• Much-loved Regent Centre joins the digital world

    FOR anyone hoping this review may provide an expert insight into this year’s hit film The Artist, you are going to be disappointed. While the film deserves all its plaudits and awards it has received in recent months, my purpose for turning out to the

  • Egghead CJ lights up steamy play

    THIS play is billed as ‘A Steamy Comedy’ and it most certainly lived up to its name. Set in a ladies-only health spa with a staff of gorgeous men willing to tend to the ladies every need... I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. The cast worked hard

  • Rifle sparks police hunt at Hengistbury Head

    A police helicopter, sniffer dogs and several police cars were called to a major alert at Hengistbury Head this afternoon after a report of three men with a rifle. Armed officers were carefully searching the main car park by the Hungry Hiker

  • Bournemouth pub boss jailed for theft of takings

    THE assistant manager of a Bournemouth public house penned a letter of apology before fleeing with thousands of pounds of the takings. More than four years after the confession the long arm of the law finally caught up with Avni Haxhui after

  • Police launch crackdown on Boscombe drug dealers

    POLICE have begun a two-week long crackdown on drug dealers in Boscombe. Officers will be raiding homes, stopping and sear-ching suspected dealers and referring addicts to rehab. The operation began yesterday and will run until May 15

  • Starlets from The Voice coming to the BIC

    THEY’VE turned their back on contestants, but now BBC talent show The Voice will be turning their attention to Bournemouth in September. Announced today, a live UK tour will begin at the BIC on September 12. The show has been a huge

  • Krista Green: understated confidence shines through

    Krista Green is one of the nicest people in the world, slightly behind Michael Palin in fact. She specialises in soft, gentle, poppy folk, has a voice as soft as a marshmallow massage and sings about love and peace and general happiness. This makes

  • Lighting man who helped create Olympic Park scoops award

    A LIGHTING expert from Bournemouth who has helped create the Olympic Park for London 2012 has been named as Lighting Designer of the Year. Winton’s Michael Grubb, 35, director at Sutton Vane Associates, picked up the Lighting Design Award at

  • Drunken barman broke trainee pilot’s jaw

    A DRUNKEN barman who broke a trainee pilot’s jaw after violence flared in Bournemouth town centre has avoided prison. Elliott Elwart, 22, from Wollaton Road, Ferndown, admitted causing Benjamin Sherrard-Smith grievous bodily harm on November

  • Tony Hancock Appreciation Society heads to Bournemouth

    SOME of the people behind Hancock’s finest half-hours will be in Bournemouth paying tribute to the comedy giant this weekend. Actress June Whitfield and writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson will be in the resort when the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society

  • Jenny's week: Spoiled for choice!

    I really am. Spoiled for choice as to what to write about, that is. A couple of weeks back, I went through a truly terrible week of recipes that consistently went wrong for one reason or another. Quite apart from the expense involved when a

  • Stacey gets all-clear for Bournemouth's Race for Life

    CHRISTCHURCH sales administrator Stacey Voce will be one of many cancer survivors lining up on Bournemouth seafront this summer to take part in Race for Life. The 25-year-old was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and has undergone numerous tests

  • Dorset teenager caught up in exam result mess-up

    A DORSET teenager was one of 43 students who were told they had passed a vital exam, only to be told a week later they had failed. Sherrie Benham, pictured, 18, of Blandford, is studying for a City and Guilds qualification in hairdressing at

  • Arrest after 15-man fracas in Bournemouth town centre

    A FRACAS involving 15 men led to a fight and a teenager being arrested in Bournemouth town centre. The police were called about a fight starting in Post Office Road at 4am yesterday and blood was later seen on the floor and walls in Richmond

  • £25,000 benefits cheat walks free

    A BENEFITS cheat walked free from court despite conning the taxpayer out of £25,000 over four years. David Curtis claimed the benefits of a jobless man while he was working at a New Forest pub. Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard he claimed

  • Verwood builder fined for asbestos risk

    A BUILDER from Verwood has been ordered to pay £12,500 for demolishing a house without carrying out an asbestos survey. Self-employed Stuart Pearson was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for not having a pre-demolition survey to check all

  • Motorists rescue lorry driver on A31 at Ferndown

    A LORRY driver has been rescued from his overturned vehicle by passing drivers who stopped to wrench his windscreen free. Michael Welch, 42, was leaving Ferndown along the A31 at around 1pm yesterday when his DAF heavy articulated truck fell

  • Go slow plea to New Forest drivers

    MOTORISTS are being urged to slow down on New Forest roads after animal accidents increased last year. Despite publicity and initiatives to raise awareness of the dangers, 67 commoners’ animals were killed or had to be put down after a road accident.

  • In the Dock: Ringwood

    MICHELLE CAROLE KAY aged 48 of Northfield Road, Ringwood. Proved in absence that she drove a Land Rover on A348 Ringwood Road in excess of 40mph. Fined £400, victim surcharge £15, costs £85 and driving licence endorsed with six points.

