place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
TIP OFFS LEAD TO SEIZURE OF ILLICIT TOBACCO IN ROSS.
Officers from Herefordshire Council's trading standards
team, West Mercia Police and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
recently visited an Eastern European store in Ross-on-Wye
where they seized more than 25,000 cigarettes where the
UK duty had been evaded. Following increasing tip-offs from
the general public there have been more raids and resulting
seizures from three shops within Herefordshire. Acting
on intelligence received, the store was visited to conduct
a full and thorough inspection. The rigorous inspection
of the shop and adjacent flat uncovered a massive seizure
of 25,740 cigarettes and 14.55 kilograms of hand rolling
tobacco all of which had the UK duty evaded.
Wilson, Herefordshire Council's trading standards officer
said, 'Cheap tobacco and cigarettes can be identified by
the price and that they don't display the legal health warnings.
A typical brand of 20 cigarettes will have an average tax
of £5.08 put on them. If cigarettes are found in shops under
this price, it is possible that they haven't had the correct
duty paid. They may even be counterfeit which are extremely
dangerous, you just don't know what is in them.
tobacco is harmful but easy access to cheap tobacco increases
the health risks because it encourages people to keep smoking
and smoke more. Smokers are not made aware of the health
risks by the critical health warnings that should be placed
on every packet. As well as major detriment to health there
is also a huge detriment to local independent retailers
who try to make a living honestly. Cheap cigarettes are
deflecting customers away from genuine traders, making it
difficult for a fair trading environment to thrive.
partners are working closely with each other to combat this
illegal trading. Those found guilty of dealing in smuggled
illicit tobacco could face up to seven years in prison,
fines, confiscation of the illicit products and seizure
of the proceeds of their crime including vehicles used in
the transportation of illicit tobacco.'
enforcement is being taken. Anyone with information on illegal
tobacco supplies can contact the team in the strictest confidence
on 0845 894 1008.
For help and assistance in stopping smoking contact Herefordshire
NHS Stop Smoking Service on 01432 383567.
The Eastern European store in Ross-on-Wye where illicit tobacco
and cigarettes were seized.
ENJOY THE HOSTELRIE SAUSAGE & CIDER FESTIVAL.
Alun and Lisa of The Hostelrie, Goodrich would like to welcome
everybody to their fantastic Easter Sausage and Cider Festival
which will run from Friday evening at 6pm. Visitors to The
Hostelrie will have the opportunity to meet many local cider
makers (including Ross
Cider & Perry Co , Gillows and more) as well as
taste their wares, and there will be the chance to feast
on some fabulous, locally produced sausages.
will be lots of great live music being performed throughout
the event, featuring, New Jersey, The Jiveoholics, The Deadbeats,
OCD and many more local musicians. A raffle will be held
each day, with tickets being given at the door and drawn
by 9pm each evening. There will be a hog roast dinner and
all kinds of acticity going on.
for the event cost £5 for Friday, £10 for Saturday
and £10 for Sunday. A weekend ticket will cost just
£20. For further information on teh event, please
visit the What's
On? page of Wyenot.com. For a full itinerary, or to
book tickets please visit The Hostelrie web site at http://www.thehostelrieatgoodrich.com
hope to see you there.
LLANGROVE SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL PTFA AWARD
of Llangrove School raised money for the Air Ambulance.
Llangrove CE Primary School has just learnt that its highly
successful Big Breakfast fund-raising project has won the
Llangrove Big Breakfast has raised £4,200 in four years
and has been chosen as the best fund-raising achievement
in the Central region in the national Goldstar Awards competition
organized by the NCPTA (the national body for PTA's).
has been awarded £500 and will now go through to the national
finals to be held at HMS Belfast in London on 8th June,
with a chance to be named overall category winner and receive
a further prize fund of £1,000.
primary school is delighted with the news and Assistant
Headteacher, Kelly Steele said, 'We are thrilled that our
Big Breakfast has won this prestigious national award. The
Big Breakfast is very popular, raises lots of money for
worthy local charities and reinforces our schools strong
links with our communities.
prize money will be spent on developing the outdoor space
at Llangrove, which is a lovely reward for the children
for working so hard to help others.'
CELEBRATE THE ROYAL WEDDING AT WILTON COURT.
Many people are organizing many different ways to celebrate
the marriage of HRH Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton
next Friday, 29th April. Helen and Roger Wynn of Wilton
Court Restaurant with Rooms we are inviting you to join
them in celebrating the royal wedding.
event will begin at 10:30 am when coffees and pastries will
be served, then from 11am, full TV coverage of this very
special occasion can be viewed on the large screen. A glass
of Bellini and canapés will then be served, followed
by a sumptuous lunch in the Mulberry Restaurant.
