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.
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.
A new world record was set on the beach in Lyme Regis over the weekend when 2,276 guitarists turned up to play simultaneously.
They sang the Buddy Holly classic "Rave On", beating the old record by more than 300 people.
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 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.
Stephen Thirlwell, an ice seller in Lyme Regis, is expecting to sell lots of ice cream despite the cold Easter forecast:
Beachfront chalets in Lyme Regis have been demolished following several landslides caused by heavy rain this winter.
Seven have been knocked down, but there's concern that more may be affected as the land beneath them continues to move.
Our Dorset Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:
If you'd seen the precarious position of some the chalets that were falling over, they were a real danger. And there was a real danger of them falling on to some of the other chalets as well and causing further damage. I think it's fair to say there is no way those chalets could be salvaged.