Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Police use new law to close pub

Deacons pub in Christchurch Road has been shut down by police who suspect it was being used by drug dealers.
Dorset Police obtained a temporary closure notice against the premises which is thought to be connected with the "use, production or supply of class A drugs".
The pub temporarily closed in February following the death of a customer.
The Home Office introduced new laws on Monday which extend current crack house closure powers under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: "The new premise closure order power will enable police forces and local authorities to close any premises - privately owned or rented accommodation - that cause significant and persistent disorder in the local community. That means no-one will be able to hide from the law if they cause serious nuisance to their neighbours.
"Premises closures will only be used as a last resort, but they make it clear that anyone who thinks they can flout the law and get away with it is just plain wrong."

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Surf contest put back until next year

The South Coast Surf Championships, due to take place in Boscombe this weekend, have been postponed until the end of February.
A second weekend of poor swells prompted organisers to call off the event and reschedule it for next year.
Paul Clarke, of Bournemouth Surfing Centre, said: "This is a showcase event for south coast surfing and we want to make sure the competitors are pushed to their limits and spectators are entertained. Neither of these looked to be on the cards this weekend."
The contest is now due to take place on Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, 2009.
The event is organised by Wessex Surf Club, Bournemouth Surfing Centre, Bournemouth Surf School, Sorted Surf Shop, A1Surf and Bournemouth Borough Council.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Beach restaurateur ignores recession

The owner of Urban Beach Hotel has said he would have preferred to open his beachside restaurant two years ago.
Mark Cribb, who has won a contract to open a restaurant in the refurbished Overstrand building when it opens next spring, says Boscombe's regeneration will press ahead despite the credit crunch.
He said: "Nobody wants to open a restaurant during a recession but sometimes opportunities present themselves and they ignore what's going on in the wider economy, as does Boscombe's regeneration, so we have to do it now.
"Hopefully in two or three years we will look back and say, 'well, it was difficult but it's all been worth it'."
Mark said he was disappointed about the delays to the surf reef but believed it was not the "be-all and end-all" of the town.
The new restaurant will be called Urban Reef and is due to open on Thursday, April 9, just before Easter.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Third man faces murder charge

A third man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Luke Campbell, the 20-year-old Bournemouth University student who was found dead in a Boscombe garden, according to Press Association.
Delaine Gordon Borwn, 21, from London, was charged with murder yesterday and was due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates Court.
Larbi Nordin Mohamed, 20, and Saeed Alkadir, 21, also from London, have also been charged with the same offence.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Surf contest postponed

This weekend's South Coast Surf Championships have been postponed.
Contest director Paul Clarke, of Bournemouth Surfing Centre, said: "It looks like nice weather but no surf this weekend, so we've postponed the competition for a week."
The competition, which has been running since the 1960s, was due to be held in Boscombe this Saturday and Sunday.
David Somerville, of event sponsor A1 Surf, said: "The contest will be postponed until the following weekend sadly due to a lack of waves for this weekend."
He added: "We are really pleased to be able to sponsor the South Coast Championships. We feel it's very important to support the surfing community through events and are really looking forward to the weekend."
The first heats will take place at 8am on both days with a presentation at around 3.30pm on Sunday.
Saturday's contest will be mainly shortbaord heats and quarter finals.
Sunday's events include the shortboard and longboard finals.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Kings Park School first in line for refurb

Kings Park School in Boscombe will be the first to benefit from a share of £3 million to be spent on refubishing Bournemouth's schools.
The Government has approved the funding, plus a further conditional £5.3 million for 2010, as part of the nationwide Primary Capital Programme which aims to rebuild or refurbish half of the country's primary schools by 2022.
Cllr Malcolm Davies, Bournemouth Borough Council's cabinet member for children and families, said: "The first school to benefit will be King’s Park Primary, which will see an extensive refurbishment.
"These works are planned to begin in the summer of next year and are scheduled to be completed in 2010.
"Consultation is already underway with the school and with the local forums to discuss the plans and opportunities available."

