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North Warwickshire teenagers killed in collision

THE families of three teenagers from North Warwickshire who died after the car they were travelling in collided with a tree on Sunday (16 July) afternoon have paid tribute to their loved ones.

The collision occurred at around 4.40pm on The Common, between Merevale Lane and Waste Lane near Atherstone.

Ryan Barber, aged 19, Trudi Mae Kennell, aged 18 and William Louch, aged 18 all died at the scene.

An 18-year-old man from Atherstone who was also in the car is continuing to recover from his injuries.

Tammi Garcia Sanchez, mum of Ryan Barber, said:

When Ryan was born I was younger than he is now, a young child having a baby boy. I was so scared and not knowing what the future held, but all those worries disappeared the moment I held him in my arms. The instant love I felt overpowered everything, I knew from that moment with Ryan as my son our life would be incredible as I knew how special he was.

Ryan was the most beautiful baby, toddler and teenager and was becoming the most beautiful man. A beautiful man that any mother could wish for, I am so proud of the man he was becoming.

Everyone who ever met Ryan in his short life fell in love instantly with the beautiful person he was on the outside and on the inside. He never caused anyone any harm and would always help anyone. His smile was enough to brighten anyone’s day.

Ryan Barber

Ryan Barber

Ryan will be the brightest star in the sky forever, his love for Trudi Mae was the purest deepest love anyone could ever hope to find and they were so lucky to find that type of love so young. Ryan and Trudi Mae will be together forever with their angel wings.

Thank you to each and every one who has sent their love and support, I will be sending it all to Ryan. Ryan was so loved and always will be.

He will forever be my always.

I’ll never leave you Ryan.

Fly high baby boy.

Love mum xxxx

David Barber, dad of Ryan Barber, said:

Ryan was a massive part of our family, and he was always planning his next adventure, be it with Trudi, or family and friends. On this weekend he had climbed Snowdon, which he had done twice before. They camped overnight then were returning home the next day when the accident happened.

Ryan was currently coming to the end of his engineering apprenticeship, and had a bright future ahead of him within the company. He was well loved and respected by his colleagues and it is a shame we can’t see how far he could take his career.

Ryan and Trudi were together for 18 months, and have been inseparable since the beginning and had so many plans for the future. I’ve literally never heard a couple laugh with each other much as them. They were perfect for each other.

We will miss Ryan so much, and a part of me is gone forever. I’m glad the time you had was full of fun with family and friends. We lived life to the full, just wished we could have carried on making more amazing memories.

Love you always mini me,

Love dad xxx

Elaine Kennell, mum of Trudi Mae Kennell, said:

Trudi Mae Kennel

Trudi Mae Kennel

Trudi Mae was my most precious, beloved daughter. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. Whenever she walked into a room it lit up with her fun, laughter and infectious smile.

My girl had gotten over two episodes where she could not walk and came back fighting to finish her sports diploma course at N.W.H.C and in February this year she passed her lifeguarding exam at Atherstone Leisure Complex where she had just secured a job as a receptionist and life guard.

The next chapter of her life was just beginning. She took every opportunity offered to her and whether it be as simple as frying an egg to something more challenging like climbing to the peak of Snowdonia, she did it with the same enthusiasm and determination.

The last 18 months since meeting Ryan have been the happiest myself and her family have ever seen her. The pair of them were true soul mates and you could see they were going to be together forever. They had talked about getting married and having children in the future and I know they would have been perfect parents. My girl would have been an amazing mummy with her caring and loving nature.

Her family, that she loved so much, have lost a remarkable and cherished granddaughter, niece and cousin.

I’m sure the friends she has made over her short life will hold a piece of her in their hearts forever.

Me and my girl got each other through all of our ups and downs of life with our own very special brand of humour. She was my rock, my salvation, and my life has been destroyed beyond repair by my loss.

William Louch

William Louch

The family of William Louch said:

Our family are devastated to confirm the loss of our beloved William. William tragically passed away around Sunday teatime after a catastrophic car accident. It is of great comfort for us to know that he had enjoyed an amazing weekend with his friends Trudi Mae, Ryan, Ben and Dan in Snowdonia.

He already is hugely missed and we don’t even know how to start to comprehend the rest of our lives without him. We ask you to respect our privacy at this extremely difficult and testing time.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to call 101 and quote incident 282 of 16 July 2017.

