Poole News Archive - 2010
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THE BARFLEUR RETURNS! - 17 Dec 10
DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE SOLD - 13 Dec 10
BUSINESS AS USUAL AS SNOW FALLS IN POOLE! - 18 Dec 10
POOLE LINk AWARDS COMMUNITY GRANT TO LOCAL FOOD BANK - 8 Dec 10
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD PROJECT RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY - 30 Nov 10
POOLE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES JOB CUTS - 26 Nov 10
SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES IN TOWN - 25 Nov 10
MAN DIES IN POOLE CAR CRASH - 15 Nov 10
POLICE HUNT ARSONISTS AFTER HEATH FIRE - 19 Oct 10
NEW MARINA FOR POOLE HARBOUR - 4 Oct 10
POOLE COUNCIL LEADER DIES - 19 Sep 10
NO BURIAL PLOTS SOON - 6 Sep 10
HAD YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE STOLEN? - 2 Sep 10
BRANKSOME CHINE SURF LIFE SAVERS WIN GOLD AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - 20 Aug 10
TWO BODIES FOUND IN POOLE - 19 Aug 10
QUEEN MARY WELCOMES NEW LANDLORDS - 18 Aug 10
HELP COSTA COFFEE BUILD THIRD WORLD SCHOOLS - 12 Aug 10
POOLE LIFEBOAT STATION OPEN DAY - Aug 10
POOLE BOROUGH COUNCIL LOSES 'SPYING' TRIBUNAL - 2 Aug 10
JETSKIER INJURED IN COLLISION- 26 Jul 10
WORLD RECORD FOR SANDCASTLE BUILDING SET IN POOLE - 13 Jul 10
AVERAGE SPEED CAMERAS TO COME TO POOLE - 6 Jul 10
SPEED CAMERA UPDATE ! - 2 Jul 10
TREE FELLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT - 23 June 10
MAN FALLS TO DEATH AT DOLPHIN SHOPPING CENTRE - 16 June 10
POOLE PARK - 30 May 10
SUN, SEA AND SAND - IT HAS TO BE L.A. ( or SANDBANKS ?!) - 27 May 10
WORK TO START ON NEW POOLE BRIDGE - 10 May 10
FUNERAL FOR FIREFIGHER - 28 Apr 10
BRANKSOME CHINE SLSC ANNOUNCES THREE BEACHES WINNER - 26 Apr 10
WARNING TO DORSET RESIDENTS - 15 Apr 10
ELDERLY WOMAN DIES IN POOLE HOUSE FIRE - 10 Apr 10
FIRE TRAGEDY - 8 Apr 10
POOLE SECURES FUNDING FOR NEW BRIDGE - 12 Mar 10
GOOGLE STREET VIEW COMES TO POOLE - 11 Mar 10
FIRE AT POOLE BUSINESS CENTRE - 10 Mar 10
LOSS OF BARFLEUR MEANS LOSS OF JOBS ? - 20 Feb 10
NEW LOCATION FOR NATIONAL EXPRESS COACHES - 25 Jan 10
TEENAGE FAWN KILLERS SENTENCED - 15 Jan 10
An announcement was made today that the Barfleur ferry is returning to Poole.
A year to the day since Brittany Ferries announced it was withdrawing the ferry from the loss-making Poole to Cherbourg route, the company has said the ship is to return. It has been announced that the Barfleur will be reintroduced on 27 February 2011 and will be taking a mix of passengers and freight and will make at least six cross-Channel sailings a week.
The service will operate throughout the summer and Brittainy Ferries will review its commercial viability towards the end of September 2011. (Fri 17 Dec 10)
The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole has been sold for £85million to a Dutch real estate company.
Wereldhave NV announced the deal this morning, just over two months after the centre went on the market in early October.
The former owner Grosvenor had plans in the pipeline by to double the size of the Dolphin SHopping Centre and it would appear that is the intention of the new owners. A statement released today said “There is significant potential to further modernise the centre and undertake development expanding the offer and dominance of the scheme.” (Mon 13 Dec 10)
With snow hitting the last weekend before Christmas, Dolphin Shopping Centre is fully open as usual and all shops are well stocked for the last minute rush. Despite the closure of Poole's bus station this morning – now reopened - the Centre is seeing strong numbers eager to complete their Christmas shopping.
Footfall counters show an average of 35,000 shoppers a day coming to the Centre in the past fortnight and management is hoping that the last minute rush will beat records from Christmas Eve 2009.
The Centre predicts that those risking late online shopping will revert to the high street with deliveries now likely to be further delayed by the weather.
