LivePolice hunt for Dean Goodwin - live updates

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  • "Dangerous" sex offender Dean Goodwin is being hunted by police
  • He is wanted in connection with an attack in Poole in which a woman was brutally raped in her house
  • He's been on the run for two and a half days
  • Dozens of officers are searching for him across the connurbation
  • Police advice is NOT to approach him but call 999
  • Please note comments have been turned off on this article for legal reasons but you can email with any information


A member of staff at the Halfway fish bar said: ”We  heard a lot of shouting. We saw him after the arrest. He was on the ground and he was already cuffed.

"We had customers with children in here. We locked ourselves in for 10 minutes.until we knew he was totally apprehended."


Police took away a silver Peugeot 206 on a low-loader.


A member of staff from Top Wok describes seeing Goodwin get into a car before police descended.

He said there had been a "heavy armed response" and the scene was "very dramatic".


Locals say armed police swooped at around 5.45pm.


Detective Inspector Marcus Hester has thanked the Daily Echo for its role in helping apprehend Dean Goodwin.


Eye witnesses saw Goodwin run past the Shell garage on Bournemouth Road before being confronted by police.

Officers shouted: "Armed police! Get down!"

Witness said armed police had lain in wait for around an hour near the Shell garage.



Part of Bournemouth Road in Parkstone has been closed off amid intense police activity. 

People locally are reporting that this is related to the arrest of Dean Goodwin.


Dean Goodwin has been arrested this evening.

Police confirmed that he was in custody after being held in Poole. You can read our story here. We're closing this live story now, thanks to everyone who read it and emailed us.




The release from the police has also been sent to parents via the School Watch system this afternoon.


The reward is offered by Crimestoppers, although they are not at this stage saying how much, just that it is "substantial."


Police are now offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of Dean Goodwin. Here's all the info.


Dorset Police have renewed their appeal: 

Detectives searching for a suspected dangerous offender in connection with a serious sexual assault in Poole are renewing their appeal to the public as they continue their attempts to locate him.

Dean Goodwin, 32, is wanted on suspicion of committing a serious sexual assault against a woman in her twenties at an address in Poole in the early hours of Friday 23 November 2012.

Goodwin, who is from Poole, is white, five feet ten inches tall and has a stocky, muscular build. He has very short hair, to the extent that he may appear bald.

Officers are advising members of the public to be cautious and that they should not approach Goodwin if they see him. They should call the police immediately on 999.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dean Goodwin should call 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011.

Detective Superintendent Mark Cooper, of Dorset’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Officers are continuing to search for Dean Goodwin and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

“High-visibility patrols are in place throughout Dorset and dedicated officers are trying to locate him. Goodwin’s details have also been shared with other forces across the country.

“We would urge Dean to hand himself in, for his own safety and the sake of his family, as they are very worried about him. Dean, I am asking you to do the sensible thing and walk into the nearest police station.

“We need to trace Dean Goodwin urgently and I would urge any member of the public to contact the police immediately if they see him.

“I have been encouraged by the information we have received from members of the public so far and it is essential that this continues. By working together, I am confident that Goodwin will be apprehended, safely, soon.”

Dean Goodwin has a distinctive muscular appearance and he was wearing blue or black jeans, a T-shirt, brown boots and a black jacket when he was last seen. However, it is possible that he may have since discarded this clothing.

Detective Superintendent Cooper continued: “If members of the public see anyone matching this description, or anyone hiding or acting in a suspicious or unusual way, then I would urge them to call Dorset Police straight away.

“I would also like to make it clear that anyone found to be helping, harbouring, or in any way aiding Dean Goodwin will be arrested.”

Anyone who sees Dean Goodwin should dial 999 immediately. Anyone else with other information should call 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011.

There's nothing in that that has not already been said, but we're posting it for info.


We are hoping to receive a statement from Dorset MAPPA at some stage about how Dean Goodwin was being monitored in the community following his release from prison.
MAPPA stands for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements and is the process through which the police, probation and prison services work together to manage the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders living in the public.
These offenders are:
• registered sex offenders
• violent offenders who have been sentenced to 12 months or more and are now living in the community subject to probation supervision
• other dangerous offenders who have committed a sexual or violent offence in the past and are considered to pose a risk of serious harm to the public.
All MAPPA offenders are assessed to establish the level of risk of harm they pose to the public and risk management plans are then drafted.


