• Disabled attacker spared jail sentence

    A DISABLED man who was involved in an unprovoked attack outside a pub has escaped being sent to prison. Father-of-two Christian Jameson, 31, who is also known as Frost, admitted assaulting Daryl King outside the Red Lion pub in Wareham on June 30 last

  • School celebrates Ofsted improvement

    AFTER a challenging year, a Bournemouth junior school is celebrating an improved inspection report. Queen's Park Junior School, East Way, was given notice to improve by Ofsted but a recent inspection has lifted the notice. The 379-pupil school in Strouden

  • Drugs packages thrown over fence into prison

    PRISON staff found three packages containing a "substantial quantity" of drugs after the illicit substances were hurled over the perimeter fence of a North Dorset jail. Dealer Michael Graham's fingerprints were found on the hauls of heroin, cocaine and

  • School U-turn on roof spikes

    Outraged parents who threatened to remove their children from a Poole special school after "dangerous" metal spikes appeared on a roof, have been proved right. They feared the deterrent at Longspee School, Canford Heath, would backfire and that quickly

  • £9m pay day for more affordable Dorset housing

    MORE than £9m has been made available to build affordable homes to tackle Dorset's "over inflated housing market." It's the first wave of three years' funding and represents a victory for lobby groups - though it only dents the housing problem. The

  • No country of old men

    Divas of County, Regent Centre, Christchurch Being a tribute to the female stars of country-and-western music, some might have expected this show to be a relaxing evening of smoothly delivered ballads. If so, they certainly got that wrong - this was

  • Wetton wild about Asia

    Asia, Pavilion, Bournemouth From Asia with Love, on Mother's Day. Coming from Bournemouth himself, John Wetton, frontman to this much-admired and long-running progressive rock band, had a splendid opportunity to treat his mother on Sunday, with a VIP

  • Thriving chamber ‘is best in country’

    DORSET Business was described as "the best Chamber of Commerce in Britain" by its president Malcolm Scott Walby at the recent president's lunch attended by a record 368 guests at the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth. In the presence of the lord lieutenant

  • Too much, too young?

    YOU swig down your alcopop, stick your finger up to your parents and tell them you're heading off to your boyfriend or girlfriend's house to stay the night. This is the picture that has been painted of today's children, with a poll revealing that more

  • Curbs on homes ‘a long time coming’

    PLANS to place stricter curbs on second home ownership have been labelled "a long time coming" by a Purbeck councillor. An inquiry commissioned by Prime Minister Gordon Brown will recommend local authorities be given powers to make outsiders seek planning

  • Proud to be principal

    THE Bournemouth and Poole College board has announced that acting principal Lawrence Vincent has been appointed to the post of principal. The appointment was made following a rigorous two-day selection process with six candidates currently holding senior

  • ‘Town for sale’ scheme gets council go-ahead

    A DEVELOPER will be able buy off bits of Bournemouth to transform its "unambitious" and "uninspiring" town centre. The council has agreed to form a company with a private investor, which could see more car parks and sites like the Winter Gardens sold

  • Planning chiefs set to end library saga?

    DORSET county council's planning committee on Friday is being recommended to write the final chapter in a long-running saga by approving plans to extend Christchurch library into the adjoining Kelly's Kitchen restaurant premises. County library officials

  • Welcome to the Rovers Return, Bournemouth...

    It's hard to see how it would work (particularly down here) but ITV is hoping to establish a chain of Rovers Return theme pubs across Britain. Their dream is to pull off a piece of product placement that will find a slice of Coronation Street in every

  • Spell check

    Young actor Tom Bradley stars as Jesus in the latest production of the hit musical Godspell which opens for a five-night run at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth tonight. Tom will be best known to TV viewers as one of the finalists in Grease Is The

  • National disasters

    SMALL earthquake, someone slightly hurt. When it comes to natural disasters, they don't come much bigger than this, not in the UK anyway. Without wishing to trivialise this in any way, we really do seem to get our knickers in a right twist at the slightest

  • Cheers for ‘micro’ beers

    PUBLICANS Rob Martin and Paul Goldsack are raising their glasses to the future after launching their micro-brewery. Dorset Piddle Brewery has officially started production of two beers - Yogi and Piddle - at Enterprise Park, a former army camp at Piddlehinton

  • Grape Vine store and off-licence is sold

    A HIGH turnover convenience store and off licence in Winton has been sold by business agents, Christie and Co. The Grape Vine is located on Ripon Road in a densely populated suburban area and comprises a large double fronted shop occupying a purpose-built

  • Murray victory

    BRITAIN'S Andy Murray defeats world number one Roger Federer in the first round at the Dubai Championships. The unseeded Scot won 6-7 6-3 6-4.


    NEIL Moss has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after seeing a hand physio. The Cherries number one, who fractured the scaphoid in his right wrist in the warm-up ahead of the League One clash against Cheltenham on January 12, had the news

  • Finlay stars in win at Yeovil

    MATT Finlay's versatility earned glowing praise from Joe Roach as Cherries' youth team ran out 3-1 winners at Yeovil. Finlay, usually a left-sided player, was put in the centre of the park in the absence of Joe Partington, who was on first-team duty.