The Tinkers Green estate.

PLANS to build 152 new council-owned homes in a massive £21.5m regeneration project by Tamworth Borough Council have taken a major step forward with the appointment of a developer.

The job of designing and building new housing estates at Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and the Kerria Centre in Amington has been awarded to housing and community regeneration specialist, Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group, subject to contract.

In the biggest house building programme by Tamworth Borough Council since the 1970s, the project will see 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes being replaced with 152 new modern homes.

So far, the demolition of the Tinkers Green estate has been completed, with the knocking down of 100 properties, including seven outdated three and four-storey maisonette blocks. These will be replaced with 108 new homes fit for the 21st century, and an upgraded play area.

All residents of the Kerria Centre have now been re-housed and prior notification of the demolition work has been submitted to Tamworth Borough Council’s planning department. Demolition is expected to take place early next year with the knocking down of 36 flats contained within three and four-storey maisonettes. These will be replaced with 44 new homes. The five existing shops will be replaced by a supermarket retail store.

While outline planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of both sites, Keepmoat Regeneration is now in the process of finalising the design and layout of each area before submitting a detailed planning application to the council.

The tender includes a requirement for residents living near both sites to be consulted throughout the design and development process.

The Tinkers Green estate, mid-demolition.

The Tinkers Green estate, mid-demolition.

Martin Smithhurst, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Regeneraton, said: “The need for new affordable homes across the UK is well documented, so we are very excited to be part of the regeneration of Wilnecote and Amington.

“We are looking forward to working with our partners and local residents to create a community where people are proud to live, work and play.”

Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, Cllr Steve Claymore, said: “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and the Kerria is the biggest council housing programme in Tamworth for a generation and it gives us the opportunity to provide much-needed affordable homes that are fit for the 21st century.

“The appointment of a developer represents a significant step forward in the project and we are confident that Keepmoat Regeneration will deliver new housing estates that everyone living in the Wilnecote and Amington areas can be proud of.

“It is also pleasing to note that the demolition of Tinkers Green estate was carried out with minimum disruption to local residents. City Demolition Contractors received praise from the local community about their successful management of such a large-scale demolition. Hopefully it will be a similar case when the demolition of the Kerria buildings takes place.

“I look forward to seeing the designs for the new estates taking shape over the coming months.”

Although a community engagement project will get underway in due course, anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project in the meantime can contact the Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

The previously approved outline planning applications can be viewed via Tamworth Borough Council’s planning portal at www.tamworth.gov.uk/planning, using the application number 0110/2015 for Tinkers Green and 011/2015 for Kerria.

space logo

STAFFORDSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis is bringing back the popular Space programme for Summer 2017.

From Monday 24 July, youngsters across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent can enjoy a range of free or subsidised activities this summer thanks to continued support from the PCC for the Space youth events programme.

Mr Ellis has pledged money to fund activities with an aim to increase skills, improve health and general wellbeing by creating opportunities to engage with young people positively.

Space was originally an activities scheme led by police in Staffordshire during the 80’s and 90’s to provide fun activities for young people during the school summer holiday with the aim to improve engagement with young people. The new version of Space, coordinated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, has similar objectives and is aimed at 11 and 17 year-olds. The activities are delivered by a partnership of public and voluntary organisations, including the Police.

The programme is now in its third year since its relaunch by PCC Matthew Ellis who has been delighted by the response;

‘Space is all about giving young people confidence whilst having fun and improving their skills and fitness plus the opportunity to engage with public and voluntary sector organisations. Since the relaunch in 2015 we’ve had very positive feedback from young people and I’d encourage anyone between 11 and 17 to get involved.’

Events across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent include glow-in-the-dark sports, trampolining, design your own t-shirt, Summer parties and even a walk up Snowdon for the more adventurous.

Full details of the Space programme can be found on the web site at www.staffordshirespace.uk

Bus shelter art

A TAMWORTH bus shelter has been given a wild makeover as part of this year’s Arts in Unusual Spaces programme and in partnership with the Tamworth in Bloom campaign.

Local artist Simon Wingfield has transformed the bus shelter on Peelers Way, Kettlebrook, with striking images of a kingfisher, a great spotted woodpecker and a barn owl – all birds which can be seen at the adjacent Tameside Local Nature Reserve.

