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  • Village makeover bid gets airing

    PLANS to give a Hampshire village centre a much-needed makeover are to be considered by council chiefs. Outline proposals to improve West End's centre have been put together in a bid to help local businesses and tackle traders' concerns over vandalism

  • Petrescu unable to revitalise dour Basho

    THEY'RE worried in Japan. So big is the concern that Sumo wrestling is becoming a turn-off to younger generations drawn to western sports like football and baseball like moths to a flame, that the flab-fest sport's organisers are introducing new steps

  • It just wouldn't go Southampton's way

    SAINTS boss Glenn Hoddle saw his side bash their heads against Charlton's solid brick wall and said: "We had the chances to have sewn the game up, without a doubt." It was only Saints' second Premiership home shut-out this season and Hoddle said: "We

  • Le Tissier raring to go again

    MATTHEW LE TISSIER tonight expects to make his long-awaited come-back from the knee injury which has sidelined him for almost three months. The Dell hero has not played since damaging ligaments at home to Manchester City in October, but he has been back

  • Southampton 0 - Charlton 0

    Graham Hiley reports from the Dell on Saturday's goal-less wrangle with Charlton... IT might not have felt like it at the final whistle, but this was at least progress of a sort. Earlier in the season Saints would probably have lost this game, getting

  • Equipment appeal by youth centre

    A HAMPSHIRE youth centre working to bring young people off the streets and help them achieve their dreams is in desperate need of equipment. The Genesis youth centre in Locks Heath opened more than three years ago and offers youngsters a place to relax

  • £6,000 bill for drunken rampage

    TWO teenagers left a £6,000 cleaning up bill after going on a drunken rampage on two industrial estates in Eastleigh, targeting buses, lorries and offices. One was said to have knocked back 13 or 14 pints of beer before embarking on the orgy of destruction

  • Flo fears she will die waiting for op

    A SICK pensioner fears she might die waiting for a heart operation because of the prospect of a two-year wait at Southampton General Hospital. Flo Revill, 79, has accused the NHS of age discrimination. She is pessimistic about the prospects of living

  • Grace and favour for solo navigator

    THE SPIRIT of Southampton-based aviation legend Bert Hinkler will be revived this month when a fellow Australian re-creates his most historic flight. In 1928, Hinkler etched his name in the record books by becoming the first person to fly solo from Australia

  • Man guilty of cigarette smuggling bid

    A BOOTLEGGER was convicted by a jury of trying to smuggle nearly six million cigarettes into Britain through Southampton container port. Peter Heaney was arrested after customs officers made a spot check on a 40ft-long container that had been shipped

  • Conman jailed for tricking pensioner

    A BOGUS antiques dealer who duped a frail Hampshire pensioner has been jailed for 22 months. Lee Smith went on the run halfway through his trial at Southampton Crown Court for tricking 85-year-old stroke victim John Scarborough. But the 44-year-old was

  • Pickaxe attack is the last straw

    VANDALS are wrecking plans to turn a recreation ground at Fair Oak into a showpiece park. In a trail of destruction, new seats and fencing have been set on fire and attacked with a pickaxe, dog excrement smeared across play equipment and the tops ripped

  • Smart approach

    SALISBURY display and exhibition company Displayer has started the new year with a major contract to refurbish the new headquarters of PC manufacturer Mesh Computers. Displayer will design and manage the £500,000 deal for the premises in North London.

  • Flooded with removals

    STAFF at Andover storage company Britannia Leatherbarrows have been working flat out to give priority to home owners in the South who have been victims of flooding. Andy Park, sales and marketing manager, said that the company's most experienced removal

  • Cams Hall wins the Xerox vote

    FAREHAM is to be the nerve centre for a major new European headquarters for US firm Xerox Engineering Systems. Facilities at Cams Hall, availability of staff and accessibility to Europe, prompted XES to decide on Fareham for its new European customer

  • Arboretum launches appeal

    PLANS for a £2.5 million visitor and education pavilion at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum were unveiled this week. Subject to planning permission, work on the project is due to start this spring and will be finished in time for the golden

