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Lys Mousset: Sheffield United sign Bournemouth striker for club record £10m

Dorset BBC News Feed - 3 hours 53 min ago
Sheffield United sign £10m striker Lys Mousset from Bournemouth, breaking their transfer record for the third time this summer.
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Sixty firefighters tackle Corfe Mullen scrap metal fire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sat, 07/20/2019 - 15:53
Crews were sent to the fire in Corfe Mullen and spent five hours bringing the flames under control.
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Lys Mousset: Bournemouth striker passes medical at Sheff Utd ahead of £10m move

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:59
Striker Lys Mousset passes medical at Sheffield United ahead of a £10m transfer from Bournemouth.
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Euthanasia drugs stolen in Weymouth vets burglary

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:11
Anyone who has taken the drugs is urged by police in Weymouth to go straight to A&E.
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Spot the signs of county lines this summer

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:57

Dorset authorities are asking residents to look out for signs of county lines and help protect young people from being exploited by criminals this summer.

Dorset Police, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Public Health Dorset, the Youth Offending Service and Dorset Council are working together to tackle child exploitation, including county lines – which involves drug dealing networks using children to connect urban and rural areas across the UK.

And, with the summer holidays almost upon us, residents are being asked to keep an eye out and report any concerns.

Some of the signs of exploitation and county lines involvement are:

• A child or young person going missing from home or significant changes in emotional well-being
• A person meeting unfamiliar adults or a change to their behaviour
• The use of drugs and alcohol
• Acquiring money or expensive gifts they can’t account for
• Lone children from outside of the area
• Individuals with multiple mobile phones, tablets or ‘SIM cards’
• Young people with more money, expensive clothing, or accessories than they can account for
• Unknown or suspicious looking characters coming and going from a neighbour’s house
• Relationships with controlling or older individuals or associations with gangs
• Suspicion of self-harm, physical assault or unexplained injuries

Superintendent Caroline Naughton from Dorset Police said:

“Keeping our communities safe from county lines is a priority for Dorset Police throughout the year – but it can be particularly challenging during the summer months due to the sheer numbers of people visiting our county during the holiday season. Dorset remains one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit and we are asking the public to help us to keep it that way. If they spot any of the signs of county lines, then we ask them to let us know by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Agencies in Dorset have been working together to improve the way intelligence is collected, shared and acted upon to tackle child exploitation. A multi-agency steering group has been set up to strengthen partnership working and protect vulnerable children and young people.

Sarah Parker, Executive Director for Children at Dorset Council, chairs the steering group. She said:

“County lines can have a devastating impact on children and families’ lives, so we need to all stand together to try and stop it. It’s really important that people know what to look out for and who to contact, so agencies can act and protect children and young people from being exploited. We need our communities to be our eyes and ears and report any concerns.”

If a child or young person is showing signs of mistreatment, seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with an area, the best advice is to trust your instincts and report your suspicions to the police online or by calling 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Find out more information about county lines.


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Bournemouth stabbings: Three released after teenage boys attacked

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:45
Police release three of seven people arrested after two teenage boys were found with stab wounds.
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Dorset Road Fix – August sites

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:11

Dorset Highways maintenance gangs are out across the county continuing to repair road damage.

Due to the large equipment used, the area of the road being worked on will be closed. Daytime road closures are 9am to 4pm and night work is usually from 7pm to 6am.

In August we will be repairing sections along the following roads:

B3091 High Street, Shaftesbury
24-hour closure, 22 July to 2 August (drainage work)

Blandford Bridge (West Street)
two-way signals 22 July to 30 August (bridge maintenance)

A350, Steepleton Bends to Iwerne Minster
daytime closure 29 July to 13 August

Queens Avenue, Dorchester
daytime closure, 31 July & 1 August

Monmouth Road/Barnes Way, Dorchester
daytime closure, 1 & 2 August

St Mary’s Gardens, Beaminster
daytime closure, 5 August

East Stour Crossroads (safety scheme)
12 to 14 August
daytime closure on Scotchey Hill
three-way lights at A30/B3092 crossroads

Church Lane, Tarrant Rushton
daytime closure, 14 & 15 August

B3390, Affpuddle Heath
daytime closure, 20 August to 23 August

Bats Lane, Martinstown
daytime closure, 29 & 30 August

All scheduled roadworks, including utilities, can be found on the online roadworks map.

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Schools recognised for improving student performance

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:09

Two schools in East Dorset have been recognised for their work in raising the achievement of students as a result of pupil premium funding.

Wimborne First School has won the primary school category and Cranborne Middle School has won the secondary school category in the Dorset Pupil Premium Awards run by Dorset Council. The winning schools were recognised as having done the most to improve student opportunities and achievements.

The pupil premium grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England and provides schools with extra resources to help support disadvantaged children.

