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Signed Elton John painting stolen from pub

The signed painting of Elton John Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Dorset are appealing for information to come forward after the theft of a unique oil painting from a pub in the town.

The theft of the signed, hand-painted oil painting of Elton John happened between 10.30am on Friday 7 November 2014 and 8.30am on Sunday 9 November 2014 from the Dolphin Inn at Peacemarsh.

Police Constable Stuart Loudwell, of Blandford police, said: “This picture of Elton John was painted by the victim who then made great efforts to get it signed by the musician.

“I would like to hear from anyone who may know who was responsible for this theft to contact me."


Keith Chegwin to star in Cinderella at The Anvil

Dancing on Ice star Keith Chegwin is to star as Buttons in The Anvil's Christmas pantomime of Cinderella.

Chegwin, who took to ITV's ice rink last year, will perform in Basingstoke alongside CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth, who is taking on the role as the Fairy Godmother.

Keith, who became a household name in the 1970s presenting the television shows Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, was last at The Anvil in 2001 when he appeared in Mother Goose.

Cinderella also features dancers from Basingstoke Academy of Dance and North Hampshire Academy of Dance. Credit: TheAnvil

Taking the title role of Cinderella is Sarah Louise Day, who is also choreographer, whilst Prince Charming is played by Ben Harlow.

Panto producer Martin Dodd, UK Productions, said:

Cinderella is the most magical of pantomimes and everybody’s favourite. I am delighted with the line-up this year and I know that Cheggers and Katy will bring loads of fun and comedy to the show, not to mention boundless energy!

We can promise something for everyone with the wickedest (but best dressed) Ugly Sisters in the business and the sensational Shetland Ponies live on stage.

– Martin Dodd

The show will run from Thursday 11 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.

Huge Alex Salmond to be centrepiece at Lewes Bonfire

A huge Alex Salmond has made an appearance at County Hall ahead of tonight's prestigious bonfire celebration in Lewes.

It is thought to be one of the biggest bonfire night celebration in the world, where bonfire societies parade through narrow streets of the town.

This year Alex Salmond, Scotland's fourth First Minister, will be the centrepiece of the festivities.

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