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Man threatened with knife

Police in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a man was threatened with a knife in the town.

At around 10.30pm yesterday, Wednesday 12 August 2015, a member of staff at Tesco on Riverside Avenue approached a man who was reportedly looking through car windows in the car park.

The offender pulled an army-style hunting knife out of a black rucksack and threatened the member of staff before cycling away on a mountain bike.

The victim, a local man aged in his 30s, was not physically injured.

The offender is described as white, aged in his 20s, approximately five feet six inches tall with a crew-cut hair style. He spoke with an eastern European accent and was wearing a grey hooded top.

“This was a frightening incident for the victim. I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a man matching the description given in the area at the relevant time to please call me urgently. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Police Sergeant Matt Chutter, of Bournemouth police

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Victim of 'vicious assault' needed 200 stitches & extensive facial surgery

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed a serious assault outside the Cranleigh pub in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth to come forward.

Two men were involved in an altercation inside the venue on Clingan Road between 11pm and midnight on Saturday 8 August. The row spilled out onto the pavement, where police say three or four men viciously assaulted the victim, a 21-year-old local man.

His face was seriously injured and he needed 200 stitches and surgery. He also broke his arm and hand.

“This was not just a simple bar scuffle. It was a vicious group attack which left the victim requiring extensive facial surgery. Someone knows who is responsible for this attack and I am urging that person to come forward.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Detective Constable Mark Holmes, Bournemouth CID

Anyone with information can call Doset Police on 101 and quote incident number 9:17. Alternatively anyone who has information can also call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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The Cherries are ready for the top flight Credit: ITV

AFC Bournemouth kick off in the Premier League at home to Aston Villa on Saturday. The promotion celebrations in May were the latest chapter in the Cherries' rollercoaster ride; penniless and almost out of business in the late 90s to the top flight this weekend. Credit of course to manager Eddie Howe and his players - but this is a community success story, as Martin Dowse reports.

Police appeal for information after theft of bank card - used in Dorset

Appeal for information after theft of bank card Credit: Dorset Police
Appeal for information after theft of bank card Credit: Dorset Police

We're appealing for information to identify this man who we would like to speak with following the theft of a bank card in Caerphilly.

At approximately 11.30am on Wednesday 29th July, a lady was using her bank card at a cash point in Asda, Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly.

A man aged approximately 30-35 years old was standing a short distance away. The man has then followed the lady to her car, accompanied by a second man, and whilst distracting her with conversation, one of the men has removed the bank card from the lady's purse.

Since the incident, cash withdrawals have been made in various parts of the country using the stolen bank card, including Bristol shortly after the incident and Bournemouth the following day.

Officers are investigating and in the meantime ask people to remain vigilant, hide your PIN number when you are using a cash point and check over your shoulder just in case someone is watching. Criminals could possibly be using a mobile phone to film or type your PIN number into.

If you have any information that could assist this investigation please call 101 quoting log 260 29/7/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Warning to beachgoers after unconscious man rescued from sea at Bournemouth

RNLI lifeguards on Bournemouth beaches are urging people to beware of potential dangers, after responding to nearly 200 incidents in five weeks, including an unconscious man who was rescued from the sea.

The charity says it is experiencing one of its busiest seasons to date - before the summer holidays have even begun.

James Wheeler helped rescue an unconscious man from the water Credit: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Lifeguard James Wheeler pulled an unconscious man onto his board after he was spotted out in the water.

The man was given CPR before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

There have been 181 incidents since 15 June, including reuniting missing children with their parents and rescues of people jumping from the pier.

The start to this year has certainly been a challenge, the early heat-wave unsurprisingly made the beach an appealing place to visit - there have been days so busy you couldn’t see the sand.

– Mike Winter, Lifeguard Supervisor for Boscombe

Police patrols stepped up following sexual assault

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a girl was sexually assaulted in the Kinson area of the town.

The incident occurred at around 8pm on Monday in Cuckoo Woods.

An 11-year-old girl was walking home alone when she was approached by a man who inappropriately touched her. The man ran off when the victim’s phone rang.

The man is described as approximately 20 to 30 years of old, about five feet eight inches tall and of skinny build. He has dark olive skin, short black gelled hair over to one side and goatee style stubble. He wore a navy blue Nike T-shirt with the slogan ‘Just Do It’ on chest, black tracksuit bottoms and white Adidas trainers.

Local officers are conducting additional patrols in the area to reassure members of the public.

“This appears to have been an isolated incident. It was obviously very distressing for the young victim and we are seeking the public’s help to apprehend the offender. If anyone was in the area around this time and has any information, please call us. Did you see anyone acting strangely, do you know someone who fits this description and could have been in the area at the relevant time, again please call Dorset Police or Crimestoppers.”

– Detective Inspector Neil Phillips, of Dorset’s Child Abuse Investigation Team

Appeal for help after school girl is sexually assaulted in Bournemouth.

Police in Bournemouth need help to catch a man who sexually assaulted an 11 year old girl.

The incident occurred at around 8pm on Monday 22 June in Cuckoo Woods in the Kinson area of the town. The youngster was walking home alone when she was approached by a man who assaulted her. He only ran off when the victim’s phone rang.

The man is described as approximately 20 to 30 years old, about five feet eight inches tall and of skinny build. He has dark olive skin, short black gelled hair over to one side and goatee style stubble. He wore a navy blue Nike T-shirt with the slogan ‘Just Do It’ on the chest, black tracksuit bottoms and white Adidas trainers.

Detective Inspector Neil Phillips, of Dorset’s Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “This appears to have been an isolated incident. It was obviously very distressing for the young victim and we are seeking the public’s help to apprehend the offender. If anyone was in the area around this time and has any information, please call us. Did you see anyone acting strangely, do you know someone who fits this description and could have been in the area at the relevant time."

Local officers are conducting additional patrols in the area to reassure members of the public.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 or the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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