Pensioner is hurt 'tombstoning'

Coastguards warned about the dangers of "tombstoning" yesterday after a 75-year-old man jumped from an 80ft beauty spot and was seriously hurt.

Nurse on trial accused of murdering parents

A nurse is due to stand trial accused of murdering her elderly parents at the bungalow they shared in Dorset.

Nursery worker 'had no case to answer'

A nursery worker who was arrested after police received an allegation she sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13 will not face further action.

Nursery sex assault probe dropped

An investigation into an allegation that a nursery worker sexually assaulted a child was dropped tonight by police.

Bournemouth starts its own weather forecast

Bournemouth has launched its own weather service, claiming a "disastrous" Met Office forecast put off thousands of potential visitors last year.

Man held over woman's 2002 murder

A man was arrested today on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a woman whose mutilated body was found at her home eight years ago.





Artificial reef fails to make the right type of waves

A £3m artificial surf reef at a coastal resort is producing the wrong type of waves, too short and too difficult for the average surfing enthusiast, a report has found.

Toddler survives 30ft flat fall

A toddler escaped with just bruising after plunging 30ft from a third-floor flat window.

Body found after Weymouth gas explosion

The remains of a body have been recovered following a suspected gas explosion at a house in Weymouth.

Millionaire wins battle to build eco home on own island

A millionaire has won a fight with planners to build a luxury eco-home on his own south coast island.

Man jailed for eight years for 1987 rape

A handyman who raped a woman in her own home 23 years ago was finally jailed for eight years today after he was caught thanks to the DNA database.

Day the Vikings got their comeuppance

Discovery of 1,000-year-old mass grave in Dorset sheds light on brutal Anglo-Saxon victory over invaders

Abuse victim breaks silence to help others

A 20-year-old woman who was sexually abused by her step-father for five years today broke her silence in the hope of helping others.

Four held in terror probe

Four men were being questioned today on suspicion of instigating acts of terrorism, police said.

Cumbria deluge breaks historic rainfall record

The unprecedented downpour over Cumbria was the highest level of rainfall measured in the country since records began, forecasters said today.

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