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999 call warning after woman rings about dead cat

An ambulance service says it has recently received 999 calls from people asking for the number of Directory Enquiries and to report a dead cat.

The South Western Ambulance Service, which covers Wiltshire and Dorset, says it is currently getting around 2,500 999 calls a day in the run-up to Christmas.

It has launched a winter campaign to encourage people to question whether they really need to call 999.

It has released a recording of one call, in which a woman rang to report a dead cat in the road:

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Woman bought ponies and cruises with customer cash

Janine Pickett

A woman who ran a letting business has been jailed for stealing £375,000 from customers.

Janine Pickett, of Gillingham, was handed a 32-month prison term at Dorchester Crown Court today for fraud by abuse of position.

The 46-year-old had pleaded guilty to the offence on 30 May 2014.

The court heard that Pickett plundered the money from the Shaftesbury office of Dorset Lettings which she ran under franchise. Between January 2010 and November 2013 she stole £375,000 of customer deposits and rental payments from bank accounts she managed.

Further investigations revealed that Pickett had altered documents including bank statements and financial audit records in an attempt to cover up the theft.

During her offending Pickett lived well above her means and financial records showed she had spent the stolen money on buying a number of Welsh ponies, one of which cost £7,000. She also took out a Hire Purchase Agreement for a new BMW and enjoyed a number of holidays, including trips to Florida, France and cruises around the Mediterranean.

Weymouth tops 'best place for New Year's Eve' list

Weymouth harbour Credit: Press Association

Travel comparison website, GoEuro has put together a list of brilliant New Year’s Eve destinations that’ll make for unforgettable countdowns and Weymouth has come top of the list.

A harbour town on the stunning Dorset coast, Weymouth is host to the largest fancy dress New Year’s Eve celebration in the UK.

Absolutely everyone dresses up on NYE in costumes and the town celebrates together along the waterfront withThe Front Live event, where many of the pubs and restaurants coordinate to host an all night party of live music, drinks and food.

Revellers gather in Hope Square or near the Jubilee Clock before midnight to ring in the New Year together before continuing the celebrations all night long on the Esplanade.

– GoEuro.co.uk

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Post bag stolen in Weymouth

Police are investigating the theft of a Royal Mail post bag in Weymouth. At around 5.20pm on Wednesday 17th December 2014 thieves stole a bag containing special delivery post from an insecure hire vehicle parked at the Royal Mail depot in Abbotsbury Road.

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