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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


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.


Ten jellyfish found on south's beaches

Credit: Steve Trewhella

They are normally found in the Atlantic or the Mediterranean but we could see increasing numbers of barrel jellyfish in the waters around the UK, especially as the weather warms up - 10 have recently been found washed ashore.

Steve Trewhella, who photographed this one, believes they get swept on to the beach and stranded by the wind and the tides.

Although this species of jellyfish is harmless, the marine conservation society is still advising people not to touch them.

Jellyfish 3ft across found on shoreline

Photographer Steve Trewhella with one of the barrel jellyfish Credit: Steve Trewhella

It may look like a monster of the deep, but that didn't bother wildlife photographer Steve Trewhella spotted when it washed up in Portland, Dorset. He has photographed several of the creatures which have recently washed up along the south coast.

Holy face appears on paper towel

'Jesus-like' face appears on sheet of paper towel Credit: Dorset Media Service

Stuart Fretwell a victim of the storms and gales was overcome when he came face to face with the ‘Rolly-Ghost’. Whilst mopping up a roof leak with a roll of paper towels he was shocked as he tore open a fresh roll to be confronted with a Jesus like face on the first sheet.

This icon caused a huge amount of interest in the Fretwell household who had been caught up in storms of recently at Portland, Dorset.

Stuart Fretwell was shocked to find the image on a paper towel Credit: Dorset Media Services

Stuart Fretwell said “We did think it looked rather Jesus like, it sort have had a religious look when viewed from the side. With all that was going on with our leaking roof and the problems with the insurance we were sort of re-assured by the presence of this icon like image.

Our house was battered by the storms we thought it was at last a good omen and the mopping up of the leaks came to an abrupt halt when this face appeared as it did, it was so weird and we just had to stop and admire it”.

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