Poole News Archive - 2008

 

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POOLE BUS STATION TO GET FACELIFT - 28 Dec 08
WOMAN DIES AFTER CAR HITS LAMPOST - 22 Dec 08
NEW BRIDGE FOR POOLE - A STEP NEARER ? - 6 Dec 08
CROSS CHANNEL FERRY SERVICE BREAK - 25 Nov 08
SANDBANKS FERRY RETURNS TO SERVICE - 20 Nov 08
FAMILY SAVED BY BABY - 17 Nov 08
VISITOR BOOST AT REVAMPED MUSEUM - 9 Nov 08
£30M MATERNITY HOSPITAL PLANNED - 6 Nov 08
EVACUATION AMID FIRE ALERT - 1 Nov 08
MOTHER AND TWO BOYS AIRLIFTED TO SAFETY - 29 Oct 08
CROSS CHANNEL CROSSING RECORD SET BY WINDSURFERS - 20 Oct 08
POOLE PIRATES - ELITE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AGAIN - 14 Oct 08
SANDBANKS FERRY OUT OF ACTION - 16 Sep 08
RIDLER FAMILY COMPLETE THE JULIA'S HOUSE YELLOW BRICK ROAD IN MEMORY OF NATHAN - 09 Oct 08
OLLIE'S PLAYLAND SCOOPS NATIONAL - 09 Oct 08
BROWNSEA ISLAND TO FEATURE AS HOME TO AUTUMNWATCH
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POOLE PENSIONER IN COMA FOLLOWING PEPPER SPRAY ARREST - 15 Sep 08
CREDIT CRUNCH, WHAT CREDIT CRUNCH ? - 4 Sep 08
MICHELIN RECOGNITION FOR LOCAL PUB - 3 Sep 08
KNIFE ATTACK IN POOLE - 29 Aug 08
BEACH POLO TO RETURN - 28 Aug 08
PAY BY PLASTIC TO PARK IN POOLE - 19 Aug 08
NEW FIRE STATION OPENS - 14 Aug 08
BUS TURNS OVER ON STUDLAND - 31 Jul 08
LOCAL BUSINESSMAN HITS TROUBLE - 25 Jul 08
BARCLAYS REVERSES DECISION ON MOVE - 19 Jul 08
PETROLHEAD HEAVEN AT THE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE - 26 Jun 08
POOLE FISHERMEN PROTEST OVER FUEL - 20 Jun 08
POOLE HIGH STREET CLOSED AFTER COLLISION - 12 Jun 08
POOLE QUAY CLOSED AS WW2 BOMB FOUND - 2 Jun 08
WOODEN ANIMALS WELCOMED HOME TO THE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE - 31 May 08
LARGE FIRE DEVASTATES PART OF STUDLAND HEATH - 21 May 08
POOLE COUNCIL SPYING ON YOU - PART 2 - 14 May 08
PHELPS SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS - 15 May 08
NEW HOTEL FOR POOLE - 22 Apr 08
SECURITY GUARD FOILS ROBBERY - 17 Apr 08
BRIAN PHELPS PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX ATTACKS - 15 Apr 08
MAN ARRESTED AFTER WOMANS BODY FOUND - 13 Apr 08
POOLE COUNCIL SPYING ON YOU ? - 10 Apr 08
CYCLIST KILLED IN POOLE - 2 Apr 08
MAN DIES IN POOLE FIRE - 23 Mar 08
BODY FOUND IN POOLE HARBOUR - 14 Mar 08
STORMS HIT DORSET - 10 Mar 08
BODY FOUND IN POOLE HOUSE - 4 Mar 08
ARSON ATTACK IN POOLE - 25 Feb 08
RALLYE SUNSEEKER - HOME VICTORY - 23 Feb 08
MALE WORKER KILLED IN ACCIDENT - 20 Feb 08
ELDERLY WOMAN DIES IN BLAZE - 20 Feb 08
WOMEN PEDESTRIAN KILLED - 12 Feb 08
JETSKIERS FINED - 8 Feb 08
BARCLAYS REBUILD IN POOLE - 31 Jan 08
RNLI STATISTICS FOR 2007 - 24 Jan 08
SANDBANKS ON TV - 12 Jan 08
POOLE PYRAMID - DEAD AND BURIED - 11 Jan 08
BIRD FLU FOUND IN DORSET - 9 Jan 08
OLYMPIC DIVER IN COURT - 9 Jan 08
APPEAL OVER BODY FOUND IN HARBOUR - 7 Jan 08
WILTS & DORSET BUSES OFF THE ROAD - 3 Jan 08

 

POOLE BUS STATION TO GET FACELIFT

Poole Bus Station undergoing a refurbishmentA £300,000 revamp of the 40-year-old station at Kingland Road begins in January, promising to transform the tired facility into a bright and colourful space according to Borough of Poole.

The grey and stained concrete canopy will be covered in a mural, featuring hot air balloons, water-skiers and divers, while better lighting, improved wheelchair access, general cleaning and painting and the introduction of a no smoking zone will complete the new improvedlook.

The 12-week project is being jointly funded by Borough of Poole, Wilts & Dorset Bus Company and Grosvenor, owners of the Dolphin Shopping Centre . (Sun 28 Dec 08)

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WOMAN DIES AFTER CAR HITS LAMPPOST

A 51-year-old local woman has died after her car hit a lamppost in Poole, becoming the sixth fatality on the roads of Dorset this month.

The accident happened at around 10.40pm on Friday 19 December as she was travelling east on the Dorset Way dual carriageway, between the Oakdale on-slip-road and the Old Wareham Road roundabout. Her green Rover saloon left the road on the near side, and collided with a lamppost. She died at the scene as a result of the severe impact. Police have appealed for witness information. (Mon 22 Dec 08)

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NEW BRIDGE FOR POOLE - A STEP NEARER ?

Provisional approval has been given for the borough to borrow the £10 million necessary to plug a funding shortfall and begin work on the much talked about second harbour crossing next autumn.

