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PCC Martyn Underhill at Winfrith Police HQ

Dorset's PCC accused of "scaremongering" in latest instalment of public row over cuts

UPDATED: Thornlow Preparatory School to close

UPDATED: Thornlow Preparatory School to close

UPDATED: Lyme Regis residents evacuated following gas leak

UPDATED: Lyme Regis residents evacuated following gas leak

Lisa Riley and Elaine Keetch

Dorchester-based fashion label is 'dream come true' for Lisa Riley

The tanks at Bovington. Picture: Tank Museum

Tank Museum’s world record attempt – with 96 model tanks

By Trevor Garmey

18 incredible pictures of September in Dorset

JAILED: Isaac Donovan

Man jailed for trying to smuggle micro-mobile phones into Dorset prison

Councillors award grant to help provide eight affordable rented homes in Toldpuddle

Councillors award grant to help provide eight affordable rented homes in Toldpuddle

Police urge cyclists to ditch high-tech app after spike in thefts

Police urge cyclists to ditch high-tech apps after spike in thefts

Consumers urged to know their rights by renowned local law firm

Consumers urged to know their rights by renowned local law firm

Staff outside the new cafe

New cafe owners at Broadchurch setting feeling revved up

IN THE DOCK: See who has been before the courts this week - October 13

IN THE DOCK: See who has been before the courts this week - October 13

Three car crash blocks A37

UPDATED: One person taken to hospital after three car crash on A37

Life in law beckons for promising pupil

Life in law beckons for promising pupil

Christmas extravaganza bids to attract one million people into Weymouth

Christmas extravaganza bids to attract one million people into Weymouth



SET TO FEATURE: Defender Pat Baldwin

Terras: Chief Matthews to field strong side in cup contest

MEDAL JOY: Hannah Mills, left, and Saskia Clark

Afloat: Mills and Clark ready for tilt at another world title

IN ACTION: Ben Spinney

Rugby: Agony for Villagers as North Dorset strike late

ON THE CHARGE: Prop Lian Berry scored for the hosts

Rugby: Hosts go to the summit with bonus-point triumph

FABULOUS BAKER BOY: James Baker crashes over

Rugby: Great defensive effort sees Dorchester hold on

INJURIES: Chris Dillon

Magpies: Dillon looking to put injury woes behind him

IN THE SWING: Sean Dimmick

Golf: Weymouth golfer Dimmick to lock horns with Europe's finest

OPENER: Dean Evans scores to put the Terras ahead at Redditch

Terras: Redditch draw leaves Weymouth boss frustrated

WINNER: Warren Byerley stoops to head Bridport's winning goal

Bees: Late Byerley goal sees Bridport scrape through

FIRED OVER: Jonah Ayunga, left

Magpies: Disappointing Dorchester suffer cup exit

HAULED DOWN: Bridport's Richie Middleton is tackled

Rugby: Blues assert dominance to overpower struggling Poole

TREBLE: Adam Linaker hit a hat-trick for Portland United Reserves

Football: Lethal Linaker helps Blues see off Royals

OPPORTUNITY: Adam Stordy was denied by the Parley keeper

Bees: Annetts 'hurt' by side's display at Parley

ON THE SLIDE: Weymouth defend against Merley

Terras: Late double is painful to take for Asagba's men

National Sport

Eli Walker will link up with the Wales squad as a replacement for Liam Williams

Rob Howley: "Battle-hardened" Wales ready for South Africa challenge

Paul O'Connell, pictured, and Sean O'Brien should learn their World Cup fate on Tuesday

Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien banned for a week for punching France's Pascal Pape

Scotland's Jonny Gray is set miss out on the Dark Blues' World Cup quarter-final with Australia after he was handed a three-week ban

Scotland pair Ross Ford and Jonny Gray handed three-week bans

Johanna Konta continued her impressive form with victory over Annika Beck

Lucky loser Johanna Konta cruises past Annika Beck to claim 50th win of year

Live News

7 minutes ago

  • 8:07pm

    A Weymouth prep school is to close its doors for the final time, due to falling numbers of pupils.

