Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Police investigating the suspected arson of a car parked in Long Eaton are appealing for witnesses to come forward. A silver Ford Mondeo that had been parked in Charnwood Avenue was targeted in the early hours of the morning on Friday, March 27th. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene and an investigation revealed that it had been deliberately set alight. The offenders smashed a rear window and then started a fire on a back seat, which destroyed the car. Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence, which took place just after midnight.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 12582/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


A 27-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the motorbike he was riding was in collision with a parked lorry. The incident took place at about 3.30am on Friday 27th March close to the Seven Oaks Pub in Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Ilkeston.
He was taken by ambulance to Royal Derby Hospital and later transferred to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where he remains in a serious condition.
A section of Lows Lane has been closed while an investigation into the incident is carried out.


Tony and Jordan Slater of College Street, Long Eaton, were putting up fence panels in Cavendish Close, Shardlow, when Tony’s spade struck a metal object. The object turned out to be a mortar shell from the Second World War. The discovery was made shortly after 11.30am on Tuesday March 17th. A spokesman from the bomb squad said that the fuse had gone and that it was perfectly safe. In the meantime the area had been cordoned off and residents on Cavendish Close, Long Row and Wilne Lane were moved to the Clock Warehouse pub in Shardlow. Customers in the Malt Shovel and the New Inn, were also evacuated. The cordon was lifted at 1pm.

Friday, 27 March 2015


Firemen were called to a fire on Welbeck Road, Long Eaton after a stereo was left on the cooker which was switched on. The heat from the ring melted the stereo which started to give off smoke. A 64 year old woman was taken to Royal Derby Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. A neighbour was also advised to go to the hospital after entering the smoke-filled kitchen to help rescue a pet Alsatian. The dog was taken to the vet after being given oxygen at the scene. The incident occurred on Saturday March 21st shortly before 1pm. Firemen left at 3.45. The property suffered severe smoke damage.


East Midlands set to welcome new Marching Band!

Applicants are being invited to join a brand new marching band within the Trent Valley region.The band, based in the Long Eaton area are looking for members of all ages and abilities to come along and have some fun whilst providing quality entertainment to the General Public. Practices will be held Friday Evenings from 6.15 to 7.15pm to start at the Martial Arts Centre, Fields Farm Road, Long Eaton which will include musical and marching tuition and the chance to meet some new friends and enjoy being part of this new and exciting venture!!
If you have a few hours a week to spare, can play and/or have your own instrument (this would be an advantage but not essential at this stage) why not apply now? Anyone interested in more information and an application form should contact Chris on 07933 617 167

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Architect's plan for homes will transform landmark and revitalise town centre

A Long Eaton architect has devised a scheme that will transform a building almost 100 years old and breathe new life into the town centre. Alan McGowan Architects is the driving force behind the project to change a prominent building at 1-3 Tamworth Road close to the Market Place and main shopping area. Alan drew up the scheme to provide 10 high-quality apartments, secured planning permission from Erewash Borough Council, and will project manage it for the new owners of the building.
It was bought last year by Meadowbank Estates, a property company based near London's Heathrow Airport, from a property management company. This is its first project in the East Midlands and the firm is likely to look for more. Under the scheme there will be five apartments on each of the first and second floors, some with one bedroom, some with two. Then main entrance will be from Tamworth Road and a number of apartments will have views over Tamworth Road and the Market Place. There is a public car park at the rear.
The property was built in the 1920s and known as the Co-op Arcade because of the number of different shops there. Latterly, a women-only gym occupied the first floor until it closed last year. The second floor has been empty since 2003 when it was used as a training centre for a national supermarket chain before it opened its store in the town. This scheme will bring new life into a prominent building in the town centre, part of which has been unused for more than decade,” said Alan.
“It is a good example of what can be achieved with the many empty upper floors of buildings in our town centres. It will provide good, spacious homes right in the town centre where people can use the various amenities. It will add vibrancy to Long Eaton town centre and hopefully provide extra trade for new businesses. Being a local practice it's exciting to help revitalise the town centre and build on our previous work that restored a number of premises there to their former glory under the townscape heritage scheme.”
It is anticipated that conversion work will start in late spring and be completed by late summer or early autumn. This will also include removing dated cladding from the 1960s and replacing it with a contemporary facade. Windows will be replaced with double glazing to provide protection from street noise.
The ground floor of the building is currently occupied by a building society and shop which will remain unaffected. The scheme is one of the latest undertaken by Alan McGowan Architects following the practice move to new premises at Bridge House, Derby Road.


