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Robber armed with claw hammer and screwdriver is jailed for nine years

Kieran Toplass has been jailed for nine years Credit: Dorset Police

A 26-year-old man who threatened a homeowner with a claw hammer, a screwdriver and a knife has been jailed for nine years.

Kieran Toplass forced his way into a property on Southey Road in Christchurch in January, before stealing the vulnerable victim's mobile phone and a quantity of money.

The victim wasn't injured but was left shocked and distressed.

Dorset police officer sacked for misconduct

A Dorset Police officer has been dismissed following a misconduct hearing.

Police Constable Nigel Case, who was based at Bridport police station was found guilty of breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to confidentiality, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct.

The panel heard that on 25 July 2011 PC Case carried out a search of himself on the Criminal Justice Search and Police National Computer database. He carried out a further PNC check on himself on 22 September 2013. These searches were not for a policing purpose. The charge was found proven and amounted to misconduct.

The officer also conducted CJS searches on seven other people between 3 May 2013 and 8 November 2014 – all the searches were not for a policing purpose. The charge was found proven and amounted to gross misconduct.

“Having to dismiss PC Case was one of the saddest things I have had to do – a good officer with a fine record, which was supported by a number of character witnesses, and a well-liked and respected family man.

“However, PC Case was in a position of trust and had privileged access to computer systems that can only be used for policing purposes.

“The panel found that PC Case used the CJS and PNC databases to carry out searches on himself and other individuals which were not for any policing purpose. He also disclosed police intelligence from one of these searches to another individual.

“Ultimately the Police Service has to be the home of the highest standards of behaviour and decision making; the public expects nothing less and their confidence in us depends on our acting in a way that is honest, open and beyond reproach.

“His actions were completely at odds with these standards and this has resulted in the panel’s decision to dismiss PC Case with notice.

“I hope this result sends out a clear message to the public, our officers and staff that we take such misconduct very seriously and we will fully and robustly investigate such allegations.”

– ACC Lewis, the panel chair


Police return to murder scene to search for weapon

The incident happened on East Street in Blandford

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Dorset last night are continuing to question a 49-year-old man who is helping with their inquiries.

Officers are to return to the area near East Street in Blandford Forum where a woman was pronounced dead at about 6.10pm on Thursday evening. They will search the area for a weapon, believed to be a sharp object, possibly knife. They are appealing for the public to be on alert, and if anyone spots what could have been the weapon, they are asked to contact Dorset Police.

Investigators will return to the crimes scene for more forensic work

"We have searched the area surrounding the scene and will continue to do so in daylight. It is possible that a knife or a sharp object was discarded by the alleged offender.

“I am appealing to local residents in the surrounding areas of Orchard Street, Dorset Street and The Close to keep their eyes peeled for an object of this sort near to their properties and gardens. It is important, if anyone finds one, to not touch it - but to contact Dorset Police immediately on 101.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Devoto, Major Crime Investigation Team, Dorset Police

Police name pedestrian killed in Bournemouth collision

The family of Peter Worrall have paid tribute to him Credit: Dorset Police

Police have named a man who was died last night after being hit by car in Bournemouth.

Forty-nine-year-old Peter Worrall was walking along Castle Lane East, near the Royal Bournemouth Hospital at around 7:30pm on Sunday evening when the collision happened. A woman pedestrian was also seriously injured, and remains in hospital. A 25-year-old man from Bransgore has been arrested.

“Peter was a much loved husband, brother, father, stepfather and granddad and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was a popular person both at his place of work at Key Industrial Equipment in Verwood and the gym which he belonged to. He was liked by everyone who met him.”

– Peter Worrall's family

Weymouth murder investigation latest: Three men and a woman under arrest

Three men and a woman are being questioned on suspicion of murder after a man in his 20's was found dead at a flat in Weymouth.

Police cordoned off Bath Street by Commericial Road near the seafront around 9 o'clock on Sunday morning.

Detectives have until tonight to continue questioning the suspects. Martin Dowse reports from Weymouth.

BREAKING: 4 arrests in Weymouth flat murder

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found at a flat in Bath Street in Weymouth on Sunday.

Three men aged 18, 20 and 43 and a 39-year-old woman, all from the Weymouth area, have been detained and are helping Dorset Police with their enquiries.

Officers said three of the people arrested sustained non-life threatening injuries during the incident.

The dead man’s next of kin are yet to be informed, and the coroner has been notified. Detectives are still investigating exactly what happened.


Man videoed pulling the head off a bird is given criminal behaviour order

A man who was videoed pulling the head off a wood pigeon - the footage of which ended up on Facebook - has been given a criminal behaviour order.

Scott Matthew Cochrane, 25, of Poole, in Dorset, was issued with the order at Bournemouth Crown Court. He had been convicted, at the same court, six months earlier, in February, of killing a wild bird. For that offence, he had been given a six-month conditional discharge.

Part of the order states that Cochrane must not behave in an anti-social manner as to cause harassment, alarm or distress or encourage others to use threatening or insulting behaviour in a public place.

It also states he must not be allowed to be in possession of a wild animal or wild bird, living or dead.

Scott Cochrane Credit: Dorset Police

“Cochrane has been involved in a number of anti-social incidents over recent years, and he was responsible for callously killing a bird.

“This order sends a strong message that we will be tough on those who commit rural crime, animal cruelty and anti-social behaviour in Dorset.”

– Sgt Andy Napper, Dorset Police

Rise in reported crime in Dorset

Dorset Police has recorded a rise in reports of crime Credit: Dorset Police

Despite a rise in reported crime for the first time in eighteen years, Dorset police say the county is still one of the safest in the country.

From April to June this year crime increased twelve%.

The Force says this is mostly due to changes in the way crimes are recorded.

Victim of 'vicious assault' needed 200 stitches & extensive facial surgery

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed a serious assault outside the Cranleigh pub in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth to come forward.

Two men were involved in an altercation inside the venue on Clingan Road between 11pm and midnight on Saturday 8 August. The row spilled out onto the pavement, where police say three or four men viciously assaulted the victim, a 21-year-old local man.

His face was seriously injured and he needed 200 stitches and surgery. He also broke his arm and hand.

“This was not just a simple bar scuffle. It was a vicious group attack which left the victim requiring extensive facial surgery. Someone knows who is responsible for this attack and I am urging that person to come forward.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Detective Constable Mark Holmes, Bournemouth CID

Anyone with information can call Doset Police on 101 and quote incident number 9:17. Alternatively anyone who has information can also call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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