• ‘Slap’ claim councillor exonerated

    A COUNCILLOR has spoken of her relief after being cleared of assaulting an elderly political rival. Penny Jackman had been accused of slapping Mike Beggs and damaging his teeth during an election night bust-up in the New Forest. But her three-month

  • Emily jury hears more covert police recordings

    MORE covert police recordings have been played to the jury in the Emily Longley murder trial this morning. Repeated conversations were recorded between accused Elliot Turner and his parents Leigh and Anita in which they can be heard discussing what they

  • Bournemouth airport crash-landing pilot plays down heroics

    THE pilot who carried out an “amazing” crash landing at Bournemouth calmly told the Echo: “There was no danger at all.” Peter Turner, 65, brought down the executive jet in a controlled landing after its front wheel would not extend. Fire engines and

  • Students aim to brush off competition with hygiene kit idea

    TALENTED Poole teenagers have come up with an idea they trust will brighten the days of travellers and students. Fresha is the brainchild of a group of 10 sixth formers at St Edward’s RC/CE VA School in Oakdale, Poole which they hope will reap rewards

  • Wendy's making a right dogs breakfast of it for charity

    A DISABLED Dorset woman is urging people to have a Big Dogs Breakfast in aid of a charity close to her heart. Dogs for the Disabled wants friends, families and colleagues to get together during May to hold an event of their own to raise money

  • Cyclist, 17, dies after crash

    A 17-year-old male cyclist has died after being involved in a collision with a car on a major Poole road this afternoon. The A350 Holes Bay Road was shut for several hours following the incident. It happened between the A349 Broadstone

  • New rape crisis centre launched in Bournemouth

    TRAUMATISED rape victims can get specialist support from a centre being launched in Bournemouth today. Anyone over 16 who has been sexually abused, regardless of whether it was yesterday or years ago, can get help and advice at Dorset Rape

  • Is this your peacock causing havoc in Poole street?

    LOST a peacock – or rather a peahen? If you have then one has set up home in a residential Poole street. Over the past three weeks neighbours in Farwell Road, Alderney, whose homes back on to Canford Heath, have got used to the sight

  • £25,000 benefits cheat walks free from court

    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

  • 'Good progress' made on £50m Bournemouth cinema plan

    WORK on a new £50m cinema and restaurant scheme is still on track to start this autumn, despite a “number of minor technical issues”. Bournemouth council has agreed to alter its contract with developer Trevor Osborne to give him more time

  • DJ Fresh: turning up the heat at the Old Fire Station

    AFTER topping the dance charts earlier this year, DJ Fresh is most certainly Hot Right Now. The single has the highest first week sales of the year, selling in excess of one million singles. DJ Fresh aka Dan Stein is currently on a UK tour

  • Branksome Park home to be demolished

    A MOCK-Tudor home in Poole’s Branksome Park can be demolished to make way for a modern five-bedroom house. Borough of Poole’s decision to refuse planning permission for the proposal at Martello Road, in the heart of Branksome Park Conservation Area,

  • Pothole threat to Bournemouth cyclists

    A BOURNEMOUTH woman said a cyclist “could be killed” riding over three potholes outside her home. Jill Abbot from Ensbury Park Road said she reported the first hole earlier this year and two more have since appeared. She told the Echo

  • Ian strikes Lotto gold with £153,594 windfall

    A CAR body sprayer’s money worries are over after he scooped a £153,594 win on the National Lottery. Fortunes changed for single dad Ian Bridges when he matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw. The 55-year-old grandfather recently

  • In the Dock: Christchurch

    BENJAMIN THOMAS aged 21 of The Avon Causeway, Hurn, Christchurch. Admitted assault. Community order made to participate in Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme at Poole Probation Centre for 27 days under supervision. Compensation £100. Costs £85.

