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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.

‘We are coming for you,’ eco-abusers warned as Chris Packham launches green legal group

“WE are coming for you.” TV naturalist Chris Packham has sounded that warning to those abusing wildlife and habitat laws after helping to launch a trailblazing legal group. The New Forest resident has teamed up with...

Ringwood Social Club says ‘nuts’ planning fight has cost £50,000

“NUTS”. That’s the word the secretary of Ringwood Social Club has used to describe an eight-year planning battle with New Forest District Council that has left it £50,000 out of pocket and worried for its...

Judge’s dressing down to drunk mechanic who bit police officer

A MECHANIC who assaulted two police officers in a drunken rage – biting one so hard it went through his shirt and left teeth marks on his skin – has been spared an immediate...

Leisure centres management ‘privatisation’ to continue despite council cash windfall

A CONTENTIOUS plan to privatise the management of the New Forest’s public leisure centres will be pursued despite the council netting a six-figure windfall after a court ruling. The decision by the European Court of...

Council tax rise to boost Hampshire police officers backed unanimously

A SHOW of hands gave the green light to raise Hampshire Police’s share of the council tax by £24 for a Band D property for 2019/20 – amid warnings a similar future hike risked...

Dave Hurrell: ‘Mr Cricket’ of the New Forest who encouraged young players

A LEADING light of Sway Cricket Club who was a hugely popular figure on the local cricket scene has died at the age of 61. Tributes poured in to “true gentleman” Dave Hurrell, with officials...
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Residents facing 3% tax rise from New Forest District Council

RESIDENTS are facing another hike in their bills after New Forest District Council’s ruling cabinet backed increasing its share of the council tax by nearly 3%. If its recommendation is agreed by the full council,...

New Forest pub brothers jailed for £3.2m VAT scam

THREE brothers who ran a restaurant and pub empire have been jailed for 14 years for stealing £3.2m in a tax scam. Shahab Hashtroudi, who “orchestrated” the scheme, was jailed for six years at Southampton...

Man (89) died after tripping over neighbour’s manhole cover

AN elderly New Milton man died after tripping over a manhole cover on a neighbour’s drive, an inquest heard. Dennis Saxton, who was 89 and lived at Woodlands Way, sustained massive head injuries in the...

Police reveal New Forest arrest numbers from Christmas drink-drive crackdown

THIRTEEN drink-drivers were arrested in the New Forest during a Christmas crackdown by the police – more than double the number two years ago. The figures were revealed by the Hampshire and Thames Valley force’s...
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