Thursday, 27 November 2014

RE-OPEN LEOPOLD STREET

Re Leopold Street. Planning Inspectorate Ref FPS/U1050/7/80


Dear Editor Any one who can remember how convienient it was to walk from Broad Street and up Leopold Street (or the other way round). Would you like this path re-opened? There is a meeting at Long Eaton Town Hall on December 2nd at 10.00 am. This could be your last chance to get an old foot path re-opened, so attend the meeting and have your say. This path has been there a long time and yet again its closed with out any consutation of the local people.

Taking the lead with FREE microchipping

Erewash Borough Council is holding five days of FREE dog microchipping at sites across the borough in December. The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will host the ‘chipping days’ from 1st-5th December and have urged dog owners to take advantage of the free offer. Microchips hold all sorts of vital information, including details of the owner – meaning that if a dog is picked up as a stray, vets, dog wardens and others can easily scan the ‘chip’ and reunite the pet with its owner.
The free microchipping events will be between 10am-3.45pm and owners can turn up with their pets at any time. The locations are:
Monday 1 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay
Tuesday 2 December - Grasmere Road, Petersham Estate, Long Eaton
Wednesday 3 December - Queen Elizabeth Way Shopping Precinct, Kirk Hallam
Thursday 4 December - Sawley Park, Draycott Road, Sawley
Friday 5 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We are delighted to be able to offer a week of free microchipping – an early Christmas present for owners and their dogs! We hope as many owners as possible take advantage of this great offer. One of the key responsibilities of our Neighbourhood Dog Wardens is dealing with stray dogs and they always work hard to reunite the owners and lost pets – a task made much easier with a microchip.”

Monday, 24 November 2014

GRAB A FREE TREE

It’s tree-mendous! Erewash Borough Council is once again hosting its popular Free Tree event, the town centre giveaway when local residents can pick up some free trees for their gardens. The council’s flagship Pride in Erewash campaign is behind the annual bonanza, which sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres – with residents of the borough able to claim up to FIVE free trees per household.

This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
· Long Eaton – Old Market Place / High Street on Wednesday 3rd December, 10am-2pm

· Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 4th December, 10am-2pm

Anyone interested can simply turn up on the day and the trees – all native to the UK – are given away on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Councils Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The free tree event is incredibly popular and is a great offer for local residents - and it’s also a great way of encouraging every one of us to plant trees. Trees are important to the environment and what we plant today will help shape the look of our wonderful borough for the next 100 years and beyondThe council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees, while Derbyshire County Council's Waste Exhibition Vehicle will also be there to promote recycling, composting and waste collections in Erewash. As part of the Free Tree Giveaway, schools, parish councils, community groups and land owners will be able to apply for up to 50 free trees to plant within the borough of Erewash. These will not be available at the Giveaway Days and need to be applied for separately. An application form can be requested by telephoning Erewash Borough Council on 0115 907 2244 ext 3874.

DICKENSDIAN CHRISTMAS

Erewash Museum is hosting a traditional Victorian Christmas for all the family on Friday 28th November. Come along and see Santa’s reindeers resting in the stables before their big flight on Christmas Eve - there will also be traditional carol singers, actors depicting the Artful Dodger, Jack Dawkins; Fagin, the cold hearted Ebenezer Scrooge and other well-known characters.  Traditional festive music will be playing throughout the Museum and the gardens will be illuminated with Christmas lights – you can also purchase hot chestnuts on the day. Admission to the Victorian Christmas fun is free and takes place between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. The event is being run alongside the official opening of the Christmas Lights taking place on Ilkeston Market Place. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Take time out from the Christmas lights switch on festivities and pop down to the Museum and enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas - the Museum and grounds make a wonderful setting for Christmas family festive fun!
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free.