Murder suspects appear before magistrates

The men accused of murdering Bournemouth University student Luke Campbell in Boscombe last weekend appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates this morning.
Larbi Mohamed, 20, and Saeed Alkadir, 21, of London, have been remanded in custody and will next appear at Winchester Crown Court on Monday, November 24.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Murder pair charged

The two men arrested in London over the death of student Luke Campbell in Boscombe have been charged with his murder, according to the BBC.
His mother and sister paid tribute to the 20-year-old Bournemouth University student via a statement issued by Dorset Police. Click here to read the full statement.

Council publishes press enquiry online

Bournemouth Borough Council has taken the unusual step of publishing its response to a press enquiry on its website.
The response to questions from the Bournemouth Echo follows intense media attention yesterday about the late completion of Boscombe's surf reef. The post, which includes the questions asked by the Echo, aims to set the record straight over speculation that contractors would incur penalties over construction delays. Completion of the surf reef has been put back until next year.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Murdered student: two arrests

Two men have been arrested over the murder of Bournemouth University student Luke Campbell, according to the BBC.
Police revealed that the men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested in London earlier today.
Earlier this week police said they had found a BMX bike which they believed belonged to the 20-year-old victim.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Murdered man named

The man found murdered in a back garden in Boscombe was a Bournemouth University student from Burton, according to Derbyshire's Evening Telegraph.
Luke Campbell, 20, was in his first year at the university where he was studying IT and Business Studies.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Murder hunt after body discovered in garden

A 20-year-old man has been stabbed to death in Boscombe, according to Sky News.
Police are conducting house to house inquiries after a man spotted the body in a back garden in as he crossed a railway bridge near the junction of Cleveland Road and St Clements Road.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Missing local man: photo released

Police have issued a picture of a man who has been missing from Boscombe for over a week.
Steven Thirlwell, 40, was last seen on Friday, October 24, and sent a distressed text message to friends the following day.
Officers believe he may be in the Lymington area and would have travelled there by public transport as he does not drive.
He was last seen wearing a dark blue Reebok jacket, black trousers, black slip-on shoes and carrying a black bag.
He is white, six feet two inches tall and of a slight build with short dark hair.
Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 01202 222 222.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Surf reef delayed until 2009

Construction of Boscombe's surf reef will not be completed by New Year as expected.
Bad weather and heavy swells has already hampered New Zealand contractor ASR and the company has conceded that conditions will only get worse as winter draws in.
Bournemouth Borough Council is currently in negotiations over a new target date for the reef's completion. Engineers need to wait for several consecutive days of calm weather before work can recommence.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Paragliding along the seafront

I saw this person from my living room window paragliding along the clifftop past Boscombe towards Bournemouth. According to the Wessex Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club website, paragliders are allowed to fly along this stretch of the seafront provided they inform Bournemouth Air Traffic Control.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Boscombe surf reef

The first section of an artificial surf reef was laid near Boscombe Pier at the end of August. The reef, designed to improve conditions for surfers, is the first of its kind in the northern hemisphere. This video, by www.hallmarkproductions.com, shows how it is made.
Work has been delayed by strong winds and heavy swells so engineers have amended the plans by dividing the second section of the reef in two. This should allow them to complete the next stage sooner, instead of waiting for several consecutive days of good weather.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Government funding to restore town's pride

The town centre at Boscombe could benefit from nearly half a million pounds of funding from central Government.
The area has been awarded £455,000 as part of the Government's Sea Change programme, run by the Commision for Architecture and Built Environment, which aims to link heritage and culture while restoring pride in the community.
Suggestions about how to spend the money include illuminations along Sea Road, accessible beach huts designed by local artists and improved wheelchair access on the seafront.
The money was secured by Bournemouth Borough Council and the improvements will be rolled out over the coming year.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Is Boscombe The New Sandbanks?

BBC Hampshire discusses whether Boscombe will become the new Sandbanks when the surf reef is finished.
Click here to listen.