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Daniel O’Malley-Keyes trial

Woman ‘beat herself to death’, claimed partner accused of murder

A WOMAN was brutally beaten to death at home by her partner because he was “embarrassed” by her behaviour in a pub, a murder jury was told. Sharon Perrett sustained 15 fractures to her ribs...

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...
Patrick Earnshaw in Highcliffe School's head teacher

Highcliffe School ‘shocked and saddened’ at pupil’s railway death

A TEENAGE girl killed after being hit by a train at a railway station at the weekend was a Highcliffe School pupil. Paramedics and British Transport Police officers responded to the incident on the line...

Man saved from freezing sea in dramatic RNLI rescue off Avon beach

A MAN who fell into the freezing sea off Avon beach yesterday (Sunday) after a RIB he was in capsized was saved in a dramatic rescue by the local RNLI. The casualty was left clinging...
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,...

Police name Highcliffe School pupil killed at train station

A SCHOOL pupil who was killed after being hit by a train has been named as Kate Mullins from Mudeford. The 16-year-old, who was in Year 11 at Highcliffe School, was pronounced dead at the...

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...

London Marathon runner badly injured in vicious assault on training run

A RUNNER out training for the London Marathon was left with serious injuries after being attacked in a quiet street in Highcliffe. The victim, who is aged 50, was set upon between 4.45pm and 5pm...

Police cracking down on speed offenders in Christchurch

POLICE speed camera teams will be out in force in Christchurch today (Tuesday) and for the rest of the week. The operation, including most parts of Bournemouth, is part of a crackdown across Dorset to...
Hampshire County Council

Cash-strapped councils sell off land and property worth £66m

PUBLIC property worth more than £66m has been sold off by cash-strapped councils running services in the New Forest and Christchurch. The biggest seller between 2014 and 2018 was Hampshire County Council which made 100...
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