Wimborne First School were recognised for offering an individualised approach with a focus on high quality teaching for all pupils and high expectations that children will do well. The school has greatly improved attendance by introducing mindfulness and yoga and also offer wide range of extra-curricular activities such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) clubs.

Cranborne Middle School focuses on supporting a good transition into Year 5, strong parent partnership and good networks with other schools to share good practice. The school also focuses on quality teaching for all children and on raising attendance.

Sarah Hartley, Headteacher at Wimborne First School said, “We are very proud to receive this award. We pride ourselves in giving every child in our school a chance to thrive and succeed.  We have an extremely creative staff who, through a variety of interventions such as ‘Mindful Movement’ and ‘Wellies and Waterproofs’, give the children the chance to aspire to be the best they can!

Our aim is to give the children strategies to be in a positive place, ready to learn and be aware of their mindfulness, this in turn raises attainment and attendance in the school.”

Laura Trepess, Year 5 Teacher and Lead Officer for Pupil Premium at Cranborne Middle School said, “Myself and all the staff are thrilled to have won this award. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole staff and governors of our school, putting pupil premium at the heart of everything we do.

“We have had to be innovative in the way we have used our funding, which has involved getting to know our pupils really well, collaborating with other schools, researching and trialling new interventions which are robustly monitored and assessed; and ultimately, continually striving to give our disadvantaged pupils a better chance in life.”

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Early Help, said:

“There is some great work happening in schools across Dorset to ensure all pupils are given the same opportunities to achieve as well as their peers.

“These awards allow us to recognise just some of this work and, in turn, provide greater opportunity for schools and early years settings to showcase their achievements and share best practice. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners.”

Prizes for both schools including training vouchers, free places on a team building day and free music instrument hire for 10 pupils.

Schools and early years settings interested in finding out more about the Dorset Pupil Premium awards or in sharing pupil premium best practice can contact s.peel@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk for more information.

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Update from our patrols

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 09:55

Patrol officers in Weymouth have spent hundreds of hours on the beat to improve community safety.

Our patrol officer Sam, centre, pictured with Police Community Support Officers Alice and Simon on the beat in Weymouth

Our patrol officer Sam carried out more than 140 hours of foot patrols last month. Three new officers are currently being recruited to join him.

Sam issued 15 verbal warnings, two Community Protection Notices, one Community Protection Warning and undertook the removal of seven lots of abandoned property.

140 hours of foot patrols

Patrol officers are specially trained and employed by Dorset Council, who worked with Dorset Police, the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, British Transport Police, Dorset County Council and Weymouth BID to set-up the patrols under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.

Sam said: “My role is to deter anti-social behaviour and reassure people that action will be taken. I am here to show that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

“I have been very busy trying to cover all the areas in my patch, sometimes my time is taken up dealing with incidents and meeting other agencies, but I’m out on the beat as much as possible.

“I want people to know they can come and talk to me, especially if anything has made them feel unsafe. People can either speak to me or email me.”

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Housing, said: “Having a visible presence in certain areas is important and so I am pleased that we are recruiting more patrol officers. We have listened to people’s concerns when deciding which areas to focus on. Weymouth is a wonderful town. We are working hard to improve community safety.”

“Having a visible presence is important”

Sam has been focusing his patrols on the town centre, the Esplanade, the train station and Lodmoor. He has dealt with a range of practical incidents recently including dealing with someone who was heavily intoxicated in the town centre, dealing with a case of indecent exposure and also dealing with a gang who arrived in town and began aggressively begging. They left after being issued with verbal warnings and have not returned.

Now the weather is warmer Sam has also been out on his bike, which allows him to cover even more ground. Anyone can email Sam, his address is: patrol@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Sam carries out certain police and council enforcement powers, such as issuing fixed penalty notices, and enforcing the Public Space Protection Order.  This order gives officers certain powers such as being able to require people to surrender alcohol in certain circumstances in designated areas.  Patrol officers also gather evidence and are involved in the enforcement of Community Protection Notices, which place restrictions on individuals that persistently act in an anti-social manner.

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New councils pledge to support the Armed Forces community

Dorset Council News Feed - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 09:27

The new unitary authorities of Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have signed the Dorset Armed Forces covenant.

The covenant is a pledge to treat those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families with fairness and respect in their communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

Dorset has a large military presence, with 3,150 serving personnel across 4 bases. It is estimated there are around 1,575 spouses and 2,389 children related to those personnel.

The county is also home to two per cent of the UK’s veterans. The total number of members of the Armed Forces Community in Dorset is more than 100,000, around 12.9% of Dorset’s 771,900 population. This means that at least 1 in every 7 people in Dorset should have the capability to benefit from the provisions of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council’s Member Champion for the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Armed Forces Covenant Programmes Board., said:

“Having had personal experience of being a member of the Royal Air Force I know how important it is that third sector support is not only available to Dorset’s vast Armed Forces Community, but that all information, services and support available is better understood and promoted, assisted through our one-stop-shop Veterans and Armed Forces Family Information points based in our local libraries.

