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Families pay tribute to North Warwickshire teenagers

THE families of three teenagers from North Warwickshire who died after the car they were travelling in collided with a tree on Sunday (16 July) afternoon have paid tribute to their loved ones. The collision occurred at around 4.40pm on The Common, between Merevale Lane and Waste Lane near Atherstone. Ryan Barber, aged 19, Trudi Mae Kennell, aged 18 and William Louch, aged 18 all died at the scene. An 18-year-old man from Atherstone who was also in the car is continuing to recover from his injuries. Tammi Garcia Sanchez, mum of Ryan Barber, said: When Ryan was born I was younger than he is now, a young child having a baby boy. I was so scared and not knowing what the future held, but all those worries disappeared the moment I held him in my arms. The instant love I felt overpowered everything, I knew from that moment with Ryan as my son our life would be incredible as I knew how special he was. Ryan was the most beautiful baby, toddler and teenager and was becoming the most beautiful man. A beautiful man that any mother could wish for, I am so proud of the man he was becoming. Everyone who ever met Ryan in his short life fell in love instantly with the beautiful person he was on the outside and on the inside. He never caused anyone any harm and would always help anyone. His smile was enough to brighten anyone’s day. Ryan will be the brightest star in the sky forever, his love for Trudi Mae was the purest deepest love anyone could ever hope to find and they were so lucky to find that type of love so young. Ryan and Trudi Mae will be together forever with their angel wings. Thank you to each and every one who has sent their love and support, I will be sending it all to Ryan. Ryan was so loved and always will be. He will forever be my always. I’ll never leave you Ryan. Fly high baby boy. Love mum xxxx David Barber, dad of Ryan Barber, said: Ryan was a massive part of our family, and he was always planning his next adventure, be it with Trudi, or family and friends. On this weekend he had climbed Snowdon, which he had done twice before. They camped overnight then were returning home the next day when the accident happened. Ryan was currently coming to the end of his engineering apprenticeship, and had a bright future ahead of him within the company. He was well loved and respected by his colleagues and it is a shame we can’t see how far he could take his career. Ryan and Trudi were together for 18 months, and have been inseparable since the beginning and had so many plans for the future. I’ve literally never heard a couple laugh with each other much as them. They were perfect for each other. We will miss Ryan so much, and a part of me is gone forever. I’m glad the time you had was full of fun with family and friends. We lived life to the full, just wished we could have carried on making more amazing memories. Love you always mini me, Love dad xxx Elaine Kennell, mum of Trudi Mae Kennell, said: Trudi Mae was my most precious, beloved daughter. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. Whenever she walked into a room it lit up with her fun, laughter and infectious smile. My girl had gotten over two episodes where she could not walk and came back fighting to finish her sports diploma course at N.W.H.C and in February this year she passed her lifeguarding exam at Atherstone Leisure Complex where she had just secured a job as a receptionist and life guard. The next chapter of her life was just beginning. She took every opportunity offered to her and whether it be as simple as frying an egg to something more challenging like climbing to the peak of Snowdonia, she did it with the same enthusiasm and determination. The last 18 months since meeting Ryan have been the happiest myself and her family have ever seen her. The pair of them were true soul mates and you could see they were going to be together forever. They had talked about getting married and having children in the future and I know they would have been perfect parents. My girl would have been an amazing mummy with her caring and loving nature. Her family, that she loved so much, have lost a remarkable and cherished granddaughter, niece and cousin. I’m sure the friends she has made over her short life will hold a piece of her in their hearts forever. Me and my girl got each other through all of our ups and downs of life with our own very special brand of humour. She was my rock, my salvation, and my life has been destroyed beyond repair by my loss. The family of William Louch said: Our family are devastated to confirm the loss of our beloved William. William tragically passed away around Sunday teatime after a catastrophic car accident. It is of great comfort for us to know that he had enjoyed an amazing weekend with his friends Trudi Mae, Ryan, Ben and Dan in Snowdonia. He already is hugely missed and we don’t even know how to start to comprehend the rest of our lives without him. We ask you to respect our privacy at th

