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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

Cash boost to support victims of crime

Daily Echo: Talk: Hampshire Police Commissioner Simon Hayes

10:20am Tuesday 28th October 2014

 THOUSANDS of pounds have been handed to charities and organisations helping to tackle crime and supporting victims in Hampshire.

UPDATED: Could Scott survive Strictly with the help of boyband 1D?

Daily Echo: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction

7:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

HE HAS failed to impress the judges, but the fancy footwork of Hampshire’s Strictly star has won him an army of fans – including the world’s biggest boy band, One Direction.

Hampshire police 'can't' release details of snooping powers

Daily Echo:

8:33am Friday 24th October 2014

HAMPSHIRE police is one of four forces in the country not to release details of its use of controversial snooping powers.

Police call off river search for missing woman

Daily Echo:

3:08pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SPECIALIST searches to find a Hampshire woman believed to have fallen into the water from a wheelchair have been called off.

Robbers leave man with head injuries

Daily Echo:

10:58am Thursday 23rd October 2014

POLICE are hunting two men who attacked a man for his mobile phone, leaving him with head injuries.

Pair being quizzed in Pennie murder investigation

Daily Echo:

9:06am Thursday 23rd October 2014

POLICE are today continuing to question two more people that have been arrested in connection with the death of mum-of-five Pennie Davis.

Organised gang crackdown finds £1m worth of luxury cars

Daily Echo:

4:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAUL of stolen luxury vehicles worth more than £1m have been seized as part of a major crackdown on organised gangs.

Mum comes out of coma as loved ones play special tune

Daily Echo:

10:23am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A HAMPSHIRE mum whose heart stopped ten times has been brought back to life – by her favourite song.

'Keep voting for my Scott' pleads star's mum

Daily Echo:

7:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

“Keeeeeeeeep voting!” That is the plea from the proud mum of Hampshire’s Strictly star, after he wowed the nation with his rather unique crab moves at the weekend.

Fire crew is the world's best at freeing people trapped in cars

Daily Echo:

3:31pm Friday 17th October 2014

A FIREFIGHTING team from Hampshire has been crowned the world's best at cutting casualties from car crashes.

Funeral of mum-of-five found stabbed to death in paddock to be held

Daily Echo:

7:55am Friday 17th October 2014

THE FUNERAL of a Hampshire mother of five who died of stab wounds in a paddock will be held.

Duchess becomes royal patron of sailing charity

Daily Echo:

10:20am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE Duchess of Cambridge has become royal patron of a new sailing charity that already has the support of Hampshire Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie.

Which Hampshire star is this taking to the dance floor?

Daily Echo:

10:28am Saturday 11th October 2014

CAPTURED on camera, these are the first tentative footsteps onto the dance floor taken by Hampshire’s Strictly Come Dancing star.

Photographing drivers was 'best use of police time'

Daily Echo:

1:01pm Thursday 9th October 2014

OFFICERS who caught more than 60 drivers taking pictures of a lorry crash from behind the wheel were "making the best use of their time" at the scene, Hampshire police has said.

Sir David leaves £13m in will

Daily Echo: Sir David Frost

10:46am Thursday 9th October 2014

BROADCASTER Sir David Frost has left a £13m fortune to his family and loved ones, it has been revealed.

Two-car crash closes motorway

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

8:20am Thursday 9th October 2014

A TWO car crash closed part of a Hampshire motorway this morning.

Crash closes part of Hampshire motorway

Daily Echo:

8:13am Thursday 9th October 2014

A TWO car crash closed part of a Hampshire motorway this morning.

Brother will stand trial over twin’s stab death

Daily Echo:

11:00am Monday 6th October 2014

A man will stand trial today accused of stabbing to death his identical twin brother in a New Year’s Eve brawl.

Pub of the Year is revealed

Daily Echo:

10:46am Monday 6th October 2014

Celebrations got into full swing at the Guide Dog pub in Southampton after it was named the winner of the Daily Echo’s Hampshire Pub of the Year competition.

Robots in groundbreaking ocean mission

Daily Echo:

1:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A FLEET of robots have taken to the ocean in a ground-breaking mission that will revolutionise the way we monitor the seas.

'Free my son' - a Hampshire dad's desperate plea to Islamic State militants

Daily Echo:

10:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

A HAMPSHIRE dad of a journalist being held hostage by Islamic State militants has made an emotional appeal from his hospital bed to release his son from captivity.

Scott's Strictly our favourite!

Daily Echo:

10:45am Friday 3rd October 2014

SCOTT’S strictly our man. That was the message of support from students at Crestwood College who will be voting to keep Hampshire’s Scott Mills on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor for another week.

Hampshire motorway closed after pile-up

Daily Echo: File photo

10:29pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A CRASH involving three cars closed part of a Hampshire motorway this evening.

Hunt for man who touched another in public toilet

Daily Echo:

7:12pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

POLICE are hunting a man who inappropriately touched another man in a public toilet.

Heart attack victim says thanks

Daily Echo:

11:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A YACHT skipper has been reunited with the paramedics who brought him back from the dead.

Weekend music spectacular

Daily Echo:

11:18am Wednesday 1st October 2014

SOUTHAMPTON is set to come alive with the sound of music this weekend.

Social media helping to fight crime

Daily Echo: Student found out on Twitter that she had an STD

11:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Hundreds of criminals in Hampshire have been snared thanks to the power of social media.

Finishing touches put to new cruise ship

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE finishing touches have been made to the paintwork on Southampton’s new super cruise ship.

Radio star ready to rock on Strictly

Daily Echo:

10:54am Friday 26th September 2014

Tonight Hampshire’s Scott Mills will take to the Strictly dance floor for the very first time as the latest series of the award-winning show kicks off in an explosion of sequins and glitter.

Former city student arrested in terror raids

Daily Echo: Why everyone needs an Anjem Choudary

1:12pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A RADICAL preacher who is a former Southampton student is understood to be one of the nine men arrested today as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism.

City star voted on to cover of Radio Times

Daily Echo:

11:48am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THEY haven't even made it onto the dance floor yet but Hampshire's Strictly star has already won the first public vote.

MP backs late night levy on bars and clubs

Daily Echo:

10:57am Monday 22nd September 2014

SOUTHAMPTON has won praise from a Government minister for giving a controversial late-night levy the green light this week.

Echo reporter battered by Balls during "friendly"

Daily Echo:

2:23pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Ed Balls unveiled an aggressive cuts strategy - as he left our very own Daily Echo reporter bloodied in the annual football match between Labour and Lobby journalists.

Man found bleeding close to supermarket car park

Daily Echo:

11:45am Sunday 21st September 2014

A MAN was found bleeding close to a Hampshire supermarket car park after he was attacked in a suspected assault.

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.

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