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Man slashed with blade across face feared for his life, jury told

A MAN told a jury he was “scared for his life” when he was slashed across the face with a knife while fending off a sudden attack in a Christchurch shed. Steven Wootton broke down...

Man jailed for mistaken CS gas ‘retribution’ attack

HIGH on cocaine and alcohol, a man sprayed CS gas into the home of a sick pensioner wrongly believing that people who robbed him at knifepoint were in there. Christopher Lambert (27) went to the...
Bob Higgins trial

Former coach Bob Higgins tells jury he is innocent of abuse charges

A TOP football coach denied abusing promising players under his charge over a 25-year period and defended forming close relationships with their parents while giving evidence at his trial. Bob Higgins (66), a former manager...
Thieves Bashley Village Stores

Smash-and-grab thieves take cash and goods from village shop

CIGARETTES, alcohol and cash were stolen when thieves smashed their way into Bashley Village Stores in the early hours of Saturday morning. A front window was broken to gain entry to the village convenience store...

Stalker chef jailed for 18 months for hunting ex-wife

A CHEF who left his estranged wife suicidal after “obsessively” stalking her has been jailed for 18 months. Darren Lambert-King (30) terrified ex-wife Emily Lambert with his weird behaviour, making fake online profiles to track...

Drug dealer confesses to judge that he ‘lied through his teeth’

A NEW Milton man convicted of supplying drugs was spared an immediate jail term – despite confessing he “lied through his teeth” about the offence to a court. Oliver Wells (32), who walked free from...
Guy hedger murder

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...
New Milton church

Church bids to beef up security to stop the vandals

A CHURCH is bidding to beef up security to protect its windows from what it says are ongoing attacks by vandals. St Mary Magdalene Church in New Milton has applied to New Forest District Council...
Ballard Water Meadow

Bug hotel arsonists ‘put town beauty spot at risk’, warns conservationist

ARSONISTS put an entire New Forest beauty spot in danger when they set light to a "bug hotel" built to encourage insects, a conservationist has warned. Volunteers from the Friends of Ballard Water Meadow were...

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...
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