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POLICE are appealing for information after an armed robbery at a local Co-operative store.

The incident happened at approximately 1025pm on Saturday 22 July.

Three males entered the store armed with a crow bar, kitchen knife and a metal bar.

The three men  stole cigarettes from the counter and money from the tills before speeding off from the locationin a red 63 plated Audi, possibly an S3 or an A3.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0902 22/07/2017.

You can also report 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.

DPCC Sue Arnold, DCO Graham Smout, Uttoxeter Racecourse CEO David MacDonald and Staffordshire Police Cadets.

UTTOXETER Racecourse is the latest business to support the Staffordshire Police Cadets after donating 50 tickets to the BBQ Family Fun Raceday and a voucher for a table in the 1907 restaurant.

Staffordshire Police Cadets have been busy raffling the 50 BBQ Family Fun Raceday tickets in order to raise funds for the cadet units. The event, which takes place on 30th July, will include a great British BBQ and family entertainment including a Burton Albion shoot out, Wildlife displays, assault courses and inflatables.

Uttoxeter Racecourse have also invited the cadets to attend the Beer Festival Raceday on Saturday 18thNovember to promote the cadet programme and do a collection to raise funds for new units.

The Staffordshire Police Cadets have in return offered their services to Uttoxeter Racecourse and will be available to provide assistance at raceday events, including traffic management and assisting members of the public.

Mrs Arnold said: ‘This is wonderful news for the ongoing success of the Cadets in Staffordshire and I would like to say a big thank you to Uttoxeter Racecourse for their generosity.

‘The money we raise from raffling the BBQ Family Fun Day tickets, the table for four in the 1907 restaurant and the collection day will allow us to plan activities and training for the cadets. This will help the scheme to be as effective as possible, and allow more and more young people the opportunity to become a Cadet.’

David MacDonald, CEO of Uttoxeter Racecourse, added: ‘Uttoxeter Racecourse are proud to support Staffordshire Police Cadets. Their work is providing the youth of the county with skills they will need in future years.

‘It is humbling to hear stories of youngster’s lives being transformed since joining the cadets, getting themselves back on track and giving them a new found confidence and a purpose.”

 DPCC Sue Arnold, DCO Graham Smout, Uttoxeter Racecourse CEO David MacDonald and Staffordshire Police Cadets.

DPCC Sue Arnold, DCO Graham Smout, Uttoxeter Racecourse CEO David MacDonald and Staffordshire Police Cadets.

The Staffordshire Police Cadet Service was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis in 2013 to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship. Seven successful Cadet units have been launched so far including a unit in Tamworth.

The Police Cadets work towards several nationally recognised qualifications including team-working and citizenship. Many of the Cadets have found that through the scheme they are becoming not only more confident and outgoing, but that they are also benefiting both socially and academically, all while helping to build links between the police and young people.

Businesses are invited to become Patrons or Sponsors to help fund uniforms and equipment for the Cadets. In return for becoming a Patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. More information is available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-cadets


health watch Staffordshire

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the future of a health watchdog.

Healthwatch Staffordshire is being recommissioned from April next year and the County Council, which commissions the service, is looking at ways in which it could be delivered in future.

It’s keen to ensure Healthwatch meets the needs of local people and influences the delivery of health and social care services.

The Council has launched a public survey and will take all feedback into account before making its decision.

Wendy Tompson, Corporate Community Engagement and Consultation Manager at the County Council, said: “We are recommissioning the local Healthwatch service with effect from April 1, 2018.

“To support this we are exploring ideas for how Healthwatch Staffordshire could be delivered in future to ensure it meets the needs of local people and influences the future of health and care services.

“Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion for people who use health and social care services. Its job is to ensure that local voices are heard and that people’s views and experiences are used to improve existing services and help shape future delivery.

“It’s therefore really important that members of the public have a say about the future of this service.

“We’ve developed a questionnaire to capture opinion and want as many people as possible to let us know what they think.”

The closing date for all completed surveys will be Sunday, August 20.

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free summer activities

THE Summerwatch campaign to promote safety and crime prevention over the summer months, has unveiled a host of FREE activities for young people after it secured £9,000 funding from the Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner’s Space scheme.

Summerwatch is being run by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership, which includes Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Staffordshire County Council.

The activity programme – Space – is aimed at 11 to17 year-olds and will run from Monday July 24 until Friday September 1. This is in addition to the programme of activities being organised as part of Tamworth Borough Council’s annual Summer Playscheme.

The activities, which take place throughout Tamworth, include:

  • Boxing sessions for boys and girls at the Cornerpost Gym in Orchard Street:
    • Mondays to Thursdays, 5.30pm-6.30pm, 11-13 year-olds
    • Mondays to Thursdays, 6.30pm-7.30pm, 13-17 year-olds
  • Football and other fun sports run by Burton Albion Community Trust who will be continuing their KICKS programme at various open space locations including: Wigginton Park (Monday evenings); Rothay Open Space/Rosemary Road play area (alternate Tuesdays); Dosthill Park (Wednesdays);Burgess Park (Thursdays). Sessions take place from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Jump Xtreme, Wilnecote, from July 27:
    • Thursdays and Fridays (6pm-7pm) 11-17 year-olds.

