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Three-year-old boy dies after road collision in Wareham

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0040 BST Friday 30 March 2018

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after a three-year-old boy tragically died in Wareham on Thursday morning.

The incident happened at around 08:43 when an articulated lorry collided with a child, who was crossing the road with his family.

The boy sustained very serious injuries and was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment. Very tragically, he was pronounced dead a short time later. The coroner has been notified.

A 43-year-old man from Basingstoke was arrested on suspicion of driving offences but he has since been released under investigation as police enquiries continue.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the traffic unit, said: “Very sadly I can confirm that a three-year-old boy has died today following a collision. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy.

“A full investigation is underway into the circumstances of the collision and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the manner of driving of the lorry immediately before to please come forward.

“I am also keen to hear from any motorists who were travelling along North Street at the relevant time and have dashcam fitted in their vehicles.”

Flowers, notes and toys were left on a bench near the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at http://www.dorset.police.uk, via email at scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 29:65. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Witness Appeal Following Reported Nightclub Assault In Weymouth

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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 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180015347. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police Appeal Following Burglary In Weymouth

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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.

Hypothermia killed Gaia

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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.