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Extra signs 'to deter Dorset beach campers'

Extra signs will be put up along some Dorset beaches in a bid to reduce the number of people camping on them overnight, a council has said.

Tents on Bournemouth beach
Matt Pinner

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council said about 100 groups had been “moved on” last weekend after pitching tents in the area, which has been very popular with visitors since lockdown measures were eased.

Authority leader Vikki Slade said the scale of the problem had “never been experienced before”.

The council has been criticised for its response to the issue with concerns raised about litter and the difficulty faced by beach cleaning teams maneuvering around them.

Early morning patrols have also been brought in by the council’s parking enforcement officers to clamp down on the number of people staying in car parks overnight without paying.

The new signs are due to be introduced from Monday.

Condor to operate Guernsey-Poole trial sailings

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Condor is to run two passenger services from Poole in August after an announcement that some travellers entering the Bailiwick of Guernsey only have to self-quarantine for seven days, it has confirmed.

The operator said that the sailings, on 23 and 30 August, would follow "similar trials run in July" and would will see the Condor Liberation operate directly between Guernsey and Poole.

The company said its strict social distancing procedures, currently in use on routes from Jersey to the UK and France, would be deployed.

Safety protocols included limits on the number of travellers in public lounges, floor distancing markers, and barriers installed with food and beverage outlets to operate as self-service with card payments only, it said.

All passengers would also be required to wear face coverings for travel on the ship, which was only to run at half capacity, the company added.

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,470 in Dorset, an increase of three since Sunday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 625

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 845

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 10 August.

Woman seriously injured after being shot in Blandford

A woman has been seriously injured after being shot while getting out of her car in Dorset.

The victim, aged in her 30s, was shot with a BB gun in Langton Road, Blandford, at about 15:15 BST on Sunday.

She was taken to hospital for treatment but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Dorset Police said.

A 52-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and is assisting officers with their inquiries.The force is appealing for witnesses.

Attempted murder arrest after stabbing outside school

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another man was found injured in Poole.

Police were called shortly after 06:00 BST on Friday to reports of a stabbing in Adastral Road outside Magna Academy.

The man, in his 30s, was found with injuries to his head.Dorset Police said he was taken to hospital where his condition is not described as serious.

The 40-year-old man from Poole has been released on bail while enquiries continue.

A 29-year-old woman previously arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 1,467 in Dorset, an increase of two since Saturday.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

Dorset - 625

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 842

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 9 August

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.

Bournemouth beach app awarded extra Covid-19 funding

Bournemouth beach
PA Media

An app launched to help beachgoers social distance by showing them which areas are crowded is set to receive £34,000 of funding.

Developed by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Tourism, the free BCP Beach Check app gives real-time information for visitors.

The funding is through the Local Digital COVID-19 Challenge.

Thousands flocked to the area in June as lockdown restrictions eased, which council bosses said stretched services "to the absolute hilt".

Leader of BCP Council, councillor Vikki Slade, said: “We are very proud of the BCP Beach Check app - which has been downloaded 12,000 times in just five days.

“The funds awarded will be reinvested to further develop the functionality of the app: automating and increasing the frequency of the data collected from its current level of three times per day to enable real-time updates and additional accuracy."

The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

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.

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.