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Man charged with Dorchester murder

Elliot Handley. Credit: Dorset Police / family

Detectives investigating the death of a 46-year-old man in Dorchester have charged a man with murder.

At around 9.50pm on Tuesday 26 May 2015, police were called to a flat in The Grove and discovered the body of Elliot Handley.

A post mortem examination revealed he'd died from multiple blunt force head injuries.

Simon Bennett, 43, from Dorchester, has been charged with Elliot’s murder. He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A 47-year-old man from Dorchester and a 69-year-old man from Weymouth, who had been arrested on suspicion of murder, were released from bail without charge in June.

Childhood strikes back: Dorset Star Wars set sells for thousands

Credit: ITV News

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.

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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

Star Wars collection could go for 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

Dorchester schoolboy to feature in charity's Big First Aid Lesson

Sean Irwin, his mum and grandmother Credit: St John Ambulance

An eight-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from Dorchester is taking a lead role in the charity’s Big First Aid Lesson later.

The story of how Sean Irwin looked after his mum, Caroline (29) when she fell six feet and knocked herself out cold is being featured in the live webcast.

Sean, who has been a St John Ambulance Badger in Dorchester for three years, feared his mum may have suffered a serious head, neck or spinal injury in the fall, so he checked her breathing and pulse, rather than putting her into the recovery position.

Caroline regained consciousness and was taken to hospital by her mum.

Almost 200,000 children in over 1,000 schools will watch the lesson during the webcast. For more information: www.sja.org.uk/bigfirstaidlesson

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.

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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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