A man has admitted causing the deaths of a married couple from Blandford in a crash earlier this year.

Jamie Myers, of Watery Lane in Donhead St Mary, Shaftesbury, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday (10) to admit two counts of causing death by driving without due care and consideration while over the specified drug drive limit.

The charges relate to the deaths of Sid Samways, 74, and his wife Barbara, 71.

The coupe were on a Kawasaki motorcycle which was involved in a collision with Myers’ Ford Escort on the Shaftesbury Road near Compton Abbas on April 2. Both were killed.

Myers, 24, had 211 micrograms of benzoylecgonine - the main metabolite of cocaine - per litre of blood.

The defendant will be sentenced in January after a psychiatric report and a pre-sentence report are prepared.