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    Hereford City shopkeeper fined for selling illegal tobacco

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards carried out a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy operation

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    A Hereford City shopkeeper has been fined for selling illegal tobacco in a case taken to court by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service.

    Adam Ibrahim, 26, of Bank Street Dudley, pleaded guilty yesterday (Monday 1 October 2018) at Hereford Magistrates’ Court to six offences of possession and sale of illegal tobacco, all of which was non UK duty-paid. The former owner of the Zabka shop at Eign Gate, Hereford, was fined and required to pay costs totalling £2472. Mr Ibrahim is the fourth consecutive owner of the Zabka shop in four years to be convicted of selling illegal tobacco. 

    In January 2018, Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police undertook a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy (MATES) operation. 1580 packets of illegal cigarettes and 132 pouches of illegal hand rolling tobacco were seized; products were found in sophisticated concealments hidden in the floor and in false backs to large fridges.

    Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory & Development Management Services, said:

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    “The sale of illegal tobacco severely damages honest local businesses, as well as costing the tax payer £2 billion nationally. We will continue to work in partnership with the police to clamp down on this organised crime which is often associated with other criminal activity. This case was yet another successful outcome supported by multi-agency targeted enforcement which clearly shows the value of working in partnership with other agencies.” 

    Sergeant Duncan Reynolds from West Mercia Police said:

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    "The trade of illegal cigarettes and other commodities is not only harmful to health, it is the type of crime that can be linked to organised crime groups working across our county borders. Serious and organised crime has a devastating effect on communities. I would urge members of the public to work with the police and Trading Standards to recognise the signs and report them so they can be investigated thoroughly.

    "This is yet another example of successful partnership working to tackle organised crime in our community. Alongside MATES, West Mercia Police’s Protect campaign will see neighbourhood officers continuing to work closely with other organisations using all the powers available to bring offenders to justice.”

     

    There is further information about Herefordshire Trading Standards on the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/trading-standards

     


    Parliament live on TV - Can you spot your MP?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    parliamentlive.tv - House of Commons

    Thursday 10 January 2019 Meeting started at 9.33am

    Better than anything on TV at the moment. See our MP performing in this empty vaccum of a chamber where it would difficult to put together a Parliamentary football team.


    Could fewer bins mean less litter?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    More rubbish from the council and BB trying to do less again, but continually pocketing the cash. I sent a request concerning land ownership of a grass verge on the 9th October 2018 followed by two reminders and I am still waiting for a reply. Every Sunday morning for one hour I fill two bins of litter found lying in the street, shoved in hedges and dog poo chucked up in trees. I have yet to see anyone else living in the area do a litter pick and we have three council bins to use. Complete folly to take any of these away and you don't need consultants and studies to tell you the obvious.

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    BBC H&W local radio - 13th December 2018

    Littering and fly-tipping could be reduced by cutting the number of litter bins, researchers who worked with Herefordshire Council have concluded.

    Balfour Beatty Living Places worked with 10 local authorities on the study and believe that by removing bins, people are encouraged to "take responsibility for their waste" and take it home or dispose of it correctly.

    Herefordshire Council said the results of the research needed further study, but "it is clear that behavioural change is necessary to reduce littering and fly-tipping; not to just simply increase the number of bins on our streets".

     


    Defence Medicial Welfare Service ( info for Veterans )

    Ubique
    By Ubique,

    For information ...

    The Defence Medical Welfare Service's welfare officers in Herefordshire are working closely with health professionals to provide tailored physical and mental health support to the aged veteran community in times of need, helping to reduce lengthy hospital stays and ease pressure on NHS staff.

    For more information and support, visit www.dmws.org.uk or contact local Welfare Officers Bethany Parham and Ashley Winter on 07785614832 or 07377722648, email awinter@dmws.org.uk or bparham@dmws.org.uk

    Going on from that .........one reads / hears that there is no help and assistance for Armed Forces Veterans  Well to my mind there is . The Veteran or a member of his family / friend  only have to contact one of the  many Armed Forces / Veterans Charities  for help , assistance ,guidance etc , that will start the ball rolling  and if entitled all that's asked for will be given .......only condition is that it's NEEDS not WANTS ! 

    I am happy for anybody seeking guidance to pm me .....

     

     


    What the .....

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    I'm wondering how the hell they got down there in the first place.

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    Stabbing in Ethelstan Crescent

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    A youg lad was stabbed multiple times in Ethelstan Crescent, near the entry to the skate park on Friday evening 04/01/2019
    If anyone saw two men acting suspiciously in a three door Ford (male driver and male rear passenger) around Ethelstan crescent/waterfield road/masefield avenue/Charlton avenue/kilvert road can you please call the police on 101, incident number 0556s040119.
    At this time one person from Worcester has been arrested with police looking for the other male.


    Taste of Raj raided today

    ragwert
    By ragwert,

    Taste of Raj raided again n Monday. 33-year-old man was detained, pending removal from the country.


    Change at the Council

    Aylestone Voice
    By Aylestone Voice,

    Looks like Geoff Hughes has resigned

    (awaits list of conspiracy theories!)


    Planning for New Wards at Hereford County Hospital

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Plans have been submitted for the proposed demolition of existing hutted wards and a new build construction of a two-storey ward development with roof top plant space at Herefordshire County Hospital.

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    Planning Application P180679/F


    Argyll Rise Open Space under threat again - is yours?

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Following this article in the Hereford Times - Children fear losing green to potential housing estate, tried to connect this reply with past history on Hereford Voice to no avail. Only 48 hours left to comment.