A special meeting of the Borough of Poole heard that the Regional Development Agency had supported the council's bid for the missing funding for the £40m project. This is from a new £80m fund for major regeneration projects and Gallagher, landowner of the Hamworthy power station site where the proposed bridge will land, supported the bid. The final decision will be made by the South West Regional Development Agency in January.

As with many such announcements over the years, the locals will believe in the new bridge when it is finally finished ! (Sat 6 Dec 08)

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CROSS CHANNEL FERRY SERVICE BREAK

Barfleur at the mouth of Poole Harbour, taken from the Haven HotelThe regular Poole to Cherbourg ferry crossing will be suspended for eight weeks early next year (2009) while the Brittany Ferry, Barfleur, undergoes a major refit.

Passengers will be unable to use the route from January 5 until February 4. Then the Barlfleur returns over half term until February 24, before another four-week break until late March.

Brittany Ferries have said the Barlfleur would spend its first four weeks in dry dock, which is an annual event, before the major refit in March.

This will be an extensive refit where the Barfleur will be taken to a shipyard for its million-euro upgrade of catering and leisure facilities for passengers. (Tue 25 Nov 08)

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SANDBANKS FERRY RETURNS TO SERVICE

Sandbanks FerryThe annual Sandbanks Ferry refit has been completed and the ferry is due to resume normal service at 0700hrs on the 21 November 2008.

This years annual refit has taken longer than usual, as the operators have taken the opportunity to carry out much needed slipway works at the same time as the ferry was away for its refit.

The work has been completed on schedule, without any interruptions from the weather, which in the past has been a frequent problem. (Thu 20 Nov 08)

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FAMILY SAVED BY BABY

A family from Poole are "extremely lucky" to be alive after the parents were woken by the sound of their baby coughing as a fire took hold in their Dorset home.


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Baby Yasmin Davis woke parents Richard Davis and Hannah Jones as a fire swept through their flat in Hillman Road, Poole, early on Saturday morning. The blaze gutted the kitchen of the first floor property and the remainder of the property was smoke-logged. The family were taken to hospital but subsequently discharged, thankfully without injury. (Mon 17 Nov 08)

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Poole MuseumVISITOR BOOST AT REVAMPED MUSEUM

Poole Museum has become one of the region's most popular attractions after record numbers of vistors walked through the doors in the past year.

The museum which has only recently re-opened following a major overhaul has received over 123,000 vistors in the 12 months to July this year, registering an increase of 20 per cent compared to last year.

The Exhibitions which have been attracting people in have included the popular History of Scouting display (to tie in with the Scouting organistaions 100th Birthday celebrations) and Poole's Iron Age logboat on public display for the first time. (Sun 9 Nov 08)

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£30M MATERNITY HOSPITAL PLANNED

Plans have been unveiled for a new £30 million state-of-the-art maternity hospital in Poole.

The new facility is set to be built within the hospital's main site at Longfleet Road, replacing the current centre in St Mary's Road. The new facility will expand capacity and bring services offered right up to date.

The plans are still at an early stage, but it looks likely the new facility will be built on the current site of Poole Ambulance Station and Gala Lodge, where occupational health is now located, and Cornelia House, which houses offices.

After further consultation and planning, work is expected to get underway in 2009 for completion by 2012. (Thu 6 Nov)

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EVACUATION AMID FIRE ALERT

Over 150 people were evacuated by Police in the Alderney area in Poole because fire-fighters were concerned a gas cylinder might explode.

A 100m (329ft) cordon was put in place on Friday while the fire, which is not thought to have been suspicious, was extinguished and the cylinder cooled. The gas cylinder was in a large garage that was on fire in Farwell Road, Poole. Fire crews were called just after 10pm on 31/10/08 and 24 firefighters attended the scene.

The exclusion zone was lifted on Saturday morning and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

A nearby community centre was opened where evacuated families stayed overnight. (Sat 01 Nov)

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MOTHER AND TWO BOYS AIRLIFTED TO SAFETY

A mother and two boys were airlifted to safety by the coastguard helicopter yesterday, suffering from potential hypothermia after their inflatable boat was stranded on waist-deep mud in Poole harbour.

With the tide going out, they were using an inflatable in Poole Harbour, when they were stranded by the outgoing tide and were stuck for over an hour in the rapidly fading light, in what was one of the coldest nights this winter.

The three were taken by the Coastguard helicopter to the helicopter landing site at Whitecliff where they were transferred to an ambulance to take them to Poole hospital to be checked for possible hypothermia. (Wed 29 Oct 08)

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CROSS CHANNEL CROSSING RECORD SET BY WINDSURFERS

Local man Guy Cribb has completed his incredible Channel crossing on his board, alongside Frenchman Antoine Albeau.

The two men left Cherbourg at 8.30am this morning and landed at Sandbanks beach just after 3pm, becoming the first windsurfers to cross the English Channel. Despite the stormy conditions with strong winds and lashing rain, the pair made excellent time on their cross channel trip.

The aim of challenge is raising money for the Ellen Macarthur Trust. (Mon 20 Oct 08)

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POOLE PIRATES - ELITE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AGAIN

Poole Pirates speedway team reinforced their position as the country's finest speedway outfit in forceful fashion last night, with a 60 - 33 victory over Lakeside.

Poole Castle Cover dominated from start to finish as they roared to Elite League Grand Final glory at Wimborne Road thanks to a spectacular performance against Lakeside, an effort described as “awesome” by Australian rider Chris Holder, who was one of the stars with 12 points.

Pirates' season is not complete yet, with the chance of more silverware still to come. Last night's victory kept them on course for a league and cup double, with the Knockout Cup final against Eastbourne on the 25 and 26 October 2008. (Tue 14 Oct 08)

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Sandbanks FerrySANDBANKS FERRY OUT OF ACTION

The Sandbanks chain ferry will be shutting down so major repairs can be made to both slipways and the ferry itself can be overhauled for two months, starting on Sunday, September 21.

