Police are appealing for witnesses after a series of reports of commercial burglaries in Dorchester.
Shortly after 12am on Friday 28 September 2018 Dorset Police received a report of a break-in at Malvern Tyres at Poundbury West Industrial Estate. It was reported that a till had been taken.
At 2.55am a further report was received of a burglary in progress at Dorset Cyclelife Electric on Bridport Road in Poundbury with a large quantity of electric bikes loaded into a vehicle.
Reports were also received of a burglary at Dorchester Strength and Conditioning as well as attempted break-ins at the Domestic Appliance Centre and Dorset Vehicle Rentals, all on the Railway Triangle Industrial Estate, which had occurred on the night of Thursday 27 September 2018. Police also received a report of an attempt to steal a Volkswagen Caravelle campervan at Middle Farm Way in Poundbury.
A 47-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary in connection with the Dorset CycleLife Electric incident and has been released under investigation as detectives continue their enquiries.
Detective Constable Lynda Soutine, of Weymouth CID, said: “We are carrying out a full investigation into all of these reported burglaries and I am appealing for any witnesses to these incidents or anyone with information to contact police.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to urge businesses in the Dorchester area to review the security measures they have in place to make sure your premises is not vulnerable to potential offenders.
“For crime prevention advice on protecting your business visit http://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/home-property-belongings/secure-your-business/.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at http://www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180157169. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Here’s a note from someone who has a vested interest into bringing it back.
It won’t happen tomorrow or next year but the composer of this message whoever that may be pays respects to the three series that the now Doctor Who producer Chris Chibnall wrote between 2013 – 2016.
There’s a long way to 2023 however my heart sank in early 2017. When CC was adamant that after series three. It was the end and BROADCHURCH ‘will not’ return.
If you enjoyed Broadchurch then the wait will be worth it.
Monday 6th August 2018 – 0913 BST By Lee Dolbear
After the relentless sunshine and blistering temperatures of the last few weeks, Wednesday sees a change in fortunes as the high pressure we’ve enjoyed is pushed further south.
This will mean the UK being more susceptible to weather fronts in the Atlantic. Temperatures are expected to be back to seasonal averages and by the weekend there is a risk of more widespread and prolonged periods of rain.
Becoming cooler from Wednesday, with sunshine and showers for many.
A risk of hail in the north towards the weekend, and rain in the southwest.
Summer however certainly isn’t over it’s just taking a vacation.
A national newspaper published that August maybe one of the wettest on record. This is way off the mark.
10:43 BST Thursday 5th July 2018
Today the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have announced a new investigation into how Dorset Police handled the rape case brought by Gaia Pope two years before her death in November 2017. This will run parallel with the IOPC investigation into how Dorset Police handled the teenager’s disappearance.
Gaia was reported missing on 7 November 2017 in Swanage, Dorset by a family member. Her family communicated their concern for the missing teenager, who had Post Traumatic Stress disorder, following a serious sexual assault when she was 17. Gaia had epilepsy and did not have her medication when she went missing.
Following a police investigation and a public search for Gaia in which thousands of people participated, her body was found 11 days after her disappearance within a mile of where she was last seen.
In the months before her death she was increasingly afraid that the man who raped her and threatened her family would soon be eligible for early release. In addition to concerns about the conduct of the police, the family have questions about whether a lack of support from underfunded mental health and social services contributed to Gaia’s death.
Gaia’s family welcome the decision, highlighting the profound impact that the rape and failed investigation had on Gaia, who developed symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after she became aware that a number of other women and girls had made similar allegations against the same perpetrator.
When the police made a decision to take no further action in respect of her allegations she became disturbed by the fear that these allegations suggested a pattern of young or vulnerable women being targeted and groomed.
Gaia believed a more effective investigation may have secured a longer prison sentence, identifying other perpetrators and protecting potential victims.
Natasha Pope, Gaia’s mother : “There is no doubt in my mind: this is what drove Gaia up the hill that night. I am relieved that at last, it will be properly investigated and I am resolved to see positive change. It was not her intention but in a way, my daughter gave her life to shine a light on all this.”
Maya Pope-Sutherland, Gaia’s sister : “It feels like we’ve been screaming in a vacuum for a long time but now we will break the silence. I hope our search for answers can open the door to positive change and help other survivors be heard and get justice. It’s what Gaia would have wanted.”
Clara Pope-Sutherland, Gaia’s sister : “Survivors of sexual violence deserve to be heard, supported and protected. Gaia will be more than another statistic to show that’s not the case. Hand in hand, she leads the way with all survivors. We are grateful to the IOPC for recognising the need to investigate. We hope it will begin to give Gaia the voice she so deserved when she was alive.”
Marienna Pope-Weidemann, Gaia’s cousin : “Access to justice and to recovery has become a privilege reserved for those who can afford it. Gaia fell through the cracks in that system and she died there. Some nights I can’t sleep, can’t breathe, I miss her so much. We all do. But then the sun comes up and it feels like fighting for her rights is all that matters, even now. Especially now.”
Richard Sutherland, Gaia’s father : “We need to know if more could have been done to make Gaia feel safe and protect the public. Nothing can bring her back to us but a thorough, transparent and unbiased investigation will help us move forwards. We need to know the truth.”
