18th February 2019
Sherborne Area Roadsafe Campaign: Choosing first winning designs
A local road safety campaign is raising awareness of road safety near busy schools in Sherborne and the surrounding villages.
Sherborne Area Roadsafe is a campaign led by local parents, supported by Cllr Jill Warburton, Sherborne Area Schools Trust (SAST), Dorset Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Dorset County Highways.
Police Inspector Darren Stanton said “This campaign highlights speeding as a major cause of death and injury for young pedestrians, with the risk rising as children reach secondary school age.” Recent statistics from Dorset County Council show that 66 people died on Dorset roads in 2017/18.
Cllr Jill Warburton said “This is a community partnership between local parents, schools, police, the fire and rescue service and DCC Highways We’ve risk assessed road safety near each local school and drawn up a ‘hit list’ of work that needs doing. As the campaign gathers momentum, we’re seeking help from local businesses to keep our children safe by sponsoring a safety sign.”
Sherborne Area Roadsafe campaign aims to:
Site Road Safety signs near local schools. Signs will be designed by local students, which each school hosting a competition for the successful design.
Highways to repaint road markings and hazard signs near schools where needed
Deliver road safety lessons to Year 5 & 6 children as they prepare to move up in to Secondary school
Present a Community Safety Event, supported by local business sponsors and safety groups, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service and Dorset Police, showcasing the children’s design work, and raising awareness of road safety.
Each road sign will cost £300 and judges chose the winning designs for the first signs around the 20mph ‘gateways’ on the A30 near Sherborne Primary School and Sherborne Fire Station.
Head Teacher of the Gryphon School Nicki Edwards said “Sherborne Area Roadsafe can make a positive difference to the safety of more than 3,000 children in the Sherborne Area”
If your business or community can sponsor a new road sign or support the Sherborne Area Roadsafe campaign, contact our Admin team at Roadsafecampaign19@gmail.com
We have received reports of the following scam occurring in the area, the scammers are in the main targeting vulnerable and elderly residents.
Residents have received a call from a male purporting to be from their bank informing them that they require a new debit card, whilst on the phone another male will present at their home address. When allowed entry the male will collect their ‘old’ debit card, and in return for their cooperation they have been given a gift card in an envelope.
The male at the property will then take their bank card, and the person on the phone informs them that another appointment will be arranged for a new card to be supplied. No new card arrives and by this time the bank card / details have generally been used by the scammers.
Please be vigilant and make relatives and neighbours aware of this type of scam, especially elderly or vulnerable, the scammers can be very convincing.
Please hang up on any similar calls, do not give out any personal information and do not follow instructions from cold callers.
Before making another call from your phone please test your phone by phoning a friend or relative to ensure that you are not still connected to the scammer.
Please phone 999 if persons attend your property.
If you have any information please phone 101, information can also be passed to Action Fraud by phoning 0300 123 2040 or visiting the website www.actionfraud.police.uk
Unfortunately Sherborne Police have received several reports of damage to vehicles in the vicinity of Kings Rd, Sherborne. It is believed this has occurred during the last few days, if you saw or heard anything overnight please call the Police on 101 quoting the above reference number.
Sherborne Police will be holding a street corner meeting next Wednesday 27th February 2019 (time and location to be confirmed).
Officers investigating a road traffic collision near Sherborne are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
At 5.50pm on Saturday 26 January 2019 Dorset Police received a report of a collision involving a single vehicle which had left the carriageway at Tiley Knap, Middlemarsh near Sherborne. The vehicle involved was a silver Peugeot Boxer van.
The fire service attended to assist as a passenger in the van was trapped in the vehicle. The 37-year-old man from Sherborne suffered serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition
The driver of the van, a 43-year-old man from Somerset, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and taken to Dorset County Hospital by ambulance as a precaution. He has been released under investigation as officers continue to make enquiries.
Road closures were put in place to allow the emergency services to deal with the incident and for an investigation of the collision scene to take place.
Police Sergeant Phil Lee, of the traffic unit, said: “We are carrying out a detailed investigation to establish the circumstances of the collision.
“I am appealing for any witnesses to the collision, or the manner of driving of the vehicle involved prior to the incident, to contact us.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have any relevant dashcam footage.
“Finally, I would like to thank anyone affected by the road closures for their patience and understanding while these were in place to allow the essential examination of the scene to take place to assist in ascertaining the full circumstances.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 26:320. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.