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    𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | The Archbishop of Canterbury Visits Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Most Reverend Justin Welby visited churches across the Diocese of Hereford today to support a project led by the Bishop of Hereford.


    The Right Reverend Richard Jackson has called for a "year of prayer" in the area during 2023.

    The Archbishop said prayers and read a poem by Sasha, a Ukrainian girl living and studying in the city at Hereford Cathedral. Following the service he took a walk down to the

    The Left Bank Village and said prayers 12:15 on the ground floor balcony facing the river Wye. He shook hands and spoke with head of security and the owner.

    BBC (stock photo)

    Herefordshire Council Submit Plans For Rough Sleeper Pods

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Proposed siting of two pods to accommodate rough sleepers between 4th December 2023 to 30th April 2024.

    Permission is also sought for a further 5 years between 1st November and 30th April.


    Provision of Emergency Living Pods as part of Winter Provision of Accommodation to Rough Sleepers.

    As part of Herefordshire Councils response and provision of emergency winter accommodation for rough sleepers in the county, the council will be purchasing emergency accommodation pods to augment the provision of a dormitory shelter at Symonds Street Hereford. Initial plans had been to site four pods, in pairs, on land owned by Voluntary Sector partners. Due to leasehold agreements this is not now possible. 

    Initial discussion with Mr James Hughes (Herefordshire Council Parking Service’s Manager) have taken place to seek his support to place four of these pods, in pairs, on Council owned car park spaces. Mr Hughes has provided his support to place these pods in the following locations, subject to Herefordshire Council’s Property Services permission being granted.

    This paper is to seek that approval and support for the submission of planning applications to secure temporary planning permission in order for Herefordshire Council to deliver this statutory provision of accommodation at the two locations set out below.

    The locations are: - 

    1.     Venn’s Close Car Park.

    2.     Hereford Bus Station Car Park. 

    The following maps and images depict the exact locations identified by Mr Hughes as the most suitable positions to site the pods.

    The pods would occupy an area equivalent to three parking spaces.

    The pods obtain power via with a PV Panel that stores energy in a battery to power an internal light and USB port. They have a single bed and a chemical toilet (which will be emptied by contractual arrangement).

    It is proposed to use the pods to accommodate people sleeping rough, between early December and late April 2024. At the end of this period a review of arrangements will take place and these pods may be relocated, this will be reviewed according to demand. The option to leave them sited and/or to remove and relocate them back to the same location for the winter of 24/25 and beyond is requested.

    A range of support options are in place from the statutory sector through the BRAVE pathway and the Rough Sleeping Outreach Team staff. These are augmented by the Community, Faith and Voluntary Sector to deliver food, provisions, clothing and ability to attend to personal hygiene and clothes washing.

    Planning Permission is being sought for the Symonds Street Acorn building to change its use temporarily and to site four pods within the curtilage of the buildings boundary. This is being progressed jointly by colleagues from the PMO and Property Services already.

    Herefordshire Councils plans for the provision of Winter Emergency Accommodation have the support of Councillor’s Gandy, Gennard and Milne, Hilary Hall and D.L.T. 

    Appendix 1 – Pod schematics.

    Venn’s Close Car Park

    Map 1 – area with spaces marked


    Image 2 – depicting space for pods


    Hereford Bus Station Car Park

    Map 2 – area with spaces marked


    Image 2 – depicting space for pods



    Santa Routes Across Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The fabulous team at Hereford Lions Club will be helping Santa on his journey across Herefordshire starting this weekend!  🎅


    SATURDAY 9th DECEMBER - START 4.45pm at Belmont Avenue


    Belmont Ave. Springfield Ave. Hunderton Ave. Hunderton Rd. Charles Witts Ave.

    Rogers Ave. Wallis Ave. into Hunderton Rd. Beatie Ave. Blackmarston Rd. Merryhill Cres.

    Haylease Cres. into Blackmarston Rd. Belmont Rd. Walnut Tree Ave. Home Lane.

    Stanberrow Rd. Laysters Ave. Marlbrook Rd. Beaufort Ave. Falstaff Rd. Rtn. Marlbrook Rd.

    Mayberry Ave. Hillside Ave. Pentwyn Ave. Hazel Grove. Walnut Tree Ave.

