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Issue No. 161 - Wednesday, 22nd August 2007
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Page 1 [Moped Rider dies at Wilton - Macmillan Success - Flood work to begin - John catches record carp on the Wye]
Page 2 [Saturday evening fun at the Con Club - Collecting AS and A-Level Results]
Page 3 [Jane and Paul - Will Killeen at the Hope - Vintage Club Ralley - Bees and Honey - Basement Youth Trust]

Page 4

[What we do in our time off from Wyenot News - What's Happening in Ross this week]
Page 5 [Wild Play comes to Ross-on-Wye - Nature Watch]
Page 6 [Pole Dancing at the White Lion - Rugby - Ross in Bloom results]
Page 7 [The vital statistics of those who advertise on Wyenot - Weather Station]
Page 8 [Herefordshire County News]

A 16 year old moped rider died on the A40 near the Wilton Roundabout, Ross-on-Wye at around 9:50 on the evening of Monday, 20th August and police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred on the northbound side of the carriageway.

The collision involved a blue Mitsubishi Colt, a blue, Keen Bad Boy CX moped and a white Citroen Saxo. All three vehicles suffered damage, with the Mitsubishi and the moped heavily damaged.

A blue Vauxhall Astra was also travelling along the same stretch of the A40 at the time but was not directly involved in the collision and was undamaged. The 16 year old moped rider suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene, although there were no other injuries.

The A40 was closed between Wilton and Whitchurch while emergency services attended and collision investigators conducted an examination of the scene and vehicles. The road was not fully reopened until around 7.15 the following morning.

The Herefordshire Coroner has been informed of the death but no further details of the deceased are being released until a formal identification of the body has taken place.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles as they travelled along the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye that evening. They are asked to contact PC Richard Pearce of the Hereford Roads Policing Team on 08457 444888.

Two men were arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Both men; one a 20 year old and the other, a 23 year old have been released on bail while enquiries continue.

Update 13:30 Wednesday - Appeals continue following A40 road death

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to a road traffic collision on the A40 at Ross-on-Wye and have named the 16-year-old boy who died.

Dean Fulford from Ross-on-Wye suffered multiple injuries when his moped was involved in the collision and died at the scene. The incident happened on the northbound side of the carriageway, close to the Wilton roundabout, at around 9.50pm on Monday, 20th August. The blue Keen Bad Boy CX moped the teenager was riding was in collision with a blue Mitsubishi Colt and a white Citroen Saxo.

The Herefordshire Coroner has been informed of the death and formal identification has now taken place. A post mortem by a Home Office pathologist is not expected to take place until next week. An inquest into the teenager’s death will be opened and adjourned following the post mortem.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles as they travelled along the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye that evening. In particular, they want to trace an HGV that is known to have stopped briefly at the scene. The driver of this vehicle may be an important witness to the circumstances of the collision.

A very successful day for Macmillan

The Ross branch of the Macmillan Cancer Support Group held their annual market at Ross-on-Wye on Friday 17th August and had an extremely good day.

There was a variety of items for sale, all at bargain prices, which were soon snapped up. There was also a huge selection of cakes and pies on offer, which were made by Peter and Christine Dowsett specially for the occasion. Their stocks were diminishing rapidly by the time we arrived.

Steve Turner kept the crowds entertained with his barrel organ music and was kind enough to let some of the children have a go. A tombola stall attracted a lot of attention, raising quite a sum, which was boosted by a further £100 by another tombola which had been hosted by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop. All in all the day raised a staggering total of £1982 towards the Macmillan Renton Appeal.

Local branch co-ordinator, Pauline McRae was absolutely delighted with this result and would like to thank all those who helped to organize and assist on the day as well as all of the people who parted with their money to help this very worthy cause.

Well done to all of you.

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Work to begin on the Ross-on-Wye flood alleviation scheme

Work by the contractor, Nuttall is to start work on the £7million Ross-on-Wye flood alleviation scheme on Monday, 3rd September.

The Ross Flood Alleviation Scheme, funded by DEFRA, came out of discussions in December 2000 when the town centre was hit by serious flooding and has been developed in close consultation with local businesses and interests. It has been designed to national standards and will protect areas around Greytree Road, Brookend Street, Millpond Street and the Broadmeadows Industrial Estate from flooding by the Rudhall and Chatterley Brooks.

The scheme aims to increase the amount of water that can flow through the watercourses and excess water from the two brooks will be diverted away from the Greytree Road culvert into a new 350-metre long tunnel being built between Kings Acre car park and Homs Road car park. Further excess water will also be stored by a 1.7 metre high earth bund east of the A40.

Continued . . .

Brookend Street seriously flooded on 8th December 2000. (Click here for WNTV video footage.)

Originally due to start in spring 2006, the scheme was delayed due to difficulties with funding but a government announcement in December 2006 confirmed funds would be made available in 2007.

Motorists are being advised the Homs Road car park will now be closed until the works are completed in July 2008. The number of spaces in Kings Acre car park will also be reduced and the entry and exit points temporarily altered until July 2008.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation said, 'This year we have again been reminded how devastating floods can prove to county residents. 'This scheme will ensure the people living in these areas of Ross-on-Wye are protected in the future'.

Millpond Street in December 2000.

The Safeway Store in 2000 with flood water flowing from the Rudhall Brook.

John catches a monster carp on the River Wye

Whilst I was out walking along the banks of the River Wye, early evening last Thursday, taking wildlife photographs and filming nature in general, which is my own equivalent of 'GON FISHIN', I spotted an angler, waving frantically at me from about a quarter of a mile away. Wondering what on earth could be the matter, I headed over to discover an ecstatic but extremely frustrated John Catten with a monster 18lb 6oz carp he had caught in the river.

John had been watching the fish for days and at the moment he did manage to hook it, his camera had packed up and he was worried that he would have to go home and tell a story that would have become just another 'fishing tale'. Looking through his binoculars, he had seen me with camera as an opportunity to prove his catch. Turned out when we were close enough, we did actually know one another from a party at a mutual friend's house some time back.

John said that, 'catching this size carp in a lake was not particularly unusual but catching a wild one in the Wye is extremely rare. That he had been fishing the River Wye for 30 years but had never caught anything this size in all that time.'

Well done John! I'll vouch for you. And that you put it back rather than go home and have fresh carp and chips for tea that night.

John with his 18lb 6oz catch. Ref: DSC_0241

At his fishing perch on the Wye, having returned his catch to the water. Ref: DSC_2786
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