Life-size doll collector (62) stalked school friend he last saw in 1972

A CHRISTCHURCH man who lives with nine life-size dolls has been ordered to stay away from a former schoolfriend he admitted stalking. Magistrates heard Everard Cunion (62) became infatuated with Julie Taylor, who the lifelong...

Dorset Police to be equipped with spit and bite protection kits

POLICE officers in Christchurch will be armed with special guards to protect them from being spat on or bitten. Up until now the constabulary was against issuing officers with the hood-type devices, which would be...

Addict trio jailed for raid on home of 88-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer

A BURGLAR who ransacked the home of an 88-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer with two fellow drug addicts has been jailed for 18 months. Ryan O’Reilly was part of a three-man gang who made such an untidy...

New Forest on track for a slice of £2bn railway improvement funds

THE New Forest will get a share of a £2bn railway investment aimed at improving safety and reliability. Network Rail, the organisation responsible for the upkeep of the UK’s tracks, will spend the money on...

There’s a buzz at launch of new IncuHive New Milton business hub

BUSINESS and civic leaders gathered for the much-anticipated launch of the A&T’s new entrepreneurial hub in New Milton created in partnership with business development company IncuHive. Beer from an IncuHive nano-brewery was poured to toast...

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...

Royal Bournemouth Hospital becomes wedding venue for seriously ill bride

A CHRISTCHURCH couple have praised Royal Bournemouth Hospital staff for arranging their wedding at short notice after the bride, who has chronic lung disease, received some “devastating and unexpected news”. Emma Shrewsbury (41) was diagnosed...

Owners vow to reopen after fire shuts down Beach House restaurant

OWNERS of the popular Beach House restaurant on Mudeford spit have vowed to reopen it as soon as possible after a fire left it badly damaged. No-one was hurt in the blaze last Friday night...

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...
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Man in court charged with beating to death Christchurch woman Sharon Perrett

A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of Christchurch woman Sharon Perrett who was found beaten to death at a flat in the town in the early hours of Sunday. Police launched...
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