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Man jailed after brandishing gun at teenage girls

Credit: Dorset Police

A man has been jailed for a firearm offence in Dorset - after being spotted brandishing a gun in the street and threatening three teenage girls.

23-year-old, James William Rosser, was seen waving a gun around in the street at Magnolia Close, in Weymouth, at around 8.44pm on Saturday 11th February. During the incident, he confronted three teenage girls in an alleyway, pointing the weapon at them and asking if they'd seen any boys around and - as they hadn't - Rosser instructed the girls to tell the boys they were going to be shot.

Police arrested Rosser at an address on the same street the following day. An air pistol and ammunition were seized.

Rosser was jailed for sixteen months for possessing an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence.

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BREAKING: Body found off Dorset coast believed to be missing fisherman

Dorset Police believe a body found off the coast near Weymouth is that of missing fisherman Andrew Scott.

Andrew Scott disappeared on the 10th of July Credit: Dorset Police

Officers were called to water close to White Nothe at 10.55am this morning, after reports that a man's body had been sighted.

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the body is believed to be that of the missing spear fisherman.

Andrew Scott, 27 and of Winterborne Whitechurch, left home between 3pm and 4pm on Monday 10 July, but failed to return as expected.

His family have been informed of the discovery and the coroner has been notified.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and Dorset Police say their thoughts are with Andrew’s family at this difficult time.

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.

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.

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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.

Has Weymouth benefited from Olympics legacy?

It's generally believed that staging the Olympic Games can bring prestige and material benefits to the host nation - but is that the reality?

Four years ago the Olympic sailing events were held in Weymouth and the Dorset town was put firmly on the international map. But have the promises of a lasting legacy actually come true? Duncan Sleightholme has been investigating.

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