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  1. West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault which occurred at on Commercial Road in Hereford in the early hours of Sunday 20 September. At approximately 3.30am the victim, a man in his twenties, was outside the Kings Fee and BBQ and Brews pubs, when he was assaulted by four or five men. He was thrown to the floor and kicked in the face. As a result he lost four teeth. One of the offenders was described as a white man of medium build, approximately 5"9, wearing a medium jumper. The victim was unable to get a detailed description of the other offenders but saw that they were white men. Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact police by calling 101 and quoting incident number 460 of 21st September. Alternatively contact the independent charity crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting the website
  2. Employee irregularities .... Review underway ....
  3. Closed this morning at Hunderton Bridge - police in attendance
  4. Facebook Nothing 'Official' out there yet but might appear in due course. But this appeal is obviously genuine ...
  5. Herefordshire Council News 14 November 2014 Bogus caller alert We have received an alert from a member of the public who was contacted by a man ringing from a call centre. He claimed to be ringing on behalf of Herefordshire Council and asked the resident for personal information relating to income and financial status. Please be aware that this is a scam so if you receive such a call, please do not get drawn into providing any information - just put the phone down. The police have been informed.
  6. By Bill Gardner, and Nicola Harley 6:30PM BST 13 Aug 2014 A retired company director who was “devoted†to his terminally-ill wife shot her dead and killed himself after battling to stop a gypsy camp being built next to their picturesque home. John Knott, 71, is believed to have used his own shotgun to kill Anne Knott, 70, who had Alzheimers, when the stress of caring for his wife while fighting the travellers' plans became "just too much for him". After family members raised the alarm at 10:20am on Monday, police entered the house to find the bodies of the couple lying alongside the weapon, each with a single gunshot wound. Mr Knott had spent recent months struggling to stop plans to allow the travellers to move permanently onto a field next to the £500,000 cottage near Bosbury, Herefordshire, that he shared with his wife. The camp was initially granted permission for two families, but a fresh application was made two months ago to allow a further eight more families to move onto the field. The couple’s next door neighbour, who helped Mr Knott draft objections to the plans, said the stress of caring for his sick wife while struggling against the plans may have caused him to "snap". She said: “It was terrible. John spent every single day trying to think of ways to stop this happening, and it caused him a lot of stress. It was all he thought about. “It was a huge source of trouble for him, and Anne hated the idea too, although she was very ill. “He found it very difficult to accept, and he couldn’t get his head around why the council would even consider allowing this to happen. “It got worse and worse, and he was getting more and more agitated. With all that was going on at home with Anne, it all got too much for him.†Neighbours yesterday expressed their shock at the deaths and described the couple, who organised and took part in village fundraising events, as "pillars of the community." One woman, who said she had been in contact with the couple every day in the weeks before their deaths, said: “They were absolutely lovely. They were sweet, devoted to each other, and very much in love. It’s an absolute tragedy. “He was lovely, a very clever guy. He was still full of beans and had so much to give. I knew he was very stressed about the travellers, but I could never have believed that this would happen.†Mr Knott and his wife paid nearly £500,000 for their Bosbury home in 2006, after he retired from his role as managing director of Birmingham-based Ashford Construction Plc. However, another of the couple's neighbours said they had recently been informed that £100,000 would be wiped off the value of the cottage if the gypsies were allowed to move in next door. The neighbour said: “He and Anne loved that house, and they had worked their whole lives for it, so he couldn't bear to see it ruined. “It was terrible for him. He spent every day battling this application, and he thought he was getting nowhere. “He was very upset about the whole thing. He never stopped talking about it. It all just built up and up.