  • Asylum seekers put extra burden on prison

    The first asylum- seekers to be kept at Winchester Prison arrived this week. The Victorian category B prison has been told to find room for 50 asylum-seekers as part of a national attempt to relieve pressure on immigration services. Winchester MP, Mark

  • Pact deal denied by MP

    AN ACCUSATION by Conservative Paul Raynes that Romsey Liberal Democrats and Labour have made an informal pact has been denied by MP Sandra Gidley. Paul, Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Romsey, has sent a letter addressed jointly to

  • Steve has sight on target

    IT'S a score that even Phil Taylor would have envied --but Romsey darts player Steve Geary's perfect 180 darts score was doubly remarkable. For Steve, (42), of Mercer Way, Romsey, is registered blind, having lost his sight 18 years ago as the result of

  • Solent Stars 86 - Worthing Thunder 120

    SUFFERING Solent Stars crashed to their ninth straight defeat in the National Basketball League Conference at Fleming Park on Saturday night. Yet for ten fleeting minutes player-coach Mark Scott believed his team had at last turned the corner on a so-far

  • Havant fail to cut loose after break

    A 26-0 interval lead following two fine tries in a minute just before the break suggested that Havant were going to give Winchester a severe hiding in their London League 1 clash. But the hosts rallied so well that Havant failed to score again and had

  • New bus services

    SOLENT Blue Line is starting new evening bus services for residents in parts of south Hampshire. The services will allow residents from Southampton, West End, Horton Heath and Bishop's Waltham to make the most of developing entertainment facilities in

  • Funding crisis

    Hedge End's 13th Itchen North Scouts and Wildern and District Guides is facing a funding crisis. The group could lose a £260,000 Lottery grant if it does not meet a £39,000 shortfall in its new headquarters development scheme. The Lottery board has said

  • Crash chaos

    COMMUTERS were held up in long queues along the M3 northbound following a three-car accident near Chandler's Ford today. Traffic ground to a halt as far back as the westbound M27 at Southampton International Airport following the crash just before 6.50am

  • Councillor attacks moorings scheme

    GOVERNMENT landowners set to have a greater say in the management of Hampshire's most sought after moorings have been hit by a broadside from one of the county's river bosses. As reported in the Echo last week, the county council is backing a shake-up

  • Fletcher pushes Dolphins onto tails of leading pack

    POOLE TOWN have moved up ominously on to the shoulders of the Hampshire League Premier Division leaders. Saturday's 3-0 win at Esso Fawley sent the Dolphins surging into the top three. Jamie Holland gave them a great start with a fourth minute goal, then

  • Whites see red over referee's assistants

    IT was a woeful weekend for the area's Dr Martens League clubs with Salisbury, Havant & Waterlooville and Bashley all crashing - and Newport left kicking their heels at home. Salisbury's 2-1 defeat at Premier Division basement boys Dorchester was

  • Vase hopefuls offer disappointing fare

    SCOUTS from the Chippenham and Taunton camps will have learned little about the credentials of Totton and Brockenhurst in Saturday's 1-1 Jewson Wessex League draw at Testwood Park. Both teams can play infinitely better - and will have to if they are to

  • Social evening

    THE TOTTON and Eling branch of the Royal British Legion is holding a social evening on January 27 from 7.30pm to 11pm. Music for dancing will be performed by Ivor Penny. Admission to the event, at Legion Hall, Commercial Road, is £2, with an American-style

  • Traffic schemes in the pipeline

    Hampshire's highway bosses are being called upon to draw up a traffic-calming scheme for a busy West End road. The plea by Eastleigh borough councillor Donald Horne has been made amid claims that Southern Road has seen the number of vehicles using it

  • So what do you think?

