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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

PHOTOS: Could this be the look of the future?

Daily Echo:

3:57pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

IT was an evening of bright colours and inspirational designs when Winchester fashion students paraded their work.

Wave of support to say goodbye young Southampton dad

Daily Echo: Josh Payne

8:21am Friday 22nd May 2015

THE DEVASTATED family of a young Hampshire dad who died suddenly have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends who have raised more than £1,000 in just two days to help pay for his funeral.

Fundraiser pensioners strut stuff for children

Daily Echo: Shirley Collins, Bridget Wilcox, Audrey Merrington and Carol Curley with Caroline Attreed from Julia's House following their fashion makeovers

8:18am Friday 22nd May 2015

FASHIONABLE pensioners from Hampshire strutted their stuff on the catwalk to raise vital funds for sick children.

Power walk women raise £4,000 for cancer charity

Daily Echo: The Ladies of the Manor

7:34am Friday 22nd May 2015

A TEAM of intrepid ladies from a Hampshire school braved the darkness to complete a power walk under the stars.

Saints team up with Zany Zebras to show off stripes

Daily Echo:

4:30am Thursday 21st May 2015

SHOW US your stripes!

Prolific phone pest jailed after hundreds of calls wasted 42 hours of police time

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

A PROLIFIC phone pest who bombarded police with time-wasting calls just days after being released from jail - for doing just that - is back behind bars.

Woman hit over the head by hooded thieves in late-night attack

Daily Echo: Hampshire Police are seeking witnesses to the incident in Milford on Sea

11:48am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A WOMAN was targeted in a late night attack that saw her hit on the head by two hooded thieves trying to steal her mobile phone.

Young mum attacked and robbed as she pushed baby in pram

Daily Echo: Hampshire police need more cash.

12:20am Thursday 21st May 2015

A young mum was attacked and robbed in as she pushed a pram in the street.

Police hunting flasher who exposed himself to schoolgirls at Hampshire bus stop

Daily Echo: Stock image of Hampshire police officers

11:22am Wednesday 20th May 2015

POLICE are hunting a flasher who exposed himself to two Hampshire schoolgirls at a bus stop.

Hunt for man over Southampton cash theft

Daily Echo:

11:48am Tuesday 19th May 2015

POLICE are hunting this thief who stole more than £100 in cash from a handbag in a Hampshire pub.

Sunflower contest is set to hit the heights

Daily Echo: Peter Callaway with pupils Kiara, Jack, Nieve, Daniel with Matthew Walker

11:40am Tuesday 19th May 2015

IT IS a hotly contested battle that it looking to set the bar high.

Hunt for missing man stepped up in Southampton

Daily Echo:

12:20am Tuesday 19th May 2015

POLICE have stepped up their hunt for a missing Southampton man this morning.

Inquest into death of popular Southampton teen is opened

Daily Echo:

6:40am Monday 18th May 2015

THE INQUEST into the death of a Hampshire popular teenager who was killed in a road crash has been opened.

Hampshire Police set for CPS talks to ensure tough action on crimes against officers

Daily Echo:

9:20am Saturday 16th May 2015

THE MAN representing Hampshire police’s rank and file is on a mission to ensure strong action is taken against those who assault officers.

Car insurance fraudster jailed after conning over 100 drivers

Daily Echo:

5:09pm Friday 15th May 2015

A FRAUDSTER from Hampshire who sold bogus car insurance to more than 100 drivers in a nationwide scam is behind bars.

First the X Factor - now The Voice auditions are coming to Southampton

Daily Echo:

8:00am Saturday 16th May 2015

IT MIGHT be the once-in-a-lifetime chance that could see you rocketed into superstardom, hitting the top of the charts and singing to millions across the world.

Majority of child car seats checked by police during safety blitz incorrectly fitted

Daily Echo:

8:16am Thursday 14th May 2015

MORE than half of all children’s car seats checked by police as part of a crackdown to help parents keep their youngster’s safe on the roads were not fitted properly.

