand. Deputy Director of Operations William Lee urged people to only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency. He said, “Our people are working incredibly hard to meet the …

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Thai police use tear gas against anti-government protesters

Thai police on Sunday used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters who staged a rally in Bangkok, despite coronavirus restrictions banning gatherings of more than five people. Protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government, insisting the monarchy and military budget …

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Dorchester Town 5-0 Christchurch: Sam Bayston scores a brace

CHURCH-CHRIST 0 DORCHESTER Town claimed their first pre-season victory with a complete 5-0 victory over Christchurch at Avenue Stadium. Sam Bayston’s brace gave the Magpies control at the break before a magnificent move was finished with aplomb by Dylan Walker for 3-0. Sam Davidson added a fourth goal with his …

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Judges come to Weymouth for Britain in Bloom competition

JUDGES were welcomed to Weymouth to see colorful hanging baskets and flower arrangements as part of the city’s entry into the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition – and said it looked ‘beautiful’. Yesterday two judges were invited to walk around the town to judge the work of Weymouth BID, Weymouth …

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Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne wins Visit England’s Gold Award

A LUXURY townhouse hotel in Dorset has won a nationally coveted award for going above and beyond. The Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, with its original Georgian design, won the Gold Award from Visit England. READ MORE: The Portesham school is deemed “inadequate” by Ofsted This distinction rewards accommodation establishments which …

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Nursing home acquired by Southey Care Dorset

A Dorset-based care home has been acquired by operator Southey Care Dorset under a deal backed by corporate property advisor Christie & Co. Clarence House Nursing Home in Ferndown, Dorset is registered for 29 service users in the old age and dementia categories. The house has 27 bedrooms, the majority …

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Police warning ahead of the game against England

POLICE calls on football fans to make Sunday’s European final an “unforgettable evening for all the right reasons and not for regret” England face Italy at 8 p.m. on Sunday and pubs and venues are expected to be filled with people gathering in groups to watch the big game. Additional …

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The ‘wonderful’ Dorset cottage could be yours for £ 150,000

A ‘WONDERFUL’ cottage in Dorset could be yours for £ 150,000 when it goes under the hammer. The two-bedroom property, based on Church Street, Sturminster Newton, has been auctioned with a guide price of £ 150,000 by Whoobid. Whoobid says the semi-detached property is a “magnificent Category 2 listed character …

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Yellow warning: Met Office predicts thunderstorms to hit Dorset

A YELLOW weather warning has been issued for parts of Dorset ahead of expected thunderstorms tomorrow. The Met Office has issued the weather warning due to thunderstorms expected to hit eastern Dorset, covering Sturminster Newton, Gillingham and A354. The Met Office imposed the yellow weather warning starting at 6 a.m. …

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Jack Draper challenges Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

JACK Draper had Center Court on his feet by taking a set against Novak Djokovic before the defending champion fought back to reach the second round. Draper’s mother, 19, Nicki was educated in Dorchester at Casterbridge Girls’ School and grew up in Dorset before taking her first job in Portsmouth. …

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Jonathan Woodgate will not renew Bournemouth deal

CHERRIES has told Jonathan Woodgate his contract at the club will not be renewed. The Daily Echo understands the former England center-half will not be offered any new terms, with his current deal set to expire on Wednesday. Woodgate initially arrived at the club as a first-team coach under Jason …

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Improvements to domestic violence services in Dorset

DORSET Police have launched three new operations to improve domestic violence services across the county. The new services aim to o transform the way they respond to and support victims of domestic violence following an increase in reporting during nationwide closures. In Dorset there was a 25% increase in domestic …

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Covid: Upton Junior School students and staff isolate

THIRTY pupils at a Dorset primary school are in isolation after a confirmed case of Covid. Thirty students and “some staff” at Upton Junior School in Poole are all in isolation after a case of Covid-19 is confirmed. A spokesperson for the school said: “We had a case of coronavirus …

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Paddy Hughes blew up ATMs in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey

A man from ROTHERWICK is accused of being the mastermind of an organized criminal group that attempted to blow up 14 ATMs in three counties. David “Paddy” Hughes is said to have been at the head of the group that “roamed” Hampshire at night and stole a range of cars, …

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More than 960,000 Covid vaccines administered across Dorset

OVER 965,000 Covid-19 jabs have been administered across Dorset to date. A total of 968,647 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been distributed in Dorset, according to the latest NHS data. This incredible county-wide feat would have been impossible without all the medical staff and volunteers working tirelessly on the …

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Dorset MPs back Tory rebellion against extended lockdown

FOUR MPs from the Daily Echo area were part of a large Tory rebellion against extending lockdown restrictions to four weeks. South Dorset MP Richard Drax, Poole MP Robert Syms, Christchurch MP Chris Chope and New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne all voted against the government yesterday. West Dorset MP …

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Brad Ash signs for Weymouth

WEYMOUTH has signed forward Brad Ash from Chippenham Town. Pacy forward Ash, 25, joins the National League south team after scoring four goals in 14 games for the Bluebirds. In the 2019/2020 season, Ash has scored once in 11 starts for Hereford, making 20 appearances in total. Ash has National …

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Business reaction as ‘Freedom Day’ is delayed

Businesses today voiced disappointment as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed “Freedom Day” by at least four weeks. At a press conference last night, Mr Johnson revealed that the plan to lift all Covid restrictions on June 21 will be pushed back to July 19. The announcement means a number of …

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Met Office predicts thunderstorms in Dorset next week

It may be the hottest and sunniest weekend of the year so far, but the Met Office is forecasting thunderstorms for Dorset next week. Forecasters say some places in the yellow warning zone are likely to see thunderstorms from Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. to Friday morning at 6 a.m. …

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Weather in Dorset: how hot will be in your area this weekend

DORSET is expected to bask in temperatures above 20 degrees this weekend as the country experiences a heat wave. The county has seen mixed weather throughout this week, but the Met Office forecast sun and warm weather in Dorset and the country this weekend. Residents and sun worshipers can expect …

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