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Owner of fire-hit stately home dies

Parnham House in Beaminster burned down in April. Credit: @DWFRSCraigBaker

The owner of a 16th century stately home in Dorset which was destroyed by fire, has died.

Parnham House in Beaminster went up in flames in April.

Its owner Michael Treichl was later questioned by police, but denied any wrongdoing.

A family spokesman said Mr Treichl, who was 68, had been suffering from severe depression before he died.

Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Man arrested in connection with Beaminster mansion fire

Fire crews damp down in the aftermath of the blaze. Credit: @DWFRSCraigBaker

Detectives investigating the fire that wrecked a historic mansion in Dorset have arrested a 68 year-old man. Parnham House in Beaminster was gutted after the blaze broke out at last weekend.

The man who's being held is said to be from the Beaminster area. Police confirmed this morning that the fire had been fully extinguished. The house remains cordoned off while investigators sift the wreckage.


Police cordons surround burnt out manor house

Cordon on one of the gates leading into the grounds of Parnham House. Credit: ITV News West Country

Police cordons surround the gates of Parnham House in Dorset following a huge fire which has destroyed part of the property.

The fire that gutted the Grade I listed stately home is being treated as 'suspicious' and police have issued an appeal calling for witnesses to come forward.


65-year-old biker killed at Beaminster Tunnel

Police investigating a fatal crash near Beaminster in Dorset would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

It took place on Sunday morning on the A3066 at the north entrance to the Beaminster tunnel.

Officers say a motorbike rider travelling towards to Beaminster lost control and hit the tunnel parapet. The rider, a 65-year-old man from Wincanton, died at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours while the emergency services attended.

The road was closed for five hours while the emergency services attended. You can watch video of the investigators at the tunnel below:

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