• Cherries: Dead-eye Daniels seals last-day victory

    CHARLIE Daniels netted a second-half penalty as Cherries brought down the curtain on a dismal campaign with victory over Preston North End today. Daniels drilled home a 51st-minute spot kick to settle in Cherries’ favour another largely forgettable and

  • BSO deliver the orchestral performance of the year

    Fairytale and nightmare; extremes of musical inspiration, and betwixt them in a sky-blue dress, Alina Ibragimova performing Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No3. Symphonic in outlook, there is a depth to this work that Ibragimova conveyed with considerable

  • Charity shop boss hits out at ‘sickening’ purse thief

    A CHARITY shop manager has hit out at a “sickening” thief who stole a foreign student volunteer’s purse as she worked. Linda Tramontini, boss of the British Red Cross shop in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, said the Korean student, aged 36 and known

  • UPDATED: Square cordoned off as man climbs scaffolding

    POLICE cordoned off parts of Bournemouth town centre on Friday night, May 4, after a man climbed scaffolding and refused to come down. The incident started in Gervis Place at 8.15pm and police cordoned off a “wide area”, closing roads around

  • Bank Holiday weekend: what's on when

    WITH the weather likely to be changeable, here's a quick round-up of some of the things going on in our area this Bank Holiday. Follow the links at the foot of the page for more, and feel free to add your own in the comments. Saturday

  • Bank holiday weekend: will it rain?*

    IT's a Bank Holiday Weekend, so we know you all want to know if it's going to pour with rain or not. So here's what the forecasters are predicting.** Let's start with our very own weather forecast, which has Saturday and Sunday down as dry

  • Bournemouth schoolgirl one step away from singing at O2 Arena

    A BOURNEMOUTH schoolgirl raised by a single mum with as little as £1.25 help a week is one step away from performing in front of thousands at the O2 Arena in London. Iolla Grace, 13, has reached the final stage of the UK’s original music competition

  • Party celebrates start of work at Homefield School

    A PARTY to celebrate the start of long-awaited work at Homefield School will take place next week with invited guests and local organisations. Bournemouth-based company Quantum is organising the event to symbolise the beginning of the work to transform

  • Flood threat subsides as river levels fall

    RIVER levels are expected to gradually return to normal over the next few days following widespread flooding around the River Stour. Many areas are still under water with local residents claiming flooding in some areas is the worst in living memory.

  • Arrest after man walking dog is beaten up in Charminster

    A MAN was being questioned by police last night after a robbery in Charminster. As reported in the Daily Echo on Thursday, 50-year-old Jonathan Jones was walking his dog Chaz just yards from his Charminster Road flat when two men jumped out from bushes

  • Jim gets on board to oversee boat safety in Poole Harbour

    FORMER coastguard Jim Power has been appointed to boost the team which oversees the safety of boat movements in Poole Harbour. He has joined the team of five harbour control officers employed by Poole Harbour Commissioners. “It’s a very

  • Sammy Seahorse gets chart success

    A CATCHY tune penned by a holiday park entertainment manager has reached number one in the children’s download chart. Hit song “The Sammy Wiggle” was officially released on iTunes on Monday with all proceeds donated to children’s cancer charity CLIC

  • Victim tells of horror meat cleaver attack in Poole

    A MAN who sparked a massive police search in Poole when a balaclava-clad stranger slashed his head with a meat cleaver has spoken out about his terrifying ordeal. The 21-year-old, who asked not to be named, said he tried to hail down passing drivers

  • In the Dock: Wareham

    ROBERT NICHOLAS MUIR aged 22 of Old Chapel House, Woodlake, Bloxworth, Wareham. Admitted driving a Toyota Starlet on Wallisdown Road in excess of 30mph. Fined £235, victim surcharge £15, costs £35 and disqualified from holding a driving licence for

  • In the Dock: Poole

    CAROLINE LOUISE BENNETTON aged 43 of Sorrel Gardens, Broadstone. Admitted driving a Chrysler through a red light on A350 Holes Bay Road junction with Sterte Road. Fined £60, victim surcharge £15, costs £35 and licence endorsed with three points. CHRISTOPHER

