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A MAN from the Earls Road area of Nuneaton has been arrested by Anti-Terror police in connection with the terrorist attack in Manchester this week.

Following the arrest, Warwickshire Police have said that they would like to reassure local communities that there are extra officers out on patrol, to offer reassurance and address any concerns from members of the public.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans from Warwickshire Police said: “I know many people in our communities will be very concerned about the raised terror level threat and the recent arrest in Nuneaton, our colleagues from Greater Manchester Police are leading on this investigation .

“We will continue to have increased high visibility police patrols across Warwickshire to provide community reassurance.

“I continue to urge the public to be vigilant, to remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. In an emergency always dial 999.”

In a statement Greater Manchester Police have said: “These searches are connected to an attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage”.

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A DORDON resident, who harassed neighbours by playing loud music  for up 32 hours at a time, has been fined £16,000 following a prosecution by North Warwickshire Borough Council-  one of the largest fines in the Council’s history.

Mr Jason Duffield of Hall End Cottages was originally convicted by Police and received a restraining order in 2016.  After complaints that he was continuing to play loud music, the Borough Council issued a noise abatement notice in November 2016.

Environmental Health staff continued to monitor Mr Duffield’s property with recordings revealing that he was playing music continually for between 28 -32 hours. As Mr Duffield had breached the noise abatement notice, staff then confiscated all his sound equipment in December.   In April, he was convicted of five breaches of the Noise Abatement Notice at Nuneaton Magistrates Court. The sentencing hearing was held on 9 May when the Court imposed the penalty.

Steve Maxey, Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council said:

“ This fine reflects the severity of the offence.  Jason Duffield repeatedly ignored the warnings from the Police and from the Council, which not only constituted a flagrant breach of the law but also caused undue distress and upset to his neighbours in Dordon. “

The £16,170 fine consists of a £10,000 fine, £6,000 investigation and legal costs and £170 victim surcharge.

The Court also imposed a Criminal Behaviour Order on Mr Duffield and ordered that items seized by the Borough Council including TVs, a Hi-fi and speakers should be destroyed.

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A 43-year-old man from Atherstone has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which a woman was injured.

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The incident happened in Abbey Street, Nuneaton on 12 March where the 47-year-old woman was assaulted and had her handbag, purse, cash and bank cards stolen.

Mark Palfreyman, of Gramer Court, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday, 4 May.

DC Matthew Bird, of north Warwickshire CID, said: “This was a very frightening incident for the woman and, although she was not seriously injured physically, she  was very shaken up by it. I am very happy that the offender has been identified and justice has been done.”

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SMOKING is an expensive habit – as one Cannock resident found when he ignored letters about an £80 fine and ended up with a hefty £500 fine from Nuneaton Magistrates Court.

Mr Jamie Millar of Hunter Road, Cannock was spotted by eagle eyed Borough Council staff as he smoked a cigarette on South Street in Atherstone and then threw the butt into the road.  Environmental Health staff approached him  to explain the offence and to obtain his details and then continued to observe the group of people he was with.

Staff later traced Mr Millar’s home address through his employer and sent him several letters explaining about the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).  This is £80 if paid within 14 days, reducing to £50 if paid within seven days.

Mr Millar ignored the letters, did not appear in court and was fined £500 consisting of a £230 fine, legal costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Steve Maxey, Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council commented:

“ According to a government survey of 12,000 sites in 2013, over 82% were strewn with cigarette ends and other smokers’ materials.  It takes up to 12 years for a cigarette end to biodegrade and it’s estimated that local authorities in England spend   £540m on street cleaning and litter clearance.”

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THE Cuckoo’s Rest pub in Dordon could be run by a community group if there is an expression of interest within the next six weeks.

In February 2016, the Cuckoo’s Rest was listed as an asset of community value, which means that the owner must notify the Council if they want to sell.  Punch Partnerships (PML) Ltd, which owns the pub, notified North Warwickshire Borough Council on 27th April that it intends to sell the business.

A community interest group then has up to six weeks to make an expression of interest to bid for the business.

This must be a legally constituted organisation such as a charity, a company limited by guarantee that does not distribute profits amongst its members, an Industrial and Provident Society, a Community Interest Company (CIC) or a Parish Council.

The community interest group will then be given a further four and half months to make the final bid, making six months in total.

During this time, the owner can market and discuss the sale with interested parties but must only exchange contracts with a community interest group.  However, there is no right of first right of refusal for a community interest group.

At the end of the moratorium period, the owner will be free to sell to at any price and for a protected period of 18 months will not again be subject to a further moratorium.

An expression of interest must be received by the Borough Council by 7th June 2017.

Sales details: https://realla.co/for-sale/details/b418b02ccfb24d9ab977f1f21b22261a

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PLANNING permission has been granted for a broiler unit to hold over 40,000 chickens in Mancetter.