The ferry is taken to Southampton for the work every two years, usually in November, but this year the slipway repairs will mean a longer closure than usual. The return of the ferry is also governed by the weather and it is not unusual for there to be a delay.

For all the latest information regarding the closure visit their website at www.sandbanksferry.co.uk . (Tue 16 Sep 08)

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RIDLER FAMILY COMPLETE THE JULIA'S HOUSE YELLOW BRICK ROAD IN MEMORY OF NATHAN

Alan Ridler laid the last brick to complete the Julia's House Yellow Brick Road in a fitting tribute to his son, Nathan, who tragically died earlier this year. Alan joined hundreds of local people in supporting the Yellow Brick Road Appeal, which raised the set target of £25,000 towards the fantastic garden at Dorset 's only children's hospice.

Alan Ridler and Julian Taylor are pictured placing Nathan's brick to complete the Julia's House Yellow Brick RoadAlan Ridler and landscape gardener Julian Taylor recently helped to place some of the final bricks to finish the Yellow Brick Road . Alan and Julian volunteered to lend a hand when they heard that help was needed to complete the feature whilst ordering a brick as a tribute to Nathan.

Nathan tragically died after being attacked earlier this year whilst trying to stop a fight; he was 17. Alan said: “Nathan would always help others in anyway he could, so it seems fitting to help Julia's House ourselves. Over 500 of Nathan's friends and family attended his funeral and donations were given to the hospice, supporting life-limited and life-threatened children in Dorset .”

The actual Yellow Brick Road path features within the front garden at the Julia's House hospice in Corfe Mullen and now contains over 400 bricks inscribed with names including those in memory of family members and friends. The unique fundraising campaign was launched at the Dolphin Shopping Centre in April 2006 by Julia's House Patron Chris Jarvis while actor and fellow Patron Martin Clunes helped Mike Wise MBE, Chairman of Julia's House, to lay the first bricks in November the same year.

Mike Wise MBE, Julia's House Chairman, commented: “The Yellow Brick Road Appeal was crucial in allowing us to develop a wonderful garden to complement the hospice, which opened in 2006. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the garden by buying a brick in the path. Although the garden appeal is now over, people can still buy a brick and have it inscribed in memory of a loved one. This is a lovely way to remember someone, whilst supporting the ongoing work of Julia's House.” (Thu 9 Oct 08)

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OLLIE'S PLAYLAND SCOOPS NATIONAL AWARD

Ollie's Playland has won Silver in the Best New Site category of the first ever Play Providers Association (PPA) ASPIRE (Awards for the Play Industry Recognising Excellence) Awards barely a year after the play facility was opened in the Dolphin Shopping Centre.

Over 100 industry personnel attended the first PPA ASIPRE Awards on Tuesday 23 September at the Ettington Chase Hotel , Stratford , where the very best of indoor play operations in the UK were represented. Despite being just a year old, Ollie's Playland earned recognition for its outstanding customer service in the Best New Site category and earned a Silver award while competing against 10 of the country's leading facilities.

Ollie's Win Silver PPA ASPIRE Award – Alison Tuffs celebrates Ollie's Playland's Silver PPA ASPIRE award with Ollie the DinosaurOllie's Playland, located on the second floor of Brownsea House in the Dolphin Shopping Centre, officially opened in October 2007 and provides a fun and friendly atmosphere for both children and parents with the emphasis on safe play. All play is parentally supervised while the café also promotes healthy eating with a variety of snacks and food on offer. Ollie's also works closely with the local community to arrange exciting events and children's parties.

Mark Painter from Ollie's Playland commented: “ We are all absolutely thrilled to have won Silver in the PPA's Best New Site category. It is hugely motivating for everyone at Ollie's as this is a national award judged by independent experts in the indoor play sector. The Ollie's Crew has worked really hard to create a safe, clean and fun play area and they thoroughly deserve this recognition. However, our priority is always our visitors and winning this Silver award will encourage us to do even more to try and make Ollie's even better.

“We would like to thank our visitors for their custom and all their great ideas and suggestions. We would also like to thank our growing network of child carers and organisations such as nurseries, the Child Development Centre at Poole Hospital and the Community Trust of AFC Bournemouth, for their continued support.”

Louise Smith, Marketing Manager for the Dolphin Shopping Centre, added; “It's fantastic that one of the Dolphin Shopping Centre's tenants has been recognised for such wonderful service and facilities with this prestigious national award. Ollie's Playland offers a fun, safe and exciting play environment and it's great to see this unique facility being enjoyed and appreciated by the local community and industry alike.” (Thu 9 Oct 08)

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BROWNSEA ISLAND TO FEATURE AS HOME TO AUTUMNWATCH.

Brownsea Island will get the chance to attract a new breed of visitor when the BBC's popular Autumnwatch is based there next month.

Film crews will broadcast from the island for two weeks from 27 October 2008, from Monday to Thursday at 8pm and the island's opening season has been extended to allow people to visit during Autumnwatch.

Presenters Bill Oddie and Kate Humble will explore the wildlife of the National Trust island, famed for its delightful red squirrels and visiting winter waders and wildfowl. More than 200 acres of the 550-acre Brownsea Island is a nature reserve, managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust, and offers a wide variety of habitat.

Feathered friends include around 1,000 avocet, the UK's largest wintering flock. It is also the first site in the UK where the little egret nested in 1996 and hosted the UK's largest flock of spoonbills in 2007.

The island is also home to Dartford warblers, herons, lesser spotted woodpeckers, water voles, red wood ants, deer, bats and dragonflies in addition to the famous red squirrels. (Sat 20 Sep 08)

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POOLE PENSIONER IN COMA FOLLOWING PEPPER SPRAY ARREST

A Poole pensioner was left in a coma after police officers used pepper spray to restrain him as they put him under arrest.

