• Euro girls: Georgia shines as England win silver

    REMEDY Oak star Georgia Hall played a leading role in England’s silver medal performance at the European girls team championship in Sardinia. The 15-year-old secured points in each round of the knockout phase as England marched into the final against

  • Euro ladies: Hayley is a hit against Danes

    FERNDOWN teenager Hayley Davis produced a match-winning display for England against Denmark at the European ladies team championship in Austria. The 18-year-old former ladies champion, playing in the final match on the course, won the final hole to take

  • Ben set for big future says Poole Town skipper Thomas

    CAPTAIN Jamie Thomas believes it could just be a matter of time before teenage run machine Ben Rogers gets the chance to fulfil his potential on a bigger stage. The Poole Town skipper was speaking after watching the 16-year-old blast what he described

  • Helicopter victim in battle for damages

    AN electrician who lost his leg in a horrific accident involving a helicopter has launched a legal battle for compensation. Sebastian Ward, 21, was installing wiring on a new hangar at Goodwood aerodrome in Chichester when a helicopter crashed and he

  • Christchurch is thriving despite UK's economic woes

    TWO years ago Christchurch town centre was credited with a so-called “microclimate”, shielding it from the ravages of the credit crunch. Fast forward to 2011 and despite businesses having opened and closed in the town centre, Christchurch Borough Council

  • Fresh row erupts over waterfront plan

    A NEW row has broken out over plans to transform a prime waterfront site. Campaigners have attacked the latest proposal to build a large number of flats on the former Webbs chicken factory land, which overlooks the Lymington River. As

  • Blaze of colour in Bournemouth pride procession

    BOURNEMOUTH’S annual pride festival brought a blaze of colour and fun to the town at the weekend. Beginning on Friday, Bourne Free – Bournemouth’s Pride Festival – saw celebrations taking place across the town all weekend, in particular at the arena

  • Hospitals budget is just £2.40 per day to feed each patient

    CATERING staff at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals have a budget of just £2.40 a day to buy food for each patient, a report has revealed. But the actual cost of feeding each person is just over £6 when overheads such as staffing

  • Friends get on their bikes in honour of Jacko

    FRIENDS of a respected Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran who died in a motorbike accident in Dorset have completed a charity cycle ride in his honour. Royal artillery warrant officer Warren ‘Jacko’ Jackson, who was described as “one of life’s good guys

  • Restivo lawyers given three weeks to decide on appeal

    LAWYERS for Heather Barnett’s killer have been given three weeks to decide whether they wish to appeal against his conviction. Danilo Restivo appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court last week for a preliminary extradition hearing. The Italian

  • Dogs only suitable for countryside

    I DO not believe dogs are suitable to an urban environment and their ownership should be discouraged. There is everything to recommend the cat. They catch vermin, comfort the elderly and lonely and bury their own ‘doings’. Dogs are dangerous and unpredictable

  • Zebra crossing is long overdue

    WHY has it taken so long to have a zebra crossing on the Sandbanks Road near Brittania Road? I remember 25 years ago asking the council for a safe crossing for school children to walk to school without being driven and shoppers to walk into Ashley Cross

  • Make checks before you take on a dog

    IN recent months we have been made aware of a number of concerns which have been expressed by adopters of rescue dogs around the country whose experience has been very distressing. As Dorset’s oldest and largest animal rescue charity Margaret Green Animal

  • Reason why there are no cycle lanes?

    I SEE there has been another anti-cycling letter in the Echo from former councillor Philip Whitelegg. I’ve been told that Whitelegg Way, which runs from Northbourne to Redhill, was named after him. I have often thought this road would really lend

  • Pupils must follow code

    HAVING very carefully read the Echo article ‘School slammed for pupil protest handling’ (July 15) I can well understand the parents taking offence at the wording of the letter sent to them by the school regarding uniform regulations. However, rules are

  • Concerns over new ferries on river

    UNFORTUNATELY, you published a photo of the small C-class ferry in the Lymington River (‘Public inquiry into ferry’ firm’s proposal ‘may be scrapped’, July 2). As it was half the displacement of the new ‘unlawful’ W-class, your readers can imagine the

  • Loose attitude and keep your licence

    BILL Hollins (Letters, July 5) is correct in pointing out there are no plans for a duel carriageway between Poole-Honiton,or from Ringwood to Salisbury. Yes, they are important trunk routes, but they are also very sensitive as regards agriculture and

  • Why deny patients this treatment?