Stephanie Lacey, Centre Manager, says:
“Online shopping was predicted to rise by 28 per cent, and more than half were planning to cut back on the presents they buy this year. But we are seeing shoppers flooding into the Centre every day despite the weather. People still enjoy the whole experience of going out to shop for gifts for loved ones and tell us how much they have enjoyed the atmosphere at the Centre this year.
“As well as offering the usual late night shopping until 9pm on Thursdays with free parking from 6pm, we go to great efforts to bring the Centre alive with carol singing and brass band music throughout the week and weekends.”
Even Santa has been seen grabbing last minute gifts at the Centre. He was spotted dashing around the shops with his elf, laden with bags of presents ready for his huge delivery challenge on Friday night. Having welcomed hundreds of children already this Christmas, his grotto remains open until 2pm on Christmas Eve.
Charity support has also been high priority for the Centre in the run up to Christmas. Volunteers will continue Christmas wrapping this weekend for a small donation to Heart Research UK and Poole Hospital's Poole Africa Link. Supporting the Mayor of Poole's charities, the Dolphin Centre plays host to Cllr Chris Bulteel's book fair on Wednesday December 22 from 10am. The Friends of Forest Holme charity has also benefited from a Christmas campaign based within the Centre.
For a full list of all the events taking place including musical performances, or to book a final visit to Santa in his grotto before the big day, visit: www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk (Sat 18 Dec 10)
Poole LINk (Local Involvement Network) has awarded a community grant to a local charity food bank that will raise awareness to people in crisis about how to have their say on health and social care services.
The Hamworthy Advice Food Bank, a smaller part of the main Hamworthy Money Advice Project, will use the grant to provide food parcels to local people in need. At the same time, they will be placing information about Poole LINk into every food parcel they make up.
Raising awareness of Poole LINk to families on a low income will inform them about having their say on local health and social care services and how they can help to influence those services. And the grant comes at a significant time when people are dealing with increased financial difficulties and the cold season.
Louise Bate, Poole LINk Development Officer said:
“The Hamworthy Advice Food Bank parcels will be helping local people at a time of crisis when they most need it. We also want to let these local people know if they have any concerns about their health and social care that Poole LINk is here to listen and help to make changes to those services.”
The £500 grant was awarded following a successful application to the recent Poole LINk Community Grants. Along with the nine other local groups who were awarded the same funding, the Hamworthy Money Advice Project will use the grant to influence health and social care for local people.
Poole LINk is here to listen to what local people have to say about health and social care services. The comments given by local people are then used to improve services for the whole community.
Paul Thompson from the Hamworthy Money Advice Project said:
“In these difficult times we are very grateful. With grants such as this we can continue to offer tangible assistance to those in need. This grant will enable us to give small, non-perishable food and toiletry parcels to Hamworthy Money Advice Project clients with the greatest need.”
This year the project has already given out food to around 300 people in crisis. The project relies on public donations and funding to make up food parcels. If you would like to donate food to the project they are looking for non-perishable and long-shelf life food, and in particular canned meat. For more information contact the Hamworthy Money Advice Project on 01202 668611 (Wed 8 Dec 10)
The Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole , has been working alongside local creative company, Poppies Art Workshops, to produce Christmas cards with children from five local schools.
Members from the shopping centre team have chosen the festive card designs, which will be sold in packs of five on the top floor of the centre in Bitznfix, Elemental and Jules Gems. All proceeds from the cards will go towards two worthy local charities, Julia's House children's hospice and the Lighthouse, Poole 's Centre for the Arts.
Natalie Guy, Director of Poppies Art Workshops, said: “All the children involved with the project have been really enthusiastic and put so much effort into their creations. We had to whittle it down to just five cards but there were so many fantastic designs so we have chosen to display many of them as vinyls for shoppers to enjoy as they look around the centre.”
Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, Stephanie Lacey, said: “This project has enabled us to get out and engage with schools in the community while also supporting local charities. We owe huge thanks to Natalie for helping to co-ordinate the project as well as the schools involved and the retailers who will be selling the cards. Hopefully the cards will add a bit of a fun twist to many people's Christmases this year.”
The Christmas cards are being sold for £2.99 per pack in the Dolphin Shopping Centre. The winning designs along with 55 others are also being displayed as vinyls on the top floor of the centre.
The five schools involved with the project include: Hamworthy First School, Longfleet Church of England V.C. Combined School, Oakdale South Road Middle School , Old Town First School and St.Mary's Catholic Combined School .
