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A reporter with the A&T since 2005, Chris March covers New Milton Town Council and writes about some of the crimes, road accidents and fires that take place across the New Forest and Christchurch.

Work finally starts on new supermarket in Forest village’s landmark building

WORK has begun on a major supermarket chain’s new branch which will create 15 new jobs at a landmark building in Barton. The merging of three units within Westcliffe Buildings, at Sea Road’s junction with...

Hampshire police pay £2,500 compensation for filming man at home

HAMPSHIRE police showed a “total disrespect for the law”. This was the damning verdict of a New Forest burglary victim after the force was made to pay out £2,500 compensation for unlawfully filming him...

Firefighters’ soggy sausage warning in battle against the barbecues

FIREFIGHTERS are warning people they could end up with a soggy sausage if they continue to flout the ban on barbecues on the open Forest. Hot weather and a spate of blazes involving barbecues, bonfires...
New Milton Lidl

Lidl says sorry to customers angry at ‘Covid safety failures’

A DISCOUNT supermarket chain has apologised after shoppers complained its New Milton branch was not enforcing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. New Milton Town Council and the local residents’ association both received reports...
New Forest fly-tipping

Fly-tipping on the rise, warns Forestry England after latest incidents

PEOPLE are being warned of the dangers fly-tipping poses to wildlife amid a rise in incidents of waste being dumped in the New Forest. Forestry England issued the caution after a large pile of rubbish,...
Hythe rescue

Midnight rescue of cyclist who fell onto waterside rocks

PARAMEDICS, coastguards and a lifeboat crew rescued a teenage cyclist who was badly injured after falling onto rocks near Hythe marina. The alarm was raised shortly after midnight today (Thursday), with reports the victim, a...
Totton Lidl

Store worker ‘assaulted after confronting pair of shoplifters’

TWO people were arrested after a Totton Lidl shop worker was assaulted when she confronted suspected shoplifters. Police responded to reports that an attack had taken place in the Lidl store in Commercial Road, Totton,...
Burley services

Police hunting motorist who drove off from three-vehicle smash

POLICE are hunting a driver who failed to stop following a three-vehicle collision on the A31 near Burley which resulted in a fire and left a motorcyclist badly hurt. The alarm was raised at around...

Police pedal power catches up with more drugs suspects

A CYCLIST who tried to throw away cannabis while being pursued by police was among those caught as officers cracked down on drugs in New Milton. A PCSO was patrolling the town centre on his...

Town’s play parks to reopen to kids as lockdown eases

NEW Milton play parks are to reopen to the public on Saturday amid the continued relaxation of the lockdown restrictions. Speaking during a virtual meeting of the full town council yesterday (Monday), Cllr Geoffrey Blunden,...
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