• Cyclesport: Julian secures double

    Newly-crowned national 12-hour champion Julian Jenkinson (Utag-Yamaha) completed a weekend double by winning the EDCA 15-mile time trial at Upton on Bank Holiday Monday. Fresh from a victory in the Alton CC 25 at the Bentley course on Sunday

  • The long and short of solving Lymington's parking chaos

    COUNCIL leaders have decided to lift the brake on parking problems in Lymington by increasing the ratio of short to long-stay spaces and agreeing to talk to private land-owners about using their parking lots. The scheme, which follows a

  • Fighting on after pub plan no-go at Buckhorn Weston

    PUB chiefs have vowed to fight on after district planners turned down an application to build two staff cottages in the centre of an idyllic North Dorset village. Brewery bosses want to turn staff flats inside the Stapleton Arms, Buckhorn Weston, into

  • Showcase to end museum run at Blandford

    A successful showcase of local artists’ work comes to a close this month at Blandford Museum. Museum staff have chosen artist William Cooper to round up their summer exhibition, and will display his work until the museum closes for the winter on Thursday

  • Do you recognise these thieves who struck at Sherborne?

    CCTV images of raiders who broke into a Sherborne store have been released by police. The thieves stole cash and cigarettes from the Co-Op at Westbridge Park, using a crowbar to prise open the sliding entrance doors. Although the two

  • Time to stop cold callers

    It’s time to slam the door on unwanted doorstep sellers, the letterbox on junk mailers, the handset down on unsolicited sales callers and more. We’ve now more rights than ever to be left alone. Britain’s ‘big six’ energy companies finally waved

  • £1,000 cash injection for Ringwood carnival

    Ringwood Carnival has been given a boost with a £1,000 cash injection from Bournemouth store Beales. The money will go towards prizes for entries in the two processions on September 18. Spokesman Leigh Whitbread said: “We were dead chuffed

  • Explosion that killed teenager hairdresser still unexplained

    THE teenage hairdresser who died when her car exploded in flames had broken up with her boyfriend the day beforehand. Jennie Mitchell, 19, died at the scene despite the heroic efforts of two Polish workers who were beaten back by intense flames

  • Lunchbox Muffins

    Lunchbox Muffins Makes 12 50g butter (or sunflower oil) 300g self-raising flour 2tsp baking powder 80g caster sugar 2 eggs 110ml natural yoghurt 110ml milk A few drops of vanilla extract

  • Calling time on our alcohol tax regime

    A LEADING drinks company is calling for alcohol to be taxed by strength. Diageo Great Britain is proposing a reform of the excise duty, so that a unit of alcohol is taxed at the same rate, whether it is in beer, wine, cider, spirits or alcopops. “Alcohol

  • Baby seahorse is first found at Studland

    THE first tiny baby Seahorse has been discovered at Studland, at the UK’s largest known breeding colony of the fascinating creatures. The 4cm long female spiny seahorse is the smallest recorded in British waters since a survey was begun in

  • Victorian villa now included in school plan

    A VICTORIAN house previously earmarked for demolition has been incorporated into new plans for the expansion of a Bournemouth primary school. The house, converted from a hotel to seven flats and a maisonette six years ago, is in a conservation

  • Drinking habits under spotlight

    AROUND 27,000 adults in Poole drink more than the government-recommended safer limits for their health, a new report has revealed. A report to NHS Bournemouth and Poole warns that the town’s young people drink more than the national average

  • Fears that Britons are drinking too much

    IN his newly-published memoirs, former Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that he used alcohol to help him escape from the pressures of his job. “If you took the thing everyone always lies about – units per week – I was definitely at the

  • Reef group to hear from local surfers

    A TASK group looking for a solution to the problems of Boscombe’s artificial reef will today hear from local surfers. Bournemouth Borough Council’s “task and finish” group on the issue will meet in private as members consider whether the reef

  • Tributes paid to Pokesdown stab victim Rosemary Armstrong

    A 69-year-old woman stabbed to death outside a block of flats in Bournemouth has been named. Retired PE teacher Rosemary Elaine Armstrong was found dead by police in a driveway in Queensland Road, Pokesdown, last Wednesday afternoon.

