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Summary

  1. Schools evacuated amid bomb scares
  2. Mental health patients being put in A&E departments
  3. Dorset milk vodka adverts banned
  4. Future of Weymouth beach huts 'secured'
  5. Updates from Wednesday 8 March

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Roz Tappenden

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WW2 hero's medals put up for sale

The medals and artefacts of one of World War Two's "unsung heroes" are to be auctioned in Dorchester tomorrow.

The story of Herbert Horatio Kitchener , or ‘Kitch’, is told through "never before seen" photos, flight logs and first-hand accounts of his heroic flight when he took on German bombers and Stukas in his biplane.

Medals and photos belonging to Herbert Horatio Kitchener
Duke's

The collection is going under the hammer as part of Duke's Coins, Militaria and Ephemera auction.   

Planned road closure cancelled

Southsea double stabbing: Third arrested woman bailed

Detectives investigating a double stabbing in Southsea have bailed a third arrested woman.

Somers Road, Southsea
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The 35-year-old woman, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and being concerned in the supply of a class A drug. She has been bailed until 28 April.

Two other women, aged 35 and 26, from Portsmouth and Southsea, previously arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and grievous bodily harm with intent, have been bailed until 26 April.

A 50-year-old man received life-threatening injuries and a 31-year-old man sustained serious injuries in the attack in Somers Road on Friday.

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Unexploded WW2 shell found at Studland Beach

Severe accident: A31 Hampshire both ways

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A31 Hampshire both ways severe accident, between B3004 and A339 Selborne Road.

A31 Hampshire - A31 in Alton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Holybourne Roundabout and the A339 Selborne Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Tyrone Mings

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match ban after being charged with violent conduct in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

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D-Day museum prepares for refit

This weekend is the last chance to visit Portsmouth's D-Day Museum before it closes for a major refit.

The museum, which has been awarded £4m in lottery funding, will be free of charge to visit on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be closed from 19:00 on 12 March until spring 2018.

D-Day Museum
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Watch: Blind woman's book saved by forensic experts

A blind woman who has terminal cancer is about to realise her dream of having her own novel published.

Trish Vickers, from Charmouth, Dorset, started handwriting her book Grannifer's Legacy after losing her sight 11-years ago, but did not know 26 pages were blank because her pen had run out of ink. 

However, forensic experts at Dorset Police have managed to save her story and it is being published by Bridport firm Magic Oxgren. 

Suzie Bates

New Zealand women's captain Suzie Bates agrees to play 50-over cricket for Hampshire ahead of the World Cup in June.

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Three schools in Dorset also received hoax bomb threats

Dorset Police has confirmed it was also called to reports of bomb threats to three schools this morning. 

Pokesdown Community Primary School in Bournemouth, Sherborne Primary School in Sherborne and Southill Primary School in Weymouth all received threats made by a telephone call to each school.

The schools were evacuated as a precaution and a search was carried out. 

A spokesperson said: "At this time, it is believed the threats were a malicious hoax and there is no direct risk to pupils, staff or the wider community. We take hoaxes extremely seriously."

Traffic after accident in Poole

Councils consider joining forces to offer libraries, seafront and tourism services

Two Dorset councils have revealed plans to join forces to create library, seafront and tourism services. 

Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council are considering plans to create a new joint library service to oversee the operation of 22 public libraries. 

The new service, managed by Borough of Poole, would save the two councils over £500,000 in the next three years.

Bournemouth Pier
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In a separate proposal, a joint seafront and tourism service, run by Bournemouth Borough Council, is intended to save nearly £250,000 annually from 2019/20. Reports on both proposals will be considered by Poole cabinet members on Tuesday and Bournemouth members on Wednesday 22 March.   

Portsmouth MP happy to see women returning to work supported in Budget 2017

Motorcycle event in Poole saved by local businesses

The weekly event Dream Machines has been saved by Poole Quay businesses after organisers said they were under threat of cutting the programme short because not enough people had come forward as volunteer marshals. 

Poole Quay businesses including The Lord Nelson, Poole Quay Fish and Chips Kiosk and Quayside Emporium rallied to find a new group of volunteers. 

With Poole Tourism providing paid marshals from May to the end of August, the support of the new volunteers will ensure the event can run for a full season this year.

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'I put on a little bit too much weight so I decided to take up running'

The Dorset man representing England in this year's Anglo Celtic 100km race
Portsmouth manager Paul Cook

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook enjoys his side's response to criticism as a win at Crawley moves them into League Two's top three.

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Police confirm series of 'malicious' bomb hoaxes at schools

Three schools in Hampshire have also been at the centre of bomb hoaxes this morning along with at least one school in Dorset. 

Telephone calls were made to Oakfield Primary School in Totton, Castle Primary School in Portchester and Castle Hill Primary School in Basingstoke between 09:00 and 09:30 GMT.

A police statement said: "All schools took the decision to evacuate the pupils and staff, and a search was carried out. All pupils returned to their schools by 11:30. Police attended as part of the investigation."

