• Cherries: Charlton seal Wiggins deal

    Cherries have today sold Rhoys Wiggins to League One rivals Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee. The left-back had made no secret of his desire to leave Dean Court and had looked set to join Watford after the Hornets had a bid accepted

  • Poole's polo event promises to be 'spectacular'

    A SPECTACULAR, action-packed, fun-filled event is promised at one of the south coast’s best summer sporting and social events, the British Beach Polo Championships. Now in its fourth year on the golden sands of Sandbanks, Poole, the two day event on

  • Ringwood council offices combining to form gateway hub

    WORK on an innovative scheme to combine three council offices in Ringwood will start next week. The Ringwood Gateway, a new public services hub in the heart of the town, will bring together the services of Ringwood Town Council, New Forest District Council

  • Former police chief was Restivo’s nemesis

    THE man who spent five years heading the Heather Barnett enquiry and who was more than anyone the nemesis of Danilo Restivo, has expressed his relief at the outcome. Former Detective Superintendent Phil James was head of the Major Crime Team from 2002

  • Cherries: Boss backs new man Gregory to succeed

    BOSS Lee Bradbury finalised the signing of Steven Gregory and then tipped the midfielder to thrive at Dean Court by playing the Cherries way. Bradbury insisted his new recruit had the potential to become a key man after he joined the League One outfit

  • Danilo Restivo jailed for life

    THE killer of Heather Barnett will die in prison. Danilo Restivo looked on without emotion or reaction as Mr Justice Burnett told him: “You are a cold, depraved and calculating killer. There is no mitigation in this case and in my judgement

  • Third of people in South West signed up to organ donation

    MORE than a third of the population of the South West is on the NHS organ donor register – the second highest proportion in the UK after Scotland. The average for England is 28 per cent, while the lowest proportion of potential organ donors is in the

  • Funnybone comedy night raises £5k for wheelchair fund

    A CHARITY night at Funnybone Comedy Club in Westbourne raised plenty of chuckles… and £5,000 to buy a special wheelchair for a disabled youngster. Local youngster Jamie Kelly suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and, despite his condition, he leads

  • Danilo Restivo was a public danger

    DETECTIVES were so concerned about Danilo Restivo’s behaviour in Bournemouth they warned all those close to the killer to stay away. Det Supt Phil James and Det Supt Mark Cooper make a risk assessment based on police intelligence of Restivo and issued

  • Crimewatch and investigations into women’s hair

    DORSET Police used BBC1’s Crimewatch show to help solve Heather’s murder. A full reconstruction of the day she died was aired on the show in September 2006. The 10-minute slot was one of the longest and most detailed items ever featured on the programme

  • Daredevil Ada, 89 skydives for charity

    DAREDEVIL Ada Newman loved every minute of her tandem skydive as she jumped out of a plane at 13,000ft and fell earthwards at 175mph. Nothing unusual in that; many people take the plunge to raise funds for charity – but not usually at the age of 89.

  • Bowes locks in jurors to his case

    ON the second day of the trial, shortly after completing his day and a half opening of the prosecution case, Michael Bowes QC was huddled with members of his team and police officers outside court two. As he delivered his opening speech Bowes did what

  • Jenny's week: dealing with failure

    I’m sure you all know - I’ve mentioned it quite recently - that this blog is supposed to be all about the best thing I’ve cooked in the last week. Well, if it wasn’t for salvation in the form of a rather elusive Beef “Red Dragon” & Aduki Bean

  • Pool boom is backed by triathlete in training

    A MAN in training for a gruelling triathlon has spoken up for the much-maligned boom at Poole’s Dolphin Swimming Pool. Stephen Bodman was staying in Poole and visited the pool as part of his training for the Liverpool Triathlon, which took place last

  • 'You'll never see a day like this in court again'

    MOMENTS before QC David Jeremy opened the defence case for Danilo Restivo last Monday he told a young member of his team training to be a barrister: “You will never see a day like this in court again.” At times during the day he conducted

  • Funky Little Choir set to sing their hearts out

    BOURNEMOUTH based The Funky Little Choir are hitting the high notes with their concert at the Regent in Christchurch. The choir returns with a brand new concert at the Centre on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July at 7.30pm. The Funky Little Choir

  • MP in Olympic stadium trips fight

    BOURNEMOUTH West MP Conor Burns is campaigning for funding to allow local schoolchildren to visit the Olympic Park in London. He has written to Lord Coe about his concerns that visits to the site may only be available to youngsters from London schools

  • Dorset cyclists to make tracks for Macmillan

    HUNDREDS of cyclists will be flooding Dorset’s roads this Sunday as the 23rd Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride takes to the highways. Motorists are urged to watch out for two wheelers, as they leave Corfe Mullen recreation ground between 8am and 11am and head

  • Elisa Claps' brother is angry at role of ‘accomplices’

