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Concern grows for missing Dorset woman, 71,

Officers trying to find a missing woman from the Lyme Regis area are very concerned for her welfare and are appealing for the public’s help to find her.

Kay Bowen, who is 71 years old and of Charmouth, was last seen at her home in Fernhill Heights at 11.30am this morning.

She is described as white, around five feet seven inches tall and may appear a lot younger than she is. She has fair slightly curly hair and blue eyes.

Inspector Mike Darkin, of Dorset Police, said: “In these low temperatures we are becoming increasingly concerned for Kay. We understand that she may have been upset when she left and we need to find her urgently.

It is believed that she is wearing a light brown three quarter length Marks and Spencer coat and black knee high boots.

New Chief Executive Officer appointed for Isle of Wight

The council would like to congratulate former Deputy Managing Director, John Metcalfe, on his appointment Credit: IOW council

John Metcalfe will be the new Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight Council.

Members voted at a full council meeting tonight. It is expected the Mr Metcalfe will take up his post from 1 December 2015.

“I am very pleased to welcome John Metcalfe to his new role as Chief Executive, and look forward to working with him. This is an interesting and continuingly difficult time for the council, as budgets continue to tighten, however, I am sure that John will provide the direction required to inspire the council and its admirable staff forward.”

John Metcalfe, said: “I am very proud and honoured to be offered this position. I have been with the Isle of Wight Council for many years and am pleased to call the Island my home. I do not accept this appointment lightly; I know the challenges that I, and the council will face in the coming months and years, but I am dedicated, prepared and motivated to accept that challenge and provide effective leadership to the council’s outstanding staff.”

– Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council,


Portsmouth MP responds to Spending Budget

Flick Drummond, the conservative MP for Portsmouth South has responded to the Chancellor's spending budget this afternoon.

‘I am very pleased that the Chancellor has listened to concerns from many MPs, myself included, and he has cancelled the cut to tax credits.

‘But we must be clear: it is the £27bn improvement in public finances as the economy has strengthened which means that he has been able to do this, and its testament to the Government’s plan to balance the books.

‘Basically, we can afford to protect welfare and public services if our economy is strong.

‘The police budget is now also protected and that is great news in this time of such uncertainty. The population is rightly concerned about security and this is particularly pertinent in our city, which has a major military base.

‘Further education funding was protected in the review along with the extension of tuition fee loans for FE colleges and this move will offer more choice for young people.

‘The announcement the Chancellor will give the 5% VAT from tampon sales to women’s charities until the issue can be resolved at a European level is something that is right and fair and I am sure it will be welcomed across the board.

‘Lastly, I am thrilled The Royal Marines and D-Day Museums have also benefited from the review with more money confirmed from LIBOR fine funding. £600,000 is destined for D-Day museum and £2m for the Royal Marines Museum to enable their stories to continue to be told for many generations to come.”

The smart bandage that detects infections

From the pilots of the Second World war to some of the casualties of the Shoreham air show, the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead has played a vital role in the treatment and recovery of burns patients across the South East. Now they've developed a new bandage that will make treatment ever better. It changes colour if the wounds gets infected - meaning doctors can act quickly to prevent the spread. It's a collaboration between the University of Brighton, the hospital and the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation. We spoke to Brian Jones, Director of research development, Tania Cubison Consultant burns & plastic surgeon and Tony Metcalfe Professor of Burns and Wounding, University of Brighton.


Tender, loving care for Chunky after torture ordeal

A pet dog that was tortured and left for dead is now back home with its family after making a remarkable recovery. Chunky was taken from his garden in Margate and subjected to a terrifying ordeal.

The RSPCA called it one of the most disturbing cases of animal cruelty they'd ever seen. Chunky needed specialist treatment which took weeks to complete. Four teenagers have appeared in court over the attack. Tom Savvides has this report.

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