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       WIGHTLINK ADMITS NEW                                                                                                                                                 saving baby                               Forest braced for                                                                      DISTRICT

        FERRIES 80% HEAVIER                                                                                                                                                granddaughter
                                                                                                                                                                             Caught between sandbar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       foot and mouth                                                                         CHRISTCHURCH
                                                                                                                                                                               and beach at Lepe                           HE New Forest’s farming and          cations for the New Forest, following
                 Opponents fear environmental disaster on Lymington River                                                                                                                                             T    tourism industries were bracing      advice from DEFRA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Police hunt ‘needle’ attacker
                                                                                    than the three boats currently oper-
                                                                                                                                                                              MAN was drowned sav
                                                                                                                                                                           Ababy trip todaughbeachlife ing his
                                                                                                                                                                                              ter’s    when a
                                                                                                                                                                                                    turned to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         themselves this week for siege-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         measures to sweep across the area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We stress that the New Forest is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                currently open for business as usual,        Police are hunting a man who may
       IGHTLINK has finally admitted that its new ferries will
  W    displace nearly double the amount of water than the ex-
  isting vessels, which opponents say will cause an environmen-
                                                                                    ating on the Lymington to Yarmouth
                                                                                    route. They will have a loaded draft
                                                                                                                              gate the impact on the environment:
                                                                                                                              “Wightlink claim they have had an
                                                                                                                              environmental impact study done,
                                                                                                                                                                              Edward Moore (43) had been play-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         if the Surrey outbreak of foot and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mouth disease spreads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         With the devastating effects of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                including access to the countryside.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Based on experience from the last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foot and mouth outbreak the New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          have pricked a Christchurch teen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ager with a syringe after apparently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tricking her into “high-fiving” him on
                                                                                    of 2.3 metres, an increase of 0.2         but they have refused to release the         ing ball in waist-high water off a                                                   Forest notifiable animal disease con-
  tal disaster on Lymington River.                                                  metres on the current ships. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2001 crisis at the forefront of their                                               her way home from a night out. He
                                                                                                                              results.                                     sandbar with the 18-month-old, and         minds, farmers were this week intro-      tingency plan has already been acti-
   The company had been accused of         new ferries, which are the same foot-    beam overall will measure 16 metres,         "I really feel that they are getting                                                                                                                                     fled the scene and the woman is now
                                                                                                                                                                           his 11-year-old daughter and her           ducing their own precautions as well      vated and a New Forest liaison group
trying to pull the wool over local         print as the current ferries.”           which represents a 0.8 metre in-          this in through the back door and be-        friend, at about 3pm on Sunday                                                       has already met to monitor the            anxiously awaiting the results of hos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as observing the national ban on                                                    pital tests. Page 3
residents’ eyes by failing to reveal the     Critics of the new ferries have long   crease.                                   fore anyone realises what has hap-           when they got into difficulties. The                                                 situation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      movement of livestock, other than to
true im pact of the new fer ries           claimed that although they appear           “In layman’s terms displacement        pened the ferries will be here. At the       tide came in rapidly as he fetched the     abbatoirs or re moval of dead               “At the present moment there is no
currently un der con struc tion. It        to be only marginally larger than the    means when you put a ship into the        moment 98% of the residents of Lym-          ball from further out in the sea hav-      animals.                                  wider impact for the New Forest; ad-
even insisted that the displacement
could not be calculated until they
                                           current fleet, their increased water
                                           displacement would cause untold
                                                                                    river it is the amount of water that
                                                                                    has to go somewhere else for the ship
                                                                                                                              ington don’t know what is going on
                                                                                                                              but if it is allowed to go ahead these
                                                                                                                                                                           ing left the baby with his daughter.
                                                                                                                                                                              The girl soon got out of her depth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         But an emergency planning team         vice is currently directed to people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                who own livestock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for the Forest was remaining on high
had been water tested.                     damage to the banks of the river and     to float in it. The water is moved        ferries will stir up the bottom banks.       and was forced to hand the baby            alert with contingency plans on             “Farm ers and com mon ers are
                                           surrounding marshes.                     around the river when the ship goes       It will be an environmental disaster.”       back to her father, but he then got                                                  asked to keep a close eye on the                 Hospital beds gloom
   However, after being pressed on the                                                                                                                                                                                standby to isolate cattle, pigs, sheep
issue by the ‘A&T’ on three separate         “In shipping terms, ships are more     up it. The current ferries move an            Although there are strong feelings       trapped by the current. He was able        and all other cloven-hoofed animals,      health of their livestock and report        Campaigners fear for the future of
occasions, the company eventually is-      often than not measured in terms of      enormous amount of water when             against the new ferries, officially the      to keep his granddaughter out of the       and shut human access to the coun-        any thing un usual to the an i mal        inpatient beds at Milford Hospital
sued a statement on Wednesday in           size by their tonnage and not their      they go past and the new ones will be     Lymington harbour commissioners,             water by holding her up over his head      tryside.                                  health divisional veterinary man-         after their latest meeting with NHS
which it said: “The displacement of        dimensions. The proposed new fer-        even worse,” added the crit i cal         whose chief executive and harbour            as he struggled to reach the shore.                                                  ager. The public are reminded not to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The area’s 2,500 depastured cattle                                               chiefs heard strong signals that they
                                           ries are categorically bigger,” said     Lymington sailor, who wished to           m a s t e r R y a n W i l l e g e rs w a s      Family members helped and the                                                     touch animals.”
