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Police appeal after five incidents of arson reported in one night

Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the area to reassure local people Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after five incidents of arson on Portland during just one night.

The incidents happened between 4.56pm on Saturday 23 July and 1.03am on Sunday 24 July.

  • 5pm: a fire was reported at a disused show house near The Customs House, Castletown. One small fire was started inside the property and two small fires were started on the grass outside
  • 10pm: a vehicle fire was reported near to Atlantic House, Ayton Drive. A VW Polo was severely damaged
  • 0.41am to 1.03am: three further fires were reported. A Ford Transit van, parked along Castle Road, was severely damaged by fire. The other fires were reported to a hedge in Victoria Square and to some rubbish in Coronation Road.

It is believed accelerant was used in the vehicle fires.

We believe the incidents are connected and are appealing for any witnesses to contact police and report any information that may lead to the identification of those responsible.

“While these incidents are unusual for this area and no one specific was targeted, considerable damage was caused to numerous vehicles.

– Detective Sergeant Jacqui Gravenor, of Weymouth CID


Body of woman found in the sea off Portland

Police were called to Weymouth Harbour after reports that a body had been found in the sea Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The body of a woman has been found in the sea off the coast of Portland.

Police were called to Weymouth Harbour after a passing boat alerted the emergency services.

Those on board the boat notified the coastguard at around 3.25pm after seeing something in the water.

A spokesman for Dorset Police says the body has now been recovered and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Two men charged after woman is stabbed on Portland

The attack happened in Verne Common Road on Portland Credit: ITV News

Two men have been charged in connection with a stabbing at a house on Portland.

A woman was taken to hospital with stab wounds after the attack in Verne Common Road on Wednesday.

The men have been charged with wounding with intent and false imprisonment.

The pair appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Portland crash witness appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash which left a young scooter rider with serious injuries. The yellow Sukida scooter was involved in a collision with a blue Ford Mondeo on Weston Road at around 9.20pm on Wednesday 23 December.

The rider of the scooter, a 20-year-old Weymouth man, suffered serious injuries to his pelvis. He was initially taken to Dorset County Hospital before being transferred to Southampton General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ford Mondeo – a 56-year-old local man, and a 51-year-old female passenger were uninjured.


Ozzy Osbourne filming at Stonehenge for TV series

Heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack have been out filming in the West Country. The reality TV star Tweeted about his visit to the ancient monument. It is believed the pair are making a TV series in the region but they have not said exactly what is involved.

Jack described the day as "getting our history lesson on".

The Osbournes were also spotted filming on Portland - they dropped into a local stone company while they were there.

Stunning aerial shots show how Dorset cliffs are falling apart

Credit: ITV West Country

Filmed from the air, this stunning report shows the aftermath of last week's astonishing cliff fall in Portland, Dorset. Geologists are warning that more cliffs could fall apart in the next week.

WATCH: The astonishing moment a cliff crashes apart by the sea

Credit: Facebook/Sam Haskins

This dramatic footage shows the moment a huge cliff face suddenly collapsed in Dorset onto a rocky shore below.

Fisherman Sam Haskins was walking on a coastal footpath near Westcliff, on Portland, when he captured the stunning collapse.

At first only a few small chunks fall away from the cliff, but then a giant section tumbles down the hillside.

He said: "We couldn't believe what we were seeing and hearing as the noise of many tons of stone and debris crashing down was awesome but also terrifying."

Dorset County Council has warned people to stay away from the area in case of repeat incidents, while the Maritime and Coastguard Agency tweeted a link to the video with the message: "Ever wondered why we say to stay away from cliff edges?"

Charity fund raiser shows how difficult it is to sleep on a life raft

Charity fund raiser Wayne Ingram is spending 7 days and nights living on a life raft in Portland Harbour.

He is attempting to simulate what it would be like for a person finding themselves having to abandon ship whilst out at sea.

Wayne entered the life raft on Monday. His target is to raise £20,000 for the accommodation provided for families of children undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

He's posted a video showing how he sleeps and tries to keep warm on the raft:

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