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.
POLICE tasered a dog in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday.
Two police officers on a routine patrol came across a man who they believed was breaching his bail agreement.
As they started to arrest the man on the tramway footbridge connecting The Lazy Cow and Swan’s Nest Lane, his dog allegedly bit one of the officers.
The dog was tasered, and eyewitnesses say it was ‘flapping about’.
Believed to be either a Pit Bull Mastiff or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, it was taken to the vets afterwards but was unharmed.
The police officer was taken to hospital for treatment.
Inspector Darren Webster of Warwickshire Police said: “It is our duty to protect the public from harm first and foremost and in this instance, the use of a taser was appropriate and proportionate to the threat posed by the dog which was being highly aggressive to both the officers and its owner.”
The incident took place between just before 12 noon and half a dozen police cars descended on the area to deal with it.
“This was a very busy area in central Stratford and unfortunately the taser was required to ensure the dog did not harm anyone else,” explained Insp Webster.
“The dog was taken straight to the vets and sustained no injuries. One officer was injured and taken to hospital.”
Adam Smith, aged 32 of Evesham Place, Stratford, has been charged with assault of a police officer and with being in charge of dog dangerously out of control.
He appeared in front of magistrates on Thursday and has been remanded in custody until a later court date.