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.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
A JUDGE has ordered that a Warwick man who tried to strangle his 89-year-old mother and told her he was going to kill her should be examined by a psychiatrist.
Clive Cheshire had pleaded guilty to assaulting his mother Margaret Cheshire on December 27 and two charges of making threats to kill her.
Cheshire (66) who had lived with his mother in Cornwall Close, Warwick, made the first threat directly to her, and the second to Pc Simon Ryan when he was arrested.
And in doing so, he intended his mother and the officer to fear that he would carry out his threat to kill her.
Questioning whether a psychiatric report was required, Judge Alan Parker commented: “I find it extraordinary that someone should attack their own mother, particularly a man of 66.”
Although Nick Devine, defend-ing, said it was not, the judge said: “I’m not going to sentence him; I want a psychiatric report. He tried to strangle his mother and told her he was going to kill her and wanted her to believe it. It is scarcely cap-able of belief. It’s extraordinary that any man should behave like that towards his own mother, particularly a man of 66 when she is almost 90.
“He’s lucky he’s not charged with attempted murder, frankly.”
Although after Cheshire first entered his guilty pleas the case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report (PSR) to be prepared on him, he refused to co-operate with a probation officer who went to see him in prison.
And Judge Parker ordered: “A further attempt should be made to prepare a pre-sentence report after the psychiatric report has been prepared. If he doesn’t co-operate with the psychiatric report and the PSR, I’m likely to come to adverse conclusions of the risk he poses to his mother in the future.”
Adjourning the case for the reports to be prepared, the judge remanded Cheshire in custody.
And he told him: “I hope you feel ashamed of yourself, although I suspect you’re not. You may present a significant risk of causing serious harm. I will not know until I have seen the reports.”