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James Day Care Home In Swanage To Reopen

23/09/2011
Plans for a total refurbishment of the former James Day Residential home in Swanage have been unveiled as a Dorset based private care company, Agincare, prepares to take on a long-term lease of the building. This follows extensive work by a Joint Planning Group set up specially by the County Council for the purpose of exploring solutions for up to date care facilities for older people in the area. This group included a wide range of organisations with an interest in its future, including the Save James Day Home Action Group, the Swanage Senior Forum, local councils, and the NHS. The proposal from Agincare includes a staged refurbishment and re-development of the existing building to provide, in the first phase, higher level residential care for older people , including care for people with dementia. This will be followed by a second phase to provide nursing care at the site. The proposal also includes the development of a "community hub" which will provide a base for Agincare’s home care and meal delivery services, as well as other facilities to support the community.
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Missing Person Alert - Have You Seen Graham?

22/09/2011
Police in Bournemouth are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 55-year-old man who has been missing for the last four weeks – with a picture of the missing man being released. Graham Lach, of West Cliff Road, was last seen by a friend on Sunday, 21 August 2011. Police Constable Kath MacHardy said: “Graham has not been seen by family and friends for an entire month now and it’s essential that we check that he is safe and well. “He may still be in the Bournemouth area, but he does have a daughter in Brighton, so it’s possible that he may have travelled in that direction.
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Missing Person Alert - Neil has been found

22/09/2011
Thank you to the public for your help - Neil was found in Blackpool yesterday. Officers are appealing for help to find a 45-year-old man who is missing from the Brockworth and Tewkesbury area. Neil Sweeney was last in contact with friends on Tuesday September 20 and was reported missing at around 12.30am this morning (Wednesday September 21). Neil doesn’t appear to currently have a permanent address, but is thought to have been staying with friends in the Brockworth and Tewkesbury area.
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Missing Person Alert - Have You Seen Barry?

20/09/2011
Police in Weymouth are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 66-year-old man who has been missing for the last two weeks – with a picture of the missing man being released. Barry Millgate, of Penny Street, was last seen at his home address on Monday, 5 September 2011. He left in a grey Nissan Note – although it is believed that he may have returned this vehicle to a garage. Police Constable Kath MacHardy said: “Barry has not made contact with his partner for two weeks now and such behaviour is completely out of character. “Naturally, she is extremely worried that he has come to some harm.”
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DCC To Extend Public Consultation On Day Services

19/09/2011
People in Bridport, Wareham and Shaftesbury will now have an early opportunity to discuss ideas for the future of day services in Dorset. Additional public consultation meetings have been organised to complement the six already scheduled meetings across the county this autumn. The public meetings have been arranged to give all interested parties in communities that may not attend day centres a chance to ask questions and put their views forward.
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Witness Appeal After Series Of Fires

16/09/2011
Officers in Dorchester are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a large fire at Charminster near Dorchester and three further fires in the rural parts of the Dorchester and Sherborne area. At around 7.30pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2011, Dorset Police received a report of a barn fire near Lower Burton, Dorchester. A road closure was in place until almost 3pm today, Thursday, 15 September 2011, to enable Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to tackle the blaze.
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Search Warrants Executed In Dorchester

13/09/2011
Police in Dorchester have arrested a woman after warrants were executed at three addresses in the town. On Saturday, 10 September 2011, officers searched two addresses in the Victoria Park area after warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. A further warrant under the Theft Act was executed in Poundbury. The local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and patrol officers seized a number of items, including substances believed to be illegal drugs. A 41-year-old Dorchester woman was arrested on suspicion of intent to supply drugs. She has been released on bail while police enquiries continue.
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Illegal Fly-Topping Causes Road Hazard

12/09/2011
A large amount of garden waste has been dumped in a small country lane causing a serious hazard to motorists. The fly-tipped waste was found on 1 September in Dullar Lane near Lytchett Matravers. The waste, a large amount of leylandii-type wood or hedge cuttings, was blocking half of the unlit narrow road. Purbeck District Council Spokesperson for the Built Environment, Councillor Paul Johns said: “This was a totally irresponsible and illegal act and could easily have caused a serious accident on this narrow lane.” Councillor Johns continued: “It is possible that a nearby homeowner paid for a contractor to carry out work in their garden without the knowledge that the waste would be dumped. I would advise anyone who contracts someone to carry out work to check where the waste will be disposed.”
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New Non-Emergency Police Number Goes Live Soon

05/09/2011
From Monday, 19 September 2011, the telephone number to dial to contact the police in Dorset for non-emergencies will be 101. The new 101 non-emergency number will go live across all of the police forces in the south west on this date – and the 101 number is due to be available in all police force areas of England and Wales by the end of January 2012. The 101 number will be replacing the current 01202 or 01305 222 222 non-emergency number in Dorset.
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Upcoming Route Closure On A351 For 5 Weeks

02/09/2011
Part of the main route between Poole and Wareham will be closed from 19 September for five weeks to allow Dorset County Council to carry out essential maintenance. The A351 will be closed 24 hours a day throughout this period between the Baker s Arms and Holton Heath roundabouts as the work will require the road to be completely dug up. During this time, the alternative route will be signed using the A35 and B3075 via Morden Park Corner in both directions. Access to the Romany Works industrial estate, Holton Lee activity centre and other local businesses and homes will be maintained at the Holton Heath end.
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Navitus Wind Farm Proposal For Purbeck Coast

01/09/2011
Following the publication of Andrew Langley's report on suggested changes to the proposed 76 Sq mile off-shore Wind Farm for Purbeck in the August edition of the Purbeck Gazette, we have recently had some positive discussions with representatives of Eneco, who are proposing the Navitus Wind Farm. Further information will be published in the October edition of the Purbeck Gazette, so please ensure that you take the time to read it carefully and get involved with the formal consultation process if you have an opinion. Remember - we live in a democracy, so you have the right to research the subject and have your say.
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Have Your Say On New Council Wards For Purbeck

31/08/2011
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking local people for their input into a review of the electoral arrangements for Purbeck District Council. Earlier this month, the Commission proposed that the council should have 27 councillors in future, three more than at present. The LGBCE now needs information from people and groups across Purbeck to help it to decide out a new pattern of wards for the district. The Commission is carrying out the review to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections and make sure each district councillor represents approximately the same number of people. The review will also aim to ensure that the new pattern of wards reflects local communities across Purbeck.
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