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Witness Appeal


Officers are appealing for anyone with information or relevant dashcam footage to come forward following a report of a fail-to-stop collision near Sturminster Marshall.

At approximately 1.05pm on Friday 25 June 2021 a collision occurred at Henbury on the A350, south of the A31 Roundhouse Roundabout, involving a blue Seat Arona, a blue Mini One and a grey Audi S4.

It is reported that the Seat failed to stop at the scene. The driver of the vehicle subsequently returned to the scene a short time later.

A 25-year-old man from Poole was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police Constable Andy Fields, of the traffic unit, said: “Fortunately, there were no serious injuries sustained as a result of this collision.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened or has relevant dashcam footage to assist my enquiries to please contact the Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210101388. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.Email tracking gif

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About Sturminster Marshall Parish

Welcome to the Sturminster Marshall Parish Council’s website. On this website you will find details of all the Parish Council’s meetings as well as our policies and financial information. You will also find links to other community facilities and groups in the parish.

Sturminster Marshall (population 1,969 at the 2011 Census) is 3 miles West of Wimborne Minster and 7 miles NW of Poole in Dorset. The village lies on the right bank of the River Stour where it is joined by the Winterbourne. The outlying settlements of Newton Peveril, Almer and Mapperton are in the Winterbourne valley, whilst Henbury and Stoney Down extend to higher ground on the southern side of the Stour valley.

Two main roads intersect in the parish: the A31 trunk road running East to West and the A350 running North to South.

Although people have lived in and around Sturminster Marshall since Mesolithic times, the core of the present village was established in the twelfth century, when the parish church (St Mary’s) was established. The church in Almer (also St Mary’s) was built at about the same time, as was White Mill Bridge, an important crossing over the Stour and said to be the oldest bridge in Dorset.

In 1101 permission was given to hold a fair in the village and a maypole was erected. A modern replacement is still a major feature on Maypole Green.

For several hundred years, the parish was essentially an agricultural community, but the coming of the railway in 1860 provided the impetus for the opening of a milk factory, which later became the largest cheese factory in Europe. The site of the railway station and the cheese factory is now an industrial estate.

In recent years, we have become much more of a dormitory village but changing work patterns and a wider range of employment opportunities may influence the development of the parish in the