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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 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55170104072. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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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.

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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.

Plans unveiled for 800 new homes in Dorset town

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Plans for 800 new homes in Christchurch are being unveiled at an exhibition. It's the biggest proposed development in the town for decades. It would also include open space, a community hub, cycle network and play facilities.

House builder Taylor Wimpey is preparing an outline planning application for the scheme on land north of the town, near Roeshot Hill, which is hopes to put before the council early next year. Residents, businesses and community groups are being asked for their views on the proposals

The public exhibition is taking place at Somerford Alliance Resource Centre in Southey Road, Christchurch between 4 -8pm (Wed 30th Sept).

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Appeal after serious crash

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a serious injury road traffic collision in Christchurch.

At approximately 1.47pm yesterday, a road traffic collision took place in Sopers Lane outside Twynham School involving a red Citroen Saxo, being driven by a man from New Milton, and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a 22-year-old local woman, suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

The road was closed while collision investigators examined the scene.

An 18-year-old man is assisting police with enquiries. No one has been arrested.

“I am appealing to any witnesses to the collision or the manner of driving of the Saxo just before the collision to please call me on 101. We have worked closely with the school to ensure a smooth end to the school day.”

– Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Kite boarder claims speed record

A kite-boarder believes he has set a record for the fastest speed on land.

Steve Smith, from Christchurch, Dorset, reached 36.07mph on his land kite-board during his attempt to set the record on the beach at Hayling Island, Hampshire last Thursday.

He used speed-testing equipment supplied by Datron Technology and is submitting the results to Guinness World Records for official verification.

The 25-year-old said: "I was pleased. We have been practising with our own GPS system and have reached over 40mph but because of the conditions I wasn't expecting to be able to do it so I was quite surprised that I had just about managed it. It was a relief, really, after all the effort we put into it."

He said that he anticipated the speed would set a new record which Guinness stipulated had to be above 35mph.

However, his friend Lawrence Toogood, from Verwood, Dorset, was not successful in setting his own record in a kite-powered land buggy.

Criminal damage caused to Christchurch property

Officers in Christchurch are appealing for information after criminal damage was caused to a property in the town when a man through a brick at the window.

The offender is thought to have then cycled off on a silver BMX bicycle after the incident last Wednesday along Arcadia Road.

He is described as a man with dark hair aged between 20 and 25. He was wearing a dark blue coat and a pair of baggy trousers.

Police Constable Jim Perks, of Christchurch police, said: “This appears to be a random attack and has caused a great deal of distress and cost to the victims."

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 19:278, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal following burglary in Christchurch

Officers in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses and information to after a burglary in the town.

The burglary happened some time between 5.15pm on Wednesday 5 November 2014 and 12.45pm on Friday 7 November 2014 at a home on Old Barn Road.

Two ornamental Royal Doulton trinket boxes and an old style briefcase were taken.

Two ornamental Royal Doulton trinket boxes were stolen. Credit: DorsetPolice

Police Constable Jim Perks, of East Dorset police, said:

I would urge anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area during this time to come forward as soon as possible.

I would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered such items for sale in strange circumstances or for an unusually low price.

– Jim Perks

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 07:201, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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