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Dorset man spared jail after causing death of 16 year old girl in road crash.

Ellie Jackson Credit: Dorset Police

A Blandford man has been given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for causing the death of a 16-year-old girl in a fatal road collision in Shaftesbury. Kieran Marshall, 21, was sentenced at Dorchester Crown Court, after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving at a previous hearing.

He was handed an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years, disqualified from driving for two years, ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £670 in court costs.

The court heard the collision happened Monday 30 June 2014 when Marshall was driving his silver Volkswagen Polo on the A30 Sherborne Causeway in Shaftesbury. He lost control of his car on a bend, it left the road and collided with a grass bank and hedge before coming to rest on the carriageway. Marshall was able to escape the wreckage but his front seat passenger, 16-year-old Ellie Jackson, was trapped. She was freed by firefighters and taken to hospital but sadly died from her injuries on Thursday 3 July.

The court heard Marshall’s Polo was examined by police vehicle examiners and they could not find any defects or modifications that would have caused or contributed to the collision. Collision investigators stated that it would have been difficult for the collision to have happened if Marshall had negotiated the left bend and hill at the appropriate speed.

Speaking after the case, Police Sergeant Joe Pardey, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “This was a tragic case. No sentence passed will ever be enough to justify the loss of a life. However, this highlights the significant responsibility that drivers, especially new drivers, have when they get behind the wheel. While some drivers may find driving at speed exhilarating, this enjoyment can lead to tragedy. Motorists must drive safely, within the law and their own ability. Ellie Jackson lost her life because of an act of careless driving that could and should have been avoided.”

Cyclist attacked by gang of men in Basingstoke park

A cyclist has been attacked by a gang of men as he rode his BMX through a Basingstoke park. It's believed he was assaulted by around 6 to 7 men as he made his way through the underpass from Whistlers Close leading to the War Memorial Park. One group member attacked the man causing him to fall off his bike. He was then kicked in the head. The man managed to get back on his bike and ride away from his attackers. He suffered serious injuries to his face including a fractured cheek bone. He was treated at the North Hampshire Hospital and is now recovering at home.

One group member is described as white, in his early 20s and about 5ft 10in with a medium, muscular build. He is said to have short light brown hair and was wearing a blue jumper and black trousers.

Another group member is described as black and in his late teens or early 20s with his hair styled in several tight plaits tied across his head. He was shorter and of a smaller build and was wearing black trousers and a black jumper.

Detective Constable Donna Free said: “I am appealing to anyone who saw a group of men in and around this area yesterday evening. Or if anyone knows of a group of men who visit this area often. I want to reassure the public that this is a rare occurrence; however the incident has left the victim with serious injuries to his face. If you think you can help identify these men, please get in contact immediately.”



'Sugar tax' part of new campaign to fight obesity

A voluntary 'sugar tax' is being imposed on sugary drinks in Brighton from today, in the battle against record levels of diabetes and childhood obesity.

Brighton and Hove is the first in the UK to take such action - imposing a ten pence levy in restaurants, cafes and shops.

A can of coke can contain just over ten sugar lumps. A small carton of blackcurrant juice - seven. Even, a glass of orange juice can be five sugar lumps. An adult's daily consumption should be just seven.

More than 300 children were admitted to hospital in Brighton and Hove to have teeth removed. The NHS spends £80 million pounds a year on treating diet-related diseases in the area.

So, will the new charge be enough to tackle the health crisis? Here's Andy Dickenson's report.

We hear from teenager Aaliyah Aiyanyo, diabetes sufferer Michael Babbage, TV chef Jamie Oliver, Brighton Food Partnership Director Vic Borrill, newsagent Abs Istefanous, and Brighton Director of Public Health Dr Tom Scanlon.

Priceless pups - hair-raising bids for world's rarest Ridgebacks

A dog-owner from Sussex has Europe's first-ever litter of the world's rarest breed of dog.

Catherine Lane from Brighton is not only the first owner of Phu Quoc Ridgebacks in Europe, but also the first to successfully breed a litter of puppies.

Catherine travelled all the way to Vietnam to buy the parent dogs, which are so rare there are only 800 registered in the world.

She's been offered up to £10,000 for each of the four puppies.

On the run porcupine is spotted near pub

A passerby spotted the porcupine near a pub Credit: Andy Hill

A porcupine missing from an estate in Oxfordshire has been caught on camera.

It went on the run from the McAlpine Estate near Henley in the early hours of yesterday and is still missing this evening.

Passerby Andy Hill snapped the animal just around the corner from the Shepherd's Hut pub in Ewelme Oxfordshire.

Anyone who sees it is urged to call Thames Valley Police.

The porcupine was spotted on the run in the early hours of the morning Credit: Andy Hill
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