Dorset, famed for producing Thomas Hardy, could become famous for another reason - it has the highest first time pass rate for driving tests in the UK. Of all the major driving test centres, Dorchester in Dorset has an average pass rate of 67.3% for learner drivers taking their first practical test.
NEARLY 60 crew members from across Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service received honours at their annual awards ceremony. It was the first time the ceremony was held in person since the start of the pandemic. The event recognised members of staff who had achieved 20 and 40 years of public service.
FARMERS from Dorset have been taking part in a campaign to “give bees their buzz back.” The Bee Road project has been run by Arla Foods for a number of years with the scheme initially launched by the Co-op in 2011. This year’s Bee Road launched at the weekend.
DORSET Police are issuing a warning to people about pointing CCTV cameras beyond the boundary of their property. CCTV cameras have been praised by police as they can provide useful evidence during police investigations. However, concerns have been raised that if a CCTV user films beyond their boundary, and onto other people's property, that could be deemed unlawful.
Off-duty top cop caught on CCTV celebrating after taking part in pitch invasion when team got promoted
POLICE scouring CCTV film of a pitch invasion spotted a jubilant off-duty top cop on the turf. Supt Sarah Derbyshire, 49, was celebrating Bournemouth’s Prem promotion on May 3 — the first in a plague of similar incidents which included players being assaulted. The superintendent was one of three off-duty police officers spotted celebrating as part of a pitch invasion.
The country was in the grips of the lockdown while Mickeel Lemar Smith was selling drugs A motorist stopped because police suspected he was flouting the coronavirus lockdown laws had a haul of cocaine and heroin in his car. Officers stopped a vehicle on the A338 Spur Road near to Ashley Heath on April 18.
Each historic pub has a story behind it The National Trust is known for its parks, historic houses and beaches - many of which have on-site cafes. However, some locations sell more drinks than just Fentimans lemonade and coffee. The National Trust owns a total of 35 pubs in the UK, three of which are found in Dorset.
One police officer was responsible for "searching everywhere" for missing teenager Gaia Pope in the hours after she disappeared, an inquest has heard. The 19-year-old's body was found 11 days after she went missing from her home in Swanage, Dorset, in 2017. Dorset Coroner's Court was told a police helicopter was airborne and searching for Miss Pope five hours after her disappearance.
Meteorologists think the lead up to the Jubilee weekend could be warm again. But early predictions have also warned of a risk of rain at the end of the weekend. The UK weather forecast is hinting the Platinum Jubilee weekend could see the "hottest week of the YEAR" according to some forecasters.
Dorset family beg for help amid cost of living crisis A dad from Bournemouth has written an open letter to government, as the rising cost of living means that, he fears, the family will soon struggle to pay the electricity bills for kit needed to keep his daughter alive.
According to emergency services, a sofa was set on fire outside a property in Mere last night. At around 9.41pm yesterday (Sunday, May 22), Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service was called to Lynch Close after a sofa that had been left outside a property was seen to be on fire.
The organisation say being naked is completely legal The Great British Skinny Dip is arriving - and it is coming to Dorset. The event, run by British Naturism, is being done to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Two events are taking place in Dorset, with both happening at established naturist beaches.
At least 14 fire team units, 50 firefighters and police teams needed to deal with the blaze Residents in the area of Canford Heath in Poole are expressing their exasperation as yet another heath fire started by "human intervention". Fires in the heathland area of Dorset are common, however 2022 seems to be bringing repeat blazes to the Canford area, with three recorded in the year to-date.
A Dorset man fell asleep on the train – and ended up getting arrested on a court warrant and appearing before Oxford magistrates. Lee Turner, 34, failed to turn up at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 18, to answer an allegation of breaching his suspended sentence order.
An eco campaigner, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity, is thought to be the first person to swim round a Caribbean island non-stop. Oly Rush, 37, completed the 95.5km (59.3 mile) swim around Grand Cayman in 36 hours and 59 minutes.
More than 50 firefighters have put out a third fire in a month on heathland. The blaze, said to be across 1.5 acres (0.6 hectares), took hold at Canford Heath, Dorset, on Sunday at about 15:15 BST. In April, more than 80 firefighters tackled a blaze that saw 20 homes evacuated.
OFFICERS found a haul of cannabis, drug gear and ball bearings in a car which they seized in Christchurch. Police from both Hampshire and Dorset forces dealt with the uninsured Honda CRV found in Somerford. The vehicle was suspected to have been seen at a rural crime hotspot.
It's time to lace up your trainers - this is where you can find them Two of the most popular running routes in the UK are in Dorset. The South West Coastal Path, along the Jurassic Coast, as well as Golden Cap, between Bridport and Charmouth, both made it into a list of the top running trails across the country.