For further information visit: www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk (Tues 30 Nov 10)
Up to 200 jobs are set to go at Poole council, it has been announced. The Borough of Poole said it had to cut its budget by at least £29m over the next three years and as a consequence compulsory redundancies were unavoidable.
The cuts are due to the government's Spending Review, which will see the Conservative-led council face a 28% reduction in funding over four years.
The council said it would consult staff and trade unions, with a final decision made in January. The council employs about 2,050 full-time staff and of those posts identified as at risk about 70 are vacant. (Fri 26 Nov 10)
Thousands of local people lined the streets of Poole this weekend just gone (Sunday November 21) to welcome Father Christmas as he sailed into Poole Quay with the RNLI. The jolly fellow from Lapland was also accompanied by a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike.
Santa and Captain Jack were greeted by the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Chris Bultell, before making their way with a host of elves on a sleigh along the Quay and through the high street towards the Dolphin Shopping Centre, organisers of the event.
The duo were followed by a magnificent parade including: Miss Christmas seated on a beautiful horse and carriage, stilt walkers, magic stars, candy canes, the Bournemouth Carnival Band and the Dorset Youth Marching Band. Poole 's town crier, David Squire, led the parade.
The festivities continued inside the shopping centre, as shoppers were treated to a magical acrobatic act inside a snow globe and at midday Santa took residence in his grotto.
Dolphin Shopping Centre manager, Stephanie Lacey, said: “We had a fantastic turnout for this year's Santa parade and are thrilled that so many people came along to see what was going on. I think the event managed to spread a bit of Christmas cheer and the grotto is already proving hugely popular. It was a great day.”
For further information or to book a visit to see Santa in his Grotto visit: www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk (Thu 25 Nov 10)
* Image courtesy of Steve Cook from Seeker Photography
A local man died when his car collided with a lamp post in Poole on Sunday night.
The man, aged in his 20s, died at the scene of the single-vehicle accident on the westbound Dorset Way (A3049) near the Oakdale slip road, at 11pm.
Two other people in the car were cut free from the wreckage and taken to Poole Hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries. Police closed the road for several hours while the accident was investigated. Witnesses should contact police on 01202 222222.. (Mon 15 Nov 10)
Police are hunting arsonists after a nature reserve in Canford Heath, Poole was deliberately set alight on Sunday night, the 17 October 2010.
The area populated by rare birds and reptiles was set alight soon after 11pm. A member of the public raised the alarm. Four fire crews were needed to tackle the blaze.
A police spokesman confirmed officers were treating the blaze as arson and called on witnesses or anyone with information about the fire to contact them on 01202 222222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers service on 0800 555 111. (Tue 19 Oct 10)
Poole planners have granted Poole Harbour Commissioners planning permission to convert the existing, unused Ro-Ro (Roll On Roll Off) One ferry berth into a marina.
It is hoped that the new £800,000 marina in Poole Harbour will be ready to welcome yachts well ahead of the 2012 Olympics, where the sailing events will be taking place along the coast at Portland, Weymouth.
The new marina will contain permanent berthing for 59 boats of 12-15m in length, for eight deep-draught superyachts during the summer months plus 20 jet-skis and 15 ribs. (Mon 4 Oct 10)
Tributes have been paid to Councillor Brian Leverett, leader of Borough of Poole council, who passed away in hospital on Friday, 17 September 2010, after collapsing at the civic centre.
The 69-year-old, who was born in the town and was elected as a councillor in 1983, became council leader in 2003.
Mr Leverett had campaigned for the creation of the twin sails bridge, connecting Hamworthy with Poole port, while in opposition and as leader. Deputy leader Don Collier said it would become a "lasting memorial". He said: "He has worked tirelessly on that bridge in opposition and as leader and he was tremendously pleased that we had managed to secure it. "It's a hugely important thing for Poole".
The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Chris Bulteel, said Mr Leverett had given many years of "selfless service". He added: "Brian was deeply committed to Poole. "He will be hugely missed by the council and all who knew him, especially those in his local community."
John McBride, chief executive of the council, said: "Brian was a hugely popular and immensely respected figure within the council. "He devoted more than 25 years of his life to serving the council and the people of Poole." (Sun 19 Sep 10)
Burial space in Poole could run out in months following the revelation that there are just 50 plots remaining at Parkstone and Broadstone cemeteries – the only council cemeteries currently in use for earth burials. The remaining plots are expected to be used within the next six to twelvemonths.
The council is considering squeezing in extra graves at cemeteries previously deemed full more. It is investigating moving remains to reuse plots and burying the dead on top of existing graves.
