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  1. The incident happened around 11.15pm last night (Friday 16 July) in High Street. A 29 year old man attended hospital for lacerations caused by a knife. A 26 year old man and a 23 year old woman have been arrested on suspicion of assault and are currently in police custody. Officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing for witnesses, in particular two people seen on CCTV in the area at the time. Detective Sergeant Jim Moore, from Hereford CID, said: “We believe we have identified two people we have on CCTV who may have witnessed the assault and would ask they get in contact with us.” Witnesses can contact Hereford CID on 01432 347399 or alternatively online under the Tell Us About section of West Mercia Police’s website (quote reference 00192_I_17072021). If you do not wish to speak to police direct you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  2. Cyclists on Footpaths! Should cyclists be allowed on footpaths? I ask the question because this morning I was walking along Belmont Avenue and a chap on a bike knocked into me from behind and almost knocked me to the floor as he came speeding past me on along the footpath on his bike. He turned around and shouted sorry pal but to be honest it not only startled me but I will probably have a bruise on my arm. I could have easily lost my balance and fallen into the road. I thought riding a bicycle on a footpath was illegal? I appreciate that some people do not like riding on the roads and most of the councils in the country are implementing cycle lanes where they can but if the roads are narrow in the first place it makes it very difficult. I always remeber growing up that the police would tell you to get off your bike and walk on footpaths but that does not appear to happen anymore. I have just seen this article on Sky news
  3. Eight men have received prison sentences for Courier Fraud offences they committed in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Sutton Coldfield in 2019. The group of offenders based in London targeted elderly and vulnerable members of the public pretending to be police officers, encouraging them to help an investigation by withdrawing money from the bank. Couriers would then be arranged, also pretending to be police officers, to attend the victims’ addresses and collect the money. Two were arrested following a high speed pursuit in Hereford in which they rammed police cars and other vehicles before they were detained. More than 200 victims were identified by police, with many more targeted by the and with over 1,000 unique and known landline numbers contacted. The benefit amount of the conspiracy, for money stolen or attempted to have been stolen was just under £200,000. Full details 👉 https://bit.ly/3442FQQ
  4. Police discovered around 160 cannabis plants with a street value of more than £130,000 at a property in Newent yesterday. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug and cultivating cannabis. The find was dismantled after it was made safe by electricians. Inspector Nick Cook said: “Drugs can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and often go hand in hand with other types of criminality. “We will continue to proactively target these operations and welcome any information you have about this kind of activity in the community. People coming and going at all times and properties with blacked out windows are just a couple of things to look out for. “If you believe drug activity is taking place you can report this to us on our website or through Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.” A man has been charged and is due to appear in court later this month. Anyone with additional information about this latest drugs incident can contact police through this website, quoting incident 346 of 9 November: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/a-crime-that-has-already-been-reported/. Alternatively, you can also call police on 101.
