• Reserves slump to sixth defeat in seven

    LUCKLESS midfielder Paul Hughes limped off with a groin strain as Saints Reserves went down 2-0 at Tottenham last night. Hughes, on a six month extended trial after signing from Chelsea last season, was playing his second game on the comeback trail following

  • Spooky special at country park

    SPOOKY surprises and ghostly goings-on are in store for young visitors at an Eastleigh beauty spot later this month. A full programme of events will take place at Itchen Valley Country Park during the half-term holiday break. They include a witch's trail


    A HAMPSHIRE health authority at the centre of a scandal in which a schizophrenic man killed a pensioner has been cleared by an independent inquiry. But the Zito Trust, which campaigns for improved care for the mentally ill, has criticised the way in which

  • Eviction policy is not clearing debt

    A CRACKDOWN to reduce council rent arrears by threatening eviction has failed, Fareham Borough Council admitted today. Housing chiefs say that debts of £150,000 owed the council had not been reduced by the action, which has left seven households on the

  • Crossing hope in danger road fight

    CAMPAIGNERS battling to improve safety on a Fareham danger road where a schoolboy died following an accident earlier this year, may have won a partial victory. Hampshire County Council highway chiefs have admitted that Titchfield Road, Stubbington, is

  • Fears expressed on cliff stability

    FEARS that buried rubble could affect the stability of the cliffs near homes at Milford-on-Sea have been expressed by New Forest district councillors. Members of the council's development control sub-committee decided to send their concerns to its environmental

  • Future of historic farmhouse unsure

    A PLANNING application submitted by Totton and Eling Town Council is being opposed by some of its own members. Civic chiefs want to save the listed buildings at historic Hanger Farm - said to be one of the oldest sites in the area. The authority is seeking

  • Clinical Stags give Swanage a mountain to climb

    TOTTON'S set-piece mastery has left Swanage Town & Herston with a mountain to climb in the Jewson Wessex League Cup first round. The Stags' 4-0 first-leg victory at Testwood Park last night included three goals from free kicks - one from Stuart Ritchie

  • Gas conversions in great demand

    MOTORISTS across Hampshire have a sure-fire way of avoiding the next petrol crisis - converting to gas. Southampton garage Drive-By-Gas, which offers the conversion, has been swamped with inquiries since the fuel blockades last month. Company director

  • Hovercraft hangar bid

    WE HAVE lift off. Excited hovercraft fans who are gearing up for their longed-for museum are starting with a massive operation to move two craft into position. Gosport MP Peter Viggers is one of many people who helped the museum trustees secure an extension

  • Port plans lashed by second wave

    THE WAVE of opposition to plans for a huge extension to Southamp-ton Docks at Dibden Bay grew even higher last night. Scores of disappointed residents had to be turned away from a public meeting at Hythe and Dibden Parish Hall which became packed to capacity

  • Girls stay ahead

    HAMPSHIRE schools boosted their GCSE scores this year with boys' performance improving faster than girls'. But the gap between girls and boys remains wide, with girls ten percentage points ahead, just as they were nine years ago. Across the county, 55.8

  • 'They let him die without dignity'

    A PENSIONER who died in hospital suffered "appalling" care which led to him being infected with the MRSA superbug, his family claimed today. They say Ernest Wilde was "left to die in a distressed state and without the dignity any human being deserves"

  • Failed city school is back from brink

    A SOUTHAMPTON school was today back from the brink of closure following drastic measures to drive up standards after it was found to be failing its pupils. Hightown Primary School was given the all-clear by school inspectors after 18 months of special

  • Queen's Papal choice again

    A HAMPSHIRE couture designer has dressed the Queen to meet the Pope - for the second time. Maureen Rose (pictured) made the outfit the monarch wore at yesterday's Vatican visit. The ice-blue creation the Queen wore for the state banquet at the Quirinal

  • New £7m hotel for city

    AFTER months of uncertainty a new £7 million hotel will finally be built in the centre of Southampton. Regeneration cash totalling £250,000 has been granted to enable Whitbread to build a Travel Inn on the site of the Clifford House office block at Six

  • driver fails to lure girl into his car

    POLICE were today investigating reports of a man trying to lure an eight-year-old girl into his car on a Southampton housing estate. The schoolgirl had been in Carnation Road on Bassett's Flowers estate when the man pulled up beside her and asked her

