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Search underway for missing man off Dorset coast

Andrew Scott, 27, had gone spear fishing. Credit: Dorset Police

A major search is underway for a man who is thought to have gone missing while spear fishing off the Dorset coastline.

Andrew Scott, 27, is from Winterborne Whitechurch and left home between 3pm and 4pm Monday July 10.

Dorset Police was called at 8.55pm after a bag containing his belongings was located at White Nothe and his car was found parked at Ringstead Bay, five miles east of Weymouth.

Officers are concerned that Andrew may have come to harm in the water and searches have been carried out overnight, led by HM Coastguard. The search has resumed this morning.

Andrew was possibly wearing a full black North Coast wetsuit, blue flippers and a snorkel. His bright orange dry bag containing his car keys, mobile phone and clothing were found on the coastline.


Witness appeal after man found with serious injuries in Weymouth

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found with serious head injuries in Weymouth.

The man aged in his 40s was found lying next to a bicycle in Upway Street, off King Street, at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment, where he has remained for several days. He has been unable to clearly recollect how he came to be injured.

Dorset Police are asking the public for their help as they continue to investigate.

A 23-year-old man from Kent, a 22-year-old man from London and a 20 year-old woman from London have been arrested in connection with the incident.

They have been released on police bail until the middle of May.

Our enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly how the man sustained his injuries.

I believe there will have been a number of people in the area at the time and I am appealing for anyone who has seen anything, or who has any information about how the man came to be injured, to please contact Dorset Police.

– Simon Austin, Detective Sergeant Weymouth CID


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.

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