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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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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.

Power tools being targeted by thieves

Daily Echo: Some of the power tools recovered

4:38pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

POLICE are hunting thieves who are targeting work vans across Hampshire, stealing expensive power tools.

£200,000-worth of drugs seized in police crackdown

Daily Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 16th December 2014

DRUGS worth more than £200,000 were seized in a string of police raids across Hampshire.

£100,000 of drugs seized after police raids across Hampshire

Daily Echo:

10:12am Monday 15th December 2014

DRUGS worth more than £100,000 have been seized after a string of police raids across Hampshire.

Grants on offer to crime-fighting groups in Hampshire

Daily Echo: Thirteen parish councils lobbied Hampshire crime commissioner Simon Hayes

12:39pm Saturday 6th December 2014

HAMPSHIRE organisations helping to cut crime and support victims are invited to put their bids in for thousands of pounds.

'Confused' naked swimmer rescued twice

Daily Echo:

12:14pm Saturday 6th December 2014

A NAKED man spotted in the water off the coast of Hampshire was rescued twice after sparking an emergency operation to get him back to shore.

Are Saints being targeted by burglars?

Daily Echo:

4:00am Saturday 6th December 2014

THIEVES raided the Hampshire home of a Saints legend, just days after one of the club's current stars was targeted by burglars.

WIN: Bumper Christmas shopping trip

Daily Echo:

10:13am Friday 5th December 2014

WHAT better way to get into the festive spirit than an exclusive Christmas break packed full of shopping, good food and sightseeing?

Man charged with woman's murder

Daily Echo: Police outside a property in St Denys yesterday

12:49pm Thursday 4th December 2014

A MAN has been charged with the murder of a Hampshire woman who died days after being found seriously ill.

Christmas lights bring cheer across Hampshire

Daily Echo:

8:11am Thursday 4th December 2014

HAMPSHIRE communities are making sure it is a Christmas to remember with the night sky lit up with festive cheer.

Police officers welcome frontline taser boost

Daily Echo: Taser use is on the rise in Hampshire

8:10am Thursday 4th December 2014

HAMPSHIRE police officers have welcomed the force's decision to arm more frontline staff with tasers.

Cyclist injured after crash

Daily Echo: POLICE HUNT: Pensioner wakes to find burglar in his bedroom.

8:11pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

A CYCLIST has been injured following a crash with a car on a Southampton road.

Further motorway delays after three-vehicle crash

Daily Echo: The traffic building up on the M27

6:39pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

MOTORISTS heading home this evening are facing delays after a three-vehicle crash on a Hampshire motorway.

Poignant song penned using words left by teenage cancer victim

Daily Echo:

5:00am Thursday 4th December 2014

THE inspirational words of a teenage cancer victim form the basis of a poignant song but a Southampton song-writing team.

City in major life saving asthma breakthrough

Daily Echo: Bolton health chiefs 'saddened' by 'avoidable' asthma deaths

4:00am Thursday 4th December 2014

Southampton is today at the centre of a lifesaving breakthrough that could help thousands of asthma sufferers.

Vow to arm more police officers with tasers


6:00pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

HAMPSHIRE'S police chief has vowed to arm more frontline officers with tasers after pressure from the force's rank and file.

Man charged with child abduction over missing schoolgirl

Daily Echo:

4:32pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

A MAN has been charged following a major child abduction investigation into the disappearance of a Hampshire schoolgirl.

Murder probe update: Woman arrested for assault

Daily Echo: POLICE HUNT: Pensioner wakes to find burglar in his bedroom.

4:51pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014

A WOMAN has been arrested for assault following the death of a 96-year-old woman at a Hampshire care home.

Hooded thief robs woman as she walks dog

Daily Echo: Police are hunting for a man after a robbery and assault in Morden this morning.

10:22am Tuesday 2nd December 2014

POLICE are hunting a hooded thief who robbed a woman as she walked her dog in a Hampshire neighbourhood.

Crashes cause delays on motorway

Daily Echo:

10:05am Tuesday 2nd December 2014

A CAR has flipped onto its roof after a crash on one of the major routes into Southampton this morning.

Drink-driving crack down launched for festive period

Daily Echo: Drivers urged against drink driving as summer returns

6:20am Monday 1st December 2014

‘TIS the season to be jolly but that is no excuse to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks.

Where is Southampton's Christmas spirit?

Daily Echo:

7:00am Sunday 30th November 2014

Other cities in the UK seem to have Christmas wrapped up – so why is the festive spirit in such short supply in Southampton this year?

Police probe child abduction claims

Daily Echo: Stock image of Hampshire police officers

7:30am Saturday 29th November 2014

POLICE in Hampshire have investigated reports on social media about the attempted abduction of two children in two separate incidents.

Santa Claus is coming to town

Daily Echo:

12:23pm Friday 28th November 2014

SANTA and his elves will arrive in Southampton during a special Christmas parade full of fairytale characters tomorrow.

Winter bird-watching walk on offer

Daily Echo: CURRENT HOLDER: The feisty Robin.

11:50am Friday 28th November 2014

THE Hawthorns Centre on Southampton Common is hosting a Winter Birds Walk on December 3.

Christmas crackdown on shoplifters launched

Daily Echo: Hampshire police need more cash.

11:41am Friday 28th November 2014

POLICE have launched a crackdown on shoplifters this festive season.

