POLICE HAVE NEW EYES OUT ON THE STREET
Mark Murphy and CSO James Cooke with the new body-worn videos.
Mercia Police have rolled out the use of body-worn video
by front-line police officers and community support officers
(CSOs), a groundbreaking development for the force. Following
two years of trials in Telford & Wrekin, 120 head-mounted
cameras have been purchased and 20 have been sent to each
policing division with 20 being used by the force Operations
cameras will be used by police officers to gather evidence
at fast-moving and complex situations, in particular domestic
violence and public order incidents. CSOs will use them
to counter antisocial behaviour and incidents of abuse from
members of the public.
James Ashton, who works in Herefordshire and led the roll-out
of head-cams across the force said, 'West Mercia Police
is willing to look at using all types of technology if it
means we can tackle crime and make sure West Mercia remains
a safe place to live. Use of body-worn video at domestic
violence incidents provides much more graphic evidence for
magistrates and juries of the distressing nature of violence
than the words of a police officer ever could. They are
useful for evidence gathering, immediately recording victims’
injuries and damage caused, and the victims’ statements.
video is very useful while policing town centres at night
and other public order situations where there are large
numbers of people and crowds; where officers would find
it impossible to remember and note down everything they
also helps reduce pressure on the courts – when offenders
are confronted with footage of their offending they are
more likely to plead guilty. This also means a reduction
in the time spent on paperwork and an increased chance of
successful victimless prosecutions, which is particularly
important when officers are dealing with domestic abuse
also find the head-cams very useful. They do not have the
powers of police officers and certain members of the public
take advantage, thinking they can get away with abusing
them. Body-worn video stops this immediately if the offender
knows they are being filmed.
cameras are not recording all the time, so if a member of
the public sees an officer using one they will most likely
not be recording. Officers and CSOs must only use them for
a specific reason, to gather evidence. They must also inform
any member of the public when they are recording, if it
is practical to do so.
Mercia Police has had a bespoke download and storage programme
designed for managing any footage that is taken. There are
16 locations at stations across the force. Everything recorded
must be kept for 31 days, by law. If marked as evidential,
it will stay on the system. We must abide by data protection
and other laws when we use the kit, so there is extremely
tight control over the way we can use the footage we collect.'
YOUNG DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT ST OWENS CROSS
in South Herefordshire are appealing for witnesses after
a single vehicle collision left a young driver with serious
spinal injuries. The incident happened at 7.35am on Sunday,
5th July 2009 on the A4137 at St Owen's Cross near Ross
black Renault Clio left the road to the offside following
a right hand bend and collided with a stone wall, causing
the vehicle to overturn. The 17-year old driver sustained
serious spinal injuries in the crash and was taken by Air
Ambulance to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol for further treatment.
He underwent surgery yesterday evening and is believed to
be in a stable condition.
the emergency services attended the scene, whose work was
made more difficult by the fact that the vehicle had come
to rest in a courtyard that was overgrown with brambles.
Initially, police were unsure whether there had been a passenger
in the vehicle at the time and searching the brambled area
around the vehicle was challenging. It was established after
a while that the driver had been alone.
a result of the crash, the A4137 was closed, between the
junctions of the B4521 and the A49, whilst police collision
investigators examined the scene to determine the cause.
Police are keen to anyone who may have witnessed the collision
or who may have seen the black Renault Clio travelling along
the A4137 around 7.30am on Sunday morning.
with information should contact PC Steve Broom of the Roads
Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000
as soon as possible.
A PROMISE PARTY FOR A RAINBOW
1st Ross-on-Wye Rainbows welcomed their newest member, Felicity,
with a Promise Party outside the Scout & Guide HQ. Watched
by her fellow Rainbows and family members, Felicity made
her Rainbow tradition, by a sausage sizzle and sing song!
information about Rainbows please contact Jules on 01989
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makes her Rainbow promise in front of Guider Jules King and the
rest of 1st Ross Rainbows.
OVER 40 ODD OBJECTS TO BE FOUND
ever popular 'Odd object' competition will be running during
Carnival Week again this year, with over forty shops taking
part by displaying either an object not normally sold there
or an 'out of place' item in a display in their shop windows.
competition, which runs from Saturday, 18th July until 4pm
on Wednesday, 29th July is really aimed at children, but
people of all ages enjoy rising to the challenge. Entry
forms for the Odd Object competition are available from
Ross Heritage Centre, Ross Library and Ross Tourist Information
Centre, so why not pick one up and join in the fun? Winners
will be announced on Carnival Day, Saturday, 1st August.
are reminded that by allowing their child to take part in
the Carnival or any related event, they have automatically
consented to them being photographed. It would be impossible
to prevent photographs being taken at an event such as this.