    MONDAY 11th DECEMBER - START 4.45pm at Moreton Stores


    Moreton Stores, Marden School, Sutton School. Moreland Ave.

    Penn Grove Rd. College Rd. Kingsway. College Green. Frederick Ave.

    Kingsway. Old School Lane. Roman Road. Furlongs. Glenthorn Rd. The Point.

    TUESDAY 12th DECEMBER - START 4.15pm at Holme Lacey Hall


    Holme Lacey Village Hall / Fownhope (Noverwood Drive) Bartestree

    Mordiford (The Moon). Bartestree (Most Areas). Lugwardine

    WEDNESDAY 13th DECEMBER Start in HIGH TOWN. 10.30am - 5.30pm

    When finished in High Town, the sleigh will then be taken straight out to CLEHONGER.



    Clehonger Stores, Kingstone Coldstone, Kingstone Village, Madley

    THURSDAY 14th DECEMBER - START 5.15pm at Whittern Way


    Whittern Way. Winchester Ave. Salisbury Ave. Church Rd. Gorsty Lane. Harvey Rd

    Siddons Rd. Gorsty Lane. Sudbury Ave. Hampton Park Rd. Old Eign Hill.

    Hampton Dene Rd. Church Rd. Quarry Rd. Pilley Rd. Chartwell Rd. Lower Ledbury Rd.

    St Owen St. Green St. Harold St. Eign Rd. Turner St. St Guthlac St.

    FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER - START 5.15pm at Oak Crescent


    Oak Crescent. Laburnham Grove. Hinton Crescent. Hinton Ave. Chestnut Drive.

    Hinton Crescent. Hinton Rd. Putson Ave. Goodwin Way. St Claires Court.

    Winston Rd. Longmeadow. Manor Rd. Ridgeway Ave. Aconbury Ave. Franks Ave.

    Woodhouse Way. Hoarwithy Rd. The Pastures. Rtn to Webtree Ave. Dinedor Ave.

    Ross Rd to Bullingham Lane. Waggoners Way. Staddlestone Circle. Orchard Ave.

    Mayflower Drive. The Hawthornes. Oakfield Rd.

    SATURDAY 16th DECEMBER - START 4.30pm at Woodward Ave


    Woodward Ave. Kilvert Rd. Charlton Ave. Ethelston Cres. Trilleck Ave. Masefield Ave.

    Waterfield Rd. Brampton Rd. Treago Grove. Waterfield Rd.

    South - Holme Rd. Westholme Rd. Mulberry Close. Sycamore Ave.

    Wheatridge Rd. Eastholme. Yarlington Mill. Goodrich Grove. Northolme Rd.

    Stanbrook Rd. Oulton Ave. Dorchester Way. Shellinham Way. Abbotsmead Rd

    Wyedean Rise. Whitefriars Rd. Tavistock Drive. Sydwall Rd.

    SUNDAY 17th DECEMBER - START 415pm at Stretton Sugwas


    Sretton Sugwas, Credenhill, Jellicoe Rd. Guildford Rd, Salisbury Rd, Waterside,

    Glebe Close, Mill Lane, Ecroyd Park, Meadow Drive, Trenchard Ave, Halton Way.

    Cranwell Drive, Elm Rd, Oak Rd, Dovecote Lane, Centurian Way,

    Burghill to include Manor Fields, Redstone, Tillingto Bell Inn.

    MONDAY 18th DECEMBER - START 5.15pm at Sandown Drive


    Sandown Drive. Kempton Ave. Grandstand Rd. Westfield St. Highmore St.

    Yazor Rd. Sheridan Rd. Three Elms Rd. Bonnington Drive. Hillary Drive.

    Kings Acre Rd. Wordsworth Rd. Westfaling St. Barrie Rd. Langland Drive.

    Return to Kings Acre Rd. Cotswold Drive.

    𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Hereford £1M Lottery Winner May Purchase A Steam Train

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Part-time assistant general manager Neil Leighton, from Hereford, thought he was being scammed when he received a message while “aimlessly” playing the Cash Bolt Christmas Millionaire game on his phone saying: “Congratulations you’ve won £1M.”


    Mr Leighton, who was on an evening call with friends from the UK and the US at the time, said he told them he had won £1 million – and promptly left the chat.

    The 24-year-old tried to call the National Lottery to confirm his win but with the phone lines not open at that time of night, decided to hop back onto his earlier call, announcing to his friends: “I think I have won on The National Lottery by accident.”

