Jail for jewellers raider caught by residents and traders in village high street

A THIEF who was captured by Lyndhurst residents and traders in the high street after a jeweller called for help has been jailed for 18 months. Lewis Bale was chased by husband-and-wife Steve and Suzanne...

Antique Japanese sword, vase, gold and precious stones taken in raid on village garage

GOLD nuggets, precious stones and an antique Japanese sword were among a large haul of valuable items stolen in a raid on a New Forest garage. Thieves targeted the outbuilding at a home in Forest...

‘Voice of reason’ Steve retires from parish council after 43 years

A PARISH councillor who has retired after serving the community for 43 years was praised for his “significant and invaluable” contribution. Steve Cattell (77) moved to Minstead after marrying his wife Pat 55 years ago...

Public praised for helping catch jewel thief and handing in dropped valuables

TWO jewellers have praised members of the public who helped them chase down the ringleader of a three-man gang which raided their shop. Thanks to support from fellow traders and shoppers in Lyndhurst village centre,...

Jobs boost as camper van firm takes over Pat’s Garage site in Lyndhurst

A NEW FOREST garage closed since May is to be transformed as the new national hub for the revival of iconic camper van specialist Dormobile, creating at least a dozen new jobs. Pat’s Garage in...

Villagers slam plans to turn former youth club into electric car charging points

PLANS to demolish a former youth club building in Lyndhurst and replace it with electric car charging points have been criticised by villagers. New Forest District Council installed the pre-fabricated building in the car park...
Southern Water

Conservation concern as wastewater overflows into Forest stream

A CONSERVATION group has raised concerns after waste water overflowed from a Southern Water facility into a stream near Lyndhurst. Effluent was seen by Russell Wynn, one of the founders of Wild New Forest, near...

Village’s traditional Christmas light strings set for chop after failing safety checks

ORGANISERS have promised a Christmas lights display in Lyndhurst to “lift all our spirits” after confirming that the traditional strings of illuminations over the high street are unlikely to return after failing safety checks. The...
Hampshire County Council budget

‘A great loss’ – village libraries confirmed to close

THE closure of Lyndhurst and Blackfield libraries has been confirmed by Hampshire County Council as part of a £1.76m cost-cutting programme. The community library at Milford will also lose its support, Cllr Sean Woodward, the...
Hampshire County Council budget

Closure of New Forest libraries a ‘devastating blow’

THE proposed closure of Hampshire libraries, including branches at Lyndhurst and Blackfield, has been described as “a devastating blow for communities”. The county council has announced its intention to close eight of its 48 libraries and reduce the...
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