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History of the region's Lady and the Rebel retold

It's the classic story of the lady and the rebel. One followed social conventions. The other rebelled against them.

They were both members of the aristocratic Montagu family and now their very different lifestyle is the subject of an intriguing exhibition at the stately home at Beaulieu in the New Forest.

Our reporter Richard Jones has been taking a look at the fortunes of two contrasting characters.


Three more arrests in Pennie Davis murder inquiry

Pennie Davis Credit: Meridian

Three more people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pennie Davis.

Hampshire Police said they had detained a 28-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man and 46-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The mother-of-five, 47, was stabbed to death as she tended to her horses in the New Forest on September 2.

The latest arrests bring the total number of people detained over the incident to eight

Man in court charged with murdering Pennie Davis

Pennie Davis

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of mother-of-five Pennie Davis. Thirty-six-year-old Justin Robertson, of no fixed abode, will now appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday (Sept 17.) Pennie Davis was found with multiple stab wounds at a field in Beaulieu where she was tending her horses. Mr Robertson spoke to confirm his name and date of birth.


Man charged with mum's murder in the New Forest

Victim Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest have this afternoon charged a man with murder following a joint decision with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Justin Robertson, 36, of no fixed abode, is accused of murdering Pennie on September 2. He will remain in custody and appear before Southampton Magistrates Court on Monday morning. Her family has been informed.

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: 'I have authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis, 47, from Blackfield, on 2 September.

'It is alleged that Mrs Davis was found killed when she was tending to her horses in a paddock near Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu. Her husband Peter Davis found her dead; she had sustained several stab wounds.

'I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis.

'Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.'

Line of toy cars at Beaulieu aims to break world record

The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is hoping to set a new world record later for the longest ever line of toy cars. More than 15,000 miniature cars will be lined up nose to tail along a two-kilometre route around the museum and its grounds.

Toy cars will be lined up in an attempt to break a world record Credit: ITV Meridian

Several celebrities have donated models to the attempt, including racing driver Sir Stirling Moss.

Andy Ollerenshaw, from Beaulieu's Events team, said: "*It will be an exciting event to come and watch on the day. *

Display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu Credit: ITV Meridian

"Children who bring two or more toy cars today will get half-price admission to Beaulieu. To qualify, donated cars can be of any type designed to be played with by hand including cars, lorries, tractors and quad bikes but not large enough to sit on."**

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