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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.

New lifeguards ready for a busy summer!

With the sun expected to shine this weekend, the RNLI lifeguards are preparing for action.

Today at Weymouth, they'll be training new recruits and getting them ready for the summer beach season.

Last year they helped more than 21,000 people around the UK.

Lifeguards on Weymouth beach are preparing for a busy summer! Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images


Charity warns that risk of home repossession is high in the South West

Homes under threat Credit: ITV news

More than 13,000 homes in the South West are at risk of eviction or repossession, the equivalent of 253 households threatened every week, according to new figures released today by Shelter.

The housing charity has revealed the hotspots across the South West where people are most likely to face losing their home, showing Gloucester at the top of the list, followed by City of Bristol, Weymouth and Portland and Bournemouth.

Shelter is warning that despite the economic recovery, growing numbers of families are still set to struggle in the future. It predicts that with the majority of families already struggling month to month with their housing costs and interest rates set to rise, many could soon hit danger levels.

The charity is stressing that people must get advice as soon as possible to prevent arrears from spiralling out of control, and start preparing for future mortgage or rent rises.

Rail line closed between Bournemouth and Weymouth this weekend

As work continues on the rail track between Bournemouth and Weymouth this weekend commuters are warned the line will be closed between Bournemouth and Dorchester South today and tomorrow.

Bus services will be operating in place of trains. The work is part of an investment plan to upgrade signalling on the route.

Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre officially opens

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre has officially opened in Weymouth today.

It was launched at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, with close friends Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE along with Paul Godison and Andrew's children cutting the red ribbon.

Sir Ben Ainslie cuts the ribbon with Iain Percy, Paul Godison and Andrew Simpson's children Credit: onEdition

The centre hopes to deliver sailing tuition right through to advanced race coaching for all age groups.

Ben Ainslie said, "Today is a very poignant day, but also a really exciting one to be opening the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. It's fantastic to see what has been achieved in such a short space of time: and I'm sure the great man would be very proud."

Sir Ben Ainslie on site at the newly opened Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre Credit: onEdition

Weymouth Community Kite Festival launched

Weymouth’s year of great festivals and events is off to a flying start this weekend with the first Community Beach Kite Festival.

The event which runs until Monday will be packed full of colour, fun and excitement, with tens of thousands of visitors expected to descend on Weymouth to enjoy the aerial acrobatic kite displays. The kite festival is a big favourite with kite flyers from all over Britain and Europe.

There will also be scheduled displays in where expert kite flyers will show off their skills. This year’s event is being organised by the Kite Community Group after it took on the event from the borough council.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to organise one of Weymouth’s iconic and long standing festivals, the group of volunteers have been working very hard in completing what has been a steep learning curve. The response from many local businesses has been great, with many wonderful prizes donated for our kite festival raffle. Our aim is to develop the Kite Weekend into a real community festival with many different aspects, including dog show, international food fair and assault course, we are looking forward to a great success in our first year at the helm.”

– Kite Community Group representative Michael McManus

This year’s Weymouth Kite festival promises to be a real success story for the local community, their energy and commitment is of great value and will ensure that the kite festival weekend will develop and provide many benefits to the local community and the visitor economy of Weymouth and Dorset.”

– Charlotte Sheppard, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
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