the new ferries on the Lym ing-                                                                                                                                                                                       and other stock, even wild deer,                                                    could soon be closed. The primary
                                           one critic.                              remain anonymous.                         Wightlink’s operations director until        baby was even tually brought to                                                        The New Forest liaison group con-
ton-Yarmouth route is expected to be                                                                                                                                                                                  woul d       be   ro unded    up     to                                             care trust wants to offer a variety of
                                                                                                                              last July, have not raised any sub-          shore safe and well. However, by the                                                 tains representatives from the For-
1,495 gross tonnes, which is approxi-        The two new vessels, which are           According to another critic there                                                                                               pre-arranged pens and either vacci-                                                 services instead, which MP
                                                                                                                              stantial objections.                         time they had managed to pull Mr                                                     estry Com mis sion, New For est
mately 80% more than the current fer-      cur rently un der con struc tion in      was a growing feeling in Lymington,                                                                                               nated or in the worst case scenario                                                 Desmond Swayne said was “dread-
                                                                                                                                 After concerns were raised by             Moore out of the water with the help                                                 District Council, national park au-
ries. The issue is with the size of the    Croatia, will be four metres longer      that more should be done to investi-                                                                                              slaughtered.
                                                                                                                              members of the Royal Lymington               of other beach-goers, he was uncon-                                                  thority, Commoners’ Defence As-           fully depressing”. Page 11
                                                                                                                              Yacht Club, the harbour commis-                                                            Chris Whitlock, senior group sec-
                                                                                                                                                                           scious from being submerged for too                                                  socia tion and the New For est
                                                                                                                              sioners were prompted to release a                                                      retary of the National Farmers’ Un-
                                                                                                                                                                           long and not breathing.                                                              Tourism Association.
                                                                                                                              statement which said: “The commis-                                                      ion (NFU), said: “Unless we hear the
                                                                                                                              sioners are aware of their obligations
                                                                                                                                                                              Efforts were made to resuscitate
                                                                                                                                                                           him until paramedics and Solent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      area of infection is growing and we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Livestock farmers were claiming to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                already be feeling the effects of the
                                                                                                                              for the safety and the environment,                                                     get more cases it is imperative to
                                                                                                                                                                           Coastguard arrived a few minutes                                                     movement ban, with overcrowding
                                                                                                                              and to this end we are working very                                                     keep the countryside open, but if                                                       Two pony foals orphaned
                                                                                                                                                                           later. Hampshire police also assisted                                                and loss of income from sales.
                                                                                                                              closely with Wightlink to ensure that                                                   there are increases in the present
                                                                                                                                                                           at the scene. Difficulties in getting an                                                    (Continued on page 3)                Two mares who suffered broken
                                                                                                                              the issues associated with the intro-                                                   scale then we shall have to seriously
                                                                                                                                                                           ambulance onto the beach meant             consider footpath closures and other                                                legs from a collision with a car on the
                                                                                                                              duction of the new vessels are prop-         that the still unconscious Mr Moore        measures.”                                                                          Burley to Brockenhurst road had to
                                                                                                                              erly addressed.”
                                                                                                                                 However, critics are now calling for
                                                                                                                              an independent environmental im-
                                                                                                                                                                           had to be airlifted by the Coastguard
                                                                                                                                                                           helicopter together with the two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         He added: “It is a dreadful thing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The ruination factor is just incredi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Driver says                             be put down, leaving their foals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          motherless. It prompted a call to
                                                                                                                              pact study to be carried out, claim-
                                                                                                                              ing that the true impact of the ferries
                                                                                                                                                                              A check-up at Southampton Gen-
                                                                                                                                                                           eral Hospital revealed both girls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ble and doesn’t bear thinking about.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have to somehow judge the situa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tion very carefully and assess the po-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sorry for OAP’s                           crush the cars of drivers who are in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          volved in more than one fatal pony
                                                                                                                              has not been properly addressed.
