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CCTV appeal following use of counterfeit notes

Police would like to speak to these three men. Credit: Dorset Police

Police have released CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to, as they investigate the use of counterfeit notes in Shaftesbury.

There have been reports that counterfeit £50 notes had been used in petrol station at the town's Tesco supermarket, and in the Subway store at Ivy Cross on Monday 20 February.

At around 6pm three men entered the Subway store and each of them purchased items of small value with a £50 note.

The notes were later found to be counterfeit and had the same serial number.

Around an hour later, a number of men entered the Tesco petrol station and again used counterfeit £50 notes to purchase low value items or asked directly for change.

Following our investigations, we are now in a position to release CCTV images of three men we would like to speak to in connection with these incidents.

I would appeal to anyone who recognises them or who has any further information to please contact me.

– Constable Pat McLoughlin, North Dorset police

Sexual assault in Shaftesbury

Anyone who recognises this man is being asked to contact police Credit: Dorset Police

Officers investigating a sexual assault in Shaftesbury are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

The incident happened at 9.40pm on Saturday 28 February 2015 in the Kings Arms pub in Bleke Street.

The victim, a 41-year-old local woman, was standing at the bar when an unknown man approached sexually assaulted her.

He was wearing blue jeans, a checked shirt and a hooded top with the zip done up.

This incident left the victim distressed and shaken.

As part of my investigation I am now in a position to release a CCTV image of the suspect.

I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man pictured to please call me on 101.

All calls will be treated in strict confidence.

– Police Constable Simon Rogers, of Shaftesbury police


Zandra Rhodes switches on Shaftesbury's Christmas lights

The ancient Town Hall was turned pink in honour of Zandra Rhodes Credit: ITV News

Dame Zandra Rhodes switched on Shaftesbury's Christmas lights last night.

The ancient Town Hall was turned pink in honour of the famous fashion designer who is a patron on the Breast Cancer Campaign.

There was also a lantern procession with schoolchildren parading with their illuminations bearing the names of those who took part in the First World War.

Dame Zandra wore a pink wig to help promote Breast Cancer awareness Credit: ITV News

Hovis ad man to turn on lights

Iconic Hovis advert star will switch on Shaftesbury's Christmas Lights

The boy who struggled up Shaftesbury's Gold Hill with a baker's bike in the iconic Hovis advert is in the town today to switch on the Christmas lights.

Carl Barlow couldn't resist re-living his part in the advert and pushed a bike up Gold Hill, complete with flat cap and Hovis loaves.

Carl will also plant some snowdrops in the town this afternoon, before switching the Christmas lights on later this evening.

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