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'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

Deborah Anne Poulton
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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Appeal to find missing 91-year-old woman

Dorothy Large, 91, went missing from her home in Poole today Credit: Dorset Police

A 91-year-old woman has gone missing from her home in Poole. Dorothy Large was last seen at her home on Panorama Road in Sandbanks at around 1:40pm this afternoon. She had recently moved to the area from Wimborne.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident no: 3:266.

Dorset Police trying to identify seriously injured cyclist

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was found on a road in Bournemouth with serious head injuries last night. Dorset Police have not yet identified him.

The man was found on Forest View Road in Bournemouth shortly after 8 o'clock on Sunday evening. It is not clear how he came off his bicycle. Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Shoppers forced to leave Dorset shopping centre after man found with stab wound

Dorset Police were called to the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe at lunchtime, after a man was found with a stab wound. The man, who is in his twenties, was taken to Bournemouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A cordon has been placed around the scene and the entire shopping centre has been evacuated in order for investigation work to take place. A man has been arrested.

DI Joe Williams said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, which we believe happened in the area of the 99p store within the Sovereign Centre, to contact us. “We would like to reassure members of the public that there is no further risk to their safety as a result of this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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