†The original plans were to allow the travellers to camp in the front part of a field next to the couple’s cottage, nearer a main road. But Mr Knott told neighbours that at a recent planning meeting, one councillor had suggested the camp be moved away from the road and nearer the cottage, so people did not have to see the caravans as they were driving into the village. Six weeks before the couple's deaths, Mr Knott wrote a letter to the planning inspector at Herefordshire Council begging them not to allow the larger camp to go ahead. He wrote: "There are at least eight settled (gypsy) families within a one mile radius of the proposed site. The area cannot sustain any more." West Mercia Police are treating the deaths as a possible murder-suicide and are not looking for anyone else involved in the incident. A spokeswoman said: "Police attended an address at Bosbury, Herefordshire at 10.20am on Monday following the concerns of the occupants family. "Police unfortunately found both elderly occupants, a man and a woman, at the property deceased. There is an ongoing investigation as to the cause of their deaths." The Telegraph
  7. Police appeal following assault in Hereford12:56pm Tuesday 8th July 2014 in News POLICE investigating a serious assault in Hereford want to speak to a group of teenagers who may be able to help them with their enquiries. A 27-year-old man needed surgery after his jaw was broken in two places after being punched near the Lichfield Vaults pub in Church Street. The assault happened after he earlier refused to buy the group of six alcohol. The teenagers are described as being aged 16 or 17 and wearing jeans and trainers. Anyone with information about the assault that happened at 12.30am on Saturday, June 14 can call police on 101, quoting incident number 425-s-150614. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Hereford Times
  8. I noticed the Police had cordoned off all of the entrances to the subway between Victoria Street and Eign Gate Hereford and also the pavement outside of the Cashino in Eign Gate. So I went along and chatted to one of the Police officers and took these photographs, he clearly could not comment but it was obvious that a serious incident had happened in Eign Gate and forensics (SOCO) where examining for evidence in the underpass. (Rumour) While taking these photographs a member of the public came up and asked the police officer if they had found the gun, the police officer said he could not comment obviously, this lad then went on to say that it was his mother that was attacked and robbed by foreigners... I am hearing rumours that is was actually the Casino that was robbed but I will update you as soon as I receive the official police press release. UPDATE A 26 year old man named as Ionut Juganaru (which sounds Romanian to me)from Ryelands Street Hereford will appear at Hereford Magistrates Court this morning charged with possessing an imitation gun and or air weapon. The raid happened at Cashino Gaming in the Eign Gate area of the city at about 06:00 GMT on Saturday. Staff were threatened into handing a robber cash, which has since been recovered, West Mercia Police said.
  9. West Mercia Police Both suspects spoke with Eastern European accents which is highly relevant as it rules out anyone who speaks with a local accent. The Hereford Times has got straight onto this press release and has produced it's own story which has edited out the reference to Eastern European accents: Hereford Times
  10. I work on the first floor of an office in Bridge Street. Heard a large crash at 4pm today and looked out of my office window. A guy had run over the brand new road sign at the top of Bridge Street. How could he possibly do that? Well, he pulled up right outside Bill Jackson estate agents, got out of his car and it was quite apparent he was drunk as he was struggling to stand. He staggered across the car to the sign and picked up the items which had fallen off his car from the crash. Quite a few people came out of the offices near the top of Bridge Street, but even though it was OBVIOUS he was drunk, nobody stopped him pulling off and driving down St Nicholas Street! Obviously I reported it to the police straight away, so I hope they caught him before he had another crash or hit any pedestrians! My colleague took a photo of the car and emailed to West Mercia police. I hope the police van I heard coming past a few minutes later went straight to his home address and arrested him!
