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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


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

Police confirm collaboration talks with other forces

Devon & Cornwall police have confirmed on Twitter this morning they have formed a strategic alliance with the Dorset force to look at ways of collaborating. They insist it does not mean they are in talks to merge the two forces, which cover 3 counties.

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