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    Leominster man sent to prison for assault on emergency worker

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A 45 year old man from Leominster has been convicted of assaulting a paramedic.


    William Stevens from West Street, Leominster, was sentenced at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 May to twenty weeks for assaulting an emergency worker, four weeks for racially abusing an emergency worker and 2 weeks for criminal damage.

    Stevens was arrested on 1 December 2019 after paramedics and police officers attended the property (which contains several flats) following concerns for the safety of one of the residents. While at the address, Stevens grabbed the paramedic by their throat and punched them in the face. He further racially abused a detention officer whilst in Hereford custody.

    Chief Inspector Ross Jones said


    This case shows that people who assault officers or paramedics will be arrested, investigated and put before the court. West Mercia Police will not tolerate attacks on emergency service personnel and I welcome the prison sentence handed down.

    Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, said: 


    No-one should ever get injured because they were assaulted at work, yet that is exactly what happened in this case.  What is particularly appalling is that the paramedic was there to help a patient in need but got attacked while trying to do so.

    All too often, ambulance staff who have been assaulted feel let down by the judicial system, so I am pleased that the Magistrate took such a tough stance on this occasion. We know the public are outraged every time something like this happens, so hopefully such tough action will be replicated by other courts and also serve as a warning; we will always push for those who attack our staff to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


    STOLEN SIGN! The temporary Canary Bridge banner has stolen.

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    STOLEN SIGN! The temporary Canary Bridge banner has stolen.


    The bridge has been named, not re-named, as a gesture of thanks to the thousands of men and women who worked at Rotherwas during WW1 and WW2 as part of the VE Day 75th anniversary celebrations.

    Rotherwas Munitions Factory Project would appreciate their sign back.

    If anyone has any information to the whereabouts of this sign please drop us a message in confidence and we will make sure it is returned. Thank you.


    Happy International Nurses Day

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    All Nurses are Super Heroes in our book.



    Happy #InternationalNursesDay #NursesWeek

    Car Crashes into House in Leominster

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A car crashed into the the end of a terraced house in New St Leominster just after 9pm last night.



    A very lucky escape for the family, a woman and two children who were in the property at the time but fortunately they were upstairs at the time of the incident and escaped unharmed.


    Leominster fire crews were quickly on the scene and the isolated electric and gas supply to make property safe while carrying out a structural assessment.

    Photo - HW Fire Leominster

    Video: Sunshine Radio

    A Special Tribute to the Special Air Service on this 75th VE Day

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Special Tribute to the Special Air Service on this 75th VE Day


    We thought we would create something to end this national day of celebration with a tribute to honour our local boys here in Hereford

    £2 billion package to create new era for cycling, walking and trails for e-scooters

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    £2 billion package to create new era for cycling, walking and trials for e-scooters

    Many countries throughout Europe already successfully use e-scooters but currently they are not legal here in the UK, (unless on private land) however, that may all be about to change...

    Lime is one of many company offering e-scooter rentals.


    Alternative ways to travel, such as walking and cycling, could relieve the pressure on public transport.

    • largest ever boost for cyclists and pedestrians
    • emergency bike lanes and streets will help support transport network
    • trials of rental e-scooters to be brought forward to increase green transport options
    • government working with leading tech developers to reduce crowding on public transport

    Far more people will be cycling and walking thanks to plans to boost greener, active transport, launched today (9 May 2020) by Transport Secretary Grant  Shapps .

    Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund - the first stage of a £2 billion investment, as part of the £5 billion in new funding announced for cycling and buses in February.

    Following unprecedented levels of walking and cycling across the UK during the pandemic, the plans will help encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport when they need to travel, making healthier habits easier and helping make sure the road, bus and rail networks are ready to respond to future increases in demand.

    The government will fund and work with local authorities across the country to help make it easier for people to use bikes to get around - including Greater Manchester, which wants to create 150 miles of protected cycle track, and Transport for London, which plans a “bike Tube” network above Underground lines.

    Fast-tracked statutory guidance, published today and effective immediately, will tell councils to reallocate roadspace for significantly-increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians. In towns and cities, some streets could become bike and bus-only while others remain available for motorists. More side streets could be closed to through traffic, to create low-traffic neighbourhoods and reduce rat-running while maintaining access for vehicles.

