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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
NELL RETIRES FROM CARNIVAL COMMITTEE ON HER 97TH BIRTHDAY
birthday greetings go to Nell, who celebrated her 97th birthday
on Thursday, 3rd December. Nell celebrated her birthday
at a lunch with friends from Ross Carnival Committee whom
she had served as Treasurer for around 16 years, keeping
a firm hand on their finances.
the lunch Nell was presented with lovely gifts, a cake,
chocolates and some beautiful hand made cards. Nell said
she had enjoyed the time she had been working with the committee,
but felt it was time to retire and hand over the books to
Carnival Committee are extremely grateful to Nell for all
her hard work and wish her all the best for the future,
as we do.
celebrating her 97th birthday.
at Wetherspoons with friends Anne Gray, Sharon Heaven, Brian Marshall
and Mave Allen.
DON'T BE CAUGHT UNAWARES BY BLACK ICE SAY POLICE
Herefordshire Police have issued a reminder to take care
on cold mornings after black ice has caught some motorists
unawares in the county, resulting in a spate of collisions
around breakfast time.
number of traffic incidents caused by black ice last Tuesday
resulted in several vehicles sliding off the road and into
hedges and ditches. Although no serious injuries were reported,
the potential was present and both minor and major roads
were affected. On
the A417 between Newtown crossroads and Trumpet, the council
needed to salt the roads twice to remove the black ice which
had caused a number of collisions along the stretch.
would remind motorists that, when they go to get in their
cars in the morning, the presence of frost or ice on the
car or the car temperature gauge reading close to 0°c should
alert them to the possibility of black ice on the roads
and to adjust their driving manner accordingly. Please also
remember to clean all windows of frost, snow and ice. Don't
simply clear a little hole on the windscreen to see through
as it is a legal requirement that all windows in their entirety
should be clear and unobstructed.
recently, temperatures for this time of year have been exceptionally
mild. The sudden sharp drop in temperature yesterday should
remind us all that we are now in the winter months and that
cold weather should be the norm. By taking that extra bit
of care and ensuring that our vehicles are in tiptop condition,
we can perhaps prevent an unwarranted spell in hospital
over the Christmas period.
RUDOLPH THE LED REINDEER TO VISIT TUDORVILLE & THREE CROSSES
Downing with Pauline McRae.
Rudolph the LED-nosed reindeer will be visiting Ross again
on Saturday (12th December). He has heard the Christmas
lights are good this year in Tudorville and Three Crosses
and wants to take a look and say hello to all the children
and their parents.
will be accompanied by the Light Fantastic exhibition, operated
by Marches Energy Agency, who will be giving away free light
bulbs and lots of information about how to save energy at
Christmas - and all year round!
is part of the Ross Christmas lights project, which aims
to celebrate Christmas with a beautiful and efficient light
display in the town whilst helping householders and businesses
save energy. We
estimate the carbon emissions from lights in the town will
be at least one ton less this year due to the Town Council's
switch to energy efficient LED Christmas lights.
reindeer has been built on a bicycle chassis by engineering
students from Aston University to demonstrate how much more
light comes out of LED bulbs, compared to conventional light
bulbs. Children will be able to generate electricity by
pedalling Rudolph until his nose glows bright red.
and see Rudolph between Audrey's fish and chip shop and
Tudorville Youth Centre between 10.30 and 12.30 next Saturday,
or in Three Crosses Road between 2.00 and 4.30.
Ross Christmas lights project has been supported by Natural
England's Sustainable Development Fund in the Wye Valley
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Ross Town
Council is grateful for this support.
ROSS LIONS GIVE SUPPORT TO 'HOPE SUPPORT' SERVICES
Hope Support Services is a new organization that aims to
help children who have a close relative who has been diagnosed
with a life threatening illness. The young group is made
up of the 'Y' team namely, Rory Trevethan, Natalie Powles,
Ryan Green, Hannah Maughan and Russell Baker, backed up
by Sam Solandt who is a qualified counsellor who aim to
provide a safe and secure place where young people can meet
and talk to other teenagers in a similar situation.
group were in need of financial assistance to set up the
computer system, so organizer, Sue Trevethan approached
Ross Lions Club who decided that there was a niche for the
service the group are offering and agreed to help. A presentation
ceremony was held where the group meet, at Pots
and Pieces, where lions Community Chairman, Martin King
handed the group a cheque for £600.
you would like to learn more about Hope Support Services
or wish to help with a donation, please visit their website
Martin King, handing a cheque to Natalie Powles with the President
of the Lions Club, Andrew Middlecote, Rory Trevethan, Ryan Green
and Sam Solandt.
