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Meet the school children using a box of 'trick cards' to learn how to prepare for adult life.

Health checks reviewed for children in care

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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Specialist GPs and registrars could be used to speed up health checks for children coming into care in Dorset.

The county often fails to meet a 20-day deadline for completing health checks, partly because of a shortage of paediatricians.

A meeting of Dorset Council's corporate parenting board heard the appointments system also meant children sometimes had to take a day out of school to travel to centres in Dorchester and Poole.

A review is to look at ways of improving the system, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Director of children’s services Sarah Parker said: "We are doing the best we can to improve but there is a way to go to make these assessments local and accessible."

Train services halted as emergency services deal with 'incident'

Watch: Today's weather for the south

It will be fine and dry today, with light winds and long sunny periods.

Some patchy cloud will bubble up, in what will be a warm afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F).

Fine and warm with lots of sunshine

Children in care in Dorset 'not having health checks in time'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Children being cared for by Dorset Council are often not getting a health check within the 20 days the law says they should.

Councillors are being told that the lack of an initial health assessment means that carers are sometimes trying to look after them without a full picture of their needs, which can affect the way they are supported.

A report to the Dorset Council corporate parenting board says that the delays are sometimes caused by social workers not providing health services with timely notification and consent and also by initial appointments being declined, or not attending on the day.

Only around half of the current cases are within the timeframe.

The current figures show 52.9% meeting the 20-day deadline, and 56.5% in 2017/18. The target is to have at least 95% completed on time.

Weather for the south: 'Sunny intervals, patchy cloud'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

South West Water 'on track to cut pollution incidents'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

South West Water (SWW) says it is "on track" to deliver "zero serious and significant pollution incident" targets by 2020 after being strongly criticised by the Environment Agency.

The utility achieved just two stars out of a possible four after an "unacceptable level of performance", the Environment Agency said in its annual report.

It was also given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance".

SWW said it achieved its "best ever wastewater performance in 2018", but it also recognised "there is still more to do and we have an action plan in place to continue to drive improvement".

It added that, as well as aiming for zero serious and significant pollution incidents, it was working on "a further reduction in other incidents and 100% compliance with wastewater permits".

"We will continue to work alongside the Environment Agency to achieve this," it said.

South West Water HQ

SWW provides water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall, plus parts of Dorset and Somerset.

South West Water has 'unacceptable level of performance'

BBC News England

South West Water (SWW) has achieved just two stars out of a possible four for an "unacceptable level of performance", the Environment Agency has said.

The agency's annual report said only one of the nine major water companies in England was performing at the expected level, with most likely to miss 2020 targets.

SWW was also given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance".

Trade body Water UK said the report was "disappointing" and the situation was "never black and white".

SWW said it recognised there was "still more to do and we have an action plan in place to continue to drive improvement".

Waste water
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SWW provides water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall, plus parts of Dorset and Somerset.

Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

A mostly dry but cloudy day, with some brighter spells developing in the afternoon.

The odd shower cannot be ruled out, mainly early on, but most places should stay dry.

Maximum temperature 21 to 24C.

It's #CowAppreciationDay

We couldn't finish today's feed without marking #CowAppreciationDay with these vintage bovines from Dorset...

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Solar farm 'could power 12,000 homes'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Electricity for more than 12,000 homes could be generated by a planned new solar farm in Spetisbury.

Voltalia has applied to Dorset Council for permission to install solar panels across a 71-hectare site between the village and Lower Almer Farm.

It estimates that if the “benign” scheme is approved it would produce enough power for about 12,120 homes each year.

Revised several times since first mooted more than a year ago, the scheme seeks permission to install panels across five fields.

The solar farm could power some 12,000 homes in Spetisbury

BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

For most of us it will be mainly cloudy and dry, with warm temperatures where there is sunshine.

There is a risk of light drizzle in the east. Temperatures could reach highs of 23C.

Your pictures: Shiplake, Gosport and Lyme Regis

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers "cameracarrot", "Tony" and "dorset girl", for their snaps of dreamy-looking clouds over Shiplake in Oxfordshire, a golden sunrise over Gosport in Hampshire and Dorset's Lyme Bay shimmering in the summer sunshine.

Gosport sunrise
Lyme Regis
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Send us your pictures of the south region via our Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or on Twitter: @BBCBerkshire, @BBCDorset, @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCOxford.

BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly dry with sunny spells but there is the risk of a shower.

Highs of 22C (72F).

Beach cleaner recognised for collecting nurdles with tea strainer

Nurdles: Women collects half-a-million microplastic pieces from Swanage beach
A new beach cleaning device has been launched on Purbeck. It's been named in honour of Purbeck woman who has removed over half a million nurdles from Swanage beach. The ‘Trommel’ - as it's called - was unveiled as part of a surprise tribute to local resident Mary Dwen, who has spent thousands of hours over more than ten years sifting the plastic pellets from the sand, using nothing more than a tea strainer!

