• Buccaneers: Cockle in ugly skirmish with Herne

    WILDCAT James Cockle had to be pulled away from Bournemouth skipper Jay Herne during an ugly skirmish in the pits at Weymouth as Buccaneers slumped to their first defeat tonight. Cockle, who fell heavily in heat three, was angry after claiming

  • Pirates: Doolan given green light for Belle Vue

    KEVIN Doolan has been given the go ahead to line up for Belle Vue against Pirates in the Knockout Cup. But the Aussie, snapped up as Aces’ new number eight on Monday, may still not race against Poole Castle Cover at Wimborne Road on Wednesday. That’

  • Grammy star shows true vintage

    VETERAN six-string superstar Albert Lee graced new music bar Champions for a vintage evening of country, blues and rockabilly, with the occasional dash of jazz. Fresh from the London International Music Show, the guitar legend brought a grass-roots

  • A warm up that’s red hot

    THE kings of cow punk’s Glastonbury warm-up gig was a feast of foot-stomping fun. Pronghorn, founder members of Endorse It In Dorset Festival, played a blinding show. Their music has a mix of influences – including Jewish, Cajun and Irish – and had the

  • Church that offered refuge from racism

    MORE than 100 Romanians fled their homes after a spate of racist attacks in Belfast this week and it was the Church that provided their initial refuge. The speed with which Pastor Malcolm Morgan and his team created a temporary home for 20 families was

  • Falklands War 'is something you never forget'

    THIS month is the anniversary of victory in the Falklands War. And for the veterans it may take only a moment to be transported back to 1982. At the time few people thought the Argentinean invasion on April 2 would lead to war. Royal

  • What’s wrong with being middle class?

    ENJOY a Budweiser in the garden or a nice glass of Chardonnay at the end of the day in the comfort of your own home? Well watch it, chummy. According to the Bishop of Chelmsford (No? Me neither) you could be just as bad as the violent, drunken yobs who

  • Playing it straight for the laughs

    SUNSHINE or no, it’s on with the show. Good old variety style – sequin showgirl glamour, evergreen songs and music hall humour from a true vaudeville trouper, Syd Little – gave much welcome warming cheer. Syd might be best known as the straight man to

  • On the edge

    SINCE the release of debut album Fractured Life in 2007, Bournemouth band Air Traffic have achieved semi-fame with TV appearances, a memorable TV theme tune and songs featured in episodes of The OC – but what wins them most fans are their memorable live

  • Suspended GP is thrown out over ‘concerns’

    A Poole GP has been thrown out by NHS Bournemouth and Poole. Dr Ralph Vadas was suspended a year ago after “serious concerns” were bought to the attention of the primary care trust (PCT). Following a full investigation into the issue, the PCT has now

  • Summer’s officially here!

    SUNDAY, JUNE 20, is not only a good day for fathers, but also marks the traditional start of summer. Known as the Summer Solstice, Midsummer or Litha, which means a standing still of the sun, June 21 is the longest day of the year and the time

  • Thieves steal jumps from kids gymkhana

    A CHILDREN'S charity horse event due to be held tomorrow is in jeopardy after thieves stole £4,000 worth of jumps. The Wimborne and District Riding Club is due to have a day long children’s charity horse show in aid of local charity Tender Loving Care

  • Three more jailed over torture death of pensioner in Landford

    THREE men have been jailed for their involvement in a gang which burgled and killed a pensioner in his home. Daniel Coker, 23, of London Road, Salisbury, and 19-year-old Trevor Gray, of The Friary, Salisbury, were jailed for manslaughter and conspiracy

  • Web power

    According to Gordon Brown the internet “is now seen by most of the public as an essential service, as indispensable as electricity, gas and water.” Whether you agree with his statement or not, there is no arguing about the significance of the

  • Legal threat after girls’ feet burned at Poole beach

    TWO young girls had the skin burned from their feet as they wandered on to a freshly laid tar path at Branksome Chine. Sophie Woodley, six, and four-year-old sister Jessica, on holiday in Poole, were rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after the


