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Sculptors set to start building this year's Sandworld

Darth Vader was among the visitors to last year's attraction Credit: David Hicks, Sandworld

Sand sculptors are due to arrive in Weymouth this week to start building in preparation for Sandworld. Now in it's 4th year, the event, which takes place in April at Lodmoor Country Park, will have a theme of 'books and authors".

Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Storm Troopers and a host of other Star Wars characters Credit: David Hicks, Sandworld

There's expected to be detailed sculptures from Mr Men to Shakespeare.

Drugs found in graveyard

Police in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after drugs were found in a graveyard in the Westham area of the town.

At 6am on Saturday 1 March 2014 a member of the public reported seeing several people coming and going from the graveyard on Abbotsbury Road and acting suspiciously.

Officers conducted a thorough search of the cemetery and found a package, containing a large quantity of white powder believed to be a controlled drug, concealed within a tree.

I am keen to speak to anyone who has information about the drugs or the people involved. Two of the people seen going into the graveyard at the time are described as black men - no other descriptions are available. All calls will be treated with the strictest confidence."

– Inspector Pete Browning, of Weymouth Police

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Dog attack in Weymouth

Officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a man and his dog were attacked by another dog on Weymouth Beach. It happened last Tuesday evening near the Esplanade.

The dog, described as light brown, of slim build with shaggy fur, was left badly injured and the man sustained minor hand injuries.

The dog was being walked along the beach off the lead when it was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The offending dog latched itself on to its throat and had to be pulled away by the victim’s owner and a passer-by. Both the man and his dog had to receive medical treatment. This incident has caused a great deal of distress and left the owner very shocked. I am particularly keen to speak to two women, who also had two or three other dogs with them, who were seen with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier at the time. I urge them to come forward to help us ascertain exactly what happened."

– Sergeant Scott McFarland, of Weymouth police

Sixty bus drivers to strike for 24 hours over pay

Drivers employed by First Hampshire and Dorset have rejected the company's latest pay offer and will go on strike for 24 hours on Monday 10th February.

Around 60 drivers, who are members of Unite, rejected the offer as "there were too many strings attached, which would have meant a reduction to their terms and conditions".

Monday's strike will start at 4:30 and run for 24 hours.

Passengers in the Bridport, Portland and Weymouth area will be affected.

Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said, "The crux of this dispute is that our members are lagging behind the pay of their counterparts working for other regional bus operators, at a time when household bills are going through the roof."

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.

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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.

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