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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.


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.


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.

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