Christchurch shoplifting

Police release CCTV in hunt for suspected Marks & Spencer shoplifter

POLICE have released CCTV images of a woman they want to trace after alcohol and other items were stolen in a suspected shoplifting from a petrol station shop in Christchurch. The Marks & Spencer store...
New Forest District Council

Top jobs shared out in first New Forest council meeting since elections

THE first meeting of New Forest District Council since the local elections saw it re-elect Sway councillor Barry Rickman as leader of the Conservative administration. Voters on 2nd May returned the Tories to power with...

UPDATED: Chris Packham to appeal after HS2 halt bid refused

NEW Forest TV presenter Chris Packham has refused to concede defeat in his battle to stop the government’s HS2 rail project. The environmental campaigner, who has a house near Marchwood, went to the High Court...

Tories to push for ‘budget reset’ plan amid council’s £30m funding gap

OPPOSITION councillors will put forward a “budget reset paper” next week, following concerns about a lack of involvement in efforts to close a multi-million-pound funding gap at BCP Council. A budget monitoring report outlining work...

Hard works pays off as farrier Lewis nails down England spot

NEW FOREST apprentice farrier Lewis Cook has won a coveted place in the England team for national and international competitions. Long hours and hard work have paid off to win the place, with practice before...

School sexting victim Megan speaks out in new police campaign

A TEENAGER who was left humiliated after a nude photo of her was spread on social media is backing a campaign led by Hampshire Constabulary to raise awareness of “sexting”. Megan Hinton (19), from Marchwood,...
Appletree Court

Supersonic ‘air spade’ to breathe life into ailing century-old tree

COUNCIL staff are rooting for a 120-year-old tree which needed hi-tech action to try to save it for the future. The nearly 50ft Atlas cedar is an impressive feature at New Forest District Council’s Appletree...
Blackfield library

Campaigners gather petition to save Blackfield library from cuts

MORE than 260 people have signed a petition launched by campaigners hoping to save Blackfield library from closure. As previously reported, Hampshire County Council is considering axing 10 libraries in the county as it looks...
Andrew Griggs

20 years for man who killed pregnant wife and ‘groomed’ schoolgirl

A “CALLOUS and manipulative” husband has been jailed for life for murdering his pregnant wife and probably dumping her body in the sea 20 years ago. Andrew Griggs – who lives near Ringwood in Ringwood...

‘Party mansion’ set to go quiet amid battle over noise complaints

THE party appears to be over for boisterous stag and hen dos at a Ringwood mansion after the owner dropped his appeal against enforcement action. Neighbours of the property, known as Crockets, at Linford Road,...
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