Burton Common fire

Firefighters issue warning after outbreak of heathland blazes

AS temperatures soared to record levels over the weekend, firefighters were busy dealing with an outbreak of heath blazes. Crews from Hampshire and Dorset teamed up to battle a huge fire which swept through heathland...
Zigzag path in Highcliffe

Zig-zag path set to reopen after public campaign victory

THE zig-zag path between Highcliffe Castle and beach is set to re-open tomorrow (Friday) after completion of restoration work. Aerial photos taken by an engineer from the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council show construction workers...
Digger

Quarry plans loom near major new housing development

PLANS for a huge new gravel quarry close to where 875 homes are set to be built on the edge of Christchurch is slated to be decided in June. The application for nearly 78 hectares...

Tories face challenge from party rebels in first ‘super council’ elections

FORMER Conservative colleagues on Christchurch council will battle it out at the first election of a newly formed super authority that caused a bitter split in the party. A group of Tories have switched to...

Body found on beach was a man, say police

A BODY discovered on a stretch of beach between Friars Cliff and Mudeford on yesterday morning (Tuesday) was that of a man, say police. A Dorset Police spokesperson said the victim's family had not yet been told...

Top Gear mechanic jailed for helping tax cheats flee UK

A MECHANIC who worked on the Top Gear motoring show has been jailed for 15 months after he helped convicted tax cheats flee abroad to evade justice. Stephen Howard (60) assisted Jamie Colwell – who...

Charity sailor Ken’s gruelling record bid is ‘unfinished business’

AN intrepid sailor is undergoing a second gruelling challenge to fulfil his promise of raising £50,000 for two charities close to his heart. Two years ago, Mudeford resident Ken Fowler (pictured) attempted to pilot a...
The Beach House

Beach cafe rises from the ashes in new festival-style resurrection

A POPULAR beach café and restaurant that was badly damaged in a fire is to be resurrected this year as a festival-style food and drink area complete with pizza stall and vans selling burgers,...
Horses

Government issues warning as horse miscarriage disease reported in Dorset

TWO cases of a horse disease that can lead to mares aborting their foals have been reported in Dorset. Defra refused to give the location of the two instances of equine viral arteritis (EVA), which...

Critics of Sir Chris Chope MP seize power of Christchurch Conservatives

TWO Christchurch Tories who have publicly attacked controversial local MP Sir Chris Chope have won powerful positions in the local party with a promise to shift away from the “blue rinse brigade”. Their elections come...
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