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Mourners pay touching tribute to Lily and Abbey

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers died after a car crash in Lyndhurst

A memorial service has been held for two teenage girls who were killed in a car crash in the New Forest a week ago.

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers, both aged nineteen, died when the car in which they were passengers smashed into a wall in Lyndhurst.

Today family and friends gathered at nearby Boltons Bench for the ceremony including a minute's applause to celebrate their lives. Richard Slee reports.

Hundreds of people gather at memorial for Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers

Memorial service to be held for Lily and Abbey

Lily Butterfield-Godwin and Abbey Rogers died in a crash last weekend Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

A memorial service will be held today for two teenage girls who died in a car crash in the New Forest.

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 last Saturday morning. The 21-year-old driver and another girl were injured and taken to Southampton General Hospital.

Investigations into how the incident happened are continuing.


Lyndhurst Park Hotel to close after making losses

Operators of Lyndhurst Park Hotel have announced that they are planning to close the 59-bedroom hotel in the New Year after making losses.

Located on the High Street in the centre of the New Forest village, St James’s Hotel Group acquired the three-star hotel after the collapse of the parent company Forestdale in March this year.

Nicholas Crawley said he believes "the redevelopment of the site will bring major benefits to the town". Credit: LyndhurstParkHotel

Nicholas Crawley, managing director of St James’s Hotel Group, said:

Unfortunately, the hotel has continued to lose money this year. It is an old building in a poor state of repair which would require huge amounts of further investment to bring it up-to-date and give it a viable future as a hotel.

We have, therefore, accepted an offer for the purchase of the site which is likely to result in the total redevelopment of the site and the opening of some new type of serviced holiday accommodation.

We have already informed all staff that their current positions will cease to exist and we are working with them to find alternative roles within the group where possible.

– Nicholas Crawley

The hotel, which employs 13 full-time staff plus eight casual staff, has accepted an offer for the purchase of the four-acre site for redevelopment.

Fireworks thrown at horse rider

Police at Lyndhurst are appealing for information after a pedestrian and a horse and rider had live fireworks thrown at them from people in a car.

It happened on Wednesday in Winsor Road.

The car is believed to be dark blue, possibly an old model BMW estate car, and the same car is believed to have been sighted near Tatchbury Mount Hospital and in Tatchbury Lane and Loperwood about the same time.

Collision between ambulance and lorry near Lyndhurst

An ambulance and a lorry have been involved in a collision near Lyndhurst in the New Forest.

A patient was on board the ambulance, who has been transferred to another ambulance following the collision and taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment to their existing condition.

The ambulance sustained damage to its front end. The two paramedics on board have both been taken to hospital for routine check-ups but neither are believed to have sustained any significant injury.

The lorry sustained minor damage, and the lorry driver was uninjured.

Police remain at scene, and motorists are advised that there will be short delays to traffic passing through that area for the next couple of hours whilst the scene is cleared and enquiries conducted.

E-fits released after New Milton burglary

An e-fit image needed to identify after a burglary in New Milton Credit: Hampshire Police

Lyndhurst Police are appealing for information after the release of e-fit images after a burglary in New Milton.

The incident took place between 10am and 4.45pm on 9th July at a flat above Pampered Beauty Salon on Old Milton Road.

An e-fit of a person police would like to speak to in connection with a burglary Credit: Hampshire Police

A caller said he had her purse and cards stuck in a cash point. He attempted to get her PIN but she refused.

After the call, the salon owner found her purse and bank cards had been stolen from the upstairs flat.

The e-fit images are of a man and woman who were seen at the salon on the day of the burglary.


Police officer seriously injured in New Forest crash

A police officer has been seriously hurt in the New Forest after his motorbike collided with a van near Lyndhurst. The officer, a man aged in his 40s, was on duty when his marked BMW motorbike collided with a grey Volkswagen Caddy.

The officer sustained serious but not life threatening injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. The driver of the Volkswagen is being interviewed, no arrest has been made. The A337 remains closed while forensic examinations take place.

Call for witnesses after Lyndhurst collision

Hampshire police are appealing for witnesses after a collision yesterday in Lyndhurst involving a car and a pedestrian.

The incident occurred at 4.10pm as the female pedestrian went to cross near the junction of Gosport Lane and High Street and was hit by a red Ford Ka.

She sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital.

The driver of the Ka, a woman, was shaken but uninjured.

Witnesses to this collision are asked to contact PC Phil Pentelow at Totton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Kennington.