    Vouchers will be issued for cycle repairs, to encourage people to get their old bikes out of the shed, and plans are being developed for greater provision of bike fixing facilities. Many more will take up the Cycle to Work scheme, which gives employees a discount on a new bike.


    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:



    During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling - whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially-distanced transport. While there is no change to the ‘stay at home’ message today, when the country does get back to work we need those people to stay on their bikes and be joined by many more.

    Otherwise, with public transport’s capacity severely restricted at this time, our trains and buses could become overcrowded and our roads gridlocked – holding up emergency services, critical workers and vital supplies.

    We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.


    An updated Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy will be launched by the Prime Minister in the summer, with further measures to transform cycling and walking to deliver the government’s aims to double cycling and increase walking by 2025 – including:

    • the creation of a national cycling and walking commissioner and inspectorate
    • higher standards for permanent infrastructure across England
    • getting GPs to prescribe cycling and exercise
    • creating a long-term budget for cycling and walking similar to what happens for roads

    The government will also be launching a campaign to encourage more people to look at alternative ways to travel, to walk or get on a bike for their commute instead of public transport. Today, riders from Team Ineos, including Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, will be telling people to #GetPedalling.

    Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal of Team INEOS, said:

    If ever there was a good time to get on your bike, it’s now. You will be helping take pressure off public transport. You will be looking after your health. You will be looking after the health of others and you will be helping the environment. Let’s all get pedalling and help Britain on the road to recovery.

    E-scooter trials will also be brought forward from next year to next month to help encourage more people off public transport and onto greener alternatives. Originally set to take place in 4 Future Transport Zones, the trials of rental e-scooters – which will now be offered to all local areas across the country – will allow government to assess the benefits of e-scooters as well as their impact on public space, with the potential to see rental vehicles on UK roads as early as June.


    Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands said:



    The West Midlands is proud to be leading the way on future transport development, and I am pleased the government has put its faith in us again with this new and innovative trial of e-scooters.

    This trial will help bring more flexibility, choice, and greener travel solutions for the region, at a time when we are facing a climate emergency and urging people to leave the car at home.

    We will also use the trial to look at the current transport challenges the coronavirus pandemic has presented us with and explore how e-scooters could be used to help tackle them.

    No region is better equipped than the West Midlands to test, review, and implement trials such as these at pace and scale, and that is testament to the hard work and innovation of those working in our future transport sector.


    As the government aims to encourage people to choose greener forms of travel when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, a further push is being made to encourage drivers to purchase an electric vehicle. An extra £10 million - double the current funding amount - is being committed to the on street residential chargepoint scheme which will allow local authorities to install up to 7,200 devices, making it more convenient to charge and own an electric vehicle.

    Hereford Household Recycling Centre 2 Hour Delays

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council are advising that it is already taking 2 hours to access the household recycling site, please consider whether your journey is essential.


    Do not visit unless it is essentia

    • Essential means you must only visit if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means.

    By this we mean the waste cannot be stored without causing risk of injury, health or harm. There is no other reason the journey will be considered a legitimate purpose for travel. If you can temporarily store your waste or recycling in a way that does not pose a risk to yours or others safety or human health, then you must do so.

    Do not visit the site if you or a member of your household are unwell, as you should be following the Government guidance on self-isolation. This means you should not visit if you are:

    • Extremely vulnerable and are remaining at home for shielding purposes
    • Symptomatic with coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • In a 14-day household isolation

    The site is now open 8.00am to 6.00pm and 7 days per week.

    75th Anniversary VE Day Celebrations in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We have had these photographs of the bunting and flags that have been put up in various roads and streets in Hereford today and wanted to share them with you. 

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    How good on these! More photographs HERE

    Please add photos of your street 



    Happy 94th Birthday Sir David Attenborough

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Happy 94th Birthday to Sir David Attenborough, you continue to be an inspiration to us all.


    Amazing work created by the Pupils at the Aconbury Centre Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Amazing work created by the Pupils at the Aconbury Centre on Ross Road (Part of Herefordshire Pupil Referral Service) showing their appreciation for all Key-Workers with this brilliant mural.




