• Row over travellers' stay at Ferndown Leisure Centre

    A ROW has erupted over how to stop travellers returning to camp at Ferndown Leisure Centre. Councillor Steve Lugg believes the disruption caused last month when a dozen caravans pitched up in the centre’s carpark, which is shared by Ferndown Upper School

  • Swimming: Rachel reaps reward with seven medals

    Swim Bournemouth’s Rachel Hawkins emerged with seven medals from seven events at the Bracknell and Wokingham Open Meet – four of them gold. The 14-year-old’s wins came in the 14yrs 50 and 100m backstroke (33.90 and 1:15.19) and 100 and 200m butterfly

  • Swimming: Abbi stars at Dorset meeting

    Abbi Axe-Browne was the fastest girl in the pool as she played a starring role in the annual Dorset Development Meet at Littledown. In the space of two days, the 15-year-old from Swim Bournemouth won eight gold medals, broke six competition best times

  • Hunt for a heart of gold

    NOMINATIONS are being sought to find a member of the community who has a heart of gold. The Daily Echo-backed Pride of Bournemouth Award will honour someone who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her community or displayed bravery. The shortlisted

  • Anti-pigeon spikes put colony of swifts at risk

    ANGRY residents fear the installation of anti-pigeon spikes under the eaves of flats in a New Milton housing estate could spell the destruction of a colony of swifts. Mother-of-two Debbie Podjacki, who has lived in the North Milton Estate for more than

  • Could you be our Calendar Girl or Boy?

    COULD anyone forget the true story of the ladies of Rylstone Women’s Institute in Yorkshire, who became famous around the world after they stripped off and posed for a charity calendar? The original Calendar Girls have so far raised more than

  • Airlines call for tax to be cut

    AIRLINES have welcomed a campaign to scrap an air passenger tax which they claim is making UK airports, including Bournemouth, uncompetitive. Ryanair has already announced it will cease operations from Bournemouth Airport for three months this winter

  • Police seek 'kidnap attempt' child's father

    DO YOU know this man? Detectives urgently want to speak to him after his young son was allegedly snatched from a bus stop in Canford Cliffs, Poole. Witnesses say the father, pictured here getting onto a number 50 bus soon after the incident in Haven

  • Revised Wetherspoon’s plans divide residents

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to open a new pub in Lymington have divided residents. More than 800 have objected to the latest plans by JD Wetherspoon to turn one of the town’s biggest shop units into a pub and restaurant – but 1,106 people have signed

  • ‘Remploy at risk’ fears

    POOLE’S Remploy factory is one of 54 at risk of closure if the government implements the Sayce Report, says the GMB. The union claims that if the report, which looks at existing provisions to help disabled people back into work, is accepted

  • Is this the missing ink?

    TATTOOS should no longer be associated with the young, or so it seems. More like the young at heart. A tattoo could be a life-long reminder of a loved one, a particular design or simply a symptom of a rebellious stage. Fern Britton is an example of

  • Appeal for knife amnesty after chef stabbing

    A KNIFE amnesty may be held by Dorset Police in the wake of the tragic death of chef Glyn Helliwell. Senior officers are considering the option after a worried member of the public urged them take action to remove knives from the streets of

  • PGA West Region: Watson's a hot tip for Cumberwell

    WHO will back against West Region captain Michael Watson winning the new Order of Merit tournament for West Region professionals at Cumberwell Park next week? After an incredible run of five wins in five weeks – the last by a sensational seven-shot margin

  • BSO brings the fireworks alive

    SPARKS are expected to fly at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Firework Proms in Meyrick Park next month. The performance is returning once again for two evenings filled with excitement, picnics and fireworks. Kirill Karabits, the BSO’s dynamic

  • Wines of the times: summer wines

    NOT everyone would consider themselves to be seasonal wine drinkers, but as the hot weather is finally upon us, I find myself crying out for crisp, zingy whites and light Rosés. Nothing goes down quite like a cool glass of Provence Rosé or a

  • Bowel disease is a constant issue

    UNIVERSITY student Harriet Dunning tends to keep quiet about her illness – mainly because so few people understand what it means. Now 19, she began suffering symptoms in November 2006. “I felt like I was full up all the time and couldn’t really eat.

