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Huge crowds as 'Black Friday' hits the South

Crowds fighting their way through the Tesco store in Havant Credit: Charlotte Negus

And the rush for Christmas shopping gets underway in earnest today as people take advantage of the US-Inspired sales bonanza that follows Thanksgiving.

Many retailers are introducing heavy discounts. Last year a quarter of shoppers bought an item in the so-called 'Black Friday' sales.

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

Pedestrian suffers serious head injuries from falling into river

The incident took place at the junction of Bridport Road and Whitcombe Road Credit: ITV Meridian

A pedestrian has suffered serious head injuries after falling into a river in Dorset.

Police say a small light coloured car driving towards the Bridport area caused two people walking nearby to move out the way- one of them fell through railings and into the River Brit.

It happened on Bridport Road close to the junction with Whitcombe Road at 11pm on Thursday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Police release CCTV image of man suspected of assaulting a bus driver in Bournemouth

Police appeal for witnesses Credit: Dorset Police

Police investigating an assault on a bus driver in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward – with a CCTV image of the suspect being released. The incident happened at around 2.30pm on Saturday 27 September in Gervis Place in the town centre.

The victim, a 51-year-old man from Poole, was driving a Wilts and Dorset bus along Poole Road in Westbourne when a man signalled for the bus to pull over. However he was too late and the driver was unable to stop.

But when the driver stopped for traffic a short time later, the offender pursued the bus on foot and verbally abused the driver in front of passengers. The driver carried on.

As the driver stopped ten minutes later in Gervis Place to let passengers on and off, he became aware of the suspect taking photographs of him. The offender then stood in front of the bus to prevent it from leaving before approaching the driver and spitting in his face through an open window.

Police Constable Sadie Plewka, of Bournemouth police, said: “This was an unpleasant and unprovoked assault on a bus driver in front of a number of passengers. Following my investigation, I am now in a position to release a CCTV image of the suspect and would urge anyone who recognises him to call me in confidence.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

26 year-old dismembered father and stored remains in plastic storage boxes

26-year-old Nathan Robinson was found guilty of murdering his father Credit: Dorset Police
Mr Spiller was murdered by his son Credit: Dorset Police

26-year-old Nathan Robinson was found guilty of the murder of William Spiller by a jury at Winchester Crown Court following a full trial.

He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter which was rejected by the Crown Prosecution Service.

The court heard that Robinson murdered his 48-year-old father on Thursday 16 May 2013. Police were called to Mr Spiller’s home in Stedman Road on Monday 17 June 2013 after receiving a ‘concern for welfare’ call from his partner.

Mr Spiller’s dismembered remains were discovered packed in plastic storage boxes in his home. Robinson had stolen his father’s mobile phone and £8,000 in cash before travelling to Glasgow, Birmingham and Bristol to visit friends and relatives.

Robinson was arrested at his mother’s home in the Birmingham area on Tuesday 18 June 2013. He admitted killing his father before using a Stanley knife and saw to cut up the body.

The court heard of the lengths Robinson went to in an attempt to evade justice. A Vax carpet cleaner and steamer were found in Mr Spiller’s home and showed evidence of being used to clean up the scene.

In the month before the body was discovered, Robinson also posed as his father by sending texts from the stolen mobile phone to Mr Spiller’s partner and friend.

The jury took one hour and 50 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict of guilty. Robinson will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.

Man receives prison term for causing death by dangerous driving after killing father

Basanta Thapa was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Dorset Police
Mr Brown died at the scene of the car crash in March Credit: Dorset Police

Basanta Thapa, of Taunton, was handed a five-year prison term at Dorchester Crown Court today, Thursday 27 November 2014, for causing death by dangerous driving. He was also sentenced to two years imprisonment for two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to run concurrently.

The 29-year-old was disqualified from driving for 10 years and told he would have to take an extended test before being allowed to drive again.

Thapa pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday 7 November 2014 at the same court.

The court heard the collision happened at 5.56pm on Monday 24 March 2014 on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston near Redpost.

Thapa, who was driving a Subaru Impreza, was overtaking a lorry on a solid white line at the brow of a hill when he crashed into an oncoming Skoda Fabia, being driven by Mike Brown and an oncoming Mercedes.

Mr Brown, 43 of Wimborne, suffered fatal injuries and sadly died at the scene.

His wife Claire Hooper-Brown and their daughter Josie, now aged eight, suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

The Mercedes driver was uninjured.

Judge Peter Johnson paid tribute to Claire for finding the strength to give a victim impact statement and to the witnesses who stopped at the scene of the collision to help the casualties.

The sentence handed out today sends a very clear message to motorists in Dorset, who chose to drive dangerously, that they will be dealt with robustly, especially if their actions lead to fatal consequences.

– Senior investigating officer Sergeant Jon Wren, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Mike was very much a family man. He took great pride in the upbringing of our daughter Josie. Mine and Josie’s lives have been traumatically ruined. Every day is so hard living without Mike. I cry myself to sleep every night and not a minute goes by when we don’t think of him.

– Mr Brown's wife Claire
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