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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”.

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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.

'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.

'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.

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Judge: Napier joined school because of proximity to children

Charles Napier joined the school at which he taught, which cannot be named, after leaving university and when he was arrested last year he told police he already knew he was a paedophile at that time.

The judge said:

I have no doubt that ... you sought that post because of the proximity you would have to boys.

Within a very short time you were grooming those you had chosen, using the techniques of charm, flattery and the abuse of your power.

The number of indecent assaults must be into the hundreds.

– Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith

The judge said some of the victims' lives had been "dramatically damaged".

Sherborne shooter announces his retirement

Peter Wilson's ecstasy at winning gold at London 2012 Credit: PA

A west-based Olympic champion has announced his retirement.

Dorset's Peter Wilson, who won the Double Trap gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, said in a tweet today that he was quitting competitive shooting.

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