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New safety signs for notorious part of A31 near Dorset

More than 70 new signs are being put up on a notorious stretch of road in the South to try and improve safety.

It is hoped the new signage at Ringwood on the Hampshire Dorset border will help to reduce the number of accidents along the A31 between the Ashley Heath roundabout and Burley.

There have been a number of fatalities on this stretch of road in recent years - including 16-year-old Jade Clark who died after being knocked off her moped in February last year. Here's Martin Dowse's report.

The interviewee is: Councillor Michael Thierry, Ringwood Town Council.

New signs put up on notorious road to improve safety

More than 70 new signs are being put up on a notorious stretch of road in Dorset to try and improve safety. 16-year-old Jade Clark died when her moped was involved in a crash on the A31 near Ringwood last February.

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The A31 Credit: ITV Meridian

The new signs will start going up later to make it easier for drivers to pick the right lanes. The road will be closed overnight and diversions will be in place.

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Jade Clark Credit: Dorset Police

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Day 2: Man accused of covering his role in teens death

Video. The driver accused of attempting to cover up the role he played in the death of a teenage moped rider left a trail of lies in the aftermath of the crash, a court has heard today.

Brian Hampton told his wife he had nothing to do with the collision which left 16-year-old Jade Clark dead on the A31 near Ringwood in February this year.

The jury at Bournemouth Crown Court was also told how he got his car repaired to hide signs of the accident, telling mechanics he had hit a deer. Martin Dowse reports.

Man on trial for perverting the course of justice

The trial of a man accused of perverting the course of justice in the crash which claimed the life of teenager Jade Clark begun today.

Motorists described how Jade, who was riding her moped, was hit by a Volvo but the vehicle failed to stop. The driver was Brian Hampton, who is 58 and from Kent.

The court heard that after the crash, he stopped at a hotel in Poole overnight where he was seen examining the front of his car.

He rang in sick to work and the following day, he returned to Kent.

He allegedly took his Volvo to a repair shop in Kent, telling them he had struck a deer.

He paid for the repairs to be done on his car and said he was third party insured. In fact, he was an uninsured and disqualified driver.

The prosecution allege he deliberately tried to avoid any connection being made between his car and the collision with Jade. The trail continues.

Police 'will find person responsible' for Jade's death

Police hunting a hit and run driver who knocked down and killed a teenager say they will find the person responsible. Jade Clark, who was 16, died when her scooter was involved in a collision on the A31 near Ringwood last month.

Officers in Dorset have now inspected 800 Volvo XC90s which match the description of a vehicle seen driving away. Martin Dowse reports.

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£4000 reward after Jade's death

A Hampshire company is offering a reward of £4000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of of a driver after a hit and run crash. Officers were called at 8.23pm on Sunday 24 February 2013 to the collision on the westbound carriageway of the A31 near the Ashley Heath roundabout.

The young rider of a red moped, 16-year-old Jade Clark, was pronounced dead at the scene. Several vehicles were involved in the collision. A Volvo XC90, believed to be the first vehicle to collide with Jade, left prior to police arriving at the scene.

Churchill Retirement Living, a company based in Hampshire, is offering a reward of £4000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of an offender.

New PCC to monitor safety after A31 hit-and-run

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, has vowed to monitor safety on the A31, following a fatal road traffic collision.

Officers were called at 8.23pm on Sunday 24 February 2013 to the collision on the westbound carriageway of the A31 near the Ashley Heath roundabout. The rider of a red moped, 16-year-old Jade Clark, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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