Blandford farm death: Man charged with murder

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:58
Marcin Tameczka was found with serious injuries at Hanford Farm on 28 September.
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MP Christopher Chope under fire for blocking anti-FGM bill

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:48
Christopher Chope's intervention is described as "appalling" by fellow Conservative Zac Goldsmith.
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Hillsborough trial: Photographer 'told police to stop game'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:23
A photographer tells a court he repeatedly urged police to stop Liverpool's FA Cup tie at Hillsborough.
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Bestival drugs death accused 'tried to get help'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:11
Ceon Broughton called for help as Louella Fletcher-Michie lay dying at Bestival, a court hears.
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Tree smashes on to double decker bus in Poole

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:05
Five passengers and a bus driver escaped injury when the tree landed on the bus.
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Meet Dorset’s new Members of Youth Parliament

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:53

Four Dorset youngsters are taking their first steps on the political ladder after being elected to represent the county in the UK Youth Parliament.

After weeks of campaigning, two Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) and two deputies have been elected from the 13 contenders.

Henry Slocombe, Emily Marshal, Imogen Watson and Melissa Garanowako

There were 11,838 votes case in total, with the four successful candidates announced yesterday, Thursday 7 February, at a ceremony at County Hall in Dorchester.

The new Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) are:

• Imogen Watson, 15, Budmouth College in Weymouth
• Emily Marshall, 18, Weymouth College

And the deputies are:

• Henry Slocombe, 17, The Gryphon School in Sherborne

• Melissa Garanowako, 14, Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester

MYPs represent Dorset on a regional and national basis, helping to engage young people in politics, democracy and citizenship.

They also deliver their own personal manifestos to improve the lives of young people. Last year, MYPs tackled issues like mental health, exam stresses, and period poverty.

The election is run by Participation People in partnership Dorset County Council. Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said:

“The high calibre of candidates from across Dorset – all campaigning passionately on issues relevant to the lives of young people in the County – demonstrates how by successfully engaging with their peers, they inspired thousands of them to cast their votes in support of this year’s Youth Parliament elections.

“Congratulations to the successful MYPs and their deputies. I am confident they will be a strong voice for young people in Dorset at a local and national level”.

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Room for two more?

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:46

The next instalment from Mandy, one of our foster carers…. January, the month where many people make resolutions and stick to them for at least two weeks. Mine was to be more organised which lasted approximately twenty four hours.

I organised for my cat to be neutered and thought I’d been very clever in sorting someone to take him, someone to pick up and had even remembered not to feed him after midnight. All was going well until I had a phone call from the vet to say ‘ Sorry we can’t remove his boy bits as he’s female.’ Cue massive rant to my husband about putting the wrong cat in the carrier and a ‘break neck ‘ drive to vets to rescue the wrong cat being neutered. When I got to the vet it was the correct 

feline but he wasn’t quite the little boy I thought he was. Sheepishly I apologised to my husband while my eldest foster son asked me if I actually had the skills to help him with biology homework.


In the midst of this chaos two new foster children entered our lives. My husband’s parents welcomed a mother and baby from Eritrea who came to England through the dubs amendment (a scheme that allows unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to come to live safely in the UK).  How traumatic must it be to give birth at 16 far away from your family, and then to travel to yet another country to live with strangers who don’t speak your language? Yet this amazing young lady is a very capable mother and has taken England, being fostered and starting college, in her stride.  My seven and my parents in law’s four bonded almost instantaneously with the help of google translate and a football while the adults sat around looking shell shocked from all the changes in our once quietish lives. Spontaneous trips out are now almost impossible and we need a blooming coach  for combined family outings. My kids have learnt what I think is an Arabic swear word (well it sounds like one) and two of the refugee teens have learnt how to ride my youngest’s ponycycle (look it up they are so cool). 


January ended in a flourish of romance (ish) my husband arranged for me to see the ballet, Beauty and the Beast. I not only got to see a beautiful show but he’d arranged for my eldest son to join me. (currently at uni and I see him very little) Hubby also arranged for my little foslings and my younger daughters to accompany me, so I did spent a great deal of time trying to explain why they kept dancing all the time and not saying anything. My youngest foster son was, however, very enthusiastic with his applauding at the end. He even shouted loudly ‘why are we still clapping? They weren’t that good.’  


 Will the rest of 2019 be as diverse as January? Probably but bring it on.



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Liverpool v Bournemouth

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:58
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Liverpool and Bournemouth.
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Former Weymouth amusements set for re-development

Dorset Council News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:47

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee has given its approval to the redevelopment of land to the rear of the former ‘Harry’s Amusements’ building on Weymouth Esplanade.

The scheme will see the development of 26 apartments and associated parking in a mix 17 one-bedroom apartments and 9 two-bedroom apartments.

This development is part of a broader redevelopment of the Harry’s Amusements building that will provide 32 apartments in total when complete.