NEW GP WALK IN CENTRE OPENS IN HEREFORD FROM MONDAY
From next Monday, people in Hereford will be able to walk
into a new health centre, without an appointment, to see
a GP or nurse, seven days a week between 8am and 8pm. NHS
Herefordshire are launching the new service which is located
within its existing premises on the ASDA site on Monday,
14th December. This is an interim arrangement until a permanent
walk-in health centre is built next year, with government
funding of £1.5 million.
health centre will be open over the Christmas holidays and
will give local people more choice, convenience, peace of
mind and increased access to health services. Patients will
be able to use the new services whilst remaining registered
with their own GP and it is anticipated that it will reduce
the high workload of Hereford County Hospital's accident
and emergency department. The phone number for the new service
will be the same as the current number to call a GP out
of hours - 0330 1239309. The temporary service at the ASDA
site will be replaced when the new facility is opened.
LIONS INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER COMPETITION RESULTS
By Lion Bernard Fowkes
wasn't the possibility of the trip of a lifetime that inspired
the year 8 pupils of The John Kyrle High School to reach
such a high standard of art when they took part in the Lions
International Peace Poster Competition. No, it was the efforts
of their Art Teachers, as this was part of the curriculum.
However, there was also no shortage of effort on behalf
of the pupils themselves and the judges had a hard time
finding the eventual winner.
was the local round of the contest and the judges, long
time school governor Mrs. Joyce Thomas, MBE-DL, artists
Christine Brazier and Joan Watts, along with the Ross Lions
President Andrew Middlecote were highly delighted with the
posters produced by the young pupils. After due deliberation,
the winner was declared as 12 year old Kieron Nelson. His
entry was immediately sent off to join others in the District
round of the competition.
was Eleanor Jackson with Charlotte Prince taking third place.
There were five Highly Commended; Freya Marie Snelling,
Michelle Gartside, Amberly Nash, Brandon Knight and Laura
Mair. To show how close other entries were there were fourteen
Highly Commended; Olivia Leask, Rhys Owen, Josie Leahy,
Kelly Sayce, Shannon Boucher, Jessica Hunt, Elizabeth Rogers,
Alice Ormerod, Rosie Cox, Emily Stafford, Ellen Madden,
Rhea Coyle, Beth Bushell and Emma Croft. All the above were
presented with certificates at a recent assembly by the
President of the Ross Lions Club, Andrew Middlecote. The
prizes for the first three places will be presented at the
John Kyrle Prize Giving Ceremony on the 17th December.
Head of Art, Neil Carroll, told the young contestants that
they should feel proud in taking part in an event which
over 300,000 youngsters, between the ages 11 and 13, from
all over the world were competing against each other to
show how they could depict 'The Power of Peace' as a poster.
He was proud of them for putting on such a good show and
upholding the tradition of the school.
have since learned that the Ross entry failed to get through
the second round of the contest, so Kieron will not be going
to The United Nations Buildings in New York with his parents
or spending a holiday in America at the expense of the Lions.
However, young people all over the world will continue to
take part in this huge event, spurred on by the thought
of peace and the chance to win a holiday of a lifetime.
Ross-on-Wye Lions thank the John Kyrle High School for their
participation in the Peace Poster Competition and look forward
to many more years of co-operation.
winning pupils hold up their posters during assembly at the John
Kyrle High School.
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITY
Grants schemes run by Herefordshire Council are offering
up to £2,000 towards the cost of projects which promote
voluntary and community activity in the county. The
community projects grant which can support up to £2,000,
or 50% of the project costs (whichever is the lesser), is
available and the community pride grant for up to £750,
or 75% of the project costs (whichever is the lesser), is
also available for eligible projects .
far this year, community projects grants have been awarded
to: Ross-on-Wye Baptist Church for equipment for its CAMEO
group; The Coppice Workers towards publicity of the National
Bean Pole week promoting the use of local canes in the garden;
Dormington and Mordiford Parish Council towards a speed
indicator display by the school; Kington Show towards publicity;
Mortimer Leisure Centre towards a community event; Leintwardine
Community Access Point towards the cost of relocating the
CAP and Goodrich parish council towards the cost of printing
its village design statement.
community projects grant is a discretionary grant which
aims to promote and support voluntary and community activity
in Herefordshire by helping to establish and develop facilities,
activities, events and services across the county and is
open to constituted groups. The grant is given to: Encourage
communities to come together with activities to improve
their vicinity; Support effective community involvement
in decision making; Support and encourage participation
in regular volunteering; Strengthen and support community
and voluntary activity and enable a thriving third sector;
Improve the availability of sustainable services and facilities
and access to them.
