Families embrace first hugs for months at care homes thanks to sail-maker’s ‘cuddle curtains’

RESIDENTS at New Forest care homes have embraced loved ones for the first time in the pandemic thanks to Covid-safe “cuddle curtains” donated by a Lymington sailmaker. The fully reusable kits, which have been designed...
Milford sea wall

Sea wall repair costs escalate as storms cause another section to fail

THE £1.5m cost of emergency work to repair a section of failed sea wall at Milford has escalated by a further £325,000 as recent storms and erosion caused more damage. Emergency work to safeguard a...

Rebuilding crumbling Milford sea wall ‘waste of time and money’ if only part of...

WORK to rebuild part of a failed section of Milford sea wall will be “wasted time, money and effort” if additional improvements are not carried out, a petition has warned. Signed by more than 350...

Man spared jail over sex messages sent to ’14-year-old’ in paedophile sting

A MILFORD man with learning difficulties broke down in tears when a judge decided not to jail him for sending sexual messages to a person he thought was a 14-year-old boy. William Reed (45) was...

Hero 64-year-old fights off knifeman who tried to mug couple on clifftop

A 64-YEAR-OLD hero fought off a knifeman in a clifftop struggle to thwart the mugging of a pensioner and his terminally ill wife. Michael Spencer jumped in to defend victim John Jenkins when two assailants...
Keyhaven parking

New parking charges set for beauty spot in fight against wild campers

NEW car parking charges are set to be introduced at Keyhaven to prevent campervans from staying for weeks at a time. The changes will be subject to a public consultation, and would apply to the...

Parents of Olivia Burt told no-one will be charged over nightclub crush which caused...

THE parents of a gifted university student from Milford have said they are “deeply disappointed” no criminal charges will be laid against anyone in relation to her death from a crush outside a nightclub. Olivia...
Milford sea wall

Work starts on £1.5m emergency sea defences to save homes

EMERGENCY work started on repairing the damaged Milford sea wall amid raging seas and Storm Francis to protect homes at “imminent risk”. Contractor Earlcoate Construction, based in Fordingbridge, has begun building an access route to...
Milford library

Letters: Start of a new era for Milford community library

SIR - Through your newspaper, many readers will now be aware that Hampshire County Council has decided to withdraw its support from Milford community library. Having had quite a few discussions with Hampshire Library Service...
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Letters: Sea defences not enough to tackle climate change

SIR - Last week's report that New Forest District Council is meeting the £1.5m Phase 1 repair costs to the sea wall at the base of Milford's cliff is very welcome. The immediate safety...
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