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Police officer dismissed after gross misconduct

A Dorset police officer has been immediately dismissed after breaching professional standards.

Police Constable Kenneth Walmsley admitted using a police pool car for personal use and improperly using the police computer information system.

He also used a police fuel card to refuel the vehicle.

A misconduct hearing found that the officer had breached the standards of professional behaviour for police relating to orders and instructions, confidentiality, discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity.

The hearing was told that PC Walmsley had since repaid all the money that was charged to the fuel card.

PC Walmsley also admitted searching for information relating to family members on the Dorset Police computer information system, which is a breach of Force policy.

He did not disclose the information he obtained from the searches to anybody else.

“Police officers have to adhere to the highest standards of both professional and personal behaviour."

“Members of the public quite rightly expect the core value of honesty and integrity to be upheld and demonstrated by officers within the police service. By abiding to this standard, officers gain and maintain the trust of the public, which is essential to policing our local communities."

“I recognise that PC Walmsley served Dorset Police for more than 15 years prior to these incidents and showed remorse for his actions, which he fully admitted. However, it remains the case that his behaviour saw him fall below the standard expected of officers and took place over a period of several months."

“I agree with the panel’s view that it would be untenable that an officer who has behaved in this way can continue to hold a position within the Force.”

– Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan

Have you seen Jack? He's missing from Dorset

Jack Lane from Blandford has been missing since Friday night Credit: Dorset Police

Dorset Police have issued a missing persons appeal for help to find a missing 20-year-old man from Blandford.

Jack Lane was last seen at home in Eagle House Gardens at about 7.30pm on the evening of Friday 15th September. He is white, about 5ft 10in tall and has dark brown curly hair. He was wearing a black hooded top, black jeans and blue trainers the last time he was seen.

He left the address in a blue Vauxhall Corsa with the registration number X283 XMS.

"I understand that Jack may have been upset recently and I'm becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"I would ask that anyone who knows of Jack’s whereabouts or the location of his car to please contact Dorset Police urgently.

"Finally, if Jack sees this appeal please get in touch with us. Your family are very worried about you and want to know that you are safe."

– Chief Inspector Bob Acaster, Dorset Police

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police via an email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by telephoning 101 and quoting incident number 15:454. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously via their website or by telephoning 0800 555111.

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ATM CCTV after BMW car containing 50 parcels stolen

CCTV of two men using a bank card which was inside the stolen car Credit: Dorset Police

Dorset Police are appealing for the public's help to identify two men after a car was stolen in Poole. They have issued images of two men seen trying to get money from a cash machine using a bank card that was inside the vehicle which was taken.

The BMW 3 Series was stolen from Herbert Road in Poole at 12.30pm on Friday 5th May 2017. The owner was delivering parcels to a nearby property at the time. There were approximately another fifty undelivered parcels still inside the car.

Do you recognise this person? Credit: Dorset Police

About 25 minutes after the car was taken the two men in the images were seen on CCTV at the Tesco store on Wimborne Road. They were trying to withdraw money from an account associated with a bank card that was inside the stolen car.

The two men were seen on Friday 5th May 2017 Credit: Dorset Police

“As part of my investigation, I am now in a position to release CCTV images of the two suspects. I would urge anyone who recognises these men to please contact Dorset Police.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has seen a black BMW 3 Series, registration C13 KBO, parked up in the area.

“Finally, I would like to remind motorists to ensure they do not leave their vehicles insecure even if they are leaving it for a moment. Please don’t make life easy for thieves.”

– Police Constable Steve Boston, Bournemouth Police

Concerns grow for missing woman from Portland

Kathryn Clarke, 63, is missing from Portland Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives are appealing for help to find a missing woman from Portland. Sixty-three-year-old Kathryn Marie Clarke was last seen at Weymouth train station at about 5pm on Thursday 125th May 2017.

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. Kathryn is a white woman, around five feet tall, of a slim build and has tattoos on her hands, arms and stomach.