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    Police Seize £20k of Cannabis from Van in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police Seize £20k of Cannabis from Van in Hereford
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    The Police Operations Patrol Unit said:


    Vehicle stopped in Hereford, it was on a delivery of sorts...

    However with £20k worth of cannabis we had to disrupt the journey and have a long chat with the occupant in custody


    The King's Speech 8th May 1945 'VE Day'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    On VE Day, 8 May 1945, King George VI expressed his relief that the war on the continent had come to an end in a speech to the nation, delivered from a bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace.


    The King's Speech


    Today we give thanks to almighty god for a great deliverance. Speaking from our empire’s oldest capital city, war-battered but never for one moment daunted or dismayed – speaking from London, I ask you to join with me in that act of thanksgiving.

    Germany, the enemy who drove all Europe into war, has been finally overcome. In the far east we have yet to deal with the Japanese, a determined and cruel foe. To this we shall turn with the utmost resolve and with all our resources.

    But at this hour, when the dreadful shadow of war has passed from our hearths and homes in these islands, we may at last make one pause for thanksgiving and then turn our thoughts to the tasks all over the world which peace in Europe brings with it.

    Let us remember those who will not come back, their constancy and courage in battle, their sacrifice and endurance in the face of a merciless enemy: let us remember the men in all the services and the women in all the services who have laid down their lives.

    We have come to the end of our tribulation, and they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing.

    Then let us salute in proud gratitude the great host of the living who have brought us to victory. I cannot praise them to the measure of each one’s service, for in a total war the efforts of all rise to the same noble height and all are devoted to the common purpose. Armed or unarmed, men and women, you have fought, striven, and endured to your utmost.

    No one knows that better than I do; and as your King I thank with a full heart those who bore arms so valiantly on land and sea, or in the air; and all civilians who, shouldering their many burdens, have carried them unflinchingly without complaint.

    With those memories in our minds, let us think what it was that has upheld us through nearly six years of suffering and peril. The knowledge that everything was at stake: our freedom, our independence, our very existence as a people; but the knowledge also that in defending ourselves we were defending the liberties of the whole world; that our cause was the cause not of this nation only, not of this empire and commonwealth only, but of every land where freedom is cherished and law and liberty go hand in hand.

    In the darkest hours we knew that the enslaved and isolated peoples of Europe looked to us their hopes were our hopes; their confidence confirmed our faith. We knew that, if we failed, the last remaining barrier against a worldwide tyranny would have fallen in ruins. But we did not fail. We kept our faith with ourselves and with one another; we kept faith and unity with our great allies.

    That faith and unity have carried us to victory through dangers which at times seemed overwhelming. 

    So let us resolve to bring to the tasks which lie ahead the same high confidence in our mission. Much hard work awaits us, both in the restoration of our own country after the ravages of war and in helping to restore peace and sanity to a shattered world.

    This comes upon us at a time when we have all given of our best. For five long years and more, heart and brain, nerve and muscle have been directed upon the overthrow of Nazi tyranny. Now we turn, fortified by success, to deal with our last remaining foe. The Queen and I know the ordeals which you have endured throughout the commonwealth and empire.

    We are proud to have shared some of these ordeals with you, and we know also that together we shall all face the future with stern resolve and prove that our reserves of willpower and vitality are inexhaustible.

    There is great comfort in the thought that the years of darkness and danger in which the children of our country have grown up are over and, please god, forever.

    We shall have failed, and the blood of our dearest will have flowed in vain, if the victory which they died to win does not lead to a lasting peace, founded on justice and established in good will. To that, then, let us turn our thoughts on this day of just triumph and proud sorrow; and then take up our work again, resolved as a people to do nothing unworthy of those who died for us and to make the world such a world as they would have desired, for their children and for ours.

    This is the task to which now honour binds us. In the hour of danger we humbly committed our cause into the hand of god, and He has been our strength and shield.

    Let us thank him for his mercies, and in this hour of victory commit ourselves and our new task to the guidance of that same strong hand.


    Newspaper Headlines from 8th May 1945 'VE Day'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Today is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day or 'VE Day' when the Allies formally accepted Germany’s surrender, marking a significant date towards the end of the Second World War.

