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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

'Thank you for saving my sister's life'

Daily Echo:

4:30am Saturday 29th August 2015

THE BROTHER of a Hampshire woman who suffered a heart attack while home alone has thanked her friend for saving his sister's life.

Hampshire Police boss to step up fight against child sex abuse

Daily Echo: Hampshire PCC Simon Hayes

6:00am Saturday 29th August 2015

HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner is stepping up his mission to tackle sexual abuse of children across the county.

I could have lost my children: Mum's plea to help find driver who "failed to stop" after A31 crash

Daily Echo:

4:00am Friday 28th August 2015

“I COULD have lost my children – this person needs to be caught.”

UPDATE: Police hunt hit-and-run driver after crash left woman in hospital

Daily Echo:

1:50pm Thursday 27th August 2015

POLICE are continuing their investigation into the cause of a crash which left a young woman in hospital.

Man charged after string of thefts across beauty spots

Daily Echo: A New Forest pony at Bolton's Bench at Lyndhurst

11:12am Thursday 27th August 2015

A HAMPSHIRE man has been charged following a major police investigation into thefts across beauty spots in the New Forest.

Hampshire firefighters tackle wildfires in USA

Daily Echo:

10:39am Thursday 27th August 2015

HAMPSHIRE firefighters on a training mission in America have been unexpectedly called into action to stop wildfires destroying homes.

Police volunteers take leap of faith for neonatal charity

Daily Echo: Angela Orr skydiving

5:35pm Wednesday 12th August 2015

A TEAM of brave police volunteers faced their fears and took the plunge to raise thousands for charity.

Zany Zebras continue to make mark on Southampton

Daily Echo: Zany Zebras continue to make mark on Southampton

1:40pm Monday 10th August 2015

MARWELL are celebrating after another two businesses have jumped onboard with their public art extravaganza.

Karen’s dreams crushed by theft

Daily Echo: Cosmetic tattooist Karen Peake appeals for the return of her stolen tattooing machine. Pictured at her business, The Clinic, in Lowford.        Photograph: Chris Moorhouse.                       Friday 7th August 2015 (34541284)

11:47am Monday 10th August 2015

IT WAS her dream to help cancer sufferers win back their confidence after losing her own nan to the devastating disease.

Karen’s dreams to help cancer sufferers crushed by theft

Daily Echo:

5:00am Monday 10th August 2015

A mum-of-two's dream to help cancer sufferers win back their confidence has been shattered after thieves stole a top of the range medical tattoo machine.

Cause of plane crash that killed Bin Laden family revealed

Daily Echo: File photo dated 31/07/15 of emergency services at the scene of a plane crash at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, as three members of the bin Laden family were killed after their plane avoided a microlight and then landed too far down the runway, air acci

7:32am Friday 7th August 2015

THREE members of the bin Laden family were killed after their plane avoided a microlight and then landed too far down a runway, air accident investigators have found.

WIN: Best view of Red Arrows flypast over Southampton next week

Daily Echo:

4:30am Friday 7th August 2015

Experience the Red Arrows like never before!

Museum visitors vandalise rare deck chair from Titanic sister ship

Daily Echo:

6:00am Friday 7th August 2015

A HISTORIC deck chair from a famous ship has been removed from display at a Southampton museum after being vandalised by visitors.

Irreplaceable motorcycle is stolen

Daily Echo:

4:18pm Monday 3rd August 2015

POLICE are hunting thieves who have stolen an unusual and irreplaceable vintage motorbike from a Southampton driveway.

Help to find the owner of this bike

Daily Echo: Help to find the owner of this bike

10:35am Monday 3rd August 2015

POLICE in Hampshire are trying to reunite this stolen bike with its rightful owner.

£12m drugs gang jailed for total of 40 years

Daily Echo:

1:59pm Friday 31st July 2015

A GANG responsible for the supply of millions of pounds worth of drugs onto the streets of Hampshire have been jailed for a total of 40 years.

Gang jailed for burgling over 70 homes and stealing £500k worth of cars

Daily Echo:

1:50pm Friday 31st July 2015

ONE of Hampshire's most prolific burglary gangs has been jailed for a total of 17 years for targeting more than 70 homes and stealing £500,000 worth of high-value cars.

Police complete investigation into woman who died in custody

Daily Echo:

6:00am Friday 31st July 2015

AN INVESTIGATION into the death of a Hampshire woman who died while in police custody has been completed, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Shampoo bottle murderer to learn fate over 'brutal, sadistic and perverted attack' on Southampton woman

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

IT WAS a brutal, sadistic and perverted attack on a vulnerable woman who was left to die in the most horrific and humiliating way.

MAJELLA: Tributes paid to warm and loving sister

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

THE DEATH of her parents hit her hard and she suddenly moved away leaving her family desperate to know where she was.

MAJELLA: Hampshire Police praised for work on 'one of most challenging cases ever'

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 30th July 2015

IT HAS been one of the most challenging cases face by Hampshire Constabulary.

Guilty: Shampoo bottle murderer faces life in prison for killing Majella Lynch

Daily Echo:

3:05pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

A DANGEROUS predator has been found guilty of the “sadistic and brutal” murder of a vulnerable Hampshire woman who was found with a shampoo bottle inside of her.

UPDATE: Motorcyclist thrown from bike in motorway crash

Daily Echo:

9:31am Wednesday 29th July 2015

A motorway junction has been partially closed following a crash involving a motorcyclist.

