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Help at hand with Silver Line

It's a growing problem that's often under-estimated - loneliness among elderly people. Many don't speak to another person for days - or even weeks on end. But help is at hand.

A helpline set up by veteran campaigning broadcaster Esther Rantzen has received half a million calls in the last 18 months. It's called Silver Line and arranges for volunteers to phone elderly people for a much appreciated friendly chat. David Wood has more.


Badger cull could be extended to Dorset

There's increasing pressure for a cull of badgers to be extended to parts of Dorset. Farmers say TB is continuing to spread through their herds and are calling for the Government to act on pre-election pledges, to eradicate the disease.

Pilot badger culls started in Somerset 2 years ago. Now applications are being prepared which could see the cull extended to part of our region as Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Police appeal for information after theft of bank card - used in Dorset

Appeal for information after theft of bank card Credit: Dorset Police
Appeal for information after theft of bank card Credit: Dorset Police

We're appealing for information to identify this man who we would like to speak with following the theft of a bank card in Caerphilly.

At approximately 11.30am on Wednesday 29th July, a lady was using her bank card at a cash point in Asda, Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly.

A man aged approximately 30-35 years old was standing a short distance away. The man has then followed the lady to her car, accompanied by a second man, and whilst distracting her with conversation, one of the men has removed the bank card from the lady's purse.

Since the incident, cash withdrawals have been made in various parts of the country using the stolen bank card, including Bristol shortly after the incident and Bournemouth the following day.

Officers are investigating and in the meantime ask people to remain vigilant, hide your PIN number when you are using a cash point and check over your shoulder just in case someone is watching. Criminals could possibly be using a mobile phone to film or type your PIN number into.

If you have any information that could assist this investigation please call 101 quoting log 260 29/7/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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