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Elderly man's hip broken after push by cyclist

Detectives in Bournemouth are looking for a cyclist who broke an elderly man's hip after pushing him to the ground. The 77-year-old victim was injured outside the George Fry electrical store on the corner of Christchurch Road and Parkwood Road yesterday morning.

Det Sgt Andy Bell, of Bournemouth CID, said: 'I understand that the victim asked a group of cyclists to stop riding along the pavement and that one of these cyclists pushed him to the ground, causing serious injury. The offender then cycled away along Christchurch Road toward Boscombe town centre.

"The elderly victim requires surgery to treat his injuries and is facing a lengthy recovery. I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone with any information about the man responsible, to contact me urgently.'

Call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 19:119.


Southampton family rescued after car collision

The silver-coloured car furthest away burst into flames Credit: ITV News

Passers-by pulled a family of five from Southampton from their wrecked car just moments before it burst into flames. The silver coloured Mercedes estate had been involved in a collision with a Ford Range pickup shortly before 9.30am today on the A66 at Threlkeld in the Lake District.

A 43-year-old man driving the Mercedes has been flown by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with "life-threatening" injuries. A 43-year-old woman and a boy aged ten were also flown to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Two other children, aged 12 and 14, were taken by road ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with less serious injuries, as was the female driver of the Ford. Cumbria Police believe the Southampton family had been returning home from a Lake District holiday when the crash happened.

Witness appeal after fight outside off-licence

Sussex Police are asking witnesses to come forward following a fight between two men outside an off-licence in Burgess Hill on Thursday. The incident happened outside MK Food and Wines in London Road at about 10.15pm.

Police are keen to speak with a woman who stopped in her vehicle to assist one of the men. A 36-year-old Burgess Hill man was arrested for affray and has been released on bail until 27 May.


Three hour rescue of injured goose in wooded pond

The five-strong rescue team from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service with the injured goose Credit: Kathy Martyn / WRAS

A team of five rescuers spent three hours rescuing a badly injured goose from a wooded pond at Herons Ghyll just north of Uckfield, East Sussex. Two veterinary ambulances from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called after the injured goose was spotted by a resident.

The goose was dragging a wing in the water, and clearly was unable to fly. Rescuers had to use drysuits, an inflatable boat, swan hooks, rope, a long walk-to-wards net, and long handled poles and nets to catch the Canada Goose.

The goose was dragging a wing in the water and couldn't fly Credit: Kathy Martyn / WRAS
A rescuer from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service wades closer to the injured goose Credit: Kathy Martyn / WRAS

Elderly targeted in series of distraction burglaries

Dorset Police are investigating a series of distraction burglaries targeting the elderly in Bournemouth and East Dorset. Detectives have received reports of five similar offences across the Easter weekend – all involving a man stealing, or attempting to steal, money after deceiving his victims.

Det Sgt Andy Bell said: 'In each case, the offender has gained access to the victim's property by pretending to inspect fences on behalf of the council or repair damage to the premises. Taking advantage of the victim's trust, the trickster has then stolen money from handbags and purses.'

Four distraction burglaries were reported yesterday, Good Friday, in Bramley Road and Long Road in Kinson, the Bascott Road area of Wallisdown, and Dales Drive in Wimborne. A further attempted distraction burglary was reported at 9.13am this morning, at Worley Way in Ferndown.

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