  • In the Dock: Bournemouth

    SOPHIA WILLIAM aged 26 of Radcliffe Road, Croydon. Admitted driving a Mercedes on Castle Lane West with no insurance. Conditional discharge for six months. Costs £35 and licence endorsed with six points. ALEXANDRA KATE GREAVES aged 44 of Crabton

  • In the Dock: Wareham

    ROBERT SCOTT MCSKIMMING aged 71 of Burton Wood, Wool, Wareham. Admitted driving a Vauxhall on Chapel Lane car park with no insurance. Conditional discharge for 12 months. Compensation £504. Also admitted driving the said car in Chapel Lane car park

  • In the Dock: Poole

    ALEX ROY TAIT aged 22 of Garland Road, Poole. Admitted being in possession of 2.7 grammes of cocaine, a class A drug. Fined £200, victim surcharge £15 and costs £85. THOMAS ROBIN GOSSLING aged 29 of Alder Crescent, Poole. Admitted trespassing in

  • Jack White: a hyperactive journey through eccentricity

    SINCE rock superstars The White Stripes split last year, frontman Jack White's next moves have been eagerly anticipated. Stepping out on his own for his first solo album, the American musician seems determined to prove that he isn't dragging

  • May the 4th be with you!

    THEIR resolve is unwavering – their mission unchallenged. Yet this small contingent of the Galactic Empire has no interest in dominating our Milky Way. You do not need a Jedi to tell you that these are the troopers you are looking for. Their

  • The Sea View, The Sandbanks: perfect for beach side dining

    WITH direct access to Britain’s best beach, Sandbanks, The Sea View restaurant based in The Sandbanks Hotel couldn’t be any closer to the sea without getting wet. This prime location for a beach-side dining experience is a relaxed affair and perfect for

  • Bit of cheek as he's paying their wages

    IT does seem bit of a cheek for the Bournemouth Council to suggest, through your letters papers, that Dave Wells should cost some of his ideas to improve the appearance of the town, when he must be one of the highest council taxpayers in the area with

  • Disgusted we were hit by massive fine

    I AM writing to let your readers know just how disgusted I was to receive a £70 parking fine from the Turbary Retail Park, Bournemouth on April 12. Totally unaware of the limited parking time at the above retail park, my daughter and I set off for a

  • Grateful to all those who helped husband

    I WOULD like to thank all the people who came to my husband’s assistance when he fell over in Purewell on Saturday 28 April. The lady who looked after him who was a first aider, her gentleman friend, the lady who fetched my sister, another gentleman

  • Anyone keen on my Pointless audition?

    I wonder if any of your readers would be interested in partnering me in applying to be a contestant on the TV programme Pointless? It is necessary for me to have a partner and none of my friends want to be on television. Perhaps I might say, with

  • Wind farm is a huge mistake

    SO, THE plan is to put between 200 and 300 turbines stretching from the Isle of Wight to Swanage. The company proposing it are Dutch and are coming as close to shore as they are legally allowed to, the nearest point being 8.1 miles from shore. In their

  • Man denies sex assaults 40 years apart

    A MAN sexually assaulted two girls 40 years apart, a court was told. Former gypsy liaison officer for Dorset County Council Basil Burton of Dugdell Close, Ferndown, is accused of seven sexual offences against the girls who were both aged around eight

  • Figures revealing a shameful truth

    ON one level it sounds encouraging news. A specialist support centre has been launched in Bournemouth for rape victims. But what is shameful is that the need for it is so great. The grim figures show that over a three-month period in 2010, no fewer than

  • Celebrate Bournemouth's music scene with Bandalism

    CELEBRATING the Bournemouth music scene is Bandalism at the O2 Academy Bournemouth tomorrow night. The special night gives local unsigned bands an opportunity to take to the O2 stage and strut their stuff. After the success of the first event in October

  • Sounds like Adam: long-awaited solo project finally revealed

    SONGWRITER and producer Adam Scholey has finally revealed his highly anticipated solo project Sounds Like Adam. The Poole and Bournemouth-based musician has spent several years founding various hard rock bands and now plans to make his own mark

  • Emily Longley trial: " I just went absolutely nuts"

    ELLIOT Turner was secretly recorded telling his parents: “I just flipped, I just went absolutely nuts.” Police bugged his family home after 17-year-old aspiring model Emily Longley was found dead in his bed last May 7. A jury at Winchester

  • Do you recognise man wanted in knife attack?