Kathryn Clarke was last seen at Weymouth railway station on Thursday 25th May Credit: Dorset Police

“It is out of character for Kathryn to go this long without having contact with her family.

“I would ask that anyone who knows of her whereabouts, or who sees a woman matching the description given, to contact police immediately.

“If Kathryn sees this appeal I would also ask her to please get in touch with us or your family as we all want to ensure you are safe and well.”

– Inspector Steve Horton, Dorset Police

Anyone with information is asked to contactDorset Police online;via an email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.ukor by telephoning 101, quoting occurrence number 55170077673.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online.

CCTV image released after petrol station robbery

Police are trying to trace this man Credit: Dorset Police

A cctv image has been released of a man police want to talk to following a theft at a garage in Corfe Mullen.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at about 9pm on Tuesday 6th June at the Esso petrol station on Wareham Road. A man who went to the counter reached over and grabbed money from the till while he was being served by a member of staff. He left the garage in the direction of Blandford Road.

He has been described as:

  • A white man of about 30 years of age
  • 5ft 10in approx.
  • Wearing a light grey Slazenger tracksuit, black and white striped socks and white trainers, a beanie hat with a logo on the front

“We have carried out enquiries but have so far been unable to locate the suspect.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Wareham Road at the relevant time and saw a man acting suspiciously to please contact Dorset Police.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who recognises the man from the CCTV image.”

– Police Constable Carmel Ryan, East Dorset Police

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police online, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident 55170084437.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by telephoning 0800 555111 or by getting in touch online.

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Dorset Police respond to London terror attacks

Dorset Police have released the following statement following the London terror attacks:

“As details emerge from this Metropolitan-led investigation, our thoughts are with all those affected from these incidents and to all our colleagues in the emergency services who bravely responded.

“The threat level remains the same at ‘severe’ and we continue to monitor the intelligence picture and keep all policing under review to ensure the appropriate security is in place.

“I would like to reassure the public that there is no intelligence or information that suggests a specific risk to Dorset, Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

“I would urge people to keep alert but not alarmed and if anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

– Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor

Dorset Police: 'The public should be alert but not alarmed.'

Dorset Police have issued their reaction to the bombing in Manchester last night, offering their condolences to all affected.

The Dorset force has given reassurances to local residents that public safety is a priority. Its officers are in touch with national anti-terrorism co-ordinators and the UK's national security threat level remains the same. The public are being advised to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the events in Manchester and our deepest condolences are with the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives.

“Dorset Police stand with Greater Manchester Police and other forces across the country. Public safety is our priority and we have a variety of established operational tactics that are regularly used to ensure that our local communities and businesses are both well prepared and protected.

“Our aim is to reduce the risk to the public and maximise public awareness. As is normal practice, we are in touch with national anti-terrorism coordinators.

“At. this time there has been no change to the threat level in the UK but this is reviewed on a national basis and Dorset Police will, if necessary, respond accordingly. We regularly review intelligence and information and would like to reassure the public that at this time there is no specific threat to Dorset. The public should be alert but not alarmed.

“The advice remains the same – members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321.”

– Superintendent Mike Rogers, Dorset Police

Witness appeal after fatal 3-vehicle collision in Dorset

A bus driver has died after a collision with a van and a car. The accident happened at 4.55pm on New Road in Portland, Dorset.

The vehicles involved were a single decker First Bus, a white Citroen Relay Luton van registered to a Dorchester firm and a blue Alfa Romeo registered to a man from Portland.

The 59-year-old bus driver was pronounced dead at the scene. One of his four passengers suffered a minor injury. The van driver was left with minor injuries, while the driver of the car was not injured.

While the emergency services were dealing with the incident, New Road was closed closed at the junction with High Street and Yeates Roundabout. The road was reopened after 8.15pm. Dorset Police's traffic unit are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to please contact Dorset Police.

“The road was completely blocked following the incident and I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while emergency services dealt with the scene.”

– PC Jason Green, Dorset Police traffic unit
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