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Police collision investigation unit

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in South Staffordshire last night (15 January).

Officers from our Collision Investigation Unit were called at around 9.35pm after a white Suzuki Jimny collided with a white Mercedes articulated HGV on the A5 Trunk Road at Four Ashes at the junction with Vicarage Road.

A 37-year-old woman from Telford was taken to Newcross Hospital with head injuries. Her condition is described as stable.

Although the HGV has been recovered the A449 junction with Station Road is still closed whilst Highways assess the damage caused to the central barrier.

Although this is a few miles away from Tamworth, some of our readers will commute long this road on a regular basis and so may have been in the area at the time or seen the vehicles involved ealier along their route.

If you witnessed the collision or have any information that could assist our investigation please contact us on101 quoting incident 681 of 15 January.

Our thougths are with all involved in this incident.

cctv stills of three offenders from Wilnecote motors

STAFFORDSHIRE Police are appealing for help from the public to identify the three people captured on CCTV, after a number of vehicles were damaged in Tamworth on the 8 December.

At around 12.45am, offenders walked on to the forecourt of Wilnecote Motors on Watling Street, Wilnecote.

They caused approximately £1,500 worth of damage to five vehicles by jumping and sliding on the bonnets.

CCTV images of the youths were captured from the nearby McDonalds store.

CCTV Images of three youths

Image thanks to Staffordshire Police

Anyone with any information, or who recognises the individuals, is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 362 of the 8 December.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Business plan

A SMALL business grant scheme which has so far awarded 15 individuals a total of £14,753.68 is now open for a fourth round of applications.

The scheme helps promote new business start-ups, self-employment and entrepreneurship in Tamworth. New businesses in the area are now being encouraged to apply for a fourth round of grants of between £500 and £1500, before the application closing date on Friday, February 23.

Businesses including environmental cleaning; respite services for parents of special needs children; bespoke cakes; foot health practitioner; domestic, national and international relocation and media services have all benefited from the grant scheme since it was launched in April last year.

To receive these small business grants, individuals are required to meet some basic criteria. This includes attending the Enterprise for Success programme, which provides 12 hours of one-to-one advice and support delivered from Tamworth Enterprise Centre at Phillip Dix House in Corporation Street.

The Enterprise for Success programme ensures individuals and businesses have the right skills they need to run their business and results in the creation of a business plan.

Successful applicants include Ruminate Productions Ltd, which was awarded £836 towards the cost of equipment such as microphones, lighting and marketing. Emily Cowlishaw set the business up while studying for a bachelor’s degree in Media Production at the University of Lincoln. The business offers three main types of service – photography; videography and visual radio.

Emily at productions

Emily in ‘Action’


Emily said: “I can fully recommend this scheme to any business looking to start up or grow. Not only have I received a grant to help me develop, but the advice and support from the Enterprise for Success programme has been invaluable and I still speak to my mentor now.

“I am forever grateful to the council for allowing me to enrol on the programme and for the funding that has enabled me to invest in new equipment and establish my business further.”

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said; “This successful scheme continues to support individuals wishing to start up in new businesses or who have been trading for less than three years.

“Small businesses are the foundation of any thriving economy and using the new Tamworth Enterprise Centre as a ‘hub’ of support and advice can only help grow the local economy.”

Grant applications are recommended to the Cabinet Grants Committee on a quarterly basis for approval. An annual budget of £20,000 has been allocated to the scheme, with around £5,000 being distributed per quarter. This is subject to annual budget reviews and agreements up to March 31st 2020.

To submit an application in this round, individuals would need to attend the two day start-up masterclass on Wednesday February 7 and Thursday February 8, at The Tamworth Enterprise Centre. For more information on the masterclass visit:  http://www.tlforbusiness.co.uk/start-support

To register your interest and check if you are eligible for a grant please contact: Lorraine Farley (Business Liaison Officer) 01827 709525 or email: [email protected]

yummy mummy

LOVE is soon to be in the air at the town’s shopping centre, as Stay & Play returns for its first free session of 2018 next week.

Ankerside Shopping Centre’s monthly Stay & Play morning will return on Thursday, 25 January, where little ones will have the chance to make heart-warming gifts to take home to their loved ones.

Alongside the Valentine’s-themed fun, children along with parents, grandparents and childminders will also be able to enjoy inflatables, a bubble machine and a visit from Ankerside’s colourful Stay & Play monster between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said he is looking forward to seeing Stay & Play return throughout 2018. “The response to the centre’s monthly sessions has been excellent, so we can’t wait to continue its success during this year too.

