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 VAN driver from Stratford-upon-Avon accused of picking up a prostitute and driving her to an isolated location where he is alleged to have then raped her has been remanded in custody.
Adrian Terence Watts faces two charges of rape, one of attempted rape, one of assault and one of false imprisonment in his works van following the incident on 1st May.
Watts, aged 48, of Hodgson Road, was remanded in custody when Warwickshire magistrates in Leamington sent his case to be tried at Warwick Crown Court.
It was said the case involved the alleged rape and attempted rape of a prostitute from Coventry and assaulting her before dumping her at the side of the road on the A46 near Stratford.
During a bail application in Watts’s absence at the crown court, his barrister Andrew Tucker said: “The defence he would raise in this matter is one of consent.”
And he argued: “Like everybody, he has a right to bail. He has a secure address to which he can return; that is his parents. I would invite Your Honour to allow him his bail.”
But prosecutor Rhydian James opposed the application, pointing out that the allegations were “very grave and serious.”
Refusing bail, Judge Alan Parker described the alleged victim as a sex worker, not a prostitute.
He said the case involved the question of whether he raped her twice and attempted to rape her a third time, or whether she has made an entirely false allegation against him.”
And he ordered that Watts should be remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing.