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CCTV released of suspect after attempted robbery

Police want to speak to this man Credit: Dorset Police

A CCTV image of a suspect has been released following an attempted robbery in Dorset.

It follows an incident on Tuesday 31 October where a man walked into the Honeymoon Chinese takeaway in Christchurch and demanded money from a staff member.

He's described as being white, and possibly aged in his 20s.

There were no threats made, no weapons were seen and no money was handed over.

A bicycle left outside the shop was later used by the man to leave.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the Lymington Road area at the relevant time and saw anything suspicious to please contact Dorset Police.

“As part of our enquiries we have located CCTV footage of the suspect. Unfortunately the image is of poor quality but it is the best we have at this current time and I am issuing it in the hope that someone may recognise the man from the clothing he is wearing.”

– Detective Constable Neil Jones, of Bournemouth CID

Appeal following fatal crash in Christchurch

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash involving a car, a pedestrian and a parked car in Christchurch.

Police received a report that a silver BMW was involved in a collision with a parked car and a pedestrian on Mudeford yesterday afternoon.

The pedestrian, an 85-year-old woman from the Christchurch area, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family has been informed and is being supported by a family liaison officer. The coroner has been notified.

The 94-year-old male driver of the car was uninjured.

An 85-year-old woman has died following a crash in Mudeford in Christchurch Credit: Google Earth

“I am appealing to any motorists or pedestrians who were in the area at the time and witnessed the collision to please contact me.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of the vehicle immediately prior to the collision or who has a dash cam fitted in their vehicle.

“I would like to thank motorists and anyone affected by this incident for their patience during the road closure, which was essential to allow the emergency services to carry out their vital work and to allow for an effective examination of the scene.”

– Police Sergeant Nikki Burt

Two hedgehogs found set on fire on school field

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The bodies of two hedgehogs have been found inside a cardboard box where they had been deliberately set on fire.

Police were called to Mudeford Junior School in Christchurch by the fire service who had been alerted to a small blaze on the playing field.

Officers described it as an "horrific act of animal cruelty" and are checking all available CCTV for information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police,uk, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55170104072. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

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The hedgehogs will have endured a painful and cruel death as we believe they would have been alive at the time."

"This was obviously a horrific act of animal cruelty and I am now appealing to anyone who may know who the culprits are or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time to contact Dorset Police."

– Police Constable Geoff Avey-Hebditch, Christchurch Police


Man's body found in stream near Christchurch carpark

The body is thought to be that of Steve Grey, 51 Credit: Dorset Police

The body of a man has been found in a stream in Christchurch.

At 1.04pm today, Dorset Police was made aware of the discovery near the Saxon Square carpark.

The body is believed to be that of missing Steve Grey, who was 51 and from Sark in the Channel Islands.

He had travelled from Guernsey to Poole on a planned trip on 27 March 2017. Since then, he had been staying in hotels but not been seen or heard from since Saturday 8 April.

The coroner has been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.

Human remains found in search for missing woman

Isobel Munro was reported missing in April Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a woman from Dorset have confirmed they have found human remains.

Isobel Munro was last seen in Christchurch in April.

Police say her remains were discovered in woodland in Long Meadow in Barton-on-Sea. A large section of woodland remains cordoned off this evening.

Officers are treating her death as unexplained.

Robber armed with claw hammer and screwdriver is jailed for nine years

Kieran Toplass has been jailed for nine years Credit: Dorset Police

A 26-year-old man who threatened a homeowner with a claw hammer, a screwdriver and a knife has been jailed for nine years.

Kieran Toplass forced his way into a property on Southey Road in Christchurch in January, before stealing the vulnerable victim's mobile phone and a quantity of money.

The victim wasn't injured but was left shocked and distressed.

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