  5. On 18 September 2020 at Hereford Magistrates Court, Mrs Pearl Smith (51) of Oak Crescent, Clehonger pleaded guilty of failing to transfer her waste to an authorised person and secure the transfer with a written description of the waste. In the case taken by Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team, Mrs Smith received a fine of £320, victim surcharge of £32 and a contribution towards costs of £150. In this case, six household bags full of waste and a shopping trolley were found dumped in Newton brook which runs along Waterfield Road in Hereford in March 2019. Evidence found in the bags led officers to Ms Smith who failed to co-operate with the investigation and provide an account of how her waste became fly tipped. At the hearing, Smith accepted that she had failed to transfer the waste to an authorised person and had therefore failed in her Duty of Care.David Hough, Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager, said:
  6. Steven Tracy Lock, 53 of Moreton-on-Lugg, Herford appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Monday (28 September) for sentencing, after pleading guilty to four counts of burglary of a dwelling and one count of burglary of a non-dwelling. Steven Tracy Lock The offences took place across Herefordshire and Monmouthshire between September 2019 and April 2020. Detective Constable Laurence James, from Hereford proactive CID, said:
  7. *SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY* Police have been made aware of markings found by residents on their walls and driveways in Tarirngton. At present the police do not know what these markings are but they could possibly be linked to thefts of dogs which has been happening with their border forces. Please stay vigilant and report any markings or suspicious activity to 101. If you see any of these markings we suggest you clean it off and check your security at your properties. #HerefordVoice #Herefordshire #BeVigilant
  8. Last night, Tuesday 1 September, West Mercia Police’s Herefordshire Rural Crime Team, recovered a stolen mini digger in Clehonger. The mini digger was believed to have been taken from farm land in Ewyas Harold in the early hours of Sunday 30 August. Three arrests have been made relating to this incident and they remain in custody. Rural crime can have a huge impact on the communities, business and the individuals we serve and West Mercia Police is committed to tackling it.Herefordshire Rural and Business PC Sarah Smith said:
  9. This is disgusting and getting out of hand and another clear intent to harm cyclists riding along the trail as well as people and animals. Photographs taken at Little Drybook in the Forest of Dean. Police have asked the riders to call 101 if any further evidence of this is found or if anyone has information regarding who the culprit (s) are.
  10. West Mercia Police are asking people in the Eign Gate, Whitecross Road area of Hereford, to be vigilant after two reports of sexual assaults on Whitecross Road in the early hours of the morning. The first was on Sunday 26 July 2020 at 00:30 when a woman was walking home after a night out with friends. She was approached by a man offering her money before he attempted to assault her. She was able to run to a nearby house and raise the alarm. She described him as white, aged approx. 21 years old, possibly Eastern European, with dark hair and a slim build. He was wearing a hooded top. The second assault was on Monday 10 August, 2020 again at approximately 00:30. Another woman walking home after a night out was approached by a man who offered to walk her home and then is believed to have assaulted her. She described him as white with a skinny build and wearing a baseball cap.Det Insp Mark Peters said: Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference: 0040_i_100820. Or you can report it online via the West Mercia website. If a crime is in progress or someone is in danger always call 999. “If you don’t wish to speak to police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call and you could help prevent a crime and keep your community safe.”
  11. Antisocial Behaviour: This is the Spur Retail Park in Holmer Road Hereford this morning. This is the mess that is here virtually every morning from people’s behaviour from the night before. West Mercia Police / Hereford Cops should be handing out regular fines to each of these culprits. This is not something new either, this has been going on for a few years. This is quite frankly disgusting behaviour, why can’t people gather quietly and dispose of their litter properly? We even have wooden pallets being thrown around the car park now.. Please Note: After we took these photographs and video we collected all the litter and put it in the bin correctly and the pallets were also removed and put in a safe area. Herefordshire Council
  12. Over night on Thursday 16th July an Apollo twilight bike was stolen from the Mayberry Avenue area Hereford. If anyone has any information about this please contact South Wye Police (SNT) or call l01.
  13. A woman whose body was discovered in the Forest of Dean last Tuesday (12 May) has been named as Phoenix Netts, aged 28. Phoenix Netts A statement released on behalf of Phoenix’s family reads: Our thoughts are with Phoenix's family at this extremely difficult time. We've been working closely with detectives from West Midlands Police over the past week and they are now leading the murder investigation. Two people charged in connection with the investigation appeared at court this morning (19 May). Detectives from West Midlands Police have been working closely with colleagues at Gloucestershire Constabulary and are now leading the murder investigation. Exactly where Phoenix was killed is still unknown and officers continue to follow-up a number of enquiries in a bid to establish what happened. Our specialist family liaison officers are working with the 28-year-old’s family at this devastating time. Two people charged in connection with the murder appeared at Gloucester Crown Court this morning (19 May). Gareeca Conita Gordon, aged 27, from Salisbury Road, Birmingham was charged with the murder of a woman on or before 12 May 2020. Mahesh Sorathiya, aged 38, from Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton was charged with assisting an offender on or before the 12 May. Gordon was remanded into prison, while the court granted Sorathiya conditional bail, and both are next due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 4 August. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths from our homicide team said: Anyone with any information can contact Gloucestershire Police or call 101 anytime.
