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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 213 - Wednesday, 27th August 2008
NEWS - Major Breakthrough for Flood Alleviation Scheme - What Happened
to Peach - Post Office Closure]
Performers - Bayliss Reunion - Vintage Road Run for Macmillan -
Wyenot Supporters - Sk8 Park Opening]
Today - Thousands speak out about phone box closures - A great night
at the White Lion]
Tunnels Approved - River Wye Levels - Conservatives and Lib Dems
on Post Offices - New Roles for Disadvantaged People - Learn to
research your family - Successful Regatta - Raising Olympic Flag
issue warning over stolen artillery part and the rest of the news
from around the region]
HEREFORDSHIRE AND WYE VALLEY NEWS
Issue Warning Over Stolen Artillery Part
Police have issued a warning to scrap dealers to be on the
alert for a piece of old artillery equipment, stolen along
with redundant pieces of scrap heavy gun barrels from an
industrial estate in the Golden Valley area of Herefordshire,
which if melted down could cause serious injury or death.
1.5 tonnes of the redundant artillery parts, which the owner
was using to repair and refurbish other weapons, was taken
from the premises over the weekend of Saturday 16th to Sunday
17th August 2008. None of the parts could be used to make
a weapon. However, one of the pieces stolen was a recuperator,
described as being something like a shock absorber for artillery
gun barrels. Its
purpose is to absorb the recoil of the shell as it's fired.
The item is a 4' long tube, 9" in diameter and sealed at
both ends, with a 2" diameter rod, 12" long, sticking out
of one end. It is very heavy (3-4 cwt) and painted in military
The recuperator contains a large high-pressure spring. An
artillery expert warns that if this recuperator is melted
down, or if someone inexperienced tries to dismantle it,
the spring will come out of the tube with the force of an
artillery shell and could seriously injure or kill someone.
advise that if they come across the recuperator, they should
contact the police at the earliest opportunity. Anyone within
the West Mercia Police area finding the item should ring
08457 444888 and quote Incident Ref: 475-S-190808.
rear yard at Hereford Police Station.
April 2008, a change in the law relieved police of the responsibility
to seize stray dogs, and to accept them if brought to a
police station, and placed the burden squarely on the shoulders
of the local authority. Since
then, however, some people have still been bringing the
occasional stray to the police station at Hereford. Front
counter staff, keen to provide a professional service, were
reluctant to turn people away and would accept the animal,
placing it in a kennel in the rear yard before contacting
the Council dog warden to take it away.
Lynne Ponti, Customer Services Manager at Hereford Police
Station, said, 'The ongoing building works at Hereford Police
Station has now turned the back yard into something resembling
"no man's land". Access to the kennel is via this back yard.
Coupled with the noise of the building works, the kennel
is really no longer fit for purpose. We would therefore
ask people finding strays not to bring them to the police
station any more but to take them home and contact the local
authority dog wardens who will happily call and collect
During office hours (9-5), the dog wardens can be contacted
on 01432-261761 and they will endeavour to collect an animal
as soon as possible. Out of hours and for Bank Holidays
and weekends, contact 01432 260000. The out of hours service
provides for collection by the dog warden between 5.30pm
and 10pm or during the next working day.
mouse on the loose?
Hereford Police are appealing for witnesses after several
pallets of cheese were stolen from the rear of an articulated
vehicle, parked up overnight beside the A49 at the top of
the Callow, Hereford.
theft occurred between 11.10pm on Thursday 21st and 7am
on Friday 22nd August 2008 when the driver parked his artic
in the layby between the A466 Wormelow turning and the Callow/Kingsthorne
junction at the top of the Callow and went to sleep in his
cab. When he awoke the next morning, he checked the load
to find the rear doors of the trailer unit forced and several
pallets removed. Each pallet contained about £3000 worth
of cheese and weighed about a ton. The
total haul is estimated to be worth about £15,000.
would like to hear from anyone who passed the layby during
the night. It is believed two other artics were parked up
there overnight; one also had the trailer door opened but
nothing was stolen. It would have taken some time to unload
the pallets, which were spread over the verge. The thieves
would have had to have used a large vehicle to remove all
are hopeful that a passing motorist may have seen the theft.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have information
on the theft should contact PC Ed Williams at Hereford Police
Station on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
Exchange Can Save Lives
Herefordshire Council is taking part in Ladder Exchange,
a national campaign who's aim is to prevent dodgy ladders
from shattering lives.
from height continues to be the main cause of death and
serious injury in the workplace, a third of these being
the result of falling from a ladder. During 2006/07, seven
workers died and more than 1,000 were injured as a result
of a fall from a ladder.
