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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,454 in Dorset, an increase of one case since Monday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 620

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 834

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Tuesday 4 August.

Government £50m scheme for South West could help save jobs

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

It is hoped thousands of jobs will be safeguarded in the South West with more than £50m being allocated for a range of projects.

Among the schemes is Europe’s first geothermal lithium recovery pilot plant to extract lithium for use in batteries at United Downs, near Redruth in Cornwall.

The Hall for Cornwall in Truro (pictured) is also on the list to share in the money from the government's Getting Building Fund.

In Devon, the new future Skills Academy at Exeter Airport is looking for £1m to provide training for advanced engineering and green jobs.

Another scheme on the list is a water sports centre for Ilfracombe, which could bring about 100 jobs.

Projects will have make detailed business cases to get their share of the money, which will be spent over the next 18 months.

The government said it estimated the schemes would create or secure 4,547 jobs in Devon and Somerset, 687 in Cornwall and 345 in Dorset.

Hall for Cornwall website
Hall for Cornwall

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,453 in Dorset, an increase of two cases since Sunday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 619

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 834

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Monday 3 August.

Restaurant no-show tells chef to 'double-book tables'

Restaurants should "double-book" tables in case of no-shows, a chef has said he was told by one person who did not turn up for their reservation.

Chef Eric with David Beckham
Les Enfants Terribles

"Chef Eric", who did not want to give his full name, runs Les Enfants Terribles in Weymouth, Dorset.

He said he had been let down by more than 100 people since he reopened the restaurant on 4 July.

"I have been put in a very difficult position after what has already been a difficult time due to coronavirus," said Chef Eric, whose previous "good" customers have included former England footballer David Beckham.

"One woman said I should double-book tables. Can you imagine if a customer turned up and I said, 'I'm sorry you can't sit here because I also booked it for someone else'. Madness."

On Saturday, he said 12 people had also left without paying the bill, which Dorset Police is investigating.

Many other restaurant owners, including celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, have said no-shows are "putting jobs at risk" in an industry "on the verge of collapse".

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,451 in Dorset, an increase of two cases since Saturday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 618

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 833

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Sunday 2 August.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,449 in Dorset. Revised figures show a decrease of two cases since Friday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 617

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 832

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Saturday 1 August

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,448 in Dorset, an increase of one since Tuesday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 614

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 834

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Wednesday 29 July.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,445 in Dorset, an increase of one case since Sunday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 614

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 831

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Monday 27 July.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,444 in Dorset, an increase of six cases since Saturday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 613

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 831

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Sunday 26 July

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,438 in Dorset, an increase of one case since Friday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 613

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 825

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Saturday 25 July

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,437 in Dorset, an increase of one case since Thursday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 613

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 824

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Friday 24 July

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,436 in Dorset, an increase of three cases since Wednesday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 612

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 824

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Thursday 23 July

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,433 in Dorset - the figures remains unchanged since Monday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 610

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 823

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Wednesday 22 July.

"We're looking at people being marooned"

Home owners demand Council action over Weymouth landslip.
Concerned residents living close to a landslip in Weymouth have called on Dorset Council to shore-up their road which is under threat of a further landslide within a matter of months. The original landslip happened in March this year, and at its closest point is just a couple of metres from Old Castle Road.

A Dorset Council commissioned report published on Friday last week concluded that the slip is continuing to move and could reach the road within six months to a year. The findings also stated that any further significant movement could result in the loss of some, or all, of the road.

The Council is monitoring the situation and exploring its options, but has so far failed to commit to any long term proposal.

In a statement sent to BBC Radio Solent, John Burridge, Bridges and Structures Team Leader, said: 

“I’d like to reassure residents that we are doing as much as we can at present to monitor and protect Old Castle Road. The slip is on private land, that we believe has recently been sold and we’ve yet to identify the new owner, which makes the situation more complicated. We are investigating the legal aspects of what work can be done and where responsibility lies.

“We’ve considered all nine recommendations in the Jacobs report, six of which are now in action. We did consider a weight restriction for Old Castle Road but the practical need for delivery vehicles and other heavy vehicles to access properties and businesses on the road has to be balanced against the current risk of landslide.

“The final two recommendations listed in the report require access to private land, and permanent installation of equipment on it. However, a drone-based topographical survey of the slipped area will be carried out as a baseline against which any changes can be measured.”

