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Issue No. 132 - 31st January 2007
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HEREFORDSHIRE POLICE MATTERS

HELPING TO SOLVE CRIME AROUND THE COUNTY

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Stone throwing from bridge in Hereford

Police have repeated their warning about the dangers of throwing objects at traffic, following another incident on Belmont Road in Hereford.

A car travelling under the old railway bridge - now part of Great Western Way - on Friday evening, 19th January was damaged when it was struck by an unknown object.

The area has seen several previous incidents where stones and larger objects have been dropped on vehicles as they travel underneath.

The latest incident, which happened at around 8.35 PM, caused a large dent in the front wing of a Fiat Punto but fortunately did not result in any injuries.

Nobody was seen on the bridge by the driver of the vehicle, but other passing motorists may have witnessed what had happened.

Police are concerned that if the incidents continue, a serious injury could result and are appealing to the public to report any suspicious activity on bridges across roads in the county.

Officers from Herefordshire Division’s Community Safety department are working with Herefordshire Council to find measures to put in place on the bridge to make such incidents much more difficult to commit.

Anyone with information about Friday evening’s incident is asked to contact the Hereford Police Public Service Desk on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Handbag theft at the Tesco Store in Belmont

Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft of a handbag from a shopper at the Tesco store in Belmont, Hereford, on Friday, 26th January.

The bag was snatched from a trolley as the female victim walked across the car park towards her car at around 6 pm

A youth on a mountain bike rode alongside the trolley, reached in and pedalled away, pursued by the victim.

A passing motorist also gave chase until the offender rode into the alleyway which leads from Abbotsmead Road to Golden Post. At the bottom of the alleyway he was seen with another male on a mountain bike. The handbag was then emptied and the contents of a purse stolen. The offender then dumped the Peugeot bike he had been riding, which was recovered by police officers later.

Police have issued a description of the youth and are appealing for witnesses to come forward. He was aged between 17 and 23 years old, with dark blond or possibly reddish collar length hair which was tucked behind his ears. He was wearing a beige coloured baseball cap, beige fabric jacket, dark trousers and white trainers. He was riding a silver Peugeot mountain bike at the time.

A second person is also thought to have been involved, also on a mountain bike. He was described simply as being older looking than the first youth.

'Quite a number of people were in the car park at the time at what was a busy period for the store,' said PC Mark Murphy, 'and I would like to hear from anyone who may have further information that could help trace the offender.

Many members of the public who were in the car park at the time approached both the victim and myself to pass on information, within minutes of the incident happening. I would also like to thank the member of the public who acted in a very public-spirited manner and attempted to gave chase to the offender. It was thanks to their assistance that I was able to recover the woman’s belongings and the offender’s bike very quickly,' added PC Murphy.

Stolen from the woman’s purse were a quantity of £20 bank notes - these were unusual in that they are Scottish bank notes and police want to hear of anyone who has acquired similar notes in suspicious circumstances.

Police are linking Friday’s theft to a similar handbag snatch at the same location earlier in the month. Shoppers are advised to be extra vigilant and are warned not to leave bags unattended or where they may be within easy reach, such as in trolleys, even for short periods.

Information about the theft can be passed to PC Mark Murphy at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Police should also be called if any suspicious activity is seen in supermarket car parks and other similar public places.



Damage to vehicles and theft in Hereford

Police are appealing for witnesses to suspicious activity outside Karlo’s public house in Widemarsh Street, Hereford overnight on January 20 / 21 (Saturday / Sunday).

Access was gained to a 21-seat minibus parked in the car park in what is believed to have an attempt to steal it. This failed and attempts were then made to steal a smaller taxi, which was pushed into a wall.

A GPRS satellite navigation system was stolen from the taxi and the offenders then left.

Anyone who may have seen or heard activity overnight in the grounds of Karlo’s is asked to contact PC Tony Lewis at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Two Bicycle Thefts in Hereford

A brand new red Apollo road bike worth £120 has been stolen from outside a house in Whitecross Road, Hereford. The bicycle had been chained to railings out of sight of the road and was removed overnight on January 14 / 15.

A black Raleigh Chopper bicycle was also stolen from outside a house in Queensway, Ledbury, overnight on January 24th / 25th (Wednesday / Thursday).

The bicycle, which has red and black mud guards, a footstand and a gearshift on the right hand grip, was not secured at the time of the theft.

Police are reminding cyclists of the need to ensure bicycles are kept secure and preferably stored out of sight when not being used.

Anyone with information about these thefts should contact the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Damage VW Golf in Hereford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a silver VW Golf was ‘keyed’ down both sides and on the bonnet. The car was parked in Sollars Close in the Whitecross area of Hereford between 7:50 pm and 10:00 pm on Thursday, 25th January when the damage was caused.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity around parked cars in the area is asked to contact Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Garage Doors damaged in Hereford

Two garages in Dunoon Mead, Hereford, were damaged when their doors were attacked overnight on Saturday / Sunday (January 27th / 28th). It is thought the damage occurred in the early hours - noises were heard by a neighbour but a precise time is not known. One of the garage doors was opened but it is not known if anything was stolen.

Anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact the Hereford Public Service Desk on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Theft of number plates in Hereford

The front and rear number plates were removed from a blue ‘03’ registered Vauxhall Astra parked in the Merton Meadow car park on Tuesday afternoon (January 23).

Offenders have unscrewed both plates to get them off - no other part of the vehicle was attacked and no damage was caused in the process. No other vehicles are known to have been targeted in this way.

The plates were stolen between 1:30 pm and 3:50 pm and police want to hear of any suspicious activity in the area during this time.

Anyone with information should contact the Hereford Police Public Service Desk on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Theft from vehicles in Hereford

Several works vehicles parked in a BT compound on Holmer Road in Hereford were broken into overnight on Saturday / Sunday (January 20 / 21).

Damage was caused to several vehicles and a number of tools were stolen. In addition spare wheels for a number of Vauxhall Vivaro vans were stolen.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact PC Tony Lewis at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Indecent Exposure in Hereford

Police are trying to trace a male in his late teens who indecently exposed himself to an adult male at the back of shops in Commercial Road, Hereford.

The incident took place at around 3.40 PM / 3.45 pm on Sunday, January 21 and the male then walked away down Catherine Street.

He was described as being around 5ft 8ins tall, with short dark hair and a pale complexion - grey around the eyes. He wore black or navy tracksuit bottoms, a dark top and was carrying a carrier bag.

Police want to speak to anyone who recognizes the man from the description or who saw him that afternoon.

They should contact PC Tony Lewis at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Attempted theft at Chadds in Hereford

Police are trying to trace two men following the attempted theft of cash from the Chadds department store in Hereford. At around 5.32 PM on Saturday, 27th January 27. The men entered the store at closing time.

The first male approached the cash till in the fashion accessories department and engaged the member of staff in conversation as a distraction. The second male then grabbed a cash bag from the counter, but the member of staff was able to grab it back off him. Both men then ran out of the store empty-handed when security was called.

Both men were Asian in appearance and the first was described as being in his 20s, slim and around 5ft 8ins tall, wearing a multicoloured hat. There is no further description of the second man. Both were also seen running away from the rear of Chadds into Union Street and then onto Bath Street.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the men as they made their escape or who has information about their identities. They should contact PC Paul Whaley at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Woman Assaulted in Wellington Heath

Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted as she attempted to get into her car in Wellington Heath, near Ledbury.

The assault happened at around 6.25 PM on Monday, 29th January as the victim opened the driver’s door. She became aware of a person stood behind her and felt them take hold of her jacket. She was then assaulted, causing minor injuries to her hand and face. The offender fled when the woman kicked out at him, running away down an embankment and out of view.

The only description available is that the attacker was a young male, around 5ft 4ins tall and wearing tatty, frayed jeans and muddy white trainers. It is not clear what the motive for the attack could be. The incident left the victim shaken and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about the attacker.

Any who witnessed the incident or who has information that could assist the investigation should contact Ledbury Police on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Unconscious Man in Ewyas Harold

Police officers have been able to speak with a man who was found unconscious by the roadside in Ewyas Harold on Sunday, 28th January.

The man, who was found by passers-by at around 1pm, had suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Detectives spoke to the man once he regained consciousness and he confirmed that he had fallen and caused his own injuries. He remains in hospital for treatment to those injuries.

Police had begun a thorough investigation to determine how the man came to be injured and have praised villagers who came forward with information.

Officers have also praised the members of the public who stopped to provide first aid to the man prior to the ambulance arriving. Police are now satisfied that no that no third party was involved and that no further police action is necessary.



Road traffic collision, Vowchurch

Police are trying to trace a dark-coloured estate car following a three car collision on the B4348 at Vowchurch on Thursday, 25th January.

The collision happened at around 5.35 PM and involved a blue Vauxhall Frontera, a silver Toyota Corolla and a green Skoda Octavia. The Vauxhall and the Toyota were headed towards Peterchurch at the time, while the Skoda was travelling in the opposite direction.

The road was blocked by the collision and all three emergency services attended. A female driver of one of the cars was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg but there were no other major injuries.

Police are keen to trace a dark coloured estate car which was also travelling along the same stretch of road just ahead of the vehicles which collided. This continued on towards Peterchurch but there are no further details of the car.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information about the fourth vehicle is asked to contact PC Rich Davis at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888.



Unexplained death in Kingstone: an update

Police investigating the unexplained death of a man in Kingstone have repeated their appeal for information and revealed more details of their enquiries.

The body of Charles Henry Hawkins, 73, was discovered on the driveway of his home by neighbours, shortly after 8 am on Sunday, 21st January. His wife Jean, 71, was also found on the driveway suffering from the effects of hypothermia and was taken to hospital for treatment. She has subsequently been discharged.