Police helicopter has just flown over us in Echo Towers. 


We're getting a few questions about some police activity at Lechlade Gardens: reporter Alex Winter is there, and is being told it is not related to the hunt for Goodwin.


The police helicopter is up over Canford Heath at the moment. We're still waiting for a detailed update from the police, we'll post it as soon as we do.


Paula Roberts has been talking to Dorset’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill.

He says he has been briefed on the search for Dean Goodwin because it has an “impact on the public and the public are at risk”. He says this is the first briefing he has received as commissioner.


We're currently at Wallisdown Liberal Club. Here's a picture our photographer Jon has sent back of the outside:

Bournemouth Echo:


One reader told us on Facebook that Goodwin was captured on camera at the club at 6pm and that vital DNA left on the glass he used could help detectives track him down.

She said: “He didn't steal anything; ate some biscuits and poured himself half a Carlsberg. He left glass with DNA all over it.”

Police with forensics experts and sniffer dogs spent the night at the club gathering evidence.

She added: “An hour after we left, at around 2 am, he walked past the club. He had broken into the club. I have seen all the CCTV footage as it's where I work and had to attend when the alarm sounded. My boss missed him by nine seconds. I didn't leave until 12.45 in the morning.

“When we went to work we checked CCTV and an hour after we left he walked back past the club.”

A member of staff who was working at the club this morning added: “The club was closed at the time; we believe the suspect was filmed on CCTV after breaking in, eating some biscuits and having half a Carlsberg.”


We're also just going out to Wallisdown Liberal Club, where Goodwin broke in and helped himself to a half of Carlsberg and some biscuits on Sunday night.


We have just spoken to one of Goodwin's victims from 2000. She's been in a safe house since Friday. We will have a full story later. 


Dorset Police have issued Goodwin's picture to all police forces in the country.


Bournemouth Echo: Have you seen Dean Goodwin?


And here's what DI Marcus Hester said to us last night:


“We need to have Mr Goodwin in custody as soon as is possible both for his safety and benefit and for the safety and benefit of the public.

“There is every reason to suspect that he may well offend again just for him to survive because we do not believe he has very much money with him.”

“He was previously in prison for a serious sexual assault, an incident that occurred back in 2000.

“The public should be aware of him we need them to assist us in locating him.
“They certainly should not approach him. They should call the police straight away but continue with their daily business.

“He is considered to be of concern. The fact this serious offence has taken place shows that he can be dangerous.

“It's very urgent we locate him as soon as we possibly can.”


To recap what we were told by the police yesterday, here's the first statement from our briefing.

Detective Superintendent Mark Cooper, the head of Dorset's Major Crime Team said: “Dean, I urge you to hand yourself in, for your own safety and

the sake of your family. They are very worried about.”
The police are concentrating their search in the local areas, where Goodwin is from and still has family.
Around 40 dedicated detectives are involved and an unspecified number of uniformed officers, some from the firearms unit.
Detective Supt Cooper added: “Every single police officer in the force has been briefed. I have full resources of the organisation at my disposal.”
He said: “My message to the public is to be cautious, not to approach him but to dial 999 or the two numbers that have been publicised though the
Daily Echo.”
He said Goodwin was wanted is a suspect in a “very violent offence.”
And he urged Goodwin to hand himself into the nearest police station immediately.


One update we can bring you: Goodwin apparently broke into the Wallisdown Liberal Club on Sunday evening while it was closed, drank half a pint of lager and ate some biscuits, then went away again. CCTV shows he didn't steal anything.


Lots of people are asking us why Goodwin was let out of prison. To clarify, he was given a 10-year-sentence in 2000.

At the time of his sentence Judge Samuel Wiggs gave him a longer sentence than was standard for the offences he had committed - indecent assaults on a 63-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl - for the protection of the public.

However, he has served all of that ten years - at which stage there is no option other than to release him.

We are expecting a statement this morning regarding the multi-agency public protection arrangements that were in place.


Good morning. A brief overnight update.

Police are still searching for Dean Goodwin. We know the police helicopter was out last night and we're waiting to speak to DI MArcus Hester to get a proper update on what's happening this morning, so bear with u

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