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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

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.

Police release CCTV image in hunt for attacker

Daily Echo:

2:51pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

THIS IS the man police want to speak to following a vicious unprovoked attack on a man in front of his horrified wife.

Body found in Hampshire garden

Daily Echo:

12:43pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

A BODY has been found in the garden of a Hampshire home this morning.

£5,000 dental bill after punch for slapping pal on the bottom

Daily Echo:

9:00am Saturday 10th January 2015

A HAMPSHIRE man had to pay more than £5,000 to fix his teeth after he was punched in the face for slapping a drinking pal on the backside.

Police name driver killed in road crash

Daily Echo:

3:32pm Friday 9th January 2015

POLICE have today named the driver who was killed when his car smashed into a tree in Hampshire.

Masked gang in £10k cigarette raid

Daily Echo:

2:50pm Friday 9th January 2015

POLICE are hunting a gang of five masked thieves who stole £10,000 worth of cigarettes from a Hampshire store.

Hunt for flasher who exposed himself to elderly women

Daily Echo:

11:18am Friday 9th January 2015

POLICE are hunting a flasher who indecently exposed himself to two elderly women within 15 minutes.

Record number of breath tests sees drop in drink-drive arrests

Daily Echo:

8:01am Friday 9th January 2015

A RECORD number of breath tests have seen a drop in the number of motorists getting behind the wheel after boozing, results of a festive drink-drive crackdown have revealed.

80-year-old arrested in Hampshire police's drink-drive crackdown

Daily Echo: A motorist undergoes a breathalyser breath test

4:19pm Thursday 8th January 2015

A RECORD number of motorists were stopped as part of the festive crackdown on Hampshire's drink drivers that saw almost 200 people arrested - including an 80-year-old.

Inspirational Hampshire mum to dance on Strictly

Daily Echo:

2:24pm Thursday 8th January 2015

AN INSPIRATIONAL Hampshire mum who had dedicated her life to helping intensive care patients following her own near-death experience has been chosen to fulfil every Strictly fan's dream.

Southampton hospital's failure to meet targets is 'disastrous'

Daily Echo: Southampton General Hospital, 2014

7:00am Wednesday 7th January 2015

A SOUTHAMPTON hospital's failure to meet patient waiting times at its emergency department has been labelled 'dosastrous'.

Southampton hospital failing to meet A&E targets

Daily Echo: Southampton General Hospital, 2014

12:37pm Tuesday 6th January 2015

WAITING times in accident and emergency in Southampton have plummeted well below government targets with less than 80 per cent of patients being seen within four hours.

Imran Khan 'secretly marries' former BBC South presenter Reham Khan

Daily Echo:

10:28am Tuesday 6th January 2015

A FORMER BBC South weather girl has secretly married former Pakistani cricket captain turned-politicianc, it has been reported.

MOST WANTED: Readers help police's Christmas crackdown

Daily Echo:

1:00pm Saturday 3rd January 2015

SOME of Hampshire’s most wanted have been tracked down by police this festive season thanks to the help of Daily Echo readers.

Get ready for Divorce Day: Lawyers braced for surge of new year break-ups

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

DIVORCE lawyers in Southampton are bracing themselves for a surge in married couples planning to split up.

Police crackdown on Hampshire's most wanted

Daily Echo: Hampshire police need more cash.

4:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

SOME of Hampshire’s most wanted have been tracked down by police this festive season thanks to the help of Daily Echo readers.

Security guard attacked after shoplifting claims

Daily Echo:

11:00am Tuesday 30th December 2014

‘I’m too old for a life of crime’ says thug

New Wetherspoons pub for Southampton and more bars in pipeline

Daily Echo:

4:00am Tuesday 30th December 2014

NEW pubs look set to open up across Hampshire, bringing dozens of new jobs, as a major chain unveils ambitious plans to expand.

CCTV image released in hunt for men who stole from Southampton supermarket

Daily Echo:

11:57am Monday 29th December 2014

POLICE are hunting this man in connection with a theft at a Southampton store.

UPDATE: Teenager found safe and well after going missing for two days

Daily Echo:

11:48am Monday 29th December 2014

A TEENAGER has been found safe and well after going missing for two days.

Trapped mum and toddler screamed for help as fire took hold at block of flats

Daily Echo:

4:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

A MUM and her toddler trapped on their top floor balcony screamed for help as a blaze blocked their only escape from block of flats.

Scores turn out for protest gig against controversial Immigration Street documentary

Daily Echo:

7:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

THEY raised their voices in protest against a controversial documentary being filmed in Southampton.

Southampton doctors join world-leading project to revolutionise cancer and rare diseases treatment

Daily Echo: Southampton General Hospital, 2014

6:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

SOUTHAMPTON doctors have joined a world-leading multi-million pound project that promises to revolutionise treatment for patients fighting cancer and rare diseases.

Arson probe launched in flat blaze that trapped a mother and her son

Daily Echo:

12:25pm Sunday 21st December 2014

AN ARSON probe has been launched after a blaze which saw a mother and her son trapped on the top floor of a block of flats in Southampton last night.

Olympic cycling hero Dani King back on the road after horrific accident

Daily Echo: Olympic and world champ Dani King to open viaduct

1:16pm Saturday 20th December 2014

HAMPSHIRE'S Olympic hero Dani King is back in the saddle and loving every minute.

Vandals shoot ball bearing through car window

Daily Echo:

9:31am Saturday 20th December 2014

VANDALS shot a ball bearing through the window of a car as it was being driven through a Hampshire neighbourhood.

Winter wonderland coming to Southampton this afternoon

Daily Echo: DOUBTS: But the Godson’s no Father Christmas denier just yet.

9:14am Thursday 18th December 2014

A HAMPSHIRE neighbourhood is being transformed into a winter wonderland this afternoon.

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