• Taider set to leave Saints after less than a month

    Saphir Taider is expected to end his time at Saints little more than three weeks after joining the club. The Algerian midfielder has failed to settle on the south coast following what was meant to be a season long loan move from Inter Milan.

  • Van Gaal leaps to Shaw's defence

    Louis van Gaal will ask England boss Roy Hodgson to clarify his comments on Luke Shaw after the Manchester United manager launched an impassioned defence of the teenage star. Shaw has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford since his

  • SATS results in Hampshire above national average

    EARLY results for the primary school Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) show Hampshire pupils scoring above average. Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council’s overall provisional results in SATs show above average results

  • Concern for Ashya 'grows with every passing hour'

    POLICE say concerns for Ashya are growing with each hour. Hampshire Constabulary have also confirmed that medical experts have said the battery life on the machine administering his food is likely to have expired now. Grandmother begs

  • Couple's fear over tree stump

    JUST weeks ago a giant tree crashed through their garden fence, narrowly missing motorists on a nearby road. After it fell, experts deemed the 30ft diseased oak too dangerous to leave as it was and cut it down to a four-metre tall leafless stump

  • ‘No Cuts’ pair sailed under false colours

    COUNCILLORS D Thomas and K Morrell put themselves forward to be elected as representatives of the Labour Party and its policies, on the basis of which they were duly elected. When they found themselves at odds with that policy and unable to persuade

  • Call on EU to repair roads

    A COUPLE of years ago I visited the Portuguese Atlantic Islands of the Azores. The roads were so smooth and well kept, not a pothole in sight. On asking the guide how they could maintain such good roads when their main income is from exporting

  • ‘Insulted’ by bag letter

    AS a supermarket cashier I find Duncan White’s letter (August 21) to be insulting. I was shown the simple method to open plastic bags without any need to dampen fingers in any way, though I have seen customers resort to this (I suppose that’s alright

  • Roadworks extension a misery for motorists

    NEWS that roadworks to the Central Bridge in Southampton are to be extended for another six weeks will send many drivers round the bend. Just as there appeared to be some light at the end of a long tunnel engineers have discovered the bridge to

  • Ex-Saint Chambers tipped for England success

    Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal defender and ex-Saint Calum Chambers possesses the character to succeed at international football following his call-up by England. Chambers has made only three starts since his £16m transfer from Southampton last

  • Grandmother urges parents to bring back missing Ashya

    The devastated grandmother of little Ashya King today urged his parents to 'bring him back', over 24 hours since they were last seen. Patricia King, Brett King's mother, said her grandson had recently been showing signs of improvement.

  • Hundreds gather for funeral of popular dad

    HUNDREDS of people are gathering for the funeral of a hugely popular young dad from Southampton. More than 500 people are expected at Quinton Garrathy's funeral at Romsey Abbey. The 38-year-old was killed in a road collision on the Caribbean

  • Saints contribute to record Premier League spending

    Saints have played their part in a record £725m being spent by Premier League clubs so far this summer. A report by accountancy firm Deloitte has revealed that top-flight clubs have spent nearly three-quarters-of-a-billion pounds in the transfer

  • Drunk was mistaken for a pile of clothing in flat

    THE occupant of a Southampton flat was so drunk police and a social worker thought he was a pile of clothing lying on the hallway floor when they repeatedly knocked on the front door. But the city crown court heard Jan Kubanski had simply collapsed

  • Pigging out at superb hotel

    Pigging out at superb hotel Forgive me, but I thought piglets all tended to look the same. Cute, adorable, more cuddly miniature versions of their demanding parents. So it was surprising then to discover this piglet was remarkably different

  • Happy couple celebrate 77 years of marriage

    HE always knew it would last. But even Charlie Norton could not have guessed just how long his marriage to his childhood sweetheart would endure. Charlie and his wife May, both aged 98, have just celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary –

  • £80m student complex opens

    SOUTHAMPTON’S newest student flat complex was officially opened at a ceremony yesterday. The £80m Mayflower Halls complex in the city centre features three residential towers of up to 16 floors and will house 1,100 University of Southampton students

  • Hospital releases statement over missing Ashya King

    HOSPITAL bosses in Southampton this afternoon said they alerted police about the disappearance of brain tumour patient Ashya King as soon as it “became a cause for concern”. Time is running out say police >> Live blog: Hunt

  • Game Review - The Walking Dead, season 2

    It’s been a series of ups-and-downs – an emotional roller-coaster for our young heroine Clementine who’s not only trying to discover who she can trust, but she’s also trying to work out which kind of person she is and whether she’s got what it takes

  • Hampshire unchanged for Leicestershire clash

    Hampshire have named an unchanged squad for their latest LV= County Championship match, as they look to take a big step towards promotion. Bottom side Leicestershire will be the visitors to the Ageas Bowl on Sunday, for the start of a four-day

