Repeat quake 'slightly bigger'

Dorset Echo: The latest quake was compared to the 2008 tremor centred in Market Rasen which damaged chimney pots.

11:23am Friday 18th April 2014

A 3.5-magnitude earthquake has struck the Rutland area of the East Midlands, the second tremor to hit the region in as many days.

Vouchers for frugal civil servants

Dorset Echo: Eric Pickles has encouraged staff to come up with money-saving ideas.

11:23am Friday 18th April 2014

Three gift vouchers were handed to civil servants in the first eight months of a scheme rewarding money-saving ideas, new figures show.

Surgeon urges transparency campaign

Dorset Echo: A surgeon has called for greater transparency from health workers, saying they should hold public events.

11:23am Friday 18th April 2014

One of the UK's top surgeons has called for annual public events to become a requirement for all clinicians in the NHS.

Boy, 14, charged with rape of girl

Dorset Echo: A boy will appear at Telford Magistrates' Court charged with serious sexual offences.

8:07am Friday 18th April 2014

A 14-year-old boy will appear in court today in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl.

Syria death son is 'a martyr' - dad

Dorset Echo: Abdullah Deghayes has been killed in Syria

8:07am Friday 18th April 2014

The father of a British teenager killed in Syria has described him as a "martyr" as he revealed he tried to convince him not to fight in the war-torn country.

Call on foreign doctor standards

Dorset Echo: Research by the University College London found a "performance gap" between international medical graduates and UK graduates

6:46am Friday 18th April 2014

Foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS should face tougher tests in line with the standards of UK-trained doctors, a study has said.

Kate wigs out at Aussie Easter show

Dorset Echo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Easter Show at Sydney Olympic Park

4:55am Friday 18th April 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge has suggested the perfect solution for her husband's growing bald patch - an alpaca toupee.

Doctor 'vindicated' by tribunal

Dorset Echo: Raj Mattu was "vilified and bullied" by the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, according to his lawyers

2:49am Friday 18th April 2014

A heart doctor who turned whistleblower to expose NHS safety fears said he felt "vindicated" after winning an unfair dismissal case following a prolonged dispute with hospital bosses.

Pickles approves 59 allotment sales

Dorset Echo: Eric Pickles has been criticised for approving dozens of applications by councils to sell allotments

8:07am Friday 18th April 2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has approved 59 applications by councils to sell allotment sites to make way for development, it has emerged.

Millions joining Easter getaway

Dorset Echo: Fine weather is expected for Easter travellers

2:49am Friday 18th April 2014

Easter travellers can expect a fine start to the long weekend, with those who have booked breaks in Britain taking to the roads in their millions.



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