£70k benefits fraud: couple jailed after buying lavish holidays and Range Rover at taxpayers’ expense

Bournemouth Echo: BEHIND BARS: Nicola Rogers and husband Bryan

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A COUPLE who claimed years of benefits while enjoying exotic holidays and expensive cars have been jailed.

Lifeguards patrolling beaches over Easter

Bournemouth Echo: ON PATROL: The RNLI is providing lifeguard cover at beaches

5:06pm Friday 18th April 2014

LIFEGUARDS will be patrolling Dorset’s beaches over the bank holiday weekend.

Balconies collapse at block of flats – months after warning not to use them

Bournemouth Echo: DANGER: Berkley Manor at Poole Road where three balconies collapsed overnight

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

THREE balconies crashed to the ground from a block of flats in Poole yesterday.

Flat blaze drama in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Flat blaze drama in Bournemouth

5:04pm Friday 18th April 2014

Firefighters dealt with a flat blaze in Winton on Friday afternoon

Mealtime Companions sought to help vulnerable patients at Bournemouth Hospital

Bournemouth Echo: HELPING HAND: Royal Bournemouth Hospital volunteer Terry Aldridge, 72

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

AN APPEAL has been made for more volunteers to help vulnerable patients at mealtimes to ease pressure on nursing staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Ringwood school to open doors for summer students

Bournemouth Echo: Ringwood school to open doors for summer students

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A RINGWOOD school is set to open its doors again this summer to give local and foreign students a chance to shine in the arts.

What a trooper: fundraiser turns heads dressed in 25lb Stormtrooper costume for run

Bournemouth Echo: STORMING THROUGH: Justin Arnold running in his Stormtrooper outfit through Christchurch

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A FUNDRAISER dressed as a Stormtrooper turned heads in Christchurch during a recent run.

Knitting for Africa – the pensioners making a difference to those in need

Bournemouth Echo: Diane Slatem, left, Janet Day from Ferndown Inner Wheel Club, Kath McHugh, Breda Keppey, June Cutner and Sylvia Johnsone

2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A CRACK team of knitting pensioners have fashioned a set of intricately crafted blankets in aid of African people in need.

Boss of pest control firm is handed Royal Warrant honour

Bournemouth Echo: Alec McGuin, MD of Ringwood-based Rokill

1:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

THE boss of a local pest controller has been appointed national president of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

Supafletch to name favourite pint ahead of Big Bournemouth Beer Festival

Bournemouth Echo: SUP: Ex-Cherries star Steve Fletcher

1:12pm Friday 18th April 2014

FORMER Cherries ace Steve Fletcher will pick his top pint ahead of the fifth annual Big Bournemouth Beer Festival this weekend.

'Matriarch' Mildred is 105

Bournemouth Echo: BIG DAY: Mildred marks her 105th birthday surrounded by family and friends

12:32pm Friday 18th April 2014

A RETIRED headteacher and author from Bournemouth celebrated turning 105 surrounded by friends and family yesterday.

Team getting on their bikes in memory of popular Poole footballer Shane Stanley who died suddenly

Bournemouth Echo: PEDAL POWER: Riders taking part in the Dorset Bike Ride

12:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A TEAM of cyclists will be taking part in this year’s British Heart Foundation Dorset Bike Ride, in memory of popular Poole Borough Football Club player Shane Stanley.

Operation Elliot: businessmen rally to help youngster undergo life-changing surgery

Bournemouth Echo: OPERATION ELLIOT: BC Club members with the Gower family

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A GROUP of businessmen have donated £3,500 to help a little boy undergo a life-changing operation.

Meet the best young philosophers in Dorset and Hampshire

Bournemouth Echo: Meet the best young philosophers in Dorset and Hampshire

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ASPIRING Aristotles and pioneering Platos from Bournemouth have been crowned the best young philosophers in Dorset and Hampshire.

Memorial walk to be held for Romanian who died after being found unconscious on Christchurch road

Bournemouth Echo: Dudmoor Farm Lane in Christchurch

10:37am Friday 18th April 2014

Memorial walk to be held for Gheorghe Igna, who died after being found unconscious on Christchurch road

50 years of sailing: Condor welcomes crowds aboard for popular open day on Poole Quay

Bournemouth Echo: PLAIN SAILING:  Condor chief executive James Fulford and Captain Steve Leake celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company

10:32am Friday 18th April 2014

QUEUES of residents and visitors were forming along Poole Quay as Condor Express prepared to welcome them aboard.

In The Dock: Swanage

Bournemouth Echo: In The Dock: Bournemouth

10:12am Friday 18th April 2014

DANIEL NEVILLE LEGG aged 34 of Steer Road, Swanage. Pleaded not guilty but found guilty of assaulting a woman by beating at Leigh Road, Wimborne, on 22/12/2013. Committed to prison for six weeks suspended for 12 months. To carry out unpaid work for 120 hours within the next 12 months. Restraining order made. To pay compensation of £500. To pay victim surcharge of £80. Costs £500.

