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Council under fire for tree felling to restore 'sea view'

It's a well known beauty spot, where you can see Poole Harbour in all its splendour.

However, many visitors were complaining that overgrown trees were getting in the way of the aptly named 'Sea View'.

Well, now the council is being criticised for felling dozens of healthy trees to restore the views.

Local residents say the natural habitat has been destroyed. Sam Holder reports.

Man stabbed as he walked through park

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in the stomach as he walked through a park in Dorset.

The 59-year-old victim was in Poole Park near to the crazy golf area between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday when he was approached from behind.

The offender ran toward the war memorial. The victim then managed to walk to Poole Hospital where he underwent surgery. He remains in hospital receiving treatment, but his condition is not life-threatening.

Officers have been searching Poole Park for the weapon used in the incident and this search will continue today.

If anyone finds a knife or sharp object in Poole Park or discarded nearby, they are urged to not touch the item but call Dorset Police immediately.

“This was an unprovoked assault and there will have been people in the park at the time of day the incident occurred. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen the incident or anyone acting suspiciously around the time of the assault to contact me on 101.

“It is likely there may be an increased police presence around the Poole Park area while investigations into the incident continue.”

– Detective Sergeant Ben Morgan, of Bournemouth CID

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Appeal after teenager injured in hit and run

Police in Poole are appealing for information after a 13-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run.

The boy was knocked off his bike as his bike collided with a motorcycle as he rode along Methuen Road yesterday afternoon.

He suffered injuries to his torso, arm and leg, which are not believed to be serious.

The motorcycle failed to stop at the scene following the collision.

“The boy was obviously very shaken by the incident and suffered injuries. I am asking anyone who may be able to identify the rider of the motorcycle to get in touch with me on 101.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or manner of driving of the motorcyclist before the incident to contact me.

“I would also appeal directly to the motorcyclist to do the right thing and come forward.”

– Police Constable Andrea Grant, of Poole police

Thieves steal charity collection tins at Christmas lights display

The residents at Runton Road in Poole stage an annual lights display Credit: Runton Road Christmas Lights Community

A fundraising page has been set up after thieves stole two collection tins from a Christmas lights display held in aid of a hospice in Dorset.

The residents of Runton Road in Poole stage an annual lights display which attracts thousands of people and last year it raised £8,500 for a number of good causes.

But on Friday organisers found that two collection tins, estimated to contain about £300, had been stolen from outside their homes where they had been tied to posts.

The money was set to be donated to the Forest Holme Hospice in Poole at the request of seven-year-old Mason White, who has the skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Annika Frend has set up a justgiving page in a bid to replace the lost money.

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Annika Frend has set up a fundraising page to replace the lost money Credit: JustGiving

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New all weather lifeboat centre opens in Poole

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The RNLI is opening its new all weather lifeboat centre in Poole. The site will be used to build and maintain the charity's fleet of rescue boats in-house and under one roof for the first time in the organisation's 191-year history.

The official opening ceremony, is expected to be attended by around 500 people and comes prior to the charity's open weekend.

The RNLI's Open Weekend gives visitors a rare opportunity to tour the world-class boatbuilding factory, and the charity's training facilities - the Sea Survival Centre and RNLI College. Visitors can meet the RNLI people who crew the lifeboats, who lifeguard the beaches and who work locally and globally to reduce coastal fatalities.

The All-weather lifeboat centre will secure a supply of All-weather lifeboats for future generations of lifesavers. It also gives greater control of costs and quality, and has created 90 new employment opportunities in Poole, including apprenticeships in marine engineering and boatbuilding.

Head of Construction and Refit Angus Watson said "We are very proud to be officially opening The ALC. It is an impressive facility which will allow the charity to build six Shannon-class lifeboats a year and maintain our other all-weather boats. Having a state of the art facility which will see the charity produce, maintain and refit all-weather lifeboats in-house and under one roof is a first for the charity. We are very lucky to have a fantastic team, with a vast experience in the construction and maintenance of our boats, working alongside some promising apprentices who are all contributing to saving lives at sea."

"Sport of Kings" returns to Dorset this weekend

Beach polo returns to the South Credit: ITV news

The so called "sport of Kings" returns to Dorset this weekend. Sandbanks is once again hosting the British Beach Polo Championships which will see the cream of the polo world fighting to be crowned champions.

A host of celebrities including model, TV presenter and polo fan, Jodie Kidd and actor Debra Stephenson will join the crowds. Organisers say the event looks set to be the best yet and the weather promises not to disappoint.

The Blue Flag beach will be an idyllic setting for the high adrenaline arena polo game. This year the Clogau Wales Polo Team will be playing against England, Scotland and The Barbarians hoping to hold onto their title of reigning champions.

Professional polo player, Jack Kidd says: "The top polo players are really excited about returning to Sandbanks for another year to play some incredibly competitive polo on the beach and in front of a large crowd. The setting is always spectacular; I can't wait!"

The British Beach Polo weekend will finish with a beach party as the sun goes down.

Johnny Wheeler, director of Sandpolo said: "We're delighted to be returning to Sandbanks again. Each year the event gets better and introduces more people to the exciting game of polo. Whether you're dining in the waterfront hospitality marquee, mixing with the VIPs or just soaking up the atmosphere, it's an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a heady mix of sport and parties, whilst seeing the Jurassic English coast at its best. It's simply a great day out. "

Reports of man threatening public with knife

Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after reports of a man threatening members of the public with a knife – with one man being arrested.

Dorset Police was called to the incident in Sterte Avenue in the Holes Bay area at 6.49am this morning.

Officers, including armed police, attended and searched the area. The NPAS helicopter also assisted in the search.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

A 29-year-old man, of an unknown address, has been arrested relation to this incident and is helping officers with their enquiries.

“I would like to thank members of the public for their assistance during the search. Even though a man has been arrested, I would urge any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken with police to come forward and contact us.”

– Poole South Neighbourhood Inspector Shawn Whitley
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