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Glider pilots from WWII reunite in Dorset

While Spitfires and Lancaster bombers are celebrated in the history of World War Two, little is known about the role of gliders.

Today in Bournemouth there was a gathering of some of the few remaining pilots who played a critical role in the Allied success after D-Day. Richard Slee reports.


Arrest after firearms incident in Bournemouth

A 55-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm after an incident in the town centre.

Officers detained him at an address near Fordingbridge in Hampshire and recovered two air weapons.

It came after they held a separate man in Bournemouth town centre earlier in the day after receiving reports that someone had a firearm. They released him when they realised he was not involved.

“This was a fast-moving incident and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while this incident was ongoing and praise the professionalism of officers involved, including colleagues from Hampshire who assisted with the arrest of the man.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan, of Dorset Police

Man knocked unconscious during robbery

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Bournemouth.

Emergency services were called to Holdenhurst Road just after 4am this morning.

The victim, a local man aged in his 20s, was walking from the Lansdowne toward St Paul's roundabout. As he got to the entrance of the underpass he was approached by two men.

The offenders spoke to the victim, who was on the phone to his friend, and threatened him before he was knocked unconscious. He was found by a passing motorist lying on the pavement.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to his face and a fractured cheekbone. His mobile phone and wallet were stolen during the incident.

The offenders are described as white, aged in their early 20s, around five feet ten inches tall, of medium build, clean shaven. The first offender had short hair and the second had longer hair in a quiff style at the front.

No arrests have been made.

“This was a violent and unprovoked incident which has left the victim with serious facial injuries.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the Holdenhurst Road area at the relevant time and saw the incident to please contact Dorset Police.”

– Detective Constable Honor McAdam, of Bournemouth CID

Police investigating hotel thefts release CCTV image of suspect

Credit: Dorset Police

Officers have released a CCTV image of a suspect following thefts from two Dorset hotels.

The first incident happened at Hotel Riviera in West Cliff Gardens, Bournemouth, on Tuesday 25th July. A man went into the hotel through the kitchen door, walked through the staff area and into the bar, where he stole £40 in cash from the till.

A second incident occurred at the Tower House Hotel in Bournemouth's West Cliff Gardens on the evening of Friday 4th August. It's believed the same man entered the hotel, went behind the reception desk and took a room key. He then stole a purse from the room and used the victim's bank cards to withdraw over £1,500.

Officers are asking anyone with information to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55170114262.

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