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Police launch mobile app to tackle hate crime

Dorset Police is working with Bournemouth council to create a new mobile application that will help victims of hate crime.

The app will help the most vulnerable members of society understand how to deal with traumatising crimes and how to report it.

The app looks to address the fact that hate crime is widely under-reported by allowing victims to report instances in their home.

Adnan Chaudry, Chief Executive of Dorset Race Equality Council, said: “I am delighted with this great initiative.

"We know that there is still under-reporting of hate crime in Dorset and this app will make it easier for people to report incidents easily and quickly.”

The importance of reporting hate incidents and crimes cannot be underestimated. We strongly encourage people to report however they feel comfortable. The priority for us is to ensure that victims of hate incidents and crimes are supported and that appropriate actions are taken and we do this through a partnership approach.”

– Superintendent Mick Rogers, Dorset Police hate crime lead

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Water park reopens after chemical leak repaired

The owners of Splashdown Waterparks at the Tower Park leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about the evacuation of the site on Saturday 29th March.

The firm said the decision to evacuate the building and the rest of the Tower Park site was taken as a precaution, in the interests of public safety. The building was checked by Dorset Fire & Rescue Service and staff. Splashdown is open today.

The area surrounding the building was evacuated following reports of a suspected chemical spill. The company has said the decision to evacuate was made after the discovery of a malfunction of the dosing injector in a plant room upstairs.

No one was affected apart from the disruption and inconvenience, for which we apologise. All pools have chemical dosing machinery and if there is any suggestion that there is a problem then we take it very seriously;an alarm triggered and in the circumstances it was better to be safe and get it checked out properly in connection with the emergency services.

A small leak was detected and appropriate action taken to clear it up and repair the equipment. Following the repair and testing of the equipment I am pleased to be able to say that we will be open as normal again tomorrow (Sunday 30th March 2014).”

“We would like to express our thanks to all our staff who acted promptly and efficiently to evacuate the buildings and to Tower Park management team and other on-site businesses and their staff for their help in looking after our customers.”

– Jackie Richmond, Splashdown co-owner

Statement from Dorset water park after evacuation

The managers of the Splashdown leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about an evacuation because of a suspected chemical spill.

"We have evacuated Splashdown this afternoon, as a precaution, following a possible malfunction of a piece of pool dosing equipment. Emergency services have been called to check for any possible issues arising from this incident. We are not aware of any injury and we are letting everyone get on with what needs to be done at the moment. An update will follow once more information is available."

– Splashdown, Poole, Dorset

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Dorset leisure site evacuated - suspected chemical leak

The Tower Park leisure complex in Poole has been evacuated after a suspected chemical spill. Dorset Police said one person has been treated for minor injuries.

There is a large emergency services presence there. The police are warning the public to stay away from the area for the next few hours unless they are collecting someone - in which case people are being advised to approach the area from the Mannings Heath side.

More information to follow.

Brothers admitted employing illegal workers

Sahid and Mortuja Miah, both from Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to employing illegal immigrants and money laundering offences at Bournemouth Crown Court in September 2011.

Sahid Miah also pleaded guilty to human trafficking and hiding an illegal immigrant at one of their restaurants.

On 24th January 2014, the brothers were ordered to pay a total of £100,000 in a confiscation order, following a hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court. They must pay within six months or face an eighteen month prison sentence.

They were also fined £5,000 for each illegal employee – a total of £45,000.

These substantial orders and fines have come as a result of an effective joint operation between Dorset Police and the Home Office Immigration Enforcement and should serve as a strong deterrent to any person who currently employs – or intends to employ – illegal immigrants. These two men have profited greatly from employing illegal immigrants and these confiscation orders and fines highlight just how seriously such offences are taken."

– Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, Dorset Police Economic Crime Unit

Since 2008, officers have carried out four operations targeting illegal workers at the two branches of the Taj Mahal in Westbourne and Poole. During these raids we found 17 people who had no right to work in the UK and we have imposed civil penalties of £45,000 on the employers over the illegal staff."

– Carla Johnson, Home Office Immigration Enforcement

Two brothers fined for employing people illegally

Two brothers who ran restaurants in Dorset have been ordered to pay £145,000 in confiscation orders and fines after pleading guilty to employing illegal immigrants at two curry houses.

Sahid Miah, 45, and Mortuja Miah, 42, ran two Indian restaurants – the Taj Mahal in Westbourne and Taj Mahal II in Poole town centre – and employed illegal immigrants at both addresses.

Warrants were executed at the two restaurants on occasions between 2008 and 2010 and, on average, over half of the staff present had not been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK.

The convictions came after a joint operation by Dorset Police and the Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

Successful conviction for specialist police unit

A specialist unit of Dorset Police detectives have successfully convicted a paedophile following an investigation in conjunction with US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in London.

A 29-year-old man from Verwood was sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to eight counts of making indecent photographs of a child, five counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child, sexual activity with a child and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

POLIT are committed to targeting and bringing to justice those in Dorset who are sexually exploiting children over the internet. The message is simple and very clear; if you commit these crimes we will hunt you down, arrest you and bring you to justice. I also urge those abusing children to seek professional help from either their GP or another professional organisation. Targeting criminals in cyber space and safeguarding children from serious harm remains a priority for Dorset Police in 2014 and beyond.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Chris Naughton

Dorset Police is also urging parents to be aware and alert to the signs of online grooming and abuse.

Parents are encouraged to visit the CEOP website for up-to-date advice on how to keep their children safe online.

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