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    The Monument roundabout from above

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Michael Adam sent us this photograph this evening showing a different perspective of the Monument roundabout in Hereford at night.


    HSBC announces they are to close 82 branches in the UK

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    HSBC has announced that they have plans to close 82 branches across the UK reducing their estate to 511 branches. 

    Hereford's branch located in the city centre is NOT on the list of branches to be closed however, Tewksbury's branch is earmarked to close at the end of July.


    The bank said it aims to redeploy the vast majority of staff to nearby branches and does not expect any redundancies from the move.

    The branches will start shutting their doors permanently from April 23, starting with Edinburgh’s Princes Street branch, with approximately three closing each week until the end of September.

    Full list of branches and planned closure dates:

    Friday 23 April: Edinburgh, Princess St

    Friday 7 May: Brighton, Ditchling Road; Hull, Merit House; Wednesbury; Sutton Coldfield, Four Oaks

    Friday 14 May: Hull, Holderness Road; Pontyclun Talbot Green; London, Fleet Street; London, Fenchurch Street

    Friday 21 May: London, Old Broad Street; London, Charing Cross; Sheffield, Darnall; Oxford, Summertown

    Friday 28 May: Leeds, Chapel Allerton; Cardiff, Rumney; Torquay, Strand; Staines

    Friday 4 June: Plymouth, Forder House; Belper, King Street; Colchester; London, Whitechapel

    Friday 11 June: London, Marylebone; London, Streatham Hill; Falkirk High Street; Fleet, Fleet Road

    Friday 18 June: Reading, Woodley; Oxford, Headington; Swansea, Gorseinon; Wigston, Leicester Road

    Friday 25 June: Tavistock, Bedford Square; Bristol, Nailsea; Leeds, Cross Gates; Yate, North Walk

    Friday 2 July: London, Kingsbury Road; Cleckheaton, Bradford Road Bexleyheath, Broadway London, South Woodford

    Friday 9 July: Birmingham, Erdington; Goole, Wesley Square; Congleton, High Street; Formby, Chapel Lane

    Friday 16 July: Gillingham, Kent; Dunstable, West Street; Chorley, Market Street; Pontypridd, Taff Street

    Friday 23 July: Felixstowe, Hamilton Road; Godalming, High Street; Prestatyn, High Street; London, Southgate

    Friday 30 July: Tewkesbury, High Street; Maldon, High Street; Hatfield; Herts; Huntingdon, High Street

    Friday 6 August: Stockport, Bramhall; London, Russell Square; Richmond, Market Place

    Friday 13 August: Loughton, High Road Rustington, The Street Exmouth, Chapel Street

    Friday 20 August: Bournemouth, Winton; Liverpool, University; Cleveleys, Victoria Square; Clevedon, Triangle

    Friday 27 August: Northallerton, High Street; Walton-on-Thames, High Street; London, High Holborn

    Friday 3 September: Barry, Holton Road; Aldershot, Wellington Street; Eastcote, Field End Road; London, Edgware Road

    Friday 10 September: Ramsgate, High Street; Manchester, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy; Letchworth, Station Place; London, Hackney

    Friday 17 September: Barnet, High Street; Deal, High Street; Cheshunt, Turners Hill; Swadlincote, High Street

    Friday 24 September: Dorking, West Street; Welshpool, Broad Street; London, Surrey Quays; Worksop, Bridge Street

    Twelve appliances attended barn fire at Kings Pyon near Hereford.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a serious agricultural building fire in Kings Pyon, near Hereford at around 13:03 on Monday, 18 January 2021.

    The fire was in a large agricultural building – two barns approximately 120m by 120m containing 500 tonnes of straw. Livestock in the barns were all evacuated.

    photographs courtesy of HWFRS

    In total 12 appliances were involved in fighting the fire with crews coming in from Kingsland, Hereford, Eardisley, Leominster, Kington, Wyre Forest, Tenbury Wells, Fownhope, Ledbury and Malvern.

    The fire was fought using four hosereel jets and two main jets supplemented by a water carrier and a dam.

    There were no casualties.

    Crews from Worcester and Tenbury Wells were still in attendance on site on Tuesday morning maintaining a watching brief, before this was scaled back to one crew from Eardisley.

    “At 13:00 on 18/1/2021, HWFRS attended a fire involving approximately 500 tonnes of straw within two large barns large barns at Kings Pyon,” said Station Commander Deb Davies, North Herefordshire Cluster.

    “Throughout the afternoon and overnight, crews from multiple stations worked alongside the owners to contain the fire and prevent fire spread to numerous adjacent barns. All farm stock was safely moved to adjoining fields by onsite staff before our arrival.

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service continue to have a crew on site and are working with the owner to bring the incident to a close.