    Housing and employment site options - Hereford Area Plan consultation

    The Herefordshire Local Plan Core Strategy, adopted in 2015, sets out an overall framework for the scale and location of new development across the county. The Hereford Area Plan (HAP) will set out detailed proposals to ensure the delivery of the targets for the city in the adopted Core Strategy. It will include policies and proposals for growth in the historic city of Hereford including specific proposals for housing, employment and urban regeneration. In doing so, the plan must also protect and enhance its attractive built and natural environment, providing for its current and future community needs.

    Housing and employment site options

    Identifying and delivering new housing and employment land is a key policy area that the HAP must deliver. The Core Strategy identifies four strategic sites for housing and employment land at Three Elms, Holmer West, Lower Bullingham and the city centre area. These sites will account for a significant proportion of the city’s housing growth target for the plan period. It is the task of the HAP to identify further deliverable site allocations to aid the delivery of the remainder of the target.

    Work has been carried out to prepare potential site options for the delivery of housing and employment growth in Hereford City and to help inform the preparation of the HAP.


    View the potential options for housing and employment sites

    There are several ways you can view the potential site options for housing and employment sites in the Hereford Area Plan before letting us know your views.


    Cllr Polly Andrews Talking Rubbish!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    County Councillor for Widemarsh Polly Andrews in her recent new letter has criticised the fantastic work achieved by the City Council in providing a memorial bench sited at the recently restored War Memorial on Widemarsh Common.

    How anyone in her position can possibly justify complaining about a beautiful bench? Which is a place for contemplation of our lost heroes during the two World Wars.

    We visited the memorial shortly after Armistice Day to see the recently added names from World War II and took these fabulous photographs in the Autumn sunshine and as you can clearly see there is no litter in site.

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    New Cinema With Table Service & Comfy Sofas Opening In Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    New Cinema with table service and comfy sofas opening in Hereford next week!

    The Loft Cinema is opening on December 19 in West Street.
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    Fiona Bain and Jon Jones are the brains behind the new venture in the space which was formerly AJ's pool and snooker venue.
    The first film to be shown on Wednesday is Pulp Fiction.

    There are 14 sofas to sit on, which works out at about 35 seats.

    There will also be a bar serving alcohol and drinks can be brought to your seat.

    They are also considering running screenings which include a meal during the movie break. For example, having a Sunday lunch from the nearby Stables during a Sunday screening of a classic film.

    Prices include £12 for a two-seater sofa at the front up to £26 for a three seater recliner at the back.

    To find out more go to @loftcinemahereford on Facebook.


    HC Social Care Fiascoes

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    Whilst looking on the HC News website for confirmation of something I heard about NMITE (which I failed to find) I happened across the 2 links relating to the Social Care recent cases. 

    Thought I would post them before they are mysteriously removed

    https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2018/76.html&query=(WR0007/18)

    https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2018/72.html&query=(WR18Z00057)

    I have not yet read them but feel they will make for very uncomfortable and worrying reading

     


    Elevate Property Group Purchase The Booth Hall

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Elevate Property Group (developers of Alban House) have purchased the Booth Hall.
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    Work will soon begin to build 18 residential dwellings and two ground floor retail units.

    Initially, The Booth Hall will be used as a site office and storage facility for the overall project, once completed the developers will then look to restore the interior and bring it back to life.

    Below is an illustration of how Alban House will look once completed.
    (Photo courtesy of Elevate Property Group)
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    Full details can be found here on the developers website: 


    So much for late night shopping

    Steve Major
    By Steve Major,

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    So much for late night shopping in Hereford city centre, most closed at 8pm! Did I imagine it or something because I thought late night shopping was until 9pm? I was kicked out of Millets, then I went to Regatta and the door was shut as I approached, I went into M&S got upstairs and was then told by a member of staff that they were closed. JD Sports and Boots all closed.

    There were many people who thought the same thing, I wish I had stayed at the Old Market now because that was all open for business. 

     


    Volvo Crashed Into St Nicholas Church Wall

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Volvo car has crashed into the wall at St Nicholas Church in Barton Road this afternoon. We are not sure how the vehicle managed to crash into the wall with the car facing in the wrong direction...We understand that an elderly couple were in the car.IMG_3910.thumb.jpeg.3ff8e2c79c88c82120b735921260e5fb.jpeg

    There is a recovery truck on site and we do not believe anyone was seriously injured.

    So our question now is should people have a mandatory re-test every two or three years once they reach the age of 70-75?


    Merry Christmas

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

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    Possible £1.5m Investment for Former Rehabilitation Centre

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council is proposing to invest £1.5m to convert the former Hillside Rehabilitation Unit to nurse residents with dementia.

    The Redhill centre, which was run by Wye Valley NHS Trust, Hereford Voice reported on it's closure in April after clinical commissioning group representatives said the move would save some £500,000 which would be re-invested in healthcare provision in the community.

    But now the council, who owns the site, hopes to use it to plug the county’s dire need for nursing facilities for residents with dementia.

    In a report to this week’s adults and wellbeing scrutiny committee leader Jonathan Lester said: “There is not enough current capacity to meet the high demand for nursing/elderly mental infirm placements.

    “The risk of not undertaking the redesign of Hillside will exacerbate the current situation by putting a greater strain on the adults budget and will not plan effectively for the expected increase in future demand.”

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      Having problems pasting on HV. Have contacted Colin several times, understand he is not well. Can you read this and paste it in the topic WMP and Warwickshire Police Alliance.
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