James Finney, 71, was held in Poole, Dorset, on Friday. Officers gave him first aid when he became unwell and he was taken to the town's hospital. Police said doctors put him in a medically induced coma and he was still in a critical condition on Monday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest. The IPCC said two police officers had attempted to arrest Mr Finney in Clarendon Road in Broadstone, where he lives, on suspicion of non-payment of a fine. (Mon 15 Sep 08)

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CREDIT CRUNCH, WHAT CREDIT CRUNCH ?

A Russian businessman has ignored the slump in the housing market and splashed out £5m on a house in the exclusive area of Sandbanks, which he now intends to demolish to build a new house to his own specification.

The existing house includes a helicopter pad and a private beach that overlooks the harbour. A planning application for the redevelopment, which will cost a further £2.5m, has been submitted. The new house, built to a more modern style will have just one extra bedroom.

The exclusive peninsula is ranked as one of the most expensive place in the world to purchase properties and is home to the likes of Portsmouth Football Club manager Harry Redknapp, who lives nearby. (Thu 4 Sep 08)

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MICHELIN RECOGNITION FOR LOCAL PUB

The Cow, on Station Road in Ashley Cross, Poole, is a new entry in the 2009 edition of the prestigious Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide. It is the only pub in south east Dorset to make the list and marks a remarkable renaissance for the previously crumbling building.

The Cow was renovated and re-opened as a gastropub in 2003 by new owner David Sax. (Wed 3 Sep 08)

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KNIFE ATTACK IN POOLE

A 28 year old man is recovering in hospital after he was found slumped in Market Street, at 8.40pm on Thursday, but its believed the attack happened at the nearby park behind Dear Hay Lane.

It is understood he had received multiple stab wounds to his chest, stomach and arm. Police report his condition to be poorly but stable.

A 25-year-old local man is currently being questioned by detectives after police made an arrest in the town centre this morning. (Fri 29 Aug 08)

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BEACH POLO TO RETURN

Following the success of this summers beach polo event at Sandbanks, an agreement has been reached to bring back the event to Poole for the next five years.

The two-day British Beach Polo Championships in July attracted thousands of spectators to Europe's first-ever such event. Organisers Sandpolo and the Borough of Poole have now agreed to stage the annual event on Sandbanks beach until 2013.

As well as featuring teams of top international players competing over two days on July 10 and 11, next year's event is also expected to host an international match between teams representing England and the USA. (Thu 28 Aug 08)

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PAY BY PLASTIC TO PARK IN POOLE

Ring Go logoMotorists using council owned car parks across Poole can now pay for their parking by mobile phone.

Borough of Poole's Transportation Services are offering the service known as RingGo in 31 of their pay and display areas where motorists can pay for parking with a credit or debit card.

Motorists can call the local 01202 number and pay for their parking quickly and easily using the automated speech recognition technology provided by Cobalt Telephone Technologies Ltd.

A four-digit location code displayed on car park signs will be requested, as well as vehicle information including the colour, make and registration number before finally asking the customer to specify a parking time.

People using the service can also extend their parking period (subject to the maximum stay permitted) by simply calling the number again and saying how much longer they want to stay.

Traditional ticket machines will remain available at the car parks for motorists who prefer to pay with change.

Calls will be charged at customers normal rate and parking charges remain the same for both types of payment; however, there will be an additional 20 pence convenience charge for mobile phone payments, which is collected by RingGo.

Cllr Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We are aware that people don't carry a lot of change in this day and age and by giving residents and visitors a wider choice of payment options, we hope to make it easier to park in Poole.”

Harry Clarke, Commercial Director of Cobalt Telephone Technologies, said: “We are delighted to be working with Borough of Poole and look forward to bringing the benefits of pay by phone technology to residents and visitors to the town. RingGo has been offered in nearby coastal areas with great success and we trust we will see a similar take up of the service here.”

Similar schemes have been adopted in Bournemouth and Christchurch and if successful the system could become a permanent fixture in the town's car parks.

For more information on RingGo see www.RingGo.co.uk (Tue 19 Aug 08)

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NEW FIRE STATION OPENS

The new Poole Fire Station at Marshes End has officially opened today, with the fire crews from both Poole and Hamworthy taking up residence. The Hamworthy Fire Station will now be manned by a part-time crew only. (Thu 14 Aug 08)

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BUS TURNS OVER ON STUDLAND

A 43 year old has been arrested after an accident that saw an open top double-decker bus overturn at Studland this morning.

Many of the passengers on board were sitting on the top deck and 15 of them were thrown from the top deck of the vehicle as it toppled down a slight slope. Miracuosly only six passengers, including children, were injured and no-one suffered life-threatening injuries and all have since been released from hospital.

Two cars were involved in the incident, a Porsche travelling towards Studland, and a red Volkswagen which was following the bus. The male driver of the Porsche was treated for cuts and bruises and a family of four in the Volkswagen were airlifted to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, but were thought to have suffered only cuts and bruises. The driver of the Porsche, a 43-year-old man from Wimborne, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of having committed a road traffic offence. (Thu 31 Jul 08)

View full report and video of crash scene on Dorset Police website >

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LOCAL BUSINESSMAN HITS TROUBLE

The local businessman, Richard Carr, who famously featured in the Piers Morgans Sandbanks TV programme, is facing financial disaster as his businesses fail.

Earlier this week Future 3000 which operated his string of nightclubs and bars went into Administration. It is now reported in the local press that his property company, Ravine Lifestyle is also now in the hands of administrators. (Fri 25 Jul 08)

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BThe existing Barclays Bank HQ in PooleARCLAYS REVERSES DECISION ON MOVE

Barclays Bank have announced they are back tracking on an earlier decision to relocate to new offices in the town. The Bank will remain for the time being in its landmark building which they have previously described as "not fit for purpose for the future". The Bank also stated it will review its options, leaving the question of it's long-term future in the balance. (Sat 19 Jul 08)

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PETROLHEAD HEAVEN AT THE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE

Brookspeed Team Trimite and Avon Tyres British GT Championship leaders James Gornall (left) and Jon Barnes (right) flank British F3 International star Max Chilton in the Hitech Racing F308 Mercedes HWA. The Dolphin Shopping Centre was at the hub of British Motorsport on Thursday 26 June when it played host to Hitech Racing's British Formula 3 International car and Brookspeed Team Trimite's Avon Tyres British GT Dodge Viper. With over half a million pounds of racing equipment on display drivers from both teams also paid a visit to Poole before the cars and stars made their way to the nearby circuit of Thruxton, Hampshire, for the next championship rounds on 28 & 29 June.

