Peter Robins

Local interest | 24 June 2011

This is the third entry in our new series collecting notable stories from Britain’s regional newspapers. It appears here each Friday, and continues on Twitter in the meantime.

Bournemouth: The family and friends of a fallen soldier have repatriated a formerly stray dog that he adopted while serving in Afghanistan.

Brighton: The owner of a convenience store has been told that he cannot have a licence to sell alcohol until he has counter staff who speak better English.

Worcester: A 63-year-old woman broke her wrist while attempting to feed biscuits to a kitten through her neighbour’s letterbox. The letterbox also trapped her hand; she had to be rescued by firefighters.

Barnstaple: A 27-year-old man accused of headbutting a bouncer outside a nightclub told magistrates that he could not remember the incident, and did not know why he would have done it. He pleaded guilty nevertheless, and was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work.

Blackpool: An annual community expedition to clear litter around the village of Elswick could find only one item to pick up: a lolly stick.

Middlesbrough: A new summerhouse at a nursery school was burned to the ground. CCTV footage suggests the arsonists were boys aged about ten.

Weston-super-Mare: An American tourist who set out from Bath to visit Windsor Castle was instead directed by her satnav to the Windsor Castle pub, Worle.

Cheltenham: A blind golfer has hit a hole in one at the Ullenwood Manor course owned by his employer, National Star College.

Telford: A 61-year-old woman whose handbag was snatched in Lawton Farm Way, Leegomery, successfully chased down and caught the thief, and then, after he apologised and explained that he was homeless, gave him £10.

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