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No. 179 - Wednesday, 2nd January 2008
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
memories shared at St Paul's School
staff, parents and grandparents enjoyed a spectacular World
War Two event at St Paul's C of E Primary School just before
Christmas. The children in year six have been learning about
what life was like during World War Two and have covered
a number of themes including evacuation, rationing and entertainment.
Many of the themes have been described in detail in individual
projects which were shared with the audience. Some of the
projects even included old ration books and identity cards.
In craft design technology the children created their own
unique air raid shelters and tested them to see if they
could stand pressure (from a brick rather than a bomb).
Thomas, Head Teacher at the school, said, 'We had some very
interesting shelters built with comfort in mind. It was
lovely that the children had thought about trying to make
people feel safe and comfortable, even though in reality
survival was the key.'
bring it all together the staff and children put on a very
special assembly and invited the whole school community
to enjoy a concert featuring hand bell ringing, songs and
extracts from diaries and projects. They even performed
their very own musical composition, 'A London Street' accompanied
by some dramatic film footage. Young and older voices joined
to sing some of the old wartime favourites including Kiss
Me Goodbye Sergeant Major, It's a Long Way to Tipperary
and White Cliffs of Dover.
children worked really hard to put together a fantastic
concert which brought back memories for many of the audience,
some good, and some not so good,' said Mr Thomas. 'I believe
the odd tear was shed, particular when everyone joined in
to sing We'll Meet Again.'
finish, the children served wartime treats of carrot cookies,
potato biscuits, rock cakes, honey cakes and porridge scones,
to their audience which they had prepared themselves.
bring back war time memories to the school community.
are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving two
vehicles near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire in which a man died.
The collision happened at around 1.40pm on Saturday, 22nd
December on the B4348 at Cusop.
blue Peugeot 306 and a gold Land Rover Discovery were in
a head-on collision, both vehicles sustaining severe front
end damage. The driver of the Peugeot died from his injuries
at the scene. He was later identified as 26-year-old Lee
Richard Stevenson from Bredwardine.
driver of the Land Rover suffered minor injuries. The Herefordshire
Coroner has been informed of Mr Stevensonís death and a
post mortem was due to be held on Thursday, 27th December.
An inquest will be opened and adjourned in the New Year.
are appealing for witnesses to the collision and would also
like to speak to any motorists who saw the vehicles travelling
along the road beforehand. Anyone with information is asked
to contact PC Steve Broom at Hereford Police Station on
for missing Clehonger woman
are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing woman
Price, age 60, left her home in Poplar Road, Clehonger,
for a meeting in Hay-on-Wye on Wednesday, 19th December.
She failed to keep the appointment and has not returned
home or been in contact with friends of family since.
Price's family say this behaviour is out of character and
they are extremely concerned for her welfare.
is described as being 5ft 4ins tall, with short straight
grey hair and of medium build. It is not known what clothes
she was wearing when she left home.
are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mrs Price
in past few days or believes they know of her current whereabouts.
with information should contact Herefordshire Police on
08457 444888 quoting incident number 122s of 20th December.
are continuing to appeal for witnesses to a collision on
the A44 near Bromyard. Simon Phillips, aged 40 and from
Batchley, near to Bredenbury, died in the collision, which
happened around half a mile west of Bromyard at 7.40pm on
Tuesday, 18th December.
cars - a silver Peugeot 405 driven by Mr Phillips and a
yellow Peugeot 307 driven by a 27-year-old woman - collided
head on and suffered extensive damage. Mr Phillips was pronounced
dead at the scene having suffered multiple injuries.
male front seat passenger from the same car suffered minor
injuries and was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment.
The female driver of the second vehicle was also taken to
hospital for treatment to non life-threatening injuries.
There were no other casualties.
post mortem was carried out and an inquest into Mr Phillipís
death is expected to be opened and adjourned by the Herefordshire
Coroner in the New Year.
are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision
or saw the vehicles on the A44 just prior. Anyone with information
is asked to contact PC Bob Conway at Hereford Police Station
on 08457 444888.
at Dusk Night Club
are investigating an assault which occurred inside Dusk
Night Club in Hereford on Thursday, 20th December. The male
victim was on the dance floor at the Commercial Road venue
at around 12.40am when an unknown male punched him twice
in the jaw and then walked away.
is not clear why the assault took place but the victim was
left with a suspected broken jaw. Anybody who witnessed
the altercation is asked to contact PC Paul Whaley at Hereford
Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
for witnesses in Leominster
are appealing for information after a man was reported to
have been struck by a car in the Burgess Street car park
in Leominster. Reports of a car striking a pedestrian and
driving away were received at around 9.30am on Friday, 21st
attended and spoke to a number of witnesses but the victim
himself - a man aged around 60 - had walked away before
he could be spoken to. Despite searches of the area, neither
the victim nor the offending vehicle could be traced and
the victim is still yet to come forward. He is described
as having a beard and was wearing green trousers and a light
jacket, carrying a blue bag with 'Hong Kong' written on
car involved in the incident was an old-style red VW Polo.
