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75-year-old man dies in A35 Bridport lorry crash

Police are still at the scene of the collision. Credit: ITV West Country

The police have confirmed that a 75-year-old man from Torquay has died following a collision between a car and a lorry on the A35 in Bridport.

The road will remain closed in both directions for at least another hour, as investigations continue.

Diversions via a local route using the B3162 are causing long queues around the town.

Pensioner reverses into baby in Devizes

A baby boy has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in a car park in Devizes. The 14 month-old boy suffered a fractured skull and shoulder when he was struck by the car which was being driven by a 73 year-old man.

The accident happened just before 2pm yesterday in a parking area behind Freeman Road. The boy was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by air ambulance and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Fortunately, the young boy is expected to make a full recovery and is being moved on to a ward today. This incident happened in a communal area, however, we would like to hear from anybody who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have witnessed the collision."

– PC Andy Stanley


Bristol skyline spectacular

Lighting up Clifton Suspension Bridge Credit: Bristol 2015
Clifton Suspension Bridge as you've never seen it Credit: Bristol 2015

Bristol’s skyline is set to be lit up with two million volts of lightning in a spectacular show above Clifton Suspension Bridge.

It will be the world’s first biofuel pyrotechnics show marking the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015.

It will take place in a month's time. Organisers are promising a stunning visual extravaganza.

'Rubberneckers' face prosecution over M5 crash

The M5 was closed for several hours following the crash Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police in Gloucestershire are hunting up to a dozen drivers who recorded video footage of a pile-up on M5 last Saturday. A total of 18 people were injured and two were airlifted to hospital after a Peugeot was hit from behind and shunted underneath a tanker on the M5.

The smash between junctions 13 and 14 near Dursley closed the southbound carriageway for several hours on Saturday afternoon. A 23-year-old driver from Coventry suffered serious head injuries.

Gloucestershire Police say those found to have been "rubbernecking" may face a variety of charges. A spokesman said its investigation was ongoing and someone may still face charges relating to causing the collisions.

Tributes to murdered Bristol woman Jan Bennett

Jan Bennett lived in Turkey before moving to Bulgaria Credit: Facebook

Online tributes have been paid to Jan Bennett. Mrs Bennett, 67, was murdered near her new home in Bulgaria less than three months after moving from the resort of Altinkum with her husband Nick.

Roz Millington wrote on Facebook: "We were only messaging each other two days ago. I am very sad and disturbed at her untimely passing. May she RIP. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, my heart aches for you all. God Bless."

Patsy Preskey wrote: " Such sad news and especially for those of us who knew her and her husband."

And Joy and Taz Hakwins said: "Just so sorry to hear this truly awful news, I knew the lady and we are both so shocked. Sending our deepest sympathies to her husband Nick and all her family and friends."

Vineyard worker arrested in connection with murder of Jan Bennett

Jan Bennett had only recently moved to Bulgaria Credit: Didim Cem Evi

A vineyard worker has been identified as the man accused of murdering Bristol woman Jan Bennett. Ivan Georgiev was detained last Saturday, a day after Mrs Bennett's body was found near her home in a village in Bulgaria.

Details of the crime have emerged through an English-language online newspaper in the Turkish coastal town where Mrs Bennett lived before moving to Bulgaria. Read more here.


Bristol woman murdered in Bulgaria

Jan Bennett, right, picture with her friend Karin Dalbak Credit: Didim Cem Evi

A woman from Bristol has been raped and murdered in Bulgaria just a few months after moving there with her husband. Jan Bennett, 67, was attacked while walking her dogs near her home in the village of Malomir, around 200 miles east of the capital Sofia.

It's reported that her burnt body was found just a few hundred metres from her new home. A local man named as Ivan Georgiev, 40, was arrested after police found DNA linking him to the scene.

Mrs Bennett, from Eastville had only recently moved to the area with her disabled husband Nick. They had previously spent a number of years living in the Turkish coastal resort of Altinkum, where they were active members of a local church group.

Her 62-year-old husband is said to have been admitted to a local hospital where he was being treated for shock.

"We can confirm the death of a British national in Bulgaria. We are liaising with Bulgarian authorities and have met with the family to provide support at this difficult time."<

– Foreign Office spokesman
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Serious accident closes A35 in Dorset

The A35 is shut in both directions in Bridport following a collision between a car and a lorry.

It happened just after 5am in Sea Road South.

The road is expected to be shut for most of the morning.

Traffic is being diverted via a local route using the B3162 through Bridport.

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