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ATM CCTV after BMW car containing 50 parcels stolen

CCTV of two men using a bank card which was inside the stolen car Credit: Dorset Police

Dorset Police are appealing for the public's help to identify two men after a car was stolen in Poole. They have issued images of two men seen trying to get money from a cash machine using a bank card that was inside the vehicle which was taken.

The BMW 3 Series was stolen from Herbert Road in Poole at 12.30pm on Friday 5th May 2017. The owner was delivering parcels to a nearby property at the time. There were approximately another fifty undelivered parcels still inside the car.

Do you recognise this person? Credit: Dorset Police

About 25 minutes after the car was taken the two men in the images were seen on CCTV at the Tesco store on Wimborne Road. They were trying to withdraw money from an account associated with a bank card that was inside the stolen car.

The two men were seen on Friday 5th May 2017 Credit: Dorset Police

“As part of my investigation, I am now in a position to release CCTV images of the two suspects. I would urge anyone who recognises these men to please contact Dorset Police.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has seen a black BMW 3 Series, registration C13 KBO, parked up in the area.

“Finally, I would like to remind motorists to ensure they do not leave their vehicles insecure even if they are leaving it for a moment. Please don’t make life easy for thieves.”

– Police Constable Steve Boston, Bournemouth Police


"Despicable" rogue trader who targeted elderly is jailed

Noah Peter Chapman, 24, targeted elderly victims in Poole Credit: Dorset Police

A rogue trader who targeted elderly victims in Poole has been jailed for 12 months.

Noah Peter Chapman, 24, admitted fraud charges and criminal damage.

The court heard Chapman had visited the homes of people in their 80s, in the Broadstone Upton areas, claiming to work for the council. He offered to do gardening work and in, one case charged a tenant £1,000 in cash for illegal work he had done. In another case, he and an accomplice drove their elderly victim to a cashpoint to withdraw £500. They men then left and never returned.

Chapman will serve his sentence consecutively to a three-year jail term he is already serving for causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

These were despicable crimes against elderly victims.

Rogue traders such as Chapman specifically target the older generation, who on occasions can be talked into accepting works at their properties.

I want to thank the victims and their families for assisting with us with this investigation.

I would also ask the public to call police with any concerns regarding elderly or vulnerable neighbours who they think are being targeted by rogue traders.

– PC Claire Dinsdale, Dorset Police

Two rescued from fire in derelict building

Two people have been treated for smoke inhalation following a large fire at a derelict building in Poole.

Seven fire engines were called to St John's House in Serpentine Road this afternoon where the fifth storey was alight.

The fire is now out but an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.

It's believed the building is used by squatters.

Residents threatened with tools in Poole burglary

Ashley Road Credit: Google Maps

Three masked men broke into a home in Poole and threatened the occupants, including young children. They then stole high value Asian jewellery and cash.

Detectives say the incident happened at approximately 9.15pm on Friday 13 January 2017 in Ashley Road.

All three offenders are described as white, in their early twenties and speaking with a local accent.

One was about five feet four inches tall, of medium build, with pale skin and blue eyes. He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark trousers, gloves and work boots.

The second man was also five feet four inches tall but of slim build. He was wearing a black jacket with red stripes on the sleeves with the hood up. He has a goatee-type beard.

The third offender was also of medium build.

Detective Sergeant Andy Haworth, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a very frightening ordeal for the occupants but fortunately nobody was harmed during the incident.

“I am appealing for anyone with information about those responsible to contact us as soon as possible.

"Also, if anyone is offered Asian jewellery in unusual circumstances, they should report this to police.”


VIDEO: Amazing display of starlings flocking over Dorset

Here's some spectacular footage of starlings flocking over the Dorset coast near Poole.

It's called a 'murmuration' and is an amazing sight - a swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky in unison.

The display is known as a 'murmuration' Credit: PA

Photographer Sam King caught the images on camera at Studland. He told us 'it had been a washout of a sunset but then this happened!'

You can find more of his pictures here

Credit: PA

So why do starlings flock together like this?

We think that starlings do it for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as peregrine falcons find it hard to target one bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands.

They also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.

They gather over their roosting site, and perform their wheeling stunts before they roost for the night.

– RSPB spokesman

Man jailed for robbing 90 year old elderly woman

Artur Wasil will serve 3 years and 7 months Credit: Dorset Police

A man who robbed a 90 year old pensioner in Poole has been jailed for three years and seven months.

25 year old Artur Wasil grabbed the woman from behind across her throat and chest in June, stealing her gold necklace.

The attack happened around 2.30pm on Levitt's Lane.

Wasil followed the woman out of Poole Tourist Information Office towards the High Street before the incident.

He then attempted to sell the necklace to Jemini Jewellers in Boscombe after 4pm the same day where a member of staff realised the necklace had been stolen.

Appeal to driver of car with fluffy steering wheel to come forward over hit and run

Police investigating a hit and run in Poole are urging the driver of a car with a fluffy steering wheel to come forward.

It happened last Tuesday morning as the pedestrian crossed on Alder Road next to the roundabout at Sainsburys.

The victim, a local woman aged in her 60s, was walking across the pedestrian crossing that was on red for drivers when she was hit by a small black car being driven by a woman.

The victim describes the vehicle as having a fluffy steering wheel. The driver mouthed "are you ok?" before driving away.

The victim was left with bruising and a minor injury to her leg which has caused her to walk with a limp.

"It is very lucky the victim was not seriously injured although she has been left shaken by the incident.

"I am only now in a position to issue the witness appeal as we have only recently been able to speak to the victim and establish the full details.

“Perhaps you know someone who drives a small black car with a fluffy steering wheel? If you do, please contact police. I am also aware there may have been a number of people in the area at the time who may have witnessed the incident and I would ask them to come forward.

“Finally, I would appeal directly to the driver to please contact me.”

– Police Constable Matt Batter, of Poole police
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