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Appeal - Large Number Of Sheep Stolen Near Wareham

06/11/2013
Police in Wareham are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following the theft of sheep from a field near Wareham. The incident, in which 160 sheep were stolen, happened between 8am on Saturday 2 November 2013 and 2.30pm on Monday 4 November 2013 at a field next to the A352 between Wool and East Stoke. Police Constable Adam Taylor, of Wareham police, said: “The thieves would have needed a good understanding of livestock and used a large vehicle, possibly a six or eight wheeler type lorry, to move the sheep. “I am appealing to witnesses and anyone who may have seen any unusual activity in the area around this time. “All the sheep had colour markings and were electronically tagged. If anyone has been offered sheep in unusual circumstances or for very low prices please contact the police on 101.” No arrests have been made. Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 04:303. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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Witness Appeal - Malicious Car Fire In Dorchester

03/10/2013
Detectives in Dorchester are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a malicious car fire at a farm on the outskirts of the town. The incident happened sometime between 2am and 3am on Sunday 29 September 2013 at a property situated on Bridport Road. Those responsible targeted a Volvo car that was parked outside the location and started a fire in the rear of the vehicle causing extensive damage. Detective Constable Gerald Marchant, of Dorset Police Western CID, said: “I believe this was a deliberate, targeted attack at these premises although the motive for why anyone would commit such a dangerous act is unclear. “The actions of whoever is responsible have caused the vehicle owner great financial loss and they have been left fearing for their safety. “The offenders have not only shown a great disregard for another person’s property, but also put their own lives and those living nearby at risk.
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Victims Of Car Crime Share Their Experiences

02/10/2013
Victims of car crime share their experiences to try and help prevent further thefts from motor vehicles. Three victims have agreed to have the crimes against them highlighted to show to others how, if they had taken simple precautions, the thefts may not have happened. A man from Poole parked his car outside his house. Inside the vehicle were a number of valuable items, including an expensive camera. He had attempted to conceal the items by covering them with a blanket but the camera strap was still in view. During the night a thief smashed the side window and stole the camera. The victim believes the only reason that his car was broken into was because the camera strap was on show. Not only has he lost a valuable item, he has had to pay for a replacement car window and clear up all the broken glass inside his car.
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Witness Appeal After Burglary At Burngate

27/09/2013
Police in Swanage are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a burglary at a stone carving centre in Langton Matravers near the town. The incident happened some time between 3.30pm on Friday 20 September 2013 and 9am on Monday 23 September 2013 at the Burngate Stone Carving Centre along Kingston Road. The offenders forced entry into the sales room and stole several unique stone carvings, sundial tops and various metal figures – including a distinctive one of a knight on horseback. Police Sergeant Wasey, of Purbeck police, said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, recalls any suspicious activity in the area during the weekend and anyone with any information about those responsible to contact me as soon as possible.
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Recruitment Starts For Special Constables

02/09/2013
The latest recruitment campaign for special constables gets underway in Dorset today – with the Force continuing to recruit volunteer police officers across the county and seeking to build a team of rural specials. The Special Constabulary provides an excellent opportunity for the public to get involved in policing across the whole county. However throughout the current recruitment drive, Dorset Police is looking to build a team of rural specials who will work exclusively in more remote communities including Blandford, Gillingham, Dorchester, Sherborne and East Dorset.
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Alcohol Diversion Scheme Launches In Dorset

01/08/2013
A new scheme launches today – Thursday 1 August 2013 – to deal with alcohol-related offences in Dorset. The Alcohol Diversion Scheme will mean that offenders issued with a Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) can attend a half day educational course. Provided the individual attends and completes the course, the original PND will be cancelled. The course covers a number of subjects relating to alcohol, including health management, consequences and ways forward for individuals to address their problems. Courses will cost £40 and every recipient of an alcohol-related PND can apply for the course. Examples of PND offences include drunk and disorderly, Public Order Act offences and low-level thefts and damage where alcohol is the contributing factor. The scheme is led by Dorset Police, in partnership with local authorities. Registered charity Druglink will deliver the courses at sites in Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. Acting Inspector Steve Lyne is leading the scheme for Dorset Police. He said: “This is a scheme which has been used in other parts of the country to great effect. The principle behind it is to divert individuals away from trouble at an early stage. It is part of our continued commitment to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents in our town centres. “We have had great support from our partners, licensed premises and the public so far and this provides an opportunity to reduce reoffending and therefore further reduce alcohol-related crime and incidents.”
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Dangerous Drivers Arrested In Drink Drive Campaign

30/07/2013
The summer drink drive campaign has concluded in Dorset – with 101 drivers arrested. Drivers involved in road traffic collisions were automatically breath tested during the campaign – which ran in tandem with the national drink drive campaign between 1 and 30 June 2013. Of those arrested, 22 came after road traffic collisions. Additional checks were carried out throughout the county, including early morning checks undertaken by both marked and unmarked police patrols – with 707 breath tests administered in total. Dorset Police Traffic Inspector, Matt Butler, said: “Although the summer campaign is over for another year, we will continue to target those who put their lives and others at risk by drink driving. “More than 20 per cent of arrests came after collisions which shows how dangerous drink driving is. There is no safe limit, so anytime that you are going out for a drink you need to plan how to get home without driving yourself. “I’d like to thank the public for their support and would continue to urge people to call police if they suspect someone is drink driving.” Drink drivers should be reported by calling police on 101. When a crime is in progress or life is at risk, dial 999.
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Police Advice For Carnival Week Disruption