'community pride grant' is a new, discretionary scheme covering
the whole of the county to help local community groups in
Herefordshire bring ideas and projects to life for the benefit
of Herefordshire citizens. The project must be community
led and come from groups or organizations with a written
constitution and bank account. Private individuals cannot
must demonstrate that their project takes place in, and
benefits people in Herefordshire, provides good value for
money, seeks to involve the community, be new and not duplicate
existing services, and it must not be for statutory activities
or to promote political or religious activities. Activities
could be social, environmental or economic in nature such
as: providing equipment, support or publicity for a group;
improving signage for an area, low level crime prevention
initiatives or training courses.
community pride schemes have supported notice boards, neighbourhood
watch signage, play group equipment, equipment for community
groups and clubs, and equipment for village halls.
groups wanting further information about these grants should
contact the delegated grants and programmes team on 01432
260753 or email email@example.com. Information
can also be found on the Council website: www.herefordshire.gov.uk
LAUNCH OF CHRISTMAS 2009 PARK AND RIDE SCHEME
popular Saturday park and ride scheme aimed at tempting
more shoppers into Hereford during the busy run up to Christmas
was launched on Saturday and both Councillor Brian Wilcox,
Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for highways and
transportation, and Andrew Ashcroft, head of transportation
and planning, visited the service at Hereford Racecourse.
Councillor Wilcox said, 'It was great to see the high numbers
of people taking advantage of the park and ride which really
takes the hassle out of finding a parking space. By parking
on the outskirts and travelling in by bus, people can enjoy
a full day's shopping at the wide range of high quality
shops that the city boasts as well as being able to visit
many high quality restaurants and cafes.'
Ashcroft said, 'This service gets more popular every year
and shoppers can choose between two free car parks on the
outskirts of the city and enjoy a comfortable bus ride to
the heart of the city for a nominal fare.'
travelling from the north can park at Hereford Racecourse,
off Roman Road, and those travelling from the south can
park at another on the A49 Ross Road at Grafton. Park and
ride will operate every Saturday until 19th December. This
year, for the first time, there will be two bus stops in
the city for passengers to use. The north service stops
at the Shire Hall and the Maylords Centre while the south
service will call at the city bus station by Tescos as well
as Broad Street.
will run every 15 minutes from the car parks, starting at
9am. The last return bus leaving the city centre will be
at 5.50pm to Grafton and 5.55pm to the Racecourse. Fares
are £1.50 for an adult return and £3 for a group of three
or more adults travelling together, with accompanied children
travelling for free.
Parking is free at both sites and security staff will be
on patrol to ensure cars are safe.
Ashcroft, left, and Councillor Wilcox with one of the Park and Ride
JCB STOLEN IN ROSS-ON-WYE
South Herefordshire Police are appealing for information
after a JCB was stolen from a compound in Ross-on-Wye. The
theft occurred between Tuesday, 10th and Monday, 16th November
when thieves broke the padlock to a compound in Hill Street,
Ross and removed a JCB excavator, bearing the registration
number P511NKP. The machine, which is valued at £5,000
has not yet been recovered.
are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen suspicious
activity in the Hill Street area during the middle of November
or who may know the current whereabouts of the machine.
with information should contact PC Mark Robinson at Ross
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
JESSE WELCOMES NOTED CIVIL LIBERTIES CAMPAIGNER TO HEREFORD
Chakrabarti, Director of civil liberties watchdog Liberty,
spoke to a packed house at Arte Restaurant in Hereford last
week, attending as a friend and guest of Conservative parliamentary
candidate Jesse Norman. During
a standing-room-only session of Questions and Answers lasting
nearly two hours, both Shami and Jesse answered questions
from an audience of over 120 people on issues ranging from
ID cards to the use of torture. A retiring collection for
St Peter's raised over £250.
