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.
WARWICKSHIRE Police “provides a good service to victims of domestic abuse”, according to a report released today by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Although nationally the extent and nature of domestic abuse was deemed “shocking”, the public in Warwickshire “can have confidence” in their police force, says the report commissioned by Home Secretary Theresa May.
Tackling domestic abuse and keeping victims safe is a priority for the Warwickshire force and staff demonstrate a high level of commitment and understanding,, it states.
Statistically, Warwickshire Police arrests and charges a lower percentage of people for domestic abuse crimes, but the county’s Deputy Crime Commissioner Eric Wood said this was because the “right people” were being charged.
Warwickshire recorded 1,281 domestic abuse crimes between August 2012 and August 2013.
For every 100 of these crimes reported, 63 people were arrested, below the national average.
Only 19 per cent of the 1,281 were charged, which was the fourth-lowest percentage in the UK.
This morning, Mr Wood was asked to explain the low figures.
He said: “Of the cases that we do refer we get a higher conviction rate than the average.
“The easy bit is to refer everybody but then the chances of conviction, if you do that, fall dramatically.
“It doesn’t mean crimes are going unpunished. There may be fewer cases ending up in court, but there’s a higher conviction rate.”
Only 19% of people are charged in domestic abuse cases in Warwickshire.
Today’s HMIC report revealed some shocking news nationally, finding the response from many forces alarming and ineffective.
Domestic abuse cases cost the country an estimated £15.7 billion a year and 77 women were killed by partners or ex-partners in 2012/13.
One in four young people aged 10 to 24 in the UK reported experiencing domestic violence and abuse during their childhood.
In Warwickshire, domestic abuse accounts for 5% of all calls to the police.
Between August 2012 and August 2013 domestic abuse accounted for 30% of all assaults with injury in the county, (702 out of 2,377).
For further reaction and more in depth analysis of the findings see next week’s Herald.