The alternatives have been outlined in a report which comes before the environment overview and scrutiny committee at Poole Council. (Mon 6 Sep10)
Dorset Police are appealing for the help of the public after officers in Poole seized a further four mountain bikes from a man in the town – with pictures of the bikes being released.
The mountain bikes are a green and orange ‘Kona', a silver ‘Giant', a black ‘Specialized' and a silver ‘Claud Butler'. To view pictures of the bikes, please visit http://www.dorset.police.uk/Default.aspx?page=4725 (Thu 2 Sept 10)
Branksome Chine Surf Life Saving Club (BCSLSC) is celebrating this week after an outstanding performance at the National Surf Life Saving Sport Championships. The Dorset club brought home an impressive 17 medals, including four golds.
The Championships, sponsored by South West Water, took place at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, last week and the Branksome Chine SLSC squad consisted of 11 Nippers, 11 Youths and four Masters (over 30s).
In day one of the event, with conditions almost totally flat in contrast to the head-high heavy surf of last year's event in Newquay, Jess Hanafin dominated the women's field in her age group. Jess took the gold medals in all four individual water events – the Ski race, Board race, Surf Swim and the Ocean Woman event, which encompasses all three in one race. In the competitive 40-44 age group, Club Captain Ian Robinson, recorded two silver medals in the Ocean Man and Surf Race.
On day two, the team with James Best and Chris Oliver managed respectable results in all the team events event, placing Branksome Chine's Masters 13 th out of 20 clubs represented overall.
Another local competitor who regularly trains with Branksome Chine SLSC, was Mark Forrester from Southbourne club, who competed for Crantock in the 35-39 age group, winning the Board Race, Surf Swim and Ocean Man events. Mark was also part of the Crantock team to win gold in the Taplin Relay 90+, silver in the Ski relay 90+, gold in Board Relay 90+ and gold in the Board rescue 90+. Both Jess and Mark will be joining other club members to compete in open nationals in Newquay on 11 th and 12 th September.
Later in the week, the youth competition saw the Branksome squad pick up nine medals. Hamish Wilson took gold in the Under-19 Sprint and Under-19 1km run, retaining the title for a second year. Maisie Richardson picked up a silver medal in the Under-16 Sprint, while Lizzie Harris achieved the same in the Under-15 Sprint and the Under-15 1km run.
In the Under-19 1km run, Andy Houlder won bronze, while Claudia Burrows won silver.
Jasmin England, Claudia Burrows, Andy Houlder and Hamish Wilson also achieved a bronze in the Under-19 Mixed Beach Sprint. Jasmin England and Claudia Burrows achieved a bronze in the Under-19 Board Rescue.
There were 550 Nippers (8-13 years) competing later in the week – so the Branksome squad of 11, who were all competing for the first time against the mighty West Country clubs, had their work cut out. 43 Nippers entered the Under-9 beach flags category, competing in four heats until they got down to the last 12 for the final. Branksome's Sophie Smith hung on in there, finally achieving a well earned bronze medal.
Henry Stanbrook swam a terrific heat and then had to repeat the performance in the final of the Under-11 Swim and achieved a bronze medal for his efforts.
Club Chair Hilary England said: “Congratulations to all competitors in the Masters, Youth and Nipper squads who, as well as being great ambassadors for Branksome Chine SLSC and Dorset, all achieved some amazing results.”
Now back in Dorset, Beach Lifeguards from Branksome Chine SLSC are currently busy assisting the RNLI with Sunday patrols, hoping to top last year's statistic of 250 volunteer patrol hours given by the club. Another six club members are expected to qualify as Beach Lifeguards this month. (Fri 20 Aug 10)
A father and his six-year-old son have been found dead at their home in Poole.
It is believed the boy's mother found the two, named locally as Chris Hall, and his son, also called Chris, at their home in Queens Road, Poole.
They were found at about 5pm on Wednesday 18 August 2010. Police are not seeking anyone else over the deaths. (Thu 19 Aug 10)
Poole free-house, The Queen Mary, in West Street welcomes new landlords Mick and Lisa Fitzpatrick. The couple take on the pub after successfully turning around the fortunes of their last pub, The Old Bell in Enfield.
“Our vision is to build a friendly local pub for the community” explains Mick. “We did this in Enfield and that's what we will be offering the people of Poole; good beer, home-cooked food and regular weekly events and live music.”
Lisa adds; “We are already busy for Sunday lunches and have catered for several special events. We have a great beer garden and free parking, which sets us apart from the majority of pubs here in Poole Old Town.”