ROSS LIONS GIVE AWAY T-SHIRTS
When PGL, the outdoor adventure group based in Ross-on-Wye
changed their logo, they gave the Ross Lions Club a quantity
of high quality T-shirts to use to raise funds. In the first
instance the shirts were sold at the town's Carnival and
at a Lions fund raising event in the town but they were
not selling quickly enough. However, when the Lions Public
relations Officer, Lion Bernard Fowkes and his wife Jo,
found out that the Heron Primary School in Gloucester, attended
by their grandchildren was sending 60 pupils on an adventure
course at PGL, they decided to offer the school some of
the tee shirts which the young children could wear on the
school accepted the offer without hesitation and, although
the T-shirts were being given to the school free, they said
they would get the parents to give a small donation. At
the Heron Primary School Morning Assembly one day last week,
in front of over 300 pupils, the Head Teacher, Mr Coles,
presented Lion Bernard with a cheque for £102. He said the
children had enjoyed their adventure in the Ross area, looking
smart in their new tee shirts and he thanked the Lions for
thinking of them.
Bernard thanked Mr Coles for the cheque, Secretary Sue Morgan
and year six teacher Mrs Brooks for organizing and collecting
the money before speaking to the children explaining just
what the Lions did for the poor and needy, elderly and young
and those who were in other ways disadvantaged.
is now looking for another school in the Ross area which
would like to give its pupils new tee shirts. The Ross Lions
can be contacted on 0845 8335786 or on their website www.rossonwyelions.org.
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DOG RUNS FROM THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
officers from Hereford are anxious to trace a black and
white Jack Russell dog who failed to stop at the scene of
a road traffic collision, in which a car ended up on its
incident happened at 9pm on Wednesday 1st July in Holme
Lacy Road, Hereford, near the junction with Winston Road.
driver of a silver Citroen Saxo car, travelling towards
Hereford along the Holme Lacy Road, swerved to avoid the
dog which had suddenly run into the road in front of him.
In swerving, the vehicle collided with the verge and rolled
over onto its roof. The driver of the Citroen received minor
injuries in the crash. It is believed the dog may have also
received minor injuries in the incident but as it did not
remain at the scene to exchange details and instead ran
off, police are unable to confirm this.
would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident or who
may know the owner of the black and white Jack Russell.
Indeed, the owner themselves may have noticed the dog has
returned home injured. Anyone with information is urged
to call the Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station
on 0300 333 3000.
JESSE ENJOYS CLEHONGER SCHOOL CARNIVAL
Hundreds of local residents and parents came together last
week at Clehonger School's annual Carnival. The school had
additional cause to celebrate this year, since they have
just emerged from special measures, a full term earlier
than expected. As
always, the school's creativity was everywhere to be seen,
with each class taking up a theme in the village parade,
from Bee Healthy to Village Bakery to Pirates. The carnival
itself had a huge array of stands and fun and games, and
even included a rodeo bull!
carnival was opened by local campaigner Jesse Norman, a
long time supporter of the school. He congratulated the
staff, parents and especially the boys and girls on all
their hard work, before leading everyone present in three
cheers for the school. Then school head Sue Jones counted
down the children in a huge launch of red and gold balloons.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'What amazing fun, and what a huge
effort this has been for all involved. I was particularly
honoured to be given the impossible task of judging the
different competitions, from Best Radishes to Best Victoria
Sponge (men)! We are lucky in Herefordshire to have so many
wonderful schools like this one.'
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up and away! Hundreds of red and gold balloonsa released at Clehonger
BUTTER MARKET TRADERS MUST BE SHOWN RESPECT SAYS SARAH
Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hereford
and South Herefordshire, today called for long standing
Hereford Butter Market traders to be shown the respect they
deserve by being fully consulted on any proposed changes
affecting their businesses. The two main changes currently
affecting Butter Market traders are the proposed move of
Hereford’s Open Market to the city centre, and the redevelopment
of the Butter Market itself.
said, 'Whilst regrettable, it is understandable that the
Butter Market traders have felt it necessary to take out
a High Court injunction against the proposed move of the
Open Market to Hereford city centre. To date, there has
been no detailed impact assessment conducted on the likely
impact on long standing Butter Market traders, who legally
are also Council Tenants. This must be undertaken without
the proposed redevelopment of the Butter Market itself should
fully involve the Traders to ensure that those who have
helped to build up the history and provenance of the Butter
Market remain integral to its future. I do not want to see
long established traders some with businesses 20, 30 or
even 50 years old replaced by fancy new businesses just
to fit the flavour of the day. I will continue to support
the Traders to ensure they are fully listened to and have
a voice in the future of this historic trading centre in
The Kymin Dash is a popular event with a long history which
is now incorporated into Monmouth's free 9 day Festival
and Carnival running from 24th July to 1st August 2009.
year, Gladiators Siren and Goliath will start the Dash race
at 11:30am at The Leisure Centre before the runners circle
the town, ascend and descend the Kymin, a local viewpoint
at 850ft, by forest tracks, field paths and minor roads
to end on Chippenham Mead, the town recreation ground, covering
approximately seven miles of
course record was set by P. Wheeler in 1985, completing
the dash in just 38 minutes, 54 seconds, a time that hopefuls
this year will be keen to beat. All competitors must complete
an entry form found on the Kymin Dash website (www.kymindash.co.uk).
