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  1. Young drivers, and their passengers, are being encouraged to remain safe on Herefordshire roads through an initiative that is targeting students in their final year of secondary school. Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service working in partnership with Hereford Police, Safer Road Partnerships, Herefordshire Council Road Safety Team and the ELY Memorial Fund charity held simulated crash scenarios at Leominster Police station last week to enable Year 11 students to witness the emergency services demonstrate ‘What’s Behind the Siren’ when fire, police and ambulance services attend road traffic collisions. An 18 minute extraction to remove casualties from a car demonstrates to young people the equipment, expertise, compassion and determination to remove casualties as quickly as possible within what is known as the ‘Golden Hour’ to the appropriate A&E trauma unit . Councillors Kath Hey, Ange Tyler (ELY Memorial Fund), John Hardwick, Felicity Norman and Pauline Crockett pictured at the Dying 2 Drive event for young drivers. Students also participate in workshops about the ‘Fatal Four’: distraction; the importance of wearing a seat belt; appropriate speed within different environments and the impact of drugs and alcohol on driving. The workshops are followed by the heart-breaking accounts by mothers who have lost their children on the road. Coun Ange Tyler speaks of losing her only daughter Emma Louise Young in a car accident in September 2010, recalling the initial 48 hours after the knock at the door from the police informing her that Emma had been killed. Diana Wood also speaks of her journey losing her son Tom in June 2015, explaining to students that her son was speeding and tragically died at the scene of the accident. Coun. Tyler, who established the ELY Memorial Fund, said: ‘After two hours students will have witnessed and learnt about the ‘Fatal Four’ that could end in the loss of life, either as a passenger or driver, in a motor vehicle. The message to the young students from all partners involved with Dying 2 Drive, is to be our future drivers who will make the right choices to remain safe on our roads, as well as enjoying the best experiences of driving.’
  2. Three men have been sentenced at Worcester Crown Court for a total of more than 16 years in prison for drugs offences. Pictured left to right - Keith Hill 47 | Lewis Plant 22 | Bradley Reader 20 Keith Hill, aged 47, of Ridgemoor Road, Leominster, was stopped by officers on June 30, 2020, while driving a van in Leominster. A quantity of heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine was found hidden under a seat. A search of his home was later carried out and officers seized a torch which was a fully working stun gun. Keith Hill was bailed for further enquiries. While officers investigated Hill’s offences they discovered he was involved in transporting Class A drugs from Liverpool into Herefordshire. He then used others to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the county. On 12 March 2021, officers carried out four simultaneous search warrants in Leominster and Kington as part of the investigation. In total officers recovered just under 1kg of Class A Drugs which had a potential street value of approximately £100,000. Equipment used to compress the drugs was also found at one of the properties as well as £7,000 in cash. Lewis Plant, aged 22 of Hawkins Court, Hereford and Bradley Reader, aged 20 of Tan Y Bryn, Holyhead, were both distributing Class A drugs in Leominster and Hereford and were arrested as part of the operation. Keith Hill was also further arrested at that time. Hill was sentenced on Thursday 5 August to 12 years - reduced to 9 years for an early guilty plea - for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of criminal property. Plant was sentenced to 6 years - reduced to 4 years 10 months for an early guilty plea - for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Reader was sentenced to 3 years - reduced to 2 years 3 months for an early guilty plea - for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Detective Inspector Matt Cartwright said: “Following the initial arrest of Keith Hill we were able to identify that he was distributing drugs throughout Herefordshire. “I welcome the sentences handed down to these three men. It demonstrates that we will not tolerate any form of drug dealing and those caught should expect a severe prison sentence. “Tackling drugs and organised crime is a force priority and we will continue to pursue those involved. Our teams have worked tirelessly to uncover this county line and the criminality within it. We continue to work closely with our communities who share vital intelligence with us so that we can help protect people from harm. “I urge anyone who is concerned that drug dealing is happening in their street or town to please contact us, or alternatively Crimestoppers – an independent charity – and we will investigate.” West Mercia Police’s Protect campaign aims to tackle serious and organised crime together and is underpinned by a four P principle – Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare. If you have information but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It is 100% anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or I.P address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111.
  3. Herefordshire Council would like to apologise to parents for the short notice of the public meeting regarding the Westfield Sixth Form consultation. This was an administrative error and we would like to reassure parents that the consultation runs until Tuesday 20 July, so there is time to provide feedback. We will host another public meeting on Friday 16 July at 3pm. Details of how to join the virtual meeting and the online consultation can be found on our website Herefordshire Council is consulting about the future of Westfield School Sixth Form in Leominster, which provides high quality education for the young people between the age of 16 and 19 with severe, complex, multiple and profound learning difficulties. In recent years, the school has had approximately 12 pupils within its sixth form phase across the three year groups (Year 12, 13 and 14). Herefordshire Council proposes to commission all sixth form places for young people with severe, complex, multiple and profound learning difficulties at a new specialist sixth form college in Hereford City, called the Beacon College. The opportunity to build the new college arose in 2017, when we successfully bid to the Department for Education for the funding. The Beacon College opens in September 2021, and will be run by the Accordia Academies Trust (formerly Barrs Court Trust). It is anticipated that within three years of opening, Beacon College will offer sixth form education to approximately 60 students with specialist needs. The new college has been built to be able to provide sufficient places for all young people in Herefordshire requiring a specialist sixth form place, including those few pupils who may wish to attend from neighbouring counties. You can find more information and complete the consultation questionnaire on our website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/consultations
  4. Regular rapid lateral flow tests for people without covid symptoms can help prevent outbreaks by helping detect positive cases that would not otherwise be found. In Leominster, the testing site at the Old Priory will close from Wednesday 19 May, with rapid lateral flow tests instead being offered at the following pharmacies: Westfield Walk Pharmacy, Westfield Walk WS&B Rees Pharmacy, Morris Mews, 20 High St There are also four local pharmacies that where home test kits are available for residents to collect: Leominster Pharmacy, 21-23 West Street Boots, 18 Corn Square, Westfield Walk Pharmacy, Westfield Walk W S & B Rees Chemists, 20 High Street You must be aged 18 and over to collect the kits, however kits can be used by any age group; See the Herefordshire Council Website for details of other testing sites across Herefordshire.