It had trim ripped off it on the nearside and was being
driven by a younger man with a large dog in the back. After
pausing briefly following the collision, the car then drove
off down Burgess Street.
who has information about the incident - including the victim,
who is urged to come forward - can contact Leominster Police
on 08457 444888.
at the traffic lights
are trying to trace witnesses to an incident in which a
man was assaulted while waiting at traffic lights in Hereford.
victim, who is of Asian appearance, was sat in his works
van at the traffic lights on St Owen Street, opposite the
butcher's shop at around 3.30pm on Friday, 21st December
when the incident happened. A group of four unknown males
approached the rear of the van and began to write a message
in the dirt. The driver tried to dissuade them by revving
the engine but the group opened the door and assault the
the assault, which left the victim with a cut finger, racist
abuse was shouted. The four attackers then ran off towards
Mill Street and the Victoria Footbridge, with one of them
ripping off the van's wing mirror as he did so.
of the offenders was wearing a red and blue jacket with
a navy blue cap, while another wore dark jeans and a dark
top. All were white.
was an unusual and totally unprovoked incident in which
the victim was physically assaulted and taunted with racist
abuse,' said a Herefordshire Police spokesman. 'We are particularly
keen therefore to trace these individuals or speak to anyone
who may have seen them as they ran away from the area on
Friday afternoon or have information as to their identities.'
can be passed to PC Andy Mowen at Hereford Police Station
on 08457 444888 or anonymously on 0800 555111.
Robbery and Assault in Hereford
are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery and
assault in the Newton Farm area of Hereford. The incident
happened at between midnight and 12.15am on Saturday, 15th
December as the male victim was walking home. As
he neared The Oval, two males approached him and asked him
for cigarettes. The victim told them he did not smoke and
walked away, only to be pushed from behind to the floor.
One of the two attackers then grabbed the victim's jumper
and demanded money and a mobile phone be handed over, while
the other began swinging punches, one of which caught the
victim across the cheek.
victim told the pair he would not give up his belongings
and retaliated in self defence. The two offenders then ran
off and the victim called the police. The victim suffered
cuts and bruises in the incident. One of the two attackers
wore a white hoody top and the other a black hoody top.
Both had dark trousers on.
with information about their identities should contact PC
Kim Mathieson at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
sought after garden wall is demolished
are appealing for witnesses to a collision in which a vehicle
lost control and collided with a garden wall in Whittern
Way, Hereford. The incident happened at 7.05pm on Monday,
17th December and involved a black Renault Clio. The garden
wall of a house was demolished in the collision. The male
driver of the Clio was taken to hospital for treatment to
are keen to trace any sightings or details of a silver Vauxhall
Corsa car, described as being quite new looking, which may
also have been involved in the collision. It is thought
to have driven away down Whittern Way immediately afterwards,
heading towards Ledbury Road.
wish to talk to any witnesses who may have seen the collision
or either vehicle beforehand. They are asked to contact
PC Simon Lantos at the Hereford Roads Policing Team on 08457
set of 20 oak boards have been stolen from a property undergoing
renovation in Luston. The 13ft long panels had been stacked
up to dry inside the building on Eye Lane, having earlier
been painted with linseed oil. They were taken some time
between Sunday, 9th December and Monday, 17th December.
boards have no particular resale value but are the type
often used in barn conversions. Anyone with information
about the theft is asked to contact PC Stefan Hawes at Leominster
Police Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
sprayed on house in Ledbury
was sprayed on the side of a house and a fence running alongside
an alleyway in Bronte Drive, Ledbury. Blue spray paint was
used to create the graffiti, which extends for three or
four feet, some time between Tuesday, 17th December and
the following day.
with information as to who is responsible should contact
PC Caroline Rea at Ledbury Police Station on 08457 444888
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Connect2 Scheme Wins Public Vote
planned footpath and cycleway linking the north east of
Hereford with Rotherwas has received a £350,000 boost after
Sustrans' Connect2 project won £50 million from the Big
Lottery Fund. Members
of the public chose the winning project by voting online
and by telephone. Voting finished at noon on Monday, 10th
December, and the winner was announced on Wednesday, 12th
projects nationally were competing for the £50 million funding
and Connect2 will use the money to partially fund 79 schemes
around the UK. These include building bridges, foot and
cycle paths, all aimed at giving people easier and healthier
access to schools, workplaces, shops and leisure areas.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'I'd like to thank everyone
who has voted and helped this extremely worthwhile project
win the Big Lottery Fund grant. Connect2 will not only benefit
Hereford but 78 other communities as well. Hereford's own
Connect2 scheme will make a real difference to the city,
especially to the large number of people who work in Rotherwas.
