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    Woman arrested on suspicion of murder in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,



    Police were called at around 2am this morning (Saturday 26 September) to Cradley in Hereford, reports that a 69-year-old woman had been stabbed. The ambulance service attended but the woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

    A 40-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at this time.

    Detective Chief inspector Leighton Harding said: “Officers quickly made an arrest at the scene but enquiries are still ongoing and we are keen to speak to anyone with more information regarding this incident.

    “We would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and there is no further risk to the public.”

    Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 55i of 26092020 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111. 

    Poland has a medicine for Covid-19.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Polish pharmaceutical company Biomed Lublin claims to have successfully completed the production of a drug for Covid-19.


    With the firm saying on September 23 that its initial research “has confirmed its efficacy”, it now plans to begin non-commercial clinical trials, and – if all goes well – Poland could be the first country in the world to have an effective drug capable of neutralising the SARS-CoV-2 virus at some stage over the next few months.

    Biomed Lublin says that the drug is made by fractionating the plasma of healthy people – convalescents or those who had Covid-19 asymptomatically – and contains anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulins.



    “We have unequivocally proven that it is possible to produce a drug containing a concentrated dose of such antibodies and it can effectively use human plasma, which, after the fractionation process, can be converted into a drug with a treatment efficiency greater than plasma alone,” said Marcin Piróg, CEO of Biomed Lublin. “This is of great importance, especially taking into account the number of Covid-19 patients and how valuable and rare the raw material is given the current situation.”

    “More than 3,000 ampoules of anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin have been produced, which after the completion of the required quality tests, including product stability tests, will be submitted to clinical trials in four centres: in Lublin, Bytom, Białystok and Warsaw. The release of the drug for non-commercial clinical trials is planned in the fourth quarter of 2020,” added Mr Piróg.


    Biomed Lublin already manufactures other recognised human plasma drugs, such as Gamma anti-D and Gamma anti-HBs. The same technology was used by the company to produce anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin.

    The project to come up with a Polish Covid-19 drug was initiated in March by Grzegorz Czelej a Polish doctor and senator, and Waldemar Sierocki, a member of Biomed Lublin’s supervisory board.

    “We have a drug, a Polish drug for Covid-19, that works,” said Mr Czelej. “Since the drug was created thanks to the generosity of Polish convalescents, Poles will be the first to receive it. Also, Poles should come up with a name for it. We are waiting for suggestions.”

    Mr Czelej also called on the country’s authorities to make the process of approving the drug as quickly as possible.



    “The treatment of Covid-19 with plasma from convalescents has already been approved by the World Health Organisation, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Polish Ministry of Health. Scientists from around the world report on the effectiveness of plasma therapy in the treatment of Covid-19. The safety of plasma drugs has been proven by several decades of practice, which is confirmed by experts. So, I appeal to the relevant authorities to issue a decision on the approval of this drug for coronavirus in ‘epidemic mode. Similar practices have already taken place in the case of other drugs conditionally approved for the treatment of Covid-19 in order to save the health and life of patients,” he said.

    Mr Piróg meanwhile said that if Biomed Lublin were to receive more batches of plasma from convalescents from Polish regional blood donation and treatment centres, it will be able to plan the production of new batches of the drug that can be used to treat patients with Covid-19 before the completion of approval procedures. He also confirmed that the company was looking to purchase plasma from abroad.

    “It is important if and when we receive confirmation of the possible availability of further plasma donations from convalescents. We must also take care to ensure the availability of other health and life-saving plasma-derived drugs, for the production of which we use the same production infrastructure,” he said.

    “We produce our medicine from plasma obtained from donors in Poland and we are currently focusing on local needs. Nevertheless, we have already taken steps to check the possibility of purchasing plasma from convalescents from other countries, including the US, from where we are already buying plasma for the production of our other plasma-derived drugs. In addition, depending on the production capacity, we are able to consider the production of entrusted plasma for the needs of countries that would like to use Biomed Lublin and its technology to receive anti-SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulins for the treatment of patients in their countries. Nevertheless, I emphasise that Poland is a priority now. We count on the support of the National Blood Centre and the Ministry of Health in accessing Polish plasma,” added Mr Piróg.


    Source and full story HERE

    Breaking News: Hereford’s First Hospital Admission Case of Coronavirus in Months

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    We have received unconfirmed reports today that Herefordshire’s Wye Valley Trust have admitted a patient who is positive with Coronavirus. This is the first hospital admission in months.

