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"Peace of mind" to residents as flood defences restored

Sea defences in Weymouth, which were washed away by the storms earlier this year, have been restored and repaired.

After the wettest winter on record, the Environment Agency had to repair over 350 flood defences nationally to protect hundreds of thousands of homes.

Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment agency said the protection would provide "peace of mind" to many flood hit residents.

He also said:

Many of the flood risk management assets damaged in the extreme weather since December have already been repaired, restoring protection, and peace of mind, to many communities across the country. But there is still much more to do, and thanks to the completed inspections we now have a full picture of the condition of all the flood risk management assets across the country. We have prioritised the most urgent repairs.

– Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment Agency

Floods Minister, Dan Rogerson, has also said that the Environment Agency would be provided with an extra £270 million to maintain the defences.


Princess Anne attends youth sailing competition

HRH Princess Royal is in Weymouth today for the youth sailing championships Credit: ITV Meridian

Princess Anne is in Weymouth today to watch the country's best young sailors sail head-to-head.

The RYA Youth National Championships are taking place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and finish tomorrow.

The sailing event looks to annually attract more than 375 top racers from across the South and rest of the country.

Four cars involved in car crash in Weymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses after four cars were involved in a crash in Weymouth.

At around 1pm on Sunday 6th April, police were called to the collision at the junction of Chickerell Road and Lynch Road.

A grey Renault Laguna was travelling along Chickerell Road heading towards the Granby Industrial Estate when it collided with a silver Honda CR-V and a black Vauxhall Agila. The Honda then struck a grey Volkswagen Touareg.

Police Constable Nick Gravenor, of Weymouth Police, said: “The road was closed for about an hour and a half in order for officers to investigate the scene and for paramedics to treat the slight injuries of all motorists involved.

Anyone who has information is asked to call 101, quoting 6:197.

Beach hut transformed to help disabled kids

Beaches hut in Dorset are an ideal place for carer and families of disabled children to relax Credit: PA Wire/ David Jones

A Dorset beach hut has been revamped to help children with disabilities and their families.

The hut sits next to the old pier on Weymouth beach and is available to families who are part of the Dorset Carer Council.

The Council is made up of parents of children who have complex medical needs, behavioural issues and learning or physical difficulties.

The new hut was funded with help from Dorset County Council and Lloyds Community Funding - and was built by Plankbridge Hutmakers.

Richard Lee, who is the owner and co-founder of Plankbridge, said: "This has been a great bespoke project to work on, and we're delighted that yet another one of our huts will be used for such a unique and worthy cause."

Lesley Mellor, chair of Dorset Parent Carer Council, said: "The work that Richard from Plankbridge has done is marvellous. Not only is the hut fit for purpose, it looks beautiful and is a wonderful space for our members to use when visiting Weymouth beach."

Members can pre-book the hut through the Dorset Parent Carer Council for seven pound a day.

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

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."

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