• BSE-hit farmer in counterfeit crime

    A FARMER who traded a horse for fake designer goods escaped with a conditional discharge, after magistrates heard that the BSE crisis had left him virtually penniless. A trading standards officer caught beef farmer Mark Berrow, 39, selling fake designer

  • Play area plan raises concern

    WORRIED Locks Heath parents fear a plan to move a toddlers' play area could put youngsters in danger. The playground at Poppy Close is popular with children, but Fareham Borough Council is thinking of moving it to a more central position near Priory Park

  • Governors' dispute is resolved after apology

    EDUCATION chiefs have been forced to apologise after sending welcome letters to reappointed governors - only to tell them later they were not properly elected. Now both governors told by Hampshire county council they were serving illegally have been voted

  • Arsonist has life sentence reduced

    A HAMPSHIRE man with a history of violence towards women had the life sentence imposed on him for setting fire to his former wife's home reduced to six years at London's Criminal Appeal Court. Mark Gordon Simmonds, a 37-year-old former care worker, pleaded

  • Council to stub ID card backed by BAT

    A DRAMATIC U-turn is on the cards after councillors discovered a proof-of-age scheme for teenagers is sponsored by the tobacco industry. Last August councillors started looking into the CitizenCard photo ID scheme to reduce under-age drinking and smoking

  • Aussie pilot's epic tribute

    THE Australian pilot hoping to become the first person to fly solo to England and back visited Southampton yesterday to pay his respects to fellow countryman and aviation legend Bert Hinkler. Orm Grace reached the halfway mark of his 44,500km journey


    A HEARTBROKEN mother is fighting for the return of her soldier son's brain amid fears it was used for secret tests without her consent. Margaret Mullineux is set to take on the Ministry of Defence and Southampton General Hos-pital in the High Court over


    THIS is 30-year-old Ray Poynter. He wouldn't norm-ally expect to make the front page of his local newspaper. But Ray is a face behind a shocking statistic - one that places Basingstoke at the top of the heart attack league in Hampshire. On Friday, The

  • Milestones has made 'best possible start'

    THE opening of the Milestones museum in Basingstoke has proved a resounding success with more visitors than expected - and they like what they have seen. A report compiled by Stephen Locke, director of Hampshire's Museums Service, states the museum has

  • Fighting fit O'Neil must impress boss

    Pompey youngster Gary O'Neil has declared himself fit and ready for a first-team recall after a lengthy spell out following a cartilage operation. But he knows he first has to impress boss Steve Claridge (pictured) who, since taking over the manager's

  • Tempers flare at stormy cup tie

    LYMINGTON and New Milton and Newport could be in hot water with Hampshire Football Association following their stormy Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final at Fawcett's Field on Thursday. No fewer than six players were booked for a series of X-rated tackles

  • Saints must try and silence the noisy Toon army

    SAINTS must go to Newcastle tomorrow with the same game plan as last season - but execute it rather better. Just over a year ago John Beresford wrote in this paper that Southampton's best hope of victory at St James' Park was to keep it tight for the

  • Bid to find cash aid for first-time home buyers

    CIVIC chiefs are to bid for cash that will help key workers buy houses. It could mean that first-time buyers getting a house in Winchester or its surrounding area with just a £60,000 mortgage. Members of the city council's cabinet agreed to pitch for

  • Patient-waiting survey worry

    WINCHESTER health watchdogs have expressed concern over the results of a Casualty Watch survey this week which took place at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. One patient waited eight-and-a-half hours to see a psychiatrist and another more than five

  • Hero Alan saves second youngster

    AN HEROIC Hampshire man who saved a teenage boy from a swollen river has rescued another child while on holiday. Alan Smith, 58, of Andover, was travelling with his wife in The Gambia when he dragged a toddler from a burning hut. The Environment Agency

  • Date set for debate on village's future

    ALLBROOK residents will get their say on plans for a controversial development which could change the face of the village. Steve Sollitt, chairman of the borough's Eastleigh local area committee, has confirmed a public meeting will be held at 7.30pm on

  • Hunt is on for OAP's attacker

    A PENSIONER was attacked as he walked home from a Southampton drop-in centre. The victim, aged 70, was punched in the face as he walked home after attending The Natterbox centre in Thornhill on Thursday evening. Police are treating the incident, which

  • Flame-out sparks main road closure

    FLAMES from a fractured gas pipe forced the closure of a busy road. Workmen digging a trench in Main Road, Otterbourne, hit the low-pressure pipe creating flames that leapt four feet into the air. Firefighters from Eastleigh station were called to the

  • Attempt to quiz murder case children

    THE ex-wife of a Basingstoke dad accused of murdering his children's nanny in America is refusing to let the youngsters be quizzed by his lawyers. David Taylor's defence team want to interview the children, who were in the house at the time of the slaying

  • Run-up begins to the Race For Life

    THE telephone lines are open and the website is live - the build-up for this year's Gazette-backed Race for Life has started. Last year was the inaugural race for Basingstoke and 2,500 women took part, raising more than £120,000 for charity. Race for

  • Godshill lose despite Fotheringham knock

    Despite a superb innings from Neil Fotheringham, Godshill lost to New Milton by 13 runs in the New Forest Indoor Cricket League Division 1 at Lymington Sports Centre. New Milton advanced to 154-3 with Lee Miller (22), Dean Miller (28 not out), Steve Taylor

  • Sarisbury push for promotion to top flight

    Sarisbury Athletic, who missed promotion to South East Hants Indoor League, Division 1 by one point last winter, are determined not to miss the boat again, writes Mike Vimpany. They extended their lead at the top of Division 2 with a 41-run win over Fareham


    Go on my Sson! That's the battlecry to Saints' English players ahead of tomorrow's game at Newcastle where they get their first chance to impress the new England boss. Sven Goran Eriksson will be at St James' Park for the televised clash to get a first