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OFFICERS from Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a three vehicle collision on Hinckley Road, Nuneaton, near to the Ford Garage.

The collision occurred a 12.59pm today (Thursday 14 September) and involved a stolen Volkswagen Golf, Renault Clio and Skoda. It occurred following a short police pursuit of the Golf.

Three men who were in the Golf were placed under arrest and taken to hospital. Their injuries are not serious.

Two occupants of the other vehicles involved were treated at the scene.

As is normal under such circumstances the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call 101 and quote incident 172 of 14 September 2017.

A PLANNING application has been submitted to North Warwickshire Borough Council for the first phase of a major development scheme just outside Tamworth.

The application submitted on behalf of national developer, St. Mowden at the end of June this year; a decision is expected shortly.

The applications for a scheme which is proposed to take place on a 35-acre site, east of junction 10 of the M42, known as Tamworth logistics park.

The development could create up to 1,700 jobs in the area.

Gregg Titley, Development Director At St. Modwen has said:

Based on the 10-year average take up for new warehouses in the West Midlands the amount of space available will be gone within one year.

The development at Tamworth Logistics Park will therefore deliver much needed accommodation in a strategic location on the M42 corridor for both distribution and manufacturing companies.

Map of proposed plan Credit: St. Mowden

Map of proposed plan (Credit: St. Mowden)

Tamworth Logistics Park is part of St. Modwen’s growing focus on the development of industrial and logistics sites in areas of high demand across the UK.

As part of the Tamworth development, St. Modwen will create a new access off Trinity Road to service the site. A substantial area of existing open space to the south-west of the site will also be retained, providing natural wildlife habitats.

If the planning application is accepted, the work onsite is due to start during the first quarter of 2018.

The application follows the recent launch of the 153,000 sq ft unit known as CP153 at St. Modwen’s Centurion Park, located adjacent to Tamworth Logistics Park, which could create up to 200 additional jobs in the area.

LADY JUSTICE STATUE

A TEENAGE boy who was arrested at a school in Nuneaton in June has been sentenced following the incident.

The boy from Nuneaton was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intention to endanger life and possession of an article with a blade on school premises following an incident at a school in Nuneaton on June 13 this year.

The Boy, 15, who can not be named due to his age has been given a six-year youth detention order after taking shotgun and ammunition in to the school.

The incident occurred at Higham Lane School on Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton.

Police were called to the incident at the school yesterday at 9.15am on Tuesday 13 June where the boy was arrested and a firearm and ammunition seized. He was also later also found to be in possession of a pocket knife.

Superintendent Andy Nolan said: “This was a concerning incident for all involved. Fortunately the call handlers, officers and staff at the school responded promptly to contain the boy and ensure pupils at the school were kept safe. I would like to thank staff and pupils at the school for their cooperation and support during the incident and the following investigation.”

His Honour Judge Andrew Lockhart QC reserved praise for the 999 call handler in the case. Superintendent Martin Samuel said: “Our emergency call handlers are all trained to make quick decisions in high pressured situations. The call handler in this case immediately understood the severity of the situation and took immediate steps to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. He is a credit to the force.”

THE family of a man who died following a collision on the M42 on Saturday 19 August has said he “will be missed by family, friends, neighbours and members of the community”.

Raymond ‘Ray’ Goode, aged 84, who lived in both Coventry and Altea, Spain, died following the collision. A Peugeot 307 was in collision with the Vauxhall Agila in which Mr Goode was travelling.

The incident occurred at around 8.50pm on the southbound carriageway near to junction 10 for Tamworth (Moto Services).

Ray’s wife Jane was injured in the collision and continues to recover in hospital.

A family statement said: “Ray was born in Coventry where he spent his early life before joining the army and serving in Egypt and Korea. He was an engineer at Unbrako for many years and represented the company in Japan in 1970 where he spent six months working.

“Ray later moved to Atherstone where he and Jane ran a local hairdressing business, ‘New Images’, and were very much part of the local community.

