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Appeal for wanted man

Dorset Police are searching for a man who breached the terms of his release from prison. The public has been warned not to approach him.

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Appeal after Dorset handbag theft

Police have released this CCTV of a woman they want to speak to Credit: Dorset Police

Police have released this CCTV images following a theft from a handbag in Poole town centre.

A 25-year-old woman had cash stolen from her bag when she was shopping in Primark at 11.25am on Tuesday 25th March.

Before this, the victim withdrew money from a nearby cash point.

Police want to speak to these two women in connection with the theft Credit: Dorset Police

The older of the two offenders is described as having a mole on her right cheek and being about 40-years-old.

Police Constable Luke Davis, of Poole police, said:

“Following further enquiries, I am now able to release two images of two women who may be able to assist with my investigation. I urge anyone who recognises the women pictured to contact me, in confidence. I also would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the theft in the store at the time.”

Easter Passion Play features a diverse cast from Poole

The Easter story is being played out in dramatic style in Poole.

The town's Passion Play has become hugely popular and features a diverse cast, drawn from across the community.

Amateur and professional actors are performing alongside people who have been homeless or recovered from addiction.

We spoke to Sharon Muiuri, the artistic director.


Water park reopens after chemical leak repaired

The owners of Splashdown Waterparks at the Tower Park leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about the evacuation of the site on Saturday 29th March.

The firm said the decision to evacuate the building and the rest of the Tower Park site was taken as a precaution, in the interests of public safety. The building was checked by Dorset Fire & Rescue Service and staff. Splashdown is open today.

The area surrounding the building was evacuated following reports of a suspected chemical spill. The company has said the decision to evacuate was made after the discovery of a malfunction of the dosing injector in a plant room upstairs.

No one was affected apart from the disruption and inconvenience, for which we apologise. All pools have chemical dosing machinery and if there is any suggestion that there is a problem then we take it very seriously;an alarm triggered and in the circumstances it was better to be safe and get it checked out properly in connection with the emergency services.

A small leak was detected and appropriate action taken to clear it up and repair the equipment. Following the repair and testing of the equipment I am pleased to be able to say that we will be open as normal again tomorrow (Sunday 30th March 2014).”

“We would like to express our thanks to all our staff who acted promptly and efficiently to evacuate the buildings and to Tower Park management team and other on-site businesses and their staff for their help in looking after our customers.”

– Jackie Richmond, Splashdown co-owner

Statement from Dorset water park after evacuation

The managers of the Splashdown leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about an evacuation because of a suspected chemical spill.

"We have evacuated Splashdown this afternoon, as a precaution, following a possible malfunction of a piece of pool dosing equipment. Emergency services have been called to check for any possible issues arising from this incident. We are not aware of any injury and we are letting everyone get on with what needs to be done at the moment. An update will follow once more information is available."

– Splashdown, Poole, Dorset


Dorset leisure site evacuated - suspected chemical leak

The Tower Park leisure complex in Poole has been evacuated after a suspected chemical spill. Dorset Police said one person has been treated for minor injuries.

There is a large emergency services presence there. The police are warning the public to stay away from the area for the next few hours unless they are collecting someone - in which case people are being advised to approach the area from the Mannings Heath side.

More information to follow.

Plans for travellers site in Poole rejected by councillors

Plans for a traveller site in Poole has been refused by councillors.

The site at Marsh End in Creekmoor had been suggested as a site for travellers to set up but hundreds of residents and councillors rejected the plans.

The Gypsy Council also said the site was unsuitable.

Authorities believed the proposed site was the only way to tackle the problem of travellers setting up on public parks and open spaces.

More repair work planned on Twin Sails Bridge

The Twin Sails Bridge in Poole Credit: ITV News Meridian

There will be more disruption for commuters using the Twin Sails Bridge in Dorset later this month. The £22 million crossing in Poole has had a string of technical problems since it opened nearly two years ago.

The crossing will be shut for a week for routine maintenance Credit: ITV News Meridian

The bridge will shut for a week from the 31st of March for routine maintenance.

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