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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


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.


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


Weymouth puppy theft suspect caught on CCTV

Police officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses after a puppy was stolen in the town.

CCTV of puppy theft suspect Credit: Dorset Police

The theft of Tilly the Staffordshire Bull Terrier happened at around 8.15am on Thursday 30 October 2014 from outside the owner’s home in Wyke Road.

Tilly is six-months-old and has a white face, a distinctive black ear, dark spots on her back and a black patch on her tail.

Tilly is a very friendly dog and her family desperately miss her.

I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information as to where Tilly may be to contact me in confidence.

– Police Constable Jim Robinson

The offender is described as white, of slim build and was wearing a black woollen hat, a grey hooded top and a dark jacket.

Appeal for witnesses following crash near Weymouth

Officers investigating a collision near Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

Dorset Police was made aware of the incident on the B3157 near Bagwell Farm Touring Park at 10.44am this morning. A white Ford Transit had collided with a blue Toyota Aygo. The occupants of the car were uninjured.

“It appears that the driver of the van, a 50-year-old local man, had a medical episode leading up to the collision. Following enquiries, I believe that the same vehicle was in a collision with a maroon coloured car on the Granby Industrial Estate a little while earlier. This car was occupied by two men and I am appealing for those two witnesses to come forward. I would like to stress that they are not in any kind of trouble. They might simply be able to assist with the investigation surrounding the circumstances of these two collisions. Also, I am appealing for anyone who witnessed either of the two collisions to contact police as soon as possible.”

– Police Constable Rhiannon Stroud, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Historic rape detectives release suspect photo

Detectives investigating an allegation of a historic rape in Beaminster are searching for a 54-year-old man who is believed to be responsible.

Police search for Keith Charles Starling

Keith Charles Starling is wanted on suspicion of rape. The incident, in which Starling allegedly raped an unconscious woman, occurred between 1993 and 2000.

He is described as white, of medium build, has grey straight hair and a tattoo of an eagle on his left upper arm.

After following various lines of enquiry the victim, a 47-year-old woman from an area near Chard in Somerset, has now given her permission for us to issue Starling's details.

I am pleased to be in a position to release an image of Starling and I would encourage anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact Dorset Police in confidence.

He is believed to have links with Fife in Scotland, Chard in Somerset and the equestrian community.

I am also appealing directly to Keith to make contact with the authorities as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Sarah Iveson, of Weymouth CID

Courier fraud scam targets Dorset residents

Dorset residents targeted by a courier fraud scam Credit: Press Association Images

Dorset residents have been targeted by conmen posing as police officers as part of a courier fraud scam.

Dorset Police received 19 reports of the attempted courier fraud in Weymouth last week.

Each victim reported how a man said he was calling from a police station, where they had a man in custody who had taken money from the would-be victim's bank account.

They were then told to withdraw large sums of money to send to London by courier or taxi.

The victims suspected the attempted scam and called the police. No money was stolen and Action Fraud has been notified.

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