“Ray and Jane retired to Spain in 2005 where they became a part of the local community and spent time travelling the world having recently retraced his footsteps in Japan.

“Ray was a keen photographer of wildlife and had made numerous visits to Kruger Park in South Africa.

“Ray was a wonderful, loving and caring husband. He will be missed by his family, friends, neighbours and members of the community.

“The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words.”

Jane and Ray Goode

Jane and Ray Goode

A 36-year-old man from Birmingham arrested following the incident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released under investigation.

Police are continuing to investigate and appeal for witnesses or anyone else with information to call 101 quoting incident 441 of 19 August 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Tamworth Informed would like to pass on our thoughts to the Ray Goode’s family and friends. 

Office Abbott Run

TWO companies local to Tamworth have raised a staggering £24,909.09 for Cancer Research UK through their organisation of a Fun Run and Summer Ball. 

The Office Pub organises ‘The Office Abbott Run’ annually and is also supported by local Nissan Dealership, Polesworth Garage.  Last year the annual run included the ‘Abbot’ name for the first time. This was in honour of local Polesworth resident Karen Abbott who sadly lost her battle to cancer on 22 March 2016.  Karen was a keen runner and a Police Sergeant at Tamworth Police Station.

The event is now in it’s fourth year and is growing every time. It sees sees men, women and children run, jog or walk the 5K.  The course is from Polesworth Garage on Grendon Road in Polesworth to The Office Pub in Warton.

This year, the run which took place on Sunday 9 July raised an AMAZING £12,636.79 for Cancer Research. The figure which exceeded the 2016 total, as the event continues to grow.

That was not all however, Polesworth Garage wanted to top up this figure and donate even more to the very worthy cause. Earlier in the year,  they organised a 50th Anniversary Summer Ball, to celebrate the company trading for half a century! This ball was held in honour of Chairman, Bill Newbold, who sadly passed away with Cancer in October 2016.  This ball raised an incredible £12,272.30.

Polesworth Garage decided that they wanted to donate this entire fund to the Office Abbott run figure. Because of this, the total raised jumped to an astonishing £24,909.09!

An amazing well done to everyone involved in organising the events. Also to everyone who has taken part in the the fun run.

North Warwickshire Borough Council

NORTH Warwickshire Borough Council will later this week set out its proposal for the Local Plan after listening to comments from the public.

Earlier this year the Council concluded the first stage of its consultation into how the houses needed for future generations will be built. The overwhelming issue raised by public responses was that the right infrastructure needed to accompany the development.

The final draft version of the Plan will be considered by Councillors on 11th September and then at further meetings in October. A further series of consultation and information events will take place throughout the rest of this year through which the public will be able to comment further.

The latest version looks to accommodate 6800 houses over the next 15 years and now that other public agencies have responded to the first consultation the Council is able to give significantly more detail on the infrastructure investments that will come with that development.

The Council is also making it clear that unless the A5 is comprehensively improved then a large amount of that housing figure will not be delivered.

Health agencies have asked for over £2.4m in contributions to local health care to allow more doctors, nurses and consulting rooms to be provided. Additional primary schools and financial contributions to allow secondary school to expand will also be part of the ask to developers.

In addition, a major study of the Borough’s road network has been undertaken and major investment is to be planned to make the roads suitable for the additional population. In particular major schemes will be included for the A5 which will allow a further ten years of development to take place before a complete overhaul is needed.

Speaking ahead of the publication of the papers on 1st September, Councillor David Humphreys, Leader of the Council said:

“Councillors will start to formally consider the public’s response in September. I’d like to again thank everyone who has engaged in this process so far. It is clear that the public, and Councillors, are very concerned about the need for large infrastructure improvements to accompany this unavoidable growth.

The infrastructure and detailed planning of the major sites will however provide a really important investment into the Borough. Our roads and health services have been somewhat neglected for years as very little investment came into the Borough. With the growth we have to take, there is now the opportunity to use this to improve our facilities.”

