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11-year-old boy goes missing in Dorset

Map of Dorset showing Ringstead Bay
George Pugh-Sargent was last seen near the cafe and car park at Ringstead Bay near Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Police are increasingly concerned for an 11-year-old boy who went missing in Dorset at lunchtime today (Monday 1 September).

George Pugh-Sargent, who is from Dorchester, was last seen near the cafe and car park for Ringstead Bay between Weymouth and Lulworth.

He has a disability that affects his behaviour and makes him particularly vulnerable.

He is 5'3", has short blond hair and was wearing a Hawaiian shirt with braces and black shorts.


Plymouth landlord fined for putting mum and child in danger

A Plymouth landlord has been fined after putting the lives of a young mother and her child in danger by failing to install a safe gas oven. Giles Boardman was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after failing to give the council an up to date gas safety certificate.

In April, 2014, an engineer called in by Mr Boardman, found problems with the gas controls that controlled the gas flow for oven and notified HSE. The oven was classified by the Gas Safe registered engineer as Immediately Dangerous, meaning if operated or left connected to the gas supply it could cause an immediate danger to life or property. The oven has now been replaced.

Giles Boardman of Wheatridge, Plympton, Plymouth pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was fined more than £4,000.

“Landlords have a legal duty to carry out gas safety checks which are there to protect their tenants from death or injury. In this case, Mr Boardman ignored repeated requests to carry out the checks and as a result, a serious fault with the oven went undetected until discovered by an engineer.

– Simon Jones, HSE Inspector
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11 year old Dorchester boy has gone missing

An 11 year old boy has been reported missing in Dorset. George Pugh-Sargent, from Dorchester was last seen near the car park and cafe at Ringstead Bay on the coast between Lulworth and Weymouth at 1:30pm this lunchtime. Police say George suffers from disabilities that put him at extra risk.

Due to some disabilities George has he may not recognise risks or may react differently than other children of his age. This could include approaching premises if he is hungry or thirsty.

We are concerned, with his family, for his safety and are working with them and other agencies to locate him.

Any sightings from the public, given his distinctive clothing, would be very helpful.

– Chief Inspector Marsden, Force Incident Commander

He is white, five feet three inches tall and has short blond hair. He was wearing a Hawaiian print T-shirt, black shorts with braces, sandals and a gem stone bracelet.

Devon & Cornwall Police staff reject new pay proposals

Devon & Cornwall Police reject new pay proposals
Devon & Cornwall Police staff reject new pay proposals Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon and Cornwall Police staff have narrowly rejected new pay proposals. 16% of the civilian workforce were due to see their basic pay cut following the assessment of skills and salaries. A handful of cases staff stood to lose more than £10,000 a year. Although nearly 30% would have seen their pay increase. But a union ballot on the proposals saw 51% vote against the move.


Torbay Hospital suspends cataract operations for safety review

Torbay Hospital suspends cataract operations for safety review
Torbay Hospital suspends cataract operations for safety review Credit: ITV News West Country

Torbay Hospital has suspended all cataract operations for NHS patients at the private hospital in Torquay - while a review of safety is carried out. The Hospital took the decision to stop referring patients to Mount Stuart Hospital, following concerns about the treatment given to 19 patients seen on the same day. The issue came to light when two patients went to A&E with eyesight problems after their procedures. A full investigation is now under way.

Organisers say Great Dorset Fair was a huge success

A vintage car on its way to the Steam Fair
A vintage car on its way to the Steam Fair Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Great Dorset Steam Fair say it was a huge success despite a muddy start. Visitors praised a special World War One exhibit recreating life in the trenches. Rain at the start of last week caused boggy conditions. But the ground dried up by the weekend and sunshine help bring in the crowds.

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