The pub's weekly events include; Monday darts, Wednesday Pool, Thursday Pool Challenge, Friday night music night and the week-end will be showing live Sky sports in high definition.
For more information or reserve a table for food call 01202 661701. (Wed 18 Aug 10)
Costa Coffee staff in the Dolphin Shopping Centre are going above and beyond to get a bigger buzz from their usual job, undertaking a two-month mammoth fundraising effort to help build and furnish third world schools in coffee growing nations.
For the first time, the entire Poole Costa Coffee team will expand their fundraising efforts throughout the Dolphin Shopping Centre while also supporting the Escape the Midday Sun programme of free family events.
Starting on Friday, August 13, Dolphin Shopping Centre visitors will have the chance to sample some delicious food and drink courtesy of Costa Coffee staff that will be circulating the shopping centre between 2pm and 3pm.
Continuing every Friday throughout August and supporting the immensely popular Silly Scott magic tricks, balloon modelling and face painting, shoppers will be able to try milkshakes, smoothies, coffee and hot chocolate as well as tasty mini muffins and biscuits, in exchange for a donation.
All funds raised will go to the Costa Foundation and the Dolphin Shopping Centre branch is already well on its way to reaching its £250 fundraising target thanks to the hard efforts of its staff who have donated all of their tips throughout July and August. Fancy dress fun will also continue in-store until the end of the month, with all staff taking part in special themed events every Saturday.
If reached, the Dolphin Shopping Centre store's fundraising target will be doubled by Costa Coffee to help furnish third world schools in the coffee growing communities of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Uganda and Columbia.
Created in 2006, the Costa Foundation's programmes have since helped to improve social and economic welfare within these communities by providing children with access to education. By the end of 2010 the Foundation will have completed its sixteenth school and made a real difference to the everyday lives of the coffee growers and their communities.
Katrina Johnson, manager of the Dolphin Shopping Centre store, commented: “All of our staff are passionate about raising money for the Costa Foundation, to help build and maintain schools within five coffee growing communities. These are regions where children have no access to education, clean water, sanitation, transport or food for school meals. All things which we take for granted.
“It's great to be able to expand our fundraising efforts into the Dolphin Shopping Centre where we hope visitors will enjoy having the chance to sample some of our yummy tit-bits and support our fundraising efforts. We want to raise as much money as possible because if all stores in our area reach the fundraising target, that money will pay for an entire school classroom to be built.”
Stephanie Lacey, Dolphin Shopping Centre Manager, said: “It's really impressive to see the Costa Coffee team united for such a worthy cause. It couldn't be easier for our visitors to support their fundraising efforts. In exchange for a small donation, simply enjoy some of Costa Coffee's free sample food and drink while enjoying the Escape the Midday Sun events every Friday throughout August.”
Fridays are action packed and full of fun throughout the summer holidays at the Dolphin Shopping Centre. Silly Scott, billed as the south's leading children's entertainer, will be keeping visitors amused from 11am to 3pm with his magic tricks, balloon modelling and face painting, while Ollie the Dinosaur from Ollie's Playland will be taking trips around the shopping centre, giving away free lollies to children (while stocks last).
For the full programme of Dolphin Shopping Centre Escape the Midday Sun events simply visit www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk (Thu 12 Aug 10)
Poole Borough Council which spied on a local family to see if they lived in the right school catchment area has lost a landmark ruling over its actions.
Local resident Jenny Paton took Poole Borough Council to a tribunal after it used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to spy on her family 21 times. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled it was not a proper purpose and not necessary to use surveillance powers.
Miss Paton said she was delighted. The council said it accepted the ruling. (Read the Councils statement : http://www.boroughofpoole.com/news/ref:N4C56ACFE8ACC1/ )
In a landmark ruling, this is the first time these powers have been challenged at an open hearing before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). (Mon 2 Aug 10)
A jetskier was airlifted to hospital after colliding with a boat in the entrance to Poole Harbour on Saturday.
It would appear that the jet-ski rider was thrown from his craft and had sustained head injuries.
The injured jetskier was airlifted to the emergency helicopter landing site at Whitecliff in Poole by the coastguard helicopter, before being transfered to Poole Hospital by ambulance.(Mon 26 Jul 10)
A new record for sandcastle building has been set on Sandbanks Beach in Poole.
The Lewis Manning Hospice, in Poole, was attempting to beat the Guinness World Record of building more than 520 sandcastles in one hour. A team of about 100 people managed to make 539, but the record has yet to be verified by officials.
