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 STRATFORD-upon-Avon karate instructor has been convicted of committing sex acts against under-age girls.
Seb Coe, aged 38, of Austen Road, targeted his teenage victims by starting relationships with their mothers.
The former firefighter was convicted of three sex acts against girls, the youngest of whom was 14, as well as three counts of exposure after ‘flashing’ at neighbours from the bedroom window of his home.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Coe, whom it is believed changed his name to Seb from Barry, sent thousands of texts to under-age girls as well as many to their mothers.
His 14-year-old victim told the court Coe’s texts became flirty before he sent her an obscene photo of himself. The former firefighter told the underage girl he fantasised about having sex with her and pop star Rihanna.
When the 14-year-old told the police about Coe’s behaviour, a subsequent investigation revealed he had sent inappropriate and explicit texts to two other young girls.
Originally from Sutton Coldfield, he was sacked by the West Midlands Fire Service for downloading pornography on a work computer.
He is due to be sentenced on Friday 13th June.