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Appeal after man threatened with knife in burglary

Police are appealing for information after a man returned home to find a burglar inside, who threatened him with a knife.

Jewellery was stolen from the victim's home in Beel Close on the Isle of Portland.

The offender is described as white and in his early 20s, of a slim build. He was wearing a hooded top and had a scarf covering his mouth.

No arrests have been made.

This was a frightening ordeal for the victim who arrived home to find an intruder inside ... I would like to reassure members of the public that incidents such as this are very rare in Dorset.

– Detective Constable Simon Beare, of Weymouth CID

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Man and woman charged with Boscombe murder

A man and a woman have been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Phillip Nicholson. His body was found at a flat in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth. Dorset Police had been called to the property in Mallard Grange on Sea Road at about midday on Tuesday 26th May.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Nicholson died from a stab wound to the neck. His family have been informed of his death and are being supported by police family liaison officers.

Twenty-year-old Isabella Gossling and Richard Brian Moors, aged 25 have been charged with murder. They are both from Bournemouth and knew Phillip Nicholson. They are due to appear before Bournemouth magistrates today.

Police are investigating the murder of Phillip Nicholson in Bournemouth Credit: Dorset Police

“We are still building a picture of exactly what happened on Tuesday and continue to appeal for anyone who have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Sea Road area of Boscombe that morning to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting Op Fraction.

"We’d also like to speak to anyone who had recent contact with Phillip Nicholson or who may have any information that may support the inquiry.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw Phillip leaving his home in the Parkstone area of Poole at around 9am on Tuesday morning to just after midday when his body was discovered in the flat in Sea Road.

“At this time Phillip was wearing a grey Family Guy T-shirt, a faded red jumper with a zip from the chest upwards, charcoal grey trousers and Crocs. He also wore a black bum bag around his waist.

“I would urge anyone with information to please come forward in confidence.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer, Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team

Dorset Police has referred the circumstances leading to the murder to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for review, because Dorset Police had prior contact with the people involved.

Police crackdown on 'fatal five' bad driving habits

A special team will tackle bad driving behaviours

Officers from Dorset Police are carrying out an initiative to tackle bad and inconsiderate driving in the county.

The 'No Excuse' scheme targets what the force calls the 'fatal five' behaviours of:

  • drink and drug driving
  • excessive and inappropriate speed
  • not wearing a seatbelt
  • driver distractions such as hand-held mobile phone
  • and careless driving.

Officers in the 'No Excuse' team will use a combination of education and enforcement to tackle the five problems.

Protect yourself - telephone scams cost Dorset £1m

Dorset Police are tackling fraud including telephone scams

A day of action is being help in Dorset to fight fraud. The Dorset Police force wants to highlight the number of scams currently operating in the county.

Telephone fraud alone cost Dorset more than a million pounds in just over one year.

The following workshops are being held today to advise people about how to protect themselves against fraudsters:

Dorford Centre, Dorchester - between 9.30am and 11.30am

United Reform Church, Dorchester - between 2pm and 4pm

Christchurch Day Centre, Highcliffe - between 9.30am and 11am

"This is a great opportunity for local residents to learn about a number of scams currently operating in the county. It will hopefully encourage people to take sensible, yet simple measures to help themselves avoid becoming victims of such crimes.

"Telephone fraud has cost the county over one million pounds in just over one year, so we're hoping that people will remember that the police and banks will NEVER ask anyone for their account number of PIN details over the phone.

"People can go away from the event armed with knowledge which they can pass on to their relatives, friends and neighbours and help prevent them from becoming victims of fraud too."

– Steve Marsh, Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector

Dorset Police issued the following guidelines to help people avoid becoming the victims of scams:

  • NEVER give your PIN or bank details out over the phone
  • NEVER withdraw cash and send it anywhere via a courier or taxi
  • NEVER send bank cards anywhere via a courier or taxi
  • NEITHER the police nor your bank will ever ask for you to do any of the above.

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Family concern for missing Bournemouth man

Missing man Alan Jenkins Credit: Dorset Police

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 49-year-old Alan Jenkins who has gone missing from his Bournemouth home.

Alan was last seen at around 11.30am on Thursday, 12 March, at his home in Fenton Road. He was wearing heavy duty black boots and a grey jacket.

He is described as white, of medium build and six feet tall. He has short fair hair and blue eyes.

Police Inspector Anna Harvey said: 'Alan’s family has not heard from him since he went missing and we are very concerned as we believe he may have been upset at the time of his disappearance.

'If Alan sees this appeal, I would urge him to please make contact to let us know you are safe. Your family is very worried about you.'

Anyone who sees a man matching Alan’s description should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 12:142.

Witness appeal after man knocked off motorcycle

A man was left needing hospital treatment after he was knocked off his motorcycle by a car which failed to stop on Tuesday 17th February.

The incident happened at the Turlin Road and B3068 Blandford Road junction in Poole at about 3.40pm.

Detectives say the driver of a blue Renault vehicle, thought to be a Clio, failed to stop after colliding with the motorcycle, and continued to drive onto Turlin Road.

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to about the incident to come forward.

The biker, a man aged 29, from Wimborne was treated for injuries to his hand at Poole Hospital.

“I would like to speak to the person driving the car at the time and anyone who witnessed the incident.

“I would also like to urge anyone who knows of a recently damaged vehicle, matching the description of the blue Renault, to contact me in confidence.”

– Police Constable Paul Mellor, Poole Police

Anyone who can help is asked to telephone Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 17:282

Or - to call Crimestoppers anonymously on their free hotline 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Dorset police 'confident' body is Samantha Henderson

Samantha Henderson was reported missing on Thursday 22nd January

A post mortem examination has been carried out on a body found in a lake in Dorset by police investigating the disappearance of mother-of-four, Samantha Henderson, from her home in Corfe Castle last week.

“This afternoon a post mortem was carried out on the body recovered in Hamworthy. It confirmed that the victim had suffered a violent assault that appears to have been focused on her head and neck.

“Detectives are confident the body is that of Samantha Henderson, the 25-year-old mother-of-four from Corfe Castle missing since last week. The Coroner is aware of the death and formal identification by her next of kin is expected to take place this weekend.

“Although we have recovered a body and a man is charged with murder, it is still vital that people come forward with any information that could help us build a picture of exactly what happened.”

– Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, Dorset Police

Police are keen to find anyone who may have seen Samantha Henderson's blue Peugeot 307 estate car with the licence plate registration HV04 ZFM being driven in the areas around Ham Common or Corfe Castle between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and 5pm on Friday 23 January 2015.

Police anxious to trace the movements of Samantha Henderson's car Credit: Dorset Police
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