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Video of thieves stealing Christmas lights from children's hospice

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after Christmas lights were stolen from a Poole children’s hospice.

At 8.55pm on Tuesday 9 December 2014, thieves stole Christmas lights from the front garden of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Springdale Road in the Broadstone area of the town.

Police Constable Garry Weston said: “We know that a small light-coloured car or delivery van pulled up outside the hospice and a man got out of the passenger seat and walked toward the grounds of Julia’s House.

"The van left the scene and the offender was seen to walk into the grounds of Julia’s house before leaving carrying the lights.

“This was a despicable crime on a hospice which offers day and respite care for children with life limiting illnesses.

“I urge anyone who saw the incident or has any information about those responsible to contact Dorset Police in confidence.”

More children leaving primary school 'with better reading, writing and maths'

More children are leaving primary schools with better standards in reading, writing and maths. That's according to official figures released today. The government raised the bar this year in what it expects 11-year-olds to achieve. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.


Childline expecting deluge of calls over Christmas

Christmas, of course, is a time of peace and goodwill, but sadly there are exceptions. The Children's helpline service, Childline, says it's expecting a call from a young person every four minutes around the festive period. That service is run by the NSPCC, and to try to raise funds ahead of the Christmas holiday it's organised a charity event - very appropriately, a bobble hat day. Michael Sibert reports


Children receive equipment to be seen on dark roads

Police with the children at Malmesbury Park Primary School Credit: Dorset Police

The road safety day at Malmesbury Park Primary School was organised by officers from Charminster and Queens Park Safer Neighbourhood Team. Police Constable Jo Murphy and Police Community Support Officer Rich Frew visited the school and gave a presentation on road safety and awareness.

All students at the school were also issued with a flashing reflective light to wear while travelling to and from school.

What age should children start saving?

We all worry about money from time to time. But just how young should children be before they learn to save? Well a new survey suggests as young as eight and possibly even younger, should be saving more than £100 a week to buy the things they need by the time they're eighteen.

In the south east three out of four parents say they worry about their children futures - so is it important to make sure they learn to save and not spend from a young age.

David Wood reports.

Give a child a home

Today is the start of National Adoption Week and West Sussex County Council is encouraging more people to come forward to offer a child a home. It says it's currently trying to find families for thirty five children.

The feelings you experience when you see photos and then meet your child for the first time are incredible. I don't think we've ever cried so much - all happy tears. It's been an amazing experience. The process to adopt our first child took around 13 months and you get a lot of support along the way - our social worker was fantastic and has really become a part of the family.**

– Sue, Adur District Council
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