    He said: “They were so happy for me, although there was plenty of joking that only I could have won £1 million by accident.

    “We stayed up into the early hours discussing the crazy turn of events and having a little browse on the internet looking at houses and holidays I could now afford.”

    After confirming the win with the lottery officials the next day, he told his family the news.

    “I walked into the house and my mum and dad both jokingly said I looked far too happy, what had I been buying?

    “When I told them I’d bought something, a National Lottery instant win game, and I’d won £1 million, mum screamed, used some colourful language and then was convinced it was a scam.”

    He said he is not rushing into spending his winnings, but as a fan of trains he may consider buying his own steam train one day.

    “Ever since my grandad took me to see my first steam train when I was three, I have been fascinated.

    “Now, if I’m not visiting a railway, I’m busy writing and filming my own take on Thomas the Tank Engine storylines which I share online, or collaborating with Thomas fans around the world on future projects.

    “So, top of the list is buying my own home, where I can have a train room, an entire space dedicated to trains, and another room for filming and editing my Thomas content.

    “Maybe, one day, if I’m wise with this win, I’ll swap the train room for my very own steam train.”

    He is not planning to give up his job but wants to travel, take driving lessons and treat his family.

    “It started with Thomas the Tank Engine and, to be honest, I never grew out of it.

    𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | It's all happening at Hereford Skatepark!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Here's the latest look, courtesy of the nice people at JRNVisuals.


    The snake run is almost complete and there is a whole host of new features in place.

    Another fabulous StrongerHereford project offering a positive, social space and supportive community, Hereford Skatepark is also one of the UK’s most successful free outdoor facilities. The expansion will upgrade facilities and enable the skatepark to welcome more users.

    Are you looking forward to the complete project?

    AI used for the first time at Hereford County Hospital to determine care for stroke patients

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A new diagnostic system which uses Artificial Intelligence to help doctors make quick decisions after a patient has had a stroke has been used for the first time at Hereford County Hospital.

    Members of WVT’s stroke and radiology teams which are now using AI to help inform decision about the best treatment for stroke patients.

    The software allows the speedy analysis of brain scan images which can be viewed on computers or via an app which runs on mobile phones


    The new RapidAI software, which analyses brain images of stroke patients to help determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for either an operation or drugs to remove a blood clot, only went live at the hospital yesterday.

    “The new software does this by automatically identifying the presence of Large Vessel Occlusions – a blockage in one of the main arteries in the brain - to a high accuracy, as well as highlighting any possible intracranial haemorrhages – areas of bleeding - and giving a rating which is used to determine critical changes in the level of blood flow on CT brain scans in acute strokes.” said Jenny Vernel senior radiographer and PACS manager at the Trust.

    “The results and images are immediately available to us within the Trust, on our existing Picture Archiving Computer System (PACS) as well as the Stroke Team and Neuroradiologists in Birmingham to assist in rapid assessment of the imaging to decide on the best treatment for the patient in the shortest time possible to maximise the reversal of stroke symptoms and vastly improve patient recovery.”

    The software assists clinicians to make a quick decision as to whether a patient requires either a Thrombectomy (to remove the clot through an operation) or Thrombolysis (using drugs to remove the clot),” added Jenny.

    “AI will never replace the clinical expertise that our doctors and consultants have, but harnessing this latest technology is allowing us to make very quick decisions based on the experiences of thousands of other stroke patients.

    “The system is linked to the Comprehensive Stroke Centre at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, meaning that clinical teams and experts at both sites can make faster and more informed clinical decisions – this is essential when treating stroke patients.”

    Wye Valley NHS Trust is the first Trust in the West Midlands to roll out RapidAI as a satellite hospital to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust which is acting as the hub for the region.

    📣 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Razbari Loses Alcohol And Late Food Licence

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Razbari restaurant in the city's Eign Street, had their alcohol and late food licence suspended following a multi-agency swoop which found it employing staff illegally. Police arrested a Bangladeshi man in during the joint agency operation.

    See our original news article 👉 https://hfd.news/UrxUH 


    A meeting of Herefordshire Council’s licensing subcommittee on Wednesday (November 22) had been called to rule on the licence of Razbari restaurant. The committee chair, Cllr. Polly Andrews, stated that the discussion was primarily held in closed session since it was anticipated that personal details would be discussed.

