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  1. The plans for a new fire & police station on the Link Road Edgar Street have been scrapped with a new location being found on the former sports field of Painter Bros in Holmer Road. Up until a few weeks ago this site was still for sale with an asking price in excess of £850,000
  2. I have just been reading the article on the HT website about this second proposal for these stations. Its great news that they have withdrawn the working boys home application but the new application site prop0sed is smack bang in the city centre, would it not make more sense to have these stations just outside town for all around quicker access. If there is a fire at Newton Farm for example these emergency vehicles will have to negotiate the terrible congestion that we all face daily, I appreciate that there will always be traffic but if they built these stations near Rotherwas or even the other side near the cattle market at least they can decide to take alternative routes in order to save time and lives potentially, surely being in the city centre the are almost cocooned to a degree.
  3. Two found guilty of the murder of Robert Eacock in Hereford Today at Worcester Crown Court, 23-year-old Anthony Boyd, of Circuit Close, Willenhall, and 31-year-old Artaf Hussain of Slater Street, Tipton have been found guilty of the murder of Robert Eacock. On the afternoon of 29 January 2018, Robert was stabbed in broad daylight as he waited to cross the road in Hereford City Centre. The 33-year-old tried to pursue his attacker but collapsed on Commercial Street, where he was treated by paramedics and then taken to Hereford County Hospital. Despite the best efforts of members of the public, police officers and medical professionals, Robert sadly died. CCTV from that day showed an interaction between Robert and Anthony Boyd outside a shop in the city. Following the conversation, Boyd went in and purchased a kitchen knife, which he concealed as he walked through the city centre. Anthony Boyd Footage revealed a further encounter between Boyd and Robert in Commercial Street at Blue School Street. There, in full view of members of the public, Boyd rushed towards the victim from behind and stabbed him once in the back. Boyd then ran from the scene and was initially pursued by the victim before he collapsed. The police investigation revealed that in the hours after the stabbing, Boyd left Hereford and travelled to the Tipton area of the West Midlands where he met up with Hussain, at the flat of an associate, Luke Mansell. Knowing the crime Boyd had committed, 21-year-old Mansell, of High Street, Tipton, proceeded to provide him with a change of clothing. Artaf Hussain Mansell was charged with assisting an offender and entered a guilty plea at an earlier court hearing. He is yet to be sentenced. An operation coordinated by West Mercia Police on 31 January led to Boyd's arrest in the Willenhall area of West Midlands. He was found in possession of a quantity of cocaine, but the murder weapon was never recovered. Witness evidence suggested Robert may have been stabbed by a drug dealer who was operating a supply line into Hereford, in partnership with a man who was later identified as Artaf Hussain. He was subsequently arrested by officers from West Mercia Police at an address in Dudley, West Midlands on 15 February. In court, Hussain claimed he did not have any contact with Anthony Boyd around the time of the murder, and did not take part in any discussion or agreement to harm the victim. Boyd had entered a guilty plea for manslaughter which was not accepted by the prosecution. He claimed that he did not buy the knife with the intention of killing Robert Eacock or causing serious harm to him. DCI Leighton Harding, Senior Investigating Officer said: "Robert Eacock was murdered by Boyd, a drug dealer, in a deliberate act of violence. At the time of the murder, Boyd had been operating as a county lines drug dealer for Hussain. "The victim's initial encounter with Boyd on the morning of 29 January started a chain of events that involved two-way mobile phone communication between Boyd and Hussain, and an agreement between them or encouragement for Boyd to harm the victim. "This resulted in Robert being brutally murdered in broad daylight, and in the most public of locations. "Their actions were premeditated and demonstrated a total disregard for human life and public safety. Whilst no length of sentence will ever ease the pain felt by Robert's loss, I hope that today's verdict will provide a sense of closure for his family." He continued: "I would like to pay testament to the members of the public, police officers and medical professionals for their best efforts to save Robert's life, both at the scene and in hospital." "I would also like to thank the witnesses who came forward with their valuable contributions, and the local community for their support. "Finally, I would like to thank all police officers and staff who worked on this case for their professionalism and commitment to bring the offenders to justice." Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion said: "Like the rest of our communities, I was shocked and saddened to hear about this incident. I'd like to thank the officers who acted professionally to arrest the offenders and bring them before the courts, as well as the communities who came together, and supported the police. It is reassuring to know that incidents like this are extremely rare, and I am confident in West Mercia Police's continual approach to keeping the public safe from harm. "
