Killer loses appeal against conviction

A man serving a life sentence for stabbing a student to death in 2002 had his bid to clear his name rejected by top judges today.

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Technician surprised to find nest beneath car bumper

A technician thought he heard an unusual squeaking noise when he was repairing a car in Bournemouth - little did he know it was nesting birds.

Jon Brooks was starting an oil change when he heard chirping and found the nest balancing underneath the car.

He scooped the nest onto cardboard before calling the RSPCA - who came to collect the three birds.

Three birds took shelter underneath a car in Dorset Credit: RSPCA

Inspector Hammond identified the birds as grey pied wagtails. They were very young nestlings, but had some feathers and were seemingly unscathed, despite having travelled under the car for about five miles to the dealership on Wallisdown Road."

The rescue organisation say that it is common for wagtails to nest in vehicles, having seen them come in on tractors and cars and even a boat.

Bournemouth needs extra 1,800 school places

Bournemouth council are meeting today as part of a discussion into finding nearly 2000 extra school places.

The new places are needed from September 2018 as a continued rise in pupil numbers is expected - due to both an increased birth rate and immigration.

The plan to increase secondary school places will be discussed by Bournemouth councillors to cater for the extra pupils.

Forecasts show that over time the increase in pupil numbers that we have seen at primary age will transfer to secondary and we are already working hard to put in place suitable measures to ensure that there are enough secondary school places in Bournemouth in the future.

We anticipate that around 1,800 extra school places across year groups 7 to 11 will be needed from 2018 and so it is important that we start early, working closely with the secondary academies and their governors to look at possible options to expand as well as seeking appropriate funding."

– Councillor Nicola Greene, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services


Roman archaeological discoveries in Dorset village

Video. It's becoming one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times in this country.

Students from Bournemouth University have been involved in a dig in the Dorset countryside near the village of Winterborne Kingston, which has so far uncovered a Roman villa, the skeletons of the people who lived there and hundreds of artefacts.

This weekend members of the public can go and visit the previously secret site to see for themselves what's been going on there.

For more information on the open day on Sunday, please click here.

Martin Dowse spoke to Dr Miles Russell, a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University, archaeology student Libby Johnson and Paul Cheetham, a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University.

Roman artefacts uncovered in Dorset village

Hundreds of Roman artefacts have been uncovered by a group of Bournemouth University students taking part in a Roman dig.

The group have been involved in the project near the village of Winterborne Kingston.

So far, they have discovered a Roman villa and skeletons of the people who once lived there.

ITV Meridian spoke to Dr Miles Russell from Bournemouth University.

Defendant fined for taking selfie in court dock

A defendant who took a selfie as he sat in a court dock has been fined

Joel Norris, 18, of Wareham, used his mobile phone to take a photo of himself and four co-defendants.

He then uploaded the image on to Twitter with the caption: "Lads in the court box lol."It is illegal photographs in court or the precincts of a court.

The teenager admitted the charges at Bournemouth Magistrates Court. He was fined £145 for each offence and ordered to pay £85 costs and pay a victim surcharge of £29


Police search for attackers after man is kicked in head

Police would like to talk to these two men Credit: Dorset Police

Officers in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an assault in the Boscombe area of the town - and they would like to talk to two men.

The incident, in which a 38-year-old Bournemouth man was attacked by two men, took place between 1.15am and 1.30am on May 30th along the pedestrianised stretch of Christchurch Road, near the Sainsbury's supermarket.

Witness appeal after man injured in Bournemouth pub

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Bournemouth town centre. A 23-year-old man from Poole suffered a cut to his head and a suspected fracture to his eye socket after the incident in Yates Wine Bar on Dean Park Crescent. It happened at 1.30am on Wednesday 4 June.

The victim was taken to hospital. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 04:20. Alternatively, witnesses can call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

“I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident in the bar to establish what exactly happened.

“Anyone with information that may assist my investigation should contact Dorset Police in confidence as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Katie Savill, Bournemouth CID

Bouncer jailed for manslaughter of man at Christmas party

Brent Wright has been jailed Credit: DORSET POLICE

A 36 year-old bouncer has been jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a man attending a Christmas work party.

Brent Wright was working as a member of a security firm employed to provide door staff for a SAGA work party at the Leas Clffe Hall in Folkestone on 13th December, 2012.

The party had a "no entry after 9:30" policy and when David Ivin tried to re-enter the party after that time he was denied entry by Wright and fellow bouncer Martin Barnwell. After a brief argument, the victim was forcefully escorted out of the entrance hall.

Mr Ivin tried to return again and there was a minor altercation between him, Barnwell and Wright. Seconds later the victim was forced to the floor face down by Barnwell, while Wright held him in a headlock.

The pair held him in this position for about 10 minutes, during which time Wright was heard saying, 'Stop messing about or I will choke you out'.

Police arrived on the scene and when officers received no response from Mr Ivin they realised he was unconscious and attempted to resuscitate him using a defibrillator. But Mr Ivin was later pronounced dead at hospital.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered injuries which were consistent with the application of pressure to the neck.

Both bouncers were charged with manslaughter. Wright was sentenced to six years imprisonment but a jury acquitted Barnwell.

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