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Investigation to begin into cause of thatch fire

Around 100 firefighters were tackling the blaze last night Credit: ITV Meridian

Investigations will begin this morning into the cause of a fire which destroyed part of a thatched cottage in Lytchett Matravers near Poole.

Almost one hundred firefighters were tackling the blaze at the property last night.

They managed to save half of the roof.

No-one was injured.

Dorset Fire and Rescue say investigators will return to the house at 7am this morning.

Fire crews save most of home after thatch roof fire


Up to 100 firefighters tackle thatched roof fire

Fire crews from Dorset and Hampshire been fighting a fire in the thatched roof of a property in Lytchett Matravers.

Man dies following crash

An investigation's underway after a man was killed in a crash in Lytchett Matravers.

The collision happened on Friday afternoon on Huntick Road at the junction with Wareham Road outside the Rose and Crown pub.

A white Ford Transit Connect van, being driven by an 84-year-old man from Swanage, was in collision with a blue Mercedes A class car.

The driver of the Mercedes, a 91-year-old man from Lytchett Matravers, was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment but sadly died on Saturday.

His next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified.

The driver of the Ford Transit was uninjured.

“Initially the injuries sustained in this collision were not thought to have been serious. But sadly the driver of the Mercedes died in hospital the following day.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle being driven prior to the incident, to please call me.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Police Constable Lee Savage, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Firm hopes to reconnect gas to 300 homes by lunchtime

Gas engineers working to restore power after supplies cut off in Lytchett Matravers

The energy supplier Southern Gas Networks has said it is continuing with its attempts to reconnect homes and businesses that were cut off from their gas supplies in Lytchett Matravers in Dorset on Sunday. Around 1200 properties were affected, with 300 still cut off last night.

A spokesperson has released this statement:

"We made significant progress last night, restoring gas supplies to over 75 per cent of homes. Our engineers began visiting the remaining homes this morning to reconnect supplies and we are hoping to restore gas to all affected properties by lunchtime.

"If you are out when our engineer calls, they will leave a card with our contact details. Please call us on 0845 070 1431 and we'll arrange for an engineer to revisit your property... All our engineers carry ID cards and we would encourage you to check the identity of anyone calling at your home.

"Our incident centre in the Village Hall has reopened this morning, where our Customer Service team is on hand to help with any questions or concerns. You can also speak to our engineers on site or call our 24-hour Customer Service team on 0845 070 1431.

"You will be compensated for your time without gas. After the first 24 hours, you will receive £30 for each 24-hour period you are without gas. This will be paid to you automatically through your gas supplier and appear as a credit on your next gas bill.

"We would like to thank everyone once again for their patience and co-operation during our final push to restore gas supplies in Lytchett Matravers."

Second night without gas for 300 homes in Dorset

Around three hundred homes and businesses in Lytchett Matravers in Dorset are still without gas due to a mystery fault. In total twelve hundred were cut off on Sunday, higher than the 600 or so originally reported. Southern Gas Networks says its engineers are working to restore power.

Teams will be visiting the properties without gas this morning.


Murder inquiry launched after Police find human remains in Dorset

Geoffrey Reed has been missing since Thursday 7th June Credit: Dorset Police

Dorset Police officers searching for a missing man have launched a murder investigation after finding human remains near Lychett Matravers.

Geoffrey Reed aged 57, from Bournemouth was last seen on Thursday 7th June. Police have been appealing for information on his whereabouts.

On Tuesday forensic officers cordoned off houses and woodland close to Lytchett Matravers near Poole. Detectives say it is too early to say if the remains are those of Mr Reed.

Police search focuses on farm house

Fifty seven year-old Geoffrey Reed has not been since last Thursday. Credit: Dorset Police

Police hunting for a missing man in Dorset are focusing their search on an area of woodland and a farm house. Three people are being questioned in connection with the disappearance of Geoffrey Reed. Police are focusing their investigations on Lytchett Matravers near Bournemouth.

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