                                                                                                                              “The whole of the bottom of the river
                                                                                                                              will be stirred by these ferries and
                                                                                                                                                                           were unharmed, but the 43-year-old,
                                                                                                                                                                           of Atherfield Road in Southampton,
                                                                                                                                                                           never regained consciousness and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tential impact on other livestock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      farmers, hotels, bed and breakfasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  road death                              accident. Page 13

                                                                                                                              the river banks will be destroyed. It is
                                                                                                                              an environmental disaster waiting to
                                                                                                                                                                           was pronounced dead on arrival.
                                                                                                                                                                           Both Hampshire Ambulance Service              The misery of the 2001 epidemic is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      still fresh in the minds of locals in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AN elderly driver made knocked-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          an emo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tional apology to the family of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mudeford pensioner she
                                                                                                                              happen and no one seems to be act-           and Solent Coastguard praised the
                                                                                                                              ing on it. I hope that either the town                                                  farming and tourism who, although         over and fatally injured on a pedes-      Royal mini-caravan pitches up!
                                                                                                                                                                           quick-thinking actions of everyone
                                                                                                                              council or the Royal Lymington                                                          not experiencing the burning pyres        trian crossing after driving through
                                                                                                                                                                           who tried to save his life.                                                                                                      A child-sized caravan once played
                                                                                                                              Yacht Club will do something when                                                       seen else where, lost mil lions of        a red traffic light.
                                                                                                                                                                              “Members of the public and coast-                                                   Seventy-six-year-old sports en-         with by a young Prince Charles and
                                                                                                                              all this come to light,” the local sailor    guard co-responders administered           pounds in revenue.
                                                                                                                              added.                                                                                     With the Forest only 60 miles away     thusiast Beryl Scragg lost her life six   Princess Anne has stopped off at the
                                                                                                                                                                           essential first aid to the patient prior
 TROUBLED WATERS: THE DESIGN OF THE CONTROVERSIAL NEW FERRIES                                                                    In the state ment is sued on              to the arrival of ambulance crew and       from the farms at the centre of the       weeks after the collision in Christ-      National Motor Museum in
                                                                                                                              Wednesday, Wightlink also said:                                                         current outbreak, some landowners         church on January 19th when Teresa        Beaulieu. A gift from the Caravan
                                                                                                                                                                           this would have given the gentleman                                                  Sanders,       from   The     Close,
                                                                                                                              “The environmental study that has            the best chance of survival,” said a       have already been placing disin-                                                    Club in 1955, its visit is part of the or-
                                                                                                                              been conducted contains confiden-                                                       fected mats for cars to drive over and    Barton-on-Sea, had a “momentary

        Gun-toting robber jailed
                                                                                                                                                                           spokesperson for the ambulance                                                       lapse of concentration” and crashed       ganisation’s centenary, whose ar-
                                                                                                                              tial information between Wightlink           service.                                   foot baths to clean shoes. Disinfec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tant was reportedly sold out at local     into her as she crossed Somerford         chives are looked after by the
                                                                                                                              and Lymington Harbour Commis-                   A witness, who had been visiting
                                                                                                                              sioners. However, a copy of the study                                                   agricultural suppliers.                   Road.                                     museum. Page 20
                                                                                                                                                                           the beach with friends when the inci-                                                  “I wish I could explain what hap-
                                                                                                                              has been provided to all advisors and        dent happened, told the ‘A&T’ they            Brian Pass, of Longdown Activity
                                                                                                                              commissioners involved.”                                                                Farm near Ashurst, said staff had         pened, I’ve gone over and over it in
                                                                                                                                                                           were unsure if there was an actual                                                   my mind,” Mrs Sanders (74) told the
                                                                                                                                 Wightlink is a major contributor to                                                  managed to source three months’
Afor awith anofarmedresponsible
       night     gun terror that
                      robbery of
                                      the head with a loaded air pistol at
                                      Threshers in the High Street, Ian
                                      Smith (23) stole cash from the tills,
                                                                                    ‘game’. All of this is deeply troubling
                                                                                    to the court.”                            Lymington’s economy and as a result
                                                                                                                              it has been suggested that some
                                                                                                                                                                           emergency to begin with.
                                                                                                                                                                              “We heard some girls screaming          worth of disinfectant from a supplier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the north of England. He said the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                inquest into Mrs Scragg’s death, at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Continued on page 3)
                                                                                      Under legislation to protect the                                                     and at first thought it was just kids
  the village off-licence has been cigarettes and a customer’s wallet.                                                        groups are unwilling to publicly chal-       playing around, but we soon realised       public was now taking the precau-
                                                                                    public from dangerous offenders,
  jailed for at least four years.       He then walked to Prezzo restau-                                                      lenge it on the new ferries. “They           it was serious,” he said. “Two of my       tions seriously, compared to a more
                                                                                    Smith was jailed for a minimum of
  Threatening to shoot his victims in rant across the road and held-up                                                        have not revealed the fact that the          friends went into the water to help        flippant attitude six years ago.
