The pub sign of the Crown in Marnhull - reputed be the model for the Pure Drop Inn in Thomas Hardy's novel, Tess of the D'Urbervilles © Copyright Nigel Mykura

BBC news for Dorset

Gaia Pope death: Arrested family want police apology

A teenager arrested over Gaia's disappearance has been "on the verge of a breakdown", his mum says.

'Rare 3D' Dorset plesiosaur fossil fetches £90k at auction

The fossil of the extinct marine reptile is 90% complete and said to be "the best of its kind".

South Western Railway workers 'bullied for not striking'

Members of the RMT union walked out earlier this month in a dispute over driver-only operated trains.

Scientist finds UK water companies use 'magic' to find leaks

Engineers from a majority of the UK's water firms still use divining rods to locate pipes, it emerges.

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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year rule

The end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule sparks wild celebrations in the streets.

US Judge permanently blocks Trump's sanctuary city order

Mr Trump's order would have withheld funds from cities that resisted federal immigration agents.

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found

The weather service says the levels of a radioactive isotope were nearly 1,000 times normal levels.

Sgt La David Johnson: 'Additional remains' found in Niger

The Pentagon did not specify what additional remains of Army Sgt La David Johnson were recovered.