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Antonella Lazzeri

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Senior reporter Antonella Lazzeri has returned to her local roots after decades of reporting around the world. A mum of one, she covers news, features and anything that readers think people should know.

Head teacher defies PM’s advice and rules pupils must wear face masks all day

A SCHOOL has defied the Prime Minister by making it compulsory for students to wear face masks at all times when it reopens next week. In a letter sent to parents, Jy Taylor, head teacher...

‘Ghost ships’ proving a big draw for ferry firm

THEY have become a sad sight off the south coast – anchored cruise ships offering a stark reminder of how devastating Covid-19 has been to the industry. But for Mudeford ferry owner Paul Derham they...
Mudeford beach cafe

Angry protesters launch campaign against plans for £1m Mudeford cafe

A ROW HAS broken out over plans to rebuild the Beach House café at Mudeford Sandbank with some objectors claiming it will “completely ruin” the idyllic location. BCP Council has launched a public consultation over...
Seafood Festival Lymington weekend

PICTURES: Thousands flock to Lymington Seafood Festival’s three-day event

AROUND 8,000 people attended the Lymington Seafood Festival over the bank holiday weekend which organisers hailed as a “fantastic event”. The celebration of fish, shellfish and more was a feast for the public while also...

Business group unveils scheme to boost town centre

CAR parking discounts, improving the appearance of empty shops, and encouraging major events are among proposals to revamp Christchurch town centre. The Christchurch Business Improvement District (BID) group has unveiled plans which it says could...
Portsmouth University

Cathum becomes university’s youngest to gain first-class degree

A NEW Forest student who started a university degree aged just 16 has emerged with a first class honours degree. Cathum Safi, from Ashurst and now 19, helped score a family hat-trick with his qualification...
Furry Dave

‘Furry Dave’: Famous figure on the streets with a mysterious past

SITTING in a hospital bed wearing his characteristic huge furry hat, Dave Rhodes spent his last days entertaining medics with tales of his life and singing a few tunes. Known as Furry Dave, he was...
New Forest Marathon

New Forest Marathon organisers defend switching date and location

ORGANISERS of the New Forest Marathon have defended the change of date and location after revealing how they had just seven days to find a new home for the popular event or face cancelling...

Conservation group slams church’s £3.5m plan for new building in centre of Christchurch

A CONSERVATION group is objecting to plans by Christchurch Baptist Church to build a new place of worship claiming the “massive” new building will dominate the area. In a letter to BCP Council, Christchurch Conservation...

Scores of no-shows at Hampshire tips as residents battle to book slots

RESIDENTS booking slots at Hampshire’s tips are being urged to use them amid reports of a rising number of “no-shows” wasting their reservations. Hampshire County Council, which runs local sites at Efford in Pennington, Marchwood,...
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