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    Man air lifted to hospital with serious injuries after fall at Symonds Yat

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service with crews from Ross on Wye, Whitchurch and a cliff rescue team from Gloucester rescued a person who had fallen on steep bank after felling trees at Symonds Yat.

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    Casualty was conveyed to hospital with serious injuries by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

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    Nail Trend Hereford

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    Two men required hospital treatment and a 17 year old man was arrested following an incident in Hereford

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    West Mercia Police appeal for video footage for incident in Holme Lacy Road, Hereford.

    Officers who attended an incident on the Holme Lacy Road in Hereford in which three vehicles were damaged and two young-men went to hospital are asking the public if they have any dash-cam, doorbell, CCTV or mobile footage of the incident.

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    Detective Sergeant James Moore said:

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    “At around 8.15pm last night (Saturday 27 March) we attended an incident in which three vehicles had been damaged, and two young men attended hospital. One with hand injuries and one with an injury to his ear. The injuries are not thought to be life threatening at this time."

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    “As part of the investigation we’re eager to hear from anyone that was travelling along this route that may have dash-cam footage of the incident, or who may have CCTV, doorbell or mobile phone footage of the incident.”


    Please get in touch with us with any information by calling 101 or via our website quoting incident number 643i of 27 March. You can also give details without giving your name by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.

    As a result of the investigation Holme Lacy Road was closed for several hours, it has now been reopened. 

    One man, aged 17, from Hereford was arrested during our investigations in to the incident.


    Win a pair of Bose Sport Earbuds with Hereford Voice

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    Giveaway | WIN - Bose Sport Earbuds! Worth Over £170!!

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    To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic pair of Bose Sport Earbuds courtesy of our friends over at Riverside Training Hereford - Simply follow these 3 steps.. 👇

    1. FOLLOW Riverside Equals on Instagram

    2. TAG a friend on our Facebook Page who you think deserves to win

    3. COMMENT on our Facebook Page - Tell us the name of your favourite song or music that you will be listening to first, if you win?

    A winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries received by Saturday 27th March 2021. (Entrants MUST be over 18 years old) T&C's  

    Details on the Bose Sport Earbuds

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    Incident Closes Holme Lacy Road Hereford

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    There is a large Police presence tonight on Holme Lacy Road in Hereford. The road is currently closed at the roundabout near to the Co-op due to an ongoing incident.

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    There is a large Police presence at the scene and a silver Hyundai is parked with its hazard lights flashing within the police cordon. There is an object on the road in front of the Hyundai which the Police have covered with plastic sheeting to preserve as possible evidence.

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    B4224 Fiddler's Green to Fownhope due to reopen Friday 26th March

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    Following extensive works to the B4224 road from Fiddler's Green to Fownhope Herefordshire following which was severely damaged by Storm Dennis in early 2020.

    The B4224 was dealt a double blow by the storm, which caused a 6.5 metre wide landslip and a separate partial collapse of a 100-metre long retaining wall.

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    Balfour Beatty explain that work at the landslip site is now accelerating, and to help explain the stages they need to go through to reach completion, they have put together some information below. 👇

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    We are currently phasing between stages 4 and 5, with Openreach works nearing completion: their changeover works started on Monday (daytime) 20 April, with fibre works taking place overnight (See stage 4). They should be finished by Friday 24 April, allowing us to start drainage and excavation work - digging from the road surface down to the base of the slip (stage 5), on 27 April as planned, and enabling us to reinstate the damaged road and open this section of the B4224 by the end of July.

    Please be aware that heavy vehicles will be moving from the landslip work site through Fownhope on the B4224 towards the Old Gore cross-roads. We will be telling drivers to be vigilant, but please beware!

    Diversion route
    We have put out ‘Unsuitable for HGV’ signs at both ends of the diversion as well as additional signs to divert HGVs before they get anyway near the diversion. Hopefully, all the signage changes we have made, plus our continued monitoring of the route, will help the situation and we will continue to work with the Parish to review any further suggestions.

    Drivers beware!
    We have received comments from residents concerning 
    Traffic speeding on the Haugh Woods Road, including cyclists who are apparently zooming down the lanes.