Missing Southampton mum found

Daily Echo:

4:31pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

A MUM-of-two from Southampton who went missing has been found safe and well.

Joy for 'outstanding' Hampshire preschool after Ofsted inspection

Daily Echo:

5:30am Wednesday 13th May 2015

A PRE-SCHOOL is celebrating after Ofsted inspectors backed the views of parents, giving it the official seal of approval.

Will next One Direction or Olly Murs be spotted today as X Factor auditions come to WestQuay?

Daily Echo:

12:10am Wednesday 13th May 2015

Live auditions for the X Factor roll into Southampton today.

Brothers jailed for attacking student in Southampton

Daily Echo: EXPANSION APPROVED: Itchen College.

10:43am Tuesday 12th May 2015

TWO brothers were jailed for eight months after attacking a Southampton student.

Former Top Gear star to help make roads safer

Daily Echo: Interview with motoring journalist and Fair Fuel UK campaigner Quentin Willson as he reacts to the budget

8:23am Tuesday 12th May 2015

FAMOUS motoring expert Quentin Willson will be driving into Hampshire this week to share his top tips to help make the county’s roads safer.

Support for domestic violence victims stepped-up

Daily Echo:

8:17am Tuesday 12th May 2015

A GROUP of councillors have agreed they will step up support for those affected by domestic violence in Winchester.

Caring nurse recognised for helping family through difficult time

Daily Echo: Nursing Standard: Nurse Of The Year contender.
Sarah Hartfree,  paediatric rheumatology nurse specialist at Southampton General Hospital.

Pictured: Nurse Sarah Hartfree

Pic: Chris Balcombe

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5:37am Tuesday 12th May 2015

A CHILDREN'S nurse in Southampton has won a national award after helping a family cope with their daughter's heartbreaking diagnosis.

Hunt for whiskey thief

Daily Echo:

7:48am Monday 11th May 2015

POLICE are looking for this man who is believed to have stolen four bottles of whiskey from a Southampton supermarket.

'No justice' - family loses fight for charges to be brought over death of Blake Fowler

Daily Echo: Blake Fowler

7:10am Monday 11th May 2015

THERE will be no justice for Blake Fowler – the young boy who suffered a catalogue of neglect and abuse before he died aged just seven years old – claims his distraught family.

Southampton Does Strictly - night of dancing glamour gives you the chance to shine

Daily Echo:

7:00am Monday 11th May 2015

THE GLITZ and glamour of Strictly is waltzing its way to Hampshire.

Drug dealer in court - after he called the police himself

Daily Echo:

6:00am Monday 11th May 2015

A DRUG dealer found himself in the dock after Hampshire police uncovered hundreds of pills in his car - after he had dialled 999.

Police close probe into death of pensioner at Hampshire care home

Daily Echo:

1:28pm Friday 8th May 2015

A POLICE probe into the death of a pensioner at a Hampshire care home has closed.

More Hampshire businesses sign up to support Marwell's Zany Zebras

Daily Echo:

1:33pm Thursday 7th May 2015

TWO new sponsors have thrown their support behind the dazzle of colourful zebras set to invade Hampshire next summer.

UPDATE: Man charged with Southampton murder appears in court

Daily Echo:

12:30am Thursday 7th May 2015

A MAN has been charged with the murder of a man in Southampton after he was found injured at a home in Shirley.

Gran is victim of chemical attack by thugs who burst into her home

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 7th May 2015

A TERRIFIED grandmother was the victim of a chemical attack by thugs who burst into her Hampshire home during a violent robbery.

Hampshire rower sets off on perilous Atlantic mission in attempt to break 119-year-old record

Daily Echo:

12:48pm Monday 4th May 2015

A HAMPSHIRE rower has set out on a perilous mission that will see him battle freezing waters and floating icebergs to break a 119-year-old world record.

