Following the tragic death of a man at a motocross event near Dorchester officers are appealing for anyone with footage to come forward.

At 10.43am on Saturday 6 April 2024 Dorset Police received a report of an incident at Higher Ashton Farm off the B3159 Goulds Hill, Martinstown. At a motocross event a rider was found unresponsive.

Officers and the ambulance service attended but 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.

Police 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 is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 6:166. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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