Thousands of shoppers were delighted to have the chance to take an unrestricted look at the horse-power on display while meeting motor racing champions of the future from the British Formula 3 International Series and Avon Tyres British GT Championship. The youngest ever British Formula 3 driver, Max Chilton (Reigate), visited the Dolphin Shopping Centre for the first time, to challenge shoppers on the Scalextric and meet his Poole fans.

Max, who last month at Monza became the youngest ever pole-sitter in the UK's premier single-seater championship, commented: “This has been a fantastic day at the Dolphin Shopping Centre where it has been nice to get out and meet the fans, especially in the town where my brother, BTCC star Tom, lives. This is the first time that I have attended a Pit Shop Roadshow and it's a really good opportunity to meet the public and take motorsport to the masses. I'd like to thank the Dolphin Shopping Centre for inviting me today.”

Current Avon Tyres British GT Championship leaders, Southampton 's Brookspeed Team Trimite, had its Dodge Viper Competition Coupe positioned pride of place on the Main Mall, next to the Hitech Racing Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA. Brookspeed head to Thruxton with local driver Jon Barnes (Southampton) and James Gornall ( Peterborough ) hoping to extend their 16 point lead.

Dolphin Shopping Centre visitors went head-to-head with the drivers in the Scalextric Time Attack where James Gornall set the target time for the public to beat and the ten fastest challengers were each rewarded with a pair of tickets for Thruxton. James said: “It's been great to challenge shoppers on the Scalextric Digital Super GT set. We look forward to seeing the competition winners at Thruxton and I hope they will be cheering us on to take our third victory of the season.”

Jon Barnes added: “It's always brilliant to get out and meet the fans. I hope that many of the people we have met today will make the trip to support us at Thruxton. We know the Dodge Viper will run well there and it will be our last opportunity to take advantage of a sweeping fast circuit where we hope to take two point-scoring finishes.”

As the winner of the Scalextric Time Attack, Adam Bullen from Poole will be heading to Thruxton with a money-can't-buy VIP hospitality package courtesy of Avon Tyres. Joining Adam will be Stuart Beddingfield, also from Poole , who won the Dolphin Shopping Centre's free prize draw, which includes exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the Hitech Racing and Brookspeed Team Trimite pit garages. Twelve lucky winners will also be on their way to watch the tyre-screeching action this weekend thanks to on-the-spot prize giveaways with Wave 105's Steve Power, which caused much excitement throughout the centre.

Jerry Stampfer, Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, commented: “This has been a fabulous day with the cars bringing a touch of glamour to the centre at the same time as introducing some up and coming drivers. Last year Hitech Racing's Marco Asmer visited the centre and went on to win the British Formula 3 International Series, so I hope similar luck rubs off on the drivers who have visited us today. The Pit Shop Roadshow has delivered a fun and interactive event and I wish the teams all the best of luck at Thruxton.”

For further information on the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship and British Formula 3 International Series visit www.britishgt.com or www.britishf3international.com For Thruxton circuit ticket information visit www.barc.net (Thu 26 Jun 08)

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POOLE FISHERMEN PROTEST OVER FUEL

The Poole fishermen who yesterday (Thursday 19 June 2008) staged their own protest at soaring fuel costs say they have not ruled out blockades if their calls for help go unheeded.

Dozens of boats took to water with fishermen brandishing placards and banners in protest at diesel costs, which they say threaten to put them out of business. The protesters are calling for the government to offer subsidies in a similar way to which Spanish and French fisherman are assisted. (Fri 20 June 08)

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POOLE HIGH STREET CLOSED AFTER COLLISION

A 50 year old woman was taken to hospital after a car careered through Poole's pedestrian precinct and into market stalls.

The woman was riding on an electric mobility scooter when the accident happened and she was taken to Poole Hospital suffering from shoulder injuries and shock. Dorset Police said the red Vauxhall Corsa, registered to a Parkstone man, went down Chapel Lane before going through bollards into the pedestrianised area of the High Street, where it also collided with a market stall, a large litter bin and a postcard stand, scattering postcards across the precinct. The car then swerved into the front of the shop "Bitz" and came to rest by railings outside Nathan's coffee bar.

The male driver of the Corsa, aged in his 70s, was taken to Poole Hospital suffering from shock, as was his elderly female passenger.

Any witness are asked to contact police on 01202 222222 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. (Thu 12 Jun 08)

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POOLE QUAY CLOSED AS WW2 BOMB FOUND

Poole Quay was closed after this afternoon, following the discovery of a suspected WW2 shell.

A cordon was put in place, whilst the Bomb Disposal Squad dealt with the shell, with a controlled explosion. The shell had been spotted by machine operator on one of the conveyor belts on the harbour. No one was injured in the incident and the Quay has now re-opened. (Mon 2 June 08)

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WOODEN ANIMALS WELCOMED HOME TO THE DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE

If you were a child at any time between 1969 and 1997 and ever visited the infamous wooden animals in the Dolphin Shopping Centre, a blast from the past awaits you at the premier Poole shopping venue. On Friday 23 May the Dolphin Shopping Centre unveiled a brand new community feature hailing the return of the original wooden animals, which used to be positioned along the main mall, now situated in a dedicated area in the Plaza.

Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, Jerry Stampfer, and Jane Errington, Julia's House Corporate Fundraiser, officially launch the new wooden animal feature in the Dolphin Shopping CentreNostalgia filled the air in the Dolphin Shopping Centre as hippo and turtle were unveiled by Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, Jerry Stampfer, housed safely in a dedicated feature area specially created by Dorset wood carver, Nick Meech. Drawing on inspiration from the Jurassic Coast , the feature primarily forms a charity fundraising collection point where shoppers can dispense of their unwanted change by feeding it to the new wooden animal – down the dolphin's tail.

All funds raised from the return of the wooden animals will be distributed to community projects, with a specific charity set to benefit on a quarterly basis. Jerry Stampfer unveiled the new wooden animal feature alongside Jane Errington, Julia's House Corporate Fundraiser, with the Dorset Children's hospice being the first local charity to benefit. Two and a half year-old Caelan Spooner and mum Tamsyn, from Poole , were the first shoppers to christen the feature by pushing some spare change down the dolphin's tail.

It will be the first time the animals have set foot in the Dolphin Shopping Centre since their retirement over ten years ago. The Dolphin Shopping Centre team have lovingly restored the animals back to their former glory, for new and future generations to enjoy.

The Dolphin Shopping Centre hippo in situ in the then named Arndale Centre during the 1980sThe wooden animals were first in residence upon the opening of the then Arndale Centre in 1969. Wood carver, Nick Meech, has been involved in the creation of the feature since the idea inception. Through his expert knowledge Nick predicts that the huge wooden structures were built using local yacht building skills.

“The animals are simply stunning and would have taken considerable time to construct while their design and construction show off the craftsmanship that has made Poole synonymous with building luxury boats. It's humbling to be reminded how previous generations used their craftsmanship to such effect. To show off a local industry that is so reliant on skill and imagination is still important and I hope the next generation has the opportunity to learn from the past.

“The wooden animals seem to be constructed of a type of mahogany, the same kind of wood that the craftsman would have usually worked on. I imagine they were built locally but it would be great to find out for sure. I would like to think that you could still get them made locally but fear some of the skills needed to build them would now be very difficult to find. The cost to create a new wooden animal would be astronomical.”

Nick's knowledge of how the animals were originally created was integral to developing the new feature and especially in creating the new member of the family, the diving dolphin charity collection point. “The computer side of this project has been extremely challenging and I have realised that I have more affinity with the original wooden animal craftsman than the present yacht builders and their CAD (computer aided design) programs. I am delighted to have been involved in the Dolphin Shopping Centre feature; I wanted to show some of the more contemporary skills and materials used locally and create a contrast with the animals from the previous generation.”

The whale wooden animal is also safe and well. All three beautiful animals will be displayed on rotation throughout the year in the new dedicated area, until the feature will be temporarily removed to house the Christmas Grotto from late November.

Jerry Stampfer, Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, commented: “Everyone here is delighted at the return of the wooden animals and we trust they come back to the Dolphin Shopping Centre after an enjoyable retirement. From the consistent level of enquiries we have received over recent years asking of the wooden animals' whereabouts, it is clear that the people of Poole have missed them all immensely and the Dolphin Shopping Centre team and tenants join the local community in welcoming them all home again.”

Jane Errington from Julia's House added: “I was so excited when I heard that the wooden animals were coming back and jumped at the chance to be one of the first to see them at home in the Dolphin Shopping Centre. I remember jumping all over them as a child and then one day they just disappeared. I always wondered where they had gone and it is great that they are back on display for the public to enjoy, especially as people can now donate to charity using the dolphin's tail. A big thank you to the Dolphin Shopping Centre for bringing back these lovely creatures and for supporting Julia's House as the first chosen charity.” (Sat 31 May 08)

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LARGE FIRE DEVASTATES PART OF STUDLAND HEATH

Image looking over Studland HeathIt is estimated at least 4 hectacres of heathland was destroyed by a massive blaze on Tuesday 20 May 2008, which was believed to have been started by a discarded cigarette.

The heath is home to all six of Britain's native reptiles, like the smooth snake and sand lizard, as well as birds like the Dartford warbler and insects such as the Purbeck mason wasp.

More than 120 firefighters were on the scene at the height of the blaze, which was brought under control by around 3pm on Tuesday. Whilst the blaze was being tackled roads were closed and the Sandbanks Ferry was suspended for the afternoon. (Wed 21 May 08)

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PHELPS SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS

The Olympic diving star, Brian Phelps, has been jailed for nine years after admitting a shocking catalogue of child sex abuse offences spanning a decade (see more info below). (Thu 15 May 08)

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POOLE COUNCIL SPYING ON YOU - PART 2

It has now been revealed that Fisherman and Off Licences are two more surveillance targets the Borough of Poole has admitted to covertly watching, following the earlier revelation that it had undertaken surveillance of a Poole family.

Details obtained by the local paper, the Daily Echo reveal that Poole council has been using the covert powers, originally intended to target terrorists, since 2005. Using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), the council has admitted to 17 further cases where undercover surveillance was undertaken.

Reasons put forward by the council for exercising the powers included:

  • Determining if fishermen were illegally gathering shellfish in Poole Harbour.
  • Detecting underage alcohol sales.
  • Ascertaining who damaged a barrier.
  • Identifying who vandalised a door entry system.

(Wed 14 May 08)

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NEW HOTEL FOR POOLE

Image of Calendars Exchange Bar & Grill, due to be demolishedA new 91-bed Travelodge is due to replace one of the original restaurants at Tower Park, Poole, after the plans were approved by the Planning Committee in Poole. The plans include the demolition of the existing Calendars restaurant and the construction of a new storey hotel and ground floor café. However, concerns have been expressed at the apparent lack of provision of car parking spaces, in what is already a heavily over-subscribed car park. (Tue 22 Apr 08)

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SECURITY GUARD FOILS ROBBERY

An attempted robbery on a Group Four Securicor (G4S) security van was foiled after the security guard fought back.

