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European elections 2019: Polls take place

Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population, with 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Weather: 'Mostly dry and sunny'

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Weather Forecaster

Further arrests after man stabbed in back

The Cabin

Police investigating an incident in which a man was stabbed in the back in Poole have made two further arrests.Officers were called at 00:20 on Sunday to reports of a stabbing outside The Cabin bar and restaurant in Old Orchard.

A local man aged in his 30s was taken to hospital with stab wounds which were not life-threatening.

A 22-year-old Bournemouth man and a 24-year-old man of no fixed address were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

On Monday a 16-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man, both from Poole, were arrested for the same offence.

All of the suspects have been released while the investigation continues.

Sinkhole in Dorset filled in

A 1.5m (5ft) wide and 1.5m deep hole has been repaired in Poole.

Princess Road was closed earlier after the void appeared but all is now well...

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'Large sinkhole' forces road closure

A residential street in Poole has been closed after a sinkhole opened up.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council said the hole was about 1.5m wide and 1.5m deep.

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Lib Dem leader elected to new council

Vikki Slade

A Liberal Democrat has been elected to lead a newly-created council, which was formed when three Conservative-controlled authorities merged.

No single party won overall control of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council in May's local elections.

The Tories won 36 of the authority's 76 seats, becoming the largest party.

However an alliance of Lib Dem, Labour, Green and Independent councillors voted together to install Vikki Slade as the authority's first-ever leader.

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Police appeal for help finding missing teen

Officers are appealing for help to find a 16-year-old who went missing in Poole, Dorset.

Delilah Waters was last seen at an address in Trinidad Crescent at 11:50 BST on Sunday.

Police said they are "very worried" as she left home without "vital medication".

Delilah is described as mixed race, 5ft 2, slim build and with brown hair worn in a bun.

She was wearing a thin black jacket and blue jeans when she went missing.

Delilah Waters
Delilah Waters has not been seen since Sunday

Council tax arrears in parts of south more than double in two years

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A BBC investigation reveals the number of people in council tax arrears in parts of the south have more than doubled in the past two years.

On average, 174,000 people were in arrears last year.

The largest single account debt outstanding for 2017/18 was West Dorset at more than £32,000.

Liz Donegan, from Citizen's Advice, says nearly one in 10 households fell behind on council tax payments in 2017/18.

Conservative pledges in Dorset 'too late'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A last-minute bid by the Conservative group to secure a majority on Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has been dismissed.

Election results at the beginning of the month left it three seats short of a majority.

On Thursday its leader Bob Lawton made pledges to win the support of the eight independents in Christchurch, most of whom were suspended by the Conservative Party for their opposition to the merger with Bournemouth and Poole, its proposals for a seven-year period to level council tax, and the planning committee structure.

Mr Lawton said: "We saw the political landscape change considerably as a result of the local elections which has given us the opportunity to speak to colleagues from across all parties as we look to build a new future together."

However, Christchurch independent Margaret Phipps said it was too "late in the day" and said they would continue in their talks to form a coalition with non-Conservative groups.

"Christchurch residents made their views very clear over a long time and they ignored them," she said.

Councillors pose for first council photo

Dorset Council councillors

Councillors of newly-formed Dorset Council posed for a photo after their first meeting.

The 82-seat unitary authority, which met in Dorchester yesterday, replaces six previous authorities and 170 councillors.

Weather: 'Cloudier and cooler'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Sub-postmasters wanting to quit 'in limbo'

BBC Spotlight

Post office counter

Sub-postmasters in the South West say they are in limbo as they wait for new operators to take on post offices in their communities.

Steve Pile said he had been waiting seven years for a new operator to be found in Charmouth in Dorset. He is retiring on Friday without anyone taking over.

In Trewoon in Cornwall, Sally Bourton said she could not afford to leave until another post office was established at another shop in the village.

This is despite the Trewoon branch earmarked for what Post Office Ltd calls its transformation programme in 2012, meaning it could be moved into another shop or taken over by another business.

Post Office Ltd describes such closures as temporary and its planned changes would lead to a sustainable network across the country.

Rail line reopened in Dorset

Rail services have resumed between Bournemouth and Weymouth after a person died at Parkstone station.

Police were called at about midday to a report of a person on the tracks.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

South Western Railway said disruption was expected until 18:00 BST.

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Weather: Dry and sunny, but breezy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Wednesday will be dry and fine with a brisk east-southeasterly breeze making it feel less warm in coastal areas.

A change in the weather is on the way from Thursday, bringing a risk of showers.

Tuesday's weather forecast: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Today there will be some chance of clouds but generally clear skies.

Temperatures will range from low single figures to highs of 20°C.

