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Sixty firefighters tackle Ferndown factory fire

Explosions were heard coming from the factory in Ferndown Credit: Simon Rowley
Fifty firefighters from across Dorset were called to bring the fire under control Credit: Simon Rowley

The fire started in a property in Haviland Road, Ferndown. Shortly after Dorset Fire crews arrived they requested more for help. Aappliances from Ferndown, Wimborne, Redhill and Poole were mobilised and eight crews were sent to the scene.

Additional crews from Westbourne, Springbourne, Verwood and Christchurch were also mobilised, together with a high rise and support appliance The electricity board also attended as the building was under high voltage lines.

The building is a semi-detached industrial unit used as a metal finishing factory. An hour after the first call further assistance was requested and 12 crews attended in all - involving 60 fire fighters. Crews from Hamworthy, Ferndown, Wareham, and Blandford helped fight the blaze.

It is now under control.

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Man jailed for attempted robbery

A 58-year-old man from Ferndown has been sent to prison for four years for an attempted robbery in the West Moors area of Ferndown.

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Daniel Holland was jailed for 4 years for attempted robbery Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Daniel Holland pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He's been handed down a four year term in jail for the robbery offence and ordered to serve one years’ imprisonment – to run at the same time – for possessing a knife.

The court heard evidence that at 5.30am on Friday 14 March 2014 Holland entered the Tesco Express store on Station Road in West Moors wearing a beanie style hat pulled over his face with two holes cut out for his eyes.

He was also wielding an object, which is now known to be a plastic tube, which had plastic bags wrapped around it. Two members of staff were in the store at the time, one screamed when she saw Holland come into the shop, alerting her colleague who quickly came to her aid from the delivery room.

He challenged the offender grabbing the object from him while his colleague alerted security staff. Holland fled the scene discarding his beanie hat and a carrier bag containing a knife.

Robbery near Ferndown

Detectives investigating a robbery in West Moors have released three pictures of a man they would like to speak with. The incident happened at 6.50pm on Wednesday 26 February 2014 at Ladbrokes betting shop in Penn Court.

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CCTV image released in connection with robbery Credit: Dorset Police

A man entered the store, threatened a member of staff with a knife and demanded money. He was handed a quantity of cash before leaving.

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CCTV image released in connection with robbery Credit: Dorset Police

Detective Constable, Lee James, of Eastern CID, said: “I urge the man pictured – and anyone who recognises him – to contact me, in confidence, as soon as possible. I also would like to hear from anyone who saw this man enter or leave the premises around the time of the incident.”

Pensioner victim of aggravated burglary

Detectives in Ferndown are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following an aggravated burglary in the area of West Moors.

The incident happened between 6pm and 9.40pm on Friday 20 December 2013 at an address along Heathfield Way.

An unknown man gained entry into the premises and attacked the occupier, a woman in her seventies. When she confronted him he pushed her wheelchair over, while she was seated in it, causing her to fall out and be trapped.

The offender carried out a search of the property and stole a large quantity of cash. He left the victim incapacitated on the floor to be discovered later by a member of her family. She sustained a head injury which required hospital treatment.

This is a despicable crime on a vulnerable elderly woman. The offender is described as dressed in dark clothing and is believed to have been wearing a balaclava with a white scarf or T-shirt covering his lower face. I urgently appeal for anyone who saw this man or recalls any suspicious activity in the area at the time to come forward as soon as possible."

– Detective Constable Andrew Burley, of Bournemouth CID

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RSPCA warning after 'spate of cat shootings'

Sandy having recovered from shooting. Credit: RSPCA

A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Ferndown, Dorset, leaving the pellet lodged in his jaw muscles just behind his eye.

The RSPCA say they are hunting the person responsible for the shooting. Sandy, a one year-old cat, was found last week by his owners with the bullet wound.

They rushed him to the emergency vets where he underwent treatment. He is now making a good recovery.

However, the RSPCA warns that there has been a spate of shootings in the area and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

RSPCA Insp Graham Hammond said: "Since the owner reported this incident, we have learned that there have been a number of similar incidents in the local area – so we are asking people to be vigilant.

“This cat appears to have been shot deliberately and could have been killed."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RSPCA in strictest confidence on 0300 1238018.

Lightning inspiration for school children in Dorset

Are you finding yourself run off your feet by the children during the summer holidays?

Does the finishing line seem a long way off? Are you looking for something that will channel their energy?

Well, organisers at one activity club - turned to an inspirational role model to help keep youngsters entertained. Martin Dowse went to see the results... you can see them here

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