  5. Last night a crew from Leominster Fire Station along with a fire crew from Kingsland fire station attended a front loader well alight in a field. 2 hose reels, breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera were used to extinguish the fire swiftly. 📷 HWFRS
  6. Yesterday they helped rescue a cat from the river and today they’ve been out with their colleagues from Bromyard Fire Station helping get a horse out of a ditch he’d fallen into this morning. 32 yr old Shirenski found himself in an awkward position and was unable to get up. Great teamwork from the crews, his owners, neighbours and the vet...resulted in Shirenski getting back on to his feet after a few hours. Another wonderful rescue story from professional and dedicated firefighters who do a lot more work besides tackling fires 📷 HWFRS Leominster #herefordvoice #herefordshirenews #herefordshire
  7. A cat had got himself into a tricky situation yesterday morning...stuck in a precarious position by the fast flowing river right outside the fire station in Leominster. Together with additional assistance with their colleagues from Tenbury and Hereford fire stations attempts were made to rescue him and after a brief dip in the river, the cat managed to self rescue further down stream. A wonderful rescue story from professional and dedicated firefighters who do a lot more work besides tackling fires. 📷 HW Fire & Rescue Service Leominster #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire
  8. 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. #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire
  9. Joe William Stafford pleaded guilty to being over the legal limit with 89 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit is 35) when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford this week. Police were called after receiving reports that a motorist had driven the wrong way along a one-way street and had crashed into the Central Bakery in Leominster before fleeing the scene back in November which we reported here. We have been advised that Mr Stafford had sent the bakery and a letter of apology along with a cheque for £500. Magistrates in Hereford disqualified Stafford from driving for 18 months and fined him £326 with costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge which he must pay. Hannah Lewis who is a director of the bakery has been in touch with us and she has informed us that the police have not been in touch to inform her of the court case and merely took a statement over the phone. A police officer arrived the following day (5th of November) asking her to sign her statement but she is very disappointed not to have heard back from the police since. Hannah also told us that she had received a letter from Mr Stafford along with a cheque for £500 and has repeatedly asked for advice from the police about this but is very disappointed that she has yet not received a single reply.
  10. The vehicle crashed into the main entrance. Other vehicles in the area also suffered damage. Early reports indicate that the driver failed to stop. In a message on their FB page Central Bakery wrote In light of this challenge to their business in these extraordinary times, it is wonderful to hear such a 'positive' response from the bakery. Well done to their team and we wish you good luck in the future. #herefordvoice #positiveleominster #herefordshire
  11. Herefordshire is one of the first area's outside of hospitals to offer the vaccine as part of the national roll out. Bridge Street Sports Centre in Leominster will initially receive 975 doses next Monday with the elderly and vulnerable being vaccinated first. Those people will be invited to attend for their inoculation either by letter or text message. Once people have had their first vaccination, they will make an appointment to return for their second dose around 3 weeks later.
  12. Better access to covid testing in north Herefordshire A mobile Covid-19 testing centre for north Herefordshire is now operating on the Broad Street Car Park in Leominster. This is the second mobile testing centre to be set up in county within the past three weeks – taking the total number of sites countywide to three. The other two sites are in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. This latest unit makes it more convenient for residents from north Herefordshire to get a covid test close to home. The unit opened today (Nov 13) and will offer tests from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day and will be in place for the foreseeable future. It is being provided for Herefordshire Council by the regional NHS test and trace team. Herefordshire Council’s Director of Public Health Karen Wright said: “It has always been our aim to set up more testing sites in Herefordshire to make it easier for our residents to get tested close to home. Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, persistent cough, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – should immediately book a test by ringing NHS 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. They should self-isolate (not leave their home) while waiting for their test and until they have the result. Anyone who cannot get to a test centre can order a home test kit. Hands, Face, Space. We would like to remind people to wash their hands regularly, use a face covering (when visiting enclosed spaces like shops and businesses) and keep their distance (at least 2 metres) to help protect themselves and others.
  13. Emergency services attended this incident overnight on Dinmore Hill, Leominster. Driver had left the scene before police and crews from Leominster fire station had arrived.
  14. An ambulance has caught fire on Dinmore Hill this afternoon badly damaging the front cab. There were no patients on board at the time and two crew members managed to remove vital equipment from the back of the ambulance before fire crews arrived. Photos courtesy of Angel Carpenter
  15. Crews from Leominster Fire Station attended this RTC involving a single small vehicle, near Bush Bank. On arrival, passers by had already assisted casualty from vehicle, initial casualty care was provided by the crew and then casualty left with West Midlands Ambulance Service. The vehicle was made safe by the fire crews.
  16. 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: 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
  17. A car crashed into the the end of a terraced house in New St Leominster just after 9pm last night. A very lucky escape for the family, a woman and two children who were in the property at the time but fortunately they were upstairs at the time of the incident and escaped unharmed. Leominster fire crews were quickly on the scene and the isolated electric and gas supply to make property safe while carrying out a structural assessment. Photo - HW Fire Leominster Leominster Crash Video.mp4 Video: Sunshine Radio
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