  • Developers get strict instructions on Imax site height

    NOW you see it – soon you won’t? As the bid to rid Bournemouth of its hated IMAX building continues, potential developers are being issued with a strict set of instructions for the site. And these include a condition that the building –

  • Twelve arrested in Bournemouth drug dealer raids

    A CRACKDOWN on drug dealing in Bournemouth led to 12 arrests yesterday following a series successful raids. Police drugs squads found drugs, cash and stolen goods in 11 homes across Boscombe, Westbourne and Lansdowne and arrested suspected

  • It’s always a bumpy ride...

    “It was like a rollercoaster,” I said to my wife, waving my hands up and down violently in reply to her “how was your flight?” enquiry. I’d just flown in to Limoges, in france, on a bumpy Flybe flight from Southampton. It was the day

  • It’s only rock and roll – but I like it

    I have just returned from a long weekend in Bournemouth. The first thing I have to do before anything else is to write to you. Please can I take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Pavilion For one of the best weekends ever in Bournemouth

  • Stranger saved my best friend’s life

    May I, through the medium of your paper, thank a gentleman who saved the life of my dog. I was on the harbourside at Hengistbury Head on Sunday evening. My dog decided to swim out following a swan. We haven’t had her long and I was convinced that she

  • Terriers who fought with the Wyverns

    The article in Snapshots of the past detailing the wartime role of the Dorset Regiment in the 43rd Wessex Wyvern Division (Daily Echo, August 31) should have included the part played by the 7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment in the drive from Normandy to

  • Strays advice is a dog’s dinner

    Your article on the problem of stray dogs – and the “conflicting” advice given – highlights an impossible situation (Daily Echo, September 31). The RSPCA used to take stray dogs from the police – but stopped doing this a few years ago.

  • How well is it going down?

    I LIKE the odd drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is someone with the thirst of a George Best or Oliver Reed. I’m sure my intake’s very moderate indeed. But how many others are saying exactly the same? And how many are blind to the truth

  • Keep smiling through

    THERE can be few things more heartbreaking for mum and dad, than to see their small child struggling to stay alive. Claudia and Duncan Collins, however, were able to present to the camera a look of cheerful hope (Daily Echo, August 28). Readers will

  • Help us to help you keep it clean

    IN reply to the letter headed Where does my council tax go? (Have Your Say, August 28) we are sorry that Mrs Fudge found the public toilets in a state which was less than acceptable. Public toilets are cleaned several times throughout the day. They

  • A Journey with a predictable end

    Tony Blair’s memoirs, A Journey, turn out to be exactly what we all thought that they would be – a paean to himself. He suffered delusions of grandeur while in office, behaving more like a president than a prime minister, and it is clear from his memoirs

  • Back to front as cycle ban ends

    Hooray, August is over – not just the awful weather but the end of the infuriating cycling ban along the prom! The petty minded ban encourages the hysteria that all cyclists are maniacs and a danger to pedestrians, so may not enjoy the scenic, safe

  • Pirates: Panthers prove Poole must still work hard

    LUCKLESS Peterborough dispelled any ideas Pirates’ charge for the Elite League crown was going to be a cakewalk last night. Panthers, written off as serious title contenders following their shock 47-43 home reverse against Eastbourne on Monday, produced

  • Cherries: Symes loving it up top with pace ace Josh

    MICHAEL Symes is hoping to build a productive strike partnership with Josh McQuoid after describing the emerging star’s recent performances as “brilliant”. The duo have formed an impressive pairing in attack in Cherries’ past two league matches and caught

  • Cricket: Cowley hoping for a repeat performance

    DARREN Cowley is hoping he can perform on the big stage and help Dorset to a second Minor Counties Championship national crown. The big-hitting batsman cracked 75 and 63 to claim the man-of-the-match award in their five-wicket win over Cumberland in