place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FAMILY TRIBUTE TO JAMES BALL . . . . . .
. . . .
James Alan Ball will be sadly missed by his mother, Pauline
Ball, his father, Richard Ball, his elder brother, Andrew
Ball and his nine-year-old daughter, as well as his extended
family and friends.
who died after receiving stab wounds on 26th March, used
to love fishing on the River Wye and when you asked what
he had done that day, he would say, 'I had a good day's
daughter particularly tells about her fishing trips with
Daddy. She also loved writing to and receiving letters from
was very good with children and they loved having him around.
His nephews say that they will miss him because when James
was around he would always play with them and he was good
fun. He was a great person to have as an uncle.
was a caring person and always ready to help both his family
and friends. He was kind and generous and would always be
the first person to offer help and comfort in times of trouble.
His closest friend, with whom he had been friends since
pre-school days, described him as 'one of the good guys.'
was a good cook and had worked as a chef in hotels and pubs.
He was always keen to cook meals for his family and his
friends. His family would like to thank so many people who
have contact them to express their condolences. It is a
comfort to the family to know that he meant so much to all
family are obviously deeply shocked by the suddenness and
circumstances of his death and request that their privacy
is respected by the media.
WHATS HAPPENING IN ROSS THIS WEEK?
you are wondering what kind of entertainment is going on
in and around Ross-on-Wye this week, here are a few items
that may be of interest to you.
Friday and Saturday evenings the popular Bare Bones Theatre
Company are putting on their production of the play 'A Bolt
From the Blue.' Friday's performance will take place at
Woolhope Village Hall and on Saturday, the stage will be
in Goodrich Village Hall.
Bucket Band will be appearing at the White
Lion Inn on Friday evening, singing for their supper,
or, rather, donations to support an orphanage in Nepal.
St. Michael's Church in Hope Mansell, Ross Choristers will
be performing some vocal 'Music for an April Evening.'
Village Hall is the venue for some great music on Saturday
when Garway Live! will be pleased to welcome you all to
performances by Elephant Talk and the lovely Lou Richardson.
Sunday, if you want to clear that Saturday Night head, a
charity aerobathon is being held at Ross
Health and Fitness to raise money for the Hope Trust.
are currently receiving lists of events to celebrate the
forthcoming marriage of HRH Prince William and Miss Kate
Middleton. If you are holding an event to mark this happy
occasion, please feel free to send us the details and we
will publish them for you. In fact, if you are holding any
event at all, the same invitation applies. Have a great
LIMBER UP FOR CHARITY AEROBATHON FOR HOPE TRUST
If you enjoy Zumba or keeping fit in general, why not go
along to Ross
Health and Fitness on Sunday morning and join in their
annual charity Aerobathon? Every year, proprietors, Dean
and Caroline Ward offer their studio for a local charity
to raise much needed funds. This year, the money being raised
will go to the Hope Trust, a Ross based charity which gives
help and support to children and young people with a family
member who has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
of the places have already been booked but there is still
room for a few more to take part in the event, which will
begin at 11am with a Zumba session. At 12 Noon there will
be Box aerobics, followed at 1pm by Body Condition then
an Ab Attack session at 1:30pm.
you would like to take part and help the Hope Trust, please
pick up a sponsor form from the centre. Alternatively, you
may just like to pay £15 for the whole event.
ACORNS GROUP PUTTING THEIR BEST FEET FORWARD
The Ross-on-Wye4Acorns support group held their 6 mile sponsored
walk on Sunday, 27th March. This followed on from the Race
Night which raised a respectable £653.00.
weather was perfect and 22 people set off from their home
base at The Man of Ross Inn at 10.30am to walk the course
around Homme Green, through Walford and Tudorville and back
to the Man of Ross. First home in a time of 1 and half hours
was Mark Ward, although he rushed the last mile or so as
the vindaloo from the night before was having an effect.
Next was Mark Ravenhill pushing his son in the pushchair.
Bringing up the rear of the field was Chad and Glenda Harris
in 2 hours. All
in all and besides a few sore feet and blisters, an enjoyable
walk was had and it is now just the uneveiable task of collecting
the sponsor money up, which, it is hopes will raise signifiacnt
funds towards the Acorn charity.
support group are always looking for help in raising money
for Acorns. If anybody would like to help, please contact
Oliva Phillips via email at email@example.com.