    Whilst we can sympathise, road-user behaviour is generally changing under COVID-19 restrictions. While the majority of road users are behaving responsibly, throughout the UK there has been a rise in reports of anti-social driving. Meanwhile, cyclists are enjoying a relatively car-free period.

    Please do remember the rules of the road apply at all times, and if you see any anti-social behaviour, please report it to the police.

    Rachel Rice, Balfour Beatty Living Places

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    The road is scheduled to reopen this Friday to all traffic.


    Eastnor Castle Confirms Dog Died of Alabama Rot on Eastnor Deer Park

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    It has been confirmed yesterday (22nd March) by a local vet that a dog has sadly died from contracting Alabama Rot after walking in Eastnor Deer Park.

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    Photo courtesy of Eastnor Castle

    Eastnor Castle said in a statement:

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    Confirmed case – 22.03.21

    Today it has been confirmed by a local vet that a dog has died after contracting Alabama Rot after walking in Eastnor Deer Park.

    We have been informed that there are no other cases pending, so it seems this was an isolated incident.

    Alabama Rot is an extremely rare disease with only 271 cases reported in the whole of the UK since 2012. It is not known how the disease is contracted but it may be linked to mud. It is thought that washing your dog off after a muddy walk may help, as may sticking to the Park roads and avoiding wet areas.

    More information can be found on the Anderson Moores Vets website who specialise in Alabama Rot.

     


    The mascot for Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 launched today.

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    If you want to 'Pose With Perry' click this link to launch the app. Once Perry is there you can adjust his size and pose for your video or photo ready to share with everyone 

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    Controlled Fire at Sutton St Nicholas

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service with crews from Hereford Fire Station and Leominster Fire Station both attended a controlled burning Sutton St, Nicholas area, the fire had spread to surrounding trees, approx 5m by 5m and was well alight on our arrival. Crews extinguished using hose reel jets.

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    Photo courtesy of Leominster Fire Service

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    Giveaway | Another Fabulous Giveaway This Weekend!

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    Check out our Facebook page for more details this evening for a chance to win another fabulous giveaway

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    Doors open to innovative clinical area to ease pressure in Emergency Department

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    An innovative new clinical area at Hereford County Hospital which opened its doors this morning promises to provide same-day-care for emergency patients who would otherwise end up being admitted.

    The Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) area is located next to the Emergency Department at the hospital and will transform the way non-elective patients (those who aren’t scheduled for treatment) are assessed and cared for.

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    “The dedicated SDEC facility will mean that patients presenting at the hospital with certain conditions can be rapidly assessed, diagnosed and treated without being admitted to a ward, and, if clinically safe to do so, will return home the same day their care is provided,” said James Bartlett, Consultant Acute Physician.

    “In a nutshell, this new facility will help us to ensure patients are in the right emergency/urgent care setting very quickly which will mean a better experience for patients and a more efficient flow of patients at the hospital.”

    The new facility has been created thanks to a £2 million government grant on the back of rising numbers of people turning up putting more pressure on the Emergency Department.

    The key benefit the facility brings is the ability to “stream” patients as soon as they turn up at the Emergency Department. This means getting patients to the most appropriate place for their treatment straight away following a rapid clinical evaluation.

    The hospital has successfully trialled a temporary version of the facility in recent months using staff borrowed from other areas. On the back of this, plans were drawn up at the end of last year and the submission of a successful a bid for the money submitted to the Department of Health and Social Care.

    The new facility has been created in an area previously occupied by the Emergency Department admin team and hospital site team who have moved out and into Portacabins near the Emergency Department entrance.

    The area now houses five extra clinic rooms and three cubical spaces.

    Some of the money is also being used to reconfigure the Emergency Department itself and within the next few weeks, a separate clinical space for children will be opened within the ED.

    “This is a proven model which will allow us to take huge strides forward in the way we deliver care to non-elective patients and improve our patients’ experiences.

    “It’s taken a huge amount of effort in a very short space of time and I’d like to thank our staff, our PFI partner, Sodexo, and the contractors who have had to work in difficult circumstances allowing all our services to run as normal during the construction period while also in the middle of a pandemic,” added James.


