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Body found on Dorset beach is that of missing man Paul Whatley

Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have confirmed the body of a man found on Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis on Thursday is that of 53-year-old Paul Whatley.

He'd gone missing from his home in Exeter on Monday.

Officers say his death is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file for the coroner has been prepared.

Paul’s next of kin have been informed.

Body found in search for missing Lyme Regis man

Derek, 45, was last seen on Monday 20 March. Credit: Dorset Police

Officers searching for a missing man have found a body in woodland in the Monkton Wyld area of West Dorset.

The body is believed to be that of missing Lyme Regis man Derek Richard Powell. The 45-year-old was last seen at his home on the morning of Monday 20 March.

Derek's family have been informed. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Lyme Regis cinema fire started by electrical fault

The roof of the Grade II listed art deco cinema collapsed in the fire last Tuesday. Credit: Tom D Everett

A fire which destroyed an art deco cinema in Dorset was down to an electrical fault, according to the fire services.

The roof of the Grade II listed Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis collapsed after the building was engulfed in flames last Tuesday afternoon.

Dorset Fire and Rescue says early indications show the fire began in a faulty light fitting.

The owners of the 1930s Art Deco cinema have vowed to rebuild it to its former glory.

A statement from the company said it was saddened by the loss of the building, which had recently been refurbished.

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Lyme Regis fire: people with breathing problems urged to stay inside

Crews from across Dorset, Devon and Somerset are currently tackling a serious fire at the Regent Cinema in Lyme Regis.

The roof of the listed 1930s building was found alight when emergency services arrived at the scene - it has since collapsed. Firefighters can only work on the flames from outside.

Smoke can be seen from several kilometres away. Credit: Becca Overton

While the significant smoke plume continues to rise from the site, anyone in Lyme Regis who has a pre-existing respiratory condition is advised to keep doors and windows shut as a precaution.

– Dorset Fire & Rescue Service
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