Operation Venetic

Raids in Christchurch as part of ‘biggest ever’ UK organised crime bust

OFFICERS raided homes in Christchurch as part of what police described as the biggest law enforcement operation in the UK targeting suspected organised crime gangs. Following an initial round of arrests, further warrants were executed...

Tories to push for ‘budget reset’ plan amid council’s £30m funding gap

OPPOSITION councillors will put forward a “budget reset paper” next week, following concerns about a lack of involvement in efforts to close a multi-million-pound funding gap at BCP Council. A budget monitoring report outlining work...
Hampshire County Council budget

Libraries to open next week – but don’t browse too long!

BOOKWORMS will be free to browse their New Forest libraries as Hampshire County Council announced they are reopening on Monday after more than three months' closure. Customers will have to observe safety measures such as...

Fears for future of local theatres if restrictions continue

ARTS leaders in the New Forest and Christchurch have warned the future of their venues will be at risk if cancellations and restrictions last into next year. Despite being forced to close their doors due...
Bournemouth airport

Passenger planes returning to the skies at Bournemouth airport

COMMERCIAL flights have taken to the skies from Bournemouth airport for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Ryanair passengers headed out to Malaga on the resumption flight and in the past week more...

Readers’ Photos: Your pictures of the New Forest and Christchurch

WITH the beautiful New Forest National Park and historic 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...
Coronavirus

Weekly update: Two more die with Covid-19 in New Forest

TWO further people have died with Covid-19 in the New Forest, according to the latest official figures. The weekly update issued yesterday (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showed that deaths in the district...
Nelson Drive

Two arrests after ‘knife-wielding thief’ targeted residents in their homes

TWO people were arrested after a knife-wielding thief targeted residents at their homes in a Mudeford street. A quantity of cash was allegedly taken when a male teenager reportedly banged on the doors of two...

‘Tow-away zones’ considered by council to combat the crowds

CAR “tow-away zones” are among measures being considered by BCP Council as part of efforts to reduce parking issues during busier periods. Council leader Cllr Vikki Slade said the next stage of an ongoing review...
Diana Maddock

Former Christchurch MP Baroness Diana Maddock dies

THE former Christchurch Liberal Democrat MP Baroness Diana Maddock has died at the age of 75. Announcing the news, acting party leader Ed Davey said: “Diana helped shape the heart of the Liberal Democrat Party....
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