    The A49 closed in both directions near Moreton-on-Lugg due to RTC

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    The A49 is CLOSED near Moreton-on-Lugg between Hereford and Leominster due to an RTC involving multiple vehicles.

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    Emergency services are in attendance but the road will remain closed until recovery arrives.

    Please avoid the area if possible.


    Hereford City Centre Shrinking!

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    Over the past few years, we have noticed more and more planning applications to change use from shops to flats. Again today plans have been submitted here for 145 Eign Street

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    Proposed variation of condition 2 of planning permission 163094 (Proposed change of use of shop to two flats and new dormer window to south elevation) minor changes to layout and change from Dormer to roof extension.

    Hereford shops are slowly disappearing and Herefordshire Council are often granting these plans. We will attempt to start highlighting each of these applications to show the scale of this trend from the Council.

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    How plans were passed in Eign Street for this lot previously is beyond comprehension, how is this in keeping with the surrounding area? These buildings bricked up look horrendous! 


    Duo fined for multiple fly tips in Herefordshire

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Waste found dumped in two locations in and around Bromyard had been taken away from Poundstretcher refurbishment 

    Herefordshire Council has won an Enforcement case against two friends who were found guilty of fly tipping two loads of waste which were found dumped on Bromyard downs and in a layby near to Acton Green crossroads.

    John Hodgkins (40) of Redstone Lane, Stourport-On-Severn and Isaac Janes (48) of 78 Layman Walk, Stourport-On-Severn both pleaded guilty to two counts of fly tipping at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on 9 March 2021. The pair received fines and costs totalling £1072.00 each.

    At the hearing, the court heard how in October 2019, Hodgkins and Janes had been paid £400 to take away refurbishment waste from the former Poundstretcher store on Eign Gate, Hereford. The waste was later found dumped in two large piles on Bromyard downs and in a layby just off the Acton Green crossroads. Although no evidence was found in the fly tipping, officers from Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team were able to obtain CCTV and ANPR images to trace the offenders.

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    David Hough, Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager, said: 

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    “Not only is fly tipping an environmental hazard and a blight on our beautiful county, it can also cause accidents on the roads and injuries to livestock, wildlife and people. Every single year, tens of thousands of pounds of council tax payers’ money is spent on tackling fly tipping and unlawful waste disposal.

    “For these reasons, we take improper waste disposal very seriously. Anyone found fly tipping will be prosecuted, with the maximum penalty being a £50,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment, so it really isn’t worth the risk.”

    The Community Protection Team will investigate unlawful waste disposal and fly tipping cases that are reported via the Herefordshire Council website or by calling 01432 261761.


    West Mercia Police Chief Constable announces retirement

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    Today, Tuesday 16 March, our Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham, has announced his decision to retire in September of this year after 30 years in policing.

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    Mr Bangham joined West Mercia Police in 1991 as a Police Constable in Redditch. He has worked his way through the ranks, spending the last five years as Chief Constable.He said:

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    “I have served as a police officer across West Mercia in many roles and different ranks and have always done so with great pride. I also served in Avon and Somerset Constabulary as an Assistant Chief Constable. It has been an amazing career with every day bringing new challenges and I will leave with happy memories from both Forces and some great stories from those 30 years.

    “It has been a privilege to work alongside many dedicated, highly-skilled officers and staff in both forces and in particular in my time leading West Mercia over the past five years as Chief Constable.

    “It has been an absolute honour to serve the local communities across the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. I am delighted to be able retire and finish my service in my home force. West Mercia is not only where I joined policing, but where I have lived for the majority of my life.

    "In the meantime, over the next few months, whilst there is a process to appoint my successor, I will continue to lead the force until the end of my term of office as Chief Constable in September.

    “I want to thank my officers, staff and colleagues, and indeed our local communities, partners and fellow emergency services for their support during my time as Chief. I know you will all continue to work together to keep the communities of West Mercia safe.”

    Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said:

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    “I would like to thank Anthony on behalf of the communities of West Mercia for his commitment to public service and keeping people safe. Across 30 years as an officer in many different roles, Anthony has always placed the public at the heart of his work.