“I feel a huge sense of relief that finally, through working closely with partners across Dorset, more is being done to support our local military community and that we are delivering on our promise, ‘to ensure that all those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly”.

Dorset has a two-year MoD Funded Programme to delivery of specific projects identified to support the Armed Forces community across Dorset.

Cllr Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said:

“I am delighted to officially show BCP Council’s commitment by the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant. It is really important we all do our part in treating serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families within the BCP area with fairness and equity. They are a valued part of the community and we will do all we can to ensure local services can best meet their needs.”

The main partners in this programme are Dorset Council. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Dorset.

The overarching aim of the programme is to raise the profile of and to embed the Covenant in the day to day activities of all partner organisations across Dorset, ensuring that all members of the armed forces community are treated fairly and equitably.

The programme will oversee the formation of 13 Family Information points primarily located within libraries that will allow access to information and advice to the Armed Forces community across the whole of Dorset.

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant Programme 


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School children using 'trick cards' to manage stress

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 23:06
Meet the school children using a box of 'trick cards' to learn how to prepare for adult life.
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Flying ants: Swarms appear on weather map as 'rain'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 18:33
BBC weather presenter Simon King says the insects showed up as "very light precipitation".
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Dorset Council celebrates prestigious Green Flag Awards

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:54

A record number of parks and green spaces across the Dorset Council area have been awarded a Green Flag Award, representing the mark of a quality park or green space. Green spaces can be national nature reserves, picnic areas or an area of open space.

Avon Heath Country Park and Moors Valley Country Park, both near Ringwood, Durlston Country Park in Swanage, Thorncombe Woods near Dorchester and The Milldown and Stour Meadows in Blandford, have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

Thorncombe Woods, by Ian Metcalfe

Each of our parks and open spaces offer visitors a totally different experience. From the cliff-top nature reserve, teeming with life at Durlston to a bustling family friendly day out at Moors Valley Country Park and the history steeped Thorncombe Woods – Thomas Hardy’s birthplace – there is so much to see and explore.

These sites in Dorset are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “In Dorset Council’s first year, it is wonderful to have been awarded so many Green Flag Awards. They are so well deserved, and the parks and greenspaces themselves are wonderful places to discover.”

Giles Nicholson, Dorset Council’s greenspace manager said: “We’re really proud of our parks, picnic sites and greenspaces and we know how much they matter to residents and visitors. We are absolutely delighted to receive so many Green Flag Awards for these sites, which reflects the dedication of our ranger teams, volunteers and apprentices.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

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Durlston’s new Shed offers volunteering and socialising opportunities

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:54

A new project at the Dorset Council run Durlston Country Park in Swanage is giving everyone the chance to share skills, make friends and come together through volunteering.

The Everyone Needs a Shed! project, offers a relaxed style of working and socialising, with gentle tasks like gardening, bird box making, green woodworking and more. Volunteers can come and go and the shed is open to all, including people with disabilities or long term health conditions, such as dementia.

The Shed is part of the Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project, which is working to enhance the Victorian landscape at Durlston for people and wildlife. It is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Ali Tuckey, Project Leader for the Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project, explained: “This is such a great way to help look after this fantastic place, with no commitment or experience needed – just come along and we’ll put you to work, or just pop in for a cuppa and a chat.”

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “The Shed is not only located in a beautiful setting, but it also offers a brilliant way for people to share or learn new skills, meet like-minded people, take gentle exercise and be a part of the wider community of volunteers.”

The shed is open on Mondays between 10:00am-1:00pm, Wednesdays between 1:00pm-4:00pm and most Saturday mornings.

To find out more, visit www.durlston.co.uk or pop in for a chat.

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Wonka bar and Golden Ticket fetch £15,000 at auction

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:04
The props belonged to Veruca Salt in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
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Two men hurt in Penkridge light aircraft crash

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:40
The men, both in their 60s, suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crash on Tuesday.
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Bournemouth stabbings: Further arrests after boys knifed in street

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:43
Police have arrested two men and two women after two boys were found stabbed.
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Older victims of crime not cared for well enough, says report

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:28
Two watchdogs have "grave" concerns about how police and prosecutors treat victims of crime aged over 60.
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County Championship: Kent settle for draw with Hampshire

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:20
Kent settle for a draw on the final day against Hampshire after calling time on a tricky run-chase in the final hour.
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South West Forensic Services: Hundreds of fingerprints waiting to be analysed

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:05
Crime victims are being "let down" because of a backlog of 830 fingerprint cases waiting to be analysed.
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