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Harris to be charged with seven indecent assault counts

Entertainer Rolf Harris will be charged with seven counts of indecent assault, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

The CPS said the alleged offences date from 1971 to 2004 and relate to seven complainants, who were aged between 12 and 27 at the time of the alleged offending.

The veteran Australian entertainer will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court next month. Credit: PA Archive

A spokesperson confirmed Harris is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 17 March.

We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Rolf Harris.

Having completed our review in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault.

– CPS spokesperson

Public told to dial 999 if they spot sex offender

David Chadwick was recently released from prison Credit: Dorset Police

Police, searching for a convicted sex offender, believe he is in the Dorset area. The public have been warned not to approach him and dial 999. David Chadwick, 58 and from Weymouth, was recently released from prison, having been convicted of sexual offences against children in 2013. After breaching his licence conditions he is now wanted by police.

David Chadwick is described as white, of medium build, around five feet ten inches tall, with short grey hair and a small scar on his left cheek.

When last seen he was wearing a dark coloured, fleece style, jacket and glasses. He was also carrying A4 paperwork - believed to be an Ordnance Survey map.

We now know that David Chadwick travelled by train from Weymouth to Moreton, near Dorchester, on Wednesday afternoon. We believe that he arrived in Moreton at around 12.40pm.

We also understand that Chadwick purchased a sleeping bag on the same day and so it is possible that he is sleeping in outbuildings within the area.

Officers have already conducted extensive house-to-house enquiries within the Moreton area and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who sees David Chadwick should not approach him, as he presents a risk to the public, but immediately contact Dorset Police on 999.

There may be various reasons why he has not complied with his licence conditions and I appeal to him directly to make contact with police at the earliest opportunity.

– DI Richard Dixey


Bernie rescued after barking up the wrong tree!

Can you see Bernie, trapped in the tree stack? Credit: Julie Jacobs

Fire crews from Lyndhurst and an animal rescue specialist rescued Bernie the seven-year-old Parson Jack Russell cross after he barked up the wrong tree!

Bernie had become wedged within a large tree stack in Hawkhill Inclosure, Beaulieu. He was released using the Forestry Commission's tractor and other specialist equipment.

Bernie was returned to his owner, completely unharmed.

Safe and well...Bernie after his ordeal Credit: Julie Jacobs
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