Knife Amnesty takes over 700 bladed items off the streets

POLCIE say that following fantastic public support, there was over 700 knives handed in during last week’s Knife Amnesty. Between the 10th and the 16th July Staffordshire Police were encouraging you to hand in any knives that you no longer needed or wanted to prevent them being used to cause harm. Their no-questions-asked approach has seen hundreds of knives handed in at knife bins at Police Stations across the county.  Police say that this is a positive step in efforts to make Staffordshire a safer place. The Knife Amnesty was about much more than just collecting knives. There was a big push to discourage younger members of society from thinking about carrying a knife and throughout the week our officers were visiting schools to deliver sessions designed to educate children about the impact of knife use. A targeted Facebook campaign also reached over 120,000 users and saw over 6,000 people respond to the event. Nearly every secondary school in the county was provided with a letter to parents alerting them to the dangers of knives and how they can be securely stored to prevent children getting hold of them. Working with Stoke City Council, Staffordshire Police targeted businesses that sell knives to remind them that the sale to a child under the age of 18 is unlawful. This joint work saw the conducting of test purchase operations (observed and monitored purchases by children) that saw two businesses sell a knife to a 16-year-old. Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, Head of Local Policing and Operations, said: “Thanks to the support we have had from local partners, we have been able to educate more people about the harm knives can cause and discourage them from making the poor choice to carry one. This kind of activity is critical in preventing the horrendous consequences of knife crime and we hope that this message has landed across the County. “I am really encouraged by the willingness of people to give up their knives and I am sure that this is a campaign that we will repeat in the future in our efforts to continue to reduce harm. “Whilst we will push the prevention message in every way we can to change behaviour and keep people safe, I will be making sure our officers continue to identify and arrest those found carrying and using knives.” The post Knife Amnesty takes over 700 bladed items off the streets appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Yours Clothing receives warm welcome from Tamworth shoppers

A BRAND NEW store opened it’s doors for the first time in Ankerside Shopping Centre today as the plus size fashion retailer, Yours Clothing began trading. Well known for its wide range of ladies fashion in sizes 16 – 36, including clothing, lingerie, footwear and accessories, Yours Clothing opened its doors at Ankerside Shopping Centre today, Friday 21st July. The arrival of the fabulous clothing chain at the shopping centre, which is 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. Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said the opening of such a popular fashion store is a fantastic addition to the town. “It has been extremely exciting to be able to welcome Yours Clothing to the centre this week and even better to see so many shoppers enjoying the opening on Friday,” he said. “We have a terrific mix of fashion retailers at Ankerside including Blue Inc, Peacocks and Select, so we’re thrilled for Yours Clothing to be a part of the offering at the centre,” Jeff added. The post Yours Clothing receives warm welcome from Tamworth shoppers appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Developer appointed in £21.5m project to build new council houses

PLANS to build 152 new council-owned homes in a massive £21.5m regeneration project by Tamworth Borough Council have taken a major step forward with the appointment of a developer. The job of designing and building new housing estates at Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and the Kerria Centre in Amington has been awarded to housing and community regeneration specialist, Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group, subject to contract. In the biggest house building programme by Tamworth Borough Council since the 1970s, the project will see 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes being replaced with 152 new modern homes. So far, the demolition of the Tinkers Green estate has been completed, with the knocking down of 100 properties, including seven outdated three and four-storey maisonette blocks. These will be replaced with 108 new homes fit for the 21st century, and an upgraded play area. All residents of the Kerria Centre have now been re-housed and prior notification of the demolition work has been submitted to Tamworth Borough Council’s planning department. Demolition is expected to take place early next year with the knocking down of 36 flats contained within three and four-storey maisonettes. These will be replaced with 44 new homes. The five existing shops will be replaced by a supermarket retail store. While outline planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of both sites, Keepmoat Regeneration is now in the process of finalising the design and layout of each area before submitting a detailed planning application to the council. The tender includes a requirement for residents living near both sites to be consulted throughout the design and development process. Martin Smithhurst, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Regeneraton, said: “The need for new affordable homes across the UK is well documented, so we are very excited to be part of the regeneration of Wilnecote and Amington. “We are looking forward to working with our partners and local residents to create a community where people are proud to live, work and play.” Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, Cllr Steve Claymore, said: “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and the Kerria is the biggest council housing programme in Tamworth for a generation and it gives us the opportunity to provide much-needed affordable homes that are fit for the 21st century. “The appointment of a developer represents a significant step forward in the project and we are confident that Keepmoat Regeneration will deliver new housing estates that everyone living in the Wilnecote and Amington areas can be proud of. “It is also pleasing to note that the demolition of Tinkers Green estate was carried out with minimum disruption to local residents. City Demolition Contractors received praise from the local community about their successful management of such a large-scale demolition. Hopefully it will be a similar case when the demolition of the Kerria buildings takes place. “I look forward to seeing the designs for the new estates taking shape over the coming months.” Although a community engagement project will get underway in due course, anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project in the meantime can contact the Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at The previously approved outline planning applications can be viewed via Tamworth Borough Council’s planning portal at, using the application number 0110/2015 for Tinkers Green and 011/2015 for Kerria. The post Developer appointed in £21.5m project to build new council houses appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