The attempted raid took place outside the Nat West Bank in Haven Road, Canford Cliffs on Wednesday 16 April 2008. Witnesses saw a balaclava-clad man attack the Group Four Securicor (G4S) guard as he removed a money box from the back of his van. It is believed the assailant, who may have been armed, fled empty-handed after the security guard fought him off. (Thu 17 Apr 08)

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BRIAN PHELPS PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX ATTACKS

Brian Phelps, 63,the well known former Olympic diver has pleaded guilty to 42 charges of indecent assault and indecency against three girls aged as young as six, at an appearance at Bournemouth Crown Court., today Tuesday 15 April 2008.

The married 63-year-old admitted the charges, which relate to a period between 1976 and 1987.

Phelps, who won Olympic and Commonwealth medals ran the Olga Gym in Poole before retiring to live in France. The case has now been adjourned until 15 May for a pre-sentence report. (Tue 15 Apr 08)

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER WOMANS BODY FOUND

A 38 year old man was arrested in Newport, Gwent, in connection with the discovery of a womans body at Goathorn Close, Turlin Moor, Hamworthy, Poole

It is believed that the woman who died suffered numerous stab wounds. Police had been called by neighbours reporting a domestic incident. (Sun 13 Apr 08)

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POOLE COUNCIL SPYING ON YOU ?

It has been revealed that Poole Council have been using covert surveillance to investigate claims that a family had made false claims as part of a schools admission process.

The family were under surveillance for 3 weeks, whilst suspicions that the family had made false declarations about living within a schools catchment area were investigated. It was eventually revealed no false claims had been made.

The Council used powers granted to it under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, powers intended to catch terrorists and criminals. The Council has stated it will continue to use such powers when it is found to be absolutely necessary. (Thu 10 Apr 08)

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CYCLIST KILLED IN POOLE

A male rider was in collision with the back of a van at the bottom of a hill, by the junction with South Park Road at around 2.40pm on Tuesday 1 April 2008.

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Dorset Police said the white Astra van was stationary at a set of pedestrian lights when the cyclist was in collision with the rear doors. The cyclist was taken to Poole Hospital and then transferred to Southampton's neurological unit where he later died.

Alder Road was not re-opened until almost 6pm. Both the cyclist and van driver were local men, said police. (Wed 2 Apr 08)

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MAN DIES IN POOLE FIRE

A man in his 80's has died and his wife is fighting for life in intensive care following a blaze at their bungalow in Cynthia Road, Parkstone.

The fire which is believed to have started in the couple's bedroom on Saturday around 10am is not being treated as suspicious.

This is yet another tragedy in a series of recent house fires in the Poole area. (Sun 23 Mar 08)

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BODY FOUND IN POOLE HARBOUR

Tributes have been paid to a respected Bournemouth police inspector whose body was found on the shoreline of Poole Harbour this morning, Thursday, 13 March 2008.

The clothed body of 43-year-old Neil Munro – who was married with a young son and lived in Bournemouth – was found by a member of the public around 8.30am on the beach near the junction of Panorama Road and Old Coastguard Road. At this stage, the circumstances of Inspector Munro's death – understood to have taken place while he was off duty – are unexplained and an investigation is underway. The Coroner has been informed.

Dorset Police Chief Constable Martin Baker said: "The whole of the Force has been deeply shocked by today's news and our thoughts are very much with Neil's family at this time.

"Neil had served with Dorset Police for 20 years. He had a huge impact on policing here in Bournemouth and across the force."

Inspector Munro had been working as Section Inspector in command of the North Bournemouth section for the past two and a half years and had previously worked at Poole, Ferndown, Gravel Hill and in the Headquarters Air Support Unit at Winfrith near Wareham. (Fri 14 Mar 08)

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STORMS HIT DORSET

Poole has been hit by the storms wreaking havoc across the South and South West of England. So far, there has been :

  • Flooding at Sandbanks, with the main road being closed
  • Flooding on Poole Quay, with Poole Bridge having to be shut temporarily.
  • House fire in Hamworthy following lightning strike. Roof and most of the first floor of the house was destroyed in the blaze.
  • Sandbanks Ferry service suspended due to the severe weather - now re-opened.
  • Numerous reports of trees being blown over.

Whilst the worst of the storms appear to be over for the time being, Police are urging people to only travel where essential. Pictures of the stormy weather can be seen at the Daily Echo website :

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/photoorders/photogalleries/

(Mon 10 Mar 08)

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BODY FOUND IN POOLE HOUSE

Police are investigating the death of a woman after a body was found at a house in Lulworth Crescent in the Hamworthy area of Poole this morning Monday 3 March 2008.

A 49-year-old man from that address was arrested at the address in connection with the investigation into the death, which is being treated as suspicious.

While the circumstances are unclear at the moment we can confirm that firearms have been recovered at the address.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service officers extinguished a fire at the address before the body was found. Detective Chief Inspector Neil Redstone, head of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, who is leading the investigation, confirmed that officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time. (Mon 3 Mar 08)

UPDATE: Kevin John Burbidge, 49, appeared before Bournemouth Magistrates on Wednesday charged with murdering 70-year-old Marion Merritt at her home in Lulworth Crescent, Hamworthy, Poole on Monday morning.

He was remanded into custody until he appears next at Winchester Crown Court on March 11. (Tue 4 Mar 08)

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ARSON ATTACK IN POOLE

Eleven residents were evacuated from a twin block of flats in flats at Junction Road in Hamworthy, Poole after arsonists set fire to bins.

By the time the Dorset Fire and rescue Service arrived at the scene the fire had already spread to the hall, landing and roof. Police said there was no evidence of an accelerant being used but something alight was put into the bins on Saturday morning.

Nobody was injured and all of the residents have made temporary alternative living arrangements with friends or family whilst investigations and the process of repairing the building is undertaken. (Mon 25 Feb 08).

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RALLYE SUNSEEKER - HOME VICTORY

Local man Marcus Dodd has once again won the Rally Sunseeker alongside co-driver Andrew Bargery in their Hyundai Accent WRC.

For more info see the official website at : www.rallyesunseeker.co.uk/

See a brief video from a previous years rally here.

