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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

MURDER PROBE: Woman arrested is released on bail

Daily Echo:

6:27pm Saturday 20th September 2014

A WOMAN arrested on suspicion of murder following the “suspicious death” of a 96-year-old woman at a Hampshire care home has been released on bail.

Death of boy in car blaze 'needs more investigation'

Daily Echo:

5:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE EXACT cause of death of a little boy who died two weeks after he was pulled from a burning car will need more investigation, an inquest has heard.

MURDER PROBE: Care workers blew whistle after suspected assault

Daily Echo:

4:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

SUSPICIOUS care workers at a home where a 96-year-old woman is believed to have been murdered blew the whistle over her death as they thought she may have been assaulted.

Murder investigation after elderly woman dies at care home

Daily Echo:

10:55am Friday 19th September 2014

A MURDER investigation has launched after the “suspicious death” of a 96-year-old woman at a Hampshire care home.

New fund launched to create more jobs in marine industry

Daily Echo:

10:27am Friday 19th September 2014

A MILLION pound fund has been launched at the PSP Southampton Boat Show to boost the marine industry and create more jobs.

Police release two people arrested in Pennie murder probe

Daily Echo:

4:43pm Thursday 18th September 2014

TWO PEOPLE arrested in connection with the killing of mum of five Pennie Davis have been released with no further action to be taken against them.

Mobility scooter theft victim given his freeedom back

Daily Echo:

9:39am Thursday 18th September 2014

A HAMPSHIRE business has come to the rescue of an elderly widower who was robbed of his independence.

Thieves stole £18,000 worth of fuel

Daily Echo:

4:00am Monday 15th September 2014

TWO serial thieves who embarked on a “professional piece of criminality” to steal thousands of pounds worth of fuel from businesses across the country have been jailed.

Sexual assault could be linked to historic cases

Daily Echo: Owner of Headley company fined £183,000 after "wholly avoidable" death of employee

3:37pm Friday 12th September 2014

DETECTIVES investigating the sexual assault of a schoolgirl on the Isle of Wight are looking to see if it is linked to any historic cases in Hampshire.

Man arrested after morning drugs raid

Daily Echo:

12:22pm Friday 12th September 2014

A MAN has been arrested this morning following a drugs bust in a Hampshire neighbourhood.

Pensioner dies after being hit by bus

Daily Echo:

9:36am Friday 12th September 2014

A PENSIONER who was left fighting for his life after being hit by a bus in Hampshire has died.

Thieves steal mobility scooter belonging to 95-year-old

Daily Echo:

11:05am Thursday 11th September 2014

IT IS a “despicable crime” that has robbed an elderly widower of his independence.

Detectives to ask court for more time to quiz Pennie murder suspect

Daily Echo:

8:28am Thursday 11th September 2014

DETECTIVES will this morning return to court to ask for more time to quiz a man on suspicion of murdering mum-of-five Pennie Davis.

Hospital boss speaks over Ashya controversey

Daily Echo:

6:50am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE BOSS of the Southampton hospital at the centre of the Ashya King controversy has spoken for the first time about how her staff were hounded with abuse as the plight of the youngster hit international headlines.

Woman charged in Pennie murder investigation

Daily Echo:

1:13pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A WOMAN arrested in connection with the murder of a Hampshire mum of five has been charged with assisting an offender.

A seatbelt 'will ruin my tan' and other excuses given by motorists

Daily Echo:

12:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

HAMPSHIRE police have revealed some of the bizarre and downright ridiculous reasons given by motorists caught without their seatbelts on as they launch a crackdown on those who refuse to belt up.

Ashya arrives in Prague for specialist treatment

Daily Echo:

1:21pm Monday 8th September 2014

A BRAIN tumour patient Ashya King has arrived in the Czech Republic where he will get the specialist treatment his parents have been so desperate for him to have.

Two still being questioned over Pennie murder

Daily Echo:

7:25am Monday 8th September 2014

TWO people are still being questioned this morning about the murder of a mum-of-five who was stabbed to death in the New Forest as she tended to her horses.

Police continue to question three over Pennie murder

Daily Echo:

11:12am Sunday 7th September 2014

POLICE are continuing to question three people about the murder of a mother-of-five who was stabbed to death in the New Forest as she tended to her horses.

Best friend's tribute to murdered Pennie

Daily Echo:

8:38am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE best friend of devoted mum Pennie Davis revealed that she had only moved her horses to the fateful rural spot where she was murdered less than a week ago.

Gang of thugs viciously assault mum, son and dogs

Daily Echo:

5:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

A MUM and her son were victims were victims of a vicious assault after a gang of thugs launched an unprovoked attack on them and their family dogs.

VIDEO: Police manhunt launched after burglars caught raiding home

Daily Echo:

3:22pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A MAJOR police manhunt is underway after two burglars were caught raiding a Hampshire home by the owner.

Hospital were willing to support Ashya's transfer

Daily Echo: Ashya King.jpg

1:54pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

SOUTHAMPTON Hospital bosses have this afternoon confirmed they were willing to support Ashya’s transfer to Europe for proton beam radiotherapy.