  4. A former Hereford trader has been jailed for 25 months after Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Officers seized a record haul of counterfeit tobacco A former Hereford trader has been jailed for 25 months for selling illegal tobacco. Hemin Jamal, 37, the former owner of the Hereford shops, Supersam on Eign Street and Mila on Belmont Road, pleaded guilty to eight offences in June, and was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Monday 23 July for selling illegal tobacco and for being in possession of a large amount of counterfeit tobacco products. The case was taken to court by Herefordshire Council, after the illegal tobacco was discovered at Mr Jamal’s shop premises in November 2016, by the council’s trading standards team. Officers seized a total of 360,000 illegal cigarettes and 25kg of fake hand rolling tobacco. The fake and smuggled products were found hidden in containers hired by Mr Jamal and were concealed in instant barbecues in a bid to avoid detection. The record haul equated to £130,000 in duty tax evasion. Investigations unveiled that almost half of all customers entering the Supersam convenience store at Eign Street, were purchasing illegal tobacco products, which were retrieved from the flat above the shop by members of staff. Mr Jamal owned both shops for over a year, until new owners took over both premises in February 2017. Marc Willimont, Head of Development Management and Regulation, said: If anyone has any information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco within Herefordshire, please contact trading standards on 01432 261761.
  5. A man has died after falling from bridge along the Great Western Way Hereford. Inspector Mark Peters of West Mercia Police said: Police are conducting enquiries at the scene and the coroner has been notified. The police cordon has now been removed.
  6. Police want better powers to deal with beggars in Welsh city centre. A public consultation has been launched on measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in Newport which could see a blanket ban on begging in its city centre. The city’s council is looking to update its Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which was put in place in 2015 to prevent individuals and groups from committing anti-social behaviour in the city centre. The order sought to prohibit street drinking, touting for services and donations, aggressive begging, fly-posting and dogs not being kept on a lead. A breach of the order could result in a fine of up to £1,000. But now Newport council is considering a blanket ban on begging in the city centre after Gwent Police said the wording of the current order had proved “ineffective”. Speaking at Newport council’s overview and scrutiny committee hearing on Monday, Gwent Police’s Newport city centre inspector John Davies said: “In regards to aggressive begging, there has been an enormous amount of interest. If you look at the PSPO, it’s how do you legally state that someone is acting aggressively. “We’re reverting back to legislation from the 1800s when dealing with begging rather than having something which is a workable solution. To prove aggressive begging is something that is difficult.” He added: “There are several strands to the begging issue. We have genuine homeless people. In the last count in November we had 18 rough sleepers and that increases coming up to Christmas. “But when you start looking at the number of people who are begging who have homes but are using begging as a source of income, there’s a difference. “I would say there’s a 50/50 split, 50% will be genuinely homeless and the other 50% will have addresses known to us in Newport. “We’re working with the council and the Rough Sleepers group to give assistance to the people who are most vulnerable. The ones who don’t want to engage with us are using begging as a source of income and the PSPO will allow us to deal with that.” Full article This is a difficult subject but I am aware that are more and more professional beggars. We have recently just come back from a trip to Bristol we had for a few days and we were approached twice by quite aggressive beggars asking for us money. We do give to charities but personally, it is quite intimidating being approached in the street, especially, when we rarely carry cash anyway. One of these guys was sat more or less under the ATM outside a shop.
  7. DILLIGAF

