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    Vandalism at Broomy Hill Museum

    By megilleland,

    Last night a bunch of despicable scum descended on the miniature railway of the Hereford Society of Models Engineers at Broomy Hill. They took it upon themselves to smash and damage the members hard work throughout the site. The gauge one garden railway was attacked as was the fencing around the station and their piece-de-resistance was to bend three points levers over to 90 degrees. Not satisfied even with that they tossed the picnic tables over the bank and down onto the track. If anyone has any knowledge, sees or hears anything of this we would be delighted to hear it and prosecute the mindless, brainless trash that enjoys wrecking that which so many others have enjoyed in the past.


    Are there no ctv cameras covering the site?

    Landscape Gardener Fined and Tagged in Latest Effort to Combat Fly Tipping

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team have secured another prosecution as part of the ongoing fight against fly tipping.

    Mr Ashley Jones (25), of Stone Street, Hereford, appeared at Hereford Magistrates court on 3 June 2024, where he pleaded guilty to a total of ten charges of fly tipping and failing to secure the transfer of waste to an authorised person.

    The court heard how in June 2022, Jones embarked on a fly tipping spree that would last eight months. Jones, who was trading as ‘AJ gardening & landscaping’ used Facebook to advertise gardening and landscaping work where he provided separate quotes for removal of waste created as part of his work.

    Officers discovered that general waste found in a field in Bosbury had been dumped by Jones on 27 June 2022 following a paid removal of waste organised on Facebook.

    Following this, large tipper loads of gardening and landscaping waste were found fly tipped in fields and roadsides of Grafton Lane and Merry Hill Lane. Officers searched the fly tipping and traced the waste back to customers who had employed Jones to carry out landscape gardening waste and who had paid him to remove the waste. Jones failed to co-operate with the investigation and failed to produce any waste transfer notes to demonstrate any legitimate waste disposals.

    While the case was being prepared for prosecution, further large fly tips of landscaping waste appeared on the roadside of Bullingham lane and in a gateway off Gatehouse road in Hereford. Officers were once again able to trace this waste back to Jones who had removed the waste as part of his landscaping business. Jones again refused to co-operate with the investigation and a second prosecution case was submitted to the courts.

    Jones was handed an 18 month community order, required to attend 25 Rehabilitation activity days, attend a 12 month mental health treatment plan, ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and pay fines and costs totalling £2414. The maximum penalty for fly tipping is a £50,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment.


    Charles Yarnold, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Public Protection, said: “Fly-tipping is a deeply selfish act that continues to blight our beautiful county and costs the taxpayer money to clean up. Nobody should have to put up with waste strewn across green spaces simply because one individual thinks they can make a quick profit.”

    “Once again our Community Protection team have secured another successful prosecution against a Herefordshire fly-tipper. We are pleased with the court's decision and hope this acts as a deterrent to others.”

    All householders have a duty of care to ensure that the waste they produce is disposed of correctly and they have documentation to show who they have transferred the waste to and keep those records for at least 2 years.


    Mr Yarnold added: “I would like to remind residents looking to get rid of waste to ensure the person or trader offering the service is doing so legitimately and is registered with the Environment Agency. Make sure you get the correct paperwork, including an invoice or receipt for the waste with contact details.”

    Freedom Church Submit Revised Planning Application

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Freedom Church have submitted a revised planning application for;

    "Proposed fascia sign above doors, fascia sign lettering Freedom Church and fascia sign logo. All internally illuminated"

    Revised Application

    This application for advertising consent proposes the installation of a Lightbox above the porch entrance and illuminated lettering across the long street elevation of 100 Commercial Road. These two elements are designed to be in step with the Art Deco design of the building and represent a limited change to the facade.

    A previous advertising consent application related to this building was withdrawn (P233317/A). The withdrawn application included a large mural and a digital screen along with other changes and overall, was a more significant visual change to the building.

    Original Application 

    Revised proposal for advertising consent

    This revised application represents a scaled-back approach, and takes into account the design of the building and the character of the Conservation Area. 

    Previous application for advertising consent

    The previous, withdrawn application proposed two vinyl fascia signs, four demountable hoarding panels, one Gloshine LED video wall and vinyl signage to the existing building shutter. The proposals were not physically intrusive on the building, however they did represent an evident visual change to the street elevation. The application received 18 representations, eight of these were in support and ten were objections to the proposals.

