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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

UPDATE: 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...
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...
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...

Man saved from freezing sea in dramatic RNLI rescue off Avon beach

A MAN who fell into the freezing sea off Avon beach yesterday (Sunday) after a RIB he was in capsized was saved in a dramatic rescue by the local RNLI. The casualty was left clinging...

Family of fire victim want a murder investigation

THE family of a woman found dead in bed after a fire are demanding police reinvestigate the case because they believe she could have been murdered. The badly burned body of Lorraine Sheppard (58), who...
Rebecca Allan

‘Kind and caring’ Rebecca (23) died in bus collision in Australia

A MOTHER has paid tribute to her "bright, kind and caring" daughter who died in Australia after being struck by a bus, whose driver later took his own life. Rebecca Allan (23), from Halewood Way...
Christchurch carnival

Fireworks, food and Abba on the bill for Christchurch carnival weekend

A FANTASTIC firework display will be the highlight of the first day of the weekend-long Christchurch carnival with music from one of the best Abba tribute bands in the UK. Take a Chance on Us...
The Beach House

Beach cafe rises from the ashes in new festival-style resurrection

A POPULAR beach café and restaurant that was badly damaged in a fire is to be resurrected this year as a festival-style food and drink area complete with pizza stall and vans selling burgers,...
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