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Bournemouth University announces new STEM facilities

Bournemouth University has announced a major £38m investment in new facilities at its Talbot campus.

Plans for a new Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) building are set to be submitted after a four-week public consultation.

Vice Chancellor, Professor John Vinney, said: “To ensure we continue to attract high calibre staff and students and deliver world class research for years to come, BU needs to invest in new facilities to remain competitive.

Bournemouth University plans
Bournemouth University

Bournemouth sign Bristol City defender for £13m

Lloyd Kelly
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Bournemouth have signed England Under-21 defender Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for £13m.

The 20-year-old passed a medical on Saturday and has agreed terms on a long-term contract.

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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.

Man stabbed in broad daylight

A man was stabbed in Bournemouth town centre on Monday evening.

Police, including armed officers, were called to reports of a stabbing in Gervis Place at about 18:35 BST.

The man was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

A 19-year-old man from Poole was arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent but has since been released without charge.

Gervis Place, Bournemouth
Armed police attended the scene of the stabbing at Gervis Place, Bournemouth

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

Guernsey-Bournemouth and Guernsey-Edinburgh flights start

BBC Radio Guernsey

New flights from Guernsey to Bournemouth and from Guernsey to Edinburgh have started running.

Loganair has launched a weekly Saturday service to both destinations with its fleet of Embraer 135 Jets.

Guernsey Airport general manager Colin Le Ray said the new services would give people in Guernsey - as well as visitors - "more choice" during the summer.

Guernsey Airport

Scarf sent to schoolgirl by Audrey Hepburn to go under hammer

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.

Bike robbers threaten man with knife

Detectives in Bournemouth are looking for two men who robbed another man at knifepoint in the early hours of Thursday.

The victim, in his 20s, was walking along Stokewood Road between 02:00 and 02:30 BST when he was approached by two men on bicycles.

They were initially friendly, but then asked him for his wallet and phone. One of the men then took out a kitchen knife and held it up to the victim who handed over the two items.

The robbers left in the direction of Winton.

Hotel demolition plans refused

Plans to demolish a cliff top hotel and replace it with a block of flats have been refused.

Property developers AJ Developments Ltd wanted to build a block of ten flats on the Hotel Riviera site at West Cliff Gardens in Bournmouth.

But Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council planners said the scheme was “unacceptable” and that the loss of tourist accommodation had not been justified, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The seafront building was constructed in the 19th century as St Margaret’s Hall private school but has since been converted into a 34-bed hotel.

Artist's impression of the block of flats proposed
AJ Developments Ltd

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).

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.

Burglary attempt at church after Easter Sunday service

CCTV image of man
Dorset Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police want to speak to after an attempted burglary at a Bournemouth church on Easter Sunday.

It is believed the suspect hid in the church after a service at about 18:45, and tried to open locked doors while also putting bags over CCTV cameras.

While one of the doors was damaged, nothing was taken.

Police Community Support Investigator Steph Garner said: "We have been able to obtain CCTV images of the suspect and have made efforts to identify this man, but have so far been unsuccessful.

"I am now issuing these images in the hope that someone will recognise him."

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.

Weather: A mostly dry day ahead

Expect highs of 15C

Matt Davis

BBC Sport

Tottenham have two players sent off as they miss the chance to secure Champions League football next season with a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth.

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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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A third of voters turn out for council's first election

Just over a third of those eligible to vote have cast ballots in the first local elections in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The new unitary authority, which formed just a month ago, said the turnout was 33.13%, with 97,768 votes verified.

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Dorset council merger still an issue in election

Tristan Pascoe

BBC Radio Solent political reporter

Previous local elections in Dorset have been something of a one party affair - with the Conservatives dominating all nine council areas.

But this time the political map has been redrawn - the nine councils have all been consigned to history and two new "supercouncils" have taken their place.

All residents are facing increases in their council tax bills - but some more than others. In the west, Dorset Council is harmonising everyone's council tax - whereas it'll take seven years until residents here in Bournemouth and Poole pay the same as in Christchurch.

As well as saving money by sharing services and back-office functions, it means fewer councillors, but there's still simmering resentment from some councillors opposed to the whole merger process.

In fact a number of Christchurch Tories were suspended by the party after declaring that they'd stand as independent candidates against former Conservative colleagues.

And with those deep divisions - rather like Brexit - no one can predict exactly how it’ll play out.

What on earth could he be painting?

Huge street art in Boscombe for Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe.
Street artist Lucan Art has been painting an environmental message onto the streets of Boscombe for the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe. Reporter Fern Balch went to help out!