Wilton Court Royal Wedding Celebration is open to residents
and non residents alike. Places have been filling up quickly
so if you would like to take part in this special celebration,
make your room and / or lunch selection now.
further information on this special event, please contact
Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms directly or visit
FUN GEOLOGY MORNING AT ROSS VISITOR CENTRE.
If you are looking for something different for the kids
to do during the Easter break, a fun geology morning is
to be held at Ross Market House Visitor Centre on Thursday,
21st April. The event will run from 11am until 1pm and is
suitable for youngsters aged up to 15 years. There will
be a chance to learn all about geology in the county and
to make make an under sea scene.
Clark, Herefordshire Council's visitor services officer
said, 'This fun morning promises to be an egg-citing Easter
activity for all youngsters. Geology is very much the bedrock
of what has made our country so beautiful and I hope youngsters
will come along and enjoy finding out more about it as well
as the chance to be creative in designing their own under
for the event cost £1. For further information, please telephone
CYO REUNION CONCERT RAISES THE ROOF.
A wonderful concert was held at the Shire Hall, Hereford
on Saturday, 9th April when members of the County Youth
Orchestra were joined by 70 former members to celebrate
the orchestra's 50th anniversary. The
gala concert sold out and the audience enjoyed the performance
by over 100 musicians.
trumpet fanfare, especially composed for the occasion by
Liam Dunachie (a former member of the orchestra) was performed
and conductors, Hazel Davis and Sir Richard Mynors enthusiastically
led the orchestra with works by Elgar, Bizet and Dvorak.
The afternoon rehearsal and evening concert was also enjoyed
by former conductors and ten former leaders of the orchestra.
A special anniversary cake was cut by the current leader
of the orchestra, Amalie Fisher and the first leader of
the orchestra in 1961, Roger Woolley (now a teacher with
Herefordshire Council's music service).
Woollard, head of the council's music service said, 'The
whole day from beginning to end was enjoyed by everyone.
With only a three hour rehearsal in the afternoon, the conductors
and musicians pulled off a superb performance.'
Current and previous members of Herefordshire's County Youth Orchestra
at the Shire Hall before the concert.
TURN YOUR CLOTHES INTO DESIGNER WEAR. . .
Do you have an unloved dress dying at the back of your wardrobe?
A carelessly discarded cardigan, perhaps? Or a tossed aside
pair of trousers, shunned shoes, hated hats, jilted jackets
or blown-out blouses? If so, gather them up and give them
the chance to find a loving home!
you are good with a needle and thread and have a good sense
of fashion and creativity, get hold of a Design Brief and
create something magical, funky or practical out of those
unwanted garments for Herefordís Big Clothes Swap and fashion
show on Saturday, 18th June. If you are interested in taking
part, an expression of interest must be completed and submitted
no later than the 30th April, with the final application
to the competition due in at the beginning of June.
The event is being hosted by Hereford City Council, in partnership
with Herefordshire Councilís Recycling Team and Newton Farm
Community Association and there will be prizes for the winning
entrants in both the clothing and the accessories categories,
plus a chance to showcase them at the fashion show.
obtain your Design Brief and find out more about this great
competition, contact the City Events Officer on 07837 641857,
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JESSE BREWS UP A STORM AT HEREFORD BREWERY
Jesse and Matt
at Hereford Brewery.
Local MP, Jesse Norman has arranged for Hereford Brewery
to be featured next month in the Strangers Bar at the House
patron of Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled he bought
a brewing session there at a recent fundraising auction
and he has recently launched a campaign to support local
pubs, by rebalancing alcohol duty away from pubs and towards
all came together in a recent visit to Hereford Brewery,
where Jesse was able to talk to Matt Smith, brewer, and
Jim Kenyon, the owner and landlord.
afterwards Jesse said, 'Small breweries are one of the great
success stories of the past decade and I am delighted that
Hereford Brewery will have its own guest beer in the House
of Commons in May.
just one more way to remind the great and the good of the
many joys of Herefordshire.'
COUNCIL REISSUE WARNING OF PHONE SCAM...
Herefordshire Council have issued an urgent warning after
they received a number of complaints from elderly county
residents who had been phoned and offered bogus council
tax refunds. The council is aware that around a dozen people
in the county, including a number from a single sheltered
housing scheme have been targeted by fraudsters offering
a council tax refund if they hand over their bank details.
callers, sometimes a woman with a foreign accent usually
state that as council tax payments had been paid either
early or regularly for the past seven or eight years, a
rebate could be offered. The callers have claimed to work
for the government treasury department and in some cases
have left a telephone number for people to ring.
