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Man charged with murder of woman in North Dorset

Police were called to reports of a serious assault outside Jock's Barbers in Blandford. Credit: ITV News

A 49-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a woman in North Dorset.

44-year-old Katrina O'Hara was stabbed to death at Jock's Barbers in Blandford on Thursday 7 January.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene after officers were called to reports of a serious assault. Miss O’Hara was officially identified and named by her family a few days later.

George Thomas is due before magistrates tomorrow (14 January).

Woman stabbed to death in barbers

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A woman who was stabbed to death at a barbers in Dorset has been named as 44 year-old Katrina O'Hara.

Police were called to the high-street in Blandford on Thursday evening just after 6pm. They found Katrina who was already seriously injured. A post mortem revealed she died of two stab wounds to her chest.

A 49 year-old local man, who knew Katrina, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently being treated in hospital after sustaining an injury during the incident.

“I would like to thank the public, in particular the local residents in Blandford, for their assistance, support and co-operation during this ordeal. Many witnesses have come forward with information and we have been able to locate a potential weapon – a knife – near to the scene of the incident."

– Detective Inspector Richard Dixey


Arson at a Blandford Church

Police in Blandford are investigating after fires were started inside a church in the town.

It happened during the night of Saturday 14th September at the chapel in Blandford Cemetery on Salisbury Road.

Those responsible forced entry to the church and started three separate fires inside before making their escape.

I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this arson take place, or may have information about those responsible to contact us on the non-emergency number 101.

The blaze has caused significant damage to the chapel and will no doubt have caused great inconvenience to the local community.

I am also appealing to the public for information regarding an attempted theft of petrol from a Ford Transit van at around 9.50am on Sunday 15 September 2013 which we believe to be linked to this fire.

– Police Constable Rob Hammond, of Blandford police


Witness appeal after assault in Blandford

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an assault outside a supermarket in Blandford.

The incident happened at around 1.50pm on Wednesday 25 July 2012 in the car park of Morrison’s on West Street.

The victim, a 26-year-old woman from Birmingham, was unlocking her car when she was approached from behind and punched in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.

She suffered bruising and swelling as a result of the attack.

This was a callous and unprovoked attack on a woman while she stood by her vehicle.

Unfortunately we have no details of the suspect.

However, the victim was helped to her feet by a man who happened to be passing by at the time of the incident, but we have no further details of this person.

We are very keen for him and anyone else who may have witnessed this incident to contact Dorset police in confidence on the non-emergency number 101.

– PC Stuart Loudwell, Dorset Police