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Vicars who know how to rock and roll

Five vicars play in the band Dogs Without Collars

Flooding causes problems in Dorset

A woman had to be rescued by firefighters when her car became stuck in floodwater in Dorset.

The 60-year-old became stuck when her vehicle was stranded in a ford in Aller Lane, Ansty, shortly before 14:00 GMT.

Trains have been suspended on Great Western Railway between Weymouth and Yeovil due to flooding on the railway.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the River Wriggle and Chetnole and the Upper Frome near Maiden Newton.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service also warned that the A35 - the main route across the county - was under 3ft of water west of Winterbourne Abbas.

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South West unemployment lower than UK average

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South West unemployment figures
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Some 2.6% of “economically active” people - those aged over 16 - in the South West of England were unemployed in the three months to September, latest figures show.

The figure is lower than the UK figure of 3.8%.

However, UK wage growth has slowed and the figures showed the biggest annual drop in job vacancies in nearly 10 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said this was down to falling numbers of people working in retail, after the collapse of several store chains and the implementation of shop closure programmes by other firms.

Ninebarrow in Dorset

Clare Balding walks with folk duo Ninebarrow in Dorset.
Clare walks with Jon Whitley  and James (Jay) La Bouchardiere, two childhood friends born and bred in Dorset who moved back there after university and began playing folk music.   Jon’s father had run a folk club so it was in his blood so to speak as is the Dorset countryside.
When they started writing songs it was a natural process to incorporate the landscape and folklore of the county and this eventually led to them producing a book of the walks that they have enjoyed and written songs about.  They perform as a duo called Ninebarrow, a hill near Corfe Castle.
They’re walking one of their favourite and oldest walks of coastline, a circular walk beginning and ending in Worth Matravers. OS Ref SY 974 777

Producer: Maggie Ayre

£1.8m EuroMillions ticket unclaimed in Dorset

The search is on to find the owner of an unclaimed £1.8m EuroMillions ticket bought in Dorset.

The prize-winning ticket was drawn on 4 October. It has five matching numbers plus one Lucky Star paying out a total of £1,844,973.60 but no-one has come forward.

The ticket holder has until 1 April to claim their prize otherwise it will be donated to the lottery's good causes fund.

Chain ferry on track for return

It's been a long wait, but users of the Sandbanks ferry have been told the service is on track to return at the end of the month.

The ferry, which crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour, was taken out of service on 12 July after its drive shaft broke.

But it looks like it will back up and running in the next few weeks...

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Lines reopen but delays to last a while yet

Some lines have now reopened after a signalling problem between Brockenhurst and Weymouth.

But South Western Railway has warned delays are still likely to last for the rest of the day.

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Train problems to last 'until the end of the day'

There's not good news for people affected by signalling problems between Brockenhurst and Weymouth...

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Train delays due to signalling problem

Rail passengers are being warned of delays until 14:00 due to a signalling problem at Brockenhurst Station.

Commuters have reported services being delayed by up to an hour.

We've also been told of a power cut affecting Poole station.

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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.