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Melanie Adams

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  • Melanie Adams

  • Melanie Adams, Crime Reporter
  • Melanie is the Daily Echo's crime reporter.

    She joined the Daily Echo as a trainee in 2006, before progressing to senior reporter followed by covering the health beat.

    In 2014, she moved to covering crime.

    • EDF Campaign of the Year 2011, winner for the Have a Heart Campaign

    • Society of Editors Regional Press Awards Scoop of the Year, 2013, winner.

  • Email: melanie.adams@dailyecho.co.uk
  • Telephone: 023 8042 4500
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Melanie Adams LATEST

Police step up investigation after schoolboy attacked outside Southampton pub

Daily Echo:

12:54pm Tuesday 30th June 2015

THIS IS one of three men police are hunting after a schoolboy was attacked outside a Southampton pub.

Meet Britain's strongest mum from Hampshire who's now hoping to lift 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' title

Daily Echo:

11:49am Tuesday 30th June 2015

SHE is Hampshire’s very own super mum.

Firefighters rescue teen trapped in Hampshire school

Daily Echo: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service attending a blaze in Southampton

7:50am Tuesday 30th June 2015

FIREFIGHTERS had to go to the rescue of a teenager who became trapped inside a Hampshire school when he climbed over a fence and dislocated his shoulder.

Alleged rape victim 'had sex for money', city court told

Daily Echo: Southampton Crown Court

7:05am Tuesday 30th June 2015

ONE of six defendants accused of taking part in the multiple rape of a woman in Southampton claimed they were all just “having fun” and she had decided to have sex with his housemates for money.

Company given contract of £5.5m to control expected increase in shipping on Solent

Daily Echo: New aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales

4:18pm Monday 29th June 2015

A HAMPSHIRE firm has received a multimillion contract to install a new vessel traffic management system to help ship movements in the Solent.

Old Southampton police building to be re-built as flats

Daily Echo: Hulse Road Police station, Southampton. Tuesday 5th November 2013. (30289799)

10:57am Monday 29th June 2015

NEW PLANS have been unveiled to knock down a historic police building in Southampton and build new homes on the site – which is set to get started within weeks.

Get your tickets now for a great night of dancing

Daily Echo: 20 Feb 2015 - Heather Parsons and Ian Waite pictured during training for the People's Strictly (29745594)

10:56am Monday 29th June 2015

TIME IS running out to get your hands on tickets for the ultimate Strictly night out in Hampshire.

Hunt for burglar who targeted elderly woman

Daily Echo: EFIT-V composite system (30042325)

10:55am Monday 29th June 2015

POLICE want to speak to this man after burglars targeted an elderly woman in Southampton, stealing her jewellery.

Backing for Southampton's set of zany zebras

Daily Echo: The Hobbycraft Southampton team with Kirstie Mathieson and Gilbert

1:03pm Saturday 27th June 2015

THERE IS a new crafty addition to the colourful stampede that is set to sweep across Southampton next summer.

Violent drugs gang jailed for 46 years

Daily Echo:

4:00am Saturday 27th June 2015

THEY called themselves “The Government” because they thought they were untouchable.

Violent Southampton drugs gang jailed for 46 years

Daily Echo:

5:44pm Friday 26th June 2015

EIGHT members of a criminal gang which ran a major Class A drug dealing network in Hampshire have today been jailed for a total of 46 years.

REVEALED: Telephone scammers net £75,000 from Hampshire victims

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Phone scam story - picture posed by model. (22037979)

6:00am Saturday 27th June 2015

FRAUDSTERS have scammed Hampshire residents out of £75,000 over the last two months, it has been revealed.

New twist in police probe into murder of Hampshire man

Daily Echo:

12:10am Thursday 25th June 2015

TWO men arrested on suspicion of murdering a Hampshire man have been released without charge.

Royal Mail forced to find new city base after plans approved to turn delivery office into homes

Daily Echo:

5:30am Thursday 25th June 2015

THE Royal Mail has lost its battle to stop plans to close its Southampton delivery office and replace it with homes.