  • Allardyce struggling with West Ham's injury list

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits he has had to nurse a number of players through training this week in a bid to have them ready for tomorrow’s game against Saints. With only two Premier League games played so far, Allardyce is already missing

  • Win tickets for film screening

    MANY people will remember the Thatcher years with pride, but many will also look back on them as a dark time. British film Pride looks at a Welsh mining village in a period when the Prime Minister and Union leader Arthur Scargill were at loggerheads

  • Watching films in the right environment

    How many times have there been those of us who have gone to the cinema only to find the experience overpriced and underwhelming? Noisy cinema-goers, smelly food, people using their mobile phones in dark rooms – these are not the ingredients required

  • Theatre review - Hello Dolly

    Sometimes all a show needs to hold it together is a strong central lead. Hampshire youth theatre company, RicNic, has successfully staged an ambitious version of Broadway musical, Hello Dolly, to celebrate ten years of productions. The musical

  • Interview with musical leading man

    LONG hair, tight trousers and loud music where the amplifiers must |go all the way to 11 – it has to be Rock of Ages. Anyone who remembers putting up their lighters to I Want To Know What Love Is or raising a fist in the air to We Built This City

  • Punk band to play gig as part of their UK tour

    A PUNK band is heading to a Southampton club as part of their |UK tour fresh off the success of their debut album. Leeds rockers, Eagulls, are playing at Lennon’s in Onslow Road after their critically acclaimed self-titled record while they tour

  • Punk rockers to launch nationwide tour with home town gig

    SOUTHAMPTON punk rockers DEAD! will launch their nationwide tour with a home town gig. The four-piece, who are currently making a big name for themselves in the UK rock scene, kick start their eight-date tour on September 24 |with a show at The

  • Invading maggots bring more misery

    THEY thought they had seen off the invasion – but yesterday morning some city residents were horrified to find they were under siege again. Maggots were once again blighting a Southampton block of flats after an infestation earlier this week –

  • Records to be broken at festival

    REVELLERS will be taking a step back in time when they dress up to make shapes to funky beats under a giant disco ball for Bestival. Chic and Nile Rodgers will be making sure everyone has a good time when they perform their catalogue of hits which

  • Time is running out for Ashya, warn police

    ''Time is running out'' for a seriously ill five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken without consent from hospital by his parents, police have warned. At a press conference today, officers leading the search for little Ashya King revealed

  • Prayers for bus crash orphan Ananya

    A DAY of multi-faith prayers is being planned in support of an orphaned girl from Southampton whose parents died in the India bus crash. Ananya Nawarkhele has been transferred to a leading hospital in Delhi but remains seriously ill as her family

  • Go Travel card roadshow

    HAMPSHIRE residents will be challenged to travel-based games as part of a roadshow to promote the introduction of a smart travel card. Solent Go Travel card, similar to the Oyster card used in London, has now been launched and replaces the existing

  • Cycle hire scheme could be coming to Southampton

    IT is the pedal powered scheme that transformed the City of London’s transport system – and it could be coming to Southampton. The Daily Echo can reveal a study has been launched into the idea of introducing public hire bikes – famously dubbed

  • Benali joined by Le Tiss on Big Run

    Francis Benali has been joined by best friend and former teammate Matt Le Tissier as he continues his epic 1,000-mile run around the country. Benali is attempting to visit all 20 Premier League grounds during his three-week challenge, and has received

  • Air show takes to the skies this weekend

    IT IS one of the highlights of the festival calendar in the south.  Thousands of people are expected to head to the prime viewing spots to get a glimpse of the mechanical angels gracing the Bournemouth Air Festival. Glorious veterans of the

  • Car fire causing long delays on motorway

    A vehicle fire on the M27 near Southampton caused huge tailbacks this morning. A Land Rover was travelling east along the motorway when the blaze broke out just after 10.45am. Two crews from Redbridge and Romsey fire stations were sent to the

  • Recruiting is a walk in the park for actor Sarah

    HAMPSHIRE actress Sarah Parish swapped her role in a BBC drama to take a day out to visit Paultons Park to recruit families for a charity walk. Sarah, who is currently starring in BBC1’s Atlantis, took time out of her schedule to go to the family

  • Thousands of NHS staff could walk out over pay dispute

    THOUSANDS of NHS workers in Hampshire could go on strike over a pay dispute. More than 5,000 Hampshire NHS staff have been balloted, including nurses, paramedics, therapists, cooks, cleaners and office workers. They are part of almost 25,000

  • Solent ships in challenge

    VESSELS from the Solent are among 46 crafts taking part in a special nautical challenge. Ten ships from the south coast are taking part in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta for sail training vessels. The regatta started in

  • Hundreds to attend Quinton funeral

    THE funeral of a Southampton dad hit and killed by a car in the Caribbean will take place today. Quinton Garrathy’s funeral will be held at Romsey Abbey at 1.30pm, and more than 500 people are expected to attend. The 38-year-old, pictured,

