Can You Help
Identify Man Found In River Avon, Worcestershire
WORCESTERSHIRE Police are
appealing for the public’s help as they try to trace a dead man who
was found in the River Avon.
Officers were called to the Weir Meadow Caravan Park
in the town of Evesham at 10.10am on Wednesday, 19 February 2014,
when a member of the public spotted a body in the river that had
been caught on a boat mooring.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service sent a
boat crew to recover the man, who appeared to have been in the water
for some days.
However, detectives have not been able to identity
him: he had no ID or wallet on him and he does not fit any
outstanding missing persons reports from Worcestershire or any of
the policing areas upstream from Evesham:- ie. Warwickshire, West
Midlands, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
After an appeal locally failed to trace the man, Detectives are
releasing nationwide images of the clothes he wearing when he was
found, which are:-
► A pair
of well-used Caterpillar boots;
► A studded leather belt;
► A tweed like coat worn under a dark blue body
► A thick knit jumper with a zipped collar;
► A blue and red checked shirt;
► Dark blue jeans.
Found in a pocket were a pair of metal-rimmed glasses
in a hard, blue case from Boots.
Sergeant Chris Percival, who is leading the search, said:-
"Usually in such tragic cases, we can quickly identify the person
and inform their next of kin, so it is unfortunate that with this
man we have so little to go on. We thought it was more likely the
man was from Worcestershire or Warwickshire, but our local appeals
have not been successful, so we spreading our appeal nationally and
sending his details to Police forces across the country. I hope
someone somewhere will recognise the description and the clothes he
was wearing, and contact West Mercia Police straightway.”
DS Percival can be contacted at Worcester CID via the non-emergency
Police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously
through the independent charity Crimestoppers:- 0800 555 111 or via
quote the reference number:- 151s 19/02/14.
Heatons Bridge Military Vehicle
Weekend - Are you going?
5 April and 6 April 2014, will be the next
Military Vehicle Weekend at the Heatons Bridge Inn, Burscough (L40
8JG). The event is held twice a year at the Inn (courtesy of
proprietors Steve and Jacqui Winrow) and vehicles attending range
from Landrovers and Jeeps, through 4 ton trucks, right up to the
Mighty Antar Tank transporter/trailer and Abbot self propelled gun.
There is also a mighty Howitzer field gun with Foden Gun crew-bus
which are now regularly part of the display. There are no admission
or other charges involved, but if you are a fan of military
vehicles, well this is a show not to be missed! These are a few
photos from last years events, with thanks to Paul Connolly.
LOCAL ROCK CHOIR
OFFERS HOPE FOR A PEACEFUL NIGHT SLEEP!
IF you suffer from snoring
or are fed up with being kept awake by your partner’s nocturnal
noises, joining your local Rock Choir could be the answer to
uninterrupted sleep. The nation’s favourite contemporary choir can
help boost people’s mental health and wellbeing, plus scientific
research has shown that singing can also help reduce snoring!
Local Rock Choir leader Anthony Seaman explains:- “Singing
helps to exercise and strengthen muscles in the soft palette, which
is where the snoring vibration occurs. A study carried out by the
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, found preliminary
evidence that regular singing exercises may benefit people who
snore. This prompted us to ask Rock Choir members whether they or
their partners had noticed any improvements in their snoring since
joining. Over 10% of respondents said yes. We often receive emails
and letters from choir members telling us how much being in Rock
Choir is helping them to feel happier, increase their confidence and
even lose weight. So this is yet another bonus!”
Rock Choir member Dagmar Rathbone says her husband has noticed a
difference since she joined Rock Choir:- “Apparently my
snoring is now quieter. My husband says I’ve gone from a tank to a
Another Rock Choir member, Viv Feeley, says her snoring has reduced
since joining. “I’m now thinking of getting my husband to join
Rock Choir too!”
Anthony runs Rock Choir’s fun, weekly sessions in
Birkenhead,Liverpool, Maghull, Southport and West Kirby...
“We’re always looking for new members and husbands and partners are
very welcome to join us. They can even try a free taster session
first. I can’t guarantee they’ll stop snoring, but I can say that
they’ll have a great time singing. Time and time again I see how
singing with Rock Choir helps improve people's self-confidence and
gives them wonderful sense of fulfilment and wellbeing. It’s a great
way of letting off steam and enjoying some time out each week.”