Trampoline sessions must be booked by phone quoting ‘SPACE17’ and will be confirmed by return email. No more than two people per booking. Maximum one session, per person, per week.

There will also be four sessions of nail art at the Cornerpost Education Centre in Orchard Street running on August 14 (12-4pm), August 15 (10am-2pm), August 16 (12pm-4pm) and August 17 (10am-2pm).

Activities will include polish practice with art pens and animal prints, gems and glitter, introduction to gel nails and introduction to dipping powders.

Further information on the dates, times and places of all the SPACE activities taking place in Tamworth and Staffordshire can be found at www.staffordshirespace.uk and via the Community Safety Partnership website www.safertamworth.org.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership has been able to secure £9,000 of funding from the OPCC to deliver with partners, a wide range of free activities for young people in Tamworth.

“The opportunities will promote further involvement and there are also places for people to volunteer and assist to deliver worthwhile activity to prevent anti-social behaviour and boredom during the long summer holidays.”

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.

Knife being dropped

POLCIE say that following fantastic public support, there was over 700 knives handed in during last week’s Knife Amnesty.

Between the 10th and the 16th July Staffordshire Police were encouraging you to hand in any knives that you no longer needed or wanted to prevent them being used to cause harm.

Their no-questions-asked approach has seen hundreds of knives handed in at knife bins at Police Stations across the county.  Police say that this is a positive step in efforts to make Staffordshire a safer place.

The Knife Amnesty was about much more than just collecting knives. There was a big push to discourage younger members of society from thinking about carrying a knife and throughout the week our officers were visiting schools to deliver sessions designed to educate children about the impact of knife use.

A targeted Facebook campaign also reached over 120,000 users and saw over 6,000 people respond to the event. Nearly every secondary school in the county was provided with a letter to parents alerting them to the dangers of knives and how they can be securely stored to prevent children getting hold of them.

Working with Stoke City Council, Staffordshire Police targeted businesses that sell knives to remind them that the sale to a child under the age of 18 is unlawful. This joint work saw the conducting of test purchase operations (observed and monitored purchases by children) that saw two businesses sell a knife to a 16-year-old.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedChief Superintendent Wayne Jones, Head of Local Policing and Operations, said: “Thanks to the support we have had from local partners, we have been able to educate more people about the harm knives can cause and discourage them from making the poor choice to carry one. This kind of activity is critical in preventing the horrendous consequences of knife crime and we hope that this message has landed across the County.

“I am really encouraged by the willingness of people to give up their knives and I am sure that this is a campaign that we will repeat in the future in our efforts to continue to reduce harm.

“Whilst we will push the prevention message in every way we can to change behaviour and keep people safe, I will be making sure our officers continue to identify and arrest those found carrying and using knives.”

Yours 11

A BRAND NEW store opened it’s doors for the first time in Ankerside Shopping Centre today as the plus size fashion retailer, Yours Clothing began trading.

Well known for its wide range of ladies fashion in sizes 16 – 36, including clothing, lingerie, footwear and accessories, Yours Clothing opened its doors at Ankerside Shopping Centre today, Friday 21st July.

The arrival of the fabulous clothing chain at the shopping centre, which is located next to Bluc Inc and opposite Poundland, will see the creation of up to five jobs for the people of Tamworth, of which the store are still recruiting.

THE town’s shopping centre is set to welcome a brand-new addition next week as the plus size fashion retailer, Yours Clothing announces the opening of its new Tamworth store. Well known for its wide range of ladies fashion in sizes 16 – 36, including clothing, lingerie, footwear and accessories, Yours Clothing will open its doors at Ankerside Shopping Centre on Friday, 21st July.  The arrival of the fabulous clothing chain at the shopping centre, which will be located next to Bluc Inc and opposite Poundland, will see the creation of up to five jobs for the people of Tamworth, of which the store are still recruiting for a store manager and three sales assistants.

Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, Jeff Wigley with Yours Clothing staff.

Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said the opening of such a popular fashion store is a fantastic addition to the town. “It has been extremely exciting to be able to welcome Yours Clothing to the centre this week and even better to see so many shoppers enjoying the opening on Friday,” he said.

“We have a terrific mix of fashion retailers at Ankerside including Blue Inc, Peacocks and Select, so we’re thrilled for Yours Clothing to be a part of the offering at the centre,” Jeff added.

Former Yours Clothing model turned plus-size style advisor, Amy Steed at the opening of Ankerside's Yours Clothing.

Former Yours Clothing model turned plus-size style advisor, Amy Steed at the opening of Ankerside’s Yours Clothing.

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

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