When the maximum of 200 entries has been reached, entries
and cheques will be returned. Until the maximum has been
reached, entries on the day can be accepted. Postal entries
must arrive by 24th July.
numbers will be issued at Registration on Race Day, from
10am to 11:15am at Monmouth Leisure Centre, Old Dixton Road,
where there are also showers and changing rooms. The start
is 100 yards from the Leisure Centre opposite The Nag's
Head public house. The Minimum age for entrants is 16. Prizes
will be given for the first male and female runners in separate
age categories and separate prizes are given for the fastest
local male and female of permanent residence living within
5 miles of the town of Monmouth.
results of the race will be posted on the Kymin Dash website
after the event, however for first hand experience of this
popular and exciting race spectators are welcome to come
along and cheer on the participants. Event organizers would
like to thank this year's sponsor Robert Price Builder's
further information, please contact Maureen Vandervelden
on 01600 714310 or go to www.kymindash.co.uk.
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in this year's Kymin Dash will be keen to baet the record set in
PLANS FOR NEW LIVESTOCK MARKET APPROVED
ten years of consultation, plans for Hereford's new livestock
market - designed to safeguard the future of farming in
the county and protect the rural way of life - have been
given the go ahead. The council's main planning committee
approved the plans on Friday, 3rd July and work on a new,
environmentally friendly market is planned to start later
planning committee asked for more landscaping to the site
and more consideration to the access to the site from the
main road and this work was delegated to council officers.
This news now means the livestock market, which is noted
for its high quality produce, can move from its current
dilapidated 7.0-acre site near the centre of the city. This
will release prime development land for the city's new retail
and leisure quarter, which will see the city get its first
multi-screen cinema, as well as a range of high-quality,
household name stores. The new site of the livestock market
will be along the Roman Road to the north west of Hereford,
between the Bobblestock area of the city and the village
of Stretton Sugwas.
the economic slowdown, the planning committee heard from
the farming industry that Hereford's livestock market is
experiencing its best trading for over ten years and that
a modern and well designed facility was crucial to the county's
farming heritage and the local economy. Herefordshire Council
also has proposals to restore and promote Hereford's Butter
Market as a centre for locally produced food and drink and
is promoting farmers' markets and a campaign to put more
local produce on menus and dinner plates across Herefordshire.
is traditionally a prime livestock area and its farming
heritage includes the world famous Hereford cattle breed.
Livestock farming supports 25 per cent of the country's
landscape, providing attractive pasture and a rural way
of life that also supports a £400 million a year tourism
industry. In one of the most exhaustive consultations undertaken
in Herefordshire, the council investigated the need for
a new market over ten years and set up regular public meetings
and discussions with residents, farmers, businesses, parish
councils and county marketers in 2005 and 2006. Six possible
sites were put forward and there was detailed evaluation
of location, traffic impact, environmental factors and amenity,
following which the chosen site was announced in late 2006,
and further scrutinized by a cross party group of councillors
community services scrutiny committee, after three meetings
of formal questioning and investigations deliberated that
the site for the new market was right and recommended the
relocation, releasing valuable development land for regeneration.
The new market will contain a 7,250-square-metre covered
building with a sheep ring and cattle ring, with loading
docks, over 300 car or car and trailer parking spaces, an
additional 44 articulated or trailer lorry parking and nine
lorry wash stations. There will be offices, a café, welfare
areas and toilets, with landscaped areas of decorative native
trees, a wildflower meadow and wildlife conservation area.
A parliamentary bill was passed in 2003 to move the historic
market out of the city centre, as a charter of 1597 decreed
it must be within the city boundary.
NEW SERIES OF LEAFLETS FEATURING FIFTEEN WALKS
Walkers in Herefordshire are to benefit from a new series
of leaflets which more clearly signpost a series of 15 circular
walks in the county. As well as leaflets giving clear information
about the walks, new notice boards have also been installed
to give maps of the areas covered. Funded by Severn Waste
Services through the Landfill Communities Fund, the venture
will also include putting new and clearer signage on all
of the routes.
completion of the Circular Walk Promotion project, which
started in March 2008, was celebrated during the annual
Herefordshire Walking Festival when members of the public
were led around the Mordiford loop by representatives from
Herefordshire Council's public rights of way, Severn Waste
Services and Welcome to our Future, the community-based
charity that manages LCF projects for the Company.
Sebastian Bowen, chairman of Welcome to Our Future, addressed
the walkers before setting out and said, 'The new leaflets
are very informative, giving a description of surface types
and the location of steep gradients, stiles, ditch crossings
and other obstacles which people may wish to know about
before they set out en route. The project is of great benefit
to attract tourists to the county as the new leaflets will
be available to potential visitors to the county. Local
people will also benefit as the notice boards clearly show
all paths in their parish and provide space for community
Playdon of Herefordshire Council's public rights of way
service added, 'The project has taken almost a year and
a half to complete with many hours spent surveying the routes
in order to make the new leaflets much more informative.
With the help of Herefordshire Ramblers all of the routes
are in the process of being waymarked with the new clearer
new leaflets are now available in Tourist Information Centres
throughout the county.
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from 'Welcome to Our Future, Herefordshire Council Parks and Countryside
department and Severn Waste Services