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UPDATE: Wareham landfill blaze now under control after firefighters make "huge progress" over last 24 hours

Bournemouth Echo:

1:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A FIRE that raged for more than 24 hours at a Wareham landfill site is now under control.

VIDEO: Missing 11-year-old boy found safe and well down ditch after major search

Bournemouth Echo:

10:40am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A MISSING disabled boy was found down an eight-foot ditch after a home-owner saw pleas for information published by the Daily Echo's sister website.

Bitcoins welcome: Swanage newsagent becomes first in Dorset to accept digital payment

Bournemouth Echo:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN ENTERPRISING shop-owner from Swanage has become the only shop in Dorset to accept Bitcoins as a way of payment.

Man airlifted to Poole Hospital after accident at Harmans Cross

Bournemouth Echo: Police Road Closed Sign

7:50pm Saturday 30th August 2014

THE A351 Valley Road has reopened after being closed both ways due to an earlier crash.

See the view from the top of the tower

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

ONE of Dorset’s best known landmarks Clavell Tower is open to the public from Saturday, September 13 to Sunday, September 14. Clavell Tower, near Wareham, is open to the public on both days between 10am and 4pm.

Streets of Swanage set to come alive with annual folk festival

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

SWANAGE Folk Festival starts next Friday with thousands of people expected to attend the weekend event.

UPDATE: Newlywed Brad Pitt launches new film Fury in Dorset on day marriage is confirmed

Bournemouth Echo:

5:10pm Thursday 28th August 2014

HOLLYWOOD heart-throb Brad Pitt chose Dorset to launch his latest film.

Countdown is on for UK’s best marathon

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE countdown to the start of the third Purbeck Marathon is almost over.

No preferred sites for new homes in Swanage

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth Daily Echo logo

12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A PUBLIC consultation into the preferred sites for future development in Swanage has revealed “no clear consensus” for where new homes should be built, says Purbeck District Council.

A35 shut after single-vehicle crash

Bournemouth Echo:

9:49am Monday 25th August 2014

The A35 was shut in both directions near Slepe as emergency services dealt with a single-vehicle crash this morning.

Super troupers set to mark 40th anniversary

Bournemouth Echo:

1:04pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN ABBA tribute show, marking 40-years since the Swedish stars first wowed Eurovision Song judges with their smash hit Waterloo, is coming to Swanage.

Volunteer locomotive driver features in Harbour Lives documentary

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

A VOLUNTEER steam locomotive driver from the Swanage Railway was featured on ITV’s primetime Harbour Lives documentary.

First concert set to commemorate War

Bournemouth Echo:

11:02am Monday 25th August 2014

THE first concert in this year’s Purbeck Chamber Music Festival will be a Great War commemorative concert performed at Bovington’s Tank Museum.

Purbeck Folk Festival boosted by top acts

Bournemouth Echo:

5:32pm Sunday 24th August 2014

MUSIC fans flocked to the Purbeck Folk Festival this weekend.

Pregnant woman rescued by coastguard after fall at beauty spot

Bournemouth Echo: Coastguard control centre to close in 2014

8:25am Friday 22nd August 2014

A pregnant woman was rescued after she fell down steps and fractured her ankle.

Top acts, beer and fancy dress – get ready for Purbeck Folk Festival

Bournemouth Echo:

6:43pm Thursday 21st August 2014

BUMPER crowds are expected at The Purbeck Folk Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Landscapes were the muse behind many of Enid Blyton’s books

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The Isle of Purbeck marks the start of one of the true natural wonders of the world - the mighty Jurassic Coast.

23 residents in need of relocation after care home fails to find buyer

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A HOME near Wareham providing specialist care for adults with learning difficulties will close next month, leaving 23 residents in need of relocation.

Raft racing, music and stunts rounds off thrilling Swanage Lifeboat Week

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

SWANAGE Lifeboat Week came to a fun-filled and thrilling conclusion on Sunday amid raft racing, live music and lifeboat stunts.

How Purbeck Folk Festival is capturing the spirit of how festivals once were

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A celebration of music and family-friendly activities, now in its sixth year, is taking place on a sheep farm in Purbeck next week. Maria Court reports

Come along for rare chance to look inside inspirational Clavell Tower

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

A PURBECK landmark credited with inspiring two of Britain’s best-loved authors will open to the public next month.

Rare primate rescued during drugs raid to start new life thanks to Monkey World

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

A RARE protected primate rescued by police during a drugs raid in the Maldives will soon be starting a new life thanks to Dorset’s Monkey World.

Swanage Railway volunteers honoured for service

Bournemouth Echo:

4:00pm Thursday 14th August 2014

NINE volunteers who in 1979 worked to ensure the first ever passenger trains ran on the Swanage Railway have been honoured.

'Twister' spotted over Dorset

Bournemouth Echo:

1:01pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A HUGE 'twister' was spotted in the skies over Dorset this morning.

Robin Williams was not how I expected - he was funnier

Bournemouth Echo:

1:37pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A PURBECK woman who worked as an extra alongside Robin Williams in Steven Spielberg's comedy adventure Hook says she'll always remember him as a “warm, funny, down-to-earth, talented human being.”