Chakrabarti is Director of Liberty and has a very high media
profile as a national campaigner for civil liberties and
human rights. She has argued vigorously in recent years
for freedom of speech, and led public opposition to ID cards,
42 day detention without charge, the use of torture and
the DNA database. Most recently, she commissioned and published
a book by Jesse and Peter Oborne, called Churchill's Legacy,
on the Human Rights Act.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'It is just great to be able to
welcome Shami to Herefordshire for the first time. Doubly
so to be able to have a serious discussion about serious
issues of personal freedom and the rule of law. Shami is
a national figure, and we need to make our voice heard across
Chakrabarti said, 'I am not party political, and Liberty
has friends in all three of the main political parties.
But we need people in Parliament with independent minds
who will fight for our personal liberties. Jesse is one
of those people, and his book is a really important contribution
to current debate about the British constitution and the
rule of law.'
of Churchill's Legacy can be obtained free of charge from
Jesse at 49, Broomy Hill, Hereford. HR4 0LJ.
and Shami Chakrabarti, Director of civil liberties watchdog Liberty.
FIND THAT UNIQUE CHRISTMAS GIFT AT HEREFORD CRAFT MARKET
If you are looking for original one-off handcrafted gifts
to give this Christmas, why not go along to Hereford High
Town this coming Saturday, 12th December? There will be
thirty stall holders offering traditional and contemporary
craft for sale and visitors to the craft market will not
only be able to discover original and beautiful work, they
will also be able to find out how items were made, as well
as who made it. For
jewellery, pictures, tableware and more, don't miss this
opportunity to buy a handmade item from a county artist.
Previous visitors to Hereford Craft Markets have said they
were pleased to be able to meet the artists and were also
delighted with the quality and originality of work for sale.
'Come along and support a local tradition and be inspired
and delighted by the handmade, quality items from local
artists and craftspeople,' said Andy Dawson, Herefordshire
Council's creative industries co-ordinator. 'Whatever your
taste, you can browse, chat, commission or purchase hand
made craft in the heart of the city all day, from 9am until
JESSE CONGRATULATES HEREFORD SCOUTS ON ANOTHER HUGE POST BAG
candidate Jesse Norman has congratulated Hereford Scouts
on running their highly successful Scout Post for another
huge year. Jesse visited the 7th Hereford Tupsley Scout
Group over the weekend to drop off his Christmas cards,
where he was welcomed by David Owen, the Group Scout Leader.
7th Hereford Tupsley Scouts are one of 12 Scout groups in
and around Hereford City, of which six take part in the
Scout Post. Together, the young boys and girls and their
families receive, sort and deliver between 45,000 and 50,000
cards and letters, in just one week. And the cost is only
20p a letter, a huge saving over the normal cost.
Jesse said, 'As a veteran of the Post Office campaign, I
thought I knew something about the post. But I have been
amazed by the sheer scale and professionalism of the Scout
Post. It puts Amazon to shame. The Chinese need to come
over to the UK and study it! And that's on top of all the
terrific work that the Scouts do throughout the year. So
bravo and well done to the Scouts!'
with David Owen of 7th Hereford Tupsley Scout Group.
SARAH CARR CALLS FOR MORE SUPPORT FOR GREEN BUSINESSES
Ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, Sarah
Carr, the Liberal Democrat Prospective MP for Hereford,
Ross and South Herefordshire is calling for support for
local businesses who want to learn how to go green including
advice on procurement, energy saving and other aspects of
green business that help protect communities and the environment.
said, 'My Liberal Democrat parliamentary colleagues such
as our climate change spokesman, Simon Hughes MP, are pushing
for global agreement in Copenhagen providing leadership
for an international framework that will enable each country
to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy. I strongly
believe there is still much local and national action that
can be taken especially in support from local Councils and
regional government. I have written to Herefordshire Council
and Advantage West Midlands to ask what support they are
giving to businesses who want protect the environment but
do not know where to start in reviewing their business operations.
believe that there is a huge opportunity for businesses
to grow or find new markets by going green even in the downturn,
strengthening the economy, creating new jobs and improving
the quality of people’s lives. Some local businesses such
as the members of Herefordshire Greenlinks have already
taken this step. There are many other businesses who want
to play their part, reaping the rewards, reducing energy
costs and CO2 emissions and I want to make sure that they
are getting the support they need.'