The support group are also looking for sponsorship in any
format. They have a fun run on 12th June, which they hope
will raise a lot of interest as they would like to make
it not only an annual event, but one of the main events
of the year for the Ross-on-Wye calendar.
The fun fundraisers before they set off on their walk.
Ravenhill and his son look forward to the walk.
and Glenda Harris arrive back at the pub.
LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUSY EASTER AND ONWARDS.
Easter is going to be very late this year, leaving many
people under the impression that the 'rules' of this moveable
feast had changed. This is, in fact not the case. For some
reason, the people who decided upon the dates for such feasts
decreed that Easter should fall on the first Sunday after
the full moon which falls on or follows the 21st March.
This fact however, brings little comfort to the business
people from many tourism reliant towns, such as Ross-on-Wye,
as it means that the traditional kick off to the season
is not happening until Friday, 22nd April.
those Mon-Fri, 9-5ers who were smart enough to latch onto
the fact that if they booked a few days holiday during Easter
week, they are in for a good long holiday. (The Easter holiday
is followed by the Royal Wedding (public holiday), which
takes place on Friday, 29th April, giving them that day,
the Saturday and Sunday, then May Day Bank Holiday Monday
off!) Well done. We hope the sun shines for you. But what
to do with all this time off?
from relishing the fact that you've 'got one over on the
boss,' The Hostelrie at Goodrich are holding a Sausage and
Cider weekend over Easter and will feature local sausage
producers such as Toby Lovell of Broome Farm and many local
cider producers including Ross
Cider and Perry Co. The opportunities to sample these
delicious delights will be complemented by some excellent
live music provided by the fabulous Jiveoholics, The Deadbeats,
OCD and many more fine local bands and artistes. For further
information on this event, please call The Hostelrie on
Easter Monday, Colin Davies of Colins
Tyrecare will be running another of his popular Vintage
Vehicle Road Runs and many people including Wilton
Court are organizing special Royal Wedding events.
Ross branch of the Royal British Legion are organizing a
Family Fun Day by the riverside on 12th June where hopefully
there will be a real tank on display for children of all
ages to explore. The Wye Valley AONB are celebrating their
40th anniversary this year and one of their events, with
a Georgian theme, will be taking place on Saturday, 18th
Ross Rocks Festival will be taking place on Saturday 25th
June and will be showing visitors what Ross-on-Wye has to
offer by way of local food and drink producers, trades people,
dance groups and the best in local bands and artistes.
Easter may be 'late' this year, but it's non stop from there
and we wish all a very successful season.
CONGRATULATIONS TO KATIE OF WILTON COURT.
More than ever before, the Midlands’ hospitality and tourism
industry is critical to the Region’s success. Awareness
of the region nationally and internationally, as a thriving
business centre, as an unmatched location for tourism and
with an unrivalled selection of locations for events is
at its highest ever level.
(the Midlands Association for restaurants, caterers, hotels
and entertainment) is committed to promoting and protecting
the interests of the industry. With a membership drawn from
independents or part of a chain, large or small, supplier
or service provider, Marche provides a unique focus for
organizations of all sizes from every relevant section of
exciting MARCHE Awards for Excellence Ceremony took place
on Sunday, 27th March at The International Convention Centre
in the heart Birmingham, and over 100 tables of guests cheered
to finalists as they waited to hear the results of the competitions.
Ruddock , Assistant Manager of Wilton
Court Restaurant with rooms was ’Highly Commended in
the 'Manager of Tomorrow' Category. Our congratulations
go to Katie and the rest of the team at Wilton Court.
Katie Ruddock, Assistant Manager of Wilton Court with her 'Manager
of Tomorrow' Award.
WHAM NEEDS HEREFORDSHIRE MOTORCYCLISTS. .
Herefordshire's motorcyclists are being offered the chance
to improve their road safety skill, at the annual WHAM!