    Later, she declared that the council had decided to immediately suspend the premises licence as an interim measure in advance of a full review of the case, which will be considered on December 14, after hearing "compelling and credible" representation from West Mercia Police and a representative of the licence holder.

    Though it was under different management, the restaurant had previously lost its licence due to a similar problem.


    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Next week is the first 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗟𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 from the lovely people at St Martin's FoodShare and everyone is welcome


    𝗦𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝟭𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝟭𝟮𝗡𝗼𝗼𝗻 - 𝟮𝗣𝗠

    St Martins Church Hall, Ross Road, Hereford.


    📣 𝗟𝗢𝗖𝗔𝗟 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Fire Near Leominster Destroys HGV

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Firefighters from Leominster Fire Station supported with crews from Kingsland Fire Station were mobilised early this morning.


    A spokesperson from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service told Hereford Voice;

    "Just before 0830 this morning, 2 crews manning a pump and the water carrier from Leominster (assisted by a crew from Kingsland Fire Station) were turned out to a Large Goods Vehicle that had caught fire on the A49 going north out of Leominster.

    Thankfully, the lorry driver managed to get his load containing 7 tonnes of toilet paper off the carriageway into a lay-by.

    Crews tackled the blaze with the freezing conditions proving challenging. The Environmental Agency and Highway Agency were also in attendance, to assist with the fuel, oil and water run off.

    The A49 lay-by coming out of Leominster will be closed for 48hrs, to enable recovery and the clean up of this incident"

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    📸 Leominster Fire Station

    📣 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Two arrested for drug supply and offensive weapons in Hereford.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    This afternoon (30 November) officers in Hereford have arrested two men, both 20, on suspicion of supplying drugs and carrying offensive weapons.


    Following intelligence, officers attended Widemarsh Street in the town centre around 2.30pm to find two men carrying drugs.
    When officers attempted to arrest the two men, they attempted to escape from police, during which officers sustained injuries and several weapons were recovered.

    Detective Sergeant James Moore said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the public who supported our officers whilst they attempted to arrest the two men. I appreciate it may have been alarming to some people and please be rest assured this was an isolated incident.

    “Drugs ruin lives with the consequences far-reaching and we will not hesitate to disrupt the criminal behaviour of those suspected of being involved”.

    Both men are now in police custody.

    𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | The Launch Of The Fabulous New All Electric Hereford City Zipper Buses

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Voice was invited by Hereford City Council to join them at the launch of this new FREE bus service that will be operating across the city centre.


    Thank you to Cllr. Cat Hornsey - City Cllr Hinton and Hunderton at Herefordshire Council, and Cllr. Paul Stevens who both kindly gave us an interview this morning and showed us around the new buses.

    𝗣𝗢𝗦𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 | Ready For The Hereford City Zipper ?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    This brand new electric city bus services launches this weekend with the first official service running from Saturday!


    The official launch is tomorrow, showcasing the new buses with a soft launch in the afternoon.

    We are excited to see this new free service running.

    𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Cabinet approves investment in housing for children in care.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Scheme will ensure vulnerable children are looked after in safe and high quality homes


    Cabinet has today approved an investment of up to £6.3 million across five years, to commission registered residential homes for children and young people in the care of the local authority.

    The project will see the provision of two two-bedroom properties in Herefordshire, expected to open in early 2025.

    The smaller homes will provide a family-based environment for up to four children and young people aged 11 - 18 with a range of needs.

    In comparison to other care provision options the scheme is expected to provide better value for money over the five year period and is one of a range of initiatives to increase the availability and type of provision for children in the care of the council.

    Councillor Ivan Powell, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said:

    “Today’s decision means Herefordshire Council will be able to provide care and support for up to four children and young people in the county. Not only will this ensure that our vulnerable children are looked after in safe and high quality family style homes but it will also mean that they can benefit from remaining close to their local community.”

    The council will now begin the process of contracting a single supplier for the service.

    Herefordshire Food Alliance Achieves Bronze Award From Sustainable Food Places🥉

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Over 85 diners enjoyed a 3 course meal at The Bookshop Hereford in the last of three “100% Herefordshire” Autumn Feasts on Tuesday 14 November.


