New Forest commoner ‘feels like giving up’ after another fatal donkey hit-and-run

A YOUNG commoner whose donkey was left to die after a hit-and-run collision near Exbury has said he sometimes feels like giving up on the ancient practice. Dan Rangecroft (20), who keeps a herd of...

Friends donate more than half a million pounds to Lymington hospital’s scanner appeal

A CHEQUE for more than half a million pounds has been presented to the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust by volunteers from the Lymington New Forest Hospital League of Friends. Part of the friends fundraising...

‘Hot Fuzz’ as police van catches fire with prisoner inside

AN arrest took an unexpected and dramatic turn when the police van carrying the suspect caught fire in a Calmore street. The vehicle began to fill with smoke moments after officers had put the man...

Coastal defences could cost residents hike in council tax

RESIDENTS may have to pay more council tax to get coastal defences built near their homes, under a new strategy. Increasing the annual bill is one of the funding sources identified by New Forest District...

Community concert to raise money for girls’ brain tumour treatments

TICKETS have gone on sale for a fundraising concert in aid of two little girls who are both battling brain tumours. The gig on 4th October at New Milton Memorial Centre is organised by the...

Thousands climb aboard extended bus service to New Milton

THE wheels on buses to and from New Milton will be going round and round twice as often after a recent route extension drew thousands of passengers. Yellow Buses 1a service, which started calling in...

Vandals wreck rugby club’s new goalposts within 24 hours

BEEFED-UP security is being considered by New Milton Rugby Club after vandals struck again by wrecking a pair of new goalposts - less than 24 hours of they were installed. The criminal damage at the...

‘Rat run’ exit onto main road could be blocked off in the New Year

A CONTENTIOUS “rat-run” may be blocked off in January as part of a major £13.5m scheme to widen the A31, Ringwood councillors heard. Members of the town council’s planning committee voted 5-4 to lobby Highways...
Leon Crouch

Industrialist, ex-Saints chair and charity supporter Leon Crouch dies aged 70

WELL-KNOWN Lymington industrialist, philanthropist and charity supporter Leon Crouch – who served two brief spells as chairman of Southampton Football Club – has died. Mr Crouch, who was 70 and the father of three daughters,...

Pony and cow put down after accidents on New Forest roads

A PONY and a cow were injured and had to be destroyed following two separate accidents on New Forest roads last weekend. The pony – a chestnut mare which was wearing a reflective collar –...
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