  • Teenager faces more Charges

    A TEENAGER has been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent following an alleged hit-and-run on a Southampton housing estate. Richard Smith, 19, of no fixed address, also faces allegations of perverting the course of justice, dangerous

  • Shipping movements

    Today's principal arrivals: Cosmos Venture, ro-ro, 0200, 105; Ville D'Aqarius, container, 0700, 204; Danube, container, 0730, 206; Nedlloyd Honshu, container, 1200, 205; APL Cyprine, container, 1900, 206; OOCL San Fransisco, container, 2100, 207; Auckland

  • Ban imposed on directors

    DIRECTORS of Isle of Wight companies, Raymond Benwell of Ford Manor, Whitewell and Martin Bullock, of Main Road, Shorewell, have each been banned from being directors or taking part in company management for six years by Newport County Court. The Department

  • Don't pay oral price

    IT kills more people in the UK than cervical cancer, but the battle to raise awareness of mouth cancer has only just begun. It affects around 3,500 people every year, with almost 1,600 dying from the disease, writes Julian Vaccari. But now, as part of

  • MP looks at issues surrounding station

    CAR parking and access issues came under the spotlight when Romsey MP Sandra Gidley visited the Chandler's Ford area to discuss plans to re-open the railway station. Mrs Gidley visited the site with councillors Margaret Kyrle, Pam Holden-Brown and Grahame

  • Lorry overturns at roundabout

    A 42-TONNE truck overturned at a Bishop's Waltham roundabout on Monday night, causing a road closure. The driver of the red, articulated lorry, was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital after the accident which occurred at 10pm. His injuries were said to

  • Rogers is second in swansong

    THE last race of the season was an emotive one for Paul Rogers, the new South of England Best All-Rounder champion, who began racing as an 11 year-old schoolboy 25 years ago. The VC St Raphael Waite Contracts star from Gosport does not expect to compete

  • Find out about the warship of future

    SCIENCE-lovers will have the chance to learn more in a special week-long event to mark the 150th anniversary of the library service. Scintillating Science Week at Gosport Library will feature talks about the revolutionary RV Triton warship and discussions


    THE WAVE of opposition to plans for a huge extension to Southampton Docks at Dibden Bay grew even higher last night. Scores of disappointed residents had to be turned away from a public meeting at Hythe and Dibden Parish Hall which became packed to capacity

  • Trainee actors please apply

    ASPIRING Eastleigh thespians are being given the chance to take centre stage for a new drama. The borough's youth theatre is on the lookout for youngsters to join the cast of the musical Out of This World. Julie Edward from Eastleigh's The Point arts

  • Health care pledge by merger bosses

    HEALTH bosses planning to overhaul frontline services in Eastleigh have assured concerned locals that levels of care will not suffer. The pledge comes in the face of an official objection from the borough council to plans to merge health care provision

  • Queen's strawberry farmer has died

    VILLAGERS are in mourning after the death of a farmer who supplied strawberries to the Queen. Strawberry farmer Steve Harris, 89, died at the weekend after suddenly feeling unwell at his home at Meon-by-Farm, Triangle Lane, Titchfield, near Fareham. He

  • Annual show could suffer if campsite scheme succeeds

    A YEAR-long survey has been started to see if New Park, Brockenhurst - home of the annual New Forest Show - is suitable as a campsite. The Forestry Commission wants to transfer 980 pitches to New Park from existing sites nearby. The organisation says

  • Celtic music is big attraction

    HAILED as the next Clannad, Anam have attracted the attention of Celtic music lovers the world over. Their distinctive sound has seen them tipped as the group to watch on the folk-pop scene, especially since the success of their latest recording Tine

  • Looking to a brighter new future

    SOUTHAMPTON'S movers and shakers gathered yesterday to look at the way forward for the city as it faces the challenges of the 21st century. The opening of the £295 million WestQuay Shopping Centre in Southampton is viewed as the catalyst for change and

  • Magical myth

    The haunting songs of ghazal singer Najma Akhtor accompany an exotic tale of myth and magic at The Gantry on Saturday. The Cinnamon Veil is a new play by award-winning writer Sara Clifford which tells of the notorious Vasco da Gama as he crosses the path

