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Manor house 'badly damaged by accidental fire'

Chalmington Manor fire
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service

A Grade ll listed manor house has suffered "significant damage" in a fire thought to have been accidentally started during restoration work.

More than 60 firefighters were called at 10:37 BST to Chalmington Manor near Maiden Newton, Dorset.

The roof and much of the second floor of the empty property were badly damaged but the rest of the building was saved, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said.

It said the cause was believed to be "accidental ignition during renovation works".

Fire crews will remain on the scene this evening to monitor hotspots.

Fire breaks out at manor house

More than 60 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a Grade ll listed manor house in Dorset.

Crews were called at 10:37 BST to a fire in the roof of Chalmington Manor near Maiden Newton.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service said the property was unoccupied and no casualties had been reported.

It said the extent of the damage was not yet known.

The cause is being investigated but there is no indication of arson, the service added.

Warning over fires taking emergency service resources

Dorset's chief fire officer has warned of "avoidable" fires draining resources during the coronavirus pandemic.

Crews are damping down at the scene of an overnight fire at Winfrith Heath near Wareham affecting a hectare of gorse which 45 firefighters were called out to tackle.

While a man in Corfe Mullen required hospital treatment for burns after being injured while using petrol to light a bonfire over the weekend.

Ben Ansell
DWFRS

Ben Ansell, from Dorset and Wiltshire fire service, said: “These aren’t life-threatening injuries... [they are] a strain on the NHS and something which was clearly avoidable."

"Every time an ambulance is called out and paramedics are dealing with people, frankly they are needed in other parts of the NHS," he added.

He also warned people not to leave cooking pans unattended while self isolating or homeschooling children.

Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 154 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 23 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 131.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

  • Dorset - 80
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 74

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

The new 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 3 April 2020

Wiltshire firefighters may become temporary ambulance drivers

Ambulance staff in PPE
PA Media

Firefighters in Wiltshire have started working with the county's ambulance service to help them during the pandemic.

Fire staff are being trained to drive ambulances if South Western Ambulance Service has staff shortages over the coming months.

Chief fire officer for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Ben Ansell said: "It might be that we reduce some of our fire engines in order to maintain critical emergency ambulances and have firefighters driving them as a crew of two, with a paramedic."

He added that firefighters in Chippenham were also helping ambulance staff by unpacking and assembling masks and respirators - equipment they're well used to working with.

They're also testing the PPE kit to make sure ambulance staff are being properly protected and are confident how to use it.

Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 131 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 11 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 120.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

  • Dorset - 73
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 58

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

The new 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 2 April 2020

Bus firm offers to change timetables for key workers

Bus operator Go South Coast is offering to tweak its timetables to fit in with key workers' needs.

The Poole-based firm, which runs buses in southern England, has been running essential services for key workers, including those working for the NHS. matching timetables to shift patterns at hospitals.

Managing director Andrew Wickham said: "If you are a key worker and what we are running doesn't suit you - please get in touch and we will alter that."

To protect drivers and passengers from coronavirus, front row seats on its buses are out of use, payments are contactless and its fleet of buses have screens placed around the bus driver's cab.

The bus firm said the screens, being made in Eastleigh, are now being requested by other bus operators across the UK.

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Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 120 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 15 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 105.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

  • Dorset - 62
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 58

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

The new 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 1 April 2020

Merlin helicopters to help NHS fight coronavirus

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Helicopters usually used to hunt down submarines have been reassigned to help the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Three Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose will provide "round-the-clock assistance to the NHS" and ambulance service, acting as "flying ambulances and transporters, flying supplies and personnel".

They will cover a population of more than 4.5 million people across Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Bristol, Somerset, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.

Merlin heliopter
RNAS Culdrose

Military steps in to help ambulance service

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The British military's Covid Support Force has deployed 80 personnel to assist South Central Ambulance Service which covers Buckinghamshire as well as Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Sussex and Surrey.

The Defence Secretary announced new measures to enable armed forces personnel to support public services in response to the coronavirus outbreak last week.

The personnel drawn from all three armed services will specifically help the ambulance service man emergency vehicles as well as take calls at its emergency response centres, according to a Ministry of Defence statement.

Man charged for coughing at police officer

A man has been charged for assaulting and coughing at a police officer in Dorset.

Bell Street, Shaftesbury
Google
The assault happened near Bell Street in Shaftesbury

The PCSO approached a man in Shaftesbury and asked him to confirm why he was outside, following the restrictions on movement imposed by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He became verbally abusive, refused to give his details and later coughed at the officer and said: “I’ve got coronavirus.”

The man was not a confirmed Covid-19 case and was not displaying any symptoms of the virus.

An 18-year-old man, from Portland, has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker, a breach of Covid-19 guidelines by being in a group of three or more and a public order offence.

He is due at Poole Magistrates’ Court on 14 April.

Blockage warning amid loo roll shortage

A water firm is warning residents not to flush anything other than toilet paper down the loo amid the coronavirus pandemic after receiving "higher than normal calls" on the subject.

