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Dorset Police uplift welcome but concern over recruitment

Chief Constable James Vaughan:"We will struggle to get the people with skills needed".
Dorset Police will receive an extra 50 officers in year one of Operation Uplift programme.

But Chief Constable James Vaughan has told BBC Radio Solent: "one of our challenges going forward will be attracting sufficiently skilled people to come and join Dorset police".

The recruitment target for Dorset Police is 50 new officers as part of year one in the 6,000 national Operation Uplift scheme.
This figure will be in addition to the existing planned recruitment for officers that Dorset Police already had in place.

On Tuesday 8 October 2019 the National Policing Board announced how year one of the Government’s officer uplift programme would be allocated across all of the forces in England and Wales.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “This is a good start and it will bring a welcome relief to our stretched workforce. 
“These much needed extra officers are great news for the communities that we serve in Dorset. I would like to reassure them that the new officers will be carefully invested for maximum effect and we have already developed firm plans to recruit these officers. “The extra officers will assist the Force in moving from good to outstanding in the way we deliver services.”

Dorset makes up just under one per cent of the national policing budget, and is the third lowest funded police force in the country.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent the Chief Constable said: "Police officers' starting pay is quite low - we will give them a free degree over three years and once qualified their salary moves to a fairly reasonable level fairly quickly, but the starting salary is quite low and I worry that will put off people, particularly older people from coming into policing."

The uplift numbers for both year two and year three of the scheme are yet to be confirmed.

Dorset Labour councillor quits the party

One of Labour's two councillors on Dorset Council has announced she is leaving the party, attacking the national leadership.

Kate Wheller was elected to the new unitary authority for the Rodwell and Wyke ward in May.

In a statement posted on social media, she said she would continue as an independent without "the distraction of national and local politicking".

"I can no longer stand by and watch when at national level the party obfuscates while the future of Britain lies in the balance and cries out for strong, principled leadership," she said.

Kate Wheller
Dorset Council

Dorset Council care leavers exempt from council tax

Council tax bill
PA Media

Dorset Council has become the latest authority to make care leavers exempt from council tax until the age of 25 or eligible for a discount if they live with someone.

It follows a campaign by The Children's Society who say care leavers can struggle with finances because they often lack the same support networks as other young people.

The charity said more than 100 councils in England had signed up to the scheme, including Basingstoke, Isle of Wight, Mole Valley, Portsmouth, Slough, Southampton, Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham and West Oxfordshire.

Dorset Council said it was responsible for 225 care leavers aged between 18 and 25. It said about 104 lived in Dorset, meaning the scheme would cost the authority about £46,500 a year.

It will be applied from April 2020.

Ambulance crews to be given body cameras

South Western Ambulance Service staff are to wear bodycams for a trial period.

It's hoped it will reduce the number of crews being assaulted and abused.

Staff will start wearing the cameras for three months from next month.

There were more than 1,000 incidents of violent or aggressive behaviour towards staff in the South West in a year.

Ambulance
BBC

GWR offers alternative trains after Thomas Cook collapse

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

GWR passengers affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook can use alternative services on its routes, the South West and West of England rail operator says.

Bosses said those "unable to make their booked train will be permitted to travel on the next suitable service by providing reasonable evidence of a Thomas Cook booking".

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Meanwhile, the rail operator is calling out to Thomas Cook employees, saying it "would love to hear" from those affected as part of moves to recruit new staff.

The tour operator's failure puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK.

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Dorset's Miss World Ann Sidney

Fond memories from a Poole hairdresser who became Miss UK and Miss World in 1964.
Dorset chef says women could solve the curry crisis
Dorset chef Sarah Ali Choudhury wants to encourage more women to work in Indian restaurants.

South West unemployment drops 2.5%

BBC Business News

Unemployment in the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.

The official figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.

The ONS said rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to the rise in the state pension age.

South West unemployment
BBC
Former Miss England contestant terrified over stalker’s release
An obsessive fan who was jailed for stalking Samantha Bumford is due to be released later this year.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South West, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of the most popular boys names in the South West of England in 2018
BBC
Chart of the most popular girls names in the South West of England in 2018
BBC

Call for more awareness of Lyme disease in the SW

BBC Spotlight

There’s a warning that GPs and patients in the South West need to be more aware of the early symptoms of Lyme disease

The illness is spread by ticks bites (pictured) and is particularly prevalent in the region.

