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

Council set to publish action plan on turning around child services slammed by Ofsted

AN action plan approved by BCP Council in response to serious criticism of its children’s services by Ofsted inspectors will be published later this month. The authority announced the 15-point document had been agreed but...

Weekly Covid update – nine deaths and 754 new infections in the Forest

NINE people with Covid-19 died in the New Forest, according to the latest weekly update, as infection numbers continued to climb. The new fatalities, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), included five in...

A35 set for three weeks of traffic lights at Holmsley Bridge

MOTORISTS will have to contend with temporary traffic lights on one of the main routes through the New Forest as preparations begin for a £5.5m bridge replacement scheme The signals will be installed for nearly...

Police launch new appeal over sex assault in woodland after release of arrested man

POLICE have made a fresh appeal for witnesses to a sex attack on a woman in Blackfield after the release of a man arrested yesterday (Thursday). Officers had detained the 30-year-old on suspicion of attempted...

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in New Forest woodland

A MAN has been arrested by officers investigating a suspected sex attack in Blackfield at the weekend. Hampshire police said a 30-year-old male, who was from the neighbourhood, had been detained on suspicion of attempted...

Police promise ‘robust enforcement’ if needed to ensure residents follow lockdown rules

HAMPSHIRE police have promised “robust enforcement” where needed to ensure residents follow lockdown rules. Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth issued a statement outlining the force’s approach to the new laws which were passed by parliament...

Weekly Covid update – four new deaths in the Forest

THERE have been four new Covid-19 deaths in the New Forest, according to the latest weekly update released today (Wednesday). The figures were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Two were in a...

RSPCA expects rise in dumped pets after surge in animals adopted in lockdown

THE RSPCA in Hampshire is bracing itself for a rise in the number of animals abandoned this winter as pet ownership has risen sharply during the pandemic. The number of unwanted pets rescued by the...

New Forest’s move to Tier 4 Covid restrictions ‘no surprise’ to council leader

THE New Forest joining the rest of Hampshire in Tier 4 today (Thursday) came as “no surprise” to the leader of the county council who urged people to follow the rules. Cllr Keith Mans, who...
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Stronger fencing is promised to keep livestock off New Forest roads

HAMPSHIRE County Council has promised “wherever possible” to use stronger, more expensive fencing to keep livestock off main roads in the New Forest. Cllr Rob Humby, HCC’s cabinet member for economy, transport and environment, made...
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