    Gildo Claps is angry because he claims Restivo had accomplices who helped him cover up his killing of his sister Elisa, enabling him to kill again, writes Paula Roberts. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Echo, Gildo said: “I have never given up because

  • Heather Barnett: a proud mum who loved life

    SHE was fun and feisty with a wicked sense of humour. A very hardworking, single mum, devoted to her two children, she would do anything for anyone. That was Heather Barnett. ‘Bunny’ as she was known to her friends and family,

  • Badgers get TB jab

    A WILDLIFE trust has become one of the first organisations to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis. Farmers and badger supporters across Dorset, one of the worst-affected areas in England, will be watching closely as a vaccination trial funded

  • Heather Barnett murder trial: Twitter coverage revolution

    This has been one of the most intensively covered trials in UK legal history, thanks to the Daily Echo’s Twitter feed. Echo reporters Andy Martin, Paula Roberts and Steve Smith have between them covered every day of the case, sending out dozens

  • How we broke the story of Heather Barnett and Elisa Claps link

    IT was in 2004 that the Daily Echo exclusively broke the story that Heather Barnett’s death was linked to the then disappearance of Elisa Claps. On June 16 the paper splashed with the front page lead ‘Murder Hunt Moves To Italy’. The story made the

  • Jamega Tour: Lee targets English Challenge after third win

    SIX-TIME Challenge Tour winner Lee James is hoping to renew his acquintance with Europe’s second-tier competition next month. James has made a written request for an invitation to play in the English Challenge at The Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa

  • Roquefort, Pear and Chicory Salad with Walnut Oil

    Roquefort, Pear and Chicory Salad with Walnut Oil Serves 2 2-3 heads of chicory, separated into leaves and put to soak in iced water 100-125g Roquefort, crumbled 1 large, ripe pear, peeled and thinly sliced Squeeze

  • Stuck in Neverland...

    “IF growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I won't grow up, never grow up, never grow up, not me.” So said Peter Pan, but it seems more and more of us are following that second star to the right, straight on ’til morning and

  • Has Danilo Restivo killed more victims?

    HAS evil Danilo Restivo claimed the lives of more than two innocent women? And was he responsible for the murder of South Korean student Jong-Ok Shin four months before he killed Heather Barnett? Speculation has been rife on the internet

  • We need to save this local service

    WELL, Dorset Library Services have had over four months to come up with a proposal to reduce their budget in time for 2012-2013 and they still persist in looking at options that will close a number of rural libraries despite being shown an alternative

  • I thought charity began at home

    I HEAR that the county cannot afford to pay a small annual amount for school crossing persons. And schools have for the most part refused due to lack of funds. The county is considering closing libraries, day centres for the elderly and are not filling

  • Suprised by MP's two-faced speech

    REGARDING Tobias Ellwood (“Good hiding jibe was said in private”, Daily Echo June 28): Taken out of context, eh? By one of his own group or by being overheard (therefore loud enough). What is in the heart comes out through the mouth. He thought it

  • Lend me your ears and I'll sing you...

    I HAD to write after reading Jeremy Miles’s review of the Ringo Starr All Starr Band concert at the BIC (Daily Echo, June 27). As the name of the band suggests, this was not just a Ringo Starr concert but an all-star band concert. If Mr Miles knew a

  • Let's take a leaf from Oxford's book

    AN OPPORTUNITY arises for councillors to improve our road conditions and create more places for parking by moving to introduce by-laws to prevent the permanent positioning of cars placed on our roads with ‘For Sale’ notices, price, mileage etc. Oxford

  • I'm sad and angry

    I WAS both sad and angry to learn from your report in the Echo of June 24 that thieves had yet again stolen lead from our Old Poole Lifeboat Station. However, I was not surprised, as the building is in such a poor state, it gives the impression that

  • Thanks to you all

    I WISH to publicly offer my thanks, and great appreciation, to the doctors and all ward staff, at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit in Christchurch Hospital who cared for my mother, Gladys Clark, during the last days of her 103-year-long life.

  • Pension strikes give pupils day at home

    THOUSANDS of schoolchildren have the day off today as more than 150 schools in Dorset and the New Forest close or partially close during the pensions strike. Geoff Cooke, picture below, Dorset head of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said

  • Stop fiddling and sort it out please

    GAS roadworks on Blandford Road/Gwenlyn Road, Upton, Poole: For as long as I can remember we’ve had occasional fiddling by Southern Gas Networks at the above junction. One-way traffic lights, cones and barriers were installed but there are

  • Let's find a way to keep rural libraries

    DURING the Dorset County Council budget cuts, large amounts are being sliced out of the library service. However, there are four options on the table about how to achieve those cuts. On the apparently preferred option B, it seems as ever the small rural

  • A cruelty that was beyond belief

    WHAT kind of monster must he be? Danilio Restivo has not been tried for the killing of Elisa Claps in Italy but the evidence before the jury at Winchester, where he was found guilty of killing Heather Barnett, showed that the deaths of both women were

