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Dorset golden girls win Sailor of the Year award

Olympic gold medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have won the women's World Sailor of the Year award.

The Portland-based sailors were handed the prestigious title after their victory at the Rio Games where they saw their London 2012 silver medal upgraded to gold.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (right) celebrate on the podium with their gold medals from the Women's 470 Race Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

It is totally overwhelming to win this award, to see the names of previous winners, the legends of sailing in the room with us. We really weren't expecting this.

– Saskia Clark

The pair were handed the award at a ceremony in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Grey seal 'Molar' makes a comeback off Dorset

Molar has reappeared off Portland after disappearing from Cornwall Credit: Sarah Hodgson

A grey seal who disappeared after being spotted in St Austell Bay in Cornwall two years ago has finally reappeared.

The female named 'Molar' was spotted at Portland Bill in Dorset this week. Distinctive markings on her neck make her easily identifiable.

She's the first seal to be photo ID'd in both Cornwall and Dorset. Recording seal movements enables conservationists to learn more about how far and frequently they travel and how best to protect them.

Two years ago, when I photographed Molar, I was sure she’d be recognised again, but then she disappeared for two years. Now I am delighted to see her again and for her to be our first Cornwall to Dorset seal link.

Molar proves that our photo-identification project really works and is a fabulous, non-invasive way of monitoring the lives and movements of our seals.

– Rob Wells, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT)


Police appeal after five incidents of arson reported in one night

Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the area to reassure local people Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after five incidents of arson on Portland during just one night.

The incidents happened between 4.56pm on Saturday 23 July and 1.03am on Sunday 24 July.

  • 5pm: a fire was reported at a disused show house near The Customs House, Castletown. One small fire was started inside the property and two small fires were started on the grass outside
  • 10pm: a vehicle fire was reported near to Atlantic House, Ayton Drive. A VW Polo was severely damaged
  • 0.41am to 1.03am: three further fires were reported. A Ford Transit van, parked along Castle Road, was severely damaged by fire. The other fires were reported to a hedge in Victoria Square and to some rubbish in Coronation Road.

It is believed accelerant was used in the vehicle fires.

We believe the incidents are connected and are appealing for any witnesses to contact police and report any information that may lead to the identification of those responsible.

“While these incidents are unusual for this area and no one specific was targeted, considerable damage was caused to numerous vehicles.

– Detective Sergeant Jacqui Gravenor, of Weymouth CID

Body of woman found in the sea off Portland

Police were called to Weymouth Harbour after reports that a body had been found in the sea Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The body of a woman has been found in the sea off the coast of Portland.

Police were called to Weymouth Harbour after a passing boat alerted the emergency services.

Those on board the boat notified the coastguard at around 3.25pm after seeing something in the water.

A spokesman for Dorset Police says the body has now been recovered and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

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