Those who took part donated about £600 to the voluntary hospice, which provides care to more than 650 local people with life-threatening illnesses.
In order to qualify, each sandcastle had to measure 2ft (60cm) by 2ft (60cm), and have four visible turrets. (Tue 13 Jul 10)
The new SafeZone cameras - the first of their kind in Dorset - will be put on Springdale Road, Broadstone as part of a trial, by electrical engineering company Siemens, whose office in Sopers Lane is nearby
These cameras measure how fast a vehicle travels between two fixed points. The trial will be held on Springdale Road, outside of Springdale First School, creaing the so-called SafeZone.
The trial is being done with support from Poole council, Dorset County Council, The Dorset Safety Camera Partnership and the school. The camera trial is due to commence in September, although it is reported that the information gathered during the six-month trial will not be used for enforcement and no one will be prosecuted. (Tue 6 July 10)
All of us drivers in Poole need to be on our best behaviour as existing traffic light cameras are going to be used to start to catch speeding drivers.
The Dorset Safety Camera Partnership (DSCP) is making the move as part of a drive to meet the government target of a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road collisions by 2010. Under the “speed on green” idea, the red light safety cameras which previously only caught drivers jumping red lights will now also be used to catch speeding vehicles when the light is green.
The idea is being introduced in Poole at the junction of Holes Bay Road and Sterte Road, where the limit is 30mph, and could be used elsewhere later.
The location is shown below :
View Holes Bay Road in a larger map (Thu 2 July 09)
Dorset Police and the local Council are investigating after a protected tree that blocked a stunning view of Poole Harbour has been mysteriously felled.
The 12m Scots pine, which stood in the garden of a house in Heavytree Road, Parkstone, was felled in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is believed that an intruder broke through a fence and used a chainsaw to bring down the tree, which only narrowly avoided crashing on to the houses around it. The occupants of the house were woken by the sound of the chainsaw, followed by the crash as the tree was felled.
The removal of the tree has opened up views of Poole Harbour which previously were obstructed by the tree. (Wed 23 June 10)
It is reported that a 23 year old male from Poole fell to his death at the Dolphin shopping centre last night . The death is not being treated as suspicious. It is believed that the incident happened at the rear of the building in the early evening. No more details have been released. (Wed 16 June 10)
Once again, Poole Park is the scene of new life, as this years batch of cygnets and duckings emerge. This year has seen a successful breeding season for the swans with several pairs nesting on the newly man-made islands within Poole Park Lake.
In the video below, you will see some of the cygnets and duckings, as well as a nesting pair of swans and images of their eggs.
(Sun 30 May 10)
Sunny L.A is the ultimate destination for anything film, and the land of the beautiful boasts super rich and glamorous residents alike. With the Hollywood hills as a backdrop and a whole host of talented extra's on hand, it's not surprising that Brit film makers Twist Films couldn't wait to get on set to finish the La la Land storyline to their new film Morris: A Life with Bells on.
But, there was just one problem…. Twist Films had no budget to fly the entire cast and crew out to California. But, with the L.A scene being such a core part of the storyline they would have to somehow make it happen. And so the genius idea was born to turn a beach on Dorset's South Coast into Venice Beach ‘totally awesome'!
The biggest challenge to the filming was of course the weather! The consistent rain threw out the scheduled timetable and only allowed a very small window for filming to take place. The allocated 2 days of filming the beach scene had to be squeezed into a few hours! However, the actors were unperturbed and embraced the chilling sea air (in their beachwear!) to take advantage of any sunshine there was.
The stunning location of Sandbanks is a worthy challenger to the likes of L.A. Golden beaches, space for watersports, gourmet beachside restaurants or just simply soaking up the lavish lifestyle that is on offer. If it's luxury accommodation you are after then Sandbanks has got that covered too. Being one of the most expensive places to live in the whole world there is an abundance of multi-million pound properties and luxury hotels. Fancy a bit of celeb spotting? No problem! You could easily come across the Redknapps taking a stroll down the beach or Vernon Kaye and Tess Daly soaking up the sunshine on a well deserved break.
So if you can handle a bit of unpredictable English weather, then Sandbanks is a great alternative for those on a budget!
Blighty (Sky channel 534, Virgin Media 206) is pleased to announce the TV debut of ‘Morris: A life with bells on' at 8pm on Saturday 29 May. Set to be a bank holiday treat the light-hearted comedy “captures the heart of England” and will charm even the most cynical of viewers.
Behind the scenes video from Morris: A Life with Bells on.
