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 MAN who had been caught red-handed as he took part in the theft of copper cable from a south Warwickshire railway repair yard has finally been jailed.
Traian Dumitru was among four young men who had been arrested as they tried to steal cable from the Motorail Logistics Park at Long Marston in February last year.
But a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up for a plea and case management hearing in April last year, at which his three accomplices pleaded guilty.
Dimitru, aged 21, of Bacchus Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, was finally arrested in June, when he pleaded guilty to the attempted theft.
Following an adjournment for a pre-sentence report, he was jailed for 12 months for that offence—with a further two-month term for failing to surrender to his bail.
The court heard that Motorail Logistics repair, refurbish and store railway rolling stock at what was formerly the MOD’s Central Engineer Park at Long Marston.
There had been a number of thefts from the site, and in the early hours of 3rd February 2013 the police were alerted to some suspicious activity.
Dimitru, Ion Ruset, Gheorghe Chilian and Ionut Crecea had scaled a fence and begun identifying lengths of copper cable to steal.
When officers arrived they found £3,000 worth of cable had been put to one side ready to be taken.
The four men fled, but were eventually found with the aid of the police helicopter and arrested.
In May last year Ruset, then 21, of Kentish Road, Handsworth, who was described as a ringleader, was jailed for 12 months.
Jailing Dimitru, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said his role was equal to Ruset’s—but that his failure to attend court had to be dealt with by a consecutive sentence.