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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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New Forest race sabotaged by tacks

A New Forest cycle race was disrupted after tacks were placed along the race course to puncture tyres.

Cyclists who took part in the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive race suffered punctures at the event on Saturday.

Hampshire Police conducted house-to-house inquiries in the village of Bransgore after 15 cyclists suffered punctures.

This is the second time the race has been targeted and it came after posters were put up locally warning of the 'abuse of our tranquil locality' caused by the 2000 competitors.

It was surprising and disappointing to see a handful of anti-cycling campaigners trying to disrupt the event again this year by throwing tacks on to the road on several occasions. Our support teams, however, cleared these away before they could harm the riders, local drivers and New Forest animals."

– Martin Barden, from race organiser UK Cycling Events

"Lights between the Trees" captures tranquil New Forest

Danielle won the Seasonal Snaps photo competition with this picture of the New Forest called 'Lights between the trees' Credit: Danielle Painting

Nearly 100 people submitted their pictures of the New Forest to hopefully win the Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

But only one could win and the prize went to Danielle Painting from Bournemouth.

Her picture, named "Lights between the trees" captures the forest in the autumn.

Danielle said, "I am delighted to have won. I can not wait for the next Seasonal Snaps this summer to inspire even more great pictures of the National Park."

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Number of cannabis plants discovered at industrial unit

Hampshire Police have uncovered a suspected cannabis factory in the New Forest.

Two men, aged 25 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and are currently in police custody.

The discovery was made at unit on Millstream Industrial Estate on Christchurch Road in New Milton.

A large number of cannabis plants that covered two floors of the unit were found.

Acting Inspector Simon Flint said, "This appears to have been a large scale operation based on the number of plants at the premises."

Second World War defence plans go on show

Detailed plans of how a Hampshire village would have been defended during the Second World War have been made available to the public for the first time.

They were drawn up by a Home Guard commander in Beaulieu - shedding light on how serious the threat of German invasion was taken and how different real life was - from the one depicted in the old TV hit Dad's Army. Richard Jones reports.

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Flooded field turns into co-called 'waterbed'

Flooding has turned a section of ground in the New Forest - into a sort of water bed.

This footage filmed by some local walkers shows the land undulating under foot - well we wanted to find out what was going on - and if this 'quaking bog' - is anything to worry about.

Earlier, ITV Meridian's Phil Hornby caught up with Bryan Wilson from the New Forest National Authority to find out more.

Waterlogged field wobbles and bubbles underfoot

A strange side effect of the recent flooding has caused the ground in a Hampshire field to ripple underfoot.

Ben Havers filmed his friends and their dog bouncing on the waterlogged earth at Canada Common in the New Forest.

“We just happened upon it - there were several similar patches to this one," said Mr Havers. "This was the first one we came across. It was about 10ft sq in area.”

Later in the video the couple pierce the field's surface with a stick, causing wet mud to bubble out of the hole.

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Pensioner with dementia not seen since last night

Police are continuing to search for a missing pensioner from the New Forest who hasn't been seen since last night.

Terrence Gallop, who is 74-years-old and suffers from dementia, was last seen at his care home in Marchwood at around 6:15pm last night.

Overnight, police supported by military soldiers, have searched the area.

It is believed Mr Gallop may have left on foot and has connections to the Totton and Winchester area.

Terrence Gallop hasn't been seen since last night Credit: Hampshire Constabulary
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