Hereford firms, HSS in Holmer Road and Speedy Hire in Holme
Lacy Road, are taking part in the Ladder Exchange, which
means that anybody who has a ladder which is bent, broken
or battered can bring it along to one of these outlets and
exchange it for a new one with a discount of up to fifty
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing, said, 'The figures
regarding injury and death show people really do need to
ensure their ladders are fit for purpose. I would urge everyone
to check any ladders they have and, if in doubt, contact
the two stores for advice about whether they need replacing.
Ladder Exchange runs throughout September and offers a huge
discount so don't miss out.'
Ladder Exchange 2007, more than 4,000 ladders were evicted
from workplaces but the scheme is not restricted to businesses
only. It is open to anyone who uses a ladder.
further information on Ladder Exchange log onto the website
http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/ladderexchange.htm or contact
the council's environmental health team (duty officer) on
Tenants Sought for Hereford's Butter Market
Herefordshire Council is seeking new tenants for 15 stalls
in High Town's popular Butter Market. The stalls have been
made available after Peacocks made the decision not to renew
their lease which expires on Tuesday, 30th September.
Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's cabinet
member for economic development and community services,
said, 'I am pleased the company is still retaining its Bon
Marche store in High Town, which shows that Peacocks remains
confident about the city as a shopping centre.
Butter Market is very much the jewel in High Town's crown
and we need to ensure it continues to play a key role in
attracting visitors and shoppers. We will be holding a dialogue
with traders at the Butter Market who will have a key role
to play in its future. We will also be carrying out public
consultation and detailed market research.
you are interested in leasing a stall at the Butter Market,
please contact Rick Bodenham on 01432 261517 for further
Dems Call for UK Energy Independence
Herefordshire Liberal Democrats have given their strong
backing to ambitious calls by Nick Clegg MP for Britain
to become self sufficient in energy.
Liberal Democrat Leader has called for a major programme
to build up Britain's own energy supplies through wind,
tidal, wave and bio mass technologies. Mr Clegg said, 'We
have an enormous opportunity to create real energy independence
for the UK, freeing ourselves from the shackles of foreign
oil, coal and gas. This will require the kind of ambition
and political will that succeeded in putting man on the
Carr, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner said, 'I
am delighted that Nick Clegg is calling for a green revolution
in the way we produce power. The recent Russian invasion
of Georgia and the ongoing troubles in Iraq and Iran show
just how dangerously reliant Britain is on energy from unstable
parts of the world.
have to build up our own energy supplies and as an island
nation, we have an abundance of natural and clean energy
sources that both Labour and Conservative governments have
failed to develop. Whilst Labour and the Conservatives joined
together earlier this year to agree Britain should have
a new generation of nuclear power stations, Liberal Democrats
believe this will leave a legacy of radioactive waste for
future generations. It will also leave us dependent on foreign
supplies of uranium.
Democrats in Herefordshire welcome Nick Clegg's call for
Britain to develop clean energy supplies and become self
sufficient in them by 2050. This is an industry in which
we as a nation should aim to be world beaters.'
You See Teenagers Rolling Out the (Stolen) Barrels?