Transport firm signs up to back Marwell's Zany Zebras

Daily Echo: Picture caption: Kirstie Mathieson with Gilbert and the Williams Transport Services team.

2:05pm Wednesday 24th June 2015

A HAMPSHIRE transport firm is in the driving seat to ensure Southampton's newest residents have a smooth ride into the city.

Homes plan for school site postponed

Daily Echo:

7:51am Wednesday 24th June 2015

A decision on plans to build 100 homes on a former school site was postponed last night.

School wins right to fence off part of Southampton park

Daily Echo: Southampton's Riverside Park in Bitterne Park as it looks today

7:51am Wednesday 24th June 2015

PLANS to restrict public access to a popular playing field by a Southampton school have been approved by councillors.

£40m plan for Southampton's old Meridian site approved

Daily Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 24th June 2015

PLANNING chiefs in Southampton have given the green light to £40m plans that will overhaul the city’s former Meridian television studio site.

Detectives quiz man after rape allegation

Daily Echo: Man bites police officer

8:19pm Monday 22nd June 2015

DETECTIVES are tonight quizzing a man who has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

Smiles all round at 'outstanding' Hampshire preschool

Daily Echo:

8:24am Monday 22nd June 2015

THERE is more than one reason to smile at a Hampshire preschool.

Southampton slimmers ditch oversized clothes to raise £25,000

Daily Echo: (29121218)

1:47pm Saturday 20th June 2015

SOUTHAMPTON slimmers have helped raise more than £25,000 by ditching the clothes they are determined will never fit again.

Marwell's Zany Zebras taking over the airwaves

Daily Echo:

9:00am Sunday 21st June 2015

IT IS set to be the “mane” event in Hampshire next year and one radio station will be helping to ensure everyone knows about it.

Hampshire nursery boss jailed over £1m fraud

Daily Echo:

6:40am Friday 19th June 2015

A HAMPSHIRE man convicted for carrying out a tax and National Insurance fraud worth almost £1m at a nursery has been jailed for five and a half years.

Jurors shown film clips of alleged gang rape

Daily Echo:

8:33am Thursday 11th June 2015

GRAPHIC video footage of an alleged gang rape of a young woman by seven males – including a 13-year-old schoolboy – was shown to jurors at a Hampshire court.

Southampton woman charged with attempted murder of sister

Daily Echo: Southampton Magistrates Court

7:50am Saturday 6th June 2015

A SOUTHAMPTON woman has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of her sister.

More than 100 drivers caught using mobile phones at the wheel in Hampshire

Daily Echo:

3:35pm Friday 5th June 2015

MORE than 100 drivers have been caught red handed using their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Doctor caught using out-of-date disabled parking permit - moments after admitting in court to using dead mum's blue badge

Daily Echo:

3:17pm Friday 5th June 2015

AN osteopath has pleaded guilty to using his dead mum's blue badge to park in a Southampton car park.

Duo sought over Post Office cash theft

Daily Echo: Two men that police would like to speak to

7:21am Saturday 30th May 2015

POLICE investigating a Post Office theft of almost £1,000 in cash are eager to speak to two men captured on CCTV.

Man stole bike from outside restaurant

Daily Echo:

12:41pm Friday 29th May 2015

POLICE are hunting this man after a bike worth almost £500 was stolen from outside a SOuthampton restaurant.

Southampton theatre gives Zany Zebras star billing

Daily Echo: Marwell’s Zany Zebra on stage of the Mayflower Theatre stage with Mayflower Theatre’s staff.

10:32am Friday 29th May 2015

IT IS time for the Zany Zebras to take the spotlight on centre stage.

Killer who stabbed Pennie Davis to death launches appeal bid

Daily Echo:

5:00am Wednesday 27th May 2015

AN EVIL killer who was hired by his drug dealing friend to execute mum-of-five Pennie Davis is trying to appeal his conviction.

Driver threatened with bolt croppers by robber in Southampton

Daily Echo:

2:02pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

POLICE are hunting a thug who threatened a Southampton motorist with a pair of bolt croppers.

