One of the victims of an alleged international card cloning scam at a Bournemouth petrol station has taken over the premises.

Ken Harris, his wife June and their daughter Amanda were all alerted by their bank after failed attempts to withdraw money from their accounts in Canada.

"Fortunately our bank picked up on it and didn't pay out any money.

"But we know other people who weren't so lucky and have lost a lot of money," said Ken, 61.

The Daily Echo revealed in July how the Murco garage in Southbourne was at the centre of a major investigation into bank card cloning.

Police later confirmed that about 200 victims were involved.

A 65-year-old Wimborne man and 43-year-old Boscombe man were quizzed in connection with the allegations and released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Mr Harris was undeterred by the stigma surrounding the Southbourne Grove garage.

He said: "I was sitting in the café opposite the filling station, reading the article in the Echo after receiving calls from my bank.

"The garage was closed and I decided to ring Murco who said it was vacant. It may sound strange but I saw the opportunity to put things right and give something back to the community.

"I've been in distribution for 29 years but I ran petrol stations in the early 70s so it's something I've done before.

"I decided to give up my job which involves travelling to Reading every day. The petrol station is on our doorstep."

Ken added: "I'm not worried about the bad publicity because I live nearby and know that people are still using the Murco garage.

"People are obviously wary. But I want to reassure them that honesty will be our policy and their security will be paramount."

Ken will take over the Murco garage on September 17.

A Dorset police spokesman said: "Our investigation is continuing and two men remain on police bail pending further enquiries."