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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
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Jury in Pennie Davis murder trial sent home for the evening

Daily Echo:

4:10pm Thursday 16th April 2015

JURORS in the murder trial of mum-of-five Pennie Davis have been sent home for the evening and will continue their deliberations in the morning.

'Ill-conceived' plan by 'ill-equipped' people was meant to scare Pennie - not kill her, court told

Daily Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 15th April 2015

THE former stepson of Pennie Davis is responsible for her death but he never wanted her killed, it was claimed in court.

Former stepson 'responsible' for Pennie's death - but never wanted her killed, court told

Daily Echo:

2:06pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE former stepson of Pennie Davis is responsible for her death but he never wanted her killed, a court heard.

'Evil plot' to kill Pennie was result of 'hatred and fear'

Daily Echo:

5:00am Tuesday 14th April 2015

A COCKTAIL of hatred and fear is what drove the former stepson of Pennie Davis to concoct an “evil” plot to have her killed, a court heard.

Hatred and fear drove accused's 'evil' plot to kill Pennie - court told

Daily Echo: Pennie Davis

2:03pm Monday 13th April 2015

HATRED, fear and a cocktail of emotions is what drove the former step son of Pennie Davis to concoct an "evil" plot to have her killed, a court heard.

Massive boost to help Southampton hospital save young lives

Daily Echo:

2:56pm Wednesday 8th April 2015

NOTHING could be done to save their precious daughter, but they are doing all they can to ensure the hearts of other seriously ill babies in Hampshire are kept beating.

Jail for thug who taunted police while on the run

Daily Echo: Michael Easy's photo on Facebook

4:00am Wednesday 8th April 2015

A VIOLENT thug who sparked a major police manhunt after going on the run for the second time in less than two years is facing the next four months in jail.

21 people in court over crackdown on class A drugs

Daily Echo: Southampton Magistrates Court

5:00am Tuesday 7th April 2015

TWENTY-ONE people have appeared in court following a crackdown into the supply of Class A drugs in Southampton and Winchester.

Lorica gets behind zoo’s zany zebras

Daily Echo:

4:09pm Monday 6th April 2015

A HAMPSHIRE insurance company is helping to ensure the next stampede of colourful wild animals to hit Southampton will be a huge success.

Masked knifemen rob shop in Southampton

Daily Echo:

7:10am Friday 3rd April 2015

POLICE are hunting for two masked knifeman who burst into a Hampshire store.

Hunt after gang raids sailing club and flees with £60,000-worth of machinery

Daily Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 1st April 2015

POLICE are hunting a gang who carried out a £60,000 raid at a Hampshire sailing club.

Southampton chosen to roll out new Park-and-Zorb trial

Daily Echo:

5:00am Wednesday 1st April 2015

A NEW Park-and-Zorb station is being trialled in Southampton in a bid to cut air pollution and give commuters a fun and healthy alternative way of getting to work.

Hunt for road rage motorist who repeatedly slammed door on BMW driver's wrist

Daily Echo:

5:03pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

DETECTIVES are hunting a motorist who broke the wrist of a BMW driver during a road rage incident in Hampshire.

Shopping centre signs up for zoo’s Southampton zebra trail

Daily Echo:

12:22pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

IT is used to stampedes of shoppers during the sales but one Hampshire shopping centre is preparing itself for a charge of a different kind.

Do you have what it takes to be Elsa or Anna in our Frozen Idol?

Daily Echo:

10:48am Monday 30th March 2015

IT IS the highest-grossing animated film of all time as fans refuse to let it go.

Murder plot accused's family 'destroyed' over killing of Pennie, court told

Daily Echo:

5:30am Saturday 28th March 2015

THE man accused of plotting to kill his former step-mum told jurors that her killing has practically “destroyed” his family.

Accused denies making up child abuse claims in Pennie murder trial

Daily Echo:

1:57pm Friday 27th March 2015

THE MAN accused of conspiring to kill his former step-mum denied ever making allegations that she abused him as a child in a bid to recruit her killer, a court heard.