                                                                                    four years before he can be consid-
                                      kitchen staff in a bid to steal one of                                                  current ferries can carry 130 tonnes         before others managed to get the              However, Lindsay Cornish, chief
                                                                                    ered for parole. The judge said this
                                      their cars. But they escaped through                                                    of cargo and the new vessels will be         man and the baby out.                      executive of the New Forest National
                                                                                    was the equivalent of an eight-year
                                      the front of the building, sparking                                                     able to carry 360 tonnes; that means            “Everyone was in shock and I was        Park Authority and Mike Seddon,
                                                                                    sentence, of which an inmate would
                                      panic among diners.                                                                     that every half- an-hour 460 tonnes          quite sad on Monday when I heard           deputy surveyor for the Forestry
                                                                                    normally serve half.
                                        Later, after a drink at a pub in                                                      of extra cargo could be coming and           that the man had died. It was a har-       Commission, released a joint state-
                                                                                      Smith, of Garden Close, admitted        going around the already congested                                                      ment asking for calm.
                                      Calmore where the weapon was                  one charge each of robbery and theft,                                                  rowing experience and my thoughts
                                      taken from him, Smith faked carry-                                                      roads of Lymington,” said the local          are with the family.”                         It said: “We are working closely to-
                                                                                    two charges of attempted robbery,         sailor.                                                                                 gether, and with the district council,
                                      ing another gun up his jumper and             two charges of possessing an imita-                                                       The witness added his praise to all
                                      demanded cash from the Tesco store                                                         These comments were reiterated            the people who helped at the scene.        landowners, commoners’ represen-
                                      around the corner.                                                                             (Continued on page 3)                         (Continued on page 3)              tatives and other bodies to monitor
                                        Southampton Crown Court heard                                                                                                                                                 the situation in Surrey and its impli-
                                      that having known one of his victims,
                                      Smith admitted he knew he would be
                                      caught but had lost all inhibitions

                                                                                                Council to part-privatise
                                      after drinking a potent cocktail of al-
                                      cohol and anti-depressants.
                                        Passing sentence, the judge said:
                                      “You present a significant risk to the
                                      public of committing serious harm
                                      because of alcohol [dependence],

   Dangerous: Ian Smith
                                      which in my opinion is deep-seated,
                                      and your drug use, which exacer-
                                      bates your offending.
                                        “You yourself have spoken about
                                      feeling ‘invincible’ and of it being a
                                                                                                 Forest leisure centres?      “Every four years each of the de-            various options for the future.              Coun. Peter Cheetham added: “If
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mourned: Mrs Scragg
                                                                                        FAR-REACHING view of the
                                                                                    Away New health andreleisure cen-
                                                                                    runs its five
                                                                                                  Forest District Council     partments within NFDC carries
                                                                                                                              out a detailed review of the services
                                                                                                                                                                             These options were identified as         somebody else is going to come in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and make a profit from these centres
                                                                                                                                                                           “an in-house provision with improve-
                                                                                    tres could lead to private partners       they provide and also look at the            ment plan, or an external partner-         then why can’t the existing team
                                                                                    being brought in to improve effi-         value for money they offer. As a re-         ship with a trust board, or an             make a profit? Why should the profit
                                                                                    ciency. The cen tres, which cost          sult of our last review four years           external partnership without a trust       go out of the system and into private
                                                                                    council tax payers £2.9m during the       ago, the gyms were improved with             board”.                                    enterprise?”
                                                                                    last financial year, could also be run    updated equipment.”                                                                       Questions were also raised about
                                                                                    by a trust board.                                                                        The issue was discussed by coun-
                                                                                                                                However, the current review will           cillors later at the amenities commit-     a £250,000 grant that was given by
                                                                                      A report, which is due to be put be-    look at various options for the con-         tee meeting, when Coun. Brenda             the town council towards the ex-
                                                                                    fore New Forest District Council’s        tinued management of the centres.            Vincent commented: “This is obvi-          pansion of the Lymington centre
                                                                                    cabinet in October will give three        In recent consultations held with            ously a money-saving exercise but I        two years ago. Coun. Mike Thorp
                                                                                    options for the future of the five cen-   members of Lymington and Pen-                feel that it is all being put through      asked whether the authority would
                                                                                    tres in Lyming ton, New Mil ton,          nington Town Council’s amenities             rather fast. When we make a decision       get the money back if the centre
                                                                                    Ringwood, Applemore and Totton.           committee, during a private session          we need to think about what is best        passed into the hands of a private
                                                                                      Bob Millard, director of leisure        before their meeting, Bob Millard ex-        for the whole of the community and         company.
