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Dorset Police has decorated a police car with red poppies to support the Royal British Legion

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Dorset Police will once again be showcasing a specially decorated police car with red poppies to show the Force’s support to the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. 

The specially branded car will be leading the Weymouth Remembrance Sunday parade along the seafront, followed by a marching band, veterans, cadets and other youth organisations. From Monday, the vehicle will be back out on patrol across North Dorset and will continue to hold the poppy design for the next three weeks.

Officers from across the Force will also be supporting other events in Bournemouth, Wimborne, Blandford, Gillingham, Dorchester, Sherborne, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Shaftesbury, Durweston and Tarrant Rushton by laying wreaths.

More than 40 million poppies will be distributed by 150,000 dedicated collectors during this year’s appeal.

The money raised in Dorset will go towards the Legion’s record national fundraising target of £47million. These funds will be used by the Legion to continue its vital work delivering practical, through life care and support to the armed forces community.

As a result of the public’s support in the last year, The Royal British Legion has been able to answer more than 1,077,019 requests for help from the armed forces community.

Assistant Chief Constable, Julie Fielding, said: “We received hundreds of supportive comments about our poppy car last year and I am pleased that we are yet again able to show our support of the armed forces in such a public way.

“We hope that the car will encourage people to go out and buy a poppy ahead of this year’s Remembrance Day and actively engage with the Royal British Legion’s campaign.”

Ian Jarvis, the Legion’s Community Fundraiser for Dorset, said: “We’re delighted that Dorset Police has once again chosen to support the Legion in this very proud and visual way.

“We hope that the sight of the car will encourage the public to recognise the service and sacrifices made across all generations of the British armed forces by donating to our appeal.

“By wearing a poppy you are supporting the armed forces community both past and present. This year we are asking the public to ‘rethink remembrance’ and reflect on the contribution made by all generations of servicemen and women.

“All funds raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to our work providing support through life to anyone who is currently serving in the British armed forces, veterans, and their families.”

The Legion uses public donations to support in many ways including providing crisis grants, offering the children of armed forces personnel adventure breaks, researching the impact of blast injuries on the body, lobbying the government on key issues and advising on benefits and money problems.

Dorset PCC, Martyn Underhill, said: “This isn’t just about being proud of our past. Right now in Dorset, we have a community of vulnerable elderly war veterans and younger war veterans, some of whom are homeless, sleeping rough on our streets and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The poppy car symbolises Dorset Police’s commitment to safeguarding those with complex needs. We haven’t forgotten their sacrifice and my office continues to work very closely with partner organisations to tackle these issues.”

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3 year old attacked by three men with acid at retail park

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A three-year old boy has been seriously injured in what police have described as a deliberate targeted attack at Hone Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park at around 2.15pm on Saturday.

The boy suffered serious burns to his arms and face

He is being treated for his injuries in hospital.

West Mercia Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to about the incident

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: “At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.

“The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.

“At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear. Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.”

He said that the three men pictured in the images from the store “may have information vital to our investigation.

“I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

A 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

West Mercia Police said anyone with information should call 999 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Families warned to drain paddling pools to stop vampire horseflies breeding after heatwave

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Vampire like horseflies are breeding like never before as Britain enjoys the longest heatwave in 40 years.

They are breeding like never before with the aide of garden pools and the heatwave.

The NHS is now advising members of the public to drain standing water to stop insects multiplying.

These insects love water and the heat will only help them increase in numbers.

The problem comes when they bite you, more that 9000 people have called the NHS helpline 111 to report these insects bites.

They leave a painful bite which often requires antibiotics if they become infected.

According to Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, bites from vampire horseflies can be especially sore.

He told the BBC: “They actually give one of the nastier bites, because they take a chunk out of you.”

“They can be very painful, and can take a while to heal, and as result can get infected and need antibiotics.”

Paddling pools are prime breeding grounds for these bugs.

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Thug attempted to kill cop jailed for less than 2 years… It should be life

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We know you should have faced attempted murder charges, we know your laughing at your sentence. Because you attempted to kill a cop to avoid arrest because you are an idiot.

But be assured when that day comes that you need the police to save your life they won’t hold it against you.

In the early hours of Wednesday, 13 June officers chased a suspected stolen vehicle along the A22 Godstone Bypass, after it had been linked to a burglary in Oxted eight days before.

Officers managed to box the vehicle in (using a manoeuvre known as Tactical Pursuit and Containment TPAC).

During the TPAC, the vehicle swerved into one of the police cars, trying to force it off of the road. Officers managed to box the vehicle in, and it then tried to reverse away from officers, so officers got out of their vehicles and tried to remove the driver (Kidd), this included smashing the windows of the vehicle.

In car video footage shows Sergeant Chris Schultze, of the Area Patrol Team, was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, but then started to go towards the driver’s side to assist officers.

As Sergeant Schultze was making his way to the driver’s side, Kidd drove forward in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to knock the officers over the barrier, as seen in the footage.

Sergeant Schultze was initially treated at hospital for his injuries, and was later discharged and is now back on duty

The three occupants (two 19-year-old men from Sutton and a 17-year-old man) were arrested for various offences including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop.

Ramone Kidd, 19-years-old, of Prince of Wales Road in Sutton, South London appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (12 July), and pleaded guilty to the following:

Dangerous driving

Driving whilst disqualified

Driving whilst unfit through drink / drugs

Actual bodily harm (ABH)

Kidd was sentenced to 23 months in prison, and has had his licence disqualified for three years.

In court, His Honour Judge Moss commended all the officers involved in the initial pursuit and the investigation team.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Akehurst, from the Criminal Investigation Department said: “I would firstly like to echo what His Honour Judge Moss said around the professionalism of the officers involved in the incident.

“The role of a police officer is to protect the public, and each day officers put their lives at risk to apprehend suspects and protect the public. During this particular incident, officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and in doing so, three officers received injuries and four police vehicles sustained damage.”

The 19 and 17 year-old men have been released under investigation for the burglary offences whilst enquiries continue.

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