Friday, 21 November 2014

15th CHESTNUT FAIR

Long Eaton once again welcomes its annual Chestnut Fair this month, when the town centre will come alive to the sights and sounds of the traditional street funfair. The fair will be held from Thursday 20th November to Saturday 22nd November and will be given a funfair-style opening by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal.
Councillor Athwal will officially launch the 2014 event at 6pm on Thursday 20th November from the fairground favourite, the dodgems ride – which will be on Waverley Street. The Chestnut Fair is now in its 15th year and fair rides and stalls stretch along Waverley Street and through the High Street to the Market Place. It always features rides for all the family, from roundabouts for the very young through to the latest white-knuckle thrillers for daredevil fans. The fair is open from 6pm – 10pm on Thursday and Friday and from 1pm – 10pm on Saturday. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The Chestnut Fair has become a wonderful, family tradition and I know that people of all ages look forward to mid-November and to welcoming this three-day fair to Long Eaton town centre.”

POLICE GRANTED POWERS FOR CHESTNUT FAIR

Police in Long Eaton have been granted additional enforcement powers to help prevent any potential anti-social behaviour in the town centre during the visit of Chestnut Fair.  The decision to introduce the Dispersal Order has been taken by Derbyshire police and Erewash Community Safety Partnership, to ensure that the general public can enjoy the fair this weekend.
The Section 34 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 was created to enable uniformed police officers and PCSOs the power under Section 35 to ask people to disperse if they are engaging in behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any member of the public in the designated area.
The order also allows officers to take anyone under the age of 16 within the group to their home address, if they are not supervised by a parent or responsible adult. Officers can also direct the person to surrender any items in their possession or control that they believe has been or is likely to be used in behaviour that harasses alarms or distresses members of the public.
If individuals refuse to move on from the area they could be arrested, and face penalties of up to three months in prison and/or a fine of £2,500. Sergeant Liam Caldecott of Long Eaton Neighbourhood Policing Section said: “I am using the new powers under Section 34 to enable my officers to exclude the minority of individuals from the area of the fair who insist on acting in an anti-social manner at the earliest opportunity.
“It will also allow officers to confiscate anything which can be used to cause annoyance. We are working closely with our colleagues in Erewash Borough Council to ensure the fair is a safe and enjoyable occasion for everyone as it has been for many years. The introduction of the order shows our on-going commitment to work in partnership to address anti-social behaviour and to use all available tools and powers that are at our disposal.”
The dispersal order will run from 5.00pm on Friday 21st November 2014 and will last until 7.00am on Monday 23rd November 2014. Posters featuring a map have been produced to highlight the designated dispersal area in Long Eaton. These will be displayed in prominent areas.

Saturday, 8 November 2014


BODY RECOVERED FROM CANAL
Police and Ambulance Services were called to the Erewash Canal near Derby Road bridge after reports of a body in the canal. A dog walker raised the alarm just after 10am on Friday November 7th. Officers recovered the body of 36 year old Kevin Thompson and Ambulance crew tried to resuscitate him before he was taken to Queen's Medical Centre where he was pronounced dead.
Police told the Extra “The death is not being treated as suspicious. The Coroner will determine the cause and circumstances surrounding the death.”
LONG EATON MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE
A Long Eaton man appeared in court accused of raping a woman on July 6th. Jason Sedgewick, 30, formerly of Northcote Street pleaded not guilty when he appeared at Derby Crown Court on Monday morning. He also pleaded not guilty to the sexual assaults of two other women. One between October 31st and December 1st last year and the other between March 31st and May 1st this year. Sedgewick was remanded in custody. The trial is scheduled for on March 16th next year.


FRUIT MACHINE ROBBED
Burglars broke into the Bell on Tamworth Road and stole money from the fruit machine. The landlady Michelle Rigg was asleep upstairs and by the time she got down the raiders had gone. The robbery took place at 4.30am on Monday November 3rd. Entry was gained by breaking a side window. Nothing else was taken.

 
CANNABIS GROWER JAILED A 26year-old man has been jailed for eight months after police found cannabis plants in his house during a drugs warrant. Officers executed the warrant at an address in Gibb Street, Long Eaton, in the early hours of February 27th, 2014. They found a number of cannabis plants growing inside the address, along with various items of growing equipment. Liam Brinley was arrested at the scene and later charged with producing the class B controlled drug and possessing class A drugs. The 26-year-old, of Gibb Street, Long Eaton, was sentenced to eight months in prison at Derby Crown Court on Friday, October 10th.