                                                                                    ser vices at NFDC, ex plained:            plained that NFDC was considering            not just the financial advantages.”          However, Mr Millard said he was
  Armed robber jailed
   (Continued from front page)               But then a customer, Quinton
                                           Frame, walked in and Smith aimed
tion firearm, and asked for charges of     the gun, demanding his wallet. He re-
criminal damage and theft to be            fused and they tussled but eventu-
taken into account.                        ally Smith forced him into the back
   Prosecutor Sarah Dailey said that       office.
the night of the armed robbery, in           Mr Sherwood managed to lock
April, had been preluded by two            himself and Mr Frame in the office
months of Smith committing other           and Smith left with the loot while the
offences in addition to his long crimi-    police were called.
nal record.                                  Walking to the back of the Prezzo
           PRISON BREAK                    restaurant around the corner, Smith
   Previously convicted of more than       went into the kitchen and asked if
50 offences including robbery, theft,      chef Joel Dasilva and wait ress
drugs, and burgling the village infant     Agnieszka Kurtyka could move a car
school, he hit the headlines last au-      out of the way to let him pass.
tumn for escaping from Ford Open             However, when the trio got out-
Prison.                                    side, Smith again pulled out the pis-
   Caught on the run 15 days later, he     tol and threatened them. But they
claimed he had left to get away from       turned and ran back through the res-
another inmate pressurising him to         tau rant shout ing to cus tom ers:
pay a drugs debt, and he was sen-          “There’s a man with a gun. Get out!”
tenced to a further 16 weeks inside.
                                             From here, Smith got a lift in a car
   Before being released from this         to Calmore, although he would later
sentence, Smith’s father told him he       not reveal the driver’s identity. He
was no longer welcome at the family        went to a pub and a drinker took the
home in Lyndhurst. But on the day          pistol off him.
he got out, in January, he turned up
to the house drunk, said Mrs Dailey.         Between 6.45pm and 8pm, Smith
   Banging on the windows after be-        went into the Tesco Express store in
ing told by his brother that he could      Calmore three times to get alcohol.
not en ter, Smith threat ened to           The first time he bought four cans of
“smash the place in” before eventu-        lager, the second he was refused
ally launch ing a metal trol ley           more because he was too drunk, and
through a window.                          on the third occasion another male
   In March he broke into a car            went in with him to buy beer — al-
parked on a driveway at night by           though also Smith stole some cans
smashing a window. He stole an en-         himself.
velope containing cash and tried to          Soon after, Smith returned pre-
rip out the CD player, but was             tending to be holding a pistol up his
caught after blood at the scene            jumper and shouted to till staff: “I’ve
matched his DNA.                           got a gun and I’m going to shoot you.
   He appeared in court for these and      Hand me the money.”
other matters on April 19th. But on          One woman pressed the alarm
April 22nd he committed the armed          button and another customer swore
robbery, using his father’s Webley air     at him. The manager came out and
pistol, which had been kept in an un-      Smith swung a punch and missed,
locked filing cabinet.                     revealing he had no gun.
   Mrs Dailey said that around 6pm           When his demands were then ig-
Smith walked into Thresh ers,              nored, Smith left with two bottles of
staffed alone by Jack Sherwood, the        champagne and staff locked the
father of someone he went to school        front door. How ever, he turned
with.                                      around, headbutting the door and
   Leaning across the counter hold-        the manager described Smith as
ing the pistol two metres from his         “working himself into a frenzy” be-
head, Smith shouted: “I don’t want         having like “someone possessed”.
any f***ing trouble, Jack. This is           Police eventually found Smith in
loaded and I’ll use it if you touch any    the early hours of the next morning
security buttons.”                         in Totton and arrested him.
   Terrified, Mr Sherwood thought it         In interview, he admitted the alco-
was a real gun and believed he was         hol that he drank while on pre-
about to be shot, said Mrs Dailey.         scribed drugs for depression made
   Keeping the gun trained at Mr           him “go a bit nuts”. He said he knew
Sherwood’s head as he handed over          he would be caught but it was “like
the cash from both tills, Smith said:      being invincible”.
“If you touch any buttons I’ll use this.
I don’t want to hurt you but don’t get           FAMILY ALCOHOLISM
stupid.”                                     The defence barrister said her
   Mr Sherwood replied: “Think what        client now felt “sick to the stomach”
you’re doing. I don’t want to get hurt     about scaring his victims as without
and I don’t want you to get in deep        the effects of alcohol he was a rea-
trouble.”                                  sonable person.