Signalling problems cause train delays from Eastleigh

Bomb scare at Dorset school and children evacuated

Schoolchildren were evacuated this morning amid a bomb scare at their school in Weymouth.

Southill Primary School had a call to say there was a bomb on the premises. 

A statement on the school's website said there was a similar threat in May last year.

Southill Primary School
Google

It said: "We are never complacent about children’s safety and so informed the police immediately. They advised us to evacuate the school. Children were unaware of the reason for this and followed normal fire drill procedure."

The statement said police arrived and found nothing on site and children and staff were then able to return lessons.

'Police incident' at Portsmouth school this morning

Manhunt for masked raiders who targeted petrol station continues

Police are still on the hunt for a group of up to five men wearing masks who raided a petrol station in Southampton and stole tills and a safe.

Police said The Shell Service Station in Redbridge Road was targeted at 02:45 GMT yesterday.

Petrol Station
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The group left the petrol station in a blue hatchback-type vehicle. 

One member of staff reported being assaulted during the raid. His injuries were not believed to be serious.

Next of kin appeal for 62-year-old woman

The coroner for Dorset has released an appeal to track down the next of kin for a woman found dead at her home last month.

Michele Pupius was 62 years old when she died at her home address in Rockhampton Close, Weymouth on Monday 27 February.

Coroner’s officer Andy Lord said: “The death is not being treated as suspicious, but as yet I have been unable to locate any next of kin for her.

“I would be grateful if any relative, or any friend who has any knowledge of her family members could contact me as soon as possible.”

Ross Wilson during his time at Falkirk

Ross Wilson turns down the chance to become Rangers' director of football and will continue his recruitment role at Southampton.

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This is what to expect in the spring 2017 budget

Philip Hammond will announce how the government will spend its money later today.

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Dorset milk vodka adverts banned including 'Accrington Stanley' parody

Three adverts for a Dorset farm's pure milk vodka, including a parody of the 1980s "Accrington Stanley" milk advert, have been banned.

Carl Rice in the parody advert
Black Cow/PA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received two complaints about the commercials for Black Cow vodka, that featured a cartoon drawing of a cow and the catchline: "So smooth you can drink it until the cows come home."

The adverts were banned for being socially irresponsible and linking the spirit to sexual activity.

One of the films was a parody of the Milk Marketing Board's 1989 milk advert, featuring Carl Rice, 36, the same actor who appeared in the original as a child, but using vodka instead of milk.

Well this is awkward...

Live music venues need ‘help’ from Budget

Pubs, bars and music venues, including Portsmouth's Wedgewood Rooms , are hoping the government will "soften the blow" of business rate rises in the Budget later today.

Many live music venues are facing a "serious problem" according to industry body UK Music, which has written to the chancellor to ask for help.

Business rates, based on the value of a property, are due to rise on 1 April for the first time in seven years.

The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth is one independent music venue facing a big rise in business rates.

The Wedgewood Rooms
BBC

Geoff Priestley is general manager of the 400 capacity venue, he said: "Our rateable value has gone up by 25% this year, which I gather is one of the larger ones around the country that isn't in London. I'm paying just shy of £15,000 in rates a year.

"The 25% increase would imply I've got a 25% increase in rates to come but until that drops through my doorstep I don't know what the actual figure is - but it certainly won't be going down."

Today's weather: Damp and mild

It will be grey, mild and damp this morning

Future of Weymouth beach huts 'secured'

Weymouth Pavilion and Greenhill beach hut users have been granted a 30-year lease by the borough council.

The authority's management committee agreed the move for the pavillion and chalet users, who have already formed a charitable trust, at a meeting on Tuesday.

Councillor Andy Blackwood said it was hoped the future of the huts would now be secured.

Greenhill chalets in Weymouth
N Chadwick

We will be looking to hand over the responsibility for the management of the chalets including the responsibilities for repair and maintenance to the chalet users in the hope that will secure the future of the chalets.

Councillor Andy Blackwood Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

Woman 'grabbed by man' in Bournemouth

A man is being hunted by police after a woman was grabbed as she walked alone in Bournemouth in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Lansdowne Road
Google

The 19-year-old victim was grabbed from behind in Lansdowne Road by a man, described as being of Asian decent, possibly Indian, in his late 20s, with a partially grown mustache and wearing a light-grey hooded top.

The victim screamed causing the offender to run off in the direction of Asda on St Pauls Road.

The woman's back was injured but she did not require treatment,  police said .

Latest news headlines: Vodka adverts banned

  • Three adverts for a Dorset farm's pure milk vodka, including a parody of the 1989 Accrington Stanley milk advert, have been banned for being socially irresponsible and linking the spirit to sexual activity
  • A BBC investigation has discovered mental health patients are being placed into overstretched A&E departments across the South as police limit the number locked up in cells
  • A third woman has been arrested after a double stabbing in Portsmouth

Heavy traffic on the M27 this morning

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