  • Saints boss dishes out a soaking

    HE’S known for his cool persona on and off the pitch. But Saints boss Ronald Koeman took it to the next level by taking part in the ice bucket phenomenon. The Dutch legend poured buckets of ice over staff from accommodation firm Town or Country

  • Level crossing failure causing delays

    TRAFFIC has been queuing through a Hampshire town for more than an hour after barriers at a level crossing became stuck. Motorists have been trapped at the level crossing at Maynard Road and Junction Road in Totton since 7.50am after the barriers

  • Ron sees Gaston as Saints' creative force

    Gaston Ramirez could be given the freedom to be one of Saints’ most creative threats after Ronald Koeman confirmed he is unwilling to let the midfielder leave before the close of the transfer window. Ramirez, a £12m signing, has never quite found

  • Sholing's Marsh looks forward to FA Cup distraction

    SHOLING co-boss Mick Marsh looks forward to an FA Cup distraction tomorrow. After watching his side hit the choppy waters of three straight defeats in the Southern One South & West, he hopes tomorrow’s home tie against Bristol Manor Farm will

  • VIDEO: Woman makes a boob of her ice bucket challenge

    THIS is the cringe-worthy moment when an ice bucket charity challenge went badly wrong. Jess Lovelock made a boob of her home video when she accidentally flashed her breasts as she tipped a massive bucket of water over her head. The footage

  • Major search for boy, 5, snatched from hospital

    A major police search is underway this morning after a five-year-old boy suffering from a brain tumour was snatched from Southampton General Hospital. Police are desperately trying to track Ashya King, believed to be in France, over serious concerns

  • Summer not over for Hampshire as heatwave approaches

    BRING on the barbecues and bikinis, for summer in Hampshire has been given a reprieve. Weather experts are predicting sunny and warm temperatures next week following a drizzly and cold August. The Great British summertime will begin making

  • Keeper jinx continues

    FAWLEY AFC’s goalkeeping jinx continues. Having lost regular No1 Joe Prodomo to back problems early last season, the Oilers had a succession of comings and goings between the sticks before ex-Christchurch gloveman Dan Loader came in to steady the

  • Money matters of no concern to Hill

    EASTLEIGH boss Richard Hill sees tomorrow’s trip to former Football League outfit Macclesfield Town as another mark of how far the club has come. Just 12 seasons ago the Spitfires were plotting their march to future glory in the Wessex League,

  • Feeney in sparkling form

    AFC Totton strike ace Craig Feeney heads into tomorrow’s FA Cup preliminary round tie at home to Gillingham Town in sparkling form. The former Totton & Eling and Blackfield & Langley hot-shot tops the Southern One South & West scoring

  • Man vs food-style challenge beaten - by a size six woman

    IT is the supersize eating challenge that has made grown men cry. Hundreds of people have travelled across the country to take on a Southampton diner's humungous burger - but all had failed. But now Buzz's Diner in Southampton High Street will

  • Clubs reject Salisbury City bid to join Sydenham League

    SYDENHAMS League clubs have voted unanimously to reject Salisbury City's application to join the Wessex ranks. With the consent of the Football Association, the league called an extraordinary general meeting after being contacted by Salisbury’s

  • Hundreds celebrate life of popular dad

    IT WAS a fitting farewell to a hugely popular man who lived life to the full. Hundreds of people gathered at Romsey Abbey yesterday to say goodbye to dad-of-one Quinton Garrathy. The 38-year-old was killed in a road collision on the Caribbean

  • Classic contenders are coming to Cowes

    The Solent will again reverberate to the sound of high powered, high octane powerboats this weekend. The Cowes Classic – billed as the world’s most prestigious offshore powerboat race – takes place on Sunday ... and in a much anticipated change

  • Cox signing boosts Brock squad

    BROCKENHURST have bolstered their table-topping squad by signing Danny Cox from newly-promoted Southern League outfit Sholing. Cox was in his second spell with the Boatmen, having returned there from Winchester City in 2012. The 23-year-old

  • Sentiment won't get in Malone's way

    WINCHESTER City’s director of football Dave Malone will not let sentiment get in the way of FA Cup ambition at his old club Bashley tomorrow. Having had a spell as Bash chairman back in 2001, Malone was saddened to see the cash-strapped New Forest

  • City bridge to stay shut for a further two-and-a-half months

    JUST as the end was in sight for roadworks that have shut a key city bridge for months, road bosses have announced it will stay closed for a further two-and-a-half months. Central Bridge in Southampton has been closed since March as part of a £1.6

  • Company director faces jail after worker crushed to death

    A COMPANY director who was illegally running a firm when a worker was crushed to death is today facing prison. Paul O’Boyle has been warned he could be sent to jail for fraud offences and breaching a string of health and safety regulations following