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 37-YEAR-OLD Warwick man shocked a ten-year-old girl in an open air swimming pool by asking her to dare him to take off his shorts, a court heard.
The distressed girl ran to tell her grandad what he had said and, as a result, Richard Pawsey of Edmonds Close, was exposed as a paedophile who had downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children onto his phones.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner told Gloucester Crown Court staff at Cheltenham Lido confronted Pawsey and told him to get dressed while the police were called.
As he changed he hid his two mobile phones in a toilet cistern because he knew he had child porn images on them and did not want to get caught.
Mr Kesner said the following day Pawsey tried to persuade a friend to go to the lido and retrieve the phones for him. But the friend decided instead to call police. Officers found the phones in the cistern and initially they would not work.
But when they had been dried out they were checked and more than 450 indecent images were found.
Mr Kesner said 292 images were the least serious Level 1. Another 42 were Level 2, there were 67 Level 3 and 62 Level 4 pictures. One video clip at Level 4 was also found.
At the time of the offences Pawsey was already required to sign the sex offender register after being cautioned by police for an assault on a girl under 16, Mr Kesner said. He had breached the order by failing to notify police of a change of address.
Pawsey admitted a charge of using threatening behaviour with intent to commit a sexual offence on 11th May last year.
Mr Kesner said this entailed Pawsey going up to the ten-year-old girl in the shallow end of the lido and engaging her in conversation. He asked her where she lived and also asked for her mobile phone number, which she couldn’t remember.
Then he whispered in her ear three times: “Do you dare me to take my shorts off?”
“The girl became quite distressed at that and burst into tears,” Mr Kesner said.
Pawsey also pleaded guilty to possessing a small amount of mephedrine, an illegal class B drug, and he admitted 10 charges of possessing indecent images of children.
Defence barrister Con Fernandez said of his client: “He is a very sad and ineffectual man. He is very isolated. He had been in a long-term relationship for several years and then discovered his partner was having an affair.
“Within a month of that he lost his job and got into financial difficulty and was evicted from his home.
“Until that point his life had been reasonably good. He spent three weeks living in a tent and then a bedsit surrounded by Eastern Europeans who do not speak the language.
“During this period of vulnerability he was introduced to drugs and he started taking mephedrone.
“Add to that the difficulties he has with hearing and an injury resulting from an incident where he jumped from a first floor window – he has not had the best time of late.
“He very much regrets these offences and in particular any distress he may have caused the child. He wants to do something about his problem.”
Judge Jamie Tabor QC sentenced Pawsey to a three-year community order with a requirement to attend the Thames Valley Sex Offender programme. He also ordered him to pay a £60 surcharge.