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Father to make appeal for missing son's safe return

Aaron Fiveash
Aaron Fiveash disappeared from his parents' home on Monday 7 January 2014 Credit: Dorset Police

The father of a man who went missing on Monday 6 January is to make an appeal for his safe return this afternoon.

Aaron Fiveash, aged 36, is believed to have gone missing from his parents' home in Bournemouth without any clothes on. Dorset Police are holding a press conference at 4.30pm.

Aaron Fiveash is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build and with short black hair.

48 charged after drink drive campaign

48 people have been charged with drink and drive-related offences during Dorset Police's annual campaign.

This year anyone charged with a drink or drug driving-related offence during the campaign will have their name and court appearance details released to the media.

Dorset Police is reminding motorists there will be increased patrols and road side checks throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

It’s really disappointing that so many people continue to not only put their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other innocent road users.I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don’t get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all.Inspector Butler is also urging people to plan ahead over New Year and take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver or arranging overnight accommodation."

– Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit


Dorset police warn of online risks for children

As part of the Countdown to Christmas campaign, Dorset Police is issuing online safety advice to parents across the south.

Children face several risks online such as accessing inappropriate websites, losing control over pictures and videos and communicating with strangers.

Online communication poses further risks concerning sexting, online bullying and grooming where control over these are lost once sent.

Internet Safety Officer for the Safe Schools and Communities Team (SSCT) Mark Howell advises parents to be vigilant of their children's online activities and suggests that parents encourage their children to show them how the websites work.

Discuss the risks and benefits of these sites. Children should know that if they are worried, they can talk to their parents or another appropriate adult. Parents need to be alert for the signs of online grooming or cyber bullying. Your child may be more private and secretive than usual. They may minimise screens, not engage with the family and spend long amounts of time on their mobile device or take the device to their bedroom.”

– Mark Howell, Internet Safety Officer for the Safe Schools and Communities Team

Dorset police warn against Christmas bogus callers

Dorset Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant against bogus callers this Christmas.

Dorset Police is issuing advice to help reduce anyone’s chances of becoming a victim of a distraction burglary or bogus callers.

  • Ensure that good locks and a door chain are fitted on doors
  • No large amounts of money should be indoors
  • Maintain the house/garden to not attract attention
  • Have regular contact with your neighbours and family members
  • Encourage everyone to adhere to the following advice when a caller is at their door

Consider the following:

LOCKED – Is the back door locked?

STOP - Am I expecting anyone

CHAIN – Put the chain on BEFORE opening the door.

CHECK – Ask for the caller’s ID. Shut the door leaving the caller on the doorstep and phone the number in the phone book NOT the one on the card they give you.

Make sure the people you care about and your elderly neighbours are not vulnerable to bogus callers or distraction burglars this Christmas.

Victims of bogus callers or distraction burglaries are usually elderly and live by themselves.

The offenders will often work in pairs with one person acting as the distraction while the other enters the home.

– Inspector Richard Dixey of Dorset Police


Security firm to take over guarding crime scenes

A private security firm will be guarding serious crime scenes in Dorset from now on.

Dorset Police are outsourcing this part of their security to Securitas in a four month trial. Police say officers can now concentrate on frontline policing.

The work our Crime Scene Officers conduct is of the highest standard, having been police vetted and specifically trained for such a role prior to any deployment. Our density of branch network and front line staff enables us to deploy with pace, professionalism and the reliability you would expect from an organisation of our strength, depth and expertise. We look forward to supporting Dorset Police in this way in the months and years ahead.

– Mike Clancy, South West Area Director of Securitas
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