Police are appealing for witnesses who may be able to identify
members of a group of teenagers seen drinking the proceeds
of a burglary at Hereford Rugby Club in the early hours
of Tuesday 19th August 2008.
midnight and 4.50am on that Tuesday morning a group of youths
entered the riverside Rugby Club, situated by the Great
Western Way, and forced their way into the bar area. Inside,
they consumed beer and cider, smashed bottles and glasses
and left, taking with them 10 bottles of spirits, numerous
bottles of beer and WKD vodka and 2 full aluminium beer
kegs, the majority of which police have now recovered.
youths were spotted by at least one resident, rolling the
barrels south along the Great Western Way (known locally
as The Lines) at about 5am but sadly the police were not
notified at the time. The barrels were left by The Lines
at the rear of gardens of Charles Witts Avenue. The group
were seen again around 7am, drinking at that location and
three of them were seen drinking in the street, with red
paint on their hands and clothing. The red paint is thought
to be the same as that used to daub graffiti at the Rugby
believe the group was mostly male, though two females were
seen. Several people going to work at 7am were seen to walk
past the youths and may well know their identities. Police
would urge those witnesses to come forward as soon as possible.
with information on the incident should contact PC Jane
Price at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888 or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Hardest Hit with Post Office Closures
Herefordshire could be facing the loss of 20 post offices
when closure proposals from Post Office Limited are announced
today, 27th August. The county is bracing itself to be hit
harder than any other part of the West Midlands in the national
programme to axe 2,500 post offices. Herefordshire
Council says there is deep cynicism about the six week consultation
on the closure proposals. Local MPs have been given briefings
on which post offices are on the hit list but news is now
leaking out into local communities.
Roger Phillips, leader of the council, says that communities,
councillors and MPs will have to work hard together to try
to protect the services that are vital to many remote and
rural communities. 'It is clear that Post Office Limited
is intent on closing more post offices in Herefordshire
than anywhere else in the region,' he said, 'despite their
assurances that there will be consultation, there is deep
cynicism about the process.'
the county, it is known that post offices earmarked for
closure include Brampton Bryan, Edwin Ralph, Lyonshall and
Sutton St Nicholas. There are likely to be 20 post offices
named for closure and up to ten more recommended as 'outreach'
facilities, meaning they will be closed and replaced by
a very limited mobile service in car parks, petrol stations,
village halls or local pubs. Outreach facilities are known
to include Almeley, Bishops Frome, Cradley, Lower Eggleton,
Pembridge, Upper Sapley, Whitney on Wye and Wigmore.
a detailed submission to the Department of Trade and Industry,
Herefordshire Council has previously argued that closure
plans would see the marginalisation and exclusion of thousands
of vulnerable people, such as older people, low-income families
or those without a car, who rely on their local post office.
'The viability of hundreds of small rural communities across
the county, especially those in remote areas, is at stake,'
added Councillor Phillips. 'Herefordshire is predominately
rural, with more of its people living in very sparsely populated
areas than any other county in England. It also has a higher
age profile, and a growing population of frail, older people
who depend more than most on post office services. Their
quality of life would be seriously damaged if the government
gets its way.'
council together with county councillors and parish councillors
is to meet with Postwatch and Post Office Limited in early
September to discuss the closure plans. The post office
consultation ends on Tuesday, 7th October.
Schools Achieve Best Ever GCSE Results
Herefordshire Council reports that this year's GCSE results
across the county's schools are the best ever. The results
show significant improvement on last year's previous high
point and have improved year on year for the last three
This year's results indicate that 69.4 percent of pupils
achieved five or more grade A*-C GCSEs, a rise of 7.4 percent
on 2007 and 3.7 percent above the national average. Those
achieving five or more grade A*-Cs including English and
mathematics has risen by nearly two percent to 53.5 percent.
Sports College, which has now become The Hereford Academy,
continues its rapid advance and has improved by a staggering
23.4 percent from last year, achieving a 74.4 percent at
five or more A*-Cs, becoming the fourth highest performing
school in the county by this measure. Whitecross
High School and the Minster College also record significant
improvements since last year of over 13 percent, rising
to 62.9 percent and 55.3 percent respectively.
boys' performance in Herefordshire has gone up by 7.1 percent
against girls' increase in pass rate of six percent, and
boys have closed the gender gap by one percent at five or
more A*-C grades. At this point these results remain provisional
but should be subject to only minor changes.
Menghini, director for children's services, said: 'Congratulations
to all our schools and their pupils for continuing to improve
on results which are already above the national average
results. I would also like to thank all the teachers, support
staff and parents for helping our young people achieve such
high standards. I am particularly pleased to see the outstanding
results Wyebridge Sports College has managed to achieve
which are a credit to the whole school community and supporting
organizations, including the council.'
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