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Car rolls into the sea at Sandbanks

Holidaymakers went to the aid of a car driver after her vehicle rolled down a ferry ramp into the sea at Sandbanks. It happened near the chain ferry at Poole in Dorset just after noon.

Eye witnesses say a woman in a silver car rolled down the slipway into the sea just after the ferry had set off across the entrance to Poole Harbour.

Those on the shore threw a life belt to her while boat owners also came to help her.

She was able to free herself from the car and was helped ashore. The car is reported to have sunk.

Man in serious condition following collision

A man has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries following a collision with a car in Poole.

A Vauxhall Corsa and a pedestrian collided at the junction of Constitution Hill Road and Ashley Road at around 9:30pm on Friday night.

The pedestrian was take to Poole Hospital with serious head injuries where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


300 jobs at risk at luxury yacht builder

Sunseeker in Poole Credit: ITV news

Around 300 jobs are at risk at luxury boatbuilder Sunseeker based in Poole. Staff were told of plans today. It's thought the cuts will focus on administration and managerial roles.

The company said: "The focus of the plans is to ensure the continued growth and success of our business, based on the UK's South Coast. It is clear to us that customer demand and the industry as a whole is changing and we need to respond to those changes to retain our position at the forefront of an ever-competitive market. We have informed Sunseeker International staff of the outcome of a strategic review aimed at increasing efficiency, simplifying our operating model and positioning the business for its long term future. As part of these plans we are looking to rebalance the workforce by removing non-core activities as well as where we see cross-over and duplication. Around 300 roles could potentially be affected. We want to reassure our staff and suppliers that Sunseeker International is 100% committed to maintaining our current UK manufacturing capabilities, and we have no plans to move our brand or production elsewhere". "

The company says the news will have "minimal impact" on boat building activities and there is a "strong demand" for its product. A consultation on the plans will now take place. The company builds luxury yachts, often with a price tag of several million pounds

New state of the art breast screening equipment

The radiography team at Poole Hospital Credit: Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Women across Dorset will benefit from the new state-of-the-art digital mammography unit recently installed at the Dorset Breast Screening Unit in Poole Hospital.

The new digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with biopsy facility unit is an innovative development in mammography technology, with only ten currently accessible across the UK.

The unit produces 3D images which improve accuracy in the diagnosis of breast cancer by allowing cancer specialists to pinpoint the location of a tumour with greater accuracy.

Studies show that DBT plus the traditional 2D mammography could detect cancers earlier. It can be used to aid accurate biopsy and is better equipped for scanning breasts containing high quantities of glandular breast tissue.

The Dorset Breast Screening Unit (DSBU) at Poole Hospital performs screening mammograms on up to 40,000 women per year, of these approximately 6% are recalled for second stage screening and assessment.

The unit is currently using this new technology to aid assessment of mammographic abnormalities during second stage screening and has plans to take part in national studies to further evaluate the benefits for the women it serves.

“This is a fantastic addition to DBSU that will give women a more accurate and detailed diagnosis. It is great to be one of the few places in the UK to be able to offer scanning with this particular type of machine. Earlier diagnosis can mean more successful treatment and a greater chance of survival. The use of 3D technology is an innovative approach to breast screening and supports us in our aims of offering the very best experience possible under difficult circumstances.”

– Stella Campbell, consultant radiographer

Window cleaner injured after scooter collision

A window cleaner has been taken to hospital with a head injury after his ladder was knocked by someone driving a mobility scooter.

The 40-year-old fell two storeys (about 15ft or 4.5m) on Ashley Road, Poole, at about 1.20pm on Friday.

Dorset Police said the cleaner was taken to Poole Hospital with a serious head injury and a 70-year-old woman driving the scooter was uninjured. An investigation has been launched.

Pensioners targeted by fraudsters in Dorset

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.

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

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 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.

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