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Elderly 'to suffer' as last island bank closes

The last bank on Portland in Dorset has closed - meaning customers now have to travel six miles to Weymouth to deal with a cashier or see their bank manager.

Lloyds Bank in Easton Square is one of 100 branches closing nationwide.

Lloyds says the number of transactions made at the branch last year dropped by almost a fifth.

Charities say it's the older generation who could suffer without it.

Concerns grow for missing woman from Portland

Kathryn Clarke, 63, is missing from Portland Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives are appealing for help to find a missing woman from Portland. Sixty-three-year-old Kathryn Marie Clarke was last seen at Weymouth train station at about 5pm on Thursday 125th May 2017.

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. Kathryn is a white woman, around five feet tall, of a slim build and has tattoos on her hands, arms and stomach.

Kathryn Clarke was last seen at Weymouth railway station on Thursday 25th May Credit: Dorset Police

“It is out of character for Kathryn to go this long without having contact with her family.

“I would ask that anyone who knows of her whereabouts, or who sees a woman matching the description given, to contact police immediately.

“If Kathryn sees this appeal I would also ask her to please get in touch with us or your family as we all want to ensure you are safe and well.”

– Inspector Steve Horton, Dorset Police

Anyone with information is asked to contactDorset Police online;via an email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.ukor by telephoning 101, quoting occurrence number 55170077673.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online.

Witness appeal after fatal 3-vehicle collision in Dorset

A bus driver has died after a collision with a van and a car. The accident happened at 4.55pm on New Road in Portland, Dorset.

The vehicles involved were a single decker First Bus, a white Citroen Relay Luton van registered to a Dorchester firm and a blue Alfa Romeo registered to a man from Portland.

The 59-year-old bus driver was pronounced dead at the scene. One of his four passengers suffered a minor injury. The van driver was left with minor injuries, while the driver of the car was not injured.

While the emergency services were dealing with the incident, New Road was closed closed at the junction with High Street and Yeates Roundabout. The road was reopened after 8.15pm. Dorset Police's traffic unit are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to please contact Dorset Police.

“The road was completely blocked following the incident and I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while emergency services dealt with the scene.”

– PC Jason Green, Dorset Police traffic unit

Appeal after man threatened with knife in burglary

Police are appealing for information after a man returned home to find a burglar inside, who threatened him with a knife.

Jewellery was stolen from the victim's home in Beel Close on the Isle of Portland.

The offender is described as white and in his early 20s, of a slim build. He was wearing a hooded top and had a scarf covering his mouth.

No arrests have been made.

This was a frightening ordeal for the victim who arrived home to find an intruder inside ... I would like to reassure members of the public that incidents such as this are very rare in Dorset.

– Detective Constable Simon Beare, of Weymouth CID

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Plans to boost commerce in Dorset

Ian Girling, DCCI's Chief Executive and Dorchester president Steve Bulley Credit: DCCI

Moves to create a pan-Dorset network of chambers of commerce to fight the county's corner have been boosted by a new member.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has been leading the drive to unite business groups to give them a stronger voice locally, regionally and nationally.

Now DCCI has welcomed Dorchester Chamber of Commerce as the third town chamber to become affiliated - following hot on the heels of Broadstone and Weymouth and Portland.

The partnership aim to bring together business groups in the area to give them a stronger voice locally, regionally and nationally.

The network of chambers can be far stronger and far more cohesive than it has been. DCCI has the opportunity and the responsibility to start to bring chambers together for the whole of the county.

– DCCI chief executive Ian Girling

Giant jellyfish washed up on Bournemouth beach

The giant sea creature surprised beachgoers in Bournemouth Credit: @ClivePatch
The jellyfish is one of many that has been spotted along the south coast Credit: @ClivePatch

A giant jellyfish has been found washed up in the middle of Bournemouth beach.

It's one of many giant creatures that have been discovered washed up on the South's shores.

The Marine Conservation Society are warning that the oversized marine animals could become a regular sighting if the weather brightens up.

The jellyfish was found on Tuesday halfway between Bournemouth and Boscombe pier.

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