    AFC Bournemouth is tonight in the hands of new owners. The League Two club has been bought by a consortium headed by Dorset-based businessman Adam Murry. His group includes former Cherries directors Jeff Mostyn and Steve Sly, together

  • Dorset bid launched to cut child road fatalities

    Thirty-two children have been killed or seriously injured on the roads in Bournemouth and Poole in the last three years. On Monday the Help Save 32 Lives campaign launches across the two towns to raise awareness of road safety and reduce the number of

  • Speedboat users urged to go slow near dolphins

    SPEEDBOAT users should take care while the dolphin pod is off the Dorset coast, conservationists have warned. A reader filmed speedboats coming within 50-100 yards of the dolphins as they played near the entrance to Poole Harbour. They

  • Foundation to host VIP day at Bournemouth Air Festival

    THE John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, set up to honour a Royal Marine from Ferndown who was killed in Southern Afghanistan last year, will host a corporate hospitality day during this year’s More Bus Bournemouth Air Festival. The

  • Girls 'burnt feet' on path at Branksome Chine

    TWO young girls had the skin burned from their feet as they wandered on to a freshly laid tar path at Branksome Chine. Sophie Woodley, six, and four-year-old sister Jessica, on holiday in Poole, were rushed to hospital for emergency surgery

  • Ferndown man jailed following death of Landford pensioner

    TWO men have been jailed for manslaughter and conspiracy to burgle for their part in the brutal killing of frail pensioner Reginald Baker at his home in September. John Wayne Wilkinson, 40, of Ford Lane, Ferndown, last month found guilty of orchestrating


    A DRUNK lorry driver who ploughed into a tractor and then fled the scene, leaving farm worker Dennis Watts dying at the roadside, has been jailed for six years. Belgian Didier Gillis was about three times the drink-drive limit when he crashed

  • Dean Court tribute to young footballer Nathan

    FRIENDS and family of 17-year-old Nathan Ridler raised more than £2,500 for good causes the way he would have wanted – by playing football. Nathan, a top student and sportsman, died in 2007 after being punched while trying to stop a fight outside a takeaway

  • Ambulance and car in Bournemouth collision

    AN AMBULANCE was in collision with a black Renault Clio on Friday morning. The collision happened between the A338 at the Cooper Dean roundabout and Wessex Way in Bournemouth at 9.24am. Police said there was heavy traffic after the incident and the

  • VIDEO: Dolphins caught on film

    Nigel Bryant, field technician and diver with Bournemouth University's archaeology department filmed a pod of around a dozen dolphins while accompanying a group of students on a dive on the Swash Channel Wreck outside Poole Harbour. He filmed them

  • “Should I pay off my mortgage if I have any spare cash?”

    IT is a question that’s always jammed my e-mail bag. In previous years, overpaying has usually won out. Yet repeated slashing of UK interest rates has left many mortgages at unthinkably cheap rates. These cuts make it less attractive to repay a

  • Arsonists strike again on the heath

    FIREFIGHTERS were called to another deliberate heath fire on Thursday night (June 18). The service has already seen a spate of blazes around Poole and Bournemouth this summer and they believe a 25sqm section of heath was deliberately set alight

  • Mast protester boxes clever

    A GARAGE boss believes he has boxed communications giant Vodafone into a corner. Upset after refusal of planning permission for the 11.4 metre tall mast at Penny’s Corner, Hordle, was overruled on appeal, Sean Denman is staging his own protest

  • Trains through the New Forest: back on the right lines?

