Police suspect arson after fire rips through van dealership

ARSON has been blamed for a fire that ripped through a workshop at a used van dealership in Cadnam on Sunday afternoon. About 40 firefighters battled to contain the emergency in response to a call-out...

Brian Wilson: ‘A true commoner, he absolutely lived for the Forest’

THERE were three things that Brian Wilson held dear: the New Forest, his ponies and his wife – and according to his widow Angie, it was in that order. She said of the former president...
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Midnight rescue of cyclist who fell onto waterside rocks

PARAMEDICS, coastguards and a lifeboat crew rescued a teenage cyclist who was badly injured after falling onto rocks near Hythe marina. The alarm was raised shortly after midnight today (Thursday), with reports the victim, a...

Probe after decapitated deer with gunshot wounds found on New Forest road

A DEER has been found shot and decapitated on a main road in Ringwood. The grim discovery was made on the A338 near Blashford Lake on the morning of Wednesday 29th January. Described as a large...

Court trial: Investment banker cleared of careless driving over fatal collision with motorcyclist

AN INVESTMENT banker from Lymington has been found not guilty of causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving. Derek Shakespeare (52), a managing director at Barclays, was cleared at Winchester Crown Court following...

Plug and bray – donkey rescued after getting legs stuck in bog

RESCUERS went to ass-ist a donkey which had become stuck in a muddy bog in the New Forest. A concerned walker raised the alarm after spotting the animal’s front legs were submerged and was unable...

Emergency services face growing load from homeless patients, says doctors’ research

LOCAL NHS services are facing growing cases of homeless people coming for emergency treatment, according to figures from the BMA doctors union. South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), which also includes Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, experienced...

‘Dangerous’ sex pest faces deportation for targeting teen girls

A “DANGEROUS” sex pest faces being deported back to his native Portugal after he was jailed for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Totton. Helder Da Costa Ferreira approached the victim – who cannot be...
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Former goat shed planned for transformation into New Forest art venue

A BARN previously used to farm goats could be transformed into a permanent art gallery, under plans by a member of the wealthy de Rothschild family. Nicholas de Rothschild, of the famous Exbury Gardens, wants...
City Red

Competing companies accused of waging ‘bus wars’ over same route

TWO transport companies have been accused of waging “bus wars” against one another after a new route was launched from Totton. Last month City Red, which is owned by First Group, began running its Number...
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