Rider Skills Day in April. Worcester and Hereford Advanced
Motorcyclists (WHAM!) are organizing their third Rider Skills
Day for fully licensed motorcyclists at the Sutton St Nicholas
Community Hall near Hereford, on Sunday, 17th April from
10am until 4pm.
event consists of an individual 40 minute ride with a qualified
Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) observer, followed
by a discussion on safe riding techniques, particularly
in relation to road hazards and bends. The event, which
is sponsored by Safer Herefordshire's Road Safety Group,
is completely free to the rider. All participating riders
will also have the opportunity to win an IAM 'Skill for
Life' programme worth £139.
Morgan, WHAM! Chairman said, 'As a group, motorcyclists
tend to have higher death and serious injury rates than
any other group of road users. Although some accidents are
caused by other road users, the majority of motorcycle accidents
don't involve other vehicles but occur due to a simple loss
of control, particularly on bends. One of the main elements
of advanced motorcycling is the ability to correctly 'read
the road'. This involves approaching bends at the right
speed and in the right gear and using sensible acceleration,
which all help towards reducing unnecessary accidents.'
Hodges, WHAM! Newsletter Editor said, 'IAM statistics reveal
that upon successful completion of the 'Skill for Life'
programme, drivers and riders are 70% less likely to be
involved in a road traffic accident. This is why we're keen
to promote advanced motorcycling to Herefordshire riders
and look forward to welcoming them to our Rider Skills Day,
because in the end you have nothing to lose but possibly
a lifetime to gain.'
DEMENTIA DVD STARS STAFF FROM NHS HEREFORDSHIRE.
new DVD, Stand By Me has been launched and features some
of the mental health staff from NHS Herefordshire. The DVD
is aimed at raising awareness and improving the quality
of communication by health care staff with people living
with dementia and their families. The premiere took place
at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove on Thursday, 17th March,
when dementia campaigner and journalist, John Suchet compered
Poole, lead nurse for older people's mental health in Herefordshire,
who attended the premiere said, 'This has been a wonderful
project to be involved with and it was fantastic to see
the completed film and the reactions it produced. It really
makes you stand back and think about the issue. I would
like to thank all the staff in Herefordshire for acting
the roles in the film, ranging from administration workers
right up to our consultant. Our staff made up around 75
per cent of the total actors and featured in every one of
the six vignettes. Our service users, carers, residential
and nursing homes and care agencies also came together in
focus groups to provide material for the DVD.'
DVD has been created through collaboration between Herefordshire
PCT, NHS Worcestershire, the University of Worcester Association
for Dementia Studies and North East Worcestershire (NEW)
College and will be used as a training resource for mental
health professionals throughout the UK and overseas. It
consists of a series of mini films reflecting a wide range
of realistic situations, including someone being cared for
in their own home, someone being cared for in a care home
setting, and someone admitted to an acute hospital. The
scripts were developed from a series of focus groups involving
health and social care staff and people with dementia and
their families. Most of the actors in the films are real
life health and social care staff from across Herefordshire
and Worcestershire, family carers and people with dementia.
Jones, Non-executive Director for NHS Herefordshire said,
'The launch event for the wonderful training DVD and resource
pack was a stunning night. I was so proud of them all and
the passion they have to ensure that we care for people
with dementia and their carers as well as we can shone through.'
Dawn Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester's
Association for Dementia Studies said, 'The idea for the
project and the methodology to support it comes from a programme
from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, which
I was involved in. They developed a DVD training resource
entitled 'Come into my World'. We are working collaboratively
with Flinders in evaluating the impact of the resource.'
funding for the programme came from Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Workforce Deanery 2010 / 2011.
John Suchet at the launch of the DVD with Professor Dawn Brooker
WHERE THERE IS A WILL . . ....
Herefordshire Council's Archive Service is looking for 'willing'
volunteers to help launch a major archive repackaging project
that will preserve one of its most important collections.
Tens of thousands of wills and other probate records dating
from the 16th century are to be carefully re-boxed in preparation
for being moved.
is a significant undertaking and the Archive Service is
looking for volunteers to help out,' said Head Archivist,
Elizabeth Semper O'Keefe. 'Wills are priceless records of
everyday life from centuries ago; they give you a really
immediate contact with our ancestors. Our repackaging project
will ensure that the collection will be available for future
generations to use. Our project will appeal to anyone who
enjoys direct contact with precious historical documents
and enjoys paper craft.'
will be an introductory meeting for any potential volunteers
at Herefordshire Record Office, Harold Street, Hereford,
on Monday, 18th April. This will be followed by a training
session on Monday, 9th May. Anybody who is interested in
volunteering for the project should contact Liz Bowerman,
the senior conservator by telephone on 01432 260750 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CELEBRATE 50 YEARS.
