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British Legion ensures lonely hero doesn't die alone

Major Thomas Leslie died surrounded by British Legion members

When war hero Major Thomas Leslie was admitted to a nursing home with no money and no family it was feared the only person to attend his funeral would be the matron who cared for him.

But when she contacted the Royal British Legion and told them about the 86 year old, members rallied the troops to ensure his last days weren't spent alone and that he received the send off he deserved. Today 120 people attended his funeral in Bournemouth.

"I didn't get to meet Tom until his last days and he was such a remarkable man, he had such a remarkable history and I wish I'd known him earlier. Unfortunately these things happen and it's happening more and more with our veterans and the guys of his age. We've got so many stories that are going untold - it's just nice that we managed to get a little bit of his history before he passed on."

– Gerry Nunn, Royal British Legion

Tom served 34 years in the army and was the youngest of nine siblings but when he died at a nursing home in Friars Cliff in Christchurch there were no friends and family to mourn his passing.

"No-one should ever die alone so the nurses were amazing and sat with him until the end and it was very peaceful, dignified and he was pain free and I'm just so pleased I got in touch with the Legion because I think he would've loved this."

– Beverley Lockhart, Pinebeach Nursing Home

Appeal for witnesses to robbery at travel agent

Detectives investigating a robbery at a Bournemouth travel agent are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward – with CCTV images of the suspects being released.

At around 3pm on Friday 17 April 2015, a robbery took place at Bath Travel in Poole Road.

Three male suspects, with their faces disguised, entered the shop and demanded money. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspects left the shop and ran away from the scene toward Nelson Road. It is believed they drove away in a black car, possibly a Volkswagen Golf or something similar.

Police appeal for witnesses to robbery at a travel agent Credit: Dorset Police
Police appeal for witnesses to robbery at a travel agent Credit: Dorset Police
Police appeal for witnesses to robbery at a travel agent Credit: Dorset Police

The first suspect is described wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and dark trainers. He was carrying a yellow sports bag with JD in white writing and his face was covered by a scarf or bandana.

The second suspect was wearing a dark grey sports jacket with lighter coloured elbow patches, zip and cords, blue jeans and white and blue trainers. He wore green or grey tights over his head and face.

The third suspect wore a blue zip-up tracksuit top with a white logo on the left breast, blue tracksuit bottoms with a white logo on the top of the left thigh area and dark trainers. He wore a blue or grey flat cap and something concealing his face.

All three men wore red gloves with black on the palms.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 17:251. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.


Cherries to celebrate as Champions on open top bus

Bournemouth celebrate as champions on Saturday Credit: PA

AFC Bournemouth fans will celebrate their historic promotion with an open top bus parade through the town today.

The Cherries will show their appreciation for the support the town has shown Eddie Howe's squad.

Thousands of fans are expected to line the streets as it travels from Boscombe to Bournemouth pier from 11am.

Meridian will be there too and you can see our report on this evening's news.

It all went to plan for Eddie Howe and Jeff Mostyn Credit: PA
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Prince George gives a wave on way to meet baby sister

Prince George gave an adorable wave on the way into the Lindo Wing to meet his new baby sister.

Dressed in matching outfits, his father Prince William planted a kiss on his head as they headed into the hospital.

It is thought his mother Kate will bring the new baby home later today.


Rapist jailed for eight years

Emmanuel Mutandi has been sentenced to eight years in prison Credit: Dorset Police

A man who raped and assaulted a woman in Bournemouth has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Emmanuel Mutandi, 22, from Bedfordshire, was found guilty of rape and assault at Bournemouth Crown Court today.

The court heard how Mutandi approached his victim at around 4.30am on Saturday 2 August 2014 along Southcote Road, Bournemouth.

He offered her £40 for sex, before he left to get money from a cash machine. When he returned they both went to a nearby church yard where he instead offered the victim £20. She protested and refused full intercourse, but agreed to perform another sexual act.

The victim then tried to walk away before Mutandi raped her and then punched her in the head, face and arms. He then demanded his money back.

The victim managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby house before she was taken to hospital.

“This was a vicious attack. It took great courage for the victim to come forward, report this crime and support the prosecution. I hope that this case shows that police take such allegations seriously and will fully support victims. I encourage any victims of sexual assault to come forward.”

– Detective Inspector Steve Symms, of Bournemouth CID

Harry Redknapp: Cherries achievement 'beyond belief'

Eddie Howe should be the "Lord Mayor of Bournemouth", according to Harry Redknapp.

Howe's Bournemouth side beat Bolton 3-0 last night and are now effectively promoted to the Premier League.

Their ascent will be confirmed on Saturday at Charlton, and watching on at his old club, Redknapp lauded the 37-year-old manager:

Redknapp had 464 games in charge of the Cherries and could not hide his delight at their success.

I'm very happy. Everybody has played a great part, the owner has put the money in, the chairman, the chief exec... Eddie has done an amazing job. A fantastic manager.

This is the best team in the history of Bournemouth.

– Harry Redknapp

Facts about AFC Bournemouth

  • On April 25, 2009 Bournemouth beat Grimsby 2-1 to preserve their status in the Football League - Steve Fletcher scored the winner.
  • Steve Fletcher now has a stand named after him and works for the club as a scout.
  • Manager Eddie Howe started his professional career with the club and, after leaving for Portsmouth, such was his popularity that fans raised money online to pay for his return.
  • Howe was made player-coach at the age of 29, retiring from football in 2007 because of injury. He lost his job when Kevin Bond was sacked but returned under a new regime and would go on to become the manager himself.
  • Howe's overall record for Bournemouth is played 243, won 126, drawn 49, lost 68.
  • In Bournemouth's history, a 116-year one, they have played in or below the third tier for all but five years.
Bournemouth's Elliott Ward is kissed by Chairman Jeff Mostyn after the final whistle Credit: PA
  • Bournemouth were Harry Redknapp's first club as a manager. He took charge of them for nine years, overseeing 464 games - the most he has managed any team.
  • Last season's 10th-placed finish in the Championship was their best-ever - until now.
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