    The two pages devoted to the report from the Association of Train Operating Companies in Tuesday’s Daily Echo (June 16), simply highlighted the facts of the national tragedy created by previous Tory and Labour governments in destroying a well planned

  • Multiple sclerosis collection thanks

    ON Saturday June 6 the Bournemouth and District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society held its annual street collection in Christchurch. An amazing total of £1,505.25 was raised. I would like to thank the dedicated team of collectors, drivers and

  • Expensive report's advice ignored by Bournemouth council

    I read Cllr Anne Stribley’s letter (Have Your Say, June 17) regarding the planning process within Poole with great interest. She seems to have been highly selective with her quotes from Sir Michael Pitt’s independent review, as Sir Michael also recommended

  • Doctors' surgery plan threat to West Moors hall car park

    West Moors Memorial Hall will this year be celebrating its 80th birthday. The hall is held under a deed as a public charitable trust for the social and recreational use of all the inhabitants of West Moors and the immediate vicinity. Over the years

  • Police plea on fatal accident

    POLICE investigating a New Forest road crash that claimed the life of a Bournemouth man are appealing for information about a second car which may have been in the area at the time. John Anthony Hill-Cousins, 39, of Barnes Close, Bournemouth

  • Bowled over again by expenses?

    FRESH revelations will be sticking in the craw of some MPs as they munch through the latest developments in the expenses scandal along with their breakfast cereal today. Small wonder that public trust in politicians – even though many have behaved honourably

  • I see no evidence for cemetary complaints

    I was surprised and disappointed to read the letter from Derek Smith regarding East Cemetery (Have Your Say, June 10). Being the cabinet member responsible for the cemeteries in the borough I know my staff take tremendous care to produce immaculate

  • Drug plague took my brother's life

    ON TUESDAY afternoon I received a call to tell me my younger brother had been found in a car park having hanged himself. Nothing can prepare you for such a call and it has devastated our family. Every time the phone rang day or night my first thought

  • Wimborne folk festival "safe and happy" say Police

    FESTIVAL organisers and police have declared the 29th Wimborne Folk Festival a success. An estimated 20,000 people flooded into the Minster town last weekend (12-14) for three days of traditional entertainment. The event was policed over a 20-hour

  • CHRISTOPHER CHOPE: £4,800 for food but 'we're good value'

    NEARLY £5,000 worth of food in a year, £10,000 for roof repairs and £881 to refurbish a Chesterfield sofa. These are just some of the expenses claims submitted by Christchurch MP Christopher Chope. The 62-year-old, who employs his wife

  • JIM KNIGHT: Hi-tech package 'was necessary'

    SOUTH Dorset MP Jim Knight has justified making a raft of hi-tech purchases – including a £7,000 printer and a video editing package – as part of his parliamentary expenses. Details of Mr Knight’s purchases, now published online, show he spent

  • SIR JOHN BUTTERFILL: £14,500 for new bathroom

    A NEW kitchen, new bathroom and almost £8,000 on food in just three years. Sir John Butterfill, MP for Bournemouth West, spent a total of £5,347.36 on a new birch-effect and white-gloss kitchen, complete with £337.16 stainless steel microwave

  • ROBERT SYMS: £300 claim for tax advice 'fair'

    POOLE MP Robert Syms has defended charging the taxpayer more than £300 for tax advice. It has come to light that the Conservative claimed £286 plus VAT – a total of £336 – in January 2007 for a firm to calculate his tax liability. But

  • TOBIAS ELLWOOD: up to the limit in incidental expenses

    A STATE-of-the-art Sony notebook costing £1,858, cash to refurbish his surgery room at Boscombe Conservative Club and pictures of him being sworn into the House of Commons. These are among the allowances claimed by Bournemouth East MP Tobias


    MPs’ expenses have dominated the news agenda for more than six weeks with shocking revelations of what our money has been spent on. Senior government figures have resigned and MPs countrywide have been forced to explain their sometimes extravagant

  • Cherries: Howe happy to rack up match miles

    CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe says he would be against a return to regionalising the lower leagues. Howe is due to start preparing Cherries for their second season in League Two when his squad returns for pre-season training on Friday, July 3. Promotion