Herefordshire's Youth Orchestra is tuning up for a major
event to celebrate 50 years of bringing music to the county's
ears. The Anniversary Gala Concert will take place on Saturday,
9th April at The Shirehall, St Peter's Square, Hereford
and promises to be a spectacular event with 60 ex-members
joining with the 40 existing members to create one of the
biggest orchestras to perform in Hereford.
County Youth Orchestra, which takes the best musicians from
schools and colleges and provides them with a full orchestra
experience was set up 50 years ago and young musicians aged
between 13 and 18 years audition to join the orchestra which
meets on a weekly basis. Each year they put on a big concert
in order to celebrate and showcase some of the most talented
musicians in the county.
recognition of its fiftieth anniversary, the music service
has trawled through its records to try and locate ex members
and invite them to participate in this year's event. Following
a countywide appeal, 60 ex-members have come forward to
participate. They are from a range of backgrounds and age
groups and include a member of the original founding group
back in 1961. Roger Woolley, one of the council's peripatetic
music teachers, was the first leader of the orchestra. Performances
will include Bizet, Carmen Site No 1, Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance
March No. 4 and Dvorak, Symphony No 8. In addition, a newly
commissioned trumpet fanfare, written by a former leader
of the orchestra, Liam Dunachie, will be performed on the
Woollard, head of the council's music service said, 'We
are very excited about this event which will bring together
some of the county's best musical talent of today and yesterday.
It will be fantastic to catch up with some of our previous
members too. So far we have over 70 VIPs attending, including
the Lord Lieutenant, which makes the event even more exciting
for our young musicians.'
an afternoon of rehearsing, the concert will begin at 7pm.
There are still a few tickets available, costing £6 for
adults or £3 for those aged under 18 years. These can be
purchased from the music service office on 01432 260840.
ST. GEORGES DAY - PRIDE NOT PREJUDICE...
'Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' might not
be something you would expect to hear in High Town, Hereford
but on Saturday, 23rd April, St George and England are being
celebrated in a special event. Herefordshire Council’s Diversity
Team, Hereford City Council, and the Kindle Centre are holding
the event between 10am and 3.30pm to mark St George’s Day
and encourage English people to take pride in their Englishness.
Meredith, Corporate Diversity and Community Cohesion Officer
said, 'The 23rd of April is not only St George’s Day but
Shakespeare’s birthday and the day he died, so about as
English a day as there can be. We have an actor belting
out a speech from Henry V, the Golden Valley Singers with
a selection of English songs and Wyvern Radio will be there
dishing out flags to everyone wanting to show their national
will also be holding quizzes, opinion polls and celebrating
all things and all people English. So come down and join
us if you can on Easter Saturday, St George’s Day, 23rd
April in High Town and rejoice with pride in being English
or living in England.'
activities are free and there are some great prizes to be
won, so deck yourself out in red and white and fly the flag
POLICE ISSUE WARNING OF BOGUS CHARITY COLLECTOR...
West Mercia Police is issuing a warning to shops and pubs
across Herefordshire about an apparently bogus charity collector,
who claims to be collecting for a leukaemia charity. The
man is believed to have visited many shops in Leominster
over the past few weeks and intelligence suggests he may
also be active in Hereford. He is also suspected of similar
incidents in Shropshire, Gwent and Cheshire.
man claims that his child died from leukaemia recently and
that he is either collecting for a charity such as Leukaemia
Research or looking to be sponsored for a run on behalf
of the charity. He often claims that by giving money, the
premises will get a mention or advert in the local newspaper,
sometimes saying it's because he works for the local paper
and as such the adverts will be free.
same man is also believed to be targeting local pubs with
a different tactic. He is thought to loosen the connections
of water pipes, causing a leak, and then and claims that
he has slipped in the water and broken a SatNav or a new
watch, or ripped his clothes, in the hope that the management
will hand over some cash as compensation.
