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Christmas money worries for 1 in 4

More than a quarter of people in our region are worried about how they will afford Christmas this year, according to a new survey.

The Money Advice Service says almost a third of us will turn to credit cards to help fund our celebrations, while 1 in 25 will take out a payday loan.

It is urging shoppers to plan their festive spending carefully, including making a budget, comparing online and high street shops and looking for special offers.

Christmas shoppers should spend wisely Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A royal visit for Dorset schoolchildren

Prince Charles planted a tree at the school Credit: ITV News

Prince Charles was at his namesake school in Dorset yesterday to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The prince dropped in to the Prince of Wales School in Dorchester, met some of the pupils and planted a tree to mark the occasion.

He originally laid the foundation stone in 1993 and officially opened the building two years later.

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Flood victims face five-fold rise in insurance

Thousands of flood victims across our region are facing spiralling insurance premiums this winter - while others can't get any insurance at all.

That's despite more assurances from David Cameron in the aftermath of the winter storms that hit Devon and Cornwall - and months of flooding on the Somerset Levels.

But some are now facing a fivefold increase in their premiums - or are facing winter without any cover. Here's David Woodland.

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Gunpowder found in items seized at Dorchester house

Police have confirmed that a number of items discovered in a house in Dorchester contained gunpowder.

The body of a man in his 40s was found along with the explosive devices at the house on St George's Road.

The Army's Bomb disposal unit did not consider them to be viable but they were safely disposed of as a precaution.

Officers say there is nothing to suggest a link to a radical organisation.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and the man's next of kin has been informed.

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