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Family of cats dumped near sewage works

Family of cats abandoned in cat carrier Credit: RSPCA

A family of ginger cats have been abandoned in a cat carrier next to sewage works in Dorset.

A mother cat and two four-month old kittens were found by the roadside on a lane that leads up to Sherborne’s household recycling centre this week.

The cats were found to be crawling with fleas and are now being cared for by the RSPCA.

Anyone with any further information about this incident can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

We understand that sometimes people can face unexpected difficulties in life and this can mean a crisis when it comes to their pets but there are organisations out there that can help when times get tough and there is no excuse to dump any animal in this way. People need to be aware that not only are incidents such as this unthinking and callous but they are also a criminal offence.

– RSPCA inspector Ken Snook

Trio of cyclists finish 1,500 mile challenge for charity

The cyclists, Hugo Bromell, Rory Mcmillan and Tom James with RNLI supporter Wendy Ellison

Three eighteen year olds from Dorset have finished a challenge to cycle 1,500 miles for charity.

Hugo Bromell, Tom James and Rory McMillian are former students from Sherborne School. They raised more than £2,000 for the RNLI. The challenge took them from Dorset up to Scotland. It took the trio 31 days to complete the feat.

"I decided to take part in the cycle challenge after a lecture from someone at school who told us he has cycled around the world, which I thought sounded very interesting. The three of us wanted to take part in the challenge to raise money for a charity, and because the school had been supporting the RNLI for the past few years it immediately came to mind."

– Hugo Bromell, cyclists


Farm worker airlifted to hospital in Dorset

A farm worker has been airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after falling off the back of a moving pick up truck.

Police were called to the scene on Seven Ash Common Road at Holnest near Sherborne yesterday afternoon.

Officers say the 22-year-old man fell from the vehicle which was transporting cattle back to the farm.

He was taken to hospital in Bristol where he underwent surgery last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to contact PC 2464 Tatton of the Weymouth traffic office on 101.

Dog theft near Sherborne

Scamp was stolen on Sunday 1st December Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Sherborne are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a dog was stolen from premises in Bradford Abbas.

The incident happened between midnight and 1am on Sunday 1st December from the garden of an address on Queens Road.

Scamp was stolen from a premises in Bradford Abbas Credit: Dorset Police

The dog is a lurcher called Scamp, and is described as nearly three years old, black all over with a white patch on his chest.

Police are urging the public to come forward with information Credit: Dorset Police

Anyone with information is urged to come forward by contacting Dorset police on 101.

The launch of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson Credit: PA

A foundation set up memory of a British sailor who died when a catamaran he was on capsized, is being launched today. Olympic gold medalist Andrew Simpson from Sherborne in Dorset was training for the Americas Cup in May in San Francisco Bay when the accident happened.

Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did.

At grassroots level it will encourage children to visit their local sailing clubs and ‘give it a try’ by providing equipment and coaching, with support from Olympic medalist regional mentors.

Police say 'elderly motorist' involved in fail to stop crash

We believe the offending vehicle was being driven by an elderly motorist. I am confident they will undoubtedly be aware a collision occurred at the scene before they drove off and I would urge them to do the right thing and speak with the police. This is a busy stretch of road and I believe someone will have seen what happened, or may have details regarding the car or driver involved.

– Police Constable Angus Wilson, Sherborne police


Police appeal after hit & run

Police in Sherborne are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a fail to stop crash in the town.

It happened at around 1.20pm on Saturday 3 August 2013 along the A30 near Horsecastles Lane.

A silver Mazda MX5 convertible, driven by a 67-year-old Somerset woman, was travelling along the stretch when she was forced to swerve out the way of a small silver car driving the wrong way down the dual carriageway.

In taking avoiding action, the Mazda crashed into the central reservation. The offending vehicle failed to stop at the scene and continued along the road before crossing onto the correct side of the carriageway and driving off.

Bishops' fast to save lives

Bishops from across our region will join thousands of people giving up food today to raise awareness of world hunger.

The Bishops of Oxford, Salisbury and Sherborne are taking part in the Big IF Fast to draw attention to the fact that one in eight people go hungry every day.

Rt Revd John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, said: "I hope that my small act of going hungry for a single day will help bring the plight of the starving to the attention of our world's leaders."

The fast is being organised by the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign and is made up of more than 200 charities and organisations.

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Paint poured over cars in Sherborne

Police in Dorset are appealing for witnesses after five cars had paint poured over them.

The incident took place sometime between 5pm on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday at Newlands North Car Park in Sherborne.

This thoughtless crime has caused serious damage to a number of vehicles while they were securely parked.

These actions have not only caused an obvious inconvenience to the car owners butgreat expense as well.

The paint has also damaged the tarmac in the car park and this will need repairing.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or may have information aboutthose involved to contact police in confidence.

– Police Constable Simon Lancey, Sherborne police
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