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Man in hospital after crash involving police car

Officers investigating a road traffic collision involving a police car near Sherborne are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

At 6.06pm on Saturday 23 August 2014 a road traffic collision occurred on the B3146 at Osehill Green just off the A352 toward Glanvilles Wootton between Dorchester and Sherborne.

A Dorset Police vehicle was following a black Peugeot GTI which failed to stop as requested.

The Peugeot left the road and collided with a road sign. The male occupant alighted from the Peugeot and the police car, that was following, then collided with the driver.

A 28-year-old man from Yeovil sustained a serious injury to his arm and was taken to Dorset County Hospital. He was arrested for driving related offences.

A road closure was in place between the junction of the A352 with the B3146 and at the junction of the B3146 and Park Lane to allow specialist officers to investigate the scene.

"I am appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward and contact police. I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of either vehicle leading up to the collision.”

– Police Sergeant Dave Stroud

Courier fraud scam targets Dorset residents

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Dorset residents targeted by a courier fraud scam Credit: Press Association Images

Dorset residents have been targeted by conmen posing as police officers as part of a courier fraud scam.

Dorset Police received 19 reports of the attempted courier fraud in Weymouth last week.

Each victim reported how a man said he was calling from a police station, where they had a man in custody who had taken money from the would-be victim's bank account.

They were then told to withdraw large sums of money to send to London by courier or taxi.

The victims suspected the attempted scam and called the police. No money was stolen and Action Fraud has been notified.

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Hammer attack on motorist in Dorset

A man wielding a hammer attacked a motorist before stealing his car. Witnesses said the victim was in a 4x4 vehicle when he was set upon in Mandale Road, Bournemouth.

He was later seen covered in blood walking towards Draper Road. The attacker fled the scene in the man's 4x4. Police said two men had been arrested but are yet to release further details. Officers appealed for information.

Pensioners targeted by fraudsters in Dorset

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Workmen tried to persuade pensioners to withdraw cash for unnecessary work Credit: Press Association Images

Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses to come forward after pensioners were targeted by fraudsters. Both victims were persuaded by workmen to withdraw thousands of pounds to pay for unnecessary work, but were stopped by alert bank staff.

A woman in her eighties went to her local bank and attempted to draw out £5000 in cash to pay workmen at her home. She advised the cashier that men had come round to cut her lawn in Kennart Road but told her she needed to pay them cash to have it paved instead. The bank did not allow the transaction and notified the police.

The second incident happened at an address on Emerson Road. A woman in her seventies informed a family member that a man had attended her home address and told her she needed to pay him £4000 cash to repair her roof. She attended her local bank to get the money, however, staff persuaded her not to make the withdrawal.

Neither victims had arranged for work to be carried out on their properties nor had any work been carried out.

Detective Constable Lee Emery, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: 'It was fortunate that the staff at both banks were alert and the women did not lose any money.

'We do not have any descriptions or any more information, therefore, I am appealing to anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime or has any concerns about suspicious activity in their area to come forward.'

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 2:213. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

'No excuse': 57 motorists caught flouting law in Dorset

Dorset Police caught 57 motorists flouting the law during a targeted operation today. Officers carried out patrols on the A350 from Poole to Shaftesbury in North Dorset to remind motorists of the importance of road safety. It was part of their 'no excuse' campaign.

The operation was a response to recent public concerns about bad driving along the A350. Officers said they wanted to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads.

They issued Fixed Penalty Notices in 24 cases of drivers or passengers not wearing seatbelts.

Thirteen motorists were caught speeding. Those over the limit which allows an education class instead of a fine have the option of a court hearing or a £100 fine plus and three penalty points.

Officers also handed tickets to 12 drivers who were caught driving while using a hand-held device.

“Dorset Police are concentrating on the fatal five contributory factors in road collisions in Dorset. These are excessive and inappropriate speed, driver distraction such as using a phone while driving, drink or drug driving, careless driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

“The aim of the day was a show of force to alert those drivers who continue to put themselves and others at risk that there is no excuse – simply do not do it. If you do, you will get caught.”

– Brian Austin, Operations Manager, Dorset Police

“Dorset Police are committed to keeping the roads as safe as possible for road users and local residents.

“We are aware of the concerns of local residents regarding the increased traffic along the A350 due to the closure of the C13 and we have taken a robust approach through this ‘no excuse’ day of action to identify and deal positively with road traffic offences on this route.

“Local police will continue to provide a high-visibility presence on a daily basis and we intend to carry out further proactive operations in the future.”

– Deputy North Dorset Inspector Ken Morgan, Dorset Police

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Mother pays the price after drink driving with baby in car

Video. She was caught 3 times over the drink drive limit with a baby in the car, but tonight a mother from Dorset is paying the price. Thirty-eight year old Deborah Anne Poulton has been fined and banned from driving for 2 years.

Another motorist described how she was weaving across the road, almost crashing into a cyclist. When police finally stopped her, they found her 13 month old baby in the car.

Her case has led to renewed warnings about the dangers of drink driving with a new campaign being launched across the South.

Martin Dowse reports.

Motorist drove 'drunk' with 13 month old baby in the car

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Deborah Anne Poulton leaving Bournemouth Magistrates Court Credit: ITV Meridian

A mother was caught three times over the drink drive limit - with her 13 month old baby in the car.

Deborah Anne Poulton, aged 38, has been fined and banned from driving for two years.

Another motorist described how she was weaving across the road, almost crashing into a cyclist.

Her case has led to renewed warnings about the dangers of drink driving with a new police campaign launched in the South.

Two homes raided in Dorset in crackdown on illegal tobacco plants

Police operation in Dorset Credit: ITV news

Nine people have been arrested and two illegal tobacco processing plants discovered after an investigation into suspected tobacco duty evasion of £11 million and associated money laundering offences.

During coordinated raids, 80 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators searched premises in Dorset, the West Midlands, London, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, in relation to the suspected supply of over 60 tonnes of tobacco.

HMRC officers uncovered tobacco processing and packaging factories at two residential properties in Birmingham. In Dorset, HMRC investigators arrested a man at a residential address in Poole. Homes in Bournemouth and Christchurch, and business premises in Verwood were also searched.

John Cooper, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC said: "Tobacco crime undermines legitimate producers and retailers, costing the UK around £2 billion a year. Anyone with information about the illegal production or sale of tobacco should contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000." **

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Three more arrests in nurse murder case

Nurse, Rui Li, was found dead three days after being reported missing Credit: Dorset Police

Three women have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Dorset nurse.

Rui Li, 44, was found dead in a car in Bournemouth on Friday. Three women aged 25, 28 and 65 have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are being questioned by police.

Ms Li's husband, 60-year-old, Jonathan Legris, has been charged with her murder.

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