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Dorset: County of England
Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the unitary authority areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi), Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester which is in the south. After the reorganisation of local government in 1974 the county's border was extended eastward to incorporate the Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.


Back-to-school uniform swap-shop is Dorset mum's mission

Laura Mulley started the swap shop after her children grew out of their good quality uniforms.
BBC News - Published

Snoopy Sloop Atlantic crossing bid fails

The unmanned Snoopy Sloop almost reaches France before being swept back to the Dorset coast.
BBC News - Published

Missing dog survives 45 days trapped on Dorset beach

Shadow had lost more than half his body weight and ate sticks and stones in a bid to survive.
BBC News - Published

'Ghost fishing gear' clear-up off Dorset to save sea life

'ghost fishing gear' clear-up off dorset to save sea life
Divers are working to clear discarded nets, line and rope endangering sea creatures off Dorset.
BBC News - Published

Dorset parkour athlete says public is more accepting of the sport

dorset parkour athlete says public is more accepting of the sport
Professional parkour athlete Luke Stones says people have become more accepting of the sport.
BBC News - Published

Poole siblings lose 'neighbour torment' damages claim

The children were aged nine and seven when they were moved to the Dorset estate.
BBC News - Published

Dorset solider's illegal D-Day diary revealed in new book

dorset solider's illegal d-day diary revealed in new book
Private Terry Parker detailed his experiences of D-Day in June 1944 in an illegal diary.
BBC News - Published

Dorset nurses celebrate International Nurses Day

dorset nurses celebrate international nurses day
Nurses from Dorset tell us why they love their job on International Nurses Day.
BBC News - Published

Large sink-hole opens up on Dorset coast path

large sink-hole opens up on dorset coast path
The 30m (98ft)-wide pit was the size of a dinner-plate when it was first reported, a council said.
BBC News - Published

Dorset cattery gives Bruce the cat to wrong owners

dorset cattery gives bruce the cat to wrong owners
Bruce the tabby, who was staying at a cattery, was given to the wrong owners and has now disappeared.
BBC News - Published

The Dorset family who are living plastic-free

the dorset family who are living plastic-free
The Fynes family decided to go plastic-free after seeing ducks eating rubbish at a picnic site.
BBC News - Published

About 1,500 people attend illegal rave in Dorset

about 1,500 people attend illegal rave in dorset
Police were called to the site near Corfe Castle in Dorset where people had gathered for the illegal rave.
BBC News - Published

Dorset stroke survivor hopes to inspire others

dorset stroke survivor hopes to inspire others
Paul Lambert had three strokes in 15 months but is not letting it stop him from taking on new physical challenges.
BBC News - Published

Dorset teenager says doctors do not understand her condition

dorset teenager says doctors do not understand her condition
Kate Bidwell suffers daily seizures and chronic pain, but says doctors often do not understand her condition.
BBC News - Published

Sheep-shearing Dorset farmer wins New Zealand contest

sheep-shearing dorset farmer wins new zealand contest
Henry Mayo is the first English winner at the New Zealand Shearing Championships in 28 years.
BBC News - Published

'Too few' candidates for Dorset's parish councils

'too few' candidates for dorset's parish councils
Some councils in Dorset will be unable to function because not enough people are willing to be councillors.
BBC News - Published

Flying Scotsman: Iconic locomotive steams into Swanage

flying scotsman: iconic locomotive steams into swanage
One of the world's most famous locomotives has steamed into Dorset for a visit.
BBC News - Published

Passersby narrowly avoid Dorset cliff collapse

passersby narrowly avoid dorset cliff collapse
Over 1,000 tonnes of rock and debris fell on East Beach in Dorset, although no-one was injured.
BBC News - Published

Axed Devon, Cornwall and Dorset police merger saw £380k 'wasted'

axed devon, cornwall and dorset police merger saw £380k 'wasted'
The planned merger of forces in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset was scrapped in October.
BBC News - Published

Dorset man's quest for a 'normal life' with Tourette's

dorset man's quest for a 'normal life' with tourette's
George Sutton was born with cerebral palsy, but two years ago woke up with Tourette's syndrome.
BBC News - Published

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