Cllr Ray Nowak, Weymouth & Portland Borough Councils Briefholder for Environment and Sustainability, said:

“I am pleased the council has approved this application. Once complete the development will bring residential accommodation to the Town Centre close to amenities, and will see the redevelopment of an otherwise little-used site, together with a visual enhancement to the conservation area.”

Cllr Gill Taylor, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Housing, said:

“It’s good to see the council approve developments on under-utilised sites. We must make use of this type of space in order to provide homes for our residents.

“If any resident is looking to own a home I would encourage signing our Home Ownership Register – a key part of our Opening Doors project. This will provide us with more information about housing demand and find out the size and locations of homes that people want. As part of this we also forward on details of upcoming developments and opportunities to own a home.”

Find out more about the Home Ownership Register at

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Emiliano Sala: Body identified as Cardiff City footballer

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:19
Police say body recovered from wreckage of crashed plane is that of Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala.
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Mobile laundry helps school wash children's uniforms

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 06:19
A Bournemouth school is using a mobile laundry as parents say they cannot afford to wash uniforms.
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South Western Railway: Further round of strikes announced

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 18:27
The RMT union said 88% of its members voted in favour of continuing strike action.
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Holby City star 'begged to reach daughter at Bestival'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 15:00
John Michie tells jurors he and his wife waited more than an hour to learn his daughter had died.
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Rutland, Dorset and Melton: Why I love where I live - even if others might not

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:53
We hear from people whose home towns didn't score highly in Newsbeat's Know Your Place calculator.
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Emiliano Sala search team recover body from plane wreckage

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:08
The wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City's Emiliano Sala and his pilot was found off Guernsey.
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Poole council tower blocks revamp plan gets £20m

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:46
The work includes replacing cladding at Drake Court, Grenville Court, Nelson Court and Rodney Court.
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Arrest after men stabbed in fight near Dorchester petrol station

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 15:02
One man needed surgery after he was stabbed in the arm near the petrol station in Dorchester.
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Bournemouth fan faces ban over throwing pie at Chelsea match

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:11
Adam Cox threw the savoury snack on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge during a cup game against Bournemouth.
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Holby City star's daughter 'wanted drugs trip on YouTube'

Dorset BBC News Feed - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:51
Louella Fletcher-Michie said "it was the best day of her life" before she died at Bestival, a court hears.
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Councils raise rainbow flags and mark LGBT History Month

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:49

Three councils have raised rainbow flags to show support to LGBTQ+ communities and mark the start of LGBT History Month.

Rainbow flags ready to be raised outside South Walks House in Dorchester.

Rainbow flags have been raised outside the offices of North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

Ceremonies were held outside two of the councils’ offices on Monday 4 February attended by councillors, council staff, members of UNISON (who helped organised the events) and local LGBT groups.

The Chairman of West Dorset District Council, Cllr Peter Shorland and Mayor of Dorchester, Cllr David Taylor raised the rainbow flag – a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride – outside South Walks House in Dorchester. 

Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of West Dorset District Council, Cllr Shorland said:

“By raising the LGBT flag at our offices, we are demonstrating that we are allies to the LGBT community.

“Our offices, as places to work and where services are delivered, are a safe place where we respect the diversity of love, relationships and identity.

“We strive to reflect this in the services we provide, while committing to continuing to learn and improve.”

The Mayor of Weymouth & Portland, Cllr Gill Taylor raised the flag at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s offices at Commercial Road.

Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council said, Mayor Taylor said:

“This year is a particularly significant year for the LGBT community as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York which was probably the most significant event in the leading to the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

“In the United Kingdom, LGBT History Month is recognised as an opportunity to demonstrate that LGBT people are welcome, valued and respected in our community. To raise awareness, to educate and to inform; and to celebrate achievements and sending out a clear message of support and campaigning against the ongoing discrimination and inequality faced by their community.

“However we are all one community and that is something we should never forget.”

In the warm and dry! Supporters gather at Commercial Road in Weymouth before raising the flag outside. Words of support from the councils

North Dorset District Council portfolio holder for Access & Customer Services, Cllr Piers Brown attended the ceremony at South Walks House.

He said: ‘By raising the flag we want to show solidarity and support to the LGBTQ+ community and to make it clear to everyone that North Dorset is a welcoming and inclusive place to be.”

West Dorset District Council portfolio holder for Equalities, Cllr Stella Jones MBE said:

“We’re proud to be flying the rainbow flag on behalf of West Dorset. We want to show to that we be believe in equal rights and equal treatment for everyone in our community. And that we recognise the struggles LGBTQ+ have faced, and still face, on daily basis.”

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council brief holder for Social Inclusion, Cllr Jon Orrell said:

“We’re flying the rainbow flag with pride in recognition of the LGBTQ+ members of our community. We want people to see that Weymouth and Portland is a place where LGBTQ+ people can live, work and visit free from discrimination and stigma.”

The rainbow flags will fly during the first week of February to show of support to members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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