Depressed man ‘wrestling with mental health’ before railway suicide

A DEPRESSED man who was killed by a train sent a text message to his mother moments before, saying: “I can’t bear it anymore”. Patrick Norum (30), who had recently moved from Lyndhurst to Christchurch,...
Christchurch election results

New Forest voters to quiz candidates at general election hustings

VOTERS in the New Forest will get the chance to quiz the candidates as the general election enters the final week of campaigning. The first hustings will be tomorrow (Thursday) at St Mary’s Church in...

Police launch manhunt for house burglary suspect

A MANHUNT has been launched after bank cards were stolen in a Boldre house burglary and later fraudulently used several times. Police want to trace 25-year-old Jack Cooper in connection with the break-in at a...

Ringwood ‘party house’ hit with enforcement notice

A “PARTY house” in Ringwood has been slapped with an enforcement notice because the activities there are “spoiling” the secluded and peaceful rural lane. New Forest District Council has hit the home, known as Crockets,...

Man who sent abusive text messages jailed for Christmas

A SOMERFORD man will spend Christmas behind bars after he flouted a suspended-sentence order by sending a woman abusive text messages. Dean Garton (27) was sent down for fourth months at Bournemouth Crown Court after...

Mud rescue operation ends in tragedy as Billy the horse dies

A HORSE has died within a day of having to be rescued by firefighters after becoming exhausted from being stuck in mud. News of 15-year-old Shire horse Billy’s death was posted on the Friends of...
Somerford Road

Motorist charged over crash which killed pedestrian (82)

A MOTORIST has been charged over the death of an elderly woman in a crash in Somerford. The man, who is 54 and from Poole, is set to appear at the local magistrates court on...
Yellow Buses

Timetable makes trial bus service ‘waste of time’, says councillor

A NEW Yellow Buses service linking Christchurch with Bransgore has been branded “a complete waste of time” by a town councillor. Cllr Gill Jarvis says she believes the Yellow Buses route 21 link has been...

Councillors urge planners to reject town gateway retirement scheme

PLANS for 45 retirement flats at one of the gateways into Lymington are being opposed by the town council as “overbearing”. The three-storey scheme submitted to New Forest District Council would involve demolishing a row...

Passengers face 28 days of disruption in South Western Railway strikes

A 28-DAY strike will kick off tomorrow (Monday) across the South Western Railway network after the failure of negotiations last week. Members of the RMT union will stage three walk-outs between 2nd December and 1st...
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