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Delays as summer getaway gets underway


#A27 eastbound between the jcts with the #A26 South and the #A2270 - delays of 15mins due to heavy traffic. Delays expected until 2:30pm.


#M25 no real surprises here - very slow clockwise 8-15 (Reigate to the #M4) taking at least 90 mins - won’t get any better! (13:36)


Dartford, A225 Princes Road: Slow moving traffic heading towards M25 Jct 1B. Please allow extra time for your journey.


Driver of motorhome dies after collision with truck

Dorset police officers are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash on the A31, outside Wimborne service station.

The collision happened between a grey and white Fiat Autorail motorhome and a yellow DAF tipper truck.

Sadly, the driver of the motorhome, a man in his 60s from Fareham, died at the scene. His wife, a woman in her 60s and the driver of the tipper truck were taken to hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 24:126.

Viewers' pictures as temperatures stay in the 80s

Temperatures are sizzling in the South - hotter than in Portugal or Spain, with a high expected today of 86F.

Swanage in Dorset
Here's how it's looking in Swanage today Credit: Robin Boultwood

Yesterday, the South was the hottest place in the country - 29.9C (85F) - in the Solent, in Hampshire. Will it last?

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'Benefits Street' follow up causes row with residents

A community has clashed with television producers over a new documentary being made in their street.

Filming for 'Immigration Street' is already underway on Derby Road in the Northam area of Southampton. It's being made by the same people who produced the controversial documentary 'Benefits Street' filmed in Birmingham.

The documentary makers say Derby Road has been chosen because more than half of residents were born outside of the UK. But some people in the neighbourhood fear the programme will cause tension and negativity. Richard Slee reports.


Technician surprised to find nest beneath car bumper

A technician thought he heard an unusual squeaking noise when he was repairing a car in Bournemouth - little did he know it was nesting birds.

Jon Brooks was starting an oil change when he heard chirping and found the nest balancing underneath the car.

He scooped the nest onto cardboard before calling the RSPCA - who came to collect the three birds.

Three birds took shelter underneath a car in Dorset Credit: RSPCA

Inspector Hammond identified the birds as grey pied wagtails. They were very young nestlings, but had some feathers and were seemingly unscathed, despite having travelled under the car for about five miles to the dealership on Wallisdown Road."

The rescue organisation say that it is common for wagtails to nest in vehicles, having seen them come in on tractors and cars and even a boat.

Appeal after 65-year-old missing from Poole

Dorset Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a man who went missing from Poole – with a picture of him being released.

Alan Allgood, aged 65, was last seen when he dropped his friend off at work at the retail park on Wallisdown Road at 12.50pm, Tuesday 22nd July .

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Alan was driving his silver Vauxhall Omega car Credit: Dorset Police

At 2pm the same day he sent a text message to this friend that indicated he was upset and may come to some harm.

Alan was driving his silver Vauxhall Omega car, registration number Y608WVV when he was last seen.

Everyone who knows Alan is very worried about him and would like to find him as soon as possible.

“Alan suffers from angina and has not got his medication with him. He is likely to be experiencing chest pain at this time and will need his treatment as soon as possible.

“Our enquiries have led us to believe that Alan may be in the vicinity of Wareham Forest or the surrounding area. An extensive search is being conducted by officers assisted by the NPAS helicopter, dog units and the voluntary organisations DORSAR – Dorset Search and Rescue – and Wessex 4x4.

– Inspector Steve White, of Dorset Police

Investigation continues into who supplied Peaches with heroin that killer her

The inquest into Peaches Geldof's death has found that she died after taking high purity heroin at her home in Wrotham.

There is an ongoing investigation into who supplied Ms Geldof with the heroin.

The last known movements by Peaches on Sunday 6th April saw Peaches post a picture with her mother onto 'Instagram’.

Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham Credit: PA

The last known contact Peaches had is at 7:45pm when she had a telephone conversation with a friend she had recently sent a message to.

Various people, including Thomas Cohen made attempts to contact Peaches as the evening progressed; Thomas made a call to Peaches that night but got no response.

On Monday 7th April, Thomas Cohen made repeated efforts to contact his wife but had no success.

He arrived at the home address with his mother where he went upstairs thinking that Peaches was asleep.

Thomas then located Peaches in a spare bedroom - where it became obvious to him that she was dead.

Peaches was located on the edge of a bed and was slumped forward onto the bed.

Peaches inquest: Drug equipment found next to body

The initial assessment of the scene found that Peaches had taken heroin and collapsed and died on the bed.

Detailed searches of the whole premises took place and located heroin and various items used for the preparation and consumption of heroin.

Next to the bed was a box containing a capped syringe with a small amount of a brown fluid left in the main chamber and some residue/fluid inside the cap - which forensics have found to contain traces of heroin.

Persons taking heroin on a regular basis develop a tolerance to the drug, and such individuals can use doses that would be toxic, or fatal, to people with no tolerance. However, tolerance to heroin (and other opiate drugs) appears to be lost fairly rapidly when users cease to use the drug, and deaths commonly occur in people who have previously been tolerant and have returned to using heroin”

– Dr Harris
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