    #HerefordNews #HerefordVoice

    10pm curfew in England for all pubs, bars and restaurants from Thursday

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing MPs and the whole nation on further coronavirus restrictions for England has announced a 10pm curfew in England for all pubs, bars and restaurants from Thursday.


    🔹Office workers should work from home again where possible - although those in "key public services and in all professions" where this is not possible, such as construction and retail, should continue to go in. 

    🔹From Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must offer table service only and close at 10pm - but delivery services can remain open

    🔹The requirement to wear a face covering has been extended to staff in retail, people in taxis and everyone using hospitality services.

    🔹Fines for not wearing a face covering will now double to £200 for a first offence.

    🔹COVID-secure guidelines will become a legal obligation for retail, leisure and tourism firms, with those who do not comply running the risk of fines of £10,000 or closure.

    🔹Only 15 people can now attend weddings, but 30 can still go to a funeral

    🔹The "rule of six" has been extended to indoor sports teams, such as five-a-side football games

    🔹The phased reopening of stadiums for sporting events from 1 October has been scrapped



    New Cycle Lanes in Commercial Road Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Cycle lanes are currently being painted onto Commercial Road tonight in both directions as part of the temporary travel measures scheme. There will still be access for cars in both directions.




    #HerefordVoice #HerefordNews #Hereford


    Remembering 9/11

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We are thinking about our friends in the US on this remembrance day and all those innocent people who lost their lives on 11th September 2001.


    West Midland Safari Park announces historic birth of their first ever Indian rhino calf...

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Midland Safari Park are thrilled to announce the birth of their first Indian rhinoceros calf. Arriving on Tuesday 8th September at 2:29pm, the male calf, is the first Indian rhino to be born on site in the Park’s forty-seven-year history.Deputy Head Keeper of Ungulates, Shelley Tudor, said



    "We are absolutely delighted and have been waiting a long time for this moment. After holding this species of rhino for over ten years, this is our first calf to be born at the Park.”

    “We acquired Seto and Rap as youngsters and have been able to watch them grow and mature over time; which makes it even more momentous to see them produce their own calf. He is a very special addition to the Asian rhino House, and we look forward to watching him develop, and maybe go on to produce his own little rhinos in the future!"



    The rhino calf’s parents, eleven-year-old Seto and twelve-year-old Rap, can often be spotted by guests at the Asiatic section of the drive-through Safari, near to the state-of-the-art Indian rhino House built at the Park in 2009. Both Seto and her calf are bonding well together in a private area where keepers can observe them at a safe distance as they settle in.

    Also known as the Greater One Horned rhinoceros, Indian rhinos are placid animals who are often recognised for their armoured and prehistoric appearance. The new arrival is not currently available for viewing, but he will eventually join his family at the Wild Asia section of the reserve where guests will be able to spot him roaming the plains and having lots of fun, likely covered in mud!

    The Park is home to two types of rhinos – six Southern White rhinos and three Asian rhinos. Both species face threats in the wild such as poaching and habitat loss and are classed as ‘near threatened’ (white rhino) and ‘vulnerable’ (Asian rhino), by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

    The calf is currently un-named, but the Park can reveal it will begin with the letter ‘I’ mirroring the naming of all other animals born on-site in 2020. It’s clear to see already that he will have a lasting impact on West Midland Safari Park, in supporting their efforts in raising awareness of the vital preservation of this fantastic species.

    West Midland Safari Park is fully open, and the Indian rhino can be seen as part of the four-mile safari. Admission prices are £24.00 for adults, £20.00 for children aged 3-15 years and £22.00 for concessions. Children under the age of three are free. Admission includes a summer Free Return Visit. Rides for
    the Adventure Theme Park are charged extra.

    Further information about West Midland Safari Park is available from the Park’s
    website www.wmsp.co.uk or by telephone 01299 402114. Find out more on the Safari Park’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WestMidSafari.

    Forum and Theme Updates

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    You may have already noticed some changes on the site, I am in the process of some nice new updates and this also includes updating the themes used by the forum, so you are not imagining it 😀

    I hope to have it all complete within a week or so please bare with me and carry on using the site as normal.


    Students from Whitecross School to Self-Isolate Following Confirmed Case of Covid-19

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Students from Whitecross school have been sent home to self-isolate after positive case of Covid-19 confirmed. 

    As a result, 24 students have been told to self-isolate for 14days.

    Karen Wright, director of public health for Herefordshire, said: “I can confirm that a Year 7 pupil at Whitecross High School, Hereford has tested positive for Covid-19.

    "We would like to reassure parents and carers that we are working closely with the school and swift action has been taken to identify close contacts.