  11. Hereford Man Jailed For Life For Stabbing Friend To Death Stacy Hales A man from Hereford has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his friend in the city in August last year. At Worcester Crown Court today, Stacy Hales, aged 36 (DoB 03/10/1977), of Belmont Road, Hereford, was found guilty of murdering Steven Paynter, aged 46. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 22 years in prison. Following a two-week trial, a jury unanimously found Hales was responsible for stabbing Mr Paynter, known to friends as Taffy, during a fight at his home in Rylands Street. Also sentenced today were Stephen Munn, aged 21 (DoB 04/12/1992), of Golden Post, Hereford, and Mark Edwards, aged 22 (DoB 13/10/1990), of Prior Street, Hereford. Murder victim Steven Paynter They received 30 months each after pleading guilty to the offence of violent disorder at the start of the trial. Hales stood trial with his girlfriend - Kim Horry, aged 20 (DoB 03/08/1993) of Copse Cross Street, Ross-on-Wye – who was charged with assisting an offender, but she was found not guilty. Mark Edwards The jury heard how on the afternoon of 3 August Hales, Munn and Edwards went to Mr Paynter’s flat in Ryelands Street to demand he pay back £40 he owed Hales for bike parts he had sold to him. Hales, who is known as Buzz, took exception that his friend was having a relationship with Joanne Fryer because she had previously been in a relationship with him. A witness (who cannot be named for legal reasons) stated that Hales had become violent as soon as he arrived at the flat and assaulted and strangled Mr Paynter, who armed himself with a knife. Munn and Edwards remained outside the flat and when the witness attempted to leave they blocked the way. Stephen Munn Meanwhile, the fight between Hales and Paynter continued and ended when Hales stabbed him in the neck with a large kitchen knife, which was found afterwards by police in a communal shower room next to the flat. It was favoured by forensic officers and a pathologist that this had been the murder weapon. Hales, Munn and Edwards made off from the flat while Mr Paynter collapsed in the vestibule outside his door and died through loss of blood. Other residents in the multi-occupancy property raised the alarm and called the emergency services. Meanwhile, Hales, along with Munn and Edwards, fled to his home address on Belmont Road where he cleaned himself and got first aid for a cut to his arm. Once the emergency services had attended, Hales was quickly identified by witnesses as Mr Paynter’s attacker and he was arrested by police within a few hours. Detective Inspector Dave Williams, who led the investigation, said: “In court, Hales claimed he did not see a knife and only saw ‘a flash’. He denied ever handling a knife during the struggle and could not account for how Mr Paynter suffered the fatal injury. “However, we are convinced Hales went to that flat with the intention of doing serious harm to Mr Paynter: he had made threats about this earlier in the day, he took along two henchmen – Munn and Edwards – and deliberately wore steel toe-capped boots in anticipation of violence. “I find it very sad that Hales’ moment of madness over relatively trivial matters has led to Steven Paynter’s murder and he has been cruelly taken away from his family, including his two children. Our thoughts are with them at this very distressing time. “At the time, his death also caused great concern to those living in and around Rylands Street and the wider Hereford community and I hope I can reassure them that this was an isolated incident that stemmed from a dispute between parties known to each other. “I would like to thank all those who assisted with the investigation in a variety of ways and thank those who were inconvenienced by the investigation particularly those affected by the closure of Rylands Street for some days due to essential forensic examination.” Following today’s sentencing, Steven Paynter’s family released a statement: “As a family we are delighted that justice has been seen to be done today, however nothing is going to bring Steven back to us. “What happened is a tragic waste of a human life and Steven leaves behind two children, family and friends. “Steven’s death has come as a shock and has devastated his family and friends: this is something we will never recover from. “We are grateful to the police for their work and the support they have given us.” Camella Webley, the mother of Steven’s 12-year-old son Ben, added: “Ben misses his father terribly following his tragic death. “Ben was very close to him: he would often spend weekends with him and do many activities together. Sadly his father has been taken from him far too early.” Issued: Friday 21 March 2014 - Source West Mercia Police
  12. From Hereford Times website: Came back from the city centre last night at 10.15pm and the police were still there. The road is very busy at this junction and with McDonalds on the opposite side of the road to the estate lots of youngsters cross this road daily and risk their lives even though there is a light controlled crossing at the Oval further up Belmont Road. Hope the girl recovers from her injury.