    As well as great local food they were treated to a surprise announcement that the County has achieved a Bronze award from Sustainable Food Places - recognising the collaboration and hard work that’s gone into all areas of the food system in Herefordshire, from food banks through community gardens to restaurants and farming.

    The dinner included nose-to-tail lamb from Wye Organic who are pasture-fed certified farmers near the River Wye. Diners heard of the importance of good soil and diverse pasture and enjoyed a foraged salsa verde alongside, with cheesy cauliflower and carbon positive potatoes.

    Dessert was a nutty meringue with Kelsmor Dairy ice cream, farmers Mark and Susan were also dining so came armed with reinforcements for the extras! In all, more than 16 local suppliers were involved in the event and the vast majority of all the courses was sourced from within the county, from farms using methods that support Herefordshire countryside and rivers.


    Rebecca Tully, Herefordshire Food Alliance

    We’ve been blown over by how popular this dinner was - we were squeezing people in every corner! It’s been joyous connecting with all the producers, and heartening knowing how many people want to enjoy proper local food that builds nature and our rivers.

    The Bronze Award is a recognition that working together is making an impact - we hope we can put many more suppliers of great local food on the map!

    Dorian Kirk, The Bookshop

    It was great to work with so many high quality local producers, we were glad to use our skills to build their profile - and also to see our beautiful space so full of people who care just as much as us about sustainable food.

    Kitty Stainsby of Wye Organic, Pasture-for-Life certified Lamb served in the main course.

    I love selling my food directly to those who are going to eat it - such a great opportunity to get to know how their food is produced, to ask questions and to connect with farming. I am so proud of how I farm and the wonderful food we produce and have been so excited to be involved with this feast - 100% Herefordshire and 100% river friendly, just like us!

    Richard Tyler, Diner

    The food was SO scrummy and the atmosphere truly wonderful!

    Matt Pearce, Director of Public Health

    Herefordshire Food Alliance has shown just what can be achieved when creative and committed people work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. While there is still much to do and many challenges to overcome, Herefordshire Food Alliance has helped to set a benchmark for other members of the UK Sustainable Food Places Network to follow. We look forward to working with them over the months and years ahead to continue to transform place’s food culture and food system for the better.

    Ross-on-Wye Town Council appoints new Town Clerk

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Ross-on-Wye Town Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Carla Boyles as the next Town Clerk, succeeding Mrs. Sarah Robson, who is stepping down at the end of this year after eight years of dedicated service.

    Pictured: Left to right: Sarah Robson and Carla Boyles

    Carla brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to public service in this important role, which she has demonstrated in her role as Deputy Town Clerk to the Town Council over the last two years.

    As Town Clerk, Carla will play a crucial role in ensuring the efficient functioning of local services within the town and as a key point of contact for the community and other stakeholders.

    The external recruitment process was managed by Herefordshire Association of Local Councils to ensure a robust and independent procedure.

    Carla states: “I am honoured to be appointed as the new Town Clerk and look forward to working with councillors, staff and the community for the benefit of Ross. I would like to thank Sarah for being a fantastic mentor to me over the past two years.”

    Cllr Linden Delves, Chair of the Council’s Personnel Sub-Committee said: “I’d like to thank Sarah for her hard work over the last eight years and I'm delighted to see Carla take on the very important role of Town Clerk. I'm looking forward to working with her in her new role as we continue to deliver valuable local services.”

    The Town Council wishes to express its gratitude to the outgoing Clerk, Sarah Robson and wishes her well in her future endeavors.

    Leominster Fire Station Show Devastation Caused From House Fire In Leominster.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    On Saturday morning, our crew were turned out to a fire in a residential area of town. On approach to the incident, it was clear that this was a well developed house fire.

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    "The crew of four set to work quickly, rapidly deploying a breathing apparatus team to tackle the fire using door entry equipment, hose reel jets and ladders, to stop it spreading to other attached properties.

    After entry was gained, the BA team located the seat of fire in a rear bedroom and set to work extinguishing it. Supporting crews at this incident were provided by Hereford Fire Station and Leintwardine Fire Station. The Leominster crew went back to the fire ground twice through the night to re-inspect the property, and dampen down any hotspots present.