    Help identify this man

    West Mercia Police are desperately appealing to the public for help identifying a man who was found wandering in the Credenhill area of Hereford on Saturday evening, 7th November. The man, who has given his name as Roger Curry, was found by two members of the public and taken to Hereford County Hospital. He is displaying signs that he may have dementia and has not been able to give any more information about who he is. He is saying very little but he speaks with either an American or Canadian accent. He is white, tall and of slim build. He has grey hair, blue eyes and grey stubble. He squints slighty and so may normally wear glasses. When he was found he was wearing a black hooded top, black jogging trousers, grey and black socks and lace up trainers. West Mercia Police haven't received any missing person reports a man matching his description or going by the name Roger Curry, but enquiries are ongoing to establish if he has been reported missing by family or friends nationally or internationally. Officers are eager to hear from anyone who can identify him from his photo. If you have information about his identity please contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 309s of November 8. https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/14360/Appeal-to-public-to-help-identify-man
  8. Hereford Voice

    Oh Snow, Not You Again...

    Oh Snow, Not You Again... West Mercia Police have reported more than *10 RTC's in the last 4 hours. *Driving conditions are very poor *Even 4x4 vehicles are struggling with the conditions. This is a Landrover in Craven Arms currently on its roof. #hfdvsnow (Photo courtesy of West Mercia Police)
  9. Think about your parking in case of an emergency. This can mean no help for you! Think before you park! Are you blocking a route for an emergency services vehicle? Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service #NoWayThru
  10. Hereford Voice

    Check Your Vehicle is Secured Overnight

    Police have had reports of people trying to open van doors in the Belmont area overnight. Please make sure your vehicles are secured and valubles removed.
  11. Hereford Voice

