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"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

Men in court over shop distraction robberies in Dorset

The Spar in Winton was targeted on Friday 14th October

Two men charged in connection with two robberies and shoplifting in Dorset are due to appear before Bournemouth Magistrates Court this morning.

The incidents took place at the Co-op on Oakdale Road in Poole at around 9.20pm on Wednesday 12th October, and the Spar store in Wimborne Road in Winton during the evening of Friday 14th October.

In both cases one man was attempting to pay a shop assistant while a second man sprayed the distracted worker in the face with an unknown substance - the men then took off with cash from the open till.

A 35-year-old man and 40-year-old man - both from Hemel Hempsted - have been charged with the crimes. They are due before magistrates later.

Missing pregnant woman from Dorset found in Spain

Missing woman found in Spain

A heavily pregnant woman from Poole who was reported to be missing after failing to attend an appointment at a hospital in Dorset has been found safe and well in Spain. The police had voiced concerns for her welfare after she was last seen leaving Poole Hospital on Tuesday 30th August.

Dorset Police say that Katie Miles was found today in the Alicante region of Spain. She was found with her boyfriend Robert Brown, and is now receiving medical attention in a hospital.

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