£12 million made available to local businesses forced to close by coronavirus

COMBINED support worth nearly £12m has been made available to companies in the New Forest and Christchurch forced to close by the coronavirus lockdown. New Forest District Council has been handed just over £3.6m by...

Rings worth £6,500 stolen from parked car

GOLD rings worth £6,500 were stolen when raiders smashed into a car near Hurn on Monday morning. The black Kia Sportage was targeted between 11.30am and 11.45am in a small gravel car park close to...

Footballer convicted of ‘nasty’ assault was tracked down after CCTV recorded his phone number...

A CHRISTCHURCH man convicted of a “nasty” assault in a row over a taxi was tracked down after CCTV captured his details on a napkin he gave to a barmaid, police revealed. Kieran Roberts, of...

Councils promise essential services will continue throughout lockdown

ESSENTIAL council services will continue throughout the second lockdown, civic chiefs have promised. New Forest District Council will maintain waste and recycling collections, while its car parks will stay open. Its housing, homelessness, planning and...

Hero’s welcome for runner Paul after finishing 27 marathons in 26 days for hospice

RUNNING man Paul O’Boyle received a hero’s welcome after completing 27 marathons in 26 days in aid of a Christchurch hospice. Paul (56) started his challenge on 1st October and ran a marathon every day...

Former care home to be demolished and replaced by block of 23 flats

A FORMER Highcliffe care home can be demolished and replaced by a three-storey block of 23 flats, under plans approved by BCP Council Developers Burry & Knight said in a planning statement that replacing Newton...

Brewery sells pubs in Ringwood and Christchurch

THREE pubs in Ringwood and Christchurch have been sold by the Wadworth Brewery. The Fish Inn, High Corner and the Avon Causeway Hotel are among 21 pubs snapped up by the Liberation Group in the...
lockdown remembrance

PICTURES: Remembrance under lockdown – communities honour the fallen

PEOPLE across the New Forest and Christchurch honoured the fallen differently this year as the pandemic forced the scaling-back of annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations. There were comparatively modest and socially distanced wreath-laying ceremonies at war...

UPDATED: Man identified from CCTV pics after woman with learning difficulties reported rape

A MAN has been identified from CCTV pictures released by police investigating the reported rape of a woman with learning disabilities. Detectives released the images more than a year after the alleged incident in Christchurch. The...

How you can take part in local Remembrance events

DETERMINED to mark this year’s Remembrance despite tough new Covid lockdown laws, the community of Pennington came together a few days early to lay wreaths at the village’s war memorial. Representatives from St Mark’s Church,...
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