TV Fred lights up Christchurch Christmas switch-on fun

CROWDS thronged the centre of Christchurch when ITV Meridian’s veteran presenter Fred Dinenage switched on the town’s Christmas tree illuminations and street lights. Saturday’s day-long event featured Santa’s procession with real reindeer from the Priory...

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...

Christchurch MP Sir Chris Chope defends blocking FGM child protection law

CHRISTCHURCH MP Sir Chris Chope has defended himself against accusations of “disgraceful behaviour” after scuppering a proposed law to protect children in danger of female genital mutilation. Sir Chris came under fire for yet another...

Christchurch barrister jailed in the US for $14m tax fraud

A BARRISTER has been ordered to serve 20 months in a US prison after he was found guilty of fraudulently trying to hide $14m in overseas accounts. Michael Little, a member of Kings Bench Chambers...

Star actor Earl Carpenter brings West End magic to young cast of Disney Peter...

WALKING out on to the stage, Earl Carpenter was stunned by what he was seeing. Row upon row of excited faces, a packed house waiting eagerly for him to perform. It was a sell-out, a...

Conservatives would be ‘mad’ to oust Theresa May over Brexit deal, warns New Forest...

A LOCAL Conservative MP has said the party would be “mad” to oust Theresa May as leader but two others have refused to say if they are among the plotters trying to bring her...

New Christchurch country park offers ‘huge opportunity’

"EXCITING" new plans for a 15-hectare coastal country park in Christchurch have been unveiled. The park would be created on land incorporating the Two Riversmeet Golf Course, Stanpit Recreation Ground and Ashtree Meadow, and it...

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...

Man ‘bit girl’ after she refused his advances on clifftop

A MAN with a “track record” of violence against partners bit his now-ex girlfriend’s face when she refused to have sex with him, Bournemouth Crown Court heard. Owen Ackers (21) had already been before the...

No thanks! Another Christchurch coffee shop not to residents’ taste

PEOPLE POWER won the day in Christchurch when a hotly contested application for another coffee shop in the town was rejected by councillors, despite their officers’ recommendation to approve. One hundred residents put their names...
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