    Planning Application P241428/A

    Dwr Cymru Welsh Water fined £90,000 for polluting River Wye near Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Environment Agency prosecutes after routine sampling results. Court told how water company broke permitted levels 3 times in 10 months.

    The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Welsh Water Ltd for breaking conditions of an environmental permit at a sewage treatment works near Hereford between August 2020 and June 2021.

    At Worcester crown court on Friday 7 June, Welsh Water entered a guilty plea and were fined £90,000 for exceeding permitted levels of sewage effluent into the River Wye from the Kingstone and Madley sewage treatment works. The company were also ordered to pay costs of £14,085.05 and a £190 surcharge.

    The court was told that officers from the Environment Agency were alerted to an issue following routine sampling results in July 2021.

    The environmental permit states that during monthly sampling visits, Welsh Water must not discharge effluent containing more than 7 milligrams per litre of biochemical oxygen demand on more than 2 occasions in a 12-month period.


    From 6 August 2020 to 19 June 2021, the sampling system showed that Welsh Water allowed levels to exceed the permitted levels on 3 occasions.

    On 8 August 2020, the levels were recorded at 13 milligrams per litre; on 19 May 2021, levels were recorded at 74 milligrams per litre; and 19 June 2021 levels, were recorded at 41 milligrams per litre.

    The court was told that such levels indicated that the treatment works was performing very poorly and that it was extremely unusual to have this many breaches in a 12-month period.

    A report concluded that this showed “either poor operational management, inadequate asset provision or a mixture of both.”

    Welsh Water, in mitigation, said on the first 2 occasions, they could not identify a “root cause” for the permit breaches. On the third occasion, the company said the breach had occurred during a “significant storm.”

    Adam Shipp, a senior environment officer at the Environment Agency and who led the investigation, said:

    Incidents like this are preventable and are completely unacceptable. Water companies are aware that their activities have the potential for serious environmental impacts, and they know that we will take action when they cause pollution.

    The charge:

    Welsh Water, between 5 August 2020 and June 20 2021, at the Kingstone and Madley sewage treatment works, in Herefordshire, failed to comply with, or contravened, an environmental permit condition, namely condition 8 (a) (i) of environmental permit AH1001901 (as modified from March 31 2015).

    By exceeding the permitted level of 7 milligrams per litre of biochemical oxygen demand within the discharge from the said works to the Coldstone Brook on 3 occasions within the said period.

    MandM Opens New Head Office Doors in Hereford’s Old Market

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    MandM, the online retailer specialising in reduced priced branded fashion and sportswear, is pleased to confirm the opening of its new headquarters in Hereford Old Market’s former Debenhams store on 20th May 2024.


    Taking over the first and second floors of the building, the 47,000 sq. ft space is large enough to house the 280 staff members who are making the move from Leominster, where MandM has been situated for 30 years. The additional employees, numbering in the hundreds, will continue to work out of the distribution centre at Moreton-on-Lugg.

    MandM tasked ADT Workplace architects to create an office environment that promotes sustainability, creativity and inclusivity. Holly Simpson, Interior Designer at ADT Workplace, shares her insight on the office redesign brief: "[TT1] With features to support wellbeing, inclusivity and sustainability integral throughout, the vibrant new space incorporates a variety of workplace settings to offer a truly agile and flexible office environment.


    Central to the design is a striking architectural staircase, which as well as delivering the wow-factor as people move around the space, facilitates movement between floors, improving connectivity and communication between teams.

    The design concept takes inspiration from Scandinavian design principles, which has an emphasis on simplicity, minimalism and functionality to enhance comfort, collaboration and productivity. The neutral colour palette, combined with tones from natural materials such as stone and wood, promotes a calming and peaceful atmosphere, with splashes of colour added throughout via planting, decoration and furniture, adding a touch of warmth and vibrancy. In addition, there is an abundance of natural light owing to the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, supported by soft lighting features, further enhancing employee comfort and wellbeing.

    We have loved working with the MandM team to bring the design vision to life over recent months. The new office signifies a real step change in the way people across the business will work, collaborate and develop, so we’re excited to see what the future holds as the team settles into their new home."


    On the move, Mike Tomkins (Chairman of MandM) says: “We are delighted that MandM is relocating to our new offices in the City of Hereford. As we continue to grow our business and invest in our infrastructure and colleagues, it’s now the right time for us to expand and find a new home which allows us to continue that growth trajectory.

