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Six year jail term for school girl blackmailer

A former teacher at a school in Lyme Regis has today been jailed for 6 years after admitting blackmailing teenage girls into posing for explicit pictures on line. Zahid Akram taught at the Woodroffe School and used to live in Exeter.

He didn't know any of his victims but after gaining their trust he threatened to tell the girls' families what they'd done. From Exeter Crown Court, Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Coastguard search at Lyme Regis' Cobb

Emergency services have carried out an extensive search of the harbour at Lyme Regis this evening after reports of a man possibly falling into the water.

Portland Coastguard was alerted around 6pm, but they're unsure if the man managed to get down from the Cobb wall, or was swept away.

There were several people taking photographs of the waves at the time, and coastguards are appealing for any witnesses to call them, or the police on 101.

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Crisis at Dorset theatre

A community run theatre in Dorset which was on the brink of closure three years ago is facing another crisis. The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis needs £100,000 for urgent repairs to its roof. It comes as community groups prepare to take over a theatre a few miles along the coast in Weymouth.

Engineers hope to minimise disruption in Lyme Regis

Engineers in Lyme Regis, West Dorset say they'll do their best to minimise disruption as the fourth phase of a major coastal protection scheme gets underway.

Several chalets had to be demolished in the west of the town after a series of landslides made them unsafe.

Now £20million is being spent stabilising land in the east. The work is expected to take a year to complete.

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