  13. Police at Hereford investigating a robbery of cash from a woman on Wednesday 15 January have issued an image of a man they want to talk to. The woman was robbed in an alleyway by the Wye Inn pub in Holme Lacey Road. Hereford at approximately 12.45pm. A man approached the 20 year old woman and asked for a cigarette. As the victim got a cigarette for him he grabbed a freezer bag from her pocket which contained cash. When the woman tried to grab the cash back the man struck her. He then ran off along the footpath into FC Morgan Close. The man police want to talk to in connection with the robbery is described as a white man, aged between 40 and 45 with a dark moustache. Detective Sergeant Tim Powell of Hereford CID said. “Fortunately this woman had no serious injuries. We need to trace this man as soon as possible. There are a number of industrial units on the nearby retail park and this man could have come from there. If you have any information on the identity of this man or if you think you saw him please contact officers at Hereford by dialling 101. All calls will be treated in confidence”. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can also ring independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Full Details Here
  14. E-fit Released In Attempted Robbery Investigation - Hereford Do you recognise this woman? Police investigating an attempted robbery in Hereford have released an e-fit in a bid to identify a woman who tried to rob a mother as she pushed her child along in a pram. Previous witness appeals have been issued about the incident, which happened on a footpath that runs between Abbotsmead Road and Northolme Road, at around 3.30pm on Wednesday, 20 November. The victim was walking on the path and pushing the pram while talking on her mobile phone when she was approached from behind by the woman. The woman tried to grab the phone from the victim’s hand before she shouted abuse at her and demanding money. The victim attempted to walk away from the woman, who tried to grab her handbag from the back of the pushchair while hitting out at her and scratching her face. The victim called for help at which point, the woman left the scene empty-handed. The same woman is though to have been involved in two other incidents that occurred on the same day: At around 2.35pm, a woman boarded a bus from Bewell Street to Belmont. She got off the bus at Northolme Road and followed a girl in her late teens a short distance before pushing her into the road. The girl asked her why she had done this but she did not reply and left the area. At 3.10pm - shortly before the attempted robbery took place – a woman visited an address on Flaxley Drive. The householder opened the door and the woman began to shout abuse at her. The householder - who does not know the woman - told her to leave. Shortly afterwards, she was seen walking in front of traffic on Abbotsmead Road. Detective Constable Charlie Wells is investigating the incident. She said: “I would like to thank all those who came forward with information when we first released appeals about this woman. We are very grateful to have received such a great response and we are asking the public to help us again. “If anyone recognises the woman in the e-fit, please contact the police. She is described as white, between 5ft and 5ft 6ins tall, of a medium build and aged between 20 and 27. She had shoulder-length, curly hair with blonde highlights, blue eyes and a pointy nose.” Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Wells via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote the reference number 428S 20/11/13. Alternatively, people can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Full Details Here
  15. There are police on the bridge tonight as apparently two people have fallen into the river near to Asda. I will update when I have more information.
  16. The police have put up a cordon in Eign Road outside the Brewers Arms. West Mercia Police release this statement OPERATION TRILBY– Community Update from Superintendent Ivan Powell I am the policing commander for Herefordshire and think it is vitally important that I communicate clearly with local residents following a serious incident that took place in the early hours of this morning, Sunday the 24th of November 2013. Operation Trilby is the operational name allocated by police into the investigation of a stabbing incident. The way in which events unfolded is as follows: At approximately 04:40am on the 24th of November 2013, police received a telephone call from the ambulance service telling us they were responding to a report of a man who had been stabbed in the Brewers Arms Public house in Hereford. A significant number of police resources were deployed to several locations in relation to this incident. These resources included firearms officers, plain clothes and uniform response officers. Other specialist officers are also involved. At around 4.54 am, only 14 minutes after the call, two persons were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder by taser equipped officers. Both remain in police custody at this time. This was an extremely fast moving investigation that required the deployment a significant number of police resources. I would like to re-iterate some key messages: Within 15 minutes of the call being made, two persons were under arrest and there is no longer any threat to the community. The victim and suspect are believed to be known to each other and there is no evidence to suggest that any other member of the public is at risk of harm. We have significant policing resources committed to the investigative interviewing, forensic investigation, crime scene searches and house to house enquiries. I would also like to thank the local community in Hereford for their understanding and support during this police operation. Whilst the identity of the injured male is known to some members of the community, his identity will be confirmed in due course. At this time, his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time, but please be reassured we continue to provide them with personal support. It is important for me to acknowledge that this is a serious incident, but please be reassured this type of event is very rare, and there is no longer a threat to the community of Herefordshire. Members of the public who believe that they have information that may be relevant to the police investigation are to contact West Mercia Police on 101 and ask for officers at Hereford, or please approach any of my staff who will be patrolling your areas whilst they conduct house to house enquiries over the next few days. Superintendent Ivan POWELL- Herefordshire Policing Area. Full Official West Mercia Police Statement Op Trilby Community impact statement _1HMp-2.pdf
  17. Hi Just wondering if anyone knows if there is CCTV at the junction from Edgar street where you join the roundabout ? My husband was hit side on as he was going around the roundabout by a car trying to get onto the roundabout from Edgar street. The other drivers ins. co. are trying to go for 50/50 blame which mystifies us. Would be really helpful to be able to get some cctv . regards
  18. There is a crash on Roman Road today so traffic is really bad. Roman Road is closed near Bobblestock following a collision this morning between a car and a bus. Picture from HT
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