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VIDEO: Downton Abbey hits Christchurch with film celebration and spoof movie

DOWNTON Abbey fever swept into Christchurch as a 1925 Rolls-Royce and five other classic cars parked up outside the town’s Regent Centre to mark the cinematic launch of the period drama. And a spoof movie...

READERS’ PHOTOS: Your favourite images from the New Forest and Christchurch

WITH the beautiful New Forest National Park and Christchurch on our doorstep, we live in one of the most picturesque areas of the UK. Show off your best photos from around the patch by emailing...

Developer submits ‘landmark’ plans for former coastguard centre

A DEVELOPER has formally submitted its plans to revamp the former coastguard training centre overlooking Christchurch Bay with a mixture of flats and homes. Pennyfarthing Homes wants permission from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP)...
A338 roadworks

Drivers warned of overnight road closures at major junction

MOTORISTS could face long delays due to a series of overnight road closures starting tomorrow (Tuesday) amid major junction improvement work near Hurn. It is part of the next phase of constructing a more efficient...
royal bournemouth hospital

Council planning to loan hospital £15m for new pathology centre

A NEW partnership could see Royal Bournemouth Hospital loaned almost £15m by BCP Council for a new pathology centre. Cabinet members have been asked to give their backing to the arrangement which would see the...
Mudeford Quay

Man dies after boat capsizes off Mudeford Quay

A MAN died after getting into trouble in the water off Mudeford Quay on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency services were called at about 3.30pm to the incident in which a man in his 50s was in...

World cup success on the water for local sailors

LYMINGTON sailors Hannah Snellgrove and Nick Thompson and Christchurch windsurfer Emma Wilson have all taken top-10 finishes in their respective World Cup events in Enoshima, Japan. After claiming fourth in the world championships, Wilson finished...
Highcliffe homes

Planners block developer from swapping shop for more flats

PLANS to convert a newly-built shop unit in the centre of Highcliffe into flats have been rejected due to concerns about how close they would be to bins. Pure Town Planning, consultants representing the developers,...

Taxpayer could hand train firm £32m in strike compensation, claims union

THE long-running industrial dispute on the South Western Railway network could cost the taxpayer at least £32m, the RMT union has claimed. The money would be publicly-funded compensation to make up for losses suffered by...

BMWs, smelly passengers and Jeremy Corbyn – police reveal speed excuses

A MOTORIST caught speeding asked police who pulled him over: “Surely me driving a BMW must count for something, officer?” It was among the six worst excuses Dorset Police has so far heard during 2019...
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