    Moving to Hereford and taking over the vacant former Debenhams site was a natural move, allowing us to invest back into Hereford as well as giving us the space to grow our team and

    operations. We will work to make Hereford an eCommerce hub for the region, supporting our future ambitious plans to grow in both the UK and Europe.

    Our new office offers modern facilities that creates an environment that promotes creativity, collaboration, and a sense of community for all our colleagues. We have new photography studios, open collaborative spaces, social kitchens as well as facilities that are designed to encourage colleagues based locally to cycle and walk to work.

    With the workforce coming into the office, we expect that our move will have a positive impact on the area, adding anywhere between £500,000 and £1 million to the local economy a year.

    The move also brings about new opportunities. We currently have 11 vacancies and are recruiting for several job roles ranging from sustainability managers to IT developers to join the team at our new office.”


    Vicky Morgan, who has been with MandM for 20 years and is one of the longest serving employee, shares her thoughts on the office relocation: “We are all looking forward to working in our new offices in Hereford. The new facilities will make a massive difference in our day-to-day operations, and it is exciting to have witnessed the business grow over the past 20 years. I have always enjoyed working at MandM – the people and spirit are brilliant and now we will have great new surroundings to match.”

    MandM is also committed to supporting the local and wider communities. During the move, the company donated the Leominster office furniture to local schools and St. Michael’s Hospice.


    The business continues its philanthropic efforts supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust raising over £2.6m in the last 19 years in addition to a recent partnership with Harris Federation, London where MandM have donated football kits to all 54 school academies (6,300 kits) worth £250,000.

    About MandM

    Big brands, Low Prices, Direct to You.

    MandM is all about big brands, at low prices across fashion, outdoor and sportswear for men, women, and children. MandM has non-stop deals on over 300 big brands, always up to 65% less than RRP. All year round.

    Web | mandmdirect.com

    County welcomes new sanitary bins in male public toilets

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council is welcoming the introduction of new sanitary bins in many male public toilets in the county.


    Sanitary bins are already a regular feature in women’s public toilets, but remain a rarity in men’s toilets, despite a third of men aged 65 and over suffering some form of incontinence. The lack of facilities to dispose of sanitary products can have a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing, with many men avoiding going out, resulting in isolation and loneliness.

    Matt Pearce, Director of Public Health, said: “There are widespread and organised campaigns aimed at tackling period poverty, but relatively little attention paid to support men who have issues with incontinence. It is an important topic, with figures showing that a third of men aged over-65 experience urinary incontinence and 1 in 20 men aged over-60 live with bowel incontinence.

    “The lack of support and infrastructure is having a real impact on countless men, but Herefordshire Council is ahead of the issue on this, and we are pleased to have been able to install these sanitary bins. They are a simple way to provide the opportunity and support for men who are affected by incontinence to live their lives without fear or embarrassment.”

    ⚽️ Wessington Juniors 'Most Improved Player' Hereford Voice Award Presented To Teddy 🏆👏👏

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Voice are proud once again to sponsor the brilliant Wessington Juniors

    Teddy with his Hereford Voice Award 

    Club Statement:

    "We at Wessington Juniors are thrilled to share the exciting news from our club! In our second annual awards ceremony, Teddy Smith, who joined us just over 12 months ago, was awarded the highly coveted "Most Improved Player" trophy, sponsored by the generous folks at Hereford Voice, covering teams from U7s to U9s.

    Teddy's journey from being a novice to becoming a key player has been truly inspiring. Having never played in a team before, Teddy initially found himself in unfamiliar territory. However, through sheer determination and a willingness to learn from his coaches, Teddy has grown into one of our most dependable defenders. His commitment to improving his skills and understanding of the game has impressed everyone at the club.

    Teddy's mum, Miranda, who was also recognized for her hard work as First Aid Officer and part of the fundraising team at Wessington, expressed her joy, saying, "Teddy is still in shock about his trophy. He woke up on Sunday morning saying he can't believe it."

    We would like to give a huge shoutout to Hereford Voice for their generous sponsorship. It's amazing to see sponsors who genuinely care about empowering aspiring players and building a strong sports culture. We appreciate their support immensely!

    As Wessington Juniors celebrates Teddy's remarkable journey, we're excited about what the future holds. Teddy's achievement serves as an inspiration for other young talents within our club, demonstrating what can be achieved through hard work and determination. His story encourages them to persevere, learn, and grow, regardless of where they start.

