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Dorset Waste Partnership joins forces with Dorset Police to combat fly-tipping

As part of their anti-fly-tipping activities – which includes the highly successful Tip-Off campaign – the DWP are looking at new ways to fight the blight of the illegal carrying and dumping of waste in Dorset. The recently-published National Rural Crime Survey 2018 shows that fly-tipping remains a huge concern for Dorset residents, with 57% of the 20,000 people and businesses surveyed seeing evidence of fly-tipping. The responsibility for fly-tipping lies with local authorities who also lead on any prosecutions, but a multi-agency approach is the most effective way of combatting this illegal activity.

DWP officers now sit on the multi-agency Police Rural Crime Team, which looks at all kinds of rural crime, while sharing intelligence and best practice.
Back in May, the DWP Enforcement Team worked alongside Dorset Police as part of the multi-agency enforcement operation ‘Market Place’. This saw vehicles suspected of carrying waste pulled over by Dorset Police and subjected to waste carrier licence checks by the DWP, resulting in Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) being issued to those who were not appropriated licenced.

The DWP also worked with the police on operations around the Great Dorset Steam Fair in Blandford back in August.

Cllr Tony Alford, chairman of the DWP’s Joint Committee, explains:
“Fly-tipping isn’t just unsightly and anti-social; it is a crime. It makes sense for the DWP to work closely with the police so we can share information and pool our resources to investigate those who break the law by illegally transporting and dumping waste. But the National Rural Crime Survey 2018 also shows that rural crime is still massively underreported, so we’d like to remind people to tell us about any fly-tipping wherever you see it. This can be done online, by phone or by e-mail. We’re delighted to be part of this multi-agency approach and are looking forward to continuing our work with Dorset Police in the future.”

Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, added:
”The Problem Solving Forum I recently held on fly tipping brought together partners and agencies to discuss this problem and a partnership action plan is now in place to tackle it. Waste crime costs the English economy millions of pounds every year and waste criminals undercut genuine businesses who dispose of waste responsibly.
For too long those who commit the crime of fly tipping have got away with blighting our county, and I pledge to continue to work with our partners, so together we can put a stop this scourge.”

People can find out more about the Dorset Waste Partnership’s Tip-Off campaign at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/tip-off <tracking.vuelio.co.uk/tracking/click?d=kIGhoAFJ5pNmhQS6vLP4QJVKmRiLq ViaUgqEu_P4UDVrloSrJ5A2mjmxyAczajFtstHAsOH19WzXxhND-jRbSr0l9dV_q2NuSqKI8N9I2 Jl4ztJAR_1kLVwoFmRPKp5x960G7Cu65ebkD2_yLEknUJ01>


Research & more support to build Dorset’s basic digital skills

Dorset has been celebrating Get Online Week (15-21 October) by announcing a partnership with digital inclusion experts Citizens Online. Around 150,000 of Dorset residents, including Poole and Bournemouth, lack at least one digital skill. Citizens Online is helping to build the county’s digital champions programme – and is inviting any organization interested in helping to reduce digital exclusion to join.

People who lack digital skills can’t always access the services they need. They also miss out on the many benefits that digital can bring, such as feeling less alone, finding work, saving money and improving health.

Over 50 trained volunteer digital champions offer free support in libraries and other venues across Dorset. To book onto a session near you, ring 01305 221048. Around 30 organisations manage the champions programme – to get involved, email digitalchampions@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Citizens Online is rolling out its award winning Switch approach to understand digital inclusion in Dorset better and make sure sufficient support is available to those who need it. Switch is funded by local partners and The Big Lottery Fund as part of the One Digital programme.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset County Council’s cabinet member for skills, said: “The Routes to Inclusion programme has already achieved much; now we want to reach even more of our residents and enable them to get the best from the digital connectivity that is now available across Dorset. We are a forward-thinking county and we know people need help to embrace digital technology so they can benefit financially and socially, and access our public services better.”

