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Police officer assaulted in Weymouth

Four people have been arrested after a police officer was injured while dealing with a reported fight in Weymouth on Sunday morning.

The incident, in which a male officer was allegedly head-butted, happened at around 7.10am on Sunday 15 September 2013 along St. Mary Street.

The injured officer, was taken to Dorchester Hospital for treatment.

A 23-year-old Weymouth man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and has been released on bail until early October 2013.

Two men and a woman, all aged in their twenties and from the Weymouth area, have been arrested on suspicion of affray and released on bail until early October 2013.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

I am extremely keen to speak with anyone who may have seen this incident take place, has details of the circumstances leading up to it, or may know those involved.

As part of our ongoing enquiries I would also like to speak to a man and a woman who were stood outside a nearby taxi office moments after the incident took place.

Witnesses to the incident should call Dorset Police on 101 as soon as possible. All calls will be treated in strictest confidence.

– Sergeant Steve Westhead, of Weymouth police

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Council pays out £2m compensation

More than 800 people have lodged compensation claims over the impact of the Weymouth relief road on their property value.

Dorset County Council has so far paid out more than £2 million to householders, including single payments of £30,000 for some properties directly next to the £89m road.

300 of the 800 claims have been agreed.

Claims have been made for the effects for such elements as increased noise, vibrations from traffic and air pollution.

Miles Butler from the County Council spoke to ITV News West Country:

Olympics remembered with a Festival of Sport

Volleyball on Weymouth beach Credit: ITV News West Country

A festival of sport gets underway in Dorset this weekend, exactly a year after the Olympics.

It's on the beach in Weymouth and will include a volleyball championship and a chance to try things like kayaking and paddle boarding.

Last summer, an Olympic inspired sporting arena was one of the most popular attractions as Weymouth and Portland hosted the sailing competition.

First relaunched Weymouth ferry sails Channel today

A Condor ferry off Dorset. Credit: PA

The Condor Ferry service between Weymouth and the Channel Islands relaunches today. Ferries have been diverted to Poole for the last 17 months since a harbour wall collapsed. Repairs have cost nearly £4.5 million.

Over 350 passengers have booked their place on the first ferry to the Channel Islands which leaves later this morning.

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Weymouth to Channel Islands Ferry relaunches tomorrow

The Condor Ferry service relaunches tomorrow morning Credit: PA Wire

The Condor Ferry service between Weymouth and the Channel Islands relaunches tomorrow after being out of service for nearly a year and a half.

Ferries have been diverted to Poole over the last 17 months after a harbour wall collapsed in Weymouth last Feburary. It has cost Weymouth and Portland Borough Council nearly £4.5m to rebuild.

Over 350 passengers have booked their place on the first ferry to the Channel Islands which leaves in the morning.

Seafood Festival returns to Dorset

The Dorset Seafood Festival, now in its 6th year, returns to Weymouth Harbour this weekend.

The event will feature chef demonstrations and over 90 stalls.

This year the festival is also raising money for The Fisherman's Mission, a charity which provides fisherman emergency support as well as emotional and practical care.

Scorching South West

Britain is expected to bask in the hottest temperatures of the year this weekend as the country prepares for a long spell of sweltering weather.

Forecasters say temperatures will be much hotter than the July average, with highs across the South West in the high 20s. The last time we enjoyed a long spell of warm July weather was in 2006.

Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:

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