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Issue No. 131 - 24th January 2007
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E-fit of burglary suspect issued

Police in Hereford have issued an E-fit image of a youth they want to trace in connection with a burglary in Marlowe Drive in the Whitecross area of the city.

At around 9 pm on Friday, January 12, the youth was discovered at the address and, on being challenged by the householder, made his excuses and left. A quantity of cash was later found to have been stolen. The youth is described as being in his late teens, slim, around 5ft 5ins to 5ft 6ins tall with a pale “baby” face and blueish eyes. He was wearing a beige zip-up anorak, dark-coloured jeans and a beige woolly hat, which had a green-coloured band around it. Police believe the youth may have knowledge of the local area - either by living or having family living in that part of the city.

'We are keen to hear from anyone who may know the youth’s identity, either from the description or from similarity with the E-fit,' said PC Neil Finch.

'Anyone with information can contact the Hereford Burglary Investigation Unit or if they would prefer to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.' PC Finch can be contacted direct at the Burglary Unit on 08457 444888.

Assault in Hereford

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault which took place close the Primark store in Widemarsh Street, Hereford, late of Friday, 19th January. Between 10.40 PM and 10.50 PM an incident involving approximately eight males, one of whom was punched in the face and was then kicked while on the floor.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident take place - possibly while they headed to and from pubs in the city centre.

Anyone with information should contact PC Keith Ramone at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

House fire in Hereford

Police have named a man who died following a house fire in Farr Close, Hereford, on Sunday, January 21. Fire crews discovered the body of Wilfrid Addis, aged 92, when they attended the fire which had broken out in the kitchen of the property.

The blaze was quickly extinguished by the fire service. Police also attended and are treating the death as unexplained. They are preparing a report on Mr Addis’ death for the Herefordshire Coroner.

A post mortem to determine the cause of death is expected to be carried out today (Tuesday) and an inquest is also likely to be opened and adjourned by the coroner later today.

Assault in Hereford

Police are appealing for several witnesses to an assault which took place in Union Street, Hereford, to come forward. At approximately 2.40 am on Saturday, 20th January a 17-year-old male youth was walking with friends along the street when he was the victim of an unprovoked assault by a group of unknown males.

The victim was able to make his own way to hospital where he was later transferred to Worcester for treatment of his injuries. He required 13 stitches in his tongue as well as suffering cuts and bruising.

It is believed the incident was broken up by passers by and police are keen to trace them as they may have important information about the offenders. They, or anyone else who believes they witnessed the incident, should contact PC Stephen Adams at Leominster Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Theft of compressor

Between midday on Saturday, January 13 and noon the next day, a static screw air compressor was stolen from an outbuilding in Ramsden Road on Rotherwas Industrial Estate in Hereford. The compressor is a 55 horsepower model with a 200 litre reservoir.

Anyone with information relating to the theft, and also who may have seen a silver-grey Transit-type van seen in the area at the time, is requested to contact the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Theft of box van, Lower Eggleton

Police are appealing for information after a box van was stolen from a field in Lower Eggleton, close to the main Hereford to Worcester road. The white MAN 7.5 tonne box van, registration G564ONX, was removed some time between January 10 and January 15 from a field opposite the Newtown Cross Inn.

It is likely to have been towed away or placed on a low loader as it had no battery and may also have had seized brakes, and was therefore undriveable. It had been parked in the field for some time prior to being stolen. The van contained a directional drill, power pack and radio equipment at the time it was stolen.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the box van being removed or knows of its current location. They should contact PC Debbie Huggins at Ledbury Police Station on 08457 4448888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Unexplained death in Kingstone

Police are appealing for information in relation to an unexplained death in Kingstone on Sunday, January 21. Police were called to an address in the village shortly after 8 am by concerned neighbours after the two people were seen lying on the driveway.

Police and ambulance crews arrived and it was found that a 73-year-old man had died and a 71-year-old woman was suffering from the effects of hypothermia. The man has been named as Charles Henry Hawkins. His wife, Jean Hawkins, was treated in hospital for the effects of hypothermia and was subsequently released.

A post mortem was carried out on Monday by a Home Office pathologist but was inconclusive. An inquest into Mr. Hawkins’ death is expected to be opened and adjourned tomorrow.

'Mr Hawkins’ death is being treated as unexplained and an investigation has begun in order that a full report can be provided to the Herefordshire Coroner, and to satisfy the police and the family that there are no suspicious circumstances,' explained Det Sgt Mark Jinks from Hereford CID. 'The full circumstances of what led to Mr Hawkins’ death and Mrs Hawkins’ collapse are not yet clear, although it is not believed any third party is involved. It is however known that they had attended a social event for pensioners in the village hall earlier that evening, and it was from this that they were returning home. We are keen to talk to anyone who saw Mr and Mrs Hawkins in the driveway of their home from around 11:30 pm onwards on Saturday night.'

Anyone with information should contact Hereford CID on 08457 444888.

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important stations around the country which regularly sends data to the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice per day by husband and wife team, June and Rex Swallow.

Figures for week commencing Monday, 15th January 2007
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 0.8 1.0 1.6 0.2 4.5 5.6 4.6
Rainfall (mm) 0.6 4.5 11.3 0.3 3.2 3.5 2.7
Rainfall (inches) .02 .18 .45 .01 .13 .14 .11
Maximum Temperature (°C) 11 11 13 13 14 11 8
Maximum Temperature (°F) 52 52 55 55 57 52 46
Minimum Temperature (°C) 4 9 8 6 8 8 4
Minimum Temperature (°F) 39 48 46 43 46 46 39
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F) 43 46 46 48 44 46 40
Soil Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F) 46 47 47 47 47 48 46


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