Council is advising that no such rebate is available and
that the calls are fraudulent. Anyone who receives such
a call should simply put the phone down. The authority's
Trading Standards team advises that this is just one of
numerous scams they are aware of.
team's advice is, 'Never give your bank or personal details
over the phone to a cold caller. Just put the phone down.'
YOUNG PEOPLE AMBULANCED OUT OF HINTON CENTRE
A group of teenage girls got more than they bargained for
when they visited Hereford's South Wye Girls Group at Hinton
Community Centre and found themselves carried out of the
centre on a stretcher. Luckily no injuries were sustained
at the event which was organized by the council's youth
service. The girls were being given a talk by
Sam Kelly and Graham Kinsey from the Herefordshire branch
of St John Ambulance about the work that they do.
girls' group runs at Hinton Community Centre every Wednesday
from 7pm until 9pm and is aimed at 11 to 16 year olds from
South Wye. The visit was part of a schedule of planned activities
for this term organized by Herefordshire Council's Youth
Service. Sarah Melia, of Herefordshire Council said, 'The
aim of this visit was to encourage young people to consider
volunteering as St John Ambulance cadets.
girls had great fun. They were given a tour of the front
line ambulance and Sam and Graham demonstrated a variety
of equipment including a spine board, head immobilization
device and scoop stretcher. Following the visit, the girls
involved decided to say thank you to Sam and Graham for
visiting them by making a donation to St John's Ambulance.
They are currently planning a fund-raising event to achieve
One of the young girls about to be 'Ambulanced out' of the Hinton
WEST STREET TO BE CLOSED FOR ESSENTIAL REPAIRS...
Herefordshire Council is advising motorists that West Street
in Hereford (U80005) will be closed for essential repairs
on the following dates:
14th May between 1900hrs and midnight; Sunday, 15th May
between 0800hrs and 1800hrs and on Sunday, 22nd May between
0800hrs and 1800hrs.
The works will be carried out in two phases but businesses,
particularly in West Street and East Street expecting deliveries
may want to plan accordingly. Amey Herefordshire, the council's
contracting partner, apologise for any inconvenience the
works may cause.
POLICE SEEK TWO MEN AFTER DOUBLE ROBBERIES
of two men the police would like to talk to.
West Mercia Police are searching for two men they would
like to speak to in relation to two robberies that both
occurred in Hereford in the early hours of Saturday, 26th
first incident occurred on Bridge Street sometime between
1am and 1.30am. As the victim, a 46-year-old man, made his
way home he stepped aside to let two men walking in the
opposite direction pass him.
warning the victim was hit by one of the two men, knocking
him out and causing him to fall to the floor. When the victim
came round a short time later he discovered that his black,
HTC mobile phone, a packet of cigarettes and around £50
had been stolen.
immediately called the police.
second incident occurred at around 2am on Rockfield Road.
As the victim, a 19-year-old man, made his way home on his
skateboard, he noticed two men stood in the gate to the
Tanbrook Centre. As he passed the men, one of them kicked
him in the chest causing him to fall to the floor. The two
men than grabbed him and demanded he hand over his phone.
A struggle then took place in which the victim was hit several
times and the two offenders eventually made off having stolen
his HTC Desire smart phone.
after this incident, the victim immediately called the policeDetective
Constable Dave Bentley of Hereford CID said, 'A fair amount
of unprovoked violence was used in these two robberies and
I would like to find those responsible. These two men were
seen on CCTV in the vicinity of the Rockfield Road robbery
and we are very keen to speak to them. Anyone who recognizes
them should get in touch.
are still appealing for witnesses and would like to speak
to anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Aylestone
Hill or the Old Bridge between 1am and 2.15am in the early
hours of Saturday, 26th March. We believe it's very possible
that the two men who committed the robberies may have approached
other people on the night in question, or at the very least
been seen hanging around in that specific area.'
with information that could help, is asked to call DC Bentley
on Hereford on 0300 333 3000. Alternatively, please remember
that Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800
555 111 if you'd prefer to pass on information without identifying
BEWARE OF FAIRWEATHER THIEVES...
sun is out, but thieves are about and with the sunny weather
expected to continue over the Easter Weekend and beyond,
West Mercia Police are reminding residents of Herefordshire
that while they are relaxing over the long weekend, they
should be careful not to relax their personal security.
Herefordshire is a low crime area, as the temperature rises
it creates greater opportunities for thieves, with easy
pickings in gardens, homes and at beauty spots. There are
three main areas where police are asking the public to take
care; reviewing and improving their garden and shed security;
keeping opportunist thieves out of your home; not leaving
your valuables on display in your car at local beauty spots.
the Easter weekend around the corner, many people will be
taking the opportunity to get to work in their gardens,
so Police are asking green fingered residents to help them
'weed out' garden crime by reviewing and improving their
garden and shed security. Many people leave valuable equipment
in gardens and unsecured sheds, providing easy pickings
for opportunist thieves. So, it is important that people
take the time to ensure their valuables are stored securely.
