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Rawlett School Bullying

A TAMWORTH School are investigating after a video has emerged online which shows a group of students assault another teenager.

The video shows up to five students assault a teenage boy in the grounds of Rawlett School on Comberford Road in Tamworth.

In the shocking footage which appears to have been recorded on another students mobile phone, punches and kicks rained in on the teenager who was backed in to a corner and was trying to protect himself.

The cowardly behaviour of the students showed them acting in a pack to attack the teenager who was overpowered.

Just as shocking, a group of students could be seen to stand around the vicious assault with no one helping to defend the teenager.

Last night, Rawlett School issued a statement on their Facebook account which read: “Like many of you we are aware of a video circulating on social media filmed at school earlier today.

“Please be assured we were aware of the incident and are taking appropriate action. Tomorrow, Tuesday, we will be talking further with students, parents and the police. Because of this, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Staffordshire Police were made aware of the incident last night.  They confirmed that officers were called to the incident but no criminal investigation would be taking place.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We were called to reports of a 15-year-old boy studying at Rawlett High School in Tamworth having been assaulted by several children at around 3:45pm on Monday, September 11.

“Since the report, it has also come to our attention that someone has posted the video onto Facebook.

“The boy attended Sir Robert Peel Hospital to have his injuries checked, although none of the injuries were serious.

“Officers have spoken to the family and the school separately.

“The victim’s wishes for no criminal proceedings have been recorded.  Instead they are happy for the school to deal with the matter internally.

“Therefore no further action will be taken by police.”

The School is currently rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted and their website says:

The Rawlett School is:

  • committed to the development of a positive learning culture, which enables each student to become confident, caring and able to make a positive contribution to society
  • committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people.

If you are being bullied or if you would like advice or support then please visit www.bullying.co.uk or get help by calling their confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222.

Tamworth Events

SINGING and music concerts, murder-mystery-mayhem, monster mash up, fireworks extravaganza and Christmas lights festival – these are just some of the highlights lined up in Tamworth’s exciting new season of events.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team have been working hard to create a new and varied line up of shows and acts for Tamworth families and visitors to enjoy over the coming months.

This includes more Touring Theatre, bringing theatre to local venues, Assembly Rooms on Tour, taking some of the theatre’s favourite performers out into community locations and popular seasonal outdoor events.

Tamworth Arts and Events also continue to focus on art activities as part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces project, funded by Arts Council England.  Art Attack is part of The Big Draw Festival 2017, which is happening in towns all over the UK.

Free arts activities with professional artists and illustrators will be available for all ages on October 7th. So if you’re a budding artist or a complete novice, come along and join in with a jam-packed programme of art including chalk drawings in St Editha’s Square, land art creations in the Castle Grounds and for the more adventurous people – Body Draw in Ankerside shopping centre; where participants wear hats, shoes, gloves and get ‘creative’.

The rest of the new season begins on October 7, as Tamworth Assembly Rooms continues ‘On Tour’ at The Coton Centre with an evening of popular songs performed by the Mercian Singers. Special guests ‘Cor Curiad’ ladies choir from Llanelli, will make a welcome return to Tamworth as they join the mixed choir for a guaranteed evening of talented singing.

The next ‘On Tour’ performance is the hilarious Halloween themed compilation show – Monster Mash Up on October 28 at Landau Forte Academy. Tamworth Arts Club presents this darkly funny production, including musical theatre favourites from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and Jekyll and Hyde. The show also will include pop hits such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics! A must-see crowd-pleasing show.

Christmas cheer will warm everyone’s hearts on December 2 at St Editha’s Church. Tamworth Assembly Rooms ‘On Tour’ presents Tamworth Voices, featuring Tamworth Wind Band, for a traditional Christmas concert with a twist of contemporary songs and anthems that will get everyone high spirited and feeling festive.

If you have enjoyed the Tamworth Arts and Events Touring Theatre this summer, you won’t want to miss this season’s productions. October 17 will bring murder, mystery and mayhem, as the great Victorian detective, Sherlock Holmes, stalks Jack the Ripper in the streets of London; only to discover that the evidence is pointing to Sherlock’s trusted side-kick Dr Watson! Theatre Chipping Norton presents Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles, a witty and fast-paced story at the Sacred Heart Church from 7.30pm.