  • Pirates: Davidsson angry over track conditions

    DANIEL Davidsson believes he was “lucky” to escape serious injury after crashing out in heat one during Castle Cover Pirates’ controversial home clash against Lakeside on Wednesday. The Swede, who fell heavily into the first-bend safety fence

  • Craig's men to stay focused

    CAPTAIN Craig de Weymarn insists his men will keep their eye on the ball – despite tomorrow’s opponents Andover |boasting a less than impressive record. Bournemouth travel to face basement boys Andover (11.30am), with the hosts having won just once in

  • Winning formula

    An eBay entrepreneur in Poole is set to employ more than 20 staff and rent a third warehouse on the back of a deal with Lewis Hamilton’s sponsors. Wholesale Clearance UK Ltd has signed a deal with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, to take its clearance

  • The Mars Volta - Octahedron **

    Not content with providing rich source material for Tenacious D, The Mars Volta set out to turn art into life after deciding a string of increasingly indulgent solo albums from guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is just what the world needs to prepare it

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona (12) ***

    TWO American friends on holiday in Barcelona (go on, can you guess their names?) find themselves in love with the same passionate painter (Javier Bardem). One’s blonde and wild, the other’s dark and reserved – and then Penelope Cruz turns up as the

  • Hardware (18) ***

    DAMNED by sci-fi fans as a Terminator rip-off, Richard Stanley’s directorial debut is actually a very decent stab at science fiction horror without the gloss or budget. A couple scavenging around a radioactive wasteland find a robot that turns out to

  • Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannermen (PG) ***

    Forget knobbly knees and Goodnight Campers. The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and his sidekick Mel (Bonnie Langford) have far more serious things on their minds when they pitch up at a 1950s holiday camp in this spirited adventure from 1987. Merciless Gavrok


    PIRATES chief Matt Ford has strongly hinted he would be prepared to either sell or lease the club to another promoter. The Wimborne Road supremo is exasperated by his fellow Elite League promoters’ astonishing mid-season decision to reduce the play-offs

  • Cherries: Baker expects deal to be closed today

    PAUL Baker expects AFC Bournemouth’s drawn-out ownership saga to finally reach its conclusion today. Baker, who has been trying to broker a deal for the club since February, is confident the |paperwork will be “signed, sealed and delivered” ahead of

  • Baseby to rely on knee brace

    BUCCANEERS ace Mark Baseby will wear a knee brace for the first time at Weymouth tonight as he bids to get back to top form. The Bournemouth Castle Cover star fell heavily at King’s Lynn in his first ride on Saturday while guesting for Isle of Wight

  • Pain wants more depth

    LYMINGTON skipper Christian Pain is urging his wounded back-up boys to step up to the plate. The newly-promoted Larks have found the going tough since switching from limited overs to time pennant a fortnight ago. Having won four of their opening five

  • The Lemonheads - Varshons ****

    Having survived the Grunge Wars and various addiction issues, Evan Dando rallies his latest Lemonheads for a sterling album of cover versions. For some this would be indicative of a creative dead end, but for Dando – still best known on these

  • Various - Causes 2 ****

    Accepting that the cause is undeniably just, good and proper, it turns out this 15- track compilation of rare and exclusive tracks is pretty fine as well. All too often charity becomes an excuse for mediocrity, but this is a set any self-respecting

  • Jack Penate - Everything is New **

    You know how you can mix up as many colours of poster paints as you like and it always ends up in a sludgy brown hue? Well, Everything is New is the sonic equivalent. Unjustly mauled for his spritely, perky debut a couple of years ago, Jack

  • Notorious (15) **

    The majority of this story charting the rise of one of hip-hop’s finest MCs to his untimely death in 1997 is solid without being particularly entertaining. From his humble beginnings in Brooklyn to that fatal night in LA, this biopic takes in Biggie

  • What's On Live! (June 19-26)

    Submit your event to our FREE calendar listings ART Art Loan Exhibition 2008-09 – Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus A-Z A Handbook – Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth (until August 9) Manga to Mural: The Sketches