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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

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.

Hampshire woman who lived with seven dogs in caravan accused of failing to meet their needs

Daily Echo:

5:00am Saturday 14th February 2015

A HAMPSHIRE woman found living in a caravan with seven dogs treated one of them with medication that was more than ten years out of date and contained arsenic, a court heard.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians star coming to Southampton

Daily Echo:

7:00am Saturday 14th February 2015

HE’S the partner of one of the most famous women in the world.

Southampton teen 'lucky to be alive' after being hit by seven-tonne lorry

Daily Echo:

4:00am Wednesday 11th February 2015

THE PARENTS of a Southampton teenager who was hit by a seven tonne lorry have spoken of the horrific moment they found her bleeding and unconscious on the street.

Caribbean car crash victim arrives at hospital in Southampton

Daily Echo:

5:30am Wednesday 11th February 2015

A HAMPSHIRE woman left fighting for her life after a Caribbean island crash is back in Southampton.

"Why didn't they listen?": Former pupils say complaints about shamed teacher found with child and animal porn were ignored

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 5th February 2015

FORMER pupils of a shamed Hampshire teacher found with vile images of children being sexually exploited on his computer have told of their anger - claiming they lodged complaints about him which were ignored.

Marine wildlife at risk as sites axed in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Daily Echo:

11:28am Wednesday 4th February 2015

HAMPSHIRE marine experts fear the region’s seas have been left open to an “environmental disaster”

Marine wildlife at risk as Hampshire sites lose protection

Daily Echo:

10:30am Wednesday 4th February 2015

HAMPSHIRE marine experts fear the region’s seas have been left open to an “environmental disaster” after some of the most “important” sites for marine wildlife have been axed from a Government list of protection.

Doctor's 'unhygienic' mobile service 'left boy needing surgery'

Daily Echo:

1:11pm Tuesday 3rd February 2015

A SOUTHAMPTON doctor who operated a mobile children's circumcision service is accused of carrying out unhygienic procedures that left one youngster needing corrective surgery, a hearing has heard.

VIDEO: Pedestrian hurt in car crash outside school in Southampton

Daily Echo:

11:50am Wednesday 4th February 2015

A WOMAN has been hit by a car close a Hampshire school this lunchtime.

Burglar steals TV and computers from first floor flat in Southampton

Daily Echo:

10:56am Tuesday 3rd February 2015

POLICE are hunting a thief who broke into a Southampton flat stealing two laptops and a television.

Flights cancelled from Southampton Airport

Daily Echo:

8:52am Tuesday 3rd February 2015

PASSEGERS flying in and out of Southampton today are facing delays this morning after a vehicle broke down on the runway.

Hampshire police 'one of the most complained about in the country'

Daily Echo:

3:30pm Monday 2nd February 2015

HAMPSHIRE Constabulary is one of the top ten most complained about forces in the country, latest figures have revealed.

Driver caught playing games on phone as police launch crackdown

Daily Echo:

1:27pm Sunday 1st February 2015

Hampshire police have launched a major crackdown on drivers using their mobile phones whilst driving - as more and more reach for their mobiles when behind the wheel.

Train death of footballer was a tragic accident

Daily Echo:

4:00am Sunday 1st February 2015

A POPULAR Southampton footballer died after he was hit by a train in a tragic accident, an inquest heard.

Tributes paid to dedicated former Southampton police boss

Daily Echo:

10:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Southampton police boss, who dedicated 33 years of his life to protecting the city.

UPDATE: Hampshire escapes the worst of it - but forecasters issue snow warning

Daily Echo: Snow pictures from around Hampshire

7:55am Thursday 29th January 2015

HAMPSHIRE escaped the worst of the weather – but forecasters say the threat of snow still remains.

Concerns grow for missing teenager

Daily Echo:

12:59pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

POLICE are appealing for help to find a missing teenager.

CCTV images released in hunt for thugs who carried out Boxing Day assaults

Daily Echo:

2:44pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

POLICE hunting thugs who attacked a man with a bottle and assaulted a woman have released CCTV images of two suspects clutching bottles of booze.

Hunt for couple who stole £200-worth of booze from supermarket

Daily Echo:

12:18pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

POLICE are hunting this couple who stole almost £200 worth of alcohol from a Hampshire supermarket.

Driver suffers head injury after car was shot at with a ball bearing gun

Daily Echo: Meet the police

10:04am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A MOTORIST was left with a head injury after she was shot at with a ball bearing gun in Hampshire.