Hampshire B&B crowned one of ‘funkiest’ in UK

Daily Echo: The Pig in the Wall hotel manager Rachael Brazier, second left, picks up the award

1:34pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

A HAMPSHIRE bed and breakfast is celebrating after being named one of the funkiest in the country.

Hampshire student nails first prize in prestigious competition

Daily Echo: Winner, Louis Hixon-Denton

1:05pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

A HAMPSHIRE carpentry student has nailed first place in a prestigious competition.

Efit released after couple racially abused while dog walking

Daily Echo:

10:14am Tuesday 26th May 2015

POLICE have released an image of a man they would like to speak to after a couple were racially abused in Hampshire.

Man jailed for making homemade bomb that was thrown at home of mum and two children

Daily Echo:

4:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

A HAMPSHIRE man who assembled a homemade bomb which was thrown at the home of a vulnerable mum and her two children as they sat inside watching television has been jailed for three years.

PHOTOS: Could this be the look of the future?

Daily Echo:

3:57pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

IT was an evening of bright colours and inspirational designs when Winchester fashion students paraded their work.

Wave of support to say goodbye young Southampton dad

Daily Echo: Josh Payne

8:21am Friday 22nd May 2015

THE DEVASTATED family of a young Hampshire dad who died suddenly have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends who have raised more than £1,000 in just two days to help pay for his funeral.

Fundraiser pensioners strut stuff for children

Daily Echo: Shirley Collins, Bridget Wilcox, Audrey Merrington and Carol Curley with Caroline Attreed from Julia's House following their fashion makeovers

8:18am Friday 22nd May 2015

FASHIONABLE pensioners from Hampshire strutted their stuff on the catwalk to raise vital funds for sick children.

Power walk women raise £4,000 for cancer charity

Daily Echo: The Ladies of the Manor

7:34am Friday 22nd May 2015

A TEAM of intrepid ladies from a Hampshire school braved the darkness to complete a power walk under the stars.

Saints team up with Zany Zebras to show off stripes

Daily Echo:

4:30am Thursday 21st May 2015

SHOW US your stripes!

Prolific phone pest jailed after hundreds of calls wasted 42 hours of police time

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

A PROLIFIC phone pest who bombarded police with time-wasting calls just days after being released from jail - for doing just that - is back behind bars.

Woman hit over the head by hooded thieves in late-night attack

Daily Echo: Hampshire Police are seeking witnesses to the incident in Milford on Sea

11:48am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A WOMAN was targeted in a late night attack that saw her hit on the head by two hooded thieves trying to steal her mobile phone.

Young mum attacked and robbed as she pushed baby in pram

Daily Echo: Hampshire police need more cash.

12:20am Thursday 21st May 2015

A young mum was attacked and robbed in as she pushed a pram in the street.

Police hunting flasher who exposed himself to schoolgirls at Hampshire bus stop

Daily Echo: Stock image of Hampshire police officers

11:22am Wednesday 20th May 2015

POLICE are hunting a flasher who exposed himself to two Hampshire schoolgirls at a bus stop.

Hunt for man over Southampton cash theft

Daily Echo:

11:48am Tuesday 19th May 2015

POLICE are hunting this thief who stole more than £100 in cash from a handbag in a Hampshire pub.

Sunflower contest is set to hit the heights

Daily Echo: Peter Callaway with pupils Kiara, Jack, Nieve, Daniel with Matthew Walker

11:40am Tuesday 19th May 2015

IT IS a hotly contested battle that it looking to set the bar high.

Hunt for missing man stepped up in Southampton

Daily Echo:

12:20am Tuesday 19th May 2015

POLICE have stepped up their hunt for a missing Southampton man this morning.

Inquest into death of popular Southampton teen is opened

Daily Echo:

6:40am Monday 18th May 2015

THE INQUEST into the death of a Hampshire popular teenager who was killed in a road crash has been opened.

Hampshire Police set for CPS talks to ensure tough action on crimes against officers

Daily Echo:

9:20am Saturday 16th May 2015

THE MAN representing Hampshire police’s rank and file is on a mission to ensure strong action is taken against those who assault officers.

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