• Sale records for Manx Norton and Seeley

    H&H Classic Auctions achieved two new world motorcycle sale records at its auction at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham - their third global record in successive sales. Last time out they raised the ceiling for 350cc Manx Nortons to a tad under

  • Watson delight at Ashes call up

    Former Hampshire all rounder Shane Watson insists he is not Australia's answer to Andrew Flintoff. Watson, 25, has been included in Australia's squad for next week's first Ashes Test in Brisbane. He played for Hampshire during the last Ashes series

  • The Queen announces £250m cash injection for free travel

    PENSIONERS have been saying it, charities for the elderly have been saying it, Hampshire politicians have been saying it, and more than 6,500 Daily Echo readers have been saying it. Now Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it too via the Queen's Speech

  • Sally to prove she’s a morning person

    UNDER-fire Radio Solent bosses are pinning their hopes on presenter Sally Taylor turning around flagging audience figures. The BBC South Today host is taking over the flagship Saturday morning show on Radio Solent from presenter Peter White, who was

  • Taharqa has a tall order to match dad

    HE may be Marwell Zoo's newest arrival but this baby giraffe already has friends in high places. Taharqa, left and below, is less than a month old but already stands 6ft tall. However, the zoo's newest arrival still has a lot of growing to do if he

  • Blyth’s spirit lives as buyers circle

    ADMINSTRATORS of Sir Chay Blyth's Challenge Business have received five serious offers for the business and are today optimistic it will be sold as a going concern. However, the 18-strong fleet of 67ft and 72ft yachts now looks certain to be broken up

  • VT Group profits surge

    HAMPSHIRE shipbuilding and support services specialist VT Group posted a profit rise of 22.9 per cent to £36m on a turnover of £466.7m. The Hedge End based company said it expected announcements on three military private finance initiative projects in

  • Dock Movements

    Today's principal arrivals Autoroute, roro, 0001, 201; Gerd Sibum, container, 0500, 203; Tombarra, vehicle, 0630, 34/35; Aurora, passenger, 0630, 106; NYK Canopus, container, 1000, 204; Euphony Ace, roro, 1030, 202; New York Express, container, 2100,

  • Tories' new immigration policy is worthless

    THE latest Conservative party policy on immigration contains an implicitly racist message because it seeks to restrict people coming to Britain from places like Asia or Africa, while at the same time keeping the door open to immigration from the EU.

  • More like a war zone

    DURING the Bonfire Night Lordshill sounded like a war zone. I thought that these bomb-like fireworks had been banned. Not so. We have a small dog in a neighbouring flat that has been traumatised and is continuing to be so as these noises do not stop

  • ID cards will not stop terrorism

    THE government has stated that the idea of identity cards is popular with the public. Ministers have, however, omitted to explain that behind the identity cards will be the most intrusive database this country has ever seen. It will change the relationship

  • We want local democracy restored

    OTHER parties want to be in the EU, and this means that things can only get worse with higher council tax and local democracy replaced by government bureaucrats-the EU way. The 25 unelected Commissioners in Brussels, like Peter Mandelson, are making the

  • Be alert to signs of glue ear in children

    As winter sets in, the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is urging parents to be alert for the signs of glue ear. One in five children between the ages of one and three years old will experience glue ear this winter. Severe glue ear, like permanent

  • Nurses work so hard

    NEVER a day passes when there are not comments as to the state of the NHS, but rarely do we hear of the dedication shown by the nursing staff. I have recently been discharged from Southampton General Hospital where I had a major operation. The recovery

  • A tale of two stadiums

    It will become the super-stadium and leisure complex for the south that was denied when Southampton FC's plans for a new home at Stoneham fell through in the late 1990s. Less than five miles separate the site Saints had in mind for a new 25,000 capacity

  • We’re all properly dressed for Pudsey

    A FUNDRAISING frenzy will hit the south tomorrow as thousands of people dig deep for this year's Children in Need appeal. Organisers at the BBC are hoping to beat last year's regional total of £700,000. Teams of friends, families and work colleagues

  • We’re animal pals at Pall

    WORKERS at Hampshire firm Pall (Europe) Ltd have donated more than 300 tins of pet food to the RSPCA's Stubbington Ark animal rescue centre. Employees from the materials and engineering company donated the dog and cat food as well as dozens of blankets

  • No room for rapid response police

    RAPID response police teams are to be moved out of Fareham because there is not enough room at their station. Police bosses are moving 30 rapid response officers five miles up the road to Park Gate to make space for more community support officers in

  • Olympic heroes back together

    PETER Waterfield will be reunited with his Olympic silver medal partner Leon Taylor next month. The Southampton-based Waterfield was second in the last Olympics in Athens in 2004 in the synchro event with Taylor. In 2005 the pair teamed up to win a

  • Ref abuse continues

    A YEAR ago we told the story of local grass-roots football referee Steve Hatch and his son Jamie to highlight the ongoing problem of abuse towards match officials. Since then, both Jamie and Steve's other teenage son, Liam, have hung up their whistles

  • Svensson scare for Saints

    Michael Svensson limped off midway through Saints' win at Aldershot Town reserves - but only as a precaution. The Swedish international was substituted at half time after suffering a kick on the knee at The Recreation Ground. But he expects to

  • First round of job cuts at hospital

    A TOTAL of 40 posts are to be lost at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester in the first round of job cuts. The compulsory cuts have fallen among non-clinical support staff such as administrators secretaries and a communications officer.

  • Could wheelie bins be rolled out in Forest?

    WHEELIE bins are due to be among the options discussed by environment bosses in the New Forest at a meeting today. Local authorities should be recycling 30 per cent of the waste collected from homes but New Forest District Council is falling short of

  • Car crash dad had taken drink and drugs

    A HAMPSHIRE journalist who died in a car crash had taken Ecstasy and was three times the legal alcohol driving limit, an inquest heard. Max Jones, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene after his red Volvo smashed into trees near Wellington in Somerset

  • Last chance to save SS France

    A last-DITCH effort has been launched in an attempt to save one of Southam-pton's most famous transatlantic visitors, SS France, from being scrapped. If the liner is successful in cheating the breaker's yard it would be another remarkable twist in a

  • Can-go bus is now a cab-go

    THE Stockbridge Can-go bus now can't go. It has been replaced by a a taxi. A lack of customers has persuaded county council chiefs to change the system. All residents in Stockbridge, Kings Somborne and Houghton, can travel to Romsey using the new taxi

  • Pubs sold alcohol to under-age teenagers

    THREE pubs in Southampton were caught selling alcohol to teenage girls as part of the latest police crackdown in the city. Police and trading standards officers were in the city carrying out the so-called sting' operation where underage volunteers are