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A DORSET vet who allowed her dogs to become "horrifically" matted has been fined £620.

Kerstin Vockert, 56, a practising vet, had previously pleaded guilty to failing to meet the welfare needs of her two dogs.

Dorset Echo:

Vockert, of Ringwood Road, Sopley appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court where she was fined £620 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £62 and costs of £300.

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As the heavens open in Weymouth and Dorchester, a weather warning for this afternoon has been issued by the Met Office.

The yellow 'be aware' alert is in force for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, with gusts of 50-60mph predicted along with heavy rain.

The warning is valid until 3pm today and says: "A narrow band of heavy rain will be accompanied by squally winds as it moves east across southern and southeastern parts of England over the next few hours.

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Police have released a picture of the victim in the Dorchester murder enquiry.

The body of Elliot Handley, 47, pictured below, was found at Compass House on The Grove in Dorchester on Tuesday night, and three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A spokesman for Dorset Police added that the circumstances leading up to the murder has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as the force had "prior contact" to the people involved leading up to the murder.

Dorset Echo:

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Traffic is moving slowly along the A354 from Weymouth to Dorchester due to a broken-down vehicle.


A CRACKDOWN on motorists driving under the influence of drink and drugs has been launched by Dorset Police.

Officers will increase traffic patrols and roadside checks during the whole of June and will publish details of every person charged with drink or drug-driving.

Dorset Echo: ANNUAL CAMPAIGN: A Cleveland Police officer tests a driver during a previous anti-drink driving campaign.

Every driver involved in a collision throughout June will be breath tested irrespective of whether they are suspect of drink-driving.

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A GRANDMOTHER who knows too well the importance of getting a sick child to hospital immediately has described the news of the planned overhaul of Dorset's healthcare as a 'tragedy'.

Denise Kean from Dorchester has backed the Echo's campaign to protect paediatric and baby services at Dorset County Hospital (DCH).

Dorset Echo:

Mrs Kean has looked after her 10-year-old granddaughter, Scarlett Bailey, since she was eight months old.

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CAMPAIGNING villagers have joined forces with Dorset Police to launch a new speed safety scheme.

They want to ensure the roads in and around the village of Marshwood are safer for their children, many of whom have to walk along narrow lanes to school.

Dorset Echo: SPEEDING AHEAD: The Marshwood Speedwatch scheme has been popular with volunteers, pictured helping in a session

Run by volunteers from the community, the Marshwood Community Speed Watch group is helping Dorset Road Safe and Dorset Police with monitoring the speed of traffic through the village.

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DELILAH'S done it!

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD is feeling triumphant after completing a 10-mile sponsored bike ride from Weymouth to Portland.

Delilah Jarman, who is in reception class at Radipole Junior School, recently learnt to ride without stabilisers, cycled alongside her family.

Dorset Echo:

She has been raising money for two projects in Romania which involve her grandfather Malcolm Jarman, 60, who has been visiting the European country since 1992.

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WEYMOUTH and Portland Borough Council is to press ahead with getting its money's worth from a Weymouth beachside beauty spot by investing in its future.

A planning application is set to be submitted in order to improve the appearance of the two-storey chalet block at Greenhill which is deteriorating.

It is part of a plan by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to get the best use out of the facilities and increase revenue.

Dorset Echo: REPRIEVE: Chalets at Greenhill Gardens, Weymouth

There are more than 100 chalets around Greenhill Gardens.

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A MAN has lost part of his arm after a tree fell on him in west Dorset.

Emergency services rushed to Mapperton, near Bridport, shortly after 2.20pm after a man working in woodland sustained a 'severe injury' after a tree fell on top of him.

Dorset Echo:

A man in his 50s was flown to Southmead Hospital in Bristol after part of his arm was amputated.

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A 47-YEAR-OLD man has been names as the victim in an ongoing murdedr investigation.

Elliot Handley was found dead at a property in Dorchester at The Grove in Dorchester on Tuesday night.

Dorset Echo:

Officers confirmed to the Echo that an address near Weymouth has also been searched in connection with the murder.

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Good morning and welcome to today's live blog.

It's a very grey and gloomy start to the morning with the forecast for the rest of the day not looking much better.

Sporadic showers are predicted throughout the day, with some sunny spells later in the afternoon. Temperatures will reach 14 degrees.

There are no major problems reported on the roads or trains at the moment.

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