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Problems with 101 non-emergency number

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."

– Dorset Police

Two in court in connection with nurse's murder

Rui Li's body was found in the boot of a car in May Credit: Dorset Police

A mother and son are due in court charged in connection with the murder of a nurse in Bournemouth.

The body of Rui Li, who was 44, was found in the boot of a car in May. 27-year-old, Jonathan LeGris and his mother 66-year-old, Erosa Smith were charged with conspiracy to murder yesterday. They are due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates this morning.

Rui Li's husband - 60-year-old Pierre LeGris has been charged with her murder and is awaiting trial.

UK troops conduct joint exercise in Poland

Around 1300 UK soldiers have been honing their war-fighting skills across south-west Poland in the largest armoured deployment to Eastern Europe for six years.

The King’s Royal Hussars Battlegroup is taking part in Exercise Black Eagle under the command of the 10th Polish Armoured Cavalry Brigade and alongside the 1st Polish Tank Battalion at the Zagan Training area

The training is designed to develop interoperability between the two Armed Forces and is a key demonstration of UK support to NATO reassurance measures in the region.

Credit: MinistryofDefence

Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon said:

Exercise Black Eagle has been a great success on several fronts. It has proved that the Army has the agility needed to cope with the demands of the 21st century.

It clearly demonstrates the strength of our relationship with the Polish Armed Forces. And it is a clear signal to our allies in NATO that we stand up to our obligations and will continue to do so.

– Michael Fallon

First Crossrail tracks laid at Heathrow junction

The first section of tracks to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid on a new bridge in west London.

The 120 metre long Stockley Flyover will be used by Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services from next year and is the largest single span bridge to have been installed anywhere on the Great Western railway since the days of Brunel.

It will ensure that services heading towards central London will be able to join the Great Western Main Line without delaying, or being delayed, by other trains using the route.

Crossrail services between London Paddington and Heathrow will begin in 2018. From 2019, the full route will open, allowing passengers to travel from Heathrow to the capital without changing trains. Up to four Crossrail trains an hour will link Heathrow with central London and beyond.

Installing the first section of Crossrail track is a major milestone for the project.

The flyover at Stockley will provide a vital new link between Heathrow and London, significantly improving connections between the airport and the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.

– Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail

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Man jailed for burglary in Bournemouth

A burglar has been jailed for four years after targeting an elderly woman in her Boscombe home.

Darren John Lane, 37, pleaded guilty to burglary with aggravating features which took place in August.

Lane first telephoned the 87-year-old victim to check she was at home. When he arrived he pushed the woman to the ground before going inside and stealing £300.

The victim suffered minor injuries to her elbow.

Darren John Lane, 37, has been sentenced to four years in jail. Credit: DorsetPolice

This was a callous and premeditated attack on a defenceless elderly woman in the very place she should have felt safe. Lane even went to the effort of contacting his victim to ensure she would be at home. Thankfully crimes such as these are unusual in Dorset. I hope the severity of this sentence will act as a strong deterrent to others. I would like to remind people not to keep large amounts of cash at home.

– Detective Constable Lynda Soutine, Bournemouth CID

Thousands stolen from elderly victim in Poole

An e-fit has been released after thousands of pounds was stolen from an elderly woman in Poole.

Officers believe the crime is linked to an ongoing money scam in Dorset, and other parts of the country, in which elderly victims are targeted with fraudulent phone calls.

The victim, aged in her 70s, was targeted on November 3, when she was told by a man pretending to be an officer on the phone, that fraudulent transactions had been made on her bank account.

The offender is described as black, aged 20, with black curly hair. Credit: DorsetPolice

She was instructed to go to her bank, withdraw money from her account and return home to wait for a plain-clothed police officer to collect it so it could be reimbursed into her bank account.

A man described as black, aged 20, of medium build and approximately 5ft 5" tall, arrived to collect the money at her home in the Herbert Avenue area.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 3:273, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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