LONG EATON BURGLARY APPEAL
Police appeal after a burglary at a house in Long Eaton. On Tuesday, October 28th between 1.45pm and 4.15pm a house on Longmoor Road was broken into. A number of garden centre vouchers were stolen along with a Samsung Galaxy tablet and a Samsung laptop. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lesley Smith at Ilkeston police station using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Missing Long Eaton man contacts the police Craig Morris, who was reported missing from his home in Long Eaton on Wednesday October 29th, has contacted the police. Officers would like to thank everyone who has helped with the investigation to trace him.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

         Witnesses sought to a serious collision in Long Eaton
At approximately 12.30pm on Tuesday October 28th a serious road traffic collision occurred on Trent Street, Long Eaton (near to Asda). The incident involved a red Citroen people carrier and a pedestrian. The 75-year-old female pedestrian was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she is being treated for serious injuries and is in a critical condition. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to ring Derbyshire police on 101 and quote incident number 308 28/10/14.

STAGE ONE RAIDER JAILED


A burglar who raided Stage One three times in the space of 24 hours in August has been jailed. Matthew Denning of Bailey Street, Stapleford and his teenage accomplice later broke into a house in Norfolk Road, Long Eaton, and the Town Hall.
Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court sentenced Denning, 21, to prison for 15 months. His teenage partner in crime who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had already been handed a youth referral order after he pleaded guilty to the offences.
The Court heard that the pair broke into the function room of Stage One twice within an hour at around 8pm on Saturday August 9th removing bottles of spirits. They returned at tea time the following day and took more bottles of alcohol. At around midnight that evening, Sunday August 10th, they broke into a house in Norfolk Road, Long Eaton. The owner heard noises coming from his conservatory and went downstairs to see the defendant leaving through the conservatory door. He called the police who arrived and apprehended the defendants in a side alley. At about 2am on August 19th while on bail for these offences they broke into Long Eaton Town Hall. When the police arrived they escaped but the defendant was identified by a fingerprint left on a window.
Judge Stuart Rafferty said: “These offences are serious, you broke into Long Eaton Town Hall while on bail for burglaries you had done just a week before. But your enjoyment was cut down by the intervention of the law."
 


 
POLICE CAR RAMMED

A police officer was taken to hospital suffering from whiplash injuries after the car he was in was rammed by a stolen van. The incident occurred on Stanhope Street, Long Eaton, at 9am on Sunday October 19th.
The van driver saw the police car and drove into it before making off and dumping the stolen van in Bennett Street. The officer was released from hospital later the same day. No arrest has been made.
 
CAR FIRES
Long Eaton firemen were called to two car fires over the weekend. The first fire occurred at the Wilsthorpe roundabout just after 5pm on Saturday October 11th and appears to have been an engine fault. No one was injured, The second occurred on Victory Close at 3am on Sunday October 12th. Firemen put out the blaze and police in attendance said they suspected arson.

 
WELLIES IN CHURCH
Congregation wear their Wellies to Church. To show support for Farm Africa's 'Give Hunger the Boot' campaign the congregation at Long Eaton Baptist Church wore their wellies to the Harvest Service. The service led by Pastor David Shaw focused on how money raised for Farm Africa is distributed, even the collection was taken in a child's wellington boot. A donation of over £200 from the church has been sent to Farm Africa to help in their work.
A video presentation showed the congregation the work that Farm Africa is doing in Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya & Uganda.
Farm Africa’s local staff provide the tools and expertise to enable smallholders in eastern Africa to increase their harvests, whether they farm crops, livestock, fish or the forest.
They train them to be more commercial, adding value to surpluses by milling, drying, or turning their produce into products that fetch a higher price.
With better food for their families and reliable incomes from their businesses, farmers can build for the future. After the service, the congregation sat down to enjoy a ploughman's lunch together.
MASKED MEN RAID DRAYCOTT SHOP
Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of masked men forced their way into a shop in Draycott and stole a large amount of cigarettes. The burglary happened at the Family Shopper store in Derby Road at about 10.40pm on Wednesday, October 8th. Four men dressed in black clothing with their faces covered forced open the shutters to the store, which was closed at the time, and stole cigarettes from the cabinet. They then drove off from the scene in the direction of Long Eaton.
Detectives want to hear from witnesses or anyone who saw suspicious activity or a dark vehicle in the area to get in touch.
Anyone with information on the offence should call 101, quoting crime reference 42595/14, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

CANNABIS ARRESTS
Two people were arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis after police carried out a warrant at a house in Long Eaton. Officers searched a property in Pennine Close at about 9am on Thursday, October 9 and found what were believed to be cannabis plants inside.

