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Residents threatened with tools in Poole burglary

Ashley Road Credit: Google Maps

Three masked men broke into a home in Poole and threatened the occupants, including young children. They then stole high value Asian jewellery and cash.

Detectives say the incident happened at approximately 9.15pm on Friday 13 January 2017 in Ashley Road.

All three offenders are described as white, in their early twenties and speaking with a local accent.

One was about five feet four inches tall, of medium build, with pale skin and blue eyes. He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark trousers, gloves and work boots.

The second man was also five feet four inches tall but of slim build. He was wearing a black jacket with red stripes on the sleeves with the hood up. He has a goatee-type beard.

The third offender was also of medium build.

Detective Sergeant Andy Haworth, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a very frightening ordeal for the occupants but fortunately nobody was harmed during the incident.

“I am appealing for anyone with information about those responsible to contact us as soon as possible.

"Also, if anyone is offered Asian jewellery in unusual circumstances, they should report this to police.”

Appeal to find thief who stole man's six war medals

A woman whose father's six wartime medals were stolen from a property in Blandford, Dorset, is calling for the culprit to be found. Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft, in which jewellery was also taken, to come forward.

The burglary at a property on Damory Court Street happened between 1pm - 9pm on Thursday 1st December.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Damory Court Street during the relevant time to please contact Dorset Police.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who has seen or been offered items of jewellery or war medals for sale in suspicious circumstances in the last 24 hours.

“Finally, I would like to remind residents to be vigilant, to ensure their properties are secure and report any suspicious activity to Dorset Police.

“The items stolen during this incident are of great personal significance to the victim who has, in effect, had her family history stolen from her. I would urge those responsible to do the right and moral thing and return these items.”

– Police Constable Matt Weldon, Blandford police

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police via their website; by sending an email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk ; or by telephoning 101, quoting incident number 55160180386.

If you want to remain anonymous you can get in touch with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or contact the organisation via the Crimestoppers website.

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Christmas drink & drug driving crackdown starts

Police officer holding an alcohol testing kit

The annual police crackdown on drink and drug driving starts today.

Dorset Police, for example, say their traffic officers will be out in force raising awareness of the dangers involved. More people are expected to be spending time out drinking with friends and colleagues for special occasions during this month's festive season than any other time of the year.

“I have attended far too many road deaths as a direct result of drink and drug driving. I have seen far too many families devastated.

“Alcohol and drugs impair many of the functions necessary for safe driving; reaction times and spatial awareness are affected significantly. This may still be the case the morning after, depending on how much alcohol you consumed the night before and when you stopped drinking.

“If you take the risk, you could kill or seriously injure another person. Drink and drug driving affects real people with real families. Please plan ahead this Christmas and take responsibility.”

– Inspector Matt Butler, Alliance Roads Policing Department

Police hunt for missing teenager

Police search for missing teenager Iwan Thomas Credit: Dorset Police

Police are searching for a missing boy from Sherborne.

14 year old Iwan Thomas, was last seen around 10.30pm on Monday 28 November 2016 at his home in Horsecastles Lane.

Iwan is white, approximately five feet seven inches tall, of slim build and has strawberry blond spikey hair and green eyes.

We need to find him urgently to make sure he is safe and well, especially in these low temperatures.

– Chief Inspector Bob Acaster, Dorset Police

If anyone has any information please contact Dorset police on 101, quoting incident number 29:35.

Men in court over shop distraction robberies in Dorset

The Spar in Winton was targeted on Friday 14th October

Two men charged in connection with two robberies and shoplifting in Dorset are due to appear before Bournemouth Magistrates Court this morning.

The incidents took place at the Co-op on Oakdale Road in Poole at around 9.20pm on Wednesday 12th October, and the Spar store in Wimborne Road in Winton during the evening of Friday 14th October.

In both cases one man was attempting to pay a shop assistant while a second man sprayed the distracted worker in the face with an unknown substance - the men then took off with cash from the open till.

A 35-year-old man and 40-year-old man - both from Hemel Hempsted - have been charged with the crimes. They are due before magistrates later.

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Missing pregnant woman from Dorset found in Spain

Missing woman found in Spain

A heavily pregnant woman from Poole who was reported to be missing after failing to attend an appointment at a hospital in Dorset has been found safe and well in Spain. The police had voiced concerns for her welfare after she was last seen leaving Poole Hospital on Tuesday 30th August.

Dorset Police say that Katie Miles was found today in the Alicante region of Spain. She was found with her boyfriend Robert Brown, and is now receiving medical attention in a hospital.

Thieves steal cash machine in ram raid robbery

North Street in Wareham Credit: Google Images

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after ram raiders stole a cash machine from a shop in Wareham.

Officers were called to the Co-op on North Street just before 4am on Monday morning to reports that a vehicle had been driven into the front of the store.

A cash machine, inside the store, had been taken.

Officers searched the area but no arrests were made.

Detective Constable Rhys Griffiths, of Western CID, said: “I am appealing for any witnesses to the incident, who have not spoken to police yet, to come forward.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who has seen a khaki coloured Landrover with a tyre on the bonnet in the area at the time or has seen it driven to or away from the scene.

“Anyone with information about those responsible should contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.”

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in Dorset

Detectives are investigating an assault on a young woman in Dorset

Detectives investigating an allegation of an attempted rape in Weymouth in the early hours of Tuesday morning have arrested a 29-year-old local man.

The arrested man is also being questioned about two counts of assault by beating. His detention comes after police were called at around 4.15am on Tuesday 21st June to deal with reports that a woman had been attacked just off Gloucester Mews in the town centre after a night out.

The woman in her twenties was left with minor injuries.

"We understand that a number of people either saw a man matching the description given or were approached by him between 11pm on Monday 20 June and 4.30am on Tuesday 21 June. If this was you, please get in touch as I believe you may have valuable information that could assist my investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Kate Lill, Weymouth CID

If you have information contact Dorset Police via their website www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 21:36. Witnesses can also telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or contact Crimestoppers via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org

4 in hospital, A35 in Dorset closed after bike accident

Four people have been injured after a collision on the A35 in Dorset. The A35 is closed in both directions at Puddletown near Dorchester after an accident involving three motorbikes.

It happened on the westbound carriageway between Yellowham Hill and Puddletown. There is queueing traffic while police carry out their accident investigation work between A354 (Puddletown / Blandford turn off) and Cuckoo Lane (Troy town turn off).

The accident happened just 1.30pm. Two air ambulances and the NPAS police helicopter were called to the scene. Two of the injured people - a man and a teenage girl were taken to the Southampton General Hospital. Two men have been taken to Dorset County Hospital.

Dorset Police say the road is likely to be shut into the evening for clean up and investigation work. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. Diversions are in place from Bere Regis to Wool, the A352 Wareham Road to Dorchester.

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