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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

Credit: ITV news

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).


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.


Woman hospitalised after dog attack

A woman from Dorset has been taken to hospital after she was severely bitten by a dog.

The victim was walking her dog at St Catherine's Hill in Christchurch and saw a man walking a large dog ahead of them.

As they passed the dog jumped up and bit the woman on the arm.

The 67-year-old woman from Bournemouth sustained a severe arm injury that required hospital treatment.

This unprovoked attack left the victim very distressed and requiring medical attention. I’m appealing for the owner of the offending dog, so we can ascertain exactly what happened. He is described as white, approximately five feet six inches tall, of big build and in his fifties. He is balding but with grey hair, clean shaven and was wearing a dark blue jacket. His dog has been described as a large, stocky, full grown dog with the face of an English Bull Terrier but with a larger body."

– Police Sergeant Chris Vaughan, of Christchurch police

17-year-old boy assaulted in Christchurch

Police are appealing for information after a teenager was assaulted in Christchurch and one man has been arrested.

The alleged assault happened on Sunday 6th April at 7pm along Burton Road when the boy was approached by a white man in his twenties.

The man then punched, kicked and stamped on him and after the incident he walked off in the direction of The Grange School.

The boy sustained bruising and was taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The suspect is described as 5ft 7ins, of medium build with short blond hair and stubble.

A 25-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail.

This incident appears to have been unprovoked. To help with my investigation, I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the alleged assault in Burton Road to come forward."

– Detective Constable Sara Butler, of Eastern CID

Man found seriously injured in Christchurch

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a man was found with very serious head injuries in Christchurch.

Officers are currently investigating a serious incident in Dudmoor Farm Road in Christchurch at approximately midday on Monday.

Emergency services were called to attend the location in relation to a man located with serious head injuries.Ambulance attended and treated the man for his injuries. He was transported to Southampton neurological department where he remains in a critical condition.

Police closed the road to allow expert collision investigators and CSI to examine the scene to ascertain what led to the man receiving these injuries.

Worsening weather meant horses had to be moved

Jason Finch co-ordinated the water rescue team for the RSPCA, he said they were pleased with how the effort had gone.

We had been taking food out to these horses and have been monitoring them since the area flooded as they were healthy and we hoped that flood waters would recede. However, it became clear that, with the worsening weather and further rain forecast we had to take the decision to move these horses.

The horses did not want to go through the deeper waters and we had to urge them on. The actual rescue took about two hours as we had to be extremely careful to minimise the risk to the animals as well as to ourselves. We’re pleased that the rescue was successful and that the horses are home and dry.”

– Jason Finch, RSPCA Inspector
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