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Driver fined for crashing into lollipop lady and children

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A motorist has been sentenced after a collision with schoolchildren and a lollipop lady in Weymouth.

Steven Dukes, 49 and from Weymouth, admitted careless driving at Weymouth Magistrates' Court and has been banned from driving for six months and fined £240.

A Vauxhall Zafira driven by Dukes hit three 11-year-old schoolchildren and the 56-year-old lollipop lady on Buxton Road on Monday 31 October 2016.

One of the schoolchildren suffered a broken arm while the other two had minor injuries. The lollipop lady sustained a fractured skull, a small bleed to the brain and a broken wrist. She is now recovering at home.

Mr Dukes' careless driving that afternoon left a woman with serious, life-changing injuries. It is very fortunate the schoolchildren were not more seriously hurt.

He failed to observe the road ahead appropriately and reduce his speed accordingly.

This was a totally avoidable collision and this incident serves as a warning to others to drive carefully and considerately, particularly in residential areas.

– Sgt Joe Pardey, Dorset Police

Man arrested on suspicion of possessing imitation firearm

A man has been arrested after an incident involving a firearm in Weymouth.

Police were called to reports of a man carrying a handgun in Magnolia Crescent on Saturday evening.

Armed officers helped carry out a search of the area but were unable to locate the man.

A 22-year-old man from Weymouth was arrested on Sunday afternoon on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause violence.

An imitation firearm was recovered and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.


Hunt for wanted man in Weymouth

Have you seen Shaun Lewis? Credit: Dorset Police

Police trying to find a Weymouth man who is wanted for breaching his licence conditions are appealing for help from the public to find him.

Shaun Lewis, who is 24, was serving a three-year sentence for causing grievous bodily harm when he was released from prison on Friday 18 September 2015.

Shaun has failed to comply with his licence conditions and is now wanted by police for recall to prison.

He is also known to frequent the Bournemouth and Poole areas of Dorset.

We have made a number of active enquiries to locate Shaun Lewis since he breached his licence on Friday 7 October 2016.

Anyone who sees Shaun should not approach him but immediately contact Dorset Police.

– Detective Sergeant Paul Auger, Dorset Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police.


Train trouble in Dorset tonight

Lee took this shot at Weymouth this evening. He describes it as "total train block" Credit: Lee Dolbear

A viewer has told us that there have been no trains running between Weymouth and Bournemouth for the last 90 minutes. Lee Dolbear says South West Trains are having difficulty getting replacement buses too.

This is what the train operators are saying:

South West Trains and Cross Country Services have been suspended between Bournemouth and Weymouth.

Delays of up to 60 minutes and some cancellations between London Waterloo and Bournemouth, and between Salisbury and Exeter St Davids due to electrical supply problems at Basingstoke.

Power has now been restored but delays are expected to continue into the evening whilst the service recovers.

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