In The Dock: Poole

Bournemouth Echo: In The Dock: Bournemouth

10:11am Friday 18th April 2014

DANIEL KEITH REEKS aged 23 of South Road, Poole. Admitted criminal damage to a window to the value of £444. Conditional discharge of 12 months. To pay compensation of £444. To pay victim surcharge of £15. Costs £85.

In The Dock: Blandford

Bournemouth Echo: In The Dock: Bournemouth

10:10am Friday 18th April 2014

BARRY JOHN TOSTEVIN aged 23 of Goathland, Whitby, Yorkshire. Admitted criminal damage to a Volkswagen Transporter to the value of £1,015, at Cashmoor, Blandford. Also admitted criminal damage to a fence belonging to The Inn on The Chase. Conditional discharge of 18 months. To pay victim surcharge of £15. Costs £85.

In The Dock: Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo: In The Dock: Bournemouth

10:11am Friday 18th April 2014

ROSS STEPHEN SMITH aged 28 of Stour Road, Christchurch. Admitted the theft of food and drink to the value of £5 from One Stop, Christchurch. Also admitted commission of a further offence whilst subject to order of conditional discharge for 12 months imposed on for an offence of criminal damage. Discharged conditionally for six months. To pay compensation of £5. To pay victim surcharge of £15. Costs of £45.

In The Dock: Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: In The Dock: Bournemouth

10:09am Friday 18th April 2014

ANTHONY JOHN BARRETT aged 48 of no fixed abode. Admitted failing to comply with a direction given by a police constable to leave the locality of Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, where his presence was likely to cause or contribute to alcohol-related crime or disorder. Also admitted failing to surrender to custody at Bournemouth Magistrates Court. Also admitted further offence while subject to a conditional discharge. Also sentenced for original offences in respect of which a conditional discharge was made in March 2014: failing to comply with a direction given by a police constable to leave the locality of Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, where his presence was likely to cause or contribute to alcohol-related crime or disorder; and being drunk and disorderly in Christchurch Road. Fined a total of £100. To pay victim surcharge of £20. Costs £85.

Firefighters warning to New Forest visitors over barbecue safety

Bournemouth Echo: Perfect for summer

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

WITH summer on its way, firefighters are calling on visitors to the New Forest to use barbecues safely.

More staff needed to work with disabled adults in their homes

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth Daily Echo logo

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

MEMBERS of the Dorset community are being given the chance to work alongside disabled adults, enabling them to live in their own homes.

Police box Tardis pulls the crowds at Boscombe

Bournemouth Echo: MEETING PUBLIC: Visitor Oliver Gazard, 3

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

JUST a week after it was installed the Boscombe Police Box was still drawing in curious onlookers.

Three arrests after 'shooting' in Townsend

Bournemouth Echo: Picture by Ben Poulson

5:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ARMED police were called to deal with an incident on Holdenhurst road in Bournemouth.

VIDEO: Tree crashes down onto Smart car

Bournemouth Echo: Tree crashes down onto Smart car

11:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

A tree crashed down onto a Smart car in Southbourne overnight.

Tributes paid to ‘happy, hard-working’ Romanian who was found unconscious on Christchurch road

Bournemouth Echo: Gheorghe with Anastasia Victoria

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FRIENDS of Gheorghe Igna, who died after sustaining fatal head injuries on a rural Christchurch road, have described him as charming, hard-working and “easily-loveable” gentleman.

Easter events: what's happening around Dorset over the Bank Holiday

Bournemouth Echo: ROAR: Peter Matthews, Castlepoint Centre manager, gets to grips with one of the life-sized dinosaurs

10:26am Thursday 17th April 2014

FAMILIES will be able to enjoy an Easter eggs-travaganza this weekend, with plenty of themed events and good weather.

Busiest day on roads predicted as Easter break gets underway

Bournemouth Echo: BLACKSPOT: Action is required to cut the number of traffic accidents on the A31

8:32am Thursday 17th April 2014

Today is expected to be the busiest day on the south's roads so far this year as millions of people set off for their Easter break.

Controversial traffic light proposals for Burton officially scrapped by county council

Bournemouth Echo: CONTROVERSY: Traffic passing under the railway bridge at Stony Lane

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans to install traffic lights on a busy Christchurch road have been abandoned after criticism from community leaders.

Fire at Moors Valley Country Park 'started deliberately'

Bournemouth Echo: 40 firefighters tackle large blaze at Moors Valley Country Park. Pic: DFRS

11:55am Thursday 17th April 2014

A FIRE at Moors Valley Country Park is believed to have been started deliberately.

Heathland crime crackdown begins to prevent arson, theft and damage

Bournemouth Echo: Canford Heath fire: scorched earth reveals devastating effects of blaze

11:15am Thursday 17th April 2014

DORSET Police have joined forces with the Urban Heaths Partnership to crack down on crime on the county's heathland.

