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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.

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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

Collision in Weymouth

Officers investigating a road traffic injury collision in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

The three vehicle injury collision occurred at approximately 2.30pm on Wednesday 25 March 2015 on Preston Road just north of Heron Close.

The cars involved were a Subaru Forrester, Ford Focus and an Audi A4.

The two occupants of the Subaru, the 71-year-old male driver and 70-year-old female front seat passenger, are from Weymouth and the two occupants of the Ford, the 90-year-old male driver and 86-year-old female front seat passenger, are from Bournemouth. All were taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Audi was a 52-year-old man from Weymouth. This vehicle did not sustain any damage.

The road was closed for a couple of hours while officers investigated the collision and arranged recovery of the vehicles.

Witnessed to the collision are asked to contact Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit in Weymouth.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 25:223. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Man wanted following robbery at Dorset bookmakers

Police release CCTV image of man they want to talk to Credit: Dorset police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to following a robbery at a bookmakers in Weymouth.

A man entered Betfred in St Thomas Street and asked a male member of staff for change to a £20 note. The victim opened one till before closing it and opening a second. As he did this the suspect jumped up onto the counter and managed to open the first till.

When the staff member tried to stop the suspect, he was pushed backward falling to the ground. An undisclosed quantity of cash was stolen.

As the man left the shop, he dropped some cash and was seen to pick it up before making off in the direction of the town bridge.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 25 and 35 years old and of thin build. He was wearing a brown or grey flat top cap, a brown knitted jumper, brown V-neck top and blue or grey jeans. He had a neat brown beard and a thin pointed nose.

Detective Constable Richard Evans, of Weymouth CID, said: “The member of staff was left shaken by the incident and suffered an injury to his left shoulder and the right side of his head. I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or who recognises the suspect from the CCTV image to please call me".

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

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Appeal for witnesses after hit and run in Dorset

Dorset police are appealing for witnesses after a woman cyclist was injured in a hit and run incident in Weymouth.

The 22 year old was knocked off her bike as she cycled along Dorchester Road toward the Manor roundabout. She suffered cuts to her face, hands and leg. The driver of the car involved, believed to be a small four wheel drive, failed to stop at the scene.

Police Constable Graham Pinney, of Weymouth police, said: “I would like to speak to the person driving the car at the time, anyone who witnessed the incident or who may be able to give a more detailed description of the car involved.” Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111

Weymouth tops 'best place for New Year's Eve' list

Weymouth harbour Credit: Press Association

Travel comparison website, GoEuro has put together a list of brilliant New Year’s Eve destinations that’ll make for unforgettable countdowns and Weymouth has come top of the list.

A harbour town on the stunning Dorset coast, Weymouth is host to the largest fancy dress New Year’s Eve celebration in the UK.

Absolutely everyone dresses up on NYE in costumes and the town celebrates together along the waterfront withThe Front Live event, where many of the pubs and restaurants coordinate to host an all night party of live music, drinks and food.

Revellers gather in Hope Square or near the Jubilee Clock before midnight to ring in the New Year together before continuing the celebrations all night long on the Esplanade.

– GoEuro.co.uk

Christmas tree vandalised in Weymouth

Officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a Christmas tree in the town was vandalised.

At just after midnight on Saturday 6 December 2014, following a party in the village hall along Halstock Close, three men threw empty beer bottles at houses and cars before leaving toward Chalbury.

Police Constable Adam Bayliss, of Weymouth police, said:

“I believe the same offenders then moved on to Preston Road where they severely damaged a Christmas tree at Chalbury Corner."

We have been putting on a Christmas Event at Chalbury Corner for the past eight years called Christmas On The Green. This year it is in aid of the Weldmar charity and the event is held on Thursday 18 December 2014.

The illuminated tree is the centrepiece to the carol singing, Father Christmas and other festivities. It has been donated by Goadsby, Chalbury Wine Stores and Trinity Street Christmas and costs the businesses approximately £300 including decorations.

The behaviour of the offenders is mindless and ignorant and affects the wider community. In doing this the offenders not only put themselves at risk but also passers-by. We hope the behaviour of a few individuals will not affect the enjoyment of this event by the wider community.

– The director of Goadsby, Karen Smith
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