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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.

Crimewatch 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.

The 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.

Detectives 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

Ross 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 to charity.

There 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.

The 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

The 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 2008.

PC 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.

On 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.

Sergeant 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.'

PC 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 for Bravery.

The 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

Herefordshire 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.

The 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.

Herefordshire 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

A 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.

Any 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 3000.


DRIVER FAILS TO STOP AFTER KNOCKING DOWN CYCLIST

Police 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.

Police 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.

If you can help the police with their enquiry, please contact PC Viv Andrews at Hereford Police Station on 03000 333 000.

Another 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.

In 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.

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