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New Chief Constable for Staffordshire Police announced

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis today announced Gareth Morgan will be the new Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police. Mr Morgan, currently the Deputy Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset, was appointed out of a short list of three.  His appointment will need to be ratified by the Police and Crime Panel at the earliest opportunity. Mr Ellis said: “We had exceptionally strong candidates for the position, but Gareth demonstrated the knowledge and breadth of experience needed to take the force through the huge period of change needed over the coming months to meet the ever-changing face of crime and evolving threats.” Mr Morgan was appointed Deputy Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset in February 2016 after a career of 26 years predominantly in the Midlands. Gareth joined West Midlands Police in 1990 as a Constable and then a Sergeant based in Birmingham. In 1996 he joined the Accelerated Promotion Scheme and on promotion to Inspector continued to work in a variety of uniform and detective roles. In 2000 he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy at Quantico. On his return he was promoted and posted as a Detective Chief Inspector to Sandwell. On promotion to Superintendent in 2002 he was seconded to the Home Office, within the Police Standards Unit. Gareth returned to the West Midlands in 2003 to review the provision of child protection policing and oversee the introduction of the Climbie recommendations before taking up the post of BCU Operations Manager at Stechford. In 2005 he was appointed Head of Training and in 2006, as a result of the Government’s intention to merge police forces, Gareth was seconded to programme manage the ‘Mergers Team’ for the West Midlands Region. Following promotion in 2007 he became a BCU Commander and the police lead for Children and Young People in Birmingham. In 2009, as part of the change programme in West Midlands Police, Gareth led on the review of local policing and the creation of a Public Protection Department, which he subsequently led. Following his attendance at the Strategic Command Course in 2011 he was temporarily promoted and took up the post of Chief of Staff to the President of Association of Chief Police Officers. In July 2012 he took up appointment as Assistant Chief Constable for local policing of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police. The post New Chief Constable for Staffordshire Police announced appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

New app launched to inform Staffordshire people of roadworks on their usual routes

A NEW smart phone app which will alert Staffordshire people to roadworks and delays on their daily travelling routes has been launched. The Roadzwork app has been developed locally to serve Staffordshire initially and is set to be rolled out wider. It has been designed to help road users avoid roadworks and other incidents on their local, regular routes by informing them before they set out. People travelling on familiar journeys – to work or on a school run – often only find out about works, incidents or public events which may cause delays when they reach the location. When using the Roadzwork app, they will just need to add their routes, along with the days and times they usually travel and the app does the rest. It will inform them of possible delays on or close to their routes, the expected severity and also provide detailed information of the works and the option to get directions to avoid the area. They can share the delay with friends to ensure that they do not get stuck in it either. The app is available today on the App Store for iOS, by searching for ‘roadzwork’, and is being developed for both Android and Windows operating systems. Roadzwork has resulted from a pilot project funded by Innovate UK, which is part of the Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Stoke-based Beepz LLP won the contract to develop the app. Staffordshire County Council’s head of highways James Bailey said: “The Roadzwork app could make a big difference to people’s day to day journeys and we’re pleased to see it piloted here in Staffordshire. We do all we can to inform people in advance of any of our works, but delays can also be caused by emergency utility works, incidents and public events. “People usually check and plan if they’re going on a longer or unfamiliar journey, but tend to just head straight out on familiar routes they use most days. This app will alert people straight away, meaning they can allow extra time or use an alternative route. “We will always look to use emerging technologies to help people understand and prepare for changes to their roads, avoid traffic congestion and delays and feel less disruption to their daily lives. Having a local business develop this app is also a bonus.” James Manning, Beepz LLP owner, said: We know that roadworks or incidents on our roads can cause frustration, especially when they cause us to be late or delay our journey. We have developed a solution which will make people’s daily journeys easier, whilst also providing information on the reason for the works. “We have been working closely with the county council and its partners who are keen to use the latest technology to improve life for residents.  As a Staffordshire company it is great to be able to pilot the app here before expanding it to other areas.” The post New app launched to inform Staffordshire people of roadworks on their usual routes appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Did you witness a fatal collision on the M42

