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.”
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.”
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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.”
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.”
If you want to remain anonymous you can get in touch with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or contact the organisation via the Crimestoppers website.
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.”
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.
If anyone has any information please contact Dorset police on 101, quoting incident number 29:35.
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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.
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.