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  • Rogue traders guilty of conning elderly Wimborne woman out of £120,000

    10 October 2017
    Rogue traders who conned anelderly Wimborne woman out of her £120,000 life savings are due to be sentenced later this month. John Hart, aged 61 and of Hannington Place in Bournemouth, and Philip Budden, 37 and of Malmesbury Park Road, pleaded guilt...
  • Man charged with fraud offence

    17 March 2017
    A man has been charged with fraud by false representation in Bournemouth. It was reported that at around 2pm on Monday 15 August 2016 an elderly man received a phone call from a fraudster purporting to be a police officer from the fraud squad in London. ...
  • Former headteacher of a north Dorset school due in court over fraud offences

    15 December 2016
    A former headteacher of a north Dorset school is due to appear in court for fraud offences. David Jerome De Silva, 38 and of Poole, has received a postal requisition to appear before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday 16 January 2017. He faces o...
  • Online bargain or financial fraud? Advice ahead of Black Friday & Cyber Monday

    22 November 2016
    Millions of Brits are putting themselves at risk of financial fraud just to bag a bargain online. Almost a third of online shoppers admit they’re more likely to take a financial risk to get a good deal.Younger shoppers are most at risk as they&rsqu...
  • Warning following reports of bogus doorstep callers in Poole

    21 November 2016
    Police and charity Parkinson's UK are asking residents to be vigilant following a number of bogus doorstep callers in Poole. One incident happened at around 3pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at a house on Lancaster Drivewhen a woman asked for money for a ...
  • Online dating fraudster jailed

    14 November 2016
    A man who used dating websites to defraud vulnerable victims has been jailed for five and a half years. Zac Langley, formerly known as Andrew Penfold, 38 and of Poole, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 23 September 2016 to 15 counts of ...
  • Appeal following reported fraudulent Scottish notes circulated in Bournemouth

    08 November 2016
    Police in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a number of counterfeit Scottish notes reportedly being circulated in the town. On Thursday 3 November 2016 at approximately 12.25am three people travelled in a taxi to Charminst...
  • Company co-founder jailed for defrauding more than £400,000 from business

    02 November 2016
    A businessman has been jailed for three years for stealing more than £400,000 from his company’s accounts. James Milton Howard-Higgins, 44 and of The Avenue in Poole, was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court on Monday 31 October 2016 after pl...
  • Ex-solicitor behind bars for fraud

    20 October 2016
    An ex-solicitor has been found guilty and jailed for five years for five counts of fraud by false representation. Ian Charles Macfarlane, 56 and of West Street in Winterborne Kingston, was handed the jail term at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday 3 Octob...
  • Witness appeal to find owners of two bicycles recovered

    24 August 2016
    Police are appealing for witnesses to find the owners of two bicycles recovered in connection with an incident in Poole - with pictures of the bikes being released. On Sunday 19 June 2016 at around 6pm a 16-year-old Poole boy arranged to meet two other b...
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