Former step-son 'feels responsible' for Pennie's death - court told

Daily Echo:

6:00am Friday 27th March 2015

THE man accused of conspiring to kill his former step-mum Pennie Davis admitted to jurors that he felt some responsiblity towards her death.

Conspiracy to murder accused Ben Carr tells jurors a plan to scare Pennie Davis had 'gone wrong'

Daily Echo:

2:07pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THE man accused of stabbing to death his former step-mum said he never wanted her dead and called her murder "sickening".

'I'm not bothered if you convict me' - Pennie Davis murder accused tells jurors

Daily Echo:

2:06pm Friday 20th March 2015

THE man accused of killing mum-of-five Pennie Davis told jurors he was not "bothered" if they found him guilty of her murder.

Pennie murder accused tells court evidence linking him to killing was 'planted'.

Daily Echo: Pennie Davis

1:29pm Thursday 19th March 2015

THE car key found beside the body of murdered mum of five Pennie Davis, which led police to the man accused of stabbing her to death, was "planted", a court heard.

'I am coming for you" - Pennie Davis murder accused threatens co-defendant from witness box

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 19th March 2015

THE MAN accused of stabbing to death mum-of-five Pennie Davis took to the witness box to deny her murder - before threatening one of his co-defendants.

VIDEO: Jurors see Pennie's final journey before brutal death

Daily Echo:

4:30am Wednesday 18th March 2015

FORENSIC analysis of the body of murdered mum of five Pennie Davis found only her DNA on her body, a court heard.

Murder accused 'watched CSI' so wouldn't be 'stupid' enough use phones

Daily Echo:

2:27pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

THE MAN accused of killing mum of five Pennie Davis told police he wouldn't get involved in a murder "done through phones" because he's watched CSI programmes and everyone knows that would be "stupid", a court heard.

'Murder is way beyond me' - accused killer tells court

Daily Echo:

6:30am Tuesday 17th March 2015

A MAN accused of stabbing to death a Hampshire mum claimed murder was 'way beyond him', a court heard.

'Angry' man accused of conspiring to kill Pennie could 'snap' - court told

Daily Echo:

1:58pm Monday 16th March 2015

A MAN accused of conspiring to kill mum of five Pennie Davis had an "angry" temper and would "snap" on occasions, a court heard.

“It was the biggest mistake of my life and I hate myself for it" - fraudster funeral director says sorry for scam

Daily Echo:

5:00am Sunday 15th March 2015

Fraudster funeral director Gary Trevett broke down in tears as he told the Daily Echo of his shame over the wicked funeral con and admitted that he is petrified of going to jail.

REVEALED: More than 33 police stations in Hampshire shut or sold off within next three years

Daily Echo:

4:00am Saturday 14th March 2015

THIRTY-three police stations across Hampshire will be closed and sold off by 2018, the Daily Echo can reveal today.

Undertakers scammed thousands from elderly people planning their funerals

Daily Echo:

5:00am Saturday 14th March 2015

A COUPLE are facing prison after fleecing elderly and vulnerable people out of thousands of pounds which they paid out to plan their own funerals.

BATTERED: Bloodied police vest after attack on officer

Daily Echo:

12:30am Friday 13th March 2015

THIS IS the aftermath of an assault on a Hampshire police officer who was on duty trying to protect the public.

Stabbing victim Pennie 'did not die immediately' murder trial hears

Daily Echo:

2:20am Thursday 12th March 2015

THE STAB wounds suffered by mum-of-five Pennie Davis would not have killed her immediately, a court heard.

BRITANNIA: Young dancers take centre stage with Strictly stars - VIDEO

Daily Echo:

9:03am Wednesday 11th March 2015

IT was the biggest moment of their lives. Young dancers from across Hampshire put their best foot forward as they performed a surprise flashmob for the Queen.

