DORSET Police launched appeals for witnesses this week in relation to a range of investigations across the county including serious assaults, burglaries and a suspicious incident.

In appeals issued by the force, officers have urged anybody who has information that could help in the investigations to get in touch. 

Anyone who can assist police with their enquiriues should call 101 and quote the relevant reference number, which has been put in bold.

Suspicious incident in Bournemouth

Dorset Police received a report that at around 5.05pm on Saturday, February 6, an 11-year-old boy was playing on the pavement of MacLaren Road when a white Nissan Leaf approached him.

It is reported that the male driver of the car asked the victim to get in, but he said no and the request was repeated until the boy ran away. 

The driver of the car is described as having a beard and was wearing a blue jacket. A woman was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car and there was a young child in a car seat in the back.

Officers issued the public appeal on Monday, February 15.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 55210022452.

Assault in North Dorset

At around 9.15am on Friday, February 12, two women were out walking their dogs in the field between Child Okeford and Shillingstone when they approached a gate and opened it to leave.

One of the women called for their dog and it is reported that two Springer Spaniels, one brown and one black and white, came through the gate. One of the Spaniels was knocked over by one of the women’s dogs.

The owner of the Spaniels began to shout at the women, before he punched one of them on the arm and grabbed the second woman. It is also reported that he punched one of the victim’s dogs.

The women put their dogs back on their leads and left the field.

The man is described as white, aged in his mid to late 60s, approximately five feet eight inches tall and of medium build. He was wearing dark trousers, wellington boots, a short navy coat and a blue woolly hat.

Police issued the appeal on Tuesday, February 16.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 55210025255.

Dog bite incident in Bournemouth

Officers are appealing for information after a young woman was bitten by a dog in Bournemouth.

The incident occurred at around 1.15pm on Tuesday, February 16, on Glenferness Avenue while the victim was running. It is reported that a chocolate brown Labrador – that was wearing a halti lead – jumped up and bit her on the arm as she ran past it.

The owner of the Labrador gestured to the victim to see if she was all right, but she did not stop at the time as she did not realise she was injured.

The victim later discovered she had sustained a bite on her arm that caused piercing to the skin and bruising.

The owner of the Labrador is described as white, around five feet seven inches tall, aged in his late 50s or early 60s and of stocky build with short grey hair. He was wearing a dark-coloured raincoat and glasses.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 55210027244.

CCTV appeal following theft from Poole store

At around 1.45pm on Tuesday, February 9, a woman entered the Tesco store at Tower Park and selected a large boxed television before leaving the store without paying for it.

On Friday, February 19, police released a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak with.

Bournemouth Echo: CCTV image a woman police want to speak to

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 55210024333.

Commercial burglary in Christchurch

At around 9.55pm on Monday, February 1, officers driving past the Shell garage on Barrack Road were flagged down by a member of the public, who informed them that an alarm was going off at the premises and a break-in had occurred.

It was reported that access had been gained to a safe and a quantity of cash had been stolen.

Investigating officers have obtained a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak with.

Bournemouth Echo:

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 55210019662.

CCTV appeal following reported burglary in Bournemouth

Officers investigating a reported burglary last summer have issued an appeal in the past few days.

The incident occurred between Friday, July 17, and Monday, July 20, at The Helm on Holdenhurst Road.

It was reported that over multiple days a group of people entered the property and caused repeated criminal damage. It is also alleged that a number of items were stolen, including Sonos speakers. 

A 20-year-old man from Poole was arrested on suspicion of burglary and released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police have now released a CCTV image of another man they would like to speak with.

Bournemouth Echo: Image released by Dorset Police of a person they want to speak to in connection with a burglary

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 55200106179.

Serious assaults in Bournemouth

Dorset Police was called at around 8.05pm on Thursday 18 February 2021 to a report that a woman aged in her 40s had sustained multiple stab wounds at an address in Maxwell Road. She was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. 

A second person – a teenage girl – was also injured and taken to hospital for treatment to an injury to her neck.

Following enquiries, a 29-year-old man from Poole was arrested in Poole in relation to this incident. He has since been released from the investigation and will face no further police action in relation to this incident.

At 11.59pm on the same day it was reported that a woman had been injured on Vale Road. Officers attended and located a woman aged in her 30s from Bournemouth with a stab wound to her neck. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries and remains there in a critical condition.

A search of the area was carried out and following enquiries, a 37-year-old man from Bournemouth was arrested in the town on suspicion of attempted murder and rape. He is currently assisting detectives with their enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 18:676 for the Maxwell Road incident or 18:788 for the Vale Road incident.