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Former headteacher jailed for indecently assaulting pupil

David Akers, 61, befriended and indecently assaulted a schoolgirl Credit: Dorset Police

A former Weymouth headteacher has been jailed for four years for indecently assaulting a pupil in the 1990s.

David Akers, 61, from Waddon in Weymouth, was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault following a nine-day trial. He was found not guilty of three other counts of indecent assault.

Akers has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Akers had been working as deputy headteacher at Budmouth School when he befriended a schoolgirl, under 16, and would drive her to remote locations and indecently assault her.

The offences came to light when she told her partner and her friends in 2015.

In police interview Akers said he knew the victim as she was a former pupil, but denied there had been any sexual contact with the girl.

David Akers was in a position of trust and abused that trust to engage in an inappropriate relationship with a pupil.

I wish to pay tribute to the victim in this case for her bravery in coming forward and reporting these offences.

I would like to thank the school and partner agencies who worked with Dorset Police throughout this investigation.I hope this conviction and sentence sends out a very clear message that Dorset Police takes all sexual allegations seriously, no matter when they were committed, and ensure victims are listened to and offenders are brought to justice."

– Detective Constable Richard Bayley, Weymouth CID

UPDATE: Man arrested after firearms incident in Weymouth

The incident is alleged to have happened in Magnolia Close Credit: Google Images

A man has been arrested following an incident involving a firearm in Weymouth.

Police were called at 8.43pm yesterday, Saturday 11 February, after reports of a man carrying a handgun in Magnolia Close in Weymouth.

A 22-year-old Weymouth man was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He is currently assisting police with enquiries.

An imitation firearm has also been recovered.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

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Witness appeal after man spotted with handgun in Weymouth

A man was spotted with a firearm in Magnolia Close Credit: Google Images

Police in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses after a man was spotted with a firearm in the town.

Officers were called to Magnolia Close at 8.343pm on Saturday 11 February following a report of a man carrying a handgun.

Police, including armed officers, attended the address and a search of the area was carried out, however the man was not located.

Detective Inspector Neil Wright, of Dorset Police, said: “I would like to reassure people that we do not believe there is any threat to the general public.

“I would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information that could assist with the investigation to come forward.

Motorcyclist fighting for life after crash

Police were called to Carlton Road North on Saturday Credit: Google Images

A motorcyclist is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after colliding with two vehicles in Dorset.

The accident happened at 3.30pm on Saturday on Carlton Road North in Weymouth.

A grey Toyota Avensis car collided with a black Honda motorcycle, which then came into contact with a grey Ford Transit van.

The man riding the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to Dorset County Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. Specially trained officers are supporting his family.

Anyone who saw the collision is asked to contact Dorset Police.

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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in Dorset

Detectives are investigating an assault on a young woman in Dorset

Detectives investigating an allegation of an attempted rape in Weymouth in the early hours of Tuesday morning have arrested a 29-year-old local man.

The arrested man is also being questioned about two counts of assault by beating. His detention comes after police were called at around 4.15am on Tuesday 21st June to deal with reports that a woman had been attacked just off Gloucester Mews in the town centre after a night out.

The woman in her twenties was left with minor injuries.

"We understand that a number of people either saw a man matching the description given or were approached by him between 11pm on Monday 20 June and 4.30am on Tuesday 21 June. If this was you, please get in touch as I believe you may have valuable information that could assist my investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Kate Lill, Weymouth CID

If you have information contact Dorset Police via their website www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 21:36. Witnesses can also telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or contact Crimestoppers via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Appeal after attempted rape in Weymouth town centre

Detectives in Weymouth are investigating the attempted to rape a woman in the town centre.

At around 4.15am today a woman in her 20s was attacked just off Gloucester Mews after a night out.

She suffered minor injuries and is being supported by specially-trained officers.

The offender is described as white, at least six feet four inches tall, of slim build and aged in his late 20s. He has short mousy brown hair and was wearing a blue sweatshirt or jacket and grey tracksuit jogging bottoms.

We understand that other groups of people in Weymouth were approached by this man between 11pm on Monday 20 June and 4.30am on Tuesday 21 June. If this was you, please get in touch as I believe you may have valuable information that could assist my investigation.

– Detective Inspector Kate Lill, Weymouth CID
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