UPPER SAPEY BURGLARY TO FEATURE ON BBC CRIMEWATCH TONIGHT
Detectives in Herefordshire who are investigating a robbery
that took place at a remote bungalow in Upper Sapey will
renew their appeal for information on the BBC1's Crimewatch
show this evening, Tuesday, 2nd June at 9pm. Detective
Sergeant Nick Shutt, based at Barton Road police station,
will be interviewed about the offence and give details of
a Crimestoppers reward for information leading to the arrest
and conviction of the offenders.
have recorded a reconstruction of the events which took
place on Wednesday, 8th April this year, when three men
went to the detached property and threatened Mr Vaughan
Price with a hand gun. The robbery happened at about 2pm
after the offenders arrived in a white van and stole gold
coins belonging to Mr Price. The 69 year old victim deals
in collectable currency via the internet and was left bruised
and very shaken after his ordeal. His wife was not at home
at the time of the robbery.
offenders are described as two white men aged in their 20s
of slim build, both about 5ft 9 tall, accompanied by a large
Asian man aged about 40, 6ft tall, weighing approximately
17 to 18 stone. All three men wore grey boiler suits, black
woollen gloves and black woollen balaclavas and it was one
of the white men who is believed to have held the weapon.
The offenders took jewellery which Mr Price was wearing,
including a Rolex watch, several gold rings including a
signet ring, his wedding ring plus a gold necklace. They
also stole his wallet.
at Hereford want anyone who has been offered gold coins
or jewellery in suspicious circumstances to get in touch
on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555111. Detective
Sergeant Shutt said, 'This type of crime is very rare in
Herefordshire but we need the public's help to trace the
offenders. Anyone with information should get in touch as
soon as possible. This was a nasty robbery and a very frightening
experience for Mr Price. We hope that tonight's BBC Crimewatch
appeal will help us bring these offenders to justice.'
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MEET HERCULES THE GIANT RABBIT AND OTHER ANIMALS ON CARNIVAL DAY
Town Carnival Day will take place on Saturday, 1st August
and promises yet again to be a day packed full of family
fun. This year children of all ages will have the opportunity
to handle lizards, snakes, tortoises, chinchillas and Hercules,
the giant continental rabbit from Holland. Visitors will
be able to learn all about these very tame creatures, courtesy
of mobile zoo Animal Mania. As
well as getting up close to these animals, visitors are
invited to take their pet to a Reiki healer who will be
down on the Carnival field, giving advice on the health
and well-being of your pets in return for a small donation
are lots of activities planned for Carnival Day. Many people
are busy planning their floats for the procession already
and there are a few pre Carnival Day activities taking place.
A Prize Bingo Night at Ross Conservative Club has been organized
for Wednesday, 29th July and one of the prizes is a pair
of tickets for a show at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford.
There will also be a quiz night and the very popular Odd
Object competition to enter.
Carnival Programme will be available very shortly and we
will keep you informed of any further developments.
TWO HEREFORDSHIRE OFFICERS NOMINATED FOR SUN BRAVERY AWARDS
West Mercia Police Federation has nominated two officers
from the Herefordshire Division for their bravery in dealing
with an armed robbery which took place at Andrews Store,
Bellebank Avenue, Hereford at 10pm on Monday, 28th January
David Bentley and PC Yvonne Mason had just reported for
duty when they were told two men had held the owners of
the store at gunpoint, demanding cigarettes, whisky and
money and had made off from the location on foot. The officers,
both young in service with the force, went to the area where
they saw two men answering the description of the offenders.
seeing the police, the men made off down a side road pursued
by the officers. PC Bentley tackled and restrained one of
the offenders, Kieron Horner. PC Mason was confronted by
the other offender, Alexander Bryson who pointed the handgun
directly at her. He became agitated and PC Mason, remaining
calm and professional, spoke with Bryson to placate him
until further assistance arrived. A short while later armed
officers arrived at the scene and made contact with Bryson
who immediately dropped the weapon and was apprehended.
Both of the offenders received lengthy prison sentences.
