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Local Flood Wardens Needed

09/07/2014
Local communities across Dorset are being asked to get involved in managing flood risk in their area. Many areas already have flood wardens who work with parish or town councils. Depending on the size of the community they work either independently or as part of a team checking drainage channels, supporting people affected and identifying actions to reduce the risk and impact of flooding.
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Tackling Drug Misuse In Poole And Purbeck

04/07/2014
Police in Poole and Purbeck have begun a campaign to tackle drug dealing and misuse – with drugs worth an estimated £250,000 seized. In June 2014, officers proactively targeted 13 addresses in the two areas after receiving information about drug misuse and supply. A quantity of drugs worth an estimated £250,000 has been seized and 12 people were arrested for drug-related offences. The month of action marks the start of an ongoing campaign aimed at targeting drug dealers and referring those with substance misuse to organisations to seek help. Police Sergeant Simon Perry, of Poole police, said: “We have recovered a large amount of herbal cannabis and also seized Methedrone, steroids and cocaine.
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Further Phosphorus Devices Found In Swanage

03/07/2014
Swanage seafront is once again cordoned off after construction workers have discovered a second horde of self-igniting phosphorus (SIP) grenades, thought to be from WWII. The seafront and part of the beach was closed to pedestrians at approximately 1.45pm, with police, ambulance and fire in attendance. The bomb disposal team from Tidworth are now on their way to deal with the devices to make the area safe. Please give the seafront area a wide berth until it is reopened again.
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Farewell To A Local Legend - Roger Brown

03/07/2014
One of Purbeck's better known characters from a long-standing Purbeck family, Roger John Brown (pictured), passed away in Poole hospital at 8.30pm on 26th June 2014, aged 68. Roger was the grandson of the famous Charles Brown, who joined the Swanage lifeboat crew in 1896, serving in the last days of 'pulling and sailing'. Charles went on to become Coxswain from 1934 until his retirement in March 1941, serving on the lifeboat during the war years. On one occasion, whilst out searching for a British pilot who had bailed out, a Swordfish aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters next to the lifeboat. Roger's uncle, Robert Brown, also served on the lifeboat, later becoming a Councillor. Roger's father, Walter John, worked as a fisherman from Swanage and joined his father and uncle on the lifeboat, working as a crew member for 24 years. Walter (John) then joined the Royal Navy in 1939, serving until late 1945.
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Work To Begin On Oil And Gas Project In Swanage

01/07/2014
Work to start on oil and gas project at California Quarry this winter WORK will start this winter preparing the site at California Quarry near Swanage ready for the drilling of an oil and gas exploration well. The project is being carried out by InfraStrata plc and will only use conventional drilling methods. It will not involve hydraulic fracturing (fracking), either now or in the future. InfraStrata’s chief executive, Dr Andrew Hindle, said: ‘We have now discharged all the pre-start planning conditions required by Dorset County Council and are preparing to start on the site this winter. Before this, we plan to run a short seismic programme to further image the geology under the wellpath and finalise the design of the well.’ The planning consent restricts site construction and drilling activity to between September and March. ‘Before we start on site this winter, we are going to hold another public information event to ensure that everyone living locally and further afield is fully informed of our plans,’ Dr Hindle added.
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Missing Person Alert - Have You Seen Amy?

01/07/2014
Police are gravely concerned for the welfare of a missing teenage girl from Wimborne – with a picture being released. Amy Latham, aged 18, was last seen at her home address along Walford Gardens in Wimborne at 7.30am yesterday morning, Monday 30 June 2014. Chief Inspector Debbie Marsden, of Dorset Police, said: "I understand that Amy has been very upset recently and her family is concerned that she may come to some harm. “She took her mobile and last made contact with a friend at 2.30pm but since then we have been unable to contact her. She did not take any money or clothes and she does not have access to a car. "It is important that Amy, or anyone who knows of Amy's whereabouts, comes forward as soon as possible. "I urge Amy to get in touch – we simply need to know that you are safe and well."
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New RNLI Swanage Lifeboat Station Approved

26/06/2014
Swanage RNLI’s plans for a new station to house the town’s next lifeboat, a 25 knot all-weather Shannon class lifeboat have been given the go ahead by Purbeck District Council The charity submitted the plans for a new boathouse in May 2014 to replace the existing building. The new lifeboat station has been designed by Dorset based team, consulting engineers Smith Foster and architects Morgan Design Studio Ltd. It is expected to take around a year to build and work should start in Autumn 2014. In 2016, Swanage RNLI’s current all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Robert Charles Brown will be nearing the end of her operational life. She will be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat which offers improved speed and manoeuvrability thanks to updated design techniques and water jet propulsion.
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Armed Forces Honoured In Purbeck

25/06/2014
A flag raising event has taken place in Wareham to honour the Armed Forces. A special flag was raised at Purbeck District Council’s offices on Monday 23 June to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. Colonel John Ogden, Commander, Armour Centre, Bovington; Lt Thomas Smith RN, Royal Navy Centre of Recruiting Bovington; and Soldiers and Marines based in Bovington and Lulworth visited Wareham for the ceremony.
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Witness Appeal After Arson In Swanage

19/06/2014
Officers in Swanage are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after two malicious fires were started in the town. The emergency services were called to an incident at approximately 8pm on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at a garage along Victoria Avenue where a stock pile of wood had been deliberately ignited. Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and the ambulance service attended. The offenders, two boys, were disturbed when the occupants of the property returned home.
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Missing Person Update - Body Found

17/06/2014
UPDATE - Police searching for 70 year old William Haines from Warwickshire, have located a body off the Dorset coast. The body was found at around 1.30pm on Wednesday afternoon, 400 yards west of Ballard Point. This followed searches of the surrounding coastline. The formal identification is yet to take place but Mr Haines family are aware and the Dorset coroner has been contacted. The circumstances are not believed to be suspicious. Warwickshire Police and Dorset Police released the appeal to find Mr Haines after he left his home on Sunday (15th June). We would like to thank everyone who helped to share it via our social media sites. PREVIOUS: Warwickshire Police are concerned for the welfare of 70-year-old William Haines who has been reported missing by his family. Mr.Haines was last seen leaving his home in Warwickshire on Sunday 15 June and may have travelled to the Dorset area driving a grey coloured Skoda Octavia car with the vehicle registration BT62 ZZH. He was known to be in the Swanage area in the early hours of the 16th June and may be visiting the Christchurch area.
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Appeal For Witnesses To Causeway Accident

16/06/2014
Police appeal for witnesses of an accident which took place near to the Kings Arms public house in Stoborough at 01.25 this morning. A white Mazda, driven by a woman driving back from Poole, was in collision with a male pedestrian. Sadly, the pedestrian, a 29-year-old man from Stoborough, died at the scene. His next of kin and the Coroner have been informed. The man was named locally as Stefan Noyce. The road was closed from the bridge at Wareham and at Stoborough to allow for the investigation and was re-opened at 9.05am.
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Successful Prosecution For Benefit Fraud

12/06/2014
A former Purbeck resident has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming benefits, following cooperation between Purbeck District Council and two Police Forces. Mr Duncan Charles Oliver (48) of no fixed abode pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Magistrates Court on Thursday 29 May to the charges brought against him by Purbeck District Council through the Crown Prosecution Service. The defendant received a 12 months conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs. In addition he will have to pay back the £3,730.53 that he falsely claimed in benefits.
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