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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

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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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Fire breaks out at landfill site

Crews are still at the scene at the Trigon landfill site in Wareham Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

A surface fire broke out at Trigon landfill site, Bere Lane, Wareham, Dorset, yesterday at 1830.

Six tenders from Dorset Fire and Rescue Services worked alongside Viridor site personnel to extinguish the fire and the Environment Agency were in attendance.

The fire is now effectively extinguished, and the team will work throughout the day to manage hotspots, entering into a 72-hour fire watch this evening.

Customers have been notified that the site may remain closed for the remainder of the week, and have been advised of alternative service provision.

Crews are still at the scene at the Trigon landfill site in Wareham Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

“Our tactical plan for dealing with the landfill fire was very successful. Fire fighters used aggressive tactics including the use of water bowsers and high volume pumps that, combined with site staff using heavy machinery to smother the fire, has worked really well."

– Dorset Fire Service Group Manager Andy Fox
Crews are still at the scene at the Trigon landfill site in Wareham Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

“Thanks to the Viridor team and emergency services that worked hard through the night, and to colleagues around the company who offered assistance. A full investigation into the cause of this incident is underway.”

– Ian Morrish, Landfill Energy Director
Crews are still at the scene at the Trigon landfill site in Wareham Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

PICTURES: Devastation caused by heath fire in Dorset

Vegetation and trees have been left scorched after a fire at an area of heath in Dorset.

Ten fire engines attended the fire at the Bovington Training Area at Bovington Heath on Saturday afternoon.

The fire reached more than 19 acres of land Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

The fire lasted for more than four hours and covered more than 19 acres of land. So far the cause of the fire is unknown.

Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue Service
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