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Police officer dismissed after misconduct hearing

A Dorset Police Officer has been dismissed after searching for himself and others on databases.

Police Constable Nigel Case, who was based at Bridport police station, was dismissed with 28 days’ notice, after being found guilty at a misconduct hearing.

The panel heard that Nigel Case carried out several searches of both himself and seven other people on the Criminal Justice Search and Police National Computer database between July 2011 and November 2014. These searches were not for a policing purpose.

The charge was found proven and amounted to misconduct.

A Dorset Police office has been dismissed after a misconduct hearing. Credit: ITV News

Nigel Case was found guilty of breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to confidentiality, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct.

The panel also found Nigel Case had telephoned one of the individuals concerned and disclosed police intelligence to them and this amounted to gross misconduct.

A further charge of conducting searches on nine other individuals was found not proven.

Having to dismiss PC Case was one of the saddest things I have had to do – a good officer with a fine record, which was supported by a number of character witnesses, and a well-liked and respected family man. However, PC Case was in a position of trust and had privileged access to computer systems that can only be used for policing purposes.

Ultimately the Police Service has to be the home of the highest standards of behaviour and decision making; the public expects nothing less and their confidence in us depends on our acting in a way that is honest, open and beyond reproach.

– ACC Lewis, panel chair,

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Dorset Police's financial planning 'requires improvement'

A report published today says Dorset's police force requires improvement. Credit: ITV West Country

Dorset Police's financial planning requires improvement, according to a report published today.

The findings by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) says the force will only be able to respond to expected budget cuts if it develops clear and realistic financial plans.

Dorset Police says the poor assessment is itself a result of Government cuts.

Witness appeal after fatal collision in Weymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an elderly man died in a fatal collision in Weymouth.

One man has been arrested after the incident on Sunday 11 October. The victim was crossing Preston Beach Road with his wife at around 5:05pm when he was in a collision with a motorcycle.

He died at the scene. His wife was shocked but unharmed.

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

The motorcyclist was on a yellow Suzuki motorcycle travelling north. The 26-year-old man was thrown from his bike and broke both arms. He was taken to Dorset County Hospital.

The road was closed between Overcombe Corner and Greenhill while collision investigators examined the scene.

A 31-year-old man from Weymouth has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail until mid-January 2016, pending further enquiries.

We know immediately before the collision occurred the motorcyclist was riding with another motorcyclist travelling on a purple and black Honda bike.

We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to officers to please call Dorset Police

– Police Constable Andy Fields, Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

What does the "strategic alliance" actually mean for Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police forces?

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed that it will pool resources with neighbouring Dorset in what is known as a "strategic alliance".

We spoke with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police, Tony Hogg, who explained what it means in practice:

Woman missing from Weymouth

Claire Lawrence who has gone missing from her Weymouth home Credit: Dorset Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Claire Lawrence, 49 , who is missing from her home in Weymouth.

Claire has not made any contact with her friends or family since last Friday and may need to take medication.

I am appealing to anyone who knows of Claire’s whereabouts or has seen a woman matching the photograph, to contact me as soon as possible.

If Claire sees this appeal, I would urge her to please make contact to let us know you are safe. Your family is very worried about you.

– Police Sergeant Christine Gould, Weymouth police

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Drink Drive campaign

Almost 50 people have been charged with drink driving across Dorset so far this month.

Dorset Police have released details of all 48 who have been charged as part of their Christmas drink driving awareness campaign.

There are increased patrols over Christmas week throughout the county.

Dorset Police have charged 48 people with drink driving offences in December. Credit: PA
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