    I HAVE recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and am about to commence radiotherapy at Poole Hospital. I had been encouraged by an article from the Daily Mail regarding focused radiotherapy, a new therapy where tiny gold beads are placed into the

  • Pedal Car Grand Prix is a wheelie good time

    A WHEELIE good time was had by all at the New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix yesterday. The event in New Milton, sponsored by Ringwood Brewery, saw more than 250 competitors and 52 pedal cars take part in the two-hour endurance race around the

  • Going back to the 80s at Camp Bestival

    WITH the current resurgence in popularity of music from and inspired by the 1980s, it is only right and proper that Dorset’s biggest music festival should feature one of the biggest bands from the decade of flamboyance. Martin Fry is the frontman of

  • Spending money to save time

    IN the old days it was very simple. There was a road accident. The damaged vehicles got moved quickly. The road re-opened as soon as possible. Motorists were by and large happy with the system. It all seemed to work perfectly well. Then

  • Last sailing of Barfleur ferry

    Brittany Ferries has announced it is withdrawing the Barfleur service between Poole and Cherbourg in October. To the delight of local people the passenger and freight ferry was brought back into service in February for a trial summer season

  • White Gazpacho with Garlic, sprinkled with Grapes

    White Gazpacho with Garlic, sprinkled with Grapes (Serves 6) 200g slightly stale, crustless white bread 800-900ml ice-cold water 15g garlic, thinly sliced 100g blanched almonds 150ml good quality olive oil, plus extra to serve 4tbsp sherry vinegar

  • Bailey the dog survives 60ft cliff fall

    A SMALL dog had a miraculous escape after falling 60 feet from a clifftop. Three-year-old Bailey bolted from his owners and plunged from a cliff near Purbeck’s famous Old Harry Rocks. One of his owners had waded waste-deep into the sea

  • Rick Stein: 'why I've fallen for Spanish food'

    IF Rick Stein is a typical senior citizen, it's no wonder we're thinking of raising the age of retirement. At 64-years-old, the ‘Padstein’ chef and presenter is still going strong, and more likely to be found searching out Spanish cheese in

  • Cycling is officially great!

    Cycling is the best way to get around town, if it wasn't then the cycle messenger wouldn't exist. It works anywhere where there's an urban environment that gets clogged by motorised traffic. It's the fastest way to get from one side of town to

  • Travellers still on land near Wessex Way

    TRAVELLERS were still on land in Bournemouth on Sunday. Around 12 caravans moved onto land near the Wessex Way, between the rear of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and the sewage treatment plant, at the start of June. Christchurch Borough

  • Mum’s warning after dog attack in garden

    A MUM who was mauled by a bull terrier cross as she exercised in a back garden says it was lucky her friend’s baby was not killed by the crazed dog. Natasha Way needed hospital treatment for leg wounds following the attack, which happened as

  • Experience Rio Carnival spirit... in Bournemouth!

    FORGET travelling halfway around the world – this summer a taste of Brazil comes to Bournemouth with a series of performances of authentic Brazilian music and dance at Bournemouth Pavilion. On Friday, August 19 the Rio Summer Ball will include a spectacular

  • Beach polo is simply mint at Sandbanks

    AROUND 10,000 spectators packed out Sandbanks beach in Poole over two days to marvel at the cream of English and Australian horsemanship. An Aussie side took on England’s finest as part of the Daily Echo-backed fourth British Beach Polo Championships

  • Blaze pair saved by smoke alarms

    TWO people are lucky to have escaped alive after smoke poured into their home as they slept. The husband and wife, who live in Sandy Lane, Upton, Poole, were woken by their smoke alarm which triggered after an “intense” fire took hold in their garage

  • Southern Cross to close down

    Care home operator Southern Cross confirmed today that it is to close down after the landlords of its properties abandoned the company. Southern Cross, which has 752 homes and 31,000 residents, has been locked in negotiations over a restructuring

  • Pair bailed as police hunt for Glyn Helliwell's killer

    TWO men arrested over the death of a Poole chef have been released on bail as detectives renewed an appeal to find his mobile phone. Glyn Helliwell, 42, described as a “gentle giant” by those who knew him, was found dying from stab wounds in

  • Speedway: Middlo tells Lew to prove worth

    NEIL Middleditch has told frustrated Lewis Bridger to prove his worth to Team GB – or risk being cast into the World Cup wilderness. Bridger was left out of Middleditch’s team for event two at King’s Lynn tonight and subsequently voiced his opinions

  • Speedway: Bjarne's flying flag for old brigade

    THE youngsters might be stealing the limelight in world speedway at the moment, but Bjarne Pedersen proved to Chris Holder and Darcy Ward that there is life in the old dogs yet. Pirates legend Pedersen stole the thunder of Holder, the new hero of Wimborne

  • Cherries: Lee warns star Danny to be patient

    LEE Bradbury has warned Cherries striker Danny Ings to be wary of the pitfalls of big-money moves – and wants him to avoid making the same mistake as he did. Ings has been the subject of intense transfer speculation following his goalscoring exploits

  • Lapland brother due back in court

    A MAN who was convicted of misleading customers over the failed Lapland New Forest attraction is due back in court today. Henry Mears, 60, is set to appear at Bristol Crown Court for an offence of contempt of court. Mears was jailed for 13 months