   But Smith ignored this and or-            A doctor’s psychiatric report re-
dered him to open the safe in the          vealed his drinking while on pre-
back office. However, Mr Sherwood          scribed medication for depression
explained how he genuinely did not         and anxiety led to a “disinhibition”,
have access so Smith instead or-           she said.
dered him to fill two bin bags with          She explained Smith had a tragic
200-pack boxes of cigarettes.              family history of alcohol dependence
     ‘DON’T MESS WITH ME —                 that caused a number of deaths, in-
               I’M SICK’                   cluding that of his mother recently.
   The pistol was then fired with Mr       He himself had attempted suicide
Sherwood’s back turned and Smith           and self-harmed.
shouted: “Let’s get back through the         She added that the robberies had
office and don’t mess with me ‘cos I’m     not been planned and the gun had
sick.”                                     been accidentally fired in Threshers.
     Foot and mouth concern                                                                                                         New ferries
                                                                                                                                    much heavier
                                                                                                                                                                         Sat., Aug. 11th, 2007   ADVERTISER & TIMES   Page 3

    (Continued from front page)              against the for eign com pet i tors       office immediately if they suspect
                                                                                                                                   (Continued from front page)
                                             established in the market.                disease in any animal. DEFRA’s
  Mr Whitlock said: “Some farm ers              Meanwhile, the NFU has released        helpline is 08459 33 55 77 and its       by river user Robin Dent, of Norley
are just get ting over the 2001              instructions urging farmers to check      website is www.defra.gov.uk              Wood, who wrote in a letter to the
outbreak — it will be dev as tat ing.        livestock at least once a day, look                                                'A&T' (see page 18): “The proposed
There is a huge frus tra tion at                                                         Today’s (Saturday) round-up of
                                             particularly for blisters or sores on     ponies in the Forest was still planned   ferries would have nearly three times
livestock own ers’ in abil ity to move       the mouth and feet and ex cess                                                     the carrying capacity of the existing
live stock to slaugh ter or even get                                                   to go ahead at the time of going to
                                             salivation, take time over the            print, the annual Ellingham Show         ones: therefore when a ferry arrives,
rid of fallen livestock from the             inspectio ns, and dur ing the                                                      nearly three times the traffic may be
farm.                                                                                  was scrapped this year because of
                                             inspection make sure animals are          the threat.                              pass ing thro ugh the al ready
  “There are all sorts of other              properly restrained and there is                                                   crowded roads of Lymington and the
questions arising about what the             plenty of light.                            The Hampshire County Council           surrounding New Forest.
effects will be. There is great                 In cattle, farmers should look for a   helpline for local inquiries is 01962      “Carrying the additional load, the
annoyance it looks like the outbreak         reduced milk yield, raised tempera-       844106.                                  proposed ferries would weigh much
may have been caused by a company            ture, shivering, lameness, slobbering       Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service      more than the existing ones. There-
profiting from producing vaccines for        and smacking lips and sores and           also    im ple mented      strin gent    fore while ‘footprints’ might seem the
countries where foot and mouth is            blisters on the feet, in the mouth or     bio-security measures and issued         same as those of the existing ferries,
endemic.”                                    on the tongue.                            safety guidance to all operational       they would actually be much deeper
  However, the ban was relaxed on               In sheep, they should look for         personnel on specific procedures for     than the latter.
Thurs day when farm ers out side             sudden severe lameness, a tendency        dealing with any incidents in rural        “In summary, I believe that the
Surrey’s      protection         zones       to lie down more than usual,              areas.                                   proposed ferries would greatly re-
were allowed under strict conditions         reluctance to move when made to                                                    duce the attractions of Lymington as
to take animals to slaughter and             stand, blisters on the hoof and             Advice from the Health Protection
                                                                                       Agency is that foot and mouth            a seaside town and our town would
dispose of dead livestock.                   mouth which can be very small and                                                  become little more than another
  Supermarkets are suffering                 hard to spot, fatigue in young lambs,     disease is not a direct public health
                                                                                       threat. The Food Standards Agency        ferry port. They would also impact
shortages of meat and were turning           ewes unwilling to allow lambs to                                                   on the environment of the surround-
to more overseas suppliers of beef,          suckle, and a higher rate of lamb         con siders that foot and mouth
                                                                                       disease has no implications for the      ing New Forest. "Therefore I am sur-
pork and lamb. There is concern that         mortality                                                                          prised that there doesn’t seem to be
once the local meat supply is freed             Farmers are asked to telephone         human food chain.
                                                                                                                                any sig nif i cant ob jec tion from
up again, it will struggle to compete        their local animal health divisional        (See Townsman’s notes page 8).         Lymington and Pennington Town
                                                                                                                                Council, New Forest District
                                                                                                                                Council, the national park authority,
 Crossing crash                                      Milford conservatory                                                       Natural England or any of the other
                                                                                                                                organisations, such as yacht clubs,
 killed pensioner                                                                                                               which may be sig nif i cantly im-

    (Continued from front page)                        battle continues                                                         pacted.”

