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Free bike lights as part of town cycle campaign

Residents can collect a pack of reflective accessories from Bournemouth Library Credit: PA

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.

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Cat shot dead by air rifle in Bournemouth

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 was hit by a pellet from an air rifle Credit: Dorset Police

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."

– Matt Chutter, of Bournemouth police

Swimmers brave freezing temperatures for Boxing Day swim

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.

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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."

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