South of England weather: Dry with more sun later

BBC Weather

It will be rather breezy or even windy along the coast.

It will be dry with some areas of cloud this morning. However, more in the way of sunshine is expected in the afternoon.

Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for 3 July

Weather forecast for the South

A bright day lies ahead with highs of 21C

Women's football: 'pioneer' mum ignored 1935 ban

The daughter of a footballer pictured at an "illegal" women's match in 1935 says her mother was a pioneer.

Laura Ainsworth was identified in a photo discovered by Luton Town's historian, showing women's matches at the club's Kenilworth Road ground.

The Football Association (FA) had banned such matches, calling the sport "quite unsuitable for females".

Linda Strapp, who now lives in Dorset, said her mother would have loved the "overwhelming" support shown to England at the Women's World Cup.

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Two boys drifting out to sea rescued

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

RNLI team rescuing a boy

Two 14-year-old boys were swept out to sea on Friday.

Lyme Regis RNLI and Beer Coastguard were called to rescue the boys who were in the River Axe at about 18:20.

Archie Woollacott, from Dorset, jumped off the harbour wall on the River Axe and began to be swept towards the sea.

His friend, Bozhidrar Bobev, known as Bo, from Devon, jumped in to help, but both were taken by the current 200m from the river mouth.

Both boys, suffering from the effects of cold water, were winched up to the coastguard helicopter and taken to an Exeter hospital for check-ups.

Bo is a really good guy for helping me. I was freezing, and my mum has now told me I can't go out for 10 years! I was really pleased to see the lifeboat crew."

Archie Woollacott
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Weather: Sunny start with cloud later

BBC Weather

A sunny start this morning. There will be more sunshine today, although some cloud is expected to develop.

It should remain dry throughout the day and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for Monday, 1 July

Museum of the Moon heading to Dorset

The Museum of the Moon artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram is heading to Dorset.

Measuring 23ft (7m) in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

The moon display will be in Bournemotuh from 28 to 30 June, in Sherborne from 5 to 6 July and in Weymouth from 19 to 21 July.

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South Weather: Temperatures to reach 32C this weekend

Has summer finally arrived? It's what everyone is talking about.

Here's Dan Downs.

Weather 28 June 2019

Weather: 'Fine, warm, and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Devon has highest number of SW child road casualties

Devon has the highest number of child road casualties in the greater South West - and it's on the rise according to new figures.

The charity Brake said it wanted to see more young people out walking without their lives being put at risk.

In 2017, 194 children were killed or injured on roads in the Devon County Council area - the highest level for more than five years, and up three on the year before.

However, the region - including Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire saw an overall decrease in such incidents: 1,094 in 2017, down from 1,224 the year before.

The issue is being highlighted on Wednesday with a series of supervised walks at schools and nurseries in the county, to help children learn key safety messages.


Children killed or injured on roads in South West in 2017:

  • Bath and North East Somerset - 22
  • Bournemouth - 37
  • Bristol - 70
  • Cornwall - 116
  • Devon County Council area - 194
  • Dorset - 89
  • Gloucestershire - 104
  • Isles of Scilly - 0
  • North Somerset - 48
  • Plymouth - 64
  • Poole - 24
  • Somerset - 118
  • South Gloucestershire - 39
  • Swindon - 45
  • Torbay - 23
  • Wiltshire - 101

Watch: Today's weather for the South

A mix of sunny spells, a fair amount of cloud and the chance of some occasional showers this morning but a drier afternoon with sunshine.

A windy day with a fresh north-easterly wind.

A warm day. Maximum Temperature: 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F).

Windy with a risk of some showers

Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

We're expecting a warm and humid day with a risk of thundery showers.

How's your accent?

Popular village character Michael Ebdon is proud of his strong Dorset accent
Michael Ebdon is now in his eighties. Every morning the man affectionately known as 'the honorable mayor of Swyre' stands on the side of the road to wave to people in their cars by the junction to Litton Cheney and Pucknowle on the B3157 coast road in west Dorset. BBC Radio Solent first met Michael two years ago and a video of his long-standing daily ritual went viral on social media. Last week, we renewed old acquaintances to ask him about the Summer Solstice and the longest day.

South Western railway strike continues

It's day four of a strike by South Western Railway (SWR) staff over the role of train guards.

SWR is running a reduced service across the network.

The operator which runs services in London and Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and Somerset, said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said staff had been left with no choice but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

The walkout is due to continue on Saturday.

Surbiton station during strike
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Man to appear in court over champagne theft

A 52-year-old is due to appear in court after being accused of stealing £362 worth of champagne in Broadstone, Dorset.

Police said the theft took place on 21 March at the village's M&S Simply Food in Lower Blandford Road.

The man has been ordered to appear at Poole Magistrates' Court on 25 June.

Dorset Echo: Chef's vision for 'foodie heaven'

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