It will also offer a leisure route out as far as the Wye
Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Holme Lacy.
I will now be working hard to secure the rest of the funding
needed to make sure work on this footpath and cycleway starts
as soon as possible and we are able to further extend the
city's footpath network.'
hearing the news, John Grimshaw, Sustrans CEO, said, 'This
is a fantastic Christmas present! We are delighted that
Sustrans' Connect2 has proved itself the peoples' favourite
in the public vote and won the £50 million from the Big
Lottery Fund. We are immensely grateful to Herefordshire
supporters and everyone who got behind Hereford's Connect2
scheme to bridge the gap between Rotherwas and Hereford
to make their votes count. As a massive public consultation
exercise, Connect2 has engendered a huge amount of goodwill
from all sectors.
has confirmed our belief that people want to walk and cycle
more when given the right surroundings. But the hard work
starts now and there will be a huge amount to be done to
make sure we fulfil all our obligations to the Big Lottery
Fund. Ultimately, the real winners will be those thousands
of people who will now be able to Connect2 their shops,
schools, workplaces and each other every day!'
Parishes Compete to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
across the county are being challenged to reduce their carbon
footprint in a bid to encourage local communities to put
their heads together and work on ways of reducing CO2 emissions.
a campaign which hopes to encourage lifestyle changes, Herefordshire
Council and the Herefordshire Partnership have launched
the county's very own carbon footprint calculator, which
assesses how many CO2 emissions each individual household
generates in a year. The
calculator gathers information on household costs such as
energy, fuel and food, then provides a carbon footprint
score and recommendations on how to reduce emissions and
save money in the process.
things like turning the heating down a notch and trying
to reduce unnecessary journeys can make a huge difference
to the environment. It is hoped the footprint calculator
will help people of all ages get involved in the campaign
to reduce the county's emissions.
promote a bit of healthy competition, the challenge is on
to find out which parish has the biggest carbon footprint,
so as well as providing an individual footprint, the calculator
collates data in parish format. Users can compare their
carbon footprint with averages in the country, county and
individual parishes. The calculator is very flexible so
that it can be adapted to individual people's needs. The
council needs as many people as possible to use it and to
provide feedback so that it can be refined even more and
tailored to the needs of Herefordshire communities.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for the environment and strategic
housing, said, 'Each of us can look at our own lifestyles
and those of our immediate community to help Herefordshire
become one of the lowest emitters of C02 rather than one
of the biggest culprits. I hope people will rise to the
challenge and take a couple of minutes to work out their
own carbon footprint. It's quite good fun to do and could
save households money too if they follow some of the recommendations.'
carbon footprint calculator can be found on www.myherefordshire.com.
Council Praised for Tackling Benefit Fraud
Council continues to improve the way it prevents and detects
benefit fraud as well as having excellent security in place
for safeguarding personal data and speeding up the way it
processes and pays genuine benefit claims. This is the view
of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate (BFI), which works nationally
to reduce fraud and error in the benefits system.
have reported dramatic improvements in the council's administration
of housing and council tax benefit payments and its counter-fraud
measures. The council scored three out of a possible four
stars and is rated a 'good' service.
average time for processing new claims has improved from
52 days to 30 over the past year and the average time for
processing changes in claimants' circumstances has reduced
from 42 days to 16. Herefordshire Council is also exceeding
its targets in visiting customers to identify changes in
circumstances and in completing reviews of those cases.
council employs a team of professionally trained fraud investigators,
which is committed to protecting public funds, and use data
matching information that indicates, for example, when people
may have failed to tell the council about work, savings
or private pensions. The council also has powers to obtain
information from employers, banks, building societies, utility
companies and other organizations about people they suspect
are committing benefit fraud.
large proportion of the council's fraud referrals are from
local people who are fed up with others cheating the benefit
system. With the continued support of the community, Herefordshire
Council warns it intends to carry on making life difficult
for people who claim benefit they know they're not entitled
2006/7 the council investigated more than 500 allegations
of fraud, which resulted in 38 successful prosecutions and
63 sanctions being imposed. Over £900,000 of benefit overpayments
were recovered. If people suspect anyone of benefit fraud,
the council urges them to contact the benefit fraud hotline
on freephone number 0800 592953 or write to the benefit
investigation unit, Town Hall, St Owens Street, Hereford,
take benefit fraud very seriously, but we also strongly
encourage people who are entitled to their rightful benefits
to claim,' said Mike Toney, head of benefit and exchequer
services. 'I am pleased to say that our service processing
genuine claims has shown a dramatic improvement on last
year and we will continue to offer the best possible service
to everyone claiming housing or council tax benefit payments.'
