A day of action is being help in Dorset to fight fraud. The Dorset Police force wants to highlight the number of scams currently operating in the county.
Telephone fraud alone cost Dorset more than a million pounds in just over one year.
The following workshops are being held today to advise people about how to protect themselves against fraudsters:
Dorford Centre, Dorchester - between 9.30am and 11.30am
United Reform Church, Dorchester - between 2pm and 4pm
Christchurch Day Centre, Highcliffe - between 9.30am and 11am
"This is a great opportunity for local residents to learn about a number of scams currently operating in the county. It will hopefully encourage people to take sensible, yet simple measures to help themselves avoid becoming victims of such crimes.
"Telephone fraud has cost the county over one million pounds in just over one year, so we're hoping that people will remember that the police and banks will NEVER ask anyone for their account number of PIN details over the phone.
"People can go away from the event armed with knowledge which they can pass on to their relatives, friends and neighbours and help prevent them from becoming victims of fraud too."
Dorset Police issued the following guidelines to help people avoid becoming the victims of scams:
- NEVER give your PIN or bank details out over the phone
- NEVER withdraw cash and send it anywhere via a courier or taxi
- NEVER send bank cards anywhere via a courier or taxi
- NEITHER the police nor your bank will ever ask for you to do any of the above.
Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 49-year-old Alan Jenkins who has gone missing from his Bournemouth home.
Alan was last seen at around 11.30am on Thursday, 12 March, at his home in Fenton Road. He was wearing heavy duty black boots and a grey jacket.
He is described as white, of medium build and six feet tall. He has short fair hair and blue eyes.
Police Inspector Anna Harvey said: 'Alan’s family has not heard from him since he went missing and we are very concerned as we believe he may have been upset at the time of his disappearance.
'If Alan sees this appeal, I would urge him to please make contact to let us know you are safe. Your family is very worried about you.'
Anyone who sees a man matching Alan’s description should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 12:142.
A man was left needing hospital treatment after he was knocked off his motorcycle by a car which failed to stop on Tuesday 17th February.
The incident happened at the Turlin Road and B3068 Blandford Road junction in Poole at about 3.40pm.
Detectives say the driver of a blue Renault vehicle, thought to be a Clio, failed to stop after colliding with the motorcycle, and continued to drive onto Turlin Road.
Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to about the incident to come forward.
The biker, a man aged 29, from Wimborne was treated for injuries to his hand at Poole Hospital.
“I would like to speak to the person driving the car at the time and anyone who witnessed the incident.
“I would also like to urge anyone who knows of a recently damaged vehicle, matching the description of the blue Renault, to contact me in confidence.”
Anyone who can help is asked to telephone Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 17:282
Or - to call Crimestoppers anonymously on their free hotline 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
An elderly motorist who was injured in a collision in Weymouth on the morning of Thursday 19 February has died from his injuries.
Dorset Police said the man had been taken to Dorset County Hospital for medical attention. An investigation is underway.
A post mortem examination has been carried out on a body found in a lake in Dorset by police investigating the disappearance of mother-of-four, Samantha Henderson, from her home in Corfe Castle last week.
“This afternoon a post mortem was carried out on the body recovered in Hamworthy. It confirmed that the victim had suffered a violent assault that appears to have been focused on her head and neck.
“Detectives are confident the body is that of Samantha Henderson, the 25-year-old mother-of-four from Corfe Castle missing since last week. The Coroner is aware of the death and formal identification by her next of kin is expected to take place this weekend.
“Although we have recovered a body and a man is charged with murder, it is still vital that people come forward with any information that could help us build a picture of exactly what happened.”
Police are keen to find anyone who may have seen Samantha Henderson's blue Peugeot 307 estate car with the licence plate registration HV04 ZFM being driven in the areas around Ham Common or Corfe Castle between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and 5pm on Friday 23 January 2015.
This time of year sees a dramatic increase in the number of house burglaries - criminals are targeting properties to steal items bought for Christmas which they then sell on to the black economy. Today in Dorset the police launched a major festive crackdown on the crooks, as Martin Dowse reports.
Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in Poole are appealing for witnesses and information after three men let themselves into a home and attacked a man and woman with metal bars.
The incident happened in the early hours of November 22 in Egmont Road.
A woman in her fifties and a man in his twenties suffered injuries as a result and required hospital treatment for head wounds.
Detective Constable James Taylor, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said:
Following the attack the three offenders walked casually up Egmont Road toward South Haven Close.
One of the attackers had a local accent while another was wearing a dark coloured crash helmet with blue and red markings around the front.
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 22:64, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for help to trace a missing 49-year-old man, who was last seen at his parents' home on Portland on November 7.
Paul Smith from Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Cleveland, was reported missing by his concerned parents after he left their home and said he was going to find somewhere to live in Bournemouth.
Paul is described as white, approximately 5ft 8" tall, with short neat brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a long dark brown coat with large pockets, grey chino-style trousers and light brown canvas shoes.
Concern is increasing for Paul. He left his parents’ home abruptly and had only the clothes he was wearing and a small amount of cash.
I urge Paul to get in touch as soon as possible – we simply need to know that he is safe and well.
Anyone with information as to Paul's whereabouts should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 12:129.
Dorset Police highlight problems with national 101 number:
"At this time the non-emergency number 101 is not working nationally. The operator is currently working to fix the problem. The emergency number 999 is not affected. Until the problem is fixed members of the public should use 01202/01305 222222 for non-emergency calls to Dorset Police."
Almost 100 guns have been handed in during an amnesty in Dorset.
Police said 31 handguns, 27 shotguns and five rifles were among the haul surrendered during a two week campaign - encouraging anyone with illegally held firearms to have them disposed of safely.
More than 300 firearms were handed in during a previous amnesty in Dorset in 2003.
The weapons turned in included starting guns, BB guns, air weapons, shotguns, pistols and rifles. Ammunition was also surrendered. Officers said the vast majority of the firearms were not being used for criminal activity.