    ARMED with clipboards, a battalion of young researchers will invade Eastleigh town centre on Wednesday. The aim of their mission will be to lay the tracks for making the town a more travel-friendly place. The council's transport planners have enlisted

  • Talented trio take safety to 'art

    THREE Stubbington youngsters have helped promote building site safety in the South. The work of the budding artists is to feature on safety posters at Barratt Homes building sites. Pupils from Crofton Anne Dale Junior School, Stubbington, were challenged

  • Feathers fly as sun goes down on bid

    THE DAWN chorus of birdsong and the sight of the evening sunset have forced councillors to reject plans for two industrial units. Paultons Properties had asked New Forest District Council for permission to replace two existing buildings with two bigger

  • Havant fail to cut loose after break

    A 26-0 interval lead following two fine tries in a minute just before the break suggested that Havant were going to give Winchester a severe hiding in their London League 1 clash. But the hosts rallied so well that Havant failed to score again and had

  • Surgery solution for bus operations

    SCORES of passengers spent time queuing for a bus - to tell operators just what they thought of their services. Customers flocked to board a bus outside Southampton's Bargate where managers from First Southampton and Solent Blue Line were on hand to listen

  • City council is still £1m in red

    SOUTHAMPTON City Council is still £1 million in the red this year - despite desperate moves to get finances back on target. Three key areas are still overspending, according to the latest figures released by the civic offices. Social services is over

  • Flo fears she will die waiting for op

    A SICK pensioner fears she might die waiting for a heart operation because of the prospect of a two-year wait at Southampton General Hospital. Flo Revill, 79, has accused the NHS of age discrimination. She is pessimistic about the prospects of living

  • WHERE WILL ARMED GANG STRIKE NEXT?

    POLICE are today hunting a masked gang who are targeting homes across Hampshire after a third terrifying raid in just nine days. In the latest attack three balaclava-clad raiders burst into a house on the outskirts of Southampton occupied by a couple

  • Vase hopefuls offer disappointing fare

    SCOUTS from the Chippenham and Taunton camps will have learned little about the credentials of Totton and Brockenhurst in Saturday's 1-1 Jewson Wessex League draw at Testwood Park. Both teams can play infinitely better - and will have to if they are to

  • Growing relations

    HAMPSHIRE public relations company Hallmark is on the expansion trail. The firm has doubled its office space by moving into the second half of its floor at Canister House, in Winchester's Jewry Street. It has also taken on new business, made internal

  • Planning application

    EASTLEIGH council has received a planning application to build a pair of semi-detached three storey homes at 421 Fair Oak Road, Fair Oak, following demolition of the existing building. A second application asks for permission to build a bungalow in the

  • Pickaxe attack is the last straw

    VANDALS are wrecking plans to turn a recreation ground at Fair Oak into a showpiece park. In a trail of destruction, new seats and fencing have been set on fire and attacked with a pickaxe, dog excrement smeared across play equipment and the tops ripped

  • Police hunt violent gang

    POLICE are hunting a violent gang who burst into a West Wellow pensioner's home and stole a substantial amount of cash. The 77-year-old woman and her middle-aged son were threatened by the three men--one of whom was brandishing a six-inch piece of metal

  • Trojans' mixed joy

    Trojans overwhelmed New Milton 74-13 in their Hampshire 1 clash at Stoneham Lane, yet the Trojans' coach, Richard Cheal, was frustrated his side had not scored even more points. Cheal lamented: "It was a performance typical of a match-rusty side. "We

  • In Port

    Today's Principal Arrivings: Today's principal Southampton arrivals: Magic, refrigerat, 0630, 104; Autopride, vehicle carrier, 0730, 105; Hyundai Admiral, container, 1130, 205; Autofreighter, vehicle carrier, AM, 201 link; Sant Lucia, refrigerat, AM,

  • Tree memorial to mark war losses

    GOSPORT war veterans are set to dedicate a tree at the National Memorial Arboretum. The arboretum was launched in 1994 to create a permanent memorial to those who died defending freedom. It forms part of the national forest being created from countryside

  • ENGLAND IS A BRIDGE TOO FAR

    WAYNE BRIDGE today played down calls for him to be picked for England insisting: "I'm not yet ready." The Saints defender's quality display in Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Charlton saw manager Glenn Hoddle and team-mate Dean Richards among those tipping