This is a brief summary of crime in your area for May 2014. ALL CRIME 57. Anti- social behaviour 28. Burglary 4. Drugs 2. Criminal Damage and Arson 4. Other theft 8. Public order 1. Shoplifting 3. Vehicle crime 2. Violence and sexual offences 5 Please visit http://www.police.uk/shape/OF93N8/ for more information on these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.
From Michael Goodman
Report and full results. The Bromyard Gala Round the Downs Race was first run in 1923, and was revived 4 years ago after not running for over 10 years. There were 27 entrants for this year’s race with ages ranging from ‘over 60’ down to 13! The race was run in fine weather, and all competitors finishing without mishap despite having to negotiate around overgrown verges and hedges forcing them to run in the road. The race is just over 4 ½ miles long with a long climb up the Worcester Road, turning left to run across the Downs Road, then just over a mile back down the Stourport Road with a sting in the tail for a final climb past the cemetery.
FROM OUR TOWN CRIER Following on from a successful couple of competitions your Town Crier ventured down to deepest Somerset to attend the annual Frome Town Criers competition and for a change it wasn't raining. This event acts as a contributor towards the prestigious Wessex Crown Championship which concluded the following day in Calne, Wiltshire. Never having achieved any success before in Frome it came as a surprise to be announced as the winner; especially with the high quality of the other contestants. (pictured Peder at Frome in group including Peter and Joan Dauncey formerly of Bromyard.)
From Sue Berrett Police Community Support Officer 6439
We recently appealed for information in relation to the theft of a large sum of money from an unattended mobility scooter belonging to an elderly lady. A kind member of the public saw the article and was so appalled by the incident that they rallied the local community and raised £145 for the victim. On behalf of the victim we should like to pass on heartfelt thanks to both the organiser and all those who so kindly and generously contributed money. A lovely gesture and fantastic example of the great community spirit that exists in Bromyard.
BBC Hereford and Worcester reported this morning (25th June) on an application for the siting of a wind turbine at Acton Beauchamp. This will be the first major installation of its type in Herefordshire. At in excess of 70 metres high it will be taller than Worcester Cathedral and will be visible from Malvern, Bromyard and Bringsty. Local residents have concerns and a meeting has been called to discuss the issue. For more information go to http://www.g2energy.co.uk/renewable-developments/half-ridge-farm.php
From the Hereford Times Readers Letters
"Get ready for a turbine invasion WAKE up, Herefordshire! An army of wind turbines may soon be marching across our countryside. Planning permission has been applied to erect a very large (75 metres) wind turbine on the outskirts of Pencombe, near Bromyard. This will be visible for many miles around. Wind turbines are more efficient if there are many or them. If the planning department grant permission for the turbine in Pencombe the floodgates will be open for entrepreneurs throughout the county to erect many more. Be warned, Herefordshire.ROY AND JACKIE DAY Pencombe"
From David Kemp
Our new Head Girl (Charlotte Gwynne) was crowned Gala Queen and Head Boy (Cameron Bradshaw) Gala Prince during assembly on Tuesday 24th June. The ceremony was carried out by Gala Committee members, Joy Muir and Margaret Dallow.
From the Ledbury Reporter
From PC John Meek
I have received lots of complaints in respect of vehicles being parked near to Bromyard Post Office. The double yellow lines are there to prevent parking so that the crossing can be used safely by pedestrians. As such vehicles parked here restrict the view and put peoples lives at risk. I have a number of offending vehicles details here at the police station and I will be visiting the drivers of these vehicles. Furthermore the more serious offence is the parking of vehicles within the crossing itself. The penalty for this offence is a fine and points endorsed on your driving licence. Whilst some may consider this a minor issue it will not be minor when someone is knocked down. Please do not park in this area. Pc 1950 John Meek
From Councillor Roger Page - Chairman Planning & Economic Committee.
Readers of .info will know that a proposal by Gladman Developments Ltd to build up to 120 houses on a site between Pencombe Lane and the A44 were discussed at both the Planning & Economic Development and Council on Monday (16th June) and it was decided to invite the developer to a Council meeting to discuss their proposals without prejudice to any planning application.
At the the monthly meeting of the Town Council PC John Meek spoke of the "disgraceful violence", vandalism and disorder on the night of Saturday 14th June. (World cup match) Around 25 persons were fighting in the street. Windows were broken. Bromyard was unique among the market towns in having problems on the night. Police are active in tracing and arresting those involved. PC Meek said that once more Bromyard was having problems with alcohol. Possibly the fact that three of the licensed premises were under new management who had not recognised problem drinkers was a factor. The Hop Pole was mentioned by PC Meek and several councillors as having issues.
Herefordshire Council’s bid to the National Pothole Fund succeeded in winning an extra £2.573 Million for road repairs. This is great news and is the highest allocation in the country. As a percentage of the 2014/15 maintenance grant allocation (which is calculated on the length and classification of roads for which each authority is responsible) for the County, the £2.573 million that Herefordshire bid has achieved is 30.76%. This is the highest percentage in the country; the national average is 19.17%.