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Childhood strikes back: Dorset Star Wars set sells for thousands

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Adults turned into children in Dorset today as they bought a huge collection of toys, paying hundreds of pounds for some of them.

The vast set of Star Wars figures was built up by a local man, and thanks to the internet, bidding came from around the world.

Bobba Fett alone went for more than £460.

Duncan Sleightholme has been rediscovering his youth with Mr Fett.

Star Wars collection could be worth tens of thousands

The collection could sell for tens of thousands. Credit: ITV News

A collection of Star Wars toys could sell for £50,000 in Dorset today.

Dukes Auctioneers are holding a special sale for a local man's collection, and interest is expected from around the world.

Items include some of the most sought after action figures, which could go for hundreds of pounds. The fan's entire collection is being sold.

He's taking quite a brave move to sell, because lots of of people collect, but actually putting it to the market and testing your judgement to see how well you've done, that's quite a difficult step.

So he's taken a brave step and he's decided that, with a new film coming out this year, he's decided to meet the market.

Why did he collect it? He fell in love with it.

– Matthew Denney, Auctioneer

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Recycling centre re-opens after bomb alert

The Dorchester Household Recycling Centre is back in operation after an unexploded device discovered at the site was deemed safe.

Police were called to the depot just after 2pm and brought in bomb disposal experts to examine the object, believed to be a World War II shell.

They have now left the site and St Georges Road has re-opened.

Bomb squad called to Dorchester recycling centre

Bomb disposal experts have been called to the Dorchester Household Recycling Centre after the discovery of a suspected unexploded device.

Police were called to the depot just after 2pm and it has been closed while the device is investigated. Other businesses nearby are continuing to operate but St George's Road, which leads to the centre, has been closed until further notice.

Family release photo of Dorchester murder victim

Elliot Handley was found dead at a garage in Dorchester. Credit: Dorset Police / Family

The family of Elliot Handley, who was found dead at a garage in Dorchester, have released a photograph of the 46-year-old.

Police investigating his murder are trying to trace his recent movements. He was last seen in Truro, Cornwall, a week ago, before his body was found at the Dorchester Collection on 26th May.

The police have referred the circumstances leading to the murder to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as Dorset Police officers had contact with people involved in the case before the crime was committed.

Three men arrested on suspicion of Elliot Handley's murder have been bailed. One, a 43-year-old man, has been bailed to a secure hospital, while a 47-year-old man and another aged 69 have been bailed until mid-June.

Police name Dorchester murder victim

Police are appealing for information on Elliot Handley's recent movements. Credit: ITV News

A man found dead at a garage in Dorchester has been named as 46-year-old Elliot Handley from Eastleigh.

His body was found on the night of Tuesday 26th May at the Dorchester Collection, launching a murder investigation which has seen three men arrested.

One of the suspects, a 43-year-old man, has been bailed to a secure hospital, while the other two, a 47-year-old man and another aged 69 have been bailed until mid-June.

Dorset Police are appealing for information about Elliot Handley's recent movements as they try to establish the circumstances of his murder. He was last seen in Truro, Cornwall, a week ago, and is believed to have travelled to Dorset after that.

A police cordon at the scene is expected to stay in place for some time while officers investigate.

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Three arrested after body found at Dorchester garage

The man's body was discovered at the Compass Garage in Dorchester. Credit: ITV News

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body in Dorchester. Three men have been arrested.

Police discovered the man's body at the Dorchester Collection garage in The Grove shortly before 10pm on Tuesday night.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police’s MCIT, said: “Following the discovery of a man’s body, Dorset Police has launched a murder investigation.

“Enquiries are now underway to establish exactly what happened yesterday.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in The Grove or has any other information that could be useful, to please call me urgently.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

Tributes paid to woman who died in Dorchester crash

Tributes paid to Louiza Covey from Bridport who died in a car crash Credit: Dorset Police

A woman who died in a fatal road traffic collision on the A37 near Dorchester has been named by her family.

Louiza Covey from Bridport was a passenger in a car involved in an accident near Grimstone on Friday night (May 8th 2015). Another man also died.

Louiza, known as Lulu to her family and friends, was born in Dorchester and grew up in Salway Ash. She worked as a highly-regarded horse groomer.

Lulu was an exceptional young woman whose constant happiness was contagious to everyone she knew and loved.

She was as beautiful inside as she was out and could change your day with a comment and smile.

Her honesty and pursuit of joy in everything she did should be an example to us all.

For all her family and friends, she leaves behind a void that will always be filled with treasured memories of her. She will never be forgotten.

– Lulu’s family

Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision – a blue Volkswagen Transporter van being driven by a 45-year-old man from Poole and a black Volkswagen Golf being driven by a man from Devon.

The driver of the van died and four other people were injured in the collision.

The passenger of the Volkswagen Transporter, a 37-year-old woman from Poole, is described as being in a life threatening condition.

The driver of the Volkswagen Golf – a 28-year-old man from Newton Abbot – and two other passengers, a 28-year-old man from Exeter and a 26-year-old woman from the Bridport area, have serious life changing injuries.

All four are receiving treatment at hospitals in Yeovil, Dorchester and Bristol.

Dorset Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident to please call me urgently on 101. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.

– Police Sergeant Joe Pardey, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit
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Two dead and four injured in Dorset crash

The accident happened on the A37 north of Grimstone Credit: ITV News

Two people have died and four have been left seriously injured after a crash near Dorchester.

It happened on the A37 north of Grimstone at around 10.15 last night.

A 25 year old woman from Bridport died, along with a 45 year old man from Poole. Four others are being treated for serious injuries in hospitals in Dorchester, Yeovil and Bristol.

Two dead and four injured in Dorchester crash

The accident happened on the A37 north of Grimstone Credit: ITV News

Two people have died and four have been left seriously injured after a crash near Dorchester.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.15 last night. It happened on the A37 north of Grimstone.

Two people were later confirmed dead, while four are being treated for serious injuries in hospitals in Dorchester, Yeovil and Bristol.

The road was closed throughout the night while the scene was examined, but has now reopened.

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