James Hickman and Dan Cassidy in Concert feature next when Touring Theatre arrives at St Francis Church on November 19.  This Anglo-American inspired folk duo will fill any venue with excitement, humour and exquisite musical entertainment.

More Touring Theatre will be showcased in the New Year. On February 8, 2018, St Francis Church will host a rip-roaring alt-folk band – Noble Jacks. A roof raising performance of feel good, upbeat folk tunes that will undoubtedly get your feet stomping along to the rhythms and lyrics.

If jazz music is more your style, then don’t miss Tantz in Concert on February 9, 2018. Touring Theatre will bring this high spirited and original klezmer dance/gypsy jazz band to the Sacred Heart Church. This remarkable six-piece band will bring great global music with an infectious vibe.

Outdoor entertainment starts this season with the return of the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 4. A breath-taking display of pyrotechnics, accompanied by fire performers, face painting, fun fair and food stalls for the whole family to enjoy.

The programme would not be complete without the annual Christmas Lights Festival. A jam-packed day is planned for November 26 with festive fun for families. Activities will include fairground rides, treasure hunt, crafts, live music, Christmas market, walk about characters, dance performances and face painting. The main event will be at 5pm when the lights are switched on; not forgetting Father Christmas who will make an appearance too.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “This is another great line up of events, with some exciting new features alongside the more popular festivities which have put Tamworth on the map in the recent years.

“Providing quality entertainment for our residents and to attract visitors to the town remains a key priority for the council and our thanks go to the Arts and Events team for organising another fantastic selection. We hope to see lots of people coming out to take part in the fun.”

Full information on the events, including ticket details, is available online at:  www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, or call the Box Office: 01827 709618.

Staffordshire police forensics

A 64-YEAR-OLD woman from Nuneaton has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a 65-year-old man was found in a property on St Mary’s Road, Nuneaton.

Police were called to the scene by paramedics at 9.43am this morning, 28 August.

The man’s next of kin has been informed and police are awaiting a post mortem.

Detective Inspector Anna Middleton said: “At this stage we believe the deceased and the woman in custody were known to each other. We’re keen to hear from anyone who has information that could help with our enquiries, especially if they heard or saw anything unusual at the property yesterday or this morning prior to the police arriving.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 113 of 28 August 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.

Tamworth Police Station exterior

POLICE in Tamworth will be throwing open their gates to the public for their annual Police Station open day in September.

This year’s open day will be taking place slightly later than other years, on Saturday 2 September.

Tamworth Police Station will be opening it’s doors between 11am and 3pm.

As in previous years, members of the public will be able to visit the custody suite and see the cells, experience having their fingerprints taken, see inside our range of vehicles and try on Police uniform and kit.

There will also be Police dogs and a mobile speed camera unit present as well as a mock crime scene and displays from the Fire and Rescue Service and the Staffordshie Police Cadets.

Children and fun-loving adults can have their faces painted and the kind people from Community Together CIC will be providing refreshments with a BBQ for which there will be a small fee. We’re hoping for sunshine and as such have arranged for an ice cream van to attend too.

 

Yours Clothing

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.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedJeff Wigley, Centre Manager at Ankerside Shopping Centre, said he is excited for the opening of a brilliant new addition to the centre. “We have a great mix of retailers and services at the centre and we’re delighted that we can now add Yours Clothing to that,” he said. “The creation of jobs is brilliant for people in the town and we are looking forward to welcoming some new faces to the Ankerside Shopping Centre team.”

“The opening of Yours Clothing in Tamworth will be a first for the town, so we are expecting it to be a huge success with our shoppers and we would like to wish the retailer’s team the best of luck with the new store.”

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedA spokesperson for Yours Clothing, said: “We are very excited to be growing our store portfolio by placing another Yours Clothing store in the West Midlands after receiving such huge demand for a store in the county of Staffordshire.

“Many of our online customers have commented that there is no-where to shop for plus-size fashion in Tamworth, so we are delighted to be filling this gap in the local market.”

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.

