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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

INTERVIEW: Iwan to bring the fun factor to Strictly this year

Daily Echo:

7:00am Friday 25th September 2015

HE SAYS it is too early to say whether he is going to be a John Sergeant or a Chris Hollis.

Southampton sprinter to dance the tango on Strictly debut

Daily Echo:

12:22pm Thursday 24th September 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas will make his Strictly Come Dancing debut this weekend performing the tango.

Radical plan to improve support for Hampshire's vulnerable children and families


10:27am Thursday 24th September 2015

HAMPSHIRE council bosses have embarked on a pioneering and radical scheme in a bid to modernise support for vulnerable children and their families.

Southampton pharmacist wins prestigious award for improving diabetes care

Daily Echo: Philip Newland-Jones, left, and Mayank Patel receiving a Hospital Heroes award three years ago

9:21am Monday 21st September 2015

A SOUTHAMPTON pharmacist has won a prestigious national award for helping to improve diabetes care across the country.

New Parliament post for Southampton MP

Daily Echo: 7 May 2015 - General Election count for Southampton at Southampton Guildhall - Candidate Alan Whitehead. (27963331)

7:42pm Friday 18th September 2015

A SOUTHAMPTON MP has been been given a new role in Parliament.

Plans to transform Hampshire site could bring 300 jobs to county

Daily Echo:

4:00am Saturday 19th September 2015

MAJOR plans to transform a key Hampshire site which currently stands derelict could bring 300 new jobs to the county.

Huntsham Court's Glitter Ball weekend sparkles and shines

Daily Echo: (38857868)

12:46pm Friday 18th September 2015

HAVE you ever wanted to live in a house, a very big house, in the country?

UPDATE: Man fighting for his life after three-car crash

Daily Echo:

12:10am Friday 18th September 2015

A MAN is fighting for his life after a horrific three-vehicle crash in Hampshire.

UPDATE: Southampton cinema evacuated due to flooding

Daily Echo:

12:10am Thursday 17th September 2015

A HAMPSHIRE leisure complex has been evacuated this afternoon.

Fallen tree blocks road as motorists warned to take care

Daily Echo:

4:48pm Wednesday 16th September 2015

A FALLEN tree is causing traffic delays at a junction with a major Hampshire road this afternoon.

Corbyn will give public 'convincing alternative' says Hampshire's only Labour MP

Daily Echo: 7 May 2015 - General Election count for Southampton at Southampton Guildhall - Candidate Alan Whitehead. (27963331)

7:29am Tuesday 15th September 2015

LABOUR must make itself relevant to the British people after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead has warned.

Where in Hampshire is the UK's second most dangerous road?

Daily Echo:

5:00am Tuesday 15th September 2015

A HAMPSHIRE road has been named the second most dangerous in the country, it has been revealed today.

Engine stolen in raid on Hampshire sailing club

Daily Echo:

12:54pm Saturday 12th September 2015

THIEVES have stolen a boat engine from a Hampshire sailing club.

Celebrity chef launches pop-up restaurant at Southampton Boat Show

Daily Echo: Restaurant manager Jackson Gamble, centre, and staff, at the opening of Marco Pierre White's pop-up restaurant at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton.                  Photo: Chris Moorhouse.           Friday 4th September 2015. (37592733)

12:53pm Saturday 12th September 2015

IT’S set to be a recipe for success.

Police hunt thieves who stole safe from Hampshire leisure centre

Daily Echo: Exterior for stock. Celebrations at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh, for its fortieth birthday                Friday 24th October 2014. (27450253)

12:52pm Saturday 12th September 2015

POLICE are hunting thieves who stole a safe during a raid of a Hampshire leisure centre.

Police warning after rise in jewellery burglaries in Hampshire

Daily Echo: Hampshire Police. (27151518)

8:00am Saturday 12th September 2015

HAMPSHIRE residents are being warned to lock their doors and windows after a spate of burglaries across the county which has seen precious jewellery stolen.

10 things you never knew about Southampton Boat Show

Daily Echo: Crowds enjoying last year's PSP Southampton Boat Show.

11:08am Friday 11th September 2015

WITH the return of Southampton Boat Show today, the Daily Echo reveals 10 facts you never knew about the week-long event.

Concerns growing for missing teen seen on Southampton-bound train

Daily Echo:

9:30am Friday 11th September 2015

CONCERNS are growing for a missing teenager who was seen on a train to Southampton.

Thieves in £3,000 scaffolding raid

Daily Echo:

10:43am Thursday 10th September 2015

THIEVES broke into a Hampshire building site and stole thousands of pounds worth of scaffolding poles.

Artist draws £15k art theft suspect from memory in bid to track her down

Daily Echo:

7:03am Thursday 10th September 2015

AN ARTIST drew this portrait of a woman suspected of stealing £15,000 of artwork in a bid to help track her down.

Police hunt bungling thieves who tried to steal thousands by smashing way into university building

Daily Echo:

4:30am Thursday 10th September 2015

POLICE are hunting bungling raiders who smashed through the entrance of a Hampshire science park in a bid to steal a cash machine.

Pictures: Bungling robbers' cash bid at university building fails when Land Rover tow bar snaps off

Daily Echo:

12:04pm Wednesday 9th September 2015

RAIDERS smashed through the entrance of a Hampshire university building last night in a bid to steal a cash machine.

WATCH: CCTV footage shows masked men steal £4,500 of cigarettes in terrifying raid on Hampshire shop

Daily Echo:

5:00am Wednesday 9th September 2015

THE FAMILY of a Hampshire newsagent were left terrified when masked thieves raided their shop while they were asleep upstairs - stealing thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes.

Hampshire sailing star pays tribute to 'iconic' lifeboat service

Daily Echo: Hampshire sailing star pays tribute to 'iconic' lifeboat service

12:46pm Monday 7th September 2015

A HAMPSHIRE sailing star has paid tribute to an iconic lifeboat house that is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

GALLERY: Hundreds tuck in to Hampshire food festival

Daily Echo:

9:51am Monday 7th September 2015

IT WAS the perfect recipe for success – fabulous food, sunshine and hordes of people enjoying what was on offer.

Twenty-five firms sign up to back Marwell's Zany Zebras

Daily Echo: Manor Farm and Country Park Receptionist Leah Woodward, Executive Member for Culture, Recreation & Countryside Cllr Andrew Gibson, Head of Countryside at HCC Jo Heath and Countryside Parks Business Manager at HCC Phil Halliwell with Kirstie Mathieson, Pro

8:36am Monday 7th September 2015

SUMMER may be over for this year but the charge is on to make next summer the wildest yet for Hampshire.

New state-of-the-art care home to open in Hampshire next month

Daily Echo: Jason Butcher (37624288)

8:17am Monday 7th September 2015

HAMPSHIRE'S newest state-of-the-art care home is on track to open next month.

Family and friends to say farewell to newlywed killed in fire engine crash

Daily Echo:

7:27am Monday 7th September 2015

A NEWLYWED who died in a crash involving a fire engine is to be laid to rest this week.

Southampton Strictly star makes memorable debut - for the wrong reasons

Daily Echo:

5:20am Monday 7th September 2015

IT MAY have only just started but Southampton's Strictly star has already made quite the impression.

Hampshire pub steps back in time to 17th Century

Daily Echo:

10:13am Saturday 5th September 2015

A HAMPSHIRE pub is stepping back in time today, giving punters the chance to experience life as a 17th century soldiers – warts and all.

Southampton star Iwan Thomas set for Strictly Come Dancing debut

Daily Echo:

7:03am Saturday 5th September 2015

IT'S that time of year again.

'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.

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