    “There are 24 pupils identified as close contacts and they have been sent home to self-isolate for 14 days.

    "All other pupils should continue to attend school as planned.

    “We have worked with all our schools who have put robust measures in place to minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading.

    "We understand parents will be concerned but we can expect to see more cases in schools and the process of testing and contact tracing is part of the ‘new normal’.

    #HerefordVoice #herefordshire #HerefordNews

    M5 between junctions 9-11 CLOSED due to serious multi-vehicle crash

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Traffic & Travel: The M5 in Gloucestershire will be closed until Monday after a serious multi-vehicle crash.


    The motorway is closed in both directions between Junctions 9 and 11 near Tewkesbury following a serious collision in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Highways England have now confirmed that the M5 will remain closed until Monday due to ‘extensive road surface damage’, meaning the road needs to be resurfaced.

    Motorists are advised to consider their journeys or find an alternative route.

    Motorists heading northbound are advised to follow solid triangle leave the M5 at junction 11 and take the A40 then take the A417 onto the M50 at junction 2. Continue on the M50 and re-join at junction 9.

    Motorists heading southbound are avoid to follow the solid circle ,leave M5 at junction 9 and take the A38 and then take the A40 and re-join the M5 at junction 11.

    Concerns about any business you visit not being COVID secure?

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    If you have have concerns about any business you visit not being COVID secure, you can let us know by emailing us news@herefordvoice.co.uk or leave a comment below.


    Maybe we can encourage Herefordshire Council to do the same by offering this service of being to report it.

    Failure to finish job off

    By megilleland,

    Somebody has cut the hedge on the highway verge in Muir Close and failed to clean up after them. This is the second time that the verge has been left untidy this year and will most probably result in me again having to tidy it all up and taking the waste to the local tip. The state of the kerbs with weeds growing out of them are a disgrace throughout the estate, but no one is really interested in keeping the environment clean. No doubt coronavirus will be the excuse for doing nothing this year, but its about time the council, Balfour Beatty and the Housing Associations sorted this matter out. I have been here 20 years and it is a perennial problem. The same goes for the trees in the area - getting too big and blocking light from people's gardens and houses.

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    Poll: Hereford Bull Statue

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    We have been running a competition for the past few weeks to come up with a suitable name for our famous Hereford Bull Statue in the city centre.


    (all unofficially of course, but if it's good enough maybe we can persuade the Council to make it official! Who knows)

    We have now drawn up a shortlist of names from all the entries and created a poll HERE 👉👉 https://hfd.news/ox8 👈👈

    Let's see which is the most popular winning entry! (Poll ends Saturday 12th)

    Remembering the Sun Valley Fire 27 Years ago

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    On This Day: 27 years ago today, the fire at the Sun Valley factory in Hereford on 6/9/93 was one of the biggest the city has ever seen.


    130 firefighters were at the scene, using 23 pumping appliances.

    Sadly two of those never made it out of the factory. 

    Work is now ongoing to remember Dave Morris and John Davies. RIP


    A faulty defrosting machine caused a fire that quickly spread to other contents the structure of the building. The premises covered approximately 2 hectares and was evacuated in under 2 minutes. Fire spread through the combustible core sandwich panels leading too large volumes of smoke delamination and internal structural collapse of panels. 2 fire-fighters became trapped in the collapsing building and died.

    📷 Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

    #HerefordVoice #HerefordNews #Herefordshire

    Lady Darnley Retires as Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Lieutenancy have reported that today marks the retirement of The Dowager Countess of Darnley from office after 12 years of representing Her Majesty The Queen as the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire. Due to the pandemic the planned farewell service was unable to take place so joined by immediate family and the Deputy Lieutenants that have served under Lady Darnley’s leadership, a small private farewell service took place at Hereford Cathedral.


    Lady Darnley became Lord-Lieutenant on 24th October 2008 and during office has been pivotal in understanding the needs of the county residents, businesses and voluntary organisations. Her dedication and support to the county and most importantly the people who live and work in Herefordshire has been second to none.

    On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, Lady Darnley has presented over 25 British Empire Medals, 16 Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service and 7 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. She has ensured a strong relationship with the local military and cadets and has welcomed 38 Royal Visits, one of which was to welcome The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to Hereford as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012.

    I’m sure you will all join us in thanking Lady Darnley for her dedication and service to the county and wish her a wonderful and well deserved retirement.

    Staff members along with one customer have tested positive for Coronavirus at a pub in Malvern.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    5 staff members at The Inn at Welland all worked together last weekend and are now self isolating for 14 days and also one customer. 