Air Ambulance

WATLING Street, has been closed to all traffic this afternoon as a collision has occurred between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

It is understood that the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on the B5404 Watling Street on Tuesday Afternoon, 27 June, at around 520pm.

This is the section of road known to some locals as ‘the old A5’ but the actual collision may have occurred off the main road on the turning for McDonalds and The Bed Centre.

An image from the scene sent in by reader, Mark Harper.

An image from the scene sent in by reader, Mark Harper.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene, including an Air Ambulance.

The pedestrian was air lifted to hospital.

At 730pm, emergency services remained on the scene and the road remained closed.

Our thoughts are with all involved.

We will bring you more information as we get it.

VANDALS have completely destroyed a large section of the boardwalk on Warwickshire Moor at Bolehall.

The plastic boardwalk with wooden supports was extended by 160m just a few months ago, in March this year to allow more visitors to enjoy the local nature reserve.

An Aerial shot showing Warwickshire Moor Local Nature Reserve and the extent of the damage. Credit: Mark @ DronemanUK

An Aerial shot showing Warwickshire Moor Local Nature Reserve and the extent of the damage. Credit: Mark @ DronemanUK

It is understood that the damage occurred Friday night, 23 June.

Around 30 meters of the plastic and wooden pathway has been completely destroyed, along with the ‘pier’ that carries you out to the river.

The Warwickshire Moor Local Nature Reserve has been described as one of Tamworth’s most valuable Local Nature Reserves.

The site sit off Moor Lane in Bolehall and is one of seven LNRs in Tamworth and is a valuable wetland habitat.

It is one of the last remaining and most accessible wetland sites in the borough and is home to numerous bird species, as well as moths, damselflies, dragonflies and small mammals.

The site is owned and managed by Tamworth Borough Council and is looked after by the Friends of Warwickshire Moor under the Wild About Tamworth project – a partnership between Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

It is now feared that without the boardwalk, the woodland and wetland path is muddy and impassable during wet periods.

An Aerial shot showing Warwickshire Moor Local Nature Reserve and the extent of the damage. Credit: Mark @ DronemanUK

An Aerial shot showing Warwickshire Moor Local Nature Reserve and the extent of the damage. Credit: Mark @ DronemanUK

For the past three years, Tamworth Borough Council has been working towards installing a boardwalk around the entire site, so that it remains accessible to all during wet weather and to enable wheelchair users and those with pushchairs to enjoy the moor and its wildlife.

Work has been carried out in sections and so far around 450 metres of the planned 700-metre loop has been completed. The next phase was planned for the autumn, with the final phase to follow next year.

However, the estimated cost of the fire damage is expected to be in the region of £20,000, potentially representing a significant setback for the project.

Funding for the boardwalk has come from a variety of sources including section 106 money, as well as community initiatives such as the Wild About Tamworth project and the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment, said: “I’m absolutely livid about this mindless vandalism. It is such a setback, especially after so many people have put such a lot into this. It’s been a real community effort between the Street Scene team at Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Warwickshire Moor, who look after the park voluntarily.

“Everyone involved in this project is really passionate about making the wetlands accessible to everyone and they have worked so hard to make it happen. I just can’t comprehend why someone would want to do this.

“We will now have to look at budgets to see if we can find the money to repair it, and determine how this will affect the next phase of the project.”

An Aerial shot showing Warwickshire Moor Local Nature Reserve and the extent of the damage. Credit: Mark @ DronemanUK

An Aerial shot showing Warwickshire Moor Local Nature Reserve and the extent of the damage. Credit: Mark @ DronemanUK

 

Christopher Pincher MP

THE results are in for the Tamworth Constituency and we can announce that the Conservative party has held the Tamworth seat.

This means that the Member of Parliament to represent the Tamworth Constituency for up to the next five years will be Christopher Pincher, with over 5000 extra votes compared to 2015.

Christopher John Pincher was born on 24 September 1969 in Walsall.  He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamworth since the 2010 general election, when he won the seat from the Labour Party. He first fought the seat in 2005.


SEE MORE: Watch the Tamworth Result Announced


He won election to Parliament at the 2010 election on a 9.5% swing: taking him to 45.8% of the vote and a majority of 6,090 or 13.1%, over 14-year incumbent Brian Jenkins who was the MP for Labour.

