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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

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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.

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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.

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