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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.

‘Hot Fuzz’ as police van catches fire with prisoner inside

AN arrest took an unexpected and dramatic turn when the police van carrying the suspect caught fire in a Calmore street. The vehicle began to fill with smoke moments after officers had put the man...

Thousands climb aboard extended bus service to New Milton

THE wheels on buses to and from New Milton will be going round and round twice as often after a recent route extension drew thousands of passengers. Yellow Buses 1a service, which started calling in...

Vandals wreck rugby club’s new goalposts within 24 hours

BEEFED-UP security is being considered by New Milton Rugby Club after vandals struck again by wrecking a pair of new goalposts - less than 24 hours of they were installed. The criminal damage at the...
New Milton

Woman shaken after ‘split-second’ bag snatch by cycling thief

A WOMAN was left badly shaken after a cyclist reached into her car and snatched her designer handbag as she was loading shopping. The “split-second” theft took place as Janet Massey was putting the bags...
Hordle big bang

Mystery solved of big bang that shook people’s homes

THE answer has been found to what caused a huge bang that mystified residents who reported it shaking their homes. The alarm was raised around 8.30pm on Saturday, with police alerted a huge noise and...

Bid to revamp old station house keeps heritage centre plan on track

PLANS to transform the disused railway station master’s house in New Milton into a heritage centre took a step closer to fruition amid a possibility that it could become a listed building. Having secured the...
Ballard Water Meadow

Bug hotel arsonists ‘put town beauty spot at risk’, warns conservationist

ARSONISTS put an entire New Forest beauty spot in danger when they set light to a "bug hotel" built to encourage insects, a conservationist has warned. Volunteers from the Friends of Ballard Water Meadow were...
Lymington grenade

VIDEO: Explosion after beachcomber discovers live grenade

A MAN looking for glass bottles got more than he bargained for when he found an unexploded grenade on an area of coastline east of Lymington. A Lymington Coastguard rescue team rushed to Pitts Deep,...

Parking firm told to get planning permission for controversial cameras

THE enforcers of a controversial parking restriction near a parade of New Milton shops have applied for retrospective planning permission for cameras amid allegations they were installed without consent from New Forest District Council. Many...

Shoplifting victim says budget cuts affecting police response

THE manager of a family-owned Lyndhurst gift shop has hit out at cutbacks affecting police response after alcohol was stolen for the second time in a month. Over £200 of drink was taken by shoplifters...
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