BARONESS WILLIAMS PRESENTS AWARD TO YOUNG COUNTY ESSAYIST
widely respected politician Baroness Shirley Williams was
the guest speaker at a fund-raising dinner held to support
the campaign of Sarah Carr, the Liberal Democrat Prospective
MP for Hereford, Ross and South Herefordshire.
the dinner, which took place in Hereford on Friday, 4th
December, Shirley also presented a signed copy of her just
published autobiography ‘Climbing the Bookshelves’ to the
winner of a local essay competition about why young people
should get involved in politics. The
essay competition organized by Hereford and South Herefordshire
Liberal Democrats was judged by local Liberal Democrat party
President Chris Green. The winning author was Alex Cosh
of Hereford Sixth Form College who gave a confident summary
of his essay to the assembled crowd.
on the event, Sarah said, 'Shirley Williams is an amazing
woman and politician. I am delighted she is supporting my
campaign to be the next Member of Parliament for Hereford
and South Herefordshire, succeeding Paul Keetch MP. Shirley’s
speech at All Saints was everything we have come to expect
from such a brilliant woman - a common-sense and a straightforward
account of what she believes needs to be done to mend British
politics and the economy and her views on foreign policy.
It was fantastic that Shirley also presented a copy of her
inspiring autobiography to our essay competition winner
Alex Cosh of Hereford Sixth Form.' Sarah
Carr, Shirley Williams and Paul Keetch MP all spoke at the
packed out event held at All Saints in Hereford.
as a MP in 1964, Shirley Williams, now Baroness Williams
of Crosby, was a member of the Wilson and Callaghan governments
and was also the Secretary of State for Education. As one
of the 'Gang of Four,' Shirley Williams famously broke away
from the Labour Party to found the SDP in 1981 and later
supported its merger with the Liberal Party to form the
Liberal Democrats. Over her lengthy political career Shirley
Williams has appeared as a commentator more times than any
other panellist on the BBC political talk show Question
Green, Baroness Williams, Sarah Carr and Alex Cosh at the dinner
PURCHASE OF PLOUGH LANE OFFICES TO SAVE COUNCIL £1.4M PER
Herefordshire Council has paid £4 million for offices it
currently leases at Plough Lane in Hereford, paving the
way to sell off 12 older, expensive to maintain premises
and save £1.4 million a year. Over 1,600 employees from
the council and the primary care trust will work side by
side in the 15,000-square-metre administrative centre, speeding
up the close partnership working that is driving improvements
to public services in the county.
outright purchase of the site makes 'sound business sense'
for the council, which, with its partner the primary care
trust, is looking for more ways to share services and premises
to save money, and avoid the cuts to services seen in other
areas of the country. Heineken, the owners of the site,
which was previously the headquarters of the Bulmers group,
have exchanged contracts with the council. The purchase
price is considered to be a 'brilliant deal' by the council,
which not only gets the building but a considerable area
of land and car parking space, plus an agreement for a second
access road to the site.
the commercial and residential property market recovers,
the council will divest itself of twelve further premises,
which are not fit for purpose and expensive to maintain,
making savings in annual running costs. They will be sold
for redevelopment and will support the regeneration of Hereford,
including the building of more affordable housing. There
will be further savings for the primary care trust, which
will also declare some unsuitable premises surplus to requirements.
The move will release four key buildings within the ESG
regeneration area, including the council's current education
services offices at the former Blackfriars School, which
the council has earmarked for the site of a new higher education
campus for the city.
developing modern and greener working offices at Plough
Lane, the council will not only save on heating and lighting
costs but will also slash carbon dioxide emissions by up
to 200 tonnes a year, contributing to government carbon
reduction targets. The modular design of the development
will allow flexibility for the council and the primary care
trust to expand or contract as circumstances change. By
operating together in a single working environment, teams
will share best practice, be innovative and improve services
for local people. Since
the summer of last year, the council investigated a number
of sites around the city but the Plough Lane option was
considered to be the most realistic and financially beneficial
option. Outright purchase is more viable than continuing
with the costs of occupying a leased building. The council
would retain 'iconic' buildings like Hereford town hall
and the Shire Hall
is a brilliant deal and makes sound business sense for the
council and for local taxpayers,' said cabinet member of
resources, Councillor Harry Bramer, 'and represents a major
piece in the jigsaw that will drive forward our joined up
working with the primary care trust and the continued improvement
of health and care services for Herefordshire people.' We
have bought the Plough Lane complex at exactly the right
time, and the consequences of not doing so were to continue
to pay high rents or maintenance costs for a large number
of premises that were not suitable for the development of
efficient and effective public services.
we are in a strong position to develop our groundbreaking
public services partnership in Herefordshire, an approach
that the rest of the country is now trying to emulate.'
