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Rising costs of Weymouth's harbour walls

It's been revealed that the cost of repairing the harbour walls in Weymouth may take 40 years to pay off.

The recent repairs cost almost £5 million with further work expected to cost another £3.5 million.

A committee in Weymouth will meet today to discuss how to finance the repairs.

Repairs to Weymouth's Harbour Walls could take 40 years to pay for


Missing man found in Dorset nature reserve

A 62 year old man is being treated for suspected hypothermia after he was rescued from a nature reserve near Weymouth. Portland Coastguard were helping police to search for the missing man when they discovered him at the Lodmoor RSPB bird reserve yesterday evening.

"This was a tricky rescue operation, with teams working in the dark and in an inaccessible area of land. But through working together with other emergency services and rescue organisations, we were thankfully able to locate this man and take him to safety."

– Maddy Davey, Watch Manager at Portland Coastguard

World's fastest sailor gives some speedy advice

The world's fastest sailor has been on Portland today, sharing ideas about how to go as quickly as possible on water, powered only by the wind. Paul Larsen holds the world record after sailing at more then 75 mph.

He called in to Weymouth Speed Week where windsurfers and sailors are hoping to go even faster. Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.


Strange craft compete in Speed Week

One of the stranger craft competing in Speed Week off Portland Credit: ITV News West Country

Strange sailing boats and windsurfers are hoping to sail as fast as possible off Portland during the annual Speed Week.

The sailing world speed record holder Paul Larsen is there today.

The competition, which has been running since the 1970s, sees sailors go as fast as they can across 500m of Portland Harbour.

Weymouth sailor's body found in Exmouth cove

The body of missing Weymouth sailor Jeff Cole was found in a sea cove near Exmouth yesterday (Friday 4 October). Mr Cole, 65, is believed to have set sail from Weymouth on 21 September bound for Swanage.

His yacht was found on two days later on the French coast, between Boulogne and Calais, with no-one aboard. He was an experienced sailor, used to making solo voyages.

Campaign to stop super-strength beer sales in Dorset

A campaign to stop sales of super-strength beer and cider in shops is underway in Weymouth.

Traders in the area are being encouraged to sign up to the 'Reducing the Strength' initiative.

It was started by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Dorset Police, and it's hoped that it will tackle street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Super-strength is considered to be beer and ciders with an alcohol volume higher than 6.5 per cent.

Street drinking and the anti-social behaviour that surrounds it is an issue we want to tackle in Weymouth. Cheap super-strength alcoholic drinks have a huge negative impact on both the consumer and the wider community.

We want to deal with the problem at the source by encouraging licensees to voluntarily remove all super strength beer and cider from their premises.

– Cllr Geoff Petherick, Brief Holder for Community Safety at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council

Statistics show that 385 incidents of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour took place between July 2012 and July 2013 in the town centre.

Seven shops have already pledged their support since the scheme was introduced in September.

When we sold super-strength ciders we would often have problems with some of the customers who purchased that sort of drink. They would often loiter outside and intimidate staff and other customers.

Since we stopped selling it our client base has improved and my staff feel a lot safer.

– Tim Beals, Beals Newsagent

Temporary travellers site could be created next to Weymouth park and ride

Travellers and gypsies could soon be welcome on to a site close to the park and ride in Weymouth Credit: PA

A temporary transit site for travellers and gypsies could be created next to the park and ride in Weymouth.

County councillors have agreed to investigate the idea to make it easier to move illegal camps from other places during the summer.

They're also looking at a site in Piddlehinton. Travellers have camped illegally on the site in Weymouth four times this year.

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