Bear takes space flight

Students at a Hampshire school have launched a teddy bear into space as part of a physics outreach project with Southampton University.

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Photographer wins a first

The first equestrian photographer to achieve a 'fellowship' - the highest accolade in photography - is Emily Hancock from the New Forest.

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Increase in animal accidents on New Forest roads

Motorists are being urged to slow down whilst driving on New Forest roads as last year saw an increase in animals being hit by vehicles.

In 2013, a total of 104 animals were killed or injured on the roads, compared to a record low 82 in 2012.

Generally, the number of accidents has dropped from the early 90's when the 40mph limits were introduced.

Sue Westwood, clerk to the Verderers said, "A number of initiatives to combat animal accidents are in place including reflective pony collars, road signs, traffic calming measures and enforcement of the 40mph speed limit."

A four wheel drive car after a collision with an animal in the New Forest Credit: New Forest National Park

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Unearthing the secret WWII bunker in the New Forest

by Martin Dowse

We know it as a place of peace and beauty, but the New Forest saw more than its share of action during the Second World War.

A team of archaeologists are now trying to learn more about a secret bunker deep in the Forest which was one of the most bombed places in Britain.

It had all manner of explosives dropped on it - and all of them were our own. Including the biggest conventional bomb built in the War. Martin Dowse has been finding out more.

VIDEO: Horses rescued from flooded fields in Dorset

A herd of horses have been rescued from flood waters at Christchurch in Dorset. The animals were stranded in a flooded field, next to the fast flowing River Avon. Officers from the RSPCA eventually managed to lead them to safety, in an operation which took several hours to complete.

Officers said the complex operation near Stoney Lane in Christchurch took place in dangerous conditions. It took several hours because the animals, being wild, were uncooperative, but they were all eventually led to safety. The horses have been moved to a dry area with food and water.

RSPCA officers cut through fences to rescue horses from flooded fields

RSPCA rescue teams waded through the flood water to cut through fences Credit: Fire Aid/Simon Rowley
The waters had reached waist deep on what used to be the banks of the River Avon Credit: Fire Aid/Simon Rowley
The horses make their way to drier ground (if there is such a thing) Credit: Fire Aid/Simon Rowley

RSPCA rescue crews from Dorset were called out to rescue horses trapped in a flooded field at Christchurch. They worked for more than four hours to cut through fences - often in water that was coming up to their waists. Eventually all the animals were led to drier ground.

New Forest unveil community involvement

The New Forest National Park Authority has set out how it involves the local community in its work.

The New Forest has released a new 'Statement of Community Involvement' which sets out how people can get involved in the Authority's work.

A wide range of methods are already used to involve and update local people and groups in the New Forest, these include: regular liaison meetings with all town and parish councils within the National Park, using social media, and through eight Local Information Points across the New Forest.

The document encourages people to sign up to our regular email newsletter, which provides free monthly updates on events, projects and consultations. You can also see any consultations currently being run on our website."

– David Illsley, Policy Manager

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Power companies offer to fund £40 Xmas dinner as thousands are still cut off following storms

Venues can email SDCSupportContact@ukpowernetworks.co.uk or call 0800 028 0959.

Customers can contact the company on 0800 783 8838 (East) or 0800 783 8866 (South East).

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Company spokesman Matt Rudling said: "We're conscious that a few people's Christmas dinners are going to be ruined so we're trying to find ways we can help."

He said the company would "foot the bill" to the tune of £40 per customer

Police warn about bank card scam

Police in Southampton, Eastleigh and the New Forest area are warning people about a bank card cam after a number of incidents.

The scammers tried at least 5 times on Monday to carry out their con and on one occasion they were successful.

In each case a person received a call from someone pretending to be from the police saying they had been victims of fraud.

They then tried to get personal information out of them including bank details.

In one case a woman from Shirley did as instructed and a man came to pick up the cards which were later used to withdraw £100 before the woman cancelled her cards.

Police are advising people to hang up if someone asks for their bank details or pin numbers.

Three indecent assaults on women in three days

Three women have been indecently assaulted over three days in Lymington in the New Forest. The suspect is described as white, 5ft 7 tall, around 17-years-old and he was wearing a black hooded top and carrying a red rucksack.

At 7.50pm on Wednesday, the suspect indecently touched a 35-year-old woman over her clothing in St Thomas Street. At 3.20pm on Thursday a woman reported a man was exposing himself on the High Street. Then at 5pm on Friday, a 37-year-old woman was indecently touched over her clothing in Quay Street.

Detective Inspector Fiona Bitters said: 'We believe these incidents are linked and we want to identify the man responsible to prevent any further offences. Please be reassured that incidents of this nature are very rare and we are doing everything we can.'

Witnesses can call Southampton CID on 101.

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