Firemen were called to a blaze in Stapleford at at 3.40pm on Sunday March 15th. Crews from Long Eaton, Stapleford, Highfields and West Bridgford were in attendance at a property in Toton Lane. Firefighters battled to control the blaze on the first floor and in the roof space of the two-storey derelict house. The fire was out by 6pm.
Wildlife officers are appealing for help to trace a man who may have information on the death of a swan next to the Erewash Canal in Sandiacre. The carcass was found at about 2pm on Tuesday, March 17th on a stretch of towpath behind Canalside Industrial Estate, off Ilkeston Road.
The swan was located near its nest and appeared to have been partially plucked. It is not yet known how it died. A man who was walking his dog was seen near the carcass just before it was reported to police and officers are keen to speak to him. He was white, between 50 and 60, clean shaven, and was wearing a light coloured jacket. His dog was described as a sandy Border Terrier type. Police want to speak to the man to see what information he may have on the discovery of the dead swan.
It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to kill or harm swans or their nests. Anyone with information on this incident should call PC 3032 Simon O’Connor on 101, quoting crime reference 11142/15.

Friday, 20 March 2015



Long Eaton’s local Derby against Basford Town ended in disappointment after 2 goals in eleven minutes saw the visitors take the points. The game which was scheduled for New Years Day was called off after heavy snow and was played on Wednesday 18th March.
Long Eaton gave a strong performance but couldn't convert their chances. In a disciplined performance it was Basford’s fire power that proved the difference between two good teams. A quality goal from Stuart Hendrie on the stroke of half time proved the knock out blow. Latching onto a long through ball an early strike from the angle caught out Blues keeper Scott Low on 45 minutes to give the visitors the lead.
Hendrie was also involved in the second goal on 56 minutes as he linked with Ruben Wiggins-Thomas to square for Robson Doolan to net to make it 2-0.

Long Eaton have 10 league games left :

21st March Rocester A

25th March Boldmere St Michaels H

28th March Quorn H

04th April Dunkirk H

06th April Shepshed A

11th April Continental Star A

14th April Causeway United A

18th April Walsall Wood H

21st April Alvechurch A

25th April Kirby Muxloe A

They also have a League Cup Game against Westfields A on 31st March


A charity car wash event at Long Eaton firestation on Saturday March 14th raised £1508.22 an outstanding effort. Thank you to all involved!!!!

Thursday, 19 March 2015


Walking with the Long Eaton Rambling Club; By John Aram

The Long Eaton rambling club, a long established walking group is now inviting new members to join them to experience the pleasures of getting out in the countryside, to enjoy the benefits of keeping fit and healthy. Walks arranged every Sunday taking in the fresh air, beautiful surroundings, with good friends and pleasant chat.
The Long Eaton rambling club has a full and varied programme of walks throughout the year, walks arranged every weekend and midweek. The club also enjoys days out, weekends away and holidays.
Generally the club walk varying distances up to approximately 10 miles on Sundays with slightly shorter walks on Thursdays, the walks are taken at a relatively easy pace so you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker. Our aim is to make walks fun, friendly and above all enjoyable.

We operate a car share system unlike other groups, Sunday walks always start in Long Eaton so to keep travelling costs to a minimum. Walking is a wonderfully sociable activity and walking and talking fit together perfectly, come and join us on one of our forthcoming walks.

For more information please visit there you will find a full programme of walks and events, or phone John on 0115 8495813 for details.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Erewash Borough Council’s licensing team and its Neighbourhood Wardens staged a joint patrol recently to check out scrap metal collectors operating in the borough. The exercise was carried out after the council received calls from the trade asking it to clamp down on unlicensed collectors working in the area.
A patrol of the borough discovered one unlicensed collector working around the Borrowash and Breaston areas. This collector has been sent a letter warning them that legal action will be taken if they collect in the borough again without gaining the proper licence. A second collector was also contacted after the licensing team was given information on an unlicensed collection taking place in Briar Gate, Long Eaton. The council has since received a licence application from this collector. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We are grateful to those collectors who are properly licensed and for their help in letting us know when rogue scrap metal collectors are operating in the borough. Further spot checks will be carried out as and when required to target these unlicensed collectors.”

