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Investigation into death of girl, 5, after getting head trapped in lift

A five-year-old girl died when she became trapped in a disability lift at a house in Weymouth.

Emergency services were called to a property on Emmadale Close in the town shortly before midday.

Firefighters attempted to rescue her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation is now underway into the tragic incident.

Duncan Sleightholme has been in Weymouth.

Woman steals £700 from shopper in Dorset

CCTV image Credit: Dorset Police

Police investigating the theft of cash in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward with a CCTV image of a woman being released. The incident happened at around 5.30pm on Friday 26 June in the Poundland store in New Bond Street.

The victim, a 35-year-old woman from Weymouth, had been shopping in the store when she inadvertently left her purse on a shelf. When she realised her mistake, she returned to the store to discover her purse and the £700 it contained had been stolen.

Police Constable Matt Weldon, of Weymouth police, said: “This was a distressing incident for the woman who has sadly lost her savings. I am keen to trace the woman pictured in this CCTV image and am appealing to anyone who saw this incident or who recognises the woman in the CCTV to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Witness appeal following robbery

Detectives in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward after an alleged robbery in the town.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Friday 19 June 2015 in Weymouth Cemetery.

A man approached a group of teenagers before allegedly threatening one of them and stealing their mobile phone and then heading onto Abbotsbury Road.

A 20-year-old Weymouth man has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact me. I would also particularly like to speak to a man who was walking his dog in the vicinity at the time of the incident as I believe he may be able to assist me with my enquiries. Anyone with further information about this incident should contact Dorset Police in confidence on 101.”

– Detective Constable Sally Ludlow, of Weymouth CID

Dog poisoned in Weymouth

Officers in Weymouth are warning dog owners to remain vigilant after a poisoning in the town.

Police received a call at around 4pm on Wednesday 27 May 2015 to reports of a dog being poisoned in the Broadwey area.

The owner was told by the vet that the dog, a terrier breed, had died from consuming a poisonous substance, possibly in the form of slug pellets.

“This was understandably a distressing experience for the victim and we want to prevent it from happening again. We are not entirely sure how the dog came to consume the substance. I’m appealing for anyone with information about this incident, in particular people in the area that may have noticed suspicious behaviour, to contact me on 101. I would also like to warn other local pet owners in this community to remain vigilant to potential poisonous substances. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Police Sergeant Adrian Wyncoll, of Weymouth police

Two rescued from capsized kayak

Lifeguards Mark Sargent and Barney Hedgecock Credit: RNLI

RNLI lifeguards on Weymouth Beach raced to rescue two people after their kayak capsized separating them and leaving one drifting in the water.

Lifeguards Mark Sargent and Barney Hedgecock immediately launched their inshore rescue boat when they were alerted to two people in trouble. They quickly arrived at a man sitting on a kayak, who’d managed to climb back on after capsize.

The man told the lifeguards he was with another person who had drifted away from the kayak and unable to swim back, but he wasn’t sure where she had gone. Knowing he was safe, the lifeguards left him to search for the other kayaker, however, they could not find her on the initial search, so brought the man and his kayak safely to shore.

When back on the beach, the charity’s lifeguards received information that a swimmer had been seen close to the eight knot buoys. The lifeguards set back into the water and quickly found the missing woman who had been treading water. While helping her, the lifeboat from Weymouth arrived on scene and the lady was taken back to Weymouth lifeboat station by the volunteer crew.

"I’m really proud of my team for responding so quickly to the call for help. Because the kayakers were using the water at a lifeguarded beach and had taken a means of calling for help we could reach them quicker than if they’d have chosen to go elsewhere. We found the kayak paddle while looking for the second person, which made our hearts sink, but thankfully we were able to bring one safely back to shore and leave the other in the capable hands of our colleagues at the lifeboat station."

– Mark Sargent, Senior Lifeguard at Weymouth Beach

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Appeal to help find missing woman

Anita Hansford hasn't been seen since Saturday Credit: Dorset Police

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Weymouth woman and are asking for the public’s help in finding her.

Anita Hansford, 55, was last seen at 8.30am on Saturday 30 May 2015 at her home in the Sutton Poyntz area of the town.

It is believed that Anita was in the Weymouth or Dorchester area at around 11am on Saturday morning and may have travelled to Exeter arriving by 6.30pm. Her whereabouts at this time are unknown.

Anita is described as white, five feet six inches tall, of medium build with shoulder-length hair dyed blonde and greying at the roots. She has a raised mole on the inside of her right eye next to her nose. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a pale blue turquoise T-shirt with a motif and white trainers.

Officers have been searching the Weymouth area today, Sunday 31 May 2015, assisted by the NPAS helicopter.

“We are becoming increasingly concerned for Anita. Her disappearance is out of character. It is important that we find Anita and I urgently want to hear from anyone who may have seen her or a woman matching her description in Sutton Poyntz early on Saturday morning or in Weymouth or Dorchester at around 11am that same day. While we believe Anita may have travelled to Exeter later on Saturday, we are keeping an open mind as to her whereabouts and searches have been taking place in the Weymouth area today. If Anita sees this appeal I would urge her to make contact with Dorset Police immediately to let us know she is safe. Your family wants you home.”

– Force Incident Commander Tracey Baker

Plans to boost commerce in Dorset

Ian Girling, DCCI's Chief Executive and Dorchester president Steve Bulley Credit: DCCI

Moves to create a pan-Dorset network of chambers of commerce to fight the county's corner have been boosted by a new member.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has been leading the drive to unite business groups to give them a stronger voice locally, regionally and nationally.

Now DCCI has welcomed Dorchester Chamber of Commerce as the third town chamber to become affiliated - following hot on the heels of Broadstone and Weymouth and Portland.

The partnership aim to bring together business groups in the area to give them a stronger voice locally, regionally and nationally.

The network of chambers can be far stronger and far more cohesive than it has been. DCCI has the opportunity and the responsibility to start to bring chambers together for the whole of the county.

– DCCI chief executive Ian Girling

Teenager treated in hospital after dog bites leg

Police in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and a dog owner to come forward after a teenager sustained an injury from a dog bite in the town centre.

The incident happened at around 2.30pm on Saturday 11 April 2015 on Kings Street, opposite the train station’s car park entrance.

The victim, a 15-year-old local boy, was with a group of friends riding his skateboard when a dog, described as a black and white collie or similar, bit his leg.

As a result of the bite, the victim was treated in hospital for puncture wounds to his lower leg.

The man walking with the dog is described as white, in his fifties and with grey balding hair. He did not stop after the incident but walked on with the dog.

I am hoping that somebody who was in the town centre on Saturday afternoon may of witnessed the incident. I am appealing to these people, and anyone who has relevant information, to please get in contact.

I would also urge the owner of the collie to get in contact with me so that I can speak with him to determine the circumstances of this incident. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.

– Police Constable James Vincent, of Weymouth police

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 11:0237. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Appeal after road rage incident

Officers investigating a road rage incident in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

At around 1.50pm on Tuesday 24 March 2015, an altercation took place in King Street.

The victim was stopped in her small purple car at traffic lights as she headed out of Weymouth when a man got out of a blue Ford Focus and approached her vehicle.

When the victim stepped out of her car, the offender verbally abused and threatened her.

“This was an upsetting incident for the victim. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard the incident to please call Dorset Police. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Police Constable Gideon Pritchard
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