  • In the Dock: Bournemouth

    BENJAMIN ANTHONY MARKHAM aged 34 of Irving Court, Irving Road, Bournemouth. Admitted driving a Vauxhall car on Southbourne Grove without due care and attention. Fined £75, victim surcharge £15 and costs £35. Also admitted to driving the above said car

  • Poole mother looking to be a world fitness champion

    A DORSET mother has a world fitness championship in her sights after a leading personal trainer spotted her picture on a social networking site. Jamie Barnard saw 41-year-old Donna Ostler’s picture on Facebook and suggested she went in for

  • In the Dock: Wimborne

    ANDREW PETER TANSWELL aged 47 of Canford Bottom, Wimborne. Admitted driving a Renault on Stapehill Road with 207 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. Fined £110, victim surcharge £15, costs £35 and disqualified from holding a driving

  • In the Dock: Christchurch

    ANN FRANCIS aged 78 of Compton road, New Milton. Admitted driving a Ford car and causing an accident with a Peugeot on Monkswell Green. Fined £240, victim surcharge £15, costs £35 and licence endorsed with seven points. TERENCE ESTALL aged 44 of

  • Public fooled over council tax worries

    ONE cannot help wondering how much longer councils and councillors are going to try to hoodwink the public by continuing to play the ‘no rise in council tax’ card as though the councils deserve a pat on the back for it. As I understand the government

  • No contribution to our local authority

    RICHARD Grant of Burley seems to be have misunderstood local taxation (‘Bit of a cheek as he’s paying their wages’, Have Your Say, May 4). Whilst Dave Wells may own a great deal of property in Bournemouth, council tax is a personal liability and therefore

  • No need for this park to be tidy

    I WOULD like to thank Randolph Meech for drawing attention of the removal of the undergrowth in Upton Country Park (‘Woodland woe’, Echo, May 1). It appears that councils seem to think that all areas should be pristine and tidy. However nature is not

  • Top chefs sign for Christchurch food festival

    Celebrity chefs James Martin and Lesley Waters will be signing copies of his book as well as cooking at this year’s Christchurch Food and Wine Festival. Lesley’s demonstrations take place 11.30am and 3.30pm on Saturday May 12 and James’s on Sunday May

  • Teenage cyclist dies after crash on busy Poole road

    A 17-YEAR-OLD CYCLIST has died after an accident involving a car on one of Poole’s busiest roads. The fatal collision happened yesterday lunchtime on the southbound carriageway of Holes Bay Road, close to a popular cycle path that leads into

  • Town is unsuitable for trolley system

    YOU kindly published my letter in the Echo outlining the total unsuitability for a tram system in Bournemouth (Have Your Say, April 21) I was somewhat surprised when a new letter later appeared in the Advertiser extolling the advantages for a trolley

  • Tumble dryer causes fire alert

    A FIRE in a tumble dryer left a home in Christchurch smoke damaged on Friday evening. Fire crews from the town and Springbourne were called to Troak Close at 8.50pm to find the house unoccupied. The occupier returned a few moments later and let firefighters

  • Lorry destroyed by fire

    FIRE crews were called to Old Wareham Road in Poole at 11.45pm on Friday after a skip transporting lorry was set alight. Two crews from the town’s fire station dealt with the fire, which severely damaged the lorry, as well as affecting caravans nearby

  • Town centre cordoned off

    POLICE cordoned off parts of Bournemouth town centre on Friday night. A spokesman for the force said a man was committing public order offences, but they have not yet revealed any further details. The incident started in Gervis Place

  • Anti-litter campaign sweeping through Christchurch

    A CLAMPDOWN on litter in Christchurch is forging ahead thanks to a number of organised beach cleans and litter picks. The Litter Free Coast and Sea Campaign was launched earlier this year by the council to try and keep the areas around beaches and riversides

  • Cherries: Award-winner Pugh set for summer contract talks

    FANS’ favourite Marc Pugh admits overwhelming support from the Cherries faithful has left him facing an agonising decision over his future. Pugh will this afternoon be presented with the Daily Echo / Micky Cave Supporters’ Player of the Year trophy after

  • Pirates: Turbo Twins deliver a Hammers title blow

    THE message from the reigning champions could not have been any clearer: We mean business. If they had not already realised, Pirates’ Elite League rivals now know Poole will again take some beating. Pirates last night sent the biggest signal yet of