The draft plan is not finalised as Councillors will look at the proposals very carefully and there will be even more opportunities for people to give their views. Engagement with communities, where larger allocations will go, will continue beyond this exercise so we can all help shape the areas as they develop.

Councillor David Reilly, Chairman of the Local Development Committee added:

“I welcome the publication of this further draft and in particular the large increase in infrastructure provision. Our Borough has been crying out for investment after very little growth for many years. We have no choice but to address the housing figures and we have done this honestly and with an eye to modernising as many of our services as we can.

“A key case is the A5 and we are now closer to resolving this longstanding problem than we’ve ever been. We will allocate 6800 houses but the transport assessment is clear that if a full modernisation of the A5 doesn’t happen then we will not be delivering a large proportion of that housing. In this way we will be able to use the unavoidable growth to improve our area and we have made it clear that unless this infrastructure is delivered, then we will not allocate this level of housing.”

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DETECTIVES from Warwickshire Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Kingsbury, near Tamworth.

The incident happened around 11.30pm on Tuesday (29 August) at a residential property near Kingsbury Hall.

Five unknown offenders are reported to have entered the property armed with hammers, a crow bar and a bladed article, demanding money from the resident, a man in his 40’s.

One of the offenders is reported to have hit the man with a broom handle, causing a minor injury to his nose, before all five left the property with an amount of cash and a mobile phone from the victim.

DC Gavin Wallwork of Nuneaton CID said: “The victim has been left understandably shaken by this ordeal but thankfully did not suffer more serious injuries.

“Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be conducting reassurance patrols in the area and carrying out house to house enquiries as we investigate this incident.

“The property is located in a rural area and we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area at the time, or anybody who may have seen four white men and one black man leaving the scene.

“If you have any information, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 6 of 30 August.”

If you want to give information but don’t want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won’t be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you.

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.

Off road bike

POLICE in North Warwickshire have warned users of off-road motorbikes that if they continue to ride their motorbikes off road without land owners permission then they can face Section 59 Warnings, Vehicle Seizure and even prosecution.

The Warwickshire Police Off Road Team which is made up of several officers riding high performance off road motorbikes have been out in force in response to increase in complaints about off-road motorbikes around Kingsbury, Wood End and Hurley.

On Sunday, 20 August 2017 a number of complaints came in about a series of bikes riding through Piccadilly MOD land and Edge Hill, Wood End. The Off Road Team were dispatched to the area and 5 riders were detained and all given Section 59 Warnings about the use of the off road bikes on public land.

The Off Road Team was set up in a response to the increasing number of Off Road Bikes being used in the North Warwickshire and posing a danger to pedestrians using public footpaths on the land in which they were riding. The team have also successfully been deployed in Nuneaton and Bedworth which has seen a significant decrease in the use of antisocial use of motorbikes.

The message is very simple, if you have an off road bike then you need to have the land owners permission to ride off road, if you don’t have this then you risk your bike being seized.

Warwickshire Police have created a useful handy downloadable guide for the guidelines of using off road vehicles. This can be downloaded her:  Police Advice on Use of Motor Vehicles [1Mb](Opens in a new window)

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A 39-year-old man from Nuneaton was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court this week (Friday 11 August).

Dean Michael Cocks

Dean Michael Cocks

Dean Michael Cocks of St Mary’s Road, Nuneaton, was found guilty of sexual assault by digital penetration and sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in prison.  He appeared at Warwick Crown Court as part of a week long trial.

He was found not guilty of rape in relation to an incident that happened at a property in the Camp Hill area of Nuneaton in the early hours of Friday 2 October, 2015.

DS Carl Buckley of Nuneaton CID said: “I would like to commend the courage of the victim, a young woman in her 20s, who has shown a great deal of bravery in supporting our investigation and allowing us to bring a sexual offender to justice.

“After a thorough investigation, I hope that our victim feels some sense of closure and that her strength encourages other victims to come forward and report offences to the police.”

Warwickshire Police are keen to reassure the public that they take all reports of rape and sexual offences very seriously and will thoroughly investigating any incidents reported to them.

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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