John Fisher, Chief Executive of Citizens Online, said: “We have been impressed with the progress and successes that the Routes to Inclusion Group has already achieved on this difficult issue of supporting digital skills. We’re delighted to be working with the group. We want to change the way local service providers and funders perceive the issue of digital inclusion – from being a ‘bolt on activity’ to a way of working that is part of business as usual.


Dorset follows national trend as figures show a rise in crime

Dorset has seen an eight per cent increase in reported crime, according to the statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the 12 month period until June 2018.

The rise in reported crime in the county compares to a national rise of 10 per cent across England and Wales. This follows record levels of 999 and 101 calls over the summer, particularly June, which was the busiest June for 999 calls since 2001.

In terms of specific crimes, the violence with injury category increased by 21.4 per cent this year, though some of this increase is down to improvements in crime recording and a review of crimes that should fall into this category. In contrast, violence without injury increased by 10 per cent in Dorset, which is lower than the national increase in the same category of 21.2 per cent. However, the figure still places Dorset as the 14th lowest force in the country in terms of crimes per 1,000 people, reinforcing that Dorset remains a safe place to live, work and visit.

Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis said: “It is clear that, like other forces, the increase in reported crime across Dorset mirrors the national trend, particularly for crimes such as domestic and sexual offences. This can be attributed to our increased emphasis on recording crime as accurately as possible, as well as increased confidence in people coming forwards to report to us.

“We have always fought to be honest with our public and it is the case that some of the increase is down to a genuine rise in crime taking place in local communities. All officers and staff are focused on working hard to reduce crime and to support victims. We will also continue to place a strong emphasis on our reporting responsibilities, even if this leads to an increase in reported crime, as accurate crime reporting is essential to maintain public trust.

“Despite all this, Dorset remains a safe place to live, work and visit and the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low.”

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, said “Despite the rise, Dorset remains a safe place to work and live. It is important to acknowledge the increase in reporting crimes such as domestic crime and sexual offences as being a reflection of the increased confidence our communities have in the Force. For example, the work of Dorset Police and partners on campaigns such as ‘Cut Your Strings’ was vital in highlighting the often hidden and sinister elements of ‘coercive and controlling’ behaviour and we know that because of that campaign more domestic abuse cases were reported to Dorset Police than ever before.

“I shall continue to work with the police and all partner agencies to understand what the figures are telling us and to find effective ways of reducing crime across Dorset.”


Witness appeal following fatal collision on A35 Puddletown bypass

Officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the A35 Puddletown bypass are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.

At around 7.30pm on Tuesday 16 October 2018 a collision occurred on the eastbound carriageway between the Northbrook Interchange at the A354 Blandford turning and the Tolpuddle Ball junction. It involved a green Skoda Fabia and a black Ford Galaxy.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance and fire services.

Very sadly, the driver of the Skoda – a 45-year-old man from Weymouth – was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed and is being supported by specially-trained officers. The coroner has also been notified.

The driver of the Ford, a 61-year-old Weymouth man and his 60-year-old male passenger also from Weymouth, were both taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police Sergeant Fern Graham, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who sadly died and we are determined to carry out a detailed investigation to establish the full circumstances of this collision.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or the manner of driving of either vehicle involved prior to the incident, to contact us.

“I would also urge anyone who was travelling in the area and may have captured the incident on dashcam to check their footage.

“I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the road closures on the A35 have been in place and can assure members of the public that they are absolutely necessary to allow the emergency services to deal with the incident and for a thorough examination of the collision scene to take place.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 16:373. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org


Appeal after collision between a tank and a motorcycle near Wareham

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a tank and a motorcycle near Wareham.

Dorset Police was called at 11.29am today, Monday 15 October 2018, to the collision along the A352 at Holmebridge.

The motorcyclist sustained a suspected fracture to his arm and leg and was taken to Poole Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-changing or life-threatening.

The driver of the Warrior tank was uninjured.

Road closures were put in place to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.

Police Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the manner of driving or riding of either vehicle prior to the collision, or anyone who saw the collision and has not yet spoken with officers, to please contact Dorset Police.

