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Fancy dress and splashing about in the sea on Christmas Day

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!

A Christmas Day dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A chilly dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Beats the hot desert sand Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A snowman at Boscombe Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Splashing about for a good cause Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Ready for the big dip Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Let's hope Frosty doesn't melt Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
More than just a little dip in the sea Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Braving the elements for charity Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Bet they're glad it's all over! Looks cold enough! Well done all! Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Concern for missing elderly woman

Olga Duncan was last seen this morning Credit: Dorset Police

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.”

– Chief Inspector Guy Shimmons, of Dorset Police

Samaritans volunteers in Bournemouth work round the clock this Festive season

Help at hand from the Samaritans Credit: ITV Meridian

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."

Controversial car park in Bournemouth to be rebuilt

Castlepoint car park Credit: ITV news

The carpark of a major shopping centre in Dorset is to be completely rebuilt 11 years after cracks started to appear in the concrete. The multi-million pound work at Castlepoint in Bournemouth will start next spring after being given the go-ahead by the council.

The car park to remain open throughout the major work. Castlepoint's owners and the contractor, have issued reassurance that measures will be put in place to limit disruption and inconvenience to both customers and retailers.

The car park demolition and rebuild will be done in five phases, starting at Sainsbury's and working along the two malls. The walkways will also be rebuilt.

The problems with Castlepoint's car park first came to light in May 2003 when reports of falling concrete led to car park spaces being cordoned off. In December 2005, the car park closed without warning, and the owners said this was due to cracks appearing in the concrete floor and columns. The shopping centre fully reopened in mid-January 2006 with a temporary fix in place.


Bournemouth named UK's best coastal resort

Top award for Bournemouth Credit: ITV news

Bournemouth has been named the UK's best coastal resort for the second year running. The British Travel Awards - the Oscars of the industry - saw over a million votes cast by members of the public. Bournemouth had to see off tough competition to win Gold, with Tenby in Silver and Bude in Bronze position. Other nominees included Blackpool, Brighton, Newquay, Scarborough, St Ives, Weymouth and Whitby.

5-million people visited Bournemouth for the day last year, with another million staying overnight. Tourism is worth £495 million to the local economy

Bournemouth wins award for best coastal resort for second year running

Cyclers in Bournemouth Credit: Press Association

For the second year in a row, Bournemouth has won the Best UK Coastal Resort at the British Travel Awards 2014, held in London last night. Known as the Oscars of the travel industry, over a million votes were cast by the public for this year’s awards. Bournemouth had to see off tough competition to win Gold, with Tenby in Silver and Bude in Bronze position. Other nominees included Blackpool, Brighton, Newquay, Scarborough, St Ives, Weymouth and Whitby.

Two in court in connection with nurse's murder

Rui Li's body was found in the boot of a car in May Credit: Dorset Police

A mother and son are due in court charged in connection with the murder of a nurse in Bournemouth.

The body of Rui Li, who was 44, was found in the boot of a car in May. 27-year-old, Jonathan LeGris and his mother 66-year-old, Erosa Smith were charged with conspiracy to murder yesterday. They are due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates this morning.

Rui Li's husband - 60-year-old Pierre LeGris has been charged with her murder and is awaiting trial.

Man jailed for burglary in Bournemouth

A burglar has been jailed for four years after targeting an elderly woman in her Boscombe home.

Darren John Lane, 37, pleaded guilty to burglary with aggravating features which took place in August.

Lane first telephoned the 87-year-old victim to check she was at home. When he arrived he pushed the woman to the ground before going inside and stealing £300.

The victim suffered minor injuries to her elbow.

Darren John Lane, 37, has been sentenced to four years in jail. Credit: DorsetPolice

This was a callous and premeditated attack on a defenceless elderly woman in the very place she should have felt safe. Lane even went to the effort of contacting his victim to ensure she would be at home. Thankfully crimes such as these are unusual in Dorset. I hope the severity of this sentence will act as a strong deterrent to others. I would like to remind people not to keep large amounts of cash at home.

– Detective Constable Lynda Soutine, Bournemouth CID
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