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Shield plan for Beaminster Tunnel

A shield over the tunnel entrance is one option being considered Credit: Dorset County Council

A road tunnel in Dorset closed by a landslip could reopen within three months under plans put forward by the county council. Temporary shields could be built over the entrances to the Beaminster Tunnel at a cost of £200,000. It's among several options suggested since the road was closed in July.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe from Somerset were killed when their car was buried in the landslip. An open meeting is being held at Beaminster Public Hall at 6.30pm next Thursday, October 18, where people can get more details about the tunnel repair options.

A Somerset village remembers woman killed in Dorset landslide

A village in Somerset has come together to remember a woman who was crushed to death in a landslide in Dorset.

Rosemary Snell died near the Beaminster Tunnel last month. Her body lay undiscovered for 10 days.

Today [Tuesday], 170 of people attended a memorial service in her home village of Misterton. Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland sent this report.

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Memorial service to be held for woman killed in Dorset landslide

Rosemary Snell was in a car with a friend when it was crushed by tonnes of mud during torrential rain last month Credit: SWNS

A memorial service for the woman killed in a landslide outside the Beaminster tunnel in Dorset is being held today [Tuesday].

Rosemary Snell was in a car with a friend when it was crushed by tonnes of mud during torrential rain last month. The service at St Leonard's Church in Misterton has been organised by the Misterton WI, of which Mrs Snell was vice-president.

Beaminster tunnel unlikely to open for several months

The Beaminster Tunnel in Dorset is unlikely to be re-opened for several months.

It was closed earlier this month after a landslip that killed two people.

The tunnel was closed earlier this month after a landslip that killed two people. Credit: Emma Hallett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Engineers have found that the slope at both ends of the tunnel is extremely dangerous and liable to further collapses. Dorset County Council has brought in experts to find the best way forward.

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Tunnel deaths - inquest opens

The inquest has opened into the death of two friends from Somerset who died in a landslip at Beaminster tunnel in Dorset.

The coroner heard evidence from a pathologist that the death of 67-year-old Rosemary Snell would have been 'rapid' and her friend 72 year Michael Rolfe 'instantaneous'.

The car which the pair were travelling in at the time was left undiscovered for ten days. A full inquest will be heard

Tributes paid to landslip death man

Tributes have been paid to the man who died in the landslip outside Beaminster tunnel in Dorset thirteen days ago. Michael Rolfe from Fivehead near Taunton, was on his way home from a night out with a friend when the car they were in got caught in the mudslide.

His friend, Rosemary Snell who lived in Misterton near Crewkerne also died. Today Dorset Police confirmed that they'd referred their handling of the incident to the Independent Police Complants Commission. The car was left undiscovered for ten days. Richard Lawrence reports.

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