    A statement on the pubs website reads: 👇



    "5th September 2020

    Dear Friends of The Inn at Welland
    We are sad to report that 2 of our staff have tested positive for Covid.

    The staff work in a very small team of 5 and were on duty last weekend. They did not mix with other staff members. All of that team of 5 are now at home, self-isolating. We wish our staff members a speedy recovery.

    Our premises are deep cleaned every Monday and Tuesday and this was carried out as normal this week.

    We continuously work hard to ensure the highest standards of hygiene, with the most stringent of Covid measures in place, so it is hugely disappointing to us to have the 2 confirmed cases.

    We’ve quickly worked with Public Health teams in the County, who are supporting us and the staff and we are following their guidance at all times.

    It goes without saying, that the safety of our customers and our staff is of paramount importance to us, and we continue to operate with that at the centre of all we do.
    We remain open, with the support of Public Health and with all necessary safety measures in place, and we look forward to welcoming you.

    Thank you to all our customers for your continued support. 

    Kind Regards

    David & Gillian"



    Golden Valley Garage Nostalgia

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    This is a really lovely story that I have just read in the HT and thought I would add it to our forums for discussion.



    photo courtesy of HT


    A UNIQUE filling station in the Golden Valley which is believed to be one of the oldest in the country is to sell fuel once again following a refurbishment.

    Robert Wilding has been running West End Garage, in Vowchurch, since the 1990s when he took over from his dad, Hedley.
    The garage has been refuelling motorists since 1923 when Mr Wilding's grandfather, James Charles, was granted a licence to sell petrol.
    Widely believe to be one of the oldest filling stations in Britain, Mr Wilding is now taking steps to upgrade the tank so that he can continue his family's legacy.
    He said: "My grandfather started selling fuel in 1923. He died in 1948 and my father and uncle took over the business then. I have grown up here.
    "I am only using one petrol pump now and trying to keep the tradition up of selling petrol in the Golden Valley.
    "I haven't been selling since last June but have been helping people out with petrol should they get stuck. But I am going to start again in the next fortnight."
    There are two petrol pumps in the front garden, one a Wayne and the other an Avery.
    Large enamelled advertisement plates for Raleigh bicycles and one for Castrol can be seen on the front facade of the house, which dates from the early to mid twentieth century.
    Sales take place in the front room of the cottage which has a sales counter for sweets, newspapers and small motoring supplies.
    But the traditional appearance of the filling station won't change with the refurb and works are taking place to change the tank to a fiberglass liner with new plastic pipes.
    "If the work hadn't been carried out I would have had to have had it filled with concrete or had the tank taken out," Mr Wilding, 67, said.
    "So it was one or the other and I decided to carry on. I'm not going to make much money out of it but it's a traditional way of life."
    The pump will supply motorists with petrol but Mr Wilding is also able to help anyone who needs diesel.
    Speaking about why his grandfather decided to start the business, he added: "He just went into everything. He was a coffin maker, he did building work, he did cycle repairs. He had the first radio in the district, he was just a pioneer, he was a marvellous man that I never met."

    New booking system for Hereford & Leominster household recycling centres

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Pre-booked access onto sites will be required from Monday 14 September


    The pre-booked system will be introduced for Hereford and Leominster household recycling centres on Monday 14 September, with residents able to book their slots online from Friday 4 September. Residents who are unable to access the booking system online can call the customer services team at the council on 01432 260000 who will be able to book a slot for them.  

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a limited number of residents are allowed on site at any one time. This has caused traffic congestion around the Hereford site in Rotherwas and Bridge Street in Leominster. It is hoped that the booking system will prevent queues leading up to the sites.

    The household recycling centres are only open to Herefordshire residents, and appointments must be booked online in advance. Residents will be able to book up to four slots every two weeks and will receive a pass before visiting. An address and vehicle registration number will be needed to secure the booking.

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



    “It is essential that everyone books a slot before visiting one of our household recycling centres. The booking system has worked well at our other sites. By introducing the system for Hereford and Leominster, we hope to avoid the queues which have been building up outside the sites.

    “We continue to advise residents to take measures to avoid creating waste and manage it at home where possible. If you do need to visit, we ask that you observe social distancing rules at all times, come to the recycling centres alone where possible and wear gloves and suitable footwear. Most importantly, please act responsibly and respectfully towards other visitors and staff.”


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

    Book a visit on the Herefordshire Council website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/hrcbooking or call 01432 260000

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