Hampshire cops winning the battle on wildlife crime

Daily Echo: Catherine Bearder

11:30am Friday 28th November 2014

WHEN it comes to fighting wildlife crime, Hampshire police is one of the best forces in the country, according to a new report.

Festive cheer at Christmas lights switch-on

Daily Echo:

7:41am Friday 28th November 2014

FESTIVE cheer illuminated the night sky as two Hampshire communities ensured they have Christmas wrapped up.

Father of murdered schoolgirl defends journalist

Daily Echo: Hannah Foster.

5:45pm Thursday 27th November 2014

THE FATHER of murdered Southampton schoolgirl Hannah Foster has defended one of the six journalists on trial for paying public officials for stories.

Hampshire police "good" at cutting crime, report reveals

Daily Echo:

9:30am Thursday 27th November 2014

INSPECTORS have rated Hampshire Constabulary as “good” when it comes to cutting crime and providing value for money.

Plans to build homes on historic police building given the green light

Daily Echo:

12:18pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

PLANS to sell off and knock down a historic police building in Southampton and build new homes have been given the green light.

Officers swoop to shut down illegal tobacco factory

Daily Echo:

5:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

OFFICERS have shut down an illegal tobacco factory in Hampshire after uncovering a operation that would have led to an estimated £300,000 tax dodge.

Sex offences up by a third in a year

Daily Echo: CRIME SCENE:Palmerston Park, where a 24-year-old woman was attacked.

8:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

SHOCKING figures have revealed that the number of serious sexual offences in Southampton has soared by more than 30 per cent in the last 12 months.

VIDEO: Spiderdad! Superhero drops in as birthday surprise for little boy with cancer

Daily Echo:

4:49pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

IT'S not every day a superhero jumps from your roof to wish you a happy birthday but that's exactly what happened to this Hampshire youngster.

I self-harmed but now I want to help others

Daily Echo: Honour violence on the rise in Hampshre

10:55am Tuesday 18th November 2014

For years she suffered in silence, self-harming because she was convinced she was a bad person inside. But now after turning her life around, a young Eastleigh woman is on a crusade to get schools in Hampshire talking about the taboo subject in a bid to stop other teenagers risking their lives.

Police manhunt after robber raids four shops - in just three weeks

Daily Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

POLICE are hunting a thief they believe is responsible for a series of robberies at four Southampton shops in just three weeks, which has netted him more than £1,000.

Hunt for thief who stole gold rings from a table top sale

Daily Echo:

1:28pm Monday 17th November 2014

POLICE are hunting a thief who stole two gold rings worth hundreds of pounds from inside a Hampshire church.

Businessman held after £50,000 fraud raid

Daily Echo:

7:50am Saturday 15th November 2014

A BUSINESSMAN suspected of being at the centre of a £50,000 tax fraud has been arrested following a series of raids.

Police swap uniforms for lycra in charity challenge

Daily Echo:

11:25am Friday 14th November 2014

HAMPSHIRE coppers have ditched their uniforms for lycra as they embark on a gruelling cross-channel cycling challenge to help Pudsey raise thousands for vulnerable children.

Police pedal 123 miles for charity

Daily Echo:

3:44pm Thursday 13th November 2014

HAMPSHIRE coppers are ditching their uniforms for lycra as they embark on a gruelling cross-channel cycling challenge in a bid to help Pudsey raise thousands for vulnerable children.

Hunt is on for thieves who threw drain cover through coffee shop window

Daily Echo:

11:41am Thursday 13th November 2014

POLICE are hunting thieves who smashed their way into a Hampshire coffee shop using a drain cover.

Thieves use drain cover for smash and grab raid

Daily Echo:

5:39pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

POLICE are hunting thieves who smashed their way into a Hampshire coffee shop, armed with a drain cover.

Woman killed in motorway horror crash may have been stood in road

Daily Echo:

5:06pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

A WOMAN killed on a Hampshire motorway may have been struck by a passing car after she had stepped out of the car she was travelling in.

Police remove European criminal suspects from Hampshire streets

Daily Echo: Hampshire police need more cash.

11:40am Wednesday 12th November 2014

MORE THAN 100 suspected thieves, drug traffickers and fraudsters from across Europe have been removed from the streets of Hampshire over the past five years, latest figures have revealed.

Have your say on future of city's children's heart unit

Daily Echo:

11:22am Wednesday 12th November 2014

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save children's heart surgery in Southampton have the chance to have their say this week.

Are these Hampshire's most wanted burglars?

Daily Echo:

3:45pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

THE South East's “most wanted” burglary list has been revealed and two are linked to break-ins in Hampshire.

Severe weather warning with heavy rain expected

Daily Echo: Pictures of flooding after heavy rain and thunderstorms hit Bournemouth and Poole

10:59am Tuesday 11th November 2014

SEVERE weather warnings have been issued across Hampshire as the county braces itself for a deluge of heavy and persistent rain for the rest of the week.

Police to put on free Christmas concert

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

5:25pm Monday 10th November 2014

THE BAND of Hampshire Constabulary is preparing to showcase their musical talents at the force's annual Christmas concert.

Caught in the act - thieves who stole Poppy Appeal collection

Daily Echo:

10:39am Monday 10th November 2014

POLICE are hunting two thieves caught on camera stealing a Poppy Appeal collection tin from a Hampshire store.

'Give us your guns' says police as illegal firearms crackdown begins

Daily Echo: New firearms unit

4:00am Monday 10th November 2014

POLICE will be making announced visits to gun owners across Hampshire over the next 12 days to make sure that their weapons are being stored safely.


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