A post mortem was carried out by a Home Office pathologist on Monday, but failed to find a cause of death for Mr Hawkins. The Herefordshire Coroner opened and adjourned an inquest on Wednesday. Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the village and Local Policing Teams are following this up with reassurance visits.

Police stress that the investigation has found no evidence of a crime and that the death is being treated as unexplained.

'It is known that Mr and Mrs Hawkins returned home late on Saturday from a social event in the village,' explained Det Sgt Mark Jinks from Hereford CID. 'As she made her way to the house, it is thought that Mrs Hawkins fell to the floor. Mr Hawkins is then believed to have entered the house and returned with bedding to try and keep his wife comfortable and warm. Some time afterwards Mr Hawkins has himself collapsed and died, although the precise circumstances have not been fully established.

Police are conducting a thorough investigation and have not at this stage uncovered any evidence of a crime taking place or of any third party being involved. It is likely that a series of unfortunate events has led to Mr Hawkins’ death and officers will continue to investigate in order to fully satisfy themselves of this and to provide a full report to the coroner.'

Police continue to appeal for information and want to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr and Mrs Hawkins in the driveway from around 11.30pm on Saturday, 20th January.

Anyone with information should contact Hereford CID on 08457 444888.



Assault in Leominster

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a 14-year-old girl was assaulted by an older teenage girl in Etnam Street, Leominster.

The incident happened on Saturday, 20th January, some time between 6.10 PM and 7.30 PM

The victim was engaged with a struggle with the offender in the street, during which she was forced to the floor, punched and kicked.

The victim sustained bruising and subsequently sought treatment from a doctor.

The struggle is thought to have strayed onto the road at one point and a number of members of the public around and motorists driving along the street.

Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident-taking place. They should contact PC Jim Phillips at Leominster Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Criminal damage in Leominster

A window of a black Vauxhall Astra parked in Westgate, Leominster, was smashed by vandals at around 4.45 am on Sunday, January 21.

Two males wearing hoodie tops - one a black coloured top, the other white - were seen running away from the area at the time.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen these two people that morning running through the town, or witnessed the damage being caused.

The rear window will cost around £1,000 to replace.

Anyone with information should contact PC Adele Loney at Leominster Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Attempted car theft in Leominster

Police are investigating after attempts were made to steal a car from the Gasworks car park in Broad Street, Leominster.

Between midnight on Wednesday, January 24 and 5pm on Saturday, January 27, the driver’s door of a blue Peugeot 205 was prised open and damage caused to the steering wheel. The vehicle was not moved however and nothing taken from within.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the car park is asked to contact PC Karl Spour at Leominster Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Theft from vehicle in Leominster

CDs were stolen when a car parked in the Gasworks car park in Broad Street, Leominster, was broken into. The rear passenger window of a red Mitsubishi Shogun was smashed to gain entry. The vehicle was parked under a street light near to the fire station at around 7pm on Friday, 26th January.

The damage and theft was discovered when the owner returned at around 2.45 PM the next day.

Anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the car park is asked to contact PC Tony Shaw at Leominster Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Distraction burglary in Willey

Police are investigated a distraction burglary at an isolated farm house at Willey, near Presteigne, at around 8pm on Thursday, 25th January.

Two offenders approached the property and one of them spoke to the elderly lone male occupant and claimed to be an off-duty RSPCA inspector. He claimed that one of the farmer’s dogs had been run over and that he had called the vet out. He persuaded the victim to go outside to look for the dog. While he was distracted, a second offender entered the house and stole a quantity of cash and a cheque book.

The first offender was described as a white male, aged in his mid 20s, of thin build, clean shaven with short, straight mousy brown hair and wearing white plimsolls. He was carrying a small silver mobile phone and a small torch. No description is available of the second male but the pair were using a saloon style vehicle which looked fairly new.

Police are keen to hear of any sightings of similarly described people, particularly in rural areas. The are also reminding all householders to remember the Force’s ‘Knock, Knock’ campaign when they received unexpected calls at the door.

The advice is to make sure the person is who they say they are by asking for official identification and be suspicious of any claims made by callers. If in doubt, keep them out and call the police.

Anyone with information about distraction burglaries should contact the Hereford Burglary Investigation Unit on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Theft of cat in Bromyard

Police are appealing for information after a pet cat was stolen from an address in Bromyard earlier this month. The owner of the 10 month old ginger and white cat initially believed it to be lost and put up posters in the local area.

Subsequently they received an anonymous telephone call, with the caller stating they had taken the cat as ‘it was better off with him’ as he had a small holding and other animals on which it could live.

The caller was not known to the cat’s owner and gave no clue as to his identity. They said the cat had been picked up near to the Countrywide store in the town.

Anyone with information as to the cat’s whereabouts is asked to contact PC Ian Woolley at Bromyard Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.




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