    More Shop Raids in Hereford and Ross

    RAIDS to discover illegal tobacco were carried out at two shops in Hereford and one in Ross-on-Wye and led to 21,000 cigarettes being seized. On Tuesday around 20 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), with support from West Mercia Police, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and Herefordshire Council visited three shops. At International Food in Commercial Road, Hereford, officers discovered cigarettes inside a hidden compartment that was fitted with an electro-magnetic lock and operated by a key fob. When the fob is pressed, the electromagnet is switched off and the inside of the wall slides out on runners. Raids were also carried out at Europe Quality Food in Brookend Street in Ross and Zabka in Eign Gate in Hereford. Across the three shops there were 21,000 cigarettes seized as well as 8.7 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, which are suspected to be illegal. In addition, £1,600 was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Sergeant Duncan Reynolds, of West Mercia Police, said: "We are continually building up our intelligence picture to identify those individuals and businesses who are operating outside of the law and a number of future enforcement operations are planned." A tobacco dog and their handler helped officers uncover cigarettes hidden in various parts of the shops. Herefordshire Council’s principal Trading Standards officer, Tim Thorne, said: “We will continue to work with partner agencies to tackle serious criminals and protect honest local business and consumers." All three shop owners were interviewed by HMRC officers and investigations are ongoing. Richard Young, assistant director of the Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2.5 billion a year." He added: "We encourage anyone with information about the illegal sale of tobacco to contact our fraud hotline on 0800 788 887 or report it online." Information about any type of tax fraud can be reported to HMRC online at www.gov.uk/report-an-unregistered-trader-or-business.
  12. Fraudsters target residents across Warwickshire and West Mercia Officers from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have received eight reports of attempted frauds, which have targeted residents across three counties. Working in conjunction with Action Fraud - the UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre - we are now investigating reports of two incidents in Warwickshire, five in Herefordshire, and one in Shropshire. All were reported to us on 25 January. In one incident in Rugby, a woman received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer from 'the serious fraud office in Westminster'. The caller asked the woman to provide her bank details and to withdraw £5,000 from an ATM. The woman refused. In an incident in Wrexham, Shropshire, a woman received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer at Hammersmith Police Station in London. He said that two people had been arrested using bank cards with her details on, and he needed her home address to continue his policing work. When the woman refused, the caller threatened to have her arrested for perverting the course of justice. The woman did not reveal her personal or financial details. In five of the incidents, people were phoned by someone pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs. The caller then stated that the people owed money, which could be paid in some sort of voucher (these turned out to be music or games vouchers). In three of these incidents the caller said that a courier would visit to collect the vouchers. Detective Sergeant Paul Bent from the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit said: Trust your instincts: if a phone call, text or email seems dodgy it probably is. To report fraud or a suspicious incident like the ones above, phone Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk. For more advice on how to spot fraud, visit the Take Five website takefive-stopfraud.org.uk. Take Five is a national campaign that offers straightforward advice on avoiding preventable financial fraud. It's led by Financial Fraud Action UK (part of UK Finance) and backed by the UK government.
  13. Multi emergency services called out to reports of a vehicle in river Dore next to B4347 near Pontrilas. Emergency crews from West Mercia Police, firefighters from Ewyas Harold, Hereford, Ross, and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service rushed to the scene. No persons were found in the vehicle. The driver was later located at home safe and well by West Mercia Police and it turns out that the driver had not reported the accident, which had happened overnight...
  14. Illegal Tobacco Seized During On 17th January 2018, a Multi Agency Task Force carried out search warrants on premises operating as 'mini markets' in Eign Gate Hereford and Drapers Lane, Leominster. Multi Agency Task Force of Trading Standards, Police, Fire Service and Immigration in action! Tobacco was secreted within very sophisticated and specifically made devices. These pieces of criminal ingenuity were quickly 'deconstructed' by a crew from Hfd Fire Station! Assisted by a specialist trained tobacco sniffer dog, numerous 'stashes' of illicit tobacco were located. “The tobacco was secreted within very sophisticated and specifically made devices operated by hydraulic remote control drawers and lifts,” said PC Duncan Reynolds, from Hereford Harm Reduction unit. In total 1,920 packets of fake and non-duty paid tobacco was seized along with 132 packets of hand rolling tobacco. This equates to approximately 33,000 cigarettes and £15,000 duty evasion. Four people were arrested during the raids for various offences and questioned by enforcement officers from several agencies. One person was identified as being illegally in the UK. The investigation is ongoing as enquiries continue. added Mr Reynolds. “The public are requested to pass any information with regard to the sale of illicit tobacco to either the Police, Trading Standards or Crimestoppers. “This information can be passed anonymously and will help to build the intelligence around this highly organised form of offending.”
  15. A woman in her 50's was found dead in a house on Highmore Street last night with the death being treated as suspicious. A man known to the woman was in collision with a minibus on Roman Road last night,Police are searching the area this morning and is still underway.
  16. Vehicles Damaged in Belmont Avenue Police investigating criminal damage to Vehicles in Belmont Avenue, Hereford and are appealing to local residents for information. A number of Vehicles have been damaged in the last 3 weeks. Unknown persons have keyed a number of vehicles parked on Belmont Avenue. This has taken place during the hours of darkness. Information about damages should be given to WEST MERCIA Police on the non-emergency number, 101. Information can also be given anonymously to the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website: http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org
  17. 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
  18. Please find attached Safer Network Team August 2017 Newsletter. SNT August 2017.pdf
  19. Bilbobobby

