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Union representatives give speeches at march

Protesters assemble to hear speeches from Union representatives Credit: ITV News West Country

On Thursday [14th] Dorset County Councillors will be voting on whether to cut a further £11 million pounds from their budget during 2013/14.

The Trades Council has organised a public a march from Poundbury to the new council offices at West Dorset District Council, protesting against the cuts.

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Man arrested after alleged assault

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a man was allegedly assaulted inside a bar Dorchester.

The incident happened at approximately 1.30am on Sunday 28 October 2012 at the Apple Tree bar on Trinity Street.

A 40-year-old man from Dorchester was allegedly assaulted in an unprovoked attack at the bar area inside the venue.

The victim suffered a broken nose and a broken jaw as a resulted of this incident.

A 36-year-old Dorchester man has been arrested and is assisting officers with their investigation.

Child hurt in bus crash

Investigations are underway into the second bus crash this week in Dorset.

Yesterday two single decker buses collided at low speed on the A352 near Dorchester. One was carrying seven schoolchildren.

One female pupil suffered a nose bleed while a 70-year-old man is receiving treatment for a broken nose.

On Monday a school bus carrying more than 50 students toppled over into a field near Poole.

Dramatic pictures of thatched cottage fire

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday afternoon.

Five crews attended the incident using hose reel jets to extinguish the fire and ladders to remove smouldering thatch from the roof.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were still on the scene this morning, dampening down hotspots.

The cause of this fire is believed to be a breech in the chimney which allowed the hot flue to ignite combustible material. No one was injured.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a thatched cottage in Moreton near Dorchester yesterday. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

Legal challenge to Olympic decision

Aaron Cook fighting
Aaron Cook fighting Credit: JON SUPER/AP/Press Association Images

Aaron Cook's legal team is considering legal action in the High Court to try and get him a place at the London Olympics.

The world number one Taekwondo star , who is from Dorchester in Dorset, believes he was wrongly deprived of a place at the Games.

The British Olympic Association has refused to refer the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In a statement Aaron Cook said the decision was "beyond belief."

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Dorset fighter misses Olympics

Aaron Cook, the martial arts fighter from Dorchester in Dorset, has reacted with 'disbelief' after the British Olympic Association announced it will not be referring his case to the Court of Arbitration in Sport. The World Number 1 believes he was wrongly overlooked by GB Taekwondo selectors.

But the BOA say that Mr Cook's camp has not presented sufficient new evidence to challenge the selectors to reconsider their decision.

"Aaron Cook is disappointed with the British Olympic Association’s briefing to certain media yesterday of their confidential letter, which they sent to his lawyers at Harbottle & Lewis on Friday evening......The BOA may not agree with Aaron's case, but it has a legal and moral obligation to find an appropriate, fair and transparent resolution for Aaron.....It is beyond belief that the BOA wants the British public to believe that the internationally renowned sports tribunal that deals with urgent disputes regarding the Olympics is not the right court to hear Aaron's urgent case."

– Aaron Cook's team statement

Cyclist injured in Dorset crash

A cyclist injured in a crash with a car in Dorchester has been left with a serious arm injury.

Now police are appealing for the car driver, who initially stopped to help the 59 year-old man, to come forward. Doctors say he will need an operation on his elbow.

“The driver of the car stopped at the scene and also took the cyclist to Dorset County Hospital for a check up. Therefore, this is not a fail to stop collision.

“At the time the cyclist was of the opinion that he was not injured and therefore did not take the drivers details.

“Following medical assessments he is now going to have a serious operation to his arm."

– Police Constable Gemma Nowell-Smith, Dorchester Police

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 13:283.

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