BUSTED: Man jailed and another on the run as car smuggling plot out of Southampton Docks is foiled

Daily Echo:

10:30am Saturday 24th January 2015

THEY were part of a plot to smuggle high-value stolen cars out of the country.

"We are worried about him": Wife makes desperate appeal to find her missing husband

Daily Echo:

5:18pm Friday 23rd January 2015

A DISTRAUGHT wife has made a desperate appeal for help to find her missing husband.

Police rescue horse trotting dangerously close to motorway

Daily Echo:

5:48pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

THERE was no horsing around when this four-legged fellow was spotted dangerously close to one of Hampshire's busiest motorways.

Doctor backs campaign for vital echo machine

Daily Echo:

12:22pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

A TOP Southampton heart doctor has thrown his support behind an appeal to buy a state-of-the-art machine that will mean the difference between life and death for critically ill youngsters.

More than 500 Hampshire police staff victims of violent crime

Daily Echo: Chance to meet local beat officers

11:40am Wednesday 21st January 2015

HUNDREDS of police workers were victim to a violent crime while on duty within just six months, latest figures have revealed.

Could letter to Southampton hold a clue in hit TV drama Broadchurch?

Daily Echo:

5:00am Wednesday 21st January 2015

A LETTER posted to Southampton could be the key to solving the mystery behind one of television’s most popular dramas.

CCTV released in search after handbag stolen in shop

Daily Echo:

3:31pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

POLICE are hunting this woman after a handbag was stolen from a Southampton shop.

Playground in Southampton park sealed off after sex attack

Daily Echo:

9:48am Tuesday 20th January 2015

A CITY centre park was closed off by police this morning, following a serious sexual assault.

DJ equipment stolen from nightclub in Southampton

Daily Echo:

8:55am Tuesday 20th January 2015

POLICE are hunting this man after music equipment worth hundreds of pounds was stolen from a Hampshire nightclub.

£150k pushchair for sale from demoralised dad on eBay

Daily Echo:

8:30am Tuesday 20th January 2015

A DEMORALISED dad from Hampshire has put his children's pushchair up for sale - which currently has a price tag of more than £150,000.

Search for bacon thief in Southampton

Daily Echo:

12:17pm Monday 19th January 2015

POLICE are hunting this man after he walked into a Hampshire supermarket and stole hundreds of pounds worth of bacon.

Six men charged with rape of young woman in Southampton

Daily Echo:

11:10am Monday 19th January 2015

SIX MEN have been charged with rape of a young woman in Southampton.

Former Top Gear star to give talk on driver safety

Daily Echo:

5:08pm Sunday 18th January 2015

HE IS the champion of all things motoring and soon he will be driving into Hampshire in a bid to make roads safer.

Parents in the dock as children notch up unauthorised absences

Daily Echo: Southampton Magistrates Court

5:00am Saturday 17th January 2015

PARENTS from across Hampshire have found themselves in the dock after their children notched up a string of unauthorised absences from school.

'I could lose my job' - dad's fears after company car becomes target for vandals

Daily Echo:

7:00am Friday 16th January 2015

A DAD fears he may lose his new job after his company car became the target of a string of attacks at his family home.

Echo launches £49k fight to save young lives

Daily Echo:

5:00am Friday 16th January 2015

IT IS the state-of-the-art machine that can help save the lives of thousands of desperately ill youngsters.

Outlook bright as former weather girl marries Imran Khan

Daily Echo:

10:01am Thursday 15th January 2015

Photos have been released confirming the marriage of a former BBC weather girl to Indian cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan.

Hampshire police hunt trio after officer assaulted

Daily Echo:

3:10pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

POLICE are hunting a trio who are wanted in connection with an assault on an officer.

Hundreds of Hampshire Police staff to go on strike

Daily Echo: Hampshire Police are investigating

12:26pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

HUNDREDS of police staff from across Hampshire are set to take part in a 24-hour strike later this month.

CCTV captures couple fleeing with perfume haul

Daily Echo:

4:12pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

POLICE are hunting a couple who stole a haul of perfume from a Hampshire store.

£3,500-worth of cigarettes stolen in newsagents raid

Daily Echo: Thornhill residents can speak to police about crime worries

2:56pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

POLICE are hunting thieves who stole more than £3,000 worth of cigarettes from a Hampshire shop.

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