    Shops raided arrests made

    Once again the HTIMES have ignored the positives by the local cops and council. 2 shops raided - Mila in Belmont Road and Supersam in Eign Street. 2 illegal immigrants arrested. 250k of contraband/illegal cigs plus large quantity of illegal alcohol. Both shops owned by the same man. Others arrested as well...3 days later alcohol licenses suspended. Not seen as a current story by the HTIMES disappointing
  20. ***** IRAQI & KURDISH owned shops raided again! ***** All of these shops hide behind names such as: Polski Sklep, Zabka, International Food, Kubus and Super Sams to name just a few and to be totally honest NONE of the shops that have been raided over the past few years including those in Eign Gate Hereford mentioned above have ever been Polish owned! The Polish community have been unfairly tarnished and labelled causing divide within the community unnecessarily. This topic has been created to highlight these issues and if you click on ANY of the past police and trading standards raids listed below within this topic, you will clearly see that all of the shops and businesses mentioned are not owned by Polish people and the only connection is the produce that they sell, alongside produce from many other nations. Sometimes the staff employed maybe Polish or European to help sell these products. Some of these shops even have the cheek to steal their names and the logo's from big corporate legit Polish companies and appear to get away with that too! Names like Zabka, Kubus and Biedronka are all large Polish companies and brands. The ONLY Polish owned shop in Hereford as far as we are aware is Edysia at the very bottom of Eign Gate (opposite Peacocks) Here is a list of previous raids in Hereford along with the names of the people prosecuted or facing prosecution. International Food Mr Rekan Gafoor Zabka Mr Ali Omar Shukir Zabka Mr Zardashit Karem Salh European Food Mr Mohammed Bakhtyer Mila & Supersams Mr Heman Jamel
  21. Colin James

    Police Visit

    Unbelievable! No more freedom of speech Yesterday evening I had a knock on the door from the local police. Two young police officers asked me to confirm my name and asked if they could come in and have a word, I said of course, so I invited them in. They showed me a 'Tweet' that I had replied to in light of the recent London Bridge terrorists attacks and asked me if I had written it? I read it and confirmed that yes, I did indeed write those words, they then said it has been highlighted to them as the police monitor the internet and social media and although they are not investigating it, they had merely come up to give me some advice. I was in total and utter disbelief, I asked them if they were serious? to which they replied yes, they could not comment themselves but were instructed to pay me a visit. I asked them what advice would they like to offer me, they looked slightly puzzled, again, I said what advice are your offering me, the one girl said you just have to be careful what you write online because the police monitor the internet and social media. I asked them if I had broken the law? They said well, it’s a bit of a grey area and we have just come up to advise you. They never really advised me of anything, it was more of a tick box exercise and although these two girls were very professional and polite, I am in total shock and disbelief. I told them that a complaint was made some time ago about a car that had its windows smashed in and also that a prowler was seen climbing the hotel fence opposite and the police never responded, due to lack of resources however, I now find you two police offers in my house over what I wrote online! Now, find attached a screen shot of my actual Tweet, make up your own minds however, I will be making an official organisational complaint. I am not complaining at all, in any way, shape or form about the two police officers, it is more about West Mercia Police using public resources on this when in my opinion it should be utilised to the maximum in catching the remaining 23,000 other nutters waiting to murder some other innocent person.
  22. An unspecified reward is being offered by the developer for info about recent vandalism ..... Pics from the Estate Agent ..... Twitter
  23. Colin James

    Body Found in River Wye

    Body found in search for missing Hereford woman A body has been found as part of a search for missing Hereford woman Terri Webb. The body was discovered in the river near Hampton Park Road, Herefordshire at approximately 12pm yesterday (Tuesday 27 December). Terri Webb, aged 39, was last seen on 19 November near to the Aldi store on the edge of Hereford city centre. Formal identification has not yet taken place but the body is believed to be that of 39 year-old Terri Webb. Her family have been informed. A file is being prepared for the coroner. We would like to thank the media and the public for their help in sharing an earlier appeal.
  24. Colin James

    Inspector Nick Semper Retirement

    Hereford police Inspector Nick Semper who has been awarded for his work to help keep the city's night-time economy safe is to retire today. I would like to personally thank Nick for his massive contribution to Hereford and for all of the hard work he has put in over the years, enjoy your well deserved retirement, you will be missed my friend and I look forward to joining you later for your retirement reception.
  25. Colin James

    Reports of Body Found on Belmont Road

    I received a report that a body of a man had been found near McDonalds on the Belmont Rd early this morning. Ambulance crews were at the scene but no further updates at this time. Police are not treating this incident as suspicious. Photo courtesy of the HT
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