packed Bourne mouth Cor o ner’s
Court on Wednesday morning.
                                               A TROUBLESOME conservatory
                                             in Milford-on-Sea condemned by
                                                                                       sent their chairman, Coun. Julian
                                                                                       Davis, to protest again.                    Beach tragedy
   “I didn’t see the traffic lights or the   planners, councillors, inspectors and       “We are very disappointed,” he told       (Continued from front page)
pedestrian until the last minute. It         even magistrates has yet again been       the committee, “that our district
                                             refused permission to stay.                                             In the wake of the accident, Solent
will haunt me for the rest of my life.”                                                councillor has chosen to openly dis-
                                                                                                                  Coastguard urged all bathers to be
Before giving evidence she had been            Jacci Rhodes-Jury, who is in her        agree with the parish council on this
                                                                                                                  wary of sandbars as they can become
warned she could face prosecution            70s, has been fighting to keep the ad-    particular application. He is wrong.
                                                                                                                  stranded by the tide.
and did not have to speak.                   dition to her and her husband’s           The of fi cers are right, and we
                                             house for the last two years and in                                     A spokesperson explained: “As the
   Mrs Scragg had grown up and                                                         strongly urge you to refuse this
                                                                                                                  tide comes in a sandbar may still be
worked locally, and was once captain         May had to pay £1,500 in fines and        application.”
                                             court costs for defying a series of                                  out of the water but people need to be
of the Christchurch Rowing Club,                                                         A report to members advised: “The
                                                                                                                  aware that it can then be engulfed
where she met her late husband,              judgements against her and refusing
                                                                                       proposed changes to the existing un-
                                                                                                                  from both sides. This tidal movement
Peter. She ran and coached the               to demolish it.
                                                                                       authorised conservatory extension
                                                                                                                  coming from the sides and across the
junior Boys Brigade and local youth            Now her latest effort to placate        are not sufficient to overcome the
                                                                                                                  bar results in a very strong current.”
football teams and England player            planners by modifying the extension       concerns raised by the inspector in
Jamie Redknapp was one of many               to her High Street home, Riverside,                                         VENTURERS HIT BACK
                                                                                       dismissing the previous appeal, with
                                                                                                                     LEADER o f the Lepe-based
people who paid tribute to her fol-          has also been thrown out. She had         regard to the design and materials.”
lowing her death at Poole Hospital           hoped that altering glazing and the                                  League of Venturers Search and Res-
on March 3rd.                                roof would be enough to earn the            Yet that clashed with advice from
                                                                                                                  cue service, Phillip Pearce-Smith,
   Mrs Sanders’ friend and passenger         permission she and her husband            the district council’s own design
                                                                                                                  has hit back at accusations that he
at the time of the crash, Maureen            crave.                                    team which said the extension ap-
                                                                                                                  hindered the rescue operation. It
Burk, said they often went to Christ-          She found support from one of the       peared as “an integral part” of the
                                                                                                                  had been said he failed to lead the
church together, Mrs Sanders hav-            village’s district councillors, Michael   original conservatory and would be
                                                                                                                  ambulance to the scene correctly, re-
ing started to drive again after her         Pemberton, who said in a letter to        unlikely to harm the character of the
                                                                                                                  sulting in the vehicle getting stuck.
husband became ill. It was a fine            Wednesday’s planning committee            area, sub ject to de tails being
                                                                                                                     He told the ‘A&T’ he had been in a
morning with clear visibility on the         that the latest version “completes        confirmed.                 different area of the beach respond-
40mph road.                                  perfectly neatly the corner of the                                   ing to a report that people on an in-
                                                                                         The committee, however, agreed
   “On Somerford Road she was driv-          dwelling.”                                                           flatable had drifted out to sea when
                                                                                       with the report’s overall conclusion
ing quite slowly. I saw the lights             Also speaking on her behalf, solici-                               the Coastguard he was with received
                                                                                       and rejected her application. It re-
change from green to red and knew            tor Derek Philmore said the 2.6                                      the call and headed off. However, he
                                                                                       mains to be seen what steps Mrs
we had to stop but Terry didn’t re-          metres by 3.6 metres conservatory —                                  said he was not told what had hap-
                                                                                       Rhodes-Jury will take now, although
act,” said Mrs Burk. “I said: ‘Stop          the third design — had not prompted                                  pened and the first he knew of it was
                                                                                       she has a track record as a deter-
Terry stop’ but it was too late. I had       any letters of objection from neigh-                                 when the ambulance arrived and
                                                                                       mined campaigner and may not give
seen the pedestrian step off the kerb.       bours in the conservation area and        up easily.                 asked him which way to go.
