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One day old kittens left for dead in Dorset car park

The kittens were dumped in a cold car park yesterday morning Credit: RSPCA

One day old kittens were left for dead in a Dorset car park before they were rescued by the RSPCA.

Four black and white kittens were found extremely cold and fighting for their lives at 8.15am yesterday at Throop Mill car park in a cream fabric drawer that would be used as bedroom furniture.

Unfortunately, one of the kittens died in the cold but the other three kittens are now being hand-reared round the clock by the RSPCA to give them the best chance of survival.

The drawer also contained a blood stained duvet case and a pattern size George at Asda top.

The RSPCA hope to trace the owners from a top found with the kittens Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey said: “Abandoning such tiny animals is totally unacceptable. Had they not been found they would certainly have died. The mother cat is likely to be very distressed at the moment as she is not being allowed to nurse her kittens."

Dorset man jailed for kidnap and robbery

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for kidnap and robbery.

Daniel Robert Howard was sentenced on the 13th March alongside a 19-year-old Ferndown man who was also sentenced for the same offences at the same time.

The incident happened at 12.40pm on Tuesday 30th April on the A31 near Lidl and continued at a car park on the Trickets Estate behind Barnes Close.

The 22-year-old victim was forced into a gold coloured Peugeot and driven to a nearby car park, dragged out of the vehicle and assaulted.

He sustained cuts and bruising to his face, body and legs due to the kicks by the two offenders but was able to walk home and the police was alerted.

This was an unusual incident for this area which received coverage at the time. I would like to reassure members of the public that such a crime is very uncommon in this area and indeed Dorset and that the offenders and the victim were known to each other."

– Steve May, of Bournemouth and Poole CID


RNLI crew given high award after Sussex teen search

An RNLI coxswain has been recognised for his role in an extensive search Credit: PA Wire

A man who led the RNLI search for a missing teen from Sussex has been awarded one of the charity's highest accolades.

Paul Legendre, from Newhaven RNLI, is to receive the Thanks of the Institution on Vellum for his part in the search for Dylan Alkins.

Dylan, aged 14, vanished while playing in the surf with friends at West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex, on the 27th October 2013.

He has not been found despite extensive searches involving lifeboat crews, Coastguard teams and a search and rescue helicopter.

On the day Dylan went missing in "atrocious" conditions and storm force 10 winds, Paul led his volunteer crew in an extensive search from the shoreline to the open sea.

The crew were eventually stood down at 9.45pm after six hours at sea.

George Rawlinson, RNLI operations director, said: "

"It is with a mixture of sadness and pride that I nominate Paul for the Thanks of the Institution on Vellum. I know first-hand how much he was affected by this incident and am confident he did everything humanly possible to lead his crew in searching for Dylan that day."

Woman in critical condition after New Forest crash

A woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a serious crash in the New Forest.

The collision happened at 11.03am this morning on the B3054 between Beaulieu and Lymington.

The man and woman travelling in the other car are also being treated in hospital.

A black Renault Scenic was being driven by a woman in her sixties and was in a collision with a silver Honda Civic travelling in the opposite direction.

The Renault driver has been taken to Southampton General Hospital with life threatening injuries and her condition has been described as critical.

West Country (E)

Coroner: Reduced visibility caused M5 crash

by David Woodland

Coroner Michael Rose says the deceased died as a result of a road traffic accident as vehicles entered an area of reduced visibility.The Coroner will meet authorities before making a ruling regarding:

  • Education for fireworks operators - whether minimum distances should be set for displays near highways
  • Whether licensing of displays is needed
  • Whether visual detection devices should be installed on this stretch of motorway

The Coroner thanked all emergency services and members of the public.

A minute's silence was held as the names of the dead were read out.

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