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    Inspection shows progress continues to be made at Herefordshire Children’s Services

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Findings of second Ofsted monitoring visit published


    Ofsted inspectors say improvements continue to be made at Herefordshire Children’s Services – but more still needs to be done to ensure progress is consistent.

    Inspectors visited the council’s service in June to review progress in the way the service cares for children in need of support and protection. They have published their findings today in a letter to the council’s Corporate Director for Children and Young people, Darryl Freeman.

    Darryl Freeman said:

    “The inspectors say that ‘practice is starting to improve and positive progress is being made with some families’ but add that the quality of practice in this area remains variable.

    “That is a fair assessment and very much reflects our own analysis of the improvements to date. We know we are on the right path but that the pace of change needs to be quicker and improvements more consistently embedded.

    “Our new partnership with colleagues from Leeds City Council will be a huge help in this regard. The experience and insight they bring – having been on this journey themselves and helped other children’s services too – will be invaluable in building the service we all want to see.

    “I am encouraged that the inspectors report that some real improvements are under way, such as in management oversight and supervision and our audit processes, and that inspectors recognise that senior managers are proactive and open to learning from external organisations.

    “I am also pleased that the inspectors recognise that social workers like working in Herefordshire and feel well supported. But I also accept that we need to do more to ensure that the quality of practice is consistent, that we reduce turnover of staff, cut down the number of re-referrals by ensuring sustained change has been made and improve the way we handle children’s plans.

    Issues with housing and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children identified by the inspectors are also being addressed.”

    Children’s Services were judged to be inadequate during an Ofsted inspection last July. When this happens Ofsted carries out regular monitoring visits which focus on areas which need most improvement. Today’s report follows a second monitoring visit by inspectors.

    Council leader, Councillor Jonathan Lester, added:

    “It is encouraging to note that the service is improving. The findings show that there is still much to do but they also highlight a significant step forward. The improvement of Children’s Services remains the top priority for the council and we are determined to work with Ofsted and our improvement partners to secure a better service.”

    A full copy of the Ofsted letter can be read here.


    Witness Appeal After Attack In Hereford

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident where a man has been attacked with a hammer in Hereford.


    The incident took place on Friday 28 July around 9.30pm outside the Stables Pub on West Street, Hereford.

    A 26-year-old victim suffered head injuries and required hospital treatment.

    Two people were arrested in connection with the incident.

    Officers carrying out enquiries into the incident are appealing for witnesses who may have been in the area at the time and saw the attack take place.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Phil Harvey on 01432347176 or by email philip.harvey@westmercia.police.uk quoting 530i from the 28 July.

    Alternatively information can be shared anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-org.uk

    Police name man who entered River Wye

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Detectives investigating after a man went into the River Wye in the early hours of Saturday morning is named as Sean Day aged 29.


    Searches of the river continue with assistance from West Mercia Search and Rescue and Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service.

    Police received a call at 12.05am on Saturday 29th July that a man had fallen into the river near to the Victoria Bridge in Hereford.

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and have been released on police bail whilst enquires continue.

    Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the Quay Street/Castle Green area of Hereford between the hours of 10:30pm on Friday 28th July and 12:30am on Saturday 29th July who may have seen or heard a disturbance or person in distress near to the riverside to get in contact.

    Detective Inspector Mark Walters said: ‘‘As our enquiries continue, we are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area late on Friday night and shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, in particular anyone who may have witnessed or heard a disturbance near to the riverbank''.

    Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to provide it via the attached link https://mipp.police.uk/operation/22HQ22E43-PO1 or by contacting 101 and quoting incident 5_I_29072023 . Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


    Three men arrested in connection with missing Hereford man

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Further to our article here

    Officers investigating a report a man had fallen into the river near to the Victoria Bridge in Hereford in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 29 July) have arrested three men.


    Police received a call at 12.05am from a man who said his friend, a man in his 20’s, had fallen down the embankment into the river.

    Police search trained officers, along with the police helicopter and blue light colleagues from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service were all immediately deployed to the area to search for the missing man.

    Following enquiries by officers it is now believed that the missing man was involved in an altercation prior to the incident.

    The missing man’s family have been made aware of this development.

    A scene guard remains in place along the river and searches are likely to continue for some time with specialist support.

    Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Garner said: “Teams have continued to search the river today but unfortunately have so far been unable to find the missing man. Our enquiries are still in the initial stages, however, following new information that the missing man was involved in an altercation, we have now arrested three men on suspicion of murder. They are currently in police custody while our enquiries continue into the circumstances leading up to the time the man is believed to have entered the river.

    “If anyone has any information that could help with our enquiries, we urge them to get in contact with us as the information they provide could be crucial in piecing together what happened in this tragic incident.”