“Throughout the morning, little ones will be able to decorate their very own chocolate gift and then make a Valentine’s card to take home to their loved ones.

“Thursday is also a chance for children to fill in their learning books that they bring along to each event. Plus, it’s a great little memento for parents and the rest of the family.

“We hope everyone has a lovely time at our Stay & Play morning next week and we can’t wait to see the children’s decorated chocolates and cards.”

The Stay & Play fun takes place from 9.30am to 11.30am in Druckers Café on the last Thursday of each month and is free for anyone wishing to attend with their little ones.

Politics and Representatives Video Series

TAMWORTH Informed are very pleased to bring you the next two videos which we have commissioned as part of our ‘Politics and Representatives’ series, to help bring greater understanding of various roles.

We bring you lots of news throughout the year and mention various roles and people that make decisions on our behalf and represent us; but does everyone know what all these people do?

Through this series of videos, we aim to give people a greater understanding of what everyone does and why.  In the series, we will bring you information about the role of an MP, Councillors, Leader of the Council and Opposition, Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff.

SEE MORE: You can see our videos on the role of a Councillor and the role of a Member of Parliament here.

In the video below, we speak to Mr Humphrey Scott-Moncriff DL, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire

In the next video, Edna speaks to Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.

We will bring you more videoes from the series over the coming weeks.

Mercian Parade

ON SATURDAY (13 January), soldiers of The Mercian Regiment paraded through the City of Lichfield, in one of a number of events to mark the 10-year anniversary of the regiment’s formation.

Saturday’s event was also in order for the former colours of the 3rd Battalion, Mercian Regiment, to he ‘laid up’ in the Cathedral after the battalion was disbanded back in 2014.

Exercising the Mercian Regiment’s freedom of the city, the soldiers marched with colours flying, led by The Band of the Mercian Regiment, and the new Regimental Mascot, Private Derby XXXII, a Swaledale Ram, for whom this was his first parade.

Also taking part in the parade were veterans from the Mercian Regiment Association and the antecedent regiments, including the Staffordshire Regiment Association, and also Army Cadets from affiliated cadet units.

During the parade, the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Williams took the salute outside the Guildhall.  Below, you can see him speaking to Edna about the day.

The Colour Party carried the colours of the former 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (The Staffords), disbanded in 2014 as part of the Army 2020 restructuring plans and following the parade, a service was held in the Cathedral during which the Colours were ‘laid up’.

Below you can see the march past of the Mercian Regiment and others who took part in the parade.

Although this event was at Lichfield, Tamworth Informed were keen to cover the event as the Mercian Regiment is very much seen as being Tamworth’s regiment.

Staffordshire provides a large number of personnel to the Mercian Regiment and of course, with Tamworth being the ancient capital of Mercia, it really does hold a place in our hearts. Even more so for our cameraman, who himself, has served in the Staffordshire Regiment.

Below you can see the Colors of the 3rd Battalion in their final salute.

The Mercian Regiment

The Mercian Regiment was formed on 1 September 2007 at a parade held in the Tamworth Castle grounds. It was formed from the three antecedent regiments: the Cheshire Regiment, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment; and the Staffordshire Regiment.

Known as ‘the Heart of England’s Infantry’, the Mercian Regiment is one of the most decorated and operationally experienced regiments in the British Army.

3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment: The Staffords

The Staffords as a regiment continued until 2007 when they merged with the Cheshire Regiment, the Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and West Midlands TA regiments to form the 3rd Battalion of the Mercian Regiment. An armoured Infantry Battalion, part of 7th Armoured Brigade, based in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany.

Since it’s formation the 3rd Battalion has served with distinction in Afghanistan. The Mercian Regiment has spent more than two-and-a-half years in Afghanistan. The Regular Battalions have served on Op HERRICK 6, 10, 12, 14 and 15 and the TA Battalion has deployed the highest number of territorial soldiers in the British Army.

By 2014 the men had merged into the 1st (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters) and 2nd (Cheshire) Battalions.

You can read more about the history of the Stafford’s here.

Below you can see Edna talking to Colonel Richard Spibe, former Commander of the 3rd Batallion, Mercian Regiment.

Further videos

Watchman V and his handler Greg.

Staffords Regimental Assn Chairman on the laying up of the 3Bn Mercian (The Stafford’s) Colours.

Farewell to the Colours.



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