  14. A woman has been charged with murder in connection with the discovery of human remains in the Forest of Dean on the evening of Tuesday 12 May. Photo courtesy of Gloucestershire Live/BPM Media Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27 and of Salisbury Road, Birmingham has been charged with the murder of a woman on or before 12 May 2020. Mahesh Sorathiya, 38 and of Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton has been charged with assisting an offender on or before 12 May 2020. The pair have been refused bail and are due to appear before magistrates in Cheltenham via video link today, Saturday 16 May. Police are awaiting results of DNA tests to establish the identity of the victim.
  15. Gloucestershire Constabulary have confirmed human remains found off a road in the Forest of Dean were a woman. Earlier today officers were been granted a 36-hour magistrates' extension to continue questioning two people who were arrested on suspicion of murder. Overnight a 12-hour custody extension had been granted for both the woman aged in her 20s and from Birmingham and the man aged in his 30s and from Wolverhampton. The further 36-hour extension was granted at around midday today and means they can remain in custody for further questioning. Forensic testing is ongoing to establish the identity of the victim after human remains were found by police shortly after 11.30pm on Tuesday 12 May. Police granted more time to question suspects in murder investigation Gloucester Police gave the following update: Photograph: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock
  16. 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 Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, said:
  17. Police Seize £20k of Cannabis from Van in Hereford The Police Operations Patrol Unit said:
  18. Resident failed in their ‘duty of care’ when household waste was fly tipped A resident from Putson has been fined for illegally disposing of waste in a case taken to Hereford Magistrates’ Court by Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team. The individual was sentenced on Tuesday 17 September 2019 after pleading guilty to failing to secure the transfer of waste with a written description of the waste. They were sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £600 plus a £20 victim surcharge. The court heard that unwanted furniture was removed from the home address of the Putson resident by a waste collector. The individual failed to obtain a waste transfer note and check that a waste carrier’s licence was held. On 28 December 2018, the removed furniture was found fly tipped on the roadside embankment of the country lane which sits between the A49 and A465 in Hereford. A disgusted resident posted a photograph of the fly tipping on social media and an investigation by the council’s Community Protection Team led to the identification of the Putson resident who failed to provide a detailed account as to who had collected the furniture. Without information about the waste collector, there was not enough evidence to complete a full investigation. David Hough, Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service Manager said: Residents can call 01432 260051 to arrange a kerbside collection of bulky items from Herefordshire Council which costs £25 per three items (fridges or freezers cost £20 per item). Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team will investigate fly tipping which is reported by calling 01432 261761 or online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/flytipping
  19. Appeal for witnesses to armed robbery - Hereford We are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Hereford. The incident happened at around 10pm on Thursday, 29 August at the Tesco Express store on Holme Lacy Road. Two males wearing balaclavas are believed to have entered the store and threatened staff with a knife before making off with a quantity of cash and alcohol. Investigating officers have arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy in connection with this incident and have seized a knife. The two boys remain in police custody at this time while they assist officers with their enquiries. Officers have also retrieved what is believed to be the stolen cash and alcohol. Detective Sergeant Frank Real from West Mercia Police said: Anyone with any information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 787s of 29 August 2019. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
  20. We have noticed all this new graffiti locally, some will claim it is street art but the bottom line here is that this is plain criminal damage to someones property and this criminal damage costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds for the local council to clean it up. This has popped up at the Oval and along the Belmont Road over the past week.