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Just over 114,000 free one hour tickets were issued in the first two months of Erewash Borough Council’s popular free parking scheme in its town centre car parks. The figure is a bumper 40,000 increase on tickets issues in the same period last year on the free 30 minute scheme. Free one hour parking was introduced in the busiest car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in January as a six month trial to encourage people to shop locally and further boost town centre regeneration. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:“These latest figures give another clear indication that the one hour free parking is popular and is bringing more people into our town centres. This trial scheme is part of our wider programme to regenerate Ilkeston and Long Eaton and a major part of that is to encourage residents to actively support their town centres by shopping locally.”
Shoppers can park in any of the bays in the car parks offering the free parking at any time of the day but must obtain a ticket from the pay and display machine by pressing the green button. The free ticket will give the expiry time and this must be clearly displayed in the vehicle. The council is monitoring the success of the trial, which runs until Sunday 28 June – including talking to town centre retailers to see if the free parking has had a positive impact on their business.

Monday, 16 March 2015


Popular Erewash wildlife spot Straw’s Bridge in Ilkeston will be formally launched as an official Local Nature Reserve next week after Erewash Borough Council’s recent approval of the new status. The council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, will be joined by the volunteer members of the Friends of Straw’s Bridge group to celebrate the importance of the nature site on Thursday 19th March at 2pm.
Straw’s Bridge is seen as a wildlife gem and the council has worked closely with the Friends group to introduce a whole range of improvements at the site over the last couple of years, while the volunteers have also raised funds to help improve the habitats.
As well as celebrating the new Nature Reserve status, next week’s event will also officially launch new ‘welcome’ signs and information boards which are now in place to give visitors a history of the beauty spot and highlight some of the many birds that can be seen there.
Straw’s Bridge is owned by the Erewash Borough Council and features three ponds that are surrounded by woodland, scrub, meadow and wetland. While it attracts a whole range of feathered visitors, the site is particularly famous for its swans leading to its affectionate nickname Swan Lake.
Along with Straws Bridge, the council has also granted Local Nature Reserve status to the Manor Flood area of Ilkeston.


The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, pictured second right, is joined by the Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Chris Corbett, second left, along with council officers and the staff and pupils of the St Laurence Pre-School to celebrate the re-opening of the school’s base following its £140,000 refurbishment.
Erewash Borough Council owns the Broad Street building in Long Eaton and leases it to St Laurence Pre-school and its after-school Club 11. The refurbishment was aimed at providing a better facility for the children to enjoy and included new ceilings, replacement floors, complete redecoration, new double glazed windows and improved toilet facilities.
St Laurence Pre-school provides an educational and development facility for young children to prepare them and to help them be better equipped for starting school.

Friday, 13 March 2015


Friday 13th March
Top: A Family night out to celebrate Natalee's 29th and Andreas 40th Birthdays
Bottom left: Birthday Girl Natalee singing "I Just Want to Make Love to You"
Bottom Centre: Local Karaoke favourite Ryan singing "This Aint a Love Story"
Bottom right: Ex X Factor contestant Ryan Aitken singing Follow Me.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Erewash Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens team has issued an urgent appeal for help after dog chews deliberately baited with rat poison were found on a street in Stanley Common. A local resident out walking their own dog discovered the chews on Monday and immediately rang the wardens, who have removed the deadly baits from the Glendon Street area. The baits had been made by inserting rat poison between two dog chews, with an elastic band holding together the deadly ‘sandwiches’. One was placed on the pavement and a second in a nearby jitty. The Wardens have stepped up patrols in the area but has urged anyone with any information to get in touch urgently to stop any further incidents. Derbyshire Police have also been made aware of the incident. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“This is a very serious and very worrying incident and we are grateful to the member of public for taking immediate action so that we could remove the baits before any dog was affected. I would urge all dog walkers to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or bait they find.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Scott Cartledge, the council’s Neighbourhood Warden Manager, as soon as possible on 0115 907 2244

An attempted burglary occurred on Bridge Street, Long Eaton, between Friday 20th February at 8pm and Saturday 21st at 4.30pm.The offender first tried to force open a rear door handle and then smashed the glass in a rear ground floor window with a brick. No access was gained and nothing was taken. The sound of breaking glass was heard in the area around 4.30am and may be related. If you have any information or saw anything suspicious contact the Volume Crime Team on 101, quoting crime number 7594/15.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man claiming to be from a care company stole cash from an elderly man. The offender called at a house in Milton Street, Long Eaton, and said he was there to fit an alarm and safe at the property. He was allowed inside by the 81-year-old victim but during the visit, he stole two wallets and a large amount of cash.
The distraction burglar was white, aged between 30 and 40, about 5ft 7ins, of medium build, clean shaven and with slicked back, dark hair. He was wearing dark coloured plain overalls.
The offence took place at about 6.40pm on Wednesday, March 4th.
Police want to hear from anyone who saw a man matching that description in the area.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.