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Sharon Perrett

Woman ‘beat herself to death’, claimed partner accused of murder

A WOMAN was brutally beaten to death at home by her partner because he was “embarrassed” by her behaviour in a pub, a murder jury was told. Sharon Perrett sustained 15 fractures to her ribs...
Daniel O'Malley-Keyes

Daniel O’Malley-Keyes sentenced to life in prison for murdering Sharon Perrett

A FORMER crack addict who beat his girlfriend to death just a few weeks after sending her a text saying: “I will kill you one day” has been found guilty of murder and sentenced...
Peter Bennett

Six years’ jail for sex offender (80) caught by paedophile hunters

A PERVERTED pensioner with a history of sexual offences against children stretching back more than five decades encouraged what he thought was a 12-year-old girl to have sex with her pet dog and a...
Sharon Perrett

Jury retires after hearing murder-accused texted: ‘I will kill you one day’

A FORMER crack addict who claimed his girlfriend had beaten herself to death admitted in court that he had attacked her three times on the night she died – but insisted he had not...

Body found on beach was a man, say police

A BODY discovered on a stretch of beach between Friars Cliff and Mudeford on yesterday morning (Tuesday) was that of a man, say police. A Dorset Police spokesperson said the victim's family had not yet been told...

Man dies at Christchurch restaurant

AN elderly man died while eating at a Christchurch restaurant on Tuesday afternoon. The circumstances surrounding the death of the customer, who was in his 80s, have not been confirmed amid reports he had choked...
Patrick Earnshaw in Highcliffe School's head teacher

Highcliffe School ‘shocked and saddened’ at pupil’s railway death

A TEENAGE girl killed after being hit by a train at a railway station at the weekend was a Highcliffe School pupil. Paramedics and British Transport Police officers responded to the incident on the line...

Shop’s post office counter reopens 11 years after closing down

A POST office counter has opened at a Christchurch convenience store – 11 years after the previous one closed down. It has been installed in the Londis in Stour Road as part of a recent...
European elections

Who wants your vote? General election candidates unveiled

MORE than a dozen candidates have put their names forward in the New Forest and Christchurch for what has been described as the most significant general election in a generation. The deadline for candidates’ nominations...

Rich List landowner and friend to the royals Sir George Meyrick dies at 78

SIR George Meyrick, one of the area’s wealthiest landowners and a close friend to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has died aged 78. Sir George was the seventh baronet of Hinton Admiral and featured...
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