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Swanage Residents Return Home After Gas Leak

26/10/2011
People affected by a gas mains leak in Swanage have been able to return to their homes. Residents from 28 properties in Victoria Avenue were evacuated yesterday after the leak occurred. Engineers repaired the leak during the night and the residents were able to return to their homes this morning. Purbeck District Council set up a rest centre at the United Reform Church Hall, Swanage where those affected were offered food, drink and somewhere to sleep. Hotel accommodation was offered to older residents and those with health concerns.
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Swanage Gas Leak - Victoria Avenue Closed

25/10/2011
Residents from twenty eight homes in Victoria Avenue, Swanage, have been evacuated today due to a serious gas leak. Latest estimates suggest that it could be early Wednesday morning before the gas main is fixed and residents are able to return home. Locals at the scene have suggested that builders currently working on the new Baptist church site in Victoria Avenue punctured the gas main in error, leading to the attendance of three fire crews and the police on the scene.
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Nick Eastcott Wins UK Stage Of Graham Maher Award

24/10/2011
Many assisted us last week by taking the time to vote for Purbeck man, Nick Eastcott, in the Vodaphone Graham Maher Awards. Nick was competing with two other UK finalists to go forward to the international stage of the competition to win funding for a charity project. Nick was fronting his project 'Afrikids'. We are delighted to announce that Nick Eastcott won the public vote stage in the UK, beating the two other finalists to the next international stage. So, a massive thank-you to everyone who took the time to vote for Nick!
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Corfe Castle Incident - Witness Appeal

21/10/2011
Between the hours of 2330hrs on Monday 17th and 0100hrs on Tuesday 18th October 2011 an incident occurred in East Street, Corfe Castle near to The Dollings. A local 20 year old male left the British Legion in East Street to make his way home, having competed in a Darts match. As the victim was walking home, he was knocked to the ground from behind by two unknown offenders and his wallet removed.
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Local Charity Couple Need Your Votes NOW!

18/10/2011
Local couple Nick and Alison Eastcott, of Swanage, are asking for your help. Nick, having worked in the charity sector before with great success, has been nominated to work on a new and innovative project in Ghana. If this project gets the go-ahead, hundreds of people will be helped. However, Nick and Alison need your help to get the project off the ground by voting for Nick for the Vodaphone Graham Maher Award, for which he has been nominated. He has some stiff competition (although he is one of the three finalists). Votes can only be accepted online. Please read Alison's short article below for further details:
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Tractor Thefts From East Dorset Farms - Appeal

14/10/2011
Police in East Dorset are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the theft of a tractor near Corfe Mullen – with offenders attempting to steal a further tractor and leaving empty handed. Sometime overnight between Tuesday, 11 October and Wednesday, 12 October 2011, offenders stole a Massey Ferguson tractor from Lake Farm on Willett Road, near Lamb’s Green. It is believed that the thieves drove this tractor to the neighbouring farm, Ashington Farm on Ashington Lane, and attempted to steal a second Massey Ferguson tractor. This attempt was unsuccessful and both vehicles were left at the farm.
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DCC Agree To Fund 51 of 61 School Crossings

06/10/2011
Dorset County Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Wednesday 5 October 2011) agreed to continue to fund 51 of its 61 school crossing patrol sites. Funding will be withdrawn from 1 April 2012 from 10 sites, five of which do not meet the nationally agreed criteria and five of which operate on an existing pedestrian crossing. The 10 sites for which funding will be withdrawn by the county council from 1 April 2012 are: 1. High Street (outside school), Wool (non-criteria) – Wool CE VA First 2. Quibo Lane (rear of the school), Weymouth (non-criteria) – Conifers Primary 3. Wincombe Lane (outside school), Shaftesbury (non-criteria) – Shaftesbury Primary 4. Chewton Common (rear of the school), Highcliffe (non-criteria) – Highcliffe St Mark Primary 5. Greenways (outside school), Highcliffe (non-criteria) – Highcliffe St Mark Primary
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Council Receives Notice Of Wind Farm Appeal

04/10/2011
Purbeck District Council has received notification of an appeal against its decision to refuse permission for a wind farm. The appeal relates to an application for four wind turbines on land at Masters Pit, Puddletown Road, East Stoke, near Wareham. Purbeck Wind Farm LLP has lodged the appeal with the government’s Planning Inspectorate. The Planning Inspectorate is now checking the appeal is valid before setting out what will happen next and when.
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PDC Considering Tourism Charges For Purbeck

03/10/2011
Purbeck District Council is exploring whether tourists should provide a contribution to improvements to transport infrastructure in Purbeck and would value input from those working in the local tourism industry at a workshop on Wednesday 12 October 2011 to be held at Morden Village Hall. Currently only new development, e.g. houses, is required to contribute to transport infrastructure, but the Council is considering expanding the policy to generate income from tourists who visit Purbeck by car and add pressure to the road network.
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Dorset Pothole Problem To Be Addressed

29/09/2011
Dorset County Council has been using an extra £2.75m from the Government to resurface streets blighted by potholes and other damage following two freezing cold winters. In April, the county council received its share of a national fund to combat Britain’s pothole epidemic following freezing weather which caused some roads to deteriorate very rapidly. Dorset Highways, the county council’s roads and transport service, has been out in force using this extra cash to repair winter damage to streets and roads across Dorset.
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King Arthur Risen From Dead Or Criminal Damage?

29/09/2011
Police in Wareham are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after criminal damage to a roundabout in the town. The incident, in which unknown offenders caused damage to the roundabout at the top of North Street, happened sometime during the night from Saturday, 24 September 2011 to Sunday, 25 September 2011. Police Constable Moira Connolly, of Wareham police, said: “The amount of debris on the road was extensive.
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Missing Person Alert - Have You Seen Nicholas?

27/09/2011
Officers in Weymouth searching for a missing vulnerable 55-year-old man are renewing their appeal for information regarding his whereabouts – with a picture of the man being released. Nicholas Stephen Crocker from Weymouth, was reported missing just after 9am on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, and was last seen at 6.30am that morning. Nicholas is white, between five feet seven inches and five feet eight inches tall and of a stocky build. He has receding white or grey hair, white stubble, a tattoo of antlers on the back of one hand and on one forearm.
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