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Work has begun on the approach road for the new £37m Twin Sails Bridge in Poole Harbour, which will will connect Hamworthy and Poole and is due to open in 2012.
Wilkins Way in Poole will be closed for up to two years while the road is built to link the new bridge to the junction of West Quay Road.
The bridge will provide access to 64 acres (26 ha) of brownfield land where 2,000 new homes are planned over the next 10 years on the site of the old Poole Power Station. Poole Borough Council predicts the bridge and associated development could create up to 5,000 jobs.
In April, the council announced it had appointed construction firm Hochtief as the contractor to build the second harbour crossing. (Mon 10 May 10)
Poole man Jim Shears, from Oakdale, was one of two Hampshire firefighters to die while battling a tower block blaze in Southampton earlier this month.
A funeral service will be held at St George's church in Darby's Lane, Oakdale on Friday 30 April 2010. The family of Jim have requested a large turn-out to give Jim the biggest possible send-off.
The local newspaper (Daily Echo) has published details of the route the funeral cortege will take on Friday :
The funeral cortege will pass through Poole on Friday morning, with supporters again encouraged to line the streets to pay their respects. It will leave Jim's family home in Oakdale just after 10am before passing Poole fire station, where a salute of honour will take place. The procession will then pass down Dorset Way and along Johnston Road before arriving at the church for 10.35am. Anyone wishing to see the arrival of the cortege is asked to arrive at St George's before 10.30am. (Wed 28 Apr 10)
Branksome Chine Surf Life Saving Club has hosted another successful Three Beaches Surf Ski Series, with Simon Dark being crowned King of the Three Beaches.
The series consisted of two five-mile races a week apart and points awarded at each were added together for a final score. In the first race, the 13 paddlers were met with a strong 15-knots easterly wind, which presented perfect racing conditions for those who were comfortable in chop and runs, but a tricky race for those who were not.
Simon Dark from Bradford-on-Avon Canoe Club had a slow start, but managed to reel the field in by the turn, after which he managed to pull away from the field. His new 8kg epoxy K1-styled ski from Zetech took full advantage of the downwind runs and Simon took first place, ahead of Paul Kingman and Andy Ferris in second and third.
Conditions for the second race were much kinder to paddlers, with the flatter sea encouraging two female entrants, including one under-19, and keen spectators enjoying the sunshine on the beaches. The experienced K paddlers set a blistering pace with Simon Dark repeating his performance from the week before and finishing first in an impressive time of 37:06, taking the title King of the Three Beaches. The battle for second place was a close fought contest between Richard England , Paul Kingman, Andy Nicholson.
Simon Dark, Richard England and Alison Dark will also be competing at the European Surf Ski Challenge on 1 st May in Alicante, Spain. Other Dorset-based paddlers competing in the event include Chloe Bunnet, expected to be up with the elite ladies, Andy Blow and Ben Mason, who are entering the event for a second year.
The next local surf ski event is the 10km from Branksome to Boscombe and back (B2B) to be held on 16 th May and enabling paddlers to qualify for the Weymouth to Lulworth Cove race in June. Branksome Chine Surf Life Saving Club will also be running a Nipper Carnival on the day, starting at 10am. The seven to 13-year-olds will be demonstrating the Surf Life Saving skills they learn from an early age.
Dorset Police is warning householders – as well as friends and families of vulnerable people – to be aware, and on their guard, after five distraction burglaries in the county during the space of five hours.
One of the crimes was in Wimborne, two were in Poole and two in Bournemouth – all taking place between 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Monday 12 April 2010.
A Dorset Police spokesman said: “These were despicable crimes perpetrated by people who have taken advantage of trusting pensioners. People should keep an eye on elderly neighbours and immediately report any suspicious activity to the police.
“Householders should only open their door to callers when it's on a security chain and they should never let anyone into their home without first asking for – and checking – their identity documents.
“Residents should keep callers on the doorstep with the security chain still on the door while their identity is established by calling the number the person claims to be calling on behalf from a directory and not their details in case they are false.
“If you are in doubt about the honesty of a caller, do not let them into your home. If you think someone is suspicious, note down their vehicle registration and call the police immediately,” explained the Dorset Police spokesman.
In one of the incidents at a property in Darby's Lane, Poole, between 4.30pm and just after 5pm, a white man claiming to be from the water board entered the home of a woman aged in her 80s on the pretext of testing the water because of a burst water main. Money was later found to have been stolen from the woman's purse.