    “As Chief Constable he has been a determined leader in challenging times. He has taken brave, and sometimes difficult decisions, but his focus has always been the best interests of his police force and the communities they serve, rather than what was easiest or most convenient. He will leave West Mercia in a strong position, with much higher officer numbers and the foundations for a renewed, reinvigorated focus on West Mercia’s communities and how the force can best address their needs for years to come.

    “Appointing a new Chief Constable will be one of the first and most important duties for West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner after the upcoming elections in May. Ensuring the best possible candidate is found and appointed will be vital in ensuring our communities are as safe, happy and prosperous as they can possibly be.”

     


    Firefighters Tackled House Fire Near Bromyard Downs Herefordshire

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a house fire near Bromyard Downs just before midnight last night.

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    Firefighters from Bromyard, Leominster and Malvern were in attendance and tackled the house fire using hose reels, main jets and Breathing Apparatus to extinguish this fire.

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    Four men charged with drugs offences in Herefordshire.

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    Four men have been charged with drugs related offences after a series of warrants were carried out in Leominster and Kington, Herefordshire.

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    Five warrants were executed last week and five people were arrested. Of the five people arrested, the men named below were charged with the listed offences and then remanded into police custody.

    Keith Hill – aged 46 of Ridgemoor Road, Leominster was charged with:

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - crack cocaine

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - heroin

    Possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid / gas / electrical incapacitation device / thing

    Possessing with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A - cocaine

    Acquiring / use / possess criminal property

    Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A – heroin

    Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A - crack cocaine

    Lewis Plant – aged 22 of West Street, Leominster was charged with:

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - crack cocaine

    Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A - crack cocaine

    Possession a controlled drug of Class B - cannabis / cannabis resin

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - heroin

    Timothy Stanley – aged 36 of Coningsby Road, Leominster was charged with:

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - crack cocaine

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - heroin

    Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A - crack cocaine

    Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A - heroin

    Bradley Reader – aged 19 of Tan y Bryn, Valley, Holyhead, Gwynedd, was charged with:

    Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A - heroin

    Acquiring / use / possess criminal property

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - crack cocaine

    Conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug - heroin

    Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A - crack cocaine

    All four men were due to appear in court today (Monday 15 March).

    A fifth man, aged 43 of Presteigne, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and was released under investigation.


    Floral City Service to brighten up Hereford as shops reopen

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    By Hereford Voice,

    A stunning, floral display is being organised by Hereford Business Improvement District to welcome back shoppers into Hereford in May, with member businesses being offered 2 free hanging baskets each. 

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    Hereford BID Handy Team watering hanging baskets in Church Street

    Rhiannon Burns, Marketing and Projects Manager, explained,

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    ‘it has never been more important to support our businesses, following what has been a challenging year to say the least. This all-inclusive offer is designed to help brighten up the city, ready for the reopening of stores’.  

    As part of their yearly Floral City service, available exclusively to Hereford BID members, businesses will be able to claim two free hanging baskets to add colour and decoration to their frontages. This all-inclusive offer provides free installation, maintenance (watering, feeding, deadheading) and removal at the end of the season.  

    Rhiannon added,

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    ‘not only will it make streets and shops look more attractive, it will show that Hereford is ready to welcome visitors back to enjoy our beautiful city safely’. 

    The Floral City service has proved popular in previous years, with many businesses taking up the offering to brighten up storefronts. Sadly, due to the first lockdown and subsequent restrictions, the Hereford BID were unable to provide this service last year but the team are looking forward to being able bring it back for 2021. 

    If you are a Hereford BID member and would like to take up this offer, visit www.herefordbid.co.uk to find more information and an order form. Alternatively, contact info@herefordbid.co.uk.  

    Hereford BID is a non-profit private company (limited) funded by 500 businesses in the city centre. The organisation has 3 core strands underpinning its business plan, a document based on feedback from its member businesses on what they want to see happen, these are: i) High Profile Hereford - Marketing and Events ii) The Hereford Experience – Safe and Clean iii) Business Voice – Lobbying & Support. The company is run by up to 15 board directors who are also levy paying members.


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