  21. Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards carried out a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy operation A Hereford City shopkeeper has been fined for selling illegal tobacco in a case taken to court by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service. Adam Ibrahim, 26, of Bank Street Dudley, pleaded guilty yesterday (Monday 1 October 2018) at Hereford Magistrates’ Court to six offences of possession and sale of illegal tobacco, all of which was non UK duty-paid. The former owner of the Zabka shop at Eign Gate, Hereford, was fined and required to pay costs totalling £2472. Mr Ibrahim is the fourth consecutive owner of the Zabka shop in four years to be convicted of selling illegal tobacco. In January 2018, Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police undertook a joint raid as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy (MATES) operation. 1580 packets of illegal cigarettes and 132 pouches of illegal hand rolling tobacco were seized; products were found in sophisticated concealments hidden in the floor and in false backs to large fridges. Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory & Development Management Services, said: Sergeant Duncan Reynolds from West Mercia Police said: There is further information about Herefordshire Trading Standards on the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/trading-standards
  22. BBC Crimewatch tonight at 9pm. The senior investigating officer (SIO) of the investigation, DCI Leighton Harding, said: We are offering this reward to encourage people to come forward with information to help us identify those responsible for Christians death. We firmly believe that someone has information which could lead us to those responsible for Christian's death but has not yet come forward. My appeal to them is to think about the impact Christians murder has had on his family, in particular his young daughter who faces a life without her father, and to do the right thing by contacting us. If you have any information it is imperative you come forward to police and allow Christians family the justice they deserve. #speakupforchristian
  23. I have just been alerted to this Facebook Topic, it names Conservative Cllr. David Greenhow as the suspect in this bizarre act of animal cruelty, which now appears to possibly be a criminal investigation, see what you think:
  24. By reporting a scam, you may prevent others from being scammed Scammers are targeting Herefordshire households by telephone, pretending that residents are due a refund on their Council Tax and asking for bank and card details. Herefordshire Council will always write to customers to advise them of any refund and would never ask for bank or card details over the phone. Fraudsters often use the phone to cold call their way into your home. They trick you by pretending to be from a trusted source, such as the council, your bank, the police, a utility provider or a computer company. Their aim is to get hold of your personal or financial information like bank details and passwords. Scammers can be very persuasive and relentless - if they can get access to your bank cards, or persuade you to transfer money into bank accounts they control, then most of their work is done. The good news is that it’s easy to protect yourself: If you receive an unsolicited call from a company you don’t recognise, hang up Never give out personal or bank details over the telephone Don’t feel pressured to make a decision over the telephone Consider a call blocking device to filter out unwanted calls If you think you have been targeted by a scammer, call Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06. Citizens Advice will give you advice on what to do next, and report the scam to Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards team for investigation.
  25. With all the news at the moment highlighting knife crime and shootings how does it come to this? My theory is that organised high level crime is where it starts well before it gets to the kids on the street. I believe it is linked to illegal immigration. Imagine you want to get into the UK - unless you are a good swimmer or forger of documents you will be tempted to use a trafficking group who for thousands of pounds will get you across the channel. Arriving and secreted somewhere in the UK your traffickers know your illegal and say to you that in order to earn money to survive and pay them back for their services you carry drugs for them. Seems a good idea until you stray into someone else's patch. The health and safety advice is you need to protect yourself and the recommended form of defence is a knife. You are now have an established source of income and you like to spread the message so everyone can be enticed into have a piece of the cake. By getting children on board and setting up the county lines of distribution is when trouble at the local end begins. Kids involved talking to their friends on how easy it is to get a nice handout for introducing substances to the playground result in arguments and jealously. Jimmy Smith appears to be doing very well at the tuck shop and using a brand new smart phone in the playground. Soon our illegal immigrant is a human resources manager creating his own little empire. Arguments years ago at school revolved around bullying with name calling and the rare fisty cuffs when the gathered spectators would call out "fight fight", until a teacher appeared to bring the situation under control and the offenders marched off to the head teacher for a good flogging. Nowadays matters are sorted out after school hours on the street corner or in the local park with devastating consequences. No policemen to investigate who is involved, no community policemen looking after their patch, no Neighbourhood Watch operating - you are better off asking the local postman what is going on. Everyone is now on their own including the general public. All this can be reduced with proper border controls and we don't want the military helping out or it is going to be machine guns all round. The real problem is we have no idea who is actually here in the UK.
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