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School pays tribute to Rugby star Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu during a visit to Ballard School in Hampshire, pictured with the deputy head David Dunn and Headmaster Alastair Reid Credit: Ballard School

The headmaster of a school in Hampshire which was visited by the rugby star Jonah Lomu has paid tribute to him, after the sportsman's death at the age of forty.

The New Zealander became famous all over the world after his performance in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He retired in 2002 due to a rare kidney disease, and had suffered from health problems ever since.

Jonah Lomu played a part of the promotional tour of the Webb Ellis trophy for this year's Rugby World Cup and visited many locations in the UK.

A giant in the world of rugby, New Zealand-born Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40 Credit: PA

Mourners on social media are using the twitter hashtag #RIPJonah to salute the memory of the All Blacks' legendary sporting hero.

Jonah Lomu visited the independent Ballard School in New Milton last month to speak to pupils.

"Ballard School was devastated to hear of the death of rugby star, Jonah Lumo. We flew the New Zealand flag at half-mast out of respect and also remembered him in our Senior Assembly today.

Jonah visited Ballard a few weeks ago having responded to an invitation from Ballard parents and staff who knew him well. We have been supporting Naomi House children’s hospice, as had Mr Lumo, and he came to speak to our pupils in assembly about the importance of schooling, perseverance and aiming for excellence.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

– Alastair Reid, Ballard School Headmaster

Raymond Blanc's restaurant saved form blaze

Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton was saved after a fire broke out Credit: ITV Meridian

Smoke detectors have saved Raymond Blanc's famous restaurant in Oxfordshire.

Fire crews tackled a chimney blaze at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton.

The building was quickly evacuated and there was little damage thanks to an early warning from smoke sensors


Pedestrian killed in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision in New Milton after a pedestrian died.

Hampshire Constabulary was called at 5.43pm last night when the collision occurred between a pedestrian and a car in Caird Avenue near the junction with Inglewood Drive.

Part of Caird Avenue was closed until approximately 9.20pm while police carried out initial enquiries at the collision scene.

The pedestrian, an 86-year-old man from New Milton, was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination will take in due course to help establish the cause of death.

Next-of-kin have been informed. Police won't be in a position to publish the man's name until all formal identification procedures are complete.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old man from Lymington, was not injured. He has voluntarily given an account to the police. He was not arrested.

A key line of enquiry is identifying and speaking with motorists and pedestrians who were in Caird Avenue between Ashley Road and the Tesco roundabout between 5.30pm and 5.40pm last night. Anyone who was in this area between these times could be an important witness to the collision and the circumstances immediately beforehand.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact officers from Hampshire Constabulary's Roads Policing Unit (RPU) at Totton police station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Report. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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.

Police appeal for witnesses after pensioner dies in New Forest crash

Police appeal for help Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal accident in New Milton just before 10.30am on Thursday, August 14.

A Vauxhall Vivaro van was involved in a collision with an 84-year-old man on Spencer Road at the junction with Ashley Road. Sadly the pedestrian, William Hall who was from New Milton, died at the scene.

Road closures were put into place for a number of hours to allow crash scene investigators to work at the scene.

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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.

Calling all skydivers! Help wanted

L/Bdr Ben Parkinson MBE holds the Olympic torch during the 2012 record attempt at Netheravon, Wilts. Credit: Pilgrim Bandits

A Hampshire based charity has put out a call to find daredevil volunteers willing to skydive on June 8th at Netheravon in Wiltshire.

Following the success of The Pilgrim Bandits previous jump last year, when a total of 205 chutes filled the skies, the charity is aiming to smash their own unofficial world record.

A Guinness World Records adjudicator has also been invited.

The Pilgrim Bandits were formed by ex-special forces personnel with the aim of providing hope and motivation through expeditions and physical challenges for wounded men and women for all the services.

Wounded amputee servicemen, both serving and veteran include Rifleman Paul Jacobs, who lost his sight in Afghanistan and the Charity’s ambassador patron Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE.

He said: “I’d like to urge anyone who thinks they might like to have a go to sign up – it’s a great day out and all the monies raised go to this great charities work.”

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Was this sheep the victim of April Fools' prank?

Rescued sheep Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA has released this photo of a rare black sheep found tied by a shoelace to play equipment in a Hampshire pub garden.

Staff at the Ashley Pub, in New Milton, found the animal with a blue lace tied around its neck on April Fools' Day.

It's thought the sheep could have been left as a prank.

The charity is now appealing for witnesses, as well as anyone who might know who owns the sheep, to come forward.

RSPCA appeal after black sheep 'fools prank'

A rare black sheep was found tied by a shoelace to play equipment in a Hampshire pub garden, prompting the RSPCA to appeal for witnesses.

Staff at the Ashley Pub, in New Milton, found the animal with a blue lace tied around its neck on April Fools' Day.

They looked after the ewe until RSPCA staff arrived and safely removed her to the RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Shelter.

The young ewe is believed to be a rare breed Shetland Sheep. Enquires have been made among local sheep farmers but the RSPCA has not been able to find the owner.

This is clearly not an animal that is used to being tethered and would panic when approached by people, this method of tethering could have caused the sheep a serious injury had it been so spooked by something that it desperately tried to get away.

"I strongly suspect this poor animal is the victim of some sort of April Fools' prank. It has a shaved patch of fleece on the hind left side and rump but otherwise no identifying features."

– RSPCA Insp Graham Hammond

The charity is now appealing for witnesses, as well as anyone who might know who owns the sheep, to come forward. Anyone with information should call 0300 1238018 and leave a message for Inspector Hammond.

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