South weather: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Fast ferry remains out of service this week

BBC Radio Jersey

It will take Jersey passengers longer to reach the UK by ferry this week.

Condor Ferries has taken its high speed Liberation out of service until Sunday as repairs to one of its engines are taking longer than expected.

Passengers going to Poole will travel on the Clipper instead.

The company has arranged a freight boat to replace the Clipper on its Portsmouth route.

Condor ferry

Monday's weather forecast: Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Today will be a dry and mostly sunny day with a chance of some cloud.

However, there will be a keen easterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).

Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy
Dorset nurses celebrate International Nurses Day
Nurses from Dorset tell us why they love their job on International Nurses Day.

Weather: Early mist will clear to sunny spells

A clear and dry start, but there will be some areas of early morning mist or fog.

There will be long sunny spells throughout the day, but there is a chance of an afternoon shower. Light winds.

It will become rather cloudy this evening and some outbreaks of rain will spread from the west overnight, but it will be quite mild.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F).

CCTV released after bank card theft

CCTV images have been released of a man suspected of theft by finding after a man lost his wallet while shopping in Poole town centre.

Dorset Police said he lost his wallet on 12 April and his bank card was since used to buy scratch cards at convenience stores in Ashley Road in Parkstone.

The man captured on CCTV is reported to have spoken with a Scottish accent.

Dorset Police

Green and independents join forces on new council

Green and independent councillors on the new Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) have joined forces to secure stronger representation on the new unitary authority.

Having worked together over the past year, Simon Bull (Green) and Kieron Wilson (independent) have been joined in their grouping by new Green Chris Rigby and independent Lisa Northover.

Being part of a group gives its members a right to seats on committees while its support will be required if any non-Conservative majority coalition is to be formed.

No party won overall control in last week's elections and discussions on a way forward are being held with the chief executive.

'Giant' sink-hole in Dorset

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A hole the size of a dinner plate discovered in February beside the Inland Coast Path on Bronkham Hill, West Dorset, has grown to be many times larger.

"When this hole was first reported we took action as we knew it could indicate a chasm of unknown depth," John Sellgren, from Dorset Council, explained.

"I am happy to report that the sink-hole now appears stable and the National Trail is open."

The hole sits in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where rain water sometimes seeps through the surface flint and gravel to dissolve the porous chalk beneath.

Dragonfly project in Dorset extended

Melanie James

BBC Radio Solent

Dragonfly Logo
You First

A Dorset project to help victims of domestic abuse is to be extended.

The Dragonfly project uses the symbol of a dragonfly to show people in an abusive situation where they can find confidential support and advice.

The project trains people to become champions within communities. They're able to receive and respond to disclosures of domestic violence and abuse.

Funding has now been secured to continue the Dragonfly project in Dorset and to extend it to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and West Sussex.

Weather: 'Sunny spells and heavy showers'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Council Conservative group leader replaced

Tristan Pascoe

BBC Radio Solent political reporter

The former leader of Bournemouth Borough Council John Beesley (pictured) has been replaced as leader of the Conservative group of the new Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council.

John Beesley

He was ousted in a party vote by Bob Lawton, until recently the cabinet member for housing in Bournemouth.

Following last week's local elections, the Tories are the largest group on the new council with 36 seats but the other 40 opposition members are continuing to discuss forming an alliance to wrest control from the Conservatives.

Lib Dems, Poole People, Greens, Christchurch Independents and Labour councillors have told the chief executive they would be prepared to work together in a coalition.

High winds cancel Jersey, Guernsey and Poole ferries

BBC Radio Jersey

Condor is cancelling high speed sailings between Poole and the Channel Islands on Wednesday.


Many of its sailings were delayed or cancelled this weekend, with up to 600 passengers stuck in St Malo overnight.

The ferry company said the Condor Liberation had a mechanical fault with one of its three engines and wind speeds in the islands would prevent the ship from docking safely.

Passengers due to travel to Guernsey, Jersey and Poole are being offered a refund or transfer onto alternative sailings, including Wednesday morning's Commodore Clipper sailing.

Boy, 11, arrested over nursery arson

Arson damage at nursery
Dorset Police

An 11-year-old boy has been arrested over a fire at a children's nursery and pre-school in Poole.

Play equipment was reportedly set alight at Sunbeams and Buddies Day Care in Library Road on 14 April and the fire spread to the building.

The boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson and released while inquiries continue.

Weather: A mostly dry day ahead

Expect highs of 15C

BreakingNo Overall Control for Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

Greens take first seats on Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council

Dorset turnout almost 38%

A higher percentage of voters turned out for the first Dorset Council elections than for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Turnout for the newly-formed unitary authority was 37.9%, compared with 33.13% for BCP.

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