    New 16m Communication Mask Installation

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    If you're living in the Belmont area and are wondering what the huge crane is being used for this morning, it is for the new installation of a 16 metre phase 8 pole with wrap around cabinet built around the base with new equipment cabinets and ancillary development for EE and HG3 on the land adjacent to Tesco Belmont.


    Fire Crews battle barn fire at Kings Pyon Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews have be called to a fire which has engulfed a barn at Kings Pyon in Herefordshire.

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    The heat from the core of the fire is an incredible 650c as you can see from the heat gun.


    Head on crash with one person in requiring treatment in hospital.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Emergency services attended the scene yesterday morning between Croft Castle and Lucton involving two vehicles.

    Two people were treated for minors injuries at the roadside however, one motorist was taken to hospital and later released.



    Appointment of Chief Executive - Herefordshire Council- 22 January 2021

    By megilleland,

    Meeting: Herefordshire Council

    Meeting date: Friday 22 January 2021

    Title of report: Appointment of Chief Executive

    Report by: Chair of the Employment Panel

    To approve the appointment of a chief executive and head of paid service.

    Recommendation(s) That: (a) Paul Walker is appointed as the council’s chief executive and head of paid service.

    (b) The solicitor to the council is designated to be acting head of paid service from 12 February when the current chief executive leaves the council’s employment and until the newly appointed chief executive starts in post.

    (c) To ensure appropriate and necessary separation of statutory roles, the interim head of legal services is designated to be acting monitoring officer for any period of time when the solicitor to the council is designated as acting head of paid service.


    15. The gross salary for this post is currently £155,022 and the salary costs will be met from within the existing directorate revenue budget.

    16. The financial estimates below are based on the assumption that a new appointee will need to give notice to their current employer and will not be available to start with Herefordshire until April 2021.

    Background stories

    Copeland axe £110,000-a-year chief exec

    New council senior manager very positive about Harrow

    Best of luck to him in the present climate. Wonder if he likes bypasses?


    Body found believed to be missing Ludlow Man

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    West Mercia Police Statement:


    A body has been recovered from the River Teme and is believed to be Daniel Berry from Ludlow.

    The 42-year-old went missing on Sunday 20 December and officers have been carrying out searches of the area. Sadly at around 11am on Sunday 10 January a body was found during a search of the river however formal identification has not yet taken place.

    Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.


    Sage Advisory Committee Urge Pm to introduce 3M Social Distancing

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Government is considering tough new measures over fears that people are not complying with the current rules.


    Members of the Sage scientific advisory panel are said to have called for a change to social distancing rules in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    Hereford Police appeal after releasing CCTV following store theft

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police are appealing for information and releasing a CCTV image following a theft inside a Hereford store.


    On Friday 11 December at around 10.30am, a woman had been in the store on Whitecross Road when it is understood that she left her wallet on the counter before leaving.

    At around the same time it is believed another woman put a newspaper on top of the wallet and then took both the paper and wallet. She then left the shop.

    We are appealing to anyone who may recognise the woman pictured in the CCTV image to get in touch with us as she may be able to help with our enquiries.

    Anyone with information is asked to report it online here or call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting crime reference 22/105107/20.

    Alternatively, information can be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

    Dulas farmer banned from keeping livestock for ten years

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Harry Glyn Prosser pleaded guilty to allowing livestock to suffer and for failing to dispose of large amounts of deadstock

    A farmer from Dulas near Ewyas Harold has been banned from keeping livestock for ten years, in a case taken to Hereford Magistrates’ Court by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service.


    Harry Glyn Prosser (69)  of Great Bilboa Farm Dulas pleaded guilty to six charges in total and was disqualified from keeping all animals (except his dog) for ten years after allowing livestock to suffer, failing to provide a suitable environment and for failing to correctly store and dispose of a large number of animal carcasses.

    Mr Prosser was sentenced in September at Hereford Magistrates’ Court and received a 10 year disqualification order from keeping animals, a fine of £1800 with a victim surcharge of £180 and ordered to pay costs of £3200.

    David Hough, Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager, said: 


    This is a very serious case where the farmer has not provided a suitable environment for the livestock on the farm and allowed these animals to suffer without water and surrounded by deadstock.

    Officers first attended Great Bilboa farm in 2019 and were shocked to find a large amount of dead cattle and sheep on the farm with many just being left where they had fallen. The live sheep and cattle had access to all of the farm including the dead stock and other numerous hazards such as chemicals, broken machinery and a lack of fresh drinking water. One calf was left in a small enclosure on its own with no water. The only other animals the calf could see were a pile of dead sheep.

    It took several visits by Animal welfare officers to get Mr Prosser to remove the deadstock. At no time did Mr Prosser try to remove any hazards to the livestock on the farm or prevent the animals accessing the hazards. On further visits over the winter and early 2020 more livestock died and had not been disposed of.

    David Hough added: 


    Herefordshire Council will continue to work with all livestock keepers to ensure that best practice is maintained on farms and small holdings, but we will not tolerate animal suffering and action will be taken against anyone who disregards the welfare of farmed animals.