WARWICKSHIRE Police are appealing for witnesses to a two vehicle collision on the M42. It happened on the southbound carriageway of the M42 between Junctions 8 and 7A at around 2.30pm on Monday, 27 March. The male driver of one of the vehicles involved died at the scene. Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the vehicles and the manner in which they were being driven prior to the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 218 of 27 March. Delays of more than three hours were reported on the motorway after a blue van collided with a Vauxhall Insignia which then overturned on the grass verge. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a medic on board attended the scene. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called just after 2.30pm to reports of a car on its side. “We had two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance on the scene. “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a car which was on its side on a grass verge. The driver, a man, was in cardiac arrest. “Sadly, despite the efforts of the team of ambulance staff it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.” Out thoughts are with all persons affected by this incident and we would ask that at this time, the male is not named. The post Did you witness a fatal collision on the M42 appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Help police find man who attempted a robbery at petrol station

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at a petrol station in Tamworth. A man wearing dark clothing walked into the Jet garage in Lichfield Street, Fazeley, at around 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March and demanded money. The man wore plastic shoe-covers, as well as gloves and a plastic bag as a mask. The assistant refused his request for money and he left the premises and ran off. A search for the offender, which included the use of a police helicopter was conducted. Detective Constable Paul Whitehouse is also keen to speak to another man who may be a witness. This man walked past the offender at the garage, then crossed the road heading towards the County drive area of Tamworth. This was just after 8.30pm. If you have any information or saw anything suspicious around the time of the incident, please contact DC Paul Whitehouse on 101 quoting incident number 843 of 25 March. 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. The post Help police find man who attempted a robbery at petrol station appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Care homes under spotlight in watchdog initiative

ADULT care homes in Staffordshire are being put under the spotlight in an initiative to scrutinise standards. More than 20 establishments in the county will receive unannounced visits over the next 12 months as part of ongoing work by consumer champions Healthwatch. The watchdog’s ‘Enter and View’ programme provides first-hand insight and is vital in helping to raise standards and promote good practice. Feedback is used to highlight what works well as well as areas that need to be improved. Jan Sensier, chief executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire, said: “Our representatives are visiting adult care homes in the area to observe how the service is being delivered. “We’re also talking to users, their relatives and carers as well as staff to build an accurate picture of patient experience and the standards of the service. “Our findings, containing details of any areas of concern and our recommendations, will then be shared with service providers.” Mrs Sensier is confident the Enter and View programme – carried out by trained volunteers – will have a significant impact on how services are delivered in future. She added: “The Enter and View initiative gives individuals a voice by helping them to speak up about their care – both good and bad. “The programme enables us to visit any heath or social care provider, including care homes, hospital services and primary care services including GP practices. “And because we can attend unannounced, the projects provide a revealing insight into standards and performance in the same way that the retail industry uses mystery shoppers to measure customer service. “The visits are not inspections but they do help us gather insightful feedback that will highlight areas of good practice as well any issues that need to be addressed.” The programme complements monitoring work carried out by Staffordshire County Council and the Care Quality Commission. Healthwatch Staffordshire has a group of 32 trained volunteers who carry out various Enter and View visits but is keen to recruit more. Mrs Sensier said: “We’d like to review more services more often, so we’re looking to get as many people as possible signed up. “The work of our volunteers helps to shape health and social care services in this area, so their work is hugely important. “Training, including special courses, is provided free of charge and I’d urge anyone interested to get in touch.” Call Healthwatch Staffordshire free on 0800 051 8371 or email Jackie.Owen@ecstaffs.co.uk The post Care homes under spotlight in watchdog initiative appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

