Dorset weekly round-up: 5 November - 11 November

Portuguese man o' war washing up on a shore with their long blueish-violet tentacles was among our most read stories this week in Dorset.

A variety of local issues featured on the BBC News website, BBC Radio Solent and South Today.

We have picked five stories to keep you up to date.

Beach warning as Portuguese man o' war wash up

Portuguese man o' war washed up on a shore prompting warnings to beachgoers.

Dorset Wildlife Trust said the marine animals had an "extremely nasty, painful sting" and should not be touched.

Despite looking similar, the Portuguese man o' war is a siphonophore, not a jellyfish, and is found in the ocean.

Photos plea to identify man found dead in woods

Police released photos in an effort to identify a man whose body was found near a tent in woodland.

The body was discovered in Goathorn Woods, Studland, on 1 July.

Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious but added they had found a diary inside a tent that contained family photos.

Greggs drive-in approved despite objections

Man eating Greggs
Greggs also plans an outdoor seating area at its new bakery in Ferndown

A planned drive-in outlet for bakery chain Greggs would be out of place and add to traffic congestion, residents living nearby have claimed.

Dorset Council has agreed the conversion of a vacant car showroom on Ringwood Road in Longham, Ferndown.

Greggs plans parking for 15 vehicles and an outdoor seating area alongside its new bakery and eating area.

D-Day Valentine tanks added to at-risk register

Seven Army tanks that sank off Dorset during D-Day training have been added to the Heritage at Risk Register.

The Valentine tanks sank in Studland Bay during Exercise Smash in April 1944, killing six men.

The site is one of four that have been added to Historic England's register in Dorset.

Landmark bank building earmarked for flats

A landmark building originally built for Barclays has been earmarked for conversion into flats.

The nine-storey Barclays House in Poole was vacated in 2022 after being occupied by the bank for 46 years.

Now the building, in Wimborne Road, is the subject of a planning bid by VCRE Four Poole to turn it into 362 homes.

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