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Monday's weather forecast: A largely dry day

Fairly cloudy this morning with some scattered showers.

More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon and most areas should remain dry.

Just a chance of the odd shower. Breezy.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).

It should be a largely dry day

Severe accident: A35 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset both ways severe accident, from B3159 to A37.

A35 Dorset - A35 in Winterbourne Abbas closed and it's heavy in both directions from the B3159 junction to Monkeys Jump Roundabout, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

CCTV released after Dorset human waste tanker crash

Dorset Police

CCTV has been released following a crash in which a man received serious injuries that involved a tanker carrying human waste and four other vehicles.

It happened at 14:20 BST on 24 May in Matchams Lane between Raceway and Snowtrax in Dorset and featured a tanker, a blue Mercedes, a black Mercedes, a red Toyota, and a Yamaha motorbike.

The tanker driver, a 52-year-old man from Poole, suffered life-changing leg injuries, Dorset Police said.

The driver of the blue Mercedes, a 34-year-old man from Eastleigh, sustained serious injuries to his spine and leg and was taken to Poole Hospital.

Police are trying to trace a Honda Jazz pictured in the CCTV image.

Police begin Twitter marathon

Dorset Police has started a 12-hour Tweetathon.

The force is live tweeting calls as they come in from 16:00 until 04:00.

So far calls have resulted in two men being arrested in Poole for possession of class A drugs.

Officers also received a report about criminal damage to a bus with an air rifle in Weymouth and a missing young person in Ringwood.

View more on twitter

Severe accident: A35 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Dorset both ways severe accident, from A352 to A354 Weymouth Road.

A35 Dorset - A35 in Dorchester closed and it's slow in both directions from the A352 junction to Football Ground Roundabout, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weather: 'Cool, with outbreaks of rain'

'Ghost fishing gear' clear-up off Dorset
Divers are working to clear discarded nets, line and rope endangering sea creatures off Dorset.

Weather: Grab your umbrella

Here's Lucy Martin with the latest forecast.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 weather

Severe accident: A351 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A351 Dorset both ways severe accident, from A35 to B3075 Morden Road.

A351 Dorset - A351 Sandford Road in Lytchett Minster closed in both directions from Bakers Arms Roundabout to the B3075 Morden Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - via the A35 and the B3075 Chitten Hill.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weather: A wet day

A very wet start with persistent rain across the area.

Through the afternoon, some sunny spells will develop, but also a good scattering of heavy showers, some of which will turn thundery.

Heavy and locally thundery showers at first this evening.

Thereafter, the heaviest showers will clear to the northeast, leaving an increasingly windy and cloudy night, with patchy rain at times.

Temperature: Between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).

Thundery showers expected later, says Alex Osborne
Dorset parkour athlete says the public are more accepting
Professional parkour athlete Luke Stones says people have become more accepting of the sport.

Man charged over Weymouth exposures

A man is due to appear in court in connection with two incidents of reported exposure in Weymouth.

They allegedly happened in St Thomas Street on 11 April and in Westham Road on 7 May 2019.

A 38-year-old local man who was arrested in connection with both incidents has been charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 12 June.

Brewery site to become apartments rather than hotel

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Dorchester Brewery Square site set aside for a high end hotel will now be converted into apartments.

The former Brewhouse was identified as a location for an up-market hotel when the development started on the former Eldridge Pope site.

But now developers have been given permission by Dorset Council to convert the building into 29 apartments with 32 parking spaces, together with and area of commercial space.

Brewery Square Brewhouse With Fountains

Dorchester Town Council decided not to object to apartment proposal for the Grade II listed building, which overlooks the fountain area and shops, when it considered the application last year.

The development will include the addition of balconies to apartments to the side of the building, new openings and a new internal layout, including new floors.

Brewery Square is a £100 million mixed residential, commercial and leisure development on the former Eldridge Pope brewery.

Dorset solider's illegal D-Day diary revealed in new book
Private Terry Parker detailed his experiences of D-Day in June 1944 in an illegal diary.

Monday's weather forecast: Dry and fine but cooler

Staying mostly dry with sunny spells but feeling noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The odd light shower cannot be ruled out in the late afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

Dry and fine but cooler today

More arrests over Dorchester attack

Two further people have been arrested after two men were reportedly attacked by a group of three young men in Dorchester at about 13:30 BST on 23 May.

The attack took place in the alleyway between South Street and Trinity Street, near to the NatWest bank, Dorset police said.

A 24-year-old man from the Blandford area was earlier arrested on suspicion of affray and was released under investigation.A 27-year-old man, of no fixed address, has now been arrested on suspicion of affray and possessing an offensive weapon and a 21-year-old Dorchester man has been arrested on suspicion of affray.

They have both also been released under investigation.

Sailor abandons 'wrecked' yacht

Yacht at Chapman's Pool
Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A man has been treated in hospital after abandoning his yacht off the Dorset coast.

The sailor was seen coming ashore in a small inflatable tender at Chapman's Pool shortly after 01:00 BST on Thursday.

He told coastguards his 11m (36ft) vessel had been wrecked and there was no-one else on board.

Searchers later found the yacht aground on rocks.

Weymouth set for fewer funfairs during harbour wall work

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Repair work on the harbour wall at Weymouth will mean fewer funfairs on the Pavilion forecourt over the year.

Last year the town had five, but with works on the due to start in the autumn, it will mean only three funfairs during the year.

A council report said the section of wall, almost 60 years old, is now badly corroded with some material having been washed into the harbour.

Weymouth funfair
Robin Stott

Council mulls school bailout

Budmouth College

Dorset Council’s cabinet will be considering next week whether to pay £600,000 in restructuring costs at Weymouth’s Budmouth College.

The school, which is currently converting to academy status, is in a budget deficit.

There are concerns that using taxpayers' money to bail out the school will be unpopular with residents, but the council says it has a legal responsibility to facilitate the conversion.

The Aspirations Academy Trust, which is set to take over the school, says it has a "healthy" financial reserve and is looking forward to supporting Budmouth's future - both financially and academically.

NHS trust spends £1.27 million on redundancies

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An NHS trust has spent £1.27 million in the last year on the redundancies of 23 people.

Dorset HealthCare, which provides mental health and community health services across the county, paid a total of £224,000 to one former managerial staffer.

A spokesman for the trust said the redundancies were mostly management roles and that the move was aimed at freeing up money for its front-line work.

Figures published in a report to its board show the amount it paid in redundancies increased almost 15-fold compared to the £82,000 it spent in 2017/18.

Girl struggling with mental health
An NHS trust has spent more than £1mn on redundancy packages

New speed cameras go live

The new permanent average speed cameras installed on the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road will be switched on next Friday.

They will support a temporary 40mph speed limit on the southbound carriageway, from Blackwater Junction to the Cooper Dean Roundabout, until the current roadworks are completed next month.

On the northbound carriageway they will support the permanent 50mph limit.

Average speed cameras

Weather: Warm and sunny

A fine and warm day with a good deal of sunny spells. However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C.

Any showers will fade to leave it dry tonight with clear spells and light winds. A rather mild and humid night though with a minimum temperature of 9°C.

Severe disruption: A354 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A354 Dorset both ways severe disruption, from A35 to A353.

A354 Dorset - A354 closed and queuing traffic in both directions from Football Ground Roundabout in Dorchester to Jurassic Roundabout in Bincombe, because of an incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster