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Theft suspicions over ‘fancy pigeons’ rescued from road by RSPCA

A PROBE has been launched by the RSPCA after nine unusual-looking pigeons were found dumped near a Hurn holiday site. The alarm was raised by a member of the public who saw the birds wandering...

‘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***...

Updated: Missing Christchurch pensioner found

POLICE have thanked the public for their help after a missing Christchurch pensioner was found safe and well. Maureen Wade, aged 76, was last seen at around 7pm yesterday (Wednesday) at her home address in...

‘Extremely tragic’ – 30-year-old died after downing bottle of whisky in five seconds

A 30-YEAR-OLD Christchurch man died after downing a bottle of whisky in under five seconds, an inquest heard. Sam Davis had told his stepfather, Stephen Lillington, that he had already drunk a bottle of the...

Two-day fog warning for Hampshire and Dorset

A FOG warning has been issued covering the New Forest and Christchurch for today (Monday) and tomorrow. The yellow alert, put out by the Met Office, warns of freezing fog, leaving visibility in some places...
Highcliffe homes

Highcliffe land set for 23 homes could contain unmapped ancient woodland

A CONTENTIOUS plan to build 23 homes in Highcliffe has been called in for a decision by councillors after concerns it could replace “unmapped ancient woodland”. More than 100 people have objected to the “cramped”...

TV Fred lights up Christchurch Christmas switch-on fun

CROWDS thronged the centre of Christchurch when ITV Meridian’s veteran presenter Fred Dinenage switched on the town’s Christmas tree illuminations and street lights. Saturday’s day-long event featured Santa’s procession with real reindeer from the Priory...
Christchurch Monopoly

Christchurch Monopoly launched – but who takes Mayfair top spot?

A CHRISTCHURCH version of Monopoly is to be launched on Monday – giving people something to break the boredom of self-isolation. Top spot on the board goes to the Priory which takes the place of...
New Forest weather

Weather warning: More heavy rain to hit New Forest and Christchurch

HEAVY rain could cause flooding and travel disruption today (Thursday), the Met Office has forecast in a weather warning including the New Forest and Christchurch. The low-level yellow alert runs from 10am until 6pm tonight,...

Alfie realises Billy Elliot dream with Royal Ballet role

CHRISTCHURCH will have its own real-life Billy Elliot story when a nine-year-old makes his stage debut in London to perform with the Royal Ballet company. Alfie Rogers has been selected to appear in the Christmas...
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