Tokyo-bound windsurfer Emma remains positive despite Olympics delay

OLYMPICS-bound Christchurch windsurfer Emma Wilson feels the IOC has made the right decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to next year. The 20-year-old was one of the first Team GB athletes to be announced...

Fraudster hatched flying lesson escape plan to flee justice for £1m VAT scam

A FRAUDSTER escaped justice by persuading a flying instructor to drop him off in France after a lesson, a court heard. Jamie Colwell, who lived in Friars Cliff, Christchurch,and his ailing father Brian knew they...

Third Heathrow runway would cost Bournemouth Airport flights, MP warns

BOURNEMOUTH Airport would lose two-fifths of its international flights if the controversial third runway is built at Heathrow, an MP has warned. Expanding the UK’s leading air hub would have a “suffocating” effect on regional...

We’re at breaking point from austerity, warns Dorset police chief

DORSET police chiefs have warned further funding cuts will push the force to breaking point, saying the strains are “beginning to show”. Chief Constable James Vaughan has issued a rebuke to the Conservative government after...
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South Western Railway sorry for delays in compensating for… delays

THE train company serving the New Forest and Christchurch has apologised for being one of the worst performing train firms for handling compensation claims. South Western Railway settled claims within the target of 20 working...

Emergency services face growing load from homeless patients, says doctors’ research

LOCAL NHS services are facing growing cases of homeless people coming for emergency treatment, according to figures from the BMA doctors union. South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), which also includes Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, experienced...

Police forces unite to clamp down on Christmas drink-driving

THERE could be fatal consequences if drivers get behind the wheel after consuming drink or drugs this festive season, police warned at the start of their annual festive crackdown. The Hampshire and Dorset forces have...

Christchurch MP accuses top Tories of ‘treacherous’ behaviour over Brexit

CONSERVATIVE cabinet members have been attacked by Christchurch MP Sir Chris Chope for “treacherous” behaviour. Sir Chris – who voted against the Prime Minister in the Tory leadership confidence ballot in December and rebelled on...

Paramedic treating patient has 999 vehicle slapped with parking fine

A PARAMEDIC was hit with a parking fine by a traffic warden while she was treating a patient. The Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) was parked in Bargates, Christchurch, on Tuesday when a Dorset County Council...

Fears Christchurch park plan being ‘rushed through’ in council’s final days

A NEW country park in Christchurch will leave a legacy to residents in the “dying days” before the borough council’s abolition next spring, a meeting heard. The 15-hectare park will be created on land incorporating...
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