Daily Echo to back Marwell's new city-wide Zany Zebras extravaganza

Daily Echo:

6:00am Monday 4th May 2015

READ ALL about it!

Hampshire police launch child car safety crackdown

Daily Echo: Mum Claire looks in after 20-month-old Jack Riding threw his toy tractor on to the car keys on the driver’s seat, hitting the fob and locking the car

9:59am Saturday 2nd May 2015

HAMPSHIRE police will be on a mission next week to help parents ensure children’s lives are saved by properly fitted car seats.

Lego thief ordered to repay thousands back

Daily Echo:

10:50am Thursday 30th April 2015

A THIEF who stole thousands of pounds worth of Lego from a Hampshire supermarket has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 in compensation.

Schoolboy helps save life of woman found unconscious in Southampton alley

Daily Echo:

6:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

A HAMPSHIRE schoolboy has been hailed a hero after helping to save the life of a woman he found lying unconscious in a isolated cut-through just yards from his home.

'Dirty dozen' gang who flooded streets with hard drugs locked up for nearly 50 years

Daily Echo:

4:00am Thursday 30th April 2015

TWELVE members of a gang that trafficked half-a-million pounds worth of drugs on to the streets of Hampshire have been jailed for a total of 46 years.

CCTV: Hunt for woman who stole vodka worth £75 from Waitrose

Daily Echo:

12:10am Wednesday 29th April 2015

POLICE are hunting this woman who stole five bottles of alcohol from a Hampshire supermarket.

Teenage girl found after going missing for three days

Daily Echo:

12:20am Wednesday 29th April 2015

A HAMPSHIRE schoolgirl who had been missing for three days has been found safe and well.

Plea for missing girl to come home from her dance crew

Daily Echo:

2:41pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

A POPULAR Hampshire schoolgirl has been urged to come home by her friends from her dance crew.

UPDATE: Search stepped up for missing teen

Daily Echo:

12:00pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

FRIENDS of a Hampshire schoolgirl who has been missing from her home for three days are speculating that she may be in Southampton.

Pair released on bail after fatal crash in Southampton

Daily Echo:

9:42am Tuesday 28th April 2015

TWO MEN arrested after a woman was killed in a hit-and-run have been bailed.

GALLERY: Aladdin's Cave of stolen goods police want to reunite with owners

Daily Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 28th April 2015

POLICE have discovered a haul of stolen items worth up to £10,000 snatched from homes and gardens across Hampshire.

UPDATE: Helicopters in manhunt for dangerous child sex offender who escaped from psychiatric unit

Daily Echo:

12:10am Friday 24th April 2015

A MANHUNT has been launched for a Hampshire paedophile who is on the run after vanishing from a psychiatric unit in the county.

VIDEO: Moment murderer realises police have evidence against him

Daily Echo:

12:40pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

IT WAS the moment that Robertson realised the evidence was stacking up against him.

PENNIE: Killer's girlfriend sentenced for helping him cover up murder

Daily Echo:

10:29am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

THE GIRLFRIEND of a cold-blooded killer has been handed a ten month prison sentence for getting rid of the trainers he wore when he brutally murdered mum of five Pennie Davis for the price of £1,500.

How did this photograph help bring Pennie Davis' killer to justice?

Daily Echo:

4:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Little did Beaulieu river warden Anthony Norris know that his quick snap of a car on a bridge would be the “eureka moment” for police hunting the killer of mum-of-five Pennie Davis.

VIDEO: Pair jailed for life after murder of Pennie Davis

Daily Echo:

3:14pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

A "PETTY crook" convicted of butchering mum of five Pennie Davis as part of an evil plot masterminded by her ex-lovers son has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years.

PENNIE: Family fury at killers' portrayal of devoted mum-of-five Pennie Davis

Daily Echo:

2:43pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

IT HAS been a harrowing few weeks for the family of Pennie Davis.

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