Charles Naylor, Crime Risk Manager for Herefordshire said,
'While many people take steps to protect their homes and
the property inside them, they often leave valuable equipment
such as power tools, mowers, garden tools and bikes in sheds
in their gardens or allotments. Often they are unsecured
or not strong or secure enough to defend against thieves.
We are advising people to look at how to secure their gardens
and allotments and if necessary make some adjustments.'
force has produced a leaflet that gives further security
advice, which is available to download from the force website
Please see below for more useful tips.
Warmer temperatures mean that some people leave their homes
literally wide open to opportunist thieves and the summer
sees an increase in the incidents of 'walk in' burglaries.
PC Naylor added, 'With people leaving their doors and windows
open to keep their homes cool, it does present a chance
to thieves who won't think twice about walking into homes
to steal what they can. We aren't asking for everyone to
always keep their doors and windows locked at all times,
that isn't realistic. However, please don't leave your valuables
in sight. For example, don't leave your car keys by an open
front door or a purse near an open window. Also,
don't leave doors and windows open if you aren't using that
part of the house. For example, if you are in the garden,
don't leave your front door open so anyone can wander in.'
Traditionally at this time of year there is an increase
in the number of incidents of thefts from beauty spot car
parks. PC Naylor said, 'With the weather getting nicer,
many of us decide to make the most of the beautiful Herefordshire
countryside. However, thieves also take the opportunity
to travel out to the country, visiting remote car parks
on the look out for valuables left in vehicles, whether
they are locked or not. We would urge people to always remove
all valuables when they are leaving their cars and only
take with them what is absolutely necessary on days out.
We would also ask that any valuables should be kept in sight
at all times.'
are some useful garden security tips. Physical security
are not well designed for safe storage so there are a number
of measures you can take to make theft more difficult for
burglars. Shed doors should be fitted with a good quality,
close-shackle padlock and sheds with windows should be fitted
with a grille or mesh. Burglar alarms can be purchased for
sheds and outbuildings and battery powered shed alarms are
inexpensive and can be bought from hardware shops, DIY stores
of property inside sheds: Expensive items such as bicycles,
power tools, mowers, garden tools and golf clubs should
not be stored in sheds. If there is no alternative place
to store them, they should be secured to a strong anchor
within the shed, e.g. metal rings fixed to concrete on the
shed floor. Large items should be chained together. This
makes it more difficult for a thief to carry away a lot
of large heavy items all at once. All items stored in a
shed should be property marked.
Defensible planting: Defensible planting (prickly plants)
is nature's own way of deterring burglars and increasing
the security of your home and garden. It is not meant to
replace, but to complement other security measures. Defensible
planting can be used to protect all areas of your garden
and property, e.g. perimeters, windows and drainpipes.
Boundaries and lighting: Boundary fences, gates and walls
should be kept in good repair as they can prevent thieves
from getting to the back and sides of a property. Good garden
lighting will illuminate your garden, putting off potential
of tools and ladders: Garden tools and ladders should not
be left lying around in gardens. Unsecured tools and ladders
can be used to break into a property. All garden equipment
should be property marked.
further advice or information, contact your local policing
team via 0300 333 3000.
POLICE APPEAL FOR CALM AT LOCAL DERBY MATCH
The Easter fixture between Hereford United and Shrewsbury
will attract one of the biggest crowds of the season at
the Edgar Street stadium and police are anxious supporters
can enjoy the occasion without incident.
than 100 police officers will be on duty for the match,
which is due to take place on Saturday, 23rd April and a
warning has been issued that anyone causing trouble is likely
to be arrested, charged and put before the courts. The
local police commander has also advised all supporters to
arrive in good time and reminded away fans they must have
a ticket bought before Saturday. There will no tickets available
to buy on the day.
Charles Hill said, 'There will be a substantial policing
operation to ensure genuine supporters from both sides can
enjoy the game in safety without interference. There was
some disorder last time the two sides met and there will
be a strong policing presence to deal with anyone who does
cause problems inside and outside the ground. Officers will
deal robustly with any individuals who commit public order
are working closely with British Transport Police and also
our West Mercia Police colleagues in Shrewsbury. A number
of police officers from Shrewsbury who are aware of known
troublemakers will be attending the match to act as spotters.
Anyone who has caused previous problems will be well known
supporters should check the Hereford United website for
information about travel and parking. There is public parking
for away supporters arriving by minibus at the Cattle Market
and there are several other car parks in the area.