Hotel chain Travelodge says it is opening 19 new sites - including at Poole and Bicester - creating 450 jobs.
It says it has identified a further 250 locations for possible development this year.
The company says it will be investing £140m into the expansion which will take its total number of hotels to 542.
A fundraising page has been set up after thieves stole two collection tins from a Christmas lights display held in aid of a hospice in Dorset.
The residents of Runton Road in Poole stage an annual lights display which attracts thousands of people and last year it raised £8,500 for a number of good causes.
But on Friday organisers found that two collection tins, estimated to contain about £300, had been stolen from outside their homes where they had been tied to posts.
The money was set to be donated to the Forest Holme Hospice in Poole at the request of seven-year-old Mason White, who has the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Annika Frend has set up a justgiving page in a bid to replace the lost money.
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A scathing report by the schools watchdog, OFSTED, has accused the education authority in Poole of failing thousands of children.Read the full story ›
A sale of two historic Ferraris will go towards the costs of building new lifeboats at a centre in Poole.Read the full story ›
The RNLI is opening its new all weather lifeboat centre in Poole. The site will be used to build and maintain the charity's fleet of rescue boats in-house and under one roof for the first time in the organisation's 191-year history.
The official opening ceremony, is expected to be attended by around 500 people and comes prior to the charity's open weekend.
The RNLI's Open Weekend gives visitors a rare opportunity to tour the world-class boatbuilding factory, and the charity's training facilities - the Sea Survival Centre and RNLI College. Visitors can meet the RNLI people who crew the lifeboats, who lifeguard the beaches and who work locally and globally to reduce coastal fatalities.
The All-weather lifeboat centre will secure a supply of All-weather lifeboats for future generations of lifesavers. It also gives greater control of costs and quality, and has created 90 new employment opportunities in Poole, including apprenticeships in marine engineering and boatbuilding.
Head of Construction and Refit Angus Watson said "We are very proud to be officially opening The ALC. It is an impressive facility which will allow the charity to build six Shannon-class lifeboats a year and maintain our other all-weather boats. Having a state of the art facility which will see the charity produce, maintain and refit all-weather lifeboats in-house and under one roof is a first for the charity. We are very lucky to have a fantastic team, with a vast experience in the construction and maintenance of our boats, working alongside some promising apprentices who are all contributing to saving lives at sea."
The so called "sport of Kings" returns to Dorset this weekend. Sandbanks is once again hosting the British Beach Polo Championships which will see the cream of the polo world fighting to be crowned champions.
A host of celebrities including model, TV presenter and polo fan, Jodie Kidd and actor Debra Stephenson will join the crowds. Organisers say the event looks set to be the best yet and the weather promises not to disappoint.
The Blue Flag beach will be an idyllic setting for the high adrenaline arena polo game. This year the Clogau Wales Polo Team will be playing against England, Scotland and The Barbarians hoping to hold onto their title of reigning champions.
Professional polo player, Jack Kidd says: "The top polo players are really excited about returning to Sandbanks for another year to play some incredibly competitive polo on the beach and in front of a large crowd. The setting is always spectacular; I can't wait!"
The British Beach Polo weekend will finish with a beach party as the sun goes down.
Johnny Wheeler, director of Sandpolo said: "We're delighted to be returning to Sandbanks again. Each year the event gets better and introduces more people to the exciting game of polo. Whether you're dining in the waterfront hospitality marquee, mixing with the VIPs or just soaking up the atmosphere, it's an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a heady mix of sport and parties, whilst seeing the Jurassic English coast at its best. It's simply a great day out. "
Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after reports of a man threatening members of the public with a knife – with one man being arrested.
Dorset Police was called to the incident in Sterte Avenue in the Holes Bay area at 6.49am this morning.
Officers, including armed police, attended and searched the area. The NPAS helicopter also assisted in the search.
Nobody was injured during the incident.
A 29-year-old man, of an unknown address, has been arrested relation to this incident and is helping officers with their enquiries.
“I would like to thank members of the public for their assistance during the search. Even though a man has been arrested, I would urge any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken with police to come forward and contact us.”
Lifeguards at Sandbanks Beach in Poole have rescued a woman after the jetski she was on became tangled in a rope. One of the people on the jetski jumped into the water to try to untangle the rope but the woman started drifting a long way out to sea. An eagle-eyed first year lifeguard spotted the woman waving for help. She was so far away from the shore she was a moving speck in the water. The rescue jetski was launched to help the distressed woman.
Mike Winter, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said: The lifeguards did a brilliant job responding immediately when they noticed the woman waving for help, especially considering how far out to sea she was. She was in a very precarious situation and drifting a long way out to sea, unable to swim back to the jetski’ The sea can be unpredictable and the woman absolutely did the right thing of waving for help when she realised she was in danger. She was drifting to a dangerously busy part of the channel. I’d recommend that anyone planning a trip to the beach comes to a lifeguarded beach and speak to our lifeguards who will be more than happy to give any advice necessary’.
Police investigating an indecent exposure at a football match in Poole are appealing for witnesses to come forward – with a photo of a man they’d like to speak to being released.
The incident happened at around 4pm on Saturday 25 April 2015, during the Poole Town FC v Corby Town FC game, at the Tatnam ground in Poole.
During the match a man invaded the pitch and indecently exposed himself in front of the supporters.
He was then escorted off the pitch by match stewards.
“I would like to speak to the man pictured in the photo as we believe he may be able to help with our enquiries. Based on his clothing and positioning during the game, it appears he’s a Corby Town fan. I am urging anyone who recognises this man to contact me on 101. I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident if they have further information. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”
Officers investigating an assault in Poole are searching for a 37-year-old man who is believed to be responsible – with a picture of the suspect being released.
Adam Baczynski is wanted on suspicion of assault. The incident took place on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at around 1pm at an address in the Melbury Avenue area.
The victim, a local woman in her 30s, sustained injuries to her head, face and legs. The offender was known to the victim.
Baczynski, originally from Poland, is described as tall and of big build.
“We are releasing this photo in hope that someone will know, or may have seen, where Mr Baczynski is. We believe that he is still in the county, possibly in the Poole and Bournemouth area. While we are not encouraging people to approach Mr Baczynski, we want to reassure them that we have no reason to believe that he’s a threat to the general public. I would encourage anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact Dorset Police in confidence. I am also appealing directly to Mr Baczynski to make contact with us immediately.”