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    📣 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Serious Dog Attack At Saxon Gate Hereford.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Hereford Voice have this evening received reports of a dog attacking one male and one female causing injuries.


    There are 3 Police vehicles, ambulances and paramedics at the scene in South Wye

    Greggs At Rotherwas Hereford opens 24th October

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    𝗪𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗴𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿. We had a sneak preview earlier today.


    Our original 'Breaking News' article https://hfd.news/jC0S back in February where Hereford Voice revealed that 'Greggs' were opening at Phantom House on Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas Hereford.

    Greggs has over 2,000 outlets around the UK, including 3 outlets in Hereford! The new outlet at Rotherwas, Broad Street and another on Commercial Street in Hereford.



    There are 10 allocated parking spaces which include 2 disabled bays. There is seating available inside and on the terrace outside.

    Man loses his life after getting caught in Cleobury Mortimer flood water

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A man has died after getting caught in fast-flowing flood water from a brook that breached a road in Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire today (Friday 20 October).


    Members of the public reported that the man had gone under the water shortly before 10:40 this morning.

    Officers from West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service quickly attended but sadly he was found deceased at around 12:35.

    Whilst formal identification hasn’t yet taken place the family of a local man in his 60s have been informed and are being supported by officers.

    Herefordshire Council Approves New Taxi Policy

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A meeting of Full Council today (13 October) voted to adopt the new Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Policy, 2023-28.


    The council has 900 licence holders in the county, including Hackney Carriage Proprietors, Private Hire Vehicle Proprietors and Dual Driver holders, and the Taxi Policy sets out the expectations of Herefordshire Council as the licensing authority.

    The review of the existing policy is required due to a number of changes and recommendations contained within new government statutory guidance issued in July 2020.

    The new policy further enhances the Council’s ability to carry out suitability tests and ensures that all licence holders are informed about their safeguarding responsibilities. In addition it offers the opportunity to share information regarding issues surrounding child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and illicit trade practices with other authorities.

    Following extensive development and consultation, The Taxi Association has indicated that they are in agreement with the changes at this time and are now in support of the revised policy.

    Cllr Barry Durkin, Cabinet Member Roads and Regulatory Services, said: “The new Policy has been created by a legal specialist following consultation with taxi trade members and meetings with both the local and national trade associations. Due consideration has therefore been given to all the comments received, and we’re very pleased to have the support of The Taxi Association.

    The revised policy is not expected to have any major impact on the trade which also includes consideration for direct environmental impacts, such as encouraging as many different fuel types as possible, including small two seat electric and hybrid vehicles.  The implementation date will be two calendar months from the date of this decision to allow time for existing licence holders to achieve compliance.

    “We would like to extend our thanks for the time and work that the Herefordshire Taxi Association Members have provided, and I would like to express my appreciation for the contribution they have provided to the development of this new Policy.”

    For more information and to read the new Taxi Policy, please view the meeting papers.

    Family pay tribute to ‘heart of gold’ Mark

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The family have said “We are devastated and heartbroken, and there will never be enough words to describe our shock and pain.


    “This is a tragic and painful end to Mark’s life. Mark had a heart of gold, he was the best husband, dad, son, brother and friend that anyone could ask for. He was incredibly loved by everyone that he ever met.

    “We would like to thank the passer-by who assisted Mark and the emergency services for their help with trying to save him. We are thankful to West Mercia Police for their swift action and ask that they are left to get on with their investigation without interruption. We ask to be left in peace at this time to be able to grieve as a family”.

    📣 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Man arrested following fatal collision.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A man has been arrested following a fatal collision in Hereford in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 8 October).


    Police received reports that a man was left seriously injured on Holme Lacy Road following a collision with a vehicle.

    Despite the efforts of paramedics the man, aged 55, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A 57-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision.

    He remains in police custody as the investigation continues.

    Anyone who may have seen the victim, or were near Rotherwas Industrial Estate towards Holme Lacy Road after 1am Sunday morning, is urged to contact PC Jonathan Lynes by emailing jonathan.lynes@westmercia.police.uk quoting incident 68i of Sunday 8 October, 2023.

    Alternatively, if you have information 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.

    Witness appeal following man’s death in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Officers are appealing for witnesses and information after a man died following a collision in Hereford.


    Police received reports in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 8 October) that a man was left seriously injured on Holme Lacy Road following a collision with a vehicle.

    Despite the efforts of paramedics the man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    While the cause of death has yet to be fully established, the man is believed to have been struck by a vehicle causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

    Detective Inspector Mel Reynolds said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the man's family at this incredibly difficult and upsetting time.

    “Our enquiries are continuing and we’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the man, or were themselves in the vicinity, of Rotherwas Industrial Estate towards Holme Lacy Road after 1am on Sunday morning.

    “We would also like to speak to anyone who may have dash-cam footage, or who may have witnessed any vehicles, or people in the area acting suspiciously during this time.”

    Anyone who has any information is urged to email PC Jonathan Lynes on jonathan.lynes@westmercia.police.uk quoting incident 68i of Sunday 8 October, 2023.

