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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."


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.'

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