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Jon Waller

Jon Waller
Senior reporter Jon Waller began working for the A&T in 2004 and has lived in the New Forest all his life. He covers local courts and healthcare, as well as Ringwood and Brockenhurst councils.

Developer to fight council over refusal of police station flats plan

A DEVELOPER has challenged the refusal of its plans to build a block of retirement flats – which were previously likened to a prison - on the site of a disused police station. McCarthy &...
Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Planned homes might be ‘left to burn’ to protect environment

HOMES on a proposed major new development near Ringwood could be left to burn down if there was a blaze in order to protect rare animal species, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has warned. The...
Holmsley bridge

Main road parking at risk as verderers demand land swap in £5.5m bridge repair

A ROW is revving up after it emerged a number of laybys on two main New Forest roads could vanish as part of a £5.5m project to replace the rusting Holmsley bridge. On Wednesday, the...

Victim of faulty cattlegrid crash being ‘ignored’ by council

A BURLEY woman who crashed her car due a faulty cattlegrid has accused Hampshire County Council of causing her extra distress by ignoring her insurance claim. Angry care worker Karen Peckham is seeking £425 from...

Tech boss loses bitter court battle with ex-partner over £1m home

A BUSINESSMAN has lost a bitter court battle to stop his ex-partner getting a 50% share of their £1m Lymington home. Andrew Horn took action against midwife Claire Chipperfield – the mother of his two...
The crown court in Southampton

Paedophile with thousands of indecent images caught in police raid

GIRLS as young as seven featured in some of thousands of indecent images of children downloaded by a paedophile, a court heard. The New Forest home of Matthew Hirst (32) was raided by police after...

Father and son team of £1m VAT fraudsters to pay back just £1

FRAUDSTERS who took part in a £1m VAT scam have both been ordered to repay just £1 because of their lack of assets. But should Jamie Colwell, who formerly lived in Friars Cliff, Christchurch, or...

Tories suspend group of council merger rebels

A GROUP of Christchurch councillors have been suspended from the Conservative Party in the wake of some threatening to stand as independents at forthcoming elections for the new unitary authority. The councillors, including leader Cllr...

Husband charged with murder 20 years after pregnant wife went missing

A RINGWOOD man has been charged with murdering his pregnant wife 20 years after he reported her missing. Andrew Griggs (56), of Ringwood Road, St Leonards, appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday accused of...
Ringwood cemetery is run by the town council

Families win right to decorate children’s graves in town cemetery

FAMILIES can continue to decorate child graves in Ringwood with ornaments, articles and kerbstones. Over the past decade or so some of the spaces for children aged 12 and under in the local cemetery –...
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