Funding Increase Ignores County's Elderly
Council has been let down by Government, which has failed
to acknowledge the growing pressure of providing services
to the county's growing population of older people. That's
the message from the Leader of the council, Councillor Roger
Phillips, speaking after the government announced the grants
local authorities in the UK will receive for the next three
said that the local government financial settlement had
been a 'golden opportunity' for Government to address the
shortfall in cash the council faces in providing quality
services for its older people. Herefordshire has the fastest
growing population of older people in the country.
settlement from Government accounts for around three quarters
of all the money we have to spend. While we welcome the
extra £2 million we will receive each year for the next
three years, we've been seriously let down yet again by
Government not acknowledging the increased pressure on our
services due to the changing age profile of people in Herefordshire.
This, along with the challenges of delivering services in
one of the most sparsely populated areas in England, has
not been adequately recognized. This was a golden opportunity
for Government to address this issue. They've chosen to
ignore it and it means we're going to have to make some
tough choices in coming months and years.'
Simon Milton, chairman of the Local Government Association,
which represents the interests of the UK's local authorities,
said that the government announcement represented the worst
settlement for a decade for some councils facing increased
pressure on their services. 'Many council leaders will be
scratching their heads as they try to work out how they
will deliver ever better services for local people with
less money than in recent years and with greater demands
on services. Ministers must recognize the strains that are
being placed on councils. The small funding increase announced
in the settlement will chip away at the ability of councils
to deliver the services that local people rightly expect
Could Get Temporary Bridge
is in sight for Colwall's weary motorists after Herefordshire
Council agreed to explore the possibility of installing
a temporary bailey bridge next to the ailing railway bridge.
negotiations with Network Rail, Herefordshire Council has
been able to open the bridge to light traffic. However,
at a meeting on Thursday, 13th December, members of the
council's cabinet heard that Network Rail was unlikely to
schedule the construction of a permanent replacement until
is a far from satisfactory situation,' said Councillor Brian
Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and transportation.
'We've had pleas from traders asking us to do something
as they fear they're going bust because of the enforced
closure of the bridge and vehicles are getting stuck along
the tortuous routes they've been having to use.'
week the total ban on vehicles using the bridge was lifted
and currently light vehicles under three tonnes are permitted
to use the bridge, albeit only along a specific route. Having
regard to the accelerated deterioration over the past couple
of years, Councillor Wilcox expressed concern over the safety
for light traffic continuing for several further years.
Engineers used data from an inspection carried out in October
to create a safe route for light vehicles that is supported
by the internal beams to the bridge, as these exhibit less
deterioration than other beams supporting it.
temporary bailey bridge, if installed, will cost £450,000
and will be capable of carrying 40-tonne vehicles, but would
still mean vehicles being controlled via traffic lights.
A detailed assessment of the bridge, which began with an
inspection in October, is due for completion later this
month. After the receipt of this information, it is anticipated
an informed decision will be made as to the best course
of action to be taken, with the cost being shared between
the Council and Network Rail. With this in mind, the cabinet
approved the requested expenditure if it is considered that
building a bailey bridge is the best way forward.
charged after Telford Burglary
A man has been charged with burglary following an alleged
incident in Telford on Boxing Day, when police were called
to reports of an offender at a business premises in Capewell
30 year old man was arrested as part of Project Livewire,
West Mercia Constabulary's initiative to tackle metal theft.
Police believe the premises were targeted for copper piping
and wires. He was released on bail and is due to appear
at Telford magistrates court on 15th January 2008.
a separate incident, two men were cautioned for theft after
police were called to Baggallay Street, Hereford, on the
night of Wednesday, 26th December. Two men were stopped
by police and found to be in possession of lead flashing
which had been removed from Whitecross High School. The
men are aged 19 and 23.
significant increase in global demand for non-ferrous metals
has been reflected in significant increases in price and
scrap values. This has led to an increase in the number
of thefts and criminals are targeting building sites, farms,
churches, schools, HGVs and a variety of other sources to
steal metal such as copper, aluminium and steel. Items such
as pipes, road drain covers and even road signs are being
are working to improve the flow of information between partners
such as the Environment Agency and local authorities, to
establish patterns of crime and what can be done to prevent
and detect offences. Officers also share best practice with
neighbouring forces and British Transport Police.
of Project Livewire involves officers visiting scrap metal
dealers to inspect their books and encourage their business
to become licensed. Stop checks are carried out on vehicles
transporting metal and police officers are checking drivers
for the correct documentation. There have been around 50
arrests since Project Livewire was launched in the summer.
For more information about Project Livewire please visit
the force website www.westmercia.police.uk.
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