    Wood Chipping Machine Fire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Crews from

    Leominster Fire Station along with Kingsland fire station attended a large wood chipping machine on fire this afternoon.


    When crews arrived, they were faced with a well developed fire in the motor area of the wood chipper.

    Both crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire using 2 fire fighters in breathing aparatus, and also a covering jet to protect the adjacent building which was holding a large quantity of dried wood chip.

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    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire

    West Mercia PCC helps Herefordshire community to improve road safety

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Herefordshire village are to receive funding from the PCC to help them tackle the issue of speeding.


    Lyonshall Parish Council highlighted their concerns about speeding through their village in a recent online engagement event hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and, after speaking with him directly, the council applied to his dedicated road safety fund.

    Consequently, the council will receive £2,675 from the fund for a new speed indicator device that will operate in the village of Lyonshall, with the area identified by the local council as a speeding hotspot.

    The new device will provide a visible speed deterrent to motorists, as well as providing greater reassurance and an increased feeling of safety to residents.Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said:


    “Through engaging with the public, road safety is a concern I hear all too often from people across West Mercia. As Commissioner, I promised to help tackle the issue of speeding and work with communities to make our roads safer.

    “Providing a grant for the residents of Lyonshall is a prime example of this commitment in action, and I am pleased the Parish Council applied for funding I set aside each year solely to support local communities in tackling road safety issues. I hope the device reminds motorists to slow down, respect the speed limit and prevent incidents on our roads.”

    Local councillor Rod Bevan said:


    “Lyonshall parish is delighted to have a grant application accepted by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion. It is essential that we work together to tackle speeding behaviour and safeguard our communities.

    “We look forward to further initiatives and opportunities to work with the Crime Commissioner, police service and other authorities to achieve this, and we actively encourage other parishes to follow suit. Speeding is a problem that affects us all and we are all empowered to make a difference, starting with our own driving behaviour.”


    Shobdon in Herefordshire one of coldest places in UK at the moment at nearly -7°C.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council teams have gritted all Priority routes overnight with temperatures as low as -7 in Herefordshire.


    Allow extra travel time.

    Full Details here

    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford

    Herefordian Alan Blake follows in Captain Tom Moore’s steps.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    VETERAN fundraiser Alan Blake has been given some civic support in his marathon project to raise £100,000 for local charities.


    Alan, who is 89, is aiming to complete a 15-mile challenge to raise funds for the parish church of Burghill, Rotary and Parkinson’s – but all without leaving his garden.

    He will navigate a circular walk around his steep garden steps 458 times, which will be the equivalent of walking from Hereford to Lyde then Moreton on Lugg, Burghill, Tillington, Stretton Sugwas and back to his family home in Hampton Park.

    Alan began his challenge on October 1 and, on Saturday, he gained the backing of Hereford’s first citizen when the Mayor,

    Cllr Kath Hey along with Junior Mayor, Theo Ashton joined him on a circuit.

    Mayor Kath Hey commented that in representing Hereford City Council 


    "we take pride in our work with our communities and local people".

    She expressed how delighted both she and the Junior Mayor were to accompany Alan on one of his garden circuit walks in support of his fundraising endeavours and that Alan’s determination and efforts were truly impressive and inspirational.

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    Gloucestershire Police appeal after woman falls to her death from M5 bridge

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Gloucestershire Constabulary appeal for the public's help to identify woman who fell from bridge on the M5.


    Officers were called after a woman fell from a bridge on to the M5 southbound between Junctions 11A and 12 this evening (Wednesday 6 January) around 4.55pm.

    The woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

    Her death is believed to be non-suspicious.

    Currently officers are unable to identify this person and are asking any members of the public to come forward if they know anyone who has gone missing matching the description.

    The woman is white, believed to be approximately 60 to 70-years-old, shoulder length mousey-brown hair, a skin tag on her right cheek and above her right eye and has no tattoos or jewellery.

    She was wearing a dress, a stone coloured cardigan, pink slip on shoes and an orange check coat.

    Anyone who believes they can identify this woman is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 336 of 6 January.

    Metal Biscuit Tin Stuck on Toddler's Head

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    First call last night in new lockdown measures for crews at Peterchurch Fire Station. They were called out to property whereby a two year old had managed to get a metal biscuit tin well and truly lodged on their head. Tin snips and pliers were used to cut it free and child was checked over by West Midlands Ambulance Service.



    Prime Minister Confirms Lockdown 3 in England Until Mid February.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The public are being asked to follow the new rules, which replace the current tiers system, from this evening and with people instructed to "stay at home" as they did during March's first lockdown.



    All schools will close with immediate effect.

    It comes as the UK recorded 58,784 new cases of the virus – the country’s highest daily increase to date, and the seventh day in a row it has registered more than 50,000 new infections.

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