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Small yacht sinks at Weymouth Harbour

A small boat has sunk at Weymouth Harbour overnight.

A spokesman for Portland Coastguard said the yacht sank sometime overnight, but the cause is still unknown.

There were initial concerns for a person thought to be living aboard the vessel- but he has since been found safe and well.

The yacht's mast can now be seen just above the surface of the water.

10 months in prison for head butting police officer

A Weymouth man who assaulted a police officer has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Thomas Harvey Ashe, who is 21-years-old, head butted a police officer in St Mary Street in Weymouth back in September 2013.

He was also acted aggressively towards another officer.

He pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm at Dorchester Crown Court and received his sentence of 10 months.

Detective Constable Declan Cummings said, "This sentence sends out a clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Thomas Harvey Ashe will spend 10 months in prison after head butting a police officer Credit: Dorset Police


First Hampshire and Dorset bus drivers to strike for 24 hours

Around 60 bus drivers from First Hampshire and Dorset will strike this Monday, after their pay fell way below their colleagues in other regions.

The strike will cause disruption for passengers and school children in the Bridport, Portland and Weymouth areas.

The drivers, who are on £8.30 an hour, are in disputes over pay as their colleagues on Yellow Buses in Bournemouth, are on more than £10 an hour.

Management have offered a 1.5% rise from April 2013 for a year which would take their pay to £8.50.

Attempted robbery left Weymouth man with broken rib

Detectives in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery left the victim with a broken rib.

A 47-year-old local man was walking down Beverley Road, Littlemoor on Sunday 5th January when four young men approached him.

One of the men demanded money and a mobile phone before attacking him.

The victim managed to escape without any of his property stolen, but he sustained injuries from the attack, including a broken rib.

The main offender has been described as white, in his late teens, of slim build and 5'9" with a grade one or two crew cut. He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark blue jeans and white trainers.

Witnesses should call 101, quoting 05:140.

One Direction star Zayn Malik gets tattoo in Dorset shop

Zayn sits back as tattooist makes his mark Credit: Tattoo Magic

One Direction star Zayn Malik has visited a tattoo shop in Weymouth for a second time.

Girlfriend Perrie Edwards looks on Credit: Tattoo Magic

The first time he visited Tattoo Magic was with girlfriend and Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Thumbs up from Zayn after his latest tattoo Credit: Tattoo Magic

Zayn liked the tattoo so much he returned again for another one.

Weymouth tattoo artist inks Zayn from 1D

Zayn Malik, from boy band One Direction, has visited a tattoo shop in Weymouth.

The singer got inked at Tattoo Magic in King Street where he added to his growing collection of body art.

It is believed he has added more ink to his sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

Zayn visited Tattoo Magic in Weymouth to get a new tattoo Credit: Press Association


Three men arrested after theft of red diesel

Three local men, two in their twenties and one in his fifties, have been arrested and released on police bail until the end of January 2014.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 28:313. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

3 arrests after 300 litres of diesel recovered

Police have released this picture of 12 large drums of stolen diesel Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Weymouth are appealing for help from the public after a large amount of diesel was recovered in the town.

On Saturday 28 December 2013, officers arrested three men on suspicion of theft.

Police Constable Andy Dickinson, of Weymouth Police, said: “Approximately 300 litres of red diesel believed to have been stolen from premises in Weymouth or in the surrounding area, has been recovered. I am appealing to anyone who has recently discovered a theft of red diesel to contact the police.

Baby lobsters settle in to their new home

A thousand baby lobsters have been placed on an artificial reef on the seabed off the coast of Dorset. It's part of a project to boost stocks and also create a diving attraction.

Four thousand lobsters are being added to the reef near Ringstead over the next four years. There are also plans to sink two warships for divers. Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Coastguard rescue man from remote marshland

Coastguards have rescued a missing man from remote marshland near Weymouth last night. The 62-year-old man had been missing for more than 24 hours when he was found using infra-red heat seeking equipment on board the Portland Coastguard helicopter.

The Wyke Coastguard Rescue Team and members of Dorset Search and Rescue hiked over rough terrain to get to the man and prepare him to be winched to safety. He's now in hospital suffering from suspected hypothermia.

Maddy Davey, watch manager at Portland Coastguard, said: 'This was a tricky rescue operation, with teams working in the dark and in an inaccessible area of land. But through working together with other rescue organisations, we were thankfully able to locate this man and take him to safety.'

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