World Record Breaking Mother’s Day at Drayton Manor Park

CELEBRATING the hard work and dedication of mums to their families, more than a thousand people joined forces at Drayton Manor Park yesterday (26th March) to make memories and tell their mums how much they love them – and achieved a Guinness World Records’ title in the process! 1,139 people came together at Drayton Manor Park, in Staffordshire, wrote heartfelt ‘Messages to Mum’, pinned them to a giant cork board and went down in history by smashing the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a bulletin board. The family owned and run park in Tamworth teamed up with Kids Pass – the UK’s number one discount pass for parents – and their friends and family to create the biggest Mother’s Day message board ever! The record attempt coincides with the launch of the brand new ‘Guinness World Records 2017: Blockbusters!’ book, and the first 100 contributors to the message board received a free copy yesterday. The book features the latest smash hit records, cool pictures, behind-the-scenes news and definitive top 10s from the world of movies, toys, TV and online to keep youngsters entertained this Easter. William Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Park, said: “We are delighted to have hosted such a momentous event. As a family run park we recognise the importance of mums and the hard work they do day in and day out. We really wanted to do something special to celebrate Mother’s Day this year and what better way than to encourage our guests to show gratitude to the special ladies in their lives with a unique gift of an everlasting message. “It’s a great achievement for us to have been part of a Guinness World Record breaking partnership with Kids Pass and it was lovely to see so many families enjoying a day out with their mums and giving them a much deserved day of fun and laughter!” Official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Anna Orford, said: “Attempting to break a world record on Mother’s Day was a huge task, with over 1,000 contributions needed to make it into the record books. “Fortunately, the visitors at Drayton Manor were more than up to the challenge, so I am delighted to announce that we have a new Guinness World Records title! Witnessing everybody pin their messages to mum on the giant bulletin board was a privilege and a Blockbusting way to celebrate mothers everywhere.” Andrew Kilmartin, CEO of Kids Pass, said: “Inspired by the love we have for our mums, we wanted to do something that would honour the amazing women in our lives – and what better way to do that than by achieving a Guinness World Record! “Kids Pass has worked alongside Drayton Manor Park since 2015 offering Kids Pass members exclusive discounts on their entrance tickets to the park. Drayton Manor has always proven a favourite with Kids Pass members and they were the perfect partner for the Guinness World Record.” The gates open for Drayton Manor Park’s main season this Thursday 30th March and the park will welcome a brand new ride, James and the Red Balloon, which lands in Europe’s only Thomas Land™ on Saturday 1st April. To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. The post World Record Breaking Mother’s Day at Drayton Manor Park appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Man loses life in M42 collision

A MAN has died on the M42 south of Tamworth this afternoon, Monday 27 March. The collision occurred shortly after 230pm this afternoon; on the southbound carriageway between junctions 8 and 7a – close to where the motorway merges with the M6. Delays of more than three hours were reported on the motorway after a blue van collided with a Vauxhall Insignia which then overturned on the grass verge. Sadly a driver of a vehicle, who at this time has not been named, lost his life in the collision. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a medic on board attended the scene. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called just after 2.30pm to reports of a car on its side. “We had two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance on the scene. “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a car which was on its side on a grass verge. The driver, a man, was in cardiac arrest. “Sadly, despite the efforts of the team of ambulance staff it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.” The accident briefly saw both sides of the motorway blocked before the northbound carriageway was reopened shortly before 4pm. The incident saw the motorway closed from junction 9, with traffic being diverted along the A446 Lichfield Road. The stretch between junctions 9 and 8 has since been reopened but there were still long queues stretching back past junction 10 at Tamworth. The road is not expected to re-open fully until late evening at the earliest, whilst investigation work is completed. Out thoughts are with all persons affected by this incident and we would ask that at this time, the male is not named. The post Man loses life in M42 collision appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Serious collision closes M42

AN overturned vehicle on the southbound carriage way of the M42 has closed the motorway this afternoon. The incident which occurred between junctions 9 and 8 at around 130pm this afternoon, Monday 27 March involved two vehicles and left one overturned. It has been described by the highways agency as a serious collision. The collision was just before the split with the M6 and has left a closure on the southbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 7. Normal traffic flow is not expected until 630pm and this is likely to have a knock on effect on the A5 through Tamworth. Our thoughts are with all involved. The post Serious collision closes M42 appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