26/07/2013
POLICE ISSUE ADVICE FOR SAFE EVENTS IN PURBECK Dorset Police is issuing traffic and crime prevention advice ahead of Swanage Regatta and Camp Bestival. Swanage Regatta kicks off on, Saturday 27 July and runs until Sunday 4 August. Popular annual music festival, Camp Bestival, once again takes place in the grounds of Lulworth Castle, from 1 to 4 August 2013. Traffic disruption is anticipated in the area during the events. Purbeck Neighbourhood Inspector, Fiona Gaffney, said: “It will be busy on Purbeck roads and I’d urge local residents to plan their journeys so as to avoid the worst of the congestion. We anticipate the busiest periods will be on Sunday 28 July and at the start and end of Camp Bestival – on Thursday 1 August and Monday 4 August. “Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be out and about offering community reassurance in the lead up to, and during, both events.” Police officers will also be present at Swanage Regatta and Camp Bestival, to support organisers in ensuring a safe and enjoyable time for all. Inspector Fiona Gaffney continued: “We want visitors to have a good time but a safe time and would ask anyone attending the events to take steps to look after themselves and their belongings “Keep your valuables on you and don’t leave them in your car or tent. Don’t leave bags unattended and consider using the locker facilities provided at the site. “If you are camping, pitch near friends and introduce yourself to those in neighbouring tents to help build a community and enhance security. “Officers will be on site at both events and we urge you to report crime at the time, either to police or event staff.” More festival and event crime prevention advice is available on the Dorset police website at http://www.dorset.police.uk/Default.aspx?page=6810 Traffic information is available on the Dorset County Council Travel Dorset website at www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset
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Copper Recovered In Dorchester - Owners Sought

03/07/2013
Police in Dorchester are appealing for the help of the public after a large quantity of copper wire was recovered in the town. On Saturday 29 June 2013 at around 1.40pm, officers arrested two men at a property on Cambridge Road on suspicion of theft. Police Constable Jessica Chapman, of Dorchester police, said: “As a result of these arrests, we have recovered a significant amount of high specification copper wire. “Unfortunately at this stage we do not know who the victim is as nobody has come forward to report this missing material. “The recovered property consists of two large copper wire reels, one being a 3 CORR 6.0mm measuring 100m in length, and the other a 1.5mm CORR measuring the same. “We are urging any individual or business that may be missing such items to contact Dorset Police is confidence. “It is possible that the owners have not yet realised that this copper wire is missing.
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Witness Appeal - Cars Damaged In Dorchester

03/07/2013
Officers in Dorchester are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a spate of criminal damage to cars in the town. The five separate incidents happened between 1am and 2.30am on Saturday 29 June 2013 on Princes Street, West Walks Road, Louise Road, and two along Maud Road. In each individual case the windows of the cars were smashed, and it appears whoever is responsible has used some sort of weapon to do so. Police Constable Michael Brown, of the Dorchester Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to contact Dorset Police in confidence. “These thoughtless acts have taken place along a number of quiet residential streets in the early hours of the morning, but there is a possibility that there may be witnesses who saw someone acting suspiciously in the area either prior to, or during the times all five incidents took place. “This criminal damage has no doubt caused the victims great inconvenience and expense, and I am keen to find those responsible.
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Witness Appeal - Fatal Collision In Lyme Regis

21/06/2013
WITNESS APPEAL AFTER FATAL COLLISION IN LYME REGIS Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a fatal collision in Lyme Regis. Officers were called at around 7.10pm on Friday 7 June 2013 to the collision involving three vehicles on the westbound carriageway of the A35, near the junction with the B3165 at Raymonds Hill. Dorset Police attended along with officers from Devon and Cornwall. Two of the drivers, a 58-year-old woman from Axminster and a 67-year-old man from Bournemouth, were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The third driver, a 60-year-old Devon man was admitted to Plymouth Hospital three days after the incident. He sadly died yesterday, Wednesday 19 June 2013. Sergeant Jonathan Wren, of Dorset Police Traffic Department, said: “This road traffic collision involved three vehicles, a silver Mercedes E220, a blue Jaguar X-Type and a red Ford Mondeo.
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Missing Person Alert - Have You Seen Simon?

19/06/2013
MAN MISSING FROM LYME REGIS – PUBLIC APPEAL FOR HELP Police are becoming very concerned for the welfare of a missing man – with a picture of the man being released. Simon Evans is 42-years-old and was last seen at his home address Lyme Regis at 7.30am today, Tuesday 18 June 2013. Chief Inspector Debbie Marsden, of Dorset Police, said: “We know that Simon has left driving a black SAAB 9-5 Vector and enquiries have revealed that he may have travelled to the Devon and Cornwall area. “He has recently been very upset and his whole family are extremely concerned about him and want to make sure he is alright. “I urge Simon to let know to let either the police or his family know that he is safe and well as soon as possible. Simon is described as six feet four inches tall, of stocky build with dark hair and a short beard.
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