Angie Hull, from Leominster Local Policing Team Station
said, 'This man was first reported to us earlier this month
and my investigations have uncovered at least 24 reports
about his activities in and around Leominster. But he has
potentially targeted many more businesses who have not realized
they may have been conned, especially as some of the amounts
he 'collects' are pretty small. I am aware that he has been
seen operating in Hereford, but we have yet to hear of any
confirmed reports. West Mercia Police colleagues in Shropshire
are investigating eight further incidents in Shropshire
and his offences being investigated as far apart as Gwent
is described as smartly dressed and extremely plausible,
often changing his story depending on which business he
is talking to. He is described as white, in his 20s or 30s
and of average build, with brown or light brown hair. Our
advice to anyone, whether in a shop, pub or other business
is never to hand over any money unless you can verify that
the person is legitimately collecting for a specific charity.
If you have any concerns about a person's validity, offer
instead to donate directly to whichever charity they are
collecting for, getting the contact details yourself either
from the internet or the phone book.'
Hull also urged anyone who might be visited by the suspected
bogus collector not to give him any money and to contact
police immediately on 0300 333 3000.
JESSE PUSHES FOR LOWER DUTY FOR PUBS . . .
. . . . . . .
The Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, has agreed
to look at ways in which alcohol duty can be rebalanced
between supermarkets and pubs, in response to questioning
from local MP, Jesse Norman.
used a hearing of the Treasury Select Committee on the Budget
to highlight the plight of struggling pubs in Herefordshire,
and the knock-on effects on villages and local communities.
His proposed 'rebalancing' would mean that alcohol duty
would be lower on beer sold through pubs relative to beer
sold through supermarkets. The Chancellor agreed to look
at the issue, but also pointed out that pubs should benefit
from the extension of small business rate relief in the
Jesse said, 'I am delighted that the Chancellor has agreed
to look at this important issue. Local pubs are vital to
the well-being of many of our communities in Herefordshire,
in town and in rural areas alike. But many of them are being
squeezed to death by price pressure from supermarkets, which
often sell beer on massively discounted promotions. The
result is more alcohol abuse, more teenage drinking, more
social problems, and more 'beer miles.'
contrast, many pubs offer a safe, local and supervised family
environment in which to have a pint. Rebalancing alcohol
duty away from beer sold through pubs, and onto beer in
supermarkets, would be a major step towards addressing these
issues and protecting our locals.'
Jesse Norman MP puts the case forward for pubs at the Treasury Select
DID YOU SEE A WOMAN BEING CARRIED INTO A VEHICLE...
Inspector Martyn Barnes, from CID in Hereford, has admitted
he continues to have serious concerns about a suspicious
incident in Herefordshire that was reported to police on
Friday, 25th March.
received reports of two vehicles acting suspiciously in
Ridgeway Road, which runs between the villages of Sutton
St Nicholas and Withington at around 9pm. A dark coloured
4x4, believed to be a BMW X5 and a dark coloured panel van
were seen in the area and officers are keen to identify
those people in the vehicles and are asking them to come
was reported that four men and a woman were with these vehicles
and concerns were expressed by a member of the public that
the woman, who is described as having long dark hair, was
being carried from the 4x4 and put into the back of the
Inspector Barnes said, 'We have continued to speak to the
witness at length this week and she has confirmed she believes
that the woman she saw being put into the van was unconscious.
It was because of this that she reported the incident to
the police, while she was also suspicious about the fact
that she witnessed the incident in such an isolated spot.
witness initially believed she had come across a road traffic
collision and asked if there was anything she could do to
help. She was told politely that everything was fine and
that she could go on her way.
I've stated before, there may well be a perfectly innocent
explanation for what was seen on Friday night but we would
like to speak to the people involved so that we can be reassured
that nothing untoward was happening. Until we are reassured
we simply have to take this incident very seriously. We
currently have no missing person locally that fits the description
of the woman the witness saw being carried into the van
and we have now put out a national request to all police
forces to check whether they have any leads as to who this
woman could possibly be. A
significant amount of police resources continue to be used
in this investigation and therefore it is vital that we
find out once and for all what the circumstances surrounding
this strange incident were.'
with any information about this incident, or either of the
vehicles concerned, is asked to call the police as soon
as possible. Information can be given by calling police
on 0300 333 3000, quoting 280-N-250311, or independent charity
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
GOVERMENT TO CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR AONBS. .
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Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and
Fisheries visited the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB) on Monday to make an announcement confirming
Government backing for England's 34 Areas of Outstanding
Natural Beauty. The Minister made the announcement at Berry
Head National Nature Reserve, just outside Brixham, a stunning
coastal location and internationally acclaimed heritage
site set within the South Devon AONB.
1st April 2011 the Department for Environment, Farming and
Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is taking over the direct funding
of AONBs through a new tripartite agreement between DEFRA,
Natural England and National Association for AONBs. This
transfer of sponsorship represents a new era for Areas of
Outstanding Natural Beauty, confirming them as valued members
of the UK's protected landscape family. By
the change of sponsorship, Her Majesty's coalition government
is acknowledging that AONBs are strategic national assets
and that local AONB partnerships such as the Wye Valley
AONB Partnership are key players in managing positive landscape
Benyon said, 'We need AONBs to ensure that our most important
and treasured landscapes continue to thrive and are enjoyed
by future generations. They are crucial to our environmental
objectives. To help AONBs deliver those objectives, today
marks the transfer of their national sponsorship from Natural
England to Defra and a new agreement between Defra, Natural
England and the National Association for AONBs. This is
a new era for AONBs, and a new partnership that can unlock
the full potential of our greatest resource - the people
that care passionately about these areas.'
Stevens, Chairman of the National Association for AONBs
commented, 'Today marks a step change for the AONB Family.
Working closer to Government, supported by local authorities,
AONBs have been given a renewed confidence in their partnership
approach to delivering on the ground. The new relationship
with DEFRA and Natural England will ensure that our AONBs
continue to have special relevance to those that live in
within them, work within them and visit them.'
Tintern Abbey mist.
MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM CREMATORIUM...
Hereford Crematorium has been targeted by thieves who made
off with £8,000 of equipment used to maintain the grounds
at the Westfaling Street facility.
Gibbon, Herefordshire Council's bereavement services manager
said, 'The theft happened during the evening of Wednesday,
30th March and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious
in the area to get in touch with West Mercia Police. The
thieves broke into a locked garage and took a Diamond Core
drilling rig, strimmers, pressure washer, generator, kango
breaker, petrol and containers, pruning equipment and toolbox
with tools. They also tried to escape with the lawnmower,
sack truck and wheel barrow but we found that dumped nearby.
items are used to ensure the crematorium grounds are maintained
to a high standard so people visiting the graves can have
pleasant surroundings, and now we will have to replace them.
It will also, of course, cost us money to replace these
items and this could have been better spent on providing
services, especially at this time of budget cuts.'
who has any information should contact West Mercia Police
on 0300 333 3000 or independent charity Crimestoppers on
0800 555111 and quote log number 57N of 31st March.
EAST EUROPEAN FOOD STORE HAS LICENCE REVOKED
Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee has revoked
the premises licence for the East European Food shop, 133,
Eign Street, Hereford. The full review held on Monday, 4th
April, follows an expedited review which led to a hearing
on 18th March when it was decided to immediately suspend
the store's alcohol licence. This action was taken under
Section 53A of the Licensing Act which says a full review
must be held within 28 days of the interim steps being taken.
revoked licence allowed sale by retail of alcohol Monday
to Sunday 08:00 to 22:00 and was revoked because serious
crime had occurred at the premises.
Mooney, Herefordshire Police's licensing officer, told councillors
that a search warrant was executed at the premises on Monday,
13th December in a joint operation between Herefordshire
Council's trading standards team, HM Revenue and Customers
and West Mercia Police. The premises licence holder, Mr
Ali Ahmad Azad was on the premises when in the region of
300,000 cigarettes, 10kg of tobacco and a large amount of
alcohol was seized. It has been established these were smuggled
goods and no UK tax duty had been paid on any of them.
16th March 2011, a further warrant was executed at the premises
and 4,400 cigarettes were seized, again because no UK tax
duty had been paid on them. On this occasion, Mr Azad was
not on the premises which meant there was no designated
premises supervisor and any sale of alcohol would be unlicensed.