(Sat 23 Feb 08)

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MALE WORKER KILLED IN ACCIDENT

A Bournemouth man has been killed in an accident at work at Tangerine (previously known as Parrs Confectionery) in Poole.

The emergency services were called to the factory in the early hours of today, but were unable to save the male victim.

The incident has been referred to the Health & Safety Executive for investigation.

(Wed 20 Feb 08)

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ELDERLY WOMAN DIES IN BLAZE

An elderly woman has died following a blaze in her house in Blake Hill Crescent, Lower Parkstone, despite the heroic efforts of a local policeman to rescue her. After being beaten back by intense smoke, the body of the OAP was finally recovered by the Fire & Rescue Service. (Wed 20 Feb 08)

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WOMAN PEDESTRIAN KILLED

A pedestrian has died after she was hit by a lorry in Poole during rush hour, yesterday Monday 11 February 2008.

It is believed the woman was crossing Ringwood Road, near its junction with Haskells Road, in Poole when she was struck by a 7.5-tonne flatbed truck. She was taken to Poole Hospital but later died of her injuries.

Police closed the road for several hours whilst investigations took place. Police are appealing for witness to the crash, which happened at about 1620 GMT, to contact them. (Tue 12 Feb 08)

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JETSKIERS FINED

Image of jet-skier at SandbanksTwo speeding jetskiers who forced the Sandbanks ferry to stop have been prosecuted and each fined a total of £1,040 in fines and costs.

With Easter fast approaching and the likelihood of more jet skiers on the water, the jet skiers are reminded that to use the harbour they need a personal water craft permit from PHC and that they must obey the harbour speed limits and regulations or risk being prosecuted. (Fri 8 Feb 08)

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BARCLAYS REBUILD IN POOLE

The news that 1,000 jobs will be maintained and 160 new homes and a superstore built has been welcomed by the Borough of Poole.

The decision by Barclays' to build its new headquarters in Poole, which was approved by the planning committee last week, marks the finalisation of plans for the West Quay Road gateway site.

The development is being carried out by Asda and Marsh Baxter, with construction due to commence this year with completion targeted for 2010. (Thu 31 Jan 08)

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Image of the Poole RNLI college & lifeboatsRNLI STATISTICS FOR 2007 RELEASED

Figures recently released show that the RNLI's 233 lifeboat station crews launched 8,052 times during 2007, rescuing 7,715 people. RNLI lifeguards, who were operational on 71 beaches in the south west of England and East Anglia, were equally busy rescuing 1,350 people, aiding a further 8,533 people and responding to 8,201 incidents. The wet summer weather meant that the RNLI's Flood Rescue Team and volunteer lifeboat crews were particularly active inland, rescuing another 200 people in flood hit areas across the UK during the summer months.

Last year however, the Poole Lifeboat crew enjoyed a quieter year than usual. The Crew, which has been the busiest in the country for the last four years, dealt with just 107 call-outs last year - 37 down on 2006 and the lowest number of launches for at least 20 years. (Thur 24 Jan 08)

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SANDBANKS ON TV

On ITV on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January, Piers Morgan investigates why Sandbanks in Poole has become one of the most expensive places to live in the world, with homes selling for up to £8million. He gets to meet all the key players (including Harry Redknapp) to discover why the one-time sand dune has turned into a magnet for the ultra rich, awash with multi-million pound properties, fast cars and fancy yachts. (12 Jan 08)

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POOLE PYRAMID DEAD AND BURIED

At a Council meeting held on the 10th January, the Council announced that they would no longer be supporting the proposal and would cease discussions with the developers.

This decision has undoubtedly been made due to the immense pressure and outcry from locals that were opposed to the proposal. A victory for common sense (Fri 11 Jan 08)

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Image of Swans at Abbotsbury SwanneryBIRD FLU FOUND IN DORSET

Three mute swans which were found dead at Abbotsbury have been confirmed as having a lethal strain of bird flu, H5N1.

This is only the second time the H5N1 strain of the virus has been discovered in wild birds in the UK.

Defra has now imposed restrictions on the area around Abbotsbury, including Chesil Beach and Portland Bill in an attempt to control the spread of the disease. At the present time there is no plan to cull the 800 mute swans at Abbotsbury Swannery. (Thu 9 Jan 08)

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OLYMPIC DIVER IN COURT

Brian Phelps, who until recently lived and worked in Poole, today appeared in court to face 43 charges relating to child sex abuse offences. Phelps returned from his retirement home in France to face the charges.

Bournemouth magistrates heard how Phelps, a former gym owner (OLGA), was accused of four rape charges, 19 indecent assaults, 19 gross indecency offences and one attempted rape between 1976 and 1986. His alleged victims have not been identified for legal reasons. (Wed 9 Jan 08)

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APPEAL OVER BODY FOUND IN HARBOUR

Eight years after a man's body was found in Poole harbour, a missing persons' charity is hoping a 3D reconstruction of his face could jog peoples memories. The mystery man is thought to have died several weeks before his body was discovered on the beach on January 6, 2000.

He was found on the beach in Poole Harbour and is thought to have died several weeks or even months earlier. He is described as white, aged between 16 and 30 years, about 5ft 8in tall, of slim build with dark hair. When found he was wearing brown cord trousers, a black belt, white socks and black boots. Despite an appeal by police for help to trace his origins, the man's identity still remains a mystery.

Contact Missing People on 0500 700 700 on their 24hr freefone service or visit their website at : http://www.missingpeople.org.uk/areyoumissing/unidentified/archive/detail.asp?dsid=105

(Mon 7 Jan 08)

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Image of Poole Bus StationWILTS & DORSET BUSES OFF THE ROAD

Bus drivers working for the WIlts & Dorset company have today (Thursday 3rd Jan 2008) been on strike, over a dispute concerning working conditions. Nearly all of the companys fleet of buses were off the road, as a result of the strike action by members of the RMT union. Further action is planned for the 8th, 16th and 21st January, if talks prove unsuccessful. (Thurs 3 Jan 08)

 

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