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Contractor fined thousands for roof fall

A Dorset contractor has been fined after an employee fell through the roof of a building.

David Clark was one of the workers employed by Michael Fry to replace a barn roof at a farm in Winfrith, Dorset.

Mr Clark was standing on the roof of a lean-to building when it collapsed beneath him.

He fractured three vertebrae, broke a rib and couldn't work for nearly two months. He has since retrained for a different career.

Yesterday, contractor Mr Fry was charged with exposing workers to serious risk by breaching a Height Regulations Act at Weymouth Magistrates' Court.

He was fined £2,000 and made to pay costs of £9,440.

The incident happened on December 14, 2011 and was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

The dangers of working at a height are well known, yet poor safety standards and lack of safeguards still exist among some contractors. Employers have a legal duty to manage safety and failing to do can end in tragedy."

– James Powell, Healthy and Safety Executive

'Exercise-shy' bigpuss in battle of the bulge

Ulric relaxes whilst getting measured Credit: PDSA

Ulric was entered into the six month diet and fitness challenge by his owner, Jan Mitchell, who said: “He would steal his sister’s food and is best described as ‘exercise-shy’."

Ulric is now on a new diet Credit: PDSA

Jan said: "He gained weight most noticeably in the last couple of years, visitors often remark how big he is, especially as he’s started to waddle like a pregnant woman!”

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Fat cat joins pet charity fit club

Seven-year-old Ulric weighs in at 2 stone Credit: PDSA

A mega moggy from Dorchester in Dorset, has been picked to take part in a national pet slimming competition.

The super-sized Norwegian Forest cat is one of 21 dogs, cats and rabbits from across the country selected to take part in the battle of the bulge run by pet charity PDSA.

Seven-year-old Ulric weighs in at a colossal 2 stone, twice what he should, making him the heaviest cat ever in the competition’s eight year history.

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Dorset Police want to trace phone shop raiders

Police would like to hear from anyone with information about a raid on a mobile phone shop in Dorchester.

Four men went into Vodafone Ltd on Cornhill just before closing on Tuesday [19 February] and stole display mobile phones and two iPads, worth around £5,000.

The offenders entered the store during a busy period and ripped the items straight off the walls before making off.

I am very keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this theft take place, or may have information about those involved.

I would also like to trace the stolen property and speak to anyone who has been offered mobiles or iPads in strange circumstances.

– Police Constable Garry Mason, Dorset Police

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