All systems go as Space launches another summer of fun

STAFFORDSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis is bringing back the popular Space programme for Summer 2017. From Monday 24 July, youngsters across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent can enjoy a range of free or subsidised activities this summer thanks to continued support from the PCC for the Space youth events programme. Mr Ellis has pledged money to fund activities with an aim to increase skills, improve health and general wellbeing by creating opportunities to engage with young people positively. Space was originally an activities scheme led by police in Staffordshire during the 80’s and 90’s to provide fun activities for young people during the school summer holiday with the aim to improve engagement with young people. The new version of Space, coordinated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, has similar objectives and is aimed at 11 and 17 year-olds. The activities are delivered by a partnership of public and voluntary organisations, including the Police. The programme is now in its third year since its relaunch by PCC Matthew Ellis who has been delighted by the response; ‘Space is all about giving young people confidence whilst having fun and improving their skills and fitness plus the opportunity to engage with public and voluntary sector organisations. Since the relaunch in 2015 we’ve had very positive feedback from young people and I’d encourage anyone between 11 and 17 to get involved.’ Events across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent include glow-in-the-dark sports, trampolining, design your own t-shirt, Summer parties and even a walk up Snowdon for the more adventurous. Full details of the Space programme can be found on the web site at The post All systems go as Space launches another summer of fun appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision

POLICE were called to a serious road traffic collision in the Tamworth area shortly before 11am yesterday morning. (19 July) A blue Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle and a white Citroen Relay van were involved in the collision on the A4091 at the junction with Salts Lane, Drayton Bassett. Sadly, despite the efforts of paramedics and members of the public, the 25-year-old motorcyclist from Birmingham was pronounced dead at the scene. Specialist officers are working with his family. The 47-year-old van driver was treated for minor injuries by ambulance staff at the scene. An investigation by Staffordshire Police's Collision Investigation Unit is underway. Anyone who saw either vehicle before or during the collision is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 224 of 19 July. Our thoughts are with all that have been effected by this tragic incident. The post Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Tamworth bus shelter’s wild new look is revealed

A TAMWORTH bus shelter has been given a wild makeover as part of this year’s Arts in Unusual Spaces programme and in partnership with the Tamworth in Bloom campaign. Local artist Simon Wingfield has transformed the bus shelter on Peelers Way, Kettlebrook, with striking images of a kingfisher, a great spotted woodpecker and a barn owl – all birds which can be seen at the adjacent Tameside Local Nature Reserve. Simon could be seen in action throughout the day on Sunday, July 16, when the new look shelter took shape. As the bus stop is on the route the Heart of England in Bloom judges took through the town on Tuesday, July 18, it was chosen as the first to be given an artistic makeover to launch a major new project coming to the town this autumn. ‘Catch Art’, part of the two-year Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative, will bring art to a number of bus shelters across the borough. The project is being led by Vic Brown, of Art Recruitment Tamworth, who also organises the popular Urban Arts Festival which takes place every year at the Castle Grounds’ skate park. Vic will now spend the next few months working with local artists and school children to come up with designs for at least a further five bus shelters in areas including Amington, Glascote Heath, Stonydelph and Coton Green. Some will be designed by professional artists, such as Simon Wingfield, who painted the local landmarks depicted on underpasses at Riverdrive, and some will be designed by the town’s youngsters. Catch Art is just one of a number of fantastic projects being delivered by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, thanks to lottery funding from Arts Council England, to bring art to new and unusual spaces during the refurbishment of Tamworth Assembly Rooms. Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “The idea behind Catch Art is to bring art to all areas of the town. We also wanted to involve the local community by inviting artists and school children to come up with colourful designs which will then be displayed on the bus shelters for all to see. “The project has been made possible thanks to additional funding secured by the Arts & Events team from Arts Council England, which likes to support projects that encourage community participation in the arts. “It made sense to launch the project with a bus shelter on the Tamworth in Bloom judging route and we hope this will help us in our quest to win gold for the eighth year in a row. “I think the Wild About Tamworth bus shelter looks amazing, it brings some real colour to the street scene and shows people some of the amazing birds that can be found at the nearby Tameside Local Nature Reserve. I’m now looking forward to seeing what the rest of the project has in store later in the year.” The post Tamworth bus shelter’s wild new look is revealed appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Friends of Tamworth Castle Reach for the Sky

