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Cat shot dead by air rifle in Bournemouth

A cat has been shot dead by an air rifle in Bournemouth - and a £1000 reward has been put forward.

The cat was shot at between 11am and 7pm on Friday 5th December in the Southbourne area of the town.

The cat was hit by a pellet from an air rifle Credit: Dorset Police

The cat sustained serious injuries to its abdomen and sadly died despite an operation carried out by a vet.

This was a very upsetting experience for the family who have lost their treasured pet just before Christmas.

A kind member of the public is now offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."

– Matt Chutter, of Bournemouth police

Man taken half-a-mile down road on the bonnet of a car

CCTV has captured the moment when a man went out to confront a driver who had hit his car but instead, was driven into and then driven around the on the bonnet of the car.

Paul Malin, who works at Grove Tavern in Southbourne, was working when a customer spotted a pensioner crash into his parked car.

He ran out to try and stop the driver continuing on his journey when the 26-year-old was struck and taken half a mile down Dingle Way whilst on the bonnet.


Southbourne woman to be awarded for rescuing birds

Lynne Parker is from Southbourne in Dorset Credit: International Fund for Animal Welfare

A woman from Southbourne in Dorset is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords tomorrow, recognising many years of dedication to rescuing and rehabilitating injured or abandoned birds.

Lynne Parker has rescued hundreds of birds, both wild and domestic, over the last 21 years and is often called on by local vets, residents and rescue organisations to provide emergency treatment, food and accommodation.

She single-handedly cleans and cares for the birds until they are ready for release back into the wild where possible, or transferred to a local rescue centre to make space for new emergency cases.

She is creating a special ‘reproofing’ pool in her garden to ensure that birds affected by oil spills, or which have been traumatised, have regular access to water and do not lose the waterproofing on their feathers, which can occur when a bird is stressed.

Street cleaners jet wash graffiti in Southbourne

Bournemouth Street Services jet washing the graffiti Credit: Bournemouth Borough Council

Bournemouth Street Services have been working hard this morning to remove 77 pieces of graffiti that appeared overnight.

Walls, tress, fences and vehicles in the Southbourne area were graffitied in what seems to be an unprovoked violation of street furniture and property.

Councillor Michael Fisher, Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleansing and Waste said, "We do not tolerate damage to public property which damages community spirit and morale.

"I am please to say our street cleaners are striving tirelessly for Southbourne residents to ensure the large areas of graffiti on private property are removed as quickly as possible."

'True gentleman' will be 'greatly missed'

Will was only with us for two years but he became a much loved member of our family. He will be greatly missed. Our loss is going to be very hard to bear but we are left with some wonderful memories of a true gentleman with a big heart, a lovely sense of humour and a loving nature. Please respect our privacy at this sad time and allow us to grieve in peace. Many thanks to Dorset Police and the liaison support team who have been, and continue to be, there for us.

– Glenys Molyneaux, partner of William Spiller


Tribute paid to Bournemouth murder victim

William Robert Spiller was found dead in Southbourne Credit: Dorset Police

The partner of a 48-year-old man who was allegedly murdered in Bournemouth has described him as a "true gentleman with a big heart."

William Robert Spiller's body was found at an address at Lacey Court on Stedman Road in Southbourne, on Monday 17 June 2013.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at the coroner’s court in Bournemouth, but the cause of death was unascertained pending further laboratory tests.

A 26-year-old man was arrested in the West Midlands area and has been charged with murder.

Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a body in Dorset.

The body of a man was found at an address at Lacey Court on Stedman Road in Southbourne at around 1.30pm on Monday.

A 26-year-old man was arrested in the West Midlands area.

Formal identification of the man has not yet taken place, however it is believed that he was a Bournemouth man aged in his forties. Next of kin have been informed.

Man arrested after body find in Dorset

The scene in Southbourne today. Credit: Martin Dowse

Police in Dorset have launched a murder investigation after the body of a man was discovered at a flat in Southbourne.

Police were called to the home in Stedman Road, near Southbourne Grove, yesterday morning.

A spokesman for the force said: "Police are treating the death as suspicious. A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is helping police with enquiries."