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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.”
If you have information contact Dorset Police via their website www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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New photos have been released of a teenager from Dorset who's been missing for two weeks.
18-year-old, Louis Harris from Dorchester, was last seen on Custom House Quay in Weymouth after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the 14th of February.
He'd been out celebrating a friend's birthday.
“Louis is a wonderful son, much loved by family and friends. He had just returned from university and was celebrating a friend’s birthday in Weymouth when he disappeared.
“We are desperate for any news of Louis and ask that anyone who has any information regarding the evening, or Louis’ whereabouts, to contact Dorset Police immediately on 101.
“We are sincerely grateful to the local community, friends and family for their tremendous support and help with searching for Louis.
“We would ask everyone to remain vigilant to potential sightings, as we continue in the search for our dearly loved and much missed son Louis.”
Officers have conducted a number of searches around Weymouth town centre, harbour and seafront since Louis went missing.
Divers have also carried out underwater searches in Weymouth harbour. These searches have now concluded, but enquiries are still continuing into Louis’ whereabouts.
Police in Dorset are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Dorchester man.
Louis Harris, 18, has not been seen since 4.20am on Sunday (Feb 14) when he was on Weymouth beach near to the Pavilion walking up the steps toward the pier.
He is described as:
- 5'10" tall
- slim build
- short, brown hair
- wearing a blue and white zipped hooded Lacoste top, checked shirt and jeans
We are becoming increasingly concerned for Louis’ welfare as this behaviour is described as totally out of character for him.
He normally has good and regular contact with his family but they have not heard from him since he has gone missing and have not been able to contact him.
A 74-year-old man who sexually assaulted two women at a guest house in Weymouth has been jailed for six months.
Morris Mendoza from Bournemouth pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault.
The offences all took place at Studio Guest House, Weymouth in 2012. In one incident, he pushed his victim onto a bed and tried to kiss her neck before she pushed him off. He inappropriately touched her on other occasions.
Police are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward after a man was punched in the face in Weymouth.
CCTV images of two potential witnesses have been released.
The incident happened at around 2.40am on Sunday 17th January along St Alban Street.
The victim, a 19-year-old local man, was walking with a male friend toward Maiden Street. The pair then spoke to two women, before a man approached them and punched the victim in the face.
The victim suffered a broken jaw and required an operation.
No arrests have been made.
“I am now able to release CCTV images of two women I would like to speak to who I believe were in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident and are potential witnesses.
“I would urge them or anyone who is able to identify them to contact me on 101 as I believe they can assist with my investigation.”