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Trees checked on golf course after man crushed

Specialists are checking trees, which are more than 100 years old, on a New Forest golf course after a man was crushed by one yesterday in strong winds.

The gardener was on a ride-on-lawnmower at the time and is suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

It happened at Dibden Golf Centre near Southampton.

The man, who is in his 40s, remains in hospital tonight.

As Richard Slee reports.

Buddy's tale: How social media helped find a much-loved missing family dog

Buddy, a five-year-old Collie, ran away after being spooked by fireworks.

It took one week, a social media appeal and searches involving dozens of people for it to pay off for one family who lost their much loved dog.

He disappeared into the New Forest miles away from home.

His owners Steve Olsen and daughter Stacey Page tell us their story.


Beach closed after landslide, another landslip expected

Landslip at Barton on Sea Credit: New Forest District Council

A landslide has happened overnight at Barton on Sea in the New Forest. Debris from cliff tops fell onto the beach below.

There are no reports of any injuries, but the district council's coastal team has closed the area and put up warning signs at access points and on the beach below. The beach will remain closed off until the cliff stabilises.

The area has been fenced off for public safety

"The warning now from our coastal scientists, who have assessed the cliff there last night and this morning, is that the area is highly likely to see more significant movement and another landslip. We strongly advise that the area of the cliff top and the beach below should not be accessed by the public."

– New Forest District Council's coastal team


Power cuts and rain for Dorset & the New Forest

Heavy thunderstorms brought our extended summer to a dramatic end overnight - in a twist to what has been the hottest September in 100 years.

Dorset and the New Forest were among the hardest hit last night - homes struck by lightning, schools closed and roads flooded, and thousands of homes left without power. The storm arrived in Dorset at 1am and slowly made its way east. At it's peak, more than an inch of rain fell in Swanage in just one hour, overwhelming drains and flooding homes.

In Christchurch, a house caught fire when it was struck by lightning, causing the roof to collapse. Rachel Hepworth reports on today's clean-up after the storm.

Teenager in critical condition after car hits escaped pony

A teenage girl is fighting for her life in hospital after the car she was travelling in hit a pony overnight.

The crash happened on the A35 between Hinton and Holmsley Credit: Google Maps

The 18-year-old girl, from Brockenhurst, New Hampshire, was a passenger in the silver Volkswagen Polo when it crashed into the New Forest pony on the A35 between Hinton and Holmsley, shortly after 11pm.

She suffered life-threatening injuries and is in a critical condition in hospital. Officers from Hampshire Police said her next of kin had been informed.

The driver, a woman from Sway, and another female passenger, both 18, were not injured, but the pony died at the scene of the crash.

Investigators believe the pony had escaped onto the road through a gate which may have been left open by a member of the public.

Drivers who run down New Forest animals could face cruelty charges

Drivers could face an animal cruelty charges Credit: ITV

Drivers who knock down animals in the New Forest could be prosecuted for animal cruelty unless they phone police straight away.

Ponies, cattle and donkeys have right of way on forest roads, but there has been an increase in hit-and-run accidents.

A reward of £1,000 is being offered to catch the driver who killed two donkeys earlier this month. One of the donkeys was pregnant.

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