    Any witnesses who may have seen an altercation in Hereford city centre late last night are asked to please contact West Mercia Police quoting incident 5i of July 29, 2023. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    Emergency services searching the river in Hereford for missing man.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Emergency services are currently searching the river after a man fell into the water near to the Victoria Bridge in Hereford just after midnight on Friday 28 July 2023.

    Police received a call at 00.05am on Saturday 29 July from a man who said his friend, a man in his 20’s, had fallen down the embankment into the river.

    Police search trained officers, along with the police helicopter and blue light colleagues Hereford and Worcester fire and rescue service and West Midlands ambulance service were all immediately deployed to the area to search for the missing man.

    The search will continue this morning.

    Chief Detective Inspector Ross Jones said: “Our search of the river will carry on this morning, and our officers will continue to support the family as the search continues.

    “Our officers are out speaking to the local community in Hereford city centre this morning and we would like to thank them for their support and offers of help.”

    Who Is A Clever Dog Then...

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    By Hereford Voice,

    A local man comes to Hereford city centre along with his dog, which makes trips to the bin with litter to the delight of passers by.



    We just love this! 😍

    BREAKING NEWS | I and JL Brown Whitestone Set To Become New Hub For St Michael's Hospice

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    By Hereford Voice,

    I & JL Brown Ltd unit at Whitestone 

    St Michael's Hospice submit plans for a 'Proposed mixed use of site as light industrial, storage and distribution, retail, offices and complementary uses'

    The hospice 'Income Generation, Marketing and Communication Director' Rachel Jones said;

    "Our vision is for the site to be a donation centre, warehouse and distribution centre for pre-loved goods on the ground floor. We will retain the offices, meeting/training rooms and retail space on the upper floor and add a customer information area with a small coffee and snack area. Our key themes will be around sustainability with a focus on recycling and upcycling, as well as providing a space for affordable shopping"

    David Teague (Chair of Trustees) wrote the following covering letter in support of their planning application;

    "I am writing on behalf of the Trustees of St Michael's Hospice to highlight theimportance for St Michael's Hospice to secure this planning application.

    The Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the charity delivers on its purpose, it has the funds to do so and that it conducts itself as efficiently and effectively as possible.

    The Trustees take care to ensure every penny given to the charity is used wisely and in such a way a s to not only deliver services today but also secure the charity for future beneficiaries.

    The Trustees are very proud of what St Michael's has achieved in its first 40 years and how ti has responded to the various challenges along the way. The Trustees want everyone in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas to have access to the very best palliative care and support at the time and the place they need it, a need that will only increase over time. The service is provided by way of our inpatient and outpatient units at Bartestree and Hospice at Home. We also educate and look to inspire other health and social care professionals to improve the delivery and quality of palliative care in all the settings where patients might find themselves.

    The ongoing challenge for St Michael's is to secure the money to support these services. Despite continually finding ways to innovate and be more efficient, the increasing requirement for our services and inflation increase the amount of income required year on year. St Michael's' funds come from a variety of sources, and these continue to evolve into new ways to engage with our supporters. Our community is a tremendous supporter of St Michael's, not just in terms of finance but also with their volunteering. We will never take this for granted.

    The contribution from our retail sites is a major part of our fund raising. The majority of our retail sites are occupied through leases. The Whitestone site gives us the opportunity that will provide longterm security.

    The use proposed for the Whitestone building will seek to complement and build upon our retail strategy. It will provide new job opportunities and a hub for volunteering and learning new skills. You will note from the application that this is an opportunity to allow the people of Herefordshire to shop sustainably and recycle responsibly. We see this as a great new addition to Hereford, and as an established charity we look forward to continuing to give back to the economy and the county"

    Planning Application P232066/F


    Divine Donuts And The Patty Parlour Are Opening Two New Eateries In Bewell Square!  🍩🍔

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Stacy from Divine Donuts got in touch with us last night and told us the good news! 

    New signage has gone up and Hereford Voice can exclusively reveal that the 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟵𝘁𝗵, 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘆'𝘀 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗱𝗮𝘆!!🥳🎂🥂


    We can also reveal that Divine Donuts will be open 7 days a week!! 

    • Sunday - Thursday 10-4
    • Friday & Saturday 9.30 - 4

    We spoke at length with Stacy who told us;

    "We will still be keeping the shop at their unit which is on Imperial Business Centre Mortimer Road HR4 9SP as we know people liked the convenience of collecting from there although hours will change there. 

