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Rise in reported crime in Dorset

Dorset Police has recorded a rise in reports of crime Credit: Dorset Police

Despite a rise in reported crime for the first time in eighteen years, Dorset police say the county is still one of the safest in the country.

From April to June this year crime increased twelve%.

The Force says this is mostly due to changes in the way crimes are recorded.


Victim of 'vicious assault' needed 200 stitches & extensive facial surgery

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed a serious assault outside the Cranleigh pub in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth to come forward.

Two men were involved in an altercation inside the venue on Clingan Road between 11pm and midnight on Saturday 8 August. The row spilled out onto the pavement, where police say three or four men viciously assaulted the victim, a 21-year-old local man.

His face was seriously injured and he needed 200 stitches and surgery. He also broke his arm and hand.

“This was not just a simple bar scuffle. It was a vicious group attack which left the victim requiring extensive facial surgery. Someone knows who is responsible for this attack and I am urging that person to come forward.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Detective Constable Mark Holmes, Bournemouth CID

Anyone with information can call Doset Police on 101 and quote incident number 9:17. Alternatively anyone who has information can also call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for information after theft of bank card - used in Dorset

Appeal for information after theft of bank card Credit: Dorset Police
Appeal for information after theft of bank card Credit: Dorset Police

We're appealing for information to identify this man who we would like to speak with following the theft of a bank card in Caerphilly.

At approximately 11.30am on Wednesday 29th July, a lady was using her bank card at a cash point in Asda, Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly.

A man aged approximately 30-35 years old was standing a short distance away. The man has then followed the lady to her car, accompanied by a second man, and whilst distracting her with conversation, one of the men has removed the bank card from the lady's purse.

Since the incident, cash withdrawals have been made in various parts of the country using the stolen bank card, including Bristol shortly after the incident and Bournemouth the following day.

Officers are investigating and in the meantime ask people to remain vigilant, hide your PIN number when you are using a cash point and check over your shoulder just in case someone is watching. Criminals could possibly be using a mobile phone to film or type your PIN number into.

If you have any information that could assist this investigation please call 101 quoting log 260 29/7/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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


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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