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Fire crews battle blaze throughout the night

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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service worked through the night to control a major fire which has destroyed a thatch cottage in Devon.

Fire crews were called to the cottage on the edge of Harpford Common in Newton Poppleford.

At first, eight fire engines attended the scene with four more being requested as the fire engulfed the property.

The fire was then left to burn out with crews remaining to watch it. They were still there this morning.

Witness appeal after man found with serious injuries in Weymouth

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found with serious head injuries in Weymouth.

The man aged in his 40s was found lying next to a bicycle in Upway Street, off King Street, at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment, where he has remained for several days. He has been unable to clearly recollect how he came to be injured.

Dorset Police are asking the public for their help as they continue to investigate.

A 23-year-old man from Kent, a 22-year-old man from London and a 20 year-old woman from London have been arrested in connection with the incident.

They have been released on police bail until the middle of May.

Our enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly how the man sustained his injuries.

I believe there will have been a number of people in the area at the time and I am appealing for anyone who has seen anything, or who has any information about how the man came to be injured, to please contact Dorset Police.

– Simon Austin, Detective Sergeant Weymouth CID



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