Wednesday 31 January – 1600 GMT
Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses following reports of an assault in Weymouth. A police constable was also assaulted trying to detain a woman in connection with the incident.
At 3.30am on Tuesday 30 January 2018 police were called to Actors Bar in Maiden Street following reports that two women had been punched in the face.
Officers attended and as one police constable went to detain a woman at the scene he was reportedly assaulted. He was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to his hand and jaw.
The woman also reportedly spat at an officer when she was taken to the Weymouth custody suite.
An 18-year-old Weymouth woman has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty and has been released under investigation.
Police Constable Susan Tagg, of Weymouth police, said: “We are making a number of enquiries into this incident and I am keen to speak to the two alleged victims of the reported assault at Actors Bar, who we have not identified and are yet to give an account to police.
“I would urge these two women, or anyone else with information about the incident, to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email email@example.com, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180015347. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Wednesday 24th January 2018 0904 GMT
Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Weymouth.
The victim, a man aged in his 60s, returned to his home in Melcombe Avenue at around 7.20pm on Friday 19 January 2018, having been away since approximately 4pm the previous day.
He found that the back door had apparently been forced open and a number of items had been taken from upstairs in the house including two laptops, a number of watches, items of jewellery, a camcorder and a camera.
The victim also discovered that his car, a Jaguar XF R-Sport saloon, had been stolen from the driveway.
Police Constable Chloe Chapman, of Weymouth police, said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and have carried out a number of enquiries, including visiting houses in the area and attempting to trace the stolen vehicle.
“I am appealing to any witnesses to the burglary, or anyone who has any information that can assist our investigation, to contact police immediately.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who saw a car matching the description given in the area around the time of the burglary.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at http://www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101 or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180009927. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Tuesday 12th December 2103 GMT
Weymouth BID (Business Improvement District) have applied to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for a substantial cash loan which has been refused according to DN sources.
The revelation comes as the BID, who are looking to secure another five year term to help businesses with footfall by the way of events and marketing in the Dorset seaside resort from mid 2018.
Back in May 2013 former chairman Nigel Reed claimed in the BID’s introduction that the 1.5% levy that’s paid by businesses with a rateable value of £6000 and over will ‘for the first time ever the business community will have a sensible budget which can be used to create change and increase business in the resort.’
A manifesto also claimed to break even but with a small surplus year on year but it seems it has failed to strike harmony with business owners in Weymouth, many who are very unhappy that they can’t opt out of paying.
Reed has since left his role to take up a similar position at Go Southampton.
Looking at accounts for the twelve month period between 1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016 show that the BID show a deficit of around £77k, they also show ‘website costs’ of over £90k and ‘advertising’ of around £70k in a three year period.
Other fees have soared, in the initial manifesto it was claimed that £44k per annum would be the rough figure over five years for staff but in two years ’employment costs’ were nearly £160k
An angry local businessman who pays more than one levy into the BID and wished to remain anonymous said “The bid collect hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of money from levy payers each year. What the hell have they done with the money?!”
It was revealed on Tuesday that Dorset teenager Gaia Pope died from hypothermia.
Gaia who suffered from severe epilepsy and went missing on November 7th 2017 sparked a major search operation near where she went missing in Swanage.
Gaia’s body was sadly found by police on the 18th November in undergrowth between Anvil Point and Dancing Ledge.
Three people were arrested at the time of her disappearance but released without charge.
Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The post-mortem examination has not identified any injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death. The cause of death is undetermined pending toxicology.
Lee Dolbear 1407 BST 14th September 2017
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