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Coroner appeal after body found

Police assisting the HM Coroner, after a man’s body was found at Hengistbury Head, are trying to trace the crew of a boat seen at Mudeford Quay who they believe may have vital information.

At 9.25pm on Sunday 24 May 2015, the body of a man aged in his 70s was found in the water at Hengistbury Head by a member of the public.

The man’s next of kin were notified and the death is not being treated as suspicious. It is believed that the man had entered the water at Mudeford Quay 43 hours before he was found.

On behalf of the coroner, police are trying to locate the owner and crew of a boat that left Mudeford Quay at around 2am on Saturday 23 May 2015.

“We believe that the craft was in the general area around the same time as the incident which resulted in a man’s body being discovered. I am hoping that whoever was on that boat may be able to provide us with vital information for the coroner’s inquest. This is a very tragic incident and any information we have may help to piece together exactly what happened. I would like to emphasise that this death is not being treated as suspicious.”

– Police Sergeant Tim Ward, of Christchurch police

20,000 sign petition to keep Hengistbury Head train

The land train at Hengistbury Head looks set to stay Credit: ITV Meridian

The future of Bournemouth's famous Hengistbury Head land train looks to have been secured, with the local council and train operators negotiating a new contract.

The train was set to be axed and replaced by a new council run service.

But a public outcry and a 20,000 strong petition looks to have changed the council's mind.


Ice cream boat 'Lolly Roger' capsizes

The Lolly Roger sold ice creams on a Dorset beach Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press

Three people had to be rescued when a boat selling ice cream capsized in Dorset.

The Lolly Roger overturned when a freezer containing ice cream rolled while on board and caused the vessel to upturn.

An ice-cream freezer that was onboard the boat Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press

A Mayday call was made to coastguards when a passing boat spotted the capsized vessel and the three-man crew off Hengistbury Head.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Portland was scrambled but stood down as it was not required.

The boat was completely overturned in the sea Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press

The three casualties - a woman and two men- were not seriously injured.