    We are always looking for new players to join our fantastic team! If your child is interested in playing with us and experiencing the joy of football, please get in touch. We welcome players of all skill levels and are dedicated to providing a supportive and inclusive environment.

    Join us in congratulating Teddy and the entire Wessington Juniors club for their fantastic achievements! Let's continue to foster a supportive and encouraging environment for all our players. Together, we can create a bright future in sports!"

    𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗟 𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 | Herefordshire Announces General Election 2024 Candidates

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Constituency candidates for North Herefordshire / Hereford and South Herefordshire announced


    Herefordshire Council’s electoral services has published the ‘Statement of Persons Nominated’, which details the constituency candidates standing for the UK Parliamentary General Election on Thursday 4 July 2024.

    North Herefordshire County Constituency:

    Jon Browning – Labour Party

    Ellie Chowns – The Green Party

    Andy Dye – Reform UK

    Michael Guest – Social Democratic Party

    Cat Hornsey – Liberal Democrats

    Bill Wiggin - The Conservative Party

    Hereford and South Herefordshire County Constituency:

    Nigel Ely – Reform UK

    Joe Emmett – Labour Party

    Jesse Norman – The Conservative Party

    Dan Powell – Liberal Democrats

    Diana Toynbee – The Green Party

    Mark Weadon 

    To vote in the General Election, you must:

    • be registered to vote
    • be 18 years old or over on 4 July 2024
    • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen or from Cyprus or Malta
    • be resident at an address in the UK or living abroad and registered as an overseas voter or posted abroad and registered as a service voter

    People without a fixed address can also be registered to vote via a declaration of local connection. Forms and more information are available on the gov.uk website Types of election, referendums, and who can vote: General election - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    If you are already registered to vote you do not need to re-register.

    The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is midnight on Tuesday 18 June 2024. Registering to vote is quick and easy online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you will need your national insurance number to hand.

    Photographic ID

    Electors voting in person must bring an acceptable form of photographic ID to their polling station. Some of the most commonly used ID includes:

    • Passport
    • Photo driver's licence (including provisional)
    • Over 60s travel passes

    Dealer sentenced for trafficking drugs into Ross-on-Wye

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A dealer whose class A drug trafficking cause harm to the community of Ross-on-Wye has been sentenced to five years eight months at court.

    Joshua Moore, 32, of no fixed abode, pled guilty to several counts relating to the possession and supply of crack cocaine and heroin at Worcester Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 5 June).


    He was given credit for his early guilty plea and sentenced to five years and eight months to run concurrently for four counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin, being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin and possession and possession with intent to supply crack cocaine.

    He was further sentenced to six months to run concurrently for possession of criminal property and ordered to forfeit the sum of £1653.81 and possession of cannabis for which there was no separate penalty.

    All of Moore’s drugs, drugs paraphernalia and phones linked to his offending were ordered to be seized and destroyed.

    Detective Constable Emily Holder of Hereford CID said: “We welcome this sentence as a reflection of the severity of Moore’s offending.

    “He managed a drug supply line trafficking class A drugs into the local community of Ross-on-Wye.

    “The misery of drug supply is well known - it motivates offending and destroys lives.

    “Moore showed no concern for the impact of his offending and benefited from the financial gain of his criminality.

    “I hope that this sentence stands as a deterrent to those who are involved in drug supply.

    “Officers from Hereford CID will not tolerate this type of offending and will work with our partner agencies to bring these offenders to justice.”

    𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Waterworks Museum - Hereford Celebrates 50th Anniversary.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    On Sunday 26th May The Right Worshipful, Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Kevin Tillett "opened" the magnificent Victorian building & working engines. Richard Curtis, former Museum Chairman, officially opened the Sisson Engine display


    Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Kevin Tillett

    Richard Curtis, former Museum Chairman, officially opened the Sisson Engine display

    Waterworks Museum - Hereford

    📣 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬 | Community Collaboration Continues: Duck Pond Project Transitions to Next Phase 🦆

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    After seven years of dedicated service, Colin James from Hereford Voice and Keith Mars are handing over Hereford Duck Pond Clean Up Group Project to the Hereford Elgar Rotary Club.

    Left to right Keith Mars and Colin James 

    This marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance our cherished duck pond, ensuring its beauty and ecological health for years to come.

