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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

Fire breaks out in historic Lyme Regis cinema

The Regent Cinema is on Broad St close to the centre. Credit: Becca Overton

Eight fire crews have been called out to try to fight a fire that's broken out in a cinema in Lyme Regis.

Crews have also been brought in from Taunton, Seaton and Axminster.

Credit: @DevonBolthole

Emergency services have closed off both ends of the main thoroughfare through the town - it's affecting some bus services.

Appeal after Guide Dog charity box stolen

Police are appealing after a charity box was stolen from outside a shop.

The box, in the shape of a life-size Golden Retriever and two puppies, collects donations for Guide Dogs For The Blind.

The theft took place between 5pm on Sunday January 24, and 9.45am the next day, outside the Pug and Puffin Gift Shop on Broad Street in Lyme Regis.

It was chained to the outside of the shop. It is not known if there was any money in the box at the time.

The box that was stolen Credit: Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

To steal a charity box is a despicable act and I am asking for the public’s help to locate it.

I am also appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area overnight to contact me on 101.

We don’t know the motive for the theft, so if the box was taken as a prank, we would ask those responsible to hand the box in to police.

– Police Constable Sean Cannon, Lyme Regis Police

Thousands of guitarists in Dorset set new UK record

Thousands of amateur guitarists performed at Lyme Regis beach Credit: ITV News

More than 3,000 amateur guitarists have performed Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water in Lyme Regis as part of a record-breaking attempt.

Led by Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, they set a new UK record for the largest number of guitarists playing at once.

The guitarists joined forces to complete "Britain's Biggest Band" Credit: ITV News

Guitars on the Beach, organised by Geoff Baker, attracted worldwide interest and saw 3,325 musicians – including some from Canada, the USA and Germany - complete the record attempt.

Describing themselves as "Britain's Biggest Band", they have grown by more than a thousand members since last year, which saw 2,267 attend.

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