Murder accused 'confessed to killing Pennie' court hears

Daily Echo:

2:56pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

The man accused of killing mum-of-five Pennie Davis allegedly confessed to stabbing her just hours after her murder, a court heard.

Murder accused was 'nervous and aggravated' on day woman was killed, court told

Daily Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 10th March 2015

THE man accused of murdering mum-of-five Pennie Davis had scratches on his head on the day of her killing and was described by friends as being “nervous and “aggravated”, a court heard.

Woman picked up man accused of killing Pennie Davis just feet away from alleged murder scene, court told

Daily Echo:

1:46pm Monday 9th March 2015

A woman has told jurors how she picked up an alleged murderer just yards away from where mum-of-five Pennie Davis was found stabbed to death. 

Southampton's most wanted man Michael Easy refuses to give himself up during phone calls with police

Daily Echo:

5:00am Saturday 7th March 2015

SOUTHAMPTON'S most wanted man remained on the run last night - despite police speaking to him by phone.

Pennie Davis murder trial adjourned for the weekend

Daily Echo:

11:48am Friday 6th March 2015

THE murder trial of Pennie Davis has been adjourned for a second day.

Pennie Davis murder trial adjourned for the day

Daily Echo:

12:45pm Thursday 5th March 2015

THE murder trial of Pennie Davis has been adjourned for the day.

"I just lost it and collapsed. I screamed and screamed' - husband of Pennie Davis tells murder trial of finding her blood soaked body

Daily Echo:

1:45pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

THE husband of mum of five Pennie Davis has told of the harrowing moment he found his wife stabbed to death in a field.

Pennie Davis murder trial day two - as it happened

Daily Echo:

10:34am Wednesday 4th March 2015

Live coverage of the second day of the Pennie Davis murder trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Mum-of-five 'killed for cheap price of £1,500'

Daily Echo:

2:11pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A HAMPSHIRE mum of five was killed for the "cheap price" of £1,500, a court has been told.

Hampshire mum set for TV Strictly showcase

Daily Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 25th February 2015

A HAMPSHIRE mum will perform live on Strictly Come Dancing tonight in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Dad-of-five's relief after being cleared of involvement in £45,000 JCB theft plot

Daily Echo: Southampton Crown Court

8:00am Tuesday 24th February 2015

FATHER-of-five accused of conspiring to steal a JCB digger worth £45,000 has spoken of his relief after being found not guilty.

Hampshire woman who suffered horrific injuries in Caribbean car crash dies

Daily Echo:

3:10am Friday 20th February 2015

A HAMPSHIRE woman who suffered horrific injuries after a Caribbean island car crash has died.

Police confirm body is that of missing mum Charlene McCluskey

Daily Echo:

3:50am Friday 20th February 2015

POLICE have confirmed that the body found in Southampton that of missing mum Charlene McCluskey.

Star Tinie Tempah set for exclusive Southampton gig

Daily Echo: Tinie Tempah, photo by Mike Burnell

7:00am Wednesday 18th February 2015

EVERYONE knows that he has already been to Southampton but his fans will be pleased to know that he is coming back.

Friends and family take to streets in bid to bring missing mum home

Daily Echo:

5:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015

WORRIED friends and loved ones of a missing mum took to the streets of Southampton to hand out leaflets in a desperate bid to help bring her home.

Police step up hunt for Hampshire Lego thief

Daily Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 17th February 2015

POLICE in Hampshire are building a case against a thief who has stolen thousands of pounds worth of Lego from a Hampshire supermarket.

The man who stole thousands of pounds-worth of Lego from a Hampshire supermarket

Daily Echo:

1:16pm Monday 16th February 2015

POLICE are hunting this man after thousands of pounds worth of Lego was stolen from a Hampshire supermarket.

Hampshire tea parties help charity fight back against cancer

Daily Echo:

12:13pm Saturday 14th February 2015

IT was time for tea across Hampshire as teapots brewed to help make a stand against breast cancer.

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