    Since its inception, the Duck Pond Project has been a labor of love for Hereford Voice and Keith Mars. Together, we have worked tirelessly to clean, maintain, and improve the pond, transforming it into a vibrant habitat for local wildlife and a peaceful retreat for the community. The project's success is a testament to the power of community spirit and volunteerism.

    Over the years, numerous volunteers have contributed their time, energy, and resources to support this initiative. From routine clean-ups to more extensive restoration efforts, the collective efforts of these individuals have been instrumental in achieving the project's goals. Their dedication has not only preserved the pond's natural beauty but also fostered a sense of community and shared responsibility.

    Vets for Pets Hereford also kindly donated signs to show how best to care for the Ducks.


    As Colin James from Hereford Voice and Keith Mars pass the baton to the Hereford Elgar Rotary Club, the next phase of the project promises to build on this solid foundation. The Rotary Group's involvement will bring new ideas, energy, and resources, ensuring the continued success and sustainability of the duck pond. Their experience in community service and environmental projects will be invaluable as they take the project to new heights.

    We extend our deepest gratitude to all the volunteers and local businesses who have played a part in Hereford Duck Pond Clean Up Group Project over the years. Your contributions have made a lasting impact, and your legacy will continue to inspire future efforts. As the Hereford Elgar Rotary Club steps in to lead the project, we are confident that the duck pond will continue to thrive as a beloved community asset.

    There are far too many people and businesses to mention but thank you for your unwavering support and commitment. 👏🫶
    Together, we have made a difference, and together, we will continue to preserve and enhance our natural environment for future generations.

    Below are some fabulous photographs taken from over the years.

    Good luck to everyone involved in the next phase of this brilliant project.

    Colin James - Hereford Voice and Keith Mars

    #HerefordVoice | #HerefordNews | #HerefordshireNews | #HerefordCommunity | #Herefordshire | #HerefordZone | #HerefordLife | #HerefordDuckPond

    📣 𝗟𝗢𝗖𝗔𝗟 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Child serial killer Lucy Letby has lost her Court of Appeal bid to challenge her convictions.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Child serial killer Lucy Letby has been denied permission to appeal against her convictions for the murder and attempted murder of babies in her care when she worked as a neonatal nurse.


    Letby, of Hereford, was convicted in August 2023 of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016.

    She had asked three senior judges to allow her to challenge the convictions at the court of appeal in London.

    Letby had put forward four grounds of appeal, each of which involved the submission that the trial judge wrongly refused applications she made during the trial at Manchester crown court.

    However, she was refused permission on Friday by Dame Victoria Sharp and Lord Justice Holroyde.

    Dame Victoria Sharp, sitting with Lord Justice Holroyde, said they had refused Letby's request to bring an appeal at a short Court of Appeal hearing earlier.

    The full reasons for the judges' decision were not made public, with the full details of Letby's appeal bid also unable to be published for legal reasons.

    Dame Victoria said: "Having heard her application, we have decided to refuse leave to appeal on all grounds and refuse all associated applications.

    "A full judgment will be handed down in due course."

    The Right Worshipful 643rd Mayor of Hereford for the Year 2024 – 2025 Cllr Kevin Tillett

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Kevin has lived in Hunderton for over 30 years and was elected to represent the Hinton and Hunderton ward on the City Council in 2017. Since 2019, he has also represented the same ward on Herefordshire Council.


    He is a trustee of the Kindle Centre and RSPCA Herefordshire and is a governor of Riverside Primary School.

    He studied biology at university and was a secondary school science teacher, including at several local schools. He has also worked in the court service and as an actor, trainer and presenter.

    Hereford Voice - Congratulations Kevin, have a fabulous year! 👏

    Victim of fatal collision named

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The man who sadly lost his life after a fatal collision on Saturday morning (18 May) has been named by his family as Jake Campbell.


    The collision happened at around 12.40am on the A44 at Docklow in Herefordshire.

    Despite best efforts by emergency services, the 26-year-old was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.

    An investigation into the collision is on-going.


    Former Debenhams store in Hereford under offer!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    It looks like the Old Market shopping centre may have tenant soon for the 83,000 sq ft empty building formally occupied by Debenhams.


    The Old Market has 32 - retail and leisure units owned by British Land Company PLC.

    (Rumours are that is could possibly be Primark who are looking to expand their operation in the UK, but that is only a rumor)

    Who would you like to see occupy this building in such a prime location in Hereford ?


