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Schools set up mass coronavirus testing stations

MASS Covid-19 testing stations have been set up as schools across the New Forest and Christchurch prepare to welcome pupils back on Monday. The reopening of schools and colleges for a return to face-to-face education...

Motorcyclist and family fined for lockdown-breaching trips to the New Forest

A MOTORCYCLIST who rode from Christchurch to spend the day touring the New Forest’s roads was fined by police for breaching coronavirus restrictions. He was caught on Sunday and handed a fixed-penalty notice. Police also...

Bungalow to be demolished for block of flats on Darwin Avenue, Christchurch

AN application has been given the go-ahead to demolish a bungalow in Christchurch and erect a block of flats. Anders Robers and Associates had proposed five one-bedroom and one two-bedroom apartments in Darwin Avenue. The...

Bank foils scammer who asked Christchurch pensioner to withdraw £5,000

A CHRISTCHURCH pensioner was saved from handing over £5,000 to a fraudster who claimed to be a police officer. The 83-year-old woman received a phone call from a scammer who said they were from Bedfordshire...

‘Who said that?’ – complaints after mystery councillor heard to swear during meeting

COMPLAINTS have been made after a councillor was heard swearing during a BCP Council meeting. During a pause in proceedings while votes were being counted, an unidentified member of the council was heard saying “f***...

Tractor catches fire in rural Christchurch lane

OIL and fuel spilled onto a rural Christchurch lane yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon after a tractor caught fire. Firefighters were called to Pitthouse Lane, off the Avon Causeway, just after 4pm with reports the vehicle was...
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Council denies ‘influence’ cash over Jesmond Avenue site in Highcliffe

BCP Council has denied claims it promised hundreds of thousands of pounds to Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council should a controversial development be approved. It was suggested by a local councillor that money from a...

Christchurch carpenter faces prison for attack which left man with fractured jaw

A DRINK-FUELLED attack which left a man with a fractured jaw could result in a Christchurch carpenter going to prison, a judge warned. Luke Anderson (21) was told by Judge Jonathan Fuller at Bournemouth Crown...

CCTV: Hunt for raiders who stole cash from safe at Christchurch petrol station

POLICE have released CCTV images in the hunt for raiders who snatched cash from a safe at a Christchurch petrol station. Officers were alerted to the break-in at the Shell garage in Barrack Road when...

Call for separate Christchurch planners amid claim Highcliffe is ‘easy target’ for developers

A RESIDENTS’ association has claimed Highcliffe has become an “easy target” for developers wanting to make money by building large blocks of flats. Highcliffe Residents’ Association (HRA) has added its voice to demands that BCP...
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