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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 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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rare coin could be worth £50,000

Solid silver ‘Declaration Pound’ Credit: Duke's auction house

A rare coin dating from the start of the English Civil War is due to go under the hammer in Dorchester today.

The solid silver Declaration Pound was minted for Charles the First in Oxford in 1643.

It has an estimate of £20,000 – but could go for up to £50,000.

This coin marked Charles I’s attempts to regain his failing power and it represents a pivotal moment in the history of the British Isles.

It is a coin which is rare to find and it will cause a stir in the coin collecting world.

The value of coins from this period are at an all-time high, and it will be highly sought after.

The coin has been handed down through several generations to the current owner, who had no idea of its value and is as excited about the auction at Duke’s.

– Timothy Medhurst, a coin specialist and auctioneer at Duke’s

Dorset protests over cuts to rural bus services

People angry at cuts to rural bus services in Dorset have been protesting in Dorchester.

They stood on the steps of County Hall ahead of a council meeting. Evening buses between Axminster, Bridport and Dorchester have been reduced, as have services to some communities. Campaigners want the council to look at how concessionary fares are paid to bus companies.

Protesters on the steps of County Hall

I have no alternative, I can't do my job. My children can't go out, they can't even go to the cinema. They can't have the life I had as a kid and go out. And it;s down to the County Council and it's down to the bus group to sit down and work this out and keep people employed and keep the economy running.

– HERBIE TREEHEAD Campaigner
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