Doctors said early treatment with antibiotics was very effective, and could prevent serious long-term complications.

However, some people can continue to have symptoms, like tiredness, aches and loss of energy, that "can last for years", the NHS says.

Tick on hand
BBC

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey Location Manager Mark Ellis

They talk about how locations are chosen for filming.

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

They speak about the role location plays in period dramas.

Future challenges to South West Water supplies outlined

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Taps
BBC

South West Water is facing significant challenges with climate change and the increasing demand for supply, bosses say.

Thousands of new homes are being built in the South West every year, while the population expands over the summer with tourists.

According to the company's head of water resources, Rob Scarrott, the "very high demands" over the summer grows by as much as 30%.

Wimbleball Reservoir on Exmoor is refilled in the winter months by pumping water from downstream to ensure it's full for the summer.

Mr Scarrot said that climate change and population growth would affect water supplies in the coming decades.

"The environment is going to look quite different that what we have today, and we need to plan for that," he said.

However, he added that the company planned 25 years in advance and was "confident" that it had the plans in place for this period.

South West Water provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.

South West Water
BBC

Weymouth medical bike 'not being withdrawn'

A medical bike with life-saving equipment will not be withdrawn from service in Weymouth but its future is under review.

There had been some speculation on social media that the rapid response bike would be "pulled".

But South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it was still being used on an "ad-hoc" basis because only one paramedic is trained to use it.

A petition to save the facility had attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

Dorset Echo: 'Damning' planning verdict

Dorset Echo
Dorset Echo

Dorset health trust rated outstanding by inspectors

Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust has been rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It comes four years after the trust - which provides community health services - was criticised for significant failings and told it needed improvement.

CQC deputy chief inspector of hospitals Dr Paul Lelliott said the trust had developed "a culture of continuous improvement".

Hospital sign
BBC

Organisations do not provide outstanding care – people do. Therefore, this rating reflects our collective effort and determination to deliver the very best outcomes and experiences for our patients, their families and friends.

Eugine YafeleChief executive, Dorset HealthCare

South of England weather: Largely fine and sunny

BBC Weather

Aside from the odd shower, it should be a largely fine day with plenty of sunshine and blue skies developing.

Fairly breezy at times. Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for Southern England

Technology 'solution' for social care overspend

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Technological solutions are being considered to help prevent Dorset Council from overspending on adult social care.

The service is currently projected to be £2.4m over budget by the end of the financial year.

Councillor Laura Miller told Tuesday’s cabinet meeting that work was being carried out to help older people stay in their homes for longer, reducing the need for residential care and hospital admissions.

She said she was excited by the prospect of assistive technology being fitted in homes and on individuals, including the use of sensors, GPS trackers and voice activation software.

Epic paddling expedition by Aussie expat

Skip Graham quit job in Wareham to paddleboard round south west coastline.
Skip Graham from Swanage arrived in the UK from the Gold Coast in Australia eight years ago. He recently quit his design engineering job in Wareham to embark on a six week unsupported 1000km water challenge - he’s paddleboarding in the prone position from Minehead to Poole round the south west coastline to raise funds and awareness for #2minutebeachclean. Depending on sea conditions, Skip is set to end his expedition at Poole in  Dorset on Friday 2nd August.

Watch: Today's weather for the south

Sunny spells this morning but also there is a risk of a few showers.

Through the afternoon, more widespread and heavier showers will spread in from the south-west, potentially thundery.

Maximum Temperature: 21 to 24C.

Showers spreading in from the south-west

Louis Strange: WW1 aerial warfare pioneer's grave re-dedicated

Peter Metcalf helped to restore Louis Strange's grave, which is being re-dedicated.

What's it like living in the Dorset village of Sydling St Nicholas ?

Richard Latto speaks to residents and visitors in the village with a population of 400.

Rob Da Bank talks about the excitement behind Camp Bestival 2019

Broadcaster, musician and founder of Camp Bestival explains the work behind the festival.