    Alternatively, if you have information 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.


    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Local MP Jesse Norman has hailed the opening of the new Hereford cycle track as "a massive boost to the county and the community".


    Jesse has backed the cycle track from its very inception as an early financial supporter, as Member of Parliament for Hereford, as a member of the Stronger Towns Fund board, and as Transport minister responsible for cycling and active travel.

    Commenting, Jesse said:

    "I vividly recall being hit up by Jim Kenyon for a non-trivial financial donation to support the cycle track in its earliest days! So it is such a joy to see it become a reality today.

    "Massive thanks to Jim for his early vision and to all those over the years who have made it possible. It is so fitting that my friend the great Chris Boardman, Chair of Sport England, was able to come and open it.

    "This is just the first of a whole set of local projects that will be coming on stream over the next year or so, thanks to our £22.4 million Stronger Towns Fund win in 2021. It is all really exciting, for the city and the county alike."

    Hoople Group Purchases New Head Office Building In Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    A spokesperson for Hoople said;

    "We are delighted to announce that we have recently completed the purchase of a new head office building which will bring together more of our teams under one roof, with enhanced facilities for our colleagues, students, training delegates and visitors. Refurbishment work is underway at the former Conexus building on Legion Way in Hereford to provide flexible office spaces and state of the art meeting and training rooms, as well as comfortable indoor and outdoor break spaces. We are looking forward to relocating in early 2024.

    To be in a position to purchase our own building is testament to the hard work and commitment of our teams and the leadership of our Board. Hoople now has over 600 employees providing a diverse portfolio of services. We have come a long way since Hoople’s inception in 2011, and the new building will allow for further growth and development"

    Feedback sought on new measures for cyclists and pedestrians in historic street.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Consultation to focus on Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) in St Owen's Street

    Herefordshire Council is encouraging local people to take part in a consultation around the details of improved measures for cyclists and pedestrians in St Owen's Street, Hereford.


    An earlier consultation on whether to introduce the contraflow proved that there is strong support for the proposed scheme. This consultation does not revisit that question but is a necessary next stage in the process where Herefordshire Council is legally required to consult on elements of the scheme.

    The St Owen's Street cycle contraflow scheme will create a safer cycle route from the east of the city, promoting sustainable and active travel, while at the same time improving safety for pedestrians and motorists.

    The scheme is part of ongoing improvements in Hereford city centre to create a more attractive environment for residents, visitors, shoppers, workers and local businesses, encouraging people into the city and ensuring they have a great experience when they are there.

    As part of the work to introduce the scheme, Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are required, which in turn requires a statutory consultation. The changes to the TRO cover the permitting of cyclists to travel in both directions on the one-way street, adjustments to parking, loading and bus stop layouts to incorporate the physical features of the scheme, and the introduction of areas of raised carriageway on St Owen's St.

    Cllr John Harrington, cabinet member infrastructure and transport said: “In these difficult times it is more important than ever to support businesses with measures that will promote the economic success of the city. The proposed improvements in St Owen's Street will hopefully be a boost to our measures to allow people to use alternatives to the car to travel into and through the City. Contraflows can decrease journey times for cyclists compared to those travelling by car by providing more direct, safer, travel routes, and can also reduce inappropriate cycling on the pavement.

    “We are asking for the views of local people around the specific details of the Traffic Regulation Orders, which are vital components of the street layout that will allow us to implement the scheme in the most effective way.”

    The consultation starts on 19 May 2022, and runs to 16 June 2022.

    People can find full details and take part in the consultation via the Herefordshire Council website.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to complete the online form, you can post a written response to: BBLP St Owen's St Consultation, Balfour Beatty Living Places, Unit 3 Thorn Business Park, Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford, HR2 6JT.

    Responses to this consultation must be received on or before 16 June 2022.

    If you require any further information on this scheme, please contact by email: StOwensSt@balfourbeatty.com.

    𝗣𝗢𝗦𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 | The Pavilion, Castle Green Project Is On Schedule And We Are So Excited!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Fabulous progress and well done to the team at Vision Building and Development


    Can't wait to get our Hereford LIVE New HD Camera back online at the fabulous Pavilion venue.

    Photographs courtesy of Vision Building and Development



    Investment to increase Special Educational Needs capacity at Hereford school

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    An investment of up to £2.4m is set to be made by Herefordshire Council to boost capacity for children with Special Educational Needs at a school in Hereford.


    The cash injection will be made at Hampton Dene Primary School’s Language and Communication Centre to provide an additional two classrooms, toilets, support space and outdoor area to face up to soaring demand for spaces.

    The centre which was built to provide education for 32 children is currently running over capacity and the new investment will mean a further 16 spaces are available to improve educational outcomes for children with special educational needs.

    The new expansion will also include a community and meeting room to help integrate the children into the centre with the school set to add a financial contribution towards the cost of this facility.

    Cabinet member for Children and Young People Cllr Ivan Powell said: “This incredibly important expansion is a key element of our ongoing work to make sure there is high quality and sustainable specialist educational accommodation for children and young people in Herefordshire.”

