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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.
Jim Ratcliffe

Multi-billionaire back with new plan for mansion’s caretaker cottage

MULTI-BILLIONAIRE businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made a revised bid to build a caretaker’s cottage close to his controversial beachfront mansion at Beaulieu. Work is under way at Thorns Beach to build the residence for...
Yellow Buses

Drivers call off bus strike after bosses drop disciplinary action

A STRIKE by Yellow Buses drivers has been called off after the company dropped disciplinary action against a shop steward. Martin Conder (52), a senior Unite representative, had been threatened with the sack by Yellow...

Child sex abuse figures rise nearly 60% in Hampshire, says NSPCC

THERE was a 58% increase in the number of recorded sexual offences against children in Hampshire in the last four years, it has been revealed. The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children...
Michael Lane

Extra £600,000 to fight growing cybercrime threat, says police chief

UP TO £600,000 will be invested by Hampshire police in the fight against cybercrime, amid a nearly 20% rise in such offences over the past year. The announcement last month by police and crime commissioner...

Thieves steal £65,000 of wine in raid on luxury hotel’s cellar

HIGH value bottles of wine worth around £65,000 were stolen by thieves when they made a daring raid at the luxury Lime Wood hotel. The perpetrators got into the cellar of the five-star Lime Wood...
Integra Care Homes

‘Dirty’ care home to close after being slammed by inspectors

A RESIDENTIAL care home for people with learning difficulties is closing after an inspection report condemned it as dirty and badly run. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) discovered “significant shortcomings” by Integra Care Homes Ltd...
Andrew Griggs

20 years for man who killed pregnant wife and ‘groomed’ schoolgirl

A “CALLOUS and manipulative” husband has been jailed for life for murdering his pregnant wife and probably dumping her body in the sea 20 years ago. Andrew Griggs – who lives near Ringwood in Ringwood...

Rich List landowner and friend to the royals Sir George Meyrick dies at 78

SIR George Meyrick, one of the area’s wealthiest landowners and a close friend to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has died aged 78. Sir George was the seventh baronet of Hinton Admiral and featured...

New Forest affordable homes policy watered down by government inspectors

PROPOSED rules for the number of affordable homes have been watered down in draft planning policy governing the development of 10,500 houses outside the New Forest National Park. The proportion of cheaper properties has been...
Andrew Hiscock

Knifeman who left victims with ‘horrible’ scars jailed for nearly three years

A CHRISTCHURCH man who left two others with "grave and lifelong" injuries after slashing them with a knife has been jailed for nearly three years. Andrew Hiscock (33), of Hunt Road – who had a...
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