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‘Serious and widespread weaknesses’ – council children’s services slammed

VULNERABLE children have been put at risk by “serious and widespread weaknesses” in the BCP Council children’s services department, a scathing report has warned. Ofsted inspectors said work to identify youngsters at risk of harm...

Woman banned from all Christchurch shops after admitting raft of shoplifting offences

A SERIAL shoplifter from Christchurch was handed a suspended prison sentence and banned from all stores in the town. High-value make-up, clothes, meat and alcohol worth hundreds of pounds were among the items taken by...

New Forest and Christchurch placed in ‘high alert’ Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions

THE New Forest and Christchurch have been placed in the ‘high alert’ Tier 2 category for coronavirus restrictions, the government revealed today (Thursday). Health secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement in a statement to the...

‘We are disappointed to be placed in Tier 2’ – councils react to restriction...

RESIDENTS in the New Forest and Christchurch have been urged to follow the new Tier 2 rules once the lockdown ends on Wednesday. Both Hampshire and Dorset will be under the mid-range Tier 2 regulations...

‘Half-hearted’ road markings fail to keep things clear

DRIVERS were left bemused by “useless” road markings painted by workers who appear to have carried out half a job. What should be a clear warning to drivers to “Keep Clear” of a junction box...
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New 100-year strategy to help protect Christchurch Bay and harbour

A NEW strategy is being produced to help protect Christchurch Bay and harbour from the elements for the next 100 years. It will assess how to manage coastal erosion and associated risks, and take into...

Police object to Christchurch Christmas market plans over Covid enforcement

A PLANNED Christmas market in Christchurch has been thrown into doubt after drawing opposition from police. Market Square Group has applied to BCP Council for licences for its Saxon Square event which is due to...

Police hunt driver who racially abused man in car park

POLICE are hunting a motorist who racially abused and threatened another man after speeding into a Christchurch car park and nearly colliding with him. Officers have asked for witnesses and dash cam footage after the...

Planners say Christchurch police station redevelopment plans should be approved again

COUNCILLORS will be asked to approve the redevelopment of the Christchurch police station site when plans are brought before them for a second time next week. BCP Council’s planning committee first approved the Aster Homes...
Patrick Earnshaw in Highcliffe School's head teacher

Students asked to isolate as coronavirus case confirmed at Highcliffe School

A NUMBER of Highcliffe School students have been asked to self-isolate after it confirmed a positive Covid infection today (Friday). In a letter sent to parents this afternoon, head teacher Patrick Earnshaw said a “member...
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