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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.


Paedophile jailed for 14 months for indecent images

A paedophile has been jailed for more than a year for eight offences of making indecent images of children, and possession of extreme pornography to include bestiality.

Jonathon Anthony James, 34, from Poole, was sentenced on Monday 22 December 2014 at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Various computers and electronic equipment were subsequently seized at James’s home address. Credit: Dorset Police

He was found to be in possession of category A movies which show the most severe category of abuse.

On release from prison, James will be given a Sex Offenders’ Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Condor's new ferry glides into Poole on Boxing Day

The new arrival will sail to the Channel Islands Credit: Condor Ferries

Condor 102 – the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – arrived into the UK this morning, sailing into her UK base of Poole. The ship is the first of her kind in Northern Europe.

Watched by keen on-lookers and escorted by a tug, Condor 102,sailed past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port.

The arrival concludes her long journey from Cebu in the Philippines, from where she departed on 4 December. During her 10,500 nautical mile journey she has sailed across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and via the Mediterranean before travelling up the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel. The new ship represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands.

Condor 102 will now go through a period of customisation in Poole with a full internal fit out completed by interior refurbishment specialists Trimline. She will also complete a series of sea trials in the UK and the Channel Islands before she officially comes into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.

Burglars target Pastor's home while he's in Church

Thieves stole Christmas presents from a pastor's house in Poole while he was in church leading a carol service.

Simon Patterson returned home in Poole, Dorset, on Sunday evening to discover that the front door was slightly open and a garden spade had been left next to it.

Inside, he found that one bedroom had been rifled through and some of his four children's Christmas presents had been taken from a wardrobe, along with a tablet computer and a woman's handbag containing a phone, purse and digital camera.

Mr Patterson, who leads Parkstone Evangelical Free Church, said: "We had a burglary while we were at a carol service and they took some presents."

He said family and friends had helped to replace the stolen gifts and urged members of the public not to donate anything.

"We've had lots of generosity and gifts from other people," he said

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: "We were called to reports of a burglary on Ringwood Road which occurred sometime between 3.40pm and 5.50pm on December 21.

"Offenders gained access to the secured premises by forcing the front door and stole an unknown quantity of children's Christmas presents and jewellery. "There have been no arrests."

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