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Motorist drove 'drunk' with 13 month old baby in the car

Deborah Anne Poulton leaving Bournemouth Magistrates Court Credit: ITV Meridian

A mother was caught three times over the drink drive limit - with her 13 month old baby in the car.

Deborah Anne Poulton, aged 38, has been fined and banned from driving for two years.

Another motorist described how she was weaving across the road, almost crashing into a cyclist.

Her case has led to renewed warnings about the dangers of drink driving with a new police campaign launched in the South.

Two homes raided in Dorset in crackdown on illegal tobacco plants

Police operation in Dorset Credit: ITV news

Nine people have been arrested and two illegal tobacco processing plants discovered after an investigation into suspected tobacco duty evasion of £11 million and associated money laundering offences.

During coordinated raids, 80 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators searched premises in Dorset, the West Midlands, London, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, in relation to the suspected supply of over 60 tonnes of tobacco.

HMRC officers uncovered tobacco processing and packaging factories at two residential properties in Birmingham. In Dorset, HMRC investigators arrested a man at a residential address in Poole. Homes in Bournemouth and Christchurch, and business premises in Verwood were also searched.

John Cooper, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC said: "Tobacco crime undermines legitimate producers and retailers, costing the UK around £2 billion a year. Anyone with information about the illegal production or sale of tobacco should contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000." **



Three more arrests in nurse murder case

Nurse, Rui Li, was found dead three days after being reported missing Credit: Dorset Police

Three women have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Dorset nurse.

Rui Li, 44, was found dead in a car in Bournemouth on Friday. Three women aged 25, 28 and 65 have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are being questioned by police.

Ms Li's husband, 60-year-old, Jonathan Legris, has been charged with her murder.

Appeal to find missing 91-year-old woman

Dorothy Large, 91, went missing from her home in Poole today Credit: Dorset Police

A 91-year-old woman has gone missing from her home in Poole. Dorothy Large was last seen at her home on Panorama Road in Sandbanks at around 1:40pm this afternoon. She had recently moved to the area from Wimborne.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident no: 3:266.

Dorset Police trying to identify seriously injured cyclist

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was found on a road in Bournemouth with serious head injuries last night. Dorset Police have not yet identified him.

The man was found on Forest View Road in Bournemouth shortly after 8 o'clock on Sunday evening. It is not clear how he came off his bicycle. Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.


Shoppers forced to leave Dorset shopping centre after man found with stab wound

Dorset Police were called to the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe at lunchtime, after a man was found with a stab wound. The man, who is in his twenties, was taken to Bournemouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A cordon has been placed around the scene and the entire shopping centre has been evacuated in order for investigation work to take place. A man has been arrested.

DI Joe Williams said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, which we believe happened in the area of the 99p store within the Sovereign Centre, to contact us. “We would like to reassure members of the public that there is no further risk to their safety as a result of this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

Police launch mobile app to tackle hate crime

Dorset Police is working with Bournemouth council to create a new mobile application that will help victims of hate crime.

The app will help the most vulnerable members of society understand how to deal with traumatising crimes and how to report it.

The app looks to address the fact that hate crime is widely under-reported by allowing victims to report instances in their home.

Adnan Chaudry, Chief Executive of Dorset Race Equality Council, said: “I am delighted with this great initiative.

"We know that there is still under-reporting of hate crime in Dorset and this app will make it easier for people to report incidents easily and quickly.”

The importance of reporting hate incidents and crimes cannot be underestimated. We strongly encourage people to report however they feel comfortable. The priority for us is to ensure that victims of hate incidents and crimes are supported and that appropriate actions are taken and we do this through a partnership approach.”

– Superintendent Mick Rogers, Dorset Police hate crime lead

Water park reopens after chemical leak repaired

The owners of Splashdown Waterparks at the Tower Park leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about the evacuation of the site on Saturday 29th March.

The firm said the decision to evacuate the building and the rest of the Tower Park site was taken as a precaution, in the interests of public safety. The building was checked by Dorset Fire & Rescue Service and staff. Splashdown is open today.

The area surrounding the building was evacuated following reports of a suspected chemical spill. The company has said the decision to evacuate was made after the discovery of a malfunction of the dosing injector in a plant room upstairs.

No one was affected apart from the disruption and inconvenience, for which we apologise. All pools have chemical dosing machinery and if there is any suggestion that there is a problem then we take it very seriously;an alarm triggered and in the circumstances it was better to be safe and get it checked out properly in connection with the emergency services.

A small leak was detected and appropriate action taken to clear it up and repair the equipment. Following the repair and testing of the equipment I am pleased to be able to say that we will be open as normal again tomorrow (Sunday 30th March 2014).”

“We would like to express our thanks to all our staff who acted promptly and efficiently to evacuate the buildings and to Tower Park management team and other on-site businesses and their staff for their help in looking after our customers.”

– Jackie Richmond, Splashdown co-owner
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