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Local Conservative MPs split in Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal

LOCAL MPs fought on opposite sides of the argument in the House of Commons this week as Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal was crushed by a record 230 votes. Rebel Conservatives Sir Chris Chope and...
Tax credit deadline

7,000 local families warned to renew tax credits by 31st July – or lose...

THE 7,000 families in the New Forest and Christchurch that are tax credit customers have been reminded to renew by the deadline of 31st July – or their payments will stop. Her Majesty’s Revenue and...

Family-of-three trapped in freezing mud at Highcliffe rescued by firefighters

A FAMILY had to be rescued by firefighters and coastguard teams after becoming stuck in mud while trying to help their dog which had got into difficulty. The alarm was raised just after 3pm last...
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...
Highcliffe homes

Residents hit back at 54-home development plan for village centre

ANGRY Highcliffe residents have rubbished claims by a developer that plans for 54 new homes in the centre of the village will help regenerate it. Last week the A&T revealed how Brentland Ltd was seeking...

New BCP leader’s promise to the public: No more secrets

THE new leader of BCP Council has said she wants to overhaul the “secretive” approach taken by its predecessor authorities. Cllr Vikki Slade said that running one of the largest councils in the country was...

Letters: Christchurch council wasting public money in its dying days

SIR – When we hear every day of the severe constraints on public sector spending it is amazing that one rotten little authority in its dying days can even consider wasting public funds on...

London Marathon runner badly injured in vicious assault on training run

A RUNNER out training for the London Marathon was left with serious injuries after being attacked in a quiet street in Highcliffe. The victim, who is aged 50, was set upon between 4.45pm and 5pm...

Critics of Sir Chris Chope MP seize power of Christchurch Conservatives

TWO Christchurch Tories who have publicly attacked controversial local MP Sir Chris Chope have won powerful positions in the local party with a promise to shift away from the “blue rinse brigade”. Their elections come...

Bread ‘like your grandmother made’ is secret to new bakery’s success

IN these days of doom and gloom for high street shops, it is reassuring that a Highcliffe bakery has been flooded with customers since the day it opened. The secret, says owner Gary Marlow, is...
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