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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.

Dorset Police facing 'technical issues' with non-emergency number

Dorset Police say they are not sure when their non-emergency service will be fixed. Credit: PA Images

Dorset Police say they are experiencing 'technical issues' the force's non-emergency 101 number.

It's not clear when the fault will be fixed and people are being asked to email enquiries to Dorset Police instead.

Technicians are working to resolve the problem and the force will release an update when the problem is fixed.

Body of woman found in the sea off Portland

Police were called to Weymouth Harbour after reports that a body had been found in the sea Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The body of a woman has been found in the sea off the coast of Portland.

Police were called to Weymouth Harbour after a passing boat alerted the emergency services.

Those on board the boat notified the coastguard at around 3.25pm after seeing something in the water.

A spokesman for Dorset Police says the body has now been recovered and the death is not being treated as suspicious.


Appeal over abduction attempt in Weymouth

Police in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man approached a 10-year-old girl asking her to help find his dog.

When the victim told the offender she would tell her mother and the police, the man told her not to and grabbed her leg.

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The girl ran away and told a relative about the incident which happened on Prospect Place on 13 March. She was not physically injured.

Police are keen to speak to the man involved.

We do not know what the man’s intentions were but we are keen to trace to him and speak to him.

I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Prospect Place on Sunday afternoon and saw a man matching the description to please call me on 101.

I know the footpath in Prospect Place and the nearby fields are popular with dog walkers. If you know who this man is, please call me urgently.

– PC Dale Collins, of Weymouth and Portland Police

Man killed at holiday park named

A man who died following a serious assault at a Dorset holiday park has been named as 36-year-old David Coxon.

Police were called to a report of a serious assault at Sandford Holiday Park along Organford Road at around 2.20am on Saturday March 5. They found David, from Torquay, with serious injuries. He later died at the scene.

41-year-old Jason James, also of Torquay, has been charged with manslaughter.

David Coxon was found with serious injuries at a holiday park in Dorset Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses at Sandford Holiday Park, who are yet to speak with police, to contact us urgently.

It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

– Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, Senior investigating officer Dorset Police

Manslaughter charge over death of man at holiday park

Police are supporting the deceased's family. Credit: PA

A man has been charged with manslaughter over the death of another man in a Dorset holiday park.

Police were called to a report of a serious assault at Sandford Holiday Park along Organford Road at around 2.20am on Saturday 5 March. They found a man with serious injuries, who died at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and HM Coroner has been made aware, although formal identification has yet to take place.

41-year-old Jason James of Torquay has been charged with manslaughter. He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court later (Monday 7 March 2016).

Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of manslaughter.

Family liaison officers have updated the victim’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

– Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, Dorset Police’s MCIT

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 5:40. Or you can call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

Two in hospital after alleged acid attack

Detectives investigating the alleged assault are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward Credit: PA

Police are investigating after what appears to be an acid attack in Weymouth.

Officers were called to an address in the Louviers Road area of the town late on Sunday 28 February. It was reported that two men went to the address and when a male victim answered the door a liquid believed to be acid was thrown in his face.

The male victim and a woman – both from Weymouth and in their twenties – sustained injuries after being in contact with "an acid-type substance". They were taken to hospital for treatment, where their condition is not life-threatening.

The male victim has been left with potentially life-changing injuries.

We believe that the people involved are known to each other. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen the two men, or has any information about the incident to contact police as soon as possible.

Also, I would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious vehicles in the area at the time.”

– Detective Sergeant Simon Austin, Weymouth CID

A 34-year-old man from Weymouth has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intend and is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.

Description: man one

  • white
  • late 20s to early 30s
  • six feet tall approx.
  • medium build
  • short hair and stubble
  • dressed in dark clothing

Description: man two

  • white
  • mid 20s to mid 30s
  • large build
  • moustache or goatee
  • London accent
  • dressed in dark clothing

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 28:384.

You can also give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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