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Two people attacked with metal bars in Poole burglary

Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in Poole are appealing for witnesses and information after three men let themselves into a home and attacked a man and woman with metal bars.

The incident happened in the early hours of November 22 in Egmont Road.

A woman in her fifties and a man in his twenties suffered injuries as a result and required hospital treatment for head wounds.

Detective Constable James Taylor, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said:

Following the attack the three offenders walked casually up Egmont Road toward South Haven Close.

One of the attackers had a local accent while another was wearing a dark coloured crash helmet with blue and red markings around the front.

– James Taylor

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 22:64, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Older people get home safety advice for winter months

Older people from the local area were today invited to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's HQ to get home safety advice from firefighters.

Supported by ITV’s Fred Dinenage, the older persons event formed part of the Service’s three month campaign to make the most vulnerable people in the community safe in their own homes.

Since the launch of the campaign, a number of safety advice events have been held across the county. Credit: HFRS

Nationally the risk of dying in a fire for people over 65 is more than twice as high as the average for all ages. This risk increases dramatically if the person lives alone, smokes, drinks or has a physical and/or learning disability.

Older people can be more vulnerable during the winter months and spend more time in their homes alone and isolated. Credit: HFRS

Hampshire has a higher percentage of age-related impairments than the national average and now that the weather is getting colder, older people are more vulnerable and spend more time in their homes alone and isolated.

The Service is also working with partner organisations including Age Concern and asking the public to help raise awareness of fire safety amongst older people.

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Missing man from Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing 49-year-old man, who was last seen at his parents' home on Portland on November 7.

Paul Smith from Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Cleveland, was reported missing by his concerned parents after he left their home and said he was going to find somewhere to live in Bournemouth.

Paul is described as white, approximately 5ft 8" tall, with short neat brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a long dark brown coat with large pockets, grey chino-style trousers and light brown canvas shoes.

Paul was last seen on November 7. Credit: DorsetPolice

Concern is increasing for Paul. He left his parents’ home abruptly and had only the clothes he was wearing and a small amount of cash.

I urge Paul to get in touch as soon as possible – we simply need to know that he is safe and well.

– PC Alison Gale, Weymouth and Portland police

Anyone with information as to Paul's whereabouts should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 12:129.

Man who stole children's firewood apologises

A man who stole firewood collected for sale by two children has met them to apologise for his actions.

The 61-year-old enlisted the help of his grandson in stealing two bags of kindling from outside a house in Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury, on Saturday 18 October.

CCTV footage of the scene showed the man driving away in a red Peugeot 407, which was later spotted by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras in Folkestone and tracked down to an address in Ash.

He voluntarily attended Canterbury police station on 18 November and admitted to stealing the wood, which was valued at £8.

Following a discussion with the children’s parents, it was agreed that the man should make amends by meeting the family to apologise.

The children had collected, chopped and bagged the wood and planned to sell it for some pocket money. The man who took it clearly did not consider their feelings but has now accepted what he did was wrong. As well as apologising to the family, he also agreed to pay the children £20 each as a way of making amends for his actions.

– Sergeant Martin Williams

Delays on M25 after mobile crane catches fire

The mobile crane fire is causing delays on the M25 Credit: Joel Tadman

There are delays on the M25 after a mobile crane caught fire.

Traffic is queuing due to smoke blowing across the road between J16 M40 and J17 A412 (Maple Cross).

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Man jailed for biting part of man's ear off

Jamie Streatfield was jailed for 3 years and 4 months Credit: KENT POLICE

A man who bit part of another man’s ear off in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for three years and four months.

29 year-old Jamie Streatfield, formerly of Domneva Road, Westgate-on-Sea, was drinking at a pub in Broadstairs when two other men became involved in an argument at the bar. One of the men was pushed onto a table before the altercation was broken up by the landlord. At this point Streatfield approached the man who had been pushed and bit part of his ear off.

Streatfield pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court.

This was a brutal attack that left a man permanently disfigured and still in need of medical treatment more than a year on.

– Detective Constable Louise Hammond

Efit released in connection with burglary in Brighton

Detectives are hoping to trace this man Credit: SUSSEX POLICE

Detectives have released an efit of a man they are hoping to trace who is thought to be connected to a burglary in Brighton.

A break-in at a house in Elmore Road was reported between 2.20pm and 3pm on October 21st and nearby neighbours saw two or three men jumping over the fence at the property. The men broke through a door at the back of the property although nothing was taken.

DC Jane Kemp said, "One of the men was described as about 5' 9" and stocky build, another was wearing a grey hooded top. It is believed they left the scene in a silver BMW car."

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