Simon could be seen in action throughout the day on Sunday, July 16, when the new look shelter took shape. As the bus stop is on the route the Heart of England in Bloom judges took through the town on Tuesday, July 18, it was chosen as the first to be given an artistic makeover to launch a major new project coming to the town this autumn.

‘Catch Art’, part of the two-year Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative, will bring art to a number of bus shelters across the borough. The project is being led by Vic Brown, of Art Recruitment Tamworth, who also organises the popular Urban Arts Festival which takes place every year at the Castle Grounds’ skate park.

Vic will now spend the next few months working with local artists and school children to come up with designs for at least a further five bus shelters in areas including Amington, Glascote Heath, Stonydelph and Coton Green.

The artwork being created.

The artwork being created.

Some will be designed by professional artists, such as Simon Wingfield, who painted the local landmarks depicted on underpasses at Riverdrive, and some will be designed by the town’s youngsters.

Catch Art is just one of a number of fantastic projects being delivered by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, thanks to lottery funding from Arts Council England, to bring art to new and unusual spaces during the refurbishment of Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedCllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “The idea behind Catch Art is to bring art to all areas of the town. We also wanted to involve the local community by inviting artists and school children to come up with colourful designs which will then be displayed on the bus shelters for all to see.

“The project has been made possible thanks to additional funding secured by the Arts & Events team from Arts Council England, which likes to support projects that encourage community participation in the arts.

“It made sense to launch the project with a bus shelter on the Tamworth in Bloom judging route and we hope this will help us in our quest to win gold for the eighth year in a row.

“I think the Wild About Tamworth bus shelter looks amazing, it brings some real colour to the street scene and shows people some of the amazing birds that can be found at the nearby Tameside Local Nature Reserve. I’m now looking forward to seeing what the rest of the project has in store later in the year.”

The artists with their completed artwork

The Tamworth Enterprise Centre on Corporation Street

THE brand new Tamworth Enterprise Centre is now open for business, providing modern serviced offices to rent, meeting rooms for hire and state-of-the-art facilities for small businesses in the area.

The former Philip Dix Centre in Corporation Street has been renamed Philip Dix House and transformed into a business hub complete with16 fully serviced offices to rent, three well-appointed meeting rooms for hire, an executive lounge, virtual offices and conference facilities.

Although the centre doesn’t officially open until Wednesday, July 26, when a plaque will be unveiled in front of dignitaries, business leaders and guests, it is already home to an almost full complement of businesses.

Interest among the business community has been unexpectedly high and 14 of the 16 units have already been let, with interest shown in the remaining two.

However, there are still plenty of other services for businesses to take advantage of, including co-working space in the executive business lounge, ‘touchdown’ areas, three professional meeting rooms, conference space, boardroom facilities and virtual offices. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including superfast broadband, Wi-Fi and interactive TVs.

The three meeting rooms have all been named after Tamworth’s iconic Reliant cars, so users will be able to hold meetings in the Regal Room, the Rialto Room and the Scimitar Room.

Businesses can use the centre for a variety of purposes, whether they’re looking for a professional setting in which to meet a client, need room for a large training session or conference, or require an official registered address.

 

It is hoped the centre will encourage the creation and growth of small businesses in Tamworth by providing professional facilities with low set-up costs, along with on-site business advice and support from Tamworth Borough Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration team.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedCllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “Tamworth Enterprise Centre is already proving to be a great boost to the town’s small business community by providing affordable, yet professional, offices and meeting rooms to help them start and grow successful enterprises.

“The demand has already hugely exceeded our expectations as we’ve had no shortage of businesses wanting to rent the serviced offices, which come with ‘easy in, easy out’ terms and no long leases.

The Tamworth Enterprise Centre on Corporation Street

The Tamworth Enterprise Centre on Corporation Street

“We hope to see lots of sole traders and companies using the executive lounge, touchdown areas and meeting rooms, so that the centre becomes a real hive of activity. It also offers a great opportunity for people who may usually work from home to come and interact in a busy professional environment. We’ve already seen examples of collaborative working among the businesses at the centre and we hope to see more of that in the future.

“Experts from Tamworth Borough Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration Team and other business organisations, such as the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP, will also be on hand at times, which will give businesses direct access to help and support in setting up or growing their ventures. Our aim is for the centre to help establish Tamworth as a great place to do business and it is already off to a great start in that respect.”

