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Could this butterfly be proof of global warming?

The red admiral was caught on camera in Dorset on 7 December Credit: Jenny Mac

Now here's some proof that the recent mild weather is having an effect on wildlife in the west country.

This photo of a red admiral was taken by a viewer in Sherborne in Dorset on 7 December. It may or may not be a sign of global warming but butterflies certainly seem to be responding to an increase in temperatures. Apparently, several species can regularly be spotted on sunny days in December.

Pedestrian killed in A30 accident

A pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a car on the A30 near Sherborne.

The man, in his 40s, died at the scene. The driver of the car, a 32-year-old man from Yeovil, was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not life-threatening.

Both carriageways of the A30 were closed between Babylon Hill and the A352 at Sherborne while emergency services dealt with the incident.

"This is a very serious incident and I would like to thank motorists for their patience during the road closure, which is necessary to allow us to establish what happened."

– Police Sergeant Mark Scammell, Dorset Police

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A30 in Dorset closed due to serious crash

The A30 is closed both ways between Babylon Hill and the junction with the A352 Credit: ITV News

The A30 in Dorset is closed near Sherborne due to a serious accident.

The crash, involving a car and a pedestrian, happened on the westbound carriageway at around 1 am.

The stretch between Babylon Hill and the A352 is likely to be shut for a number of hours while police examine the scene. Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

This is a very serious incident and the A30 is expected to be closed for quite a number of hours.

I would like to thank motorists for their patience during the road closure, which is necessary to allow us to establish what happened. While the closures are in place, I would urge motorists to please avoid the area and look for alternative routes.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw a pedestrian on the A30 at around the time of the incident, to please call Dorset Police on 101.

– Chief Inspector Bob Acaster, Dorset Police

Horses rescued after falling into swimming pool

The horses have been safely rescued by firefighters at the scene. Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue

It has been reported that two horses have been rescued from a swimming pool in west Dorset.

The unlikely pair made a splash in the back garden swimming pool in Duntish near Sherborne.

Dorset Fire and Rescue service were called to the scene just before 9am this morning.

The animals were safely rescued after a vet from the animal rescue team sedated the pair, so the firefighters could safely remove them from the pool.

Both horses are reported to be “recovering well”.

Two injured as car crashes into side of house in Sherborne

Two injured as car crashes into side of house Credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

Two people were injured after their car left the road and crashed into the side of house on Castle Road in Sherborne. It happened yesterday (Sunday August 9th) just before midday.

Firefighters used blocks and a winch to stabilise the car and release the two casualties. Their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

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'Bart's Bash' sets new world record

Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A global sailing event held in memory of Dorset sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson has been declared a world record.

More than 30,000 people from 60 countries took part in 'Bart's Bash', which was held to raise money for his Foundation.

The Olympic gold medallist from Sherborne died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup.

Post mortem into Andrew Simpsons death

A post mortem report has revealed that the Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson from Sherborne in Dorset died from blunt trauma with drowning.

Mr Simpson won a silver medal at the Olympics last year.

He was killed while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco in May.

The city's Chief Medical Examiner found extensive bruises to his head and neck.

The boat he was on broke in two and capsized. He was trapped beneath the wreckage.

Andrew Simpson Credit: ITV News West Country
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FULL REPORT : No to Tesco in Sherborne

It's been announced that supermarket giant Tesco will NOT be submitting an application for a store in Sherborne.

It follows a huge campaign against the plans. People there said it would ruin the High Street and destroy independent businesses. Tesco say it was planning issues, and not just protesters, that drove the decision.

Tesco drops plans for a new superstore in Sherborne

Protesters campaigning against plans for a new Tesco superstore in Sherborne Credit: ITV News West Country

The supermarket giant Tesco will not be submitting an application for a superstore in Sherborne.

It follows a huge campaign in the Dorset town against the plans. People said that the supermarket would ruin the High Street and destroy many well established independent businesses.

Tesco says it was planning issues - not protesters that drove the decision.

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