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Ben Craig

Ben Craig
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Ben Craig is acting news editor. He grew up in the New Forest and started working for the A&T in 2002.

Coronavirus weekly deaths in New Forest fall to zero – for first time since...

THE weekly death toll of people with Covid-19 has fallen to zero in the New Forest for the first time since March. Latest numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Tuesday showed...

Christchurch man reported missing is found after police appeal

CHRISTCHURCH man Duncan Hewitt, who went missing from his home on Monday, has been found, police have said. He had been reported missing in the early hours of Tuesday 7th July after failing to return...

Overnight closures continue for A337 in Lymington

THE A337 Southampton Road in Lymington will continue to shut overnight on weekdays until Wednesday 15th July for road maintenance. Eight nights of resurfacing works were started by Hampshire County Council on the route last...
Operation Venetic

Raids in Christchurch as part of ‘biggest ever’ UK organised crime bust

OFFICERS raided homes in Christchurch as part of what police described as the biggest law enforcement operation in the UK targeting suspected organised crime gangs. Following an initial round of arrests, further warrants were executed...
Aldi New Forest

Four New Forest towns named on Aldi’s development hit-list

FOUR New Forest towns are on the development hit-list of discount grocery chain Aldi, it has revealed. Lymington, New Milton, Ringwood and Totton are being investigated by the German company for locations to open new...

Mystery donor pledges to pay market traders’ pitch fees

A SECRET donor has given Lymington traders a boost by paying their pitch fees for the market on Saturday. The contribution is coming from a retired local businessman who contacted the town council, which runs...
Coronavirus

Weekly update: Two more die with Covid-19 in New Forest

TWO further people have died with Covid-19 in the New Forest, according to the latest official figures. The weekly update issued yesterday (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showed that deaths in the district...
Ringwood School

School reopens after travellers moved on by police

TRAVELLERS have been moved on by police after they caused the closure of Ringwood School by setting up camp nearby yesterday (Monday). The school reopened this morning after New Forest officers used legal powers to...

MP likens statue protesters to Islamic extremists

PROTESTERS calling for the removal of statues to controversial historical figures in the UK have been compared by a New Forest MP to Islamist extremists. Sir Desmond Swayne likened those seeking to “erase the...
Lymington parking

Controversial Lymington high street parking charge plan is delayed

NEW parking charges on Lymington high street have been delayed until after the summer to help traders get back on their feet from the coronavirus crisis. Work on the controversial scheme has been suspended until...
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