  • 'Heather was a kind and honest sister'

    ON the steps of the court, Heather’s sister Denise, paid tribute to everyone who had helped catch and convict Danilo Restivo. “Over the eight long years waiting for someone to be charged with Heather’s murder, our greatest fear was that the killer would

  • Restivo guilty of Heather Barnett murder

    ITALIAN national Danilo Restivo did kill Heather Barnett. The 39-year-old was yesterday convicted of the murder of the 48-year-old mum-of-two. The jury of seven men and five women took five hours to reach their unanimous guilty verdict

  • Fire fighters tackle blaze at house in Fordingbridge

    FIRE fighters from across Dorset and Hampshire are battling a large fire at a house in Fordingbridge. Crews from Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Burley, New Milton, Dorset and Salisbury are in attendance at the fire in Fryern Court Road, Tinkers

  • Cherries - Gregory set to sign, Wiggins set to leave

    CHERRIES are today hoping to finally clinch the signing AFC Wimbledon midfielder Steven Gregory – with one in and one out at Dean Court. The ongoing saga regarding Rhoys Wiggins is also expected to be resolved with the wantaway defender set to complete

  • Cherries: Flahavan wants to be number one

    NEW recruit Darryl Flahavan is gunning for the Cherries number one spot after spending a frustrating season kicking his heels at former club Portsmouth. Flahavan this week completed a free transfer move from Fratton Park and penned a one-year

  • Golf: Martyn misses out on third Open bid

    FRUSTRATED Martyn Thompson was left to rue a poor finish to his first round that led to a loss of confidence as he failed to qualify for his third Open championship. The Parkstone professional missed two short putts as he dropped three shots

  • Pirates: Top trio pull out stops to protect run

    RARELY could Pirates have needed their star triumvirate more than last night. In amassing a crucial 39 points, they did not disappoint. Hit hard by the absence of leading reserve duo Renat Gafurov and Christian Hefenbrock, the Elite League


    PAUL RYAN Four years have passed since you departed. Love and miss you still every day, always in my thoughts. Your everloving wife Ellie.


    MURPHY ANTHONY JOSEPH (Tony) Suddenly at his home on 23rd June 2011, aged 63 years. Brother to Mary and George. Committal Service at Bournemouth Crematorium on Thursday, 7th July at 12 noon followed by a Requiem Mass at St Catherine's Catholic


    MAITLAND JIM Of Loop Farm, Lytchett Matravers, passed away very peacefully at Poole Hospital surrounded by his family on 24th June 2011, aged 100 years. Devoted Husband to Vi, loving Dad of Ian, Kevin and Joy. A wonderful and devoted Grandad and


    POWER RUTH (Nee Davies) Peacefully in Hull on 26th June 2011 aged 86 years. Beloved wife of the late Charles and latterly companion of the late Fred. Long standing member of Punshon Methodist Church. Donations if desired may be given to Cancer Research


    HEALE CECELIA LAURA Passed away peacefully on the 26th June 2011 aged 91 years. Wife of the late Sidney Ernest Heale. She will be very sadly missed by all her family and friends. Funeral service to be held at Bournemouth Crematorium on Tuesday 12th


    HURST NORMAN ALEC JOHN Suddenly on 22nd June 2011, after a short illness, aged 77 years. Beloved husband of Nell. Loving dad of Stephen, Tony, Karen and the late Michael. He will be sadly missed by his 10 grandchildren and extended family and all who


    DENSLOW EDITH 'Edie' On Tuesday 28th June 2011, suddenly at Alexandra House, Parkstone, Poole, aged 91 years. Much loved wife of the late Morry, a dear Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and companion to Ralph. Funeral service will be held on Friday


    BURCHELL MAISIE Passed away peacefully on 11th June 2011, aged 89 years. Much loved and sadly missed by all her family and friends. Service Bournemouth Crematorium on Wednesday 6th July at 11.45am. Family flowers only please, if desired donations made


    LANE DOREEN Sadly missed along life's way, Quietly remembered every day. No longer in our lives to share, But in our hearts you're always there. The hardest 3 years we have ever had. With love from Don, Susan & family and Kelvin & family

  • LINDSEY whitemore

    LINDSEY WHITEMORE You've reached 30. Not long till 40. To a very special Daughter. Happy Birthday. Lots of love Dad and Mum xx


    CLAYDON DENYS CHARLES Sadly passed away on June 20th 2011. Dear Husband of Doreen. Much loved Dad of Beverley and the late Christopher. Adored Grandad of Karl and Bethan. Sadly missed. ''Sweet Dreams''. Funeral Service at the Bournemouth Crematorium


    MOSS JOAN Passed away peacefully at home on 26th June 2011. Much loved Wife to Geoff, loving Mother to Duncan and Tracy and Daughter-in-Law Celia and Grandma to Thomas. She will be greatly missed by all. Her Funeral Service will take place at