    These were some of the newspaper headlines from that special day;

    Daily Mail                                                                               Daily Mirror
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    Daily Telegraph                                                                   Daily Express

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    Photographs courtesy of the Press Gazette

    Hereford and Leominster household recycling centres reopen 9 May

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford and Leominster household recycling centres reopen 9 May


    Restrictions will remain in place to ensure safety of public and staff

    Herefordshire Council will reopen Hereford and Leominster Household Recycling Centres for essential use only from Saturday 9 May.

    They will be open from 8.00am to 6.00pm every day

    The other Household Recycling Centres in Kington, Bromyard, Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye will remain closed for the time being, until available staffing resource will permit these sites to reopen as well.

    Government guidance will be followed to ensure our sites can safely operate, and strict social distancing measures will be in place to protect both the public and staff. Only limited numbers of vehicles will be permitted entry at any time so long queues and delays are likely.

    The government’s view is that household recycling centres play a critical role in the local management of waste, so making a journey to one is considered a “reasonable excuse” if a resident has difficulty safely storing unavoidable waste.

    Journeys to HWRCs must only be undertaken if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury, health or harm, and cannot be disposed of safely by other means. If you can temporarily store your waste or recycling in a way that does not pose a risk to yours or others safety or human health, then you must do so.

    Social distancing measures mean staff cannot provide assistance, so please make sure you are able to unload your waste unaided. If you are able, take additional measures to protect yourself and others such as using gloves and have sanitary wipes to use in your vehicle.

    Anyone who is self-isolating or has Covid-19 symptoms must not visit a household recycling centre.Councillor Gemma Davies, Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets, said: 


    I thank the public for their patience and understanding whilst plans have been made to re-open the recycling centres. Unlike many other councils we have decided not to instigate a booking system and are trusting the residents of Herefordshire to exercise their judgment as to whether their visit to the centre is essential.  Any swamping of the sites will unfortunately result in more restrictive access to the sites and this is certainly not what anybody wants.

    “It is important to recognise that we are still in a global pandemic and, wherever possible, we advise residents to take measures to avoid creating waste and manage it at home.  I would also urge members of the public not only to follow the social distancing measures we will have in place but also be respectful to the members of staff facilitating the opening of the sites, they are doing a fantastic job in incredibly difficult circumstances.

    The council’s waste collection service will continue to prioritise the collection of general rubbish and recycling. You can manage your garden waste in the following ways:

    * Cut and Drop - Don’t collect grass cuttings unless you intend to use them for home composting, simply cut the grass without the collector on.

    * Create a compost heap - No matter the size of your garden you should have space for a heap. If not use a low cost home composter to keep the garden tidy.

    * Create a wildlife habitat or bug hotel with thick branches and wood.

    * Use a licensed garden waste disposal service.

    * Do not burn your garden waste, as the smoke can aggravate respiratory difficulties of those suffering from Coronavirus and other     illnesses.

    Herefordshire Council also continues to offer a bulky item collection service. Please call 01432 260051 to make a booking.

    For more information please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/recyclecentres


    Holmer Road Filling Station to be Demolished and Replaced with New Modern Facility

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Co-operative Store and Petrol Filling Station, Holmer Road Hereford

    Plans have been approved with conditions for the proposed demolition of existing retail store/kiosk and car wash facility.

    Erection of replacement retail store/kiosk.

    South view illustration by archer architects

    East view illustration by archer architects

    Removal and replacement of existing petrol pumps and canopy, replacement of fuel tanks, re-configuration of car parking layout and installation of plant within an enclosure.


    Decision Notice.pdf

    A wonderful aerial view of Hereford's Edgar Street football ground.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A wonderful aerial view of Hereford's Edgar Street football ground.
    The Merton stand was built in 1968 following the demolition of the old Edgar Street stand for road widening. The Len Weston was built in 1974.

    So does anyone know the history of this photo from our Old Hereford Pics archive and what year this could have been? 

    Stunning Sunset Captured at Merbach Common Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Check out this stunning sunset captured perfectly from Merbach Common Herefordshire.

    Photo courtesy of Tom Arnott

    Herefordshire is so beautiful, it is such a privilege to live in this most picturesque part of the world.

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