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"Obesity crisis" not just hitting us humans...

Video. It's an established fact that, as a nation, we are getting bigger. But it seems we are also sharing our unhealthy eating habits with our pets. Four and a half million cats and dogs are estimated to be overweight.

But now there is a campaign to try and reverse the situation. Martin Dowse went to meet one pet owner from Poole in Dorset who decided to take action after her dog ballooned in weight.

He spoke to Suzanne Fox about her dog Diesel and Vet Chris Sydenham.

£30 million luxury yacht built in Poole launched

The largest super yacht ever built in Dorset has been launched by its owner, the former Formula One team boss Eddie Jordan. It was built in Poole by Sunseeker which hoped the vessel will help it compete with rival shipyards overseas.

It's a dramatic change in fortunes for the company which struggled after the financial crash.

Richard Jones spoke to Robert Braithwaite, Sunseeker President and the yacht's owner Eddie Jordan.


Water park reopens after chemical leak repaired

The owners of Splashdown Waterparks at the Tower Park leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about the evacuation of the site on Saturday 29th March.

The firm said the decision to evacuate the building and the rest of the Tower Park site was taken as a precaution, in the interests of public safety. The building was checked by Dorset Fire & Rescue Service and staff. Splashdown is open today.

The area surrounding the building was evacuated following reports of a suspected chemical spill. The company has said the decision to evacuate was made after the discovery of a malfunction of the dosing injector in a plant room upstairs.

No one was affected apart from the disruption and inconvenience, for which we apologise. All pools have chemical dosing machinery and if there is any suggestion that there is a problem then we take it very seriously;an alarm triggered and in the circumstances it was better to be safe and get it checked out properly in connection with the emergency services.

A small leak was detected and appropriate action taken to clear it up and repair the equipment. Following the repair and testing of the equipment I am pleased to be able to say that we will be open as normal again tomorrow (Sunday 30th March 2014).”

“We would like to express our thanks to all our staff who acted promptly and efficiently to evacuate the buildings and to Tower Park management team and other on-site businesses and their staff for their help in looking after our customers.”

– Jackie Richmond, Splashdown co-owner

Statement from Dorset water park after evacuation

The managers of the Splashdown leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about an evacuation because of a suspected chemical spill.

"We have evacuated Splashdown this afternoon, as a precaution, following a possible malfunction of a piece of pool dosing equipment. Emergency services have been called to check for any possible issues arising from this incident. We are not aware of any injury and we are letting everyone get on with what needs to be done at the moment. An update will follow once more information is available."

– Splashdown, Poole, Dorset


Postbox restoration looks First Class

England's oldest postbox in a dilapidated state
What it looked like before... Credit: West Dorset District Council

These pictures show England's oldest postbox - in a village in Dorset - before and after it was given a clean and a re-touch. The iconic pillar box was given a sprucing up, after suggestions from a local councillor.

England's oldest postbox after it has been cleaned and painted
...and after Credit: West Dorset District Council
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