Wessex Water, which covers Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, said its customers had been phoning to ask if kitchen roll and wipes were alright to put in the pan after they had been unable to purchase toilet roll.

George Taylor, Wessex Water’s director of sewerage, said: “Our simple message is if you are using these items, please put them in the bin, rather than flushing them. They are designed to stay intact, unlike toilet paper which can break down in the sewers."

The firm said flushing anything other than paper could lead to sewer blockages and cause it to back up into homes.

Each year, it said it is called out to 13,000 blockages across the region, costing £5m to resolve.

A toilet roll
Getty Images
Wessex Water is called out to 13,000 blockages a year which cost £5m to fix, it said

Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 84 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 14 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 70.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

  • Dorset - 45
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 39

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

The new 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 30th March 2020

Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 70 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 15 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 55.

The breakdown of figures by local authority area is:

·Dorset - 36

·Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 34

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

The new 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 29 March 2020.

'Public listening and staying away from beaches'

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Sandbanks
Poole Police

People are respecting the government's rules and staying away from beaches, police in Dorset have said.

The sunny conditions would usually see people flocking to seaside resorts like Sandbanks in Poole.

However, photos shared by officers on Facebook show the peninsula looking unusually quiet.

The force said: "As you can see from the pictures, the public is listening to the government advice and remaining indoors."

Woman arrested for 'driving around for no reason'

Bournemouth town centre car spot check
Bournemouth South Police

A woman was arrested in Bournemouth after "endlessly driving around for no reason", police have said.

In a Facebook post, the force said an officer "pleaded" with the woman to go home before she swore at him and told him "I'll do what I like".

Police said she was then arrested for breaching a dispersal notice.

The force posted several photographs of officers stopping cars on Friday and said it had been hearing "ridiculous excuses".

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Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 40 in Dorset.

The figure is up by two cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 38.

The figures in Dorset include:

  • Dorset - 25
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 15

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

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

Coronavirus: Simple yoga poses to help home workers
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This two-year-old is another reason to smile

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News

Evelyn-Rose Wiggans
Rob Wiggans

How sweet is this...

Evelyn-Rose Wiggans spent some of her day yesterday baking cupcakes to deliver to neighbours stuck inside due to the coronavirus outbreak

The two-and-a-half-year-old, from Verwood in Dorset, made sure she washed her hands thoroughly while making her creations, proud dad Rob said.

Cakes
Rob Wiggans

"She wanted to give one to Colin and Grace - our neighbours. She placed the cakes on the door step, knocked and walked away," he said.

"The neighbours were so appreciative... she even had a card delivered this morning as it turns out it was one of our neighbour's birthdays.

"This makes us so, so proud of her and to see what a kind, loving and thoughtful little girl she is."

Coronavirus: Cases confirmed in Dorset

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 38 in Dorset.

The figure is up by 9 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 29.

The figures in Dorset include:

  • Dorset - 23
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole - 15

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

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

Virtual wedding blessings offered for NHS donation

Couples who have had to postpone their weddings due to the coronavirus are being offered free virtual blessings if they make a donation to the NHS.

Ellie Brooks, Dorset’s only accredited sacred celebrant, will perform online mini handfasting ceremonies - whereby couples' hands are bound with ribbon.

She has suggested a £15 donation should be made to NHS Charities Together in exchange for the 20-minute service.

Ms Brooks, from Wimborne, said: “By having a virtual mini-handfasting blessing couples can still honour their original wedding date as a special milestone in their union, especially as they will be pledging their steadfast love and commitment to one another during these troubled times.”

Wedding
Ellie Brooks

Bakery starts 'drive-through' service and offers free drinks to NHS workers

Sue Paz

BBC South

Free hot drinks are being offered to NHS workers in Dorset by a 110-year-old family bakery.

Oxford's Bakery, which is based in Alweston but has stores in Sherborne, Bournemouth and Sturminster Newton, is giving free tea and coffee to all NHS workers "no matter what department you work in", owner Steve Oxford has said.

He added it was "our way of saying thanks".

Its shops remain open but the cafe areas have closed.

Oxford bakery
BBC

The firm is now focusing on delivery boxes of "essential items" - including bread, milk and cheese - to vulnerable people living in the towns and villages but is looking for "local heroes" to volunteer to help deliver the goods.

It has also opened a "drive-through" bakery, with hatch service, at its base in Alweston.

"We just want to help as many people as we possibly can," Mr Oxford, who is homeschooling two children at the same time as baking, said.

Farewell tributes paid to much loved traffic waving man from Dorset

Michael Ebdon from Swyre waved to commuters on the Jurassic coast road every morning.
Michael Ebdon lived in the same house throughout his life in the small Dorset village of Swyre. Affectionately known as the 'honorable mayor of Swyre', the former council worker died at the age of 82 on 27th February 2020. BBC Radio Solent reporter Laurence Herdman met several of his friends to share treasured memories of a knowledgeable and much loved gentlemen, and a true Dorset character.