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Horses had to swim to safety

One of the horses is guided to safety by members of the rescue team Credit: RSPCA

A specialist water rescue team from the RSPCA has rescued 18 horses from a flooded area in Christchurch, Dorset.

They started work at 7.30am on 6th February 2014. The operation involved 17 water rescue officers as well as two chief inspectors and an equine officer.

They set up a corral at the location in the Stony Lane area, followed by rope fences across the water to form a channel for the horses to go through and enter the corral. Most of the water was two feet deep but there were deeper places where the horses had to swim for five to six metres.

CCTV released in connection with theft

Officers in Christchurch investigating a theft in the town have released a picture of the two men they would like to speak with.

The incident, in which high value electrical items were stolen, happened at 1pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in Waitrose on Bargates.

CCTV image released in connection with Waitrose theft Credit: Dorset Police

One man broke into a Perspex cabinet containing iPods and similar palm size electrical goods. He removed them and handed them to another man nearby. It is believed that they then hid the items in their clothing and left the store making no attempt to pay.

Police Constable Dave Williams said: “I would urge the men pictured – and anyone who recognises them – to contact me, in confidence, as soon as possible. Anyone offered these types of products at unusually cheap prices or in suspicious circumstances is asked to contact the police.”


Baby and 7-year-old girl rescued from flat fire

The fire was in a communal area inside this block of flats Credit: Simon Rowley

A baby and a seven-year-old girl have been rescued from a flat fire in Dorset. Officers were called to Dorset Road in Somerford just before 9 o'clock last night. Two children and another man were rescued from a communal area. The fire is being treated as unexplained.

The fire started on the second floor Credit: Simon Rowley

Men charged after Christchurch murder

Two men have been charged following the death of a Christchurch man earlier this year.

A 50-year-old and a 51-year-old man have been charged with the murder of 30-year-old Rico Dardis.

Mr Dardis was found dead near groynes at Seaway Avenue in Friars Cliff on Monday 27th May 2013.

The cause of death was given as drowning by Bournemouth Coroner's Court.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of The Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following an extensive and thorough investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team we have now charged two men.

Two hundred year-old firearms stolen in Christchurch

Officers in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a burglary in the town centre.

The unknown offenders have forced entry to the Mill Gallery and stolen cash as well as antique firearms and three swords.

The incident happened between Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd September 2013.

Police Constable Bill Nightingall, of Christchurch police, said, "The antique firearms taken are not loaded and do not pose any immediate danger to the public. However, some are over 200 years old and should not be operated.

"The shotguns require gunpowder with other materials in order to be fired, and this will only be sold by specialist outlets.

"It is possible members of the public may be offered these items for sale in strange circumstances at unusually low prices. If this happens, we would like to hear from you."


Alleged armed robbery in Christchurch

Five people have been arrested as part of an investigation surrounding an alleged armed robbery in Christchurch.

The incident happened at 3.32pm on Tuesday, July 30 at Hurn post office along Matchams Lane in Christchurch.

Two men allegedly threatened staff at the shop with a sword, obtained cash and left the scene in a car.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Two men from Liverpool, aged 24 and 27, a 22-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, both from Ferndown, and a 31-year-old woman from Wimbourne have been arrested.

I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about this incident to contact police as soon as possible. I am particularly keen to locate a vehicle, a red Ford Escort with the registration number V82 NEL, in connection with this incident.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this car should contact Dorset Police urgently."

– Stefanie Belton, Detective Constable, Dorset Police CID

How did Rico die?

Rico Dardis Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives investigating a suspicious death in Christchurch are renewing their appeal for witnesses to come forward – with a photograph of the victim being released by his family.

The body of 30-year-old Rico Dardis was discovered near groynes at Seaway Avenue at around 9.10pm on Monday May 27. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A short time later, two Bournemouth men aged 49 and 51, were arrested by officers on suspicion of murder.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of The Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Dorset Police were first alerted to the incident by two members of the public who raised the alarm after witnessing two men acting suspiciously on board a boat."

Two arrested on suspicion of murder after body found in water

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in the water near groynes at Seaway Avenue in Christchurch in Dorset. The body has yet to be identified.

Two men from Bournemouth aged 49 and 51 are currently helping police with their enquiries.

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses who may have been near the area where the body was discovered between 9pm and 9.30pm on Monday 27th May 2013.

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police on the non-emergency number 101.

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