Train services have been suspended on South West Trains between Weymouth and Bournemouth this morning due to poor rail conditions between Wool and Wareham.
Replacement buses are being arranged. South West Trains expect disruption to continue until around 10am.
Travel comparison website, GoEuro has put together a list of brilliant New Year’s Eve destinations that’ll make for unforgettable countdowns and Weymouth has come top of the list.
A harbour town on the stunning Dorset coast, Weymouth is host to the largest fancy dress New Year’s Eve celebration in the UK.
Absolutely everyone dresses up on NYE in costumes and the town celebrates together along the waterfront withThe Front Live event, where many of the pubs and restaurants coordinate to host an all night party of live music, drinks and food.
Revellers gather in Hope Square or near the Jubilee Clock before midnight to ring in the New Year together before continuing the celebrations all night long on the Esplanade.
Officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a Christmas tree in the town was vandalised.
At just after midnight on Saturday 6 December 2014, following a party in the village hall along Halstock Close, three men threw empty beer bottles at houses and cars before leaving toward Chalbury.
Police Constable Adam Bayliss, of Weymouth police, said:
“I believe the same offenders then moved on to Preston Road where they severely damaged a Christmas tree at Chalbury Corner."
We have been putting on a Christmas Event at Chalbury Corner for the past eight years called Christmas On The Green. This year it is in aid of the Weldmar charity and the event is held on Thursday 18 December 2014.
The illuminated tree is the centrepiece to the carol singing, Father Christmas and other festivities. It has been donated by Goadsby, Chalbury Wine Stores and Trinity Street Christmas and costs the businesses approximately £300 including decorations.
The behaviour of the offenders is mindless and ignorant and affects the wider community. In doing this the offenders not only put themselves at risk but also passers-by. We hope the behaviour of a few individuals will not affect the enjoyment of this event by the wider community.
Police officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses after a puppy was stolen in the town.
The theft of Tilly the Staffordshire Bull Terrier happened at around 8.15am on Thursday 30 October 2014 from outside the owner’s home in Wyke Road.
Tilly is six-months-old and has a white face, a distinctive black ear, dark spots on her back and a black patch on her tail.
Tilly is a very friendly dog and her family desperately miss her.
I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information as to where Tilly may be to contact me in confidence.
The offender is described as white, of slim build and was wearing a black woollen hat, a grey hooded top and a dark jacket.
Officers investigating a collision near Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.
Dorset Police was made aware of the incident on the B3157 near Bagwell Farm Touring Park at 10.44am this morning. A white Ford Transit had collided with a blue Toyota Aygo. The occupants of the car were uninjured.
“It appears that the driver of the van, a 50-year-old local man, had a medical episode leading up to the collision. Following enquiries, I believe that the same vehicle was in a collision with a maroon coloured car on the Granby Industrial Estate a little while earlier. This car was occupied by two men and I am appealing for those two witnesses to come forward. I would like to stress that they are not in any kind of trouble. They might simply be able to assist with the investigation surrounding the circumstances of these two collisions. Also, I am appealing for anyone who witnessed either of the two collisions to contact police as soon as possible.”
Detectives investigating an allegation of a historic rape in Beaminster are searching for a 54-year-old man who is believed to be responsible.
Keith Charles Starling is wanted on suspicion of rape. The incident, in which Starling allegedly raped an unconscious woman, occurred between 1993 and 2000.
He is described as white, of medium build, has grey straight hair and a tattoo of an eagle on his left upper arm.
After following various lines of enquiry the victim, a 47-year-old woman from an area near Chard in Somerset, has now given her permission for us to issue Starling's details.
I am pleased to be in a position to release an image of Starling and I would encourage anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact Dorset Police in confidence.
He is believed to have links with Fife in Scotland, Chard in Somerset and the equestrian community.
I am also appealing directly to Keith to make contact with the authorities as soon as possible.
Dorset residents have been targeted by conmen posing as police officers as part of a courier fraud scam.
Dorset Police received 19 reports of the attempted courier fraud in Weymouth last week.
Each victim reported how a man said he was calling from a police station, where they had a man in custody who had taken money from the would-be victim's bank account.
They were then told to withdraw large sums of money to send to London by courier or taxi.
The victims suspected the attempted scam and called the police. No money was stolen and Action Fraud has been notified.
With the sun expected to shine this weekend, the RNLI lifeguards are preparing for action.
Today at Weymouth, they'll be training new recruits and getting them ready for the summer beach season.
Last year they helped more than 21,000 people around the UK.
More than 13,000 homes in the South West are at risk of eviction or repossession, the equivalent of 253 households threatened every week, according to new figures released today by Shelter.
The housing charity has revealed the hotspots across the South West where people are most likely to face losing their home, showing Gloucester at the top of the list, followed by City of Bristol, Weymouth and Portland and Bournemouth.
Shelter is warning that despite the economic recovery, growing numbers of families are still set to struggle in the future. It predicts that with the majority of families already struggling month to month with their housing costs and interest rates set to rise, many could soon hit danger levels.
The charity is stressing that people must get advice as soon as possible to prevent arrears from spiralling out of control, and start preparing for future mortgage or rent rises.
As work continues on the rail track between Bournemouth and Weymouth this weekend commuters are warned the line will be closed between Bournemouth and Dorchester South today and tomorrow.
Bus services will be operating in place of trains. The work is part of an investment plan to upgrade signalling on the route.