Storm Arwen swept across Dorset in the early hours of Saturday, bringing down trees and power lines in nearly 60mph winds

Major roads across the county were closed, with events also cancelled and train services virtually abandoned as the clear-up began.

Key routes including the A31 near Sturminster Marshall and A35 at Bere Regis were closed throughout the morning. Power lines were brought down on the A31 while the A35 between B3075 Quarr Hill and Sugar Hill was closed due to a fallen tree.

The A357 at Durweston and Shillingstone were also affected by trees down.

Elsewhere, rail passengers faced a day of disruption as trees obstructed the lines in Dorset.

Incidents were reported at Sherborne, Moreton, Branksome where a gazebo was on the line and Brockenhurst, with a spokesperson from South Western Railway advising people not to travel between Bournemouth and Weymouth.

At Pokesdown, a huge tree fell on the line, leading to 10 fire crews and police called to the scene. A specialist team were called to remove the tree.

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Trains able to run were doing so at a reduced speed in some areas due to concern about trees.

The Lymington line was blocked from Brockenhurst after a train hit a tree and required repair.

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Across the area, there were also trees down in Poole and Mudeford, with one tree in Bridport sparking a fire after falling onto power cables.

Firefighters from Bridport Fire Station responded to a report of a fallen tree in a field in Walditch at 1.49am today.

Crews saw that the tree had fallen onto the power cables and caught fire.

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And across the county, Arwen forced events to be cancelled including Christchurch Christmas lights switch-on, New Milton's event and Brewery Square in Dorchester which will now take place on Sunday.