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Small run-down bungalow on sale for £2.25 million

The cramped bungalow is priced at £2.25m Credit: Tailor Made Estate Agents

A tiny bungalow with no more than 1,100 square foot has gone on sale in Dorset for more than £2 million.

That is because this property is located on the exclusive stretch of Sandbanks, surrounded by homes worth millions.

The property in Poole is sold by Tailor Made Estate Agents Credit: Tailor Made Estate Agents

The property comes with planning permission for it to be demolished, with space for a much larger home worth more than £4 million.

Due to its location, the tatty one-storey property has an asking price of several million pounds - as opposed to the much smaller sum that would usually have been asked.

One day old kittens left for dead in Dorset car park

The kittens were dumped in a cold car park yesterday morning Credit: RSPCA

One day old kittens were left for dead in a Dorset car park before they were rescued by the RSPCA.

Four black and white kittens were found extremely cold and fighting for their lives at 8.15am yesterday at Throop Mill car park in a cream fabric drawer that would be used as bedroom furniture.

Unfortunately, one of the kittens died in the cold but the other three kittens are now being hand-reared round the clock by the RSPCA to give them the best chance of survival.

The drawer also contained a blood stained duvet case and a pattern size George at Asda top.

The RSPCA hope to trace the owners from a top found with the kittens Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey said: “Abandoning such tiny animals is totally unacceptable. Had they not been found they would certainly have died. The mother cat is likely to be very distressed at the moment as she is not being allowed to nurse her kittens."


Princess Anne attends youth sailing competition

HRH Princess Royal is in Weymouth today for the youth sailing championships Credit: ITV Meridian

Princess Anne is in Weymouth today to watch the country's best young sailors sail head-to-head.

The RYA Youth National Championships are taking place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and finish tomorrow.

The sailing event looks to annually attract more than 375 top racers from across the South and rest of the country.

17-year-old boy assaulted in Christchurch

Police are appealing for information after a teenager was assaulted in Christchurch and one man has been arrested.

The alleged assault happened on Sunday 6th April at 7pm along Burton Road when the boy was approached by a white man in his twenties.

The man then punched, kicked and stamped on him and after the incident he walked off in the direction of The Grange School.

The boy sustained bruising and was taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The suspect is described as 5ft 7ins, of medium build with short blond hair and stubble.

A 25-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail.

This incident appears to have been unprovoked. To help with my investigation, I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the alleged assault in Burton Road to come forward."

– Detective Constable Sara Butler, of Eastern CID

First gay church wedding takes places in Dorset

A same-sex couple got married at the weekend in what is believed to be the UK's first gay wedding in a church.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden wed at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth on Saturday.

On the 29th March, a law was passed that allowed same-sex couples to marry but this was the first ceremony to happen in a religious building.

Reverend Dwayne Morgan, who officiated at the ceremony, said the church had taken pride in "celebrating diversity" on the "historic day".

Even though we've been together for almost 19 years it didn't feel right for us to have just a blessing or even a Civil Partnership. We've hoped for years for the opportunity to legally marry and once it became possible we knew it was time for us to tie the knot and to do it before God in our church with our friends and family."

– Ms Burden and Ms Tipper, Newlyweds


Omar Benguit appeal over 2002 Dorset murder rejected

A killer who was found guilty of murdering a foreign student in Bournemouth twelve years ago - has lost his appeal to try and get the conviction quashed. Omar Benguit, aged 41, has always protested his innocence.

His lawyers had tried to persuade judges that the more likely killer of Jong-Ok Shin was Danilo Restivo - serving a life sentence for killing mother-of-two Heather Barnett - who lived just a few streets away. Our reporter Martin Dowse has been following the story and sends this report.

The interviewee is Detective Superintendent Kevin Connolly, Dorset Police;

Dorset Police unveil Tardis-style box

They disappeared from our streets in the late sixties, although a certain Time Lord has continued to make use of one for his travels. Today, a 21st century police box was unveiled in the main shopping precinct at Boscombe in Dorset.

The police hope it will reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area. But, as Martin Dowse reports, the launch felt rather more like a Dr Who convention.

First UK sextuplet lambs born in time for spring

Six lambs were born together last week, which is unprecedented in the UK Credit: Farm Stay UK

A farm in Dorset is looking after newborn sextuplet lambs, which is unprecedented in the UK.

Colesmoor Farm in Dorchester were surprised at the unusual birth of six lambs at the same time - as even quintuplets are rare in the UK.

The Toller Porcorum farm in Dorset helped the ewe give birth Credit: Farm Stay UK

The owner of Colesmoor Farm said: "Although we have lots of triplets and quadruplets and the occasional quintuplet from our 300 ewes, we have never heard of a commercial ewe having six good lambs.

"She had been pregnancy scanned to have five lambs so it was a nice surprise for Emily, our night time lamber, when a sixth turned up. She will probably rear three of them and the other three will join our other orphan lambs.”

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