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Arrest after firearms incident in Bournemouth

A 55-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm after an incident in the town centre.

Officers detained him at an address near Fordingbridge in Hampshire and recovered two air weapons.

It came after they held a separate man in Bournemouth town centre earlier in the day after receiving reports that someone had a firearm. They released him when they realised he was not involved.

“This was a fast-moving incident and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while this incident was ongoing and praise the professionalism of officers involved, including colleagues from Hampshire who assisted with the arrest of the man.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan, of Dorset Police

Cyclist killed in hit and run in New Forest named by police

A cyclist who died last Wednesday following a hit and run in Fordingbridge has been named by police.

He was 70-year-old Richard White of Downton in Salisbury.

The crash took place on the A338 Salisbury Road at 9.20am on April 28th, and involved the cyclist and what is believed to be a white Ford Transit flatbed vehicle, with the registration BU53 FVM.

Mr White suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital. He was being treated there but died of his injuries.

Detectives are still appealing for information to help trace the vehicle involved, which failed to stop at the scene.


Police want to trace this van after collision with cyclist

Police issue CCTV of van they want to trace in relation to a collision with a cyclist Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are trying to trace a van they believe was involved in a fail to stop collision with a cyclist in Fordingbridge in Hampshire. The incident happened on the A338 Salisbury Road, at 9.20am on Thursday 28th April.

The 70-year-old cyclist remains in hospital with serious head injuries in a critical but stable condition.

Officers have released CCTV of the vehicle they are trying to trace and say that they are also in a position to confirm that the registration of the white Ford Transit flatbed vehicle is BU53 FVM.

Road policing officers have been carrying out extensive investigations to track down the vehicle and would like the public to help. Anyone with information can contact Hampshire Constabulary by telephoning 101 and quoting Operation Addition, or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

“This was a serious collision which has left a cyclist fighting for his life in hospital.

“Our investigations have now led us to this vehicle which was captured on CCTV and we would like to speak to anyone who knows where it is.

“We are determined to find this vehicle and we hope the public will help by keeping it in mind when out on the roads of Hampshire.”

– PC Lucy Hawkins, Hampshire Police

Witness appeal, Cyclist in hospital with serious injuries

Accident near Fordingbridge - police searching for black Ford Transit van

A man is in Southampton General Hospital with serious head injuries after an accident on the A338 Salisbury Road near Fordingbridge.

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident. They would also like to trace the driver of a black Ford Transit van which failed to stop after the road traffic collision on the A338 near Fryern Court Road.

Road traffic police were called to the scene at 9.20am. A male cyclist suffered serious injuries. The black Ford Transit van was believed to have 2000 - 2003 licence plates, and was last seen driving along the A338 towards Ringwood.

The road is currently closed for further investigations. Anyone with information is asked to telephone the police on 101, quoting Altaris 167, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Fire crews tackle huge house blaze

70 firefighters were tackling the blaze at its height in Fordingbridge Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

An investigation will get underway this morning into what caused a fire which destroyed part of a house in Hampshire.

At its height, at least 70 firefighters were at the scene in Fordingbridge. The family living there reportedly escaped unharmed.

On arrival crews were faced with a large detached property with the first floor and roof well alight.

Hampshire crews with the support of crews from Wiltshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue Services worked together to contain the fire and stop fire spread to other properties.

The impact of this incident on the community is minimal due to the rural location.

The cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

Fire crews tackle blaze at house in Fordingbridge

At least 70 firefighters have been tackling a house fire in Fordingbridge, Hampshire.

The roof of the property in Woodgreen was completely destroyed, but the family living inside reportedly escaped unharmed: