Southern Health fined £2m over ‘entirely preventable’ deaths of patients

AN NHS trust has been fined £2m for breaching health and safety laws over the deaths of two patients in its care, including that of a 45-year-old woman from Lyndhurst. The punishment was handed down...

Row brewing over plan to open up miles of New Forest coastline to walkers

A ROW is brewing between walkers and landowners over proposals to open up to the public miles of New Forest coastline. The 35-mile stretch between Highcliffe and Calshot is part of the emerging England Coastal...

Panto cancelled by freak winds and snow storm crosses fingers for better weather

AN AMATEUR dramatics group are hoping it will be third time lucky for their panto after it was first blown away by a tornado and then frozen in by a snow storm. The original run...

Homes plan for Netley Marsh farm thrown out amid nearly 100 objections

BUILDING 10 homes on a farm in Netley Marsh has been blocked after nearly 90 people objected to the scheme. National park authority planning officers refused the proposals for Broadbridge Farm in Rossiters Lane, Woodlands,...

Tory councillor Richard Frampton quits party in protest at public service cuts

A FURIOUS Conservative district councillor has quit the party in protest at cuts to public services which he says are leaving residents at the mercy of criminals. Cllr Richard Frampton, a farmer who represents the...
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Life sentences for pair who shot advertising executive during botched robbery

TWO men found guilty of the murder of insurance executive Guy Hedger during a botched burglary at his Ringwood mansion have been jailed for life. Kevin Downton and Jason Baccus will each serve at least...

Top New Forest chef Matthew Tomkinson on his career: ‘That’s where it started. It’s...

DONKEYS and weekday tourists stroll in the winter sunshine past the window of the wood-panelled room of the Montagu Arms where Matthew Tomkinson is recalling moving from where he grew up in the north-west...
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Sir Desmond Swayne apologises after falling asleep in Commons debate

NEW FOREST West MP Sir Desmond Swayne has apologised after he fell asleep in the House of Commons during a Brexit debate. Sir Desmond was caught on camera on Tuesday snatching 40 winks as politicians...
New Forest District Council

New Forest councillors could face the axe in money-saving drive

A DOZEN New Forest district councillors could face the axe under cost-cutting proposals to shrink the authority. The far-reaching plan would reduce local representatives by 20% from 60 to 48 with the aim of saving...

‘I don’t know why you’re interviewing me’: sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood opens up

YOU know you’ve arrived at Geoffrey Dashwood’s house when you turn the corner and come face to face with a monumental bronze bird of prey glaring down the driveway. Actually finding the secluded spot near...
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