A search has been launched for a man who is believed to have gone missing in Dorset without wearing any clothes.
They design and build boats as part of their GCSE coursework.
The Conservatives remain in control in Dorset despite some success for UKIP
People living in East Sussex are the most musical, according to a new study which maps the musicalabilities of the UK.
The residents of Hastings were judged to have the highest level of musical sophistication, followed by West Somerset and North Dorset.
The study found that musical skills and ability are not evenly distributedacross the population and are linked to a person's profession, education leveland their average income.
Learning to play an instrument is strongly linked to household income with thehighest level of musical training being found among the inhabitants of Oxford and Cherwell.The 'least musically sophisticated' list includes Anglesey, Christchurch inDorset, and Boston in Lincolnshire.
– Dr Daniel Mullensiefen, lead researcher on the project
It was fascinating to be involved in this study and it was exciting to map out for the first time how musical expertise is spread across an entire nation. The most intriguing result for me is to be able to see on a map how musical skills are related to social conditions of our modern lives. Perhaps the most surprising result was the relationship between income and musicality. With a couple of exceptions, people who lived in postcode areas with a higher average income performed better in the music ability tests. The next question we're going to tackle is the cause behind this relationship."
A banned driver jailed for causing the death of a 16-year-old moped rider from Ringwood has lost an appeal against his sentence. Jade Clark was hit by 58-year-old Brian Hampton on the A31 in February last year.
Hampton, who admitted causing death by careless driving and was found guilty of perverting the course of justice, was jailed for six years. Today, three judges at the Court of Appeal said he deserves every day of the sentence.
A driver jailed for six years over the death of a teenager is appealing his sentence.
Brian Hampton was convicted of causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice.
It's after he knocked 16-year-old Jade Clark off her moped on the A31 in Hampshire last February and then tried to cover up his crime.
Two men from Blandford have been sent to prison for ten years and seven years respectively for committing armed robbery at two post offices in north Dorset and Somerset.
Andrew Hunt and Miles Halahan, 43 and 54, were convicted and sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court for the offences of robbery at the Post Office in Milborne Port in Somerset and at the Post Office in Bishop’s Caundle in Dorset.
Hunt was sentenced to a total of ten years in prison.
Halahan was found not guilty for the first robbery at Milborne Port, but was found guilty of robbery in Bishop’s Caundle.
The court heard evidence that on 15 July 2013 Hunt entered the post offices with a hand gun, believed to be an air pistol, and demanded money.
At the post office in Milborne Port, Hunt was challenged by the post master and made off empty handed. At the post office in Bishops Caundle he was handed cash and escaped in a vehicle parked nearby. The getaway car was owned and driven by Halahan.
A witness to the second robbery noted the registration number of the vehicle which led to the arrest of both Hunt and Halahan a short time later on the same day.
Service is to be suspended on Sandbanks Ferry in Dorset between 11am and 12 pm today between Studland and Poole due to urgent maintenance.
Police in Dorset are investigating a spate of burglaries.
Two burglaries and an attempted burglary occurred between 6pm on February 13 and 6pm on February 14 in West Parley.
Offenders broke into a workshop and smashed a window of a garage on Christchurch Road.
A shed was also broken into on New Road. Various items were stolen which included tools, petrol, a go kart and three guitars.
Acting Inspector Nikki Loftus, of Ferndown police, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or has been offered items for sale for unusually low prices or in suspicious circumstances."
How can it be possible? e-cigarettes aren't alight so how can one be blamed for causing a fire in Dorset? That's the line of investigation for fire experts in Dorset after a blaze in a flat in Poole.
Nearly 30 residents in flats had to leave their homes after an e-cigarette charger caught alight. Dorset Fire and Rescue said the blaze on the 9th floor of the building on Parkstone Road started just before 10 am.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 2-year-old girl was bitten by a dog in Muscliff.
The toddler was bitten on the face, but only sustained a small injury which required stitches.
The incident happened on Thursday 13th February on Toldpuddle Gardens, outside Rowlands Pharmacy.
Police Constable Dan Smith from Bournemouth police said, "The incident left the victim and her mother very distressed.
"They both approached a light brown dog, believed to be a Beagle, which was tied up outside the pharmacy. While the mother had briefly turned away, the child stroked it and she was bitten."
Any witnesses should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting 13:336.
Investigations are underway into a crash in Dorchester in which a 23-year-old motorcyclist died.
He collided with a people carrier, driven by a 47-year-old man, at the junction of Windsor Road and Cambridge Road last night.
After the initial collision, he crashed into a parked Ford vehicle.
Emergency services attended the scene but after being taken to hospital, sadly the man died.
A full forensic investigation is now underway.