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Weymouth device aimed to help save fishermen

Weymouth device aimed to help save fishermen Credit: ITV News

A simple device to help save fishermen's lives is being used on an increasing number of boats in the west country. The JFR pouch is named after Jack, Farley and Robert, the crew of the Purbeck Isle which sank of the coast of Dorset in May two years ago.

It's been created by a bass fisherman from Weymouth who's hoping the whole fishing industry will start wearing them. It holds a locator beacon and will always be attached to a fisherman's waterproofs. Hugh Cox has recently taken a large order from handline fishermen working around the South West.

Weymouth College principal is suspended

Liz Myles, the Principal of Weymouth College has been suspended Credit: Weymouth College

Weymouth College has confirmed to ITV news that its Principal, Liz Myles, has been suspended.

A spokesperson said the college was not giving further details:

We have no further comment other than to confirm that the Principal, Liz Myles has been suspended from her post, pending an investigation.

To ensure we maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further information can be provided to you at this time.

– Weymouth College spokesperson

The college has had to cut costs over the past few months and in August it began a period of consultation over potential redundancies.


Man and woman arrested by armed police in Weymouth

Police activity in Culliford Way in Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Armed response officers have arrested a man and a woman at two addresses in Culliford Way in Weymouth this morning.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Man stabbed in Weymouth

A man is in hospital after being sustaining what appear to be stab wounds in Weymouth.

The 29 year old local man was taken to Dorset County Hospital following the assault in the early hours of this morning. His condition is thought to be serious but not life threatening. A second man, aged 30 and from Weymouth, was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment for a swollen eye and jaw.

Three men – aged 28, 29 and 30 and all from Weymouth – have been arrested and are currently assisting police with their enquiries. Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Police release CCTV image of suspect after puppy stolen in Weymouth

Tilly was stolen from outside her owner's home in Weymouth in October Credit: Dorset Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a puppy was stolen in Weymouth.

Tilly, who is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was stolen at around 8.15am on Thursday 30 October from outside her owner’s home in Wyke Road.

Tilly is six-months-old and has a white face, a distinctive black ear, dark spots on her back and a black patch on her tail.

Police Constable Jim Robinson, of Weymouth police, said: “Tilly is a very friendly dog and her family desperately miss her.

“I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information as to where Tilly may be to contact me in confidence."

A CCTV image of the suspect with Tilly has been released by police Credit: Dorset Police

As part of the investigation, detectives have released a CCTV image of the suspect with Tilly in Weymouth town centre.

Anyone who knows this man is asked to contact police.

The offender is described as white, of slim build and was wearing a black woollen hat, a grey hooded top and a dark jacket.

Most homes in Weymouth have gas back on

Engineers working after water leaked into a gas main in Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Almost all the homes in Weymouth which lost their gas supplies when water leaked into a gas main on Tuesday have now been reconnected.

Engineers have reconnected supplies to around 400 properties. They need to carry out safety checks first and are now revisiting places where they previously failed to get access.


Engineers work to restore gas to hundreds of homes

Gas engineers work to deal with water in the mains in Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Around 400 homes in the Preston area of Weymouth are still without gas this lunchtime.

Supplies were cut yesterday after water leaked into the mains. Engineers need to suck the water from the pipes and visit every home before they can switch the gas back on.

The water entered our gas network yesterday, this affected around 400 properties and turned off the gas supply for safety reasons. This then allows us to remove the water from our network. Once that is complete and we are working on that now, we'll then revisit every property, perform a safety check and turn gas supplies back on.

– HANNAH BRETT, Gas company spokesperson

400 homes without gas in Weymouth

Gas company SGN has worked through the night to remove water from the affected gas main Credit: SGN

400 homes are without gas in Weymouth in Dorset after water leaked into a gas main. It is affecting residents in the Seven Acres Road area in Preston.

It happened on Tuesday morning and the cause is being investigated.

Engineers from gas company SGN have worked through the night to remove water from the network.

We are continuing to remove water in Coombe Valley Road this morning. Once we have removed the water, we will begin restoring gas supplies to all affected properties. We are aiming to begin this process today.

– SGN website

The firm is providing electrical heaters and hotplates for vulnerable people. It says all customers will be compensated for their time without gas.

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Friends pay tribute at Bart's Bash sailing day

Thousands have taken part in the largest sailing race in the world today, in memory of Olympic Champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

The father of two from Sherborne in Dorset died while training for the America's Cup in May last year.

Today more than fourteen thousand sailors from sixty five countries took part in the inaugural "Bart's Bash", including his four-year-old son Freddie and sailing partner Iain Percy.

We'll have a special report on Meridian Tonight tomorrow at 6pm.

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World record attempt in memory of Olympic champion

Andrew "Bart" Simpson receives his MBE in 2009 Credit: PA

A Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest sailing race in the world is taking place at venues all around the south coast.

Bart's Bash has been organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

It will feature more than 13 thousand sailors and has so far raised more than one hundred thousand pounds for the charity.

Andrew Simpson(right) with his team mate Iain Percy at London 2012 Credit: PA
Andrew's close friend Sir Ben Ainslie is backing Bart's Bash Credit: PA

Olympic gold and silver medalist sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, died in an America's Cup training accident last year.

Over 550 sailing venues in more than 50 countries are so far signed up to take part in Bart's Bash including a number across Dorset, Hampshire, Kent and Sussex.

As Bart's closest and oldest friends, Sir Ben Ainslie and two-time Olympic champion sailor Iain Percy are spearheading the Bart's Bash crusade.

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