    Thornlow Preparatory School has announced that it will close at the end of this term on December 11, after 103 years.

    Read more by clicking here

    Dorset Echo:

  • 6:14pm

    The centre of Lyme Regis has been evacuated following a gas leak.

    Workers carrying out resurfacing work are thought to have fractured a gas main in Broad Street, with residents being evacuated up past the Co-Op store.

    Read more by clicking here

    Dorset Echo:

  • 1:53pm

    A MAN has been jailed for six months for trying to smuggle micro-mobile phones into a Dorset prison.

    Dorset Police said that Isaac Donovan, 28 and of Hackney in London, was handed the jail term at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday, October 5.

    Dorset Echo:

    On the same day at the same court, Donovan pleaded guilty to attempting to bring a prohibited article into prison.

    To read more click here

  • 9:15am

    LAUNCHING a fashion label for curvy women in Dorchester is a ‘dream come true’ for actress and presenter Lisa Riley.

    The range, called Just Be You, is exclusively available in Figure Eight, an independent fashion boutique in Tudor Arcade, Dorchester, and online.

    Dorset Echo: Lisa Riley backs Cheryl in body-shaming row: "It's completely and utterly wrong"

    And the clothes are all made on site at the store, owned and run by Elaine Keetch.

    Elaine initiated the partnership by contacting Lisa’s agent to see if she would be interested in collaborating on a fashion label.

    To read the full interview with the Echo, click here

  • 8:39am

    There has been a crash involving three cars near Dorchester.

    Emergency services are currently in attendance at the incident, which happened on the A37 in Charminster at the Sodern Lane junction.

    There are long tailbacks due to the crash, with the queue heading back towards Stratton.

    More to follow

  • 8:11am

    AN ANTI-badger cull group has come under fire for posting the contact details of a Dorset farmer on social media.

    Stop the Cull, which campaigns against the trial badger cull in Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire, has posted two statements about former Dorset National Farmers Union county chairman Paul Gould on its own Facebook page.

    Dorset Echo: Badger. (40225660)

    Supporters have commented on the posts encouraging others to contact Mr Gould.
    Commenting on behalf of Mr Gould, an NFU spokesman described the behaviour as ‘completely unacceptable’.

    To read more click here

  • 7:42am

    Don't forget that today's paper also includes the Business Briefing, eight pages bursting with local business news.

    The main story for this month's supplement is about organisers of Weymouth's BIG Christmas festival are hoping more than one million people will come to the town to do their Christmas shopping.

    Dorset Echo:

    Also in this month's Briefing, it's a double dose of good news for Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce after they celebrated raising vital funds for charity, plus a student who embarked on a chamber-funded course has completed his scholarship and now aims o become a lawyer following university.

    There's also news about the Echo-backed Dorset Business Awards, a consumer rights shake up and a new cafe in West Dorset where Broadchurch is filmed.

    To read more on all of the stories in the Briefing, click here

  • 7:11am

    Here is today's front page story.

    A DRUNKEN knifeman who attacked a security guard with a blade at a popular summer event in Dorchester has been sent to prison.

    Dorset Echo:

    Alan Clifford Harris, aged 49, of North Street, Charminster, cut a security guard’s chin with a knife at the inaugural Dorchester Cider Festival at the Borough Gardens in August.

    A court heard he had been thrown out but returned and got into an argument with security guards before 'lunging' at one of them.

    To read more click here

  • 6:56am

    Good morning, and welcome to today's live blog, bringing you the latest breaking news, traffic, travel and weather updates from around the county.

    It is a cold start to the morning with the chill of autumn biting through the air, but it does look set to brighten up until midday when it will turn and remain overcast for the rest of the day.

    Temperatures will reach 13 degrees celsisus.

    There are no major delays reported on the roads or the rails as of yet, but there are some minor delays on the A338 in Bournemouth due to the ongoing roadworks that those heading to the east of the county should be aware of.


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