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Hunt for thieves who stole Dorset store's wheelchair

CCTV images of the individuals being released Credit: Dorset Police

Officers are appealing to the public to help identify two people in connection with the theft of a wheelchair from a store in Weymouth.

A man and a woman walked around the Wilkinsons store on Westham Road before returning to the entrance where a wheelchair for use by customers was situated.

The man helped the woman into the wheelchair, before pushing her out of the store.

Police Constable Christine Gould, of Weymouth police, said: “This wheelchair is used by members of the public to assist them with shopping in Wilkinsons and the theft has now deprived others from being able to use it.

“I am appealing to anyone who may be able to help identify those pictured to contact me, in confidence, on 101 as I believe they may be able to assist me with my enquiries.”

Wiltshire family get a surprise garden visitor

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A Wiltshire family was surprised when they spotted this inquisitive baby otter scurrying around their garden. The secretive creatures usually don't venture away from the safety of the river bank, and are rarely spotted by people. This young animal was seen pottering around the garden in Swindon and sniffing around the homeowner's patio and lawn. The family managed to get a few photographs before the little animal scurried out of sight.

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The rare sighting was logged by the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre, and manager Purgle Linham said "Otters, despite their fairly large size and occurrence throughout all of Wiltshire and Swindon's waterways, are rarely themselves seen. Once widely hunted, this alongside habitat destruction and pollution of watercourses and fish caused a dramatic decline in their numbers and led to their protection under UK law. Although populations are slowly recovering, otters remain a priority for conservation efforts. More usually, an otter's presence is made known by other signs such as footprints, feeding remains and their sweet-smelling droppings which they regularly leave in prominent positions to mark their territories. It's not clear what brought this individual, likely to be a juvenile, into a garden but the presence of a nearby watercourse and a garden pond may well have had something to do with it as it was probably searching for food. This unusual and very fortunate sighting was reported via our Living Record online recording system, which is a great way to share your wildlife sightings with us. A garden or local greenspace can be a haven for wildlife and if you keep your eyes peeled you might see something amazing or strange or unusual."


Designer store apologise for tragic accident

Hugo Boss have issued a statement following their fine after the death of a four year old boy at a store in Oxfordshire.

The statement said: " The terrible incident, which happened on June 4, 2013, in our Bicester outlet store, was an appalling tragedy that left no one at HUGO BOSS untouched. It shocked and saddened our entire company and continues to do so. The accident led to the death of four-year-old Austen Harrison, after a freestanding mirror fell on him. HUGO BOSS has expressed its deep regret for what happened to Austen’s parents and apologised to them, both publicly and in person. Over the past two years, we have done everything we can to support the authorities in the course of their investigations. At the first court hearing at the Magistrates Court in June this year, HUGO BOSS pleaded guilty to the related Health & Safety charges and in doing so, the company made clear that it would fully live up to its responsibilities in connection with the incident. HUGO BOSS will fully accept the judgment and the sentence determined by the Crown Court today.

After the incident, we conducted a wide-ranging and thorough review of our Health & Safety processes (that existed prior to 2013), to ensure that opportunities to prevent or identify and rectify risks are not missed. The company has since done everything it can to prevent such a tragedy from reoccurring. We wish to make clear that Health & Safety is an integral part of our business, and a priority at every level of the organisation. Over the last two years, our thoughts and sympathies have been first and foremost with Austen’s parents. We know, however, that there are no words to alleviate in any way the suffering caused to the family, and for that we remain profoundly sorry.


Parent's tribute to 4 year old son killed in shopping centre accident

Fashion label Hugo Boss has been fined more than a million pounds after a four-year-old boy from Sussex was killed in one of their shops.

Austen Harrison from Crawley was shopping with his parents at the store near Oxford two years ago - when an 18 stone mirror fell on top of him in the changing room.

The coroner described it as an accident waiting to happen. Today, Austen's mother said her son's "greatest pleasure in life was to help others. Mel Bloor has our report

Daughter killed in "act of revenge" - inquest hears

A mother has told an inquest that her estranged husband murdered their daughter in an act of revenge after their marriage failed. Mary Shipstone, who was 7, was shot twice in the head outside her home at Northiam in Sussex last September. The coroner said her father, Yasser Alromisse, unlawfully killed her, and then committed suicide. Malcolm Shaw reports.

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