The centre’s new tenants include a variety of businesses from sectors such as recruitment, security, care provision, e-learning, research, website development and a trade body. Some are relatively new, while others are well established businesses which were looking for modern, centrally-located new offices.

The opening of Tamworth Enterprise Centre marks the completion of the first stage of the major Enterprise Quarter project to regenerate Tamworth town centre in a £6.1million project led by Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council. It has also been funded in part by the Local Growth Fund, through Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedStaffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, Cllr Mark Winnington, said: “Tamworth’s new enterprise centre is part of the wider regeneration of the town centre and the fact that it is already nearly fully occupied speaks volumes for the strength of our economy. It will be a real boost for small businesses in the borough, providing tenants with excellent facilities and flexible tenancy arrangements, allowing them to grow and prosper. Small business success is vital to our economy and they create thousands of jobs for Staffordshire people. We’re pleased to have worked with the borough council and LEP to support this project.”

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedStoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP Chairman, David Frost CBE, said: “We are delighted that this showpiece Enterprise Centre is proving to be so successful and attracting such strong interest from businesses – even before its official opening. It is a great example of the ‘can-do’ attitude of local business people and our partners at Tamworth Borough Council.

“The LEP is proud to be contributing a total of £2.95million to the creation of Tamworth’s Enterprise Quarter, which will revitalise the town centre and make a Tamworth a really vibrant place to live, work and do business.”

For more information about the facilities on offer, businesses can visit the website www.tamworthenterprisecentre.co.uk, or email tec@tamworth.gov.uk to enquire about hiring a meeting room. Prices range from £10 to £20 per hour depending on the size of the room.

Christopher Pincher MP

TAMWORTH MP Christopher Pincher has welcomed the news that in a report by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, the NHS has come out as number one in the world compared to 11 other countries.

The NHS was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival.

It is the second time in a row that the NHS has come top.

The news comes despite critics claiming that the NHS is in its tightest financial situation since its creation.

Mr Pincher said: “Today our healthcare system has been ranked the best healthcare system of 11 wealthy countries. The NHS cam top in 5 of the 11 areas assess, including access and safety of care.

“Not only does the NHS rank the highest in measures related to the equity of health systems with respect to access and care process, but it also ranks first based on the performance across prevention, safe care, coordination, and patient engagement. This is a clear reflection of the dedication of the NHS staff who, despite increasing pressures, are delivering safer, more compassionate care than ever.

“Ranked the best healthcare system of 11 wealthy counties, the NHS has again shown why it is the single thing that makes us most proud to be British.”

police cell

A TAMWORTH man was charged on Saturday (15 July) with attempting to meet a boy under 16 following grooming and assault after a sting by ‘Silent Justice’ on Friday night, 14 July.

Paul Bryant was charged with attempting to meet a boy under 16 following grooming, and assault, and appeared before magistrates in Cannock today, 7 July.

‘Silent Justice’ have today revealed on their Facebook page that 49-year-old Bryant, from the Hockley area of Tamworth has been remanded in custody by the Court.

He will now appear at Stafford Crown Court on 18 August.

Following an investigation by detectives he has been charged and remanded in custody to appear before magistrates.

High-visibility patrols have been increased in the area today to reassure our communities following last night’s arrest.

Officers were called to the location following reports of an altercation between the man and several members of the public.

During the disturbance a member of the public sustained slight injuries; it is understood that one of the ‘Silent Justice’ team was bitten.

‘Silent Justice’ describe themselves as ‘a dedicated team of sexual predator hunters trying to keep the young and vulnerable children of today safe.’

Staffordshire Police say anyone with information should contact them on 101, quoting incident 889 of July 14.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedA Staffordshire Police spokesperson has said: “We remind the public of the importance of not taking matters into their own hands or do anything that could hinder or jeopardise this investigation following the man’s arrest.  Show restraint when commenting on certain individuals or circumstances.

“This case is owned by specially trained investigators and speculation is not only highly dangerous but can be damaging to the investigation process.

“Acts of retaliation will not be tolerated and we will take swift and appropriate action to deal with any offenders accordingly.”



Parents can get advice on preventing grooming at on the NSPCC website here.

If you have bee affected by sexual abuse, please contact SARAC here.