In a further incident at a property in Danecourt Road, Poole, between 4.30pm and 6pm, two white men approached an elderly man on the pretext of checking the water pressure due to a burst water main. One man talked to the pensioner in his kitchen and the other man disappeared. Later, the elderly man's son discovered that the pensioner's upstairs rooms had been searched and cash taken from his wallet. The first man was aged in his late teens while the other man was around 40 years old.
Anyone seeing suspicious activity that could be a crime in progress should immediately call Dorset Police by dialling 999 while anyone with information about past incidents should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 222 222. (Thu 15 Apr 10)
Dorset Police and the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are investigating on behalf of the Coroner after an elderly woman died in a house fire in the Oakdale area of Poole this morning, Saturday 10 April 2010.
The fire at the detached property in Dorchester Road - near the junctions with Enfield Crescent and Henning's Park Road - is not being treated as suspicious.
The fire was reported to Dorset Police by the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service at 6.20am this morning, Saturday.
The dead woman is believed to be 76 years of age. Her next of kin have been informed.
Three people - an 80 year old man, a 39 year old woman and a 14 year old girl - who were also in the house when the fire broke out were treated by the ambulance service and then taken to Poole Hospital for further treatment.
Dorset Police closed the Dorchester Road at the junction of Henning's Park Road and Oakdale Road while the fire was being extinguished and the casualties being treated by the ambulance service. The road was reopened by 8am this morning, Saturday.
The 80 year old man was treated in Poole Hospital for serious burns while the 39 year old woman and the 14 year old girl were treated for shock and minor smoke inhalation.
The 80 year old man was this morning, Saturday, due to be transferred from Poole Hospital to the burns unit of the Salisbury Hospital in Wiltshire for specialist treatment.
This morning, the property in which the fire took place remains sealed off ahead of detailed examination by Dorset Police scene of crime officers as well as investigators from the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious and the Coroner has been informed. (Sat 10 Apr 10)
It has been confirmed that one of the two firefighters, killed whilst tackling a blaze in a tower block in Southampton was a Poole man.
Jim Shears from Oakdale, Poole, died battling the tower block blaze in Shirley, Southampton. His wife Carla, has paid a heartfelt tribute to her husband, describing him as "an amazing dad and a amazing husband". (Thu 8 Apr 10)
The government has finally agreed to give £14m to help fund a new bridge in Poole.
The £37m Twin Sails Bridge, which is designed to cross a section of Poole Harbour and connect Hamworthy with Poole port, has faced years of delays. Today the Department of Transport handed the town the news it had been waiting for - confirmation of the £14.1 million grant for the scheme.
It means all the funding for the £37 million project is now in place. Work is expected to start in early summer and take around 20 months. (Fri 12 Mar 10)
Google have just released their latest update which includes details of the whole of Dorset, including Poole.
View Google Street View of Sandbanks Beach, Poole > (Thu 11 Mar 10)
Over 50 Firefighters from Dorset Fire & Rescue tackled a blaze at a Broom Road Business Park, Poole on Tuesday night.
The fire is believed to have started at a double glazing factory. (Wed 10 Mar 10)
There are increasing fears that the loss of Brittany Ferries Channel ferry service provided by the Barfleur will now mean the loss of jobs at Poole Port.
Some 120 people are employed at the Port, and the loss of the ferry service will mean a reduction in income for the Port of at least 20%. The Poole Harbour Commissioners are in talks with the staff and unions at this time over a reduction in staffing levels, redundancies have not been ruled out. (Sat 20 Feb 10)
National Express coach services in Poole are now using a new facility.
The recently upgraded Seldown Coach Park will be the new departure and arrival point for the National Express services that currently run from Poole Bus Station. The coach park is located next to Poole Bus Station and will provide easy to access to and from local bus services.
Car parking, including disabled spaces, is available at the new facility making it easier for National Express passengers, especially those with heavy luggage, to be dropped off and collected. The move will also help ease congestion in the bus station and as a result help keep local bus services running on time.
Two new stops with shelters are provided for National Express services. They are clearly marked with seating also available.
The location of the new coach station can be seen on this Google map > (Mon 25 Jan 10)
The Poole teenagers found guilty of found guilty of intentionally killing a deer while on land without consent, but cleared of beating a wild animal with intent to cause unnecessary suffering have been sentenced at Poole Youth Court.
The two, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were fined £1,000, sentenced to 100 hours community service and ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.
During the trial one of the teenagers said the deer already had a broken leg and was bleeding when they found it in long grass. However, strong public opinion has met the sentence, with animal rights supporters claiming that the boys have "been let off." (Fri 15 Jan 10)