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Dancing policeman always on the beat

A video of a policeman having a dance-off with festival-goers has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times online.

The viral clip shows Special Constable Jason Cox 'Dad dancing' at Camp Bestival. It was shared by Dorset Police on Twitter.

Who won the dance off? Take a look at the full video below:

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Technical fault takes out Dorset Police's 101 number

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Police in Dorset Police say their 101 service is currently unavailable due to a technical fault.

The issue was reported to police at around 1pm today and is currently being investigated.

The emergency 999 number is unaffected.

We do not currently know when the service will resume, however we are doing everything we can to identify the fault and quickly ensure a normal service is resumed.

Remember, if your call is an emergency, i.e. a threat to life, or if a crime is in progress, always call 999.

– Dorset Police

Non-emergency enquiries can be emailed to


Andrew Scott: Body believed to be missing spear fisherman found

Andrew Scott went missing while spear fishing a week ago. Credit: Dorset Police

Police searching for a missing man have found a body in the water off the coast of Weymouth.

Although formal identification is yet to take place, the body is believed to be that of spear fisherman Andrew Scott.

The 27 year old disappeared after going on a fishing trip a week ago.

His family have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and our thoughts are with Andrew’s family at this difficult time.

– Dorset Police

Police renew appeal following fatal collision

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Dorset Police are renewing their appeal after a man died following a collision on Portland Beach Road.

Officers were informed of the incident at 11.25pm on Wednesday June 28.

The collision involved a blue BMW, being driven by a 49-year-old man, and a grey Peugeot 2008, containing the 67-year-old male driver and his 72-year-old male passenger – with all three men from the local area.

Police Sergeant Nikki Burt, of the traffic unit, said: "Sadly the 72-year-old Peugeot passenger, who had sustained life-threatening injuries, has died."

“Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time and they will be supported by specifically trained officers."

"Following the collision the road was closed in both directions for some time to enable our teams to investigate the scene. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish why and how the collision occurred."

"However, we still need to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident. If you have not been in contact with us yet, please call."


Police appeal to help find missing Lyme Regis man

Derek Richard Powell, 45 Credit: Dorset Police

Officers are appealing for help from the public to find a Lyme Regis man who has gone missing.

Derek Richard Powell, 45, was last seen at his home in Anning Road at around 8.30am, March 20.

He was known to be upset at the time and officers are becoming increasingly concerned for Derek’s welfare.

Derek is around five feet four inches tall, with short brown hair and stubble and of stocky build.

He has tattoos on his wrist and upper arm.

Derek’s vehicle, a red Citroen Berlingo van, was found this morning in a lay-by in the Monkton Wyld area and officers have been conducting a search of nearby woodland, assisted by the NPAS helicopter.

Officers are currently searching the area near to where Derek’s car was found.

I would request that anyone who has seen Derek or a man matching the description given contacts Dorset Police urgently.

Also, if Derek sees this appeal I would request that he please contacts us as we are worried about him and would like to make sure he is safe.

– Chief Inspector Richard Bell, Dorset Police

Man arrested over prison roof fire

A man has been arrested following a fire on the roof of a prison building at HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury.

Emergencies services were called to the incident at around 8pm on Friday 10 March.

All prisoners and staff were accounted for and a total of 64 prisoners were evacuated from the affected area by prison staff.

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One prisoner who was reported to be on the roof of the prison building during the incident was brought back down to safety and checked over by paramedics.

Following an initial investigation, a 29-year-old male prisoner has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and is being questioned by detectives.

– Dorset Police

Police say there was no immediate risk to the public living nearby.

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