Farewell to a legend - Daily Echo court reporter bows out after 50 years' service

Daily Echo:

5:00am Sunday 26th July 2015

AFTER half a century of shining a light on the British justice system in action the Daily Echo’s court reporter is packing away his pen and notepad for good.

GUILTY: Gang face jail after 20 high performance cars stolen in more than 70 burglaries

Daily Echo:

4:00am Friday 24th July 2015

ONE of Hampshire’s biggest burglary gangs has been busted after a pair of thieves were found guilty stealing £500,000-worth of high-value cars.

‘Zany Zebras’ visit Ageas Bowl

Daily Echo: ‘Zany Zebras’ visit Ageas Bowl

9:29am Thursday 23rd July 2015

THE HOME of Hampshire cricket will once again become home to a zoo animal when the latest stampede hits the county.

Majella’s injury was ‘brutal’ hears murder trial

Daily Echo:

8:20am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

IT WOULD be “very unlikely” for a woman who was found with a shampoo bottle inside of her to have inserted it herself, a court heard.

'One in a billion chance' blood is not that of man accused of shampoo bottle death

Daily Echo:

6:40am Sunday 19th July 2015

BLOOD matching the DNA of the man accused of murdering a woman found with a shampoo bottle inside of her was discovered in her bedroom, a court heard.

Police seeking owner of bicycle

Daily Echo: Police seeking owner of bicycle

6:31am Sunday 19th July 2015

POLICE are trying to reunite this bicycle with its rightful owner.

Search for the owners of this lost tortoise

3:33pm Saturday 18th July 2015

POLICE are trying to reunite this lost tortoise with its owners.

Tributes to death plunge pensioner

Daily Echo:

5:07pm Thursday 16th July 2015

THE DEVASTATED family of a Hampshire man who plunged from the window of his Hampshire home have said he will be “sadly missed”.

Shampoo bottle injuries caused by 'considerable force' - murder trial told

Daily Echo:

8:23am Thursday 16th July 2015

A SURGEON told a court that the injuries suffered by a woman who was found with a shampoo bottle inside her were caused by “considerable force”.

Shampoo bottle victim told nurse she was sexually assaulted - murder trial hears

Daily Echo: Brett Stretch appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Friday

5:30am Wednesday 15th July 2015

A WOMAN who died two days after she was found with a shampoo bottle inside her confided in a nurse that she had been sexually assaulted, a court heard.

Shampoo bottle victim 'never experienced pain like it' - murder trial told

Daily Echo:

1:57pm Tuesday 14th July 2015

A WOMAN who died two days after she was found with a shampoo bottle inside her told her carer she had "never experienced any pain like it", a court heard.

Woman killed in 'sadistic and brutal act' which left shampoo bottle inside her - murder trial told

Daily Echo:

5:00am Tuesday 14th July 2015

THE MURDER trial into the death of a woman who died following a “sadistic and brutal act” which left a shampoo bottle inside of her was brought to a dramatic halt as the “distressing” details were told to the court.

Shampoo bottle murder trial postponed after juror collapses

Daily Echo:

3:35pm Monday 13th July 2015

THE murder trial into the death of a woman who was found with a shampoo bottle inside her had to be postponed this afternoon after a juror collapsed.

Do you know the owner of these pictures?

Daily Echo:

1:30pm Saturday 11th July 2015

POLICE in Hampshire are trying to reunite these precious old photographs with their rightful owner.

INTERVIEW: Pat Sharp to bring the fun to Let's Rock festival

Daily Echo: Pat Sharp and the Fun House Twins at the launch of 1 vs. 100 on Xbox 360 - a fully interactive version of the hit TV game show available exclusively on Xbox LIVE, with real prizes to be won.
The event was held at The Hospital Club in London 09/07/09 (3163

11:54am Friday 10th July 2015

NO-ONE knows fun quite as well as Pat Sharp.

Church offers safe place for mourners of Southampton teen

Daily Echo:

6:30am Friday 10th July 2015

A REVEREND is throwing open the doors of his Hampshire church to offer a safe place for friends and family to mourn a popular teenager found hanged in a park.

Police release image of alleged attacker

Daily Echo:

11:40am Wednesday 8th July 2015

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

'You’re lucky you’re not dead' - patient after stabbing dental worker's eye

Daily Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 8th July 2015

A dental worker is lucky not to have been blinded in one eye after she was stabbed with a pen by a patient who flew into a rage when she was refused treatment.

New Amazon base set to bring 160 jobs to Hampshire

Daily Echo:

12:10am Tuesday 7th July 2015

A NEW delivery station is set to open in Hampshire bringing with it 160 new jobs.

Doctor sentenced after being caught using dead mother's blue badge

Daily Echo:

6:00am Monday 6th July 2015

AN osteopath caught using his dead mother’s disabled blue badge has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work after avoiding a jail sentence.

Rapist behind bars - thanks to a selfie

Daily Echo:

4:00am Saturday 4th July 2015

A VIOLENT rapist who launched a terrifying attack on a young student before beating a brave stranger who came to her rescue is today behind bars – thanks to a selfie.

Inquest hearing opens into crash that killed mum-of-two who was returning from sister's funeral

Daily Echo:

5:00am Saturday 4th July 2015

A MOTHER-of-two killed in a car crash as she returned from her sister’s funeral died of severe chest injuries, an inquest has heard.

Gang responsible for Hampshire's biggest ever drugs haul jailed for 50 years

Daily Echo:

3:37pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

IT'S was the biggest seizure of drugs in the history of Hampshire Constabulary and the gang responsible have been jailed for a total of almost 50 years.

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.

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