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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

Breaking news 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: Majella’s injury was ‘brutal’ hears murder trial

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

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: Police guard a house in St Denys Road which was cordoned off to investigate Majella Lynch's death

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.
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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.

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.

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