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61 year-old man dies in collision

A 61 year-old man from Christchurch has died in a collision.

It happened at 2.12pm on Waterloo Road near to the Shell garage.

A white van, which was travelling from Poole toward Gravel Hill, crossed the central reservation into the opposite carriageway before colliding with a tree. The man died at the scene and his family have been told.

A man who was also travelling in the van sustained a head injury and was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment.

Both carriageways were closed between Cabot Lane and Darbys Corner roundabout. The road was re-opened just after 7pm.

130 cannabis plants seized by police


Police have seized nearly 130 cannabis plants in various stages of growth from a stable yard just off the A272 between Petworth and Wisborough Green.

Officers attended the property at around 6pm on Saturday 18th February after an anonymous tip off from a member of public.

They found the plants in two metal shipping containers on the site.

A 35-year-old local will be interviewed under caution at a police station later this month as police enquiries continue.


Police re-appeal for information on missing man


Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for the public’s help in locating a man missing from Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

Mark Robinson, aged 53, from Crowell, Oxfordshire, was last seen on Thursday 26th January at around 7am in Chinnor Road, Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

Mark is white, 6ft, of medium build, with balding grey hair.

When he was last seen it is believed he was wearing a suit and a grey over coat and was carrying a black leather shoulder bag.

Mark is thought to have access to a grey Mazda 3 vehicle and may have travelled to the following areas in the UK: West Yorkshire, West Midlands, Cumbria, Lancashire and Scotland. We are sharing our appeal with the relevant police forces in these areas.

Mark’s family and Thames Valley Police are becoming extremely worried for his welfare. The Force has still not been able to make contact with Mark since he went missing last month.

– Investigating officer, PC Neil McGrath

Grieving mother fears more bodies will be found

A mother - whose daughter was one of the victims of double murderer Christopher Halliwell - has spoken to ITV Meridian and says she fears more bodies will be found at his former home.

Excavation work is being carried out in Broad Street in Swindon - a search that has, so far, lasted five days. Yet, Karen Edwards says she is still trying to adjust to life without her daughter.

Twenty-year-old Becky Godden was last seen in December 2002. Her remains were found in a field nine years later. Last year, her family got justice when Halliwell was found guilty of her murder.

Robert Murphy spoke exclusively to Karen Edwards about the new developments.

Freddie, 80, works out six days a week

Every so often on Meridian, we meet people who defy their years.

Remember Gladys Beer from Hythe who was still leading fitness classes in her seventies? Her workouts pulled in keep fit enthusiasts for miles around.

Well now meet Freddie Stoodley. He works out six days a week. As Jessica Savage found out, it's all pretty impressive for someone who's 80.

Rare classic cars go on display

Now what makes a classic car? That's a big debate in motoring circles where passions can run high in discussions over which make and model from days gone by was the best.

One thing is for certain though, get the right car back into the right condition - and there's money to be made. Kevin Ashford has been to one of the biggest classic car shows to find out more...


Kenneth Noye could be moved to open prison

Kenneth Noye - the road rage killer who stabbed a young man to death on the M25 in Kent - could be moved to an open prison in a matter of days after his lawyers won a legal challenge today.

Transferring the 69-year-old to open conditions was recommended by the Parole Board two years ago, but it was blocked by the then Justice Secretary Michael Gove. A High Court judge ruled in Noye's favour. John Ryall reports.

US car carrier returns to Southampton after fire

An American car carrier is returning towards Southampton after a fire.

At around 3:45am today (Friday 24 February 2017) UK Coastguard was notified of a fire on board the US car carrier ‘Honor’ in the English Channel while it was en route to Baltimore from Southampton.

The vessel’s fixed firefighting systems were used to attack the fire and the cargo space has been sealed. The ship’s crew continue to monitor the cargo area.

A Fire and Rescue Marine Response team is being airlifted on board the vessel.

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