THE Stratford Mop of 1914 appeared little changed from previous years. Wartime austerity had not yet set in and few people foresaw that the conflict would be lengthy. One of the great traditions of the fair was its roasts. No less than five oxen and seven pigs were rotating on the spits outside the pubs on the big day. The excursion trains brought their usual hundreds of revellers from Birmingham and other centres of population. None of Stratford’s conscripts had yet embarked overseas, although just five days before, a regular with the South Wales Borderers, Sgt RH Savage, had been the first Stratfordian to fall victim to the war. He had been struck by shrapnel at the Battle of the Aisne and died of his wounds in Bournbrook Military Hospital.
Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
A DRUG courier handed himself in to the police after officers had discovered the cocaine he was supposed to be delivering in a friend’s car.
Gavin Hill then pleaded guilty to possessing the cocaine with intent to supply it and driving his friend’s car while disqualified.
And at Warwick Crown Court Hill, aged 35, of Victoria Street, Warwick, was jailed for a total of two years.
Prosecutor Lynsey Knott said that on 15th February police saw an Audi A4 on the M6 and decided to stop it because of its heavily tinted windows.
When they pulled it over at the Corley services there were three occupants, none of whom were the defendant.
But the officers also saw some needles, so decided to search the car and, concealed under the gear stick, they found two large wraps of cocaine. All three occupants were arrested and denied any knowledge of the drugs.
Then on 4th March Hill walked into Nuneaton Police Station and confessed that the cocaine was his.
Hill, who had a bad record for driving offences but none for drugs, explained that he had a drug debt which he had accrued while serving his last prison sentence.
To help pay it off he had agreed to take the two packages for the person to whom he owed the money to someone in Kidderminster.
He said he had borrowed the car from a friend to collect the drugs, which he did not realise was cocaine, and had left the packages in there until he could use it again to deliver them.
Miss Knott added that the cocaine weighed a total of 62.6 grams and would have had a street value of between £2,520 and £3,780.
Sean Logan, defending, pointed out: “He went to the police. He chose to come forward. It was not even a case where the police were looking for him.”
Mr Logan said Hill had believed he was carrying a slightly less harmful drug, and the needles in the car had been for his own steroid use.
Hill was jailed for 20 months for the cocaine offence, with a consecutive four-month sentence for having driven the Audi while disqualified.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: “If you play a role, albeit a lesser role, in the supply of drugs and they then turn out to be class A, that is a risk you run.
“In this case you were playing a lesser role in the supply of Class A drugs.
“In addition, you have an appalling record for disobeying disqualifications and for other driving offences.”