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Problems with 101 non-emergency number

Dorset Police highlight problems with national 101 number:

"At this time the non-emergency number 101 is not working nationally. The operator is currently working to fix the problem. The emergency number 999 is not affected. Until the problem is fixed members of the public should use 01202/01305 222222 for non-emergency calls to Dorset Police."

– Dorset Police

Almost 100 guns handed in during amnesty in Dorset

Almost 100 guns have been handed in during an amnesty in Dorset.

Police said 31 handguns, 27 shotguns and five rifles were among the haul surrendered during a two week campaign - encouraging anyone with illegally held firearms to have them disposed of safely.

Almost 100 guns have been handed in. Credit: ITVNews

More than 300 firearms were handed in during a previous amnesty in Dorset in 2003.

The weapons turned in included starting guns, BB guns, air weapons, shotguns, pistols and rifles. Ammunition was also surrendered. Officers said the vast majority of the firearms were not being used for criminal activity.

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Search for car following alleged assault in Poole

Detectives in Poole have released details of a car they are trying to trace after an alleged serious assault in Sea View Road.

Police were called at around 10am on November 13 to the viewing point after reports that a man had been struck by a car and assaulted by several men from the same vehicle.

The 33-year-old victim from Poole sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The vehicle involved in the incident was described as a silver VW. Credit: DorsetPolice

The vehicle involved in the incident was described as a silver VW with the registration number GD14 ZXV. The car was hired from Europa in Liverpool in November.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 13:102, or call Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

Man seriously injured after assault in Bournemouth

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was seriously assaulted in the town on November 16.

The 38-year-old victim left The Exchange bar in the Triangle at around 5.30am, when he was hit from behind and kicked several times in the face. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Constable Jo Regan, of Bournemouth CID, said: “As a result of the assault the victim received nasty facial injuries."

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 16:118, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Five men arrested after assault in Poole

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an alleged serious assault in Poole. Police were called to the viewing point in Sea View Road following reports that a man had been struck by a car and assaulted by several men from the same vehicle. The car involved in the incident has been described as a silver VW, possibly a Golf or a Polo. The victim, a 33-year-old Poole man, sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Sergeant Andy Roberts, of Bournemouth CID, said: “The incident happened in a busy area of Poole and I urge anyone who saw what happened to contact me"

Five men, aged in their 20s, have been arrested in the Avon and Somerset area on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after 16-year-old girl robbed in Wimborne

Officers are appealing for witnesses and information after a 16-year-old girl was robbed at a bus stop in the Merley area of Wimborne.

The teenager was waiting for a bus opposite Merley First School in Oakley Straight on the morning of Friday, November 7, when she was pushed to the ground twice causing her to hit her head.

The victim's red and pink headphones were stolen and she sustained bruises to her face and body

The offender is described as white, five feet six inches tall and of muscly build. He was wearing dark coloured jeans, a leather jacket, a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up and padded ski gloves.

This was a frightening attack on a teenage girl in broad daylight and fortunately she did not suffer more serious injuries.

I am keen to speak to anyone who may have seen this incident or has any information that can assist with the investigation. I urge witnesses and anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.

– Police Constable Julie Payne, Poole Police

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 7:199, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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.

Further conviction for drug offences in Operation Moped

Another person has been sentenced for drug offences following one of the biggest operations in the county in recent years. Dorset Police pro-actively targeted street level drug dealers in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth where there was a suspicion that drugs offences were being committed.

Jordan Baptiste, 20, has been sentenced to 30 months for supplying heroin, 30 months for supplying crack cocaine and 1 month for possession of cannabis – all to run concurrently.

So far 25 defendants from Operation Moped have been sentenced to a total of over 51 years for street level dealing, which includes suspended sentences.

Chris Weeks, Dorset Police Regeneration Inspector for Boscombe, said:

The operation had a clear focus on on-street drug dealing. The individuals arrested for drug related crimes are being placed before the courts from today and over the coming weeks.

We will not stop here. As part of our ongoing police work, day to day patrols will continue to listen to communities and will continue to keep the pressure on individuals involved in the drug trade.

The message to anyone involved in on-street drug dealing remains – if you are drug dealing, it will not be tolerated and you will be arrested.

– Chris Weeks

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101.

Man jailed for knife attack in Bournemouth

A man has today been jailed for four-and-a-half years for stabbing another man twice in a vicious knife attack on a street in Bournemouth.

Scott Tinpeloo, 20, was told he would have to serve an additional four years on licence once released.

The court heard the victim, a 22-year-old man from Bournemouth, was walking home when he was attacked by Tinpeloo with a large kitchen knife in West Hill Road at around 11.30am on Friday 13 June.

Scott Tinpeloo, 20, faces four years and a half in jail. Credit: DorsetPolice

The victim sustained a stab wound in the middle of his back in line with his spine and a second in his lower back above the right hip.

Detective Constable Leo Glendon, of Bournemouth CID, said:

This was a vicious and unprovoked attack in broad daylight on an innocent man. Dorset Police will not tolerate knife crime in the county and the sentence handed out today is appropriate for the seriousness of the offence.

– Leo Glendon

Drug dealers to pay back over half £1 million

Drug dealers are to pay back over half a £1 million after Dorset Police secured confiscation orders worth almost £600,000 against six convicted dealers.

On Friday June 6, Scott Woods, 25, Guy Anning, 22, Dean McLeod, 33, Stewart Davidson, 29 and Ashley Smith, 29, were sentenced to a total of 35 years and nine months in jail for conspiring to supply class A drugs.

The men have since been ordered to pay back the ill-gained funds, the amounts to be paid are:

  • Anning £142,109.32
  • McLeod £78,560.05
  • Davidson £78,380
  • Smith £78,480
  • Woods £213,185

Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of Dorset Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said:

These men were arrested in October and November 2012 following an extensive investigation led by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Team. The investigation unveiled a comprehensive conspiracy to supply a class A drugs across the county of Dorset. Dorset Police does not tolerate drug dealing and we will take every opportunity to deprive criminals of their illegal gain. We will use all the powers available to us to ensure that anyone convicted of drug dealing is dealt with robustly by the criminal justice system and by the courts using Proceeds of Crime Act legislation.

– Andrew Kennard
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