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.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
A POLICE officer accused of raping a woman in Stratford-upon-Avon while he was on a training course has been suspended from duty, a court has heard.
Magistrates at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington granted PC Nicholas Doherty bail after committing his case to Warwick Crown Court.
He faces two charges of rape, one of attempted rape and one of assault.
The court heard the allegations date back to February 2012 while PC Doherty, a serving officer with Cumbria Police, was attending a course in Warwickshire.
The offences are alleged to have taken place in a hotel room in Stratford.
PC Doherty, aged 41, of Powerful Street, Walney, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, has also been charged with an earlier alleged offence of indecently assault-ing a woman in Cumbria.
Prosecutor Baldev Atwal told the magistrates: “He is a serving police officer in the Cumbria Police. He is currently suspended as a result of these offences.”
Tom Schofield, defending, said that PC Doherty had been a serving police officer for 18 years, and was in the Royal Air Force for six years before that.
Pointing out that the defence case was that the acts were all consensual, he told the magistrates: “The allegations themselves are emphatically denied.”
PC Doherty had been remanded in custody prior to the court hearing and Mr Atwal asked for him to remain in custody.
But applying for bail, Mr Schofield suggested he could be made subject to a number of conditions, including living with his parents in Northern Ireland and signing on at his local police station up to twice a day.
After he and his colleagues had risen to consider the bail application, chairman of the magistrates, Lawrence Thomas, told PC Doherty that his case was being sent to Warwick Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on 15th July.
Granting him bail until then, Mr Thomas imposed conditions that PC Doherty is to live at his parents’ address in Northern Ireland, and to sign on at Coleraine police station on a daily basis.
In addition, he is to surrender his passport and not apply for any travel documents except to attend court or for a pre-arranged meeting with his lawyers.
He is also prohibited from contacting any current or former employees of Cumbria Police except with the consent of his welfare officer or any of the witnesses in the case.