LiveToday's live news: A35 closed, travellers set up camp across borough

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Summary

  • The A35 is closed after a serious collision near Morden Park Corner.
  • A man from Poole has suffered life-changing injuries in the crash
  • Sandbanks Ferry is out of action today thanks to a broken chain
  • Travellers have set up camp at Kinson Common

4:13pm

Bournemouth MP Tobias Ellwood has been made a junior minister at the Foreign Office. Story to follow.

3:34pm

The people who run the Sandbanks ferry's Twitter account have just said the chain ferry won't be operating until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest: 

2:15pm

Our traffic feed is reporting the A31 at Almer is partially blocked due to a broken down caravan between B3075 (Spetisbury Turn Off) and A350 Poole Road (Roundhouse Roundabout).

1:46pm

We've just heard that Two Door Cinema Club have cancelled their Bournemouth show. Details here

12:48pm

Becky Stares has sent this picture to us of the Sandbanks chain ferry being repaired.

Bournemouth Echo:

12:05pm

We've had this picture back from one of our photographers of the travellers on Kinson Common. At around 7pm last night around six caravans, along with other vehicles, got on to the common, off Poole Lane. It is thought that the gate to the site was forced open. Security officers have now been put in place at the site. Full story here

Bournemouth Echo:

11:51am

The Sandbanks Ferry people say it was the Barfleur that snapped their chain this morning, putting the ferry out of action until further notice. Brittany Ferries say "it's not definitive, but certainly the chain broke when the Barfleur was passing." Full story here.

11:07am

Just had news that eight of those arrested in the National Crime Association crackdown on child abuse and child abuse images were from Dorset. We're updating the story now.

10:51am

Richard has just tweeted this picture of the tailbacks on the Bere Regis to Wareham road following the earlier serious accident on the A35

10:41am

We've just heard from our photographer Richard who says the A35 has been re-opened although the traffic around Wareham is still extremely busy. 

10:32am

Bournemouth Echo:

9:54am

We're being told that it will take at least an hour to get from Sandford to Wareham because of the weight of traffic.

9:47am

We've just been sent this picture of a traveller camp at Kinson Common.

 Bournemouth Echo:

Travellers also moved on to Fleetsbridge and Baiter Bark yesterday. Details here 

9:26am

Reporters at the A35 crash say it's gridlock around Wareham because of the road closure and the Sandbanks ferry being out of action.

9:21am

Bournemouth Echo:

Investigators at the Morden Park Corner crash scene.

9:06am

9:05am

8:54am

Dorset Police say the road will be closed for at least another hour.

8:54am

The accident was a single vehicle accident involving a man from the Poole area, the police have told us. He suffered extensive but not thought to be life threatening injuries and was taken to the trauma ward at Southampton by helicopter.

8:50am

The details of the road closure are on our traffic feed, here

8:48am

The A35 is closed after a serious collision near Morden Park Corner. We're still sorting out the details but traffic is being diverted at the Bloxworth turn off.

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