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Tunisia eyewitness pays emotional tribute to attack victims

Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were saved by a local man who hid them in his home. Credit: Facebook

A man from Weymouth who was caught up in the Tunisian hotel attack has paid an emotional tribute to those who died and those who tried to save them.

20-year-old Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were staying in the holiday resort of Sousse when a gunman opened fire on the beach.

They were saved by a local Tunisian man who hid several tourists in his home.

"Many lives were lost and ruined. My love and deepest sympathy are with those people, together we stand united and won't let terrorism win. Thanks to all the brave locals and emergency services who risked their lives to save others. I am thinking of every single person who lost their lives - and their families. Today my thoughts are with you all."

– Macauley Arnold, eyewitness to the attack in Tunisia

His words come on the day that a minute's silence was observed at noon around the country, in memory of those lost.


Police investigate spate of incidents in Weymouth

Police are investigating after a number of incidents including arson, a garage break in and a number of vehicle crimes have taken place in Weymouth.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses after the crimes, in the Westham area of the town.

The incidents began on April 9, when officers were informed of a bin fire. Just a day later there were reports of break ins in three cars. Food was taken from the third car. Overnight, a insecure garage was also broken into, where food and alcohol were taken.

During the same night a number of vehicles had washing up liquid poured over them.

Condor launches last ferry from Weymouth

Condor launched its last service from Weymouth today Credit: PA Wire

Condor Ferries has completed it's final journey from Weymouth after it's port was deemed 'unsuitable'.

The cross-channel service is moving to a bigger port in Poole following the purchase of a new three hundred foot ferry. It's estimated the move could cost Weymouth Harbour £750,000 a year.

Police concerned for missing Weymouth man

Nigel Day went missing on March 3 Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are very concerned for missing Nigel Day who disappeared from his home in Weymouth.

The 52-year-old was last seen on March 3 outside his house in Wkye Regis. He made phone contact with a relative the following day, but no one has seen or heard from him since.

A bag of wet clothing and personal items belonging to Nigel were found by a member of the public on Chesil beach on March 5.

Officers carried out a shoreline and offshore search of the area, but nothing was discovered.

Nigel is white, of thin build and around six feet tall. He has shoulder-length hair and a full beard.

It has been five days since Nigel was last in contact and, following the discovery of his clothing and other items on Chesil beach, we are extremely concerned for his welfare.

I am appealing to anyone who saw a man matching Nigel’s description in the Portland Road area of Wyke Regis or on Chesil beach on Wednesday or Thursday last week to please call me urgently.

– Police Sergeant Jeremy Cuff, of Weymouth police


Dorset police concerned for missing Claire Lawrence

49 year old Claire Lawrence was last heard from over a week ago. Credit: Dorset police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a woman from Weymouth who's been missing since Wednesday.

Claire Lawrence was reported missing from her home on Dorchester Road having made no contact with family or friends since friday 27 february. The 49 year old may need to take medication.

Claire is described as a white woman, of slim build and five feet three inches tall. She has long blonde hair and a straight fringe, blue eyes and is thought to be wearing a long leather style coat and dark jeans.

It has been a week since Claire’s family heard from her and we are very concerned. I am able to release a photo of Claire, in hope that someone will recognise her. I am appealing to anyone who knows of Claire’s whereabouts or has seen a woman matching her description or 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

Anyone who sees a woman matching Claire’s description should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 4:390.

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

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.

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