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Injured pensioner speaks about ordeal from hospital

A pensioner from the New Forest in Hampshire has spoken out about the moment he says he was knocked over and left for dead in a hit and run incident on a country road.

87-year-old Ron Seabright was walking his dog along Cowpitts Lane in Ringwood when he was struck by a car. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries. Mr Seabright has spoken exclusively to ITV Meridian, from hospital, about his ordeal.

Calls to protect New Forest ponies on fireworks night

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Fireworks display organisers in the New Forest are being asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

The National Park Authority says livestock can be easily frightened by loud bangs and bright lights on Guy Fawkes Night, causing them to panic and to run into the road or into fencing and injure themselves.

Fiona Macdonald, Chairman of the New Forest Equine Forum, said: 'We want everyone to enjoy the Bonfire night celebrations. However, we would ask that anyone thinking about organising a local firework display speak to their neighbouring landowners first so that those responsible for grazing animals can take necessary precautions to safeguard their stock. Horses are easily spooked by a sudden burst of fireworks, which can cause them a great deal of distress.'


Five arrested over New Forest burglaries

Five arrested by Hampshire Police over burglaries Credit: PA

Four men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in the New Forest. Police in Southampton raided a number of properties in Paignton Road, Victory Road, Palm Road and Fraser Close this morning.

Officers from CID, the Force Support Unit, the Dog Unit, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Response and Patrol were involved in the warrants. They are part of Operation Guzzi which is an ongoing investigation into burglaries across the New Forest and neighbouring areas.

Four men aged 20, 24, 32 and 43, and one woman, aged 30, all from Southampton are currently in custody.

Concerns over wild food foraging in the New Forest

Wild food foraging is growing in popularity Credit: ITV news

The New Forest is being stripped of mushrooms as wild food foraging gains popularity. That's according to the Hampshire Fungus Recording Group - which is calling on the Forestry Commission to impose a ban on ALL mushroom picking. They say the popularity is in part due to TV foodies and celebrity chefs.

Mushroom picking for commercial gain is illegal, but the general public are allowed a total of 1.5kg of mushrooms per person, per day. Society member Sara Cadbury said: " All these programmes about the 'wild food' craze and foraging in the forest merely serve to popularise the idea of mushroom picking. Fungus is a central part to the web of life - nearly all plants and trees rely on them for their growth, as do many invertebrates."

Foragers say a blanket ban on picking mushrooms would be a tragedy. A spokesman for the Forestry Commission said: "We do control and permit events in the New Forest and will direct organised groups to less sensitive sites and discourage them from cutting or picking fungi. By promoting the Fungi Pickers' Code of Conduct we want everyone to have a sensible approach to collecting fungi and only for personal use. We are very aware of the concerns regarding the impacts of unauthorised commercial picking and are working to develop a more robust approach to this in the New Forest, which must be practical and enforceable."

Man rescued after falling down a well in New Forest

Firefighters have rescued a man in his 60s who fell 30ft down a well in Linford.

Crews from three different counties attended the scene yesterday afternoon, where the man, who cannot swim, was stuck in the large well inside a barn.

A life jacket was given to the man, before a firefighter was lowered down to save him. He was lifted to safety in a harness and taken to hospital in an ambulance.

We are extremely pleased that, after falling such a long way down the well, the man has now been released from hospital and is recovering well at home

– Station Manager Greg Garrett

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.


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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