  • Five-year-old triumphs in hospital compensation fight

    A SOUTHAMPTON boy who suffered massive brain damage following a hospital blunder, has been awarded compensation payments for the rest of his life by the High Court in London. Adam Howlett, 5, who lives with foster parents in Kingsclere Avenue, Weston,

  • Lake lapping up film focus

    BLOCKBUSTER Billy Elliot has piroutted ballet into the spotlight. The success of this heartwarming film about a boy who chooses dance over boxing lessons appears to have had an effect on the popularity of productions like Swan Lake, currently at the Mayflower


    A HAMPSHIRE man behind a plot to smuggle tens of thousands of fake Viagra tablets into the UK faced jail today. Kenny Bloom was warned a prison sentence was on the cards after finally admitting his part in a conspiracy to import vast quantities of the

  • Travel Pound

    Today's foreign exchange rates Australia 2.65 dollars Austria 22.65 schillings Belgium 66.58 francs Canada 2.13 dollars Cyprus 0.93 pounds Denmark 12.27 kroner Euro 1.70709 euro Finland 9.8 marks France 10.76 francs Germany 3.23 marks Greece 560. drachma

  • Work starts on new homes

    WORK has started on two schemes together worth £1 million to provide 18 new homes in Southampton. Drew Smith is building 12 flats at Millbrook and a further six at Portswood for Swaythling Housing Society under an architect-designed scheme. The sites

  • Theives target clubhouse

    ROMSEY Town Football club has been left reeling after raiders got away with a huge haul of spirits and beer running into thousands of pounds. Barrels and cases of larger, bitter and bottles of spirits, worth a total of £2,280, were taken after thieves


    One of Britain's wealthiest places, could soon have a credit union to help tackle debt for hundreds of people. The city council has produced a feasibility study that says a credit union, which is a locally owned financial co-operative, is viable and would

  • Alfreds on Internet ready to go ahead

    A UNIQUE art project in Win-chester to screen live images of people called Alfred on the Internet is close to clearing its final hurdle. Winchester civic chiefs will discuss the second phase of the controversial £99,000 light art project today. They are

  • Miracle cure

    After suffering with agonising migraines for most of his life, Michael Miotk turned to a chiropractor for help. Nina Marshall finds out more. Any migraine sufferer will tell you that finding a cure would change their life - so when one man found the answer

  • Does the fanciful body map really tell us anything?

    Southampton GP Dr Peter May casts doubt over the benefits of reflexology. The idea that the soles of our feet provide a diagnostic map of the body is strange for anyone who knows anything about anatomy and physiology. Yet this fanciful map is central


    RESIDENTS in Chandler's Ford are split over controversial plans for a 24,000 sq ft Waitrose superstore at Fryern Hill. More than 3,500 replied to a survey dropped into homes in the Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury areas - a far greater response than any


    A PLASTERER who viciously attacked a naked man he found in his ex-girlfriend's bed has been jailed for life. Adrian Phillips, 22, told terrified Christopher Lewis "you know you are going to die really slowly" before going downstairs to get a knife. He


    HOUSEBUYERS could be told they can have only one car when they buy a property in a Basingstoke development. An unprecedented ruling on a proposed town centre housing site is set to be approved by Basingstoke council on Wednesday, which will dictate how

  • Breast cancer campaign

    A CAMPAIGN to raise money for breast cancer research has had a fantastic start at a Gosport charity shop. The Cancer Research Campaign shop in the High Street has been selling pink ribbons to raise money for the past two weeks, and has so far raised hundreds

  • Chairman Ford confirms he's quitting Hampshire

    HAMPSHIRE have confirmed they will be seeking a new chairman following the resignation of Brian Ford - a story broken by yesterday's Daily Echo. Following yesterday's revelation that Ford was on the brink of stepping down, the club issued a statement

  • Portsmouth 2 - Crewe 1

    BECAUSE RATS and sinking Crewes are mostly seen heading in opposite directions, it's not often they meet the same fate. But as the rollicking, roistering, sea saga that is Steve Claridge's managerial reign went into a yo-ho-hoing second verse, both Crewe

  • Containers pose threat to our children claim residents

    HUGE metal containers dumped outside houses at Holbury have been branded an eyesore and a danger to children. Five steel boxes 7ft high and 20ft long have been left on a grass verge separating Whitefield Road and Faircross Close.Residents say children