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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.

Reward to find driver who killed donkeys

Two donkeys were mowed down in the New Forest on Saturday night Credit: ITV Meridian

A £1000 reward is being offered to find the driver who killed two donkeys in the New Forest.

One of the pet donkeys was pregnant.

Both were mowed down on Saturday night between the Heath roundabout and Beaulieu.

It's believed the car involved was a silver Ford Mondeo.

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Volunteers to clean up national park

The New Forest National Park at Lyndhurst Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in litter picks across the New Forest this weekend as the Clean for The Queen campaign gets underway.

The national event aims to inspire people to clean-up their communities ahead of Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

Members of the public are invited to Lepe Country Park to help clear litter, which can be harmful to wildlife.

Girl, 15, dies in New Forest crash

A 15-year-old girl has died after a crash in the New Forest. Police are asking for help from the public.

The accident involved one car, a Mercedes convertible, at around 8.45pm on Tuesday evening in Hordle Lane. The vehicle collided with a tree.

One of the passengers, a 15-year-old girl from Surrey, sustained fatal injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene.

Two other passengers, an eight-year-old and a ten-year-old, were taken to Southampton General Hospital as a precaution and later discharged.

The 34-year-old driver, from Hordle, was uninjured and arrested by officers. Police are in the process of making formal identification and will not be in a position to confirm the name of the teenager who has died until these procedures are completed.

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New Forest authorities join 'Clean for Queen' initiative

Local authorities in the New Forest are supporting the 'Clean for the Queen' initiative this Spring.

The project is aimed at galvanising communities across the country to help tidy their local environments ahead of celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations later this year.

New Forest District Council, the Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority are all appealing for volunteers to join the campaign.

Mother breaks marathon world record

A mother from Hampshire has broken a world record after completing 60 marathons in 60 days.

Alice Burch from Woodlands in the New Forest broke the record at the Southampton Athletic Track.

Despite swollen ankles and damaged tendons, she managed to complete her challenge, while raising money for the animal charity SPANA.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

Alice runs 60 marathons in 60 days

Alice prepares to set off on her last of her sixty marathons Credit: ITV Meridian

Alice Burch from the New Forest is attempting to break the world record for the number of consecutive marathons run by running sixty marathons in sixty days.

Today she will complete her 60th - running with 60 friends at the sports centre in Southampton as the finale to her achievement.

Alice warms up for her final marathon Credit: ITV Meridian

It has taken her between 4.5 to 6.5 hours hours per marathon.

Alice is raising money for animal charity SPANA which helps to alleviate the suffering of working animals in some of the world's poorest communities in Africa and the Middle East.

To sponsor Alice click here

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