Courts may take action against Ashya's family warns lawyer

Daily Echo:

8:57am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A HAMPSHIRE lawyer who specialises in family law believes the courts could take firm action against Ashya King’s parents.

UPDATE: Ashya petition at nearly 100,000 signatures as campaigners go to Downing Street today

Daily Echo:

7:35am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS are marching on Downing Street today demanding that the parents of Ashya King are reunited with their desperately ill son.

Ashya family to sue Southampton General Hospital

Daily Echo:

7:20am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE lawyer for the family of brain cancer patient Ashya King says they will sue Southampton General Hospital.

Missing Ashya is found

Daily Echo:

10:52pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Live updates from tonight's police press conference after missing Ashya King is found in Spain.

City port back on the small screen

Daily Echo: Port fruit deal to create 60 new jobs

1:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SOUTHAMPTON is set to hit the screens once again this year as the city’s port features in a new documentary series.

Masked robbers made chilling mid-raid call to victims' child

Daily Echo: Hampshire police need more cash.

5:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

MASKED raiders who tied up and gagged an elderly couple in their Hampshire home made a chilling call to their adult child before escaping with a haul of firearms.

Hampshire's Scott Mills joins Strictly

Daily Echo:

10:29am Tuesday 26th August 2014

HAMPSHIRE-BORN DJ Scott Mills will be ditching the radio waves in favour for the ballroom as he is the latest celebrity to join this year’s Strictly Come dancing line-up.

Heartbroken dad trying to raise money for son's funeral

Daily Echo:

10:25am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE heartbroken family of a popular dad who was knocked down and killed by a police car are appealing for help to ensure that they can give him the send-off he deserves.

Efit released in hunt for robber

Daily Echo:

6:21pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THIS IS the man police want to speak to after hooded thieves pushed a man to the ground before stealing his wallet containing hundreds of pounds in cash.

Robbers attack cyclist for £10

Daily Echo:

3:45pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

POLICE are hunting two thieves who pushed over a man before kicking him as he lay on the ground for just £10.

Murder probe launched after death of mother and toddler

Daily Echo:

10:43am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MURDER investigation has been launched into the death of a former Southampton student and her toddler son.

Long delays following motorway crashes and fire

Daily Echo:

9:10am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MOTORISTS are facing long delays after a car flipped onto its roof on a Hampshire motorway this morning.

Hunt for Southampton subway sex attacker

Daily Echo:

7:02am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A hunt has been launched for a sex attacker who struck in a Southampton subway.

Dad calls for investigation as son dies after being hit by police car

Daily Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DAD is calling for a full investigation in to how his son died after being hit by a police car answering an emergency call.

Woman's body found on river shore

Daily Echo: River Itchen in Southampton from the air

12:43pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE body of a woman has been found on the shore in Southampton, it has been revealed.

Hunt for yobs after wire catches child's throat

Daily Echo:

12:11pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE are hunting yobs who tied cabling across a park path which left a six-year-old girl with serious injuries to her neck.

Beer thief hunted by police

Daily Echo:

5:26pm Monday 18th August 2014

POLICE are hunting this man who stole a box of beer from a Hampshire shop.

'Hell' of false slavery accusation costs business £200,000

Daily Echo:

4:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

TWO brothers have told how their reputations and business have been ruined after being falsely accused of employing men as slaves.

Tragic death of mum who beat cancer

Daily Echo:

6:00am Monday 18th August 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a young mum who died due to the devastating effects of her breast cancer treatment despite beating the disease.

Police sell-off saga hits ironic twist

Daily Echo:

8:00am Sunday 17th August 2014

JUST two years ago it was a community hub where people would meet for lunch or stop off for a chat over a cup of tea with friends.

Firefighters tackle tractor fire

Daily Echo: Hampshire firefighters to stage further strikes

12:53pm Saturday 16th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called into action this morning when a tractor caught fire.

Police station to be closed

Daily Echo:

7:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

BITTERNE police station will be closed within three years as cash-strapped police chiefs attempt to claw back hundreds of thousands of pounds, the Daily Echo can exclusively reveal.

Armed gang blindfolded and gagged pensioners during house raid

Daily Echo:

6:21pm Thursday 14th August 2014

AN ARMED gang is on the run in Hampshire after raiding the home of an elderly couple who were blindfolded and gagged.

Woman in court over flat fire

Daily Echo:

5:42pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A WOMAN appeared in court today charged with arson after a blaze in a Southampton flat which forced the whole block to evacuate.

Airport celebrates record breaking month

Daily Echo: City airport set for great getaway

6:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

IT HAS been a record-breaking summer for Southampton’s airport which has experienced its busiest July in seven years.

Immigration Street name could be dropped to win over angry residents

Daily Echo:

12:14pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

FILMMAKERS of a controversial television documentary revealed last night that they are considering ditching the title Immigration Street in a bid to win over angry residents.

Armed police swoop on Hampshire street

Daily Echo: Police warning after thefts in car parks

10:37pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

ARMED police swooped on a Hampshire neighbourhood today.

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