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.
TODAY Warwickshire Police admitted they were wrong for not naming the retired policeman charged with stealing £113,000 from the force's headquarters.
Paul Andrew Greaves, a 54-year-old retired police officer formerly of the Stratford area, was charged yesterday (Wednesday) but the police refused to release his identity, because of a "change in policy".
Last night this decision caused uproar, and critics took to Twitter to challenge Warwickshire Police and campaign for 'open justice'. This morning, the Crown Prosecution Service named Mr Greaves.
Warwickshire Police have now apologised. A statement read: “As a result of concerns raised after publication of a press release regarding a man charged with theft, we accept that our decision not to name him was wrong and inconsistent with the current national guidance.
“We will now be adopting the national ACPO guidance in respect to naming individuals on charge. We apologise that our previous approach has not been consistent with this.”
The force confirmed: “Paul Andrew Greaves, a 54-year-old retired police officer, of Belvoir Lodge, Carlton, Nottinghamshire (and formerly of the Stratford area) has been charged with the theft of £113,000 from the former Warwickshire Police headquarters at Leek Wootton. He will appear before magistrates in Leamington on 22nd May.”
As well as drawing criticism from Twitter, Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner office condemned the initial decision.
Deputy Crime Commissioner Eric Wood said: “Warwickshire Police has a reputation for being an open and transparent organisation and I am extremely disappointed at what has transpired in the last 24 hours.
“I was very surprised to hear about this sudden change of policy yesterday evening, and immediately contacted Deputy Chief Constable Neil Brunton on behalf of the Commissioner to discuss our concerns. We have since had a number of robust conversations.
“Both the Commissioner and I firmly believe that it is in the public interest that this individual is named. He is charged with a serious offence.
“The Commissioner is demanding a full and frank report on all of the circumstances that led to this decision, and we will be seeking assurances that in future all national guidelines are adhered to.
“We are committed to ensuring that Warwickshire Police operate in an open and transparent manner, and that lessons have been learned from the mistakes of the last 24 hours.”