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Police looking for van driver who hit pensioner and sped from scene

Police in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses following a fail-to-stop road traffic collision in the town which left one man with serious injuries.

At around 11.30am today, Wednesday 15 April 2015, a collision occurred on Lansdowne Road.

It was reported that a van hit the victim, a 75-year-old local man, near to the pedestrian crossing before driving off.

The victim sustained serious and potentially life-changing injuries to his head and leg. He was taken by ambulance to Poole Hospital.

I am appealing to anyone who knows something about this incident, or who witnessed the collision, to contact me urgently with their information on 101. Calls will be dealt with in strict confidence.

– Police Constable Kevin Farenden, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 15:145. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Hamworthy Library to celebrate World Book Night

Poole will celebrate World Book Night with a special event at Hamworthy Library later this month.

Award winning author Amy Mason will be there to join the celebrations. Her debut novel, The Other Ida, won the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize.

World Book Night takes place on the 23rd April and is an annual celebration of reading and books.

Author Amy Mason Credit: Borough of Poole

World Book Night is a fantastic opportunity for people to share their love of reading and encourage others to pick up a good book. The celebration at Hamworthy Library is set to be a great night out, and I’d encourage people to book their place as soon as possible.

– Sue Wills, Library Service Manager, Borough of Poole

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Police investigate robbery of two electric guitars in Poole

22 year-old robbed of two electric guitars in Poole Credit: Dorset Police

Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a robbery in the town.

The incident happened at around 12.05am on Wednesday 8 April 2015 as the victim was walking in Churchill Road at the junction with Cromwell Road carrying two guitars.

Three men approached the victim, threatened him and demanded he hand over his possessions.

The 22 year-old victim gave the offenders two electric guitars he was carrying. One is an orange Paul Reed Smith Custom 22. The second is described as a rare black and white Fender Stratocaster which is a reproduction of John Mayer’s guitar. Both guitars were in gig carry bags.
The offenders left the scene heading toward Sunnyside Road. One is believed to have been holding something in his hand, possibly a screwdriver.

The first offender is described as white, aged in his late teens, five feet nine inches tall, of large build and wearing a black hooded top and dark jeans. The second offender is described as white, aged in his early 20s, six feet one inch tall, of skinny build and was wearing a brown coat and dark trousers.

The third man is described as white, aged in his 20s, five feet five inches tall, of medium to large build, and was wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms. He was carrying something in his hands.

The victim was not injured.

22 year-old robbed of two electric guitars in Poole Credit: Dorset Police

Police seek three people after store theft

Officers in Poole would like to speak to three people in connection with a theft at John Lewis at Home – with CCTV images being released.

The incident happened at Poole Retail Park around 4.45pm on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

Officers believe two women and a man worked as a team to steal a Bose speaker from the store. No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 11:297. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Police would like to speak this woman in connection with store theft Credit: Dorset Police
Police would like to speak this woman in connection with store theft Credit: Dorset Police
Police would like to speak this person in connection with store theft Credit: Dorset Police

“I would like to speak to the three people pictured as I believe they will be able to help with my enquiries into this incident. Anyone who may be able to identify the individuals or has more information about the theft should contact me on 101.”

– Police Constable Sian Coombs, Poole Police

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Telephone fraudsters targeted 430 Dorset residents

Dorset residents warned over telephone scam Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police have revealed more than £2m has been scammed from residents in south-west England by telephone fraudsters in the past year.

About 700 offences have been reported to police since March 2014, with more than 430 victims in Dorset.

Officers have warned people in Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth to be especially wary of giving out card details or handing over money.

Callers often pose as police officers or bankers to trick vulnerable people.

In total, 30 people in Dorset have lost money, although police suspect the overall number is much higher as many attempts to defraud people go unreported.

Flyers, leaflets and social media are being used to warn residents.

Two people were arrested and released on bail on 2 March in relation to a number of alleged telephone money scams in the Poole area.

On Tuesday, two men were jailed at Bristol Crown Court for defrauding vulnerable people in Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall out of more than £88,000.

Witness appeal after man knocked off motorcycle

A man was left needing hospital treatment after he was knocked off his motorcycle by a car which failed to stop on Tuesday 17th February.

The incident happened at the Turlin Road and B3068 Blandford Road junction in Poole at about 3.40pm.

Detectives say the driver of a blue Renault vehicle, thought to be a Clio, failed to stop after colliding with the motorcycle, and continued to drive onto Turlin Road.

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to about the incident to come forward.

The biker, a man aged 29, from Wimborne was treated for injuries to his hand at Poole Hospital.

“I would like to speak to the person driving the car at the time and anyone who witnessed the incident.

“I would also like to urge anyone who knows of a recently damaged vehicle, matching the description of the blue Renault, to contact me in confidence.”

– Police Constable Paul Mellor, Poole Police

Anyone who can help is asked to telephone Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 17:282

Or - to call Crimestoppers anonymously on their free hotline 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Trust fund for Samantha Henderson's children reaches £5000

The trust fund for Samantha Henderson's children reaches more than £5000 Credit: ITV Meridian

A trust fund set up to raise money for the four young children of Dorset mum Samantha Henderson has raised more than five and a half thousand pounds.

Samantha Henderson was found in a lake a week after being reported missing Credit: Dorset Police

The 25 year-old from Corfe Castle went missing last month. Her body was found in a lake a week later. Her partner 27-year-old Dominic Isom has been charged with her murder and is due to stand trial in June.

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