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Man due in court over teenagers' deaths in car crash

Passengers Abbey Rogers & Lily Godwin died after car hit a wall Credit: Facebook

A man is due in court this morning charged with causing the deaths of two teenagers in a crash.

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers, who were both 19 years old, died when the car in which they were passengers hit a wall on Gosport Lane in Lyndhurst in December.

21-year-old James Battrick from Cadnam is due at Bournemouth Crown Court.

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Appeal after teenage boy assaulted

Were you in the Bolderwood Road area of the New Forest on Saturday April 11?

Did you see an altercation between a man and a teenage boy on a skateboard near to the A31 roadbridge?

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 13-year-old boy was assaulted while he was out skateboarding with friends between 11.30am and 12.30pm. The boy was recording his friend as he skateboarded along the road when a man driving a dark-coloured Vauxhall car appeared to try and run the boy off the road.

The boy then shouted and the man stopped his car and approached him. He grabbed the boy before pushing him to the ground and standing on his ankle and foot.

The man then also made the boy delete the footage from his camera before leaving the scene in his car.

The man is described as white, aged about 40, about 6ft 5ins tall and of a large build. He had a long ginger beard and was wearing a hat, jeans and a jacket.

“This was a cowardly assault on a defenceless young boy which has resulted in the victim sustained a broken ankle and chipped on on his foot. The weather was good this day and so the area was likely to have been busy with cyclists, dog walkers and tourists and I would urge anyone with any information or who witnessed the incident to contact me."

– PC Jason Andrews

Abbey and Lily, born on same day, die together in crash

Family and friends of two teenage girls, killed in an horrific car crash at the weekend, are still trying to come to terms with their loss.

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers, born on the same day 19 years ago, died together when the car in which they were passengers smashed into a wall.

It happened in Gosport Lane at Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. The 21-year-old driver and another girl were injured and taken to Southampton General Hospital.

Investigations into how the incident happened have been continuing throughout the day. Richard Slee reports.

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680 speeding offences detected in New Forest last month

New technology, used by speed enforcement officers to concentrate on reducing animal related accidents on the roads, detected 680 speed-related offences in the New Forest during October.

The majority of these drivers, who were caught in the first month of the project, will be offered a place on a speed awareness course.

The Hampshire Constabulary speeding officers targeted evening commuting times when the greatest number of animals are injured, and used infra-red camera technology to detect speeding offences at night.

Hampshire Constabulary Road Safety Sergeant, Rob Heard, said:

The results for October highlight the importance of this partnership approach to reducing speed in the New Forest. They show we are targeting the right areas and that people are speeding through the New Forest.

We sincerely hope our enforcement will remind drivers of the importance of keeping within the speed limit at all times of the day and hope that it will contribute to a reduction in speed and a reduction in the number of injuries to both people and animals.

– Rob Heard

This project is a partnership between the Verderers of the New Forest, The Commoners Defence Association, and Hampshire Constabulary.

Overturned lorry in New Forest - delays on A31

The A31 westbound at the New Forest in Hampshire remains closed because of an overturned lorry and recovery work between M27 J1 / B3079 (Cadnam) and A338 Salisbury Road (Ringwood).

The A-road has been down to one lane since 4:30am, but a full closure is now in place from M27 J2 via the A35. The road is not expected to reopen until about midday.

There is only local access to exit the M27 at J1, and to/from the A31 in the New Forest.

Diversion in place: from M27 J2 Ower, follow the Hollow Circle Symbol via A326 to Totton and A35 south via Lyndhurst towards A338 at Bournemouth.

Police name man killed in New Forest crash

Police have named a man who died in a road crash in the New Forest as William George Cooper.

William Cooper Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The 30-year-old from Ibsley, Ringwood, was in a Ford Transit van which left the carriageway and struck a tree at approximately 4.30am on Sunday, October 5 on a section of road on the A338 between Fordingbridge and Ringwood.

The police have released a statement on behalf of Mr Cooper's family:

A fun loving, warm hearted son, brother and uncle will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

– Hampshire Constabulary

Cyclist maps out giant bike

A cyclist from Salisbury has created a unique work of art in the New Forest and Dorset - creating a bike using a cycle route website.

David Taylor mapped out his bike by cycling 212 miles Credit: Strava

David Taylor from Salisbury mapped out his giant bike last month by carefully following a 212 mile route around the New Forest and Dorset.

His picture has appeared on the popular cycling challenge website, Strava after he uploaded the ride to his profile. It took him a staggering 13 hours to complete the ride.

He told Cycling Weekly magazine: "I actually missed some turns so had to redesign as I went. Still, you can see what it’s meant to be."

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