  • Lapland brother guilty of contempt

    ONE of the brothers who was jailed over the Lapland New Forest furore has avoided another prison sentence after being found guilty of contempt of court. Henry Mears, 60, was jailed for 28 days, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £750 costs

  • Things we love about Italy

    Food: Where do you start? Everyone loves pasta, pizza, lasagne, ciabatta etc – unless you’re a fan of the Atkins or Dukan diet that is! Opera: La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Aida. Some Italian operas can go on for hours but when you’ve got the likes

  • Please send us your used stamps

    WE would like to ask your readers if they would send us their used postage stamps. Money raised is used for research into Cot Death. Thank you. ST JOHNS WITH ST MICHAELS’ CHURCH, c/o Parish Office, St Michaels Church, Poole Road, Bournemouth BH2 5QU

  • Why do they make rubbish rules?

    THE surf reef was a great idea. Surfers from all over would come here, but miserable old gits have dragged it down. Why don’t they ruin another town? Too many people around here were never young once. Poole and Bournemouth could be a more fun place

  • Think before you scrap library

    AS a member of the Friends of Colehill Library, I am at a loss as to why at every council meeting there seem such determination to close what figures show to be a thriving library. We have now almost reached the point of desperation – asking ourselves

  • Blades that terrorise our streets

    AS THE father of a 21-year-old child, I am eminently qualified to admit that I’ve no idea what makes teenagers tick. But you don’t have to be a Dad to despair at the way a single generation appears hell-bent on redefining attitudes towards violent crime

  • Battle lines being drawn over Talbot Village scheme

    THE future of Poole’s controversial Talbot Heath development hangs in the balance once again. A planning inquiry, called in by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles – who has the power to halt approved development at the site – started yesterday

  • Outstanding staff

    I HAVE recently spent two weeks in Poole and Bournemouth hospitals. The dedication from all concerned at all levels was outstanding. I feel so lucky to have such facilities with such people to look after me when I needed them most. DAVID CUTLER,

  • High penalty for breaking the rule

    IN reply to Mr Chalkley (Echo July 1) I would suggest that the penalty for breaking the bye law which would be operative if a total ban was passed by the council against promenade cycling, be a fairly high amount in order to deter what would be

  • Disgust at broken glass on the beach

    AS a resident of Bournemouth all my life I do not go to the golden sands of Bournemouth beach enough, although Saturday July 9 we decided to have a walk through the town and sit on the beach with our 15 month old daughter. I was disgusted to see in

  • He has a narrow view on dogs

    I WOULD like to reply to the letter penned by William Tipton (July 11). He obviously has had limited, if any at all, experience of dogs. What a ridiculous thing to say that dogs shouldn’t be kept in an urban environment. He has a narrow view of animals

  • Stop tarring with the same brush

    I WOULD just like to bring to your attention a few incidents that happened to my mother while she was staying with me. She is quite elderly and used to always get lost when she went out in Boscombe. On one such evening when she was walking the dog she

  • Race for life is positive step

    ON the morning of Sunday June 19, thousands of women and girls of all ages turned out to take part in the annual Race for Life along Bournemouth seafront. Women who had lost loved ones, had friends or family battling the disease or were

  • Five charged over dad’s Spain death

    SPANISH newspapers say five locals have been charged with killing a Bournemouth man who fell 25ft from a balcony in a brawl on the Costa del Sol. According to reports in the Spanish media, prosecutors claim Stephen Mallon, 49, of Southbourne, was struck

  • Cherries: Lee delighted with Rec rout

    BOSS Lee Bradbury hailed Cherries' professional approach after watching his team dish out a double-figure demolition at Magna Road. Bradbury's men got their pre-season campaign under way with a resounding friendly 10-0 win over their Dorset

  • Speedway: Bridger vows not to wreck Middlo's team ethic

    LEWIS Bridger has vowed to put his off-track spats with Edward Kennett and Ben Barker to one side after being warned by Great Britain World Cup boss Neil Middleditch. Bridger has been called up to Team GB’s one-to-five for tomorrow night

  • Cherries: Symes will be crucial for Bradders

    CHERRIES manager Lee Bradbury has backed Michael Symes to emerge stronger from his injury nightmare to play a starring role next term. The striker endured a frustrating first full season at Dean Court as persistent shoulder and groin problems hampered

  • More drink and drug-drivers arrested during campaign

    THE number of drivers arrested during Dorset Police’s annual summer drink and drug-driving campaign is up on last year. In a month-long campaign, which ran throughout June, 88 people were arrested, an increase on the 81 arrested during last year’s campaign