Paddleboarding making big splash

More people are turning to paddleboarding to keep fit.
Participation in paddle-boarding has taken off in recent weeks. It's been one of the fastest growing sports in recent years anyway - but, with warm weather, gyms only just re-opening, and the easing of lockdown, it's become even more popular.
It offers a connection with nature, an opportunity to keep fit, and easy social distancing on the water.
BBC Radio Solent reporter Laurence Herdman has been looking into a sport that's accessible for all ages and all abilities.
He met up with stand up paddleboard (SUP) enthusiasts, Mark Hughes from Dorchester and friends Chris Randall and Sam Waite from Weymouth.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,433 in Dorset - the figures remains unchanged since Monday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 610

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 823

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Tuesday 21 July.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,430 in Dorset - an increase of three cases since the previous day.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 609

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 821

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Sunday 19 July.

Dorchester pavilion and alcohol education centre work starts

Work to create a pavilion and youth alcohol education centre in Dorchester has started.

Work at Dorchester's Great Field
LDRS

The building in the Great Field at Poundbury will be the headquarters of the Alcohol Education Trust which works with young people, and will also house a cafe.

Work had been due to start in the spring but was delayed and should now be completed by December, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS).

Dorchester Town Council has contributed £20,000 towards the cost of the project.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,422 in Dorset.

The figure is up three since Tuesday 14 July.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 605

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 817

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory diseaseknown as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Thursday 16 July.

"I was lucky, a very lucky man" - Dorset's miracle Covid-19 survivor

Ian Cobb talks about his recovery from coronavirus and urges people to wear a face mask.

Swanage Railway to reopen for first time since lockdown

A heritage railway that has been left "on a knife edge" by the coronavirus crisis is to reopen.

Swanage Railway steam train
Andrew PM Wright

Dorset's Swanage Railway, which has been run as a tourist attraction since the 1990s, closed when lockdown came into force.

Steam trains will begin operating again between Swanage and Norden stations from Saturday, but trains will not stop at Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross or Herston Halt.

The railway said the pandemic had "created the most urgent and potentially devastating challenge" in its history.

So far, an emergency appeal has raised almost £240,000 of a £360,000 target.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,419 in Dorset.

The number of cases has increased by four cases from 1,415 as of Sunday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 605

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 814

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Monday 13 July.

Man injured in Blandford 'machete attack'

A man has been injured after being attacked by what was believed to be a machete, police have said.

Officers were called to an address in Victoria Road, Blandford, after reports that a group of about four men had forced their way into the property, at about 02:30 BST on Sunday.

One of the occupants fled the address while a second man, aged 18, was assaulted and sustained a serious leg injury. He was taken to hospital, where he remains.

The men stole cash before making off in a black vehicle, Dorset Police said.

Two men – a 22-year-old from Liverpool and a 28-year-old from Derbyshire – have since been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and are assisting officers with their inquiries.

Motorist arrested after man injured in van crash

A motorist has been arrested after a man was seriously injured in a crash involving a van and a telegraph pole.

It happened on Marsh Lane in Hazelbury Bryan, near Sturminster Newton, at about 23:10 BST on Sunday.

A local man, in his 30s, sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital. His condition is described as life-threatening and his family has been informed. A 39-year-old man, from London, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and is assisting officers with their inquiries.

Planning bids delayed 11 weeks

Dorset Council planning application form
Dorset Council

Residents and developers in part of Dorset are enduring delays of up to 11 weeks as the council continues to work through a backlog of planning applications.

Dorset Council said it had hired an agency to help clear 180 unprocessed applications in the east of the county.

It said it was still grappling with six different IT systems left over when the district, borough and county councils merged in April last year.

Roll out of new county-wide planning software is due to begin in September, with all areas up and running by March 2021.

Service manager Anna Lee, said: "Validation of planning applications is currently taking approximately two weeks from the submission date across most of the council area.

"The exception is in the former East Dorset area, where there are delays in validation of around 11 weeks - a backlog of roughly 180 applications waiting to be validated.

"However, we have secured additional temporary resource to clear this backlog and we are confident that our customers will see improvements in the near future."

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,415 in Dorset.

The number of cases has not changed.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 601

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 814

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Sunday 12 July.