    POLICE have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a knife attack outside a nightclub. A 29-year-old man from Poole was left with superficial cuts to his stomach after he was assaulted by another man with

  • Stabbing mystery: what happened to injured man?

    REPORTS that a man had been stabbed in the head triggered a major search operation involving armed police officers in Poole yesterday afternoon. Two armed response units and a Dorset police dog handler were sent to the Bourne Valley area, near the railway

  • Football: Longfleet under-11s raising the club standard

    LONGFLEET Youth FC under-11 boys (pictured) completed the double by adding the League Cup to their Dorset Division Two championship title. The team were unbeaten throughout the season, and despite a strong challenge from the eventual runners-up Sturminster

  • Duathlon: European winner Horton is embracing multi-sport

    JUST one month after racing his first duathlon, Richard Horton (Primera/Specialized) won the European junior sprint title at the weekend. The Winton-based 18-year-old won the national junior title in his first race last month and looks to be a real talent

  • Cherries legend Fletch: Preston clash is no swansong

    STEVE Fletcher has dismissed suggestions he is set for his Cherries swansong and says he still has plenty to offer. Fletcher is expected to feature when Cherries bring down the curtain on the season against Preston at Seward Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

  • Pirates: Howarth determined to prove himself in the Elite

    BRITISH young gun Kyle Howarth is determined to repay Pirates’ faith and admits: Now is the time to prove myself. The rising star will make his first appearance since joining Poole on a doubling-up basis when he lines up at Lakeside tonight (8pm). Pirates

  • Poole Town: Pike fears 'hostile' Dolphins crowd

    ALEX Pike is hoping his pedigree players can cope in front of a “hostile” Tatnam crowd – and he wants a referee who can also handle the pressure. Poole Town could be supported by more than 1,000 spectators when they host Pike’s Gosport Borough in the

  • Third is 'just reward' for Kemp's charges

    JUBILANT manager Graham Kemp admitted piloting Christchurch to third place in the Wessex Premier had felt like winning the league. Sam Griffin’s double saw Priory complete their best campaign since the league was formed 26 years ago with a 2-0 win over

  • Rugby: Havant heroics from reigning champions Wimborne

    WIMBORNE kept up their winning habit at the Havant mini festival, securing their third successive trophy. The under-12s won all five of their matches, scoring 22 tries and conceding none. The same team also won the corresponding events at under-10 and

  • Motocross: Ellis is a muddy marvel at West Meon meeting

    EIGHT-year-old Ellis Selby mastered the West Meon mud in round four of the Ringwood Motocross Club’s championship series. The Upton Junior School pupil clinched a creditable second place in the youngest Automatic 50cc Cadet class. He was only beaten

  • Football: Ringwood under-10s rejoice after league turnaround

    RINGWOOD under-10s (pictured) are celebrating a remarkable change of fortune after winning the Dorset Mini Section Three title. Manager Steve Turner explained: “Last year we came second from bottom in the east section of the Dorset League. “We were

  • Angling: Golden Graham is top in world shore event

    SOUTHBOURNE teenager Callum Graham is feeling on top of the world after clinching the individual gold medal at the World Junior Shore Angling Championships in Montenegro. The 16-year-old, who attends St Peters sixth form, put in a superb performance

  • Golf: The Big Swing is a hit with the small ones

    MORE than 1,000 schoolchildren attended this year’s ‘Big Swing’ event, held at Canford Park Arena. Now in its third year, The Big Swing aims to get children involved in golf by providing them with a fun, day-long introductory session. Organiser Darren

  • Windsurfing: SportsAid accolade for world champion Emma

    TEENAGE world champion Emma Wilson is one of 50 youngsters to prosper from the ‘Rising Stars for 2012’ cash incentive. The 13-year-old Mudeford schoolgirl was selected for her exceptional windsurfing achievements. Emma won the under-15 event at the