  • In the Dock: Christchurch

    WILLIAM ALLEN NORWOOD aged 24 of Vickery Way, Christchurch. Admitted driving a Ford motor van on A35 Wimborne Road in excess of 30mph. Fined £55, victim surcharge £15 and driving licence endorsed with three points. PAUL CARL GOODMAN aged 31 of Whitehayes

  • In the Dock: Wimborne

    PHILIP CHRISTOPHER ADDERLEY aged 42 of Old Rectory Close, Corfe Mullen. Proved in absence to failing to identify the driver of a Renault vehicle who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence. Fined £600, victim surcharge of £15, costs of £85 and driving

  • In the Dock: Bournemouth

    JEFFREY ALICEA aged 34 of RAF Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk. Proved in absence failing to give identification of driver of Vauxhall vehicle who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence. Fined £300, victim surcharge £15, costs £85 and licence endorsed

  • Not enough places to shop in the area

    IT seems residents of Wallisdown have not enough choice of places to purchase those last minute forgotten items, despite Aldi and other family-run convenience shops. A Tesco Local is about to appear on Wallisdown Road in place of the large furniture

  • Well done for objecting to test tower in the bay

    THERE must be few of us that do not agree with the concept of obtaining energy from sources other than fossil fuels. Let us not lose sight of the ball by jumping headlong into wind turbines as the alternative way of providing our energy needs. We

  • In the Dock: Poole

    STEPHEN LEE MANNION aged 25 of Apple Close, Poole. Proved in absence to driving a Vauxhall car with defective driver’s seat belt. Fined £100, victim surcharge £15 and costs £85. JASON PATRICK MORGAN aged 36 of Summit Estate, Hackney, London. Proved in

  • Action needed over doorstep salesmen

    WE all applaud the initiatives to get young people working, but who sends these ‘door to door’ salespeople with their limited selection of goods. And how are they trained, with regard to elderly people? Despite a ‘No Doorstep Sales People’ notice on

  • Thefts of cycles is just much too easy

    HAVING lost my husband last year and not being able to drive, I have thought about buying a cycle as means of getting around having always cycled in my youth. However upon reading a recent letter and hearing about so many bikes being stolen it has made

  • Stop mobiles from working in vehicles

    I REFER to car drivers using their mobile phones while driving. With all our technology we have these days, would it not be simple to put a device in all mobile phones that they become inactive as soon as the car engine has been started, therefore making

  • Such good service after our break-in

    I AWOKE on Monday at 4.30am by the sound of someone trying to get into my bedroom via a small window. I awoke my husband and hearing voices the intruder was gone. Should we tell the Police? Well there wasn’t much to tell, they are busy and under pressure

  • Use Gardens site as multi-storey

    I REFER to Winter Garden’s project I read in the Daily Echo recently what our present council’s intentions are as far as the old Bus Station site, Winter Gardens and Trevor Osborne’s intention for the Pavilion car park. Firstly, let us use the Winter

  • Rules to follow the party lines

    IT is ironic. People are organising Golden Jubilee street parties and celebrating community spirit at the same time as Bournemouth council feels it cannot release details of where they will take place... because of the risk of mean-spirited behaviour

  • Stewart Francis: laid-back show remains a low-key affair

    THIS was very much a low-key affair – that’s not to say it didn’t have merit, but it was a slow burner that never really caught fire. The engaging Matt Rudge, documentary-maker and comedian, gave us half an hour of his time, mostly perceptive

  • 20 years of migraine misery have been put behind me

    MIGRAINES seemed to be my heritage, my mother had suffered until she reached her 60s and my older sister was similarly afflicted. Desperate for a cure, I even endured steroid injections into the back of my head, without benefit. So,

  • New Bournemouth-Dublin air service launched

    THE shamrock has landed. A new Bournemouth-Dublin air service by Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus was launched yesterday giving local travellers and the business community a boost. The service, operated by Aer Arann, will fly six times a week all year round

  • Emily Longley trial: Strangulation possible, says expert

    A HOME Office pathologist has told a court it is possible Emily Longley was strangled. Giving evidence at Winchester Crown Court, Dr Huw White said he could not be sure because he found no external or internal injuries on the 17-year-old’s

  • Right Royal reception for The Queen in Sherborne

    DORSET residents gave a roaring royal reception to the Queen when she visited the county just ahead of her Diamond Jubilee. The Queen brightened up the rain-sodden streets of Sherborne in a vibrant pink overcoat with black buttons and trimming. She

  • Secret Jubilee: some street parties we CAN tell you about

    STREETS across Dorset will be awash with bunting in June as residents join together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Councils have been busy receiving applications from around the county by people wishing to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years

  • Non-League: Dolphins dig deep to reach the final

    BATTLING Poole Town survived a spirited second-half fightback to move a step closer to promotion glory at Tatnam last night. Dolphins looked set to progress at a canter after easing into a deserved 2-0 lead in the opening period. With Hungerford offering

  • Cherries keeper Jal never saw 'eye to eye' with Bradbury

    CHERRIES goalkeeper Shwan Jalal is hoping a change in manager could lead to a change in fortunes. Jalal made his first league start for almost 12 months when lined up in Cherries’ 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe on Saturday. A mainstay of last season’s play-off

  • Ford: My Pirates do have strength in depth

    PROMOTER Matt Ford believes Poole’s thrilling victory at Wolves highlighted their strength in depth and insists: “We are not a two-man team.” Big guns Chris Holder and Darcy Ward took the plaudits after their last-heat exploits had sealed a dramatic

  • Hampshire youngster Terry signs for Bashley

    YOUNG Bashley batsman Sean Terry has been given his chance to shine in the top level of domestic cricket by Hampshire. Southern Premier League club Bashley signed the opener earlier this year and he is set to feature during their upcoming 2012 campaign