LOCAL FOCUS: The Tudor House

AS part of our commitment to Tamworth and the Talking up Tamworth (TuT) campaign we will be putting the spotlight on a local business, at least each month. This will give local, independent, Town Centre based businesses a chance to promote themselves completely free-of-charge through out website. You can be featured by emailing us at tut@tamworthinformed.co.uk and showing your interest. Together we can encourage growth in Tamworth.  Lets make the most of what we have, right here in this amazing, historic Town. This time we interviewed Sue Verity at The Tudor House on Lichfield Street. What is the name of your business? The Tudor House What is it your business does? We are an art cafe offering celebration cakes and afternoon teas. There is also the gallery, gifts, jams, honeys and an antiques corner.  It is the oldest shop in Tamworth, dating back to approximately 1450! Where are you? 111 Lichfield Street, just down from the council offices. Why did you choose Tamworth? I am born and bred in Tamworth so set up business in my home town. What do you think can be done to improve Tamworth; and of course, what are the positives? The car parking bays on Lichfield Street should be for 1 hour and not 30 minutes, and the signage should be clearer regarding 430pm. The area should be branded ‘The Lichfield Street Quarter’. There should be a land train to link with Ventura Retail Park and more signage at Ventura promoting the town with maps etc. Ankerside turned into designer retail outlets, like a Boundary Mill. Council should ask for voluntary contributions /sell raffle tickets at outdoor events then use that to plough money into town centre ideas. Market should be moved into the square, all around St Edithas and move the white canopy to castle grounds for parents watching children to sit under. Remember that you can be featured by emailing us at tut@tamworthinformed.co.uk and showing your interest. Simply tell us; What is the name of your business? What is it your business does? Where are you? Why did you choose Tamworth What do you think can be done to improve Tamworth; and of course, what are the positives? Although we are focusing on Town Centre businesses at this time, this could expand further afield in the future.   The post LOCAL FOCUS: The Tudor House appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Tamworth gym celebrates successful first year with open day and holiday prize draw

AN award-winning gym in Tamworth is celebrating one year of changing lives through its unique approach to health and fitness. The Fitness Junction in Tolsons Mill, Fazeley, was set up by personal trainers Simon Mcneilly, Andy Dolan and Keith Clarke, who shared a passion for providing an alternative, functional gym which helps people of all abilities achieve real and sustainable results. It’s been a great first year for the trio who have continuously expanded their offering as more and more people switch on to the benefits of their effective and personal approach. In the 12 months since opening, The Fitness Junction has created a new members’ lounge, added more cutting edge equipment, developed a full programme of fitness classes for adults, launched kickboxing classes for children, opened a luxury fitness retreat in the Cotswolds and was voted Leisure Business of the Year in the 2016 Tamworth Business and Community Awards. They have also added another member to the team in the form of one of Tamworth’s most popular personal trainers, Jeff Maye, who will be leading new classes in boxercise, street style self-defence, HIT and Strike (semi contact boxing/sparring). A special Fitness Junction open day has been planned for Saturday, April 1 (9am-5pm) when the successful first year will be celebrated with exclusive offers for new and existing members. All new members who sign up between now and April 1 will be entered into a prize draw to win a free weekend break for eight people at the stunning Sunset Lodge fitness retreat in the Cotswolds. The luxury lodge is equipped with full fitness facilities and extra treatments are available at a cost. Other prizes on offer include a family ticket for four people to Drayton Manor Theme Park and a meal for two with a bottle of wine at Ask Italian in Lichfield. As well as The Fitness Junction’s focus on functional training, much of its success is also down to the person-centred approach to health and fitness provided by personal trainers Simon, Andy and Keith. Keith, a former Royal Marine Commando, said: “The past year has been a steep learning curve and many lessons have been learned. When we first came together, we anticipated hard work, but not at the level it’s at. However, while it has been challenging at times, we all have a passion to make The Fitness Junction a place where people feel comfortable and happy to train, while delivering exceptional results. “We feel we are achieving this and will be inviting our existing members and any potential new clients to come and celebrate with us and see what we are all about. We know what separates us from other gyms is that we go that extra mile for every client. We take the time to get to know each member, understand their goals and work closely with them to achieve those goals. “During the next 12 months, we want to further improve our services and build even stronger relationships with members. If we continue to do this and more, we know that we will be able to change even more lives.” “We hope lots of people come along on April 1 to join the celebrations and take advantage of the fantastic opportunity to win a free weekend to enjoy with their friends and family in our luxury fitness retreat.” The Fitness Junction is set on the banks of the Birmingham and Fazeley canal. The once empty and unloved unit has been turned into a sleek and stylish gym, thanks to more than £100,000 of investment and months of hard work. More information about the open day is available from The Fitness Junction website at www.fitnessjunction.co.uk or The Fitness Junction Facebook page.   The post Tamworth gym celebrates successful first year with open day and holiday prize draw appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

 

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