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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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Fire crews called to blaze at landfill site

Hampshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue Services were called to a fire on the Blue Haze landfill site near Ringwood early this morning.

The fire involved an area of non-hazardous waste approximately two acres in size and around 35 firefighters have worked to contain the fire and bring it under control. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said that smoke may be visible in the local area but it is not believed to present any threat to health. However, he said members of the public should be aware of the possible effects of smoke.

Onesie record attempt at Ringwood School!

Staff and students at Ringwood School attempted to break the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing onesies.

Over 1000 people at the school congregated in the sports hall, which in turned raised £1200 for charity.

The official attempt will be announced later this month.

Staff and students attempt to break the world record for largest gathering of people in onesies! Credit: Ringwood School

Mother demands A31 speed limit cut after Jade's death

by Martin Dowse

A woman whose daughter was killed as she rode her moped on a notorious stretch of road in Hampshire has organised a petition calling for the speed limit on that road to be cut.

Sixteen-year-old Jade Clark was just 16 when she died on the A31 at Ringwood on the 24th February 2013. Her mother says if the speed limit had been reduced from 70 to 50 miles per hour between the Burley junction and the Ashley Heath roundabout, then Jade might have survived.

Last year, the government said that only three per cent of the accidents on the road were due to speeding and the limit would not be reduced. Martin Dowse reports.

Man dies and another in hospital after collision on A31

A motorcyclist has died and another is in a serious condition in hospital following a collision on the A31 near Ringwood.

The two men came off their bikes yesterday evening at 6:15pm when they hit a horse, which also sadly died.

The men were taken to hospital but one of the men died of his injuries.

An investigation is underway to find out how the horse got onto the busy road.

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Police receive number of calls sighting missing teenager

Missing teenager Suong Thi Bui Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are still searching for a missing 17-year-old from the New Forest but have received a number of calls giving details of unconfirmed sightings.

Suong Thi Bui has been seen in a number of locations, from Chichester in Sussex to Blandford Forum in Dorset, all the way up to London.

She was last seen at her home in Ringwood on Saturday 19th October.

She speaks little English and has no money for food or lodgings.

Unconfirmed sightings of missing girl

Police have received a large number of calls giving details of unconfirmed sightings of missing 17-year-old Suong Thi Bui.

These sightings go as far east as Chichester in Sussex, as far west as Blandford Forum in Dorset and some as far away as London.

All of these lines of enquiry are being followed up today. These enquiries have been prioritised based on description, location and other aspects of the circumstances.

Suong was last seen at her home in Lawrence Road, Ringwood, at 4am Saturday, October 19. She speaks little English and has no means of buying food or lodgings for herself.

I would like to thank the public for an excellent response to our media appeal. This has given us some encouraging lines of enquiry to follow up.

Anyone who thinks they have seen Suong, but who hasn’t yet contacted the police, is encouraged to ring me or Detective Sergeant Will Whale at Southampton Central on 101 to report sightings.

– Detective Inspector Jim Park

Police concerned for welfare of missing teenager

We have concerns for Suong’s welfare and would appeal to her to contact us to let us know she’s safe. It is believed that she may have tried to travel to London, possibly the Camberwell Green area. Have you seen her or someone matching her description? Or do you know where she is? Please call us with any information.

– Detective Inspector Phil Scrase, Hampshire police

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Shirley CID on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Missing teenager speaks very little English

Suong Thi Bui hasn't been since yesterday Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of a 17-year-old girl who has gone missing from the Ringwood area. Suong Thi Bui is believed to have left a house in Lawrence Way, Ringwood, between 4am and 10 am on Saturday, October 19. She hasn’t been seen since.

She is a Vietnamese girl who speaks very little English. She is described as about 5ft tall and of a slim build. She may be wearing a beige jumper with pink flowers around the chest area, black leggings or tight blue jeans and black baseball-boot type trainers. She may be carrying a brown handbag.

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