Officers investigating a number of alleged thefts in West Dorset are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

On Thursday 19 October 2023, Dorset Police received three reports of metal theft from addresses in the Preston area of Weymouth and London Road and Coburg Road in Dorchester.

It was reported that all incidents involved the same vehicle.

The vehicle was subsequently stopped on the A35 in Dorchester and a 16-year-old boy, as well as two men aged 19 and 29 – all from Gravesend in Kent – were arrested on suspicion of theft.

Police Sergeant Matthew Love, of West Dorset police, said: “An investigation is underway and I am keen to speak to anyone with information that may assist my enquiries.

“If you saw a white van acting suspiciously in any of the areas mentioned on Thursday 19 October 2023, please contact Dorset Police.

“Finally, I would encourage anyone who suspects that metal may have been taken from their property recently to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230166304. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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