The results of the 2015 election gave Mr Pincher 23,606 votes, this was a 50% share of the votes cast and was a 4.3% increase on the 2010 election.  Carol Dean who was standing for the Labour Party took 12,304 votes was in second place, this was a 6.6% decrease on the 2010 result.  UKIP had 8,727 votes, followed by Liberal Democrats with 1,427 and the Green Party with 1,110 votes.

This year there was only three choices in the polling booths for the Tamworth Constituency, that is looked at as the three main parties of Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

This year there were no candidates standing for UKIP or the Green Party.

The 2017 Results

Party

Candidate

No. of votes 

Percentage 

LabourAndrew Hammond16,40134.8%
ConservativeChristopher Pincher28,74861%
Liberal DemocratJenny Pinkett1,9614.2%

The turn out at polling booths in the the Tamworth constituency this year around 66%, this is close to the 65.7% turnout in 2015.

Tamworth Constituency

The Tamworth constituency includes the Borough of Tamworth, and the District of Lichfield wards of Bourne Vale, Fazeley, Little Aston, Mease and Tame, Shenstone, and Stonnall.

Results and forming a government

To win a majority of the vote under the current system, a party needs to secure more than half the seats available.  There are 650 seats in the House of Commons representing the 650 constituencies in the UK: 533 are in England, 59 in Scotland, 40 in Wales, and 18 in Northern Ireland.

With a parliamentary majority, it is almost certain the new government will have the support it needs to pass legislation.

Voters choose a candidate in their constituency, rather than voting for a party. The candidate with the largest number of votes wins the seat. In marginal constituencies, the contests are very close.

A party winning a majority of seats usually does not have to win a majority of the overall votes cast.

Could there be two elections?

A hung parliament is a possible outcome, when no single party has won an overall majority and no party holds more than 50% of seats in the Commons.

When this happens the party with the most seats looks to other parties for support to gain an overall majority, potentially to form a coalition or partnership.  This is what happened when the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition.

This means the leader of the largest party does not necessarily become prime minister.

The civil service provides a private location, such as the Cabinet Office, for parties to negotiate away from parliament and the media.

While these negotiations are taking place, the UK retains a caretaker government and an incumbent prime minister. Ministers who lose their seats during the election will remain in government during this period. There are concerns about the lack of clarity during these caretaker periods.

If a coalition or partnership fails, the party that was in government before the election gets the first opportunity to try to form a minority government. If not, the prime minister will resign.

A parliament’s job is to amend and pass new laws. To do this, more than half the MPs need to agree by voting. This is much harder to achieve with a minority government. So a minority government may seek to call a second election to try to strengthen numbers.

However, legislation prevents a government from dissolving parliament (including for an election) at will – two-thirds of the Commons needs to vote for it.

Police car bonnet

DETECTIVES are investigating a sexual assault that took place in Polesworth and are appealing to the local community for information.

The incident, which was reported on 25 May, happened in 15 March at approximately 6:30pm.

A woman was walking along a footpath at the back of the park near the B5000 when a man stopped to talk to her. Whilst talking, the woman was grabbed from behind and was sexual assaulted by three men.

Detective Sergeant Carl Buckley of Warwickshire CID said: “Following the report we have launched a full investigation, part of which is requesting members of the local community to come forward with any information that may help us identify three men who we believe were in the area at the time.

“We are also keen on talking to anyone who may have spoken to the victim or seen any suspicious activity in the area on the evening of 15 March.”

“Additionally, we would like to talk to an older couple who were in the area walking their terrier dog around the time of the incident.”

Information about the incident can be given to Warwickshire Police by calling 101 and quoting incident number 64 of 25 May.

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.

You are not alone…

If you have been a victim of a sexual assault and live in the Staffordshire area, you can contact SARAC which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault.  You can call them on 01283 535110 or visit their website at www.sarac.org.uk. They offer support for anyone over the age of 13.

If you have been a victim of a sexual assault and live in the Warwickshire area, you can contact Rosa which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault. Call the 24-hour self-referral number 01788 551151 or visit www.rosasupport.org.

 

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