Harriet Wistrich, of Birnberg Peirce, who is representing the family : “Gaia’s death illustrates the severe mental health impact, not only of sexual violence but also of investigative failures by the police. Representing victims in the Worboys’ case informs me that where victims are aware they may have been one of many targeted by their perpetrator, a sense of responsibility for preventing further harm can weigh heavily. But ultimately, it is the responsibility of the police, not victims, to protect women from dangerous sex offenders.”
Deborah Coles, executive director of INQUEST : ”There is a clear link between the trauma of rape and mental ill-health. Despite this, too many victims of sexual violence are failed by statutory agencies. It is tragic that it took Gaia’s death for the response of the police to be scrutinised. We hope this investigation will deliver truth for this family, and help to bring about changes that are so urgently needed.”
0605 BST Monday 11th June 2018
After campaigning for four years, the Friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity have announced a major breakthrough.
They have signed a lease which will enable the public to get access to the beach.
Contracts were exchanged on Friday and completion is immediate. The Friends are now lease-holders of a beach access route for 99 years, and will be able to build steps down to the beach – once they have raised £30,000.
Steve Elsworth, Chair of Trustees of the charity explained “This is a major breakthrough for the campaign, and fantastic news for the local community,”. “Now all we have to do is raise £30,000. We will raise the money this year, and build the steps as soon as we can.”
“The Friends obtained planning permission for the steps in April, and have signed the lease today. Now we have to raise £30,000. “We are going to crowdfund, we are asking local businesses for cash, and we are asking our supporters to reach deep into their pockets. Any donations would be extremely welcome – go to our justgiving page.”
“You can’t believe how delighted we are”, said Steve. “I kissed our lawyer when we heard the news.”
The steps to Castle Cove Beach were removed in 2013, after being in place for 80 years. The campaign to restore them began in 2014, and has continued since then. “We have had support from councillors of all parties, from churches, community groups, schools, local landowners, the Coop, national organisations such as the Open Spaces Society, the Ramblers, the Prince’s Trust and the South West Coast Path Association,” said Steve. “We have 850 followers on Facebook and 200 people receive our monthly newsletter. This is a very popular community campaign.”
Since the campaign was launched on Monday 11th of June over £1500 has already been raised.
Access to Castle Cove beach is on Old Castle Road in Weymouth and its also only yards from Sandsfoot Castle.
Want to help? – donate to justgiving.com – name of donation is “Castle Cove Beach.” The link below takes you to the page.
Lee Dolbear – 9th May 2018 – 1911 BST
The Drum & Bass Warriors to host a day and night long celebration of Gaia’s life. All proceeds to go to charities chosen by her family and tickets are still available. Please help us get the word out!
The festival aims to bring the local community together in loving memory of Gaia. The fundraiser will be a two-part event: a family-oriented fun-filled day from 12-5pm, followed by an evening of music and celebration. All proceeds will be equally donated to four charities: Rape Crisis Dorset, Missing People, The Epilepsy Society and Sisters Uncut.
Clara Pope-Sutherland, Gaia’s sister, said:“Gaia would love this event: colour, music, fire, people coming together and dancing in aid of fantastic charities close to her hearts and ours. Our deepest thanks to the Drum & Bass Warriors for building a beautiful day for her.”
Marienna Pope-Weidemann, Gaia’s cousin, said: “Thanks to everyone who’s helped organise this fundraiser and spread the word. It feels like the beginning of something. It’s incredible to me how even now, amidst all the grief and loss, beautiful things keep springing up. People who were strangers to us before are sharing their stories, still showing such love and support, doing good in her name. I see Gaia in everyone one of them.”
The daytime will feature attractions such as dancers, face painting, various stalls, hairdressers offering haircuts for whatever you are happy to donate, an auction of Drum & Bass memorabilia and much more.
Following this will be an evening of Drum & Bass featuring a huge line-up of DJs and MCs including heavyweights such as Annix, Mollie Collins, Natty Dub Recordings: T>I, Saxxon, Cabin Fever , Jaxx ft Regina & Mikey Blitz, Hannibal, Whitey, Judda, De-tox, Vital, Skydro, Fluid and Hustle. All performers have kindly offered their services free of charge in memory of a beautiful soul. Advance tickets for the evening event (18+, valid photo ID required) are available online via Eventbrite.
Event organiser Heidi Romero said: “We have a huge, amazing and close Drum and Bass scene. What better way to show Gaia’s Family how much we care: than to come together as a community, to raise not just money but, also awareness. I really hope this event will help them through this terrible tragedy and unite people through their love and compassion. Gaia’s smile is our symbol of hope”.
The Drum & Bass Warriors are a cross-section of the community, united by their love for music, who are working closely with Gaia’s family to put together a worthy celebration of her life and to raise money and awareness for four deserving causes.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
‘Gaia’s smile is our symbol of hope’
Pic Andrew Latcham – Pic Credit Dorset Police
Lee Dolbear Thursday 26-4-2018 at 1001 BST
Dorset Police received a report of a body found in the River Stour at Charlton Marshall on Thursday 19th April.
The body has now been identified as missing Blandford man Andrew Latcham.
His family has been informed and the coroner has been notified.
Mr Latcham, aged 70, had been reported missing on Saturday 30 December 2017.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
Dorset Police added “Our thoughts are with Andrew’s family at this difficult time and they are continuing to be supported by specially-trained officers.”