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Man Jailed for Attempted Murder of Officer

01/02/2012
A Bournemouth man who attacked a police officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder. Michael Edward, 43, was found guilty of stabbing PC Craig Bartlett along Surrey Road in Bournemouth at around 7.55pm on Monday 21 February 2011. As a result of the attack – which took place while police conducted an arrest during an operational investigation – PC Bartlett sustained a 12cm knife wound above the hip and a 10cm knife wound to the left shoulder. His injuries were described as serious and potentially fatal. PC Bartlett was treated at hospital for a number of days – he has now returned to duty. Edward was sentenced on Tuesday 31st January 2012 at Bournemouth Crown Court. He had been found guilty following a trial at the same court that took place between 5th December and 19th December 2011. Detective Sergeant Wayne Seymour, of Bournemouth CID, said: “PC Bartlett sustained very serious injuries as a result of the vicious attack by Michael Edward. Thankfully he is now back at work, but the consequences could have been far, far worse. During the trial, the court heard that Edward used a 16cm kitchen knife to stab Craig twice and there was clear evidence, by way of damage to Craig’s coat, that at least one further attempt to stab PC Bartlett was made. Clearly, Edward’s actions were entirely reprehensible and we welcome the sentence that was handed down by the judge today. This case highlights the dangers of knives and I would like to make it clear that Dorset Police will use the full force of the law to deal with anyone who keeps such items about their person.” Clive Chamberlain, Dorset Police Federation Chairman, added: “There is no doubt that Craig was extremely fortunate to have survived from this horrific attack. Michael Edward was a criminal armed with a large knife – a weapon that he used in an attempt to kill a police officer who was carrying out his duty to protect his community. This incident demonstrates what an inherently dangerous job police officers undertake each day and I hope that this sentence sends a clear message to anyone who may ever consider carrying a knife. I am pleased to say that Craig has made a full recovery and has resumed his valued work in Bournemouth – although we should not underestimate the effect that this incident has had on him, his loved ones and colleagues. Police officers are an integral part of every community and I am heartened by the support that Craig and his colleagues have received from members of the public. I am sure that Dorset residents will welcome today’s sentencing.” Edward had also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply – the matter for which he was being investigated at the time of PC Bartlett’s stabbing.
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Assault Near Sturminster Newton - Witness Appeal

30/01/2012
Police in North Dorset are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an assault and an attempted burglary in Marnhull near Sturminster Newton. The incident, in which a woman disturbed a burglar in her garage and was subsequently assaulted, happened along New Street at around 4.25pm on Monday 16th January 2012. The victim, a 28-year-old local woman, received a punch to her face and sustained minor facial injuries. Nothing was stolen.
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Next Of Kin Appeal - Darren Richie Wade

30/01/2012
Next of Kin Appeal - Darren Richie Wade The coroner for Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset is seeking the assistance of the public to find the next of kin of a man who recently died in Bournemouth. Darren Richie Wade, who was 46 years old, died at his home address at Wallis Road in Bournemouth on 20th January 2012. His death was not suspicious. Coroner’s Officer Mike Humphries said: “I believe that Darren had family living in Keighley in Yorkshire. I need to find Darren’s next of kin so that I can finalise my enquiries on behalf of the coroner. I’d be grateful if any of Darren’s family could contact me as soon as possible on 01202 780879.”
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Police Appeal for Info About Dangerous Prisoner

24/01/2012
Police have issued an urgent appeal after a dangerous prisoner escaped from a prison escort van in North Worcestershire this morning, Monday, 23 January. It happened at about 8.20am in Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, near Bromsgrove, close to HMP Hewell Grange. The prisoner, John Anslow, was charged with murder by Staffordshire Police last week. Anslow, aged 31, who is from the Tipton area, is one of five men charged with the murder of Richard Deakin, who was shot dead in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in 2010. He was charged on Wednesday, 18th January, and was on his way to Stafford Crown Court.
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MBE awarded to Dorset Police staff

31/12/2011
MBE AWARDED TO SENIOR STAFF MEMBER, MR PAUL CHICK A senior member of staff at Dorset Police has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, published today, Saturday 31 December 2011.
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Fail to stop collision in Blandford

30/12/2011
Police in Blandford are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a fail to stop road traffic collision in the town.
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Appeal to find missing Bournemouth man

23/12/2011
Police are appealing for public help to find a missing 81-year-old Bournemouth man who has not been seen for over a week
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Barn Owls Missing From Poole - Information Appeal

23/12/2011
Police in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the disappearance of three owls from a property in the Foxholes area of the town. Sometime between 4pm on Wednesday 14 December and 10.30am on Thursday 15 December 2011, three Barn Owls were stolen or released without consent from an aviary at an address along Foxholes Road.
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Working Together To Tackle Rural Crime

14/12/2011
Dorchester police officers teamed up with members of the local rural community in a bid to combat rural crime. On Monday 12 December 2011, Dorchester officers enlisted the help of local game keepers and farmers to act as spotters for suspicious vehicles in the area, as part of Operation Shogun.
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Witness Appeal - Burglary Near Dorchester

06/12/2011
Police in Dorchester are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a burglary in Piddlehinton. The incident, in which offenders forced entry into a house along the High Street and stole items, happened between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Thursday 1st December 2011.
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Missing Person Alert - Have You Seen Ralph

06/12/2011
Police are appealing for public help to find a missing 48-year-old Bournemouth man who has not made contact with his family for the last four weeks. Ralph Prime, of St Michael’s Road in Bournemouth, was last seen at his home address on Tuesday 1st November 2011.
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Witness Appeal - Wareham Burglary

28/11/2011
Police in Purbeck are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a burglary in the Sandford area. The incident, in which an offender forced entry into a house along Filleul Road, before stealing jewellery and money, happened between 11.30am and 4pm on Wednesday 23rd November 2011.
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