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Brothers jailed for life over murder of 26-year-old man

TWO brothers have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a 26-year-old in Totton in an attack compared to that of a “pack of wolves”. Charlie George Thomas Cooper (19), of Ashby...

Letters: No deal Brexit is still better than a bad deal

SIR – It is not difficult to understand why Brexit is deadlocked. In June 2016 the British people voted to leave the EU in the referendum primarily to regain our full national independence, limit and...

Letters: It’s the Brexit hardliners who are the saboteurs

SIR - In the referendum vote in June 2016 the voters were asked two questions, Leave or Remain. There was nothing there about the World Trade Organisation, or a hard or soft  Brexit. The Government...

From Our Files: a soldier dress thief, prisoner promoted, and a Lyndhurst queues solution?

75 YEARS AGO EVIDENCE that an alleged absentee was wearing women’s clothing, including a fur coat, was given at Lymington Borough police court, when a fusilier was remanded in custody by the Mayor, charged with...
White van driving

Letters: van company responds to parking complaints

SIR – In response to a letter that appeared in last week’s paper regarding the parking of vehicles in Barton and surrounding areas. I would like to firstly say that not all the vehicles people...

From Our Files: pipe dream scheme, alderman’s apology refusal, and traders ‘stun’ council

75 YEARS AGO IN May, 1943, the inhabitants of Milford collected the sum of £162 14s. 6d, as a gift to ex-PC, and Mrs Hancock on the retirement of the former (owing to deafness) and...

Three-year ban for driving at more than four times drink limit

DRIVING while more than four times the drink limit landed a motorist with a three-year ban from the roads. Rebecca Patience (44), of Testwood Crescent, Totton, admitted getting behind the wheel of a Renault Master...

Over the River and Through the Woods with New Forest Players

AS the first of their spring offerings, New Forest Players presented Over the River and Through the Woods, a heartfelt comedy by New Jersey playwright Joe DiPetrio. Ballard School Performing Arts Centre was transformed into...

Letters: we need even-handed balance between New Forest interests

SIR — I was concerned to learn from the A&T (25th January) that 15 million people a year visit the Forest. This is approximately 23% of our total population of 66-million, so there must have...
The Wheel Inn has been refurbished

Cheers to first year of The Wheel Inn community pub

RE-OPENED by the community a year ago this month, The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green Pennington has been completely refurbished, and is once again a thriving local pub, writes Chris Chester. As there is with...
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