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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.


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”.

Coastguard stations to close

Solent and Portland coastguard stations will close next September Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Solent and Portland coastguard stations will close next September, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.

The stations, which co-ordinate search and rescue services, are being replaced by the operations centre in Segensworth, Hampshire.

They were provisionally set to close by next April.

The new Maritime Operations Centre will be run alongside nine other 24-hour centres around the UK.


HMS Portland completes frontline training

HMS Portland operational training Credit: Royal Navy

The Royal Naval frigate HMS Portland is on 24-hour duty protecting the UK coastline after completing training for frontline duties.

HMS Portland is at 24 hours’ notice to respond to immediate events as Britain’s on-call warship in home waters having also undergone a £27m refit.

HMS Portland in training Credit: Royal Navy

This is the ship’s first tasking after a 12-month refit and seven months of intensive training off the South Coast which included six weeks of basic operational sea training – which prepares the ship for any frontline tasking worldwide - from war to humanitarian.

Leading Steward Stacey Billet treats patient on evacuation exercise Credit: Royal Navy

The ship’s crew has worked hard to hone their war-fighting capability in addition to developing their fire-fighting skills off the SW coast by taking part in realistic exercises simulating a maritime convoy escorting supplies to a conflict-hit country.

Appeal for witnesses after lobsters stolen from beach

Pubs are restaurants in the area of Portland are being asked to be vigilant after lobsters were stolen on the island.

It happened overnight between Sunday (5/5) and Monday (6/5) at Stone Pier in Castletown.

Offenders dragged a large lobster cage on to the beach and stole most of its contents.

Police Constable Sally Ludlow, of Portland Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The lobsters that were stolen are worth a substantial amount of money.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident or saw any suspicious activity around the time in that area to come forward.

“In particular, I ask pub and restaurants in the area of Portland, Weymouth and Bridport to be vigilant and report to the police anyone selling lobsters and shellfish for unusually low prices.

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