European elections

Voters go to the polls in European Parliament elections

POLLING stations are open today as voters cast their ballots in the European Parliament elections. Citizens are voting across the EU over the next few days with the results – run in the UK under...

Airport business park expansion set to create nearly 2,000 new jobs

Up to 1,900 jobs will be created at Bournemouth Airport’s business park if plans to extend the site are given the go-ahead. The proposal could contribute £93m every year to the Dorset economy. Rigby Real Estate,...
BCP Council Unity Alliance

Tories in opposition as Unity Alliance takes control of new BCP Council

A FORMER Christchurch mayor who led the fight to stop the BCP Council merger has been elected chairman of the new authority which is now ruled by the Unity Alliance. Cllr David Flagg was axed...
Christchurch mayor

New mayor takes the reins as Christchurch Town Council takes shape

THE last mayor of the now defunct Christchurch Borough Council has been named as the first mayor of the new town council. Cllr Lesley Dedman was unanimously elected to the position at the first annual...
Avon beach

Three local beaches named among best seaside spots in the country

THREE beaches in Christchurch and Highcliffe have been awarded Seaside Awards in the annual Keep Britain Tidy accolades for the best spots on the UK coastline. Friar’s Cliff, Avon and Highcliffe were all recognised for...

New Forest service postponed over door safety issues of revamped train fleet

AN EXTRA train service through the New Forest has been postponed by South Western Railway due to problems with the door safety systems on the carriages. The company had planned to use its newly refurbished...
Wally Wright

Wally Wright: humanities teacher, lifelong rugby fan and ‘wonderful man’

A FORMER head of humanities at Noadswood School and rugby enthusiast Wally Wright has died at the age of 85. Described by his daughter Katharine as an extremely generous and kind man, Wally was a...
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Parties urged to keep talking over control of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

THE chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has urged political groups to continue discussions to form a controlling administration. Ahead of the first meeting of the new unitary authority on Tuesday, Graham Farrant...

Beloved pet Brucey missing after cattery’s owner mix-up

A COUPLE have been left heartbroken after leaving their pet at a cattery which handed him over to the wrong owners. Tadeu and Fernanda Vaccari dropped Bengal Brucey at Christchurch Cattery in Iford before travelling...
Sharon Perrett

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...
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