    We will have some opening offers which will be announced on our page next week. We are also thinking of opening on some later evenings at weekends, but that’s still to be confirmed"

    📣 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Hereford Voice can also exclusively reveal this evening that this shop will also be home to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗿, a new smashed burger take out!! 🍔

    They will be operating from the kitchen downstairs, the owner is Ben Dennehy, so support local and visit Hereford's latest double eatery! 

    The Patty Parlour will be operating from the kitchen in the basement, Divine Donuts from ground floor shop.

    They are separate businesses both opening on Saturday 29th July at 9.30am! 

    Hereford Voice - Good luck to Stacy and Ben with their new businesses, a welcome addition to Bewell Square in Hereford 🤞

    Talbot Hotel Leominster To Be Usage To Accommodate Asylum Seekers

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Talbot Hotel in Leominster Has Been Leased By Government To House Asylum Seekers.


    According to Herefordshire Council, the government proposes to use the Talbot Hotel in Leominster as '𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻' for asylum seekers.

    The Home Office has stated that this would be in addition to the present usage of the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford for this purpose.

    📣 𝗣𝗢𝗦𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗗 | Hereford Based Dan Pembroke Wins 𝗚𝗢𝗟𝗗 !!!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Britain's Dan Pembroke won a gold medal last night and gave himself an early birthday present by adding the world javelin title to his Paralympic crown at the Para Athletics World Championships in Paris.

    Dan, set an F13 European record of 70.50m. It's a double celebration as it's Dan's 32nd birthday today 🥳🥇


    📷 British Athletics wrote;

    Dan Pembroke. Throwing in just his fourth competition of the year, the reigning Paralympic and European champion lined up in against stiff competition in the F13 javelin, with six of the thirteen in the field holding personal bests in excess of 60m.

    Showing no signs of competition rust, however, Pembroke produced a season’s best of 65.97m with his opener to immediately put the rest of the field under pressure in needing to chase.

    He went even bigger with his second throw, knowing he’d done so as he turned away arms aloft, with the throw registering as a huge European record of 70.50m. Truly a cut above on the day, Pembroke went out to 66.85m in round three, with his lead established as close to ten metres at the half-way stage of the competition.

    Finding 66.27m before opting to pass his fifth attempt, Pembroke finished up with 63.54m, his winning margin come the end of the competition some seven metres.

    Coming as something of an early birthday present ahead of turning 32 tomorrow (Sunday 16th), Pembroke spoke on the medal and record, saying: 

    “𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 – 𝑰’𝒎 𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒙𝒆𝒔 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒎𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕.

    “𝑰’𝒎 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐, 𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒌 𝒐𝒇𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒈 𝒐𝒏𝒆: 𝒕𝒓𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒅. “𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 – 𝒊𝒕 𝒕𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔, 𝒔𝒐 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉. 𝑰 𝒈𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒇 70.50𝒎 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒅𝒊𝒅𝒏’𝒕 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒈𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒓 – 𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒕 𝒔𝒐 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒚, 𝒔𝒐 𝑰 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒚𝒎𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒅. 𝑰 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝑰’𝒗𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒅𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝑰 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓, 𝒔𝒐 𝑰 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒏𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓,” 𝑶𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒊𝒎, 𝑷𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒅: “𝑴𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝑫𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒆𝒚𝒆 – 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝑰 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕, 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒏 – 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒓𝒖𝒏-𝒖𝒑 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒉𝒏𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒇𝒂𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝑰 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕. 𝑺𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒎𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒕𝒐 𝑫𝒂𝒗𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒎 𝒊𝒏 𝑳𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉, 𝒎𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 – 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒐 𝒎𝒖𝒄𝒉.”

    Hereford Voice - Congratulations Dan well deserved, Happy birthday! Relax and enjoy this double celebration 🥳🥇

    Man Wanted By Police In Scotland Arrested In Leominster

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police officers in Leominster yesterday arrested a wanted male on behalf of Police in Scotland.


    He thought hiding in a locked storage cupboard would deter us but luckily we’re experts at playing hide and seek He was quickly arrested and remains in custody.

    The arrested male was later convicted of a variety of adult and child sex offences including rape and indecent assault. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

    Boy charged in connection with Tewkesbury Academy incident.

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    By Hereford Voice,

    A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with an incident at Tewkesbury Academy which left a male teacher with a single stab wound.


    The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged this evening (Tuesday 11 July) with section 18 attempt wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article on school premises.

    He will remain in police custody tonight before appearing at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Wednesday 12 July).

    Officers were called about the incident by the ambulance service at around 9.10am yesterday (Monday 10 July). The school was locked down while officers carried out searches for the suspect. He was arrested in the Stoke Orchard area at around 11am.

    The victim suffered a single stab wound and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. He was later discharged.

    Police and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that active proceedings are now taking place. It is extremely important that there is no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could prejudice these proceedings in any way.

