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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.
Totton Morrisons

Jury warned they must watch ‘shocking and horrid’ CCTV of fatal crash at ATM

A JURY at the trial of a pensioner whose car fatally collided with an 86-year-old woman at a supermarket ATM were warned the CCTV footage was so shocking they must “pull themselves together” to...
royal bournemouth hospital

£147m merger of local hospital trusts finally completed

THE two trusts which run Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole hospitals have formally merged as part of the transformation in the way healthcare is delivered in Dorset. Costing about £147m, the move has been nine years...

Two-year-old tried to fight off his father who was strangling former partner

A TWO-YEAR-OLD child threw punches at his father in a desperate attempt to stop him strangling his estranged partner while high on cocaine, Southampton Crown Court heard. Victim Samantha Lamb said she thought she was...
Balmer Lawn Hotel

£4m pollution credits scheme set to unblock developments around the New Forest

POLLUTION concerns which have held up high-profile New Forest planning developments – including three hotel expansions – could be alleviated thanks to a new government scheme. The Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst, Bartley Lodge in...
New Forest leisure centres

Union slams plans to ‘privatise’ New Forest leisure centres

UNION leaders believe enlisting a private company to run New Forest District Council’s five health and leisure centres is “pointless” and have called on civic chiefs to scrap the move. Branding the switch “unnecessary”, Unison...

Town’s post-lockdown crime up by a third

POST-lockdown crime in Ringwood has increased by more than a third – and the mayor has revealed he is liaising with officers and an MP over drug-related deaths in public spaces. Between 1st April and...

Developer of mobile home site submits sewage plan for nearby stream

THE developer behind a controversial plan to turn a former touring caravan site into a residential park for 85 mobile homes in the national park has applied to discharge sewage into a stream. Park One...

New Forest billionaire Sir Jim makes move to tax haven Monaco

BILLIONAIRE New Forest businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe has changed his primary residence to the tax haven of Monaco. The founder and chief executive of petrochemical giant Ineos, Sir Jim owns a mansion on the Solent...

Daughter pleads for inquest into her mother’s care home death

A SOMERFORD woman has pleaded with a coroner to hold an inquest into her mother’s death – which has so far sparked three investigations into a care home. Julia Nye wants to ask questions in...

MP Swayne calls to sack government scientists’ over coronavirus warning ‘project fear’

SIR Desmond Swayne has slammed a claim by the government’s chief scientists that coronavirus cases could reach 50,000 per day in mid-October– suggesting they said it only to scare the public. The comments made by...
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