Tragedy as motocross rider dies at event near Dorchester

A MOTOCROSS rider has died in an event near Dorchester.

Police are appealing for anyone with footage to come forward after an incident at Higher Ashton Farm, off the B3159 Goulds Hill, Martinstown.

Ambulance crews and officers called to the scene at 10.43am on Saturday (April 6) found a rider, unresponsive.

Sadly, the 54-year-old man, from Axminster, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin has been informed and the coroner was notified.

The incident is not currently being treated as suspicious, but officers are looking into the circumstances, Dorset Police said.

Sergeant Chris Brolan, of the Roads Policing Team, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the loved ones of the man who tragically died.

“We are trying to establish what exactly happened. The event took place on farmland and was not a race.

“It is believed that over 60 people took part and we are hoping that someone may have recorded footage that could assist us with our investigation.

“I would urge anyone who used a helmet camera or any other device to please check if they have caught anything of relevance.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via, by email to, or by calling 101, quoting incident number 6:166. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously online at, or by calling 0800 555 111.

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