TO celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, the Friends of Tamworth Castle held a special balloon race last Saturday. The event took place on the top of Tamworth Castle where the balloons were released and was attended by many from the local area including local MP Christopher Pincher and Cllr John Chesworth and his wife Tereasa, the Mayor and Mayoress of Tamworth. Visitors in the Castle Grounds waived and cheered as the balloons rose into the sky. The Friends will allow three weeks for the return of the balloon tags after which, we will award a prize of £100 to the person who bought the balloon that travelled furthest. Christopher Pincher MP said: “I very much enjoyed releasing the balloons on what were rather tricky conditions! Although I am always happy to help the Friends of Tamworth Castle in whatever the weather. Now we wait with baited breath to see which balloon travelled the furthest!” David Ansell, Chairman of the Friends, said: “The ‘Friends’ would like to thank Chris for his help and support on Saturday, his enthusiasm for releasing the balloons should be commended particularly as we had a degree of difficulty getting them up the tower to where he was waiting because of the swirling wind in the castle courtyard and around the tower. “The steady stream of balloons rising from the tower made for quite a spectacular sight as they gained height quickly and set off in an easterly direction.” The post Friends of Tamworth Castle Reach for the Sky appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Summer is in ‘full swing’ at the Castle Grounds   

TWO favourite Tamworth groups will be performing some classic and vintage music from the Castle Grounds Bandstand as part of the Music Outside summer programme of free concerts. On Saturday July 22, people are invited to enjoy an afternoon in the park listening to the sounds of brass band music at its best. Amington Band has performed at the Castle Grounds regularly since 1917, entertaining Tamworth audiences for 100 years with their mixture of popular and classical band music. They will take to the bandstand at regular intervals between 12pm and 3pm. Speaking on behalf of Amington Band Committee, Steph Morris, said: “We’re so proud to have reached our 100th anniversary.  It’s a really special time for us as current players but also for those who have played with us in the past – to see something you love get so far and continue to strive is just amazing. “Our centenary concert went down so well last week and brought together so many old friends of the band.  Our centenary celebrations continue at Tamworth Bandstand this weekend where we hope to see many more friendly faces, both old friends and new.” Amington Band will be followed by Tamworth vintage vocal group The Jays Vintage and Andy B Goode who will be taking audiences back to the golden era of the 1940s and ‘50s with the catching harmonies on Sunday July 23. The Jays Vintage and Andy B Goode are a three piece Midland group that entertain and excite audiences with their vintage vocals. They recently performed at the National Memorial Arboretum for a vintage day and tea dance and were joined by professional lindy hop dancers ‘Red and Ginger’ who led the dancing in Hero’s square. They will be performing between 12pm and 4pm. Songs will include hits made famous by the likes of the Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry and Cliff Richard. The packed programme of summer concerts from the Bandstand continues through to September 2. Organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, the entertainment will provide the perfect setting to an enjoyable summer afternoon for all tastes. The remaining 2017 line-up is as follows: Saturday July 22 – Amington Band Sunday July 23 – The Jays Vintage & Andy B Goode Saturday July 29 – Tamworth Voices Sunday July 30 – Claret Saturday August 12 – 58 Blues Band Saturday August 19 – Brindley-Hunt Sunday August 20 – Liquid Brass Saturday September 2 – Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre, all the concerts are free of charge, so bring your picnic baskets and blankets down to Tamworth Castle Grounds for an afternoon of music. Performances take place at intervals between 12pm and 4pm (subject to weather conditions). Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “Amington Band is a firm favourite at the bandstand. The 100-year anniversary of the band will make their performance even more special this year. “The Jays Vintage and Andy B Goode have become popular with the residents of Tamworth and always put on a toe tapping performance. “The Bandstand Concerts are continuing throughout the summer with a range of performances to suit all tastes and we hope to see lots of people taking up the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live entertainment in the park.” For more information please visit The post Summer is in ‘full swing’ at the Castle Grounds    appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

DPCC asks for greater protection for company directors against fraud

CYBERCRIME and online fraud are on the increase but recent figures suggest that company directors are twice as likely to become the victims of identity theft as members of the general public. Cifas, the organisation that operates the National Fraud Database has highlighted the fact that a great deal of personal information about company directors is available via the Companies House register, leaving directors vulnerable. Responding to a report in the Financial Times last month, Companies House stated that they were working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to review the availability of personal information on the register. Identity fraud is said to cost around £5.4bn a year according to research undertaken by Portsmouth University. The Deputy PCC, Sue Arnold, has today written to the Right Hon Greg Clark, the minister responsible, asking for an urgent update. ‘There were 173,000 recorded cases of identity fraud in the UK last year. Cybercriminals and online fraudsters are becoming increasingly sophisticated but it’s clear that Companies House has failed to move with the times. Here in Staffordshire, we are working with our partners to reduce the levels of online crime but we need to be assured that the government is doing all it can to reduce the number of incidents.’ The Police and Crime Commissioner is leading a coalition of partners from businesses, banks, law enforcement and public safety agencies who are sharing their expertise in a concerted effort to protect residents and businesses from all forms of online fraud. ‘Online fraud often targets the vulnerable but we all need to be vigilant to prevent what can be a costly and deeply upsetting form of crime.’ The post DPCC asks for greater protection for company directors against fraud appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]


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