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Condor's new ferry glides into Poole on Boxing Day

The new arrival will sail to the Channel Islands Credit: Condor Ferries

Condor 102 – the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – arrived into the UK this morning, sailing into her UK base of Poole. The ship is the first of her kind in Northern Europe.

Watched by keen on-lookers and escorted by a tug, Condor 102,sailed past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port.

The arrival concludes her long journey from Cebu in the Philippines, from where she departed on 4 December. During her 10,500 nautical mile journey she has sailed across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and via the Mediterranean before travelling up the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel. The new ship represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands.

Condor 102 will now go through a period of customisation in Poole with a full internal fit out completed by interior refurbishment specialists Trimline. She will also complete a series of sea trials in the UK and the Channel Islands before she officially comes into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.

Burglars target Pastor's home while he's in Church

Thieves stole Christmas presents from a pastor's house in Poole while he was in church leading a carol service.

Simon Patterson returned home in Poole, Dorset, on Sunday evening to discover that the front door was slightly open and a garden spade had been left next to it.

Inside, he found that one bedroom had been rifled through and some of his four children's Christmas presents had been taken from a wardrobe, along with a tablet computer and a woman's handbag containing a phone, purse and digital camera.

Mr Patterson, who leads Parkstone Evangelical Free Church, said: "We had a burglary while we were at a carol service and they took some presents."

He said family and friends had helped to replace the stolen gifts and urged members of the public not to donate anything.

"We've had lots of generosity and gifts from other people," he said

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: "We were called to reports of a burglary on Ringwood Road which occurred sometime between 3.40pm and 5.50pm on December 21.

"Offenders gained access to the secured premises by forcing the front door and stole an unknown quantity of children's Christmas presents and jewellery. "There have been no arrests."

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New beach huts at Poole to ease waiting list

An artist impression of the new beach huts at Branksome Chine (east) Credit: Borough of Poole

Nearly 90 new beach buts will be built at Poole's beached to help reduce waiting lists.

The 88 huts will cost the Borough of Poole £1.35 million to build at three locations including Branksome Chine (East), Branksome Chine (West) and Flaghead Chine.

Some of the huts will be 'super-sized' huts - 33% bigger than standard huts. New access ramps will be built from the promenade to the new huts along with a brand new disbaled toilet.

Building work will begin in the week commencing January 12.

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for open spaces and beaches at the Borough of Poole said: 'It's an exciting and long-awaited building project for Poole beaches as we can start to reduce the waiting lists for our very popular beach huts.

Its a cost effective way to invest in the beach, provide local people and visitors with what they have asked for and generate further money that is needed to improve the infrastructure and facilities along the seafront.'

Two people attacked with metal bars in Poole burglary

Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in Poole are appealing for witnesses and information after three men let themselves into a home and attacked a man and woman with metal bars.

The incident happened in the early hours of November 22 in Egmont Road.

A woman in her fifties and a man in his twenties suffered injuries as a result and required hospital treatment for head wounds.

Detective Constable James Taylor, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said:

Following the attack the three offenders walked casually up Egmont Road toward South Haven Close.

One of the attackers had a local accent while another was wearing a dark coloured crash helmet with blue and red markings around the front.

– James Taylor

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 22:64, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Boy injured in collision in Poole

Officers investigating a road traffic collision in Poole involving a teenage cyclist are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

At around 5.50pm on Sunday 16 November 2014, a 16-year-old boy was cycling across the zebra crossing in Sea View Road when he was in collision with a car.

The car stopped and the female driver and a man who was travelling in the vehicle got out and spoke to the boy but details were not exchanged.

The boy suffered bruising and his bike was damaged in the incident.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 16:371. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

“I am appealing for the driver involved in this incident to please get in contact with me. I would also like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or has any details about the vehicle involved.”

– Police Constable Kev Farenden, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Search for car following alleged assault in Poole

Detectives in Poole have released details of a car they are trying to trace after an alleged serious assault in Sea View Road.

Police were called at around 10am on November 13 to the viewing point after reports that a man had been struck by a car and assaulted by several men from the same vehicle.

The 33-year-old victim from Poole sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The vehicle involved in the incident was described as a silver VW. Credit: DorsetPolice

The vehicle involved in the incident was described as a silver VW with the registration number GD14 ZXV. The car was hired from Europa in Liverpool in November.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 13:102, or call Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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Trader sentenced for over charging for house repairs

A Poole man has today been given a custodial sentence of three and a half years for defrauding a 64-year-old vulnerable woman of several thousand pounds.

Derek Montague, 41, was found guilty of four counts of fraud and two additional charges in relation to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, following a successful prosecution by Borough of Poole Trading Standards.

The offences related to gardening and external works carried out by Mr Montague to the victim’s home over a period of seven months. The court heard that Mr Montague charged approximately £41,000 for work undertaken including erecting two trellises, boarding and insulating the loft space as well as pointing to outside walls. He also failed to provide a written guarantee for the work undertaken.

Mr Montague was also found guilty of an 'aggressive practice' when he pressurised the victim to pay the additional £1,200 for removal of the garden shed and then accompanied her to the cashpoint to withdraw the money.

James Norman, Regulatory Team Manager, Borough of Poole Trading Standards said:

This is a clear case of a trader willing to exploit the trust of a customer over a long period of time for his own profit. We are pleased with the sentence given, which sends a clear message that practices of this kind will not be tolerated in Poole. Trading Standards will use every means possible to bring to justice traders who mislead or exploit their customers.

– James Norman

Five men arrested after assault in Poole

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an alleged serious assault in Poole. Police were called to the viewing point in Sea View Road following reports that a man had been struck by a car and assaulted by several men from the same vehicle. The car involved in the incident has been described as a silver VW, possibly a Golf or a Polo. The victim, a 33-year-old Poole man, sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Sergeant Andy Roberts, of Bournemouth CID, said: “The incident happened in a busy area of Poole and I urge anyone who saw what happened to contact me"

Five men, aged in their 20s, have been arrested in the Avon and Somerset area on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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