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Thieves steal cash machine in ram raid robbery

North Street in Wareham Credit: Google Images

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after ram raiders stole a cash machine from a shop in Wareham.

Officers were called to the Co-op on North Street just before 4am on Monday morning to reports that a vehicle had been driven into the front of the store.

A cash machine, inside the store, had been taken.

Officers searched the area but no arrests were made.

Detective Constable Rhys Griffiths, of Western CID, said: “I am appealing for any witnesses to the incident, who have not spoken to police yet, to come forward.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who has seen a khaki coloured Landrover with a tyre on the bonnet in the area at the time or has seen it driven to or away from the scene.

“Anyone with information about those responsible should contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.”

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in Dorset

Detectives are investigating an assault on a young woman in Dorset

Detectives investigating an allegation of an attempted rape in Weymouth in the early hours of Tuesday morning have arrested a 29-year-old local man.

The arrested man is also being questioned about two counts of assault by beating. His detention comes after police were called at around 4.15am on Tuesday 21st June to deal with reports that a woman had been attacked just off Gloucester Mews in the town centre after a night out.

The woman in her twenties was left with minor injuries.

"We understand that a number of people either saw a man matching the description given or were approached by him between 11pm on Monday 20 June and 4.30am on Tuesday 21 June. If this was you, please get in touch as I believe you may have valuable information that could assist my investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Kate Lill, Weymouth CID

If you have information contact Dorset Police via their website, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 21:36. Witnesses can also telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or contact Crimestoppers via their website


4 in hospital, A35 in Dorset closed after bike accident

Four people have been injured after a collision on the A35 in Dorset. The A35 is closed in both directions at Puddletown near Dorchester after an accident involving three motorbikes.

It happened on the westbound carriageway between Yellowham Hill and Puddletown. There is queueing traffic while police carry out their accident investigation work between A354 (Puddletown / Blandford turn off) and Cuckoo Lane (Troy town turn off).

The accident happened just 1.30pm. Two air ambulances and the NPAS police helicopter were called to the scene. Two of the injured people - a man and a teenage girl were taken to the Southampton General Hospital. Two men have been taken to Dorset County Hospital.

Dorset Police say the road is likely to be shut into the evening for clean up and investigation work. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. Diversions are in place from Bere Regis to Wool, the A352 Wareham Road to Dorchester.

Can you help Police trace missing David from Poole?

David from Poole told his family he was going out for a walk Credit: Dorset Police

The family of a 67-year-old man who never returned from a walk this morning are appealing for help to find him.

David Horsford from Samson Road in Poole, told his family he was going for a walk and left home at 7.30am. David, who is 5ft 11in, was wearing a black Berghaus jacket and green Craghopper trousers.

Dorset Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for David's welfare. The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter has been involved in the search as have teams from the marine section.

“I understand that David has not been in the right frame of mind recently and cannot walk very far. For him to have not have returned home is completely out of character.

"We are releasing a photo of David in the hope that the public may know of his whereabouts. He was wearing the same jacket pictured when he left the house, but has lost some weight since the photo was taken.

“I’d urge anyone who knows of David’s whereabouts or who has seen a man matching his description to contact the police straight away.

“His family are very concerned for his wellbeing and we simply want to know he is safe and well."

– Chief Inspector Jim Beashel, Dorset Police

Witness appeal after woman stabbed in Portland

Three men have been arrested in Dorset after a woman was taken to hospital following a serious assault in Portland.

Police had been called to a property in Verne Common Road at about 5.45pm on Wednesday 25th March. Officers found a woman with stab wounds. She was taken to Dorset County Hospital, but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses. Two men from Portland have been charged with wounding with intent and false imprisonment. They are due before magistrates in Bournemouth today.

A 37-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been released on police bail until MId-April, pending further enquiries.

“We are still investigating the circumstances surrounding how the woman sustained her injuries and I am asking anyone who may know anything about the incident to contact police on 101.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything out of the ordinary in East Weare Road or Verne Common Road on the Wednesday morning or afternoon.

“I would like to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident and there have been high-visibility patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the community.”

– Detective Inspector Kevin Lansdale, Weymouth CID, Dorset Police

Officers searching for missing man have found a body

Officers from the Purbeck area of Dorset who have en searching for a missing man from Swanage say they have found a body in the Wool area.

John Wormald, 48, was reported missing from the Battlemead area yesterday morning. Police found the electrician's van in Wareham overnight.

Although there has been no official identification of the body, the Purbeck branch of Dorset Police said Mr Wormald's family have been informed of the discovery. This was the message on the force's Facebook page:

We regret to inform you that following an extensive search, the body of a male has been located in the Bindon Lane area of Wool. Formal identification is yet to take place, but John's next of kin have been informed of the discovery.

We would like to thank our colleagues in HM Coastguard Swanage, St Albans, Lulworth & Kimmeridge, the RNLI and also the volunteers from Dorset Search & Rescue who assisted in the later part of the evening.

– Purbeck Police, Dorset Police facebook page


Can you help find missing John from Dorset?

Search for missing man from Swanage Credit: Dorset Police

Dorset Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing electrician who was last seen yesterday morning.

Forty-eight-year-old John Wormald from Argyle Road in Swanage, was last seen at an address in Battlemead at 11.15am Wednesday 2 March 2016. Officers say they are becoming increasing for his welfare.

“I understand that John has been very upset recently and his family are concerned that he may come to harm.

“He is a self-employed electrician and drives a white Vauxhall Vivaro van with the registration HG05 XWY. The van has ‘John Wormald Electrical’ written on the side.”

“I’d urge John to contact us at the earliest opportunity - we simply want to know that you are safe and well.”

– Chief Inspector Bob Acaster, Dorset Police

Officers have since located John's van in the Wareham area, but he still hasn't been found.

Missing man found - police thank public for their help

Dorset Police have thanked the public for their help to find a man whose family reported him as missing. Paul Elleray, 51, from Swanage has been found safe and well in the Swanage area.

A police spokesperson said:

Police would like to thank the public and media for sharing the appeal and to the Coastguard, RNLI and Dorset Search and Rescue for their assistance in the search today.

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
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