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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.

Weymouth sailor's boat found

A search is under way for a sailor from Weymouth after his yacht was found off the French coast.

Portland Coastguard say the man is thought to have set sail from the town on the weekend for Swanage, but never arrived.

Dorset Police have now taken over the investigation.

The man's yacht was discovered on Monday morning between Fécamp and Dieppe.

No-one was aboard.

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


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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