    Farmer who was jailed for ecological damage to the River Lugg released from prison after serving 3 months

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Farmer John Price was released from prison after serving less than 3 months

    Photo: SWNS

    The farmer John Price, from Kingsland was sentenced to 12 months in jail by a district judge in April following the destruction of 1.5km of the protected River Lugg in 2020.

    Read our original article 👉 https://hfd.news/dbrd

    Appeal Court

    At the appeal court in May Judge Nicholas Cole at Worcester Crown Court slammed the farmer for his 'outrageous behaviour' but reduced his sentence by 2 months down to 10 months.

    This week Mr Price was authorised for a 'Home Detention Curfew' with stringent guidelines, a Prison Service official stated. The 68-year-old would be sent back to jail if those regulations were breached, they added.

    School Stabbing In Tewksbury

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A school in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire is currently in complete lockdown following reports that a student has stabbed a teacher and has gone on the rampage.


    There is a huge Police presence at Alderman Knight School next door to 𝗧𝗲𝘄𝗸𝘀𝗯𝘂𝗿𝘆 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝘆 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲.

    📷 Urban Pictures

    A message on the Tirlebrook Primary School Facebook page as follows;

    "An incident has occurred this morning at Tewkesbury Academy (Tewkesbury School) and we have been advised by Tewkesbury Police to put in place a lock down.

    "We have a police presence at school and are being fully supported at this time. We would like to reassure all families that children at Tirlebrook and Little Oaks are safe and well.

    "We must ask that families do not come to school during this time as this could compromise the police operation currently underway and also compromise the safety of the children.

    "During this situation all school staff will be supporting the children and liaising with the police so we would ask that you do not attempt to communicate with the school office"

    Arrest following rape in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A 32-year-old man has been arrested following a rape in Hereford in the early hours of this morning.


    At 4.20am this morning (Saturday 8 July) we received a report of a rape on Grandstand Road.  The suspect, a 32-year-old man, was quickly located and arrested on suspicion of rape.  He remains in police custody.

    A cordon is currently in place at the scene on Grandstand Road while forensic investigations continue.

    Detective Inspector Mel Reynolds, said “I understand that it can be concerning to see a police cordon in such a prominent area of the city, but would like to reassure the community that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and that the suspect remains in custody.

    “I would also like to commend the victim on her bravery in reporting this to us so quickly, allowing us to quickly locate and arrest the suspect.

    “There will be an increased police presence in the area today while our investigations continue, and if you have any concerns then please do feel free to speak to our officers.” 


    Fantastic News! Local South Wye Business Arbor Architects Have Been Appointed Southside Project

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    In a message on their Facebook page they wrote;

    "We’re delighted to have been selected through an ITT process to deliver the Southside project in Hereford. This is a groundbreaking project that will transform 35 acres of green space south of the river, for community groups Growing Local CIC local and Belmont Wanderers FC

    The new building will be environmentally friendly and accessible to all, offering sporting growing and cooking facilities, as well as education and community spaces.

    We can’t wait to get started!"

    Hereford Voice - Congratulations and good luck to the team at Arbor Architects with this wonderful StrongerHereford project.

    Details on the project can be found on the Stronger Hereford website HERE


    𝗣𝗢𝗦𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Police Award Gift Vouchers To Children Who Handed In Knife

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Cops (South Wye SNT) have been handing out gift vouchers to the 4 amazing children who handed in a knife they found to the local Police station. An amazing act of bravery and a well deserved reward!


    Our original article 👉 https://hfd.news/Jlhr

    Family pay tribute to 'Pilot Pete'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police Press Release;


    A 25-year-old man who died in a hot air balloon accident has been named as Peter Gregory, from the Cotswolds.

    Yesterday, his family have paid tribute to a loved one whose passion for flying was something others could only admire.

    In a tribute they said:

    “Peter Gregory

    25 years of living life to the full.

    On the morning of Sunday 25th June, our Pilot Pete took one last flight, doing what he loved.

    Be it in a hot air balloon or as an Airline Pilot, Peter’s passion for flying was something his family and friends could only admire and support him towards.

    When he set his heart to something, he’d never give up, he was driven and determined, and one could only watch on in awe.

    We will fly together again soon Pete.

    We love you

    Dan, Mummy, Daddy & Emma

    During this difficult time, please respect the privacy of friends and family.”

    Police were called after a hot air balloon fell to the ground in a field off Holt Fleet Road, near the A449 at Ombersley on Sunday (25 June).

    The circumstances surrounding the incident are being invested by the Air Accident Investigation Branch; and while specialist family liaison officers are supporting the family there is no other police involvement.


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