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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."

Three more arrests in Pennie Davis murder inquiry

Pennie Davis Credit: Meridian

Three more people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pennie Davis.

Hampshire Police said they had detained a 28-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man and 46-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The mother-of-five, 47, was stabbed to death as she tended to her horses in the New Forest on September 2.

The latest arrests bring the total number of people detained over the incident to eight

Man in court charged with murdering Pennie Davis

Pennie Davis

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of mother-of-five Pennie Davis. Thirty-six-year-old Justin Robertson, of no fixed abode, will now appear at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday (Sept 17.) Pennie Davis was found with multiple stab wounds at a field in Beaulieu where she was tending her horses. Mr Robertson spoke to confirm his name and date of birth.


Man charged with mum's murder in the New Forest

Victim Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest have this afternoon charged a man with murder following a joint decision with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Justin Robertson, 36, of no fixed abode, is accused of murdering Pennie on September 2. He will remain in custody and appear before Southampton Magistrates Court on Monday morning. Her family has been informed.

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: 'I have authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis, 47, from Blackfield, on 2 September.

'It is alleged that Mrs Davis was found killed when she was tending to her horses in a paddock near Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu. Her husband Peter Davis found her dead; she had sustained several stab wounds.

'I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis.

'Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.'

Couple injured after bottle attack

A man was hit over the head with a bottle and his girlfriend punched in the head. Credit: Press Association Images

Hampshire Police have launched an investigation after a young couple were assaulted whilst on their way home from a night out during the early hours of this morning.

At around 1.30am today, the couple, who are both local, were walking home from the Rydal Public House in New MIlton when they were assaulted.

The man, 23, was hit over the head with a bottle, and his girlfriend, 22, punched in the head. They were taken to Bournemouth General Hospital for treatment.

The scene has been cordoned off for a crime scene investigation. Police are today conducting inquiries to find those responsible.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information which could help should call New Milton police on 101. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New Forest murder- Police given more time to question suspect

Detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team have tonight been granted a further 25 hours to question a 36-year-old man in connection with the murder of Pennie Davis.

A 28-year-old woman from Hythe who was arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released on bail until November 3, pending further enquiries.

Police continue to ask people with information about Pennie’s murder to contact them in confidence.

In particular, they would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Pennie’s work at Sainsbury’s on Hampton Lane, Blackfield between 1.30 and 3pm, Tuesday, September 2.

Pennie, a 47-year-old mum of five from Blackfield, left work and drove in her dark green Toyota Land Cruiser to the field by Leygreen Farm near Beaulieu where she was found later that afternoon.

She suffered multiple stab wounds.

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