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Bad weather means no displays at Bournemouth airshow

Organisers of this year's Bournemouth Air Festival have cancelled this afternoon's displays because of high winds and wet weather

The four day show usually attracts 800,000 spectators.

Air displays cancelled Credit: ITV News Meridian

Bournemouth Air Festival will attract 800,000 spectators

The Red Arrows will be performing at Bournemouth Credit: ITV

Bournemouth Air Festival returns for the ninth year in a row tomorrow. The four-day show takes place between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers and in the Lower Gardens, and will bring at least 800,000 visitors to the South Coast this weekend.

The festival includes both displays from both air and sea and military performances as well as fireworks, family attractions and live music.

The Red Arrows will also be making an appearance on all four days of the event alongside the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and the RAF, who will all be performing.

The air show aims to raise money for Air Festival charities, and since 2010 has raised more than £80,000.


Flats evacuated after Dorset fire

The aftermath of the blaze in Bournemouth Credit: ITV

Twenty people have been led to safety, and one rescued, after a fire at a block of flats and shops in Bournemouth. It broke out in Charminster Road. Crews used eight sets of breathing apparatus. The road was closed, but has now reopened.

Saudi boy victim of street robbery

Police in Bournemouth are investigating a street robbery.

It happened at around 10.25pm on Thursday 28 July 2016 along Mayrick Road near the Queens Hotel.

The victim, a 15-year-old Saudi boy currently studying in Bournemouth, was kicked in the back from behind before the offender stole cash from the his wallet and made off toward Gervais Road.

The boy suffered a minor injury to his back and did not require hospital treatment.

Bournemouth revealed as top scam hotspot in country

Residents in Bournemouth are being warned to be on their guard after the town was revealed as the top scam hotspot in the country.

There were 13 cases of people being told their computer had a virus Credit: PA

A survey of five thousand incidents reported to the national Citizens Advice consumer service between January and March 2016, found the Dorset town had eighty three in the first three months of this year.

The research looked at the 102 main postal areas in England and Wales and found the top areas where the most scams were reported per person.

Scam methods identified by Citizens Advice included up-front payments, where people were asked to pay for a service which never materialises, and fake services, such as telling people their computer had a virus which can be fixed remotely. There were 13 counts of this latter scam reported in Bournemouth.

The top three scam types running in the local area were:

  • 21 cases of upfront payment fees - victims pay for a product or service which they never receive.
  • 20 cases of fake services - fraudsters charge people for a service that isn't real or doesn't exist.
  • 16 cases of 'vishing' - scammers cold-call people in a bid to get their bank details.

The average loss for victims in Bournemouth was £469 per victim compared to a national average loss of £2,500.

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Brits flock to the south for summer staycation

Bournemouth beach is one of the most popular UK destinations Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

The summer getaway is now well under way, but this year’s holiday will be different for many Britons, as more and more of us choose to spend our time off staying in the country.

It’s thought the impact of Brexit, the rising cost of trips abroad and recent events in Europe mean increasing numbers of people will visit the region and its attractions.

In the first three months of this year, 3.5 million trips were taken to both the South East and South West, according to Visit Britain.

For the South West this was an increase of 17% from the same period last year.

Visit Britain also found that visitors to the South East spent£578 million in the first three months of this year, a 28% increase compared to the same period in 2015.

Several places across the South are also in the top 20 most visited English towns over the last three years.

Brighton was the highest Southern spot, coming 11th, while Bournemouth and the New Forest followed at 14th and 18th place.


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