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Updated: Coastguards recover body after search for Hampshire cyclist missing in Dorset

Martin Turner from Totton was last seen riding away from Sandbanks Ferry in Studland yesterday morning

A body has been found by coastguards in the search for a cyclist from Hampshire who went missing in Dorset yesterday.

Members of local cycling clubs had joined police in trying to find Martin Turner, from Totton, who was last sighted by a CCTV camera after disembarking from the Sandbanks Ferry at Studland on the Isle of Purbeck yesterday morning.

The sad news was confirmed on Facebook by Café Velo in the New Forest town of Ringwood, which had closed today while its staff helped co-ordinate efforts to find the 54-year-old.

In a Facebook post, it said: “It is with deepest sadness that it has been confirmed that Martin's body has been found.

“He was recovered by coastguards earlier this afternoon. Our thoughts are with his wife, family & friends.”

Our original story, published at 3.30pm today, appears below.

Police in Hampshire and Dorset as well as members of local cycling clubs are searching for a cyclist who went missing while on a ride yesterday.

Martin Turner, from Totton, Hampshire, set out on his cyclocross bike yesterday morning and was apparently planning to ride on gravel tracks.

The last recorded sighting of the 54-year-old, who is a member of the Southampton-based DHC Cycling Club, was on CCTV at 11.30am on Saturday morning after he had disembarked from the Sandbanks Ferry in Studland, on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck.

Members of DHC Cycling Club and other local cycling clubs are joining in the search for Mr Turner, as are staff from Café Velo in Ringwood in the New Forest, which has closed for today to help co-ordinate efforts in looking for him.

In a post on Facebook published at 10.35am on Sunday, Totton Police said: “We are increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of Martin Turner, 54, from Totton.

“He was last seen by his family yesterday morning at 8am, when he left his home address to go on a cycle ride and he has not returned since or made contact.

“He is described as wearing a similar cycle outfit to the one show in this recent photograph, a Lycra cycle top in blue, red and white with the logo DHC on the front and a white bicycle helmet.

“If you’ve seen Martin or know of his whereabouts, please contact police on 101, quoting the reference 44200312217.”

In a subsequent update, Café Velo said that police had confirmed that “Martin was spotted on CCTV going through the toll booth on the Studland side of the Sandbanks Ferry at 11:30 am yesterday. Search is now being [moved] to the Purbecks area!!!"

Café Velo subsequently posted the CCTV image to its Facebook page.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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