Police and council call summit on preventing child sex exploitation in Warwickshire

MEASURES to help prevent child sex exploitation in Warwickshire - in the wake of shocking revelations of child abuse cases in Rotherham - will be discussed by police chiefs and council leaders at a meeting later this month. Ron Ball, the Police Commissioner for Warwickshire and Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, have both expressed their “profound shock and sadness by the horrific cases of abuse suffered by over a thousand vulnerable children in Rotherham.”…

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One chief over two police forces ‘unworkable’, says Warwickshire crime commissioner

ONE chief constable ruling over two police forces has been branded “unworkable” by Warwickshire’s crime commissioner Ron Ball. Mr Ball said one senior officer to lead both Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces wouldn’t work after his counterpart in West Mercia, Bill Longmore, said the idea was being discussed. Mr Longmore said: "Shared leadership is subject to ongoing discussion."…

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GCSE results: Teenagers around the district open their envelopes

GCSE results at schools in the Stratford-upon-Avon area once again bucked the trend as head teachers reported their students had produced an excellent set of  results despite a big drop in English A*-C grades being recorded elsewhere across the country. Big changes to maths and English results meant this year that – nationally - top English grades were down two per cent while maths was up five per cent but that wasn't the picture being drawn across South Warwickshire where all schools in t…

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End of racing on the flat at Warwick

FLAT racing at Warwick Racecourse finishes on Bank Holiday Monday after a 307 year history. The racecourse is to become an all-jumps track from 2015 with the intention of making it one of the UK's leading small jumps courses within the next five years; Warwick currently stages 11 jumps fixtures and 10 flat fixtures during the racing calendar Full story in this Thursday’s Stratford Herald.  …

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A level success around the district

THE waiting’s over! Right across South Warwickshire hundreds of anxious school students today, Thursday, found out their A level results.  …

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A game to remember

THE Lost XV players from Stratford Rugby Club who were killed fighting in the First World War were remembered at a commemorative rugby match in Stratford-upon-Avon at the weekend.…

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First World War: Thousands across district expected to observe candle-lit vigil

THOUSANDS of people across the Stratford-on-Avon district are expected to observe an hour-long candle-lit vigil tonight to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The vigil is part of a nationwide Royal British Legion ‘Lights Out’ event to remember the fallen from the Great War which claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and civilians. In Stratford-upon-Avon there will be a candle-lit vigil in the town’s Garden of Remembrance on Monday between 10pm and 11pm. P…

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First World War: Mother of fallen soldier braves the rain for charity walk

THE mother of a Stratford-upon-Avon soldier killed in Afghanistan battled through torrential rain on Saturday to complete a commemorative walk in honour of fallen soldiers from the First World War.…

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Shipston’s bid to be UK’s best high street

SHIPSTON-on-Stour has set its sights on winning the newly launched Great British High Street Awards, based on its innovative loyalty card scheme, the vibrancy of the town centre, and the increasingly diverse range of shops and services Shipston has to offer. The awards, launched last month by the Department for Communities and Local Government, are designed to recognise examples of innovation, collaboration, transition and outcomes in towns across the UK.…

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Angie’s head shave raises money for children’s charity

ANGIE MIDCALF hasn’t got hair anymore but a children’s charity she supports is £3,000 better off thanks to her selfless head-shave in front of crowds of people.…

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