She was struck and thrown onto the           was over 75 yards from the nearest                                      “They (the Coastguards) failed to
                                                                                         In September 2005 she was refused
bonnet and hit the windscreen. It            road.                                                                do the basic thing with any casualties
                                                                                       retrospective permission for the con-
was horrific.”                                 Its peaked roof, he added, was an                                  which is to post someone to direct
                                                                                       servatory and challenged the subse-
   When police arrived at the scene          improvement on the flat-roofed ver-                                  the ambulance from the clifftop. It’s
                                                                                       quent enforcement notice telling her
roughly 200 yards from the Purewell          sion that was originally criticised by                               basic first aid if the casualty is not vis-
                                                                                       to remove it. She lost that appeal
Cross roundabout, Mrs Scragg was             a planning inspector. But that failed                                ible.”
                                                                                       and was taken to court for persis-
lying in the road being treated by           to persuade the parish council which                                    Once the ambulance got stuck on
                                                                                       tently refusing to demolish it.
paramedics, shielded from traffic by                                                                              the shingle track, Mr Pearce-Smith
a car parked by a member of the                                                                                   gave the paramedic a lift down to the
   “She was conscious but in pain.
Mrs Sanders was sitting in her car in
                                                         ‘Needle’ attack girl                                     scene on the Venturers’ quad bike as
                                                                                                                  a member of the public had heard
                                                                                                                  the sirens and came up to direct
an extremely distressed state,” one
of the officer’s told the hearing. He
said the road had not been closed
                                                          awaits test results                                     them. However, he told the ‘A&T’
                                                                                                                  that when they got there, a Coast-
                                                                                                                  guard told him to ‘clear off’.
after the collision because paramed-           A CHRISTCHURCH girl is await- to come forward by calling 01202 222    Mr Pearce-Smith added his main
ics had told police Mrs Scragg’s inju-       ing test results after a stranger 222 or anonymously by using the concern was that if he had been told
ries, which a post mortem report             pricked her hand on the way home Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111. sooner, the Ventuers had two RIBs
concluded had led to her death, as           from a night out.                                                    in the water that could have helped
“non life-threatening”.                        The 19-year-old was walking to-
   One of Mrs Scragg’s three children,       wards a taxi rank in Bournemouth in
Angela Smith, described how her “fit         Glen Fern Road with her boyfriend in
and active” mother had been a big            the early hours when they encoun-
part of the family and they had been         tered a group of young men — one of
looking forward to the year ahead            whom asked her to “high five” his
when she planned to move house               hand.
and go on a cruise.                            But when he next asked her to do
   The devastated family were dissat-        the same with both hands, she felt a
isfied with the way they had found           sharp pain in her left palm and found
out about her mother’s death: “We            a puncture wound from what could
weren’t aware there had been a colli-        have been a needle. Her assailant ran
sion until my brother went to her            off in the direction of St Peter’s Road
house because an estate agent was            and she was unable to catch him.
there but she wasn’t. We started to            The police were alerted when she
ask questions.”                              arrived home. The incident hap-
   Discovering there had been an             pened opposite the Toko nightclub
accident on Somerford Road but un-           on July 29th between 2.50am and
aware it had involved his mother,            3.10am after the couple had left Bliss
Mrs Scragg’s son went first to the           nightclub.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital and                 “This was a nasty assault which we
then to Poole Hospital, where he was         are treating very seriously because of
eventually told and where he found           the health implications,” said DC
his mother. At the inquest Mrs               Andy Bell. “Understandably this in-
Smith praised the “excellent” staff          cident has greatly upset the teenage
there.                                       victim and her family because of the
   Highcliffe resident Kenneth               danger of infection from the assault.
Tullett was driving his BMW behind             “The young lady attended hospital
Mrs Sanders’ Vauxhall Corsa at the           for a blood test to establish whether
time of the crash. “The car in front         or not the assault has infected her
seemed to take no notice of the              and those results are due back in the
change of lights. It had ample time          next couple of weeks.”
and distance to stop but the brake             The girl’s attacker was described
lights did not come on until after the       as in his 20s, 5ft 10in tall, with blond
collision,” he said. “It just drove          hair and wearing a blue jumper. DC
straight on.”                                Bell urged anyone with information
   Dep uty      cor o ner      Jonathon
Morrissey con cluded that Mrs
Scragg, who was survived by three
sisters, her two sons and daughter,
four grand chil dren and four
great-grandchildren, died as a result
of the injuries she received in the
   New Forest magistrates adjourned
the case against a Hythe woman
charged with assault by beating and
being threatening and abusive, to al-
low her to obtain legal aid. Kathy
King (40), of Beech Crescent, was
given unconditional bail.

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