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More repair work planned on Twin Sails Bridge

The Twin Sails Bridge in Poole Credit: ITV News Meridian

There will be more disruption for commuters using the Twin Sails Bridge in Dorset later this month. The £22 million crossing in Poole has had a string of technical problems since it opened nearly two years ago.

The crossing will be shut for a week for routine maintenance Credit: ITV News Meridian

The bridge will shut for a week from the 31st of March for routine maintenance.

Man threatens staff with pole in attempted robbery

Detectives who are looking for a suspect in an attempted robbery have released CCTV images of the man.

At 5:29am today, a man went into the Tesco Express on Station Road in West Moors and threatened two members of staff with a pole, demanding they give him money.

CCTV captured the moment a man attempted to rob a Texco Express in West Moors Credit: Dorset Police

One of the members of staff managed to disarm him. Once he did, the offender ran off in the direction of Three Legged Cross.

No one was injured and nothing was stolen.

The suspect had his face covered with a dark coloured hat at the time of the incident but has been described as about 50-years-old and approximately 5ft 8ins tall.

He has very short or no hair and was wearing dark coloured clothes.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey, of Eastern CID, said, "It is possible that this incident is linked to the robbery at Ladbrokes in West Moors two weeks ago as the description of the offender is similar.

"I urge anyone who recognises the man pictured to contact me."

Witnesses should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 14:43

The suspect Dorset Police are looking for in connection with an attempted robbery Credit: Dorset Police

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18 'super beach huts' up for grabs in Bournemouth

New 'super beach huts' are set to go on sale in Bournemouth.

All 18 of the huts are bigger than traditional ones, measuring around 4.3m x 2.3m.

Work to build the super huts , to the west of Alum Chine towards the Poole border, is set to start at the end of the month.

The huts are available on a first-come-first-served basis and new owners will be able to decorate the inside as they wish.

Currently, there is a 10-year waiting list for both private sites and annual lets in the area, but there is no queue for a super hut.

An artists impression of the what the super huts will look like along Bournemouth sea front Credit: Bournemouth Council

Record breaking rugby score of 212-nil

Another score for the winning side Credit: Dorset Dockers

A rugby match in Dorset ended with a recording breaking score with the home side winning 212 - nil!

Winning the line out helped dominate the game Credit: Dorset Dockers

Spectators at Saturday's match between Dorset Dockers and Dorchester II may have witnessed a new record for a winning margin in competitive British rugby union.

Running in for another try Credit: Dorset Dockers

The rout saw Dorset Dockers run riot with sixteen players scoring a try each.

Chairman Jeremy Cook told ITV Meridian that he had never seen anything like it.

East Sussex has talent

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.

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."

– Dr Daniel Mullensiefen, lead researcher on the project

Banned driver loses appeal against his sentence

Brian Hampton Credit: Dorset Police

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.

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Driver jailed over Jade Clark's death appealing 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.

Jade Clark was killed after being knocked off her moped on the A31 Credit: ITV Meridian

Two men jailed for armed robberies

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.

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Andrew Hunt was jailed for his part in armed robberies Credit: Dorset Police
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Miles Halahan was jailed for his part in an armed robbery Credit: Dorset Police

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.

Police investigate spate of burglaries

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."

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