Wanted man is no risk to public’ say police after rooftop search of Odeon cinema

DRAMA: The helicopter hovers over the scene around Odeon in Westover Road.

DRAMA: The helicopter hovers over the scene around Odeon in Westover Road.

First published in News

THE POLICE operation which took place on the Odeon’s rooftop on Tuesday was sparked by a suspected criminal trying to run away from officers.

The high profile incident in Westover Road was attended by uniformed constables, armed officers and the National Police helicopter hovering above.

Bournemouth Inspector Heather Dixey said the operation was sparked when an officer spotted a man in the square and identified him as a wanted criminal.

She said: “After an officer spotted the man he got away and started climbing across the rooftop near the Odeon.

“The officers could not go up there for safety reasons and other officers attended the scene in an attempt to detain the man.”

The suspected offender was not apprehended and investigations are underway to find him.

Armed officers from the armed response unit did attend the scene due to being nearby and the force helicopter was also in the area and could assist.

Insp Dixey added: “This was not a high risk incident – the armed officers are primarily police officers with an added piece of kit so they often attended scenes to assist their colleagues.

“There is no risk to the public from this male.”

The hunt took place at 1.35pm around the Bournemouth Odeon and Premier Inn.

Officers were seen encircling the area in marked and unmarked cars for more than an hour and nearby alleyways leading from Hinton Road were searched.

The majority of the officers left the scene at 3pm.

The exact details of the incident were not released until yesterday.

Previously a spokesperson for Dorset Police had said that the response was in connection with an ‘arrest enquiry’ and refused to give out any more details to the public.

The suspected criminal was wanted by Dorset Police for a low level offence.

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7:22am Fri 31 Jan 14

John T says...

In view of its continued sensationalism and belated subsequent retraction of reports like this the Echo will soon be transformed from being the so-called 'Daily Newspaper of the Year' into becoming the 'Yearly Newspaper of the Day'.
In view of its continued sensationalism and belated subsequent retraction of reports like this the Echo will soon be transformed from being the so-called 'Daily Newspaper of the Year' into becoming the 'Yearly Newspaper of the Day'. John T
  • Score: 9

7:27am Fri 31 Jan 14

Peroni says...

So this was another incident to add to the other 12500 that the armed response unit were sent to in the country stats...........just another piece of kit ... Lol
Not even a threat to public ....... Not dangerous ,maybe just a shoplifter !
So why a police helicopter and all the armed police.
What a waste of public money !!!
So this was another incident to add to the other 12500 that the armed response unit were sent to in the country stats...........just another piece of kit ... Lol Not even a threat to public ....... Not dangerous ,maybe just a shoplifter ! So why a police helicopter and all the armed police. What a waste of public money !!! Peroni
  • Score: -6

7:31am Fri 31 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Was it Kenny Lynch doing a video retake of his song.
Was it Kenny Lynch doing a video retake of his song. Lord Spring
  • Score: -1

8:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Dragggggggg it out!!! No one cares!!!
Dragggggggg it out!!! No one cares!!! hooplaa
  • Score: 3

9:12am Fri 31 Jan 14

contric says...

he is a danger to the public if he fell off and landed on someone
he is a danger to the public if he fell off and landed on someone contric
  • Score: 0

10:03am Fri 31 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

If he's no danger, why such a big hunt? Or is it more likely they don't want to alarm people by saying there's a dangerous lunatic on the loose? Having said that, there's plenty a few hundred yards away in the town hall, so one more wouldn't make any difference anyway!
If he's no danger, why such a big hunt? Or is it more likely they don't want to alarm people by saying there's a dangerous lunatic on the loose? Having said that, there's plenty a few hundred yards away in the town hall, so one more wouldn't make any difference anyway! speedy231278
  • Score: -3

10:04am Fri 31 Jan 14

John T says...

contric wrote:
he is a danger to the public if he fell off and landed on someone
Not if that someone was the Echo proof reader looking for Westover Road, Poole. He might then have knocked him/ her into next year, never mind the next town.
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: he is a danger to the public if he fell off and landed on someone[/p][/quote]Not if that someone was the Echo proof reader looking for Westover Road, Poole. He might then have knocked him/ her into next year, never mind the next town. John T
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

simcal says...

And they want us to pay extra money in council tax for the police. Before that happens stop wasting what you already have!
And they want us to pay extra money in council tax for the police. Before that happens stop wasting what you already have! simcal
  • Score: -4

2:29pm Fri 31 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Is it really that easy to draw so many police resources into a small area.And then go about committing a serious crime elsewhere?
Is it really that easy to draw so many police resources into a small area.And then go about committing a serious crime elsewhere? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

scrumpyjack says...

Peroni wrote:
So this was another incident to add to the other 12500 that the armed response unit were sent to in the country stats...........just another piece of kit ... Lol
Not even a threat to public ....... Not dangerous ,maybe just a shoplifter !
So why a police helicopter and all the armed police.
What a waste of public money !!!
More crud from you?

Done time have you by any chance?

Armed units will attend a response call if they are closest and available (as opposed to just sitting there and ignoring it waiting for an armed robbery) you dumbass (sic).

So, not a 'waste of public money', actually its a case of making use of it and possibly saving even more by reducing the need to draw in officers from further afield.
[quote][p][bold]Peroni[/bold] wrote: So this was another incident to add to the other 12500 that the armed response unit were sent to in the country stats...........just another piece of kit ... Lol Not even a threat to public ....... Not dangerous ,maybe just a shoplifter ! So why a police helicopter and all the armed police. What a waste of public money !!![/p][/quote]More crud from you? Done time have you by any chance? Armed units will attend a response call if they are closest and available (as opposed to just sitting there and ignoring it waiting for an armed robbery) you dumbass (sic). So, not a 'waste of public money', actually its a case of making use of it and possibly saving even more by reducing the need to draw in officers from further afield. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -2

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