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Have you seen missing Louis?

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Police in Dorset are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Dorchester man.

Louis Harris, 18, has not been seen since 4.20am on Sunday (Feb 14) when he was on Weymouth beach near to the Pavilion walking up the steps toward the pier.

He is described as:

  • white
  • 5'10" tall
  • slim build
  • short, brown hair
  • wearing a blue and white zipped hooded Lacoste top, checked shirt and jeans

We are becoming increasingly concerned for Louis’ welfare as this behaviour is described as totally out of character for him.

He normally has good and regular contact with his family but they have not heard from him since he has gone missing and have not been able to contact him.

– Chief Inspector Steve Horton, Dorset Police


Woman killed in Dorset crash

A woman has been killed in a crash involving two cars in Dorset.

Police were called to the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport at 6:33pm last night.

A blue Renault Megane and a silver Toyota MR2 had collided at the top of Kingston Hill.

A 28-year-old woman from Newton Abbot in Devon died at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

A 49-year-old man and a 44-year-woman sustained serious injuries and two 11-year-old children were slightly injured. All are from the Barnstaple area of Devon and were all taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment.

The A35 is still closed westbound at Monkey’s Jump roundabout and eastbound at the Texaco roundabout in Bridport while emergency services deal with the incident.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the collision to please call Dorset Police.

“I would like to thank motorists for their patience during the road closure, which is necessary to allow us to establish what happened. While the closures are in place, I would urge motorists to please avoid the area and look for alternative routes.”

– Police Sergeant Dave Stroud, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Ten people arrested following a series of police raids in Dorset

Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Dorset have arrested 10 people following a series of raids in Dorchester. Officers searched four addresses in the town. Seven men and three women were arrested for various offences including suspicion of burglary, money laundering and drug offences. They seized a number of items including mobile phones, substances – believed to be illegal drugs – and large quantities of cash.

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Police Sergeant Ged Want, of Dorchester Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Firstly, I would like to reassure the public that Dorchester is a very safe place to live and work. However, we are not complacent and today’s action is focussed on targeting alleged drug networks. An ongoing initiative is underway in Dorchester aimed at disrupting alleged drug networks and taking robust enforcement action. We want to protect vulnerable people who are targeted by groups, increase our information and intelligence gathering and also prevent and detect crime in the area."

Concern for Dorset woman missing for more than a month

Anna Szewczyk Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Dorset are are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Dorchester woman and are appealing for the public’s help to find her

40 year old Anna Szewczyk who is originally from Poland, was last seen on Tuesday 20 October 2015 by neighbours in Meadow View, in the Charminster area of Dorchester. She is described as white, five feet five inches tall, of medium build and with short, curly brown hair. She was last seen wearing beige trousers, white top and a black anorak with a fur trim.

Police Sergeant Ross Brown, of Dorset Police,said: “Anna has been missing for over a month with officers carrying out enquiries as to her whereabouts, and we are appealing to the public to help find her. We are particularly keen to trace Anna’s grey Mercedes A Class registration S599 DGC and we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen it in recent weeks. I would urge anyone with information about where Anna or her car may be to call Dorset Police on 101. I would also ask members of the public to call us urgently if they see someone matching her description. If Anna sees this appeal please make contact with us to let us know that you are safe.”


Dorchester murder victim identified

Elliott Handley was found dead on Tuesday

A man who was found dead at The Compass garage in Dorchester has been formally identified as Elliot Handley. Three men were arrested on suspicion of murder when the body of the 46 year old from Eastleigh was found at The Grove on Tuesday. One man has been bailed to a secure hospital and two others have been bailed until June.

Parents to protest over changes to hospital services

Parents will protest at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester Credit: ITV Meridian

Parents are planning a peaceful demonstration against plans to overhaul hospital services in Dorset.

They fear a children's ward at the county hospital in Dorchester would close, with services moving elsewhere.

The Dorset CCG says NO decision has been made on the future of paediatric services.

Tribute paid to woman who died in crash

Sheila Staples died at the scene of the crash on Wednesday Credit: Dorset Police

A woman who died in a fatal road traffic collision on the A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester has been named.

The collision happened at around midday on Wednesday 13 May 2015, at the Holywell Cross junction with the A37.

The collision occurred when a silver Volvo single decker coach travelling south from Yeovil toward Dorchester and a grey Mitsubishi car, driven by an 83-year-old man from the Bridport area, entered the A37 from Holywell.

The front seat passenger of the car, 80-year-old Sheila Staples, of Birdsmoorgate near Marshwood, sadly died at the scene.

Sheila’s family described her as ‘A daughter of Dorset’ after being born here and living practically her whole life in the county.

She had been very happily married to her husband – Clifford – for 58 years, during which they raised their four children.

In a statement, Sheila’s family said: “We are grieving at the loss of a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother. We thank most sincerely her many friends for their kind messages of support. We should also like to thank the emergency services and the doctor and nurse who stopped to render assistance for all their efforts.”

Police Constable Mike Henstridge, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident to please call on 101.”

At least 6 involved in serious collision

A stretch of the A37 at Grimstone near Dorchester has been closed following a very serious injury two vehicle road traffic collision.

The collision took place at around 10.16pm this evening, Friday 8 May 2015, three miles north of Grimstone on Break Heart Hill.

A section of the A37 between Hollywell crossroads and Long Ash Lane has been closed and traffic is being diverted along the A356. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and South West Ambulance Service are at the scene. The road is likely to remain closed overnight and into tomorrow while collision investigators carry out a thorough examination of the scene.

At least six people are thought to be involved. Injuries are not known at this stage.

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