Bigfoot is coming: 18 feet long monster truck set to tear up Bournemouth beach

Bournemouth Echo: FLYING: Bigfoot crushes cars

6:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

IT’S 10 feet high, 18 feet long, its tyres weigh 500kg each and it is coming to Bournemouth beach.

Toy Exchange scheme returns to Ringwood after former building earmarked for demolition

Bournemouth Echo: TOY JOY: The Toy Exchange Donate Scheme reopens in Ringwood

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A TOY exchange and donation scheme in Ringwood has returned to the town after its former building was earmarked for demolition.

Schoolgirl cuts off hair to help other little girls with cancer

Bournemouth Echo: CUT ABOVE: Lauren prepares to have her hair cut off by Louise Harvey of Phase One salon in Creekmoor

3:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl from Poole has had her luscious locks chopped off because she wanted to make a little girl with cancer happy.

Top sporting students at Bishop of Winchester Academy train with rugby player Thinus Delport

Bournemouth Echo: ON THE BALL: Nick McGill welcomes Thinus Delport with some of the rugby playing students

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

TOP sporting students at Bournemouth’s Bishop of Winchester Academy were treated to a full training session with Rugby Union wing and fullback Thinus Delport. The Cheltenham-based player who made his senior debut in 1997 on the Springboks’ European Tour, joined Head of PE Nick McGill on the pitch to give demonstrations and advice.

Civic day highlights best of East Dorset’s tourist attractions

Bournemouth Echo: Civic day highlights best of East Dorset’s tourist attractions

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CIVIC day hosted by the chairman of East Dorset District Council highlighted the best of the area’s tourist attractions.

Bournemouth University students collect 2.2tonnes of food at Big Feed event

Bournemouth Echo: BIG FEED: Some of the items college by university students

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BOURNEMOUTH University Students collected 2.2 tonnes of food at the Big Feed event for Bournemouth, Poole, Kinson and Christchurch foodbanks.

Dorset residents being urged to support work to protect red squirrels

Bournemouth Echo: PROTECTION: A red squirrel on Brownsea Island

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

RESIDENTS across Dorset are being urged to support conservation work to protect red squirrels.

Greatest challenge facing the care industry? finding good staff, say businesses

Bournemouth Echo: Greatest challenge facing the care industry? finding good staff, say businesses

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

HIRING good staff is the biggest challenge facing the care industry, businesses say.

MP Tobias Ellwood quizzed by members of the Southbourne business community at event

Bournemouth Echo: IN CONVERSATION: Tobias Ellwood MP with business owners in Southbourne

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BUSINESS people had a chance to quiz their MP at an ‘in conversation’ event.

Vienna Festival Ballet to return to Mowlem Theatre in Swanage

Bournemouth Echo: DANCE The Vienna Festival Ballet returns to Swanage’s Mowlem Theatre

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Vienna Festival Ballet returns to Swanage’s Mowlem Theatre this month with a performance of Cinderella.

Record number of Mexican students welcomed to Bournemouth for festival

Bournemouth Echo: Record number of Mexican students welcomed to Bournemouth for festival

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A RECORD number of Mexican students were welcomed to Bournemouth for an international festival.

Student who overcame severe anxiety invited to House of Lords for special reception

Bournemouth Echo: Baroness Kennedy and Melanie Edwards

11:02am Thursday 17th April 2014

A STUDENT from New Milton who overcame severe anxiety to pursue a career in nursing attended a special event at the House of Lords.

'Stay away from cliffs' warning to tourists over Easter weekend

Bournemouth Echo: Durdle Door

10:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

TOURISTS flocking to the county for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend are being urged to take extra care on the seafront and cliff areas.

BID appoints Anna Chamberlain to support businesses

Bournemouth Echo:

9:54am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed Anna Chamberlain to a new role supporting its 760 businesses.

Electronics manufacturer soaring after Eagle takeover

Bournemouth Echo:

9:51am Thursday 17th April 2014

AN ELECTRONICS manufacturer has completed the takeover of another firm in its sector after a process lasting around a year.

UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Hunt for gunman after 'drive-by shooting' on the Townsend estate

Bournemouth Echo: Gun fired into house on the Townsend estate

7:40am Thursday 17th April 2014

POLICE are hunting a gunman responsible for a ‘drive-by shooting’ in Bournemouth.

New £22m four-storey “world class facility” for Bournemouth University gets the go-ahead by Poole Council

Bournemouth Echo: LEARNING: Computer generated image of the new £22m building for Bournemouth University

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A NEW £22million four-storey flagship building for Bournemouth University is set to open in 2016 after plans were approved by Borough of Poole council.

Former Echo blogger Nikki shares inspiring story on The One Show next week

Bournemouth Echo: SPECIAL MOMENT: Andy Kershaw,  talks to Nikki Hastings

5:40am Thursday 17th April 2014

A POOLE hospice is set to feature on a prime-time television show next week.








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