“I would also ask anyone with any relevant dashcam footage to come forward.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 15:131. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org


Local school picks up award

The new Bere Regis primary school, which was completed in December 2016, has won The SPACES Civic Building of the Year award in the category of Innovation.

The school was constructed as part of Dorset County Council’s Purbeck Reorganisation programme and followed the ‘baseline design’ approach developed by the council’s Dorset Property team. Baseline design is a standardised, repeatable design that provides innovative, practical and low-cost solutions, without compromising quality. The main contractor of the project was Morgan Sindall.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:

“I am pleased with the recognition for Dorset Property working with its Children’s Services Client on the ‘baseline’ school project at Bere Regis. A product of the savings driven from the Purbeck Reorganisation and already a Bronze Considerate Constructors Award Winner.”

The 140-place primary school includes five class bases, a hall, games court, grass playing field and a pre-school facility. The previous old brick building was home to the school for over 80 years and was not large enough or appropriate for teaching today’s curriculum.

The winner was announced at an award ceremony in Cambridge last week (11 October).

To see more about the work of the council’s Dorset Property team visit dorsetforyou.gov.uk and search for ‘Dorset Property’.


Update – appeal following reported robbery in Dorchester

A man is due to appear in court charged in connection with a reported robbery in Dorchester.

At around 3.05pm on Friday 12 October 2018 a local woman aged in her 70s was walking along Alexandra Terrace having been to the bank in the town when it is reported she was grabbed by a man and robbed of her handbag.

The victim was reportedly knocked to the ground during the incident and sustained bruising to her hands and knees.

A 47-year-old man from Dorchester was arrested and has been charged with robbery. He is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 15 October 2018.


Witness appeal following reported robbery in Dorchester

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a reported robbery in Dorchester.

At around 3.05pm yesterday, Friday 12 October 2018, a local woman aged in her 70s was walking along Alexandra Terrace having been to the bank in the town when it is reported she was grabbed by a man and robbed of her handbag.

The victim was reportedly knocked to the ground during the incident and sustained bruising to her hands and knees.

The suspect is described a white, aged in his 40s, tall and of skinny build. He left the scene along an alleyway near to Alexandra Terrace.

A 47-year-old man from Dorchester has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is assisting officers with their investigations.

Enquiries are underway, including CCTV footage checks.

Detective Sergeant Simon Austin, of Weymouth CID, said: “This incident has left the victim understandably shaken.

“I know there were a number of people in the area at the time of this incident and I would ask anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to officers to please contact Dorset Police.”

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 55180165678. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org


Video competition – How far does your litter travel?

A new video competition is being launched to highlight the sources of Dorset’s plastic pollution problem.

Litter Free Dorset wants your videos to inspire change and reduce litter across the county.

‘Litter Travels’ can be about any aspect of litter and its journey – as plastic and other rubbish can travel from our roadsides and streets through drains, down rivers and into our oceans. The team want to see videos that explore the litter journey and inspire people to ‘Be the solution, not the pollution.’

A shortlist will be selected by judges, including McDonalds in Weymouth and Dorset Devils founder Peter Ryan. The final shortlist will then be put to public vote through social media. The prize for the most innovative and creative video will be a 4K Panasonic Camcorder.

For information on the competition and how to enter go to:

www.litterfreedorset.co.uk/get-involved/video-competition/

Deadline: 28 February 2019 Format: MP4 video file Max length: 2 minutes

#LitterTravels #BeTheSolutionNotThePollution


Update – man arrested following reported burglary in Weymouth

Officers investigating a reported burglary in Weymouth have arrested a man.

It was reported that between 7pm on Thursday 9 August 2018 and 12.45am on Friday 10 August 2018 a break-in occurred at a home in Alexandra Road.

Entry is believed to have been gained through a ground floor window and an untidy search was carried out. Two Asus laptops, a purse containing cash and cards and various items of jewellery were taken from the property.

A 39-year-old man from Weymouth has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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 55180128204. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org