Andy White, West Mercia Federation Chairman, said, 'Whilst
circumstances, or fate, decreed that it was PC Mason who
was left to confront the offender with the firearm, it could
equally have been PC Bentley. At the time both officers
were going forward they did not know which one of the offenders
had the gun. In taking such positive action, aware of the
risk and the danger to themselves, both officers displayed
bravery worthy of recognition.'
Bentley received a Chief Constable's Commendation following
the incident. In recognition of the additional danger PC
Mason faced in being confronted with the firearm, and her
continued positive actions in the face of this threat, she
received the Chief Constable's Certificate of Commendation
Sun Police Bravery Awards ceremony will take place at the
Dorchester Hotel, London on Thursday, 16th July following
a meeting with the Prime Minister at Downing Street.
PLANS FOR NEW LIVESTOCK MARKET UP FOR CONSULTATION NEXT WEEK
Council is inviting local residents to a public planning
consultation on the new livestock market on Wednesday, 10th
June at Stretton Sugwas Primary School. The plans for the
market, which is proposed for construction along the Roman
Road later this year will be available for the public to
view between 5:30pm and 8pm. A
new, modern, environmentally friendly market is proposed
to the north west of Hereford, between the Bobblestock area
of the city and the village of Stretton Sugwas. The plans
will be considered by the council's main planning committee
later this month.
relocation of the livestock market will release prime development
land on the current 7.9-acre site near the centre of the
city. The council is committed to supporting the farming
industry, which is experiencing its best trading for over
ten years and strong demand for locally produced livestock.
The new market will contain a 7,250-square-metre covered
building with a sheep ring and cattle ring, with loading
docks, parking spaces, wash stations, offices, a café, welfare
areas, and landscaping. The site is open, level and although
away from main settlements, is easily accessed with good
transport links for the delivery of livestock from the most
used directions. A new access road junction will be constructed
on the Roman Road and a new road built onto the site.
Council sees the new livestock market as a key element in
promoting the county's farming heritage alongside the local
economy. There are also proposals to restore and promote
Hereford's Butter Market as a centre for locally produced
food and drink; the moving of the traditional retail market
to the city centre; the promotion of farmers' markets and
a 'your county needs you' food campaign to put more local
produce on menus and dinner plates across Herefordshire.
MAN ASSAULTED AT BISHOPS MEADOW
thirty seven year old man was assaulted between 10.30pm
and 11.15pm on Friday 29th May as he walked along the footpath
from the area of Hinton Crescent in the direction of Victoria
Bridge, Hereford. Enquiries have commenced into the incident
and police are trying to trace any witnesses who may have
been in the area at the material times. In particular, they
would like to talk to two females who were walking across
the Bishops Meadow who may have spoken to the victim prior
to the assault, anybody who encountered a group of approximately
four males and another male, who assisted the casualty.
information that can help the investifation should be given
to the officer dealing, Detective Constable 1440 Johnson
of the CID Deptartment who can be contacted on 0300 333
DRIVER FAILS TO STOP AFTER KNOCKING DOWN CYCLIST
are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a collision
took place between a cyclist and an unknown car. The incident
happened at approximately 6.30pm on Saturday, 30th May,
outside the Vets in Belmont Road, Hereford.
would like to talk to anybody who saw the collision and
could help them to trace the owner of the car who failed
to stop at the scene. They would also like to talk to the
gentleman who assisted the injured cyclist.
you can help the police with their enquiry, please contact
PC Viv Andrews at Hereford Police Station on 03000 333 000.
incident involving a cyclist took place at approximately
8.00pm on Wednesday, 20th May. A fourteen year old girl
was waiting to cross Hinton Crescent at the junction with
Hinton Road, Hereford when she was struck by a pedal cycle
and sustained a fractured jaw, damaged teeth and cuts and
bruises. Following the incident the cyclist who is described
as a white male in his 20's wearing dark clothes and a cycle
helmet, did stop and assist the injured girl but did not
leave any details.
view of the serious injury, PC Richard Barradale-Smith would
like to trace and speak to this cyclist. If you have any
information that can help, the officer can be contact at
Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000.