  • Royals give Portland a test

    BLANDFORD United manager Jamie Murray was gutted after leaders Portland United narrowly escaped Park Road with a 1-0 triumph on Saturday. Royals made light of their 12th place in the Dorset Premier League standings and tore into the Islanders. But Murray's

  • Driven to succeed

    RACHEL Lowe pulled up to a set of traffic lights in her taxi. This wasn't how it was supposed to be. She had plans. A bright young woman, she was going to go to university to study law and become a top barrister. Eventually she would have a little home

  • National disasters

    SMALL earthquake, someone slightly hurt. When it comes to natural disasters, they don't come much bigger than this, not in the UK anyway. Without wishing to trivialise this in any way, we really do seem to get our knickers in a right twist at the slightest

  • War over paintball business

    A PAINTBALL operator with a five-star rating and A-list clients, including Wayne Rooney, is fighting for the future of its Ringwood site. Delta Force owns a string of centres across the country, including the Vinewood centre at Wattons Ford Common near

  • Wilson's winning Cup contribution

    SANDOR Wilson scored all three goals when BFA new boys Lovett booked their place in the final of the Hampshire Junior C Cup with a 3-1 semi-final victory over AFC Drayton. Premier League pacesetters Wallisdown Liberal, meanwhile, returned to winning

  • Gareth goals book Rangers final date

    TWYNHAM Rangers are through to the final of the Hampshire Junior A Cup after emerging 3-1 winners from a superbly-contested all-Bournemouth semi-final with Malt 'n' Hops United. Gareth Brickhill gave Rangers an early lead and Alan Etherton showed excellent

  • Man pleads guilty after car hits house

    A MAN this afternoon pleaded guilty to crashing a car into a Christchurch house. Neil Kavanagh from Beaufort Road in Southbourne, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and three other motoring charges, including failing to give a breath specimen.

  • Let's cut the toll of death and injury

    THE shocking toll of deaths and serious injuries on Dorset's road has been revealed in a selection of maps, produced by Dorset's local authorities. The maps show that across Dorset in the last three years there has been 875 incidents. According to figures

  • Guilt-free gourmet

    Food shopping these days can seem like negotiating your way through an ethical minefield. Should you buy cheap food and ignore animal welfare issues, go organic to avoid pesticides, or low fat to avoid obesity? The guilt list seems endless, but buying

  • Will hut vandals be caught on CCTV?

    A BEACH hut was destroyed and another badly damaged after being deliberately set on fire by yobs in Bournemouth on Friday night. The hut at Southbourne Undercliff, was reduced to a blackened husk after being set alight at around 11.45pm. An adjoining

  • Nice as pie

    WITH pies as popular as ever in pubs (apparently more than half of us will consider a pie when we're eating in our local) we thought you might like to try your hand at pie making at home. These hearty, home-made recipes come courtesy of Jus-Rol pastry

  • Delia's back

    ANTONY Worrall Thompson dubbed her the Volvo of cooking, reliable but dull, while Gary Rhodes accused her of insulting the intelligence of viewers when she demonstrated how to boil an egg. But despite the criticisms of fellow celebrity chefs, Delia Smith

  • Sajniz, 487-489 Christchurch Road, Boscombe

    ANYONE with a decent Indian restaurant less than a three-minute stumble from their front door is likely to have something of an affinity with the place. I can certainly claim that to be the case with Sajniz, nestling just on the edge of Boscombe. It's

  • Smoke alarm 'could have saved' woman killed in blaze

    A WOMAN in her 90s died after an electric blanket caught fire at her bungalow in Bournemouth. Fire fighters were called to the scene on Saturday morning after being alerted by colleagues from the ambulance service. They found the property in Dulsie

  • How orchestra had audience on a string

    The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Pavilion, Bournemouth FRANK SINATRA called him "the greatest arranger in the world" and it is Nelson Riddle's incredible association with the crooner that is so spectacularly celebrated in this show. What makes this unique

  • Magnificent reserves

    Bournemouth Chamber Music Society, Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth THE best laid plans sometimes fall apart and the late withdrawal of the Conchord Ensemble may have caused some consternation, happily resolved by the Nabarro String Trio plus the

  • The root cause of protests

    WHEN it comes to politics, I am in the Henry Root camp. Like Root, I would like to protest about everything. Root, supposedly, was a retired fish merchant who sent impertinent, spoof letters to important people in the late 1970s and then published their

  • The inside story

    INSIDE Out was an event - or, more accurately, a series of events - that took Dorset by storm. For 11 days last September, crowds jammed the streets and flocked to some of the most magical open spaces in the county to enjoy dance, theatre, acrobatics

  • Douch: 'Errors' in Mostyn statement

    NICK Douch has responded to Jeff Mostyn's claims about Playershare in the wake of the recent raffle row. Douch, chairman of Playershare Ltd, had said that the reason the Playershare raffle was no longer allowed to collect at Dean Court was because the


    JEFF Mostyn and Steve Sly have both come out fighting after their controversial takeover of Cherries came under the spotlight last week. The pair claimed to have gained a controlling interest in the club following an extraordinary general meeting 11

  • Mum's the word for Vokes

    MAYBE Sam Vokes should buy the club. Cherries' boy wonder certainly has the golden touch, as Hartlepool found to their cost on Saturday. In a week when the saga surrounding the club's ownership took another major twist, Vokes provided some welcome relief

  • Stewart hopes to make quick return

    GARETH Stewart is optimistic he can make a swift return to action after sustaining a broken ankle during Cherries' 2-0 win over Hartlepool on Saturday. X-rays revealed the goalkeeper chipped the fibula bone in his left ankle when he landed awkwardly