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Six homes in Weymouth without power after cable damaged

Six homes in Mount Pleasant Avenue in Weymouth are still without power. Credit: Google Street View

Six properties in Mount Pleasand Avenue in Weymouth are still without electricity after a power cable was damaged in the Dorset town.

Scottish and Southern Energy says thousands of homes and businesses across Dorset and Somerset were left without electricity just after 11am this morning, 24 November after a 'third party' damaged an underground cable.

The firm has reconnected most of its customers by diverting power from elsewhere but six homes in the street where the damage happened do not have power.

SSE says it believes the remaining properties will be connected by 4pm today. It apologises to all those affected.

Dog owners fight Weymouth beach ban

Dog owners want their animals to spend more time on the beach Credit: PA

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against a ban on dogs using Weymouth beach for seven months of the year.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council increased the ban in 2016 to cover Easter through to October, but campaigners want that reduced. Dog owners say a seven-month ban is too long and want it limited to the summer season.

The campaigners say the longer ban has led to a drop in visitors and loss in trade for cafes and kiosks along the seafront.

They want residents in Weymouth and Portland to back their petition.

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Police investigating Weymouth town centre assault

Police have released a CCTV image of a potential suspect. Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Weymouth are investigating an assault in the town centre.

Officers say a Weymouth man in his 40s was assaulted on Saturday night by an unknown man outside of the Nautico Lounge in St Thomas Street.

It is believed he was struck by his own crutches.

The victim suffered serious head and back injuries and is currently in a life-threatening condition in hospital.

The suspect, who was captured on town centre CCTV, is described as a white man with short hair and was wearing a dark coloured T-shirt, blue shorts and light coloured trainers.

Detective Sergeant Mark Portelli, of Weymouth CID says police are seeking witnesses.

We have also not recovered the victim’s crutches and I would urge anyone who might have information as to where these might be to contact us.

– Detective Sergeant Mark Portelli

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk.

Amazing waterspout spotted at Weymouth Bay

An amazing waterspout was seen sweeping across Weymouth Bay earlier this morning.

Abigail Elizabeth Vincent managed to catch the event on her phone.

What exactly is a waterspout?

The Met Office says, "Tornadoes form when the weather is ‘unstable’ and showery. They are narrow, spinning columns of air that reach the ground from cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) clouds."

"As they develop we often see funnel shaped clouds extending from the base of the cloud and it is only when these funnel clouds touch the ground that we get a tornado. If the funnel cloud touches down at sea we get a waterspout."

Andrew Scott: Body believed to be missing spear fisherman found

Andrew Scott went missing while spear fishing a week ago. Credit: Dorset Police

Police searching for a missing man have found a body in the water off the coast of Weymouth.

Although formal identification is yet to take place, the body is believed to be that of spear fisherman Andrew Scott.

The 27 year old disappeared after going on a fishing trip a week ago.

His family have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and our thoughts are with Andrew’s family at this difficult time.

– Dorset Police

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Search underway for missing man off Dorset coast

Andrew Scott, 27, had gone spear fishing. Credit: Dorset Police

A major search is underway for a man who is thought to have gone missing while spear fishing off the Dorset coastline.

Andrew Scott, 27, is from Winterborne Whitechurch and left home between 3pm and 4pm Monday July 10.

Dorset Police was called at 8.55pm after a bag containing his belongings was located at White Nothe and his car was found parked at Ringstead Bay, five miles east of Weymouth.

Officers are concerned that Andrew may have come to harm in the water and searches have been carried out overnight, led by HM Coastguard. The search has resumed this morning.

Andrew was possibly wearing a full black North Coast wetsuit, blue flippers and a snorkel. His bright orange dry bag containing his car keys, mobile phone and clothing were found on the coastline.

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