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New train service linking Wareham with Swanage

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It's the first regular train service to link Wareham with Swanage, in Dorset, in 45 years.

Civic dignitaries joined rail enthusiasts today for the launch of the new service which marks the the culmination of years of campaigning and hard work.

Much of the branch line was torn up after British Rail closed the route in 1972 but it has gradually been rebuilt and improved and now represents an amazing dream come true.

As Richard Slee reports.

Richard spoke to Peter Sills, Colin Stone and Peter Frost, all railway volunteers. He also spoke to Director of Project Wareham Mark Woolley.

Four people taken to hospital following crash

Four people have been taken to hospital after a crash involving four vehicles in Wareham.

It happened at around 12.45pm this afternoon on the A35 near to the turning for Bloxworth. The vehicles involved were a blue Alfa Romeo, bronze Honda CR-V, a black Kia cee'd and a grey Audi A7.

The road is currently closed at Morden Park Corner and Woodbury Cross to allow investigators to examine the scene.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact police.

"I would also like to speak to anyone who saw the manner of driving of any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident."

– Chief Inspector Heather Dixey, of Dorset Police

Cyclist in hospital with serious injuries after crash

The accident happened on Wogret Road on Sunday night

A cyclist is in a life threatening condition in Southampton General Hospital after a collision with a car in Dorset.

The crash happened on Worgret Road in Wareham at about 6.10pm on Sunday night. The 58-year-old cyclist, a man from Essex, was flown to the hospital by air ambulance.

The driver of the car - a black Nissan Almeira - was a 26-year-old woman from Portland. She was not injured.

The road was closed for several hours after the incident. Police are appealing for witnesses.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving or riding prior to the collision to contact Dorset Police.”

– Police Constable Tim Gooding, Dorset Police Traffic Unit


Two thatched cottages severely damaged by fire

The roof was almost completely destroyed Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

Two thatched cottages have been severely damaged by fire near Wareham this morning.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service was called to the hamlet of East Creech at just before 9am and found a fire affecting the thatched roofs of the pair of semi-detached homes.

At the height of the blaze, nine fire engines were in attendance.

Firefighters at the scene Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

By 12.50pm, the fire had been brought under control, with five relief crews now on site to continue damping down.

It is believed that the fire started accidentally, with investigations focusing on the chimney.

Hair from Napoleon's head to be sold at auction

Cottees of Wareham in Dorset have stumbled upon a single hair from Napoleon Bonaparte the Great Emperor’s head.

Whether it was pinched when he was held in confinement on Saint Helena during the last six years of his life is a matter of conjecture but this is an extraordinary find.

The vendor’s family had stored the hair in a chest of drawers for many years before it fell in to auctioneer John Condie’s hands.

The hair is held down with red wax and includes a note stating that the contents of the small fold of paper are " A single hair of Napoleon Bonaparte's head, 29th August 1816" and another stating "Obtained 5 May 1821" - the date of his death.

It's estimated at £100 --£200 and will be offered for sale on Tuesday 9 June.

Thousands of cigarettes found in layby

These cigarettes were recovered from a layby near Wareham Credit: Dorset Police

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward after almost 34,000 cigarettes were recovered from a layby near Wareham.

The haul, which was reported to police by a dog walker at 9.10am on Thursday, was collected by officers and will be referred to HM Revenue and Customs for further investigation.

The consignment was found in a layby along the A35 at Bloxworth, near Wareham.

No arrests have been made.

“I would like to speak to anyone who may have information regarding where the cigarettes may have come from. Anyone who may have found other packets in unusual circumstances should hand them to police. Further tests are required to determine the contents of the cigarettes so I would also urge anyone who may have been offered packets of cigarettes cheaply to report this to police as their consumption may be harmful.”

– Police Sergeant Paul James, of Purbeck police
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