England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

School life-saving lessons help Dorset teenager save her father
Just two weeks after learning CPR at school, Ali Holborn had to use the skill to help save her dad's life.

Minister to 'use influence' to solve crossing access problem

Wareham footbridge

Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris has said he hopes to use his influence to find a solution to the lack of 24-hour step-free access across the railway at Wareham.

Dorset Council recently apologised after parents of a disabled boy were forced to carry him over a stepped footbridge because the level crossing was closed due to staff shortages.

Previous attempts to build ramp access at the station have failed to pass the planning stage.

Mr Heaton-Harris visited the site yesterday and said: "This is a problem that needs to be solved. There is money in the system to help solve it.

"I just wanted to see it for myself and maybe bring all sides together so we can have a proper discussion about how we move forward."

The Mid Dorset and North Poole MP said: "We need to make sure that this crossing is preserved and the town isn't divided in two."

Three injured in two-car crash

Three people have been injured in a two-car crash in Dorset.

A30 Babylon Hill

The collision, involving a grey Skoda Roomster and a silver Toyota HiAce panel van, happened at Babylon Hill, close to Marl Lane, on the A30 between Sherborne and Yeovil, Somerset, just before 16:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The driver of the car, a man from Sherborne, sustained serious injuries and his wife, who was travelling in the front of the car, sustained life-threatening injuries. Their family has been informed. The driver of the van, a man from Yeovil, sustained minor injuries. All three were taken to hospital.

Dorset Police is appealing for witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

Severe accident: A30 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Dorset both ways severe accident, from Underdown Hollow to A352 Horsecastles Lane.

A30 Dorset - A30 Yeovil Road in Yeovil closed and it's slow in both directions from the Underdown Hollow junction to the A352 Horsecastles Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Brexit explained: Can I still bring back booze from the EU?
BBC reporter Tom Hepworth explains what rules will change for people bringing alcohol back from the EU after Brexit.
Brexit explained: Can I still get healthcare in the EU?
BBC reporter Tom Hepworth takes a look at what Brexit could mean for how we access healthcare in the EU.

Dorset knob-throwing festival to return to Cattistock

Dorset's knob-throwing festival will return to its original home next year, organisers have said.

Dorset knob throwing

The competition to hurl the county's traditional biscuits as far as possible has been running since 2008.

In November, organisers announced the event would not be held this year while they searched for a new venue.

They have now decided it will return to Cattistock village next year.

It moved to Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, in 2017 after its popularity grew but organisers said the college ended that arrangement.

CCTV Shows moment pair attack Bournemouth shopkeeper
Shopkeeper Kamil Sahin was left with cuts and bruises after an attack at his newsagents.

Business rates 'too much for retailers'

Exterior of Shoe Zone store
Shoe Zone

The boss of Shoe Zone has called on the government to take urgent action to cut business rates in an effort to stem High Street store closures.

Speaking to the PA news agency, chief executive Anthony Smith said "maybe 20% of stores could close if rates don't change". The chain has already secured rent reductions in order to protect the future of some shops.

Shoe Zone was reporting a fall in pre-tax profits of 15% to £9.6m in the year to 5 October, amid rising costs.

Mr Smith told PA: "We need a change to the rates system because the current cost of rates is too much for retailers, particularly in small towns.

"Current rates don't reflect the market. All we want to see are rates which are aligned with the current rental property market.

"We are a business that is looking to really expand but our numbers haven't really moved over the past year. We've opened about 20 stores and then closed around 20 over same period."

Mr Smith added that the company paid more in business rates in 2019 than it did in 2009, even though it store numbers had fallen from about 800 to 500 over that time.