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Charity teddy thief who turned himself in fined by court

The theft from Goulds Garden Centre in Weymouth was caught on CCTV. Credit: Dorset Police

A thief who stole a giant teddy bear from a Weymouth garden centre but turned himself in out of guilt has been fined by a court.

26-year-old Brodie Few was caught on CCTV swiping the four-foot teddy, which was to be the top prize in a charity raffle in memory of a woman who died of cancer.

The teddy gets pride of place in a Dorset Police van. Credit: Dorset Police

When Few saw reports on the theft and how devastated the organisers of the raffle were, he walked into a police station with the bear and gave himself up. Three suspects who appear to have been working with him did not do this and have not been identified.

The items were returned to Goulds Garden Centre, which said it had had "overwhelming" support from the community, including donations of prizes to replace the ones stolen.

PC Nick Gravenor from Weymouth police hands over the giant teddy bear to Penny Corp-Palmer from Goulds Garden Centre, ready to be raffled off. Credit: Dorset Police

Few's defense counsel said that he had not realised the items were for a charity raffle, and suffered from memory problems relating to a brain tumour.

The Weymouth magistrates' court handed Few a community order, a five-week curfew restricting when he can leave home and ordered him to pay court costs and fines of £145.


Teddy and other charity raffle prizes recovered

A teddy stolen in Weymouth gets pride of place in a Dorset Police van Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Dorset have recovered prizes intended for a Christmas raffle in memory of a woman from Weymouth who died from cancer. They have been returned in time for today's raffle, which is raising money for a local hospice and a children's bereavement charity.

The items - which included a giant teddy - were stolen from the garden centre where Lyn Weaver used to work. They were taken on 10 December and police released CCTV of the theft.

The theft of the raffle items from Goulds Garden Centre in Weymouth was caught on CCTV Credit: Dorset Police

A 26-year-old man from Wimborne was arrested yesterday (Tuesday 23 December) on suspicion of theft. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

PC Nick Gravenor from Weymouth police hands over the giant teddy bear to Penny Corp-Palmer from Goulds Garden Centre, ready to be raffled off. Credit: Dorset Police

Thieve steal Christmas parcels outside Weymouth post office

The post office on Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A bag containing special delivery parcels has been stolen from a post van in Weymouth. The police say it had been parked near the post office on Abbotsbury Road last Wednesday evening.

Thieves were able to reach into the van and take the bag. It contained seven items that had just been collected from post offices. The public are being asked to look out for them.

Weymouth device aimed to help save fishermen

Weymouth device aimed to help save fishermen Credit: ITV News

A simple device to help save fishermen's lives is being used on an increasing number of boats in the west country. The JFR pouch is named after Jack, Farley and Robert, the crew of the Purbeck Isle which sank of the coast of Dorset in May two years ago.

It's been created by a bass fisherman from Weymouth who's hoping the whole fishing industry will start wearing them. It holds a locator beacon and will always be attached to a fisherman's waterproofs. Hugh Cox has recently taken a large order from handline fishermen working around the South West.


Weymouth College principal is suspended

Liz Myles, the Principal of Weymouth College has been suspended Credit: Weymouth College

Weymouth College has confirmed to ITV news that its Principal, Liz Myles, has been suspended.

A spokesperson said the college was not giving further details:

We have no further comment other than to confirm that the Principal, Liz Myles has been suspended from her post, pending an investigation.

To ensure we maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further information can be provided to you at this time.

– Weymouth College spokesperson

The college has had to cut costs over the past few months and in August it began a period of consultation over potential redundancies.

Man and woman arrested by armed police in Weymouth

Police activity in Culliford Way in Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Armed response officers have arrested a man and a woman at two addresses in Culliford Way in Weymouth this morning.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A 27-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Man stabbed in Weymouth

A man is in hospital after being sustaining what appear to be stab wounds in Weymouth.

The 29 year old local man was taken to Dorset County Hospital following the assault in the early hours of this morning. His condition is thought to be serious but not life threatening. A second man, aged 30 and from Weymouth, was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment for a swollen eye and jaw.

Three men – aged 28, 29 and 30 and all from Weymouth – have been arrested and are currently assisting police with their enquiries. Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Police release CCTV image of suspect after puppy stolen in Weymouth

Tilly was stolen from outside her owner's home in Weymouth in October Credit: Dorset Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a puppy was stolen in Weymouth.

Tilly, who is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was stolen at around 8.15am on Thursday 30 October from outside her owner’s home in Wyke Road.

Tilly is six-months-old and has a white face, a distinctive black ear, dark spots on her back and a black patch on her tail.

Police Constable Jim Robinson, of Weymouth police, said: “Tilly is a very friendly dog and her family desperately miss her.

“I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information as to where Tilly may be to contact me in confidence."

A CCTV image of the suspect with Tilly has been released by police Credit: Dorset Police

As part of the investigation, detectives have released a CCTV image of the suspect with Tilly in Weymouth town centre.

Anyone who knows this man is asked to contact police.

The offender is described as white, of slim build and was wearing a black woollen hat, a grey hooded top and a dark jacket.

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