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Air ambulance called to Portland

Two emergency helicopters and their crews were called to Portland this afternoon after a man collapsed on a coastal footpath.

The coastguard helicopter and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were both attended the incident at West Cliff along with paramedics and coastguard cliff rescue team.

A man suffered a cardiac arrest.


Man rescued after digger falls into Portland Harbour

The driver of a digger has been airlifted to hospital after it fell into Portland Harbour this afternoon.

The digger had been working on a building site next to the harbour wall. It ended up on its side under the water, a few metres below.

The emergency services including police, coastguard and paramedics helped rescue the driver.

Video courtesy of Dorset News Service


Army arrives on Portland to repair storm damage

Army equipment arrives on Portland Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The army has arrived on Portland to help rebuild Chesil Beach. They've brought bulldozers and diggers to help the Environment Agency whose efforts have been thwarted by giant waves this week. Parts of the beach and flood defences were washed away by storms at the start of January.

Bulldozers lined up near Chesil Beach Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The Army has sent 3 9 Engineer Regiment from Kinloss in Scotland. Work is due to start on Monday after the weekend storms have passed.

How Portland dealt with the storm alarm

It was a sound that reminded many of the war - at half past ten on Monday night the wail of a siren was heard across Portland in Dorset - urging residents to take cover from the storm that was about to hit.

Many headed for upstairs rooms facing away from the sea as huge waves and pebbles battered their homes. Since the alarm people have been clearing up the damage left behind. John Andrews reports

Reporting on the storms on Portland

Properties were evacuated on Portland last night (Monday) after severe flood warnings were issued.

Warning sirens sounded at 10.30pm when the sea became extremely rough. People in seafront houses were helped to safety.

This lunchtime, three severe flood warnings were still in place for Dorset, as well as a Met Office yellow warning for more rain. We spoke to our reporter John Andrews who's spent the morning on Portland.

New role for Portland jail

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that Portland Young Offenders Institution is to house adult criminals coming to the end of their sentences.

It's taking on the role of Dorset's resettlement prison following the announcement in September that Dorchester jail is to close.

The announcement follows lobbying by the county's police and crime commissioner.

Portland Young Offenders Institution. Credit: ITV News West Country
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