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Long queues for Dorset steam fair

Wide shot of site of Great Dorset Steam Fair
So near and yet so far - the destination is in site for people queuing for the Great Dorset Steam Fair Credit: ITV News

There are long queues for people trying to get on site at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

The event at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford starts tomorrow but heavy showers have made it difficult for vehicles trying to get on and move around the site today.

The queue for Great Dorset Steam Fair
Stuck in the queue for the Great Dorset Steam Fair - those waiting hope they'll get there before it opens tomorrow Credit: ITV News

Man seriously injured in police car crash in Dorset

A 28-year-old man from Yeovil has been seriously injured after being hit by a police car. It happened on Saturday evening (23 August) on the B3146 between Dorchester and Sherborne.

Dorset Police say one of their vehicles was in pursuit of a black Peugeot GTI which hit a road sign. The driver got out and then collided with the police car.

The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital with a seriously injured arm. He was arrested for driving offences.

I am appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward and contact police.

I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of either vehicle leading up to the collision.

– Police Sergeant Dave Stroud, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit


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Great Dorset Steam Fair appeals for help in the mud

File photo of Dorset Steam Fair
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is due to start tomorrow (Wednesday) Credit: ITV News

Organisers of The Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford say it is still on for tomorrow, despite the bad weather.

Exhibitors and campers are arriving at the site and the fair is appealing for owners of 4x4s and Landrovers to help out in the mud.

We are currently experiencing adverse weather conditions at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and would welcome any assistance from any local Tractors and Drivers.

– Great Dorset Steam Fair

Glos CCC counts the cost of the weekend washout

Washed out County Ground in Bristol
Umbrellas - and covers - were the order of the day at the County Ground in Bristol Credit: Rob Newman

One of the victims of this weekend's bad weather was probably Bristol's biggest cricket match of the season.

The One Day International between England and India was eventually abandoned yesterday, without a ball being played.

People who had tickets for the match can exchange them for tickets to Wednesday's One Day International in Cardiff.

Wet pitch at Gloucestershire County Cricket club
The pitch at the County Ground proved too sodden for play Credit: Rob Newman

Today's 1st Royal London One-Day International #EngvInd has been officially abandoned - we are SO disappointed

And it is still raining at the County Ground today, as the major task of dismantling all the extra seating for the One Day International gets underway.


South West is fastest growing for overseas visitors

South West is fastest growing for overseas visitors
South West is fastest growing for overseas visitors Credit: ITV News

The South West has become the fastest growing region in the country for overseas tourists. The figures from last year show a rise of 48 per cent with more than 5 hundred thousand holiday visits in the summer months. It means the number of visitors has overtaken pre-recession record levels - 8 years ago. The South West is the most popular with German tourists.

Prisoner absconded from Leyhill may be in Dorset

Ashley Tessyman has absconded from Leyhill Prison
Ashley Tessyman has absconded from Leyhill Prison Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Gloucestershire are trying to trace a prisoner who has absconded from Leyhill Prison. 30 year old Ashley Tessyman (pictured above) was serving a prison sentence for burglary and robbery in 2006. Police say he has links to Cornwall but they believe he could be in Dorset.

I am appealing for anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Ashley Tessyman to come forward – all calls will be treated with the strictest confidence. I urge members of the public who see anyone they believe to be the person pictured to call the police. In the interest of personal safety do not confront him.

– Detective Sergeant John O’Hara
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