Rock Choir is the UK’s largest contemporary choir, with more than
16,000 members in over 250 local communities. There are no auditions
and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing
experience. Rock Choir members get together each week to attend fun,
friendly rehearsals where they are taught specially arranged pop and
rock songs. There are lots of exciting performances throughout the
year and many of them help raise money for charity.
For a free taster session or more information about times go to:-
rockchoir.com or call:- 01252
Powerhouse, Formby development
IN the 6 February 2014
Edition of our Southport and Mersey
Reporter edition we reported about the area around the former
Powerhouse in Formby was being prepared for demolition. Over the
last few days residents in the area have sent out letters
complaining about the demolition work and expressing concern over
One letter sent by
Mrs Maria Bennett, Chair of FRAGOFF, to Bellway Homes Ltd. states:-
"We have been contacted by several residents in this area who
have expressed very real concerns with what is transpiring in
relation to the site. To list a few they are as follows:-
1. Trees on private property being cut back without the express
consent of the residents concerned.
2. Aggressive behaviour, the use of threats and abusive language
being used towards the public who have visited the site
to take pictures whilst using the public right of way.
3. Reports to the police of HGVs driving to the site at 10.30pm
(crime numbers have been obtained).
4. Vehicles in excess of 3.5 Tonnes using the access road.
5. What the residents perceive to be a threatening letter to them
dated 10 February 2014, even though it is clear from
the Deeds that the residents clearly own that part of the land. Not
all the land is owned by Bellway and we find it
extraordinary that you appear to think you can just do what you
want, without any thoughts or concerns for the residents.
6. The state of the road after just a few days of heavy traffic
We have to say that we find it extraordinary the stance you are
taking. We believe you should be working with the residents to help
alleviate their concerns and not be seen to be using aggressive and
threatening tactics. Is it not your intention to try and integrate
your development with Formby? Are you not best addressing the issues
these residents have in a calm and non confrontational way in order
to ensure that the development proceeds in a manner which is
We are requesting that you arrange a meeting with us and the
residents in order to discuss their concerns and hopefully reach an
amicable solution to the problems they have in respect of Bellway."
The letter also has highlighted some quotes in it. Another letter
was sent off to Steve Faulkner, Sefton MBC's Assistant Team Leader,
at the Planning Services (Development Management) asking:-
"about the risk of asbestos on the site." They also
say that they are:- "extremely concerned as to the
councils lack of awareness as to the specific serious issues
relating to this site and in particular with regard to the residents
concerns." She also added that:- "You, yourself, may
not have witnessed any demolition on the site, but we have and have
photographs to prove it so demolition has clearly taken place."
Steve Faulkner in the email cc to us from Mrs Maria Bennett, has
been quoted as saying:- "We are aware that preliminary site
clearance works are ongoing. We have not observed any demolition
works to the building which would constitute a start to the
development. Therefore no conditions are relevant and there are no
breaches of planning control.
1. If tree branches are moved without residents consent then this is
a matter between the parties and not a planning matter.
2. Fires being started on site are also not planning matters.
Complaints should be directed to Environmental Colleagues at:- 0845
3. In respect of any larger vehicles using Hoggs Hill Lane, I am
advised that an application for a temporary cessation to the Traffic
Regulation Order has been made to our Highways colleagues. Matters
relating to public/private use are not matters for planning but
Highways would advise further on this and other issues relating to
the TRO (0151 934 4175).
I have discussed a number of matters relating to this site with
Emery Planning who acted as agents for the scheme and they advise
that should you or residents continue to express concern with other
aspects of activity on site to contact the customer services
department of the Liverpool Office on:- 0151 486 2900 and they will
be happy to answer queries.
If it is necessary to contact this department in respect of further
planning matters or to report any breach of planning control, please
direct all emails to:-
We, at Southport Reporter, have contacted both parties mentioned in
Mrs Maria Bennett emails, for comments and we will report any
replies, should we get any, in following editions. This looks like
it is going to become a very hot topic for weeks to come.
Email your views about the work being conducted to our email