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Pensioners targeted by fraudsters in Dorset

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Workmen tried to persuade pensioners to withdraw cash for unnecessary work Credit: Press Association Images

Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses to come forward after pensioners were targeted by fraudsters. Both victims were persuaded by workmen to withdraw thousands of pounds to pay for unnecessary work, but were stopped by alert bank staff.

A woman in her eighties went to her local bank and attempted to draw out £5000 in cash to pay workmen at her home. She advised the cashier that men had come round to cut her lawn in Kennart Road but told her she needed to pay them cash to have it paved instead. The bank did not allow the transaction and notified the police.

The second incident happened at an address on Emerson Road. A woman in her seventies informed a family member that a man had attended her home address and told her she needed to pay him £4000 cash to repair her roof. She attended her local bank to get the money, however, staff persuaded her not to make the withdrawal.

Neither victims had arranged for work to be carried out on their properties nor had any work been carried out.

Detective Constable Lee Emery, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: 'It was fortunate that the staff at both banks were alert and the women did not lose any money.

'We do not have any descriptions or any more information, therefore, I am appealing to anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime or has any concerns about suspicious activity in their area to come forward.'

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 2:213. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

£10.4 million to replace Poole street lights

More than 17,000 lights across Poole will be replaced by LED street lighting in a bid to improve efficiency and safety.

Poole Council have decided to replace the older steel lighting over the next six years by cutting energy costs and carbon consumption.

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Traditional street lights like these will be replaced by LED lighting Credit: PA Wire

60% of the street lights in Poole is over 25 years old and have barely been replaced since the cost of lighting has doubled in the last 10 years.

The estimated cost of replacing the lights is thought to be £10.4 million and the installation is due to begin in 2015.

The introduction of energy efficient LED lighting and replacement of older columns provides a solution that will achieve significant energy and cost savings, whilst also delivering high quality street lighting operation to our residents."

– Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole

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Man jailed for robbing pensioner's handbag

A man has been jailed for four and a half years after he robbed an elderly couple in Poole.

Marek Merrifield attacked the couple along Stalbridge Road in November 2013.

The 79-year-old woman was walking alongside her 84-year-old husband, who was in a mobility scooter, when Merrifield grabbed her handbag, causing her to fall backwards.

Her husband tried to help but Merrifield pushed him to the ground.

Detective Constable Will Burnett, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said:

It was fortunate that they were not seriously injured, however, they were very shaken up and are only just coming to terms with what happened to them.

– Detective Constable Will Burnett
Marek Merrifield
Marek Merrifield has been sent to prison for four and a half years Credit: Dorset Police

Teen put into headlock and robbed in Poole alleyway

Dorset Police have released this image of a man they think could help with an investigation Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives in Poole have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to talk to as they investigate a robbery.

A 16-year-old boy got on a yellow bus at Bournemouth University and got off to walk down an alleyway which joins Fern Barrow and McWilliam Close on 25th June just after 8pm.

He was grabbed from behind in the alleyway and put into a headlock by a man.

The teenager was made to give over his watch and mobile phone. The offended then ran off.

Police urge the man pictured or anyone who recognises him to contact the police as soon as possible on 101, quoting 25:46.

Bank robber took large quantity of cash from Poole

CCTV images have been released of a man who robbed a bank in the Wallisdown area of Poole.

It happened at 10am yesterday morning at the Barclays Bank on Bryant Road.

Staff handed over a large amount of cash after the man came in and demanded money.

Police are hoping that someone may recognise this bank robber, even though his face is covered Credit: Dorset Police

He left the bank and got into a light green coloured Peugeot car that was driven by another person in the direction of Mossley Road.

A security pack from the bank containing red dye is believed to have discharged in the vehicle, which would have covered the inside of the car and the people in it.

The man has been described as white, around 5' 10" tall and wearing a blue tape or bandana to hide his face. He was wearing a light blue Kappa tracksuit top, black Nike tracksuit bottoms which had a white Nike tick on the left, white Nike Air trainers and a brown cap.

The security pack the robber took from the bank contained a red dye, which is thought to have discharged in the get away vehicle Credit: Dorset Police

Anyone who may have information on this robbery is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 10:98.

Victim badly shaken after attacker "grabbed her legs"

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was attacked in an alleyway in Poole.

The 37-year-old victim was attacked in the alleyway between Emerson Close and Green Road on Monday morning.

He followed her down the passage and then grabbed her lower legs, causing her to fall forwards.

The offender then ran off when a member of public passing by called out to the woman to see if she was alright.

The victim has described her attacker as:

  • White
  • In his late teens or early twenties
  • Wearing a grey beanie style hat
  • A maroon coloured t-shirt with an emblem on the front
  • Black skinny jeans
  • Trainers

The woman was left with grazes on her legs and hands and was badly shaken and upset by the incident.

Witnesses with any information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 16:125.

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New CCTV after grandfather killed in hit and run

Police in Dorset have released new CCTV footage and increased their reward in the hunt for a hit and run driver who knocked down a Poole grandfather. Christopher Colegate died from his injuries in December last year.

Despite extensive police inquiries and public appeals by Mr Colegate's family the car and it's driver haven't been traced. Martin Dowse reports.

Appeal to find missing 91-year-old woman

Dorothy Large, 91, went missing from her home in Poole today Credit: Dorset Police

A 91-year-old woman has gone missing from her home in Poole. Dorothy Large was last seen at her home on Panorama Road in Sandbanks at around 1:40pm this afternoon. She had recently moved to the area from Wimborne.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident no: 3:266.

Woman in her 80s targeted in town centre handbag theft

Officers want to speak to this man Credit: Dorset Police

Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a theft of a handbag in the centre of the town. It happened at 10.20am on Monday 12 May 2014 outside Falkland Square near the Dolphin Centre.

A local woman in her eighties was walking to Falkland Square from the bus stop when an unknown man ran towards her, stumbled and grabbed her handbag off her shopping trolley. He ran away in the direction of the George roundabout.

The bag, which has not been recovered, contained cash, bank cards and some personal items. The victim was not injured.

Police appeal following aggravated burglary in Poole

Police want to speak to this man captured on CCTV Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives in Poole have released CCTV images of men they want to speak to following an aggravated burglary in the town.

The incident, in which a group of men forced entry to a property on the Quay, happened at approximately 11.10pm on Sunday 6 April 2014.

Police want to speak to this man captured on CCTV Credit: Dorset Police

The victim, a local 22-year-old man, answered his door to find a group of men standing there who tried to enter. The victim attempted to hold them back but the five men forced their way in. He received a minor injury from a knife one of the offenders carried.

A 22-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were also present inside the flat at the time. The man was punched and suffered from a minor injury.

The offenders searched the property and stole electrical items and a quantity of cash.

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