NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION
THE WYE VALLEY AND SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE
SPEEDING DRIVERS OFFERED COURSE INSTEAD OF POINTS
Motorists who drive too fast in the West Mercia region can
now opt to take part in a speed awareness course instead
of having points on their licence. West Mercia Police has
decided to offer the alternative to some drivers from Friday,
1st May and the speed awareness courses will be run by Telford
Training Consultants (TTC).
course currently operates in 20 forces across the UK and
motorists receive a letter to give them the option to attend
a course rather than pay a fine and receive penalty points
on their licence. Drivers are asked to pay £60 for the half
day course and research has shown that drivers who are retrained
are less likely to re-offend than those who are prosecuted.
Inspector Adam Thomas, from West Mercia Police's Safety
and Justice department, said, 'Road safety is an important
priority for police in West Mercia and we are committed
to reducing the number of road casualties. Excessive speed
is a factor in a large number of road traffic collisions.
However we do appreciate that some drivers may suffer a
lapse of attention rather than deliberately breaking the
law. Offering a speed awareness course which explores theory
works remarkably well and gives attendees the chance to
re-acquaint themselves with the rules of the road.'
only have the choice to opt for a speed awareness course
on one occasion. TTC Director Malcolm Jones said, 'People
don't enjoy being caught speeding but after they attend
a speed awareness course they do appreciate that there is
a very good reason behind sticking to speed limits and it
is to save lives.'
more information please visit the TTC website www.ttc-uk.com
SIX COUNTY SCHOOLS TO PLAY TAG RUGBY IN POLICE HQ TOURNAMENT
Six Herefordshire primary schools have been invited to Police
HQ at Hindlip to compete in a force-wide tag rugby tournament
on 20th May 2009. Since September last year, West Mercia
Police have been busy developing a tag rugby initiative,
in partnership with the RFU and Child Victims of Crime,
the children's charity that the police support. The initiative
is aimed at bringing Local Policing teams closer to the
young people in their communities and to also deliver an
important personal safety message to a key age group during
their final year of primary school.
Herefordshire, it has been the responsibility of the Youth
Inclusion team, PC Vicky Turner, CSO Adam Michniok and CSO
Rosina Cathcart, to introduce and develop this initiative.
As a result of our efforts, and those of Local Policing
teams across the Division, there are currently a total of
16 Local Police Officers and Community Support Officers
trained to deliver introductory sessions of tag rugby to
young people as well as those important personal safety
Vicky Turner explained, 'A key part of this initiative has
been to identify six tag rugby teams from six different
primary schools from Herefordshire to go to HQ for a competition
with schools from the other police areas of West Mercia.
This all forms part of the national Tag to Twickenham competition
for primary schools in England. We have managed to do this
by working in partnership with local schools, School Sports
Partnerships and the locally based community rugby clubs.
The Youth Inclusion team and officers from some Local Policing
teams have attended and participated in three local tag
schools have been identified from the county,' she said,
'and will be invited to the tournament at HQ on 20th May.'
six schools are: Kingsland Primary and Kington Primary from
North Herefordshire, Eastnor Primary and Madley Primary
from South Herefordshire and Our Lady's RC Primary and St
Francis Xavier's RC Primary from Hereford City. PC Turner
continued, 'This has been a high profile involvement for
us here in Herefordshire Division. Nearly 1000 school children
have taken part in these three competitions, accompanied
by teachers, head teachers and parent helpers. There was
a positive response to the presence and participation of
the police at these competitions. This really is policing
in a different and unique way, reinterpreting ways of how
we police our local communities.'
14 Herefordshire and 4 Gloucestershire schools will be taking part
in the Ledbury area tournament, with a total of 30 teams.
LEDBURY HERITAGE CENTRE TO REOPEN THIS MONTH
Ledbury Town Council, along with Herefordshire Council are
working together to ensure that town's popular Heritage
Centre will be reopened to the public from Saturday, 23rd
May. The move follows a well attended public meeting at
the Burgage Hall where forty people agreed to act as volunteers
at the Heritage Centre. Mayor of Ledbury, Councillor Keith
Francis, has agreed to form a rota that will allow the centre
to open from Saturday, 23rd May and it will be open every
day, from 10.30am until 4.30pm, until the end of October.
Adrian Blackshaw of Herefordshire Council said, 'I am very
pleased that the community of Ledbury, who have spoken so
passionately about the importance of the building and its
attractions for visitors and tourists, is able to realize
the reopening of this important attraction. Working in partnership
with Ledbury Town Council, we hope the volunteers and visitors
will be safe, supported and able to enjoy a unique experience
visiting all the sites in Church Lane. To ensure this we
now need to get the volunteers fully trained and will be
holding a special day for this on Thursday, 14th May from
10am until 4pm.
will be two sessions, one starting at 10am and one at 2pm.
Anyone else interested in volunteering is also welcome to
attend either of these sessions or else contact the town
POLICE WARN OF POST BOX THEFTS
Police have issued a warning to residents of villages around
the county to be on their guard for mail box thieves.
the beginning of April 2009, there have been a number of
thefts of red Royal Mail post boxes from village locations
such as Coddington and Colwall, near Ledbury, as well as
Hampton Charles and Burford, near Tenbury Wells.
boxes are the cast iron types attached to telegraph poles
and other posts in remote locations and are valued at around
£60 each. Some are very old and bear the VR mark from Queen
are uncertain at this stage whether the mail boxes are being
stolen for their scrap value or for the antique / collectibles
market. Either way, they urge residents of villages around
the county that possess Royal Mail post boxes to keep a
close eye on them and to report any suspicious activity
concerning them to police immediately by phoning 0300 333
3000, or 999 in an emergency.
with information on the current thefts should contact the
Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333
3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
WITNESSES SOUGHT TO BELMONT COLLISION
Hereford Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward
who saw a road traffic collision in which an elderly cyclist
sustained a suspected broken arm.
collision occurred on the A465 at the Tesco's roundabout
at Belmont, Hereford at 7.30am on Friday, 8th May 2009.
The female cyclist was travelling into Hereford along the
A465 when she and a silver Vauxhall Zafira coming out of
Northholme Road collided. The cyclist was treated in Hereford
County Hospital for a suspected broken arm.
would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision.
Anybody with information that can help should contact PC
Richard Pearce of the Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police
Station on 0300 333 3000.
YOUNG MAN ASSAULTED AT MAY FAIR
Hereford Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault
during the May Fair in Hereford to come forward. The incident
happened on Tuesday, 5th May 2009 at around 6.30pm in the
King Street / Bridge Street area of Hereford, when a young
male was head-butted by another male youth and was treated
for facial injuries.
The assailant is described as white, 17 years old with short,
blond hair, of chubby build with a round face. He was wearing
a white T-shirt with a multi-coloured pattern on it and
was accompanied by three other males and a female. Police
say there were lots of people in the vicinity at the time
and are confident that several people must have seen what
with information should contact the Public Service Desk
at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111.