    Cabinet member for Community Services and Assets Cllr Harry Bramer said: “This is an area of considerable growth. This excellent centre was originally established to cater for up to 32 children. It has been at full capacity since 2018 and is now offering specialist support for more children than ever as the need continues to rise. This investment means the centre can rise to the challenge of these increasing numbers and offer excellent educational opportunities for more children.”

    The investment will come from High Needs Provision Capital Grant and forms part of the Council’s Capital Investment Strategy.

    The increased provision at Hampton Dene follows investment earlier this year to provide four new autism hubs at Leominster Primary School, St Weonards Primary School, Earl Mortimer College, and Aylestone High School.


    📣 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Child serial killer Lucy Letby to face retrial over attempted murder charge.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The former nurse will not face further action on another five counts of attempted murder that a jury failed to reach verdicts on.


    She will not face further action on another five counts of attempted murder that a jury failed to reach verdicts on.

    A provisional trial date has been fixed for 10 June next year, and is expected to last two to three weeks.

    Letby was found guilty in August of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six other infants while working on the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016.

    The 33-year-old was given a whole-life prison sentence for each offence she committed.

    She has filed a formal appeal against her convictions - but a date is yet to be set for any potential hearing.

    #HerefordVoice | #HerefordNews | #Hereford | #Herefordshire

    📣 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗥𝗘 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Council budget pressures outlined in report

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A report outlining current financial pressures and the measures being taken to address them is to be considered by Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet


    Like many other councils across the country, Herefordshire Council is experiencing significant budget pressures as it faces rising costs due to inflation, the cost of fuel,  and the continuing impact of increasing demand for adult and children’s social care.

    A report to the council’s Cabinet meeting on 28 September sets out the first financial forecast of 2023/24 of a projected overspend of £13.5m and outlines initial actions expected to reduce this to £9.5m. Further action is needed to respond to the financial challenges the council is facing and ensure spending is within the resources available.

    The council has a revenue budget of £193.3m in 2023/24 to deliver services, which includes £20m of planned savings to balance the books. The most significant budget pressure is in children and young people’s services (£10.6m) where a programme of improvement is underway.

    The council will need to focus on the most essential activities and priorities if it is to balance the budget.

    There are services the council must continue such as delivering statutory services (services the council is legally obliged to deliver), maintaining health and safety of staff, residents and businesses; and fulfilling contractual obligations.

    Areas where action is already being taken to address the cost pressures include restrictions on the purchase of non-essential items, a reduction in the number of interim and agency staff, restrictions on the recruitment of permanent staff.

    A review of services is also underway to ensure the way they are delivered offers the best value for money.

    To see the cabinet meeting papers click here


    All Wilko stores to close with the loss of 12,500 jobs

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The GMB says it was informed by administrator PwC of the development on Monday morning. It comes after a rescue deal involving the owner of HMV collapsed.


    All 400 branches of collapsed retailer Wilko will close by early October with the "likely" loss of all 12,500 jobs at the chain, according to the GMB.

    Unexplained Death In Hereford.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police officers are currently at a property in central Hereford after a body of a man was discovered yesterday (9 September).

    Sadly, the man aged in his 70’s was pronounced dead at the scene and his death is currently being treated as unexplained.

    Detective Chief Inspector Tony Garner said, “I know that seeing a lot of police officers can seem alarming, but I would like to thank the residents in this area for their patience whilst we carry out investigations”.


    Anybody with any information is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 01432 347155

    Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    The latest litter problem - vaping packaging

    By megilleland,

    On my litter picks notice there is a new product on the streets. These contain nicotine and should not be sold to under 18s. They come in various flavours which appeal to the younger generation. The worst aspect of the packaging is the small rubber stopper to the container, which like the plastic drink bottle tops wash down the drain, although most drains are blocked and kerbs are overgrown. The manufacturers, Chinese and the marketeers, Romanian don't care and the local shop keepers display the products at the point of sale encouraging their use. The packaging warns users with a skull and crossbones graphic as part of its design.


    Vaping packages and rubber stoppers


    Plastic drinks bottle tops

    Memorial Parade For Firefighters Who Lost Their Lives At Sun Valley Fire Hereford 30 Years Ago Today

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    📣 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬 | 🧡 Today, we remember firefighters John Davies and David Morris who tragically lost their lives 30 years ago today, fighting one of the largest fires the city of Hereford has ever seen🧡


    Firefighters John Davies from Leominster, 34, and David Morris from Hereford, 35, both died when they became trapped by a fallen ceiling at the factory. They were among the 130 firefighters who attended the fire at the old ‘Sun Valley’ factory on Grandstand Road, Hereford on the 6th September 1993.


    At 11:44, exactly 30 years on from the time of the call about the fire, Hereford Fire Station crews will be holding a parade at the St Owen Street fire station. Then, at the Lady Arbour Gardens at Hereford Cathedral at 3pm, dignitaries including the mayors of Leominster and Hereford, the chairman and vice-chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority and the Chief Fire Officer will attend a memorial parade when a wreath will be placed at the memorial plaque.

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    📸 HWFRS

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