• Elderly woman died in Christchurch house fire

    AN INQUEST has opened into the death of an elderly woman who was recovered from a fatal house fire in Christchurch. Annie Teresa Mitchell, 87, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of her home address in King’s Avenue. Senior coroner for Dorset

  • Records to be smashed this weekend as popular event returns

    RECORDS are to be broken at this weekend’s Sandpolo in what could be the busiest event yet.  The popular event in Sandbanks will be in its 17th year when it returns on July 12 and 13, with organisers promising an “unforgettable blend of thrilling

  • Woman jailed after killing cyclist in hit-and-run crash

    A WOMAN has been jailed after killing a cyclist in a hit-and-run crash. Jessica Berry, 26 and of Corfe Mullen, was driving on the B3078 Julians Road in Wimborne when she hit 40-year-old cyclist James Raeburn with her car. Emergency services

  • Hundreds of pounds worth of champagne stolen from Waitrose

    OFFICERS are investigating after nearly a thousand pounds worth of alcohol was stolen from a Waitrose. Bottles of champagne worth £860.43 were taken from Waitrose at The Furlong in Ringwood. The incident occurred between 10.05am and 10.10am

  • BCP Council leader announces resignation

    VIKKI Slade is to resign as BCP Council’s leader.  The newly elected MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole has had a change of heart and will not lead the local authority for the rest of the summer.  Mrs Slade, who will remain as a ward councillor

  • Parents warned of £120 fines as summer holidays approach

    With the summer holidays around the corner, parents have been issued a warning that they could face fines of up to £120. Legal experts have told parents looking to save some money on their summer getaways that taking children out of school early

  • BIC to livestream Netherlands v England game

    THE SEMI FINALS of the Euros football tournament is set to be one of the biggest sporting events in 2024. The tournament kicked off the summer of sport on June 14 and runs until July 14. Many pubs and bars across Bournemouth will be live-streaming

  • Missing man from New Forest has now been found, police say

    A MISSING person from New Forest with links to Dorset has now been found.  James Wright, 32 was last seen in Tiptoe Road, New Milton at around 7.15pm on July 8. He was leaving the area in a grey coloured Mercedes CLA with registration KE65

  • 'New MPs will need to address Bournemouth's needs'

    HAVING been roundly defeated by Labour’s Jessica Toale in Bournemouth West, may I congratulate her and Tom Hayes on their election as Bournemouth new MPs, whilst thanking those who voted Liberal Democrat for their support. It is clear that the

  • New crop of teachers graduate from trust

    TRAINEE teachers have graduated from the Castleman Learning Network, which is part of the Bournemouth-based Castleman Academy Trust of schools.  Five newly qualified teachers are excited to be establishing their own classrooms in local schools

  • Embrace the summer season with Solent Hotel and Spa

    Make the most of summer days with the award-winning Solent Hotel and Spa in Hampshire. From one-night spa breaks to sizzling summer-inspired dining with friends, it’s time to get out and enjoy the change of season. Soothing spa days Sit back

  • Thousands of people employed in green jobs in Poole

    THOUSANDS of workers are employed in green jobs in Poole, but the UK is lagging behind other nations for green manufacturing, new analysis reveals. The Institute for Public Policy Research has found on average, 2,593 people were employed in manufacturing

  • 'The NHS is not broken'

    WHAT an insult! the new Health Secretary Wes Streeting says the “NHS is broken”. I do wonder how all the hard-working people who work in the NHS, as well as the many millions of people who have received excellent treatment from the NHS feel about

  • New exhibition on display at country park

    A NEW exhibition by a Dorset artist at Durlston Country Park promises to explore environmental, social and religious themes from around the world.   Josh Hollingshead’s display in the Swanage country park will run from July 3 to 18 and features

  • Charity chair recognised for efforts

    A BOURNEMOUTH disability training charity is celebrating winning a “significant” accolade.  The Crumbs Project’s chair Peter Jones MBE was honoured with the Education and Training Award at the Cateys 2024.   Peter has been recognised for his

  • Fundraiser launched for Max Perry after crash at Poole

    A FUNDRAISING page has been launched to support Max Perry, after he crashed out at Wimborne Road last week. Perry was guesting for Poole Pirates when he was unceremoniously knocked into the fence on the home straight by Edinburgh Monarchs reserve

  • Slain dragon said to have terrorised local village

    The Bisterne Dragon is a legend that has been around for centuries, likely dating back to the 17th century but possibly even earlier. The story goes that this dragon resided in the New Forest, near Burley Beacon, and terrorized the nearby hamlet

  • London-style bus placed in Bournemouth town centre Square

    YOU wait ages for a bus, and then one comes filled with fudge.  Preparations are well underway for Live at the Square in Bournemouth town centre due to start on Friday, July 12.  Palm trees, a London-style confectionary bus selling sweets,

  • Huge expansion plans lodged for Bournemouth Airport

    AROUND 900 new car parking spaces could be added at Bournemouth Airport in huge expansion plans to ‘facilitate growth’. Bournemouth Airport has asked BCP Council if it will need to produce an environmental statement in an application for the expansion

  • Liz Lean PR takes home gold at national PR industry awards

    A POOLE based communication agency has won the 2024 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence Awards. Liz Lean PR (LLPR) was commended for its 'Best Day Ever’ campaign for Paultons Park, taking home the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle