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Investigation launched following sexual assault in Hereford


Posted by Colin James in Police & Crime
Investigation launched following sexual assault in Hereford
Officers in Hereford have launched an investigation after a female was sexually assaulted by an unknown man in the Moor Farm area at around 8pm on Friday (13 October).
The victim was walking along the footpath on Hurdman Walk when she was attacked by a man described as being of stocky build, aged in his late 20s to early 30s and wearing a dark hoody and dark trousers.
Detective Inspector Mark Walters said: "We understand that this is an extremely concerning incident for the local community. I would like to reassure people that we will be conducting a thorough investigation.
"There will be officers in the area today carrying out enquiries and reassurance patrols. If anyone saw someone acting suspiciously in the area on Friday evening or has any more information that could help with our enquiries I would urge them to speak to one of the officers or call us on 101.
"The enquiry is in its very early stages and the victim is being supported by specially trained officers."
Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 835s of 14 October 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths?

15 Aug 2017

Posted by Frank Smith in Open Forum

Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths?


I ask the question because this morning I was walking along Belmont Avenue and a chap on a bike knocked into me from behind and almost knocked me to the floor as he came speeding past me on along the footpath on his bike. He turned around and shouted sorry pal but to be honest it not only startled me but I will probably have a bruise on my arm. I could have easily lost my balance and fallen into the road.


I thought riding a bicycle on a footpath was illegal? I appreciate that some people do not like riding on the roads and most of the councils in the country are implementing cycle lanes where they can but if the roads are narrow in the first place it makes it very difficult. I always remeber growing up that the police would tell you to get off your bike and walk on footpaths but that does not appear to happen anymore.


I have just seen this article on Sky news http://news.sky.com/...-hears-10989512


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Robert Owen Free school

25 Jun 2014

Posted by gdj in Open Forum

The £3 million pound renovation of the £1 million pound land and building at Blackfriars that the council handed over is continuing - it should look good but to spend this much money on so few children (20 to 30 at the moment) - is questionable.


As mentioned on previous threads, the Principal (headteacher) resigned in January after one term in charge and an interim from Manchester was put in charge.  They advertised for a new Principal and now have announced who has been selected.


It is a Mr Andrew Hubble.


Coincidentally, a Mr Andrew Hubble resigned as principal of an academy in West Walsall earlier this year after it was found by ofsted to be inadequate in nearly all respects including leadership and management.  I wonder if this is the same Mr Andrew Hubble.  And, if so, what the kids at the school have done to deserve someone with that track record. 


Still,  the nearby Barrs Court School appointed a principal with a very dodgy reputation and track record and has had to suspend her so it seems that some schools for vulnerable kids who can't fit into mainstream education can provide a dumping ground for failed leaders.  I say `some' because I know that other special schools and Pupil Referral units have excellent leaders and they and their staff do a great job that should continue. 


Normally the Hereford Times would trumpet any development at the ROVS - they have been strangely quiet on the new appointment.

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Hereford Medieval City Walls Left To Ruin

19 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Historical Hereford

Why are our beautiful Medieval City Walls being left to ruin?


I have mentioned this in the recent topic about a number of increased weeds in our city but I do think this justifies a unique topic.


Just look at the weeds growing from the top of this section along Gunners Lane.


Hereford City Walls.jpg


Hereford Voice is highlighting just how bad this has become in an attempt to provoke some action and possible restoration from the Council. Hopefully, we can encourage them to put a maintenance plan in place going forward. The Herefordshire County Council need to look at having the weeds removed and also look at cleaning and repairing any unstable sections of the City Walls.


The survival of our Medieval City Walls is very important, this is our heritage and therefore should be protected for future generations to come, after all this site is a scheduled monument protected by law.  


There was a study of Hereford's City Walls back in September 2011 details here and details about the Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI) can be found here


A map of Hereford Area of Archaeological Importance, Hereford city wall conservation management plan documents and archaeology supplementary planning guidance can be found here and here

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Weeds verging on the ridiculous

01 Jul 2017

Posted by megilleland in Open Forum

Can no one at Balfour Beatty and our councillors see the state of our urban roads in the city which are now getting out of hand. When the use of a garden hoe along the kerb would have removed most weeds we are now in a position that the weeds are so established that the only way to treat them would be with herbicides which in turn cause pollution. So the only answer appears to be is do nothing and our streets on our estates take on the appearance of an outback town - the only thing missing is tumbleweed. Together with the inability to get on top of the litter and fly tipping problems and blocked drains around the area it is apparent that the majority of citizens and those elected to represent us have no pride in our environment - a sad state of affairs. The picture of Glastonbury Festival and the accompanying litter say so much about the state of our country and mindset of those responsible.

In Australia they appear to have come up with a safe, pesticide-free method of keeping their streets clean and tidy. And ironically  this method is used by Glastonbury Town Council to keep their town clean and weed free.


Belmont Road Hereford:

Weeds 1.jpg

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Duck Pond Clean Up Phase 2

09 Oct 2017

Posted by Colin James in Castle Green

Well I have some good news 1f642.png:) 


I have managed to secure funding to buy some decent Hammerite paint for the fence and aerating pumps for the pond.


I will have a chat with the other guys involved and we will agree another day here to finish off what we started.


Hereford Duck Pond.jpg

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26 Oct 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council is considering selling off its' 5 thousand acres of farmland. It could raise 48 million pounds - as massive chunk of the 60 million pounds the authority needs to save in the next 3 years. The land is a huge asset though and has risen in value every year for the last decade. At a meeting this afternoon the council's Scrutiny Committee will recommended either a partial sale will some starter and progression farms kept on OR the sale of the entire estate. The sale will leave 51 families without their homes and businesses. Ian and Lorraine Salmon farm 66 acres near Leominster - they've just had their first child Isobel and face an uncertain future.....................

Does anybody know the outcome of this meeting?

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Hereford Link Road

26 Oct 2015

Posted by Colin James in Edgar Street Grid and Courtyard Theatre

They have now demolished the BP garage in Edgar Street. Here are a few pictures I took over the weekend.


Link Road 3.jpg

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Misconduct at HC - one arrest

04 Oct 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum
 Here for Hereford Retweeted

Police are investigating, after a woman in her 40's was arrested on suspicion of wilful misconduct in a public office in #Hereford.




BBC H and W


NEWS: A police investigation is underway into allegations of abuse at Herefordshire Council. A woman in her 40s has been arrested.



Anybody know what this is all about?


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The Church of Freedom and Rough Sleepers…

07 Sep 2017

Posted by Clarkester in Hereford City

Recently I have noticed that most mornings there are two or more people sleeping rough in the doorway of the Freedom Church on Commercial Road.

It set me wondering…
Firstly, are those in the FC aware of this?  I cannot believe they are not…
Secondly, what are their feelings towards having people sleeping on their front step?
Thirdly, being all good Christians and all that, why, are they not opening their doors and welcoming them in for a warmer, more comfortable nights sleep?
It seems to me that the building is more than capable of giving a few, less fortunate people, that may have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, a good nights sleep in nicer surroundings than an old nightclub doorway. 
Think of all the good publicity they could give themselves.

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Starbucks Hereford Closes Down

08 Oct 2017

Posted by DILLIGAF in Hereford City

I have heard today that even for them the rates are too high and they are shutting up shop in high town.


Star Bucks Hereford.jpg

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Chadds has been sold

09 Oct 2017

Posted by ragwert in Hereford City

After many many years being empty the Chadds store in Commercial Road has been sold.


Chadds Hereford.jpg

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The Herdsman planning refusal for sign.

02 Oct 2017

Posted by ragwert in Planning

Anyone else find it absurd that Herefordshire Council planning committee refused permission for 

the wall painted sign below?




The reason for refusal makes a shameful laughing stock of everyone on that committee that refused it.




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Hereford Duck Pond Clean Up

14 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Castle Green

A few months ago we were walking past the duck pond and noticed how dirty and full of algae it had become and I commented at the time on how it had deteriorated over the years. A few days later I noticed a new Facebook group that has only recently been set up by local chap Keith Marston called

'The Duck Pond Hereford clean up' and I thought what a great idea, I joined the group immediately and said that Hereford Voice would help out and publicise this idea as much as possible. Cllr Jim Kenyon is also doing what he can to raise awareness. 


I took this photograph today, the pond is absolutely covered in green algae, a lot of this is because people are feeding these ducks with bread, most of us think this is kind but in reality, bread can makes ducks ill and certainly does not contain the right calories and nutrition to keep ducks warm during the winter months. Rotting bread pollutes the water and encourages bad surface algae which kill the fish and causes diseases in ducks as well making the water smell. 


I also thought long term could we have a food vending machine like the one in the photo below installed and the proceeds from any profits made to go towards the maintenance of the duck pond...


Hereford Duck Pond.jpg

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Hereford Labyrinth

01 Oct 2017

Posted by Colin James in Hinton

The Hereford Labyrinth has been given the go ahead to be installed on the Bishop's Meadows.


Hereford Times article:


A LABYRINTH inspired by part of the most famous map in history is to be installed on Hereford's Bishop's Meadow after the project got the go-ahead.
Work is set to get under way on the scheme this week. When complete, the labyrinth – made up of a single, convoluted path which has a number of reversals of direction and eventually leads to the centre – will be a permanent installation measuring 20m in diameter.
It is based on a drawing of a tiny labyrinth on the island of Crete, seen on the medieval Mappa Mundi which is housed at Hereford Cathedral.
Following a successful Crowdfunding campaign, project organisers were waiting to hear whether they had been granted a licence from Herefordshire Council – and approval finally came last week.
Mike Booth, from the South Wye Development Trust, which has been leading the project, said: "I am so pleased that it's all going ahead.
"Work started on Monday and we are now looking for volunteers to help with the installation this weekend."
After initial work, it will then be left through the winter to settle before opening next spring.
It is hoped that the labyrinth will provide space for fun, exercise, peace and contemplation and the project has received generous financial support from Hereford City Council, the Severn Waste Environmental Fund, the Seven Helpers Trust and the Rowlands Trust.


Anyone available to help work on the installation this weekend should email [email protected]


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Hereford Library 31 Broad St Project On Hold

26 Sep 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Historical Hereford



Hereford 21st September 2017: Members of the Hereford Library Users Group and the many supporters of the 31 Broad Street project deeply regret that the work on the '31 Broad Street Project' has had to be put on hold due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Herefordshire Council, together with the Museum Support group, have chosen to go ahead with a consultancy project into the future of the museum service, which cuts across the next stages in the work of the 31 Broad Street group.

The project to re-imagine and redevelop the building on Broad Street has always been predicated on including both the Library and Museum. Regrettably this will mean that it will not be possible to meet the deadline set by the Cabinet of the Council for the 31 Broad Street team to come back with worked up plans and a satisfactory business plan by May 2018. Nor is it possible to raise any further funds from grants or charitable donations to support its work due to the uncertainty that has been created by the museum project.

Les Watson, the chair of HLUG and the project leader for 31 Broad Street says “The 31 Broad Street group has worked very hard over the past 14 months, with consultancy support, to establish that it is feasible, and affordable to develop the Library and Museum building on Broad Street and that people want this to happen. For the Council to initiate a project that will explore alternative futures for the Museum at this stage completely undermines this work and makes a mockery of the considerable effort expended by the volunteers involved."

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