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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.
Layby on A31

Closing main road laybys would be ‘disaster’ for Forest, claims senior councillor

GETTING rid of laybys on two New Forest main roads would be an “absolute disaster”, a district councillor has warned. The gravelled areas on the A35 at Markway Hill between Holmsley and Lyndhurst, and on...

Police chief welcomes £1.2m funding pledge to fight serious crime

A POLICE chief has welcomed a government pledge to give Hampshire Constabulary an extra £1.26m to help it tackle serious and violent crime. The force will be handed more funding because it is among the...
Daniel O’Malley-Keyes trial

Woman ‘beat herself to death’, claimed partner accused of murder

A WOMAN was brutally beaten to death at home by her partner because he was “embarrassed” by her behaviour in a pub, a murder jury was told. Sharon Perrett sustained 15 fractures to her ribs...

Paedophile spared jail after sharing child porn images on mobile app

DEATH threats have been to an agricultural worker who downloaded thousands of indecent images – some of girls as young as five. Matthew Hirst even shared some of the pictures to a private group of...

Pensioner targeted church worshippers in three-month harassment campaign

A PENSIONER has admitted harassing and abusing worshippers at Ashley Baptist Church. Gordon Reeve (67) faces being sentenced for the three-month campaign, which also involved him calling the church and sending in multiple emails. The defendant,...
Fordingbridge car parking

Petition demanding parking improvements prompts enforcement pledge

PARKING patrols are to be stepped up in Fordingbridge after hundreds of residents signed a petition demanding a main road in the town be made safer. New Forest District Council has agreed to calls for...
Gordon Brownen Judge Rinder

Pair of Plonkers to settle musical discord with TV trial by Judge Rinder

NOT singing from the same hymn sheet has landed two members of the popular New Forest band the Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra on television trial before Judge Rinder. Founder and lead singer Gordon Brownen was summoned...

NHS care worker jailed for putting vulnerable woman ‘through hell’

A VULNERABLE woman with a mental disorder has slammed a care worker who sexually touched her at a Christchurch caravan park for putting her “through hell”. Peter Hill was jailed for 21 months at Bournemouth...

Could you be a lifesaver? Emergency group appeals for New Forest volunteers

LIFESAVERS are being sought as part of a recruitment drive launched by Community First Responder teams across New Forest towns and villages. A appeal has been put out for more volunteers to join the service,...
New Forest election results

New Forest Tories stay in charge but Liberal Democrats promise fresh scrutiny

THE leader of the Liberal Democrat group has hailed the party’s performance at the New Forest District Council elections in which it increased its seats from two to 13. Overall the Tories retained control of...
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