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Boy injured in collision in Poole

Officers investigating a road traffic collision in Poole involving a teenage cyclist are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

At around 5.50pm on Sunday 16 November 2014, a 16-year-old boy was cycling across the zebra crossing in Sea View Road when he was in collision with a car.

The car stopped and the female driver and a man who was travelling in the vehicle got out and spoke to the boy but details were not exchanged.

The boy suffered bruising and his bike was damaged in the incident.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 16:371. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

“I am appealing for the driver involved in this incident to please get in contact with me. I would also like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or has any details about the vehicle involved.”

– Police Constable Kev Farenden, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Refresher driving courses for older people in Bournemouth

Older residents in Bournemouth are taking part in refresher driving courses today, designed to help keep people confident and safe on the road.

The new course offers drivers aged 70 and over, the opportunity learn about new driving techniques, changes to the Highway Code, negotiating at roundabouts and junctions safely, and best practice for dual carriageway and motorway driving.

Refresher driving courses for older people in Bournemouth. Credit: PA

After the course, participants will have the option to attend a further free 90 minute practical driving session with an Approved Driving Instructor, to improve defensive driving techniques, hazard awareness and road positioning.

Bournemouth Borough Council is funding the courses for Bournemouth residents as part of a commitment to reduce accidents on roads by 40 percent by 2020.

Councillor Michael Filer, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport, said: "By providing this course we are enabling older residents to retain their independence and gain greater confidence when travelling on the road."

Almost 100 guns handed in during amnesty in Dorset

Almost 100 guns have been handed in during an amnesty in Dorset.

Police said 31 handguns, 27 shotguns and five rifles were among the haul surrendered during a two week campaign - encouraging anyone with illegally held firearms to have them disposed of safely.

Almost 100 guns have been handed in. Credit: ITVNews

More than 300 firearms were handed in during a previous amnesty in Dorset in 2003.

The weapons turned in included starting guns, BB guns, air weapons, shotguns, pistols and rifles. Ammunition was also surrendered. Officers said the vast majority of the firearms were not being used for criminal activity.

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Abandoned dog described as looking like 'bag of bones'

The RSPCA have appealed for the owners of an abandoned whippet to come forward after it was found abandoned looking severely underweight with painful sores all over its body.

Bramble the three-year-old dog was discovered by a member of public in Abbotsbury, Dorset, on Saturday.

Bramble the three-year-old whippet. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Insp John Pollock said:

Poor Bramble is so thin, she is just skin and bones and has sores all over her body.

This poor girl needs plenty of tender loving care as she is so thin and the sores are deep and infected. It was desperately sad to see.

We do not know how long she has been like this and was picked up as a stray. She is in a bad way and we would like to be able to track down her owner.

– John Pollock

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Govt must act to meet south east air pollution target

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the British government must act to meet air pollution targets for the South East.

The region is one of 16 places in the country that's expected to exceed the limits set for nitrogen dioxide in the air.

The target, which was meant to have been reached in 2010, is not expected to be met until at least 2020.

Alan Andrews, ClientEarth lawyer, said:

Thousands of people die because of air pollution every year. This ruling will save lives by forcing the government to finally take this issue seriously.

They will now have to come up with an urgent plan to rid our towns and cities of cancer-causing diesel fumes.

– Alan Andrews

Temperatures set to plummet as cold front arrives

It might be time to unearth woolly hats and scarves as the unseasonably mild weather looks set to end next week.

Forecasts indicate there will be a frosty start to Monday morning and temperatures are likely to drop below average for the time of year in northern parts of the UK.

Even in the south, where temperatures are likely to be normal for the time of year, it will feel chilly in comparison to the unusually balmy weather so far this autumn.

Laura Young from the Met Office said: "For parts of the week next week you're likely to see colder weather, maybe even some snow in the north, sleety stuff.

"This week's probably your last chance to have a bit of warmer weather." Ms Young said the change in forecast means "we might even be able to get our winter clothes out".

Cloudy weather recently has prevented temperatures from dropping too low at night, but clearer forecasts for next week are likely to prompt a cold snap.

Ms Young said: "Our overnight temperatures have been very warm. We have been looking at 7, 8, 9C and sometimes double figures in the South East.

"So it has been a good four or five degrees above average overnight and that makes daytime temperatures higher as well.

"When you get clear nights, the heat escapes quite rapidly so there's likely to be a little frost around on Monday morning."

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