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Dorset

Dorset, county, 1,025 sq mi (2,655 sq km), SW England, on the English Channel. The county seat is Dorchester, and the county is divided into six administrative districts: West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, North Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, and Christchurch. The rolling country is crossed by the North Dorset and South Dorset downs, chalk ranges running east and west. The rocky coastline has a harbor at Poole, historically part of the county but now administratively separate. The fertile valleys (the Vale of Blackmore, the Stour, and the Frome) are devoted to agriculture. Sheep, cattle, pigs, and poultry are raised, and barley, kale, wheat, oats, beans, and peas are grown. There is also dairy farming. Portland and Purbeck marble are quarried in Dorset. Tourism is increasingly important to the economy; Bournemouth, also now administratively separate from the county, has been a resort since the late 19th cent. The county's pre-Roman antiquities include Maiden Castle. Dorset, also known as Dorsetshire, was part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. Thomas Hardy was born there and treats the region in some of his novels. In 1974 the county was reorganized as a nonmetropolitan county, and a section of Hampshire was added.
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Dorset

a county in SW England, on the English Channel: mainly hilly but low-lying in the east: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Bournemouth and Poole, which became independent unitary authorities in 1997. Administrative centre: Dorchester. Pop. (excluding unitary authorities): 398 200 (2003 est.). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 2544 sq. km (982 sq. miles)
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Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190056299.
Rising stars Mason Recci and Max Stewart from Sutton Coldfield at first pair only managed one win, against the Dorset thirds and lost a tight three-setter to the firsts.
The Dorset County museum, located in Dorchester, founded in 1845 by the poet William Barnes and the Reverend Henry Moule, not only serves its original function of preserving artifacts of the rural Dorset life that was disrupted by the Industrial Revolution but also holds over seven thousand items from Hardys estate, including a reproduction of his writing study as well as artifacts from Dorset's prehistoric, Anglo-Roman, and Saxon past.
Described by former Dorset player and Bournemouth skipper Martin Miller as "one of the quickest bowlers in the county", Kitson was selected by the Minor County in 2014, playing Unicorns Championship matches against Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Wales.
"The casualty was taken to Dorset County Hospital," the ambulance trust said.
The drugs were then couriered down to Dorset and distributed in Bridport and the surrounding towns.
The new packaging includes the brand's strap-line; 'Live, Breathe, Drink', which centres on the great outdoors and Dorset heritage.
New genetic evidence also challenges a prevailing view that a remnant population of Dorset descendants survived into the early 20th century, until they died from a disease introduced by European whalers.
Dorset, about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis, has no formal city government and a population ranging from nine to 28.
He said he entered into an extensive correspondence with Dorset County Council highlighting his concerns.
Dorset has a population of 22 to 28, and no formal government.