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Sandbanks: Four rescued from sinking speedboat

Lifeboat crews recovered the vessel Credit: Poole Lifeboat

Four people have escaped unharmed after their speedboat sank off the coast of Sandbanks in Dorset.

Poole Lifeboat was called out at 3.10pm on Saturday following reports the 20ft vessel was sinking.

The occupants managed to swim to safety before Lifeboat crews dragged the stricken vessel up the beach and re-floated it.

The stricken speedboat was a hazard to shipping and had to be pulled free Credit: Poole Lifeboat


Biker seriously injured in collision with car

Detectives in Dorset are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a car and a motorbike collided in Poole on Friday night.

The biker, an 18-year-old local man, was taken to Poole Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries. His Suzuki motorcycle and a Mitsubishi Colt being driven by a 67-year-old local woman collided at the junction of Wallisdown Road and Canford Road at about 10.15pm on Friday 5th August. The road was closed for some time to allow for forensic investigations by the police.

The motorcyclist's injuries have stabilised, but he has been left with injuries the police describe as potentially life-changing.

"I am appealing to anyone who saw the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident to contact Dorset Police.

"I believe there may have been a large group of people near to the Subway restaurant on Wallisdown Road before and at the time of the collision and I would like to speak to any of these people who haven’t already been spoken to by officers."

– PC Sean Todd, Dorset Police traffic unit

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police via an email to or by telephoning 101 and quoting incident number 4:561.

Alternatively any witnesses can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via theCrimestoppers website.

Young sisters find dozens of nails on beach in Poole

These nails were found in the sand at Canford Cliffs in Poole Credit: Alex Chisnall

It's believed two young sisters escaped serious injury after finding almost one hundred nails hidden in the sand at a beach in Canford Cliffs in Poole.

The council says its beaches are regularly inspected. And they hadn't received any reports of nails. The girls' father said it could've been dangerous.

These nails were found in the sand at Canford Cliffs in Poole Credit: Alex Chisnall

“Poole’s beaches are regularly raked and inspected. No reports of this nature were received over the weekend, but we would urge anyone who finds potentially dangerous items on the beach to report this to the nearest beach office or warden so that it can be addressed straight away, and other wardens along our coastline can be made aware of any issue.”

– Spokesperson for Poole's beach team

ATM CCTV after BMW car containing 50 parcels stolen

CCTV of two men using a bank card which was inside the stolen car Credit: Dorset Police

Dorset Police are appealing for the public's help to identify two men after a car was stolen in Poole. They have issued images of two men seen trying to get money from a cash machine using a bank card that was inside the vehicle which was taken.

The BMW 3 Series was stolen from Herbert Road in Poole at 12.30pm on Friday 5th May 2017. The owner was delivering parcels to a nearby property at the time. There were approximately another fifty undelivered parcels still inside the car.

Do you recognise this person? Credit: Dorset Police

About 25 minutes after the car was taken the two men in the images were seen on CCTV at the Tesco store on Wimborne Road. They were trying to withdraw money from an account associated with a bank card that was inside the stolen car.

The two men were seen on Friday 5th May 2017 Credit: Dorset Police

“As part of my investigation, I am now in a position to release CCTV images of the two suspects. I would urge anyone who recognises these men to please contact Dorset Police.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has seen a black BMW 3 Series, registration C13 KBO, parked up in the area.

“Finally, I would like to remind motorists to ensure they do not leave their vehicles insecure even if they are leaving it for a moment. Please don’t make life easy for thieves.”

– Police Constable Steve Boston, Bournemouth Police


"Despicable" rogue trader who targeted elderly is jailed

Noah Peter Chapman, 24, targeted elderly victims in Poole Credit: Dorset Police

A rogue trader who targeted elderly victims in Poole has been jailed for 12 months.

Noah Peter Chapman, 24, admitted fraud charges and criminal damage.

The court heard Chapman had visited the homes of people in their 80s, in the Broadstone Upton areas, claiming to work for the council. He offered to do gardening work and in, one case charged a tenant £1,000 in cash for illegal work he had done. In another case, he and an accomplice drove their elderly victim to a cashpoint to withdraw £500. They men then left and never returned.

Chapman will serve his sentence consecutively to a three-year jail term he is already serving for causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

These were despicable crimes against elderly victims.

Rogue traders such as Chapman specifically target the older generation, who on occasions can be talked into accepting works at their properties.

I want to thank the victims and their families for assisting with us with this investigation.

I would also ask the public to call police with any concerns regarding elderly or vulnerable neighbours who they think are being targeted by rogue traders.

– PC Claire Dinsdale, Dorset Police

Two rescued from fire in derelict building

Two people have been treated for smoke inhalation following a large fire at a derelict building in Poole.

Seven fire engines were called to St John's House in Serpentine Road this afternoon where the fifth storey was alight.

The fire is now out but an investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.

It's believed the building is used by squatters.

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