    📣 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬 | Hereford Voice Proud Sponsors

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Voice Proud Sponsors of Burghill Tillington & Weobley Cricket Club



    Cabinet Member visits Ross-on-Wye following flood

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Following the recent flooding event, Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet Member for Roads and Regulatory Services, has visited Ross-on-Wye to hear from local people and follow the ongoing investigation.


    Broad Street has now been reopened to traffic, however, for safety reasons some parts of the walkways remained closed. Brookend Street is open to traffic and most of the shops are trading, which is good news. It is important to support businesses, especially with this type of emergency event, so that they are able to function effectively and get back to normality as soon as possible. Most of the shops along both streets are open and a letter has been hand distributed to properties affected by the flooding event, providing further information and advice.

    The initial response phase is now coming to a close and Herefordshire Council has undertaken all of the work that it can, until investigations and work by Welsh Water are completed. We will now be working closely with Welsh Water going forward, to determine how and when to commence the recovery phase.


    When appropriate, permanent works will need to be undertaken to the highway along Broad Street and the walkways to be made safe. However, we are constrained from the issuing of permanent works until Welsh Water are able to confirm that they have reviewed and dealt with their sewer issues. Without that assurance, it would not be appropriate or prudent to issue a programme of permanent works. Once confirmed the Council will commence this phase as soon as possible to enable a permanent programme to be issued and Broad Street to be reinstated at the earliest and safest opportunity.

    Cllr Durkin, following his visit to Ross-on-Wye, said: “On Tuesday I visited shops along Brookend Street to better understand how they were individually impacted by the flood event. It was heart rending to see the damage caused and the effect of the disruption to shop owners and their premises, by the events of Sunday’s storm and sewer collapse, but importantly, Ross-on-Wye remains open for business. The emergency response to these events by Balfour Beatty Living Places was exemplary and their work has been much appreciated and indeed their ongoing work attending to issues remains first class. Further, my thanks to members of the Town Council for their reporting of events locally as they occurred for social media. I spoke with a town council member today and listened to her immediate concerns regarding the substrate of the footpaths; which has been investigated.

    “I have spoken with a number of shop owners and residents and seen some of the remaining damage to their shops and houses, caused by the heavy storm water and the collapse of the sewer, running down Broad Street and through Brookend Street. The collapse in a section of one of the sewers that runs down Broad Street has been found and Welsh Water are working to investigate and repair those sections identified.

    “Cross-organisational work continues between Herefordshire Council, Welsh Water, and the Environment Agency officers each carrying out their individual assessments and assessing works required. Drainage investigation work has been undertaken by Herefordshire Council, with highway gullies and associated pipework being checked and cleansed. As soon as possible and in conjunction with Welsh Water’s upcoming work programme, a permanent repair programme to reinstate the Broad Street highway and walkways will be implemented.”

    Three Hereford cocaine dealers sentenced at court

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Three drug dealers were sentenced at court yesterday (Monday 13 May) for running an operation supplying cocaine into Hereford.

    Lee Jones, 37, of Whitecross Road, Hereford, pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was sentenced to three years at Worcester Crown Court.

    Lewis Hughes-Cound, 26, of Hever Road, Lower Bullingham, Hereford pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of cocaine and was sentenced to 33 months.


    Emelia Lal, 24, of Whitecross Road, Hereford pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was given a 21-month suspended sentence.

    Jones and Hughes-Cound were arrested by police after suspected drug dealing was reported in the city centre. Officers from Hereford Proactive CID located them in a local pub.

    Hughes-Cound was found in possession of class A drugs and Jones was found with cash.

    A search of addresses linked to the suspects resulted in the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine with a street value of £11,500.  Police also recovered scales, cash, deal bags and other drug supply paraphernalia.

    All three were arrested on Monday 11 March, charged, and pled guilty at court.

    Detective Constable Verity Farr, of Hereford CID, said: “We welcome yesterday’s sentencing which reflects the severity of offending.

    “The supply of controlled drugs into our communities causes misery and suffering and destroys lives.

    “Officers from the proactive CID team work tirelessly to combat drug supply and work with partners to ensure those who cause harm to our communities are relentlessly pursued and brought to justice.

    “Jones, Lal and Hughes-Cound were involved in a drugs supply operation benefitting financially from the suffering of others.

    “Their imprisonment simply marks another step in the fight against drug supply, and officers continue to track those who operate at the highest level of criminality.”

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