    As the pictures show below, this fire has had an absolutely devastating impact on the occupier and their family, highlighting the importance of having working smoke alarms installed"

    Source | Images Courtesy Of  Leominster Fire Station 

    📣 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Herefordshire Council signs ground breaking cross border partnership.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council has signed a ground breaking agreement with three other English and Welsh local authorities today (10 November).

    The Marches Forward Partnership became a reality at an official event held at Hay Castle on the Welsh and English border.  The new partnership sees Herefordshire Council join forces with Shropshire Council and Monmouthshire and Powys county councils, to take on some of the big challenges they all share.

    The four local authorities will now work even more closely together with both UK and Welsh governments to progress this exciting cross border collaboration.

    This will include working jointly to secure funding support from both governments as well as with a wide range of other partners to unlock more investment and explore new approaches to make major projects that benefit the Marches region become reality.  


    Covering 80% of the English/Welsh borderland, the local authorities have similar characteristics and geography as well as an overriding mutual ambition for the region as a whole.  The Partnership provides a unique commitment to work cross border, cross country and cross party on major projects that are in the overall best interests of the region.

    Transport, skills and housing, alongside energy, climate change, tourism and digital connectivity are high on the agenda, all common issues for the area’s population of almost 750,000.  By working together the four local authorities hope to deliver cross border successes and unlock millions of pounds for identified initiatives that support the Marches rural economy and green growth.

    Leader of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Jonathan Lester, said: “This partnership offers a great opportunity to work with our neighbours on issues that are common to us all.

    “While all the councils will continue to run for the benefit of their residents, the partnership provides a really helpful framework for collaboration on areas where we can get the most benefit and make the biggest difference by working together.

    “These are very early days but we’ve already started discussion around what we would like to achieve and will be moving at pace to turn these ambitions into actions.”


    📣 𝗟𝗢𝗖𝗔𝗟 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | West Mercia Police Launch Operation Calibre

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Op Calibre, a national initiative to tackle personal robbery, launches this week in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.


    It’s a national week of police intensification dedicated to taking action against personal robbery, and sharing crime prevention advice to help you keep your belongings safe when you’re out and about.

    Anyone can become a target of robbery and offenders often target some of the most vulnerable people in society, including children.  The threats and extreme violence that may be used can be incredibly traumatic for victims.

    This week-long operation aims to disrupt and target habitual offenders to take them off the street.  It’s not just about enforcement though; there is also a big focus on education, engagement and prevention.

    Detective Chief Inspector Ross Jones said: “Thankfully, rates of personal robbery are low in our area and are continuing to decrease.  This isn’t something we take for granted though and officers work day and night year-round to tackle this highly traumatic crime.

    “This week of intensification gives us the opportunity to target habitual offenders who are intent on committing crime.   

    “Tackling robbery requires a multi-faceted response. We can’t do it alone, which is why as part of our prevention work we continue our ongoing engagement with partners such as schools, charities and retailers.  This gives us the opportunity to offer advice to those who are most at risk of becoming a victim, as well as to educate and engage with those who may be at risk of committing this type of crime.

    “We’re sending a message to those who think it is ok to commit a robbery and inflict violence in our communities: we will not tolerate this. You will end up facing significant consequences and we will catch you.”

    Below are some simple steps that you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a victim:

    You are less likely to be targeted if you look confident. Move with purpose and try to be aware of your surroundings.

    Plan your route and think about what to take with you, especially if you’re going somewhere you haven’t been before. Keep to busy, well-lit streets, walkways and paths which are more likely to be covered by CCTV. Only take licensed taxis or minicabs booked by phone or a mobile phone app.

    Keep your mobile phone and valuables out of sight. If you’re using your phone it’s more likely to be snatched from your hand as you’re not paying attention to your surroundings, so look around you.

    Never leave a mobile, any other device, wallet or purse on the table of an outdoor café, pub or restaurant. Same goes for any jewellery you might be wearing – keep it covered when walking down the street.

    Finally – and this is so important to remember – if you’re threatened with violence, don’t risk your personal safety. Property can be replaced, you can’t.

    Further information on protecting yourself from street robbery can be found on our website- How to protect yourself from street robbery | West Mercia Police

    Anyone who has been a victim of robbery should report it to the police on 101 or by reporting it online.  In an emergency, and where is crime is taking place now, always call 999.

    If you have any information about a burglary or any crime but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It is 100% anonymous, they never ask your name, and they cannot trace your call or I.P address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111.

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