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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.

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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.

Dorset rowers' record Atlantic attempt

And staying in the sea - two rowers from the region are on course to break a 118-year record by crossing the Atlantic in the quickest time ever.

Chris Walters and Elliott Dale from Lyme Regis have so far had to overcome injuries, huge cargo ships and gale force winds, but remain confident they will beat the 55-day record. Seth Conway reports:

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Lyme Regis sea wall is ahead of schedule

A £20 million project to stop Lyme Regis slipping into the sea is ahead of schedule.

A new sea wall's been built on the eastern side of the town to protect the base of unstable cliffs from erosion. The land above is being pinned in place to stop it sliding down.

The work is due to finish in the summer.

Bid to save Lyme Regis chalets

Plans have been submitted to save a dozen chalets from mudslides on the beach at Lyme Regis.

Nine properties have already been lost so the town council is consulting with owners with the hope of moving their properties forward to protect them. Richard Lawrence reports

Lyme Regis loses its tree

The Lyme Regis town Christmas tree has been felled by strong winds.

The tree has now been completely removed as it had snapped at the base and was considered unsafe.

the tree landed on the buildings behind when it fell Credit: Rob Swain Photography
the tree was felled in strong winds Credit: Rob Swain Photography
The tree snapped at the base and couldn't be put back up Credit: Rob Swain Photography
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