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Prison officer robbed of his uniform and baton

The victim worked at Guys Marsh Prison in Shaftesbury. Credit: ITV West Country

A prison officer has been robbed of his guard uniform and collapsible baton after leaving work in Dorset.

He was driving home in Shaftesbury at 9pm on Sunday 9 July following his shift at Guys Marsh prison.

He pulled over to retrieve his mobile phone from his car boot so he could call his wife and a silver Volkswagen Golf stopped in front of him.

One man got out of the vehicle and stabbed the prison officer in the shoulder with a small, sharp object believed to be a small knife or a key.

A second man opened the victim's car boot and stole his guard uniform and collapsible baton.

Both men returned to the Golf and drove away. The victim was treated for minor cuts and bruises by paramedics.

"This was a deeply traumatic incident, which has left the victim badly shaken. I would ask that anyone who knows anything about what happened or who witnessed the incident to contact Dorset Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

I would particularly like to speak to two people who may have driven past the incident at the time in a car with an 02 registration plate.

I would also ask anyone who has located a uniform or baton or knows of their whereabouts to get in touch.

– Detective Sergeant Nicky Jenkins, Dorset Police

First offender

  • short and stocky
  • blond hair
  • full-sleeve right arm tattoo
  • piercing in right eyebrow

Second offender

  • white,
  • over 6ft tall
  • slim
  • short dark hair

A third person with shoulder-length hair - possibly a woman - is believed to have remained in the Golf during the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to:

  • Contact Dorset Police through their website
  • Email
  • Call 101 quoting incident number 55170104527
  • Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or their website
The prison officer was attacked on his way home from work at Guys Marsh Prison. Credit: ITV West Country