Video. They hadn't seen anything quite like it before, at a fine art auctioneers in Dorset. More than 50 lots of Star Wars memorabilia and toys went up for sale after a local collector passed away, leaving a house full of items from his beloved film.
Merchandise from the movie franchise which began in 1977, specially boxed and mint condition is highly coveted. And Star Wars fans were desperate to put their bids in. Martin Dowse was there too.
A selection of Star Wars memorabilia is going under the hammer today.
The collection could fetch thousands of pounds.
Star Wars memorabilia rarely appear at auctions, making it a great opportunity for collectors to buy these valuable items.
A company believes there could be thirty million barrels to be discovered in Dorset.
It has just started a new oil well near Dorchester and is surveying surrounding fields looking for more.
Jerry Field is the Exploration Director:
Click video. For the first time since his death, several rooms in the house where Thomas Hardy lived and died have been opened to the public. Martin Dowse reports.
250 million-year-old creatures are being celebrated in stone at Lulworth Cove.
A five foot tall carving that weighs one tonne is on display to visitors at the World Heritage Site.
The sculptures were created by Jonathon Sells to depict life that evolved during the Jurassic and Triassic time periods.
Jonathon, from Corfe Castle, has a reputation for quirky pieces and his work has been exhibited extensively in Dorset.
The piece was commissioned by the Lulworth Estate to celebrate the Jurassic Coast.
Lulworth Head Ranger, Maddy Pfaff, said: "As well as being a work of art, this huge carving is also educational and fascinating. It stands in pride of place outside the Heritage Centre, in Lulworth Cove, setting the scene for what visitors are about to see next."
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.
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’."
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!”
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.
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.
A rare Native American totem pole has been sold for £19,000 at an auction in Dorchester. The pole, thought to date from the late 19th century, was recently found at the back of a farmhouse in Dorset.