Residents in Bournemouth have the opportunity to pick up a set of free bike lights this winter as part of the town’s biggest ever travel campaign to get more people cycling.
Delivered as part of the government funded scheme to make cycling easier, safer and more attractive the Council is giving away over 900 ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ packs which include a set of brand new bike lights and reflective accessories.
All cyclists are required by law to display a white light on the front of their bike and a red light on the back whenever they ride between sunset and sunrise.
Residents can collect a pack from Bournemouth Library, but numbers are limited.
Dorset Police have warned drivers that driving conditions are very hazardous this morning due to black ice, particularly in areas in and around Poole and Bournemouth.
Train services have been suspended on South West Trains between Weymouth and Bournemouth this morning due to poor rail conditions between Wool and Wareham.
Replacement buses are being arranged. South West Trains expect disruption to continue until around 10am.
A cat has been shot dead by an air rifle in Bournemouth - and a £1000 reward has been put forward.
The cat was shot at between 11am and 7pm on Friday 5th December in the Southbourne area of the town.
The cat sustained serious injuries to its abdomen and sadly died despite an operation carried out by a vet.
This was a very upsetting experience for the family who have lost their treasured pet just before Christmas.
A kind member of the public is now offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."
Bournemouth beach is packed to the brim full of swimmers during the summer, but now it seems locals are embracing the sea during winter as well. Fearless swimmers took to the waters across the South and our reporter Richard Slee, armed with a wetsuit, took a dip himself.
VIDEO: The sea was FREEZING for the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth. The event raised money for Macmillan Caring Locally.
Video: Santa, plus his helpers in fancy dress have been taking part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemout,h to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally. More videos shortly.
People in fancy dress have been taking part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemout,h to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally. It must have felt VERY cold in the water!
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a woman who has gone missing in Bournemouth town centre.
Olga Duncan, who is 84, is thought to have left her home in Wimborne today, Saturday 20 December 2014, and caught the number 13 Wilts and Dorset bus from the town to Bournemouth town centre, arriving at around 10.35am.
She is described as white and is wearing a full length grey coat with black markings, black shoes, a skirt and tights. She is carrying a black handbag and walks slightly bent forward. She has dark greying hair which is slightly curly and cut to the neckline.
“Olga is easily confused and we are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. We know she caught the bus from Wimborne and arrived in Bournemouth Square at 10.35am. The town centre is very busy today and we are urging shoppers to please contact Dorset Police immediately if they see someone matching Olga’s description in the area. For Olga’s own safety we need to find her urgently. I urge anyone with any information, no matter how small or seemingly irrelevant, to contact the police on 101.”
The Samaritans in Bournemouth say they'll have volunteers working round the clock over the festive period.
Last year the charity received two hundred and forty four thousand calls nationally during the Christmas holiday . More than 45 per cent of men say they feel more worried at this time of year than any other and 37 per cent admitted to feeling lonely.
However, men are also much less likely than women to ask for counselling or therapy, and when they do use these services, it is at the point of crisis. The charity is encouraging men to seek help and consider calling Samaritans if things are getting difficult over the festive period.
Rose, the Bournemouth branch director, said: "Many of our callers have told us that Christmas is a tough time for them, which is why our volunteers will be available round the clock, for anyone who is struggling to cope, including on Christmas day. We're incredibly grateful to the inspirational people who keep our service running every single day of the year when many others are closed."
Eddy and Brian, who will be volunteering on Christmas day, said: "We answer lots of calls over the Christmas period, and many of those are from men who feel like their family would be better off without them. That's why it's so important that Samaritans volunteers like me are there for those men when they need to talk and anyone who needs us over this period."