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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 166 - Wednesday, 26th September 2007
is happening lately in Ross-on-Wye?
is not just 'lately' really. It has been happening for years
but since Ross Police Station became part time, open during
the quiet periods and closing during the times when it is
really needed, and since it has become necessary to phone
somewhere in the Midlands and wait to be transferred to
Hereford if you need to call the police, the situation has
become far worse.
Saturday I spent the evening taking photographs as usual
and drove back home, stopping to pick up my evening meal
in Brookend Street. It was very late to be eating but Tina
and I had not had the chance until then. The time was actually
12:20 am on Sunday. As we drove through town, the streets
were busy and somebody in the crowd recognized my car and
shouted, 'Hi Tina'. It was a friendly call and we did not
see who it was but at the time, I made the comment, 'It's
not looking very good out there'. There was not a single
policeman to be seen anywhere in Walford Road, High Street,
Broad Street or Brookend Street. I did not see one all the
way home, in fact.
stopped at 'The Best' and ordered our food. The people inside
the shop - both customers and staff were happy and very
friendly. As we were leaving, another crowd entered the
shop. They were drunk and rowdy but were not threatening
in any way - they were just having a good time.
took the photo below the following morning. The person in
the photo wishes to remain anonymous (obviously his friends
will recognize him) but wanted people to see what had happened
to him on the way home from an evening out. He was walking
past 'Mings' and had to walk past three youths in Brookend
Street. He passed without a problem but then one of the
youths came after him and 'punched' him in the eye. (Though
my untrained observations would suggest that some kind of
weapon was used.) He was then kicked to the ground.
reason for the attack? The gang stole his mobile phone,
which had cost 20 quid!
. . .
incident was reported to the police, who took his details
over the phone but did not attend the incident and, as of
Monday evening, have still made no further contact. When
they do finally get around to making enquiries, I have been
informed of the names of the youths concerned. I shall not
name them here but at least one of them - possibly two were
from the same gang who broke into my house in Cawdor twice
within the past year, and who smashed my car window and
stole my satnav last Christmas. If this is the case, they
need taking out for a very long time! Not because we have
been affected personally but because the same gang are responsible
for by far the majority of local crime.
did actually catch somebody breaking into my house again,
a few weeks ago. They opened the front door but they ran
off when I went after them. I did not bother to call the
police then. What is the point? Last time we saw the person
involved and told the police who it was, sniffer dogs also
led the the police to the same person's house but they were
'powerless' to do anything about it.
another occasion, my son, Matt was attacked while walking
home. He fought back, hitting out with a can of Tango that
he was drinking at the time. When the police arrived, (they
did on that occasion) they were more concerned that he had
hit back and took away the can of Tango as evidence, in
case the attacking gang wished to press charges.
am not actually criticizing the police themselves here.
They do what they can with limited resources. What is wrong
is the lack of resources to allow them to do their job properly
and the law, which protects the thugs and makes theft, mugging
and burglary a worthwhile career path to choose.
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Phoenix Majorette UK Champions leave for Slovenia
Phoenix Majorettes boarded a bus outside John Kyrle High
School this evening (Tuesday) to head for Ljubljana in Slovenia
where they will be representing Great Britain in the European
Tuesday evenings are peak 'deadline stress' time here at
'Wyenot News', I went to see them off and take some photos
as my daughter, Sarah (second from left in the photo below,
with mum, who is accompanying her) is one of the Majorettes.
do not envy that coach journey one bit! Sarah's mum and
I went to Ljubljana once, and then further south to Dubrovnik
in my old Ford Escort, which broke down on the then, Jugoslavija/Italy
border. Bern came home from Venice as we had visitors from
the USA due in Ross but I had to wait behind a week for
the car engine to be fixed. I remember being so pleased
to be away from the place that I drove, Jugoslavija to the
Hope & Anchor in 36 hours - non-stop. There's another
story to go with that. Bernice travelled home light, leaving
me the bulk of her luggage and I got stopped at Dover customs,
where they made me open my suitcase to find it full of worn
knickers, tights and bras. They laughed and did not believe
my genuine explanation.
luck in the competition, girls and we will celebrate our
joint 1st October birthday when you come home, Sarah!
The Slovenia party wait for the bus, which is half an hour late.
Sarah says goodbye to her boyfriend, James for a week. Ref: DSC_1229
On the bus at last. Ref: DSC_1231
Invite by Ross Army Cadets
by Clive Scriven
Wood from Wyenot News was invited to Ross-on-Wye Detachment,
3 Sector, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Army Cadet Force
on Thursday, 20th September. On
arrival the Cadets were already formed up on Parade in their
different training groups before having their picture taken
during the exercise ‘Evening Pride’, for which the detachment
had won a trophy for the first time at their recent annual
camp in Castlemartin, South Wales last August.
well as the ‘Evening Pride’ trophy, the Cadets from Ross
represented their sector along with other detachments in
Herefordshire during annual camp, taking part in both boys
and girls five-a-side competitions, which 3 Sector were
overall winners. Building
on this run of success the cadets took part in the Inter-sector
swimming competition held at the new pool in Leominster
in September 2007, taking on the other two sectors that
form the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Army Cadet Force.
fierce competition and rivalry 3 Sector were triumphant,
showing tremendous teamwork and spirit.
Sgt. Belton can be seen below giving orders to his Group
in the classroom before they go out into the darkness to
carry out their plan. The remainder of the Cadets were taken
for drill by Cadet Colour Sgt. Carter in advance of them
playing the enemy for Cadet Sgt. Belton's Group.
Army Cadet Force is one of the UK’s oldest, largest and
most successful youth organizations with a long and proud
tradition of preparing youngsters from all walks of life
into well respected and good standing individuals with an
active involvement in their local community. The Force consists
of around 44,000 cadets with 8,000 adult instructors and
officers in over 1,700 Cadet Centres spread throughout the
Platoon is based in Alton Road opposite the Mighty Eight
Pool Club and Parades on Thursday Evenings between 6:50
and 9:30pm. If you are in Year 8 at school or between 12
and 18 and like a bit of a challenge please do not hesitate
to drop in for a chat. Anyone interested in finding out
more can contact Sergeant Fisher the detachment commander
on 01989 563977, or alternatively contact H&W ACF County
Headquarters on 01432 359917.
WYENOT NEWS DEADLINE
absolute deadline for Wyenot News stories and other items
is 12:00, midday on Tuesday, for inclusion in the following
This is an absolute deadline and not the time
I am asking for articles to be sent in. Mondays and Tuesdays
here at 'Wyenot News' are Hell with by far, the most events
I cover occurring at the weekend. The photography that the
public sees happening is only one tiny part of the whole
picture (please excuse the pun) of running this weekly news
publication and the bits of prep that people do not see,
are actually the most time consuming part of getting the
at all possible, please send your story in as early as you
can, rather than wait until the very last minute, so that
I can have at least a fighting chance of getting to bed
before 3:00 am every Tuesday and Wednesday morning after
what has lately become two 18 hour working days on the trot.
you very much for your understanding and help.
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