“I’m here to blow up the station” – man who made police bomb hoax threat is spared jail

Bournemouth Echo:

5:20am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A MAN who went up to a Dorset police station and told an officer he had a bomb strapped to his chest has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Warning to campers over gas stoves in wake of Camp Bestival blast horror

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

Purbeck District Council has made a plea to campers to take care when cooking on gas stoves.

Grylls wants Swanage company to change name over use of the word 'bear'

Bournemouth Echo: TV survival specialist Bear Grylls: his courses are coming to Ealing

1:29pm Saturday 9th August 2014

LAWYERS representing a company linked to TV adventurer Bear Grylls have demanded a knife manufacturer changes its name because it features the word 'bear'.

Storm damage at Studland to be repaired thanks to £1m coast path boost

Bournemouth Echo: The dunes at the back of the beach at Studland which have been severely eroded by the rough weather recently

12:34pm Thursday 7th August 2014

STORM damage at Studland is due to be repaired after the South West Coast Path Association secured £1million of funding.

Holidaymaker airlifted to hospital after slipping on rocks

Bournemouth Echo:

2:19pm Monday 4th August 2014

A HOLIDAYMAKER was airlifted from a Swanage beauty spot this morning after falling on rocks.

Camping this weekend? Here are ten top safety tips

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

PURBECK District Council officials have issued a plea to campers to take care when cooking on gas stoves.

UPDATE: Two-car crash near Wool level crossing

Bournemouth Echo:

11:09am Friday 1st August 2014

POLICE attended the scene of a two-vehicle crash near the level crossing in Wool this morning.

Smoke from tractor blaze drifting across A35

Bournemouth Echo: 'Take extra steps to reduce fire risks' residents asked as firefighters plan bank holiday strikes

10:51am Thursday 31st July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are attending a tractor fire in a field close to the A35 near Bere Regis at the moment.

International cellist to star at Purbeck music festival

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

POOLE’S international cellist Natalie Clein will take part in the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival from August 29-31, as part of the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival.

Fun day at animal rescue charity

Bournemouth Echo:

11:59am Thursday 31st July 2014

Margaret Green Animal Rescue in Church Knowle will be holding a dog show and fun day on Sunday, August 3.

The big 100 - arts association to celebrate 100th exhibition with special event

Bournemouth Echo:

5:17pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE Dorset Arts and Crafts Association has reached the big 100.

Air ambulance called after man collapses in West Lulworth

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance do vital job from their Henstridge Airbase

4:32pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE air ambulance has been called to West Lulworth this afternoon after a man collapsed.

Four concerts lined-up against backdrop of stunning Purbeck scenery

Bournemouth Echo:

3:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

A QUARTET of concerts will be performed at this year’s Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, which has celebrated cellist Natalie Clein as artistic director.

Eight things to do in Dorset today

Bournemouth Echo: SPECTACLE: The  Swanage Carnival parade passes through the town

9:28am Monday 28th July 2014

 1) Bournemouth Carnival

VIDEO AND GALLERY: Thousands enjoy Swanage Carnival

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

A SEA of colour filled the streets of Swanage yesterday for the town’s annual regatta and carnival.

Giant skull of first fin whale to wash up in Dorset does on display

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE giant skull of the first fin whale ever recorded in Dorset has been preserved as part of a display in the county.

Firefighters battle two heath blazes

Bournemouth Echo:

7:24am Friday 25th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to two heath blazes on Thursday night.

180 homes switched back on after power cut in Purbeck

Bournemouth Echo: Southern Electric engineers repaired the fault

3:39pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ELECTRICITY was restored to 180 homes in Swanage this afternoon following a power cut yesterday evening.

Fireworks, aerobatics and floats – thousands set to flock to Swanage Carnival

Bournemouth Echo:

12:59pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THOUSANDS of people are set to descend on Swanage next Saturday for start of the town’s popular regatta and carnival week.

Search called off for missing man - Alan Allgood still not found

Bournemouth Echo:

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A LARGE police search of Wareham Forest has taken place amid “grave concerns” for the safety of a missing Poole man who suffers from a heart condition.

Diver airlifted to Poole Hospital for recompression treatment

Bournemouth Echo: ACTION: Poole Hospital

2:48pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DIVER was airlifted to Poole Hospital for recompression treatment this morning.

UPDATE: Old human skull left outside church - can you help police investigation?

Bournemouth Echo:

3:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A COUPLE in Dorset were given a shock when they discovered an old human skull outside a church in Wareham.

Places filling up for popular Purbeck Marathon – but there’s still time to enter

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THERE is still time to enter this year’s acclaimed Purbeck Marathon, organisers say.

"Tokenism has burst upon us like a thunderstorm" - MP Richard Drax dismisses women in Westminster

Bournemouth Echo: Richard Drax MP - Weymouth to Westminster

3:32pm Monday 21st July 2014

SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax says David Cameron's reshuffle is "tokenism" and that the women promoted to the cabinet are "venturing out of their depth".

Update: Man arrested after police hunt over "suspicious activity" at trading estate

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset Police logo

12:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MAN is helping police with their inquires following an alleged break-in at Holton Heath trading estate.

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