Police collision investigation unit

WARWICKSHIRE Police is issuing a further appeal for witnesses after three young people were killed in a road traffic collision at the weekend (Sunday 16 July).

The collision occurred at around 4.40pm on The Common, between Merevale Lane and Waste Lane near Atherstone. A grey BMW three series travelling along The Common towards Bentley, left the road and collided with a tree.

An 18-year-old woman and two men, aged 18 and 19, who were travelling in the BMW, received fatal injuries in the collision and sadly died at the scene.

An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital by air ambulance, he remains in hospital at this time with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

The four young people are all from the local area, their families have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

An 18-year-old woman, travelling in another vehicle at the time, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. She has been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedSergeant Carl Stafford from Warwickshire Police said: “We continue to urge anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the BMW or any other vehicle travelling shortly beforehand, to contact police as soon as possible on 101 quoting reference 282 of 16 July. We request that the privacy of the families is respected at this very difficult time.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had collided with a tree and four patients.

“Unfortunately, it became apparent that nothing could be done to save three of the patients, two men and a woman, and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A fourth patient who was a rear seat passenger in the car, a teenage man, was treated for neck, chest and abdominal injuries, as well as a suspected pelvic injury. He was given pain relief and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire with the medic from the air ambulance travelling with him to continue treatment en-route.”

At Tamworth Informed our thoughts are with all that have been involved in the collision, in particular the family and friends of the teenagers.

Police cell block

A MAN has been charged with attempting to meet a boy under 16 following grooming and assault after a sting in Tamworth by ‘Silent Justice’ on Friday night (14 July).

Paul Bryant has been charged with attempting to meet a boy under 16 following grooming, and assault, and will appear before magistrates in Cannock on Monday 17 July.

Paul Bryant is a DJ that has worked on a number of radio stations; including Walsall Hospital Radio/Radio Lions, BRMB, Xtra AM and Buzz FM. In 1994, he was one of the original line-up at 100.7 Heart FM where he remained until 2005

The 49-year-old, from the Hockley area, was arrested last night (Fri).

Following an investigation by detectives he has been charged and remanded in custody to appear before magistrates.

High-visibility patrols have been increased in the area today to reassure our communities following last night’s arrest.

Officers were called to the location following reports of an altercation between the man and several members of the public.

During the disturbance a member of the public sustained slight injuries; it is understood that one of the ‘Silent Justice’ team was bitten.

‘Silent Justice’ describe themselves as ‘a dedicated team of sexual predator hunters trying to keep the young and vulnerable children of today safe.’

The post placed on the 'Silent Justice' Facebook page.

The post placed on the ‘Silent Justice’ Facebook page.

Staffordshire Police say that a detailed investigation into the incident is now underway and anyone with information is asked to contact them on 101, quoting incident 889 of July 14.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedA Staffordshire Police spokesperson has said: “We remind the public of the importance of not taking matters into their own hands or do anything that could hinder or jeopardise this investigation following the man’s arrest.  Show restraint when commenting on certain individuals or circumstances.

“This case is owned by specially trained investigators and speculation is not only highly dangerous but can be damaging to the investigation process.

“Acts of retaliation will not be tolerated and we will take swift and appropriate action to deal with any offenders accordingly.”



 

A MAN is in custody today after being arrested in the Hockley area of Tamworth last night, Friday 14 July.

Officers were called to the location following reports of an altercation between the man and several members of the public.

It is now understood that a group called ‘Silent Justice’ were involved in the incident.

The group describe themselves as ‘a dedicated team of sexual predator hunters trying to keep the young and vulnerable children of today safe.’

The 49-year-man was arrested on suspicion of attempt sexual grooming of a child and taken into custody for questioning. No child was present.

During the disturbance a member of the public sustained slight injuries.

Staffordshire Police say that a detailed investigation into the incident is now underway and anyone with information is asked to contact them on 101, quoting incident 889 of July 14.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedA Staffordshire Police spokesperson has said: “We remind the public of the importance of not taking matters into their own hands or do anything that could hinder or jeopardise this investigation following the man’s arrest.  Show restraint when commenting on certain individuals or circumstances.

“This case is owned by specially trained investigators and speculation is not only highly dangerous but can be damaging to the investigation process.

“Acts of retaliation will not be tolerated and we will take swift and appropriate action to deal with any offenders accordingly.”



We remind readers not to name the person involved in this investigation at this time.

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