PACT DATES FOR YOUR 2010 DIARY
Anybody with concerns about their neighbourhood in Herefordshire
will have lots of opportunities to make those concerns heard
with a number of PACT (Partners And Communities Together)
meetings planned to take place across the county during
January and February next year.
Inspector Bob Barnett from Hereford Police Station, who
is in charge of local policing in the county said, 'PACT
gives you the chance to tell your local police team, local
authority and other partner agencies about issues that are
affecting you in your area and which ones you want us to
make a priority. Concerns may centre around antisocial behaviour,
speeding vehicles, litter or other forms of nuisance. Or
it may be street lighting, a housing issue or abandoned
vehicles. Whatever the problem is, the PACT partners can
do nothing about it until you tell us. So, please come along
to the meeting in your area and let us help improve the
quality of life for you and your community.'
January and February 2010 round of PACT meetings will be
held at the following dates, time and locations:
- Monday, 25th at The Kindle Centre (beside ASDA, Hereford)
covering the St. Martins and Hinton area.
Tuesday, 26th at Credenhill Village Hall covering the Hereford
Thursday, 28th at Lord Scudamore School, Friar St, Hereford,
covering the St. Nicholas and Three Elms area.
February - Monday, 1st at The Burgage Hall, Church Lane,
Ledbury for the Ledbury area.
Tuesday, 2nd at Belmont Community Centre, Hereford covering
the Belmont area.
Wednesday, 3rd at Lady Hawkins Leisure Centre, Kington for
the Kington area.
Monday, 8th at The Forbury Chapel, Church St, Leominster
for the Leominster area.
Tuesday, 9th at The Larruperz Centre, Ross-on-Wye covering
the Ross area.
Wednesday, 10th at Falcon Hotel Mews, Bromyard for the Bromyard
Monday, 15th at The Shire Hall, Hereford, covering the Aylestone
and Tupsley area.
Thursday, 18th The GV Community Centre, Peterchurch for
the Peterchurch area and Tuesday, 23rd at Much Birch Village
Hall covering Hereford Rural South.
you have an issue and you would rather not wait until the
next PACT meeting in your area to resolve your problem,
then ring your local policing team on 0300 333 3000. Otherwise,
we look forward to seeing you at one of the January/February
FORMER LEOMINSTER WOMAN JAILED FOR BENEFITS FRAUD
A former Leominster woman has been sentenced to five months
in custody after admitting ten counts of benefit fraud which
resulted in her falsely claiming more than £44,000. Samantha
Mary McGrath, 34, who used to live at Bridge Street, Leominster,
but now lives in Birmingham, admitted 10 counts when she
appeared before His Honour Judge Cavell at Worcester Crown
Court on Monday.
prosecution was brought by Herefordshire Council and related
to the fact McGrath failed to declare a change of circumstances
in May 2003, namely that she was married and that in September
2005 she failed to declare that she was in receipt of a
nursing bursary. She also failed to declare in August 2006
that she was employed. McGrath received £21,604.27 in income
support, £19335.26 in housing benefit and £3,825.82 in council
tax benefit all of which she was not entitled to and will
have to be paid back. The final total was £44,765.35.
Honour, Judge Cavell stated that she had had ample opportunity
to notify the authorities of her situation but that she
knowingly failed to do so and in view of the large sum involved,
sentencing guidelines gave him no alternative but to impose
a custodial sentence of five months for her to serve at
least half of that. There was no order for costs or compensation.
Darby, Herefordshire Council's benefit fraud and interventions
manager said, 'We face an ongoing battle against benefit
fraud and this severe sentence shows just how serious such
crimes are. People who dishonestly claim benefits forget
it is other taxpayers who have to pick up the bill and we
will continue to investigate false claims and prosecute
where necessary. We will also be working hard to recover
the money that was wrongly claimed, as we do in all such