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Saturday, 18 December 2004

Tornado terror

A Three-year-old boy was hit by scaffolding as a mini tornado roared through Dorset and Hampshire yesterday (December 17).

The boy was struck by a six-foot wooden plank which fell from the roof of the Royal Arcade in Boscombe.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Saturday 18th Dec 2004

Friday, 10 December 2004

Walker's big cat sighting terror

A pensioner was left terrified after she encountered a huge black cat while out walking her dog.

Julia Gibson and her mongrel Eden were going across heathland near their home in Winfrith when the incident happened yesterday afternoon.

They were walking round a small hill when Eden suddenly chased after what looked like a large black cat. It immediately fled away, climbed a tree and lay along a high branch.

Julia got to the dog, saw the animal in the tree and called Eden away to safety.

She phoned her husband Dennis for help, but as soon as the dog left the tree the animal ran off across fields in the direction of Owermoigne.

Source: Dorset Echo Friday 10th Dec 2004

Tuesday, 30 November 2004

One big mystery

There are places that feel extraordinary as soon as you approach them. Cloud's Hill, that was Lawrence of Arabia's home in Dorset, is one such example.

You can just sense something spiritual about them.

Now the National Trust has published a book that explores some its sites across Britain that are regarded as sacred places.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Tuesday 30th Nov 2004

Friday, 12 November 2004

Shell shock at two-headed tortoise

A two-headed tortoise has come out of its shell in Dorset to find itself in the media spotlight.

The unusual case of a Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise, born two months ago in an incubator, made the headlines in various papers on Friday.

Source: BBC News Friday, 12 November, 2004

Wednesday, 10 November 2004

Stormy weather

The words "British weather" normally conjure up images of grey skies, drizzle and watery sunshine.

But, as villagers in Corfe Castle discovered last month when a fatal tornado hit, there can be weather extremes in the UK, and they can be devastating.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 10th Nov 2004

Wednesday, 28 July 2004

Big cat spotted near houses and schools

A big cat has been reported roaming the north Dorset countryside near two schools.

The creature has been described as being similar to a leopard in appearance and size and was seen late at night and in the early hours of the morning in three locations around the county this month.

Dorset Police have received three reports of the big cat in just over a week.

It was first sighted close to Milton Abbas Primary School at around 11pm on July 7, then Bryanston School at 3am on July 8 before being spotted in the back garden of a house in Nether Compton at around 4.20am on July 15.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 28th Jul 2004

Sunday, 20 June 2004

Waterspout photographed near Portland

On the 20th June 2004 a photograph of a waterspout was taken by Martin Cade whilst bird watching at the Portland Observatory.

See the picture Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre June 2004

Tuesday, 4 May 2004

No waffle as the morris men tuck into Hugh's breakfast

River Cottage's expert chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall made sure keen appetites were sated when he cooked breakfast for the Wessex Morrismen.

Aromas wafted around Cerne Abbas village square yesterday as the popular television personality used his skills to create a batch of waffles for a hungry and appreciative audience.

Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 4th May 2004

Thursday, 15 April 2004

Astounded walkers see pair of big cats

Purbeck's wildlife may have turned a little more wild.

Three friends out walking together on Hartland Moor believe they witnessed two big cats resembling pumas tumbling out of a tree.

Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 15th Apr 2004

Friday, 26 March 2004

Too spooked to move

When Marjorie Amos visited the deserted medieval village of Knowlton on a sunny spring day in 1962, she became aware of an eerie presence.

She tried to think of a rational explanation for the experience, but she drew a blank and simply decided to keep it to herself.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo 26th Mar 2004

Saturday, 13 March 2004

Puss and spooks!

A Dorset pub landlady is experiencing not so much bump in the night as miaow in the bar. Spooky goings-on at the White Hart pub in Wimborne have left licensee Amanda Bodenham convinced she has a ghost cat living on the premises.

Source: Dorset Echo 13th Mar 2004

Friday, 6 February 2004

Search for wild boar continues

Some 16 potentially dangerous wild boar were still on the loose in the countryside around Bridport on Thursday.

They are part of a herd of 30 which escaped from Mapperton Farm at the weekend.

One has already been shot after it charged a woman who had to fight it off with a pitchfork.

Source: Dorset Echo Friday 6th Feb 2004

Black beast jumped hedge

There has been another sighting of the mystery black beast following our story last week.

Liz Jones, wife of Tote chairman Peter Jones, saw the creature at Melplash on Saturday at about midday.

Source: Dorset Echo Friday 6th Feb 2004

Friday, 30 January 2004

Mystery big cat on prowl

The big black cat roaming West Dorset has been spotted again.

It was seen by Margery Hookings, editor of the Echo's sister paper The Bridport News, as she was driving on the A3066 road between Melplash and Beaminster.

She saw a black, panther-like animal about 400 yards away on hills near the Netherbury turning.

Source: Dorset Echo Friday 30th Jan 2004

Black beast spotted again

The big black cat has been spotted again - by the editor of the News, Margery Hookings.

She was driving on the A3066 road between Melplash and Beaminster on Tuesday afternoon when she saw a black, panther-like animal about 400 yards away on hills near the Netherbury turning.

Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Friday 30th Jan 2004

Saturday, 10 January 2004

Weird goings-on at historic pub

Ghostly goings-on have greeted the new bosses of the oldest pub in Poole.

As one of the town's most famous haunted buildings, The King Charles, just off the quay, has been living up to its reputation.

Source: Dorset Echo 10th Jan 2004
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