Crown Waste Management Ltd made an application to build a bird broiler unit on land at Crown Stables in Mancetter, North Warwickshire, which the Council rejected.

An appeal to the Planning Inspectorate has been successful and the developer has been given permission to build a 40,001 bird broiler unit, subject to conditions set by the inspector.

The full development will also include associated control room, feed silos, LPG tank, heat exchanger, hard standing and attenuation pond.

The building will be used to rear chickens associated with a short cycle, broiler regime which typically comprises a growth cycle of 37-38days with 7- 11 days allowed for cleaning and restocking.

A single, full time worker will be employed to visit the site twice daily during each growth cycle. This individual will be responsible for stock husbandry and the control of any pests or diseases.

Originally the permission was refused by North Warwickshire Borough Council on the basis that there would be a risk of unacceptable odour emissions that would have a detrimental impact on the occupants of a nearby residential property.

The Council expressed its disappointment at the decision and would like to thank local people, the Parish Councils and others who participated in the appeal procedure. The Hearing took place on the 15th and 16th February 2017.

There are a total of 2o conditions which have been imposed by the planning inspectorate. These include limits on the time HGV’s can access the site and the times in which the chickens can be caught.

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OFFICERS investigating an incident of criminal damage at Kingsbury Water Park in Kingsbury have released photos men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

The incident occurred at around 8pm on Thursday 6 April 2017 in the Gnome Village next to the Echills Wood Railway, which runs through the park. More than 100 gnomes were destroyed in the incident.

PC Scott Ramsell said: “This was mindless vandalism, there’s no other way to describe it. The Echills Wood Railway is run by volunteers and all the gnomes were kindly donated. They bring pleasure to thousands of people who go on the railway every year.

“I’m sure someone will recognise these men and I’d urge them to contact us.”

If anyone recognises the men in the photos or has any information that could help police with their enquiries they can call 101 and quote incident 103 of 7 April 2017.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Image courtesy of Warwickshire Police

Image courtesy of Warwickshire Police

Image courtesy of Warwickshire Police

Image courtesy of Warwickshire Police

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TWO Men have been charged with murder following an incident in Atherstone on 25 March. A man from Tamworth remains under investigation.

Phillip Austin Picken, aged 55, of Manor Road, Atherstone and Neil Barnes, aged 33, of no fixed abode, have been charged with the murder of 26-year-old Gregory Kelly from New Arley.

Gregory was taken to hospital with critical head injuries following the incident on Manor Road, Atherstone, at 9.25pm on 25 March. He died on 30 March.

Picken and Barnes will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates Court today (Friday 7 April) and have been remanded in custody to appear at Warwick Crown Court on Monday 10 April.

Another man, aged 56 and from Tamworth, was arrested yesterday (Thursday 6 March) on suspicion of murder and released under investigation.

A 41-year-old woman from Atherstone was also arrested yesterday on suspicion perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender. She is currently in police custody.

A 38-year-old man from Atherstone remains on bail after being arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Police are continuing to investigate Gregory’s death and appeal for information. If anyone has any information that could help officers with their investigation they should call 101 and quote incident 389 of 25 March 2017.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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DETECTIVES from Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery, after a man and woman were assaulted at a property in North Street, Atherstone.

The incident happened around 1am on Saturday 25 March, when three men are reported to have forced their way into the property after knocking on the front door.

A woman in her 30’s is reported to have been punched in the face several times by one of the men, causing her to fall to the floor and lose consciousness.

A man in his 70’s was also pushed and fell to the floor, where it is believed he was further assaulted as the offenders made repeated demands for money.

The offenders left the property with an amount of cash and a credit card, leaving the woman with bruising to her face and the man with a broken cheek bone, bruising to his face and body and injuries to his hand which required hospital treatment.

Detective Constable Kevin Usher of Warwickshire Police said: “This was clearly a very traumatic incident for the two victims involved.

“Residents will have noticed an increased police presence in the area while enquiries have been carried out and I would like to reassure them that we are treating this as an isolated incident.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen anybody acting suspiciously in the area near the times stated.

“If you have any information at all please contact police on 101, quoting incident number 30 of 25 March.”

Alternatively, 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.org.uk.

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.

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Two men from Atherstone, aged 33 and 55, have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of 26-year-old Gregory Kelly.

Gregory, who was from New Arley, was taken to hospital with critical head injuries following the incident on Manor Road, Atherstone, at 9.25pm on 25 March. He died on 30 March.

Both men had previously been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent in connection with the incident. A 38-year-old man from Atherstone remains on bail after also being arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Police are continuing to investigate Gregory’s death and appeal for information.

If anyone has any information that could help officers with their investigation they should call 101 and quote incident 389 of 25 March 2017.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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