A 26-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of producing a class B controlled drug with intent to supply. The suspected cannabis plants were seized by officers along with other equipment from the address.

If you have any information on suspected drugs activity in your area, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 10 October 2014

HS2 LATEST

Statement by Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council:
“We are aware of the rumour that the HS2 station could be moved to the Erewash borough. We have no insight into this speculation and await the report that is due to be released on 27th October. However, if it is suggested in that report that the hub be moved to Breaston, it would seem a strange proposal and I would certainly be against it and strongly oppose any such move. It would mean cutting through greenbelt land and this council takes a strong stand in preserving our greenbelt. The fact it is also a flood area would also make it a curious proposal. It has always seemed to me that Toton – which is a brownfield site - is the best place for the HS2 station and we have been working hard along with the other local councils to make this a reality.”

ARMED ROBBERY

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a shop in Ilkeston in which masked men made off with a large  amount  of  cash  have released  CCTV footage of  the  offence. Two men  dressed  in  black clothing with balaclavas over their faces forced their way into One Stop in 
Charlotte Street, with what was believed to be a gun. They threatened two female members of staff and forced one to remove a large amount of cash from within the store. The offenders then tied up the two women and left through a rear door, which leads onto Grass Street, off Charlotte Street.
 
The armed robbery took place at about 5.30am on Thursday, September 11th. CCTV footage of the offence has now been released by police in a bid to track down the robbers. Detective Inspector Donna Sisson, from Ilkeston CID, said: “The two women at the shop were getting ready to open up for the day when they were confronted by these two robbers. The robbery itself happened fairly quickly but it has had a much longer-term impact on the two members of staff, who were left terrified after the ordeal. It will take some time for them to come to terms with it, and it is vital that we track down the two men.”
 
Click HERE to view footage

Thursday, 9 October 2014

NO LIGHTS WATCH OUT
A campaign is taking place in Long Eaton this month after an increase in reports of cyclists riding without lights. Police will be on the lookout for those riding without proper equipment and will offer advice. Parents of children found on bikes without lights and high-visibility clothing will be sent letters. Local bike shops will be offering a discount on basic lighting sets. PC James Crookall, said: "Youngsters are out and about on their bikes not using any form of lights.”

LONG EATON SUMMER BALL
The new Long Eaton Community Summer Ball was a big hit with over 130 guests attending from the local area on Saturday 13th September at Village Hotel in Chilwell. The night was set with dinner suits and ball gowns and an introduction by the hosts The Long Eaton Round Table, A superb three course meal with solo singer playing followed by a charity donation of £461 to a local charity Erewash Mental Health, The charity received the donation with huge thanks as vital funds are needed to support the good work of the charity who help people with mental health issues who need support. Ticket sales from the night and other money raised is being given away by The Long Eaton Round Table each month to local charity's, the group are giving away £461 each month to local charities and good causes. The night continued with a local band The Establishment playing tributes and their own songs as the audience danced the night away, a good ball be all.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

MURDER AND ROBBERY NOT LINKED

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER 

A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder and attempted murder following an incident in Ilkeston. Santino Giovanni Genovese, of Charlotte Street, Ilkeston, was arrested at the scene.
Emergency services were called to a flat in Charlotte Street at about 5.40am on Thursday, September 11th after reports that two men had been seriously injured. Paul Averill, aged 30 (pictured right), was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second man was taken to hospital with suspected stab wounds and is in a serious but stable condition. A murder investigation was launched after the incident, which led to part of Charlotte Street being shut for 30 hours.

