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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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Paramount theme park plans go on display

It's a two-billion pound plan to transform a neglected part of Kent into an entertainment complex the size of Disneyland Paris.

Now, updated plans for the Paramount theme park at Swanscombe are to go on public display for a fortnight to hear what local people think.

David Johns has been to see them, speaking to project developer Fenlon Dunphy.

Portrait of Percy Shelley's adopted granddaughter for sale

A portrait of a girl adopted by the only surviving son of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly is to go under the hammer in Knightsbridge.

The watercolour of Bessie Florence, known as 'Floss', is estimated to sell for between £3,000 and £4,000 at Bonhams sale of Fine Portrait Miniatures on November 19.

The artwork by Reginald Easton is likely to have been painted close to Boscombe Manor on the Dorset coast, where Floss was raised by Percy and his novelist second wife, Mary Shelley née Wollstonecraft Godwin.

In the portrait, she stands before a sandy beach, wearing a brown shearling hat set with a diamond brooch. Credit: Bonhams

Floss encountered considerable heartbreak during her adult life, outliving her husband and four of their six children. Their youngest, Leopold, was lost at sea aboard an Australian submarine in 1914, aged twenty-five, and Sir Percy Shelley died the following year.

Her final years were spent in slight isolation at Penenden House, in Boxley near Maidstone before she died in 1934. Some say her tragic life might have made a dark poem.

New career for TV journalist found sleeping on a bench

Seven years ago, Ed Mitchell was sleeping on bench on Hove seafront. The former newscaster, who had enjoyed a glittering career, brought to his knees by drink and debt.

Yet he was discovered by a journalist and sparked a media frenzy, becoming front page news and even staring in his own documentary, writing a book about his experiences.

After continuing his battle with addiction, he's now preparing a new career as a radio DJ - offering financial advice. Andy Dickenson reports.

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