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Man found lying in road with serious injuries

Police arrived at the scene yesterday afternoon Credit: Simon Rowley

Hampshire Police are investigating how a man came to be seriously injured in the New Forest.

The man was found lying on the A35 at Burley yesterday afternoon.

Witnesses are being sought to the accident Credit: Simon Rowley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found in the road on the A35 at Burley with serious head injuries this afternoon (Saturday, April 18).

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit are working to identify what happened.

So far it has been established that, at 3.15pm, a red Nissan Navara was travelling along the A35 through Burley Manor crossroads, towing a "tea cup" fair ground ride.

After it passed through the crossroads, the driver of another vehicle a few cars back spotted a man lying in the road.

Officers are focussing their enquiries on establishing how he came to be there and working to identify him and inform his family.

The man, who is believed to be 50-years-old, has been taken to Southampton General Hospital where his injuries are described as life threatening.

The A35 was closed at Burley in both directions for four hours and is just being reopened.

The man in his 50s is in a critical condition Credit: Simon Rowley

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Police name missing kayaker as search continues

Police have named a canoeist who has gone missing in the Solent as 54-year-old Stephen Taylor.

A search was launched last night for Stephen Taylor. Credit: ITV Meridian

Mr Taylor, of Newbroke Road in Gosport left Lee-on-Solent, at around 11.30am yesterday morning in his blue coloured kayak with the intention of paddling to Lepe beach in the Southampton area.

The experienced canoeist's partner alerted police when he failed to return home.

Mr Taylor is believed to be wearing a wetsuit, a light blue coloured long sleeved top, navy blue life jacket with a red detail and a beige sun hat.

A passing vessel is believed to have seen Mr Taylor at 10.50pm last night, Hampshire Police added.

Young woman killed in unexplained car crash

Dorset Police are investigating Credit: ITV

A young woman has died after her car careered off a road and crashed into a hedge.

The accident happened on the A35 Old Sherborne Road near Dorchester at 21.45 last night.

A 23 year old woman was declared dead at the scene. Her close family has been informed.

Dorset police are appealing to anyone who saw her black Nissan Primera in the lead up to the accident.

Missing kayaker: Coastguard statement

The search is continuing this morning for the kayaker who has been missing since yesterday evening. HM Coastguard have released a statement:

Hillhead and Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams are undertaking shoreline searches.

The Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent is searching along the coastline and out into the Solent.

Lymington Lifeboat is searching and the Coastguard is making broadcasts to all shipping, requesting that they keep a sharp lookout for the kayak and missing person.

– HM Coastguard

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Fire crews tackle further heath fires in Sussex

Crews were called out on Saturday evening Credit: Eddie Howland

Firefighters from East and West Sussex have been fighting a further blaze at heathland in the Ashdown Forest.

They were called to an area off the Beaconsfield Road, in Chelwood Gate on Saturday evening.

Crews from East and West Sussex attended Credit: Eddie Howland

It's not known yet exactly how the blaze started. Recent dry weather is thought to have contributed to the spread of a number of heath fires along the south coast.

The blaze has now been brought under control Credit: Eddie Howland

Crews from Surrey and Hampshire tackle heath blaze

The fire as seen from the skies above Guildford Credit: @NPAS_Redhill
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Missing kayaker: Coastguard launch urgent search

An urgent search operation has been launched to find a kayaker who has gone missing off the coast of Southampton.

The kayaker went missing yesterday. Credit: Google Maps

The kayaker left from Hill Head in Fareham, Hampshire at around 11.30 am on Saturday and did not return.

The Coastguard helicopter and lifeboats are involved in the search.

“We are searching for a kayaker who was expected home last night," Ash Rawson, controller at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham, said.

"A vessel has been in contact with us to report a possible sighting and we are following up on this report as well as continuing our in-depth search of the area with multiple agencies.”

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