ARMED ROBBERY                                           
Police say a second incident in the same area at around the same time is not linked. Superintendent Gary Parkin said: “Although both of these incidents were reported at around the same time and in the same street, we do not believe they are linked in any way. Individual investigations are now being carried out into the two incidents and I would urge anyone with information to call us.”
Police were called to Charlotte Street at about 5.30am on Thursday, September 11th to reports of an armed robbery at the One Stop store. Police are appealing for witnesses after two men carried out an armed robbery with what was believed to be a gun. Two men dressed in black clothing and balaclavas went into the One Stop shop in Charlotte Street, Ilkeston, in the early hours of Thursday, September 11th.
The offenders threatened two female members of staff with what appeared to be a black handgun and stole a large amount of cash from the store. They then tied up the shop workers and left through a rear door which leads onto Grass Street. Detective Inspector Donna Sisson, from Ilkeston CID, is leading the investigation. She said:

“The two members of staff were subjected to a terrifying ordeal just as they were preparing to open the shop. We urgently need to hear from any witnesses who were in the Charlotte Street or Grass Street areas at the time, who saw suspicious men or vehicles. We particularly want to speak to a man who was waiting opposite the shop just after the incident and was picked up by someone in a white flat back van, as we think he may have seen the offenders leaving the scene.”
The robbery took place between 5.20am and 5.35am on Thursday, September 11th. Anyone with information on the robbery should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 38337/14.

TWO ARRESTS AFTER BURGLARY

Two people were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a house in Long Eaton and stealing electronic items. The incident happened at a property in Oxford Street at about 1am on Wednesday, September 3rd. Three people broke into the house and threatened the homeowners before making off with a games console, games and mobile phone. An 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary in Windermere Gardens, Long Eaton. Witnesses or anyone with information in connection with the offence should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident 20 of September 3rd.
You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 
SIX YEARS FOR ARSONIST 
A Long Eaton man has been sentenced to six years in a young offenders’ institution, with a five-year extended licence period after appearing at Derby Crown Court. Karl Henderson of Nottingham Road, Long Eaton used fire-lighters doused in white spirit to set fire to a neighbours house. The Court heard that the family who lived in the house were away at the time and the fire did not spread from the inside the front door. Another neighbour heard the smoke alarm and called the emergency services. Henderson admitted arson with intent to endanger life.

 
DISTRACTION BURGLARY ON WELLINGTON STREET  A 94-year-old woman had cash stolen from her home by a distraction burglar who had been posing as a window cleaner. The victim was at home in Wellington Street, Long Eaton, when a man knocked on her door and asked if she wanted her windows cleaned. She declined and later went out but, when she returned home, she found a note saying the man had carried out the job.
He later returned to collect payment and, as the victim was taking his details, the offender walked into her house. The victim later discovered that cash had been stolen from her purse.
The offence happened between 4.30pm and 5pm on Monday, September 1. The man first visited the area to ask about window cleaning at about 12pm the same day.
He was white, aged between 20 and 24, about 5ft 2in to 5ft 8in, of slim build and with short, tidy brown hair. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing black trousers. He did not appear to have window cleaning equipment such as a bucket or ladder.
Anyone who saw a man matching that description in the area, or who may have information on the offence, should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 36809/14.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

ASDA

The speech sign and song song club won the vote to receive £200 by Asda Long Eaton's Customers in the Chosen by you given by us scheme. The group is based in Beeston but serves a wide area for pre-school children with communication difficulties. The club is run by two passionate music leaders Wendy and Roma, it is completely self funded through donations and events.The group works with chidren between the ages of two and five years. The chidren may or may not have a clear diagnosis such as Autism, Downs Syndrome, ADHD or specific language impairment. Roma & Wendy use clear simple language when speaking and singing, accompanied by signs and symbols. The group numbers are low allowing all children to participate and develop in their own way.
The club meet every Wednesday in Beeston during term time and welcome children from across the East Midlands.
Nominate a cause. Tell Asda the local causes you would like to see supported in your community, including local charities schools or community projects. Pick a form up in store and get nominating. Asda have £300.00 to give away to local causes every two months.